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NEMDHARI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-10 published
MARAJ, Jaratee
Peacefully at Seven Oaks, on Monday, February 7, 2005, at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late Totaram MARAJ (Griffin.) Loving mother of the late Pandit Isri MARAJ, the late Pooran MARAJ, Indra SINGH, Mohini RAMLALL, Rani SOOKRAM, Nowattie PERSAUD, Jake MARAJ and Molly NEMDHARI. Grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 6. Mother-in-law of Esther MARAJ, Dhanpat SINGH, Sam RAMLALL and Pandit Harri SOOKRAM, David PERSAUD and John NEMDHARI. Resting at Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E. Agincourt On. Thursday February 10 from 5: 30-9 p.m. Funeral Friday February 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Cremation. Many thanks to the Staff on the 5th floor at Seven Oaks for their care and kindness.

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NEMES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-22 published
BLACK, William Gordon
William Gordon BLACK peacefully passed away from complications relating to chronic lung disease on February 17, 2005. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 9, 1927, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. BLACK.
After receiving his C.A. designation from the University of Manitoba, Gordon moved to Montreal and began a fifty year career with Canada Steamship Lines and its subsidiaries. In 1992, Gordon retired as Deputy Chairman but continued to serve on the Board of Directors and as President of the Canada Steamship Lines Pension Fund Society. He served as Chairman of Standard Compensation Act Liability Assoc., Chairman of the Canadian Ship-owners Mutual Assoc. and was a Director of the Standard Protective and Indemnity Assoc.
A proud and adored grandfather of 12, Gordon was predeceased by his daughter, Andra-Lee, and grand_son, Perrin.
He will be lovingly remembered by Janie Black PATERSON, as well as by Judith NEMES and Janice BABB and will be sadly missed by his children: Sandra, Perelandra and Wag.
A Memorial Service will take place in Montreal at the Wray Walton Wray Funeral Home, Sherbrooke St. W. at Marcil, at 3: 00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2005. (514) 483-2320 In lieu of flowers, a donation in the memory of Andra-Lee Hanscom may be made to the Canadian Arthritis Foundation.

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NEMETH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-16 published
NEMETH, Elizabeth (CHERWATY)
With grace and dignity at home, Jacqueline Elizabeth NEMETH (CHERWATY,) on March 13th, 2005 in her 40th year. Loving wife of Doug NEMETH. Dearest daughter of Walter and Diana CHERWATY. Daughter by love to Adele HOLMES (James) and Robert NEMETH (Roma.) Precious sister of Gregory and Lori Ann, Grant and Molly, Graham and Melanie and sister-in-law to Tyler and Michelle. Wonderful aunti of Keaton, Cierra, Samuel and Zachary. Mom to Samson. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Visitation in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street, London) on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The complete funeral service will be conducted at Saint Anne's Anglican Church (1344 Commissioners Rd. W., Byron) on Friday, March 18th, 2005 at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. A Jacqueline's request, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, London Regional Cancer Centre, London Health Sciences Centre Adult Oncology Unit or Wellspring Center would be appreciated.

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NEMETH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-21 published
RENNEY, Brian A.
At London Health Sciences Centre, South Street Campus, London on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at approximately 9: 30 p.m., Brian A. RENNEY of London in his 56th year. Predeceased by his parents Albert RENNEY, formerly of England and Gladys RENNEY (née MARY) formerly of Saint Thomas. Fondly remembered by his best Friends Sam NAKAD and Lori NEMETH both of London. Sadly missed by his former wife and friend Heather RENNEY (née ANDREWS) and all her family. Dear brother of Diane SCHARKY (husband Mike;) and uncle of Tammy WARDELL, Misty and Shawn (SCHARKY.)
Brian will be dearly remembered by all the staff at London Satellite Hemodialysis Unit on Baseline Road plus all the Friends he has made over the 30+ years on dialysis. Brian will be greatly missed by his pets Spook and Chili. At Brian's request there will be no visitation. Cremation with interment Dorchester Union Cemetery - Urn Garden. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 22, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Chaplain Josephine Herriott officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Centre - London Satellite Hemodialysis Unit, c/o 800 Commissioners Road East, London, N6A 4G5 gratefully acknowledged. (Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester 268-7672 in charge of arrangements).

