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ETH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-20 published
MacDUFFEE, Elizabeth " Lib" (ne TERRILL)
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Lib, in her 68th year, after a courageous battle with cancer. Loving wife for 45 years of Gordon MacDUFFEE (Aurora.) Beloved mother of Deborah (Frank) WILKINSON, Karen (Catherine LAKE) MacDUFFEE and Fraser (Julie) MacDUFFEE. Adoring grandmother of Danielle, Nigel, Connor, Ross and Spencer. Lib's family welcomes all to join us for a memorial service and reception at 2: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 in the Fenelon Falls United Church, 123 Colbourne Street, Fenelon Falls. Following cremation, interment will be held by the family in a private gathering. We are grateful to the staff of the Hill House Hospice, whose compassion and care made Lib's last days peaceful. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations be made to the Hill House Hospice, 36 Wright Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 4A1. Arrangements entrusted to the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay (705-328-2721). Lib Ð Mom A precious soul, you will be dearly missed.

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-21 published
ETHERINGTON, John James "Jim" (November 6, 1923-May 16, 2005)
Jim ETHERINGTON, beloved husband and best friend of Mary Stella HUGHES, dear father of Mark, Robin, Martha and Rebecca, dear Papa of James, Jessica, Candice, Samantha, Nevil and Sarai, dear brother of Margaret and Joyce, passed away peacefully with family by his side. A Private Family Service was held. In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-03 published
Earl ORSER, Business Leader: 1928-2004
He started out as a charted accountant and soon found he was most interested in building companies, writes Sandra MARTIN. Blessed with curiosity, intelligence and an ability to motivate subordinates, he not only switched jobs but successfully hopscotched his way across entire business sectors
By Sandra MARTIN, Monday, January 3, 2005 - Page S6
A poor boy from the Danforth in Toronto, Earl ORSER was a company executive, a mentor, a proud Canadian and an energetic and effective volunteer.
He began as a chartered accountant with Clarkson Gordon and ended his career as president and chief executive officer of London Life Insurance Company, raising the firm's assets during his 20-year tenure from $2.9 billion to $16.4 billion. He's also known for his rocky three-year ride at the T. Eaton family in the mid-1970s where he shut down the money-losing catalogue operations in the family owned retail empire. Many observers believe that had he stayed at the helm, the company might have survived.
"I always thought of him as the consummate manager," said Jim ETHERINGTON, who was hired by Mr. ORSER at London Life in 1982 as a vice-president and worked with him until they both retired in the mid 1990s. Being a good manager for Mr. ORSER meant caring deeply about your people, getting to know them well, helping them and challenging them.
"He never argued against an idea from anybody," said Mr. ETHERINGTON, who now runs his own communications company. "He came to the table with lots of ideas himself, but he was almost intuitive in encouraging the ideas of others at the same time. That made him a very special kind of a manager."
"He was grounded in a strong set of values and they never wavered," said Carol STEPHENSON, dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. "Earl was Earl. He was solid, he knew what he believed and he stuck to it no matter what he was doing."
Commenting on his acumen as a business leader, Ms. STEPHENSON pointed out that Mr. ORSER was unusual for his time in that he not only moved jobs, he changed sectors -- from accounting to retail to insurance. The reason he was so successful in so many different industries, she said, was because he was a great leader and that came from his curiosity, his intelligence and his "amazing" ability to motivate and empower people. "When I think back to my business career in the 1970s," she added, "the predominate style was command and control -- I'm the boss and you're not and I suspect Earl never had an ounce of that in him."
"He was a very good father," said Barbara ORSER, a business professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, and one of Mr. ORSER's four daughters. Saying her father was good at setting boundaries, she said her parents paid for one degree and one wedding and then you "were off the payroll."
Doing your best was a "well-understood point" in the ORSER family. So was speaking your mind. Mentioning that some business powerhouses can be "fairly patriarchal" at home, she said that her father had to fight for conversational space like everybody else. "We all had a voice and there was always a place for everyone at the table." she said. "There were lots of Friends who loved and cared for dad because they were part of the family as well."
