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FIRANSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-17 published
SEGAL, Arnold Jerry
After a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, September 16, 2005. Jerry SEGAL, loving father and father-in-law of Jack and Laura, Paula and Jeff BROCK, Bernard and Carrie FIRANSKI, Saul, Kelly FIRANSKI, dear brother and brother-in-law of Irwin and Peggy, Doreen MENDELSON, Roz and Harry GIEWERCER, beloved son of the late Anne and Harry SEGAL, devoted grandfather of Mark, Eric, Dara, Kyle, Jacob, Harrison, and Sophie. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 60 Beaverhall Drive. If desired, donations may be made to Jerry Segal Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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FIRBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-14 published
FIRBY, Mardell
At University Hospital on Saturday, November 12th, 2005, Don Firby of London in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Mardell FIRBY. Loving father of Susanne GRIFFITHS, Ken and his wife Dianne and Kevin and his wife Christine. Dear grandfather of Kayleigh, Kristine, Samantha and Brandon. Don was a Master Manager Partsman for Central Chevrolet for 43 years and 5 years at Ray Cullen Chev-Olds. A memorial service will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E., on Wednesday, November 16th, at 1 p.m. (visitation 1 hour prior). Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be gratefully acknowledged.

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FIRBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-12 published
ROBERTSON, Audrey Irene (née FIRBY)
On Thursday, March 10, 2005. Beloved wife of H. Nairn ROBERTSON. Loving mother of Phyllis Anne (Garry) BEUBE, of Holland Landing and Nairn Gard (Karen) ROBERTSON, of Uxbridge. Proud grandmother of Sarah, Joshua, Erika and Ryan. Dear sister of Phyllis M. GILMOUR. She will be fondly remembered by her niece Nancy GILMOUR and nephew Glenn (Maria) GILMOUR. A private Funeral Service will be held for the family at the Ogden Funeral Home, Agincourt (416-293-5211) on Monday, March 14, 2005. Cremation. In memoriam donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by her family.

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FIRESTONE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-12 published
MILLER, Lillian
On Monday, April 11, 2005 at Toronto Western Hospital after a short illness. Lillian MILLER, beloved wife of the late Al MILLER. Loving mother of Phyllis and Mickey KAPLAN, Earl and Elly MILLER. Adored Bubbie of Mark, Cheryl and Barry, Joanna, Edward, and great-grand_son Abe. Survived by her brother Mickey FIRESTONE, her sisters-in-law Faye, Mynne, Eileen and Helen FIRESTONE. Predeceased by brothers Joe, Bill, Louis and Sam, sisters-in-law May and Anne, brothers-in-law Sam, Alex, and Moishe, and sisters-in-law Debbie, Rose, and Helen. At Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 31 Avenal Drive. If desired, donations may be made to the Lillian Miller Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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FIRESTONE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-27 published
FIRESTONE, Michael Dennis
Passed away on Friday, November 25, 2005. Devoted son of Eileen and the late Louis FIRESTONE. Brother and brother-in-law of Marilyn and Myron BOLTMAN. Uncle and great-uncle. Graveside funeral will be held on Monday, November 28, 2005 at Bathurst Lawn Cemetery, Kieltzer Section. Call Steeles Memorial Chapel, 905-881-6003 for time. Private Shiva. Donations to the Louis Firestone and Family Endowment Fund at Baycrest are appreciated.

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FIRESTONE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
WATSON, Ethel M.
Peacefully at Marnwood Life Care Centre on Saturday, December 3, 2005 in her 89th year. Ethel, beloved wife of the late W. Harold WATSON. Loved mother of Ted and his wife Georgina, David and his wife Patsy, Denise and her husband Claude MARTEL, Patricia FIRESTONE and the late Paul WATSON. Fondly remembered by her grandchildren. Dear sister of Lawrence ABBS, Ruth CROZIER and the late Ted ABBS and Pearl FINLAYSON. Friends may pay their respects at the Morris Funeral Chapel, 4 Division Street, Bowmanville on Wednesday, December 7th, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the Morris Chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment Bowmanville Cemetery. Donations to Trinity United Church Building Fund or Memorial Hospital Foundation, Bowmanville in Ethel's memory would be gratefully appreciated.

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FIRING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-01 published
HARFIELD, Mildred Jean (née MOORE)
Veteran of World War 2 Retired Registered Nurse
Peacefully on May 28, 2005, at the age of 91, in Ottawa. Jean was born August 13, 1913, in Cobourg, Ontario, the daughter of Harry MOORE and Amelia Brown MOORE. After nursing training in Toronto, she moved to New York City, where she was working when she joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a nursing sister in 1941. While stationed at the Thursk airbase in York, England, she met Royal Canadian Air Force officer Stanley Frederick HARFIELD, whom she married in 1945. She and Stanley lived mostly in Montreal and Vancouver after the war, and had two children, Bruce and Sherry. After retirement, they spent as much time as possible near the ocean, especially in Maui and Birch Bay, Washington. Stanley died in 2003, and Jean is survived by Bruce and Sherry, her daughter-in-law Penny HARFIELD and son-in-law Jack KIRCHHOFF, grandchildren Robert and Jason FIRING, and Andrew, Tim and Jeanne HARFIELD, as well as her great-grand_son Ruben FIRING and several nieces and nephews in Vancouver. According to her instructions, there will be no formal memorial service. After cremation, her remains will be returned to Vancouver, where she will be interred with Stanley at First Memorial Gardens.

