GORA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-13 published
GORA, Harry
Peacefully, on November 12, 2005 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Beloved husband of Eva GORA. Loving father and father-in-law of Irv and Karen GORA, Steve and Elaine GORA, Ron and the late Anne BLUMER. Dear brother of Luba, the late Sosha, Reuben, and Shaya. Devoted grandfather of Russell, Jeremy and Vanessa, Michael and Caitlin. Doting great-grandfather of Ryan. For time and place, please call Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel at 416-663-9060. Shiva at 3181 Bayview Avenue, Apt. 911 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Jewish Free Loan (416-635-1217) or Ve'ahavta (416-964-7698).

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GORA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-21 published
MULLEN, Patrick " Pat"
Peacefully, after a lengthy illness at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 19, 2005 at the age of 80. Beloved husband of the late Milly. Loving father of Patricia (Walter GORA), Mary Ann (Tim ANDERSON), Diane GOWANS (Bill WASNEY), Pat (Shula YEFET) and Sharon (Terry WEBB.) Devoted grandfather of Terry, Wally Jr. (Laura), Randy (Libby), Timmy Jr. (Nancy), Kelly (Mario), Ann (Matt), Lindsay (Mick), Scott, Elless, Shawn and great-grandfather of Michael, Kristen, Amy, Alex, Megan and Brianna. Survived by his brother John MULLEN. Funeral Service will be held at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 1 p.m. with visiting beginning at 12 noon. Interment Riverside Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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GORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-18 published
GORD, Nancy
On Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital. Nancy GORD beloved wife of Marvin, loving mother and mother-in-law of Sharon ARBUS, Lisa and Izy HEMI, Jemmie and Neil SILVER and the late David Jay GORD. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Dorothy and Frank SANELI, Betty and Ken McKREAVIE, Joan McMULIN. Devoted grandmother of Debbie ARBUS, Paul ARBUS, Adam and Colleen ARBUS, and Rachel, Jason and Michael HEMI, and Aaron, Joel and Daniel SILVER and great-grandmother of Ben. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave., W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday August 18 at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Nancy Gold Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto M6A 2C3 416-780-0324.

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GORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-23 published
GREGORY, GORD (BUTTLE)
Passed away peacefully in hospital on Friday, May 20, 2005, while holding hands with his beloved wife Pam (SEXTON.) Gord leaves behind his much loved children - son Chris and daughter Kelly. He will be lovingly remembered by Pam's mom Dorothy KENNEDY, his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Gord was loved for his wacky sense of humour and his incredible zest for life. He had tremendous "kiai" (inner strength of judokai) which was never more evident than through his nearly 5 year battle with cancer. Many thanks to the Oncology and Palliative Care teams at Sunnybrook and in the community, Dr. TANIOUS and the home care team for their expert and compassionate care. A private service for the immediate family will be held after cremation. All family and Friends are invited to a Celebration of Gord's Life on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. - Royal Ashburn Golf Club, 995 Myrtle Road West, Ashburn, Ontario. At Gord's request, no flowers please. If desired, donations may be made in Gord's memory to The National Colorectal Cancer Campaign (416) 785-0449 (www.coloncancercanada.ca) or a charity of your choice.

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GORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-18 published
GORD, Nancy
On Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital. Nancy GORD beloved wife of Marvin, loving mother and mother-in-law of Sharon ARBUS, Lisa and Izy HEMI, Jemmie and Neil SILVER and the late David Jay GORD. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Dorothy and Frank SANELI, Betty and Ken McKREAVIE, Joan McMULIN. Devoted grandmother of Debbie ARBUS, Paul ARBUS, Adam and Colleen ARBUS, and Rachel, Jason and Michael HEMI, and Aaron, Joel and Daniel SILVER and great-grandmother of Ben. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, August 18 at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Nancy Gold Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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GORDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-06 published
CRUMP, Betty Irene (née REED) (January 29, 1927-August 3, 2005)
Her Final Trade
Betty was better known in the community as the first women to be a partner in a brokerage firm in Toronto (Tom and Barnt), was one of the first women traders on Bay St. She would often be seen playing cribbage or enjoying an afternoon at Casino Rama.
Born in the Humber area of Toronto to Stanley and Mabel REED she was the sister to Ernie (Mississauga) and Phyllis (Punta GORDA.)
Betty peacefully passed away in her sleep at Valley Farm Seniors home in Pickering. She is survived by her son Jeff CRUMP (Pickering) and daughter Nancy HARRISON (Whitby.) She will be missed by her grand children, Shannon and Vanessa HARRISON, Lauren and Darren CRUMP, and daughter-in-law and son-in-law Jenny CRUMP and Michael HARRISON. Betty was pre-deceased by her husband Norman CRUMP who died in A memorial service will happen at a future time.

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GORDANEER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-20 published
GORDANEER, Elizabeth Gail "Betty" (née ALLARD)
Passed away at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia on July 15, 2005. Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia on September 5, 1942, she was predeceased by her parents John and Dorothy ALLARD and her brother Johnny ALLARD. She will be lovingly remembered by her 2 sons, Wayne in Victoria and Chris (Dawn) and her beloved grand_sons, Jake and Liam of Toronto; her sister, Ann GADD; niece, Adrianne GADD; nephew Matthew (Amy) GADD all of Victoria; her 2 brothers, Tim (Tami) ALLARD of North Vancouver and Bill (Mary-Lou) of New Brunswick.
Betty loved her family times and especially her grand_sons, Jake and Liam. She will be lovingly remembered for her love of life, Friends, theatre and a cold glass of wine. A celebration of Betty's life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1155 Fort Street, on Thursday, July 21 at 7: 00 p.m. with a reception in the Holly Room to follow. The family requests in Betty's memory, to please wear bright, glitzy clothing to the service. Donations, if desired, may be made to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation or Victoria Hospice Society. First Memorial Funeral Services, Victoria, British Columbia entrusted with arrangements.

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GORDIER o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-03-16 published
GORDIER, June (née COLLINS)
Mrs. June GORDIER a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2005 at her home at the age of 77 years. June was born in Toronto and was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Verna (GILMOUR) COLLINS. She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Wallaceburg. She was a volunteer with the Womens Missionary Society and the Lend-A-Hand Breakfast Program. June was involved with the Trinity Seniors and the First Baptist Church "Joy Group". Beloved wife of the late Wallis GORDIER (1977.) Dear mother and mother-in-law of Pam SIMMONS of Wallaceburg and Denise and Doward HASLAM of Dresden. Loving grandmother of Carol-Ann SIMMONS of Wallaceburg. Kind sister of Shirley LUNDY of Wallaceburg. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a brother Lorney. The late June GORDIER is resting at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street in Wallaceburg. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 from the Knox Presbyterian Church in Wallaceburg at 2 p.m. Interment will be in York Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lend-A-Hand Breakfast Program may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of June GORDIER.

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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-10-26 published
JACKSON, Shirley (McCONNELL)
In the G.B.R.H.C., Owen Sound on Wednesday October 19, 2005. Shirley (McCONNELL) JACKSON in her 81st year, beloved wife of the late Raymond JACKSON, dear mother of John (Diane) JACKSON and Susan (Bill) CARSON both of Owen Sound. Lovely grandmother of Andrew, Stephanie and Linnae. Dear sister of Grace (Fred) BROOK of Burlington, Joyce JACKSON of Shelburne, sister-in-law of Harold (Bertha) JACKSON of Willowdale, Marjorie (Howard) GILLIES of Barrie, Hazel (Jim) GORDON of Scarborough, Bill (Shirley) JACKSON of Mississauga and Gerald (Jane) SEELEY of Dundalk. Predeceased by a brother-in-law Glenn JACKSON. Rested at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk. Services were held in the chapel on Saturday October 22, 2005 at 1 p.m. Interment in Dundalk Cemetery. Donations to the Dundalk United Church or the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated.
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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-01-28 published
BATTY, Robert James
At the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on Wednesday January 26th, 2005. Robert James BATTY of Thornbury, in his 63rd year. son of the late Robert Orrin and Vera Elizabeth (COTTON) BATTY. Much loved husband of the former Gayle GORDON, of Thornbury. Sadly missed by his brother Bill BATTY (Helen) of Meaford. Fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Louise GORDON of Collingwood and several nieces and nephews. A private funeral service, officiated by Reverend Steve WEBB of Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford will be held at the Ferguson Funeral Home, in Meaford (519-538-1320) on Saturday January 29th, 2005 with cremation to follow. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-06 published
GORDON, Ruth Monetta (née BYERS)
At Saint Mary's Hospital in Kitchener on Tuesday April 5, 2005. In her 90th year, Ruth Monetta GORDON (née BYERS,) the beloved wife of the late Alvin GORDON. The loving mother of Eunice ISHERWOOD, Janice and her husband Jerry SWARTZ, and Sheila and her husband Leonard LEE. The loving grandmother of Natalie and Andrew ISHERWOOD, Angela and her husband Louie ANTONIOU, Kevin SWARTZ and Anne and Erin LEE. Dear sister of Walter BYERS and his wife Eva, Allan BYERS, Gordon BYERS and his wife Mildred, Marjorie and her husband Lester REIST, Naomi and her husband Clarence GUSE, Shirley and her husband Calvin McLEAN. Sister-in-law of Inez (Mrs. Austin BYERS,) and Willa (Mrs. Edwin BYERS.) Predeceased by her grand_son Christopher ISHERWOOD; her brothers, Austin and Edwin and her sister Jean. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, on Thursday from 7: 00 to 9:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home, on Friday morning, at 11: 00 am. Interment in Brethren in Christ Cemetery, Stayner. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either The Lung Association or to the Calvary Missionary Church would be appreciated by the family.
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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-19 published
STITT, Walter Robert
Walter STITT passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 17th, 2005 in Cambridge. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Aileen Dorothy (née GORDON) who passed away on June 17th, 2002. He was the devoted father of Joyce (Len) NEAL, Susan (Frank) SLANEY, Michael, Paul (Karen,) Walter Robert (Pirjo;) beloved grampa to Tammy and Kent CATTO, Sean SLANEY and Melissa KITCHENER, Mellissa and Karim RIAD, Darryl SLANEY and Kirstie, Lindsay NEAL, Ryan and Laura, Derrick, Darryl and Amanda ACHESON and Barry SMUG, Kyle STITT, and Samantha and Spencer STITT. Dear great-grampa to Jessica SLANEY, Julia and Megan KITCHENER, Meghan and Evan CATTO, and Sierra RIAD survived by his brother Dr. Jack and Joyce STITT. He was best buddy to Edith GODDARD. Predeceased by his brothers Herbert and Norman STITT and his sister Eleanor HART. Walter was a veteran of World War 2 and a member of the Governor-General's Horse Guard from 1939. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his entire family and many Friends. Walter's family will receive Friends at the Dale Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge on Wednesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday morning at 11: 00 a.m.. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in memory of Walter. Condolences, tributes and donations to www.lounsburyfuneralhome.com or 519-658-9366.
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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-06-28 published
Standoff ends when police find body
Highway 21 blocked for about eight hours
By Scott DUNN, Tuesday, June 28, 2005
People who knew Frank KUNKEL were shocked to learn he was found dead, apparently by gunshot in his home, after a lengthy standoff with police that began Sunday evening.
The standoff also forced dozens of Allenford residents to wait for hours behind roadblocks at both ends of the village Sunday night. They went up about 4: 30 p.m., blocking the busy provincial highway, and stayed up until about midnight, by one estimate.
About 50 people waited in the parking lot of Drifters Restaurant Sunday evening for news. There was speculation that KUNKEL must have shot himself, though police have not confirmed his death was suicide.
The Ontario Provincial Police issued a news release saying police responded about 4: 19 p.m. Sunday to a report of an armed, barricaded person on Elizabeth Drive. Ontario Provincial Police negotiators attempted to negotiate with KUNKEL, police said. The Ontario Provincial Police tactics and rescue unit entered KUNKEL's home about 10: 59 p.m. and found him dead “of what appeared to be a gunshot wound,” the statement said.
KUNKEL's body was removed Monday morning from the white stucco two-storey house at the northwest corner of Elizabeth and Highway 21 in Allenford. Forensic investigators attended the scene later in the day.
The Special Investigations Unit, a civilian police investigation agency, is involved because the area was secured by the police at the time, the police news release said.
Two Special Investigations Unit members were at the house Monday morning. Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police detachment commander Mario BARTENS referred all media questions to the Special Investigations Unit. No one from the Special Investigations Unit returned a call from The Sun Times Monday afternoon.
People in Allenford said Monday the 59-year-old KUNKEL they knew smiled easily, always waved and was a “happy-go-lucky” fellow.
KUNKEL, who had worked performing winter maintenance along Highway 21, lived in the house with his wife, Marilyn. They have three grown children, two girls and a boy. Neighbours didn't think the children lived with their parents. One son and one daughter were believed to be among those waiting in the parking lot at Drifters Sunday night.
Neighbour accounts help piece the story together.
Allenford lawyer Richard EVANS lives east of the KUNKELs, about one block away by the United Church. Some time around 2 p.m. or so, he heard what he believed was a gunshot.
Fran GORDON, a realtor, was showing the house next door along Highway 21 to potential buyers about 4 p.m. They were standing on the back deck around 4: 30 p.m. when a neighbour came over and asked them to leave because of a family emergency.
GORDON said it was quiet and all appeared Okay, until she saw Marilyn KUNKEL, whom she's known all her life. “I did see her sitting at the side of the road. And she was hysterical. I saw that.” A neighbour took her away and GORDON left just before police arrived.
One neighbour who spoke to The Sun Times but wouldn't give her name, said KUNKEL drove by on his all-terrain vehicle just 30 minutes before police arrived, waving at his neigbours. “That's why everyone's so shocked because he seemed all right when he came by.&rdquo
She said the KUNKELs “kind of kept to themselves.&rdquo
GORDON said the KUNKELs helped out an elderly neighbour whose house GORDON is selling. The KUNKELs shoveled her snow and kept an eye on her. One of the KUNKEL daughters is due to be married in about one month, GORDON added.
“It's so unexpected, it threw everybody. But I guess you never know what goes on inside, behind closed doors,” said GORDON, who had spoken to the KUNKELs the day before in their yard.
At Drifters on Monday, Pat and Fred DAWSON said they knew the KUNKELs well. Marilyn worked at the restaurant for five years until she quit in March. They dined together and Frank KUNKEL often ate breakfast in the restaurant, at the eastern edge of Allenford.
Fred called Frank KUNKEL “happy-go-lucky” and considers his death “off-the-wall.” KUNKEL was a hunter who owned guns, Fred said. The KUNKELs recently bought all-terrain vehicles and the couple would go four-wheeling with family and Friends. Summers were spent in a trailer at Dreamaker Family Campgrounds, east of Allenford. The KUNKELs seemed at ease, the DAWSONs said.
“When we found out it was them, we were puzzled and a little confused because we just never thought it would be something like that,” Fred said.
Police took over the restaurant as their command post Sunday night. Negotiators used the empty store adjoining the restaurant.
Police officers, including some wearing camouflage with faces darkened with makeup, came and went from the restaurant while about 50 residents waited for hours in the parking lot, in their cars or on the grass across the highway.
About 300 people live in Allenford and many had been out Sunday afternoon. Police told people they couldn't go home because of some unspecified concern involving firearms.
Police helped people who were forced to wait behind the roadblocks.
One Allenford man with a heart condition told police he might need his medication at home. Police offered to go to Owen Sound to get him a new prescription, though it turned out not to be necessary. Police also snuck around Allenford to the back of one house to check on a teenaged girl home alone and found her all right, residents said.
Some people tired of waiting and found their own way home, sometimes on foot through a farm field.

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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-10-20 published
JACKSON, Shirley (McCONNELL)
At the G.B.H.S., Owen Sound, on Wednesday, October 19th, 2005. Shirley (McCONNELL) JACKSON in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Raymond JACKSON. Dear mother of John (Diane) JACKSON and Susan (Bill) CARSON, both of Owen Sound. Loving grandmother of Andrew, Stephanie and Linnae. Dear sister of Grace (Fred) BROOK, of Burlington, Joyce JACKSON, of Shelburne; sister-in-law of Harold (Bertha) JACKSON, of Willowdale, Marjorie (Howard) GILLIES, of Barrie, Hazel (Jim) GORDON, of Scarborough, Bill (Shirley) JACKSON, of Mississauga and Gerald (Jane) SEELEY, of Dundalk. Predeceased by a brother-in-law, Glenn JACKSON. Resting at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk. Service in the chapel on Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Dundalk Cemetery. Donations to the Dundalk United Church or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Visitation on Friday, 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m.
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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-14 published
GORDON, David Lloyd
Passed away in Meaford on Saturday, November 12th, 2005. Lloyd GORDON, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the former Jean RISK of Meaford. Dear father of Alan and his wife Frances of Meaford, Paul and his wife Marcia of Wasaga Beach, and Marsha of Meaford. Sadly missed by two grandchildren, Danielle of Guelph and B.J. of Vancouver. Brother of Blanche ELLIS of Thunder Bay. Predeceased by one brother, Henry and one sister, Florence. Resting at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, Meaford, where visitation will be held on Monday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral on Tuesday, November 15th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. Donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Meaford General Hospital Foundation, as your expression of sympathy.

