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"MEY" 2003 Obituary


MEYER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-10 published
LUCAS, Professor Emeritus Alec
Died, after a lengthy illness, at Island Lodge in Ottawa, on May 6th, 2003. He was born in Toronto June 20, 1913, the youngest child of Bert and Emma LUCAS, and grew up on a farm near Cobourg. It was here his love of nature and books was nurtured. Schooling began at Cook's School, a two-roomed school near Cobourg, where he later taught while studying for a B.A. and M.A. from Queen's. He obtained a Ph.D. in English from Harvard in 1951. Wishing to return to Canada, he accepted an offer from University of New Brunswick and taught English there until 1957 before going to McGill where he taught for and wrote for the next 30 years. After retirement he was made an Emeritus Professor in 1984, and worked part-time, which included a visiting lectureship in Iqaluit. He continued to write until he suffered a stroke in December 1995. Alec was an early advocate for the importance of teaching of Canadian literature and was the founding coordinator of the Canadian Studies Program, the forerunner of The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He wrote extensively on Canadian literature, including articles for The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, and the Literary History of Canada. He published books on writers such as Hugh MacLennan, Farley Mowat and Peter MacArthur and edited several anthologies of short stories including the best selling Great Canadian Short Stories. His passion for literature and teaching was matched by his concern for and interest in nature he was an active conservationist and bequeathed most of his woodland property at Plaisance, Quebec to the Quebec Society of the Protection of Birds as a nature reserve. He is predeceased by his parents, and siblings Eva FISHER, Vera FORSYTH, and Leonard LUCAS. He leaves his wife, Sharon; former wives Margaret and Coula; children George (Charlotte) of White Rock, Suzanne (Allan) LANGSFORD of Kingston, and Edward of Halifax, five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews including Sylvia (Tom) MIDDLEBRO'of Ottawa and Joan (Dick) MEYER of Barrie and grandnieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Mackay United Church, 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa, May 16 at 3 p.m. Ashes will be interned in Cobourg at a later date. If desired, a donation can be made in his memory to Island Lodge, 1 Porter's Island Ottawa K1N 5M2 or a charity of choice.

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MEYERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-22 published
ARDIEL, Ruth Winnifred (née FRANCIS) 89 years.
Died peacefully at Windsor Regional Hospital-Western Campus on Tuesday, October 21, 2003. Dearest wife of the late J.R. ARDIEL (1973.) Beloved mother of Joan DUFF, Karen MEYERS and Susan and David RUCH. Dearest sister of June and Fred ROEMMELE. Loving grandmother of Melissa MEYERS and Jim DONOHUE, Jay MEYERS and Tina ROBBINS, Allison RUCH and Ryan SMITH, Dave RUCH and Anne Marie PETTINATO, Julie SANDO, and John PECARARO, Jackie and Frank HAMILTON, Michelle and Joe GRECO and Natalie DUFF. Great grandmother of Max and Miranda PECARARO, Scott and Mathew HAMILTON and Kaity and Nicholas GRECO. Dear Aunt to her special nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Remembered by several cousins in London and Toronto. Born on a homestead in Marengo, Saskatchewan to the late Anne and Alfred FRANCIS; pre-deceased by brothers Lloyd (1912), Bruce (Royal Canadian Air Force, 1943) and her sister Dorothy HENDERSON (1964.) Ruth was a long-standing member of Beach Grove Golf and Country Club, Windsor and Tamarac Golf and Country Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Visiting in the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1969 Wyandotte St. East, Windsor, Ontario on Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, October 24, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend William GALLAGHER officiating. Cremation with interment later in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. In kindness memorial tributes to the charity of you choice, Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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