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FINCH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-01-29 published
FINCH
-In memory of Pearl L. FINCH who passed away January 28, 1999.
To our dearest Mother:
It seems like only yesterday that you passed away. We think of you often, and all the things that you did for us, and your understanding and humour. Wherever we are, Maw, you are always there watching over us. You are always in our hearts and memories. You will forever be our special rose in our flower garden of life. We love you and miss you so very much. With our love always.
-Cora Belle, Nelda and Roy.

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FINCH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-12-10 published
FINCH
-In loving memory of my dear wife, Maggie who passed away December 10, 1994.
Your last parting wish
We would like to have heard,
And breathed in your ear
Our last parting word.
Only those who have lost
Are able to tell
The pain in the heart
At not saying farewell.
-Sadly missed and always loved by your husband Louis and step-children.

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FINCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-08 published
LENT, Maida Mary Freda (née SCHROEDER) M.A. Queen's University
Suddenly on March 2nd, 2003 at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Elton LENT (1998.) Left to mourn are his daughter Ellie LEGGE (Randy) and his son Ryck LENT (Barbara,) grandchildren Dallas and Devin LEGGE and Krissa and Tiffany LENT, great-grand_son McLeod WILSON, nephews Tony and David (Mary FINCH.) Predeceased by her sister Ilse FINCH. Maida taught French and German ay Galt Collegiate, Scarborough Collegiate and Humberside C.I. in Toronto. According to her wishes, her body has been donated for research to the University of Toronto. A Memorial Service will be held at Eglinton St. George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. (at Duplex) on Thursday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with a reception afterwards in the Eglinton Room. If desired, remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice.

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FINDLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-08 published
FINDLAY, Hugh Muir
Passed away in his sleep, on March 5, 2003, in Toronto. Predeceased by his deeply missed wife Jean. Survived by his daughter Carole and her husband Robert NASH, son Bill and his wife Cathie, and son Scott. Also survived by grandchildren Tavis, Kalen and Kira FINDLAY. He was a leader in the field of media advertising at an early age and was media director of Cockfield, Brown Advertising Agency in Montreal. He joined Time Canada Ltd. in 1962 as an advertising sales rep. and progressed rapidly to become advertising sales director and then president. After a most successful career, he retired in 1984. Hugh was well known and greatly respected by those in the advertising industry. Cremation has taken place, a private family interment will follow. Donations may be made to the: Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library for the Blind, 1929 Bayview Avenue, North York, Ontario M4G 3E8, in memory of Hugh FINDLAY.

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FINDLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-20 published
Died This Day -- Timothy FINDLEY, 2002
Friday, June 20, 2003 - Page R11
Actor, author and playwright born in Toronto on October 30, 1930 1953, performed in first Stratford Festival; 1962, took up writing won Governor-General's Award and every other major Canadian literary prize; novels include Last of the Crazy People (1967), The Wars (1977), Not Wanted on the Voyage (1984) and The Piano Man's Daughter (1995); 1996, awarded France's highest award for artistic achievement died in France.