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FIRING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-05 published
FIRING, Eric Lars (1952-2005)
Born in Montreal, resident of San Diego. On Friday, October 28, 2005, in hospital, in Bangkok, of natural causes. Will be sorely missed by father Lars, sister Cheryl, brother Neil and the rest of the family, as well as Friends in Canada, U.S. and elsewhere. Although he left us early and unexpectedly, Eric had the courage and the ability to enjoy the lifestyle he wanted, while having genuine respect for others, and thus had a very complete and satisfying life. With a degree in Engineering, Computer Sciences from U.C.L.A. and a successful career in that field, he was also self-taught in several domains, including the ability to communicate in several languages, philosphy, photography, guitar, glass shaping, neon fabrication and just about everything pertaining to life itself. He was able to accomplish this as he was gifted with an unlimited memory. Reception in memory of Eric is not yet planned due to the international nature of this sad event. Contributions to the Canadian Red Cross in memory of Eric FIRING would be welcomed in lieu of flowers and can be sent to Neil FIRING, 1061 Chemin Ste. Claire, Riviere Beaudette, Québec J0P 1R0, 450-269-2348 (call answer after 7 rings) along with your return address. We love you Eric.

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FIRKUS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-29 published
TUPPER, Rennie Joy
Rennie was born in Calgary, Alberta, October 31, 1956 and passed away in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, following a sudden illness. She is survived by a loving family, her parents Dora and Errold; her sisters Laurie, Jill and Devon; her brother Shawn and brothers-in-law Kevin FIRKUS and Michael BIRMINGHAM; her nephews Brae and Cole and her niece Dakota. Rennie has also left behind many relatives and Friends across Canada who loved her dearly and her colleagues at Natural Resources Canada who will remember her with fondness. Those of us lucky enough to know Rennie will remember unbending love, abundant kindness, a shy but disarming personality, and simply the biggest heart in the world. Most of all, she will be missed by Shadow, her unfailing companion these last seven years. A special thanks to the team in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ottawa Civic Hospital for all they did for Rennie and the sensitivity and kindness shown to her family. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry. 315 McLeod Street on Monday, August 1, 2005 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Rennie's life will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, August 2 at 11: 30 a.m. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's United Church, 128 1st Street East, Cochrane, Alberta on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 2 p.m. If desired, memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society.
Condolences/Donations/Tributes at: mcgarryfamily.ca 613-233-1143

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FIRLOTTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-13 published
DICICCO, Caroline (née MANCUSO)
Quietly at Shepherd Village, Friday evening, March 11, 2005 in her 92nd year, is now at peace. Daughter/Wife/Grandmother/Great-grandmother and Friend! Beloved wife of Anthony DICICCO (deceased.) Loving mother of Michael, Angela (Sheldon) FIRLOTTE, Roslyn (Gordon) HILLS, John (Yolanda), Carl, and Josie (Brian) PARKER. Grandmother of Michael DICICCO Jr. (deceased,) Tony, Peter, Paul, and John DICICCO, Shelley-Lynn PETERSONS, Andrea DICICCO, Brian, Chad and Joel PARKER. Great-grandmother of Jeffrey, Jeremy, Jessie, Angela, Alyssa, Joshua, Cassandra, Beau, Trevor, Shane and Shontelle DICICCO, Leija PETERSONS, Sydney, Hailie and Tyler PARKER. Resting at McDougall and Brown "Scarborough Chapel", 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2005 and Tuesday March 15, 2005. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church (4179 Lawrence Ave. E.) on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Family requests that donations to the Alzheimer Society be made in lieu of flowers.

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FIRLOTTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-16 published
KENNEDY, Jean
Suddenly at her residence, in Streetsville, on Thursday, April 14, 2005. Jean KENNEDY (née FIRLOTTE,) beloved wife of Alex. Loving mother of Shelley KENNEDY. Dear sister of Dougall Firlotte of Moncton, New Brunswick Friends may call at the Lee Funeral Home Limited, 258 Queen Street South, Streetsville (Mississauga Road, south of 401), on Sunday, April 17, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel of the funeral home on Monday, April 18, 2005 at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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FIRLOTTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-22 published
SMITH, Earl Glenford
Born February 14, 1921, died July 21, 2005, in his 85th year, after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. Glen was the loving husband of Gladys (FIRLOTTE) for almost 60 years. Father to Joan (Clem SHARP) and David (Anna.) Grandfather to Lyaca (Tim RIDDLE), Dalen (Anji), Kelly, Kemayla (James FLEMING/FLEMMING), Braedon, and Michael. Great-grandfather to C.J., Austin, Trudon, Miranda, Alystra, Sevoya, and Rachel. Loved brother of Eileen (GOULD- BAILEY), Morley, Florence (Wilkinson), Melbourne, and Grant. Glen was born on a farm in Sandford just north of Uxbridge. He lived and worked most of his life in Toronto as a banker for the Toronto Dominion Bank. In retirement Glen returned to Uxbridge. Glen will be sorely missed by all his family and Friends. Please join the family for a Celebration of Life, Monday, July 25, 2005. Open House at 60 Bolton Drive, Uxbridge, 2: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A private service was held for the immediate family at the Sandford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in his name. Glen is finally at peace.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-01 published
DENOVAN, Paul Geoffrey
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Paul Geoffrey DENOVAN at Scarborough Grace Hospital on February 27, 2005. Paul was predeceased by his loving wife Gail (née FIRMAN) and will be missed by his daughters Lisa DENOVAN (and her spouse Simon BURDEN,) Jill and Susan, by his granddaughters Amanda and Dana and by his extended family and Friends, especially those from the Crossroads Complex where Paul and Gail lived for 30 years. His family wishes to thank the staff at North York General Hospital and The Gibson House, especially Jennifer, for their care and support. A Gathering to Celebrate Paul's life will be held at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 275 Lesmill Road, (416-4411580), Thursday March 3, from 4: 00-8:00 p.m. If desired, donations in his memory to the North York General Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-01 published
