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MEAD o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-03-12 published
Richard Nellis BOWERMAN
In loving memory of Richard Nellis BOWERMAN who passed away peacefully at Manitoulin Health Centre on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at the age of 86 years.
Predeceased by dear wife Ethel BOWERMAN (JOHNSON) (December 12, 1975). Predeceased by parents Herman and Bertha (SISSON) BOWERMAN. Loved brother of Susie (1989) and husband Harry LEESON, both predeceased. Stanley (predeceased in 1997,) Hazel (1984) and husband Norman BRANDOW, both predeceased. Harold (1984) and wife Beatrice MEAD, both predeceased. Lila (1988) and husband Thomas SIMPSON, both predeceased. Burton (predeceased in 1951.) Melvin and (wife Dorothy FRASER predeceased,) Clinton and wife Betty DOAN, Stella and husband Ron MacDOUGALL, Pearl and husband Jack ABRAHALL, and Evelyn (husband Ted WHALEN predeceased.)
Visitation was held on Friday, March 7, 2003. Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 8, 2003 at Manitowaning United Church. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery in the spring.

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MEAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-09 published
Mary Ellen GLOVER
By Jane DUBROY Wednesday, April 9, 2003 - Page A18
Wife, mother, gymnastics judge, tenacious advocate for the elderly. Born May 19, 1944, in Ottawa. Died of cancer November 26, 2002, in Toronto, aged 58.
Although Mary Ellen's own life ended prematurely, part of her legacy is the work she did on behalf of those who are long-lived.
She served as executive director of the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils for 17 years, and was instrumental in winning legislative support for long-term care residents to have input into their own care and activities. "She was a true advocate for seniors throughout the province," wrote the Residents' Council of Hillsdale Manor. "She worked very hard and often presented the views, feelings and wishes of the elderly population... at Queen's Park and other places... Mary Ellen GLOVER will be really missed and not forgotten..."
She was the oldest of three sisters. Adele was born next, and then I came along three years later. Adele died at age 9, so that left just we two. The anthropologist Margaret MEAD has observed that sisters have "probably the most competitive relationship within the family." Mary Ellen and I were no exception. However, Ms. MEAD added, "once sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship," and I like to think that's how we finished too.
Our west-end Ottawa neighbours were like our extended family. Unfortunately for Mary Ellen, she was one of the first members of the younger generation to date. Every time a beau came to pick her up, he would be scrutinized by all the dads who happened to be out tending their lawns. They sometimes showed their support by applauding. Mary Ellen kept her cool, but this may help explain why she took off on an extended trip to England in her early 20s.
Back in Ottawa, she took a job at the Canadian Wood Council, where she met Bill GLOVER. They married almost 27 years ago. Their daughter Margot was born in 1980, the same year they moved to Williams Lake, British Columbia where Bill worked with the Wood Industry Association. They returned to Toronto in 1984.
After our mother moved into long-term care, there were many Christmases and Thanksgivings when Mary Ellen, Bill and Margot drove to Ottawa with the turkey in the back of the car, and treated Mother and several other elderly relatives to a home-cooked holiday dinner with all the trimmings in the Glovers' hotel suite. When I told Mary Ellen she was the only person I knew who could cook Christmas dinner in a hotel room, her response was always, "No big deal."
Pretty much the only time she ever broke her no-bragging rule was when it came to Margot. Her daughter trained for many years as a competitive gymnast, and Mary Ellen and Bill put in countless hours of volunteer time at the club; Mary Ellen eventually qualified and served as a judge. In her memory, the Toronto gymnastics community has created "The Mary Ellen Glover Award" to be given annually to a west-end club achieving excellence in balance-beam choreography.
I always thought Mary Ellen would go on forever, she was such a determined person. She had to be -- she suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis for 22 years, and endured many operations. Her determination also showed in her brief but intense battle with cancer. Last August, in spite of being diagnosed with two brain tumours on the same day that our mother died, she insisted that the doctors let her out of the hospital so that she could go to Ottawa for our mother's funeral. Battling her own cancer, she conducted herself with grace, dignity and courage. "Mother would have been so proud of you," I told her. Mary Ellen replied "I hope so."
I know so. We all were, and are.
Jane DUBROY is Mary Ellen GLOVER's sister.