Earl Herbert ORSER was born in Toronto, the year before the stock-market crash. His father was a telegraph operator and he had one sister. As a grade eight student at Earl Beattie School, Mr. ORSER was taught that "speed, neatness, politeness, industry and accuracy" were the keys to success in life and he passed on the message to his children and his grandchildren, all of whom could recite the list on command.
Mr. ORSER went to high school at Danforth Technical School and worked as a porter at Union Station at Christmas to help make ends meet. He was the first person in his family to attend university and was only able to register a the University of Toronto in 1946 because of a $200 bursary from the Leonard Foundation.
As with many smart boys, education was the route away from poverty. He never forgot the help he had been given and later in life he founded many scholarships and served actively as a fundraiser, benefactor and adviser to both the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. At Western, among many other activities, he chaired the Board of Governors and the Advisory Committee of the Ivey Business School
His father died when he was still in university and his mother moved to Edmonton. It was on a visit there that Mr. ORSER met a nurse from Moose Jaw named Marion QUEENIE. They corresponded after Mr. ORSER returned to Toronto, saw each other again that Christmas and married on August 4, 1951, a year after he graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1953, having done his articles with Clarkson Gordon, and was made a partner in the firm in 1958.
A lot of people would have settled down happily for the rest of their careers, but Mr. ORSER was interested in building companies.
His curriculum vitae is studded with high powered jobs at Molson Industries (apparently, his mother never let her teetotalling Friends know that her son was making his living in beer), Air Canada, Eaton's and London Life and directorships at places such as Spar Aerospace and Brascan.
All of these career moves meant that the entire family had to "embrace new challenges" by moving to new schools in different cities. That helped build a sense of family, said his daughter Barbara, because they had to rely on each other. She still remembers moving to Toronto when she was in grade 12, an uprooting that she wouldn't want to impose on her own daughter. But "with four kids we had a bit of a quorum, so we could support each other."
Mr. ORSER's most tumultuous job was as vice-president finance and then president and Chief Executive Officer of Eaton's from 1974-77. The famous Eaton catalogue was spewing money -- $17 million in 1974 with losses expected to more than double the next year. Mr. ORSER orchestrated its closing, but ran afoul of the Eaton family. He resigned in May, 1977, to the shock of many business observers, and was replaced by Frederik S. EATON.
Almost immediately Mr. ORSER was hired as a consultant by Brascan, who had acquired a large number of shares in London Life and wanted somebody they trusted to give them a report on the insurance business and London Life, then the largest insurance company in Canada, in particular. Mr. ORSER presented his report in 1978 and was then hired as executive vice-president and Chief Executive Officer, becoming president in 1980 and chairman of the board on his retirement from the company in 1989. In 1994 he began a three-year term as honorary chairman.
He was a meticulous planner and a detail man, according to Mt. ETHERINGTON. "We used to kid him about being a C.A. and he would smile and say 'You get to know the balance sheet and then you know where the problems are.' "
He changed London Life significantly from a largely family run firm to a public company called Trilon Financial Corporation, which then became the London Insurance Group, another publicly traded company which was eventually acquired by Great West. "He chuckled one day and said 'this is really neat,'" said Mr. ETHERINGTON. "I sold London Life for $125 million for Trilon and then I sold it again for $220 million to the London Insurance Group. That's a good deal."
He was interested in far more than the bottom line, however. People still talk about how he would take two or three days each Christmas to walk around the huge London Life offices visiting with employees, getting to know them and wishing them well for the holidays.
While Mr. ORSER was running London Life, his wife was quietly doing an undergraduate degree in theology, followed by a masters in divinity at University of Western Ontario. Her husband, who was then chair of the board at University of Western Ontario was able to grant his wife her degree at the graduation ceremony.
Mr. ORSER was almost as busy as a volunteer for the London Economic Development Corporation and his many other volunteer activities after he retired as when he was a full-time executive. And, as he had done, throughout his career, he continued to serve as a mentor. "He was a wonderful person in terms of being able to help you work through complex problems, not by preaching at you, but by making you think a problem through," says Ms. STEPHENSON who asked him for advice after she left the business world, a place where it is pretty clear what the bottom line is and who the clients are, to take on the more complex stakeholder issues of university administration. "He listened and then he helped me to discover the right answer by asking the right questions."
