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GUTHRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-11 published
REA, Olive Editha Wood Guthrie ''Eddie''
After a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's, died peacefully, surrounded by her Friends at Maple Villa Nursing Home, on Friday, February 7th, 2003, at the age of 88 years. Beloved wife of the late James Harold GUTHRIE and Frederick Thompson REA. Loving mother of Peter, Linda and Diana, sister of William A. WOOD and Margaret WOOD, devoted Granny of Kathy, Geoff, Jim, Robert, Peter, James, Shauna and Jayson. Great grandmother of Hailyn, Caleb, Olivia and Dylan. Eddie loved young people and kept in touch over the years with many of her nieces and nephews and their young, in each of her three families, and maintained her relationship with her many, many Friends in Oakville and Montreal. A service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2003, at St. Jude's Anglican Church (William Street at Thomas) at 2 p.m. Cremation. Peter, Linda and Diana wish to thank the nursing staff of Maple Villa Nursing Home most sincerely for all their tender, loving care to mother, over the past 11 years. Arrangements entrusted to Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home. 905-844-2600.

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GUTHRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-14 published
KARAKAS, Krikor
Loving husband, father and grandfather died peacefully at home in Montreal, at the age of 94 on February 12, 2003 Husband of Alis (née SALDJIAN,) father of Anna, wife of Simon TAVITIAN, all of Montreal, Quebec, Rita KARAKAS of Toronto, and beloved grandfather of Gregory TAVITIAN of Toronto and Stephanie TAVITIAN and her fiance David GUTHRIE of Barrie, Ontario. Will be sadly missed by his niece, nephew, godchildren and relatives in Istanbul, Turkey. Predeceased by his parents, sister and brother in Turkey. He led a full, rich life dedicated to his family, his Friends and his Armenian community. Funeral Saturday, February 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church, Montreal. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hayastan All Armenia Fund 416-332-0787.
May he rest in eternal peace.

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GUTHRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-15 published
Stephen CSATARI
By Avery GUTHRIE, Susan CSATARI and Andrea CSATARI Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - Page A18
Son, brother, grand_son, avid reader, university student. Born September 14, 1981, in Mississauga. Died April 6, 2002, in Herstmonceux, Sussex, England, of a rare heart disorder, age 20.
The first thing most people noticed about Stephen was his height: 6 foot 8.
His rapid growth gave him a tendency to get tripped up by his own feet, often resulting in fairly spectacular falls and a constant awareness that door frames, light fixtures and, in one hilarious instance, a cowbell suspended from a beam, did not accommodate the free movement of someone of his stature.
His father, a manager at a computer consulting firm, and his mother, a nurse, were often told about Stephen's ability to absorb knowledge. His childhood babysitter clearly remembers him at age 5, happily reading the newspaper and telling her all about the day's big stories. Before he was 10 he'd gone through C. S. Lewis's Narnia chronicles and P. G. Wodehouse; he went on to history, biographies and novels by Michael Ondaatje, Stephen Fry and Kazuo Ishiguro.
His sister, Andrea, 22 months his junior, had little motivation to speak as a young child; she merely had to point and grunt, and Stephen would cheerfully communicate her desires to any adults at hand. A fine mimic -- Stephen did John CLEESE as Basil Fawlty he had an impeccable sense of comic timing. He also used his superior size to great advantage. He would sweep his girlfriend, Avery, off her feet and hold her upside-down (despite her protests). Grabbing Mum or Grandma for an unexpected polka around the kitchen was another favourite tactic of domestic disruption.
Stephen met Avery in Grade 7; they started dating in high school. At age 17, Stephen entered Queen's University to study history, a life-long passion he shared with his father.
He took courses in the Second World War, British, military, Russian and Chinese history, consistently placing at or near the top of his classes. His professors encouraged him to become an academic they told us his polite, understated way of sharing knowledge also won him much respect.
In 2002, Stephen and Avery went to study at Queen's International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England, and enjoyed field trips to historical sites in Britain, France and Belgium (his fellow students nicknamed Stephen "tour guide" because of his store of knowledge).
