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LITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-26 published
GRENFELL, Douglas Paul
Our beloved Paul died peacefully, Sunday 23 March, 2003 at Toronto Grace Hospital, in the loving setting of the Palliative Care Unit, thus ending a two year adventure with a brain tumour. He leaves a circle of constant Friends and a grieving family: mother Gwendoline, wife Sally, parents-in-law Richard and Kathleen LITCH, his children and Sally's, Jennifer and her husband Thomas and their sons Ian and Daniel, Philip and his partner Albert Liu, Lisa and her husband Nicholas SAMSTAG, Laura and her husband Gabriel BINCIK and their daughters Hanna and Julia, Amelia WALLNER and her partner Todd DYER, Anna WALLNER and her husband Blair QUINN, the LITCH and MERCER families and cousins in England. Predeceased by his father Harold. Also remembered by Molly LOGAN.
Cremation. Service of Thanksgiving for Paul's life will be at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, M4V 1R5, (416) 925-5977, Monday 31 March at 11 a.m. with The Reverend Dr. Andrew STIRLING officiating. Kindnesses to others or gifts to the Gerry and Nancy Pencer Centre for Brain Tumours, 610 University Avenue, Toronto M5G 2M9 (416) 946-6560 or to Paul's Church would honour his memory.
''...Sorrow and Love flow mingled down...''

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LITTLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-13 published
Gordon Kenneth FLEMING/FLEMMING
By Jack FORTIN Thursday, February 13, 2003, Page A30
Musician, husband, father. Born August 3, 1931, in Winnipeg. Died August 31, 2002, in Scarborough, Ontario, following a stroke, aged 71.
Gordie FLEMING/FLEMMING was a remarkable music talent, known internationally as a master of the accordion, especially in the jazz idiom. He was a life member of Local 149 of the Toronto Musicians' Association.
In show-business vernacular, Gordie was "born in a trunk." He began playing accordion when his older brother gave him lessons. His musical ability was such that he began performing publicly at the age of five. His schoolteachers often saw him being whisked away in a taxi to perform at theatres and radio stations in Winnipeg. By the age of 10, he was a working member of various bands in that city.
In 1949, Gordie lost his accordion in a fire at a Winnipeg hotel. With the insurance money, he headed for the bright lights of Montreal where he soon became an important part of that city's musical life. His accordion ability was complemented by the fact that he was also a gifted arranger and composer.
He had a marvellous ability to improvise and could string out complex bebop lines, leaving his listeners in awe. He often slipped a jazz phrase into ballads or commercial tunes, confirming that jazz was indeed his first love.
One of Montreal's busiest musicians, he wrote for local orchestras, shows, radio and television. He had perfect pitch and often wrote without reference to a keyboard. He was at home in every type of music from classics to jazz. For several years, he worked at the National Film Board as a composer and musician.
In Montreal, Gordie performed with many show business headliners: there was a wealth of home-grown talent in Montreal, such as Oscar PETERSON and Maynard FERGUSON, as well as other jazz musicians who were beginning to be noticed.
Gordie had said that when when he first heard bebop it was like entering another world. As his career indicates, he had no trouble in that world. He worked with many personalities including: Charlie PARKER, Mel TORMÉ, Hank SNOW, Lena HORNE, Englebert HUMPERDINCK, Dennis DAY, Gordon MacRAE, Cab CALLOWAY, Nat King COLE, Cat STEVENS, Rich LITTLE, Billy ECKSTEIN, Pee Wee HUNT, Arthur GODFREY and Buddy DEFRANCO.
He also performed with Tommy AMBROSE, Allan MILLS, Wally KOSTER, Tommy HUNTER, Bert NIOSI, Wayne and Shuster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation jazz shows with Al BACULIS, and many other Canadian jazz musicians.
On Montreal's French music scene, Gordie performed on radio and television with Emile GENEST, Ti-Jean CARIGNAN, André GAGNON and Ginette RENO. He was a featured soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.
Internationally, Gordie toured France in 1952 and performed with Edith PIAF and Tino ROSSI. He had the honour to perform for former prime minister Pierre Elliot TRUDEAU at a Commonwealth Conference.
He participated with other top Canadian musicians in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tour to entertain Canadian and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops in Europe in 1952 and 1968.
For me, a memorable experience was playing in a group with Gordie for several winters in Florida. A popular member of the Panama City Beach family of musicians, Gordie looked forward to his winter trek south. Many of the American musicians will miss him, as will the many snowbirds who looked forward to hearing him each year.
His extensive repertoire allowed Gordie to author a book called Music of the World, in which he wrote the music to 280 songs from more than 30 countries.
Gordie leaves his wife of 47 years, Joanne, and seven children.
Jack FORTIN is Gordie's friend.

