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SPEAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-25 published
HYDE, Shelagh Jane (née LAWSON)
Died peacefully, at her home on Stoney Lake, in her 73rd year, on August 22, 2003. Shelagh was the cherished wife of Kenneth for 47 years. Beloved mother of Elizabeth (Victor SPEAR) and Joanne (Brian GOODING) and Grandma to David, Andrew, Jillian and Charlie. Shelagh was born in Winnipeg and graduated from St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing. Shelagh came to Toronto in 1953 and was active in church and community affairs throughout her life. A Memorial Service will be held at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive at Glen Road, on Wednesday, August 27th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Central Ontario Branch) or to Parkinson Society Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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SPECK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-05 published
Wilfred A. SPECK
By John TARZWELL, Friday, December 5, 2003 - Page A22
Cub Scout Akela, pilot, leader, friend. Born July 7, 1924, in Toronto. Died October 18 in Ottawa of leukemia, aged 79.
You always knew when Wilf was in the room. Not that he was loud, exactly. Just a warm, bright, physical presence. You knew something exciting was going on, and that if it wasn't being done quite right, it would soon be hijacked down the path of correctness. At least, correct as Wilf saw it.
Whether leading a flight of gleaming Starfighter jets at Mach 2, or teaching yet another batch of unruly, grubby, fascinated Cubs how to apply direct pressure to a hypothetical severed artery, there was always a right way, and he'd help whoever needed it.
Wilf was great with people. From dealing with the lowliest aircraftsman second class on parade, to mingling with his exalted brethren of the Masons and the Shrine, to negotiating the complexities of Ottawa's Anglican Diocese, you could be sure he'd be in there, advising, wheeling and dealing, moving the organization along in the paths of righteousness. He got real pleasure out of making the world around him better.
Frequently, that process was extremely difficult. Sometimes, when he worked as an accident investigator for the Royal Canadian Air Force's Directorate of Flight Safety, he'd come home terribly depressed, having separated the remains of yet another of his fellow CF-104 pilots from tangled wreckage. The bitterness rarely came out, but whenever he talked about "garbage picking," you knew things had been very bad. Yet, he went on doing it, because it would save other lives later, and he was good at it.
A Toronto boy, Wilf (with help from the air force) showed his family a fair whack of the world's geography first hand. From basking in the Southern California sun, to vibrating hypothermically in the iron grip of winter in Cold Lake, Alberta., to careering along narrow mountain passes in Switzerland with a Volkswagon microbus full of shrieking offspring and Friends, he took them places they'd never dreamed of.
Wilf endured far more than his share of tragedy. The deaths of two dear daughters (Marilyn, the quiet one, and Debbie, the wild one) in separate traffic accidents were particularly hard to bear. When his beloved and endlessly patient wife Jane succumbed to cancer a few years back, it was the heaviest possible blow.
Wilf's own struggle with leukemia was both too long and not long enough. Once, at the peak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic, he was taken to emergency. He noticed an admitting nurse sneaking nosefuls of cool air over the top of her quarantine mask. As it had a thousand times before, the pugnacious chin elevated itself, and an eyebrow rose magisterially in her direction. Silently, using the barest of gestures toward his own horribly uncomfortable mask, he unfolded for her the enormity of her misdeed. She blushed crimson, snugged down the mask, and once again, the world came into line according to the Wilf principle.
Wilf's legacy is four surviving strong personalities; Rosalyn, Valerie, Ron and Jennie, and a raft of grand-and great-grandkids who all, mysteriously, seem to know just what they ought to be doing at any given moment, even if they don't always choose to. The occasional surrogate progeny shares their sense of loss, of profoundly missing a golden, powerful, sometimes infuriating force of nature.
Once upon a time, as the Cold War was threatening to heat up, Soviet and Allied air forces would probe each other daily for weak spots. Some of the pilots, when they'd been out conducting the nation's business at 60,000 feet would ask, "Well? Didya feel safe last night?" -- implying that you were especially well protected when they were out there personally on patrol.
Yes, Wilf. We all felt very safe.
John TARZWELL hung around the SPECKs' house a lot. They hardly ever had to throw him out.

