REISE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-04 published
FORSHEE, Austin
Age 93 of Chatham formerly of Dresden passed away Wednesday November 2, 2005 at Thamesview Lodge, Chatham. He was born in Camden Township son of the late George and Hattie (LYNCH) FORSHEE. He had farmed in the Tupperville area for many years. Austin was a member of Dresden Community Church, member and Past master of Sydenham Masonic Lodge # 255 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Past Grand Steward of Grand Lodge, member of O.E.S. and a former member and treasurer of Zion United Church Tupperville. His wife Ethel (BIRD) FORSHEE predeceased in 2004. Surviving are two daughters: Nancy and Jim BLACKBURN of Wallaceburg, Rosemary NICHOLLS and Lorne JONES of Victoria, British Columbia; one son Robert FORSHEE of Chatham; five grandchildren: Brad and Diane BLACKBURN, Beth BLACKBURN and Shay REISE, Barbara BLACKBURN and Todd HOLMES, Robert FORSHEE and William FORSHEE. Visitors will be received at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross Street, Dresden on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Linda McFADDEN and Reverend Colin PATERSON officiating. Interment in Dresden Cemetery. Sydenham Masonic Lodge will conduct a service at the funeral home on Friday at 7: 00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made by cheque to Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the charity of your choice.

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REISENAUER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-06-21 published
REISENAUER, Rose
In Memory of our wife, mom, and grandma, Rose REISENAUER, who passed away one year ago, June 21, 2004.
They say time heals
But nobody knows how it feels.
You were in pain and a cure was not to be
God took you to be with Him, now we see.
Everyone tells us you had a good life
You were a great mom, grandma, and wife.
We miss you and love you very much, John REISENAUER, Glynda and Larry FORD, Kari-Anne and Andrew LAURIN

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REISENECKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-21 published
REISENECKER, Lynne Marie
Passed away, Wednesday, January 19, 2005, with family by her side. Beloved mother of Tanya JEANES and her husband Stephen. Much loved by cousin Susan and her sons Curtis and Stephen. Missed by spouse Barry McVICKER and his daughters Alana and Kaila. Fondly remembered by former husband and friend Gerd REISENECKER, and missed by everyone who knew her. Visitation will be at 1: 00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22nd at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue (3 lights north of Hwy. 7), Markham (905) 305-8508. Funeral Service at 2: 00 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Lynne's memory to The Arthritis Society.

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REISER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-12 published
MEYER, Theresa (née REISER)
Mrs. Theresa (REISER) MEYER of London and formerly of Saint Thomas, passed away at the London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus on Sunday, July 10, 2005, in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late Carl D. MEYER (1992.) Loving mother of Alex DICKSON/DIXON and his wife Sandra of Arkona, Theresa BEER and her husband Robert of Iona Station and Joanne McCUTCHEON and her husband Randy of London. Dear step-mother of Ronald and Barrett MEYER both of Fort Erie. Loved sister of Michael REISER and his wife Theresa and Frank REISER all of Tillsonburg. Also survived by several grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Born in Hungary, April 9, 1927, daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (GARVALD) REISER. She moved to Canada as a child. The funeral service will be conducted at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m. with visitation for 1 hour prior to the service. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the charity of one's choice gratefully acknowledged.

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REISER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-13 published
REISER, Sharon Eileen (VAN DYK)
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital with her family at her side on Monday, September 12, 2005. Sharon Eileen REISER of Pt. Burwell in her 62nd year. Beloved wife of Frank REISER. Loving mother of Robert VAN DYK and wife Laura. Dear daughter of Irene (Lambert) MAGEE of Aylmer. Loved by her grandchildren Jessica, Jennifer and Allison VAN DYK. Sister of John MAGEE and wife Sandra of Aylmer, Doug MAGEE and wife Crystal of Saint Thomas, Shelley VANDENBRANDT and husband Jim of Belmont. She will be sadly missed by her step-children Linda DECLERCQ and husband Rick, Robert REISER and wife Dawn, David REISER and wife Nancy and a number of step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a step-great granddaughter. Sister-in-law of Mike REISER and wife Theresa. Predeceased by her first husband Peter VAN DYK (1991) and her father H. Allen MAGEE (2004.) Born in Cultus on February 20, 1944, Sharon was a member of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #524, Port Burwell and was branch President for 9 consecutive years. She was a charter member of the Port Burwell Horticultural Society and was recently presented with a meritorious service award. She served as secretary for the Port Burwell Scout movement. Sharon worked with the municipality in the restoration and moving of the cenotaph to its present location. She was well known to the members of the Port Burwell and Bayham seniors for her culinary skills. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #524 will conduct a memorial service on Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Family interment of ashes in the Aylmer Cemetery. Reverend David FULLER, officiating. Donations to the Cancer Society, the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxillary, Port Burwell and the Port Burwell Scout Hall would be appreciated. "The Port Burwell and Bayham community will miss her dedication and tireless effort."

