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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-14 published
LEPOIDEVIN, Shirley
Died peacefully and bravely at home on Thursday, March 13, 2003.
Predeceased by her parents, Dr. Jim and Jean ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Quebec City.
Shirley was so glad that her two six week old grandchildren, Lucy and Alex, with Teresa and David, were able to come to Collingwood from Vancouver to be with her. The twins are an absolute delight.
Shirley was also able to celebrate her 40th Wedding Anniversary with Tom and Mark, along with sister Ann and Jack LAIDLAW.
Ann and Jack as well as nieces Kate and Meg gave so much love and support throughout Shirley's ordeal. It is greatly appreciated.
The numerous cards, letters, emails, phone calls, food, flowers etc. that Shirley received were constant reminders of all her loving Friends. Many remembered what an important role she played in their lives. Shirley new that she had an army of angels looking out for her over the past four months. She never stopped caring for others and wanting to help them in any way she could.
Shirley accomplished a lot in her lifetime. Very early in her adult life she travelled by herself around the world. She returned to nursing, met Tom, sailed off to England, raised two wonderful sons, went back to school to get her BscN, and then was a very caring Homecare Co-ordinator, first at Sunnybrook, then in North York.
In retirement, she loved life in Collingwood with many new Friends, playing bridge, golfing, skiing, hiking, biking the list of activities goes on and on.
Shirley, you were so strong. You will be greatly missed but we all have incredible memories from a life so full of terrific events, like hiking on the northern shore of Lake Superior.
There are many people to thank but particular recognition has to be given to the Community Care Access Centre in Simcoe County, Hospice in Collingwood, the doctors and nurses in the Cancer Wing at Sunnybrook, Dr. MORAN and a special, big thanks to Gil and Angela.
A memorial service and reception will be held at the Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Third and Maple Streets in Collingwood, at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 21.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Hospice Georgian Triangle, 49 Raglan Street, Collingwood L9Y 4X1.

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LAIDLAW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-31 published
LAIDLAW, Vibeke
I have lost my Danish treasure of 58 years to an awful disease. Vips (for Very Important Persons) actually died at year-end and has lived in a virtual hell of discomfort and pain until this week when her life ended in the Palliative unit of Parkwood Hospital in London.
She was my loving wife, soul-mate, house manager and garden architect, advisor, companion, often a sensible crutch and most of all matriarch mother. And oh how clever, perceptive and insightful she was! Our children and theirs, adored her. Christian and Jane in Copenhagen and their Vibe and Johan; Lillemor also in Denmark and her Anders and Maja; Peter and Sharon (deceased) and Hanna and Ulla of Toronto. Her brother Carl Johan PROBST and Inger too. They live in Copenhagen. Her wonderful young sister, Bitten, died earlier. Vips' mother, Astrid, was a fiery Norwegian and her father, Ivan - a kind and gentle Dane. We met on VE-Day 1945. She leaves nieces, nephews and Friends on two continents, many in the broadcasting, newspaper and photographic fields.
Vibeke definitely did not like funerals. So there is not one.
I hope you will remember her from her more vibrant times. That memory is, I'm sure, what she would like of you now.
If you knew her, be it as Vibeke or Vips, I'm sure you too have lost a special person in your lives. A public thanks to the kind people of the Cancer Clinic and especially those most special Palliative Care nurses led by Dr. John SWIFT.
Ron, July 30.

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LAIDLEY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-19 published
LAIDLEY--
In loving memory of a dear mother and grandmother, Bev. August 29, 1932 to February 20, 1983.
No farewell was spoken
No time to say good-bye
Our memories we treasure
20 years later we still cry.
-Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by the Laidley family.

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LAIDLEY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-19 published
LAIDLEY
-In loving memory of a dear sister, sister-in-law and aunt who passed away February 20, 1983. We miss you Bev.
As we silently mark this day, treasured memories of you are held deep within our hearts.
-Always remembered by Joan, Joe and family.

