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"HOB" 2003 Obituary


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HOBBS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-10-08 published Glenna Viola LAROCQUE In loving memory of Glenna Viola LAROCQUE, who passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Sudbury on Friday, October 3, 2003 in her 80th year.
Predeceased by husband Graydon WRIGHT (1969) and Gabriel LAROCQUE (1991.) Loved by children Dawn and Garry KERR of Manitowaning, Jacqueline and Arnold MacMILLAN of Val Caron, Patricia and Leon SAINT_MARSEILLE of Blezard Valley, Perry WRIGHT of London, Leon and Sylvie WRIGHT of Val Caron and John WRIGHT of London. Predeceased by daughter Vanessa GAYLE. Special grandmother of Shari (Ray) LEVESQUE, Kelli (Alton) HOBBS, Corrine (Claude) PELLATT, Allan (Holly) MacMILLAN, Catharine (Jeff) GIFFEN, Gregory (Nicole) MacMILLAN, Steven (Janice) SAINT_MARSEILLE,
Dean (Nicole) SAINT_MARSEILLE, Jodi WRIGHT, Kristy WRIGHT, Andy WRIGHT, Jennifer WRIGHT, Jason WRIGHT, David WRIGHT and Cyllna WRIGHT. Great grandmother of Jessica, Danielle, Nicholas, Allanah, Brytne, Kristofer, Tyler, Sarah, Bradley, Vanessa, Colin, Mackenzie, Kendra, Kyle and Sally. Remembered by brother Alvie (Ruth) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Sisson Ridge, NB. Memorial Service at 3: 00 pm Friday, October 10, 2003 at Knox United Church, Manitowaning. Darlene HARDY officiating. Burial of ashes in Hilly Grove Cemetery. Island Funeral Home.

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HOBBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-07 published
Florence (ALLEN) HOBBS.
By R. Gerald HOBBS Tuesday, January 7, 2003, Page A16
Christian feminist, minister, wife, mother. Born October 14, 1911, near Flesherton, Ontario Died June 28, 2002, in Belleville, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 90.
Florence ALLEN, eldest daughter in a large farm family, was of Afro-American descent, her great-grandfather John ALLEN having left Philadelphia for King Township, York County in 1820. Florence's grandfather, James HENRY, subsequently took a homestead in the stony fields of Grey County. Florence was raised to be proud of that heritage, and she communicated that pride to her children and grandchildren.
Florence had begun nursing studies at Women's College Hospital in Toronto when she experienced an evangelical conversion, and felt a call to prepare for ministry in the Pilgrim Holiness (now the Wesleyan) Church. Ordained, she served churches in Wiarton and Oshawa, Ontario In September, 1940, she married a fellow student from Bible College, the Reverend Frank HOBBS. They had nine children, a career in itself. But she also determined not to forget her pastoral ministry, and was active in organizing groups for women and children in several of the congregations served by her minister husband.
Florence was raised in the traditions of farm populism. Her father, Richard, initiated her politically in the campaign that elected the United Farmers of Ontario government in 1919. When, at the age of 14, her oldest son expressed the intention of becoming a lawyer, she discouraged his ambition with the statement: "Oh, son, a Christian cannot be a lawyer. Lawyers tell lies!" In her later years she would undoubtedly have nuanced the judgment, but the passion for justice and integrity never wavered.
Current affairs were often discussed at the family table. "Come, children," Florence would say, "I've been too busy today to read the paper. Who can tell me what is happening in the world?" Elections were always an interesting time for the family. Frank was a lifelong Liberal, and made no secret of his support. When the children asked Florence how she had voted, she would reply: "It is the privilege of the secret ballot, that a woman does not have to reveal her vote to anyone." Given her strict religious convictions and our father's teasing about her vote cancelling his vote, we children assumed she was a Tory. In 1971, another son was arrested and jailed overnight for breaking a court injunction against picketing in support of immigrant women garment workers. Upon his release, Frank warned him that he would now unfortunately have a police record. Florence simply said: "I'm proud of you, son." She confessed she had been voting Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation (later New Democratic Party) all those years.
Florence raised her children to detest racism of all sorts, and to be feminists before most of us had heard of the term. She stood, unflinchingly, for the values of her generation of Christian feminists. Women's suffrage had been won, but the battle against gambling and the social abuse of alcohol held her attention. She organized a chapter of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in Massey, Ontario, and members of her growing family were strongly encouraged to take the pledge of total abstinence!
Although her stern moralism was tempered with compassion, she was not always an easy person to live with. As her husband and family knew well, once she had a clear conviction of what was right in any situation, compromise was out of the question. That strength, however, enabled her to carry her husband through his last years before his death in 1995. So it seems right that, with mind still clear, the night before she died she was granted a vision that Frank had come to accompany her "across the river." All nine of Florence's children survive her.
R. Gerald HOBBS is Florence's son.

