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CAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-28 published
Fraser ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Lawyer: 1921-2005
Co-founder of the Toronto law firm Stikeman Elliott saw the practice as an institution rather than a business, writes Sandra MARTIN. It has since become a model for law offices across the country
By Sandra MARTIN, Friday, January 28, 2005 - Page S7
A lawyer, businessman, art collector and philanthropist who loved to fish and play golf, Fraser ELLIOT/ELLIOTT was a decisive man who listened deeply and spoke briefly. "We always used to say that if he was giving a speech, it wouldn't go longer than 2.5 minutes," said Olympian Richard Pound, a lawyer with the Montreal office of Stikeman ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, the firm Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT co-founded more than 50 years ago.
"When he and Heward [ STIKEMAN] set up the firm, Fraser was the businessman and Heward was the visionary," said Edward WAITZER, current chair of the firm that now has offices in nine cities around the world and more than 400 lawyers. "There was no question who was running the firm, but they were incredibly compatible," said Mr. WAITZER. " They were partners who never had a disagreement."
Although he had stepped down as chair about 20 years ago, Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT continued to go to the office every day until about two weeks ago. "He was the kind of guy that most of the secretaries around here would probably go and talk to if there was a problem before they'd talk to me," said Mr. WAITZER. " There isn't a day that goes by without somebody saying, 'What would Fraser think?' He was the heart and soul of this law firm. He had a huge influence because his footprint was just so deep."
R. Fraser ELLIOT/ELLIOTT was born in 1921, the son of Colin Fraser ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, a federal deputy minister, and Mary Marjorie (SYPHER.) He went to Queen's University, graduating with a commerce degree in 1943 before going to Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He articled under Henry BORDEN, senior partner at Borden, Elliot, Kelley, Palmer and Sankey, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1946. He then went to the Harvard School of Business Administration, graduating with an M.B.A. in 1947.
Heward STIKEMAN, meanwhile, had begun his career in what is now called the Canada Revenue Agency under the mentorship of Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT's father, a career civil servant and one-time ambassador to Chile. After reaching the level of assistant deputy minister in 1945, Mr. STIKEMAN went into private practice with the small Montreal firm of Foster, Hannen and Watt, which added the name Stikeman in recognition of his presence.
Fraser ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, the son of Mr. STIKEMAN's former boss at Revenue Canada, was called to the Quebec bar in 1948. He then joined Mr. STIKEMAN's law firm, which consequently added his name to what was now a rather long list of partners. Over a beer at Mr. STIKEMAN's house in Montreal late in 1951, the two men drew up a financial blueprint for their own firm.
Within months, they had struck out on their own. Mr. STIKEMAN was the dreamer and Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT the pragmatic businessman. "He was a Harvard M.B.A., so he understood about business and the needs of business clients," said Mr. Pound, a long-serving member of the International Olympic Committee and author of a corporate history of the firm published to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
"The combination of his business acumen and Heward STIKEMAN's cachet, which brought in clients, for which Fraser ELLIOT/ELLIOTT then provided the business and corporate advice, forced all other law firms in Canada to respond to their model, rather than the other way around," said Mr. Pound.
From two lawyers in a tax boutique on St. James Street, the firm now is one of the most successful tax and corporate law firms in Canadian history. "Law firms are pretty simple," said Mr. WAITZER. " Basically, you try to attract the best possible people and the best possible clients and you invest heavily in both." The culture that Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT inculcated was one that saw the firm as an institution rather than a business, by investing in people, clients and relationships for the longer term rather than maximizing annual income.
Part of that long-range view, said Mr. Pound, was succession planning. "Over time, they [Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and Mr. STIKEMAN, who died in 1999] were both very careful to ensure that there was an orderly transition."
Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT's profession was the law, but he made most of his money as a businessman, becoming an early and major shareholder in CAE (a landmark high-tech Canadian company specializing in simulation and modelling technologies). He also owned a number of other business interests. Although he was a judicious businessman, he was also a passionate art collector, amassing a huge collection of Canadian and international art that museums would "die to have," according to Mr. Pound.