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REISING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-29 published
FRANK, Thomas Cecil
Thomas Cecil of London and formerly of Saint Thomas and Sarnia, on Sunday, March 27, 2005 at the Parkwood Hospital, London, in his 89th year. Husband of the late Irene (MARR) FRANK and father of Barbara and her husband Jack BRUCE of London, Thomas and his wife Dr. Beverley BRUCE of Saskatoon, Elgin and his wife Jane BRUCE of Appin and Donna and her husband Allan THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Texas. Brother of June REISING of Detroit. Predeceased by a number of brothers and sisters. Grandfather of Matthew, Michelle, Sara, Candace and Emily-Jane and great-grandfather of Kyle and Nicole. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Tom was born in Saint Thomas on February 17, 1917, the son of the late John and Edith FRANK. He was a retired Master Plumber. He was a member of the U.A. (Plumbers) Brotherhood #593. He served in the Navy during World War 2 and was a former member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Sarnia and a member of Moose Lodge, London. Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow, with interment of ashes in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Thames Valley Children's Centre.

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REISMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-13 published
GROSS, Harold
On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 in Florida. Harold GROSS, beloved husband of Rose. Loving father and father-in-law of Michael GROSS, and Marsha and Earl HURWITZ. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Beatrice and the late Ted LIPSON, and Ernie and Lorna GROSS. Devoted grandfather of David and Jeffrey GROSS, Kenneth HURWITZ and Jessica ZACKHEIM, and Corey HURWITZ, and great-grandfather of Ryan. Sadly missed by Howard and Amalia REISMAN, Heather REISMAN and Gerry SCHWARTZ, Rhoda and Bill ALEXANDER, Ellen and Lon BABBY, and Frances NOVACK and Gary POLLACK. For service information please call Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel 416-663- 9060 or view our web site, www.benjamins.ca Shiva 110 Bloor Street W., Suite 2008. If desired, donations may be made to the Harold GROSS Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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REISMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-15 published
KRAVITZ, Clara
On Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital. Clara KRAVITZ, beloved wife of the late Joseph KRAVITZ. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Marsha and Jim McWHINNIE, and Lou and the late Elaine WINER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Hilda and the late Ben ROSE, Fred and Marion REISMAN, Al and Sheila REISMAN, Ruth and the late George REISMAN, and the late Minnie and Morris COHEN, and Lou REISMAN. Devoted grandmother of Elly WINER and Jane HARGRAFT, Aviva and Matthew GOTTLIEB, Michael WINER, Annie, Paul, and Diane McWHINNIE, and the late Jeannie McWHINNIE, and great-grandmother of Jessie, Allie, Rachel, and Eleanor. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, April 15, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 41 Bauer Crescent, Unionville, concluding Sunday evening, April 17th. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation 416- 946-6560 The Baycrest Centre Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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REISMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-29 published
LANDAU, Sarah
On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at Baycrest. Sarah LANDAU, beloved wife of the late Sam LANDAU. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Sy and Barbara, Gail and Sorel REISMAN, and Joel and Liz. Devoted grandmother of Daryl, Niki and Paul, Jesse and Roxie, Shane and Tracy, Rikki, and Dylan. Special thanks to caregivers Opal, Clara, and Sandra. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, July 31st at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Tzosmerer Friendly Society section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva 76 Truman Road. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Sarah Landau Memorial Fund c/o The Baycrest Centre Foundation 416-785-2875 or The Parkinson Society of Canada 416-227-9700.