DENOVAN, Paul Geoffrey
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Paul Geoffrey DENOVAN at Scarborough Grace Hospital on February 27, 2005. Paul was predeceased by his loving wife Gail (née FIRMAN) and will be missed by his daughters Lisa DENOVAN (and her spouse Simon BURDEN,) Jill and Susan, by his granddaughters Amanda and Dana and by his extended family and Friends, especially those from the Crossroads Complex where Paul and Gail lived for 30 years. His family wishes to thank the staff at North York General Hospital and The Gibson House, especially Jennifer, for their care and support. A Gathering to Celebrate Paul's Life will be held at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 275 Lesmill Road (416-441-1580), Thursday, March 3, from 4: 00-8:00 p.m. If desired, donations in his memory to the North York General Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-18 published
OSOWSKY, John
Suddenly, on Saturday, April 16, 2005, in his 63rd year. John, loving and dear father of Julie and her husband Gene HONDZIO, Michael and his wife Susan, and Tania. Also survived by the mother of the children, Anne. Dear brother of Adolko and his wife Cathy and their children, Adam, Sofia, Natalie, and Christina. Loving nephew of John and Maria FIRMAN. Friends may call at Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street (near Keele), on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., with Panachida at 8 p.m. Funeral Wednesday at 9: 30 a.m., then to The Ukrainian Catholic Church Of The Holy Protection for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-19 published
OSOWSKY, John
Suddenly, on Saturday, April 16, 2005, in his 63rd year, John, loving and dear father of Julie and her husband Gene HONDZIO, Michael and his wife Susan, and Tania. Dear grandfather of Sophie and Emily. Also survived by the mother of the children, Anne. Dear brother of Adolko and his wife Cathy and their children, Adam, Sofia, Natalie, and Christina. Loving nephew of John and Maria FIRMAN. Friends may call at Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., with Panachida at 8 p.m. Funeral Wednesday at 9: 30 a.m., then to The Ukrainian Catholic Church Of The Holy Protection for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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FIRST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-06 published
Bruce MacMILLAN
By Andy LIPCHAK, Thursday, January 6, 2005 - Page A20
Educator, founder of Canada FIRST. Born November 6, 1945, in Toronto. Died September 8, 2004, in an accident, near Oshawa, aged 58.
I met Bruce MacMILLAN in 1972 when I first applied for a job in the Ontario government. Bruce was the personnel officer for the competition. He phoned me after the interview to tell me that, although I didn't get the job, he wanted to help me find another position. I was stunned by this interest and support from someone I had barely met. Bruce was true to his word, and so began my own career and my 32-year Friendship with an extraordinary person.
Bruce left the government soon after I entered. He was restless and wanted to do something more entrepreneurial. This urge, no doubt, came from his father who founded what was probably Toronto's first health food store in 1939. Bruce demonstrated an enterprising spirit at an early age. As a small boy, he started his own lending library, issuing cards to neighbourhood children and keeping a record of borrowed books in a recipe box. The cards were free and there was no overdue charge.
Later in life, Bruce roped me and many other Friends into other good causes. One of these was Canada FIRST, which he founded in 1993. Canada FIRST encouraged Canadian youth to explore careers in math, science and technology by staging an annual national robotics competition for high-school teams. The students designed and built the robots that each year had to play a different sport such as hockey, curling and basketball.
Over its 10 years, more than 11,000 students, teachers, engineering mentors and volunteers participated. Many students have gone onto careers in high-tech companies because of the excitement and inspiration of Canada FIRST. Bruce was particularly proud that a growing number of them were young women. He and his wife, Janice, were always there to help and encourage the students. He was presented with the Outstanding Educator Award in 2000 by the 20,000-member Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.
Bruce raised more than $2-million for Canada FIRST, but funding the program was always a struggle. He mortgaged his house and often put up his own money to pay the bills. He supplemented his income by chairing federal tribunals in both English and French to settle unemployment insurance disputes.
Bruce also placed Canada first in other ways. He was fascinated by politics and was a frequent and perceptive letter-to-the-editor writer on political issues. During the referendum of 1995, he started his own campaign to keep Quebec within Canada. He placed an ad in The Globe and Mail asking Canadians to join him. He presented the many letters and e-mails he received to Quebec politicians before the referendum, to demonstrate the Friendship of other Canadians. A gifted speaker, Bruce also appeared at unity rallies and town hall meetings. Along with 11 other "ordinary" Canadians, he participated in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program 72 Hours to Remake Canada on the future of Confederation.
Bruce believed that Canada didn't honour its heroes enough. He became close Friends with James FLOYD, a patron of Canada FIRST. As head of design and engineering for Avro Canada, Jim played a central role in the development of some of the greatest planes in Canadian aviation, including the Avro Arrow. Bruce established a robotics design award in his name and raised money for the Canada FIRST Jim Floyd Scholarship at the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology. After Bruce died, Jim asked that the scholarship be re-dedicated to his friend.
Bruce's life was defined by his energy and generosity, his love for his family and country, and the pride he took in his many Friends and the young people he helped.
Andy is Bruce's friend.

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FIRSTBROOK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-08 published
FIRSTBROOK, Virginia Ann (née McLARTY)
Passed away in Collingwood on March 6, 2005. She will be dearly missed by Scott FIRSTBROOK, her husband of 55 years, her daughter Joanne REILLY and her husband Keith of Toronto, her son Scott and wife Paula of Collingwood and daughter Nancy JENKINSON and husband Jim of Invermere, British Columbia. Predeceased by her sisters Margaret WALLACE and Nancy BETTSON and brother Alex McLARTY. Also sadly missed by grandchildren Brooke and Margot REILLY, Trevor and Leslie FIRSTBROOK and Barbara and Jaime JENKINSON. Service will be held at Fawcett Funeral Home, 82 Pine Street, Collingwood on Wednesday March 9th, 2005 at 2: 00 pm. Reception following the service at Osler Bluff Ski Club.