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FINLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-07 published
Jack McCLURE
By Carol BERNEY Thursday, March 6, 2003 - Page A22
Painter, tennis player, friend, Perth County Conspirator. Born July 26, 1936, in Troy, New York Died February 13 in Stratford, Ontario, of heart failure, aged 66.
Jack McCLURE never made much money. He lived a simple life, say his Friends, who describe him as a "secular monk." After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami in the early 60s, Jack attended the University of Miami, played tennis, and hung out at The Flick coffee house, where he met actor/musician Cedric SMITH. In the late sixties Jack accompanied Cedric to Canada, and ended up working in the kitchen of the Black Swan coffee house in Stratford and living at "Puddlewalk, " the communal farm home of the Perth County Conspiracy, a swirling, ever-changing family of draft dodgers, artists, actors, musicians, and local hippies.
Jack was a passionate scholar and creative thinker. Obsessed with Marshall McLUHAN, Jack thought he saw a flaw in McLUHAN's theory, and actually went to Toronto to meet McLUHAN. Unfortunately, McLUHAN brushed him off and Jack came home crushed. For a short while, Jack lived at the (in)famous Rochdale College in Toronto. Jack said he lived on the 14th floor, and would look down and see cop cars converging on the building, but the residents had rigged the elevators to run so slowly that there was always plenty of time to clean up before the police arrived, and people rarely got busted. The other people on his floor were very nice, serious artists and intellectuals, but there were some wilder characters on some of the lower floors, and riding the elevator could be quite an adventure.
Back in Stratford, Jack lived in a caboose on a friend's farm for awhile, and then moved into town to share an apartment with another friend, Harry FINLAY. Jack then worked at the Gentle Rain natural foods store for, essentially, the rest of his life. He also sold paintings to his Friends, and gave tennis lessons. Among his patrons and students was musician Loreena McKENNITT, who said Jack was a very good teacher. His paintings were mostly in a realistically impressionist style, with tiny touches of absurdity and/or social protest. He would add a discarded Coke can to an otherwise idyllic river scene, or paint a nuclear-waste hazard sign on the side of a railroad car or at the back of a cave. One of his paintings was a portrait of Albert Einstein, while another, titled Church of the Muses, depicted Einstein playing the violin, with James Joyce playing piano and Bertrand Russell reciting.
In the last few years, Jack became close Friends with Michelle DENNIS, a co-worker at the Gentle Rain. On the back of a painting Jack gave to Michelle's family he called her two young daughters his "surrogate grandchildren."
This past summer, Jack was diagnosed with lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy and was in remission when he suffered a fatal heart attack during a badminton game. Jack left instructions to be cremated, with no service. However, as his long-term friend and employer Eric EBERHART remarked, that didn't mean we couldn't have a party. So the Sunday after Jack's death, many of his Friends and co-workers gathered at his house. We brought food, drink, photographs, and his paintings, and we had an impromptu showing of Jack's work to pay homage to his life and his spirit. His paintings are being archived, and in the spring there may be a showing at one of the Stratford galleries.
In Jack's room, on his work bench, was a quotation from Einstein: "The years of anxious searching in the dark, the intense longing, the alternations of confidence and exhaustion and then -- the final emergence into the light -- only someone who has so struggled and endured could understand." This describes the Jack we knew and loved.
Carol BERNEY is a friend of Jack McCLURE.

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FINLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-07 published
Canada's Catholic leader, CARTER dies at 91
By Michael VALPY Religion And Ethics Reporter Monday, April 7, 2003 - Page A1
Three weeks ago, John TURNER met Gerald Emmett CARTER for their annual St. Patrick's Day drink. The former prime minister held the glass for his friend of 50 years while he sipped his Irish whisky through a straw.
When the retired cardinal archbishop of Toronto died yesterday morning at the age of 91, a reputation as richly coloured as the scarlet of his soutane died with him.
Canadian Roman Catholicism will probably never see his like again: a prince of the church who, while never unmindful of the meek and the poor, made no bones about being comfortable rubbing elbows with fellow princes of politics and business.
He was the close friend of prime ministers and premiers. He enjoyed socializing in the corridors of power with people like Conrad BLACK, Hilary and Galen WESTON and Fredrik EATON. He displayed an unabashed fondness for Progressive Conservative Party gatherings. ("I think at one Christmas party, I was the only Liberal there," Mr. TURNER said in an interview.)
Yet academics and religious and business leaders also spoke yesterday of a man with an acute understanding of Canada and its history.
They described an intense, intellectual democrat who believed he should speak out forcefully on the moral and political issues of the day and who welcomed debate with those who disagreed with him. And they talked of a cleric who profoundly understood the nature of the church and who welcomed ecumenism and Canada's emerging pluralism.
"He felt the institution of religion should have a public voice and he was not shy about exercising it," said Michael HIGGINS, principal of St. Jerome's University in Waterloo and co-author of My Father's Business, the 1990 biography of Cardinal CARTER.
"Whenever he spoke, his voice was strong, clear, public, undiluted and welcomed by political leaders even when they disagreed with him. It is an unfortunate circumstance that the marginalization of religious debate occurred at the same time as he was eclipsed by a stroke, retirement and age, at a time when his church needed him. He embodied a certain kind of churchman we probably won't see again."
Cardinal CARTER suffered a stroke in 1981 and retired in 1990.
Cardinal Aloysius AMBROZIC, his successor as archbishop of Toronto, said Cardinal CARTER "wanted to know what the movers and shakers were doing."
Cardinal AMBROZIC described him as a man totally engaged with his church and with his society -- an advocate for the poor, for immigrants and for the homeless.
"What I admired about him, what I found so instructive about him, was his sense of responsibility for the church and for society at large. He was very much a man of Vatican 2 [the church's 1962-65 ecumenical council] and he knew what the Catholic Church was about."
There was also, said Cardinal AMBROZIC, "his own personal style. He had panache."
The priest who rose from a working-class Montreal background to become the most powerful cleric in Canada met Mr. TURNER when the former prime minister was a young lawyer in Montreal doing legal work for the church. "He was a great human being who understood the balance between the religious and secular worlds," Mr. TURNER said.
"He loved tennis, and he had a wicked serve."
Former prime minister Pierre TRUDEAU consulted him on the Constitution in the early 1980s and became a close friend. At the celebration of Cardinal CARTER's 75th birthday in 1987, instructions were given that an entire pew was to be reserved for Mr. TRUDEAU in Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral.
Mr. TRUDEAU delayed his arrival until just before the cardinal entered the church. "All eyes were trained on TRUDEAU until Cardinal CARTER arrived," said Dr. HIGGINS. "It was symbolic of the close relationship they had."
Toronto's Anglican Archbishop, Terence FINLAY, who first met Cardinal CARTER when they were both bishops in London, Ontario, in the 1970s, said the Roman Catholic Church in Canada had lost a great leader.
"He enabled us to bring our churches closer together. I certainly counted on him as a friend and colleague. He had an impressive understanding of Canada's history and political situations. He knew who we were."