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NEMETH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-25 published
ILLES, Gord
Surrounded by the nature he so loved, Gord ILLES passed away at his home, in his 52nd year. He will be sadly missed by his wife and best friend of 29 years, Hilda. Gord was the son of Esther and the late William ILLES, and son-in-law of Lujza and the late Lajos NEMETH. He leaves behind his brother Ron and wife Connie, and sister Brenda SCHROEDER and husband Jeff. Also missing Gord will be his sisters-in-law Mary Ann FRAKAS and husband Les, and Martha HODI and husband Ben. Survived by a treasured Uncle Lorne and wife Eleanor HAUN. Gord was a terrific uncle to Danny, Chantel, John, Julie, Michelle, Leslie, Christine and Benjamin. He will always be remembered by special Friends Rick, Roy, Ben and Karen.
Gord began his career with TSC Stores over 29 years ago. He moved up the ladder from clerk, to manager, then district manager, eventually becoming coowner of the company until recently. His enthusiasm for life led him and Hilda to travel the world, experiencing various adventures involving scuba diving, skiing, and skydiving. Gord's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all those who have become part of Gord's life. Visitation will take place at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Tuesday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Gord's life will be held in the Westview Chapel on Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation and interment at a later date. In keeping with Gord's generous nature, he has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Men's Mission or to the Salvation Army. If you would like to share your memory of Gord with his family, please e-mail westview@execulink.com. A tree will be planted in Gord's name.

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NEMETH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-26 published
ILLES, Gord
Surrounded by the nature he so loved, Gord ILLES passed away at his home, in his 52nd year. He will be sadly missed by his wife and best friend of 29 years, Hilda. Gord was the son of Esther and the late William ILLES, and son-in-law of Lujza and the late Lajos NEMETH. He leaves behind his brother Ron and wife Connie, and sister Brenda SCHROEDER and husband Jeff. Also missing Gord will be his sisters-in-law Mary Ann FRAKAS and husband Les, and Martha HODI and husband Ben. Survived by a treasured Uncle Lorne and wife Eleanor HAUN. Gord was a terrific uncle to Danny, Chantel, John, Julie, Michelle, Leslie, Christine and Benjamin. He will always be remembered by special Friends Rick, Roy, Ben and Karen.
Gord began his career with TSC Stores over 29 years ago. He moved up the ladder from clerk, to manager, then district manager, eventually becoming co-owner of the company until recently. His enthusiasm for life led him and Hilda to travel the world, experiencing various adventures involving scuba diving, skiing, and skydiving. Gord's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all those who have become part of Gord's life. Visitation will take place at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Tuesday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Gord's life will be held in the Westview Chapel on Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation and interment at a later date. In keeping with Gord's generous nature, he has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Men's Mission or to the Salvation Army. If you would like to share your memory of Gord with his family, please e-mail westview@execulink.com. A tree will be planted in Gord's name.

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NEMETH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-12 published
HERI, Alex " Sandor"
Suddenly at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Saturday September 10th, 2005 Alex "Sandor" HERI Sr., of R.R.#4, Mt. Brydges in his 78th year. Beloved husband Pearl HERI. Dear father of Alex Jr., and Joe both of R.R.#4, Mt. Brydges. Predeceased by his parents Joseph HERI (1961) and Daru MARIA (1970) and mother and father-in-law Pearl "Poroska" (1994) and Alex NEMETH (1984.) Remembered fondly by several relatives overseas, as well as the Nagy family of Hernadnemeti. Also remembered by Pearl's sister Lovei LAJOSNE. Predeceased by nephew Lajos LOVEI (2005) and surrvived by his family. Sadly missed by cousins Sandor and Joan MOLNAR and family of London as well as close Friends of the Hungarian Community in the surrounding area. Also sadly missed by neighbours and Friends surrounding the family farm. Mr. HERI worked for many years with E.J. Wrights Store Fixtures in Strathroy. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mt. Brydges on Monday September 12th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to follow on Tuesday from the funeral home commencing at 1 p.m. with Rev. Arthur HAMBLETON and Reverend Ferenc SZAPMARI officiating. Organist Connie GOUGH. Interment Mt. Brydges Cemetery. Donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses of Middlesex-Elgin, the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital - Intensive Care Unit or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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NEMETH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-09-13 published
HERI, Alex Sandor Sr.
Suddenly, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Saturday, September 10, 2005, Alex Sandor HERI Sr., of R.R.#4, Mt. Brydges, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Pearl HERI. Dear father of Alex Jr. and Joe, both of R.R.#4, Mt. Brydges. Predeceased by his parents, Joseph HERI (1961) and Daru MARIA (1970) and mother and father-in-law Pearl POROSKA (1994) and Alex NEMETH (1984). Remembered fondly by several relatives overseas, as well as the Nagy family of Hernadnemet. Also remembered by Pearls sister Lovel LAJOSNE. Predeceased by nephew Lajos LOVEL (2005) and survived by his family. Sadly missed by cousins Sandor and Joan MOLNAR and family of London, as well as close Friends of the Hungarian community in the surrounding area. Also sadly missed by neighbours and Friends surrounding the family farm. Mr. HERI worked for many years with E.J. Wrights Store Fixtures in Strathroy. Friends called at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mt. Brydges, on Monday, September 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service followed on Tuesday from the funeral home, commencing at 1 p.m. with Reverend Arthur HAMBLETON and Reverend Ferenc SZAPMARI officiating. Organist Connie GOUGH. Interment Mt. Brydges Cemetery. Donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses of Middlesex-Elgin, the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Intensive Care Unit, or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. A special thank you to pallbearers Wayne HUTTON, Paul HUSZKA Jr., John MOLNAR, Alex MOLNAR, Peter MOLNAR, and Mike MOLNAR honourary pallbearers Frank TEIXEIRA, John TEIXEIRA, Charlie MANNING, and Matias TEIXEIRA; and flower bearers Steve BESENYCI and Brian HUTTON.