Four years ago, Mr. ORSER was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the common bile duct. He underwent major surgery and appeared to have recovered. The doctors were amazed, according to his daughter who says he was a "miracle man" until the cancer returned and he received a terminal diagnosis about three weeks ago.
"There were no tears, no complaints. It was a matter of fact," said his daughter Barbara. "He was a man of faith and he had a calm and a peace about him, but he was very pragmatic and he always had his humour. The legacy is that his grandchildren have watched this," she said. "His last and his greatest gift to his family is to show us how you can die with dignity."
Earl ORSER was born on July 5, 1928 in Toronto. He died of cancer at home in London, Ontario, on December 26, 2004. He was 76. He is survived by his wife Marion and four daughters and their families. A memorial service will be held at First-St. Andrew's United Church in London, Ontario, on January 8, 2004.

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-21 published
HAMILTON, Grey
on Friday, February 18, 2005. Beloved husband of Jose (CLUFFE) also survived by son Grey, and grandchildren Michael and Claire, New Zealand; daughter Elizabeth (Nigel) ETHERINGTON and grandchildren Diana and Peter, Toronto; and stepchildren Andrea, Aylmer; Paul and granddaughters Tiffany and Melissa, Kanata. Memorial service at 11: 00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at Saint Mark the Evangelist Church, 160 Rue Principale, Aylmer, Quebec. Condolences will be received from 10: 30 a.m. Reception following service. Donations: La masion Mathieu - Fromant - Savoie, 55 du Couvent Street, Gatineau (Aylmer) Quebec, J9H 3C8 or Quebec Lung Association, (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 222-855 St. Catherine Street East, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 4N4.

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-30 published
Grey HAMILTON
By Liz ETHERINGTON, Monday, May 30, 2005, Page A14
Journalist, corporate executive. Born December 20, 1929, in Toronto. Died February 18, of pulmonary fibrosis, in Aylmer, Quebec, aged Dad was born in 1929, the year the stock market crashed. An only child to Jane and Grey HAMILTON, he attended Rosedale Public School. A voracious reader and talented athlete, Dad went on to University of Toronto Schools; he graduated at 16. Although he continued his studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto, he hungered after a greater challenge -- to work.
Heading west, he settled in Vancouver where he began the first of many jobs in the newspaper world. Working for the Vancouver Sun, he honed his journalistic skills over the next few years. It wasn't long before The Ottawa Journal came knocking on his door, asking him to come to the nation's capital to cover the political scene. Later, The Globe and Mail enticed him back to Toronto.
In the weeks leading up to his death, he recounted two stories from this time that were quite remarkable. Being asked to cover a rather dry keynote speech on the topic of Shakespeare, Dad decided to write his review in iambic pentameter, true to the spirit of the bard. Although the editor initially refused to print the article, he eventually did so; the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Dad also remembered another time when he was covering the police beat. It was the time of the infamous Boyd Gang, Toronto's most notorious bank robbers. Everyone in the city was on high alert as they had just broken out of the Don Jail. They were eventually discovered hiding out in an old barn somewhere north of the city. As it turned out, Dad was the first journalist on the scene for the arrest.
Dad's reporter days in Toronto were cut short when he was asked to be the Special Assistant to Donald FLEMING/FLEMMING, then Minister of Finance. So began a career in the capital that would see him working alongside not only the leaders of the nation but also many world leaders.
He was a founding member and honorary lifetime member of the National Press Club. One-time reporter and former Privacy Commissioner Bruce PHILLIPS recalled collaborating with Grey HAMILTON to revive the struggling Ottawa Press Club. PHILLIPS had been elected club president on a pledge to move the club from its dismal situation at the top of a steep staircase in downtown Ottawa. Grey HAMILTON had the task of locating appropriate new quarters and supervising construction... and he found fabulous space in two storeys above a restaurant on Elgin Street. Voila! -- The National Press Club came into being with food and drink and a wonderful view of Confederation Square.
