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GAGE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-12-17 published
John BATEMAN McQUAY
In loving memory of John BATEMAN McQUAY, October 11, 1921 to December 12, 2003.
John Bateman McQUAY, a resident of Mindemoya, died peacefully on Friday, December 12, 2003, in Mindemoya Hospital, at the age of 82 years.
He was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, son of the late Doctor Russell and Gladys (SAUNDERS) McQUAY. The family moved to Mindemoya in 1934, where Russell set up a medical practice. Following his father's footsteps, John graduated as a medical doctor from the Faculty of Medicine at Queen's University in 1944. He married Mary TURNBULL in the same year, and interned in Kingston. In 1947 they moved to Mindemoya, where he joined his father's medical practice. He quickly became known and loved as "Doctor Jack". After his father became disabled in 1949, Doctor Jack served as the only doctor in the area until 1970, when other doctors began to arrive. He continued faithfully serving the community in full-time practice until 1991, easing into retirement over the next decade. Doctor Jack loved his vocation as family practitioner, and was dedicated to his patients. He worked long hours, making hospital rounds in the morning, seeing patients in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening, and calmly handling emergencies at any hour of the day or night. For many years he held a weekly clinic in West Bay. He often visited patients in their homes, and in the days before ambulance service, even brought patients to the hospital himself. He was a skilled physician who performed many kinds of surgery, but his greatest enjoyment was delivering babies, and he estimated he delivered over 2000 babies in his career. He also served as coroner for Manitoulin and the North Shore for 20 years. In 1991 the College of Family Physicians of Canada presented him with a Special Recognition Award for his outstanding service.
Doctor Jack will also be remembered for his dedication to his community. As Chair of the Board of Central Manitoulin High School, he worked to establish the Manitoulin Secondary School, serving all of the Island. As founding member of the Manitoulin Centennial Board, he helped set up the Manor in Little Current. He served as President of the Mindemoya Area Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s. He was a founding member of the Central Manitoulin Lions Club, and later received the Lions' Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services. He was a modest person, but he greatly appreciated this recognition. He was also a founding member of the Mindemoya Curling Club. In 1994, the Carnarvon Township named him as Citizen of the Year, and in September 2003, in ill health, he was particularly pleased when Central Manitoulin Township presented him with its Senior of the Year award. He and his wife Mary were members of St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church. For relaxation, Jack and Mary very much enjoyed curling, playing bridge, and golfing. He loved playing the piano, and his other hobbies included photography, stamp collecting, gardening, swimming and sailing on Lake Mindemoya, and rug hooking. Doctor Jack was devoted to his family, who will remember his encouragement and loving support. Dearly loved and loving husband of Mary McQUAY (predeceased.) Loved father of Marilyn (husband Martin CHILTON) of Kingston, Paul (wife Marion CARROLL) of Fort McMurray, Alta, Janice McQUAY of Mindemoya and Betty McQUAY of Toronto. Also survived by Athena McQUAY of Edmonton. Proud grandfather of Peter McQUAY, Jane HOEKSTRA (husband Terry), Stephen McQUAY and Jim CHILTON and great grandchildren Ethan, Sydney and Liam. Dear brother of Mary Alice THACKER of Ottawa, Ann GAGE (husband James) of Hartford, Conn., Thomas McQUAY, wife Barbara of Mindemoya. Predeceased by sister Margaret KYDD and her husband Gordon, and brother-in-law Doug THACKER. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called the St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mindemoya on Tuesday, December 16. The funeral service will be conducted at the church on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Canon Bain Peever officiating. Culgin Funeral Home