In recent years, he was also a very generous benefactor, establishing the Fraser Elliott Foundation in 1985, which has given quietly to a spectrum of causes that included the arts, universities and hospitals. He was also active on several boards, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company and Toronto General Hospital, and endowed two chairs (in vascular surgery and transplantation research) at the Toronto General and Western Foundation.
"What was wonderful about him as a donor was that he asked really good questions," said Wendy McDOWAL, chief fundraiser at the Canadian Olympic Committee. Before giving $10-million to the capital campaign for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, he quizzed Ms. McDOWAL about the fundraising campaign. "He had a very keen mind and he wanted to understand the project and the details of the project," said Ms. McDOWAL, adding that he was a no-nonsense person who didn't suffer fools. "But once he had made his gift," she said, "he never second-guessed or went back on his decision."
As a father, he was "a straightforward, honest individual who honoured his family values and was loved by us all," said his eldest son, Fraser ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, an investment banker.

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CAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-17 published
EVANS, Colin John, Wing Commander (Ret)
Born January 22, 1920 in Hamilton Ontario, John EVANS passed away peacefully on December 8, 2005 at age 85. Predeceased by Marguerite his loving wife and sweetie of 58 years, brothers Roy and Philip, and sister Dorothy. Devoted father of son Rob and wife Gay, Etobicoke and daughters Eve and husband Paul MARTIN, Toronto, Jan and husband Brian CHURCHILL, Etobicoke and Pat and husband John WILLIAMSON, California. Is greatly missed by his 13 grandchildren Emily, Lyrandra, Bob, Caitlin, Victoria, Michael, Joe and wife Sarah PALLETT, Alex, Tommy, Mike, James, Alanna, Cayleigh, and great grand_son Matthew. Survived by sister Win and husband Ed STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Cambridge and sister-in law Kathryn, Burlington. John began a 25 year career with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 training on Gypsy Moth biplanes at Mt. Hope Airport where he graduated at the top of his class. Following his commissioning as a Pilot Officer, he served as a flying instructor before a tour of ops as a fighter pilot with the 418 Mosquito Squadron in England during 1943-44. John earned an Ace designation with this night intruder squadron which became the Royal Canadian Air Force's top scoring squadron in World War 2. After the War, he attended the University of Toronto graduating in Aeronautical Engineering in 1949. He returned to the Royal Canadian Air Force with postings at Namao, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Royal Military College, Kingston; Greenwood, Nova Scotia and National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Following integration of the services in 1967, he took early retirement and joined Northwest Industries, a division of CAE, in Edmonton becoming their Vice President, Technology. In the last 8 years of his working career, he served as Dean of Science and Technology at Georgian College in Barrie where he and Marg spent many enjoyable times sailing on Lake Simcoe. Not one to retire completely, C.J. (as he was known) designed and built his own lakeside home near Picton, Ontario where they lived until moving to Toronto in 1986 to be closer to their kids and growing numbers of grandchildren. He continued to fly until age 75 and maintained a close association with his beloved 418 Mosquito squadron buddies. In his own words, John 'had a marvelous life.' His family wishes to thank the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital Veteran's Wing for their excellent care. A private family service will be held to celebrate his life later in the new year. If wished, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. 2005 Year of the Veteran

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CAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-17 published
EVANS, Colin John
Wing Commander (Ret)
Born January 22, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario, John EVANS passed away peacefully on December 8, 2005 at age 85. Predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Marguerite, and brothers Roy and Philip. Loving father of son Robert (wife Gay) and daughters Eve (husband Paul), Jan (husband Brian) and Pat (husband John). Will be sadly missed by his 13 grandchildren Emily, Lyrandra, Bob, Caitlin, Victoria, Michael, Joseph (wife Sarah), Alexander, Thomas, Mike, James, Alanna, Cayleigh, and great-grand_son Matthew. Survived by sister Win (husband Ed) and sister-in-law Kathryn (husband Roy). John began a 25 year career with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 training on Gypsy Moth biplanes at Mt. Hope Airport where he graduated at the top of his class. Following his commissioning as a Pilot Officer, he served as a flying instructor before a tour of ops as a fighter pilot with the 418 Mosquito Squadron in England in 