Dad was an original. When I was 16, he came back from Yukon having been up there on business. He had met Yukon Mike, a real character who was well beyond 100 years old. Dad thought it was a place where young people could learn a lot and he encouraged me to go. I went for three months and had the time of my life.
Dad's personal life was lived just as intensely as his professional life. He married twice in his lifetime. Both his wives, Joan and Jose, fell in love with the handsome and dashing figure that he cut. He was a supportive and loving friend to his two children Grey and Elizabeth, son-in-law Nigel, stepdaughter, Andrea, and grandchildren Diana, Peter, Claire and Michael.
Grey was an avid historian with a tremendous knowledge and interest in world affairs making him the consummate conversationalist. There wasn't a subject on which Grey didn't have an opinion and that he wasn't prepared to debate. He was also a person who loved beauty in all its forms, especially music. He loved to laugh and he loved to dance. Grey's intellectual strength and passionate nature will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Liz ETHERINGTON is Grey's daughter.

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-17 published
ARMSTRONG, Rowena Mary
After a life well lived, Ro died peacefully on Tuesday, August 16, 2005, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack Irwin ARMSTRONG. Loving mother of John and his wife Linda. Proud and devoted grandmother of Sarah and Heather and her husband Neil LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Loving sister of John and Mark ETHERINGTON. Predeceased by her sister Daphne ETHERINGTON and her brothers Frank, Ted and Paul ETHERINGTON. Ro will be dearly missed by all of her Friends and family. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, from 10 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2005, until the time of Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place. A reception will follow the service at the funeral home. If desired, remembrances to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1255 Bay Street, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario M59 2A9, or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated.

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-23 published
MAGUIRE, Jane Kingsbury (ne WHEELER)
Peacefully on December 4, 2005 at Belmont House in her 84th year. Reunited with her beloved husband Richard (Dick) who died in 1999, Jane will be missed by her children Linda, David (Marie-Nol), Alan (Martha), John, and Margot (Bruce). She was a very special "Manna" to grandchildren Caitlin (Fulvio), Robin (Ryan), Alice and John, and to great granddaughter Isabella. Predeceased by her parents Norman and Marguerite WHEELER and sister Betty ETHERINGTON.
Educated at Havergal College, Jane married Dick MAGUIRE in 1942. During their 57 years together they created a strong, loving family life at their home in Thorncrest Village and at "The Farm" where Jane loved to garden and find bargains at country auctions. Jane was able to use her knowledge of antiques and collectibles to help others as a long-time volunteer with Goodwill. A lover of art, architecture and design, she accumulated a garage full of treasures that "just need a little work." Jane had a sparkling personality, steely determination, and fierce loyalty. She also had an unusual talent for finding four-leafed clovers that amazed her children and grandchildren.
Thank you to the staff of Belmont House for their compassion and care for Jane and her family during her final days. Cremation has taken place at a private family gathering. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-27 published
ETHERINGTON, Elizabeth King
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Paul ETHERINGTON for 57 wonderful years. Cherished mother of Daphne WEBB and her husband David, Peter and his wife Dorothy, and Edward and his wife Celeste. Very proud Nana of seven grandchildren Andrew, Christopher, Ashleigh, Christine, Peter, Cassandra and James. She is survived by her sister Jane MAGUIRE. In accordance with Betty's wishes, cremation has taken place and a family memorial will be held at a later date. She was a gracious and generous lady with a wonderful sense of humour and a creative spark. Betty was always a step ahead of her time and will be missed for her kind and positive nature.