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GAGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-20 published
CRAWFORD, Margaret (née FREDERICKSON,) B.A. (Tor.,) M.A. (University of British Columbia)
died in Victoria, British Columbia on June 17, 2003 at the age of 78. Long associated in many capacities with the administrative offices of University of British Columbia. Secretary to Walter H. GAGE, who was then Dean of administrative and inter-faculty affairs, 1951-1954; secretary to president, Norman A. M. MacKENZIE, 1954-1962; briefly a programmer in University extension, programs for women and assistant in the office of Helen McCRAE, Dean of women, 1964-1975, with special interest in that office's outstanding contribution to the mature women students who were then arriving at University of British Columbia in increasing numbers and with special needs. Margaret completed a M.A. at University of British Columbia with a research thesis on mature women students in 1976. Married in 1977 to Frank W. CRAWFORD and moved to Edmonton where she continued to be active in women's affairs as a founding member of the Edmonton Women's Network. The CRAWFORD's retired to Victoria in 1982 where Margaret continued her interests in educational resources for mature students and in support systems for women. Margaret is survived by her husband, Frank CRAWFORD; 2 step sons and 2 step daughters and their families. Private cremation entrusted to Royal Oak Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, donations, if so desired, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice. Hayward's of Victoria (250) 386-3505

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GAGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-10 published
GROSSO, Dr. Roberto
Born in Rome, Italy on November 11th, 1928. Died on Tuesday, July 8th, 2003 at home surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his loving wife Caroline (née PANCARO,) his four daughters, Cristina GAGE, Francesca GROSSO, Beth GROSSO and Sylvia RENNIE his three sons-in-law, Brian GAGE, Steve PAIKIN, and Scott RENNIE, and his four grandchildren, Alessandra and Robert GAGE, Matthew RENNIE and Giulia PAIKIN. Dear brother of Maria Grazia Grosso ROSSI (husband Filippo) of Rome, Italy and Gian Carlo GROSSO, predeceased (wife Alessandra of Rome, Italy).
Visitation to be held at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury, Sunday, July 13th from 2: 00 to 6:00 p.m. Prayers 3: 00 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass to take place at Christ the King Church, 30 Beech Street, Sudbury on Monday, July 14th at 10: 00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the ''Dr. Roberto Grosso Memorial Fund'' for St. Joseph's Villa would be appreciated.

