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GRIECO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-05 published
GRIECO, Paul
Peacefully in his 93rd year of life, at North York General Hospital, on Monday, March 3, 2003. Paul was a man who thanked God each day for his life, his family and his blessings, and this is the legacy he left to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Beloved husband of the late Rose GRIECO (née DILEO.) Wonderful father of Rosalie (Sarasua), Joseph, Frank, and Cathy (Tait). Dear brother of the late John GRIECO and Anne DIFRANCO. Dearly loved grandfather of Rosalie-Anne, Carlos, Irene, Nikki, Natalie, Mason, Meghan and Cameron. Great-grandfather of Alysha-Rose and Nicolas. Proud Founder, along with his wife Rose, of P.R. Engineering in Oshawa, Ontario. He will be always remembered and greatly missed by his family and Friends. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2003, at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral mass on Friday, March 7 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Church (92 Steeles Avenue, just west of Yonge Street). Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery. Donations would be greatly appreciated to one of the following organizations: 3T5 Alumni Association, University of Toronto (Second Mile Award scholarship fund) or North York General Hospital Foundation for nursing education. Heartfelt thanks to all the nurses of North York General Hospital for their loving care and support.

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GRIERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-27 published
Died This Day -- Norman McLAREN, 1987
Monday, January 27, 2003, Page R7
Animator and filmmaker born on April 11, 1914, at Stirling, Scotland worked as a cameraman for a Spanish Civil War documentary; in 1937, joined staff of British GPO Film Unit under John GRIERSON in 1841, followed GRIERSON to National Film Board of Canada in 1941; won 147 awards for short films, including Pas de Deux (1968), Neighbours (1952) and Ballet Adagio (1971).

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GRIERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-30 published
GRIERSON, Margaret E.
In her 97th year, died peacefully on April 17th. at Central Park Lodge, Toronto. Predeceased by her brother Gordon and sister-in-law Phyllis GRIERSON. She will be greatly missed by her family and Friends. Special thanks to her caregiver Stella O'BYRNE. Donations in Margaret's memory can be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-19 published
GRACE E. GALBRAITH
November 27, 1903 - February 14, 2003
Grace GALBRAITH, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge, Gore Bay, died at the Lodge on Friday, February 14, 2003 at the age of 99 years. She was born in London, England, daughter of the late Edward and Emily (RAYNER) GRIFFIN and at the age of 8 years came to Stratford, Ontario with her brother and sister, through the Thomas Bernardo Child Care Organization. She later came to the Island and at the age of 14, lived and worked for William and Mable McDONALD at Providence Bay, until her marriage to James GALBRAITH on February 20, 1920. She and James raised their family on the 12th line of Campbell Township. In 1952, she and James moved to Espanola, and Ransford took over the family farm. James predeceased her in 1970, but she continued to live in Espanola until 1991, when she came to live at Manitoulin Lodge.
Grace enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, tatting and canning. Loved and loving mother of Evelyn PATTISON (husband Warren LEGGE, predeceased 1972 and Jim PATTISON, 1986,) Lorma MIDDAUGH (husband Bill predeceased 2002,) Mildred McCORMICK (husband William predeceased 1998,) Leona SLOSS and husband Chester of Espanola and Ransford and his wife Lavina GALBRAITH of Mindemoya. Proud grandmother of 22 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 35 great great grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Edward (Ted) GRIFFIN and sister Lilly GRIFFIN.
Friends called the Culgin Funeral Home from 1-2 pm on Monday, February 17, 2003. The funeral service was conducted at 2 pm with Reverend Frank HANER officiating. Spring interment in Mindemoya Cemetery. Culgin Funeral Home 282-2270.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-11 published
GRIFFIN, Oda Rockliff
Died peacefully at home on June 9, 2003, with dignity and courage. Beloved wife of the late Peter GRIFFIN. Loving mother of Tova and Gail. Predeceased by her daughter June. Cherished mother-in-law to Don WILLARD, Ed Charles and Dr. Lee BOOKER. Adored by her grandchildren, John, Lee Ann, Jill, Leilani, Terry, Peter and her great-grand_son Justin. Oda will be sadly missed by Tony, Kitty and family, and by the dear family of the late Peter GRIFFIN. The Funeral Service will be held at Holy Rosary Church, 354 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, on Friday, June 13, at 10: 30 a.m., with family visitation at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 700 University Ave. (3rd floor), Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z5 or Mississippi Society of Canada (National Office), 250 Bloor St. East, Suite 1000, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3P9.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-04 published
EDDY, Larry Alan, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
He Died
Those who knew Larry well would recognize that the above was the obituary that he requested.
Larry passed away peacefully at Cygnet Hollow, his farm near Sunderland, Ontario, on November 2, 2003. His love and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed by his wife Dorothy, daughter Kimberley, son Kevin, and daughter-in-law Pamela. His sisters Carole GRIFFIN an Sue O'NEILL together with their spouses Peter and Bill and their families will miss him as well.
At Larry's request, there will be no service. However, there will be an open house at Cygnet Hollow on Sunday, November 9 between 1: 00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. For directions, visit www.eddy.ca or call 705-357-1908. Donations in his memory may be made to the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital (building fund) or a charity or your choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Low and Low Funeral Home (905) 852-3073.

