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CLARK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2004-12-28 published
BREEZE, Elsie
With her family at her side at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Sunday, December 26th, 2004. Elsie BREEZE of Owen Sound and formerly of Sauble Beach in her 75th year. Beloved wife of Douglas. Dear mother of Barbara HAHN and her husband Curtis STONEOUSE of Chatsworth and Lena HOSFORD of Niagara Falls. Lovingly remembered by three grandchildren, Brian HAHN, Steven HAHN, Michelle NOWAK and three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Megan and Paige. Also survived by six sisters in England. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home, 376-3710 for visiting on Wednesday, December 29th from 1: 00 to 2:00 p.m. The funeral service will then be conducted in the chapel at 2: 00 p.m. with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com
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CLARK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2004-12-31 published
DONALD, Jean Elizabeth (née BRIGGS)
Jean DONALD, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in Ottawa on December 24th, 2004, after a long and very happy life. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1910, Jean was the widow of Robert Stuart DONALD, of Owen Sound. Cherished mother of Catherine CLARK (Ainslie,) of Ottawa, Ellen MONAGHAN (Bill,) of Millarville, Alberta and Robert DONALD (Judy,) of Austin, Texas. Beloved grandmother of M.J. McLEAN (Stephen,) of Yellowknife, Drew CLARK, of Ottawa; Leith and Kip MONAGHAN, of Millarville and great-grandmother of Victoria and Justin. Joyful in her strong faith, Mom honoured "Be doers of the word and not hearers only" (James 1: 22). She was always the quiet, tireless volunteer in the background, a pillar of gentle strength for many people. Her lifelong contributions were recognized with a Lifetime Membership in the United Church Women of Canada. A true lady, Mom's greatest passion was for her family and we shall deeply miss her. A celebration of Jean's life was held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario, at 2: 00 p.m., Wednesday, December 29th, 2004. Interment will follow at a later date at Rideau Memorial Gardens, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec. In lieu of flowers, Friends who so wish may make a donation to The Ottawa Mission or to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for A.I.D.S. Africa. (www.stephenlewisfoundation.org). "This is the day which the Lord hath made: we rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24) Condolences, donations, tributes: mcgarryfamily.ca 613-233-1143.
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CLARK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-14 published
Eleanor Mary CLARK
In loving memory of Eleanor Mary CLARK, September 28, 1915 to January 11, 2004.
Eleanor CLARK, a resident of Kagawong, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya, on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the age of 88 years.
She was born in Scarborough, daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret PATTERSON. Eleanor married Donald CLARK in 1940, and moved to Kagawong where they raised their six children.
Eleanor was very active in the United Church of Canada, teaching Sunday School and as leader of the Explorer Group and was thrilled to recently be presented with a lifetime membership in the United Church Women. For many years, Eleanor drove the local school bus and later enjoyed owning and operating her own General Store in Kagawong. She spent many hours knitting, sewing, gardening and was an avid reader. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband Donald MARSHALL CLARK in March of 1990. Loving and loved mother of Allen and his wife Dianne of Callander, Margaret and husband Tom STRINGER of Green Bay, Marilyn and husband Mike FARQUHAR of Little Current, Ken and friend Shelley of Callander, Ann and husband Eric PARSONS of Capreol, and Jim and Melody of Kagawong. Proud grandmother of Greg CLARK (Michelle,) Colleen VANDERWEERDEN (Richard,) Sharon CAMPBELL (Gaetan,) Leanne STRINGER, Dwayne STRINGER (predeceased,) Heather HANSEN (Robert,) Janyn STRINGER (Tim,) Jennifer FARQUHAR (fiancé Thanos,) Aaron FARQUHAR (Kristin), Evan FARQUHAR, Tim CLARK (predeceased), Nancy CLARK, Curtis KOSKI (Jennifer), Kristie KOSKI, Allison PARSONS (Paul), Sean PARSONS (Melissa), Curtis CLARK and Amy CLARK and will be sadly missed by her 11 great grandchildren. Dear sister of Margaret ALLEN of Newcastle and Len and wife Mona PATTERSON of Toronto. Friends called the Culgin Funeral Home on Monday, January
12, 2004. The funeral service was conducted in the William G. Turner Chapel on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Spring interment in Kagawong Cedars Cemetery.
