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GILBANK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-28 published
George Leonard HINDLE
In loving memory of George Leonard HINDLE April 2, 1920 - January 25, 2004.
Leonard HINDLE, a resident of the Wikwemikong Nursing Home and formerly of Manitowaning died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at the age of 83 years.
He was born at Green Bay, son of the late George and Effie (ROWLAND) HINDLE. Leonard had farmed all his life in the Manitowaning area. He was a member of the Friendship Club and Knox United Church. Leonard was a pleasant and kind man and will be sadly missed by family and Friends. Leonard was predeceased by his wife Evelyn (HAMBLETON) HINDLE. Loving and loved father of Robert and his wife Susan of Tillsonburg, Leonard and his wife Cathy of London, Lorna BARRY and her husband Mike of Elliott Lake, Thelma KJIERSDAM and her husband Ben of Meaford and Muriel MAFFEI and her husband David of Sudbury. Proud grandfather of Ryan and Mark HINDLE, Evie and Joshua HINDLE, Melissa and Stephanie BARRY, Ian, Hannah and Owen KJIERSDAM and Matthew MAFFEI. Dear brother of Thelma (KERR) GILBANK and Elsie (HARAKAS) NAZARETZ.
Friends may call at the Knox United Church, Manitowaning after 7: 00 pm on Thursday. The funeral service will be conducted at the church on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 11: 00 am with Mrs. Darlene HARDY officiating. Spring interment in Hilly Grove Cemetery.
Special thank you to the staff and administration of the Wikwemikong Nursing Home for the care that Leonard received over the past several years.
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GILBANK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-05-26 published
Marion Thelma GILBANK
In loving memory of Marion Thelma GILBANK.
Thelma GILBANK, a resident of Mindemoya, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at the age of 86.
She was born in Bidwell Township, daughter of the late George and Effie (ROWLAND) HINDLE.
Thelma taught school for 34 years, the first part of her career on Manitoulin, and then 23 years at Massey, retiring in 1975. She was a member of the Mindemoya United Church. Thelma always had an interest in her students and had many interesting stories. She also enjoyed reading and giving many of her books away. Thelma was predeceased by her first husband Frank KERR, then married Keith GILBANK who also predeceased. She is also survived by four stepchildren and their spouses, Gerald and Erica GILBANK of Sudbury, Patsy and Serge BRISSON of Val Caron, Victoria JAMEUS of Sudbury and Gregory and Esther GILBANK of North Bay. Step-grandmother of eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Elsie NAZARETZ of Saint Catherines. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Leonard HINDLE. Friends and relatives may call at the Mindemoya United Church, Wednesday, May 26, 2004 from 7 - 9 pm. The funeral service will be conducted from the church on Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11 am. Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT will officiate. Cremation to follow.

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GILCHRIST o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-02-04 published
Thomas Ronald " Ronnie" NEVILLS
In loving memory of Thomas Ronald NEVILLS " Ronnie" who passed away at the Mindemoya Hospital on February 1, 2004 at the age of 64 years.
Best friend of June GILCHRIST of Mindemoya, father of Norman of B.C., brother of Helen (husband Rod predeceased) MacLean of Etobicoke, Harry (predeceased) and wife Jean of Mindemoya, Jim and Donna of Mindemoya, Irene (husband Bill predeceased) MONTGOMERY of Spring Bay, Bob (predeceased) and wife Lois of Oakville, Florence (husband Keith predeceased) CALLAGHAN of Nepean, and Charlie and wife Faye of Whitby. Predeceased by parents Earle and Agnes (SMITH) NEVILLS. Visitation from 1: 00 until funeral service at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at Island Funeral Home in Little Current. Burial in the spring in Mindemoya Cemetery.