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GORDON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-15 published
GORDON, David Lloyd
Passed away in Meaford on Saturday, November 12th, 2005. Lloyd Gordon, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the former Jean Risk of Meaford. Dear father of Alan and his wife Frances of Meaford, Paul and his wife Marcia of Wasaga Beach, and Marsha of Meaford. Sadly missed by two grandchildren, Danielle of Guelph and B.J. of Vancouver. Brother of Blanche Ellis of Thunder Bay. Predeceased by one brother, Henry and one sister, Florence. Resting at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, Meaford, where visitation will be held on Monday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 15th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. Donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Meaford General Hospital Foundation, as your expression of sympathy.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-06 published
KIMBLE, Eleanor Ruth (née GORDON)
Eleanor Ruth of Saint Thomas, on Tuesday, January 4, 2005, at her late residence peacefully surrounded by her loving family in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Richard KIMBLE (1971) and dearly loved mother of Kenneth KIMBLE of Watford. William KIMBLE of Saint Thomas, Viola and her husband Bob RIEMENS of Fingal, Karen KIMBLE of Saint Thomas, Alfreda and her husband Don HARPER of Iona; Dale KIMBLE of Dutton and Don KIMBLE of Saint Thomas. She was the last of her family. Sadly missed by 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Eleanor was born in Petrolia on June 14, 1924, the daughter of the late Thomas and Eupemia ENNIS) GORDON. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas until Friday afternoon and then to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for funeral service at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Fingal Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to World Vision.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-09 published
GORDON, Robert Earl " Bob"
At Bluewater Health - Mitton Site, Sarnia on January 7, 2005, Robert Earl 'Bob' GORDON, age 74. Husband of the late Olive PEPPLER. Dear father of Jeff GORDON and wife Debbie JOHNSON, Toronto and Kim GORDON- SMALL and husband Wayne, Sarnia. Loving grandfather of Trisha GORDON, Toronto and Ryan GORDON- SMALL, Sarnia. Brother of Pat McDOUGALL, Toronto. Predeceased by sisters Helen SCARFFE and Betty KISSICK. Visitation at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina Street, Sarnia 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. The funeral service will be held at Grace United Church, Indian Rd. at Cathcart Blvd. 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Christine JERRETT officiating. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-11 published
MERIFIELD, Arthur Gordon
The world has just lost a creative and passionate man. As a professor at Seneca College, brilliant mathematician, text book writer, poet, world traveler and lover of all things artistic, Art leaves with us fond memories of his passionate character and generous sincerity. He was sensitive, reflective and insightful …a thinking man. Highly dedicated; he was never afraid to pursue any interest, no matter how much work was required. Fondly known as indecisive, Art had many charming eccentricities. The beginnings of many of his creative writings were jotted down on coffee shop napkins, later to become published texts. He leaves behind his loving wife Linda, three children, Adam, Jenifer (Mark DAROVNY) and Aaron (Melanie KOWALSKI,) his granddaughters Brittney and Jessica, his two brothers Bob (Jackie LAROUCHE- MERIFIELD) and Ted (Judy VAUTOUR- MERIFIELD,) his nephews Jonathan, Michael, Daniel and Joshua, predeceased by his parents Arthur GORDON and Eva MARY and many Friends new and old. He didn‘t fear death… but deeply regretted the imminent closure of life. It just won't be the same without him&hellip
“A thing of beauty tells,
A truth the soul can hear
Just as the steeple bells,
That call the faithful near
So too each truth withholds,
Beauty, yet unforetold.&rdquo
Arthur Merifield (Nov. 2, 1944 - January 9, 2005)
Friends may call on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 1 o'clock. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Rudd Clinic for Cancer Prevention or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-03 published
BOYD, Ada (née McLENNAN)
Mrs. Ada (McLENNAN) BOYD of R.R.#3, Saint Thomas, passed away with family present at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of Second World War veteran, the late Charles H. BOYD (1978.) Dearly loved mother of Gerald BOYD and his wife Marguerite, Bernice KEANE and her husband GORDON, all of R.R.#1, Dutton and Reverend Brenda GORDON and her husband Reverend Rick GORDON of R.R.#2, West Lorne. Cherished grandmother of Grant BOYD and his wife Lisa, Travis BOYD, Justin KEANE, Ashley KEANE and Amy GORDON. She was the proud great-grandmother of Patience BOYD. Born in Saint Thomas, November 30, 1919, the daughter of the late George and Minnie (HUNTER) McLENNAN. Mrs. BOYD was a member of Yarmouth Centre United Church. For a number of years she volunteered at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital and also enjoyed golf and bridge for many years. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in St. Stephen's Cemetery (Burwell Park). Memorial donations to the charity of one's choice gratefully acknowledged.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-03 published
KIESEL, Emma (née SKEVVETAT)
At her residence on her 92nd birthday, Tuesday March 1, 2005, Emma KIESEL (née SKEVVETAT) of People Care Nursing Centre, Tavistock and formerly of Alice Street, Woodstock. Beloved wife of the late Frank SHNEIDERIGHT. Dear godmother of Ben and his wife Charlotte FOREMAN of Port Dover and Doreen FOREMAN of Norwich, and special friend of Sandy GORDON of London. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 539-0004 on Friday 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday March 5, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Richard HOLM officiating. Interment in the Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions to the charity of choice would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-17 published
THOMAS, Eva (née GORDON)
Eva a resident of Orangeville and formerly of R.R.#3 Newbury, passed away peacefully at Headwater Hospital, Orangeville on Tuesday June 14, 2005 at the age of 92. Born in Dundas, Ontario daughter of the late Jack and Alice (SHARP) GORDON. Beloved wife of the late Earl THOMAS (1988.) Loving mother of John "Jack" and Irene THOMAS of Caledon East, William "Bill" and Natalia TROTMAN of Toronto. Loving grandmother of John THOMAS, Sherry THOMAS both of Caledon East, Dale and Irene THOMAS of Violet Hill, Terri and Phillip POTTER of Guelph, Bill Jr. and Katie TROTMAN, and Michael TROTMAN all of Toronto. Loving great-grandmother of Brandon THOMAS, Ryan POTTER and Stephanie TROTMAN. Sadly missed by good Friends Frank WISE of Caldeon East. Predeceased by a brother Eddie GORDON. The THOMAS family will receive Friends at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 211 Elm St. Bothwell (519-695-2716) on Saturday June 18, 2005 from 12: 00 noon until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Joye PLATFORD of the Wardsville Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment Oakland Cemetery, Mosa Twp. Donations may be made by cheque at the funeral home to the Wardsville Presbyterian Church.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-27 published
CARPENTER, Lou
A resident of Chatham. Lou CARPENTER died Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham at the age of 78. Born in Alvinston, Ontario son of the late Charles W. and Iva Mae (HAVESTOCK) CARPENTER. Beloved husband of Cora M. (ORTON) CARPENTER. Dear father of Debbie TRUDGEN and Terry GORDON Leigh and Bob SWIFT and Scott CARPENTER all of Chatham. Grandfather of Katie and Emily CARPENTER and Megan and Shelby SWIFT. Brother of the late Lincoln, Frank, Grant and Robert CARPENTER; Coral HILL, Phyllis McDONALD and Dorothy DUDDY. Also survived by special Friends Puddin and Abby. Friends will be received at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Tuesday 2: 00-4:30 & 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Private Family Service will be conducted at the Funeral Home. Donations made by cheque to the Lung Association or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-30 published
JOHNSON, Beverly (CAMPBELL)
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Wednesday, June 29, 2005. Beverly (CAMPBELL) JOHNSON of London in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Henry JOHNSON. Dear mother of Bonnie and her husband Wayne MORRIS of Parkhill and Wayne JOHNSON of London. Loved by grandchildren Kelly GORDON of Ailsa Craig and Kevin and his wife Lisa GORDON of London, and dear great-granddaughter Krystal GORDON of Ailsa Craig. Dear sister of Isabelle SHORTT of Kingsville. Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street (between Waterloo and Colborne Street) on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mrs. JOHNSON.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-13 published
HANNA, Lillian (née McCOURT)
Lillian passed away peacefully at her residence in Country Terrace Nursing Home, Komoka on Monday July 11, 2005. She was formerly of R.R.#1 Atwood and was born 78 years ago in Elma Township, a daughter of the late Robert and Evaline (BURNETT) McCOURT. Lillian was a former member of the Elma Chapter of the Rebekah Lodge. Loved wife of Nelson HANNA whom she married in 1946. Loving mother of Louise and Don BUCHANAN of London, Brian HANNA of Bluevale, Susan HARTUNG of London, Jim PAYNE of London and Jeff and Samantha HANNA of Listowel. Special grandma of Michael, Sara, Amy, Jillian, Dwayne, David, Lisa, Sally and Tyler. Also remembered by daughter-in-law Diane HANNA, son-in-law Bryan HARTUNG, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law John and Ruby GORDON of Listowel, Marjorie McCOURT of Toronto, Bernice BRIDGE of Drayton and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her daughter Nancy Anne, four brothers and four sisters. Lillian's family invites relatives and Friends to share their memories at Peebles Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood, on Thursday, July 14, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday July 15, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Elma Centre Cemetery, Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation can be made by calling the funeral home (519) 356-2382.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-14 published
KINNA, Dale Carman
At Watford Quality Care Centre, on Tuesday, July 12, 2005, Dale Carman KINNA formerly of Alvinston in his 70th year. He will be greatly missed by his brother Glen KINNA and his wife Doris. Beloved uncle of Karen CASE and Roger KINNA (Colleen WIGMORE). Great uncle of Stacey (Dale) GORDON, Steve GRAY/GREY (Aleesha), Jeff and Matt KINNA. Predeceased by his parents, Thelma (TEEPLE) and Nelson KINNA. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date with interment at Alvinston Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Strathrory Middlesex General Hospital Foundation or Four Counties Health Services Foundation. Arrangements by Van Heck Funeral Home, Glencoe, 287-2831.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-08 published
GORDON, Margaret " Jean" (née SATCHELL)
Of Saint Thomas on Wednesday, September 7, 2005, at the London Health Sciences Centre, (Victoria Campus) London, surrounded by her loving family in her 85th year. Beloved wife of Chester Ernest GORDON and dearly loved mother of Elaine and her husband Ron DRAPER of Beachville and Wendy and her husband Alan PHILLIPS of Aylmer. Loved grandmother of Michael DRAPER (Jenn) of Jackson's Point, Scott PHILLIPS (Karyn) of Saint Thomas, Krista PHILLIPS (Andrew) of Windsor and Julie DRAPER (Chris) of Ridgeway and great-grandmother of Kristine, Brennan and Jared SMITH. Dear sister of Jack and his wife Noreena SATCHELL of Saint Thomas, Eileen COX of Saint Thomas, Doris PAL of London and Marilyn WHISKEN of Cranbrook, British Columbia and sister-in-law of Lois SATCHELL of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by a brother Ken SATCHELL and a brother-in-law Don COX. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Jean was born in Saint Thomas on April 22, 1921, the daughter of the late Albert and Gwendolyn (JONES) SATCHELL. She was a member of the Saint Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Y.M.C.A., the Port Stanley Seniors Club and was a volunteer at the Valleyview Home for a number of years. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-10 published
GARBER, Hope (née WOLF)
Peacefully, at her home in Los Angeles, September 7. Deeply loved by children Nathan (Margaret,) Victor, Alisa (Scott HUGHES,) and grandchildren Leslie and Emily GARBER. Predeceased by parents Louis and Fruma WOLF, and sisters Louise GORDON and Emma SWARTZ. Born in 1924 in London, Hope was a popular singer with several dance bands in the 1940's. She was a pioneer broadcaster, hosting a live, daily talk show on CFPL-TV. In Toronto and Los Angeles she performed on many television programs and commercials, and appeared in several movies. Memorial donations gratefully requested to the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-14 published
FRYDAY, Edna May
In Groves Park Lodge, Renfrew, Ontario on Sunday, September 11, 2005. Edna Jones age 84 years. Loving mother of Linda (Peter) NAISH of Renfrew. Loved grandmother of Scott (Meghan) and Chuck (Kalyn.) Dear sister of Marion HESTER and Evelyn GORDON. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Chapel, London, Ontario on Saturday, September 17, 2005 from 10-11 a.m., where a Funeral Service will take place at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. For those desiring donations to the Groves Park Lodge Residence Fund, 470 Raglan St. N., Renfrew, Ontario, K7V 1P6 would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of the Anderson Funeral Home Renfrew, Ontario 613-432-3651.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-10 published
JAMIESON, Marion (née McLEAN)
Of Saint Thomas, formerly of Union, passed away peacefully at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, October 9, 2005, in her 78th year. Wife of the late C. Max JAMIESON (1994.) Mother of Joan LAWTON and her husband Alex of R.R.#4, Saint Thomas, Patricia McPHERSON of Goderich, Linda GORDON and her husband Bill of R.R.#7, Saint Thomas, and Jacki FINNEY and her husband Larry of R.R.#4, Saint Thomas. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Born in Delaware Township, Ontario, December 23, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles and Luella (KELLEY) McLEAN. Mrs. JAMIESON was a former employee of the Sheridan Inn, Elgin Manor, Clevite and Bell Canada. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-12 published
GORDON, Margaret Anne (HENRY)
At Nanaimo, B.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2005 Margaret Anne (HENRY) GORDON of Parksville, British Columbia and formerly of McGillivray Township in her 71st year. Beloved wife of the late Alexander Lorenzo GORDON. Dear step-mother of Lorenne CLARKE and Gail LOSH and Alix JAMES. Dear step-grandmother of Lisa BELGROVE and sons James and Drew; Ryanne JAMES; and Gerald JAMES. Dear sister of Bruce and June HENRY of Lucan. Dear aunt of Judith and David ROSS, James and Christine HENRY and Meagan and Bradley SUMNER. Great-aunt of Cameron, William and Emmerson ROSS; Jalisa, Jeffray and Janine HENRY; and Emma and Micah SUMNER. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Living Hope Church, 120 Main Street, Lucan on Saturday, October 15th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve WELHAM and Reverend Brad SUMNER officiants. Cremation with interment Denfield Cemetery. Donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, Lucan, 227-4211 entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-25 published
BROWN, Arthur A.
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus, on Sunday, October 23, 2005, Arthur A. BROWN of London in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Elsie (GORDON) BROWN. Dear father of Alex BROWN and his wife Denise of London and Lindsey HOWLETT and her husband Reverend David HOWLETT of Saint Thomas. Dear brother of Lily FERGUSON and Thomas BROWN, both of Queensland, Australia. Also loved by his grandchildren Michelle, Jennifer, Laurie, Misty and Alexander and his 8 great-grandchildren. Dear brother-in-law of Kathleen and Ronald LINGARD of London. The family will receive Friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service which will be conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street, South, London on Wednesday, October 26th at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend David HOWLETT officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Mr. BROWN served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 6½ years during 2nd World War. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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GORDON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-03 published
WHISKEN, Marilyn Joan (née SATCHELL)
Of Cranbrook, British Columbia formerly of Saint Thomas passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at the age of 66 years. Predeceased by husband Ronald in 1993. Beloved mother to Anne Marie and loving Nana to Teresa, Keisha and Tiana, all of British Columbia. Dear sister to Jack (Noreena) SATCHELL, Eileen COX and Doris PAL. Sister-in-law to Chester GORDON and Lois SATCHELL. Predeceased by parents Albert and Gwendolyn SATCHELL, sister Jean GORDON, brother Ken SATCHELL and brother-in-law Donald COX. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and good Friends Bill and Marie WALLACE of Saint Thomas. Prior to moving to British Columbia in 1992 Marilyn was employed by C.I.B.C. in Saint Thomas. Cremation has taken place. Remembrances may be made to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the charity of one's choice.

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GORDON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2005-02-15 published
GRAINGER, George Michael
Passed away suddenly in hospital in London, England, January 30th 2005. George was the younger son of Arthur and Ida FREETHY) GRAINGER, brother of the late Leighton. George is survived by his wife Diana (GORDON) GRAINGER, daughter Michell and 2 granddaughters, Katie and Bonnie.
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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-22 published
FRIZZELL, John Richard (1924-2005)
(U of T '48, Honours History)
At Kingston, on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, husband of bereaved wife Mary (née GORDON,) and his family Jane and Thomas BATES, Mark DELVECCHIO and Mark VELDHUIZEN, Kathye and Dave HATHWAY, Anne KING, Jim and Mary Lou McCARTNEY, John and Lori McCARTNEY, Mary Lou McCARTNEY, Ann and Gino PISCIONE, Mary and Rick ROSS and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Although Jack was a history specialist for 39 years, his first love was always music. Having been taught percussion by his beloved father, Jack played drums in a combo at King Edward Public School when the students marched into school. He then went on to play in the Harmony Orchestra walking along Bloor Street on Sunday mornings with his friend Vic FELBRILL, drum and violin in hand. Jack also played in the Harbord Orchestra and sang in early television, choir and grandstand shows. Jack was a member of the Initial Festival Singers at the Stratford Festival Inauguration. Throughout his career, he conducted numerous school and community choirs and book shows, ending with seventeen years in Florida with a choir of thirty retirees.
Condolences may be emailed to johnfriz@enoreo.on.ca or mailed to 1230 Brass Drive, Kingston, Ontario, K7M 3M3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The family would appreciate donations to the proposed "John Richard Frizzell Music Bursary": donations may be sent to the Harbord Foundation, 286 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1G5. Please include 'for the "John Richard Frizzell Bursary"' on your card or cheque. This bursary will be used for a student wishing to continue in a Post Secondary Music Education Program. Jack was an alumnus of Harbord C.I. and had the honour of his first teaching assignment at this school.
Heartfelt thanks are given to Dr. L. DEMPSEY and Caroline, the St. Elizabeth Homecare and all our family and Friends for their continuing support and kindness.
Jack has been cremated and a reception will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at Glencairn Golf Club, Four Seasons Room, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 9807 Hwy. 25, Milton, Ontario (2 kilometers north of Hwy. 401 right hand side, 1-905-876-3666).

