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DUTTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-05 published
DUTTON, Gary Richard (1933-2003)
After a lengthy illness, Gary passed away March 3, 2003, in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Margaret Mary (née MOSS,) dearest father of Mark S. (Christine) and Myles (Helen.) Gary DUTTON, a renowned member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada as well as the Heraldry Society of Canada, was a loving grandfather of Janice, Warren, Lucas and Charlotte. Gary was predeceased by his mother Edith WILSON and will be sadly missed by his step father Robert WILSON. The family has arranged for a private memorial service to be held at a later date. Floral tributes are gratefully declined, however, donations would be appreciated to the Bridgepoint Health Centre (formerly Riverdale Hospital), whose caring staff have provided outstanding long term care and support.

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DUTTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-01 published
Elsie May DUTTON
By Wendy DUTTON Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - Page A20
Mother, grandmother, nurse, volunteer. Born May 23, 1915, in Rosedale, Alberta. Died January 29, in Toronto, following a stroke, aged 87.
Born and raised on the prairies, Elsie (née SMITH) loved Ontario's lakes and trees -- so much so that she once stopped a road crew from cutting down some beautiful maples near her Peterborough, Ontario, home. She always believed in taking action when she thought it was necessary.
She graduated as a registered nurse from Vancouver General Hospital in 1937. When the Second World War broke out, Elsie volunteered to join the South Africa Military Nursing Service; for added adventure, she flew from Calgary to New York aboard on one of the earliest flights of the just-created Trans-Canada Airlines. A year later she returned to Canada and transferred to the Canadian Army Nursing Service.
There she met a handsome soldier, Jim DUTTON. He courted her until she shipped overseas again. He kept up the courtship by mail, proposed in a letter, and was accepted by letter.
Elsie served in England, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. In the hospitals there they called her "the Lady with the Lance" as she administered a new drug, penicillin, to the wounded.
She returned to Canada in July, 1945, to marry Jim at Camp Petawawa's military chapel. After he finished his army career and Queen's University course in personnel work, they settled in Peterborough, built a house, and raised two daughters, Wendy and Pam.
Elsie worked as a school nurse in a number of small rural schools, which meant she did lots of tough driving on back roads. When schools closed for the summer, she worked as a nurse in summer camps on Lake Couchiching, which enabled us, her daughters, to spend summers by the water. On our father's holidays there were family camping treks. We travelled coast to coast, despite Elsie's initial reluctance to be "under canvas" again after the war.
Then Jim took a job in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. The Cape Breton town had no hospital, so Elsie got involved forming a hospital auxiliary, and became president. The auxiliary not only lobbied for a new hospital, they opened a physiotherapy centre this led to Elsie' work with the Arthritis Society.
The hospital auxiliary also held the region's first Well Woman clinics (offering advance screening for cancer and other diseases). On their first day, to the astonishment of the visiting doctor, women from all over Cape Breton lined up for hours before the clinic opened.
Eventually Jim and Elsie moved back to Peterborough, where Elsie kept working with the Arthritis Society, and volunteered at the Historical Society's Hutchinson House (a stone house built by a doctor in the 1830s), United Way, Alzheimer's Society and Kiwanis events. She was honoured by both the city of Peterborough and the Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia and Ontario.
Elsie also loved good times: dancing with Jim, travel, curling, crafts, auctions, theatre. Jim even convinced her to watch Blue Jay games with him.
Then Jim suffered a series of strokes. When Elsie was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she said she "didn't have time to be sick, " because Jim needed her. He died in April, 1995, after almost 50 years of marriage.
When her physical condition deteriorated because of arthritis, Elsie moved from her home to the Veteran's Wing of Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, where she always took great joy and comfort in visits from her grandchildren, Laura and Alex.
Wendy is Elsie's daughter.

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