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GRIFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-22 published
HODY, Maud Hazel Hurst, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Died November 18, 2003 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was born May 23, 1928 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was the wife of the late Reginald Edmund HODY and mother of Florence, Vancouver, Reginald David, Halifax, William (Pam GRIFFIN- HODY), Ottawa, and Laura, Dartmouth. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Max and Arden HODY, Ottawa, and her sister Clare DICK, Vancouver. Maud's original career was as a teacher. She received her B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia, her M.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick, and her doctorate from the University of Toronto. She taught in Burns Lake, British Columbia, and Moncton, New Brunswick. She had a second career in Corrections Canada as a parole officer, the first woman in the Maritimes to be in this position. Among other scholarly activities, Maud was involved in research and writing for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Social action and the community were always of great importance to her. She was one of the founding members of the Unitarian Fellowship in Moncton, New Brunswick in the 1950's, was involved with Voice of Women, the New Democratic Party and many other activities. Maud had a life-long love for travel, and spent much time traversing Canada, the United States, Europe, and particularly Australia. A memorial service and reception will be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, 5500 Inglis Street, Monday November 24 at 2: 00 pm. No flowers or donations by Maud's request.

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GRIFFITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-10-22 published
Patricia Joan STERRITT
In loving memory of Patricia Joan STERRITT (née MORRIS) a resident of Manitowaning, died at Laurentian Hospital, Sudbury, on Sunday, October 19, 2003 at the age of 69.
Pat was born in Brampton, daughter of the late Gilbert and Mona (TRIMBLE) MORRIS. Will be dearly missed by her loving husband Malcolm SINCLAIR STERRITT and her children Richard (Rick) STERRITT of Brampton, Wendy (GRAY/GREY) and husband Jim of Palgrave, Robert and wife Lorie of Caledon East, Carl and wife Karen of Alton. Her six grandchildren Mandy, Laura, Nicole, Samantha, Jake and Benjamin will miss their "Nanny"
Predeceased by brothers Robert and Brian and survived by dear sister Virginia and husband Yvon GALIPEAU of Milton, Gail GRIFFITH of Brampton, Mary (CLARIDGE) and husband Hap of Salmon Arm, BC, Julie (CAMPBELL) and husband Brian of Brampton, brothers John, of Brampton and Grant and wife Pam of Chatham. Visitation was held on Monday, October 20, 2003. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 all at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Manitowaning, Ontario. Reverend Canon Bain PEEVER officiating. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery.

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GRIFFITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-26 published
THURLING, Lauretta Blanche (née VILLENEUVE)
Died peacefully at home in Peterborough, February 24, 2003 after a glorious life of 92 years. Lauretta was the beloved wife of the late Melville C. THURLING. She is survived by her adoring family and her children, Peter and Lynne, their spouses Joan SCHAFER and John TREILHARD, grandchildren - Pier and Zoe THURLING, Kevin and Shane QUINN, Sydney GRIFFITH, Marieke TREILHARD and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Hector VILLENEUVE and by her sister Connie ADAM/ADAMS. Lauretta was a magical matriarch never to be forgotten by her family and many Friends. Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday, February 28, 3: 00 p.m. (visitation one hour prior) by Father Rudolph VILLENEUVE and Father Cleary VILLENEUVE at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 1066 Western Ave. (at Clonsilla Ave.) Peterborough. Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be kindly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Kaye Funeral Home 'Memorial Chapel' Peterborough, Ontario.