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-24 published
TUCKER, Vera Gwendolyn (née PETERSON)
On January the 22nd, 2005, peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Born July 8, 1906 in Bruce Mines, Ontario, the daughter of Judge Nolton PETERSON and Kezia Sullivan PETERSON. Beloved wife of the late William Govier TUCKER, Q.C. (Fraser and Beatty - previously one of Canada's largest law firms). Devoted mother of Robert TUCKER, Carolyn GORDON, Susan McCLOCKLIN and Sally RUTLEDGE. Loving mother-in-law of the late Andrew GORDON, James McCLOCKLIN and Wayne RUTLEDGE. Grandmother to Katherine GIRGIS (Amir,) Robert GORDON (Jenny,) Patricia PALERMO (Tony,) John GORDON (Cathy), William TAILOR/TAYLOR (Sarah), Jim McCLOCKLIN (Amanda), Suzanne BAJIN (Gavin,) and Garth RUTLEDGE. Great-grandmother of Madeleine and Benjamin GIRGIS, Cailyn GORDON and Cole McCLOCKLIN. Vera is predeceased by her sister, Evelyn PETERSON and by her brothers, Mr. Wilbur PETERSON and Judge Harold PETERSON. She is survived by three siblings: Dr. Charles PETERSON, Mrs. Harriet BLACK (C.M.,) and Mrs. Ella JOHNSON of Florida. Vera loved her extended family very much and is remembered by her nieces and nephews: Dr. Peter BLACK (Boston, Massachusetts), Dr. Sandra BLACK, Dr. Susan BLACK (Virgina,) Patricia TREVOR (La Verne, California), Donna HOLBROOK, Bruce PETERSON (Israel), Larry PETERSON, Bonnie TRAVERSY (Palm Bay, Florida), Stuart PETERSON, Leith PETERSON, Chris PETERSON, Donald PETERSON (Canmore, Alberta), Nolton JOHNSON (Atlanta, Georgia), Linda AVEYARD, Lorraine JOHNSON (Lakeland, Florida), Jane JOHNSON (North Carolina), Joan VINCENTZ, Diane PEARSON, Barbara PETERSEN, Monica SNOW (London) and Mark TUCKER. God blessed many people through Vera and He gave her a tremendous gift to sense people's needs. Vera will be remembered for her generosity, wit, wisdom, and her faith in her Messiah and His Word. She is forever loved by her many Friends, family and associates. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 at Saint John's York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, North York at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the Garnsworthy Room. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery after the reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christian Broadcasting Association Inc., Box 66229, Stn. Brm B, Toronto, Ontario M7Y 4K1 would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Morley Bedford Funeral Home (416) 489-8733.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-31 published
ROBB, Bryan, L.L.B.
Peacefully at home Sunday, January 30, 2005 at the age of 57. Beloved husband to Catherine MONTGOMERY for 29 years. Loving father to Andrew and Alex. Loving son to John and Marion ROBB of Levack, Ontario. Loving son-in-law to Lindsay and Isabel MONTGOMERY of Cobden, Ontario. Much loved brother to Sally (Bill TINDALE) of Stoney Creek, Sandra (Gerrard McANDREW) of Sudbury and Lorie (Warren GORDON) of Mississauga. Bryan will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, family, Friends and colleagues. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held from Kingsway Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway (at Prince Edward Dr.) on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Health Centre or The Canadian Red Cross.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-02 published
GORDON, Robert
On Sunday, January 30, 2005, at Scarborough General Hospital. Robert GORDON, beloved husband of Beverley. Loving father and father-in-law of Errol and Cindy GORDON, and Judy SCHURE. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Edith and Syd POLLOCK. Devoted grandfather of Bradley and Candice GORDON, and Ryan and Alexander SCHURE. Services were held on Monday, January 31, 2005. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 108 Old Forest Hill Road. If desired, donations may be made to the Robert Gordon Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-07 published
GORDON, Laura
On Saturday, March 5, 2005 at her home. Laura GORDON, beloved wife of the late Aaron GORDON. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Lynn and Arthur FREEMAN, and the late Erica MELMED. Dear sister of Evelyn RACKI of Washington, D.C. Devoted grandmother of Evan, and Neil FREEMAN, and Gavin and Amy MELMED, and great-grandmother of Leah, and Ava MELMED. Services were held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel on Sunday, March 6, 2005. Shiva Monday at 6 Holsworthy Crescent, Thornhill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 416-979-7228.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-10 published
COLES, Lavern " Vern" A.
Retired Vice President Ontario Hydro (May 1985) after 39 years of service. Graduate of the University of Toronto B.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering 1947. Member of Rotary Club of Alliston, Past President Rotary Club of Willowdale and Former Member of Rotary Club of North Bay. Passed away peacefully at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston, Ontario on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Isobel McCURDY of Alliston. Loved father of Janice and Gord GREEN of Cannington, Mark and Roberta COLES of Minden, Ann and Alan GORDON of Haliburton. Loving grandpa of Jim and Jenny, Beth and Sheldon, Catherine, Joanna, Gregory and Scott. Loved great-grandpa of Aidan and Ryan. Dear brother of Grace and Jack WILKINSON, Ron and Olive COLES, Murray and Maureen COLES, Betty and Earl FAGIN. Vern will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and many Friends. Resting at the W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street, E., Alliston on Friday, March 11, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Saint John's United Church, 56 Victoria Street, E., Alliston, Ontario on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. A reception for family and Friends will follow in Shilton Hall, Saint John's United Church. Spring Interment Saint John's Cemetery, Mono Township, Ontario In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or A Plastic Anemia and Myelo Dysplasia Association of Canada, 23 Hamills Cr., Richmond Hill, Ontario L4S 1C1 would be appreciated by the family.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-12 published
O'NEILL, Sarah " Sadie" (née BARNES) (1905-2005)
In Mont Tremblant on March 8, 2005 in her hundred and first year. Beloved wife of the late Robert E. O'NEILL. Cherished mother of Belle (Len MULLIGAN,) Peggy and the late Michael (Gratia GORDON.) Grandmother of Michael, Robert and Patrick. Predeceaed by her brothers, Thomas, Jack and Michael. Great friend of Michael and Joyce MURRAY. She also leaves to mourn nieces and nephews, relatives and Friends. Resting at Guay Funeral Home, 974 rue Vanchesteing, Mont Tremblant (Ste-Jovite) on Monday March 14 as of 9 a.m. with funeral to follow at 11 a.m. at Ste-Jeanne-D'Arc Lac Carre Church. Private burial will be held at Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery. Donations to a foundation of your choice or the St. Joseph Oratory would be appreciated.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-14 published
REIMANIS, Lidija " Gigi"
On March 11, 2005, in her 88th year, with grace and dignity, in her treasured Hamilton home, surrounded by her beloved family Dace (Dotsy) and Graham GORDON; Irene and Gregory AZIZ and granddaughters Natalie and Karina AZIZ. Born of Latvian parents in 1917 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Studied music at the Riga Conservatory. Came to Hamilton with husband Arnold in 1951. Known as "Gigi", she lead a rich and optimistic life. Gigi was very active in the Latvian community, teaching at Latvian school, choir member of the Song Festivals, belonged to the sorority Zintenieces, contributed to the monthly Literary Magazine Jauna Gaita. She also volunteered at the McMaster University Hospital. Gigi loved beauty, music, art and travel. Heartfelt thanks to the superb care from the entire team at St. Joseph's Hospital. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation and would be greatly appreciated. Private funeral. Memorial Mass and reception, Saturday, March 19th at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's Cathedral, 146 Park Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-30 published
BIGELOW, Wilfred Gordon
After a life lived with caring, intellectual curiosity and a profound sense of spirituality, Bill died peacefully in Toronto on Easter Sunday 2005. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Bill was the son of Dr. Wilfred BIGELOW, founder of the first medical clinic in Canada, and Grace GORDON, nurse and midwife. He was raised in an environment that encouraged a love of family, nature, music and education. Bill attended Brandon College in the early 1930's and graduated from medicine at the University of Toronto in 1938. Following this, he served overseas as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Medical Army Corps, performing battle surgery on the frontlines. Returning home from the war, he furthered his studies at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in cardiac surgery. His experiences in the war with amputations due to frostbite led him to explore the principle of hypothermia. He felt strongly that to make progress in cardiac surgery, surgeons needed to open the heart and operate directly. Building on his wartime experiences, he theorized that if you could cool the heart, you could reduce oxygen requirements, interrupt circulation and open the heart. In 1947, Bill returned to Toronto, and established a hypothermia research unit at The Banting Institute. There, he performed the world's first open heart surgery on a dog using the principal of hypothermia, paving the way for its use on humans. At his lab, Dr. BIGELOW and his colleagues Dr. John CALLAGHAN and Dr. John HOPPS also developed the cardiac pacemaker. Bill was recognized internationally as the father of Canadian heart surgery. He received the Gairdner Foundation Award in 1959, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Association's Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Order of Canada in 1981. Bill published numerous medical articles in scientific journals, educated aspiring cardiac surgeons from around the world, and authored two books, Cold Hearts and Mysterious Heparin. Along with his passion for medicine, Bill will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and his work on environmental causes. He served as a director of the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He spent many happy hours on the islands of Georgian Bay, and at his farm in Collingwood with his beloved family, horses and dogs. He was an avid bird watcher who went on frequent field trips with his longtime friend Dr. Bruce CHARLES. In his latter years, he enjoyed many happy hours with his golf buddies at the Toronto Hunt Club. First and foremost, Bill was a family man and a devoted and loyal friend to many. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Ruth JENNINGS, who attracted his attention as a caring and efficient operating nurse at Toronto General Hospital. He was also predeceased by his infant brother Jack, and his sisters Mary GRANT (Millard,) and Toody McKINNON (Keith.) He is survived by his brother Dr. Dan BIGELOW and his wife Dr. Sonia SACEDA. As a loving father and grandfather, Bill led by example, demonstrating the importance of loyalty and the power of positive thinking and perseverance. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Pixie Bigelow CURRIE (Ian) of Toronto, and sons, John (Ellie) of Honolulu, Hawaii, Dan (Blanche) of Petersfield, Manitoba, and Bill of Toronto. He is remembered with affection by his grandchildren Scott CURRIE (Sarah,) Susanne COUTTS (Rob), Mathew BIGELOW, and Angela BEATTON (Don) and his nieces, nephews and their families. Bill adored children and was delighted with the birth of his three great grandchildren, Sophie and Chloe COUTTS and Stella CURRIE. The family recognizes with gratitude his caregivers Alma ABLONA, Beth LARA and Helen ABLONA and the staff of Belmont House. The funeral and interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at Rosedale United Church on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to establish The Bigelow Lectureship, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, The Banting Institute, 100 College Street, Room 311, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L5, telephone (416) 978-5148; or to continue The Bigelow Book Prize, Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Program, 150 College Street, Room 83D, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3E2, telephone (416) 978-7744.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-13 published
BENNETT, Jean (née GORDON)
Born in Perth, Scotland, October 17, 1915, died April 8, 2005. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Peter in 1999. Survived by her children Barbara BRINK (Russell), David (Vicki), Andrea WATERSTON (Willie), Peter (Heather) and Paul, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Jean was educated at St. Leonard's School, St. Andrews, Scotland, and received her M.A. from St. Andrews University. She enjoyed a brief career in the British Civil Service, before her marriage to Peter in 1940. Together they moved to New York and Ottawa where Peter held diplomatic posts with the British Foreign Service.
With a growing family to support, they decided to remain in Canada. Together they lived in Oakville, Stratford, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. For all these years Jean was the perfect partner to Peter, building roots in each community, whether it was establishing a church connection, finding volunteer activities, or hosting Friends and business colleagues.
In 1969, Jean obtained a library science degree. For the next nine years she worked in the National Library, before retiring to Vancouver Island in 1978. In retirement Jean and Peter indulged their love of theatre, art, history, church, golf and travel. Jean was an enthusiastic diarist of their travels to Britain, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, South East Asia, and China.
Following Peter's death in 1999, Jean remained a faithful volunteer at her church, and as a palliative and hospice care visitor. She maintained her golf membership until a year before her death, and continued to travel and maintain her Scottish family connections. She will be remembered for her quick wit, passion, and commitment to family, Friends, and church.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to her Friends in Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria Golf Club, and her neighbours in Oak Bay. Our thanks to Dr Rosenberg, and the staff at Parkwood Court.
Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral (Quadra and Rockland), on Thursday April 14, 2005 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in memory of Jean to the Christ Church Cathedral Building Fund, British Columbia Arthritis Society, Victoria Hospice, Royal Jubilee Hospital Foundation or United Nations Children's Fund (Africa), would be gratefully accepted.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-13 published
POLAN, Sara Rebecca
On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at Shalom Village, Hamilton. Sara POLAN beloved wife of the late David POLAN and Benjamin SOSSIN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Elaine COOPER and the late Jerome S. COOPER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Jack and Eve GORDON of Kitchener, Ontario, Chana GORDON of Tel Aviv, Israel, and the late Joseph and Eve GORDON, and Matthew GORDON. Devoted grandmother of David COOPER and Aliza BERGER, Ruth and BenTzion GREIPER, Carol and Ya'cov GITSTEIN, Elizabeth COOPER and Jeffrey MOGIL, and great-grandmother of eleven. Sara will be missed by the families of Murray and Betty MINDEN of Toronto, and David and Esther LEVY of Hamilton. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave W., (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 3: 30 p.m. Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva, Elaine COOPER, 2500 Bathurst St. #707 and Jack GORDON, 175 Queen St. N., #1802, Kitchener, Ontario. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Sara Sossin Polan Memorial Fund c/o Shalom Village, Hamilton (905) 529-1613.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-25 published
GORDON, Alexander R.
Peacefully at his home in Toronto on April 22, 2005. Beloved husband of Marion Ruth (née GEERING,) loving father of Lawrence GORDON of Calgary and Diana GORDON of Hamilton. Loving brother of Phyllis JONES of Trenton and the late Mackenzie GORDON of Windsor. A wonderful grandfather to Lorraine, Andrea and Gregory GORDON of Calgary and Emily and Connor SWITZER of Hamilton. Alex was born on a farm in Grantley, Ontario on June 19, 1922. His parents were Donald and Hazel GORDON (née COUNTRYMAN.) Alex was a teacher in Toronto at Duke of Connaught School and later at Glenview Senior Public School. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 lights west of Yonge), on Tuesday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-07 published
MINDEN, Bertha " Bert"
On Friday, May 6, 2005 at the Baycrest Apotex Centre. Bertha MINDEN, beloved wife of the late Sol MINDEN. Loving mother of Fern NETKIN, Joan and Sam WALDMAN, and Gary MINDEN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Rose and David GREEN, Sylvia and the late Jack VAN DER HOUT, Ian and the late Lilly GORDON, Elinor and the late Bernard PERSIKO, and Beatrice MINDEN. Devoted grandmother of Richard and Mindy, Rhonda and Jordan, Robert and Melissa, Jeffrey and Laura, Steven, Eric, and Jay. Devoted great-grandmother of 8. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, May 9, 2005 please call 416-663-9060 for time of service. Shiva 1029 Spadina Road. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Baycrest Foundation, 416-785- 2875.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-03 published
BAHEN, Willard Matthew
Passed away in Barrie on Monday, May 30th, 2005. Willard BAHEN formerly of Kleinburg, in his 71st year. Dear husband and best friend of Ardelle GORDON. Dear father of Cynthia SIMPSON (Howard) of Toronto, John (Carole CAMERON) of Barrie, Catherine (James McINTOSH) of Aurora and Carolyn BAHEN of Grafton. Loving grandfather of Caitlin BAHEN, Michael, Lauren and Mackenzie McINTOSH. Predeceased by his parents W. Edward BAHEN and Olive KELLY and brother Ted Jr. Brother-in-law of Arlene RITTEN of Guelph and uncle of Gregory and Cheryl RITTEN. A private family service will be held. A celebration of Willard's life will be held at the Timberlane Athletic Club (155 Vandorf Side Road, Aurora, Ontario
www.timberlaneathleticclub.com) on Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation. Memorial donations may be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital Regional Cancer Care Centre or the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre through Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home (Clapperton and Worsley Streets), Barrie. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-04 published
BAHEN, Willard Matthew
Passed away in Barrie on Monday, May 30th, 2005. Willard BAHEN formerly of Kleinburg, in his 71st year. Dear husband and best friend of Ardelle GORDON. Dear father of Cynthia SIMPSON (Howard) of Toronto, John (Carole CAMERON) of Barrie, Catherine (James McINTOSH) of Aurora and Carolyn BAHEN of Grafton. Loving grandfather of Caitlin BAHEN, Michael, Lauren and Mackenzie McINTOSH. Predeceased by his parents W. Edward BAHEN and Olive KELLY and brother Ted Jr. Brother-in-law of Arlene RITTEN of Guelph and uncle of Gregory and Cheryl RITTEN. A private family service will be held. A celebration of Willard's life will be held at the Timberlane Athletic Club (155 Vandorf Side Road, Aurora, Ontario
905-727-4252 www.timberlaneathleticclub.com) on Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation. Memorial donations may be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital Regional Cancer Care Centre or the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre through Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home (Clapperton and Worsley Streets), Barrie. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-06 published
GORDON, Edward Louvain Morton
Unexpectedly in hospital, June 2, 2005, while recovering from a hip revision operation. Born February 9, 1927 in Highland Park, Nepean Township, to Percy and Sadie GORDON and six brothers. As a Civil Engineer graduating from Queen's University in 1948, he worked for the Ontario Dept. of Highways, the federal government on the construction of the Trans Canada Highway, with Acres International, and finished his career with the National Energy Board. Sage Kiwanis, the N.A.C. and gardening were his favourite retirement interests. He leaves his loving wife Helen, son Jim, daughters Leigh BONNET (Steve NICHOL), Beth GORDON (Dave ANDREWS), Barbara GORDON (Dr. Martin AUCOIN), and three granddaughters Wendy NICHOL, Alanna and Emily AUCOIN. His surviving brother is Dr. Allan GORDON, Ottawa. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Home, 3440 Richmond Rd. (between Bayshore and Baseline Rd.), Nepean, Ontario on Friday, June 17, 2005, from 1: 00 p.m. until the memorial service in the chapel at 2: 00 p.m. In remembrance of Ted, contributions would be appreciated to Sleeping Children Around the World, 28 Pinehurst Cres., Toronto, Ontario M9A 3A5. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-13 published
GORDON, Mrs. Mary Eva (née ADDYMAN)
Died at home on Friday, June 10, 2005. Heartwarming memories of Mary and recollections of some very funny times together will be carried in the hearts of her family as a reminder to live life with spirit and mirth.
Grateful to have been at her side, riding shotgun in her many adventures and escapades as a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, step-mother, wife and "nana" is her best friend and ally, confidante and husband, Merritt GORDON, whom she lovingly referred to as "Meg".
Thankful for how Mary enhanced and embellished their lives, adding bold colour and broad dimension, are daughters Jaye, Krista and Tere OUELLETTE and stepchildren Debbie Shelley and Robert.
No one loved to play or enjoyed a new toy more than Mary. To her six grandchildren, Mason, Merritt, Colleen, Meritt, Alaina and Keri, Mary was a "nana" who was fun, entertaining, "with it", "cool", exciting, doting and loving.
Mary's Creativity and free spirit could be witnessed in all she touched. Martha Stewart stole many of her best ideas! A diva in the kitchen and a fashion maven par excellence she was always on the cutting edge of "what's hot and what's not".
At Mary's request cremation services will be a private affair. However, should anyone be looking, she always said the south of France would be the place to find her when her time here was up.
Friends are invited to a reception in honour of Mary, which will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. at the Best Western, Otonabee Inn, 84 Lansdowne Street East, Peterborough.
The family would like to express very warm thanks to the caregivers Dr. Mohindra and Dr. RAGAZ, Victorian Order of Nurses Nurses, the compassionate staff 3rd Floor St. Joe's and the Nightingale Homecare and Nursing Staff who made it possible for Mary to be at home with family. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Peterborough Cremation Services, 593 Arndon Avenue, Peterborough K9J 4A9, (705) 740-0404.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-16 published
GORDON BUCK, Dorothy
On Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Dorothy Gordon BUCK, beloved wife of Roel BUCK, C.M. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Dr. Paula GORDON and Dr. Larry GOLDENBERG of Vancouver, Stuart GORDON, Karen GORDON and Howard GOODMAN, Donna GORDON and Charles ZUCKERMAN of Montreal, Janet GORDON and Rod O'REILLY of Vancouver, Susan GORDON, and stepmother of Nancy BUCK and Jim SEBENIUS, Marla BUCK, and Rachel and Jason SCHWARTZ. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Gert NEAMTON of Montreal, and The Honourable Lorraine GOTLIB and Chris PATTERSON. Devoted grandmother of Adam, Mitchell, Jennifer, Matthew, Grant, Alan, Joseph, Sydney, Russel, and Julia. After a charmed life, Dorothy has gone to join her Friends and family at the big party in the sky. Dorothy's parting words were "Much love and thanks to loved ones here. Don't worry, be happy - I'll have everything ready for you when you're ready. Dress casual. It's buffet." At Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst St. Toronto, for service on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 692 Brian Hill Ave. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Sinai Hospital 416-586-8290.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-07 published
CULLEN, The Honourable Bud
Former Member of Parliament Sarnia-Lambton Trudeau-Era Cabinet Minister Retired Federal Court Judge
Peacefully in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, surrounded by his family, age 78 years. Devoted husband of Nicole for 25 years. Loving father of Olivier, Annie (Darcy GORDON), Kate (John NELLES), Chris and stepfather of Jean-Charles and Mijanou. Cherished Grandad of Bronwyn and Jemma GORDON and Emma NELLES. Dear brother of Phyllis McLEOD (Barrie) and the late Joan WELLER. Bud will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and Friends. Bud had a phenomenal sense of humour. His legacy to his family and Friends was 'never take yourself too seriously.' True to that, he kept us all laughing until the end. Special thanks to his caregivers Laura and Heather and to all the caring staff at the Colonel By Retirement Residence. Family and Friends may attend a memorial service to celebrate Bud's life at Mackay United Church, 257 MacKay St. (at Dufferin), Ottawa, on Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow at The Gardens, 85 Bronson Ave., (at Queen St.) In lieu of flowers memorial donations to New Hope School supporting people with mental disabilities - a project close to Bud's heart, would be appreciated. Please make cheques payable to Community Living Sarnia, specify the New Hope School Project, P.O. Box 610, 551 Exmouth Street, Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 7J4. Funeral Arrangements with the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry. Condolences/Donations/Tributes at: mcgarryfamily.ca 613-233-1143.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-09 published
MacDONALD, Dr. John James
79, Halifax, formerly of Antigonish, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2005.
Born in New Glasgow on October 30, 1925 he was the son of the late John James and Margaret MacDONALD. He is survived by his wife Jane GORDON, sons John James (Jeanne) California; Ronald (Margie), Alan, Antigonish; daughters Nancy Rose (Wayne), Bedford Anne Louise (Frank), Antigonish; Jana, Vancouver; Margaret (John McKEE,) California; stepchildren Jeremy KEYES, Virginia; Rachel CROWTHER (Stephen,) Oshawa and 8 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Lou.
He moved to Antigonish to attend St. Francis Xavier University graduating in 1945 then received an M.Sc. and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. He joined the faculty of St. Francis Xavier University in 1949. Ten years later he became the university's first Dean of Science and first lay administrator. He nurtured science programs through his encouragement of research and supported faculty laying the foundation for the university's premier position among small institutions in Canada. He later became Academic and Executive Vice President, a position he occupied until retirement. The University recognized his contributions through the awarding of a Doctor of Laws honoris causa in 2001.
He was involved in the life of the larger Antigonish community through service on the Town Planning Committee and involvement with the Board of Saint Martha's Hospital, where he served several terms as chair. His involvement in the University's Art Gallery and theatre (including occasional acting roles) and his redesign of the Antigonish Golf and Country Club course also served both university and town communities.
He served higher education beyond St. Francis Xavier through involvement in provincial, national and international organizations, including the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, the Science Council of Canada and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Dr. J.J. was recognized as an outstanding philatelist. His book, The Nova Scotia Post, is the definitive work on Nova Scotia Postal History. He wrote over 20 philatelic articles, won many awards for his exhibits at stamp conventions and had lengthy involvement in philatelic organizations, including membership in the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. He was an avid gardener and never met a cat he wouldn't pet. Visitation at MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant Street, Antigonish on Sunday 7-9 p.m. and Monday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 12 at 11: 00 a.m. in the St. Francis Xavier University Chapel, Antigonish. Rev. Paul MacNeil officiating. Burial in Mount Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bailey's Brook
Memorial donations can be sent to the Development Office, St. Francis Xavier University or the Nova Scotia Stamp Club, c/o 831 Tower Road, Halifax B3H 2Y1. www.MacIsaacs.ca

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-19 published
GORDON, Irene (1924-2005)
Passed away on the morning of Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at the Elizabeth Bruyere Health Centre Ottawa, after a year long struggle with ovarian cancer. Beloved wife of 44 years of the late Edmund GORDON. She is survived by her children Elizabeth GORDON, Robert GORDON and her grand_son Isaac (Stethem.) Funeral service was held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 1771 Cuba Avenue, Ottawa on Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec, section D3 (Temple Emmanuel) at 1: 45 p.m. Arrangements in care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. Shiva will be held in Ottawa after 6 p.m. Thursday at 240 Friel Street and subsequently at Robert GORDON's home in Toronto.
Condolences/Donations/Tributes at: mcgarryfamily.ca 613-233-1143