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LITTLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-30 published
LITTLE, Alexander Ross
Ross died peacefully at home on July 25, 2003. Born November 15, 1908 in Woodstock Ontario, he is predeceased by parents Henry Alexander LITTLE and Emily Christina (née ROSS,) and his only brother Jim LITTLE (Lillian) of London, Ontario. Ross is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen and their children: Christy; Peter (Noreen) of Owen Sound and their children Marion (Ted HODSON,) Martha (Eric TIISLER,) Alexander (Kim STARK,) Heather and Christopher Andrew of Calgary; and Ron (Cath) of Calgary and their children Jane and Jim; and by five great-grandchildren.
Childhood at Altadore, his family home in Woodstock and many years at Lakefield Preparatory School were followed by Ridley College School, Trinity College (U of T), (Beta Theta Pi) Osgoode Hall, membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada and work with the Canada Permanent Trust Company. Ross married Helen (SHUTTLEWORTH) on April 14, 1938 in London, Ontario then served as an Royal Canadian Air Force Wing Commander during World War 2. Rejoining the Permanent, he became Winnipeg Branch Manager from 1945 until his retirement in 1972.
Volunteer commitments: The Canadian Disaster Relief Fund, Trustee of the Winnipeg School Board District 1, Save the Children Canada, figure skating judge, the Crescentwood Home Owners Association, the Men's Musical Club, Kiwanis and St. George's Anglican Church - Building Committee, Warden, Vestry and 50 year member of the Choir.
Favorite pastimes: singing, piano, painting with Helen and Canadian history through the Champlain Society and Hudson's Bay Record Society, travels with Helen and Christy, a life time of golf including many years at St. Charles Golf and Country Club and ice dancing at the Winnipeg Winter Club with Helen.
An exemplary citizen, wonderful father and truly gentle man, he will be dearly missed.
Memorial service: Saturday August 2 at 11:00 a.m., St. George's Anglican Crescentwood, 168 Wilton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3C3.
In lieu of flowers: the St. George's Memorial Fund c/o the Church, Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg Foundation Inc. 430 Webb Place Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3J7, the Winnipeg Art Gallery 300 Memorial Blvd., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1V1 or Save the Children Canada, 4141 Yonge Street, Suite 300 Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A8.

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LITTLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-11 published
TERDIK, Joseph (Superintendent, Peel Regional Police, Ret'd) Joe died December 9th, with dignity, in the warmth of his family's love. He was most proud of his service to the community of Mississauga/Peel the officers he commanded and his warm Friendship with Hazel. An Federal Bureau of Investigation Graduate (Pres. Fit. Award), Medal of Bravery (Miss. Disaster, Personnel Deployment) Exemplary Service Award, Exec. Officer to the Chief, Cmdr. 11 Div., Cmdr. Spec. Services, Crim. Intel. Bureau, Cdn Police College Lecturer, Author: Mgmt. Audit Manual, founding Pres. Sr. Officers Assoc. Born Windsor, March 1943, resident in Peel till 1997, adoring husband of Barbara DOWDALL- TERDIK, father of Robert (Jessica, Meaghan, Ashley); Jodey (Paul) LITTLE (Caleb, Taelor); Susan CORNWELL; Proud son of John (dec.) and Irene TERDIK, brother of Bill (Karen;) John (Donna) Irene (Aimo) MANNINEN. Cherished brother-in-law to David (Paul); Susan (Shane); Peggy (Don, Tom, Mimi) Catherine (Rob, Graeme, Iain, Allison, Colleen) and special Joanna DOWDALL. Friends will be received at the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home, 91 Division St. S., Kingsville from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday. Funeral service from the funeral home Saturday, December 13th at 11: 00 a.m. Remembrances: Palliative Care, Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, 1030 Ouellette Ave., Windsor, Ontario N9A 1E1

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