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GRIFFITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-22 published
GRIFFITH, Anne Felicity
Died on 20th of May, 2003 at Cobourg Hospital. Loving wife, close friend and companion of Bill. Very dear and supportive mother of Suzanne and Maurice EAGAN, Bruce and Eva GRIFFITH and Sarah Jane and Greg SONES. Grandmother of William and Hilary, Scott and Sandy, and Robin and Jacqueline. In keeping with Anne's wishes there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. Those who wish to remember her, are invited to join the family at home at 11 Moore Drive, Port Hope on Sunday June 8th from 1 to 4 p.m. In living memory of Anne, please plant ''something special'' in your garden.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-05 published
HENRY, Christina (née MITCHELL)
Died Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003, in Ottawa, after a lengthy illness. She left this world as she lived her life with dignity, courage and grace. Survived by her loving family, husband, Dr. Sandy HENRY, sons Blair and Neil (Wendy,) brother Ian MITCHELL of Stornoway, Scotland and nephew Christopher MITCHELL (Karen) of Chicago. Her grandchildren Alexandra and Mitchell will dearly miss their beloved Seanny.
The family wish to thank the staff of the palliative home care program for their great help in maintaining Chris at home. Special thanks as well to Dr. Pippa HALL and her family General Practitioner, Dr. Brian GRIFFITHS.
Cremation. A service in memory of Christina will be held on Monday, April 7th, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church at 30 Cleary Avenue (off Richmond Road near Woodroffe) to be followed by a reception there.
Arrangements by Kelly Funeral Home, Carling Avenue (613-235-6712).

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-19 published
HALL, Harold John
At Providence Centre, Toronto, on Tuesday, June 17, 2003. Harold died peacefully, in his 87th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Patricia. Father of Ken, Carol, and son-in-law Tom GRIFFITHS. Grandfather of Alexander and Sarah. Brother of Helen and brother-in-law of Betty. Missed by Mabel BURROUGHS and family. A private family service will be held. In memory of Harold, donations to Providence Centre, 3276 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto M1L 1W1, would be appreciated.

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GRIFFITHS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-09 published
Part of Globe history passes with DALGLEISH
Ex-publisher's wife dies on the same day as their son
By Michael VALPY, Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - Page A17
Delsya DALGLEISH was a beautiful South African ballet dancer. She gave her name to one of the world's best-known brands of toilet paper. She married a legendary Globe and Mail editor and publisher, and, when she died at 92, it was on the same day in the same hospital as her son, Peter.
The deaths last Thursday were coincidental. Mr. DALGLEISH, 68, died in the afternoon of a cancer that had been diagnosed a short time earlier. Ms. DALGLEISH, who had been in a nursing home, died of old age later the same day. She was not aware her son had predeceased her, as had his two brothers several years earlier.
Born Delsya GRIFFITHS in Wales, she was raised in South Africa and had an established London stage career when she met Oakley DALGLEISH, a 22-year-old Canadian student at the London School of Economics. They married almost immediately. He was appointed editor-in-chief of The Globe 15 years later and publisher 10 years after that.
The DALGLEISHes were a glamorous and adventurous couple, travelling the world and partying throughout Europe and North America with the powerful and celebrated.
Ensconced members of what passed for Toronto café society in the 1940s and 1950s (Steak Oakley was on the menu of Winston's restaurant on Bay Street for years), they and their companions in full evening dress would sometimes go into The Globe's newsroom late in the evening for a nightcap in the editor's office.
Ms. DALGLEISH, in clinging gowns, would twirl gaily around the floor, eliciting whistles from copy editors toiling beneath green eyeshades.
Her husband Oakley, a handsome, elegantly dressed man, had lost his left eye as the result of a freak childhood accident involving a fire truck, and from his earliest adult days he wore a jet-black eye patch. The look was dashing, and was noticed by an advertising executive at a New York cocktail party who gave birth to the Hathaway shirt man.
The same executive, after being introduced to, and charmed by, Delsya DALGLEISH, bestowed her name (with his own spelling) on a toilet-paper account, Kimberley-Clark's Delsey "bathroom tissue."
Mr. DALGLEISH died at age 53 in 1963. Ms. DALGLEISH was appointed to The Globe's board of directors by her husband's successor, Montreal businessman R. Howard WEBSTER, and was consulted by Mr. WEBSTER on how the newspaper should be run.

