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KEIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-12 published
DOYLE, The Honourable Richard James, O.C. Died peacefully on April 8, 2003 in the Toronto Hospital in his 80th year. Dic DOYLE was born on March 10th, 1923 in Toronto and moved with his parents, Lillian and James DOYLE, to Chatham, Ontario where he attended McKeough Public School and the Chatham Collegiate Institute with his brothers William and Francis and his sister, Ruby Louise KEIL, all of whom predeceased him. He would want us to mention that he was the grand_son of Fan Gibson HILTS who taught him when he was ten to draw parallel columns on brown wrapping paper and to write stories to fill them. In January 1940, he joined the reporting staff of the Chatham Daily News where he remained until 1942 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After training in Vancouver and Nova Scotia, he joined 115 Squadron Royal Air Force Bomber Command. He was engaged in operations in the European Theatre until the war's end when his crew was assigned to the movement of Canadian Prisoners of War from liberated camps to the United Kingdom. He retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force with the rank of flying officer. In the summer of 1945, DOYLE returned to the Chatham Daily News as city editor. Apart from a one-year stint at a public relations job at the Canada and Dominion Sugar Company, he remained at the Chatham News until 1951 when he was hired as a copy reader at The Globe and Mail in Toronto. He married the lovely Florence CHANDA in Chatham in 1953, and they moved together to Toronto, taking a small apartment on Harbord Street where the University of Toronto Robarts Library now stands. They moved to the Beaches before their children Judith and Sean arrived in the late 1950's. Subsequent jobs at The Globe and Mail included Night City Editor, Editor of the newly-launched Weekly Globe and Mail. When he was called to the Senate of Canada in 1985, he had been editor of the paper for 20 years - a longer period than that served by any editor other than the paper's founder. In the course of that service he received honourary doctorates from St. Francis Xavier and King's College Universities, and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In his years in the Senate, DOYLE was active in a number of committees, in particular the Internal Economy and Legal and Constitutional Committees. When Prime Minister Brian MULRONEY asked DOYLE to come to Ottawa, he was aware of his record in print as a Senate critic. He invited the editor to share with others in an on-going campaign to enhance the effectiveness of the Upper Chamber in the Parliamentary process. When DOYLE left the Senate, he recalled the challenge and insisted the goal was within sight. Richard DOYLE was the author of two books, The Royal Story and Hurly Burly: A Time at the Globe. He was named to the Canadian Newspaper Hall of Fame. Richard DOYLE is survived by his children Judith and Sean, and his granddaughter Kaelan MYERSCOUGH. After celebrating their 50th anniversary in January of this year, Dic's beloved wife Flo passed away suddenly and peacefully on March 20. They were parted for less than three weeks. Funeral service will be held at Trinity College Chapel, 6 Hoskin Avenue, on Wednesday, April 16 at 2: 30 p.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1.

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KEILLOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-10 published
Dorothy Juanita JOHNSON
By Ken JOHNSON Friday, January 10, 2003, Page A14
Wife, mother, scientist, independent woman. Born March 25, 1922, in Toronto. Died November 5, 2002, at home in Toronto of ovarian cancer, aged 80.
Dorrie (née McLEAN) JOHNSON was a truly independent woman. In an age that did not encourage higher education for women, she obtained a PhD in physiology at the University of Toronto in 1947, did post-doctoral work at Stanford and taught a year at Vassar in New York State. In 1949, Dorrie moved to Deep River, Ontario, where she met and married my physicist father, Art JOHNSON. In an age that also did not encourage natural childbirth, she had four births between 1953 and 1960, without the use of drugs or other interventions. And in an age that did encourage stay-at-home moms, my mother continued to do the work she loved, raising her family and teaching part-time in the biochemistry lab at the University of Toronto; later teaching world nutrition at York University and finally doing heart and stroke research at Hospital for Sick Children, well past retirement age.