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FIRSTBROOK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-12 published
FIRSTBROOK, Ian Harold, C.D. Major (Ret'd) The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
In Ottawa on March 8th, 2005. son of the late Harold and Catherine FIRSTBROOK of Toronto. Brother of Donald Scott of Collingwood. Loving husband of Nancy (KOLLE) and devoted father of Sarah (Gordon) KRIEGER, Sheilagh, and David (Andrea.) Cherished grandfather of Samantha, Steven, Hannah, and Ella. Will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family and Friends. At Ian's request, a private family service was held followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1900 Merivale Rd. Suite 200, Nepean, Ontario K2G 4N4 would be appreciated.

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FIRSTBROOK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-18 published
DROVER, Ida Mary
On Sunday, January 16, 2005 in her 72nd year, beloved wife of the late William Godfrey DROVER. Dear mother to Robin SMITH (Kenzie) and Rhonda BEIRNES (Murray,) all of Listowel, Kevin (Anne) of Enderby, British Columbia, Kelly FIRSTBROOK (Don) of Oakville, and Kent (Betty) of Fruitvale, British Columbia. Also survived by 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lakeshore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service Thursday at 11 a.m. from Saint Margaret's Anglican Church, 156 Sixth Street, followed by cremation. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be placed at www. RidleyFuneralHome.com

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-08 published
CLARKE, Alice
Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre, South Street Campus, on Thursday, January 6, 2005, Mrs. Alice CLARKE was in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon A. CLARKE. Loving mother of Stephen CLARKE and his wife Barbara of Mississauga, Joan CAMERON and her husband John of Stoney Creek, and Jane DELAND and her husband Richard of Windsor. Dear grandmother of Sharon and Sandra CLARKE, Jason DELAND and his wife Melanie, Michelle and her husband Todd STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Brenda CAMERON, Christine and her husband Brock FIRTH. Dear great grandmother of Britney FIRTH. Also survived by nieces and nephews, Bill and his wife Judy GOLDENBERG, Mark and his wife Diane GOLDENBERG, and Gail and her husband Randy PARK. Predeceased by her sister Pearl GOLDENBERG. Kindly remembered by her family for the many happy and festive family gatherings. Provided ongoing support and love to her children and grandchildren. Worked part time for many years at Woolworths Department Store. Was a member of St. Andrew Memorial Anglican Church and volunteered at the McCormick Home. Enjoyed her last two years as a full time resident at the Grandwood Retirement Home in London. The funeral service will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, (2 blocks north of Oxford), on Monday, January 10th, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. with visiting one hour prior to the service. Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Alice are asked to consider the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-21 published
GREENIS, Josephine Mary (née FIRTH) (1917-2005)
She will live in our hearts forever. It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to our mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, Josie GREENIS. The Lord took her to Heaven in order to relieve her pain and suffering after bravely battling Alzheimers. Our mother passed away on Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 at the age of 87 in her home at The Westmount in Kitchener, Ontario. Josie was born on December 8th, 1917 in Sarnia, Ontario, made her home in London, Ontario where she raised her family and spent her last few years in Kitchener. Predeceased by husband Max, sisters, Nina and Gloria and parents Guy and Lily FIRTH. Loving mother of Barbara McNAUGHTON (Bill,) Max GREENIS (Bonnie,) Linda McHUGH (Patrick) and Wendy LAFETE (John.) Loving grandmother of Kelly BROWN (Bob,) Brenda McNAUGHTON, Brian McNAUGHTON (Kim), Shannon GREENIS, Barrie McNAUGHTON (Jacqueline) and Jim GREENIS. Great-Grandma of Meagan BROWN, Logan and Bailey McNAUGHTON. Visitation in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas St.) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Society of Kitchener-Waterloo, 233 Frederick Street, Kitchener, N2H 2M7 would be appreciated.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-01 published
JOHNSON, Enid Lola (née HOLT)
Peacefully at Craigwiel Gardens, Ailsa Craig, Sunday, October 30, 2005, Enid Lola (HOLT) JOHNSON, formerly of Grand Bend, age 93. Beloved wife of the late R. Lawrence JOHNSON (1988.) Loved mother and mother-in-law of Neva and Duncan McVITTIE of R.R.#1, Southampton, Nancy and Don McARTHUR of R.R.#5, Paisley. Loving grandma of Robin and Rob RIBBINK, Larry and Angela McVITTIE, Karen McARTHUR and companion John FIRTH, and great-grandma of Benjamin RIBBINK, Samuel RIBBINK and Ava McVITTIE. Dear sister-in-law of Jim and Ruth JOHNSON, Mervil and Jessie JOHNSON, Pat JOHNSON, Alvin and Ruby JOHNSON and Mickey JOHNSON. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her grand_son Kevin McARTHUR, parents Roy and Mae (GEROMETTE) HOLT, sister Beulah HOLT, brothers Jack and Erwin HOLT. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Wednesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; where the Funeral Service will be held Thursday, November 3, 2005 at 11 a.m. Pastors Art and Evelyn KRUEGER officiating. Interment Grand Bend Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Cancer Society or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-22 published
FIRTH, Jean Carruthers
Passed away peacefully at Idlewyld Manor on January 20th, 2005. Jean was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman FIRTH. Sister of C. Grant FIRTH (2002) and Murray FIRTH (1945.) Jean lived in Hamilton all her life, she drove for the Red Cross during the second world war. The family would like to thank the staff at Idlewyld Manor for their compassionate care. Also Lee YEARWOOD, Betty HAMMOND, Sheila ELFORD, Jo-Anne LARGE and Tracy WHITTAKER. Following Jean's wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Ancaster, 905-648-3852.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-24 published
FIRTH, Jean Carruthers
Passed away peacefully at Idlewyld Manor on January 20th, 2005. Jean was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman FIRTH. Sister of C. Grant FIRTH (2002) and Murray FIRTH (1945.) Jean lived in Hamilton all her life, she drove for the Red Cross during the second world war. The family would like to thank the staff at Idlewyld Manor for their compassionate care. Also Lee YEARWOOD, Betty HAMMOND, Sheila ELFORD, Jo-Anne LARGE and Tracy WHITTAKER. Following Jean's wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Ancaster, 905-648-3852. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-26 published
Royce FRITH, Lawyer, Politician, Diplomat 1923-2005
As canny as he was charming, he never seriously ran for office and instead horse-traded his way into the Senate before being sent to London as High Commissioner, writes Sandra MARTIN. An enthusiastic amateur thespian, he above all relished the drama of the 1995 turbot wars against Spanish fishermen
Saturday, March 26, 2005, Page S9
Tall, patrician, and impeccably dressed, Royce FRITH was a natural communicator who moved through life with charm and grace. A lawyer by training, a Liberal by avocation, and a performer by instinct, he had the potential to be either chief justice of the Supreme Court or prime minister. That he was neither was a mystery to many, but the most likely explanation was fourfold: He was intensely private; his many talents, which included acting and singing, tempted him to enjoy life in the broadest sense; he needed to make a living; and, although he relished influence, he wasn't hungry enough to seek real power.
