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FLEGEL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-08-06 published
Margaret "Maggie" BOND
In Ottawa, Wednesday, July 20, 2003. Maggie BOND age 41. Beloved wife of Brian FLEGEL.
Dear daughter of Shirley BOND and the late Albert BOND. Sister of Douglas BOND (friend Diane) and Diane (Charles COSBY.) Maggie will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, family and Friends. A service of memory of Maggie was held in the Chapel of the Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Road (Ottawa) Sunday, August 3rd at 11 am. Kelly Funeral Home (613) 235-6712.

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FLEGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-20 published
RUHR, Sister Teresita (Mary), Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Died peacefully on Thursday September 18, 2003 at Loretto Infirmary after a lengthy illness. Sister was in her 65th year as a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters). Daughter of the late Christian RUHR and Magdelena EXNER of Grayson, Saskatchewan. Predeceased by brothers John (Anne), Anthony (Anne), Frank (Isabel,) Brother-in-law Phil FLEGEL, and sisters Johanna (George) RIEGER and Eva (Joseph) DUCZEK. Survived by sisters Sister Rose RUHR, I.B.V.M. of Toronto, Sophie (Edward) MATERI of Grayson, Betty FLEGEL of Regina and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to teaching at Loretto Abbey in Toronto, Sister Teresita also taught in Sedley, Saskatoon and Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Sister Teresita also served as Local Superior for fifteen years as a General Councillor for fourteen years and as a Regional Councillor for four years. Friends may call at the Loretto Abbey, 101 Mason Blvd. on Sunday from 2: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9: 00 p.m. Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Loretto Abbey Chapel on Monday September 22 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery following the Mass.

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FLEMING/FLEMMING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-13 published
Gordon Kenneth FLEMING/FLEMMING
By Jack FORTIN Thursday, February 13, 2003, Page A30
Musician, husband, father. Born August 3, 1931, in Winnipeg. Died August 31, 2002, in Scarborough, Ontario, following a stroke, aged 71.
Gordie FLEMING/FLEMMING was a remarkable music talent, known internationally as a master of the accordion, especially in the jazz idiom. He was a life member of Local 149 of the Toronto Musicians' Association.
In show-business vernacular, Gordie was "born in a trunk." He began playing accordion when his older brother gave him lessons. His musical ability was such that he began performing publicly at the age of five. His schoolteachers often saw him being whisked away in a taxi to perform at theatres and radio stations in Winnipeg. By the age of 10, he was a working member of various bands in that city.
In 1949, Gordie lost his accordion in a fire at a Winnipeg hotel. With the insurance money, he headed for the bright lights of Montreal where he soon became an important part of that city's musical life. His accordion ability was complemented by the fact that he was also a gifted arranger and composer.
He had a marvellous ability to improvise and could string out complex bebop lines, leaving his listeners in awe. He often slipped a jazz phrase into ballads or commercial tunes, confirming that jazz was indeed his first love.
One of Montreal's busiest musicians, he wrote for local orchestras, shows, radio and television. He had perfect pitch and often wrote without reference to a keyboard. He was at home in every type of music from classics to jazz. For several years, he worked at the National Film Board as a composer and musician.
In Montreal, Gordie performed with many show business headliners: there was a wealth of home-grown talent in Montreal, such as Oscar PETERSON and Maynard FERGUSON, as well as other jazz musicians who were beginning to be noticed.
Gordie had said that when when he first heard bebop it was like entering another world. As his career indicates, he had no trouble in that world. He worked with many personalities including: Charlie PARKER, Mel TORMÉ, Hank SNOW, Lena HORNE, Englebert HUMPERDINCK, Dennis DAY, Gordon MacRAE, Cab CALLOWAY, Nat King COLE, Cat STEVENS, Rich LITTLE, Billy ECKSTEIN, Pee Wee HUNT, Arthur GODFREY and Buddy DEFRANCO.
He also performed with Tommy AMBROSE, Allan MILLS, Wally KOSTER, Tommy HUNTER, Bert NIOSI, Wayne and Shuster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation jazz shows with Al BACULIS, and many other Canadian jazz musicians.
On Montreal's French music scene, Gordie performed on radio and television with Emile GENEST, Ti-Jean CARIGNAN, André GAGNON and Ginette RENO. He was a featured soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.
Internationally, Gordie toured France in 1952 and performed with Edith PIAF and Tino ROSSI. He had the honour to perform for former prime minister Pierre Elliot TRUDEAU at a Commonwealth Conference.
He participated with other top Canadian musicians in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tour to entertain Canadian and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops in Europe in 1952 and 1968.
For me, a memorable experience was playing in a group with Gordie for several winters in Florida. A popular member of the Panama City Beach family of musicians, Gordie looked forward to his winter trek south. Many of the American musicians will miss him, as will the many snowbirds who looked forward to hearing him each year.
His extensive repertoire allowed Gordie to author a book called Music of the World, in which he wrote the music to 280 songs from more than 30 countries.
Gordie leaves his wife of 47 years, Joanne, and seven children.
Jack FORTIN is Gordie's friend.