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REISMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-13 published
GROSS, Harold
On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 in Florida. Harold GROSS, beloved husband of Rose. Loving father and father-in-law of Michael GROSS, and Marsha and Earl HURWITZ. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Beatrice and the late Ted LIPSON, and Ernie and Lorna GROSS. Devoted grandfather of David and Jeffrey GROSS, Kenneth HURWITZ and Jessica ZACKHEIM, and Corey HURWITZ, and great-grandfather of Ryan. Sadly missed by Howard and Amalia REISMAN, Heather REISMAN and Gerry SCHWARTZ, Rhoda and Bill ALEXANDER, Ellen and Lon BABBY, and Frances NOVACK and Gary POLLACK. For service information please call Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel 416-663-9060 or view our website, www.benjamins.ca. Shiva 110 Bloor Street West, Suite 2008. If desired, donations may be made to the Harold Gross Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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REISMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-15 published
KRAVITZ, Clara
On Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital. Clara KRAVITZ, beloved wife of the late Joseph KRAVITZ. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Marsha and Jim McWHINNIE, and Lou and the late Elaine WINER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Hilda and the late Ben ROSE, Fred and Marion REISMAN, Al and Sheila REISMAN, Ruth and the late George REISMAN, and the late Minnie and Morris COHEN, and Lou REISMAN. Devoted grandmother of Elly WINER and Jane HARGRAFT, Aviva and Matthew GOTTLIEB, Michael WINER, Annie, Paul, and Diane McWHINNIE, and the late Jeannie McWHINNIE, and great-grandmother of Jessie, Allie, Rachel, and Eleanor. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, April 15, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 41 Bauer Crescent, Unionville, concluding Sunday evening, April 17th. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation 416-946-6560 or The Baycrest Centre Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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REISMAN 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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REISNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-20 published
HAMILTON, Richard A.
Passed away peacefully in his 90th year, Sunday December 11, 2005 at Hollyburn House in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Lee and fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, Dorothy Rose PATON and nieces Hallie (Felix) ROMERO; Susan (Greg) HANKINS; Dale REISNER; Lisa (William) NELSON Romany (Daniel) McCABE. Richard was an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War 2, and pursued a life-long career as a professional engineer with General Electric Canada. There will be no memorial service, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Society of British Columbia.

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REISS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-05 published
REISS, Norma (née McFARLANE)
After a brief illness on February 20, 2005 leaving behind her beloved husband Claude, children Chris and Margaret, grandchildren and numerous relatives and Friends. Private cremation. We will celebrate her life at a later date.

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REISS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-02 published
REISS, Claude (1926-2005)
On June 4, in Montreal, shortly after the loss of his one true love Norma. He leaves behind his son Christopher (Teresa KAESER,) his daughter Margaret (Craig KENNEDY) and his grandchildren Lindsay, Rebecca, Nikolaus, Patrick; sisters-in-law Isabel and Connie as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of the lives of Norma and Claude will be held at Saint Mark's Chapel, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, on July 17 at 1: 00 p.m. to be followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, a donation in their names to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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REIST 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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REIST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-11 published
RIBEY, Florence Amelia (née SEAMAN)
It is with sorrow and joy that the family announces her passing, peacefully at Trinity Village Care Centre in Kitchener, Saturday morning April 9, 2005. The former Florence SEAMAN of Kitchener formerly of Allenford and Port Elgin. She has prayed for eternal peace and God has now granted it to her. Florence was reunited with her husband Thomas who predeceased her on July 3, 1977. Born at Sauble Falls on July 3, 1909, Florence was the only daughter of Ernest and Isabel SEAMAN. Loving and devoted mother of Joyce and Ray KLEM of Kitchener, Patricia and Clayton REIST of Waterloo, Adelle and Andy
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REIST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-12 published
POYNTZ, Ruth
Ruth POYNTZ of Tavistock passed away at the Peoplecare Health Care Centre, Tavistock on Tuesday, January 11, 2005. Called to her Heavenly home in her 86th year. Loving wife of Cyrus (1986) dear mother of Allan of Kitchener, Marilyn REIST (Irvin) of New Dundee and Paul (2001;) cherished grandmother of Jonathan POYNTZ of Toronto, Ruthanne THIESSEN (Bill) of Kitchener, Martha Lynn LAWSON (Dave) of Bolton, Tanya FENTON (Joe) of Port Colborne, Deanne REIST of Kitchener (fiancé Luke GLADDING of Tavistock,) Jason REIST of Kitchener; loved by five great-grandchildren sister of Ellen MEADOWS (Wallace) of Woodstock and Howard HARRIS Ruth and Cyrus farmed north of Ingersoll for 46 years and delivered mail to R.R.#2, Ingersoll, for 32 years. She moved to Tavistock in 1989 where she attended the Tavistock Bible Chapel and was actively involved in the Women's Coffee Hour until her health declined. Relatives and Friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a memorial celebration will be held on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 2 p.m. Spring interment in Harris Street Cemetery, Ingersoll. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Gideon Bible Society or to the Missionary Service Committee for third world missions would be appreciated and may be made through the funeral home by calling 1-519-655-2431.