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GAGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-30 published
Making the world a better place
Toronto textbook publisher was a tireless community activist, environmentalist and philanthropist
By Randy RAY, Special to The Globe and Mail Thursday, October 30, 2003 - Page R9
From the moment he arose in the morning until it was time to lie down at night, Gage LOVE's goal as a textbook publisher, community activist and philanthropist was to make the world a better place.
"He felt his job on this planet was to make bloody well sure that the Earth was better when he left than when he found it," says son David LOVE of King City, north of Toronto.
To that end, Mr. LOVE gave a piece of himself to so many causes that he was often chided by his wife and accountant for trying to do too much.
"He was a $100 donor to between 100 and 200 charities every year. It used to drive mom crazy," says David LOVE. " His accountant used to say, 'You're giving away too much.' To which dad would reply, 'It's no big deal.' Mr. LOVE, a successful businessman and a relentless and passionate philanthropist, with a broad scope of interests including health care, education and the environment, died at his home in King City on September 5. He was 85.
Born in Toronto on September 17, 1917, Mr. LOVE graduated from the University of Toronto in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in history. While a student he worked at W.J. Gage Publishing, a Toronto company operated since 1880 by his maternal grandfather, Sir William GAGE, and later run by his father Harry LOVE. The company published a variety of textbooks for schools and was also involved in the envelope and stationary business.
"He started out as a stock boy and did most jobs, all part of a plan put in place by his dad to teach his son the ropes," Mr. LOVE says.
In 1941, he married Clara Elizabeth (Betty) FLAVELLE, whom he'd first met when he was four years old and had begun dating in his teens. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served on Canada's West Coast, ending the war as an officer on a mine sweeper.
After the Second World War he became president of W.J. Gage. When he took over the company, it was a small shop on Spadina Avenue in Toronto; during his presidency, the company in the late 1950s moved to larger and more modern quarters in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. By the time Mr. LOVE had left, it had become one of Canada's foremost educational book publishers.
With Mr. LOVE at the helm, W.J. Gage, in the mid-1940s, acquired the rights to Dick and Jane, a popular American educational book designed to make reading fun for children, and began publishing it in Canada. But his greatest legacy by far, and one of his proudest achievements, says David LOVE, was A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles, which W.J. Gage published as its centennial project in 1967.
It was the first dictionary to publish distinct Canadian words such as "inspectioneer," a whaling word, "suicide squad," from the Canadian Football League, "cradle-hole," a cradle-shaped hole left in the ground when a large tree is overturned by a gale and "keg angel," a whisky trader.
"The introduction to the book made the case that Canadians have quite a vibrant language," said David LOVE, whose first summer job was proofreading the dictionary. "The book contained words from coast to coast that no one else knew about." Faced with stiff American competition, Mr. LOVE in 1971 made the controversial decision to sell 80 per cent of the publishing company's shares, a move that made him unhappy, says his son.
"He was offered government money, but a handout was out of the question because as an old-school businessman, he did not believe the taxpayers of Canada should be made to pay for his company. He felt it should rise or fall on it own merits as a successful business." Six years later, a Canadian company bought it back, much to Mr. LOVE's delight.
After leaving publishing, Mr. LOVE turned his attention to philanthropy, a path also taken by his grandfather, Sir William GAGE, who had endowed many hospitals and charities, and for this work was given a knighthood in 1918.
"Dad used the fruits of what he earned at the publishing company to give back to the community," says David LOVE. "He wanted to make Toronto a better place to live for everybody." Over the years, he served as chair of the Gage Research Institute, which researches tuberculosis, the Ina Grafton Gage Home, an old-age home, and West Park Healthcare Centre, all in Toronto, and was president of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Toronto. In 1981, he co-founded the Toronto Metropolitan Community Foundation, now the Toronto Community Foundation, which connects potential philanthropists with community needs.
Among his largest donations was $250,000 in June, 2001, to the West Park Healthcare Centre, which was founded by Sir William GAGE in 1904. He was also a regular donor to Pollution Probe and the World Wildlife Fund.
"Seven months after founding Pollution Probe in 1969, we needed advice and help, so we went looking for it from people in the establishment," says Monte HUMMEL, one of the founders of Pollution Probe and now president of World Wildlife Fund. "Gage was one of those. He said, 'You [Pollution Probe] have got something to say and some of us in the business community need a kick in the pants.' He supported us with money, he sat on our board and he appealed to his peers to support Pollution Probe. In those days, that was a really courageous thing for him to do."
Mr. LOVE's sons are carrying on their father's philanthropy and his work in community and environmental affairs. David LOVE has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for 30 years, including 24 years with World Wildlife Fund; Geoff LOVE is a waste-recycling expert who played a significant role in developing Ontario's blue-box recycling program and Peter LOVE is a green-energy expert. A fourth son, Gage, is a teacher.
In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. LOVE leaves grandchildren Austin, Bryce, Melanie, Jennifer, Adrian, Charmian, Colin, Gage, Gaelan, Allie, Kate, Jesse, and great-grandchildren Ava, Makayla and Olivia.

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GAGNON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-07-02 published
HILLSON
-In loving memory of Maxwell Alexander "Bud" Hillson, who passed away at the age of 77 years. Husband of the late Katherine "Kay" (TURINECK,) July 4, 1999.
You had a smile for everyone
You had a heart of gold
You left the sweetest memories
This world could ever hold
No one knows how much we miss you
No one knows the bitter pain
We have suffered since we lost you
Life has never been the same
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us every day
Unseen, unheard but always near
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
A father's legacy is not riches
possessions or worldly goods
It's the way he lived,
the lives he touched, the promises he kept
It's the man he was
Your life, Dad was a job well done
and now you have left us to be with Mom.
Loving father of Bernadine, husband Phillip HARRIS of Ottawa, Maxine, husband Ronald ALBERTS of London, Edward of Little Current, Roseanne of Calgary and Kevin of Little Current. Remembered by brothers Maxime, wife Shirley, Randolph wife Helen. By sisters Marie, husband Gene ARMOUR, Agnes CARDINAL, Rita DUNDON, Judith, husband Wifred GUAY, Georgina GAGNON and Dorothy MASSON.

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GAGNON 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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