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HOBKINSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-14 published
Pamela Joan VALENTINE (née HOBKINSON)
She will no longer be seen happily driving her yellow Volkswagon convertible around the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Pam died peacefully of a brain tumour on March 11th, 2003 in Island View Place Care facility in Saanichton after an illness of several months which first became evident while on holiday in France. Pam was born in Harrogate, England, in 1923 but spent her childhood in Lytham-St.-Annes where her parents, Frank and Nora Hobkinson managed a spa and swim- ming pool. She became a Junior Champion swimmer. She graduated from the physiotherapy school in Manchester and after a period with the Royal Air Force Rehabilitation Unit in Chessington, near London, she joined the 31st British General (military) Hospital with the Allied forces in Klagenfurt, Austria in 1946. There she met Howard (always known to her as Val), a medical officer in the same hospital. On discharge from the Forces, they were married in 1948. Their first home was in Leicester, England, where they both worked at the Leicester General Hospital. Pam as a physiotherapist and Howard as a paediatric registrar. In 1951 they settled in Market Deeping in Lincolnshire where Pam became a familiar sight driving her 1920 Standard 12 to and from her work as a physiotherapist at the Stamford Hospital. Nicola (Nicki) was born in 1952. In 1953 Pam and Howard emigrated to Canada where, after some false-starts, they settled in Saint Thomas, Ontario, where their second daughter, Robin, was born. Pam initiated a physiotherapy department at the local hospital. Howard practiced as a paediatrician. Their next move was to London, Ontario, where Pam worked for many years at the Crippled Childrens' Centre (now the Thames Valley Childrens' Centre). She became Department head where she was much loved and admired for her tactful management skills and her encouragement of junior colleagues. In 1985 both Pam and Howard (as Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario) retired. In 1986 they moved to the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island where Pam made a wonderful home looking out over the Gulf Island toward Mount Baker. Pam, never idle, took courses in the University of Victoria, gaining, in her 77th year a B.A. in Women's Studies, an achievement of which she was immensely proud. Pam and Howard were insatiable travellers: The Caribbean, much of Europe, Australia, East and North Africa, China and, furthest afield, the Marquesa Islands. Pam was always cheerful, vital, interested in all aspects of life: a loving wife to Howard, a devoted mother to Nicki and Robin, a very dear grandmother to Tanya, Alison and Andrea and a much loved mother-in-law to Paul and Andrew. She was so happy that all her family live nearby. The family members are most grateful to the superb, devoted and loving care given to Pam in her last weeks by the staff of the Island View Place Care facility, Saanichton. For those she has left behind there will be a void in their hearts but a bounty of wonderful memories. At Pam's request there is to be no formal funeral service, but a celebration of her life will be held at her home, Treetops House. Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Saanich Peninsula, Box 20062, Monk's Letter Box, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 5C9. First Memorial Funeral Services (250) 658-5244.