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GRIGNON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-14 published
HEATHCOTE, Eric Thomas Blake
Died peacefully, after a short illness, at North York General Hospital, on March 12, 2003. The loving husband of Barbara, father of Isobel and Blake, grandfather of Elspeth, Zoe, Elizabeth, Edward and Maggie, and brother of Joan GRIGNON of Ajax. He was predeceased by his father, Major E.T. HEATHCOTE, Military Medal, Canadian Efficiency Decoration, and his mother, Winnifred (WALLIS) HEATHCOTE. Blake was born in Toronto in 1925, attended Lawrence Park Collegiate, and graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in engineering after serving with the Canadian Signal Corps (1944-1946). His career took him from work under the Eisenhower administration in radio technologies, and back to Canada in engineering consultancy work until 1964. He then spent 23 years with the firm of McGregor and Associates, retiring as senior partner to work with the firm of Proctor and Redfern as senior Vice President until his retirement. He continued working as an independent engineering consultant until December 2002, when he completed his last assignment for St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Blake was a member of the Don Mills Civitan Club and helped found their hockey league; of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and a range of other professional associations. In 1998, he was presented with an award for 25 years' service from the Canadian Standards Association, for whom he had done extensive work in the medical gas sector, serving on many inquiries and boards as an expert analyst. He was an active member of the Church of Our Saviour in Don Mills, and also took great pleasure from such activities as woodworking, winemaking, fixing pretty much everything that got broken, and travel with his family. He also took great satisfaction in maintaining a colourful correspondence with a wide range of corporate and political thorns in his side. His family would like to extend warmest thanks to Dr. Sid FELDMAN, Dr. Simon YU, the nursing staff of North York General Hospital (particularly the pastoral support people), as well as the many Friends who showed such compassion and support as his rapidly-moving illness emerged and took hold. There will be a visitation at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home (159 Eglinton Avenue West, 2 lights west of Yonge) Sunday, March 16th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The funeral will take place at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home on Monday, March 17th at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of Our Saviour in Don Mills (1 Laurentide Drive, Don Mills, M3A 3C6), the North York General Hospital 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, M2K 1E1), or the charity of your choice.

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GRIMES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-18 published
Peter DEVINE
By Mary DEVINE
Scholar, athlete, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend. Born January 21, 1914, in Ottawa. Died February 2, in Ottawa, of natural causes, aged 89.
By Mary DEVINE Thursday, September 18, 2003 - Page A28
Peter DEVINE was defined by the grocery business he, and his father before him, operated on York Street in the Byward Market in Ottawa. Founded in 1911, DEVINE's was a local institution until it closed in 1975. In the late 1930s, Peter took over his father's fledgling business and developed it into Ottawa's premier grocery establishment. Except for his years of armed service in Newfoundland during the Second World War, Peter managed his business 12 hours a day, six (often seven) days a week for almost 40 years. Sixty years before the advent of internet home grocery-shopping, DEVINE's red trucks, carrying individual orders in wooden boxes, could be seen making the rounds to 24 Sussex Drive, Rideau Hall, Parliament Hill, embassies and private clubs, as well as to customers elsewhere in the city. On most Saturdays and preceding major holidays, shopping at DEVINE's was a ritual for generations of Ottawa families.
While Peter blossomed into a successful merchant, he began his adult life as a gifted athlete and scholar. When he was just 14, he won the McKinley Trophy, awarded to the best Ottawa junior tennis player under 16. He continued playing tennis until he was 80. While earning his B.A. and the Governor General's Medal at the University of Ottawa in 1934, Peter starred with the local hockey team. During this time, he was heralded by many as Ottawa's finest prospect for National Hockey League ranks. After earning his M.A. in Ottawa in 1936, he began his PhD studies at the University of Toronto, finding time to centre a Varsity Blues hockey line. Just a couple of credits shy of his PhD, Peter returned to Ottawa to attend to his ailing father's business. He continued to play hockey; his bride-to-be, Aurelia GRIMES, saved clippings from Ottawa newspapers which document, for his family today, his "brilliant" play with the Hull Volant during that time.
Peter and Aurie married in 1940 and raised seven children, living most of their married life in the Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa. Aurie died suddenly of heart failure at age 60 in 1974.
After decades devoted to the grocery business and Aurie's untimely death, Peter became somewhat philosophical by the mid-1970s. Rather than sell and risk damaging his reputation at the hands of a new proprietor, Peter decided to close the store in 1975. After almost 65 years as a fixture on the Byward Market, DEVINE's ceased to exist.
Peter embarked on a new life. He took art appreciation courses at Carleton University and travelled to Europe to observe first-hand the paintings reproduced in his text books. He became an avid gardener in an attempt to learn how the produce he had sold for 40 years was grown. He spent many hours volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Vincent's Hospital and the Ottawa Food Bank. In the late 1970s, Peter met Anne SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER who became his closest companion until his death. In 1981, they established a new business, Handi-House, to serve disabled customers. After they sold the business, they travelled extensively.
Peter was renowned for his generosity. In the early 1980s, he opened his home to a family of five Cambodian refugees who have since made a successful life for themselves in Canada. His identity to many outsiders was his commercial success; however, to his family and close Friends, he was an intensely private, independent and humble man, a devout Catholic who attended mass virtually every day of his full life.
Peter's daughter Mary DEVINE wrote this with help from her siblings: Gloria, Peter, Patrick, Christopher, Michael and Nancy.