1943-44. John earned an Ace designation with this night intruder squadron which became the Royal Canadian Air Force's top scoring squadron in World War 2. After the War, he attended the University of Toronto graduating in Aeronautical Engineering in 1949. He returned to the Royal Canadian Air Force with postings at Namao, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Royal Military College, Kingston; Greenwood, Nova Scotia and National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa. Following integration of the services in 1967, he took early retirement and joined Northwest Industries, a division of CAE, in Edmonton becoming their Vice President, Technology. In the last 8 years of his working career, he served as Dean of Science and Technology at Georgian College in Barrie where he and Marg spent many enjoyable times sailing on Lake Simcoe. Not one to retire completely, C.J. (as he was known) designed and built his own lakeside home near Picton, Ontario where they lived until moving to Toronto in 1986 to be closer to their kids and growing numbers of grandchildren. He continued to fly until age 75 and maintained a close association with his beloved 418 Mosquito Squadron buddies. In his own words, John "had a marvelous life." His family wishes to thank the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans' Wing for their excellent care. A private family service will be held to celebrate his life later in the new year. If wished, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. 2005 Year of the Veteran

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CAESAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-21 published
BLAKE, Beatrice May
At the age of 95 and in complete peace, May BLAKE passed away on October 19, 2005. May was care-giver extraordinaire to many children who remember her fondly and with love throughout their adulthood. She was trained as a nanny in England and joined her first family as a caregiver as a young teenager, no older than 15. She emigrated to Canada about 1932. Throughout her early years as a nanny in Canada, May befriended and looked out for other British nannies who would come to Toronto on two-year visas to care for the children of Canadian families. May brought them into the community of other nannies, made sure that they became acquainted with Toronto and sent them home again at the end of two years with farewell parties.
The adults for whom she cared as children and that she called "her charges" owe their values of honesty, integrity, generosity towards others and good humour to her teachings as they grew from infancy through childhood into eventual maturity. May was always proud of the achievements of "her charges" and followed their successes in life, sending congratulations their way and still providing advice as they made their path through life.
May has been a staunch supporter of Saint Margaret's Anglican Church for more than 70 years. Up until two years ago, she was a regular supporter of Saint Margaret's annual Christmas bazaar and rummage sales. She was a frequent visitor to the sick and shut-ins of her congregation. May BLAKE's life was a happy and fulfilled one.
May will be fondly remembered by her many Friends at her Church, including Muriel CAESAR, Len and Jean SOUTH, Trevor and Muriel McCONNELL and Jean FRASER.
She will also be lovingly remembered by "her charges" currently living in Canada, Edward BULMAN and his sister Elizabeth, Nadine, Jon and Paul LEVIN, Sean and Kalen McCOWAN, Denise DELLIO, and Alexandra and Laura ROBINSON. Jean SHAWN, George LEVIN, Anna JOHNSTON (formerly McCOWAN), Perry and Rae DELLIO, Michael ROBINSON and Dr. Gail ROBINSON, and all remember the fine and loving care May BLAKE provided for their children and the tremendous contribution she made to their family life.
Those who wish to celebrate May BLAKE's life may join together at Saint Margaret's Anglican Church, 53 Burnaby Boulevard, Toronto on Monday, October 24, 2005 at 1 p.m. May loved children all of her life and donations in her memory to Save the Children Canada, 300-4141 Yonge Street, Toronto M2P 2A8, would be greatly appreciated.

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CAESAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-28 published
HILL, Herbert Frank " Herb"
Passed away suddenly at the Huronia District Hospital, Midland on Monday, December 26, 2005. Herb HILL, age 78 years, of Waubaushene. Beloved husband of the late Joan (1998). Loving father of Doug HILL of Barrie and the late Bonnie PRIDHAM of Waubaushene. Loved grandfather of Darren, Mike, Justin, Derek, Cody, and the late Shane. Great-grandfather of Shona, Joshua, Dylan, Brittany, Braeden, and Jacob. Dear brother of Ilene CAESAR of Don Mills. Predeceased by his brothers Dave and Stan, and by his sister Velma ARMSTRONG. Friends may call at the Coldwater Funeral Home, 22 Sturgeon Bay Road, Coldwater (705-686-3344 or 1-888-645-5485) from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the service will be held on Friday, December 30th at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Herb may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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