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FLEMING/FLEMMING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-26 published
WEDLOCK, Walter Bertram
We announce the sudden passing of Walter Bertram WEDLOCK of Scarborough at the age of 72 years. Born at London, Ontario, Walter moved to Toronto in 1949. He was the son of Walter WEDLOCK (died 1980) and Helen WEDLOCK (died 1986.) Walter will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his life-long Friends: Marion FLEMING/FLEMMING of Manotick and Elizabeth FLEMING/FLEMMING of Mississauga and her children Nancy CRAWFORD of Acton and Derek FLEMING/FLEMMING of Mississauga. A funeral service in commemoration of Walter's life will be held in St. George's Anglican Church, 3765 St. Clair Ave. E., on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Gord KING officiating. Walter was interred with his parents in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to McDougall and Brown Funeral Home.

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FLETCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-21 published
Deborah FLETCHER
By Blaine MARCHAND, Monday, July 21, 2003 - Page A14
Sister, daughter, friend. Born December 31, 1948, in Ottawa. Died February 11, of cancer, aged 54.
Dear friends," the e-mails began, although most had never met one another. Their common element was Friendship with Deborah FLETCHER.
The intimacy of e-mail brought testimonials of Friendship across decades, articulations of grief that someone so filled with the spirit of the world should pass away. One e-mail thanked her family: "You nurtured and encouraged and polished a wonderful spirit, and then generously gave her to the world. You helped make her an idealist with feet planted firmly on the ground."
Deborah was the eldest child, born to Jack and Doris. Two brothers, Randy and Dennis, followed her. The FLETCHERs instilled in their children wit, kind-heartedness, and fidelity to family. The extended FLETCHER clan reached from the Ottawa Valley down into the United States.
Following high-school, Deborah, interested in journalism, went to Algonquin College. Upon graduation in 1971, encouraged by her Aunt Elsie to go to Europe and "get it out of your system," Deborah marshalled Friends in the course to go along. The power of that visit stayed with her. She returned repeatedly, often with those Friends, to Provence and Tuscany.
After the first trip, she headed to the West Kootenays. Drawn to the beauty of British Columbia, yet also back to her childhood city, she shaped a career in Vancouver and Ottawa, maintaining apartments in both cities. These she filled with objets d'art: she was the one who searched for beauty and bought the best, the one who made every moment a celebration.
Always self-employed, Deborah was a prototypical "new age" worker. An e-mail read: "I try to recap her careers in my mind: journalist, food critic, teen drop-in-centre co-ordinator, children's bookstore owner, events promoter, media co-ordinator, video writer and producer." Underlying these choices were her curiosity, creativity and a commitment to challenge and change the world. A global villager, she worked for (to name a few): Canadian International Development Agency, Foreign Affairs, the Aga Khan Foundation. Personal travel took her all across Canada. No matter where she was, she nourished Friendships. As one e-mail stated: "There was that magical spark of Friendships among her Friends, many of whom moved in separate orbits around Deb and didn't know each other."
Her reach extended to the younger generation. When in Ottawa, she frequently had her two nieces over for sleepovers. The daughter of longtime Friends wrote "I knew I was on the right track to womanhood when Deborah was so taken with the colour of my lipstick, she directed us straight to the nearest drugstore and bought it." More recently, she had received a note praising a childhood drawing Deb had come across. "She wrote that I was unconcerned with neat printing and careful outlines, I was just caught up in creating and it showed. It is with the spirit of Deborah that I hope to continue to use bold colour to paint the experience of this life..."
In February, 2002, Deb was diagnosed with cancer. Determined to defeat the disease, family and Friends encouraged and assisted her. Six years earlier, she had met Paul WALSKE, who became the love of her life. "In the beginning it was probably the sound of her laugh... we all know that sound. I think I knew at the very start that I could love her just for that alone." In January of this year, they married in her hospital room decorated with giant peach-coloured roses Paul had bought.
As someone wrote: "In the end, family and Friends are everything. Family can be Friends and Friends can be family." No one exemplified this more than Deb.
Blaine is Deborah FLETCHER's friend.

