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RITCHEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-04 published
MARTIN, Anne V. (née KEMP)
On Saturday, March 1, 2003 at home peacefully of cancer surrounded by her loving family in her 67th year. Tended with skill by her loving sister Sheila RITCHEY, husband Dr. Ronald MARTIN and daughter Susan KENT who never left her side in the closing days. Also by her side sons David and Stephen and Russ KENT whose help was so much appreciated. She will be sadly missed by five grandchildren, four nieces, Colleen MARTIN and many Friends and acquaintances. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5th. Service in the chapel Thursday, March 6th at one o'clock. Interment of cremated remains Saint John's Norway Cemetery. In memory of Anne, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 250 Bloor Street East, Suite 1000, Toronto, M4W 3P9 would be appreciated.

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RITCHIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-22 published
Died This Day -- Al RITCHIE, 1966
Saturday, February 22, 2003 - Page F11
Athlete and coach born in Ontario on December 12, 1890; moved to Regina with family before First World War; excelled at baseball and lacrosse; coached Regina Pats hockey team to Memorial Cup titles in 1925, 1928 and 1930; coached the Regina Pats football team to western Canadian titles in 1925-28; only person to have won national championships in both sports; credited with naming the Saskatchewan Roughriders; coached club to consecutive Grey Cup finals in 1929-32; hockey scout for the New York Rangers for 30 years.

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RITCHIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-05 published
BLOCK, Matthew Alexander
Tragically died of injuries sustained when struck by a car on Hallowe'en evening. Matthew passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the McMaster Medical Centre on Saturday, November 1, 2003. He was 12 years old.
Matthew BLOCK (Cambridge, Ontario) is the cherished son of Kelly (née FLOOD) and Robert BROOK, dear brother of Stephen, Kevin, Andrew, Caitlin and Jenny, friend of Brent, and precious grand_son of Ellen and Denis CASE, Dennis and Patricia FLOOD, Stanley and Evelyn BROOK. He will also be sadly missed by his great aunts and uncles.
Loved nephew of Sheryl FLOOD and Douglas RITCHIE, Christopher CASE, Leslie (née CASE) and Rodney GIEBLER, Debbie and Jerry and Dave and Denise; and cousins Nicole and Alexander. Special friend of Keith, Lena, Zeo and Matthew BENNETT; Ted and Joe GIBBONS Doreen BROWN and Lloyd STEWARD/STEWART/STUART; and all of his many Friends and their families.
Matthew was a student at St. Joseph's School in Cambridge, and he enjoyed playing left wing with Hespler Minor Hockey. Matthew was also an aspiring chef who shared his passion for cooking with all who knew him.
We wish to thank all those who have given us their love and support, and we offer our heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, McMaster Medical Centre, and specifically Dr. Holly SMITH, Nancy FRAM, and Chaplin Steve. We were comforted to know that Matthew gave the gift of life to seven families through organ donation.
Our dear Matthew will be greatly missed by all who knew him. It was a great joy and honour to have shared 12 years with him.
Friends will be received on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6: 00-9:00 p.m. at Littles Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 223 Main Street East, Cambridge Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clements R.C. Church, 745 Duke Street, Cambridge on Thursday, November 6th at 10: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. In memory of Matthew, donations would be appreciated to ''Kids Can Play'' and to the school that he loved, St. Joseph's in Preston, for any educational needs.

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RITTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-10 published
By Bev QUINN and Arch RITTER, Monday, November 10, 2003 - Page A16
Veteran, Mason, jeweller, piper. Born November 27, 1916, in Ottawa. Died March 3 in Ottawa, of stomach cancer, aged 86.
One might have thought that Allan was born with bagpipes in his hands. Instead, he started taking chanter lessons from his uncle, Alex McBAIN, at 6, moved up to the pipes at 8, and by the age of 11, won a gold medal for piping in Banff, Alberta.
Allan's father, George, was born in China but became a restaurateur, first in Montreal, and then in Ottawa. Here he met Margaret Helen, from Moose Creek, Ontario They had six sons and one daughter. All the children worked in the St. James Café, George's fish-and-chip shop in Ottawa. As a boy, Allan also delivered candy by wagon for Short's Candy Store, worked as paper boy for the Ottawa Citizen, delivered for a drug store, and worked in a radiator shop and garage.
In 1931, Allan joined the Ottawa Highlanders (later the Cameron Highlanders) as a piper. He went on active duty in 1939 when the "Camerons" were mobilized, then moved to Camp Borden; later to Iceland and Scotland in 1941. From 1943 to 1944, he studied piping at Edinburgh Castle with the renowned Pipe Major Willie ROSS. He was posted in England until D-Day when he went to France, Belgium and Germany. He was released from the army in 1945.
Allan met his first wife, Sophia, in a social club the troops would frequent in Edinburgh while on leave. They were married in 1944 and she came to Canada as a war bride. Allan and Sophia had four children, George, Allan, Margaret and Heather, and eight grandchildren, one of whom predeceased him. Sophia passed away in 1986 from breast cancer.
Allan entered watch-making coincidentally, when a fellow soldier threw his broken Timex against the Nisson hut wall. Allan picked it up and repaired it in a day or two. Soon everybody, including a brigadier general from 3rd Division Headquarters, was bringing him watches for repair. This led to a watch-making course in 1943 in Brighton, England, courtesy of the military.
Following the war, Allan worked for Jack Snow Jewellers in Ottawa, then acquired Elgin Jewellers. In 1974, Allan handed Elgin Jewellers over to his son, Allan, who still operates it.
Allan was an excellent piping instructor, referred to by some as a "student's teacher." He taught hundreds of students, some up until one month before he was diagnosed with cancer. He was an inspiring mentor, a demanding musician, and a good friend.
One of Allan's best students was Bev FEDORCHUK from Dauphin, Manitoba They met at a chanter practice with the Sons of Scotland pipe band in Ottawa in 1991. Bev fell in love with his laugh, his beautiful smile, his sense of humour and his quality as a true gentleman. Two years later, they were happily married.
Allan formed two pipe bands, the Sons of Scotland in 1980, and the Highland Mist Pipe Band in 1993 where he was pipe major until 1995 and music director until 2000. In 1996, Allan won the "Over 50" Champion Supreme award in the Ontario Highland Games circuit in "Open Solo" piping -- in the same event (march, strathspey and reel) he had won some 60 years earlier.
During his last hospital stay, on New Year's Day, 2003, Allan was visited by three Cameron pipers who gave him a "levee" since he was the oldest living Cameron. It was during this period in hospital that Allan remarked that his biggest regret was that people don't realize the sacrifices that he and his fellow soldiers made for them in the Second World War.
Lest we forget.
Bev is Allan's wife, best friend and piping student; Arch his student and friend.

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