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-29 published
BROADFOOT, Richard Keith
On Friday, August 26, 2005 Rick left this life after a brief battle with cancer. Rick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Helen (née MURPHY,) daughter Kelly (Shawn) GORDON, son Ron, and granddaughter Alanna. He is also survived by his sister Lynne (John) McLURE and their children Michael (Kelly) and Kristen (Terry), all of Winnipeg. Rick will be greatly missed by his assistant and "team member" of 32 years, Shiran NOSEWORTHY, and by Helen's sisters, brother and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Ronnie and his parents, Ron and Nettie. Rick was to celebrate his 60th birthday on August 28th. He was raised in Gladstone, Manitoba, a community founded by his pioneer forefathers in 1871. He obtained a B.Comm. from the University of Manitoba in 1966 and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1969. After articling and being called to the Bar, he began his law career with Inch, Easterbrook and Shaker (now Inch Hammond) in 1971 and continued to provide trusted, confidential advice to his many clients until his illness would no longer allow him to continue. Golf and curling were Rick's avocations, having taken them both up at age 10. Although and enthusiastic 11-handicapper, Rick was probably a better curler than a golfer, having won club championships at Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club and Glendale Golf and Country Club. Rick skipped his team to the 2005 Senior Championship at the Hamilton and District Bonspiel and was looking forward to defending it. He was an active member of The Rotary Club of Hamilton and slated to be President in 2007. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home. Ancaster Chapel, 378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Saint Ann's Church (Fidler's Green Road and Wilson Street) in Ancaster on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Private interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Ancaster. In lieu of flowers Rick asked that donations be made to: The Rotary Club of Hamilton, Sunshine Fund Appeal, 124 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4S8 for its work with children locally and in the international community.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-29 published
BUCHAN, George Spafford (né DEANS- BUCHAN)
Passed away in his 73rd year at his Presquíle Point cottage on August 27, 2005 after a lengthy illness following a stroke. George was born on May 12, 1933 in Toronto, Ontario to Marie and George DEANS- BUCHAN. Survived by his adoring children Susan (Drew,) John, Andrew (Sheila), Day (Bill) and by his loving sister Elizabeth GORDON (the late Robert S. GORDON.) " Poppy" will be missed by his grandchildren Diane, Ben, Sarah, John, William, Gwynn and by his nieces Kathy, Carolyn and nephew Bob. George will be missed by all of his dear Friends and everyone who was touched by his generosity and humour. Special thanks to those who cared for him at Sunnybrook and Bridgepoint Hospitals and to his personal caregivers Kathy, Peggy and Cesar. A very special thanks to his nephew Bob with whom George shared a special bond. Visitation will take place from 6: 00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave W. A funeral service will be held at 2: 00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st at Eglinton St George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of George DEANS- BUCHAN to the Eglinton St George's United Church Capital Fund, 35 Lytton Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4R 1L2.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-30 published
PEACEY- SHAY/SHEA, James Bernard "Jim" (né SHAY/SHEA)
Peacefully at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on August 28, 2005 at the age of 59. Beloved husband of Susan PEACEY. Loving father of Kevin SHAY/SHEA of Burlington, Jennifer SHAY/SHEA (Russell GORDON) of Waterloo and Kate PEACEY of Burlington. Cherished son of Edward and Pat SHAY/SHEA of Hamilton. Dear brother of Daniel, Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret, Helen, John, Colleen and Barbara. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of Queen Elizabeth Way) Burlington (905-632-3333) on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 1 p.m. Special thanks to Dr. RAJAGOPOL at Credit Valley Hospital and Intensive Care Unit nurse, Linda, at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital or Credit Valley Cancer Centre would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-01 published
BUCHAN, George Spafford (né DEANS- BUCHAN)
Passed away in his 73rd year at his Presquíle Point cottage on August 27, 2005 after a lengthy illness following a stroke. George was born on May 12, 1933 in Toronto, Ontario to Marie and George DEANS- BUCHAN. Survived by his adoring children Susan (Drew,) John, Andrew (Sheila), Day (Bill) and by his loving sister Elizabeth GORDON (the late Robert S. GORDON.) " Poppy" will be missed by his grandchildren Diane, Ben, Sarah, John, William, Gwynn and by his nieces Kathy, Carolyn and nephew Bob. George will be missed by all of his dear Friends and everyone who was touched by his generosity and humour. Special thanks to those who cared for him at Sunnybrook and Bridgepoint Hospitals and to his personal caregivers Kathy, Peggy and Cesar. A very special thanks to his nephew Bob with whom George shared a special bond. Visitation will take place from 6: 00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave W. A funeral service will be held at 2: 00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st at Eglinton St George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of George DEANS- BUCHAN to the Eglinton St George's United Church Capital Fund, 35 Lytton Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4R 1L2.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-03 published
BYERS, Robert Reid " Biker Bob"
Bob died suddenly and mercifully among his Friends and courier colleagues, on Thursday, June 16, 2005, on a midday break from high-speed messengering around downtown Toronto. "Mercifully", because he died doing what he loved.
A legend among Friends and family, Bob was a true eccentric and iconoclast who never bowed to authority, but held tight to traditions of love and loyalty. Born January 17, 1947, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Bob was predeceased by his parents, Mary Winnifred (REID) and Robert Clyde BYERS, and by two siblings, Peter Clyde and Mary Sue (Douglas). He leaves his remaining siblings and in-laws, nephews and nieces: Anne TRORY, Susan and Jill, and Jim TRORY in Vancouver; John and Jane BYERS, Nathan, David and Alan in Espanola; Jim and Kathleen BYERS, Samantha, Millie and Lexy in Toronto; Peter DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, Scott, Graham and Trevor in Toronto and Mary GORDON, Kennedy and Kip in various parts of Ontario, and all of their mates and children. Bob is missed by his many Friends and co-workers
Bob was raised in the Abitibi Canyon and in Mattawa. He married young and had two children, while he worked a strenuous stint in the mines in Sudbury. When his marriage ended, Bob left on his lifelong quest for individuality and independence. He traveled everywhere in Canada, usually on a bike, and he did all sorts of work, from hard labour at the Victory Mills to social and residence work at Domum.
He was a journeyman bookbinder, a loving son, a demanding chess player, a generous uncle, a mentor to his colleagues, and often loved a spirited argument in politics, morality, and ideas. He was kind, gentlemanly, and generous. He made a difference in the world around him.
According to his wishes, Bob was cremated right after his death. Friends and colleagues are invited to join his family at a memorial service on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 12 o'clock noon, at the Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East in Toronto. Following the service, his family will carry him north to Massey, Ontario, where he will be buried with his beloved parents in the Grandview Cemetery on Sunday, September 11 at 1 o'clock p.m.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-17 published
GORDON, Pearl
On Friday, September 16, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital. Pearl GORDON, beloved wife of Manny HOFFMAN and the late Sam GORDON. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Fern MATLIN, Heather GORDON, Neil and Aida GORDON, and Cindy and Mark SCHRIER. Devoted grandmother of Robyn, Adam, Jesse, Shawn, Benjamin, Sam, and Ally. A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 19th at 12: 00 p.m. at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Adath Israel Synagogue section. Shiva 51 Karen Street, Thornhill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Baycrest Centre Foundation 416-785-2875.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-05 published
McVEIGH, Hamilton Gordon, D.F.C., P.Eng.
Died peacefully at Fairmount Home, Kingston. September 28, 2005. Ham was born in St. Catharines, July 8, 1920 son of Robert and Agnes (GORDON) McVEIGH. He grew up with his family in Port Arthur, Ontario (Thunder Bay) where he graduated from the Port Arthur Technical and Commercial High School. In 1940, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, earned his pilot's wings and flew Halifax bombers (433 Squadron) on 32 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by King George VI in 1944.
Ham studied mining engineering at the University of Toronto and graduated 1949. During his university studies, he worked underground at mines in Geraldton and Long Lac and on the construction of the Port Arthur breakwater. After graduation, he was employed by Quemont Mines, Noranda, followed by Dorr-Oliver Long at Orillia, the Midland-Ross Corporation at Toledo, Ohio, and finally with Hatch Associates of Toronto. During his professional career, he travelled and lived world-wide as an engineering consultant.
Ham was pre-deceased by his wife of 58 years Frances Jane (McCARTNEY,) his daughter Frances Elizabeth McVEIGH- WALKER and his sister Audrey McVEIGH. He is survived by his daughter Cynthia McVEIGH of Sacramento, California, grand_son Andrew BOYCE and by his son-in-law Dr Brian WALKER of Piedmont, California, grand_sons Chase and Easton WALKER, and by his sister Marion HENNESSY and brother-in-law Peter of Kingston.
At Ham's request, cremation with ashes to be interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Thunder Bay. A Service of Remembrance will be held at James Reid Funeral Home, John Counter Blvd. and Princess Street, Kingston, Wednesday October 12 at 1: 00 pm, followed by a reception.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-14 published
MAURICE, Gilbert Alexander
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Gil passed away with his family by his side at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in his 78th year. Always remembered by his devoted and loving wife, Mary NEISH of Burlington. Step-father of Marlene (Joe) PAYNE of Woodbridge and Eddie (Bonnie) NEISH of Oakville. Survived by his sister Theresa CHENIER/CHENÉ of Mont Laurier, Quebec and Eugene MAURICE of Ottawa, Ontario, sisters-in-law Ella (Jim) of Bramalea and Gina of Glasgow, Scotland and brother-in-law James GORDON of Edinburgh, Scotland. Predeceased by 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Cherished always by his nephew Bob PATE and his wife Pat of Burlington and their children Rachel of Whitby and Sarah of Burlington. Gil is also survived by his grandchildren Jacqueline, James, Tracy and Alex and his great-grandchildren Milena and Jadyn. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Friday, October 14, 2005 from 12: 30 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel. Cremation to follow. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Doctors JANSZ and KNIGHT, the palliative care team and the staff on 5 South at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-17 published
ZAMON, Harold
On Friday, October 14, 2005 at his home. Harold ZAMON, beloved husband of Helen ZAMON. Loving father and father-in-law of Stephen and Carole ZAMON, and Charna and Barnett GORDON. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Shirley and the late Alex OGDEN, and Sam and the late Bella BUDIN. Devoted grandfather of Erica, Rebecca, Shauna and Michelle. A loving uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews. At Adath Israel Synagogue, 37 Southborne Avenue (east of Bathurst), for service on Sunday, October 16th at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Young Men's Hebrew Association section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 6 Orchid Court. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Helen and Harold Zamon Endowment Fund, c/o The Baycrest Centre Foundation 416-785-2875. A special thanks to Nancy and Joyce (the girls), for their devoted care.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-22 published
McALLISTER, John "Jack" Richard (March 6, 1923-July 25, 2005)
Founder Of Ryerson Theatre School John (Jack) Richard McALLISTER born March 6, 1923 to Alexander and Mary Olive McALLISTER, both deceased, passed away on July 25, 2005 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Much gratitude to Dr. Sandra E. BLACK, her assistant Jennifer BRAY and staff at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre's neurology department for their care and loving kindness. Jack was predeceased by his brother Donald McALLISTER, life friend Dr. C. Donald COOK, Friends Major Charles and Margaret BRUBACHER and dog Hero. Survived by sisters Ruth GORDON, Betty Lou LAMON, sister-in-law Agnes (DEED) McALLISTER, many nieces, nephews and loving Friends. After graduating from Victoria College, University of Toronto, Jack was hired as the head of the English department at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. In 1963 he was engaged as the head of the English department of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. During his initial years at Ryerson he conducted Ryerson music operettas. In 1971 he founded Ryerson Theatre School. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2005. If you are interested in learning more of the celebration please e-mail soulstate@hotmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please make cheques payable to Ryerson University, indicate that the gift is for the Jack McAllister Memorial Award and mail to the attention of Louise Year wood, Director of Development, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3 or call 416-979-5000 ext. 6524.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-26 published
MacPHERSON, William Douglas
Died peacefully at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton, on Sunday, October 23, 2005, having reached his goal of 80 years. Survived by his beloved wife Louise, his loving daughter Anne Hilton FARLEY (Ted) of Guelph, his loving son Ian Young MacPHERSON (Wendy) of Picton and his grandchildren Laura RATCLIFFE (Chris,) Alice, James Douglas, Sandy and Patrick. Survived by his sister Joan GORDON (Peter) of Burlington and his sister-in-law Suzanne HILTON of Arlington, Massachusetts. Private cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will take place at Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton, from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2005. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to St. Peter's Hospital (Palliative Care Unit - 3 East), Juravinski Cancer Centre or Central Presbyterian Church would be gratefully appreciated by the family.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-09 published
Beland HONDERICH, Newspaper Publisher (1918-2005)
Micromanager changed the Toronto Star from a scoop-an-edition news sheet into an information-based vehicle for an emerging middle class, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Wednesday, November 9, 2005, Page S9
An outsider who joined the Toronto Star as a "wartime replacement," Beland (Bee) HONDERICH worked his way up through the newsroom to become editor, publisher and ultimately chairman of the board of the country's largest and most colourful city newspaper. Its archives can boast staff bylines belonging to Ernest Hemingway (he likened it to "serving in the Prussian army under a bad general"), Pierre Berton, Gordon Sinclair and Peter Newman.
A micromanager and a curmudgeon who was feared more than he was loved, he transformed and modernized the Star, built a legendary newsroom in the late 1950s and 1960s, fought and won a newspaper war with the now defunct Toronto Telegram, bought up its circulation lists and its fleet of community newspapers, crusaded in support of diversity, national unity and cultural nationalism, and acquired Harlequin Enterprises, for many years a substantial cash cow for Torstar Corp.
"He took a paper that mattered and turned it into a great newspaper. I think his impact on Canadian journalism and his craft was huge," said his son, John HONDERICH, himself a former editor and publisher of the Toronto Star and now a member of the board of directors of Torstar Corp.
He was hard to love, but easy to respect, said Peter NEWMAN, editor-in-chief from 1969 to 1971. "I was always impressed by his wisdom, his determination and his optimistic view of the Canadian future. Unlike most publishers, his ideology went way beyond the bottom line. He never really understood the Canada that stretched beyond the shadow of the C.N. Tower, but he loved the idea of this country."
Beland (Bee) Hugh HONDERICH was born in Baden (near Kitchener,) Ontario, one of six children of John William HONDERICH, a Mennonite postmaster and railway agent, and Rae Laura (ARMSTRONG,) a Presbyterian. Religion was a contentious and omnipresent factor, according to Mr. HONDERICH's youngest brother, philosopher Edgar (Ted) HONDERICH. His father liked unusual names. He called his eldest son Loine and he named his second son after a physician named Béland in Montreal.
During the Depression, the family home was sold at auction when the mortgage holder foreclosed. Beland left school after Grade 8 to help support the family and began working as the Baden correspondent for the Kitchener Record (now The Record) in 1935 at the age of 17.
He did well covering two big fires in his community and made the move to the Toronto Star as a wartime replacement in 1943, earning $35 a week. He had been rejected from the armed forces because he had poor eyesight and a bad ear. When he got to the Star, he was told "all the good men were away fighting" and warned that there wouldn't be a job for him when they came back.
Shy, private, and insecure -- the poorly educated country man in the big city -- he "always felt he had to work twice as hard," according to his son, John.
Mr. HONDERICH told the journalist Doug (now George) FETHERLING in a 1983 interview for Saturday Night magazine that "you produced or else," explaining that he covered two speeches a day, delivering a few facts and a couple of "punchy" quotes. "It left a deep impression on my mind... what people are interested in is information." This was a lesson he would apply when he had control of the paper.
Far from being dismissed when peace was declared, he was promoted to financial editor in 1945, named editor-in-chief a decade later and elected a director of the company in 1957.
The Toronto Star is a private business like other newspapers in Canada, but it is unusual in that it is owned by a group of families and it operates according to a set of principles established by the late Joseph ATKINSON Sr. He became editor in 1899, quickly turned the struggling newspaper around and soon acquired a controlling interest. In 1911, Harry C. HINDMARSH joined the paper. He became Mr. ATKINSON's lieutenant and his son-in-law. Together, they turned the newspaper into the home of "razzle-dazzle journalism," ordering saturation coverage of big stories and indulging in huge headlines, full-page pictures and wacky stunts. They also supported the Liberal Party and social-welfare issues such as mothers' allowances, unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, minimum wages and the rights of labour unions. The combination of Christian piety, free-wheeling Fabian socialism and popular journalism was good for circulation and advertising revenues. By 1913, the Star was Toronto's largest paper and Mr. ATKINSON was its controlling shareholder.
He died in 1948, leaving an estate of more than $8-million, putting the bulk of it, including the ownership of the paper, into the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, which he had established six years earlier. In his will, he directed that profits from the paper's operations were "for the promotion and maintenance of social, scientific and economic reforms which are charitable in nature, for the benefit of the people of the province of Ontario" and he stipulated that the paper could be sold only to people who shared his social views.
Mr. HINDMARSH became president of the five-person board established to govern the paper and carry out Mr. ATKINSON's wishes. However, the Ontario government, led by Conservative Leslie FROST, and rival newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Telegram, argued that the foundation was merely a device to avoid paying succession duties on Mr. ATKINSON's estate.
The FROST government passed a law forbidding charitable foundations from owning more than 10 per cent of a profit-making business. The Star was given seven years to sell its business interests, with the foundation's trustees, officers and directors allowed to buy them, subject to the approval of the Supreme Court of Canada.
While this wrangling was going on, Mr. HINDMARSH dropped dead of a heart attack on December 20, 1956. The new board of the Atkinson Foundation was made up of Joseph S. ATKINSON (son of the late Mr. ATKINSON,) his sister Ruth HINDMARSH (widow of Mr. HINDMARSH), Burnett THALL, William J. CAMPBELL and Mr. HONDERICH.
In 1958, after swearing before the Supreme Court that they would uphold the principles outlined in Mr. ATKINSON's will, they were allowed to buy the newspaper. They paid $25.5-million in a leveraged buyout, which Globe business columnist Eric REGULY has called "the steal of the century." They put down $1-million in cash and secured most of the rest by selling debt and preferred shares to the public.
Mr. HONDERICH, who had been editor for three years and on the board for one, had no family money or other resources to draw upon. He was living in a duplex with his wife and three children. "We had one couch and one chair," said his son John. "The Bank of Commerce virtually put up all the money, but the security was the shares of the largest newspaper in the country."
In addition, Mr. HONDERICH took a personal loan for his 15-per-cent share, helped by advice and references from accountant, cultural nationalist and later politician, Walter GORDON. Today, Torstar Corp., the media conglomerate that owns the Star, is worth about $1.7-billion.
As editor and then publisher, Mr. HONDERICH built the great Toronto Star newsroom of the late 1950s and 1960s. He transformed the paper from a flashy, scoop-an-edition news sheet into an information-based vehicle for columnists and critics. He quickly realized, according to journalist Val SEARS, that the real market in the postwar period lay in finding readers among the young middle class in the suburbs who were moving up through the social strata.
They wanted context and information, not just headlines. Ron HAGGART worked as a columnist for the Star in the sixties. Mr. HONDERICH had the right ideas about how to change the Star, which was a stodgy, old-fashioned paper, according to Mr. HAGGART. "It was still a paper that believed the most recent event deserved a headline because it had happened in the last hour."
Among the stable of writers and editors Mr. HONDERICH enlisted or celebrated were: Pierre Berton as a daily columnist, Charles Templeton as managing editor, Nathan Cohen as drama critic, Milt Dunnell on sports, Gwyn (Jocko) Thomas on crime and Peter NEWMAN as Ottawa editor and editor-in-chief.
He loved to hire people, said journalist Robert FULFORD, who worked for the Star twice (from 1958 to 1962 and from 1964 to 1968), but he quickly grew bored with them. Managing editors were a notoriously endangered species, according to Mr. FULFORD, who once joked that after more than two years on the job, managing editors took on the look of "hunted animals." When he was having trouble sleeping at night, police reporter Jocko Thomas was said to recite the names of the more than 40 city editors who served during his long career at the paper.
Mr. NEWMAN spent seven years at the Star, leaving in 1971 in "frustration because [Mr. HONDERICH] was always stone-cold certain about what he didn't want, but not good at suggesting practical options."
He could be a bully. "He wasn't a particularly big man, but he looked big to his employees. He tended to tower," said Mr. SEARS, who worked for Mr. HONDERICH for about 25 years in a number of capacities, including Ottawa bureau chief and Washington correspondent. "He spoke low, but he made his position very clear. On the other hand, he was certainly the best publisher I ever worked for because he knew what he wanted and he would back you up."
Saying that he and Mr. HONDERICH fought a lot, especially when he was editor of the editorial page, Mr. SEARS said he always thought it was a mistake to try to outguess his boss. Mr. HONDERICH seemed aware of his power. "He once said to me, 'If I walk through that newsroom and I say to someone it is a nice day, by the final edition I have two full pages on the weather," said Mr. SEARS.
Stories abound about Mr. HONDERICH's tendency to micromanage. When he was editor, he behaved as though he was the publisher and when he became publisher and president in 1966, "he acted as though he owned the paper outright," Mr. FULFORD said.
Staffers were obsessed with anticipating his wishes, often with bizarre results. Somebody heard that "Bee" believed that a colour photograph had to have red in it, so Star photographers took to stowing red jackets in their cars and asking people to put them on before snapping their pictures, or so the story goes.
"Bee had a phobia about accompanying each picture in his paper with explanatory cutlines," recalled Mr. NEWMAN. "I got hell once for running an illustration of Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian film star, standing beside a male dwarf, because I had left out the 'left' and 'right' identifications."
During his years at the newspaper, Mr. HONDERICH oversaw the introduction of colour, the shift from an afternoon to a morning paper, a Sunday edition and the appointment of the first ombudsman at any paper in Canada. He was also a driving force behind the establishment of the Ontario Press Council. In 1976, he was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Torstar Corp. He continued to serve as publisher until September, 1988.
Mr. HONDERICH married three times. His and his first wife Florence divorced in 1962. He married Agnes KING in 1968. Star legend has it that he called the paper from the airport as he and his bride were leaving on their honeymoon and asked for the front page to be read to him. She died of cancer in 1999 after a long and painful illness. "He was amazingly diligent in the way he cared for her," said his son John.
That same year he became engaged to Rina WHELAN, a widow he had met many years before (when both were married to other people) in the barbershop of the Hotel Vancouver, where she worked as a manicurist. "This is one of the great love stories," John HONDERICH said, "I have had the honour of standing up for him at two of his three weddings."
The HONDERICHs lived in the penthouse of La Carina (Rina's House,) a condominium she had developed and built on English Bay. "He was a wealthy man and she was a wealthy woman," commented Mr. HONDERICH's brother Ted, "and so both were under suspicion of being gold diggers."
Mr. HONDERICH became more left wing in his politics as he became older, said his brother. "All newspaper publishers are accused of being ruthless, but actually they are activists," he said. "They want to make things happen and they don't like things hanging on in an indecisive way."
Beland Hugh HONDERICH was born on November 25, 1918, in Baden, Ontario. He died yesterday in St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver after a massive stroke. He was 86. He is survived by his first wife Florence, his third wife Rina, three children, six grandchildren and one brother.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-09 published
GORDON, Ralph A., D.S.O., D.F.C., C.D. Brigadier General (Royal Canadian Air Force) Ret'd
Peacefully at home in Ottawa, Ontario on November 8, 2005, aged 87. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, Esther of New York City, his parents Charles and Mary of Bobcaygeon, Ontario and his brothers Ted of Bobcaygeon and Jack of Ottawa. Much loved father of Larry and his wife Betty of Toronto and Bruce and his wife Cathy of Carleton Place, Ontario. Proud grandfather of Amy, Heather, Christine and Andrew. Sadly missed by his loving companion Nancy GUTHRIE of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Following operational tours during World War 2 as a pilot in Nova Scotia and England and as the highly decorated Commanding Officer of 436 Squadron in Burma, Ralph remained with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he had a distinguished career with many senior command positions including Air Officer Commanding, Maritime Air Command. After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Ralph continued his career with the federal Public Service where he represented Canada as Counsellor for the Environment at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Prior to his recent illness, he enjoyed many years of boating at his cottage on Big Rideau Lake and at his condo in Fort Myers Beach. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, the Victorian Order of Nurses (Ottawa), The Hospice at May Court and Dr. David TOBIN for their outstanding care, compassion and support. Friends may visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Richmond Road), Ottawa on Thursday, November 10, 2005 from 1: 00 p.m. until service in the Chapel at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, the Victorian Order of Nurses (Ottawa) or The Hospice at May Court, Ottawa would be appreciated by the family. Condolences/donations/tributes at McGarryfamily.ca (613-728-1761)