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SPEIGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-03 published
BOIGON, Dede
On Thursday, February 27, 2003, at Toronto Western Hospital. Dede BOIGON, beloved wife of Irving. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Stanley BOIGON and Fern ROTSTEIN, Brian BOIGON and Susan SPEIGEL, Gary BOIGON and Michele SPANO, and Beth BOIGON and Gregor HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ed and Sylvia HYDE, and Ruth and Albert KELMAN. Devoted grandmother of Michelle, Kayla, Ryan, Stella, Austin, Melissa, Molly, Sam, Matthew, and Zoe. Shiva 355 St. Clair Avenue West #1007. If desired, donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 416-946-6560.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-05 published
McINTYRE, Marion (Monie) Elizabeth Daly Bean
Died on February 28, 2003 at Kipling Acres Nursing Home after a long and devastating battle with Alzheimers. Monie was born in Toronto June 18, 1923, the only child of Roland and Marion Daly. She attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto and the University of Toronto where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in sociology. She leaves behind her children who adored her: Diane (Dennis LALOR), Martha, Sarah (Peter LOCKWOOD) and Andrew (Lisa PEDWELL) as well as eight grandchildren: Alison and Matthew SCHWARTZ, Carolyn, Michael, Douglas and Hilary LOCKWOOD and John and Leslie BEAN. She was predeceased by her second husband, Dr. Alex McINTYRE, the love of her life. We will always be grateful to him for caring so much about her. Monie was beautiful and bright, creative and colourful, tolerant and self-indulgent - and she made every day more interesting for all of us. She loved gardening, travelling, bridge, golf and fishing. She was always keen to learn and experience new things and enjoyed a rich and fulfilling life. We want to thank Sharmane SPENCE for her wonderful compassionate, gentle and considerate care of Mom in her final years, and Sandy McINTYRE for his many kindnesses over many years. Funeral arrangements will be private. For those of you who remember her and loved her we know you will understand, in truth, she left us many years ago and we have been mourning her loss ever since.

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SPENCER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-03-26 published
Doctor Allan Bain PEEVER
Allan PEEVER, age 36, of Stratford died on Thursday, March 20, 2003 in Stratford.
Allan was born on March 18, 1967 in Sault Ste. Marie to the Reverend Canon J. Bain PEEVER and Clara Dale (CLERMONT.) From 1967 until 1996 he lived in Newfoundland, Kingston, Cornwall, London and Guelph before settling in Stratford to practice veterinary medicine at Mitchell Veterinary Services. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1996. In 1999 Allan and Dr. Morag MASKERY were married and in May of 2002 they celebrated the birth of their daughter Erica Dale.
Allan treasured time spent canoeing, hunting and fishing. He spent many wonderful years on Lake Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island. His humour, courage, spontaneity and love of life were inspirational to everyone who knew him.
We sincerely appreciate the loving care Al received from hundreds of healthcare providers throughout the last five years. Allan will be missed by Morag, Erica, father Bain (Lynda), brother Bruce (Gina), grandmother Olga (Paul), father-in-law David (Janet), Neil (Teresa), Michael (Caragh), Jason and Liana, his aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, many Friends and colleagues. Allan was predeceased by his mother Dale in 2001.
Visitation was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday, March 21, 2003. The funeral service was held at St. James' Anglican Church, 41 Mornington Street, Stratford on Saturday, March 22, 2003. Venerable John SPENCER officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Erica Peever Education Trust Fund c/o St. Francis of Assisi Church, Box 166, Mindemoya, Ont. P0P 1S0