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GILCHRIST o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-09-01 published
Doris Mary Elizabeth BOWERMAN
In loving memory of Doris Mary Elizabeth BOWERMAN who died at the Manitoulin Health Centre on Monday, August 23, 2004, age 75 years.
Beloved wife of the late William “Bill” BOWERMAN (July 23/02.) Loving mother of Joy McVEY (Lyle predeceased) and friend Bert WHALEN of Silverwater, Bonnie and husband Brien PEGELO of Mindemoya, Marilyn and husband Jim HARASYM of Manitowaning. Special grandmother of Lisa, Judy, Lylla, Nick, Mike, Kayla, Brandon, Marilee, Mallory and Mitchell, and great grandchildren Lyle, Natasha, Amanda, Rebecca, Monica, Danielle, Scotty and Jasmine. Predeceased by baby William (April 10/04). Will be remembered by sisters Ruth and husband Orton RUMLEY of Mindemoya, Carole and Don WHITE/WHYTE of Green Bay and in-laws Joyce GILCHRIST, Max BOWERMAN (predeceased,) Manley and Carol BOWERMAN, Ted BOWERMAN. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Visitation was from 7 - 9 pm Wednesday, August 25, at Mindemoya Missionary Church. Funeral Service was at 2 pm, Thursday, August 26, 2004 at the Mindemoya Missionary Church. Burial is at the Mindemoya Cemetery.

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GILLIES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2004-12-29 published
DOHERTY, Margaret Lyla (GILLIES)
Passed away at the Collingwood Nursing Home, on Tuesday, December 28th, 2004, at the age of 90 years. Lyla (GILLIES) beloved wife of the late Henry (Harry) DOHERTY. Dear mother of Diane (Mrs. John Chestnut) of Collingwood and Bill and his wife, Karen DOHERTY, of Midhurst. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Cindy and Jennifer CHESTNUT and Chris and Sara DOHERTY and her great-grandchildren, Madison, Eden and Alex. Visitation will be held at the Chatterson-Long Funeral Home, 404 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, on Wednesday, from 6: 00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service in the chapel on Thursday, December 30th, 2004 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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GILLILAND o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-07 published
Stanley George MULLINS
In loving memory of Stanley George MULLINS, August 29, 1920 to December 24, 2003.
Stanley G. MULLINS, a resident of Kagawong, passed away peacefully at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya on Wednesday, December 24, 2003, at the age of 83 years.
Stan was an avid reader with a great desire for knowledge. His academic career included many degrees, teaching at several universities and was the former President of Laurentian University in Sudbury. He was an infantry officer in Italy during World War II and an officer of the Irish Regiment of Canada in peacetime. Stan was very active in both the United and Anglican Churches. He also was very active in the community, sitting on various boards and worked with the Kagawong Historical Society and the Rainbow Hobbycraft in Billings Township. Stan will be remembered for his generous spirit of giving back to the community, the church, other people and the academic community in his retirement years.
Stan is survived by his wife Cheryl CRANLEY of Kagawong, his children Naomi MULLINS YOUNG (husband Bob) of Salt Springs Island, B.C., Rob MULLINS of Ottawa and Elizabeth CHRISTIE (husband Bruce) of Cochrane and by his three grandchildren Madeleine and Robert Christie and Caroni YOUNG. Friends called the Park Centre, Kagawong on Sunday, December 28, 2003. The funeral service was held from the Park Centre on Monday, December 29, 2003 with Reverend Kim GILLILAND officiating. Cremation to follow.

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GILMORE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-04-07 published
Elizabeth Joan (TOON) GILMORE
The passing of Elizabeth Joan (TOON) GILMORE of Fredericton, beloved wife of Harry GILMORE, occurred April 1st, 2004 at the W. G. Bishop Nursing Home in Minto, NB. Born in Fredericton, NB, she was the daughter of the late James W. and Fredericka (COLWELL) TOON. Mrs. GILMORE was a member of the First Congregational Church in Fredericton.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, H. Andrew GILMORE and his wife Kimberley of Noonan, NB, one daughter, Tammy L. ALBERS and her husband John of Little Current, ON, one brother John E. TOON and his wife Diana of Fredericton, NB, three grandchildren, Chelsea M. GILMORE, Mitchell A. GILMORE and Noah J. F. ALBERS.
Visitation took place at York Funeral Home, Brookside Drive at Douglas Avenue, Fredericton North, on Friday, April 2nd, 2004. A funeral service was held at the York Funeral Home's T. Gordon MacLeod Memorial Chapel on Saturday, April 3rd, 2004 with the Reverend Dr. Brad LITTLE officiating. Interment will be in the Douglas Rural Cemetery, Fredericton. Pallbearers for the service were Garth GILMORE, Kirk GILMORE, Jennifer GILMORE, Jaclyn HETHERINGTON, Brent TOON and Mark TOON.

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GILPIN 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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