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FORAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-06 published
SPRAGGE, Godfrey L.
Died suddenly, at Kingston General Hospital, on Sunday, May 4, 2003, in the presence of his sons John and Michael. He leaves behind a loving family, a circle of Friends who shared his passionate concern for peace and social justice, and who will miss him very much. He was married to Shirley (née COX) for forty-one years. They were a couple and best Friends for fifty years before her death in 1995.
Born in Toronto on January 4, 1929, he studied at Trinity College, Toronto, and worked as a land surveyor and Urban Planner before obtaining his Masters of Planning from Cornell University. He then went on to help found the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen's University, Kingston, where he taught for twenty-five years. Following his retirement from Queen's, he trained with Project Accompaniment to serve as an electron observer and witness for peace in Guatemala.
His passion for social justice led him to the Early Years Coalition and Better Beginnings, Kingston Electors On Line, and the Kingston Faith and Justice Coalition. He derived great strength from his involvement with men's support groups, and great pleasure from piano lessons and singing with the Kingston Choral Society and Open Voices Choir. His spiritual journey began with the Anglican Church and led to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Since the death of his wife, he found great joy with his many Friends. He is survived by his sisters Elizabeth (J.D. WATSON and their three children) of Belfast, and Monica of Toronto sons John (Allison MacDUFFEE) and Michael (Lynne FORAN) of Toronto. He particularly delighted in his grandchildren Kathleen and Liam.
His family will receive Friends at the Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street, Kingston, on Thursday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. His life will be celebrated at a meeting for worship in the Quaker tradition on Saturday, May 10 at 1: 30 p.m. at the University Club, 130 Stuart Street, Kingston, Ontario. There will also be a Memorial Service at Trinity College Chapel on Monday, May 12 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Combination Private Dining Room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Way serving Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington for the Success by Six Program, 417 Bagot Street, Kingston, Ontario K7K 3C1 or the Kingston Symphony Association, P.O. 1616, 11 Princess Street, Suite 206, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5C8.
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FORBES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-20 published
Elizabeth GREGOROVICH
By Alexandra CHYCZIJ Thursday, February 20, 2003 - Page A26
Wife, actress, gardener. Born December 25, 1933, in London, England. Died December 26, 2002, in Toronto, of natural causes, aged 71.
We were in her home in Toronto, first-time dinner guests, when she asked for some cutlery from a sideboard. I obliged, only to be startled by a kitten nestled in the drawer, purring contentedly. It was not alone. We soon realized that having a meal with Lizzie, as everyone called her, and her husband, J. B. GREGOROVICH, meant sharing their hospitality with dozens of kittens and cats, puppies and dogs. There was even a pigeon! No fool this fowl for, even when offered an opportunity to fly off into Toronto's High Park, he wouldn't leave their home. This entire menagerie lived in a state of glorious chaos, barking, meowing and bellowing -- most of it animal-generated, all good-natured. The homes Lizzie made were always like that, a cacophonous delight: eccentric, caring, inclusive places where her charges and companions -- animals, Friends, and husband alike -- thrived.
Elizabeth GREGOROVICH was born Angela Christine FORBES- GOWER. Lizzie was an actress by vocation and a clerk by profession until rheumatoid arthritis hobbled her. Nevertheless, she remained a resolute gardener, this past year starting a "white garden" in honour of her adored mother-in-law, Mary. She was also a collector of teddy bears. J. B. always scouted around for her during the many trips he made on Ukrainian-Canadian business.
Children loved Lizzie. At Halloween she became a cackling old hag, ambushing those coming close to her lair. I well remember how half-frightened my daughter Kassandra was on our first visit, but also how quickly Lizzie dispelled alarm with good-humoured laughter and treats; how delighted Kassandra was after realizing that the harridan who jumped at us was an adult having as much fun as a kid. We returned every year.
Lizzie was just as she represented herself: kind, generous, happy, a creator of things amazing and curious. In the years I knew her, even when she endured bouts of debilitating illness, she was nothing but certain that there would always be something good around the next bend in her life. Her spirit was infectious. Those who met her came away amused, refreshed.
Lizzie emigrated from England as a teenager, born into a somewhat dysfunctional upper-class British family. She didn't like this country much until, in 1962, she found her perfect companion in John, the son of Ukrainian pioneer settlers, a lawyer and a lieutenant in the army reserves. Lizzie, herself of mixed North Country English Scottish-Irish-Jewish descent, became a stalwart supporter of J. B.'s dedication to the defence of Ukrainian-Canadian civil liberties.
When they retired to Mount Forest, Ontario (there to house an ever-expanding circle of animals on an ark-like farm where all and sundry would have room to run and play and grow, as they did), many deeply missed them and asked why they had moved so far away. Because it was the right place, Lizzie would laugh, near Ontario's highest point, so if another flood came, at least their animals would be spared!
Up there, Lizzie soon became a well-loved local character. But she never forgot the Ukrainian-Canadian community she had joined. Fittingly, her remains were treated according to the ancient custom of partial cremation, leaving bones for eventual interment in her native English soil, preceded by a memorial service in Toronto's St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral.
No one knew that Lizzie had left us until after the New Year began and Ukrainian Christmas had been celebrated. Even as her own life came to end, she thought of others first. That says it all.
Alexandra Chyczij is a family friend.