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-10 published
GORDON, Ralph A., D.S.O., D.F.C., C.D. Brigadier General (Royal Canadian Air Force) Ret'd
Peacefully at home in Ottawa, Ontario on November 8, 2005, aged 87. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, Esther of New York City, his parents Charles and Mary of Bobcaygeon, Ontario and his brothers Ted of Bobcaygeon and Jack of Ottawa. Much loved father of Larry and his wife Betty of Toronto and Bruce and his wife Cathy of Carleton Place, Ontario. Proud grandfather of Amy, Heather, Christine and Andrew. Sadly missed by his loving companion Nancy GUTHRIE of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Following operational tours during World War 2 as a pilot in Nova Scotia and England and as the highly decorated Commanding Officer of 436 Squadron in Burma, Ralph remained with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he had a distinguished career with many senior command positions including Air Officer Commanding, Maritime Air Command. After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Ralph continued his career with the federal Public Service where he represented Canada as Counsellor for the Environment at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Prior to his recent illness, he enjoyed many years of boating at his cottage on Big Rideau Lake and at his condo in Fort Myers Beach. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, the Victorian Order of Nurses (Ottawa), The Hospice at May Court and Dr. David TOBIN for their outstanding care, compassion and support. Friends may visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Richmond Road), Ottawa on Thursday, November 10, 2005 from 1: 00 p.m. until service in the Chapel at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, the Victorian Order of Nurses (Ottawa) or The Hospice at May Court, Ottawa would be appreciated by the family. Condolences/donations/tributes at McGarryfamily.ca (613-728-1761)

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-14 published
ROSEN, Jack
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jack ROSEN at the age of 78 after a long and brave confrontation with a lengthy illness. Beloved husband of Honey ROSEN who was his constant and loyal companion, confidante and best friend throughout his life and illness. Jack cherished his three children Judy ROSEN (Chris BART,) Shelley ROSEN (Richard MOOR) and Allan (Lisa.) He was extremely proud of his twelve grandchildren, Kyle and Roberta FOSTER, Michelle FOSTER and Brent CLIFFORD and Jonathan FOSTER, Rafi and Gabriel MOOR, Matthew, Noah, Izaak, Alexander, and Max ROSEN and three step-grandchildren, Madeleine, Veronica and Miriam BART. Their amazing Zaidi was extremely delighted in celebrating the birth of his first great-grandchild, Coen FOSTER. As a doting father and grandfather, Jack provided the kind of comfort, advice and encouragement that enriched their lives and made them strong. He was the proud son of the late Israel and Rose ROSEN. Jack was born in Russia and was raised from infancy in Canada with his three sisters Eve GORDON (Jack,) Edythe BLACKSTEIN (the late Sam,) Sue FELDMAN (Mike) and his late brother, Percy ROSEN (Linda.) An accomplished businessman, Jack and his late brother Percy and brother-in-law Jack joined his late father, Israel ROSEN in the family business, I. Rosen and Sons, and built it to become one of Ontario's premier recycling businesses. One of his many accomplishments was conceiving and pioneering the now famous 'blue box' curbside recycling program which is used for curbside recycling in millions of homes around the world. For this achievement and many others, he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario. Jack was a selfless and often anonymous benefactor for countless charitable causes and individuals. He was a past president of Beth Jacob Synagogue. He was renowned in the Kitchener community as a munificent contributor to major charitable campaigns. He became the first Jewish director of the board of a Catholic hospital in Kitchener (Saint Mary's) and was named an Honorary Director upon his retirement from the Board. Services are Monday, November 14 at 1 p.m. at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 161 Sterling Avenue, Kitchener. The Shiva will be held at 50 Blue Springs Drive, Suite 23, Waterloo. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Jack and Honey Rosen Endowment Fund, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, 416-485-8000 would be greatly appreciated.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-16 published
SHULTIS, Jean (formerly VANSTONE, née McCORMICK)
Passed away in Calgary on Thursday, November 10, 2005 in her 89th year. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Kenneth SHULTIS and predeceased by her husband F. Morley VANSTONE. She leaves her children Frederick W. VANSTONE (Patty,) Helen MURRAY (Bruce,) Barbara BRIGNALL (Jim;) her grandchildren Sheila and Laurie VANSTONE, Chandra and Jillian MURRAY, Chris and Eric BRIGNALL; and great-grandchild, Keenan BRIGNALL. She will also be remembered by her siblings Helen GORDON (Thomas C.), William McCORMICK (Marion) and Evelyn NORTHCOTE (John A..)

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-17 published
SHULTIS, Jean (formerly VANSTONE, née McCORMICK)
Passed away in Calgary on Thursday, November 10, 2005 in her 89th year. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Kenneth SHULTIS and predeceased by her husband F. Morley VANSTONE. She leaves her children Frederick W. VANSTONE (Patty,) Helen MURRAY (Bruce,) Barbara BRIGNALL (Jim;) her grandchildren Sheila and Laurie VANSTONE, Chandra and Jillian MURRAY, Chris and Eric BRIGNALL; and great-grandchild, Keenan BRIGNALL. She will also be remembered by her siblings Helen GORDON (Thomas C.), William McCORMICK (Marion) and Evelyn NORTHCOTE (John A..)

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-09 published
SIMMONS, Hilda Eleanor
Hilda died peacefully at Toronto, on Sunday December 4th, 2005, in her 91st year. Predeceased by her parents and siblings, Edwin, Norman and Edith. Thanks to Hilda's caregivers, Hortense MILLER and Monica GORDON and Dr. Jocelyn CHARLES for their care, kindness and compassion. A celebration of Hilda's life will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Monday, December 12th at 11 o'clock. Hilda will be interred with her family at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of choice.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-29 published
Ralph GORDON, Air Force Brigadier-General (1917-2005)
As a 28-year-old, he commanded a Second World War Royal Canadian Air Force supply squadron under monsoon conditions in the Far East and went on to become a high-ranking officer
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Thursday, December 29, 2005, Page S9
Ottawa -- Fighting the Japanese in the Far East during the Second World was one thing but fighting monsoons at the same time was quite another. When heavy rainfall struck in June of 1945, Ralph GORDON, the 28-year-old commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force's 436 Squadron, knew he had a problem.
Not only did his squadron have to supply the British Army with fuel, food, medical supplies, cargo and men in its struggle to dislodge the Japanese from Burma, but it had to fly around the clock in a region that experienced about as much rain in one month as Vancouver received in a whole year.
Five months earlier, the newly-formed squadron had moved to Kangla, in India's Imphal Valley, to support Field Marshal Sir William Slim and his 14th Army. With Mr. GORDON commanding hundreds of pilots, navigators, ground crew, cooks and other tradesmen, the squadron shared in the fall of Mandalay and Rangoon but found the monsoon to be as daunting an enemy as the Japanese.
That June, meteorologists recorded a rainfall of 47 inches. According to Canucks Unlimited, a history of the squadron, "only the most limited of radio facilities were available and forecasting services just did not exist. Each airman was on his own and could count on little practical help."
Instead, Mr. GORDON, then a wing commander, came up with the idea of using one aircraft at a time, in rotation, to go into the air and report on meteorological conditions in a kind of informal weather network he dubbed "Watchbird." In this way, the squadron beat the monsoon and flew 1,000 hours in the "wettest and most difficult base in all of India and Burma." It was also the only air force unit that made it through the monsoon without casualties.
The heavy rain meant Mr. GORDON and his men continually improvised. "No one had operated under monsoon conditions before," he once recounted. "We didn't have proper equipment for changing engines on aircraft, or for doing laundry, or for lighting lamps, so we had to scrounge a lot.
"The technicians cut bamboo and made tripods and chain blocks to lift engines out of aircraft. They had no hangars and had to work in the rain. The runways were simply made of heavy tar paper, with steel mesh laid over them, so when it rained, the runway floated on the water. You got water over the windshield, and everywhere, when you took off.
"The Royal Canadian Air Force sent us stoves that burned wood to cook with [but] there was no wood to burn because bamboo is full of water. So we had to design stoves that burned aviation fuel."
Mr. GORDON's methods earned the respect of former airframe mechanic Art ADAM/ADAMS of Hamilton, Ontario "We all thought he was a tremendous commanding officer."
Mr. ADAM/ADAMS, currently the squadron's honorary colonel, said Mr. GORDON flouted tradition and allowed officers and men to eat together, which, in the stuffy view of neighbouring Royal Air Force squadrons, violated protocol.
"He said, 'If our squadron is going to work together and fly together, then by God, we will eat together!' [That is] one of the reasons we had such a happy and determined squadron."
Art IRWIN of Ottawa also admired his commanding officer's can-do ability. "We had a high disability rate from dysentery and other gastric disturbances, which had to do with a lack of hygiene. One of the first things he did was remove the native cooks as food handlers and have only Canadians working [in the kitchen]. His move quickly reduced our [health] problems. That was a big, big step."
For all his success, being the boss was a lonely job, Mr. GORDON told his granddaughter Heather GORDON in 1996. Commanding men in battle meant he dealt with his responsibilities in isolation from everyone else. "You couldn't be Friends and still be their boss at the same time," he said. "You knew that what you did impacted all those who served under you."
For the leadership he displayed during the nine months he commanded 436 Squadron, along with the operational missions he flew with 415 Squadron over Europe in 1944, Mr. GORDON was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on January 15, 1946. Three months earlier, he had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "showing outstanding devotion to duty and efficiency. Most of [his] flights have been in unarmed aircraft across mountainous jungle country within range of enemy fighters. His operational flying has always been of the highest standard."
Mr. GORDON had also been mentioned in dispatches on June 14, Ralph GORDON grew up in Bobcaygeon, in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes cottage region, where his father Charles owned a boating business. After joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939, he was awarded his pilot's wings in June, 1940. Two years of instructing followed before he went to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to fly Canso maritime patrol aircraft for No. 162 (Bomber/Reconnaissance) Squadron. In May, 1944, he was sent to Britain to fly Wellington bombers against enemy shipping.
After the war, Mr. GORDON remained in the Royal Canadian Air Force and experienced first its reduction and then its dramatic Cold War expansion. By the end of the 1950s, the Royal Canadian Air Force flew 2,000 aircraft and counted 55,000 men and woman among its ranks. From 1961-65, as a group captain, he commanded Royal Canadian Air Force Station Greenwood, Nova Scotia, a key Maritime Air Command base. In August of 1965, he was promoted air commodore and given command of Maritime Air Command, making him responsible for the security of both East and West Coasts. As it turned out, he was its last commander.
In January of 1966, Maritime Air Command was amalgamated into the new Maritime Command as part of the integration of the army, navy and air force, a scheme that caused enormous controversy. When four senior admirals resigned in protest, Mr. GORDON found himself in temporary command, on July 19, 1966, of Maritime Command, which included the Atlantic fleet and Royal Canadian Air Force maritime units. His command lasted all of eight hours. The sight of Mr. GORDON's personal Royal Canadian Air Force flag flying at the heart of the navy's headquarters in Halifax caused one salty chief petty officer to growl, "It's a disgrace!"
During his career, Mr. GORDON spent more than 3,000 hours flying about 25 different types of aircraft. After retiring as a brigadier-general in 1968, he worked for the federal public service.
Ralph Alan GORDON was born on November 16, 1917, in Toronto. He died of cancer on November 8, in Ottawa. He was 87. He leaves his sons, Larry and Bruce, and his companion, Nancy GUTHRIE. He was predeceased by his wife Esther.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-05 published
URE, Dorothy Marguerite (née GORDON)
Passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in her 92nd year, on Thursday, December 23, 2004. Much loved wife of the late Allan URE. Beloved mother to Jamie (Donna) and Marguerite NASH (Ron.) Proud grandmother of 12, great-grandmother to 4. Sister of the late Viola THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Muriel ALLEN and Gertrude MITCHELL. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 9 at 2: 30 p.m. at Markham Bible Chapel (50 Cairns Dr.). In lieu of flowers, donations to Bethany Lodge or Markham Bible Chapel, in her memory, will be gratefully appreciated.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-13 published
LOW/LOWE/LOUGH, Albert, A.F.C.
Passed away peacefully at home in his 91st year on Monday, January 10, 2005. He put up a courageous and valiant struggle from a short illness. Loving husband of the late Della LOW/LOWE/LOUGH (née GORDON,) brother-in-law of Daisy PINKNEY (née GORDON) and beloved father of Murray LOW/LOWE/LOUGH and Vickie CARLI and husband Rudy, and grandfather of Geoffrey CARLI and his wife Marsha. Special cherished friend of Barbara WOODCOCK and Harvey SWEDLOVE. Not a stranger to hard work, Albert spent over 40 years as a foreman at Canada Packers. Since his retirement he had become an active community participant in the town of Brechin. He was a valuable member of the Brechin Legion where he volunteered much of his time and talent. Albert had a tremendous positive impact on family and Friends and will be sorely missed. The family will receive Friends at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton (705-426-5777) on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 am. to 11 a.m. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. The family will receive Friends at the Chapel of Glendale Memorial Gardens, Toronto on Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens on Friday at 2 p.m. Memorial donations to the Brechin Legion or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-22 published
FRIZZELL, John Richard (1924-2005)
(U. of T. '48, Honours History) At Kingston, on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, husband of bereaved wife Mary (née GORDON,) and his family Jane and Thomas BATES, Mark DELVECCHIO and Mark VELDHUIZEN, Kathye and Dave HATHWAY, Anne KING, Jim and Mary Lou McCARTNEY, John and Lori McCARTNEY, Mary Lou McCARTNEY, Ann and Gino PISCIONE, Mary and Rick ROSS, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although Jack was a history specialist for 39 years, his first love was always music. Having been taught percussion by his beloved father, Jack played drums in a combo at King Edward Public School when the students marched into school. He then went on to play in the Harmony Orchestra walking along Bloor Street on Sunday mornings with his friend Vic FELBRILL, drum and violin in hand. Jack also played in the Harbord Orchestra and sang in early television, choir and grandstand shows. Jack was a member of the Initial Festival Singers at the Stratford Festival Inauguration. Throughout his career, he conducted numerous school and community choirs and book shows, ending with seventeen years in Flonda with a choir of thirty retirees. Condolences may be emailed to johnfriz@enoreo.on.ca or mailed to 1230 Brass Drive, Kingston, Ontario K7M 3M3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The family would appreciate donations to the proposed "John Richard Frizzell Music Bursary." Donations may be sent to the Harbord Foundation, 286 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1G5. Please include "for the John Richard Frizzell Bursary" on your card or cheque. This bursary will be used for a student wishing to continue in a Post Secondary Music Education Program. Jack was an alumnus of Harbord C.I. and had the honour of his first teaching assignment at this school. Heartfelt thanks are given to Dr. L. DEMPSEY and Caroline, the St. Elizabeth Homecare, and all our family and Friends for their continuing support and kindness. Jack has been cremated and a reception will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at Glencairn Golf Club, Four Seasons Room, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., 9807 Hwy. 25, Milton, Ontario (2 kilometers north of Hwy. 401, right hand side, 1-905-876-3666).

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-24 published
TUCKER, Vera Gwendolyn (née PETERSON)
On January the 22nd, 2005 peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Born July 8, 1906 in Bruce Mines, Ontario, the daughter of Judge Nolton PETERSON and Kezia Sullivan PETERSON. Beloved wife of the late William Govier TUCKER, Q.C. (Fraser and Beatty - previously one of Canada's largest law firms). Devoted mother of Robert TUCKER, Carolyn GORDON, Susan McCLOCKLIN and Sally RUTLEDGE. Loving mother-in-law of the late Andrew GORDON, James McCLOCKLIN and Wayne RUTLEDGE. Grandmother to Katherine GIRGIS (Amir,) Robert GORDON (Jenny,) Patricia PALERMO (Tony,) John GORDON (Cathy), William TAILOR/TAYLOR (Sarah), Jim McCLOCKLIN (Amanda), Suzanne BAJIN (Gavin,) and Garth RUTLEDGE. Great-grandmother of Madeleine and Benjamin GIRGIS, Cailyn GORDON and Cole McCLOCKLIN. Vera is predeceased by her sister, Evelyn PETERSON and by her brothers, Mr. Wilbur PETERSON and Judge Harold PETERSON. She is survived by three siblings: Dr. Charles PETERSON, Mrs. Harriet BLACK (C.M.,) and Mrs. Ella JOHNSON of Florida. Vera loved her extended family very much and is remembered by her nieces and nephews: Dr. Peter BLACK (Boston, Massachusetts), Dr. Sandra BLACK, Dr. Susan BLACK (Virginia), Patricia TREVOR (La Verne, California), Donna HOLBROOK, Bruce PETERSON (Israel), Larry PETERSON, Bonnie TRAVERSY (Palm Bay, Florida), Stuart PETERSON, Leith PETERSON, Chris PETERSON, Donald PETERSON (Canmore, Alberta), Nolton JOHNSON (Atlanta, Georgia), Linda AVEYARD, Lorraine JOHNSON (Lakeland, Florida), Jane JOHNSON (North Carolina), Joan VINCENTZ, Diane PEARSON, Barbara PETERSEN, Monica SNOW (London) and Mark TUCKER. God blessed many people through Vera and He gave her a tremendous gift to sense people's needs. Vera will be remembered for her generosity, wit, wisdom, and her faith in her Messiah and His Word. She is forever loved by her many Friends, family and associates. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 at Saint John's Anglican Church York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Drive, North York at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the Garnsworthy Room. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery after the reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christian Broadcasting Association Inc., Box 66229, Stn. Brm B, Toronto, Ontario M7Y 4K1 would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 416-489-8733.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-30 published
RAMSAY, Daisy Pearl (née ELLIOT/ELLIOTT)
Passed away at the Trillium Health Centre after a brief illness at the age of 83. Predeceased by her husband Donald of 58 years. Loving mother of Donald Jr. (Joan) and Dayle (Warren LONERGAN.) Grandmother of Donna, Darla, Daniel and David. Great-grandmother of eight. Loving sister of Marjorie BLASHILL and Edna GORDON. Predeceased by brother John ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. Cremation. Interment in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-31 published
GORDON, Robert
On Sunday, January 30, 2005 at Scarborough General Hospital. Robert GORDON, beloved husband of Beverley. Loving father and father-in-law of Errol and Cindy GORDON, and Judy SCHURE. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Edith and Syd POLLOCK. Devoted grandfather of Bradley and Candice GORDON, and Ryan and Alexander SCHURE. At Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street (south of Eglinton) for service on Monday, January 31st at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 108 Old Forest Hill Rd. If desired, donations may be made to the Robert Gordon Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-31 published
ROBB, Bryan, L.L.B.
Peacefully at home Sunday, January 30, 2005 at the age of 57. Beloved husband to Catherine MONTGOMERY for 29 years. Loving father to Andrew and Alex. Loving son to John and Marion ROBB of Levack, Ontario. Loving son-in-law to Lindsay and Isabel MONTGOMERY of Cobden, Ontario. Much loved brother to Sally (Bill TINDALE) of Stoney Creek, Sandra (Gerrard McANDREW) of Sudbury and Lorie (Warren GORDON) of Mississauga. Bryan will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, family, Friends and colleagues. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held from Kingsway Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway (at Prince Edward Dr.) on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Ifdesired, donations to St. Joseph's Health Centre or The Canadian Red Cross.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-01 published
GORDON, Anna " Eleanor" (née WALTON- BALL)
(Long-time member of The Presbyterian Church in Canada). Peacefully at Strathaven Lifecare Centre, Bowmanville, on Friday, January 28, 2005, in her 91st year. Eleanor, beloved wife of the late Reverend Robert Russell GORDON. Loving mother of the Reverend Noël GORDON and his wife Dorcas of Newcastle, Anne STRASBURGER and her husband Erich of Bedford, Texas, and Mary GORDON and her husband George WEST of Cortez Island, British Columbia. Dear grandmother of Mark, Sarah, Tim, Christine, Aaron, and James. Predeceased by her brothers Horace and Eric. Remembered by nieces Nancy, Gloria, and Mary-Lou, nephew David, and sister-in-law Patsy. A funeral service will be held in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bowmanville, on Friday, February 4, at 2: 30 p.m., with visiting in the church from 1: 00 p.m. until time of service. Interment Bond head Cemetery, Newcastle. Donations in Eleanor's memory to Knox College, Toronto, would be appreciated by her family and may be made through Newcastle Funeral Home, 1-877-987-3964, with whom arrangements have been entrusted. (Expressions of sympathy may be made on-line through www.newcastlefuneralhome.com).