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CLARK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-12-22 published
CLARK and BATMAN
--In memory of my two sisters, Frances BATMAN and Pat CLARK and my brother-in-law Harold CLARKE.
When evening descends and we sit in the quiet alone
To our hearts there comes a longing if only you could come home.
When all the times they see us smile
They little know the heartache our smiles hide all the while.
John, Ruth, Wilhelmine and families.

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CLARK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2004-03-20 published
Alexander Gardner WATSON
'Everyone said we'd never win'
How an Royal Canadian Air Force medical officer took a sad-sack squad of airmen and built a team that brought home Olympic hockey gold
By Tom HAWTHORN, Special to The Globe and Mail Saturday, March 20, 2004 - Page F11
Victoria -- He was a hockey enthusiast who turned a makeshift team into world beaters. In 1947, Sandy WATSON was a Royal Canadian Air Force medical officer with an amateur's passion for hockey, but within a year he had put together a squad of airmen that overcame great odds to win an Olympic gold medal.
Dr. WATSON's part in the story of how the Royal Canadian Air Force triumphed at the Olympics began with the announcement that Canadian hockey officials had decided to skip the 1948 Winter Games. The news so upset the doctor, who died late last year at his home in Ottawa, that he vowed to create a team from scratch. "When I read the headline saying we -- this great hockey nation would not be sending a team, I was offended," he said. "And I thought maybe I could do something about it."
The International Olympic Committee had adopted tough new rules defining an amateur athlete. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association felt the new standard eliminated most senior players from the competition.
With the entry deadline just 48 hours away, Dr. WATSON decided on what he would later describe as a whim to build a team from among fellow Royal Canadian Air Force members. The squadron leader won approval from hockey officials and superior officers in two frantic days of lobbying. Canada would take part in the Olympic tournament after all. Now all he needed were some players.
The Royal Canadian Air Force's postwar enrolment of 16,000 promised a wealth of hidden hockey talent. Dr. WATSON had managed a series of exhibition hockey games in England in the months following the defeat of Germany, pitting the air force against the army. The games featured such National Hockey League players as left-winger Roy CONACHER, a sniper for Royal Canadian Air Force teams during the war. Such professionals were ineligible for the Olympic team, of course, so Dr. WATSON knew the calibre of players would not be very high.
About 200 airmen were dispatched to Ottawa for a training camp in October, 1947. The volunteers were mostly a sad-sack lot, a shock for Dr. WATSON and coach Frank BOUCHER, an Royal Canadian Air Force sergeant. Some could barely skate.
The team made its public debut in an exhibition game played at the Auditorium in Ottawa on December 14, 1947. The opponents were McGill University's varsity team, deliberately chosen to offer minimal resistance. The air-force brass was in attendance, as were senior hockey officials and the governor-general, Earl Alexander of Tunis. To Dr. WATSON's horror, the McGill Redmen scored an easy 7-0 victory.
The newspapers were highly critical of the Olympic team. An all-Royal Canadian Air Force team seemed a folly. Senior officers in the air force could not have been happy about such a poor squad wearing the Royal Canadian Air Force roundel on their sweaters. They were likely to be embarrassed on the world stage.
Reinforcements were needed, so Dr. WATSON went hunting.
"We just put the thing together overnight, almost," he told the Medical Post in 1988. "Our guys had played together as a team for something less than three weeks before we left. The goaltender I never even met until we reached Europe."
Dr. WATSON's first move was to scout an Ottawa Senior League game. The New Edinburgh Burghs beat the Hull Volants 6-2, with five goals produced by a forward line of Reg SCHROETER, Ab RENAUD and Ted HIBBERD. Dr. WATSON invited the trio to join his squad, also taking former flying officer Frank DUNSTER and Pete LEICHNITZ.
Other players parachuted onto the team were defenceman Andre LAPPERIERE, a student at the University of Montreal; forwards George MARA and Wally HALDER from Toronto; and, goaltender Dick BALL, also from Toronto.