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FORD o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-04-30 published
Shirley Eleanor COOPER
In loving memory of Shirley Eleanor COOPER who passed away peacefully at her home in Espanola on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at the age of 71 years.
Born July 15, 1931. Cherished wife of Burt. Loved mother of Sandra and husband Bill OLFERT of Espanola, Marilyn and husband Paul FORD of Naughton, Randy and wife Terri of Mount Albert. Special grandmother of Stacey and Sherry LEWIS, Carrie PATTY, Chris and Paula FORD, Thomas and Justin COOPER. Dear great grandmother of Brandon, Brady, Kyle, Kamryn. Missed by brother Bud and wife Pat Wilkin. Will be remembered by in-laws Nellie Thomas (husband Gordon predeceased) of Tehkummah, Jean and husband Bernie Harfield, both predeceased, Leonard and wife Betty Cooper of Mindemoya, Alvern Nighswander (husband Stuart predeceased) of Little Current, Max Cooper (predeceased) and wife Ellen of Little Current, Don and wife Karlene Cooper of Espanola. Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 29, 2003. Funeral Service at 2: 00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2003 both at Mindemoya Missionary Church. Burial in Mindemoya Cemetery.

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FOREMAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-05 published
Frank FOREMAN
In loving memory of Frank FOREMAN, who passed away at Manitoulin Health Centre, on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at the age of 78 years.
Survived by wife Shirley (Nov. 9/2002)
predeceased by wife Bertha {YOUNG} (June 9/2001)
Step father of Larry, David and Diana
Remembered by sister Jean JABLANSKI of Selkirk, Manitoba and brother Stan FOREMAN of Kenora
predeceased by twin sister and three brothers
Visitation was 7-9 pm Wednesday. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, January 30, 2003, at Mindemoya Anglican Church.
Burial in Mindemoya Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