She had a lifelong passion for nature, first-hand knowledge and simple living. As a kid, she longed for a pet snake, but reluctantly nixed the idea when her girlfriends objected. She loved being at the family farm near Orillia, Ontario, and could milk a cow and run a plow behind a patient horse.
In her 70s she was an Elderhostel regular, thrilled to slog (with a dozen others) along the coast of Scotland to study geology and ecology from a British professor. At 79, she went camping on Georgian Bay with her grandchildren. Dorrie had a love for paddling: at the age of 27, she bought her own 16-foot Peterborough cedar-strip; at age 80, this summer on Lake Joseph, she went for her last paddle.
My mother suffered her whole life from terminal modesty. Not until her death did I discover that her name appears in gold letters on the wall of Bishop Strachan School, in recognition of top marks in her senior high-school years. I also learned that she had been chosen to sail to England for the coronation of King George 6th in 1937, and that she had been the recipient of a Governor-General's medal.
Dorrie was practical and straightforward to a fault. When I arrived one day with a beard, she immediately stated: "Ken, you have a beard. I don't like it." As the cancer was overtaking her body, I commented that she seemed to be dealing with her illness and imminent death better than the rest of us. In a completely matter-of-fact way she simply replied that she had had more time to think about it than the rest of us.
Dorrie had a fine intellect and a forthright attitude to real-life problems. She perceived her life as 80 good years and one bad season. She did not want to suffer through a long demise -- she insisted on no heroics to prolong her life. She had explored euthanasia in the Netherlands but was disappointed to discover one had to be Dutch to qualify. We had the honour of caring for her at home and being there when she died, at home.
Garrison KEILLOR once said "They say such wonderful things at funerals, it makes me sad to think I'm going to miss my own by just a few days." I decided to tell mother what I was planning to say at her memorial. She was still conscious but too tired to respond, and it felt like she might only have a day or two left. At 2 a.m., with two of my sisters by her bed, I began to speak. I was two lines from finishing the final quotation, from Stephen LEVINE's book Who Dies,? when my mother took her last breath: "There seems to be much less suffering for those who live life in the wholeness that includes death. . . . I see few whose participation in life has prepared them for death."
I think my mother lived that life and found her peace.
Ken JOHNSON is Dorothy's son.

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KEITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-13 published
KEITH, Jean Campbell
On September 12, 2003, in her 90th year, Jeannie, whose light brown hair had long since turned to silver, died after a third bout with cancer. She was a proud graduate ''with honour'' of University College, at the University of Toronto, in mathematics and sciences, in 1935, a time when these fields of study did not always welcome women. Employed in the actuarial department of Canada Life Insurance Company, she married Arthur George KEITH on May 1, 1940, after a long engagement, immediately before he went overseas with the Second Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Engineers. After his safe return and many years together in Port Credit and Toronto, Art and Jeannie retired to the Bowmanville area, where both were active in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Jeannie was predeceased by her brother, Howard, in 1994 and by Arthur in 1996. She will be tenderly remembered by her children and their partners: Maggie KEITH and Robert STACEY; Gordon KEITH and Shanna FAROUGH; and Louise WATSON and Don LOREE; and by her sisters-in-law Marian BEATTY of Saint Mary's, and Louisa KEITH of Toronto. Her family thanks the staff of the Altamont Nursing Home for their care and compassion and her Friends and minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Wilmot Creek for the love and support that enabled Jeannie to live her last years with grace and dignity. Friends may call at the Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 53 Division Street North, Bowmanville, on Sunday, September 14 (2: 00-4:00 P.M. and 7:00-9:00 P.M.). The funeral will take place at the funeral home at 1: 00 P.M. on Monday, September 15, 2003, followed by tea at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 47 Temperance Street, Bowmanville. In place of flowers, the family would welcome donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Accessbility Fund or the Alzheimer's Society.

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KEITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-12 published
'Galloping Ghost' of Canadian football made five halls of fame
By Randy RAY, Special to The Globe and Mail Friday, December 12, 2003 - Page R17
Ottawa -- If Gordon PERRY had one regret following his illustrious career in Canadian sports, it's that he never competed as a sprinter in the Olympics.
