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COY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-07 published
He struck gold at the old Empire games
By Tom HAWTHORN Special to The Globe and Mail Monday, April 7, 2003 - Page R7
Jim COURTRIGHT, who has died, aged 88, was one of Canada's top track-and-field athletes, winning a gold medal in the javelin throw at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney.
Just getting to the meet was a marathon for Mr. COURTRIGHT, an engineering student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario The price of a train ticket to Vancouver beyond his means, he found work as a prisoner escort, travelling cross-country in a converted box car while handcuffed to a man facing deportation.
In any event, he found his fare and went on to join the Canadian team which arrived in Australia on January 15, 1938.
In the javelin throw, Mr. COURTRIGHT faced formidable competition in Stanley LAY of New Zealand and Jack METCALFE of Australia. LAY, a sign writer by trade, had been a capable cricketer who put his arm to great success. METCALFE was a superb athlete whose specialty was the triple jump, in which he won a bronze at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and gold at the Empire Games in 1938. In the end, it was the Canadian who prevailed, followed by LAY and METCALFE.
Despite his gold medal, Mr. COURTRIGHT was overshadowed by Eric COY of Winnipeg, who had won two medals and so was awarded the Norton H. Crowe Trophy as Canada's outstanding amateur athlete that year. Mr. COURTRIGHT also trailed Mr. COY and sculler Bob PEARCE in voting for the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top male athlete, a prize open to amateurs and professionals. Mr. PEARCE won the trophy.
Later in 1938, Mr. COURTRIGHT unleashed a throw of 62.74 metres, an intercollegiate record at the time that still ranks as the third longest in Queen's University history. He broke his leg in an accident at a gold mine in Northern Ontario in the summer of 1939, yet recovered to play guard for the school's basketball team the following winter.
James Milton COURTRIGHT was born in 1914 to a civil engineer and the daughter of the town sheriff in North Bay, Ontario The family moved to Ottawa and the boy participated in football and field events at Glebe Collegiate.
Mr. COURTRIGHT placed third nationally in the javelin in 1934 while still a student at the University of Ottawa. He finished second the following year behind Mr. COY.
In 1936, the Ottawa student was the best in the land and attended the Berlin Olympics that summer. One of 28 competitors in the javelin, Mr. COURTRIGHT's best throw of 60.54 metres was too short to qualify for the final round. He finished 14th in an event won by Gerhard STOECK of Germany, whose winning toss of 71.84 metres was inspired by chanting crowds at the Olympic stadium, among them Adolf Hitler.
The disappointment of his Berlin performance spurred Mr. COURTRIGHT to greater success in throwing events. In 1937, he was Canada's intercollegiate champion in javelin and the shot put.
In July, he travelled to Dallas to compete at a 200-athlete meet organized as part of the city's Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition. Mr. COURTRIGHT won the gold medal in javelin at the Cotton Bowl. The success of the meet inspired the organizing of the first official Pan-American Games fourteen years later.
Mr. COURTRIGHT attended postgraduate classes in engineering at Queen's, where he did double-duty as star athlete and track coach. He was also president of the student body in his final year.
After graduation, Mr. COURTRIGHT joined Shell Canada as a refinery engineer in Montreal in 1941. As he was promoted he accepted back-and-forth postings from Montreal to Toronto to Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal to Toronto, including a stint as a public-relations co-ordinator.
He became a vice-principal at Queen's in 1970, a job he held until retirement nine years later.
Mr. COURTRIGHT died on February 21, just days after the 65th anniversary of his triumph in Sydney. He leaves eight children and sister Celina COURTRIGHT of Ottawa. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (née Roche), and three brothers.
In 1958, a moving van loaded with the family's possessions caught fire and burned, destroying many of Mr. COURTRIGHT's medals and trophies. A prize rescued from the ashes was the gold medal from the British Empire Games. It is now in the hands of a grand_son.