On a sunny spring day in the last week of term, he went for a run along his favourite country lane, past hedgerows, an ancient church, and grazing sheep. The exertion triggered a severe rhythm disturbance of his heart, a rare hereditary problem of which he was unaware. Stephen collapsed. A local landowner, Rieke SCHWEITZER, grandnephew of Albert SCHWEITZER, found him and called the police.
Now that his family knows about what killed him -- arrythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia -- we are being closely monitored. In death, Stephen has been able to watch out for those he loved.
Stephen was intrigued by Churchill and Kennedy; he told Avery that they had accomplished more by age 20 than he, and worried that, if he were to die, no one would notice. Avery spoke of this at the funeral, which was attended by hundreds of Friends, family and teachers. They gave Stephen a standing ovation.
His potential will never be realized. But he is remembered for his intelligence and wit, for his generosity and loving nature. Mr. SCHWEITZER has placed a stone marker on the lane where Stephen fell.
Avery is Stephen's girlfriend, Susan and Andrea his mother and sister.

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GUTHRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-06 published
Notice To Creditors And Others In the estate of Douglas Graeme WATSON, deceased
All persons having claims against the estate of Douglas Graeme WATSON, late of Toronto and Penetang, who died on May 24, 2003 are hereby notified to furnish full particulars of their claims to the undersigned executors of the will and codicil of the said deceased, on or before the 10th day of September, 2003. Immediately after that date, the executors will distribute the assets of the said deceased having regard only to claims of which they shall then have notice.
Dated this 6th day of August, 2003.
H. Donald GUTHRIE and Frederick W. HACKER, Executors,
by Hacker Gignac Rice, 518 Yonge Street,
Midland, Ontario, L4R 2C5, their
solicitors herein.
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GUTHRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-13 published
Notice To Creditors And Others In the estate of Douglas Graeme WATSON, deceased
All persons having claims against the estate of Douglas Graeme WATSON, late of Toronto and Penetang, who died on May 24, 2003 are hereby notified to furnish full particulars of their claims to the undersigned executors of the will and codicil of the said deceased, on or before the 10th day of September, 2003. Immediately after that date, the executors will distribute the assets of the said deceased having regard only to claims of which they shall then have notice.
Dated this 6th day of August, 2003.
H. Donald GUTHRIE and Frederick W. HACKER, Executors,
by Hacker Gignac Rice, 518 Yonge Street,
Midland, Ontario, L4R 2C5,
their solicitors herein.
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GUTHRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-20 published
WATSON, In the estate of Douglas Graeme
Notice To Creditors And Others
In the estate of Douglas Graeme WATSON, deceased
All persons having claims against the estate of Douglas Graeme WATSON, late of Toronto and Penetang, who died on May 24, 2003 are hereby notified to furnish full particulars of their claims to the undersigned executors of the will and codicil of the said deceased, on or before the 10th day of September, 2003. Immediately after that date, the executors will distribute the assets of the said deceased having regard only to claims of which they shall then have notice.
Dated this 6th day of August, 2003.
H. Donald GUTHRIE and Frederick W. HACKER, Executors,
by Hacker Gignac Rice, 518 Yonge Street,
Midland, Ontario, L4R 2C5,
their solicitors herein.
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GUTHRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-13 published
Singer was hit on Hit Parade
Canadian-born performer played violin with Jack Benny and posed as wife of Sid Caesar
By James McCREADY Special to The Globe and Mail Saturday, September 13, 2003 - Page F11
She was called "Canada's First Lady of Song." In the late 1940s, singer Gisele MacKENZIE was so popular on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio that she was known just by her first name.
When she was 23, she headed off to Hollywood, where she became one of the main singers on Your Hit Parade, a popular American network television show in the 1950s. By the time television started in Canada in 1952, she was already a star in the United States, appearing on programs with Jack Benny and later with Sid Caesar, the hottest comedian of his day.
Gisele MacKENZIE, who has died at the age of 76, was not always known by that name. On the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she was known simply as Gisele, though a 1950 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation press release did call her by her proper name -- Gisele LAFLECHE. As soon as she moved to CBS in 1951, she adopted the stage name Gisele MacKENZIE. The reason, she told a New York reporter in 1955, was that the name Gisele LAFLECHE "sounded too much like a striptease artist's." The real explanation was an American audience would have trouble with so French a name. It was the television network that ordered the name change.