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REIST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-22 published
REIST, Donald Alfred
Peacefully at home on Monday, June 20, 2005, age 81 years. Beloved husband of Genevieve "Janet" FITZGERALD of 59 years. Loving father of Donald Jr. REIST and his wife Carol, and Bradley REIST and his wife Vanessa. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Mark, Adele, Eric, and Genevieve. Dear brother of Eileen ANDERSON, Leslie REIST, and Harold REIST. A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish, 91 Ribblesdale Drive, Whitby, on Friday, June 24, 2005, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa, 905-433-4711.

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REITER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-28 published
BELL, Stephen James
Peacefully in Ottawa on Sunday, June 26, 2005, with his family at his side, age 53 years. Beloved husband of Patricia DAGGITT- BOND. Dear father of Laura BOND (Morrie MENDELSON,) Cory BOND (Ellen) and Barbara REITER (Mark.) Cherished Grandpa of Connor, Jessica, Aubrey and Camryn. Also survived by two brothers Howard (Wendy) and David (Grace) and three sisters Beverley LOVE (Gary,) Elaine EDGAR (Bill) and Nancy. Memorial donations to the hospice at May Court, 114 Cameron Avenue, Ottawa, K1S 0X1 would be appreciated by the family. Private family funeral arrangements with the Memorial Funeral Home of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry. Condolences/donations/tributes at mcgarryfamily.ca

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REITER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-13 published
REITER, Mathias " Max"
Peacefully on Friday, February 11, 2005 at The Scarborough Hospital - General Division in his 85th year. Max, beloved husband of the late Christina REITER (2000.) Loving father of John and Renate HUEBEL. Cherished Opa of David and his wife Laura, Robert and his wife Colette and Annette and her husband Ted TERRY and great Opa to Renée, Nicolaus, Jennifer and Kimberly. Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R. S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the charity of choice.

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REITER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-19 published
KAHOOT, Reta Cora (née YOUNG) (May 17, 1936-May 17, 2005)
Of Dufferin Street. Visitation 2-9 p.m. Thursday at the Ryan & Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Chapel Service 1: 30 p.m. Friday. Mrs. KAHOOT, who died at St. Joseph's Health Centre, is survived by: husband Ralph; brothers Clarence (Winnie), Gus of Trenton, Jim (Sharon) of Kingston sisters Betty Ann BEATON, Jane OGDEN, Mary SUSSEY of Miramichi, New Brunswick; nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Stella KAHOOT sisters-in-law Donna KAHOOT and Shirley LINDQUIST both of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Sylvia REITER of Langley, British Columbia; brother-in-law Robert KAHOOT of Kenora. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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REITH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-26 published
TRIBE, Reginald
At People Care Centre, Tavistock on Thursday, March 24, 2005, Reginald TRIBE, of Ingersoll, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Jean (REITH) TRIBE. Dear father of David of Spencerville, Bill and his wife Bonnie of Ingersoll, Paul and his wife Augusta of Guelph and Howard of Burnaby, British Columbia. Dear grandfather of Michael, Stephanie, Veronica, Kathryn, Anna, Marjorie, Edward, Nicholas, Eric, Dave, Wray and Jerry and three great-granddaughters. Predeceased by one sister Kay SONGHURST and one brother Kenneth. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll (519-425-1600) Monday 7-9 p.m. where complete service will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Dr. Lonnie ATKINSON officiating. Interment later Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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REITH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-19 published
ERICKSON, Isabel (CAUGHLIN)
At Chelsey Park Nursing Home on Sunday, December 18th, 2005, Mrs. Isabel (CAUGHLIN) ERICKSON in her 95th year. Predeceased by her husband Alfon ERICKSON (1911-2004.) Dear sister of Lillian CRUICKSHANK of London, Lewis CAUGHLIN and his wife Margaret Anne of Komoka. Dear sister-in-law of Marian CAUGHLIN of Oshawa. Isabel will be missed by 25 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sister Josephine REITH and by her brothers Alan and Donald CAUGHLIN. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the service will be conducted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 10 a.m. followed by the interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Isabel are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society.