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FOREMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-24 published
MURRAY, Marjorie Eleanor (née HUGHES)
Died peacefully at Toronto on April 23, 2003. Beloved wife of R. Gordon for 61 years. Loving mother to John (Elizabeth), Scott (Janice), Janet (John DILL), Sheila (David DICKINSON) and Cameron (Marie) and proud grandmother of 12. Survived by her sister Janet (John FOREMAN) and her sister-in-law Inez HUGHES. Marjorie was a graduate of University College, U of T, a member of Gamma Phi Beta, and a longtime member of the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club and the Garden Club of Toronto. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (two lights west of Yonge) on Saturday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. Funeral Service on Sunday at 4 p.m. from The Church of St. Timothy, 100 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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FORGET o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-21 published
KUHN, Tillo E., Professor Emeritus of Economics, York University, B.Sc. L.S.E., PhD. McGill
Born November 1, 1919 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, died July 18, 2003 in hospital in Gatineau, Quebec after a series of strokes. He leaves to mourn him his wife Naomi, sons Roland, Oliver and Christopher, daughter Nicola, daughters-in-law Susan and Tulimah, son-in-law Neil, and his grandchildren Alexander and Thomas KUHN, Sophia and William KUHN, and Holly and Josh JANNA. Tillo will be missed also by his niece Dagmar FORGET and nephew Hatto FISCHER, brothers-in-law David and John KIRKWOOD, and cousins in Germany and England, as well as many Friends, former colleagues and students. He was predeceased by his beloved sister Brigitte FISCHER and cousin ''like my brother'' Hatto KUHN. From 1949 to 1954 Tillo lived in England, where he was the first student from post-war Germany to enter the London School of Economics. In 1954 he emigrated to Canada to begin work in transportation economics in Montreal and then Ottawa. The summer of 1955 found him in a cottage ''up the Gatineau'' at Gleneagle, where he began a lifelong love affair with that area as well as with a cottage neighbour, Naomi, whom he married in 1956. After receiving Canadian citizenship in 1959, Tillo accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. Four years in Berkeley were the beginning of his twin careers of university teaching and international development assignments for the World Bank and other international agencies. In 1966 he became a member of the new Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University in Toronto, his employer until retirement in 1989. Tillo was proud to have worked in 13 different countries. Some of the longer and most exciting projects were in Honduras 1962, Dahomey (now Benin) 1967, Paraguay 1968, and Kenya 1970-72, where he was director of a Canadian International Development Agency team working with the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and Planning, coupled with a training program for Kenyans at York. His favourite country after Canada to live and work was Greece, where he spent 1964-65 in a research centre, 1980-82 working in the finance ministry under both a conservative and a Papandreou-led government, and 1985-87 teaching in the business school of the University of Athens. In 1989 Tillo retired to his house Tirconna at Gleneagle on the Gatineau River, the same site where Tillo and Naomi met in 1955. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service, burial of ashes and reception to celebrate Tillo's interesting life will follow in September in Wakefield, Quebec. Date to be announced later. Funeral arrangements c/o Hulse Playfair and McGarry, Wakefield.

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FORLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-24 published
DOE, Joyce Alene
Peacefully at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre on Friday, February 21, 2003, with her family at her side. Joyce, dear mother of Linda, Peggy, Gail (Peter FORLER) and Douglas (Susan). Loving Nana of Hilary and Willa ZIMMERMAN; Rebecca, Jillian and Rachel FORLER; and, Naomi and Tevis DOE. She is survived by her brother Barry McWATERS of California. A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 2 o'clock at the Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, 105 Wilson Avenue, If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1, would be appreciated.