Marie Marguerite Louise Gisele LAFLECHE was born on January 10, 1927, in Winnipeg. The name MacKENZIE was from her paternal grandmother. Her father, Georges, was a doctor, who played the violin, and her mother, Marietta MANSEAU, was a concert pianist and singer as a young woman. Ms. MacKENZIE started playing the violin seriously when she was 7. She made her first public performance at the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg at the age of 12.
When she was 14, her family sent her to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She studied the violin and the piano, and planned on being a concert violinist. Later in life, a story circulated that she never took voice lessons, but Jim GUTHRO, who was at the conservatory at the same time, remembered a voice teacher who took an interest in her. He also remembered that she attended at the same time as Robert GOULET and they would sing together.
When she first came to Toronto, she stayed at Rosary Hall, a residence for Catholic girls on Bloor Street at the top of Jarvis Street. Tess MALLOY, who was there at the same time, remembered her. "She lived right across the hall from me. She and her girlfriend used to drive us nuts practising the violin."
Ms. MALLOY didn't remember her singing at the residence, but somewhere along the way someone discovered Ms. MacKENZIE could sing. It was close to the end of the war and she started to perform for groups of servicemen. It was then that she was discovered by musician Bob SHUTTLEWORTH, a lieutenant who led a band for the Royal Canadian Navy.
Right after the war, she started singing with Mr. SHUTTLEWORTH's band at the Glenmount Hotel on the Lake of Bays, north of Toronto. Mr. SHUTTLEWORTH, who later became her manager and her husband, took her to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which then broadcast live popular music over the radio.
"Bob SHUTTLEWORTH called me at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and said, 'Get a studio, a piano and a vocal mike. I have someone I want you to hear,' recalled Jackie RAE, then a music producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, later leader of his own band (and, incidentally, the uncle of former Ontario premier Bob RAE.) "I remember her wonderful voice and how fresh she was. We hired her straight away to do three programs a week."
The program was Meet Gisele, and it ran for 15 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The program started on October 8, 1946, and lasted for four years. She was so popular the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation used her in other programs with names such as The Girl Next Door or The Song Pluggers.
In 1951, Ms. MacKENZIE was spotted by Bing CROSBY's son, and went to work in the United States for Bob CROSBY's Club 15, bumping the Andrews Sisters from their regular slot. The pay was $20,000 (U.S.) a year, worth $150,000 in today's money. She was 23.
The money was something Canada could never match. Mr. GUTHRO, later head of Variety at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, guesses she was making $200 a week for her radio programs.
"Gisele Leaves for Hollywood. Canada's Loss," read a headline in one Toronto paper. The article guessed at the pay package, and it was right.
Ms. MacKENZIE was about to have her best decade ever in show business. After a short stint on Club 15, she worked on the Mario Lanza Show, before landing her full-time job at Your Hit Parade. The idea behind the NBC program was to take the top seven songs on the hit parade that week and have them done by the regular singers in the Your Hit Parade troupe. The half-hour program was a huge success in the United States and in late 1953 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation picked it up for a while.
Ms. MacKENZIE was the only regular singer on the program to have her own hit record, Hard to Get, in 1955.
Though none of her family shared her success, all were musical. There were her parents, both of whom were serious amateur musicians two of her sisters sang and played, and a brother played the cello. Along with Gisele, two of them had what is called perfect pitch.
"It's rare and she had it," Mr. RAE said. "You would play four notes on the piano and she could match them. Perfect pitch isn't always a great thing, but in her case it was."
Ms. MacKENZIE's training as a classical violinist came in handy on the Jack Benny program, on which she first appeared in 1955. The droll comedian always made a thing of how he couldn't play the violin. One vaudeville-type act they would do on his show involved her patiently showing him what to do with a violin after he made some awful screeching noise with his bow.
She was Jack Benny's protégé, and he helped land her own television program in 1958. Called the Gisele MacKENZIE Show, it lasted only six months.