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-05 published
GORDON, John Richard "Dick" (November 6, 1928 - February 2, 2005)
Peacefully in Burlington, in his 77th year. Loving husband of Barbara (Barbie) Joan GORDON (née NIGHTINGALE). Father of Scott (Carol), Steven (Betty), Debbie STRANG (Alan) and Brad. He will be lovingly remembered by his ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Predeceased by grandchild Tyson Andrew McKAY. Remembered by mother-in-law Gloria NIGHTINGALE, brother George W. E. (Bud,) sister Grace ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and her husband Don and by sister-in-law Betty GORDON. Predeceased by brothers Reid (Betty) and Ken and daughter-in-law Gayle. Dick had a successful career in the men's wear trade in Toronto extending over 40 years with the Stanfields, Forsythe and Omega companies. His family will always remember his strength, unyielding support and limitless patience. Fishing was a favourite past time of Dick's proven by the endless hours on the lake. He enjoyed the game of golf throughout the years. Friends may call at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, 2241 New St. (at Drury Lane), Burlington (905-637-5233) on Sunday, February 6, 2005 from 1-4 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family. A special thank you to the staff at Brant Centre and the nursing staff of 5 West at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital for all your kindness and compassion. You are invited to sign the book of visitation at www.db-burlington.ca. "Thinking, Remembering and never Forgetting..."

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-09 published
PRESZCATOR, Barbara Louise (née GORDON)
Peacefully at home on Saturday, February 5th, 2005 with her family by her side. Barbara Louise, beloved wife of Gary. Dear mother of Lauren and Kristen. Adored step-mother of Marci (Andrew KIESWETTER) and Margaret (Darryl ENGLAND) and her precious step-grandchildren Hannah, Logan, Mackenzie, Sebastien and Jordan. Dearly loved daughter of Shirley and the late Keith GORDON. Dear sister of Bill GORDON (Marilyn) and Joan (Ron HARVEY). Lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham (three lights north of Hwy. 7), 905-305-8508. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation if desired.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-17 published
ELLICOCK, Janet Genoveva
It is with great sadness and loss that our family announces the passing of Janet, on February 15, 2005, at the age of 84. Predeceased by her late husband Wally. Loving mother of daughter Genevieve and her husband Michael GORDON. Dearly beloved grandmother of Jessica. Janet will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and many, many Friends. Visitation at The Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Blvd., 416-423-1000, on Friday, February 18, 2005 from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the "Overlea" Chapel of the funeral home. Cremation to follow.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-19 published
GORDON, Eileen (McBRIDE)
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, at the Houses of Providence on Thursday, February 17, 2005, in her 94th year. Predeceased by her husband James GORDON. Survived by her daughters Ann (Richard BENDAS), Bev (Anthony O'DONNELL) and Carol (Art DARNBROUGH). She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Paul, Krista (Dwayne), Shannon (Randy) and her great-grandchildren Nolan and Theoran. She will be especially missed by her sisters Joyce and Ann. Friends will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Monday, February 21 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Complete Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Special thanks to the thoughtful and caring staff of Maple House at the Houses of Providence. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Houses of Providence would be appreciated.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-19 published
HIGGS, Marvin Howard
It is with profound sadness that family and Friends announce the passing of Marvin HIGGS on February 13, 2005. He died peacefully at his home in Huntsville after a valiant fight with cancer. Marvin was predeceased by his mother Mildred MacDONALD, brother Gordon MacDONALD, sister-in-law Agnes MacDONALD and niece Barbara (MacDONALD) ROBINSON. He was born on October 22, 1934, in Toronto to the late Harold and Mary. He lived and worked in Toronto until his retirement fourteen years ago. He then moved to Muskoka. Marvin was a true gentleman who touched the lives of everyone who knew him with his passion for life, integrity, dignity, high values, compassion and sense of humour. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his aunt Dora HIMLIN, niece Beverly MARSHALL (Darrell,) great-nieces Wendy and Amanda and their parents Ken and Pam, cousins Gwen TRAPP (Harold,) Ross HAGAN (Lynn,) Foster HAGAN (Jeannette), Joyce GORDON (Robert), Frederick HIGGS (Marie,) Frank HIGGS (Margaret) and Jacqueline MOORE (Brian) many second cousins and special Friends, Kenneth NIEMI, Dana PORTER, Ron GOUGH and David WYSE. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Trinity United Church, Huntsville on Saturday, February 26th, 2005 at 11: 30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made by contacting the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville P1H 1N9 at (705) 789-5252.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-24 published
GORDON, Robert
(Long-time resident of Wilmot Creek). Peacefully, and surrounded by his family, at Lakeridge Health, Bowmanville on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, in his 80th year. Beloved husband and best friend for 25 years of Yvonne, and predeceased by his dear first wife Connie. Loving Dad of Peter and his wife Ann, Violet and her husband Jim RUSSELL, and the late Robert Jr. Special step-dad to Michele and her husband Kelsey MARTIN, and Andrea Francis. Loving Grandpa of Jennifer, Andrew, Scott, Christopher, Derek, Taylor-Ann, David, and Dana. Missed also by his family in Scotland and New Zealand, his many Friends, and his four-legged companion Charlie. A celebration of Robert's life will be held at the Wheelhouse, Wilmot Creek, on Saturday, March 12, at 2: 00 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Humane Society would be appreciated by the family and may be made through Newcastle Funeral Home, 1-877-987-3964, with whom arrangements have been entrusted.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-27 published
GORDON, Reta Mary
Peacefully, on Saturday, February 26, 2005, at the Uxbridge Versa Care, in her 97th year. Reta, beloved wife of the late Harold. Dear mother of Ross (Hilda) of Walkerton, the late Harry, Joan (Elmer) LEE of Uxbridge, Jack (Dianne) of Uxbridge, Marlene (Earl) YAKE of Uxbridge, and Faye (Jim) GOURLIE of Epson. Survived by her sister Olive BROCK and brother Albert McLEAN, and predeceased by Vera, Harry, Ola and Norma. Grandmother of eighteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Resting at the Low and Low Funeral Home, Uxbridge, 23 Main Street South (905-852-3073), on Sunday, February 27, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Monday at 2: 00 p.m. Spring interment, Uxbridge Cemetery. In Reta's memory, donations may be made to the Uxbridge Legion Branch No. 170 or the charity of your choice.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-28 published
SMITH, Frances Margaret (formerly FORTH, née GORDON)
Passed away Saturday, February 26, 2005 at Leisure World O'Connor Gate in her 97th year. Frances is predeceased by her first husband Edward Lawrence FORTH and her second husband James Stark SMITH. She is survived by three daughters, Irene BENTLEY of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Barbara WILLS of North Bay, Ontario and Lois LONG of Toronto, Ontario. Frances was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She will be missed by all. At her request, no funeral service will take place. If desired, a donation in Frances' memory to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-10 published
BATCHELOR, Kathleen 'Kay' (née TERRY)
(Longtime employee of Bulldog Electric and A.R. Davey; Volunteer for 25 years at York Finch Hospital as Flower Convenor and Historian President of York Finch 2 years; Board of Directors for York Finch 4 years; Honorary Life Member of York Finch Hospital; Honorary Life Member of Ontario Auxiliary Association; Volunteer of the Year Award 1988 North York; President of Not So Young Club in Weston and on the Committee for Youth in North York). At the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at the age of 80. Beloved wife of the late John 'Jack'. Loving mother of June GORDON, Kevin BATCHELOR and wife Jenny, all of Orillia. Grandmother of Terry, Glenn, Todd and wife Dina, Jesse, Kelly, Christopher, and great-grandmother of Symonne, Alexandra, Jakob, and Liam. She will also be missed by her Friends in Toronto and family in England. The late Mrs. Kathleen BATCHELOR will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia, on Friday, March 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and at the Scott Funeral Home, 7776 Kipling Ave., Woodbridge, on Saturday, March 12, from 10 o'clock until the time of funeral service in the chapel at 11 o'clock. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens, Toronto. If desired, memorial donations to the Salvation Army would be gratefully appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.mundellfuneralhome.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-12 published
GORDON, Laura
On Saturday March 5, 2005 at her home. Laura GORDON, beloved wife of the late Aaron GORDON, loving mother and mother-in-law of Lynn and Arthur FREEMAN, and the late Erica MELMED, dear sister of Evelyn RACKI of Washington D.C. Devoted grandmother of Evan and Neil FREEMAN, and Gavin and Amy MELMED, and great-grandmother of Leah and Ava MELMED. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 416-979-7228.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-12 published
O'NEILL, Sarah " Sadie" (née BARNES) (1905-2005)
In Mont Tremblant on March 8, 2005, in her one hundred and first year. Beloved wife of the late Robert E. O'NEILL. Cherished mother of Belle (Len MULLIGAN,) Peggy and the late Michael (Gratia GORDON.) Grandmother of Michael, Robert and Patrick. Predeceased by her brothers, Thomas, Jack and Michael. Great friend of Michael and Joyce MURRAY. She also leaves to mourn nieces and nephews, relatives and Friends. Resting at Guay Funeral Home, 974 rue Vanchesteing, Mont Tremblant (Ste-Jovite) on Monday, March 14 as of 9 a.m. with funeral to follow at 11 a.m. at Ste-Jeanne-D'Arc Lac Carre Church. Private burial will be held at Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery. Donations to a foundation of your choice or the St. Joseph Oratory would be appreciated.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-19 published
WILLIAMS, Mabel (née GORDON)
Peacefully on March 17, 2005, in her 94th year at Mississauga. Mabel WILLIAMS, daughter of the late Matilda and James GORDON, beloved wife of the late Harold WILLIAMS, mother of Eleanor (James, deceased) TAILOR/TAYLOR of Washago, Gordon (Janice) of Mississauga and Bill (Melinda) WILLIAMS of Barrie. Grandmother of Steven (Cheryl,) Robert (Laureen) TAILOR/TAYLOR, Leanne (Kevin) RICE, Cheryl (Jamie,) Jennifer, Sara, and Jessica WILLIAMS. Great-grandmother to Trevor, Brittany, Jimmy and Sean TAILOR/TAYLOR, Brooklyn and Taylor RICE. A private family service will be held Tuesday, March 22nd. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the wonderful staff at Erin Mills Lodge for their loving care for the past eleven years. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Society Canada.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-30 published
BIGELOW, Wilfred Gordon
After a life lived with caring, intellectual curiosity and a profound sense of spirituality, Bill died peacefully in Toronto on Easter Sunday 2005. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Bill was the son of Dr. Wilfred BIGELOW, founder of the first medical clinic in Canada, and Grace GORDON, nurse and midwife. He was raised in an environment that encouraged a love of family, nature, music and education. Bill attended Brandon College in the early 1930's and graduated from medicine at the University of Toronto in 1938. Following this, he served overseas as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Medical Army Corps, performing battle surgery on the frontlines. Returning home from the war, he furthered his studies at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in cardiac surgery. His experiences in the war with amputations due to frostbite led him to explore the principle of hypothermia. He felt strongly that to make progress in cardiac surgery, surgeons needed to open the heart and operate directly. Building on his wartime experiences, he theorized that if you could cool the heart, you could reduce oxygen requirements, interrupt circulation and open the heart. In 1947, Bill returned to Toronto, and established a hypothermia research unit at The Banting Institute. There, he performed the world's first open heart surgery on a dog using the principal of hypothermia, paving the way for its use on humans. At his lab, Dr. BIGELOW and his colleagues Dr. John CALLAGHAN and Dr. John HOPPS also developed the cardiac pacemaker. Bill was recognized internationally as the father of Canadian heart surgery. He received the Gairdner Foundation Award in 1959, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Association's Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Order of Canada in 1981. Bill published numerous medical articles in scientific journals, educated aspiring cardiac surgeons from around the world, and authored two books, Cold Hearts and Mysterious Heparin. Along with his passion for medicine, Bill will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and his work on environmental causes. He served as a director of the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He spent many happy hours on the islands of Georgian Bay, and at his farm in Collingwood with his beloved family, horses and dogs. He was an avid bird watcher who went on frequent field trips with his longtime friend Dr. Bruce CHARLES. In his latter years, he enjoyed many happy hours with his golf buddies at the Toronto Hunt Club. First and foremost, Bill was a family man and a devoted and loyal friend to many. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Ruth JENNINGS, who attracted his attention as a caring and efficient operating nurse at Toronto General Hospital. He was also predeceased by his infant brother Jack, and his sisters Mary GRANT (Millard,) and Toody McKINNON (Keith.) He is survived by his brother Dr. Dan BIGELOW and his wife Dr. Sonia SACEDA. As a loving father and grandfather, Bill led by example, demonstrating the importance of loyalty and the power of positive thinking and perseverance. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Pixie Bigelow CURRIE (Ian) of Toronto, and sons, John (Ellie) of Honolulu, Hawaii, Dan (Blanche) of Petersfield, Manitoba, and Bill of Toronto. He is remembered with affection by his grandchildren Scott CURRIE (Sarah,) Susanne COUTTS (Rob), Mathew BIGELOW, and Angela BEATTON (Don) and his nieces, nephews and their families. Bill adored children and was delighted with the birth of his three great-grandchildren, Sophie and Chloe COUTTS and Stella CURRIE. The family recognizes with gratitude his caregivers Alma ABLONA, Beth LARA and Helen ABLONA and the staff of Belmont House. The funeral and interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at Rosedale United Church on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to establish The Bigelow Lectureship, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, T

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-05 published
GORDON, David (1972-2005)
Passed away peacefully at the Kitchener-Waterloo Health Centre of Grand River Hospital on Monday, April 4, 2005 at the age of 33. Loving partner of Catherine SCHUTT. Cherished son of Bruce and Donna and brother Jon. David will be fondly remembered by countless Friends. He touched many hearts and will continue to remain in those hearts forever. We will miss him. Friends are invited to share their memories of David with his family during visitation at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Friday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. A private family service will be held. A public memorial service in Toronto will be announced at a later date. In David's memory and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre and can be arranged through the funeral home. Condolences/Donations www.edwardrgood.com, (519) 745-8445.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-08 published
GORDON, Isla Elizabeth " Betty" (née BOWLES) R.N.
(August 2, 1918-April 5, 2005)
In the peace and joy of Christ in her home, surrounded in love. Betty, the only baby born on Bala Park Island, was the daughter of the late Ernest and Sarah BOWLES, sister of the late Lewis (Doris) and Richard (Dorothy.) Adored wife of the late Ivor GORDON, cherished mother of Isla (Jack), treasured grandmother of Kelly, Ted, Andrew and Tabitha, Ian and Karen, Sarah, Patrick, Matthew, and the late Hope and Erin GRADY. Cherished aunt, great-aunt, and cousin. Remembered by her many Friends in the Women's College Nursing class of 1940b, Bank of Nova Scotia, and Islington United Church. Special thanks for prayers and constant support from her family at Islington United Church and our cherished Calendar Girls. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the Funeral Service at Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Etobicoke on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 7: 30 p.m. In Betty's memory, donations to the ministry of Islington United Church would be appreciated. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-13 published
POLAN, Sara Rebecca
On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at Shalom Village, Hamilton. Sara POLAN, beloved wife of the late David POLAN and Benjamin SOSSIN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Elaine COOPER and the late Jerome S. COOPER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Jack and Eve GORDON of Kitchener, Ontario, Chana GORDON of Tel Aviv, Israel, and the late Joseph and Eve GORDON, and Matthew GORDON. Devoted grandmother of David COOPER and Aliza BERGER, Ruth and BenTzion GREIPER, Carol and Ya'cov GITSTEIN, Elizabeth COOPER and Jeffrey MOGIL, and great-grandmother of eleven. Sara will be missed by the families of Murray and Betty MINDEN of Toronto, and David and Esther LEVY of Hamilton. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 3: 30 p.m. Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva, Elaine COOPER, 2500 Bathurst St. No. 707 and Jack GORDON, 175 Queen St. N. No. 1802, Kitchener, Ontario. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Sara Sossin POLAN Memorial Fund c/o Shalom Village, Hamilton (905) 529-1613.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-17 published
SCHULTZ, Gerald
Passed away peacefully in his 87th year on Friday, April 15, 2005 in the arms of his family at Trillium Hospital. Gerry was lovingly cared for by his wife Betty since his earlier stroke in 1998 and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. Gerry's humour and concern for others will be sadly missed by those who knew him. He loved seeing his grandchildren Emma and Scott LEON, Kent and Meghan SCHULTZ, and Leah HILL. He was a wonderful papa. Beloved father of Maxine and her husband Eric, Clark and Sue SIMPSON and her daughter Martha, Mary Anne and her husband Robin. Predeceased by his daughter Valerie and his sisters Pat GORDON, Ruth GOODE and Jess FALLIS. Best friend to his brother Dr. Max SCHULTZ and sister Dorothy McDONALD. Brother-in-law and dear friend of Elsie and Dave HOLMES (deceased,) Ginny and John ROSS, Hugh and Francis ROSS (both deceased.) After graduating from Queen's University, Gerry served in World War 2 with the 1st Division of the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers in Sicily, Italy, Belgium, France, Holland and Germany. He was still close Friends with the VAN OORLE family of Belgium, who invited the young officer to live in their home while stationed nearby. Gerry was born in Thessalon and loved Northern Ontario. He worked for many years in the lumber industry as had his father Charles SCHULTZ before him, spending 3 years as a logging superintendent for Abitibi. Three dams that he built on the Mississaugi River are still in operation. His family also ran Schultz Hardware in Thessalon. Upon moving to Toronto, he worked until his retirement as Manager of Technical Services at Goodyear Canada in New Toronto. Mr. SCHULTZ is resting at the funeral home of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.) Mississauga (parking off Ann St.) 905-278-5546 on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m., followed by cremation.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-19 published
STITT, Walter Robert
Walter STITT passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, April 17, 2005, in Cambridge. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Aileen Dorothy (née GORDON) who passed away on June 17, 2002. He was the devoted father of Joyce (Len) NEAL, Susan (Frank) SLANEY, Michael, Paul (Karen), Walter Robert (Pirjo;) beloved grampa to Tammy and Kent CATTO, Sean SLANEY and Melissa KITCHENER, Mellissa and Karim RIAD, Darryl SLANEY and Kirstie, Lindsay NEAL, Ryan and Laura, Derrick, Darryl and Amanda ACHESON and Barry SMUG, Kyle STITT, and Samantha and Spencer STITT. Dear great-grampa to Jessica SLANEY, Julia and Megan KITCHENER, Meghan and Evan CATTO, and Sierra RIAD survived by his brother Dr. Jack and Joyce STITT. He was best buddy to Edith Goddard. Predeceased by his brothers Herbert and Norman STITT and his sister Eleanor HART. Walter was a veteran of World War 2 and a member of the Governor-General's Horse Guard from 1939. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his entire family and many Friends. Walter's family will receive Friends at the Dale Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in memory of Walter. Condolences / tributes / donationswww.lounsburyfuneralhome.com(519) 658-9366

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-20 published
GORDON, Sharon Ann
Passed away peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Centre on April 18th, 2005 after a long illness. Lovingly remembered by daughter Tammy (Alan) and son Terry (Betty). Former wife to Wilfred. Will be missed by brothers Clifford, Lawrence, and Gary (Christine), and her grandchildren Jesse, Bnehns, Dakota, Mnawaate, Mentaagzid, and Kristen. She will be sadly missed by Joseph WHITEHALL. Friends may gather at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Wednesday, April 20th, 2005 from 5-9 p.m. (parking adjacent to the funeral home). A service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, April 21st, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-25 published
GORDON, Alexander R.
Peacefully, at his home, in Toronto, on April 22, 2005. Beloved husband of Marion Ruth (née GARRING,) loving father of Lawrence GORDON of Calgary, and Diana GORDON of Hamilton. Loving brother of Phyllis JONES of Trenton, and the late Mackenzie GORDON of Windsor. A wonderful grandfather to Lorraine, Andrea and Gregory GORDON of Calgary, and Emily and Connor SWITZER of Hamilton. Alex was born on a farm in Grantley, Ontario, on June 19, 1922. His parents were Donald and Hazel GORDON (née COUNTRYMAN.) Alex was a teacher in Toronto at Duke of Connaught School and later at Glenview Senior Public School. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 lights west of Yonge), on Tuesday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-07 published
GODDARD- GENGE, Jill (née GENGE)
World War 2 Veteran and accomplished Equestrian. Peacefully, at Douglas Memorial Hospital in Fort Erie, on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at the age of 78 years. Jill, beloved mother of Jacqueline GODDARD of Alliston and Sara-Jane GODDARD of Brampton. Cherished grandma of Jennifer Marie GORDON. Dear sister of Mary GENGE of England. A Memorial Service in Jill's honour will be held on Monday, May 9, 2005 at 12 noon at the Woodbine Racetrack Sales Pavillion (corner of Derry Rd. and Hwy. 27), Etobicoke. A reception will follow at 1: 30 p.m. at J.J. Muggs Restaurant in the Woodbine Centre. For further information, please call (647) 296-4172. In memory of Jill, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario would be appreciated. Sign a book of condolences at www.obituariestoday.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-08 published
MINDEN, Bertha " Bert"
On Friday, May 6, 2005 at the Baycrest Apotex Centre. Bertha MINDEN, beloved wife of the late Sol MINDEN. Loving mother of Fern NETKIN, Joan and Sam WALDMAN, and Gary MINDEN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Rose and David GREEN, Sylvia and the late Jack VAN DER HOUT, Ian and the late Lilly GORDON, Elinor and the late Bernard PERSIKO, and Beatrice MINDEN. Devoted grandmother of Richard and Mindy, Rhonda and Jordan, Robert and Melissa, Jeffrey and Laura, Steven, Eric, and Jay. Devoted great-grandmother of 8. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, May 9, 2005; please call 416-663-9060 for time of service. Shiva 1029 Spadina Road. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-11 published
GORDON, Sean (aka Howie)
On May 9, 2005 with his family at his side after a lengthy illness. He leaves behind his wife Theresa and his children Jocelyn, Alex, Ashleigh and Andrew. He will be sadly missed by his niece Haley, sister Raquel (Kevin) and his mother Lydia (Jim), father Brad (Linda), step-brothers Jeff and Adam, his uncle Jim (Joanne) and cousin Rob. He will be fondly remembered by his grandmother Gladys and his in-laws Vicky and Wayne. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Thursday May 12 from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 2: 30 p.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. May you continue to "play on."

