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GENDRON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-15 published
GENDRON, Jacqueline (Jackie)
Jacqueline GENDRON (née COOPER) was born 18 September 1909, Toronto and died peacefully at Avalon Nursing Home, Orangeville, Ontario on Thursday, 13 February 2003 in her 94th year. She was predeceased by her husband 'Vince' and son Jim, her sisters Blanche PITMAN and Glad GILLEN, brother Jim COOPER and recently her daughter-in-law Margaret (Mrs. Michael GENDRON). She is survived by her sons Peter (Judy), Owen Sound and Michael, Brockville; grandchildren Greg, Steven, Mark (Shaune) and Andrea (Anthony); sisters Audrey IRWIN and Alma WILLIAMS (Al;) sister-in-law Barb COOPER; many nieces and nephews and several close Friends. Jackie lived life her way. She was a responsible stay at home wife and mother, roles of which she was proud. She was a good mom. She loved New Year's parties with Friends, played golf, curled, skied, volunteered and travelled in Europe, East Asia and Africa into her 80's. Her Friends meant a great deal to her. She will be remembered for her flair and skill in cooking, carpentry, ceramics, wood carving, sewing, millinery and home decorating. Jackie was awarded a life membership in the Lord Dufferin Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire after 35 years of dedicated service. She was a member of Westminster United Church. At Jackie's request she was cremated and a memorial service, for immediate family, will be held during the summer, followed by burial in the family plot at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Orangeville. Special thanks to the staff of both Lord Dufferin Centre and Avalon Nursing Home, Dr. MARIEN and Dr. VEENMAN. Your care and sensitivity were much appreciated. Arrangements by Egan Funeral Home Baxter and Giles Chapel, 273 Broadway, Orangeville L9W 1K8 (519-941-2630).

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GENEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-13 published
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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GENEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-08 published
Died peacefully surrounded by family at Toronto General Hospital on Friday September 5, 2003, in her 76th year. Nita is survived by husband Lorne INGLE; children Richard JESSUP, Pat Penner (Tim), Berta JESSUP- RAMSAY (Rob), Barb JESSUP- GENEST (Paul), Bill JESSUP (Brenda,) and step-children Barb STROHBACH (Herb,) Margot INGLE (Jack Hayes,) and Roger INGLE (Shiela.) Nita will also be lovingly remembered by 13 grandchildren. Following her career as a special education teacher, Nita's concern and desire to help others continued through her participation and leadership in volunteer organizations. Nita's love of life and laughter will be missed by all. In accordance with her wishes there will be no service. A celebration of Nita's life will be held at a later date. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Karen, May and the staff at The Briton House for their support and assistance. If desired memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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GENESTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-08 published
Passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the age of 80 years. Beloved wife of Bernard GENESTE. Loving mother of François (Cathy) and Remi (Linda). Dear grandmother to her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and Friends. Relatives and Friends will be received at Heritage Funeral Home, 2871 St. Joseph Blvd. Orleans, on Saturday, March 8, 2003 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Claude Church, 2599 Innes Rd., Blackburn Hamlet, on Monday, March 10, 2003 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart Institute of Ottawa would be appreciated. Interment at St.-Laurent Cemetery. For condolences by fax: (613) 830-6038, by email: or for further information, please call: Heritage Funeral Home, (613) 830-2305.

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GENO o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-19 published
GENO, Keith, February 27, 2000
He is gone but not forgotten
And, as dawns another year,
In our lonely hours of thinking,
Thoughts of him are always near.
Days of sadness will come o'er us
Many think the wound is healed,
But they little know the sorrow
That lies in the heart concealed.
--In remembrance, from Father, twin sister Leila, nieces and nephews

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GENSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-15 published
GENSER, Bonnie
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Bonnie GENSER, who died on Sunday, November 29th, 2003. She died peacefully, without pain, with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Harold GENSER who died in 1980, and her siblings Rebecca JAUVOISH, Lottie BECKMAN, Bessie MELEMADE, David LEVIN, Rosie LEVIN, Esther POLLOCK and Harry LEVIN. She leaves to grieve her death and celebrate her life, three daughters, Naomi COHEN (Jared SABLE,) Toronto, Barbara BUTLER, Winnipeg, Susan STARR (Don STARR), Toronto, London, six grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. In addition to her immediate family, she is remembered by her sisters-in-law Esther Genser KAPLAN, Myrna LEVIN, Beverley LEVIN and Marion Vaisley GENSER, and many nieces and nephews.
Bonnie served in a leadership capacity in various areas of the community; president of the Bride's group, National Council of Jewish Women, president of Lillian Frieman Chapter of Hadassah, founder of the Shaarey Zedek Girl Guides, and later as a commissioner of the Manitoba Girl Guides. During her many visits to Israel she served as a volunteer in areas of agriculture, education, archaelogy, and social services.
She lived life to the fullest, and will be remembered for her dynamic personality, wit, charm, generosity, and infectious smile which made everyone feel special.
We wish to thank Vangie, Claire, Amy, and Ruth for their loving care.
Pallbearers were her grand_sons Scott COHEN, Paul RAYBURN, Josh BUTLER, Sheldon POTTER, granddaughters Hally and Misha STARR, and nephews Michael and Daniel LEVIN. Honorary pallbearers were Don STARR, Jared SABLE, Perry RAYBURN, and Mayer LAWEE.
Rabbi Allan GREEN officiated and her granddaughter Leanne POTTER spoke on behalf of the family. Donations in Bonnie's memory may be made to The Bonnie Genser Fund in the Women's Endowment Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, C-400-123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3N 2B2, (204) 477-7525 or or the charity of your choice.

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