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FINLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-21 published
BLYTH, Reverend Patricia (née WILLIAMS) M.A. (Oxon)
Born January 10, 1916, Reigate, England; died, after a long and impressive life - as war bride, army wife, teacher, headmistress, diplomatic spouse, priest, chaplain, volunteer - in Ottawa on May 20, 2003, with her children at her side. Dearly beloved wife of the late David Wilson BLYTH. Much loved and loving mother of Susan PERREN, Sally BLYTH (Alan BULL,) Carol FINLAY (Bryan,) Molly BLYTH (John MILLOY,) Jane O'BRIAN (Geoffrey) and Sam (Rosemary PHELAN.) Loving grandmother to Max (Sarah,) Bianca and Henry Emily (Brian) and Megan; Molly (Sam) and Charles; Michael-John, Bridget, Jeremy and Clare; Patrick and Katie; Frannie and Maddie great-grandmother to Quinn and Rachel. Mourned by her many Friends and colleagues, including those at Rideau Place, Island Lodge and St. Bartholomew's Church. A celebration of her life with Holy Eucharist will take place at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 125 MacKay Street, Ottawa, Friday, May 23, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Primate's World Relief Development Fund, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto M4Y 2J6 (or through www.pwrdf.org). Funeral arrangements with the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, Ottawa 613-233-1143 Condolences/donations at: mcgarryfamily.ca

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FINLAYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-12 published
HILLEN, James
The family regrets to announce the death of James HILLEN, formerly of Montreal and Ottawa, in Bermuda on June 12, 2003. Born April 20, 1920, Belfast, he died peacefully after a short illness and was buried on the 17th June, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret (FINLAYSON) Bermuda. A sister, Susan (J. D. McSHANE) Ottawa. His daughter Susan, (Dr. Simon COTE) United Arab Emirates. His son, Douglas (Allison MAITLAND) Bermuda. His grandchildren, Georges COTE, Montreal. Amy CÔTÉ (Emmanuel DAVALOS) Montreal. James, Christian, and Samantha HILLEN, Bermuda. His great-grand_son, Loic DAVALOS, Montreal. Mr. HILLEN joined the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada in 1936 and served overseas from 1940-1945. He was captured at Dieppe and was detained for over two years as a prisoner-of-war in Germany. After his repatriation to Canada he studied at McGill University, graduating with a C.A. degree in 1955. He was a life member of both the Quebec and Ontario Order of Chartered Accountants as well as the Canadian Institute. He began his career with Cunnard Steamship Co. and then worked for a group of shipping interests and was instrumental in their relocation to Bermuda in 1961. In Bermuda he also worked for the Bermuda Hospitals Board and Ancon. A keen golfer, he was also a 20 year member of the Lions Club and an active member of Christ Church, Warwick. He will be sadly missed by his family and Friends.
Died This Day -- Louis Hémon, 1913
Monday, July 7, 2003 - Page R5
Novelist born in Brest, France, on October 12, 1880; 1911, immigrated to Montreal; moved to the Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec to work on backwoods farm; used experience to write Maria Chapdelaine, a classic account of Quebec habitant life; killed in a railway accident in Northern Ontario; book published posthumously.