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
HEMMING, Russell
Gone to be with our Lord at Scarborough Grace Hospital, on Thursday, May 12, 2005, at the age of 82 years. Beloved husband of Marjory HEMMING. Predeceased by his first wife Edna. Lovingly remembered by his children Bob and his wife Rheiny, Cathy and her husband Paul LETMAN, Mark and his wife Renate. Predeceased by son Russell. Brother to Betty GORDON and the late Fred HEMMING. Sadly missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2005 at St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Anglican Church (3333 Finch Ave. E., 416-499-1545). Interment of cremated remains to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 1645 Warden Ave., Toronto, Ontario. M1R 5B3. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Washington and Johnston Funeral Home, 717 Queen St. E., Toronto (416) 465-3577.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-03 published
BAHEN, Willard Matthew
Passed away in Barrie on Monday, May 30th, 2005. Willard BAHEN formerly of Kleinburg, in his 71st year. Dear husband and best friend of Ardelle GORDON. Dear father of Cynthia SIMPSON (Howard) of Toronto, John (Carole CAMERON) of Barrie, Catherine (James McINTOSH) of Aurora and Carolyn BAHEN of Grafton. Loving grandfather of Caitlin BAHEN, Michael, Lauren and Mackenzie McINTOSH. Predeceased by his parents W. Edward BAHEN and Olive KELLY and brother Ted Jr. Brother-in-law of Arlene RITTEN of Guelph and uncle of Gregory and Cheryl RITTEN. A private family service will be held. A celebration of Willard's life will be held at the Timberland Athletic Club (155 Vandorf SideRoad, Aurora, Ontario, 905-727-4252 www.timberlaneathleticclub.com) on Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation. Memorial donations may be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital Regional Cancer Care Centre or the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre through Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home (Glapperton and Worsley Streets), Barrie. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-07 published
GORDON, Jean (née RUTHERFORD)
Peacefully, at Highbourne Lifecare Centre, Etobicoke, on Friday, June 3, 2005, in her 88th year. Predeceased by her husband Edward, her sister Margaret, and brother Morville (Buddy). Loving mother of Susan and her husband Kim NOEL. Sadly missed by her granddaughter Shannon and her husband Rob GLAS, and grand_son Andrew. Jean was also great-grandmother of Noah GLAS. At Jean's request, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Remembrances to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 416-745-7555.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-13 published
McCLAIN, Florence May
At Bradford Valley Long Term Care Facility, on Friday, June 10, 2005. Florence Maw, in her 94th year, beloved wife of the late Edgar McCLAIN. Loving mother of Ruth (Bill ZERBACK,) Betty (Murray GORDON,) and Myrna (Morris CHAPUT.) Loved by her grandchildren Debbie and Brad ELLISON, Jim and Paula DERMOTT, Terry and Annette GORDON, Ross KERR, and the late Bonnie KERR, and her great-grandchildren Jim, John, and Jessica ELLISON, Calandra, and Travis DERMOTT and Ashley BOUCHER. Predeceased by her 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Resting at Rod Abrams Funeral Home, 1666 Tottenham Road, Tottenham, 905-936-3477, on Monday, June 13, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel 11: 00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2005, followed by interment in Mount Tegart Cemetery, Tottenham. Donations in Florence's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-17 published
THOMAS, Eva (née GORDON)
A resident of Orangeville and formerly of R.R.#3 Newbury, passed away peacefully at Headwaters Hospital, Orangeville on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at the age of 92. Born in Dundas, Ontario, daughter of the late Jack and Alice (SHARP) GORDON. Beloved wife of the late Earl THOMAS (1988.) Loving mother of John "Jack" and Irene THOMAS of Caledon East, William "Bill" and Natalia TROTMAN of Toronto. Loving grandmother of John THOMAS, Sherry THOMAS both of Caledon East, Dale and Irene THOMAS of Violet Hill, Terri and Phillip POTTER of Guelph, Bill Jr. and Katie TROTMAN, and Michael TROTMAN all of Toronto. Loving great-grandmother of Brandon THOMAS, Ryan POTTER, and Stephanie TROTMAN. Sadly missed by good friend Frank WISE of Caldeon East. Predeceased by a brother Eddie GORDON. The THOMAS family will receive Friends at the Badder & Robinson Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell (519-695-2716) on Saturday, June 18, 2005 from 12: 00 noon until the time of the funeral service at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Joye PLATFORD of the Wardsville Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment Oakland Cemetery, Mosa Twp. Donations may be made by cheque at the funeral home to the Wardsville Presbyterian Church.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-18 published
Couriers honour mentor
City's oldest messenger dies on job
More than 100 attend impromptu wake
By Sikander Z. HASHMI, Staff Reporter, Page B3
He was their mentor, their "grandfather."
They were his life.
More than 100 bike couriers working in the city's core came out to remember Bob BYERS, who died Thursday while on the job. He was 58.
"I'm blown away," said Jim BYERS, " Biker Bob's" younger brother, as the crowd gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Duke of Richmond on James St. BYERS died on Thursday afternoon of what his Friends believe was likely a massive heart attack.
John, a courier who didn't want to give his last name, recalls passing BYERS at the corner of Queen St. W. and James St. that afternoon and saying "Hi." About 10 minutes later, BYERS reportedly turned purple and collapsed. He died soon after.
The crowd of couriers, dispatchers, drivers and walkers gathered to pay their respects to BYERS and to have "a beer for Bob."
"We're gonna... send him off peacefully to heaven, where he belongs," said Eric WUTTUNEE, one of the organizers of the wake for BYERS, who had been a courier for 18 years.
There's no question that BYERS was a giant in the courier community. A gentle giant.
"He was a great guy all around," said WUTTUNEE.
"He was always more compassionate to younger guys coming on the road, always trying to give them the lowdown of the do's and don'ts as a courier.
"No matter what age you were, he'd always talk to you as if you were the same age as him."
It's believed that BYERS was the oldest courier in town.
"I will forever be a rookie to this guy," said a courier, who didn't want his name used.
"He was always in a good mood," said another.
"Fiercely independent" is how Jim described BYERS. "He was the family hermit."
But that didn't diminish his fondness for his brother.
"He was completely invincible till yesterday," Jim BYERS said.
Kip GORDON said his uncle's biggest fear was to become incapacitated before he died.
"He just wanted to ride."
But there was no riding or driving on Queen St. for a couple of minutes as the couriers took to the street and lay down their bikes in memory of BYERS.
"It was a hero's goodbye, I guess," GORDON said.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-03 published
CUGELMAN, Anne
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Anne CUGELMAN, in her 91st year at North York General Hospital, on July 2, 2005. Wife of the late Sam CUGELMAN. Mother to Florene and Ubby SPIEGEL, Ena and the late Stanley CORD and Susan BRAMON. Devoted grandmother to Jana SPIEGEL, Risa and Shane EMER, Michael and Simone SPIEGEL, Stephen CORD and Jordanna BERNSTEIN and Bonnie and Jeffrey WELLS. Loving great-grandmother to Jonathan, Aaron, Robyn, Elana, Sammy, Zoe, Nicole and Sage. Survived by her sister Gitel GORDON. Funeral to be held Sunday, July 3, 2005. Call Steeles Memorial for time, 905-881-6003. Shiva at 54 Reiber Crescent, Toronto.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-02 published
GORDON, Melbourne
Member of Ardenne Past Students Association. Peacefully, on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at Markham Stouffville Hospital, at the age of 62. Beloved husband of Sylvia (née PARKE.) Loving father of Siobhan and Alicia. Dear brother of Deserene, Dorothy and Florence. Melbourne will be sadly missed by his Aunt Grace, the Honourable Miss Lou, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.), on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held at St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Anglican Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Highland Memory Gardens. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Scarborough General Hospital - Oncology Unit or to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-23 published
GORDON, Mary Susannah
On Sunday, August 21, 2005 at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga. Beloved wife of the late James (Slim). Loving mother of Margaret Ann. She will be sadly missed by many family and Friends. Friends will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (one block east of Dufferin), Toronto from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 24 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of the Jerrett Funeral Home. Interment Prospect Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-27 published
SHERBINO, James Verneard
Peacefully on Sunday, August 21, 2005 at Fairmount Home in Kingston, in his 93rd year, secure in the love of his family. Beloved husband of the late Elsie May HOLLAND. Loving father of John SHERBINO (Laurie GORDON.) Cherished grandfather of Carl SHERBINO (Michelle) and Christopher GORDON, and proud great grandfather of Eric and Adam SHERBINO. Vern is survived by his brother, Earl SHERBINO (Elva) of Woodbridge, Ontario. He will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews, Lodge brethren, and Friends, new and old. Vern was predeceased by his parents, William John SHERBINO, and Mary Ellen SUGHRUE, and his sister, Lorraine WILLIAMSON. At his request, following cremation, a graveside service will be held at Cataraqui Cemetery on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m., with Reverend Terry DELINE officiating. Friends and relatives are requested to gather at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel, (1900 John Counter Blvd. at Highway 2) Kingston, at 1: 30 p.m. and are invited to attend a reception following the service. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations in Vern's memory may be made to Fairmount Home or a charity of your choice. James Reid Cataraqui Chapel 150 Years Of Family Tradition www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-26 published
Bob BYERS, 58: Bike courier, outlaw
Died while on a delivery at 58
'He had all the Friends he wanted'
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
His buddies stopped traffic June 17, the day after he dropped dead on the job.
Bob BYERS was 58; one of the oldest bike couriers in town, an urban outlaw who traded in jobs more often than some people get haircuts but at the same time a mentor and father figure to any Lycra-clad, pierced kid starting out in the strange and dangerous rebel world where work is weaving 10-speeds through Toronto traffic.
Everybody knew him as Biker Bob, although some of the young ones took to calling him Old Bob -- probably because he was always good for a loan, even if the tab was up to $900, as was the case with at least one of the guys who hung around on their breaks outside the Duke of Richmond pub in the Eaton Centre.
More often than not, on Mondays Biker Bob would stand them to a round of beers with the winnings from his weekend chess games at the tables in the park near St. Michael's church.
This was his world; they were his family -- even his own family believes that.
"His second family was that courier community," said his sister Mary GORDON of Peterborough. "He found a way to be alone and in a group. It was the only way he could handle life, to be alone."
"The courier business was perfect for him, " said his younger brother Jim, a Toronto Transit Commission driver.
For the past three or four Christmases, Jim BYERS would find a frozen turkey on the porch, a gift from his brother, who refused every year to join the family for Christmas dinner. It wasn't a good time of year for BYERS anyway; it was a time when he usually lost his battle with booze.
"He was the family hermit, my uncle was kind of a recluse," said Kip GORDON. " But he lived the way he wanted to. He was a free spirit."
BYERS lived near his nephew and always stopped him on the street to ask about the family. "He was happy. He had all the Friends he wanted in the world," Kip GORDON said. "In that crowd no one asks unnecessary questions but they have unconditional loyalty to each other."
A long-faced grizzled guy with skinny legs, rock hard thighs and a beer gut, whose grey ponytail trailed halfway down his back, he was opinionated and stubborn and convinced he was right about most things.
He lived in one of the city's real lofts -- a 300 sq. ft. space accessed by a freight elevator that had no stove and was littered with bike parts. The bathroom was down the hall; inside BYERS had one chair and one plate that he ate from -- but it was Royal Doulton china.
He may have been an iconoclast and anti-authoritarian, but he subscribed to The Globe and Mail and he was a stickler for the rules of the road. He never rode on sidewalks and was humiliated on the one occasion he got a ticket (for failing to stop at a stop sign).
He was a complicated guy, hating bosses and unions, but loving to work.
A photo was taken of him on January 13, 1999, after the mayor of the time, Mel LASTMAN, called in the army to deal with the snowstorm that had socked Toronto -- but not Biker Bob.
"That was another part of Bob's pride -- he did it in winter," said Jim BYERS.
His bikes were stolen and banged up -- his last accident was three or four years ago when he was sent flying by a right-turning car. "He rode in a city that was dangerous and polluted and it was a thrill for him," said his nephew.
Toronto has had a thriving courier population since the heydays of the '80s, when at least 500 of them were working the city's streets.
It's been one of the main world cities for them, according to Wayne SCOTT of the Hoof and Cycle Active Transport Guild and a courier himself.
"We're as much a fixture in the downtown as the C.N. Tower or the Scotia Plaza," he said.
He was a legend among couriers and so after he died about 150 of them gathered to hoist a few to him, then hoist their bikes over their shoulders and trek down Albert St. to outside 20 Queen St. W., the site of BYERS' last delivery, to lay their bikes on the road and stop traffic -- their way to pay tribute.
"I was so happy when I heard that," said Kip GORDON. "He hated drivers."
One of five children, he grew up in Mattawa but left home at 16 and got a job in Toronto making a buck an hour working the stock room on roller blades at the Canadian Tire store at Yonge and Davenport.
He went back home to complete grades 11 and 12, then took off again, hitchhiking across Canada in 1966 before returning to sign up for the army.
He was rejected because of a heart defect incurred when he suffered from rheumatic fever as a child.
He married and fathered two children and went to work in the mines. When his marriage broke up after three years, he signed away his parental rights because his ex-wife's new husband was taking over, and began several adventurous years wandering around the country. In 1982 he settled down with a partner, and worked as a bookbinder until 1991.
"He ended up binding the Sears catalogue," said his sister Mary GORDON. "He tried to fit in at different times in his life."
But when this relationship ended, he became a courier.
He compromised his healthy work lifestyle by smoking and drinking too much. He knew he was living on borrowed time after a doctor diagnosed serious problems with his aortic valve five or six years ago and told him to alter his lifestyle to allow him to operate. BYERS never did.
He always told them he never wanted a funeral -- "Throw me off a bridge first," he'd say -- and his family obeyed his wishes. But on September 10 they held a memorial service for him outside on the lawn of Metropolitan United Church.
A lot of his courier Friends were there, their bikes forming a sort of honour guard.
"I think that is what he would have wanted," said Mary GORDON.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-16 published
ZAMON, Harold
On Friday, October 14, 2005 at his home. Harold ZAMON, beloved husband of Helen ZAMON. Loving father and father-in-law of Stephen and Carole ZAMON, and Charna and Barnett GORDON. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Shirley and the late Alex OGDEN, and Sam and the late Bella BUDIN. Devoted grandfather of Erica, Rebecca, Shauna and Michelle. A loving uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews. At Adath Israel Synagogue, 37 Southborne Avenue (east of Bathurst), for service on Sunday, October 16th at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Young Men's Hebrew Association section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 6 Orchid Court. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Helen and Harold Zamon Endowment Fund, c/o The Baycrest Centre Foundation, 416-785-2875. A special thanks to Nancy and Joyce (the girls), for their devoted care.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-22 published
McALLISTER, John "Jack" Richard (March 6, 1923-July 25, 2005)
Founder of Ryerson Theatre SchoolJohn (Jack) Richard McALLISTER born March 6, 1923 to Alexander and Mary Olive McALLISTER, both deceased, passed away on July 25, 2005 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Much gratitude to Dr. Sandra E. BLACK, her assistant Jennifer BRAY and staff at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre's neurology department for their care and loving kindness. Jack was predeceased by his brother Donald McALLISTER, life friend Dr. C. Donald COOK, Friends Major Charles and Margaret BRUBACHER and dog Hero. Survived by sisters Ruth GORDON, BettyLou LAMON, sister-in-law Agnes (DEED) McALLISTER, many nieces, nephews and loving Friends. After graduating from Victoria College, University of Toronto, Jack was hired as the head of the English department at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. In 1963 he was engaged as the head of the English department of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. During his initial years at Ryerson he conducted Ryerson music operettas. In 1971 he founded Ryerson Theatre School. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2005. If you are interested in learning more of the celebration please e-mail soulstate@hotmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please make cheques payable to Ryerson University, indicate that the gift is for the Jack McAllister Memorial Award and mail to the attention of Louise YEARWOOD, Director of Development, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3 or call 416-979-5000 ext. 6524.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-22 published
WELDON, Kenneth Barratt (1916-2005)
Peacefully at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa on Thursday, October 20, 2005 after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Ken WELDON, beloved husband for 60 years of Eleanor TAPLEY. Dear father of Barry (Cathie) and Janet GORDON (Ken) and of the late Nancy. Cherished grandpa/poppa of Andrew and Jonathan WELDON and Jeff and Melanie GORDON. Uncle of Patty HARGREAVES (Bill) and Georgie SHIACH (Don.) Predeceased by his brother George. Born and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ken obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1937. Relocating to Montreal, he pursued a long career as Quebec Sales Manager for a chemical products firm. A championship golfer and curler, Ken represented Quebec three times at the MacDonald Brier and won the National Seniors Curling title in 1972, earning an induction into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Following cremation, a memorial service for Ken will take place in Ottawa at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the Hunt Club Manor and the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for their patience and care. In memoriam donations to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, Ottawa.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-06 published
MORRIS, N. Jeane (née GIBSON)
Passed away on November 4, 2005, after a brief battle with heart and lung complications, at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Russell MORRIS, and sister of the late Marian GORDON. The former East York Social Services welfare employee enjoyed a very active life travelling and her seniors craft group at Harmony Hall until recently. She will be missed by her new Friends and staff at The Kingsway Arms. Jeane is survived by many nieces and nephews, Jeane, John and Sue Gordon, Joe MORRIS and Patricia ECKENSVILLER. Great-aunt to Samantha, Jonathan, Kristina and Sarah GORDON, Cheryl, Cindy and Charlene ECKENSVILLER and Kevin and John MORRIS, and George, Graham and Julie DODDS, sister-in-law to Bill GORDON, Mary CAMERON and Nell DODDS. Jeane will be resting at the Giffen-Mack "Danforth" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. subway). Visitation will be on Monday, November 7, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Private cremation to follow.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-09 published
He made his mark on city and nation
By WARREN Gerard, Special To The Star
Beland HONDERICH rose from plain beginnings to become one of the most influential Canadians of his day, using his power as publisher of Canada's largest newspaper to influence the agenda in politics and business at every level.
At the same time he set new standards for informed, in-depth, responsible reporting.
HONDERICH, publisher of the Toronto Star for 22 of his 52 years at the paper, died in Vancouver at 86 yesterday following a stroke.
HONDERICH was a fiercely private man, almost reclusive, but that didn't keep him from being an impatient perfectionist, a leader whose principal ethic was work.
The Star was his life, his passion.
Among his many honours, and one he treasured, was his election in 1986 to the News Hall of Fame by journalists across Canada for leading "Canadian newspapers into a new direction, taking readers backstage to explore and explain the current events that shaped their lives."
HONDERICH left the publisher's office in 1988, going on to become board chairman of the newspaper and its parent company, Torstar Corp. He retired from that position in 1994, but maintained an office across from the newsroom on the fifth floor at One Yonge St. until 1999.
Beland Hugh HONDERICH was born in Kitchener on November 25, 1918, and grew up in the nearby village of Baden. He was proud of his pioneer roots -- Mennonites from Germany who found religious freedom in Waterloo County in the early 1800s.
"My father was a man who stood for religious freedom, and I am proud to follow in his footsteps," HONDERICH once said.
His father, John HONDERICH, was ostracized in the staunchly traditional Mennonite community because he and young Beland went to hear a speaker from another Amish sect. The shunning, as it was called, meant that other Reform Mennonites were forbidden to sit down to eat with them or to shake their hands.
Nor did his father quite fit in with his thrifty, hard-working neighbours in other ways. A sometime beekeeper, homespun village philosopher, printer and pamphleteer for liberal causes, he was "not a very good provider" in a community where work was next to godliness.
His mother, Rae, was the family's main breadwinner. She was the local telephone operator, a job that included the use of a train station in Baden which served as a home for the HONDERICHs and their six children. HONDERICH recalled that the family never went hungry, but there was little money for anything but food.
He gathered coal along the railway tracks to heat their home and carried water in summer to gangs of workers repairing the roads. In the mornings, he worked around the Canadian National Railway station, sweeping and cleaning up for 40 cents a day.
Despite winning a regional debating championship with his sister Ruth -- they defended the proposition that the Soviet way of life was superior to the American way -- he struggled to pass high school entrance examinations.
HONDERICH didn't do well in high school. And it didn't help that he had to hitchhike 16 kilometres to and from school in Kitchener. As a result, his attendance was spotty and his marks were poor. He was demoted in his second year to a commercial course "where at least I learned to type."
Discouraged, he dropped out of school and got a job as a farmhand at the beginning of the Great Depression, much to his mother's displeasure. "You can do better than that," he recalled her saying on more than one occasion.
The farm job didn't last. His introduction to reporting came about because his father was hard of hearing and took his son to public meetings and political rallies to take notes. It taught the young HONDERICH, who was later to battle deafness himself, to write quickly and accurately.
He inherited a Kitchener-Waterloo Record paper route from one of his brothers, which led him to become the paper's correspondent for Baden at 10 cents a column inch. He created news by organizing a softball team and covering its games for the paper.
When he was 17, fires on successive nights destroyed two barns owned by a prominent Baden farmer. Arson was suspected and the young HONDERICH's coverage so impressed his editors that they offered him a tryout as a cub reporter in Kitchener at $15 a week.
He showed up for work in a mismatched jacket and pants and with his two front teeth missing from a tough hockey game the night before. He didn't shine as a reporter.
The publisher, W.J. MOTZ, concluded after a week that HONDERICH was in the wrong line of work and told city editor Art LOW/LOWE/LOUGH to fire him. But LOW/LOWE/LOUGH saw something in the youngster and persuaded MOTZ to give him a second chance.
LOW/LOWE/LOUGH worked HONDERICH hard. He gave him an assignment each evening to go along with his day job. Ed HAYES, who worked at the Record in those days, recalled in an interview that HONDERICH (or "Bee" as he was nicknamed) was determined to succeed.
"Each reporter was supposed to turn in a story every afternoon at the end of his shift. Bee wasn't satisfied with that. He'd turn in two, three or more.
"He was the darling of the city desk."
As time went by, he improved, becoming more and more confident. He was also developing into a perfectionist. So much so, in fact, that he'd bet an ice cream with an assistant city editor that he would find nothing that needed to be changed in a HONDERICH story.
At first, he recalled, it cost him a lot of ice cream cones, but later he rarely had to pay off.
In those early days at the Record, HONDERICH knew he had a country bumpkin image. So when he had saved enough money, he went to a quality menswear store and asked the manager to show him how to dress. He bought a dark pin-striped suit, complete with vest, and that look became his uniform in life.
A fellow staffer at the Record recalled HONDERICH borrowing a bike from a delivery boy and speeding off to an assignment in his pin-striped suit.
And co-workers described him as a loner who rarely headed for the beer parlour with the boys after work, though he was known to sip a scotch on special occasions. Mostly, he went to Norm Jones' restaurant for a milkshake.
Though he spent most of his time working, he taught Sunday school at a Presbyterian church, and served as secretary for a minor hockey league.
This involvement brought him into contact with Milt DUNNELL, the legendary Star sports columnist, who had made a name for himself at the Stratford Beacon Herald before heading for Toronto. He told HONDERICH that the Star was looking for reporters to replace those who had enlisted to serve in World War 2. HONDERICH, who had been rejected by the Royal Canadian Air Force and merchant marine because of poor eyesight and hearing, applied to the Star in 1943 and was hired as a reporter for $35 a week.
He was proud that the Kitchener city council gave him a vote of thanks for his fair reporting. And MOTZ, the publisher who thought he would never make it in the newspaper business, begged him not to go.
Stepping into the grandly marbled lobby of the Star's building at 80 King St. W., HONDERICH recalled that he was "scared as hell." But he was in the right place. This was the world of Joe ATKINSON.
As publisher, Joseph E. ATKINSON had guided the paper through most of the first half-century and was seen by friend and foe alike as one of the country's leading reformers. It turned out that the publisher and his new employee had some things in common.
Both had come from large, impoverished, God-fearing families in small-town Ontario, and quit school early to put food on the table. "One thing I had in common with Joe ATKINSON," HONDERICH recalled, "is that I knew need."
There was a major difference, however. ATKINSON was a star of Canadian journalism in 1899 when the new owners of the Toronto Evening Star hired him at 34 to run the paper. HONDERICH was 24 when he arrived at the paper, an unproven asset at the time.
But he didn't take long to prove himself. His work was soon noticed by Harry C. HINDMARSH, ATKINSON's son-in-law and the man who ran the newsroom.
HINDMARSH sent HONDERICH to Saskatchewan for the election that brought Tommy Douglas and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (later to become the New Democratic Party) to power in 1944.
The next year he was sent back to do a progress report on North America's first socialist government. His stories were so enthusiastically some thought naively -- positive that the Saskatchewan government asked permission to reprint them.
They also caught the eye of Joe ATKINSON, whose reform ideas were at home with the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation's, although he never endorsed the party at election time. HONDERICH was marked as someone worth watching. He was asked to fill in as an editorial writer, the newspaper job he enjoyed most of all.
Some critics said HONDERICH's writing lacked flair or style. But it was clear. He explained complicated matters in simple, accurate terms. His idea was to dive right into a story, delivering the promise of the headline in the first paragraph.
In his reporting career, HONDERICH covered a wide variety of assignments, collecting his share of scoops, enough to impress HINDMARSH. In 1946, he called in HONDERICH, congratulated him on a story, then remarked, "Oh, by the way, the financial editor left today. I'd like you to start as financial editor on Monday."
"But I don't know the difference between a stock and a bond," HONDERICH replied.
"You'll learn," HINDMARSH said.
HONDERICH told HINDMARSH he would take the job on the condition that he be allowed to go back to feature writing if it didn't work out.
"If you don't make a go of it, you'll go out the door," HINDMARSH said in a menacing way.
It goes without saying that HONDERICH made a go of it.
One of the first things he noticed from his new desk was a tailor at work in a building across King St. He decided his business section would write for that tailor, for the ordinary person.
His News Hall of Fame citation noted: "He led in turning the writing and presentation of financial news into a readable subject in terms that interest the average reader." He criticized the stock exchange, questioned banking methods, recommended profit sharing, and supported credit unions and other co-operatives.
But when there were major stories to be covered, HINDMARSH often took HONDERICH out of his financial department and sent him all over the globe -- to Newfoundland on the eve of its joining Canada, to Argentina where press freedom was under attack, to Asia with Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent for the first round-the-world trip taken by a Canadian prime minister, and to Britain for the funeral of George VI.
In 1948, HONDERICH, along with 12 other employees, chartered the first Canadian local of the American Newspaper Guild. As president of the union, he signed the first contract with the Star.
Some members of the union were suspicious, however, thinking that as financial editor he was "a company stooge" trying to make sure the Guild didn't fall into the hands of disgruntled left-wingers.
They weren't aware, however, that he knew all about bad working conditions because he had done both day and night assignments as a young reporter in Kitchener.
He served three terms as Guild president and helped win better pay and working conditions. Later, on the other side of the negotiating table, he continued to believe in the need for an organized newsroom, although that view was severely tested in a bitter strike in HONDERICH had become a major force in the newsroom when ATKINSON died in 1948 after nearly 50 years as publisher of a racy paper with principles.
His death, however, created a crisis at the paper. ATKINSON's will had left the Star to a charitable foundation to be administered by his trustees. However, the Ontario Conservative government passed the Charitable Gifts Act, which said no charity could own more than 10 per cent of a business.
The government may have viewed the will as an attempt to escape death duties, but more likely the legislation was an attempt to muzzle the Star, a liberal thorn in the Tory side.
Nevertheless, it became a distinct possibility the paper might be sold to outside interests. Bidders, including beer baron E.P. TAILOR/TAYLOR, were lining up for a chance to buy what had become Canada's most profitable daily.
The Star was granted stays of execution however, and HINDMARSH, the founder's son-in-law, succeeded ATKINSON until his own death in 1956. In the HINDMARSH years, the paper seemed to lose direction and much of its fairness, particularly in the reporting of politics. The paper's reputation was going downhill.
Meanwhile, HONDERICH had been appointed editor-in-chief in 1955 and a couple of years later he was appointed to the board, after HINDMARSH's sudden death. It put him in the position of becoming an owner of the paper.
Walter GORDON, an accountant who was to become finance minister in Lester Pearson's Liberal government, worked out a plan for the trustees to buy the Star by putting up $1 million among the six of them, including HONDERICH. The paper was valued at $25.5 million.
At the time, the sale price was the most ever paid in Canada for a newspaper, and it turned out to be a steal. Under HONDERICH's leadership, Torstar, the Star's parent company, would become a more than $1 billion enterprise over the next 30-plus years.
For readers and the staff, the HONDERICH years had begun, although he didn't take over as publisher until 1966. Immediately, however, he went about remaking the paper. Headlines didn't scream any more, and the silly and the sensational disappeared from the paper.
HONDERICH was putting his stamp on the Star. Reporting only the facts wasn't good enough. He demanded thorough backgrounding of stories to make them understandable to the average reader. Or, as he said, for "my barber."
He created a great newsroom that included sports columnist DUNNELL and leading Canadian writers such as Pierre BERTON, Peter NEWMAN, Charles TEMPLETON and Nathan COHEN, as well as award-winning cartoonist Duncan MacPHERSON.
HONDERICH returned the Star to the principles of Joseph E. ATKINSON, including a reform-centred editorial policy. Unemployment, affordable housing, adequate welfare benefits, medicare, pensions, minority rights, the need for an independent Canada -- these became subjects he demanded be dealt with on a daily basis.
In one of his rare public appearances, he told a group of editors in 1961 that "the basic function of a newspaper is to inform, to tell the public what is happening in the community, in the nation and in the world. You will notice I did not use the word, entertain." He felt that television had made entertainment a secondary function for newspapers. "How much better then, to concentrate on what we can do best, and that is to inform the public."
The change was most evident in the Star's treatment of politics and economics. The background feature gradually became commonplace in North American journalism, and a poll of U.S. editors rated the Star one of the world's 10 top foreign papers.
Critics of the HONDERICH way -- many of them highly placed in the paper -- couldn't wait for HONDERICH's grey, humourless Star to fail, but they were doomed to disappointment, just as surely as the Star's competitor -- the unchanging Telegram -- was doomed to extinction.
Not only did the Star's circulation grow, so did its profits.
Honesty and integrity were words that most people associated with HONDERICH. But many on his staff found him a demanding taskmaster, an uncompromising and often difficult man to deal with. There was never any doubt that Beland HONDERICH was the boss. He wasn't one for chit-chat.
Early in his career as publisher, he all but cut himself off from the social whirl of movers and shakers. He admitted to becoming almost reclusive after finding himself challenged at social functions and parties to defend Star policies he felt needed no defence, especially since he had put them into place.
But he never felt that way about the public at large. The so-called Little Guy could get him on the phone more easily than a celebrity could. His home number was in the book. And in the days when the Star was an afternoon paper, it wasn't unusual for an evening editor to get a call from HONDERICH, who in turn had received an irate call at home from a reader whose paper hadn't been delivered.
The paper would be delivered by taxi, and the taxi company was instructed to report to the editor the moment the paper had arrived. Then HONDERICH would phone the reader to make sure he was satisfied.
The first part of his 12-hour working day was spent poring over page proofs, quarrelling about leads of stories, questioning something in the 25th paragraph, asking for more background, and demanding follow-ups.
He was articulate, often painfully so for the person at the other end of his complaints. His editors took great pleasure when he demanded "antidotal" leads. He meant anecdotal leads.
Notes with the heavy-handed BHH signature on them rained from his office.
The difficulty everyone had in pleasing him and the way he prowled the newsroom won him the nickname "The Beast." And he was called "Drac" by some editors who thought he, like the vampire, sucked the staff dry.
When the paper departed from what the reader had come to believe was a Star tradition, he took to the typewriter to explain the reasons himself. In 1972, for example, he put his initials on an editorial that explained why the Star was supporting Progressive Conservative Robert Stanfield over Liberal Pierre Trudeau in the federal election.
In his rare public appearances, the nasal flatness of his voice often disguised the passion he felt for a subject. However, he was an effective spokesman for the causes he championed. In defending the Star's strong stand on economic nationalism, he told the Canadian Club it was based on the need to preserve the differences between Canada and the United States.
"I think our society tends to be more compassionate, somewhat less extreme and certainly less violent," he said. "We put more emphasis on basic human needs such as health insurance and pensions."
He warned that increased U.S. ownership of Canadian resources would endanger our ability to maintain those differences.
In a 1989 speech at Carleton University in Ottawa, he caused a stir when he argued that objectivity in newspapers was neither possible nor desirable.
"No self-respecting newspaper deliberately distorts or slants the news to make it conform to its own point of view," he said. "But you cannot publish a newspaper without making value judgments on what news you select to publish and how you present it in the paper.
"And these value judgments reflect a view of society -- a point of view if you will -- that carries as much weight, if not more, than what is said on the editorial page."
Just as ATKINSON used the news pages to popularize reform ideas, HONDERICH used them as a weapon in his own causes.
One example was his reaction to a document leaked to him outlining then-prime minister Brian Mulroney's government strategy on free trade. It said the communications strategy "should rely less on educating the public than getting across the message that the free trade initiative is a good idea -- in other words a selling job."
HONDERICH made sure all aspects of free trade were put under the kind of scrutiny the government wanted to avoid, particularly the possible effects on employment and social benefits.
Simon REISMAN, the bellicose chief trade negotiator, accused HONDERICH of personally waging a vendetta against free trade. He said HONDERICH used the Star "in a manner that contradicts every sense of fairness and decency in the newspaper business."
In reply, the unrepentant publisher said: "The role of a newspaper, as I see it, is to engage in the full and frank dissemination of the news and opinion from the perspective of its values and particular view of society. It should report the news fairly and accurately, reflect all pertinent facts and opinions and not only what the official establishment thinks and says."
As publisher, he demonstrated an impressive business savvy for a man who once said he hardly knew the difference between a stock and a bond. In 1972, he moved the paper to new quarters at One Yonge St.
And later, in his position as chief executive officer of the parent company, Torstar Corp., he acquired Harlequin Enterprises, the world's largest publisher of romance books, and 15 community newspapers to add to the 14 the Star already owned in the Toronto area.
At the same time, HONDERICH still was very much making his mark in journalism. He was the first in Canada to introduce a bureau of accuracy and to appoint an ombudsman to represent the reader in the newsroom. In a wider sense, he was the main force behind the establishment of the Ontario Press Council, where readers can take their complaints to an independent body.
As well as his election to the News Hall of Fame, he was honoured in other ways, receiving doctors of law degrees from Wilfrid Laurier and York universities, and the Order of Canada in 1987.
HONDERICH was married three times, the last time on New Year's Day 2000 to Rina WHELAN of Vancouver, the city where he lived until his death. He had two sons: John, who followed in his father's footsteps to become publisher of the Star, and David, an entrepreneur and one daughter, Mary, a philosophy and English teacher. He also had six grandchildren.
Even into his eighties, HONDERICH exercised daily and loved to play bridge, golf and fish.
Charles E. PASCAL, executive director of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, recalled golfing with HONDERICH after he had entered his eighties. PASCAL was in his mid-fifties.
"I expected to be slowed down by playing with a couple of guys in their seventies and one in his eighties," PASCAL said. "Bee, as with everything else, played golf with determination, focus and tenacity. I was quite impressed with his golfing. He was very competitive."
After HONDERICH stepped down as publisher in 1988, and as a director of Torstar in 1995, he lost none of his zeal for pursuing causes. He did this through the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and his own personal philanthropy.
"His role on our board was absolutely essential, forceful, radical," PASCAL said.
"I had the sense that the older he got he became more and more impatient. He was impatient, just impatient, about all that is yet to be done by governments and others to reduce the inequities for those who are disadvantaged through no fault of their own."
He was generous in his giving and, as was his character, he had no interest in public recognition or praise.
"He just had no time whatsoever for personal recognition," PASCAL recalled.
"I think he would have liked to have been around forever if for no other reason than to contribute more."
At HONDERICH's request, there will be a cremation, after which the family will hold a small private gathering to celebrate his life.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-16 published
BEDINGTON, Helen Margaret (née LONEY)
Adored wife of the late John BEDINGTON, is present with the Lord on Tuesday, November 15, 2005. Beloved and adored mother of Kimberly (Charles) GORDON, Peter BEDINGTON and Lexanne (Mike) MILJAK. Enthusiastic and cherished Nana of Brooke GORDON, Meaghan (Jonathan) JACKSON, Bonnie (Ryan) KING, Alexandra, Merridy and Peter MILJAK. Devoted sister of Marion (Glen) TASKER and Elizabeth (Gordon) KYLE. Loved sister-in-law of Pearl REDDIN of Spain. Loved aunt to many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West (one block east of Kerr Street), Oakville, (905-844-2600) Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. A Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Helen will be held 10: 30 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2005 at Harvest Bible Chapel, 1215 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville. Interment to follow the reception at the church at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. Email condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place BEDINGTON on the subject line.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-18 published
FISHER, Isobel Elsie
Passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at Creedan Valley Nursing Home, in her 92nd year. Isobel, loving wife of the late Milton FISHER. Cherished mother of Bryce FISHER and Roberta (Michael) TALEFICH. Beloved grandmother of John Michael BRACE, Anna FISHER, Jacqueline BRACE and Kirsten BRACE, and great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Own KEAYS. Dear sister of Robert GORDON and Lily WATT. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2005 at Fawcett Funeral Home - Creemore Chapel, 182 Mill Street, at 2: 00 p.m. with visitation commencing 1 hour prior to the service. Interment Stayner Union Cemetery. Friends may leave condolences for the family on-line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-19 published
DICKEY, Jeanne Elizabeth (née GORDON)
Peacefully with family at her side on November 13th, 2005 in her 83rd year. Loving wife of the late Edward Earl. Loving devoted mother of Edward, Laura, Peter, Jonathan and Lynn. Cherished grandmother to B.J., Brandon, Michael, Anne, Darryl, Elizabeth, Stephen, Josh, Sarah, Garth, Jonathan, Alexis and Kaylyn and great-grandmother to Keira. The family would like to thank the caregivers for their dedication and support throughout the years. As per Jeanne and her family's request, a private family gathering to celebrate her life will take place. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association. Condolences may be sent to Jeanne. Dickey@wardfh.com We will always love you Mom!