The recruits joined Louis LECOMPTE, Pat GUZZO, Irving TAILOR/TAYLOR, Andy GILPIN, Roy FORBES, Ross KING, Orval (Red) GRAVELLE and Hubert BROOKS on a team called the Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers, but whose military experience varied. While HIBBERD and LEICHNITZ were civilians sworn into the Royal Canadian Air Force with the rank of aircraftsman 1, Mr. BROOKS, a flying officer, had been a prisoner of war who escaped three times before joining Polish partisans. He was awarded the Military Cross.
With the team preparing to embark for Europe, Dr. WATSON faced another crisis. Mr. BALL, slated to be the starting goalie, failed his physical with a lung infection. Facing another 48-hour deadline, Dr. WATSON awoke Toronto bus driver Murray DOWEY with a telephone call at his home at 1 a.m. The practice goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs was willing to play, but would need a leave of absence from his job. Dr. WATSON convinced his boss, Allan LAMPORT, a future mayor of Toronto, in a phone call at 1: 30 a.m.
Mr. DOWEY was called back at 2 a.m. and told to report at Downsview airport at 6 a.m. to catch an Royal Canadian Air Force plane to Ottawa. The airport was fogged in that morning, so a sleepy Mr. DOWEY caught a train to the capital.
His appearance did not immediately impress the team manager.
"Around noon a skinny, bedraggled kid, looking like something dragged through a knot hole, arrived at my office," Dr. WATSON once told the Ottawa Citizen. "We swore him in the Royal Canadian Air Force, got him kitted up with a uniform and he looked even worse."
The Canadians were given poor reviews by the European press. A tie and a one-goal victory over lightly regarded English teams did not auger well for the Flyers.
The round-robin Olympic tournament was held in an outdoor rink at St. Moritz, Switzerland. In the opening game, Sweden scored against Mr. DOWEY after just two minutes and 35 seconds of play. But the Canadian goalie would be the team's star and a crowd favourite with his innovative use of a catching glove. Canada beat Sweden 3-1, before rolling over Britain (3-0), Poland (15-0), Italy (21-1) and the United States (12-3).
A scoreless tie with Czechoslovakia was followed by a 12-0 drubbing of Austria. The gold-medal game was played against the Swiss hosts on February 8. Dodging snowballs thrown by local partisans, the Flyers won 3-0 to claim an unlikely gold medal and a place in Olympic lore. Canada finished with seven wins and one tie. Mr. DOWEY allowed just five goals in eight games for a miserly 0.62 average.
Two days later, Mr. BROOKS married his Danish sweetheart, Birthe GRONTVED, in a ceremony at a small church in St. Moritz. Barbara Ann SCOTT, the Canadian figure skater who also became an Olympic champion at those same Games, was the maid of honour and Dr. WATSON was best man.
The Flyers barnstormed Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, Sweden, England and Scotland while overseas. They completed the European tour, including the Olympic matches, with a record of 31 wins, five losses, six ties.
"Nothing in my life gave me the same thrill (as) organizing that trip and then actually winning it," Dr. WATSON said.
While something told him that Canada had a chance, few at home believed it when the team set out.
"Everyone said we'd never win," he told the Medical Post. The headline in the Ottawa Citizen the day they left summed up the opinion of the sporting press: "The Flyers, like the Arabs, are folding their tents and silently stealing away."
Alexander Gardner WATSON was born on March 28, 1918, at Cellardyke, a fishing village on the north shore of Scotland's Firth of Forth. As captain of a minesweeper, his father had trawled for mines during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. Long months spent fishing the dangerous waters of the North Sea seemed unsuitable for the father of a young family, so the WATSONs moved to the Ontario fishing village of Port Dover on Lake Erie when Sandy was a toddler.
A brilliant student, he spent a year studying at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, before completing a medical degree at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He won a scholarship to Cambridge, where he earned a bachelor of surgery. He later studied at Harvard and Columbia Universities in the United States.
An Royal Canadian Air Force wing commander during the war, Dr. WATSON became in peacetime one of Canada's eminent ophthalmologists.
