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FAG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-12 published
Craig Andrew O'HAGAN
By Vince BERETTA, Friday, December 12, 2003 - Page A28
Son, brother, twin, friend, athlete, adventure-seeker, angler, photographer, naturalist, engineer. Born December 13, 1972 in Brampton, Ontario Died October 17 in London, Ontario, of Burkitt's lymphoma, aged 30.
One of a handful of truly earth-connected souls, Craig took a leave of absence from his position as a mechanical engineer at FAG Bearings in Stratford, Ontario, to fill himself with the ultimate example of what made him an unforgettable person; his defining "thumbprint" adventure of a lifetime.This would not be Craig's typical accomplishment. Not the run-of-the-mill northern experience, seeking leadership skills with Outward Bound or a dog-sled adventure or a backcountry ski experience or the thrill of a white-water kayak or the serenity of a multiple-portage canoe trip. Nor would it be challenging the elite ranks of competitors at a Nordic ski, triathlon, or mountain bike race.
This was different -- a yearlong solo sojourn peregrinating around the world. He set out just before the New Year 2003 with his ski equipment, his excitable eyes, a heart-warmed smile, and a calm demeanour -- all of which made it easy for him to connect with other soul-driven people.
He began in England, Ireland and then Scotland, found his way to the mountains of central Europe, and then Sweden, Finland and Norway to seek more of his favourite season -- winter -- and to cross-country ski.
By March he found himself in the dangerous "no-go," Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand near the Laos and Myanmar borders. There he stayed with a family, assisting them to build a bamboo house with nothing more than a hammer and a machete.
That was so Craig -- he would always take the time to remove himself from the beaten path to touch the local culture by living with the rural people of the land.
By May he had changed continents and landed a job at a million-acre cattle ranch in Drysdale Station, demarcated by a building or two in the middle of Australia. There he worked as a ranch hand learning to fix whatever was broken with what ever they had, and herd cattle by Jeep, often driving hundreds of dusty, bumpy kilometres a day.
Craig was in his element when surrounded by nature and interacting with people and the planet. He captured this in his near-professional photography and various e-mails to his parents Mike and Mary, his brother Jeff, his twin sister Kelly and a large contingent of fortunate Craig-following Friends and relatives.
In the middle of June Craig fell ill and by July he would be airlifted to a Darwin, Australia, hospital where doctors discovered a rare and aggressive cancer; this would become Craig's next challenge.
He was flown home to fight with great optimism and never once asked "Why me?" Craig approached this like the rest of his life he let his heart lead him and he never attached himself to an outcome. This allowed him to instinctively know what mattered, and when it mattered, and he never faltered in his outlook.
Tragically, Craig lost his battle. At his standing-room-only funeral his ex-wife Becky delivered his eulogy. This fact speaks volumes, not only about Becky but about Craig, too. In a world of choices and mistakes both of them had the strength and maturity to face their heart's truth and chose to serve each other apart as Friends -- and, like Craig, there was no ego in that. With Becky, Craig pondered this thought: "What will be my thumbprint in life?"
Well, Craig, it was your silent lead to trust that the heart finishes first if we are courageous enough to listen to it.
Vince BERETTA is a friend of Craig.