But she remained famous. At one stage, she was the subject of This is Your Life, which involved linking up with old Friends and relatives. She was a regular on game shows that featured minor celebrities, such as Hollywood Squares.
In 1963, she was cast as Sid Caesar's television wife and made regular trips to New York City, where the program was done. Like other television programs of that era, it was live, since videotape was only just being introduced.
Ms. MacKENZIE also acted and sang in live musicals in the United States, things such as Annie Get Your Gun and South Pacific. Over the years, she also worked in Las Vegas, performing in night clubs there. She returned to Canada for the occasional concert and television special, including one on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in late 1960. It was about "her story book career" and included the yarn, always told by her publicists, of how she decided to take up singing after she lost her $3,000 violin.
By the end of the 1960s, the big work started to dry up and Canadian newspapers were running the occasional "Where Are They Now" articles. She was in a sprawling ranch house in suburban Encino, Calif. She also owned property in Palmdale and Marin County, Calif., as well as a house on Lake Manitoba back home.
All that detail came up in a nasty divorce from Mr. SHUTTLEWORTH in 1968. Because he was also her manager, he kept 10 per cent of her gross income for the next three years. She later married a banker, Robert KLEIN, but that also ended in divorce.
During the rest of her career, Ms. MacKENZIE kept working in regional theatre and made guest appearances on television series, including MacGyver and Murder, She Wrote, as well as singing stints on programs such as the Dean Martin Show. She also did television commercials in the United States and Canada.
Ms. MacKENZIE had some odd hobbies. She collected and mixed exotic perfumes and in the 1950s she took up target shooting, becoming an expert shot. She and her first husband had a large collection of pistols, rifles and shotguns. In her later years, like many Hollywood stars, she was involved with Scientology.
Ms. MacKENZIE, who died in Burbank, Calif., on September 5, had two children with Mr. SHUTTLEWORTH, a son Mac and a daughter Gigi (short for Gisele) DOWNS.

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GUTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-11 published
GUTMAN, Adam (George Adams)
In Montreal on Sunday, August 10, 2003. Beloved husband of the late Ida Baron GUTMAN. Father of Betty, and Dr. Jimmy GUTMAN. Father-in-law of Susan SCHAFER and Greg KUDRAY. Brother-in-law of Albert BARON and Sylvia GUTMAN. Grandfather of Evan and Bianca. Uncle of Debby, Judy and Stephen MERLMELSTEIN, Fran PARKER and Shelly COHEN. Admired by thousands. Died gently in the presence of his family. Leaves behind a legacy of art, music and poetry. An accomplished and charitable mentor for the entire community regardless of colour, race or creed. Our greatest thanks to the loving and caring staff of Manoir Pierrefonds. Funeral Service from Paperman and sons, 3888 Jean Talon W., Montreal on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 10: 45 a.m. Burial at the Rodomer Society Section, Mount Pleasant Cemetery Duvernay. Shiva at his son's home. Donations may be made to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in memory of Adam GUTMAN. (514-842-3402.)

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GUTTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-02 published
ROBERTSON, Josephine Ann (née GUTTRIDGE)
Died suddenly in Penetanguishene on Monday, June 30, 2003 in her 87th year, surrounded by family. Predeceased by her beloved husband Lorn James. Devoted mother of Jo Anne and husband Ken McMATH and Gordon and his wife Linda. Proud Granny of Lori-Jo and husband Tim, Kelly and husband Darrin, Michael, Ian and wife Rosalie, Kevin and Andrea and husband Dave. Wonderful ''G.G.'' to Brennan, Daniel, McKenzie, Hannah, Harrison, Emily, Sarah, Jonathan, Tyler and Abby. Loving sister to Roberta (Bob) and husband Art NASH and sister-in-law to Gordon and (the late) Florence ROBERTSON. She will be greatly missed by extended family and many close Friends. Visitation at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles, North York), on Thursday, July 3, 2003 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (140 Brooke Street, Thornhill) on Friday, July 4, 2003 at 11 a.m. Interment Saint John's Cemetery, York Mills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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