In 1967, he helped found the Sally Letson Foundation for post-graduate training. He served as the foundation's executive director for 25 years.
He was chairman of the department at the University of Ottawa medical school from 1968 to 1985. Dr. WATSON was the driving force behind the university's Eye Institute, which opened in 1992.
He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1988.
Among his patients were a Parliamentary Guide's worth of notables, from governor-general Jeanne SAUVÉ to New Democratic Party leader T.C. (Tommy) DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS. He treated prime ministers John DIEFENBAKER, Lester PEARSON, Pierre TRUDEAU, Joe CLARK and Brian MULRONEY.
Dr. WATSON also became the eye specialist for the Montreal Canadiens, a legacy of his desperate plea for assistance while putting together the Royal Canadian Air Force team. The Canadiens contributed, while Conn SMYTHE of the Toronto Maple Leafs refused. (Major SMYTHE was army, of course.) One young prospect examined by Dr. WATSON was a gangly, teenaged goaltender who needed contact lenses. Dr. WATSON reported the goalie's vision was good, and Ken DRYDEN would lead the Canadiens to six Stanley Cups.
Dr. WATSON, who retired in 1997, died at home in Ottawa of prostate cancer on December 28. He leaves his wife, Patricia, sons John and Alexander, and five grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Faye McVEAN. He was predeceased by a sister and a brother, who drowned as a teenager.
His death came just 17 days after that of Mr. BOUCHER, the coach, who also died in Ottawa. They are survived by eight of 17 players.

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CLARKE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-10 published
Patricia CLARKE
In loving memory of Patricia CLARKE of Pioneer Manor, Sudbury, formerly of Espanola, who passed away at Sudbury Regional Hospital, Laurentian Site on Sunday, March 7th, 2004 in her 84th year.
Patricia was born and raised in Green Bay on Manitoulin Island but spent most of her life in Espanola. Beloved wife of Harold (Mick) CLARKE of Espanola. Dear daughter of the late William and Lavina (née HINDLE) FERGUSON. Loving mother of Haroldine (Mrs. Bill AINSLIE) of Espanola and Colleen MORIN of Ottawa. Will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Paul and Kari AINSLIE and Scott and Kevin MORIN. Very dear sister of Douglas FERGUSON, Mrs. Ruth DUNLOP & Wilhelmine BATMAN all of Little Current and the late Frances (husband Ralph.)
Pat loved to bake, knit, shop, travel and visit with family and Friends near and far during her better years. Pat was a member of the Eastern Star. For the last couple of years she was treated with much kindness by those at Pioneer Manor.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with interment of ashes in the Green Bay Cemetery, Manitoulin Island.
Arrangement by Bourcier Funeral Home Ltd., Espanola

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CLARKE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-17 published
Harold CLARKE
In loving memory of Harold (Mick) CLARKE of Espanola who passed away at the Espanola General Hospital on Wednesday, March 10th, 2004 in his 84th year.
Harold was born and raised in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island. Beloved husband, for 57 years, of the late Patricia (née FERGUSON) predeceased by three days. Dear son of the late Tom and Mae (nee PEARSON) CLARKE. Loving father of Haroldine (Mrs. Bill AINSLIE) of Espanola and Colleen MORIN of Ottawa. Will be sadly missed by grandchildren Paul and Kari AINSLIE and Scott and Kevin MORIN. Very dear brother of Lawrence (wife Marie) of Gore Bay and the late Marvin, Frank, Jim and George Clarke. Harold will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit. He enjoyed his mill tour guide experiences, travel and visits with Friends and relatives. Harold was a member of the Masonic Lodge. The last couple of years have been difficult for him but he faced everything with determination and a joke or smile. The folks at Espanola Long Term Care, Espanola General Hospital, Sudbury Hospitals, and Meadowbrook Village have all been extremely supportive.
A memorial service was held at the Boucier Funeral Home, Espanola for Harold and Patricia on Saturday, March 13th with the Reverend Faye STEVENS officiating. Interment of ashes in the Green Bay Cemetery, Manitoulin Island.

