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LAURENT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-02 published
Died This Day
Thursday, January 2, 2003, Page R9
James Garfield GARDINER, 1962
Teacher, farmer, politician, born in Hibbert Township, Ontario, on November 30, 1883; in 1914, elected Saskatchewan Member of Legislative Assembly; cabinet minister from 1922-26 and from 1926-29; in 1934, became Premier of Saskatchewan; from 1935-57 served as federal Minister of Agriculture; established Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration to help drought-stricken farmers in 1948, ran for Liberal Party leadership but lost to Louis ST- LAURENT died in Lemberg, Saskatchewan.

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LAURENT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
BRAILEY, F. George
March 6th, 1923 to May 29th, 2003. Died peacefully at West Park Long Term Care Centre. George suffered from Alzheimers, and the past year was very difficult for him as he declined so rapidly. George leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce, and two daughters, Seonaid BRAILEY and Moira MacRAE and her husband, Garth. He was a wonderful Poppa to Justin MacRAE, Krista BRAILEY, Gail MacRAE (Allan LAURENT,) and Heather MacRAE (Chris O'CONNOR.) George enjoyed being Great Poppa to his precious great-granddaughter, Jordan TUCKER- MacRAE and great-grandchildren, Sam and Leigha BRETT, Haley MacRAE, Finlay and Emma O'CONNOR and Philippe GIGUERE. The family is grateful to the kind and caring nurses and support staff at West Park Long Term Care Centre for treating Dad with gentleness and dignity. Private arrangements have been made, however the family invites Friends to join them on Saturday, June 7, 2003, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Moira and Garth MacRae. If you wish, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to the charity of your choice.

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LAURIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-27 published
Mary KEENBERG
By Jonina WOOD Monday, January 27, 2003, Page A16
Wife, mother, grandmother. Born July 4, 1913, on a train passing through Fort William, Ontario (now part of Thunder Bay). Died September 26, 2002, in Winnipeg, of natural causes, aged 89.
I first met Mary KEENBERG in 1999 at the Manitoba Club in Winnipeg. With its Edwardian oak-panelled walls, deep chairs and old-world ambience, it was the perfect setting for Mary. She half-rose from her fireside chair to greet me -- a tiny, elegant, perfectly coiffed woman who smiled a warm welcome. Sweet-hearted yet somewhat imperious, she was a master of the quick quip. "We're the long and short of it," she once pointed out to a crowd, getting a huge laugh as I stood a full foot taller than she. But the meeting at the Manitoba Club had a deeper significance.
Mary was born on a train. Her parents, newly arrived from the shtetls of Russia, were on their way to a whistle stop in Saskatchewan called Mikado. They were part of the waves of immigrants inspired by Prime Minister Wilfrid LAURIER's international appeal to come settle Canada.
So they did. Mary's father, Maurice Max BURTNICK, opened a general store. To a brood that already included Tony, Sasha and Mary were added Louis, Polly, Harry and Allan. The sudden departure of Mary's mother left Mary to care for her younger siblings. This she did with a fierce and protective love that would come to be one of her defining character traits.
Mary was younger than most when she graduated from Grade 12 with the highest grades in all Saskatchewan. She taught Grades 1 to 12 in a one-room country schoolhouse near Canora, Saskatchewan, biding her time until she was 18 and could enter nursing at the General Hospital in Winnipeg. Once again, she graduated with the highest marks in her class.
With little money and the tough, physical demands of nursing, life cannot have been easy for her and it was during this time that she lost her much-beloved sister Polly in a fire back home, a tragedy which created a lifelong wound in Mary's heart.
Meanwhile, on a happier note, there was a young, Jewish doctor in the small Manitoban town of Baldur named Abe KEENBERG. Dr. KEENBERG was very busy (and also perhaps a tad lonely, the story goes), so one day he called his younger brother Lou who lived in Winnipeg. "Lou," he said, "I need a wife. Do you know any nice Jewish nurses?"
Lou soon invited Abe to meet Mary. It was a match. In 1938, they were married at the Royal Alex in Winnipeg. They formed a loving and effective team, first taking up residence in Glenboro, Manitoba, and then in 1945 moving to Winnipeg with their new son. Here, Mary took on what would become her life's passion: the fledgling state of Israel.
With her own children, she was equally zealous. If Patty or Ron came home with an A, Mary wanted to know what happened to the "plus." If ever they were taunted as Jews, they were to fight back. In the KEENBERG home, there was honour in a bloodied nose won fighting against racial slurs of any kind.
Tiny, but with the constitution of an ox, Mary was awhirl with her work, her children, her travels with Abe, and her Friends. When Abe died in 1987, she bravely carried on although devastated by his passing. She filled her time with work, bridge (she was an ace), and she was a friend to her grandchildren -- Megan, Kathryn and Adam.
But she was often lonely. She missed her Abe and was anxious to join him. This determined woman, who had fought her way from poor beginnings to membership in the Manitoba Club, was weary toward the end. Yet she was ever ladylike, ever gracious, ever the warrior.
Jonina WOOD is Mary's daughter-in-law

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LAURIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-02 published
Died This Day -- Sir Joseph POPE, 1926
Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - Page R5
Federal civil servant born at Charlottetown on August 16, 1854 1878, arrived in Ottawa as private secretary to uncle, Prince Edward Island premier James Colledge POPE; later served Sir John A. MacDONALD; 1896, became under-secretary of state for foreign affairs; persuaded LAURIER government to set up permanent department 1909, named first permanent head of External Affairs; helped resolve such significant issues as Alaska boundary dispute; adviser to Mackenzie KING.

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