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"GOW" 2003 Obituary


GOWAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-25 published
Agnes Elizabeth Jean HOWARD (née MITCHELL)
This most gracious lady died peacefully at her home in Stratford, February 22, 2003 in her 94th year. Agnes is predeceased by Earle, her loving and devoted husband of 51 years. Ever caring, ever supportive, she was cherished mother of David, adored grandmother of Gillian HOWARD, and treasured mother-in-law of Nicola ADAIR. She is most lovingly remembered by Andrew, son of Nicola; and Kitty HOWARD, mother to Gillian. Also by nephew Douglas GOWAN (Carol) and their sons, David (Debbie), Donald (Tana), Michael (Darla), and Paul. Agnes was born on her family's farm in 1909 at Hagersville, Ontario, daughter of Ionson and Annie MITCHELL. She completed her education with a post- secondary year at Waterford Business College before following her future husband's family to Fort Erie in 1928. Working briefly for the Bridgeburg Review, she married in 1933, residing in the home the couple built until 1989. Always passionate about her bridge, her garden, and her church, St. Andrew's Knox Presbyterian, Agnes was a proud member of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire; and ever the steadfast and unobtrusive power behind the man as she supported Earle throughout his career. Moving to St. Catharines, she continued to vigorously engage life, establishing a devoted and caring group of new Friends at age 80 in her home on Towering Heights Blvd., remaining there until 2002 when she joined her family in Stratford, reunited in her son's home, blessing all with her presence these last nine months. Agnes is best remembered for the quiet, understated grace with which she moved among her wide and committed circles of Friends, nurtured and maintained lifelong. Visitation (11: 00 a.m.) will precede funeral services at Knox Presbyterian Church, 53 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, Saturday, March 1st, 12: 00 noon; interment at McAffee Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Canadian Diabetic Association, St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation, Stratford General Hospital Foundation, Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Catharines, or St. Andrew's Knox Presbyterian Church, Fort Erie; donations may be facilitated by W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St. Stratford, Ontario (519-271-7411). Stratford and area Friends are invited to remember Agnes at a reception at 90 Neal Avenue, Stratford, Ontario, Sunday, March 2nd, 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m.

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GOWAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-29 published
McLEAN, Joan Elizabeth
Joan Elizabeth McLEAN, daughter of Vera and the late Jack GILMOUR, first of three girls, was born on February 28, 1933 in Russell, Manitoba. She died quietly, in her sleep, at the Credit Valley Hospital, on Saturday, July 26, 2003. Joan McLEAN, better known as, ''Miss Joan'' to her loved ones, received her training as a registered nurse at the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing and was a flight attendant for Trans Canada Airlines prior to marriage and relocation to Ontario. Joan loved traveling, gardening, antiques, animals, art of all kinds, bagpipe music, throwing parties and just being close to family and Friends. She leaves behind her beloved husband, of 46 years, Donald; her mother Vera; her sister Violet and her husband Michael HALICKI sons John, Ross and Thomas; daughters-in-law Sandy and Suzanne grandchildren Katie, James, Daniel, Alex, Donald, Evelyn, Christina and Sean; sister-in-law Carol and her husband Doug GOWAN; her nieces and nephews David, Donald, Michael, Paul, Cathy, Lora and Blake, her devoted caregiver and friend, Ida DUBÉ and a host of relatives and Friends. Joan was predeceased by her dear sister Eleanor in 2000. Joan was a truly remarkable and generous person who will be remembered with great love and affection. As per Joan's wishes, there will be no Funeral Service. Instead, a celebration of her life will be held at her home in Mississauga, a date and time will be announced. Memorial contributions to the Palliative Care Unit of the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation (2200 Eglinton Avenue West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 2N1 905-813-2200) are appreciated.

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GOWEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-30 published
GOWEN, Arthur Robert " Bob"
Born in Toronto, January 18, 1921, died peacefully at Calgary Foothills Hospital, October 27, 2003. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (née BUGLER,) of Calgary, and his beloved son and daughter-in-law, David and Federica. Also surviving are his oldest brother, John, of Toronto, sisters-in-law, Dorothy GOWEN, of Toronto, Margaret GOWEN, of Barrie, and Marjory HIND, of Calgary, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob's wish to offer his body to medical research has been fulfilled. A memorial service will be held at Parkdale United Church, 2919 - 8th Avenue N.W., Calgary, on Sunday, November 9, at 2: 00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Bob may be made to a charity of your choice. We wish to thank the entire staff of Unit 81 at the Foothills Hospital for the compassionate care they ceaselessly gave Bob during his final days.

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GOWER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-20 published
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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