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FAGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-18 published
Party leaders pay tribute
Tories fondly remember Stanfield as best prime minister Canada never had
By Kim LUNMAN and Drew FAGAN, Thursday, December 18, 2003 - Page A10
Ottawa -- Robert Lorne STANFIELD, the former leader of the federal Progressive Conservatives, was remembered yesterday as a Canadian icon.
Political tributes were made across the country for Mr. STANFIELD, who died Tuesday at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa. He was 89.
He had been in poor health for several years after a stroke. A private funeral will be held in Ottawa tomorrow and a family burial in Halifax.
Mr. STANFIELD led the federal Progressive Conservatives from 1967 to 1976 against Pierre TRUDEAU and was known within the party as the greatest prime minister Canada never had. In later years, he was regarded as the conscience of the Conservatives, representing their progressive side on social issues.
"Today we mourn the passing of one of the most distinguished and committed Canadians of the past half-century," said Prime Minister Paul MARTIN. "I, like other Canadians, fondly remember Mr. STANFIELD's great warmth, humility and compassionate nature, but also his intellect and humour."
Progressive Conservative Leader Peter MacKAY said Mr. STANFIELD will be remembered as an icon.
"It's a very sad and poignant day. He had a larger-than-life persona and I think he can be accurately described as an icon in Conservative politics and Canadian politics," Mr. MacKAY said.
"Conservatives across the country, and indeed all Canadians, have lost a great leader and a great Canadian," Canadian Alliance Leader Stephen HARPER said.
In an interview yesterday, former prime minister Brian MULRONEY described Mr. STANFIELD as having brought the Progressive Conservative Party into the mainstream of modern Canadian life through his support for the Official Languages Act and his openness to ethnic minorities and diversity. Mr. MULRONEY said it was appropriate that Mr. STANFIELD had been receiving treatment at Montfort Hospital, the French-language facility in Ottawa, considering how hard he had worked as leader to make the Tories comfortable with bilingualism and how much effort he himself had made to learn French. "He was a strikingly impressive, quiet, thoughtful man, but who was very resolved and determined -- and with a generous view of Canada," Mr. MULRONEY said.
When Mr. MULRONEY was prime minister from 1984 to 1993, he would occasionally invite Mr. STANFIELD to 24 Sussex Dr. for lunch. Mr. MULRONEY revealed yesterday that, in the late 1980s, when Mr. STANFIELD was almost 75, he offered him the post of Canadian ambassador to the United Nations.
"He thought it was a great honour. He wrestled with it for a little while, but decided that, though he would love to do it, he thought it would be a bit much at that stage of his life," Mr. MULRONEY said.
"He brought compassion to politics," Nova Scotia's Premier John HAMM said yesterday.
"He brought a love of his country to his politics."
Flora MacDONALD, a former federal Tory cabinet minister, first worked with Mr. STANFIELD during the 1956 provincial campaign that made him Nova Scotia premier. "He set a very high standard for himself as a politician and expected others to do the same," she said yesterday. Mr. STANFIELD supported official bilingualism and abolition of the death penalty when his other caucus colleagues were strongly opposed, she said. "He didn't do things just because they were popular. He did things because he thought they were intrinsically right."
Governor-General Adrienne CLARKSON said Mr. STANFIELD "will be remembered for his integrity, his devotion to his country, his social conscience and especially for his wit and sense of humour."
Mr. STANFIELD was premier of Nova Scotia from 1956 to 1967. He was born in Truro into a family famous for its underwear business and became a lawyer before turning to politics, first provincially and later on the federal stage. But his awkward image contrasted sharply to that of the hip, telegenic Mr. TRUDEAU, costing the party every election it fought under his leadership. The 1972 election was Mr. STANFIELD's closest brush with federal power, when the Liberals narrowly defeated the Conservatives by 109 to 107 seats. Two years later, the Liberals regained their majority and Mr. STANFIELD announced his decision to step down. He remained as leader until Joe CLARK succeeded him in 1976.
After relinquishing his seat in the Commons in 1979, Mr. STANFIELD became Canada's special envoy to the Middle East and North Africa until 1980, and was chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation from 1987 to 1991.
He married three times. His first wife died in a car crash in 1954 and his second wife died of cancer in 1976. He married his third wife, Anne Henderson AUSTIN, in 1978. He had four children.

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FAGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-02 published
James Edward FRASER April 1, 1929 - July 29, 2003
(Former Executive Director Track 3 Ski Association and in retirement tour escort for Golden Escapes Travel) Jim died peacefully after a short but feisty battle with cancer. Loving husband for 50 years to Virginia FAGE (Ginny.) Jim's zest for life and love of family is treasured by his daughters, Leslie (Ken HOYT,) Meredith (Ed YAWNEY) and Leah (Steven SPENCER.) Proud Grandpa of nine grandchildren, Meghan, Jenna, Taryn, Andrew and Owen HOYT, Tyler and Jennifer YAWNEY and Stephanie and Scott SPENCER. Jim was well known for his optimism and sense of humour which continued throughout his illness. His love of travel, good food (he especially enjoyed cooking for his family and Friends), music, theatre, dancing and skiing will be remembered by his family who will carry on his favourite tradition of all camping together. Jim was predeceased by his parents Judge Allan and Margaret FRASER and his brother John FRASER. He will be missed by his sisters Molly (Jack BOYD) and Diane (Michael McCORMACK) all of Ottawa. In accordance with Jim's wishes there will be no visitation. There will be a private family service and interment at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. A celebration of Jim's life will take place in Toronto on September 13, 1-4 p.m. at the Old Mill Garden Room. The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital and Cancer Centre who were so kind and caring to both Jim and his family. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre or The Lions Foundation of Canada (a facility for training guide and helper dogs) (905)842-2891. Condolences and inquiries regarding the celebration may be sent to jimandginny13@hotmail.com

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