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CLARKE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-07-14 published
Jessie Blanche VANEVERY
In loving memory of Jessie Blanche VANEVERY, May 14, 1922 - July 8, 2004.
Blanche VANEVERY, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge, Gore Bay, died at the Lodge on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at the age of 82 years.
She was born at Gore Bay, daughter of the late John Wesley and Ada Elizabeth Christina (CLARKE) VANEVERY. Blanche had lived at Meldrum Bay until moving to North Bay in the early 70s, then to Garson, and finally to the Lodge about 20 years ago. Blanche enjoyed keeping busy and knitted much of the time. Dear sister of Maude and her husband Matt FALLS of Thessalon, Helen (husband Tom CLARKE predeceased) of Copper Cliff, Bill and his wife Pauline of Gore Bay, Dale and his wife Joan, Jim and his wife Helen and Don and his wife Rose all of Meldrum Bay. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by brother Clarke and his wife Shirley. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home after 7 pm
on Friday. The funeral service was conducted at the Meldrum Bay United Church on Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 2: 30 pm with Mr. Erwin THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON officiating. Interment in Meldrum Bay Cemetery.

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CLARKE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-10-13 published
Michael Thomas CLARKE
In loving memory of Michael Thomas CLARKE, May 28, 1965 - October 4, 2004.
Michael CLARKE, a resident of Little Current, died on Monday, October 4, 2004 in Little Current at the age of 39 years.
He was born in Mindemoya, son of Blair CLARKE and the former Beatrice BAKER. Michael had been a crusher operator for H and R NOBLE Construction for 6 years. He had a great love of hockey, being a devout Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and also enjoyed playing the game. He played in the Porter Clarke Hockey Tournament every year. Michael also enjoyed playing golf, and was a great fisherman. Michael was a loving father of Autumn VANHORN, Hannah HARVEY, Rachael CLARKE and Jerry CLARKE. Dearly loved son of Blair of Gore Bay and Beatrice Lee (BAKER) of Kemble. Loving grand_son of Ella BAKER of Ice Lake and great grand_son of Ethel PRIOR of Gore Bay. Dear brother of June (Toby) CLARKE of Gore Bay, Terri MIDDAUGH, partner Gary CUTHBERTSON of Sault Ste. Marie, and Corey CLARKE, partner Megan of London. Loved by cousins Christopher, Steven, Cindy, Julia, Joanne, Jill, Angie, Jerry (predeceased), Cameron, Colleen, Cara, Glen and Kimberly. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, extended family and Friends. Predeceased by grandparents Ken BAKER and Frank and Annie CLARKE.
Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay, on Saturday, October 9, 2004 from 10 - 11 am. The funeral service was conducted at 11 am with Mr. Harold BYNE officiating. Cremation followed.

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CLARKE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-12-22 published
CLARK and BATMAN
--In memory of my two sisters, Frances BATMAN and Pat CLARK and my brother-in-law Harold CLARKE.
When evening descends and we sit in the quiet alone
To our hearts there comes a longing if only you could come home.
When all the times they see us smile
They little know the heartache our smiles hide all the while.
John, Ruth, Wilhelmine and families.

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CLAYTON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-11-24 published
Gwendolyn Kay CLAYTON
In loving memory of Gwendolyn Kay Clayton who passed away at home in
Burlington on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 in her 73rd year. Beloved
wife of Donald of Waterdown. Loved mother of Linda Clayton of Hamilton,
Tracy di Cecca and her husband David of Hamilton and Dave Clayton of
Waterdown. Loving grandmother of Niki Kerr and her husband Jeff, Scott,
Jason and Erin and great-grandmother of Tyler and Sarah. Dear sister of
Eileen Mennel of Bolsover. Visitation was at Smith’s Funeral Home, 485
Brant Street, (one block north of City Hall), Burlington (905-632-3333),
on Friday from 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 pm where Funeral Service took place on
Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 1 pm. Cremation. If desired, expressions
of sympathy to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely
appreciated by the family.
“Forever in our thoughts. Forever in our hearts.”

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