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HOBMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-27 published
MALONEY Marjorie (née HOBMAN)
Died peacefully in her daughters arms at her home as was her wish, the morning of September 21st, 2003 in her 62nd year. Marjorie brought warmth, peace, and a deeper joy to all those who knew and cared for her. Her intelligence, compassion, love, beauty, and deep billowing laughter were gifts she offered the whole world, but especially to the broken hearted, more fragile, and ethereal beings amoung us. Some knew Marjorie as a collector and 'reluctant' seller of antiques, but those who knew her better, saw her as what she truly was an: artist. She had an eye for the beautiful and unique, the deftly comic, and all the rare wonderful 'things' and people she came across in her life's searching. But for her great artistic and spiritual sensitivity she did endure some sufferings and sorrows. We may all celebrate the peace that she has now in her ultimate perfecting. She was the beloved mother, sister, and friend to thousands. She will be dearly missed. A wake to celebrate her life will be held at the family home on Sunday September 28, beginning at 3: 00 p.m. Friends and neighbours are invited to attend. Donations can be made to Trinity Home Hospice, 25 King Street West, Suite 1102, Toronto, Ontario., M5L 1G3.
When the baby is born, the baby cries, and the world rejoices. When a person dies, the world cries, and the soul rejoices. 'A Buddhist wisdom'

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HOBSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-14 published
PAISLEY, Margaret C.
Marnie was born in Berlin, Ontario November 1, 1906, and died in Waterloo on June 11, 2003.
She was the daughter of Talmon and Martha RIEDER (ANTHES) both of whom predeceased her, as did her dear sister Helen HENDERSON, her brother Edward, and her brother Paul. She was also predeceased by her husband Elmer and her great-granddaughter, Victoria Paisley D'AGOSTINO.
Marnie's life was anchored by a deep faith which carried her through adversity but also inspired her to remarkable accomplishment. She graduated with an arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1929. Following her graduation she joined Emma KAUFMAN in Japan where she spent a year helping to build the Young Women's Christian Association in that country. Her travels through the far east had a lasting impact on her life thereafter.
She was always active in the United Church, sometimes as a Sunday School teacher, or as a summer camp director, or as a Canadian Girls In Training leader. Later, after the family moved to Toronto, she led a Family Life Education program which pioneered a nursery school for working mothers.
She was a fine athlete, who played women's ice hockey at the University of Toronto. She was an inspiring teacher. She taught high school Guidance and English at Kitchener Collegiate Institute and at Waterloo Collegiate between 1955 and 1969 where her warmth and generous spirit fostered lasting Friendships, and her devotion to young people was an inspiration.
Her compassion, integrity and wisdom made her a good listener and counsellor even into the last days of her life. She shared her knowledge of wild flowers, trees and astronomy, just as she shared herself with all who needed help, or love, or an arm to lean on. Caring for others came as natural as breathing itself. Her last breath is gone but her memory will continue to shape the lives of her Friends and family. She has surely joined the fellowship of the Saints.
She is lovingly remembered by her children Penny HOBSON and her husband Richard of Baden, and Ian and his wife Linda of Aurora, and by her grandchildren Gregory, Martha, Aaron, Matthew, Jill and Margaret. She also leaves six adoring great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews, especially Bonnie PASSMORE and Beth HENDERSON who found a nurturing substitute mother in Aunt Marnie after the death of their own mother when they were very young.
Marnie's family will receive Friends at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, in Waterloo, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2003. A service to celebrate her life will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday, June 23, 2003, at 11 a.m., with Reverend Harold STEAD officiating. Following cremation, a family committal service will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.
Following the service, Friends and relatives are invited to the Reception Room of the funeral home for refreshments and a time to visit with the family.
Those wishing to make memorial donations are encouraged to consider the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Women's Christian Association, or the Victoria D'Agostino Children's Fund at the K-W Community Foundation. Donations can be arranged through the funeral home, phone (519) 745-8445 or www.edwardrgood.com

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