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MEADOWS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-09 published
Last fighter pilot of the Great War
Canadian aviator, a bankteller in peacetime, was 'just doing his duty'
By Allison LAWLOR Thursday, January 9, 2003, Page R7
Henry BOTTERELL, the last of the fighter pilots that fought in the First World War, has died in Toronto. He was 106.
Mr. BOTTERELL, who up until in his late 90s was swimming almost every day, died peacefully at the Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital, now part of Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, on Friday, less than two months after celebrating his 106th birthday.
One of 16 surviving Canadian veterans of the First World War profiled in a Globe and Mail series in November, Henry BOTTERELL was believed to be the last fighter pilot from the 1914-1918 conflict, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. BOTTERELL declined to take part in the series of interviews, but at a special air-force celebration four years earlier he recalled his days as a fighter pilot.
"I had good hands," he said then. "I didn't have the fighting acumen of some, like Billy BISHOP. I was just a bank clerk. I wasn't one of the very best, but I had my share of action."
On August 29, 1918, Flight Lieutenant BOTTERELL flew his Sopwith Camel over Vitry, France. After dropping four bombs on a railway station, he was heading back to his airfield when he encountered a German observation balloon. He fired 400 rounds into the balloon with his aircraft machine gun.
With the balloon ablaze, the soldier leaped from the basket and opened his parachute. As the flaming remains of the balloon fell to the ground, Mr. BOTTERELL had enough time to swing around and shoot his enemy, but didn't. Instead, he snapped him a chivalrous salute before heading back to base. The moment was captured by aviation artist Robert TAILOR/TAYLOR, in his painting Balloon Buster.
"He was an adventurer," said Jon STRAW, a friend and former director of the Great War Flying Museum in Brampton, Ontario Mr. STRAW is also working on a book on Canadian pilots who served in the First World War with Allan SNOWIE, a retired naval aviator who is now a pilot with Air Canada.
Like many of the veterans from the First World War, Mr. BOTTERELL didn't consider his war efforts to be heroic.
"He didn't think it was any big deal, he thought he was just doing his duty," Mr. STRAW said.
In 1916, Mr. BOTTERELL was working for the Bank of North America (now the Bank of Montreal) when his older brother Edward, who played football for the Toronto Argonauts, was killed overseas by a sniper. A few months later, Henry, then 20, enlisted with the Royal Naval Air Service and was sent to England to train as a fighter pilot.
His sister, Edith, who worked as a secretary for an admiral at the time, had helped him get what she thought would be a safer assignment in the war. But that didn't prove to be true. At one point in the war, new pilots had a life expectancy of three weeks.
Mr. BOTTERELL's flying career got off to a difficult start. Engine failure caused him to crash on only his second takeoff in September, 1917, at Dunkirk, France. He suffered head injuries, a fractured leg, and broken teeth and spent six months in hospital. He was eventually demobilized as disabled and discharged. But he later re-enlisted and qualified as a fighter pilot again and returned to France in early 1918.
His flight log reveals that he was attached to the 208th Squadron serving in France from May 11 to November 27, 1918. His records show that during that time, he flew patrols and fought over places including Serny, Estrées and Arras. He then transferred to Belgium, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Wing Commander Neil MEADOWS, the commanding officer of Royal Air Force 208 Squadron, said in his condolences to Mr. BOTTERELL's family that Henry "remains, an inspiration to our trainee pilots. I do feel that we have lost a tangible part of what we are, and what we aspire to be.
"Undoubtedly, he did not view his actions as out of the ordinary, but his courage and dedication to duty are an example that I hope our trainees will emulate in their own flying careers," he wrote on behalf of the squadron. "I am sure, therefore, that his spirit will live on with the young pilots that continue to serve on 208 Squadron."
During his war service, Mr. BOTTERELL flew a variety of planes, but the Camel, which got its name from the hump created by two machine guns imbedded under its cowling, was his favourite. He had one particular close call, when on a flight a bullet ripped through his ear and smashed his goggles.
"I went out like a light for a few minutes, and I recovered just before I crashed," he once said.
Henry John Lawrence BOTTERELL was born in 1896 in Ottawa to Henry and Annie BOTTERELL. His mother raised him after his father died of pneumonia when Henry was a young boy. Henry attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. An athletic young man, he played football like his older brother and remained physically active throughout his life.
"He was a loner," said his son Edward BOTTERELL, adding that his father enjoyed sports he would do alone such as swimming, cross-country skiing and sailing. In 1919, he returned to Canada and to banking as an assistant chief accountant. He remained with the Bank of Montreal until his retirement in the 1960s. As a souvenir from the war he brought back a Belgian fence post that had snagged the wing of his Camel on a low-level flights. It is now in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
In 1929 he married and moved with his wife Maud to Montreal. They raised two children before his wife died in 1983 after suffering several strokes. During the Second World War, Mr. BOTTERELL commanded an Air Cadet Squadron, in Quebec, though he himself never took to the air. After returning home in 1919, he gave up flying.
In 1999, Mr. BOTTERELL was the guest of honour at a mess dinner commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. That same year he celebrated his own 102nd birthday at a hotel in Lille, France, where he and other Canadian veterans were marking the 80th anniversary of the end of the War.
Despite his failing memory, his son Edward said his father was "moved by the experience."
Mr. BOTTERELL is survived by daughter Frances MARQUETTE of Houston, Texas, and son Edward BOTTERELL of Mississauga, Ontario
Henry BOTTERELL, aviator and banker; born in Ottawa on November 7, 1896, died in Toronto on January 3, 2003.

