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PRICE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2004-12-28 published
Reginald Stanley PRICE
By Joan Price BOASE, Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - Page A18
Husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, iconoclast, democrat, political critic, friend. Born April 17, 1931, in Toronto. Died May 31, 2004, of pancreatic cancer, in Calgary, aged 73.
Stan's love of family began with his wife of 50 years, Ruthanne, his high-school sweetheart. Together they raised six children, and welcomed into their lives 15 lucky grandchildren. His enthusiastic engagement in life was reflected in his smile, which was a sheer delight -- warm, intelligent, and mischievous -- and by what a niece described as the "edge of the seat" attention with which he followed conversation.
He was a voracious reader, and his library revealed the eclectic nature of his interests: books on philosophy, birds, Zen, hiking, democracy, bridge, bread making, biography, dogs, golf, architecture, South America and the Kettle Valley. With full-time employment and six children, Stan went back to university to study philosophy. He graduated with distinction, and was encouraged by his professors to pursue an academic career. He chose to move to Calgary to become a partner in a successful business.
He relished life in Calgary, and he was the impetus behind the Western Art Auction at the annual Stampede. He took courses and mentored students at the Alberta College of Art and Design, where a scholarship has been established in his name. He was a man of ideas: a vocal and skeptical political critic who railed against hierarchical, elitist control, and would be the first to declare that the emperor had no clothes. He argued that the average Canadian was informed and intelligent enough to embrace direct democracy to this end, he was experimenting with methods of e-voting.
Stan skied, played tennis and bridge with abandon -- he loved to travel, and tales of his adventures with his high-school friend Bill were a delight. They canoed up the Amazon, slept on beaches in Colombia, and explored most of South America. The proximity of the Rockies saw him take many hiking trips with his children, and he loved the rugged beauty of British Columbia, where I live.
Stan's illness was a shock to us all. Our parents lived active lives well into their 80s and 90s, and Stan's energy seemed boundless. He was not always a patient patient, but he was an unfailingly grateful one. Together we watched in wonder and dismay as his body so appallingly failed him. Yet, his intellectual curiosity, creative spirit, quirky sense of humour and hope and plans for the future never deserted him. If there is truth to the aphorism that "ordinary minds talk about people, mediocre minds discuss books, and great minds form ideas," then his was a great mind creative ideas flowed from it.
The essence of the man was his enduring need to express his awesome artistic talent. The room for his memorial celebration was filled with his creations -- paintings, sculptures, bronzes, wood carvings, his computer-enhanced photographs, a portfolio showing his 10-foot totem pole, his Millennium project, a 10-foot metal Saguaro cactus, and his marvellous, original stained-glass windows. Even the family was overwhelmed by his prolific output.
I was fortunate to find a kindred spirit in this brother I admired so much. As children, we snowshoed, hiked and skied together, and as adults, we hiked the Carmanagh Valley, the West Coast Trail, biked the Kettle Valley, and explored the haunting beauty of the Queen Charlottes -- Haida Gwai. Many of his ideas we discussed by e-mail. We did not always agree, especially on such things as the place of women in the world, the relevance of the federal government, and the implementation of Kyoto. My in-box is quieter now, and a cold breeze blows through my heart.
Joan Price BOASE is Stan's sister.

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PRIDDLE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-10-27 published
Dorothy (Dot) Catherine PRIDDLE
In loving memory of Dorothy (Dot) Catherine Priddle, a resident of Gore Bay, who passed away at home on Thursday, October 21, 2004 at the age of 83 years. She was born in Tucson, Arizona, daughter of the late Alan and Kate (Graham) Fraser. Dot descends from one of the original Gore Bay families, the Fraser family (1870). Dot is remembered for her great love she shared with family and Friends. Family gatherings and social functions were very special to Dot. Family meant the world to Dot and Dot meant the world to her family. Dot experienced life to the fullest - in Arizona, Toronto, Sudbury and Gore Bay - and touched everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Dorothy loved to travel and see new places, but her heart was here on Manitoulin. Her childhood memories of Kagawong and Birch Island made them special places for her and she loved her summers camping at Tobacco Lake. She often joked that being born in Arizona made her unsuited for cold weather, but she had a love of this Island and loved a car ride to enjoy natureís bounty. She worked hard all her life, after completing secretarial school. She worked in a variety of positions - as store clerk at Grahamís Lockers and as an Insurance Broker. She dabbled in sports and hobbies, stating that she didnít learn much quilting at a course she had taken but she sure met lots of people. She was a social butterfly, with a good and generous heart. Dot and Bud enjoyed their retirement winters in Florida. Dot was an avid shopper, card player, curler and community volunteer. In her later years, Dot perfected her golf swing at the Manitoulin Golf and Country Club. She volunteered at many community activities such as the Anglican Guild, Cancer Society, Ladies Rink Committee and the Tourist Information Booth. Family, Friends and food were her passions and she managed to combine the three into some of her most enjoyable times. She had a strong will and great determination when faced with adversity and her optimism was an inspiration. She will be greatly missed. Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband Bud Priddle (1988) and Douglas Biggs (1944) and children Laurie and Billy. Loving and loved mother of Janet (Emilien), Sue (Jack) and Ted (Joanne). Proud grandmother of Stephane (Micheline), Christine (Steve), Jean Marc (Roxanne), Catherine (Ralph) and Blake and great grandchildren Marie- Eve, Chloe and Hendrick. Dear aunt of several nieces and nephews, and a dear sister in law and brothers and sisters in law and many Friends and relatives. Many happy memories were cherished by all at her Memorial Service at Culgin Funeral Home on Monday, October 25, 2004 at 11 am with Reverend Beth Topps officiatiing. If so desired, donations to the West Manitoulin Cancer Society, the Mindemoya Hospital Chemo Room or the All Saints Anglican Church would be appreciated.

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PRINGLE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2004-12-27 published
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services, in Wiarton, Thursday evening, December 23rd, 2004. The former Retta BESTWARD, of Wiarton, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late William Harold GREENE. After her husband, Harold died in 1958, Retta took over his business as Regional Distributor with the Toronto Star, following this, Retta was a former business woman in Wiarton, owning Four Seasons Styles Clothing Store. Loving mother of Ralph and his wife, Bonnie, of Brampton and Mary Lynn and her husband, Don STANDEN, of Wasaga Beach. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Lea-Anne, William, Robert and Melodie-Anne GREENE and Matthew and Sarah STANDEN and two great-granddaughters, Meaghan and Lauren. Dear sister of Ethel GOSSELIN, of Deep River. Predeceased by a son, Ross a sister, Ida PRINGLE and two brothers, Stanley and Lorne BESTWARD. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home, Hepworth, Monday evening, December 27th, from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Funeral Home, Tuesday morning at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Ed LAKSMANIS officiating. Spring interment, Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton. Memorial contributions to the Wiarton Hospital would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at
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PRIOR 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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