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COYLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-19 published
GRAY/GREY, The Honourable Wesley Gibson, B.A., LL.B., LL.D., Q.C. (Lieutenant (N) Royal Canadian Navy, Justice, Supreme Court of Ontario; Treasurer and C.E.O., The Law Society of Upper Canada original Smoke Lake Lease Holder)
Died peacefully, At Toronto, on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 after a short illness. Gibson, beloved husband of Nancy BURTON for 60 years. Dear father of Patsy (Tim PORTER,) Katy WAUGH (Ralph EIBNER,) and Barbara (Dudleigh COYLE.) Loving Grandpa of Suzanna and Rosalind PORTER; Maggie WELT (Bruno) and Emily WAUGH; Nancy, David and Patrick COYLE. He will be sadly missed by his sister Estelle CUNNINGHAM and her family. Special thanks to the medical team at St. Michael's Hospital who took such good care of him. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 20th, Service at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive (M4W 1X7), on Saturday, June 21st at 11 o'clock. Interment at Saint John's Norway Cemetery on Monday, June 23rd at 10 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto M5B 1W8, or Rosedale United Church.

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COYLES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-26 published
MacLEAN, Dr. Bruce Livingstone 1926 - 2003
Dr. Bruce MacLEAN died gently at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, on Friday, November 21, 2003 at the age of 77 years. Bruce was loved and will be missed by his wife Jocelyn (Joy COYLES,) son Jock (Vancouver), son Douglas (Kasia) (Calgary), daughter Catherine CAGNIART (Francis) (Paris,) daughter Elizabeth (Beth) (Calgary) and was predeceased by daughter Janet (Saskatoon). Grandfather to Philip and Gabriella (Calgary), Cedric, Alexis and Nicolas (Paris), Matthew and Rachel (Calgary). Bruce is also survived by his brother Dr. John A. MacLEAN (Toronto) and sister-in-law Margaret MacLEAN (Ottawa.) Bruce was predeceased by his sisters, Jessie, Elizabeth (Betty TILLEY), Jean and his brother Roderick (Rod). Bruce was a family doctor in Owen Sound, Ontario for twenty-five years. In 1977 he moved to Edmonton to work with the Workers' Compensation Board and concluded his working life there. In 1997, Bruce and Joy moved to Calgary. In his life, Bruce was a backyard ice rink maker, a sailor (lightning class), a curler (on good days), a golfer (short but straight), a bridge player (white hot), a cross word puzzler (expert) and a great lover of classical music. On Friday, November 28, 2003 at 2: 00 p.m. a Service to honour Bruce's life will be held at McInnis and Holloway'S 'Fish Creek Chapel' (14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary, Alberta T2X 3J3) Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta would be appreciated (1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 3Y6). In living memory of Dr. Bruce MacLEAN, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes.

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COYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-04 published
WELCH, Dr. Robert Hamilton
Died peacefully, at home in Toronto, on Tuesday, July 1, 2003, in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Jane (Penny) Simpson (née COYNE.) Devoted father of Thomas Gordon (Anne LAMBERT,) James Coyne (Hélène QUESNEL), Sarah Jane (Edward GELLER) and Margo Hamilton. Adored grandfather of Emily, Jackson, Brennen, Julia and Philippe. Predeceased by his brothers Albert Gordon and Thomas Alan.
Bob WELCH was born in Toronto, educated at University of Toronto Schools and U of T, and served his country as Surgeon-Lieutenant Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in World War 2. He was in family practice and associated with St. Michael's Hospital for nearly 50 years. He was a great diagnostician who practiced the art of medicine with compassion for both patients and their families. A famous raconteur with a gentle sense of humour, he was also an avid reader who was engaged with life until the end. While he lived and worked in Toronto, he cherished his summers in Prince Edward Island from the 1950's on. Greatly loved and deeply missed.
The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 3rd. Private service in Toronto and interment at Fortune, Prince Edward Island In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto M5B 1W8 or Bay Fortune United Church Cemetery Fund, c/o John Aitken, Souris, Prince Edward Island C1A 1B0.

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