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MEAGHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-26 published
MEAGHER, John 1935-2003
Died August 25th surrounded by family and Friends at St. Josephs hospital 10 a.m. He is survived by his mother Eleanor, sister Anne, his children and grandchildren. Public funeral services will be held Thursday, August 28 at 5 p.m. in St. Basils basement Chapel.

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MEAKES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-20 published
MEAKES, Elizabeth Joyce ''Betty'' (née POWELL)
Betty died suddenly at home in the evening on Thursday, December 18th, 2003. Betty was born in Liverpool, England and was the daughter of Evan and Alice POWELL. She was predeceased by her husband, J.R. MEAKES, former publisher of the Sudbury Star. She was also predeceased by her good friend of many years, Michael DUDOWICH. Betty was a special Aunt and like a mother to Nephew Michael MEAKES as well as Great Aunt to Meredith. Dear cousin of Joyce APPLETON and Elsi GORDON from England. After graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music in her mid teens, Betty pursued a career in journalism. She was a long-time columnist at the Sudbury Star. Betty was a great supporter of arts and culture in the Sudbury area. She keenly followed politics at all levels of government and attended regular press events over the years. Many a person can share a story about meeting Betty and experiencing her clever sense of humour. She was a truly generous person and assisted many charities. Betty will be missed by her 'extended family' of Friends inside and outside of the Sudbury region. Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury. Funeral Mass in Christ the King Church, 30 Beech Street, Sudbury, Monday, December 22nd, 2003 at 10 a.m. Interment in the Parklawn Cemetery. Prayers 3 p.m. Sunday. Donations to 2nd Floor Acute Care Unit, St. Joseph's Health Centre would be appreciated. Friends may call 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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MEANY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-03 published
MEANY, Patrick Donal Anthony
Patrick was born on June 10, 1923 in Stoney Mountain, Manitoba. He died at age 80 at Trillium Hospital in Mississauga on October 2, 2003, after a determined struggle with illness.
Patrick grew up in Ireland. As a youth he attended the same two-room school that had been attended by his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He served as an officer (rank of Captain) in the Irish Army Permanent Defence Force from 1944 to 1956. He was a book editor and director of MacMillan Company of Canada Ltd., and ran his own scholarly book publishing and distribution business for over 30 years. He served as a trustee of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board for 24 years, beginning in 1971, and was chairman of the Board for five terms. He was president of the Ontario School Trustees' Council, Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association and Director of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees' Association. He also served on the boards of the Institute of Catholic Education and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In addition, he served as chair of the Peel Drinking and Driving Committee and vice-chair of the Mississauga Traffic Safety Council, as well as many other public service committees and task forces.
Patrick will be greatly missed by his wife, Kathleen MEANY (nee QUIRKE;) his sister, Margaret; his children, Mary PICARD (Robert,) John MEANY, Anne BERRY (Lionel,) Daniel MEANY (Robin,) James MEANY, Paul MEANY (Diana) and William MEANY; and his grandchildren, Helen, David, Katharine, Cameron, Michael, Grace, Natalie and Elizabeth.
Visitations will be at Scott Funeral Home, 420 Dundas Street East (one block west of Cawthra), Mississauga 905-272-4040, on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.; and on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, 625 Atwater Avenue (at Cawthra), Mississauga, at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 6th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ShareLife, 155 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1W2.

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