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FORSTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-06 published
Journalist and musician was at centre of smalltown life
By Randy RAY Special to The Globe and Mail Thursday, March 6, 2003 - Page R9
Ottawa -- It's a wonder Steve FORSTER wasn't late for every appointment he ever made.
Whether he was strolling along the main drag in Perth, Ontario, where he lived and once ran the weekly newspaper, or cruising the corridors at Algonquin College in Ottawa where he taught journalism, Mr. FORSTER often bumped into someone he knew.
Inevitably, he'd crack a joke, tell a story or initiate a conversation about music, politics or work.
"He was probably one of the most well-known citizens in Perth, says Ralph WILLSEY, a Perth resident and Ottawa Citizen copy editor, who was best man at Mr. FORSTER's wedding in 1992. "He couldn't walk down the street without someone yelling 'hello.'"
He was also a popular figure at Algonquin College.
"He was a big guy... you couldn't help but notice him and he certainly knew lots of people both inside and outside the journalism faculty, says Abla SHERIF, dean of the school of media design at the college, where Mr. FORSTER was on staff for 14 years.
Mr. FORSTER, who was diagnosed with cancer in May, 2001, died at his home in Perth last month. He was 53.
For the better part of his life, journalism and music were Mr. FORSTER's passions. These, as well as his gregarious nature, deep voice, love of storytelling and physical stature -- six-foot, three inches and 290 pounds -- gave him a presence wherever he went.
Mr. FORSTER was born in England into an air force family and came to Canada at age six, living for a time on a military base near the southwestern Ontario community of Centralia where his father Alan was a firefighter.
He spent his teen years in Ottawa and studied journalism at Algonquin before landing his first journalism job in 1970 at The Courier, a weekly newspaper in Perth, about an hour west of Ottawa. He left briefly to work at The Windsor Star and The Ottawa Citizen, but returned to Perth to become editor of the Courier. He joined Algonquin College in 1989 and remained there until illness forced him to take leave in 2001. He also served four years on Perth town council.
"Nobody will ever fill Steve's shoes -- they don't make them like that any more, says Mr. WILLSEY, who met Mr. FORSTER in 1979 when both were reporters covering the Perth area.
Mr. WILLSEY feels his friend's greatest achievements may have been as a musician. Mr. FORSTER, who played bass and guitar, was well-known in the Perth area as the lead singer of rhythm-and-blues groups Powersnooze, and later, Big Steve and the Mudcats, both of which helped him win a wide following in Perth and recognition on the streets of the community. He also played in a band with staff at Algonquin.
He loved rhythm and blues and was a great admirer of James Brown and Smokey Robinson. Musically his work resembled Long John Baldry.
"He could really belt out a song... not everybody can make an arena full of people dance. That was quite an achievement, " said Mr. WILLSEY, who for years jammed with Mr. FORSTER and other musicians, often playing R&B standards such as In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett and Sweet Little Angel by B. B. King. The bands he fronted played the bar scene in Ottawa, Kingston, Ontario, and Lanark County and often appeared at the Crown and Thistle and the Red Fox, both popular nightspots in Perth.
"Other than writing, I would have to say music was right up there as one of his favourites, says Mr. FORSTER's wife Rachel, who sang with Big Steve and the Mudcats. "He was involved in music from his days as a young teen until he passed away."
Mr. FORSTER was also a fiercely dedicated journalist and teacher. As editor and columnist with the Perth Courier, he had a nose for news and distaste for politicians who wasted public money, said Mr. WILLSEY.
After being diagnosed with cancer, Mr. FORSTER wrote several columns about his illness and the treatment he was receiving.
"You can't measure success by money, power or prestige, " said one column. "Success is measured in personal fulfillment, in the joy of life and in the goodness found in Friends, neighbours and family."
In May, 2002, he received the Silver Quill Award from the Ontario Community Newspapers Association for 25 years of service in community journalism.
Mr. FORSTER leaves his wife Rachel, daughter Natasha, father Alan, mother Beatrice and sister Susan.

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FORSTMANN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-28 published
SHIRRIFF, Barbara Jean (née SLOAN)
Died peacefully at home in Toronto, on Tuesday, May 27, 2003, having recently turned 81. Predeceased by her beloved husband Francis Colin SHIRRIFF. Dear mother of Susan, Cathie Shirriff FORSTMANN, Janet, Joan VAUGHAN (the late Steven VAUGHAN) and Barbara. Loving grandmother of Diana CABLE (Warren), Allyson WOODROOFFE (Roger PEPLER) and Kelly FORSTMANN. Great-grandmother of Kate and Julia PEPLER and Hayley, Stephanie and Scott CABLE. Survived by brothers Manson and Frank, and sisters Neva PAUL and Mary PARKER. Barbara's love, encouragement, strength and ''joie de vivre'' will be cherished always. Our very special thanks to Dr. Wendy BROWN, Dr. Russell GOLDMAN and The Temmy Latner Palliative Care Team, Ella CASE and the Victorian Order of Nurses, and caregivers Ramona and Helen. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at Saint John's Anglican Church York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 30. If desired, donations to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 700 University Avenue, Third Floor, Suite 3000 Toronto M5G 1Z5 will be much appreciated by the family.