Mr. FRITH suffered two great tragedies in his life -- the breakdown of his marriage followed by his estranged wife's premature death in 1976, and the death four years later of his son Greg from malignant melanoma at age 25 -- but he kept his anguish to himself and never really spoke about these losses even with his closest Friends. He maintained the same strict privacy in the last few years about his own struggle with cancer. Even many of his closest Friends did not know the extent of his illness.
He served his country as a member of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, as a Senator during the Trudeau and Mulroney eras, and perhaps most famously as the High Commissioner to England and Northern Ireland who saved Canada House and who rallied British fishermen to the Canadian cause during the "turbot war" with the Spanish in the mid-1990s.
Earlier this week, senators from all sides of the Upper Chamber rose to pay tribute to Mr. FRITH. Liberal Joyce FAIRBURN noted that he had "cut a swath through this place with a potent mix of intellect, talent, humour, stubbornness, skill and commitment that challenged the rest of us to think and act well beyond the boundaries of this chamber." Conservative Lowell MURRAY, who had often "crossed swords" with Mr. FRITH, especially during the 1990 G.S.T. filibuster, praised him as "a model of bilingualism," and an "enjoyable, engaging and interesting companion and a great raconteur." Long-time political strategist Dorothy DAVEY, speaking on behalf of herself and her husband, former Senator Keith DAVEY, said, "he brought intelligence and élan to every position he held and joy and warmth to every Friendship he graced and every room he entered,"
Royce Herbert FRITH was born in Lachine, Quebec, the only son of George Harry FIRTH and Annie Beatrice ROYCE. He was educated at Lachine High School and transferred to Parkdale Collegiate after the family moved to Toronto in the mid-1930s. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1946 and Osgoode Hall in 1949 and then did a Diplôme d' études supérieures (droit) at the University of Ottawa. By then, he had married Elizabeth DAVISON, a professional singer whom he had met through The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Back in Toronto, the FRITHs lived in Leaside and Mr. FRITH practised law on his own for nearly two years before joining two colleagues to form the firm of Magwood, Frith and Pocock. He made his political affiliation to the Liberal party early, serving as national treasurer of the Young Liberal Association in 1949. He got involved in local politics by sitting on Leaside town council in 1951 and 1952 and serving as reeve in 1953. He won the nomination as the provincial Liberal candidate for York East in 1955, but lost by more than 7,000 votes to Hollis BECKETT, the Conservative candidate.
He never ran for public office again. Former Senator John NICHOL thinks of Mr. FRITH as a Renaissance man. He speculates that he didn't actively pursue a career in elected politics because "his interests were so broad, in the arts and music, that I don't think he wanted to limit himself to the treadmill existence of an member of Parliament, or worse, a cabinet minister."
Instead he became a strategist and an organizer, becoming president of the Ontario Liberal Association in 1960, a position he held until 1962. By then, he was one of the key members of Cell 13, a group organized by Keith DAVEY, then national director of the Liberal Party, to build up electoral support for Lester PEARSON and his brand of reform liberalism throughout the country after the party's disastrous showings in the 1957 and 1958 federal elections. One of Cell 13's key activities, as described by Christina McCall-Newman in her book Grits, was "travelling show-and tell demonstrations of canvassing, speaking, and advertising methods" for novice candidates, collected under the rubric of the School of Practical Politics. Mr. FRITH, was a key trainer in these "campaign colleges."
Before the 1963 election that gave Mr. PEARSON his first minority government, the perfectly bilingual Mr. FRITH was a practising lawyer, the host of a television program called Telepoll on the newly formed CTV network, and an applicant before the Board of Broadcast Governors for a licence to establish a private radio station in Windsor, close to the border with the United States.
He got the licence, much to the annoyance of Windsor member of Parliament Paul MARTIN, who thought it should go to a local, and four months later relinquished it in favour of his silent partner, media czar Geoffrey STIRLING.
Mr. DAVEY was not pleased at these public rufflings of Liberal party solidarity, which provided John DIEFENBAKER with fuel for his scathing wit. In his 1986 book, The Rainmaker, he wrote: "Though never quite a dilettante, Royce was not prepared to commit totally to anything, least of all a political career." He went on to say that he regarded Mr. FRITH as "a squandered political resource" who might even have been prime minister. "Too often, however, he slid by on his remarkable personality."
Mr. PEARSON did not share that view. One of his first acts as Prime Minister was to establish the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, with Mr. FRITH as one of ten commissioners. He served the Commission faithfully and well, saying at one point in the hearings that: "If one section of the country sees it as consisting of a majority and a minority while the other sees it as an equal partnership, this does not provide a fertile ground for the exchange of culture. Until we can find ways to change these attitudes, the present conflict will continue."