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FINN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-15 published
CHAMANDY, Richard 'Dick' - b.1932 d.1973
Early Saturday morning on the 15th of September 1973, Richard 'Dick' CHAMANDY died suddenly while playing tennis in Bennington Heights. Dick was the only son of Adele ABRAHAM and Fred CHAMANDY, dear husband of Maree (née FINN) and father of Ian, David and Patrick. Dick attended Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, eventually graduating with a law degree from Osgoode Hall. With law school friend Fred GRAY/GREY, he founded the law firm of Chamandy and Gray, where he worked until his death. Dick was second generation Lebanese and well connected to his community. He had many close Friends and relatives whom he charmed with his loyalty, a sharp intellect and a witty sense of humour. He would have adored the company of his four grandchildren, Aidan, Olivia, Eric and Leah and daughters-in-law Lori, Marie-Hélène and Cindy. One of Dick's passions was hockey, in which he participated as a player and as a tireless coach to his sons at North Toronto. This was in addition to his part-time job as head armchair coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dick's flair for the unconventional, whether it be his Neil Young sideburns, giving motorcycle rides around Oriole Park to neighborhood kids, or playing the ukulele, endeared him to all. Has it really been 30 years? Some things haven't changed in that time, including our fond memories of him and the Leafs' inability to win without him. If you happened to have known Dick, please take a moment today to reflect with a smile on your own fond memories of him.

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FINNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
Robert Marven SYER
Born February 19, 1912 at Thamesville, Ontario, died May 15, 2003 at Oakville, Ontario, late of Oakville (Bronte) and lastly of Burlington Ontario; predeceased by parents Frank Morgan SYER (1923) and Maud Lillian SYER (née) (1969,) and by brother Ralph Evans SYER (1932;) survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances Teresa SYER (née,) and seven children: Robert Marven (Marg HEEMSKERK) of Toronto, David Dirk (Mimi CHAMPAGNE) of Shelburne Nova Scotia, Susan Frances (Brian RIKLEY) of Hudson Québec, Michael Stanley of Oakville, Timothy William (Marilyn MacGREGOR) of Milton Ontario, Deborah Anne (Barry BALL) of Brampton Ontario and Dani Elizabeth (Brian FINNEY) of Orlando Florida; and by fifteen grandchildren: Sheri Lynne SYER (Michael PINNOCK) of San Jose California, Wendy Frances SYER (Kevin OUGH) of Peterborough Ontario and Julia Helen SYER (Pat PELLEGRINI) of Ajax Ontario; David Dirk SYER (Doris HOO) of Whitby Ontario and Judith Gail SUSLA (Joe SUSLA) of Oakville Brian Joseph Rikley (Eva GJERSTAD) and Toni Lauren RIKLEY (Dave KRINDLE) of Hudson; Cassidy Anne SYER (Danny PIETRONIRO) of Montréal, Michael Timothy SYER of Victoria, British Columbia and Robert Christopher SYER of London Ontario; Thomas William SYER and Douglas Donald SYER of Milton; and Hayley Elizabeth FINNEY, Brian James FINNEY and Kyle James FINNEY of Orlando; and by nine great-grandchildren: Skylar Syer OUGH of Peterborough and Julian Robert Domenico PELLEGRINI of Ajax; Robert Marven SYER, James Michael SYER and David Dirk SYER of Whitby and Erin Nicole SUSLA of Oakville; and Austin Tyler RIKLEY- KRINDLE, David Shane RIKLEY- KRINDLE and Joseph Cody RIKLEY- KRINDLE of Hudson; also, by nephew Richard Frank SYER of Lake Placid Florida, grand-nephew Michael Charles SYER of Ann Arbor Michigan and by brother-in-law Dr. Patrick Gaynor LYNES of Brampton and his family. An Anglican graveside service was held at St. Jude's Cemetery in Oakville on May 22, 2003. Expressions of respect may be sent to the family at 2455 Milltower Court Mississauga, Ontario L5N 5Z6 or by eMail to RMS@The RMSGroup.net gifts may be made to a charity of choice. A child is sleeping: An old man gone. ­ James Joyce

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