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LAIDLEY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-05-14 published
LAIDLEY--In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and
great grandfather, George, who passed away May 18, 1998.
Never more than a thought away,
Quietly remembered every day.
No need for words except to say,
Loved and still missed every day.
--Lovingly remembered by Cay, Bruce, Carmen, Brian and Jonathan.
Tom, Gail, Christopher, Crystal, Steven and Ryan. Steve, Cindy and
Ethan.

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LAIDLEY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-08-06 published
Hawley CRESS
In loving memory of Hawley CRESS who passed away peacefully at Manitoulin Health Centre on Friday, August 1, 2003 at the age of 82 years.
Predeceased by dear wife Elsie (née PEARSON.) Loving father of Larry and wife Roberta of Tehkummah, Jack and friend Julie of Mindemoya, Danny and wife Anita of Mindemoya, Beryl and husband Shane LAIDLEY of Little Current, Patsy and husband Mervin GILCHRIST of Mindemoya. Cherished grandfather of Brent and wife Pam, Jeff and wife Heather, Trevor and wife Lynn, Luke, Philippe, Michael, Melonie and friend James, Meghan, Matthew. Great grandfather of Zack, Jade, Paige, Haley, Jordan, Damion and Desaree. Remembered by brother Norman and wife Carrie and sisters-in-law Elva, Ann, Nelda and Jessie. Predeceased by brothers Harvey, Paul, William, Goldie, Cecil, Roy and sisters Nelda and Crystal. Graveside funeral service was held on Monday, August 4, 2003 in Hilly Grove Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

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LAILEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-27 published
GAMMON, Elizabeth Catherine
Died quietly at Beechwood Court in Mississauga, on Thursday, September 25th, 2003 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Richard ''Dick'' GAMMON. Loving mother of Ted and his wife Mary Alice, Nancy and Susan and her husband John McDONALD. Dear grandmother of Michael and David RYAN. Sister of the late William WOODLEY and Barbara LAILEY. Sister-in-law of Betty WOODLEY and Joseph LAILEY. Fondly remembered by Geoff BEYER, Doris PATTERSON, her niece Alison and nephews Lawrence, Bill and Brian. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Avenues), from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service will be held at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 3962 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke, on Monday, September 29, 2003 at 2 o'clock. Cremation.