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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-26 published
CLOSE, Mary Mills Donald
Died peacefully, in her 95th year, in Markham, Ontario, on Sunday, March 23rd, 2003, the beloved wife of the late Edward Robinson CLOSE. She is greatly missed by her son Allan and his wife Sandra, her son Donald and his wife Clare, and daughter Johanna and her husband Bert SPENCER. She is survived and missed by her adoring grandchildren Erin and Grant SPENCER, Alexandrina CLOSE and her husband Ravo LAINEVOOL, Andrew CLOSE and his companion Kristina SMITH, Sarah WRIGHT, Nathalie GLEESON, Paula HUDSON; and her sister Alexandrina (Mrs. P. B. F. SMITH) of Halifax. Mary was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander DONALD of Hamilton and Burlington, sister of the late Mrs. W. E. BOAKE (Ivadell,) the late Mrs. Paul FARREN (Jane,) and the late George E. DONALD. A family service will be conducted at the graveside, Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario on March 28th, 2003 at 2: 30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-05 published
Clifton WARD
By Sheryl SPENCER Monday, May 5, 2003 - Page A18
Veteran, printer, father, stepfather, grandfather. Born March 19, 1913, in Surrey, England. Died December 3, 2002 in Barrie, Ontario of natural causes, aged 89.
My Grandpa's early years were marked by the First World War. His earliest memory was of being very afraid while travelling with his mother by train to London; German zeppelins were trying to bomb the train. My grandpa's father, Reuben WARD, served in that war.
After that war, Reuben WARD took a position "in service" as a chauffeur. Grandpa witnessed his father at the estate owner's beck-and-call day and night, and at some point he realized that should his father ever leave his job, their family would be out of house and home. As a result, that my grandfather became a lifelong socialist.
At the age of 14, my grandfather was apprenticed to the estate manager. It was he who got Grandpa a job as a typist at the West Surrey Farmers' Association in Guildford. Grandpa left the West Surrey Farmers' Association as assistant manager in 1951.
As a young adult my Grandpa read everything he could get his hands on; he played badminton and tennis; he bought himself a motorcycle and became a trials rider; and he acquired an Austin Ulster Healey sports car. Most importantly, my Grandpa learned to dance. He said that there were not many things that he could do really, really well, but dancing was one of them.
It was through playing badminton that Grandpa met Marion WALTHER. She was from a higher "class, " but they danced well together. It was expected that they would marry, so they did.
When the Second World War broke out, my grandpa enlisted with the Royal Air Force. He spent most of the war in North Africa and felt that his greatest contribution was having taken part in the Battle of El Alamein. During the war, Grandpa was often under fire; his only injury, however, was a bone broken at the top of his little finger. He felt that he was not spared death for any special purpose; he was just lucky.
After the war, Grandpa and Marion settled into domestic life. They bought a house and adopted two children, Leila and Paul. In 1951, however, they decided to emigrate to Canada. Grandpa found work in Barrie, Ontario, first at the Simcoe District Co-operative and then in the commercial printing department of the Barrie Examiner.
Grandpa and Marion divorced in 1962 and Grandpa moved to Toronto and began a job with Web Offset, another printing company. He took an apartment and met a woman who lived in the same building: my grandmother, Sylvia McFADDEN.
When my grandpa married my grandmother in 1965 he took on a huge, ready-made family: my grandmother's seven children and what would become (by my estimate) 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.
Grandpa said that he found in my grandmother an anchor -- and that commitment extended to all of us. My grandparents' home was the central clearing depot of all family information. They sent thousands of cards over the years, lent money, and offered a spare room and a warm welcome to anyone who needed it. It was remarkable enough when my grandmother was alive that no birthday was ever forgotten; it was even more remarkable after her death in 1992 that the cards kept coming.
My grandpa never intended to live to be 89. He missed my grandmother, his sister, Doff, and his brother, Leslie, who all predeceased him. He thought he was dying for many years before his courtship with death was finally consummated. The love and support he and my grandmother gave, these lie now within us, our gift to bestow on the generations to come.
Sheryl is Clifton's granddaughter.

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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-02 published
James Edward FRASER April 1, 1929 - July 29, 2003
(Former Executive Director Track 3 Ski Association and in retirement tour escort for Golden Escapes Travel) Jim died peacefully after a short but feisty battle with cancer. Loving husband for 50 years to Virginia FAGE (Ginny.) Jim's zest for life and love of family is treasured by his daughters, Leslie (Ken HOYT,) Meredith (Ed YAWNEY) and Leah (Steven SPENCER.) Proud Grandpa of nine grandchildren, Meghan, Jenna, Taryn, Andrew and Owen HOYT, Tyler and Jennifer YAWNEY and Stephanie and Scott SPENCER. Jim was well known for his optimism and sense of humour which continued throughout his illness. His love of travel, good food (he especially enjoyed cooking for his family and Friends), music, theatre, dancing and skiing will be remembered by his family who will carry on his favourite tradition of all camping together. Jim was predeceased by his parents Judge Allan and Margaret FRASER and his brother John FRASER. He will be missed by his sisters Molly (Jack BOYD) and Diane (Michael McCORMACK) all of Ottawa. In accordance with Jim's wishes there will be no visitation. There will be a private family service and interment at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. A celebration of Jim's life will take place in Toronto on September 13, 1-4 p.m. at the Old Mill Garden Room. The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital and Cancer Centre who were so kind and caring to both Jim and his family. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre or The Lions Foundation of Canada (a facility for training guide and helper dogs) (905)842-2891. Condolences and inquiries regarding the celebration may be sent to jimandginny13@hotmail.com

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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-21 published
FOGARTY, James Patrick ''Pat'' September 9, 1920 Consort, Alberta - November 16, 2003 Victoria, British Columbia
Died peacefully at Sandringham Hospital after a long struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was predeceased by eldest son, John (1953 - 1973) and by siblings, Arthur, Margaret Dulsrud HOWELL and Edna KOVACH. Pat is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Richard and David and daughter Claire and two sisters, Florence MURRAY (Edmonton) and Joyce SPENCER (Lethbridge) and by nieces and nephews and their families. In 1940, Pat joined the Royal Canadian Air Force becoming an aero-engine mechanic and later a flight engineer seconded to the Royal Air Force Transport Command. After World War 2, received his M.S.W. from University of British Columbia. He worked at various social agencies in Vancouver before becoming a director in the Saskatchewan Dept. of Welfare until 1966. He completed his career in the federal Department of the Environment. A memorial service will be held at 2: 00 p.m. Wednesday, November 26 at St. Aidan's United Church Victoria, British Columbia. Memorial Society of Vancouver Island.

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