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GRISÉ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-17 published
CAMERON, Docia Lorraine Bennett.
Born April 14, 1917, Russell Springs, Logan County, Kansas; died, Edmonton, April 16, 2003. Predeceased by her husband Norman S. CAMERON, sisters Stella and Irene, and brothers Emory, Bill, Guy, and Ivan. Mourned by daughter Jane CAMERON, Toronto, son Duncan (Yolande GRISÉ) Chelsea, Quebec, her brother Don (Georgie) LEWISTON, Idaho, and special Friends Michelle, Kevin and Olivia TOM, Penticton, British Columbia. Like her parents Charles and Mary she was an Alberta pioneer, arriving as a young child in the farm country in the Forestburg area. Her youth was spent in the world depression which so affected the prairies; at 22 she witnessed the outbreak of World War 2. Bride of a Naval lieutenant she lived in Esquimalt, Prince Rupert, Halifax, and Toronto during the war years. With her husband overseas, she established the family home in Edmonton until a family move to Vancouver in 1966. Shortly after Norman died in 1992 she returned to Edmonton. She was a passionate Canadian, an admirer of her contemporary Pierre Elliot Trudeau, a lover of good books, gardens, antiques, and the opera on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. A wonderful story teller, her sense of humour endeared her to many. She thrived on lively conversation, good drink, and fine cuisine. Independent minded, a fierce defender of all those she loved, and a steadfast opponent of mean spirited governments, she lived her life fully. In her memory donations may be made to the Parkland Institute, University of Alberta.

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GRISZBACHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-14 published
CARLIN, Agnes Kathryn
Died quietly at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 12, 2003 at age 56. Agnes is survived by her husband Richard LATHWELL, her sister Eva CHIRSTY and her brother Steve GRISZBACHER. Resting at the Ogden Funeral Home, 646 St. Clair Avenue West (West of Bathurst) on Wednesday afternoon from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in St. Clare Catholic Church (St. Clair. East of Dufferin). Cremation to follow.