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-03 published
MITCHELL, Velma Margaret
Peacefully, at her home, on Thursday, December 1, 2005, after a valiant struggle with Lung Cancer, in her 70th year. Predeceased by her husband John. Loving mother of David, Kathleen BOND (Robert,) Anne Mitchell LEGUE (Larry), Elle KREVER, Patricia (John KASOWSKI) and Jacqueline (Daniel GORDON.) Velma will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Michael, Stephen, Brianne, Heather, Benjamin, Anne-Marie, William and Jennifer. Dear sister of Shirley. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere Ave., east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment York Cemetery. If desired, remembrances made to the Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-09 published
SIMMONS, Hilda Eleanor
Hilda died peacefully at Toronto, on Sunday December 4th, 2005, in her 91st year. Predeceased by her parents and siblings, Edwin, Norman and Edith. Thanks to Hilda's caregivers, Hortense MILLER and Monica GORDON and Dr. Jocelyn CHARLES for their care, kindness and compassion. A celebration of Hilda's life will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Monday, December 12th at 11 o'clock. Hilda will be interred with her family at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of choice.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-10 published
BACON, Kathleen " Kay"
At the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Thursday, December 8th, 2005, Kathleen (Kay) BACON, in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late W. Eric (Bud) BACON of Orillia. Dear mother of Kathryn of Unionville. Devoted Nana of Adrienne and her husband Paul BOUDREAU of Saint John, New Brunswick, and Shannon VLYM of Unionville. Dear sister-in-law of Betty J.L. GORDON of Orillia. The late Mrs. Kay BACON will be resting at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia, 705-325-2231, for visitation on Monday, December 12th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, December 13th at 1 p.m. Spring Interment St. Andrew's - St. James' Cemetery, Orillia. If desired, memorial donations to the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by family.

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-16 published
McLEAN, Paul David " MAC"
Executive Producer Events - The Sports Network
On Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 in his 39th year at his home with his loving parents Noreen and Ken McLEAN at his bedside following a most courageous two year battle with melanoma. Beloved brother of his dear sister Sheila and her husband Mark GORDON. Proud uncle of his cherished niece Jessica. Treasured grand_son of Winnifred ROWS and the late Papa Baker. Loving nephew of Betty and Joe PROSPERO and the late Marilyn GARDNER. Dear cousin of Terry, Guy, Harold, Starr, Michele, Valarie, and all of their families. Paul grew up in Brampton where he played minor hockey and softball, but his greatest love was golf. He had the sweetest swing, a golf swing most pro golfers would have envied. Paul will be sadly missed by his family, Friends, and by all his Friends at The Sports Network. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel" (52 Main Street South, Hwy. 10, Brampton) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 17th, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church (940 North Park Drive, Brampton). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sandra Schmirler Foundation (1660 Vimont Court, Cumberland, Ontario K4A 4J4). Email condolences may be sent to paul.mclean@wardfh.com
"You won't be hurting anymore Woggy. Love Always Mom, Dad, Sheila, Mark, and Jessie."

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GORDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-21 published
DE JONG, Lora Mae
On Friday, December 16, 2005, in her 42nd year. Lora is survived by her beautiful son Rein William, her beloved father Bill and mother Barbara, brother Jeff, and longtime boyfriend Mark GORDON. She will be fondly remembered by all of her extended family. A Memeorial Service will be held at Northwest Barrie United Church, 464 Ferndale Drive North (at Horsefield), Barrie, on Saturday, January 7, 2006, at 1: 00 p.m. Remembrances to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Barrie - Simcoe County Branch, 39 High Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 1W2 would be appreciated by the family. May she rest in peace. Arrangements entrusted to the Steckley- Gooderham Funeral Home, 30 Worsley Street, Barrie, Ontario, 705-721-9921.

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