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LAINEVOOL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-26 published
CLOSE, Mary Mills Donald
Died peacefully, in her 95th year, in Markham, Ontario, on Sunday, March 23rd, 2003, the beloved wife of the late Edward Robinson CLOSE. She is greatly missed by her son Allan and his wife Sandra, her son Donald and his wife Clare, and daughter Johanna and her husband Bert SPENCER. She is survived and missed by her adoring grandchildren Erin and Grant SPENCER, Alexandrina CLOSE and her husband Ravo LAINEVOOL, Andrew CLOSE and his companion Kristina SMITH, Sarah WRIGHT, Nathalie GLEESON, Paula HUDSON; and her sister Alexandrina (Mrs. P. B. F. SMITH) of Halifax. Mary was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander DONALD of Hamilton and Burlington, sister of the late Mrs. W. E. BOAKE (Ivadell,) the late Mrs. Paul FARREN (Jane,) and the late George E. DONALD. A family service will be conducted at the graveside, Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario on March 28th, 2003 at 2: 30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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LAING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-30 published
Melva MANCHEE
By Janice MANCHEE, page A16
Wife, mother, folk music supporter, fundraiser. Born January 15, 1921, in Montreal. Died May 15 in Ottawa, of cancer, aged Melva MANCHEE had a wonderful, wry sense of humour. Even as cancer wore her away, she invited the neighbourhood children to move in if their parents bothered them too much. When her doctor visited, she'd warn him to stay healthy for his most important patient and she never forgot to remind her children that the cat inherited everything on her death. She had the eyes of a thinker, but then there was that quirky, humorous mouth.
Melva was born in Montreal. Early pictures show her on her toes pirouetting across the lawn, and in cross-country skiing gear boldly setting out across Montreal parkland. When Melva was 14, her family moved to Toronto, where her father, Joe LAING became plant manager for Canada Malting Co. She left behind two large, extended families for life in a strange city, with only her younger brother for company. In Toronto, Melva entered Havergal College, a private girls' school, as a day student.
During her Havergal years, Melva began to date Eric MANCHEE. They continued dating while she attended Trinity College at University of Toronto, where she specialized in household sciences. The Second World War only temporarily delayed their marriage until 1945. The couple's first two children, Rod and Ellen, were born in Toronto and the small family moved west to Edmonton where Eric took a job with the oil industry. A third child, Janice, was born shortly after the move.
Melva was not a big fan of either the West or the oil industry he said the wind was always blowing out there, but it was the Americanization of the West by the oil industry that really upset her. And she didn't hesitate to let her views be known.
The couple became involved in the small folk music community in Edmonton and played host to Peggy SEEGER, Pete's sister and the woman for whom the song Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair was written. This interest in folk music and concern for Canadian culture was not particularly popular in Alberta and Melva was happy when Eric took a job with the federal government in Ottawa in the early 1960s.
This began as a period of relative tranquility for Melva, but the late 1960s changed all that. Melva patiently and lovingly supported her children as they protested for peace and against war; her daughters became "liberated women" and generally pushed the envelope, as baby boomers then did.
Melva's concern for the children of the sixties went beyond her own. At that time, medical institutions, in particular hospitals, were not providing sensitive or supportive care for young people experimenting with street drugs. As a result, young people organized to assist each other with medical problems and one of their initiatives in Ottawa was to set up a street clinic. Melva worked on findraising and providing nutritional information and resources to street kids through the diet dispensary project. Since that begining, the clinic has developed into Ottawa's Centretown Community Health Centre, a large, forward-thinking and well-respected community health service.
Melva loved words. She was one of those rare non-visual crossword players. She could sit back in her chair, close her eyes, hear the clue and the space configuration and simply give you the answer. She was an avid reader and collector of Canadian fiction. Robertson Davies and Timothy Pindlay were two of her favourite authors.
When Melva was told she had terminal cancer, she gathered and considered all the information. Then she made her decision: let nature take its course. But while nature was doing its thing, she did hers. She toured Ottawa's museums and art galleries one more time and waited for the spring flowers. In April, they came.
Janice MANCHEE is Melva's daughter.

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LAING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-17 published
MacPHERSON, Harvey Alexander
Died October 16th at Saint Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Harvey celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year at The Village of Winston Park where he was a resident. Born on March 2, 1913 in Macton, Ontario to John and Elsie (née REAMAN) MacPHERSON, Harvey was the eldest of three children. His brothers Ron and Grant predeceased him. In the 1930's Harvey learned to fly, and after a stint of bush pilot work in northern Ontario with Algoma Airways, became the chief flying instructor with the Kitchener Waterloo Airport. When war broke out, the Kitchener Waterloo Airport was contracted to open a flight training school in Goderich for the Empire Flight Training Program. In 1940, Harvey went to Goderich as Chief Flying Instructor and trained hundreds of pilots for the Commonwealth. Before leaving, Harvey married Elizabeth Jean Gartshore LAING, the daughter of Reverend A.A. and Marion LAING. Harvey met Elizabeth when her father was the minister at Linwood United Church where he attended. During the war, Harvey joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. At war's end he took a job with Dominion Rubber (now Uniroyal) in Kitchener. In 1958, Harvey took over the operation of Caya Fabrics Ltd. and later became its sole owner. He managed the business until the early 1990's when he retired. Harvey, Elizabeth (Betty) and their family were active members of Trinity United Church in Kitchener for many years. Betty passed away in 1975 after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Harvey is survived by his children; Doug MacPHERSON (wife Kathy MacPHERSON,) Barbara BUTLER (husband Bob,) and Bruce MacPHERSON (wife Catherine SCHULER,) and four grandchildren Jason and Brett BUTLER and Matthew and John MacPHERSON, all of Toronto. He is survived also by his friend and companion, Jean CAYA. The funeral service will be held at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home at 621 King Street West, Kitchener on Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 2: 30 p.m. Visitation will be at the funeral home prior to the service starting at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donation in memory of Harvey to your favourite charity would be appreciated.

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