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REITMAIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-21 published
REITMAIER, Mary (née JESENKO)
Mary died peacefully on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at Hill House Hospice. Beloved wife of the late Karl. Loving mother of Karl and his wife Eileen, Rick and his wife Lien and Heidi and her partner Robert. Dear sister of George and his wife Diane and predeceased by her sister Anne McKEE. Devoted and doting grandmother to Chantal, Samantha, Adrian and Gabriel. Sadly mourned by her goddaughters, extended family and all her generous and loving Friends. Visiting on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church (3220 Bayview Ave.) Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Diabetes Society or Hill House Hospice.

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REITZE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-14 published
BAUER, Lina
Passed away on Monday, June 13th, 2005 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Otto. Loving mother of Harro, Manfred and Ralph (Monique). Adored Oma of Garrett. Survived by her sister Herta KREUTZMANN, Ilse REIM, Martha (Arthur) LOEWEN, Helga WOLSKE and her brother Norbert (Erna) HENKELMANN. Predeceased by her sisters Aurelie KREBS and Ingrid REITZE. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. Funeral Service to be held at German Church of God, 9 McArthur Street, Etobicoke on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery.

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REIVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-17 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Joan
Peacefully October 15, 2005 in Barrie after suffering a stroke. Beloved wife of the late Jack Ira THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Loving mother and mother-in-law to Brian and Karen THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Elizabeth and Kent SMERDON, Barbara and David REID. Proud grandmother of Geoff, Melanie, Mark and their spouses, Scott, Matt, Mike and Tom. Great-grandmother to Jordan. Dear sister of George REIVE (Joan.) Dear sister-in-law of Doris and Bill STODDARD, Jean and the late Rick HARNDEN. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and relatives in England. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 19 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence). Private family service and interment Thursday. A Memorial Service to celebrate Joan's life will be held in November at Jubilee United Church, Don Mills. Details available at Trull Funeral Home (416) 488-1101. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Scarborough Grace Hospital or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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REIVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-23 published
KENNEDY, Allan John
Suddenly at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on Sunday, July 17, 2005, Allan KENNEDY, in his 43rd year. Dear son of Agnes KENNEDY and Gary HIGGINS, Toronto and the late Brian KENNEDY. Dear brother of Kay REIVE, Orangeville. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at the Egan Funeral Home Baxter and Giles Chapel, 273 Broadway, Orangeville (519-941-2630) on Wednesday morning, July 27 at 11 o'clock. A second memorial service will be held in the North Toronto Salvation Army Community Church, 7 Eglinton Avenue E. (at Yonge Street), Toronto on Friday morning, July 29 at 11 o'clock. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 8200, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4W5. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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REIVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-17 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Joan
Peacefully October 15, 2005 in Barrie after suffering a stroke. Beloved wife of the late Jack Ira THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Loving mother and mother-in-law to Brian and Karen THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Elizabeth and Kent SMERDON, Barbara and David REID. Proud grandmother of Geoff, Melanie, Mark and their spouses, Scott, Matt, Mike and Tom. Great-grandmother to Jordan. Dear sister of George REIVE (Joan.) Dear sister-in-law of Doris and Bill STODDARD, Jean and the late Rick HARNDEN. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and relatives in England. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 19 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence). Private family service and interment Thursday. A Memorial Service to celebrate Joan's life will be held in November at Jubilee United Church, Don Mills. Details available at Trull Funeral Home 416-488-1101. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Scarborough Grace Hospital or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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