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DUBÉ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-29 published
McLEAN, Joan Elizabeth
Joan Elizabeth McLEAN, daughter of Vera and the late Jack GILMOUR, first of three girls, was born on February 28, 1933 in Russell, Manitoba. She died quietly, in her sleep, at the Credit Valley Hospital, on Saturday, July 26, 2003. Joan McLEAN, better known as, ''Miss Joan'' to her loved ones, received her training as a registered nurse at the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing and was a flight attendant for Trans Canada Airlines prior to marriage and relocation to Ontario. Joan loved traveling, gardening, antiques, animals, art of all kinds, bagpipe music, throwing parties and just being close to family and Friends. She leaves behind her beloved husband, of 46 years, Donald; her mother Vera; her sister Violet and her husband Michael HALICKI sons John, Ross and Thomas; daughters-in-law Sandy and Suzanne grandchildren Katie, James, Daniel, Alex, Donald, Evelyn, Christina and Sean; sister-in-law Carol and her husband Doug GOWAN; her nieces and nephews David, Donald, Michael, Paul, Cathy, Lora and Blake, her devoted caregiver and friend, Ida DUBÉ and a host of relatives and Friends. Joan was predeceased by her dear sister Eleanor in 2000. Joan was a truly remarkable and generous person who will be remembered with great love and affection. As per Joan's wishes, there will be no Funeral Service. Instead, a celebration of her life will be held at her home in Mississauga, a date and time will be announced. Memorial contributions to the Palliative Care Unit of the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation (2200 Eglinton Avenue West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 2N1 905-813-2200) are appreciated.

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DUBROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-09 published
Mary Ellen GLOVER
By Jane DUBROY Wednesday, April 9, 2003 - Page A18
Wife, mother, gymnastics judge, tenacious advocate for the elderly. Born May 19, 1944, in Ottawa. Died of cancer November 26, 2002, in Toronto, aged 58.
Although Mary Ellen's own life ended prematurely, part of her legacy is the work she did on behalf of those who are long-lived.
She served as executive director of the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils for 17 years, and was instrumental in winning legislative support for long-term care residents to have input into their own care and activities. "She was a true advocate for seniors throughout the province," wrote the Residents' Council of Hillsdale Manor. "She worked very hard and often presented the views, feelings and wishes of the elderly population... at Queen's Park and other places... Mary Ellen GLOVER will be really missed and not forgotten..."
She was the oldest of three sisters. Adele was born next, and then I came along three years later. Adele died at age 9, so that left just we two. The anthropologist Margaret MEAD has observed that sisters have "probably the most competitive relationship within the family." Mary Ellen and I were no exception. However, Ms. MEAD added, "once sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship," and I like to think that's how we finished too.
Our west-end Ottawa neighbours were like our extended family. Unfortunately for Mary Ellen, she was one of the first members of the younger generation to date. Every time a beau came to pick her up, he would be scrutinized by all the dads who happened to be out tending their lawns. They sometimes showed their support by applauding. Mary Ellen kept her cool, but this may help explain why she took off on an extended trip to England in her early 20s.
Back in Ottawa, she took a job at the Canadian Wood Council, where she met Bill GLOVER. They married almost 27 years ago. Their daughter Margot was born in 1980, the same year they moved to Williams Lake, British Columbia where Bill worked with the Wood Industry Association. They returned to Toronto in 1984.
After our mother moved into long-term care, there were many Christmases and Thanksgivings when Mary Ellen, Bill and Margot drove to Ottawa with the turkey in the back of the car, and treated Mother and several other elderly relatives to a home-cooked holiday dinner with all the trimmings in the Glovers' hotel suite. When I told Mary Ellen she was the only person I knew who could cook Christmas dinner in a hotel room, her response was always, "No big deal."
Pretty much the only time she ever broke her no-bragging rule was when it came to Margot. Her daughter trained for many years as a competitive gymnast, and Mary Ellen and Bill put in countless hours of volunteer time at the club; Mary Ellen eventually qualified and served as a judge. In her memory, the Toronto gymnastics community has created "The Mary Ellen Glover Award" to be given annually to a west-end club achieving excellence in balance-beam choreography.
I always thought Mary Ellen would go on forever, she was such a determined person. She had to be -- she suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis for 22 years, and endured many operations. Her determination also showed in her brief but intense battle with cancer. Last August, in spite of being diagnosed with two brain tumours on the same day that our mother died, she insisted that the doctors let her out of the hospital so that she could go to Ottawa for our mother's funeral. Battling her own cancer, she conducted herself with grace, dignity and courage. "Mother would have been so proud of you," I told her. Mary Ellen replied "I hope so."
I know so. We all were, and are.
Jane DUBROY is Mary Ellen GLOVER's sister.

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