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ETHERINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-23 published
MAGUIRE, Jane Kingsbury (ne WHEELER)
December 4, 2005, peacefully at Belmont House, in her 84th year. Reunited with her beloved husband Richard (Dick) who died in 1999, Jane will be missed by her children Linda, David (Marie-Nol), Alan (Martha), John, and Margot (Bruce). She was a very special "Manna" to grandchildren Caitlin (Fulvio), Robin (Ryan), Alice and John, and to great-granddaughter Isabella. Predeceased by her parents Norman and Marguerite WHEELER and sister Betty ETHERINGTON. Educated at Havergal College, Jane married Dick MAGUIRE in 1942. During their 57 years together they created a strong, loving family life at their home in Thorncrest Village and at "The Farm" where Jane loved to garden and find bargains at country auctions. Jane was able to use her knowledge of antiques and collectibles to help others as a long-time volunteer with Goodwill. A lover of art, architecture and design, she accumulated a garage full of treasures that "just need a little work." Jane had a sparkling personality, steely determination, and fierce loyalty. She also had an unusual talent for finding four-leafed clovers that amazed her children and grandchildren. Thank you to the staff of Belmont House for their compassion and care for Jane and her family during her final days. Cremation has taken place at a private family gathering. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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ETHIER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-28 published
DONNELLY, T. Edwin
At Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, London on Thursday, May 26, 2005, T. Edwin DONNELLY, C.A. of London in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Lorna B. (PARKER) DONNELLY. Dear father of Keith E. DONNELLY and his wife Ellen of West Hill. Dear brother of Ernest DONNELLY of Kelowna, British Columbia and Dorothy ETHIER of Florida. Predeceased by his brother Albert DONNELLY. Also loved by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Funeral service will be conducted from Bishop Cronyn Memorial Anglican Church, 442 William Street, London on Monday, May 30th at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Parkinson Society Canada, 4500 Blakie Road, Unit 117, London, Ontario N6L 1G5 or Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church Outreach Fund, 442 William Street, London, Ontario N6B 3E2. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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ETHIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-18 published
HUTTON, Catherine " Nadine" (ne GOW)
In loving memory of Catherine Nadine HUTTON who passed away suddenly on August 17, 2005 at the Intensive Care Unit - St. Joseph Health Centre at the age of 76. Beloved wife of William (Bill) Henry HUTTON, predeceased 1977 (Owner Chelmsford IGA.) Daughter of Alban J. GOW and Catherine Isabel PETTITT, predeceased. Loving, caring and understanding mother of Cathy of Whitby, Bruce (wife Elizabeth BRICK) of Sudbury and Robert (wife Theresa ETHIER) of Blind River and devoted and caring grandmother of Keith William and Daphne Anna. Nadine was born in Godfrey, Ontario on March 20, 1929 and lived there before moving to Kingston when she entered high school. In Kingston, she joined Bell Canada and worked there for a number of years. During this time, she met Bill who worked for Dominion Stores and they married on August 1st, 1959. Shortly after they married, they moved to Peterborough and then later to Sudbury and then in 1972 they moved to Chelmsford where she has resided since then. Nadine was known for her laughter, love of camping and gardening. She was gifted in conversation and was always there to listen, support and celebrate achievements. She especially enjoyed travelling with her family and in later years was always excited to travel with her grandchildren as they explored new destinations together. Resting at the Jackson & Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury. Funeral Prayers in the R.J. Barnard Chapel, Saturday, August 20th, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment in the Chelmsford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the 4th floor Sudbury Regional Hospital - Transfusion Day Care would be appreciated. (Friends may call 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday).

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ETHRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-11 published
NOLAN, Madeline
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, on Sunday, January 9, 2005, Madeline, dear wife of the late Pat NOLAN, in her 87th year. Loving mother of Dennis NOLAN (Louise), Linda DILOSA (Felix), Mary DRAKE (Cyril,) Joan WALSH (Martin,) Elizabeth LAUR (Jim CHESNEY), Jane NOLAN, Patrick NOLAN (Debbie) and Michelle ETHRIDGE (Glenn.) Dear sister of Betty RICHARDSON and Ruth RYAN. Predeceased by her brothers Ed, William and Leo LECLEAR and her sisters Mary HESLOP, Eleanor McGRENERE and Helen RIOUX. Also survived by 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Pius X Church, 777 Valetta Street, on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Wednesday afternoon at 3: 30 o'clock. Donations to the Arthritis Society, the Foundation Fighting Blindness R.P., 703-60 St. Clair Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. M4T 1N5. 1-800-461-3331 or the Lung Association would be appreciated.

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