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FORSYTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-10 published
LUCAS, Professor Emeritus Alec
Died, after a lengthy illness, at Island Lodge in Ottawa, on May 6th, 2003. He was born in Toronto June 20, 1913, the youngest child of Bert and Emma LUCAS, and grew up on a farm near Cobourg. It was here his love of nature and books was nurtured. Schooling began at Cook's School, a two-roomed school near Cobourg, where he later taught while studying for a B.A. and M.A. from Queen's. He obtained a Ph.D. in English from Harvard in 1951. Wishing to return to Canada, he accepted an offer from University of New Brunswick and taught English there until 1957 before going to McGill where he taught for and wrote for the next 30 years. After retirement he was made an Emeritus Professor in 1984, and worked part-time, which included a visiting lectureship in Iqaluit. He continued to write until he suffered a stroke in December 1995. Alec was an early advocate for the importance of teaching of Canadian literature and was the founding coordinator of the Canadian Studies Program, the forerunner of The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He wrote extensively on Canadian literature, including articles for The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, and the Literary History of Canada. He published books on writers such as Hugh MacLennan, Farley Mowat and Peter MacArthur and edited several anthologies of short stories including the best selling Great Canadian Short Stories. His passion for literature and teaching was matched by his concern for and interest in nature he was an active conservationist and bequeathed most of his woodland property at Plaisance, Quebec to the Quebec Society of the Protection of Birds as a nature reserve. He is predeceased by his parents, and siblings Eva FISHER, Vera FORSYTH, and Leonard LUCAS. He leaves his wife, Sharon; former wives Margaret and Coula; children George (Charlotte) of White Rock, Suzanne (Allan) LANGSFORD of Kingston, and Edward of Halifax, five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews including Sylvia (Tom) MIDDLEBRO'of Ottawa and Joan (Dick) MEYER of Barrie and grandnieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Mackay United Church, 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa, May 16 at 3 p.m. Ashes will be interned in Cobourg at a later date. If desired, a donation can be made in his memory to Island Lodge, 1 Porter's Island Ottawa K1N 5M2 or a charity of choice.

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FORSYTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
DICKIE, William Hamilton Caldow
Born in Renfrew, Scotland September 29th, 1905 - died in Huntsville, Ontario on June 10th, 2003, after a long, happy and productive life. Predeceased by his devoted wife Anna Elizabeth (WHITE/WHYTE.) Survived by his children, Carol, (Michael MOFFAT,) Billy (Janet LAW) and Susan CHANDELIER, grandchildren, Blake and Gregory O'BRIEN (Sandy FORSYTH,) Jonathan and Kirk\Marshall, Christine and Bobby DICKIE, great-grandchildren, Duncan, Charlotte and Eric O'BRIEN. He will be remembered for his distinguished career in industrial and labour relations, his dry (just add scotch) humour, quick wit and great sense of fairness. A celebration of his life will be held August 9th at his home on Lake of Bays where tales will be told and favourite noontime refreshments served. If desired, donations may be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, 354 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville, P1H 1H7.

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FORTAIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-19 published
Deborah K. GOMM June 22, 1956 to April 15, 2003
Died suddenly on Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in her 46th year. Beloved partner of Penny. Loving mother to Zachary and Alexandra. Lovingly remembered by her parents Mervyn and Kathleen and brother Michael. Predeceased by her brother Richard. Also fondly remembered by all her relatives in England. She will be sadly missed by parents-in-law Steve and Germaine FORTAIS, and brother-in-law Jeff (Nancy,) nieces Sarah and Anna, and all her Friends. Deb's second family at The Globe and Mail mourn the loss of a valued colleague and genuine friend. Arrangements to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. On-line condolences can be made at www.pfortais@rogers.com 'Reading Harry Potter without you mom will never be the same. This is the last page.'

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FORTIER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-05 published
Wesley " Wes" Edward HALL
In loving memory of Wesley "Wes" Edward HALL who passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2003 at the Sudbury Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre at the age of 70 years.
Beloved husband of Lucille (FORTIER) HALL predeceased 1995. Loving father of Wesley (wife Valerie) of Toronto, Michael (wife Colleen) of Ottawa, Allison (husband Alvin LANDRY) of Oshawa, John (wife Marie-Anne) of Ponty Pool, Sharon (husband Danny GIRARD) of Arlington, Texas and Sherri-Lynn (husband Joseph BORLAND) of Milan, Mich. Cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Samantha, Jessica, Kaela, Kaitlyn, Bradley, Rebecca, Nicholas and Ashley. Dear son of Harold and Florence HALL, both predeceased. Dear brother of Harold predeceased (wife Valerie) of Cambridge, Kenneth (wife Eleanor) of Grimsby, Bruce of Toronto, Inez (husband Harold COLLINS predeceased) of Sarnia and Beverley predeceased (husband David ARMSTRONG predeceased). Funeral service was held in the RJ Barnard Chapel, Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch St. Sudbury on Thursday, October 30, 2003. Cremation in the Parklawn Crematorium.

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FORTIN 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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