A glance at the Moncton native's résumé clearly shows why he never ran for Canada at the Games: He didn't have time.
Mr. PERRY, who died in Ottawa on September 18 at the age of 100, competed successfully in seven sports. His extraordinary feats earned him a place in five Canadian sports halls of fame: Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Quebec Sports Hall of Fame, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
Friends and colleagues have compared him to Canada's Lionel CONACHER, who played hockey and football, and American Deion SANDERS who was both a baseball and football player. Mr. PERRY, however, excelled in football, baseball, hockey, boxing, track and field, curling and swimming.
As a kid, "all he ever wanted to do was play sports," says his son Gordon PERRY Jr. of Ottawa. "It seemed like he always had a baseball glove on his hand or skates on his feet. And he could run like a deer." Born of Welsh ancestry in Moncton on March 18, 1903, Mr. PERRY went to school in Moncton and Quebec City. His father Harry, was a composer and musician who played the organ at a church in Quebec City.
Mr. PERRY, who began his working career in banking and stocks in Carleton Place, Ontario, boxed as an amateur in Quebec City and was a goaltender in the Bankers' Hockey League, a highly competitive loop in the 1920s and '30s that played at the Montreal Forum. As a sprinter, Mr. PERRY posted times of 10 seconds and under for 100 yards.
But he's best known for his role as captain of the undefeated Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Winged Wheelers that beat the Regina Roughriders 22-0 in the 1931 Grey Cup game. Small and quick, and standing at just at five foot eight and 165 pounds, PERRY was nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost" because of his elusiveness.
He was a four-time Eastern all-star in the Canadian Rugby Union, precursor to today's Canadian Football League. In 1931, he won the Jeff Russel Trophy as the player who best combined athletic ability with sportsmanship. Sir Edward BEATTY, president of the Canadian Pacific Rail, awarded PERRY the trophy, which earned him $200 on top of his football salary of $1,200.
From 1928 to 1934, the Wheelers squad was built around Mr. PERRY.
"I played both ways," he told The Ottawa Citizen on the eve of his 100th birthday. "I didn't often sit down, that's for sure." He once told the Montreal Gazette the secret to his success against bigger men was that "You can run like hell when you're scared." There was one time, however, when Mr. PERRY couldn't run fast enough.
"He was playing in Montreal against Ottawa and he laughed at a lineman," recalls his son. "When the teams came back here [Ottawa], the guy caught up with my dad and he was carried off the field with three broken ribs. He did not always get away." Mr. PERRY often said baseball was his favourite sport, a game he played with grace and skill. He was invited as a young teen to go to Boston to play but his father would not let him leave Moncton. Later, as a centre-fielder in Montreal, he helped his Atwater Baseball League team win five championships in seven seasons.
After retiring from football in 1934, Mr. PERRY, took up curling. After settling down in Ottawa in 1941, he won curling's Royal Jubilee Trophy in 1953 and 1956. At age 60, he scored a rare eight-ender while competing in a provincial event, says his son, who is president of the Ottawa Curling Club, which for 42 years has run a spring bonspiel in his father's name.
In Ottawa, he worked in several positions with the Bank of Canada. When he retired in the early 1970s, he was involved in the printing and distribution of Canada Savings Bonds -- ironically, working alongside Ron STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, who was once a fleet-footed running back with the Ottawa Rough Riders.
Mr. PERRY continued to curl until he was 90 and played his last round of golf at 98. At 100, the honours continued to pour in. In the 1903 Canadian Football League season, Mr. PERRY was named honorary captain of the Montreal Alouettes.
Mr. PERRY and his first wife, Jay KEITH, had three children, Gord Jr., Pat and Lynn. His second wife was Betty THOMAS. Ms. KEITH and Ms. THOMAS died in their 60s; at age 91, Mr. PERRY married Muriel TAGGART, then a 72-year-old widow. He leaves his wife and three children.

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