Earlier this week, Keith SPICER, who was appointed Canada's first Commissioner of Official Languages by Pierre TRUDEAU in 1970, paid tribute to Mr. FRITH who served as his legal adviser. "Royce's advice, in those days when language was still a minefield of anger, misunderstanding and prejudice, was fundamental to the success of the Official Languages Act."
As canny as he was charming, Mr. FRITH struck himself an advantageous deal when the Liberals wanted him to be Ontario campaign manager in the late 1970s. Perhaps Mr. FRITH knew how hard it would be to deliver Ontario to the Liberals in the wake of Mr. TRUDEAU's imposition of the War Measures Act and wage and price controls. He was willing to give up his lucrative law practice to serve the party but he asked for, and received, an appointment to the Senate in 1977. He then took on running the Ontario campaign in the 1979 election, the election that saw Mr. TRUDEAU trounced by Joe CLARK's Progressive Conservatives.
In the Senate, Mr. FRITH was an active and gifted debater and served as deputy leader of the government from 1980 to 1984, deputy leader of the Opposition from 1984 to 1991 and leader of the Opposition from 1991. Working in Ottawa gave him the opportunity to spend more time in nearby Perth, his mother's ancestral home in the Ottawa Valley, and to indulge his passion for amateur theatricals, including playing Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. "Quite frankly," said Senator David SMITH, "he was better looking than Rex Harrison and he had a real polish and flair."
He resigned his Senate seat in 1994, five years before mandatory retirement at age 75, to become High Commissioner to London, his final and most triumphant period of public life. He waged two major campaigns. Under his predecessor Fredrik EATON, appointed by Brian MULRONEY, there was a serious danger that the lease on Canada House in its flagship location in Trafalgar Square in London, was going to be allowed to lapse. Mr. FRITH was appalled and did his utmost to point out that losing Canada House was going to be a blow to Canadian tradition and prestige. He also discovered that under the terms of the lease, Canada had to restore the building to its original condition before handing it back to the Crown. Instead of saving money, giving up Canada House was going to cost a great deal. That proved a winning argument in those cost-conscious days.
Former Liberal Cabinet minister Brian Tobin, now a lawyer in the private sector, had trained as a young candidate with Mr. FRITH in one of the many campaign colleges. He appreciated Mr. FRITH's brand of Liberalism. "He understood the private sector very well, but he also had a huge heart and understood that not only did you have to produce wealth in this society, you have to be fair to those who have fewer advantages."
But what really endeared Mr. FRITH to him was the role he played in the turbot wars when Mr. Tobin was federal minister of fisheries. Members of the fishing community in Cornwall started flying Canadian flags because they were upset by the over-fishing that they themselves were seeing by the Spanish and the Portuguese and they sympathized with Canada's position. Mr. FRITH went to visit them to say thank you. "He did a marvellous job," said Mr. Tobin. "He was such an articulate, persuasive personality that he could walk into a community he had never been in before in his life at a time like that and really embody Canada in the most positive sense of the word."
When asked if he had a favourite memory of Mr. FRITH, he said, "I see this big tall guy in a bow tie with chiselled features, big grin, flashing eyes looking for the next big cause, bare knuckles and all, to embrace. And that's Royce."
If Mr. FRITH was disappointed when he was recalled in 1996 to make way for former Cabinet minister Roy MacLaren to succeed him in London, he kept it to himself.
The Vancouver law firm now called Borden Ladner Gervais invited him to join them as a consultant on British and European affairs. The climate was better than in Ottawa and he had Friends there, especially former Senators John Nichol and George Van Roggen. He quickly became the centre of a social circle that revolved around the Vancouver Symphony, the board of Pearson College and the Vancouver Club. "Royce would walk in every day," said David Smith, "looking like he had just come off Jermyn Street, tailored by Savile Row. I never needed to book anything [when I went to Vancouver], all I had to do was go to the Vancouver Club and there he would be looking like a million dollars."
Mr. FRITH's daughter Valerie also moved to Vancouver where she taught for a number of years in the publishing program at Simon Fraser University. He never remarried, although he had many close women Friends, most notably Hillary Haggan in recent years.
Royce Herbert FRITH was born in Lachine, Quebec, on November 12, 1923. He died of pneumonia as a complication of malignant myeloma at home in Vancouver on March 17, 2005. He was 81. He is survived by his daughter Valerie and her family.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-25 published
FIRTH, Edith Grace, B.A., B.L.S., LL.D.
At Toronto on Saturday, July 23, 2005 in her 79th year. Edith Grace FIRTH, predeceased by her parents Thomas and Amy FIRTH, brother Daniel FIRTH and sisters Isabel McGOWAN and Mary FIRTH. She will be fondly remembered by her dear friend Josef CERMAK, Gerry McGOWAN, Marjorie FIRTH, and nieces and nephews Margaret, Elizabeth, Thomas, Allison, Diane, Robert and their families.
Librarian; head of Canadian History Department, Metropolitan Toronto Library 1977-82; joined Reference Division Toronto Public Library 1949; in charge of rare Canadiana 1952-82; author 'The Town of York' 1962-66; 'Toronto in Art' 1983; various catalogues, reviews and articles on historical subjects; recipient American Association for State and Local History Certificate of Merit 1963 Canadian Historical Association Certificate of Merit for Local History 1967; Centennial Medal 1967; Toronto Historical Board Award of Merit 1974; City of Toronto Book Award 1984; Hon. LL.D., Trent University; member Multicultural Historical Society Ontario (Director); Ontario Historical Studies Series (Director); Champlain Society Council and Publishing Committee (General Editor Ontario Series 1963-71); National Archival Appraisal Board; Presbyterian Church General Assembly Committee on History; Bibliographical Society Canada (Council 1964-67, 1973-77); Ontario Historical Society (Executive Committee 1965-67, Editorial Board 1972-77).
Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. A private funeral service to be held with interment at the Durham Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-26 published
Librarian became expert on history of Toronto
By Sandra MARTIN, Tuesday, July 26, 2005, Page S7
Toronto -- Edith FIRTH studied history before she became a librarian. She combined those disciplines as a writer and archivist compiling volumes of early Toronto documents that were invaluable to historians and other scholars who were trying to write about the beginnings of Canada's biggest city.
Born in Lindsay, Ontario, on January 27, 1927, she grew up in North Bay. After earning degrees in modern history and library science from the University of Toronto, she joined the staff of the Toronto Public Library working first in general reference and later rare books. She became head of the manuscript collections in The Baldwin Room and The Toronto Room in the early 1960s. She published a number of guides and catalogues including Early Toronto Newspapers 1793-1867, The Town of York, 1793-1815 and Toronto in Art. She died in Toronto on July 23. She was 78..
A full obituary is forthcoming.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-30 published
Edith FIRTH, Librarian And Scholar: 1927-2005
Historian who wrote the book on early Toronto was a librarian with a gift for inspired research, writes Sandra MARTIN. Although she retired in 1982, the Toronto Public Library still profits from her work
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, July 30, 2005, Page S9
A woman of impeccable intellectual standards, Edith FIRTH edited landmark collections of documents about the early history and culture of Toronto. As head of Canadian manuscripts at the Toronto Public Library for 30 years, she belonged to the tradition of scholar/librarians -- professionals who publish their own research while providing the tools that enable others to write and study.
"She created a scholarly haven for historians and geographers in the Baldwin Room," said geographer John WARKENTIN, who first met her as a graduate student in the early 1950s. "Aside from leading just about everybody and their brother to the materials that they built their reputations on, she was very important as a historian," said writer Stephen OTTO. " Almost anything she put on paper herself will stand the test of time."
"She was much more than capable," said historian Maurice CARELESS. "She was very confident and rightly so because she knew what she was doing. I felt a great sense of trustworthiness in her work." As for her books, "they really were very good."
Tall, elegant and reserved, she had a quick sharp wit that she shared with close Friends and confidants. While clumsy or inept researchers were treated courteously and given access to the documents they requested, she was known to mutter: "That man is a menace."
"We are still reaping the benefit of what she did throughout her career," said David KOTIN, her successor as manager, special collections, at the Toronto Public Library. "She put her stamp on them and the staff." The library's holdings now include 25,000 books relating to Canada published before 1900, about 30,000 broadsides, posters and ephemera and 80,000 pictures.
Edith Grace FIRTH grew up in North Bay, Ontario, where her geologist father had taken up teaching high-school science. The youngest of four children of Thomas and Amy FIRTH, she left home in the late 1940s to attend the University of Toronto, graduating with an honours degree in modern history and a degree in library science.
After graduation, she joined the staff of the Toronto Public Library, where she worked in general reference. In 1952, she was put in charge of the Treasure Room, where the library's rare books, especially Canadiana, were housed.
She began studying for a master's degree in history in the early 1950s while continuing to work at the Toronto Public Library and to prepare her first publication, Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Toronto Public Libraries, which was issued in 1954.
Prof. WARKENTIN, the geographer, met her in J.M.S. CARELESS's senior seminar on the history of Old Ontario at that time. They were both a little older than the other students and they "hit it off together." He remembers her "steely regard" for good scholarship. "Her standards were very high, and she was quite independent-minded."
Prof. CARELESS remembers her as "highly capable and very engaging and intelligent." She never finished the graduate degree, perhaps because she was doing historical research in her job and didn't feel the need of another qualification. In 1961, she completed Early Toronto Newspapers, 1793-1867, a catalogue of newspapers published before Confederation in the Town of York and the City of Toronto.
When the Toronto Public Library opened its Reference Library Addition in its building at St. George and College Streets in 1960, Ms. FIRTH was put in charge of the new Baldwin Room of Manuscripts and Canadiana (named after Reformer Robert Baldwin, an early advocate of responsible government) and the Toronto Room, which housed current and bound volumes of Toronto newspapers and the Early Toronto Picture Collection.
She and Prof. WARKENTIN renewed their Friendship when they met up again in the early 1960s as volunteers with the Champlain Society, an organization devoted to increasing public access to and awareness of our documentary heritage. "She was the general editor of the Ontario series and I was elected to the council [of the Champlain Society]," he said. "We were quite junior members," at least compared to the "titans of Canadian history" on the board at the time -- a list that included W.L. Morton, Donald Creighton, C.P. Stacey, W.K. Lamb (Dominion archivist and the first national librarian of Canada) and Leslie Frost, the recently retired premier of Ontario. "And there was Edith -- shy and reserved, but, if she made any remarks, they listened because it was very clear that she was respected as a scholar."
The early 1960s was an optimistic time for Canadian studies in the run-up to the centennial celebrations. Ontario, and its capital city, were no exception. It was in this era, when public money was available to underwrite large historical projects, that Ms. FIRTH made her mark as the editor of The Town of York, 1793-1815, which was published by University of Toronto Press and the Champlain Society in 1962 (with financial support from the Ontario government, thanks largely to Mr. Frost and his successor, John Robarts). She had spent more than three years amassing and editing documents related to the early history of Toronto from the library's own collections, the federal and provincial archives and many other repositories and historical societies in Canada and the United States.
In a review in The Globe, Col. STACEY, the military historian, declared The Town of York "the most important book on the history of Toronto in many years." He described it as "a big handsome volume of documents" from "the day in 1793 when Col. and Mrs. John Graves SIMCOE and the Queen's Rangers arrived to found the settlement, down to the end of the War of 1812, during which the place was twice raided by the Americans."