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FLETCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-23 published
COLLINS, Joyce Amanda (formerly WHITING, née JOHNSON)
Died October 21, 2003 at St. Joseph's Villa, Dundas in her 83rd year. She was born on February 1, 1921 in Maidstone, Saskatchewan to Frank and Amanda JOHNSON, the youngest of 6 children. She is predeceased by her brothers Fred and Enos, sisters Ruth, Elma and Hilda. Joyce is also predeceased by her first husband Frank WHITING. Survived by her husband William and her sons Robert WHITING (Lan Wei), Kenneth WHITING (Jane), Douglas WHITING (Darlene) and daughters Margaret (Fraser FLETCHER,) Susan WHITING (Alan DESCHNER) and step-daughter Patti (Randy SKINNER.) Also survived by 11 grandchildren and a great-grand_son. Special thanks to Bonnie Bon for her special care and love during the past few years. Joyce was a graduate from the College of Household Sciences (1941), University of Saskatchewan and practiced as a hospital dietitian in Ottawa and Fredericton. Cremation. A Celebration of Joyce's Life will be held on Saturday, October 25 at Binkley United Church, 1570 Main Street West, Hamilton at 2 o'clock. Private inurnment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Joyce Collins Bursary c/o University of Saskatchewan, Sasktoon S7N 5C9.
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FLEXMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-24 published
Muriel (ADAM/ADAMS) FLEXMAN
By Bruce FLEXMAN Monday, February 24, 2003 - Page A14
Mother, grandmother, journalist, woman's editor. Born August 25, 1912, in Toronto. Died November 30, 2002 in Collingwood, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 90.
Amid a family of high achievers, Muriel was often heard to proclaim that she had a PhD in Life. And that is what she imparted to her family and grand-families. She had an interesting life with an extraordinary blend of experiences that contributed to her "doctorate."
While most of her life was spent in Ontario, she spent her youth and formative years in Calgary and never lost her western roots. Deprived of a strong family unit by the departure of her father and early death of her mother, she worked tirelessly to create a strong bond for her own family.
After graduation from high school, Muriel developed her self-confidence by taking a job as a bank teller before moving to her real vocation observing people and events with insight, a critical eye, a strong sense of humour and a splash of colour. This was her gift as a reporter.
A defining moment in her life occurred when Canadian Press Newswire Services selected Muriel, a female news reporter, to cover the historic Royal Visit of King George 6th and the Queen Mother in 1939. As the youngest member of the media entourage, she travelled on the royal train across Canada, filing stories and developing a tremendous admiration and lifelong bond with the Queen Mother.
Muriel's keen interest in the Queen Mother endured. She attended a reunion with the Queen Mother in 1989 on the 50th anniversary of the Royal Tour. On the Queen Mother's death last year, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-Television featured Muriel as one of the few living persons who could still relate (at the age of 89) the magic of the 1939 Royal Tour and bring it alive for all of us.
After the Royal Tour, a young Major Kenneth FLEXMAN (her devoted husband) and Muriel put newspaper aspirations on hold as they proceeded to create a family of five children: Bruce, Nora, Nancy, Barbara and Keith. Few of us today can appreciate the challenges of raising a young family during the war years. My father was away at war for five years and returned for only one brief visit to augment the family. During the war, my mother moved the family from coast to coast -- a common experience of the day as women sought out family and scarce support systems.
With war's end came stability as my father's military career played out in Ottawa; the children flourished in the stimulating atmosphere of the nation's capital. Muriel was active in the Mothercare Society, Girl Guides and was an ardent supporter of Charlotte WHITTON, the first woman to be elected mayor of Ottawa.
When my father retired, my mother returned to her love of the newspaper world and launched her second career as the woman's editor of the Ottawa Citizen. She continued to bring her keen instincts and life observations to an even wider audience through her writing.
Retirement allowed my mother and father to travel and expand their life experiences. In many cases, travel was an excuse to keep an eye on one or another child who had sojourned to some far-off place. My father in 1988 died while they were in Majorca and the Canary Islands, celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary.
Like the Queen Mother, my mother brought a zest to life that she shared in abundance with her readers, her children and her grandchildren. In later years, as her body and mind slowed, she never stopped the life-lectures that helped guide the course of our lives.
While professor Muriel FLEXMAN, self-proclaimed PhD (Life) will not be delivering any more formal lectures on her favourite topics of character, integrity and family, we are all blessed to have been touched by her life.
Bruce is Muriel's son.

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