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"PRO" 2003 Obituary


PROBST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-02 published
O'GRADY, Dr. Walter
Walter died at home of prostate cancer on April 30th, 2003. His love and humour will be sadly missed by wife Jean, daughters Elizabeth, Jennifer and Carrie, sons-in-law Jonathan KEAN and Steven PROBST, grand_son Zachary, sister Patricia DAY and husband Harry, brother Paul and wife Frances, mother-in-law Floss REILLY and all his loving extended family. Born in Hamilton in 1933 and educated at St. Michael's College, Walter held a variety of jobs in Hamilton and Southern Ontario before returning to graduate school in Toronto. Thereafter he was a professor of English at the University of Toronto, serving as assistant chair of the English department for nine years, and becoming known both for his stimulating lectures and for his aplomb in managing a large and turbulent department. The family extends thanks to the palliative care team, nurses, and personal support workers who helped to ease his difficult last months. As Walter is donating his body to medical science there will be no funeral, but Friends may call at 487 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto, on Sunday May 4th from 3 to 5 p.m. The Department of English will arrange a gathering later. Donations in Walter's name to a charity of your choice would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

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PROBST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-31 published
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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PROFUMO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-04 published
Patricia BLYTH
By Sam BLYTH Friday, July 4, 2003 - Page A18
Wife, mother, teacher, headmistress, priest. Born January 10, 1916, in Reigate, Surrey. Died May 20 in Ottawa, of cancer, aged In the middle of the night, in the middle of February 1953, in a blinding snowstorm, mother disembarked from the Canadian in Brandon, Manitoba, with her five young daughters in hand. Dressed in a full-length mink coat and direct from London via Halifax, she watched as the porter hurled her trunks onto the platform and told her: "If this is where you are going to live -- God help you." Fifty years later she dryly observed that He certainly did.
Mother was born Patricia WILLIAMS to a gentler life in England. Educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, she read English and was tutored by C.S. LEWIS and J.R.R. TOLKIEN. Oxford life between the wars was both elegant and edgy, with the likes of John PROFUMO and Harold WILSON in her year. While mom inherited a strong Christian work ethic from her great-grandfather, Sir George WILLIAMS, she was not above enjoying some of the better things in life.
The war brought both drama and excitement and then devastating loss as her only sibling Graham was killed in action.
She met my father on a golf course in Kent during the darkest days of the war. He was a clean-cut Canadian from Regina who went on to command a flight squadron. Their romance played out in London during the blitz and on their wedding night the fires burned so brightly that they could read at night without turning the lights on. Undeterred, they produced three children before the end of the war and went on to have three more, including a son born in Camp Shilo, Manitoba, where mom was bound that February in 1953.
After the family relocated to Ottawa, Mom's career as a mother and a military wife soon gave way to a second career of teaching at Elmwood School. Success in the classroom led to her appointment as headmistress. Mrs. BLYTH was an imposing figure and not to be trifled with. But she was also caring of her students and they returned her devotion.
It must have been with a heavy heart that she gave it all up to accompany dad to diplomatic posts in England, West Germany and Greece. In Bonn, she decided to learn to drive and, after buying an orange Volkswagen, took to the roads and autobahns with a determination that impressed even the locals. Her third career as a diplomatic spouse was unfulfilling.
Mom's fourth career was perhaps her calling in life. Following dad's death in 1985, she started as a lay reader in a small Anglican parish in the West Country of England. Soon she ran up against the Church of England's refusal to ordain woman so she relocated one last time to Ottawa, where she was ordained shortly before her 70th birthday. Every summer thereafter she returned to Devon, installed herself at the local inn and met her former parishioners.
For the last 17 years in Ottawa, she spent her life ministering to the elderly and dying in a large public health facility. In this grim setting she was superb and much loved by both the patients and the caregivers. In her last months, she cared for people who were likely both younger and healthier than Mom as she dealt with terminal lung cancer. Typically, she refused to see a doctor, knowing that the diagnosis would be bad and perhaps curtail her day-to-day life. When she finally agreed to see a doctor she would have less than a week to live.
Several weeks prior to that she summoned the priest in charge of her church to discuss her funeral arrangements. She told him that he should do what he thought was best and then proceeded to tell him exactly what to do. At the funeral, he told an enormous congregation that Pat had insisted that there be no eulogies and then proceeded to deliver one. It was a fitting tribute.
Sam BLYTH is Patricia BLYTH's son.

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PROULX o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-08-20 published
Urbain Paul HEBERT
In loving memory of Urbain Paul HEBERT who passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 12th, 2003 at the Sudbury Regional Hospital-Laurentian Site at the age of 70 years.
Beloved husband of Shirley (née (TYSON DUGIT)) HEBERT of Killarney. Loving father of Sheila (husband Bob SIMONEAU) of Gogama, Laura (husband Harold WARD) of Sudbury, Leslie (wife Nicole) of Nova Scotia and Yvette (husband Murray TESSIER) of Chelmsford. Cherished grandfather of Michele (partner Mike), Paul, Anthony, Kevin, Peter, Natalie, Kelly, Taylor, Chris and Steven. Dear son of Joseph and Mary HEBERT both predeceased. Dear brother of Blanche McDONALD of Hamilton, predeceased by Raymond, Robert, Ella PITFIELD, Flora PROULX (husband Allan of Killarney,) Robina GRESCO and Elwood (wife Mandy of Providence Bay). Sadly missed by many nieces, and nephews. Born in Killarney where he married Shirley in 1960. He was the Junior Ranger Subforeman for 24 years as well as a commercial fisherman. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed trapping, fishing and hunting. Urbain was an accomplished goalie having played competitive hockey for many years. Rested at Veteran's Memorial Hall, Killarney. Funeral Mass was held in St. Bonaventure Church Killarney on Saturday, August 16th, 2003 at 11 am. Cremation in the Parklawn Crematorium. Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home.

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