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RANDALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-08 published
Evelyn Randall THOBURN
By Liz ARMSTRONG Monday, September 8, 2003 - Page A18
Great friend, neighbour, heart of a large and loving family. Born January 5, 1911, in Toronto. Died March 11 in Unionville, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 92.
Evelyn Marion RANDALL was the fourth youngest of eight children born in Toronto's Cabbagetown to Sophie and Ed RANDALL (an organizer with Canada's first printer's union.) All the RANDALLs loved learning (including a new word every day under the tutelage of their dad); they loved to laugh and loved music. Like many of her brothers and sisters, Evie played piano by ear.
Evelyn was married twice, the first time to Norman POLSON. In 1933, the young couple moved from Toronto to Peru where he worked as an engineer for an oil company. In the Spanish-speaking town of Talara, they had the first two of their three children, Barbara and Carolyn. There Evie became an accomplished horseback rider. She also became fluent in Spanish after amusing the locals by asking for "tiny balls" rather than "lemon tarts" in her first attempt at her second language.
Tragically, in 1940, Norman was killed in an oil-field explosion. After Norman's death, Evie was given 24 hours to depart for Toronto, without even time for goodbyes. Back in Canada, pregnant with their third child (Norman, Jr.), and with very little financial help from the company, Evie decided more assertiveness was necessary. After directing her horrified lawyer to tell the company to "stuff" its apparently rather stingy offer to wind up the case, the parties finally reached an agreement that paid Ev both a lump sum and an annuity that allowed her to move to the house that became her home of more than 60 years.
A few years later, neighbours across the street asked if they might come over and bring a friend. Evie and the new friend -- usually gregarious people -- were both somewhat speechless that evening, and more than a little unnerved. He conveniently forgot his pipe and, once back with a foot in the door, never left. In order to be democratic, however, Evie sat the three kids down, presented a slate of four potential candidates, then told them to vote for their next father. She also made it clear that they couldn't complain from then on. Soon after, Evelyn and Gordon THOBURN were married in the living room of their home. (Many a time, apparently, one or other of the kids was overheard to say, "Don't blame me, you voted for him!" Evie was quite the storyteller, and her son Norman noted recently that her "slate" of four may have included the milkman, mailman and the ice-man. Clearly, the odds favoured Gordon, and the tale no doubt grew taller with time.)
Her marvellous life of 92-plus years continued to unfold -- including a fourth child, Gord Jr., who arrived in 1944. Although there was a fair share of losses and tragedies, Evie always looked on the positive side -- even after losing her eyesight -- and admonished all around her to do the same. Her lifetime motto was: "Never be a perpetrator" -- never contribute to your own grief.
Surely it was a measure of her wonderful life that on the March morning just after Evie passed away suddenly in Unionville, Barbara hurried over to the Sunrise Assisted Living Centre to find all the staff gathered in the administrator's office crying together, and sharing a loving cup of one of Evie's favourite liqueurs in her honour. In the year since her move from her home of many years, Evie had captured a whole new set of hearts, with her repertoire of favourite piano tunes (including When I Grow Too Old to Dream), her even larger stock of bad jokes and, of course, her effervescent personality.
Liz ARMSTRONG was once a neighbour of Evelyn THOBURN. She wrote this with help from Evelyn's eldest daughter, Barbara TOWE.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-06 published
McMULLEN, Kathleen
At the Northumberland Health Care Centre, Cobourg, Monday, March 3, 2003 at the age of 93. Kathleen (née FITZPATRICK,) wife of the late George Adams McMULLEN. Loving mother of Linda McMULLEN of Peterborough and Bob McMULLEN (Anne Marie) of Stratford. Predeceased by her daughter Margie LEMON. Mother-in-law of Morley LEMON and his wife Sandra. Dear Nana of William LEMON and his wife Donna, Kelly Anne LEMON, Jennifer, Julie and Michael McMULLEN. Great grandmother of Meg and Ben LEMON. Sister of Margaret FITZPATRICK of Cobourg. Kathleen will also be remembered by her extended family David PATERSON, Elspeth RUSSELL and Diane RANKIN and families. A memorial service will be held at the Legion Village Recreation Hall, 111 Hibernia Street, Cobourg, on Saturday, March 8 at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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