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GRITLI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-09 published
PRYCE, Maurice Henry Lecorney
Maurice Henry Lecorney PRYCE died at Vancouver, British Columbia, aged 90. He was a theoretical physicist with very broad interests. Following a spectacular early career at Cambridge, Oxford, and Bristol, he spent the second half of his life in the United States and Canada. Born in Croydon, England, on the 24th of January, 1913, he spent part of his childhood with his French mother in France where he learned to speak French 'like a Normandy peasant'. He was always encouraging to his two younger brothers, and fond of risky experiments such as using a magneto to fire a small cannon loaded with home-made gunpowder. Educated at the Royal Grammar School in Guildford he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1930, graduating in 1933 and continuing to do research there initially with Sir Ralph Fowler and subsequently with the Nobel laureate Max Born. He spent two years as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow at Princeton University in 1935-7 before returning to Cambridge as a Fellow of Trinity College. During this period in Cambridge he made outstanding contributions to the so-called ''New Field Theory'' proposed by Born and Infeld. He also wrote an incisive paper demolishing the then fashionable idea that light quanta might consist of pairs of neutrinos. Paul Dirac, then one of the most influential theoretical physicists, was so impressed (which was a very rare occurrence) that he spontaneously offered to communicate the work to The Royal Society. Maurice PRYCE later remarked that this was the high-point of his scientific life. In 1939 he was appointed to a Readership in Theoretical Physics at Liverpool University, and married Margarete (GRITLI) BORN. At the advent of war he joined the team working on radar at the Admiralty Signal Establishment, and in 1944 transferred to the Joint Atomic Energy Project in Montreal. In 1945 he returned to his fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and a university lectureship, but was soon invited to become Wykeham Professor of Physics at Oxford, a chair which had recently been earmarked for a theoretical physicist after the long tenure of Sir John Townsend. It was a bold appointment for someone aged only 32, who looked even younger than his years. At Oxford he rapidly acquired a large group of research students, many returning from war service, several of whom were to become very distinguished in their fields. His interests and knowledge spread across many branches of physics, and students were put to work on widely ranging topics stretching from field theory, the nuclear shell model, liquid helium, to solid state physics. Maurice PRYCE became most directly involved in interpreting the magnetic properties of atoms which were being studied in great detail through the paramagnetic resonance techniques by Brebis Bleaney and his colleagues in the Clarendon Laboratory. Almost half his published work relates to this area where he elucidated in detail the interaction between the magnetic electrons and the lattice (the crystal field), the effective lattice dynamics (the Jahn-Teller effect) and interaction with the nucleus (hyperfine structure). He also added considerably to the understanding of the magnetic properties of atoms in the actinide series, including the newly discovered transuranics. During his time in Oxford he took sabbatical leave to spend a year as Visiting Professor at Princeton. On his return he acted as the part-time head of the theoretical physics division at the nearby Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, where he replaced the previous head, Klaus Fuchs, who was arrested in 1950 and convicted on a charge of spying. In 1951 Maurice PRYCE was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 1954, frustrated by the constraints of his position and in particular by the autocratic management of Lord Cherwell, he accepted an invitation to succeed Nevill Mott as Henry Overton Wills Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol. With greater administrative duties as head of the department he had less time to develop his research group but he continued with the subjects that he had begun at Oxford. His first marriage had broken down, and he married Freda KINSEY in 1961. He then accepted a tempting offer by the University of Southern California, and moved there in 1964, with the promise of resources to build up, essentially from scratch, a first class physics department. The reality turned out to be less attractive than he had hoped. In 1968 he moved again to a chair at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he was to remain until his death, on the 24th of July 2003. During these later years his main contributions were in the quite different field of astrophysics, although others, on molecular photoionisation and on the properties of the hydroxyl radical, continued to display his versatility and his wide understanding of physics. This knowledge was greatly valued by his colleagues who would rely on a critical appraisal of their work and its interpretation. But he did not suffer fools gladly and was a harsh critic; in a seminar, he could devastate the speaker and embarrass the audience with his acerbic comments. He also continued his interest in atomic energy derived from his wartime work and was latterly a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited with a particular interest on nuclear fuel waste management. Some of his last work related to the questions of the safety of deposit of radioactive materials in geological structures. Maurice PRYCE was a keen walker and camper and, in younger days, a dinghy sailor. He was a competent pianist and liked to relax by playing classical music, mainly Bach and Mozart. He was a good cook, which stood him in good stead when entertaining Friends and family after his second wife died in 1990. He inherited from his father a love and knowledge of gardening, which he passed on to all four of his children. He always kept a boyish liking for silly games, from elaborate sandcastles on the beach to noisy card games on the living room floor. Until ill health stopped him, he was a skilful Scrabble player. He created a family tradition, perhaps characteristic of his personal philosophy, of Collaborative Scrabble -- the main aim is, within the rules, to maximize the overall score rather than to beat the other players. The mathematical gene has also passed on to his son John, well known in his field of mathematical software engineering; and to John's son Nathaniel, a professional software engineer. The last 14 years of his life he spent in the company of his great friend Eileen GOLDBERG, the widow of a South African lawyer who had been active in the fight against apartheid. They shared their love of music, literature, and walks in the woods. In December, 1997, he was incapacitated by an osteoporosis-induced bone fracture and subsequent infection, and spent his last five years at the University Hospital in Vancouver, visited daily by Eileen. During this period his mind was unaffected, and he bore immobility and frequent pain with patience, courage and a sense of humour, remaining in exemplary good spirits throughout. He is survived by his son, John, and three daughters, Sylvia, Lois and Suki, all from his first marriage.
Copyright: Roger Elliott and John Sanders/The Independent, London.

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