Five years later, on the eve of the centennial year, Ms. FIRTH compiled The Town of York, 1815-1834: A Further Collection of Documents of Early Toronto. She pushed the story ahead to the incorporation of "dirty little York" into the city we know as Toronto and the election of journalist William Lyon MacKENZIE as its first mayor.
By then, the newly minted Toronto, which had more than 9,000 inhabitants and was the biggest town in Upper Canada, had survived the cholera epidemic of 1832 and the nascent battles between MacKENZIE the reformer and the members of the ruling oligarchy later known as the Family Compact. In reviewing this volume for The Globe, Col. STACEY praised Ms. FIRTH for "the skill and ingenuity with which she has hunted documents from their hiding places and explained them, and for the lucid introduction with which the volume begins."
Prof. WARKENTIN was a frequent user of the Baldwin Room, which moved to the new Raymond Moriyama facility on Yonge Street that was opened as the Metro Toronto Reference Library in the early 1970s. He had many occasions to watch Ms. FIRTH in action on the floor, or in her office "scribbling away on her research" and attending to administrative work.
Of course, she wasn't working all the time. She and her older sister, Mary, an English teacher, lived in a house in Etobicoke, cared for their widowed mother and attended to an older sister who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. When they could, the two sisters travelled -- mainly to England -- and collected commemorative China, a passion that had begun when Edith's father had given her a plate celebrating the young Princess Elizabeth after the coronation of George Virgin Islands.
After Mary died in 1975, Ms. FIRTH continued to build the collection, which eventually included a Charles II plate from 1673, wares celebrating William and Mary and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and a 1722 mug mourning the death of Queen Anne. The collection of nearly 400 pieces, which was displayed on shelves in the recreation room in her basement, was eventually sold at auction for £160,000 at Christie's in London in 1999.
She retired in 1982 at 55, perhaps with the intention of writing more books or devoting more time to her hobbies and her nieces and nephews. The following year, she published Toronto in Art: 150 Years Through Artists' Eyes to coincide with the city's sesquicentennial. The selection was limited to 70 works by 130 artists chosen for their historical value in depicting the city from 1834 to 1983. It won the City of Toronto Book Award in 1984.
Writer Stephen OTTO met her first as a library user and then came to know her well when he headed up the Ontario Heritage Conservation program in the mid-1970s. The odd thing, says Mr. OTTO, was that she didn't write more actively or productively after she retired. It was "almost as if she wanted to throw away her scholarship," he said. Instead, she indulged her passion for Dandie Dinmont dogs, a breed of Scottish terriers.
In the past few years, the family affliction of Alzheimer's disease began flexing its deadly tentacles. Lawyer Joseph CERMAK (a dear friend who met her after he arrived as a refugee from Czechoslovakia in 1949 and found a job as an assistant at Toronto Public Library) kept a caring watch over her, organizing a housekeeper and finally a nursing home a few weeks ago.
Edith Grace FIRTH was born in Lindsay, Ontario, on January 27, 1927. She died of Alzheimer's disease in Toronto on July 23, 2005. She was 78. She is survived by a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, six nieces and nephews and their families.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-06 published
BAKER, Philip Edwin Derry
Retired Senior Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice (Provincial Division) passed away Saturday, July 30, 2005 at Kingston General Hospital in his 79th year, surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his parents Jessie (ROBINSON) BAKER and Lieut.-Colonel Edwin Albert BAKER, co-founder of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, brothers David and John, and his much-loved childhood caregiver Edith (Edie) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary (FIRTH) BAKER, his sister Judy SHEARD, children Vicki (married to Lee McNAUGHTON,) Matthew (married to Susan CARRINGTON,) and Robbie (married to Leslie GALBRAITH.) Obnoxiously proud grandfather to Peter, Ginny and Heather McNAUGHTON, Jamie BAKER and Boris BAKER.
Phil aspired to wisdom and fairness in his work, treating everybody with dignity and respect. He will long be remembered for his contribution to the administration of justice, but for those who knew him, he will be remembered best for his sense of humour and affable nature.
Our family would like to express our deep appreciation to the doctors, palliative care team and particularly the nurses of Kidd 4 at Kingston General Hospital for both the quality of their care and their assistance during this most difficult time. In accordance with Phil's wishes, in lieu of a funeral or memorial service, we will hold a celebration of his life on his birthday, August 12th, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Fort Frontenac Officers' Mess, next to the Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal in Kingston. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-04 published
WILLIAMS, Edith May (née DART)
Peacefully, with family by her side, on Friday, December 2, 2005, in her 96th year, at Sunrise Senior Living in Unionville. Beloved wife of the late Byron. Edith is survived by her daughter Marjory and her husband Jack WALTERS. She will be missed by her grand_son Scott, great-grand_son James, granddaughter Shari and her husband David DUNCAN, and sister Ruth FIRTH. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Rd.), Markham, on Monday from 12: 30 p.m. until time of Service in the Chapel at 1: 30 p.m.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-24 published
DUNN, Ethel Louise
Peacefully at Simcoe Manor, Beeton on Friday, December 23rd, 2005. Ethel DUNN of Beeton and formerly of Bracebridge, in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Larry DUNN. Survived by Judy FIRTH and her husband John of Barrie and Bill DUNN of Bracebridge. Loving grandmother of Steven FIRTH, Tim and Terry DUNN and the late Jason FIRTH. Dear sister of Marie CAMPBELL, Edith O'BRIEN, Joan HARDINGE, Gord HOLMES, the late Elsie HARDY, Mae BALDING, Art and Jack HOLMES, Doris WILLS, Nora ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and Marge DAVIS. At Ethel's request, a Family Service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family and may be made through the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Homes, 30 Worsley Street, Barrie, Ontario L4M 1L4.

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