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NEMETH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-19 published
COATES, Jean Rosamond (née TANNER)
Of Mississauga, in her 78th year. Died peacefully in her sleep, January 15, 2005, at Mississauga Long Term Care Centre. Loving and devoted wife of Robert S.A. COATES, mother of Susan WHELAN and her husband David of Orangeville, Ross and his wife Michaela of Brampton, and Gay NEMETH of Toronto. Proud and loving grandmother of Sean, Theresa, Elysia, Sean, Ian and Erin. Great-grandmother of Kaitlynn, Destinee and Quinn. Preceded by mother Annie R. JEWEL, father Charles Stewart TANNER, brothers Charles and George TANNER, sisters Mary DAVISON and Margaret TANNER. Remains have been donated to the Department of Anatomy at the University of Toronto by Jean's request. She will always be remembered and live in our hearts forever. Friends will be received from 1: 00 p.m. until 2: 00 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. to be held at Cawthra Park United Church, 1466 Leda Ave., Mississauga on January 22, 2005. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favourite charity in memory of Jean.

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NEMEZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-11 published
DUFFY, Mary Christene (née HEENAN)
(December 12, 1930-April 8, 2005)
Died peacefully in the embrace of her family at Tall Pines Long-term Care Centre after a lengthy illness fought with courage. Deeply cherished wife and life partner of Earl DUFFY. Loving and greatly loved mother of Colleen JOHNSTON (Brian), Kevin (Sherry), Paul (Wendy), Karen NEMEZ (Greg), Shawn (Josie) and Neil (Leslie). Devoted grandmother of Melissa, Kylah, Emily, Caitlin, Katherine, Nicole DUFFY, Nicole NEMEZ, Conor, Beth, Madeline, Nelson, Christina, Michael and Carson. Chris was the 9th of 10 children born to Joe and Lily HEENAN of Tottenham, Ontario. She is now re-united in heaven with her parents and her sisters Hilda, Marguerite, Theresa, brother Patrick and two brothers who died in childhood. She will be greatly missed by her sister Cecilia (Jean SOARE) and brothers John and Don (Bernice) and many nieces and nephews. Chris had her early education in Tottenham and Colgan and at the age of 15 proceeded to St. Joseph's Convent School in Toronto. In 1952, Chris obtained her R.N. designation at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. While she was at school in Toronto she met and captured the heart of Earl DUFFY from Nelson, British Columbia. It was the beginning of a great love story. Chris and Earl married in 1954 and spent the next 50 years building a wonderful and rich life together. Chris was a remarkable woman and through the years displayed her immense versatility and talent. She was a skilled antique collector with a keen eye for beauty. She made her mark as an entrepreneur - in 1983 Chris and Earl formed Totson Corporation and developed, patented and marketed a new and better milk container to the Canadian market. Her other passions included music and bridge. However, her greatest passion and joy in life was always her family. She was a partner to Earl in his business career - always there as a sounding board, advisor and confidante. Her devotion and loyalty as a mother and grandmother were unparalleled - her family was always her greatest source of pride. While she lived in the Toronto area for most of her life, she never forgot her small town roots - she was always an authentic and warm person with a genuine interest in other people. She possessed great grace, poise and beauty - grit and determination. She profoundly touched the lives of those who knew her and will be missed more than words can say. She leaves a phenomenal legacy for all of us. Our family takes comfort in having a guardian angel looking out for us. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at Rod Abrams Funeral Home, #1666 Tottenham Road, Tottenham (905-936-3477) with a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. James Church in Colgan. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8, (416) 864-5887. The family wishes to thank the many dedicated healthcare professionals who supported both Chris and Earl in recent years including the staff of St. Michael's Hospital, Bridgepoint Hospital and Tall Pines Long-term Care Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Rachel SHUPAK of St. Mike's who always went the extra mile for Chris.

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NEMEZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-10 published
DUFFY, M. Christene (née HEENAN) (December 12, 1930-April 8, Died peacefully in the embrace of her family at Tall Pines Long-Term Care Centre after a lengthy illness fought with courage. Deeply cherished wife and life partner of Earl DUFFY. Loving and greatly loved mother of Colleen JOHNSTON (Brian), Kevin (Sherry), Paul (Wendy), Karen NEMEZ (Greg), Shawn (Josie) and Neil (Leslie). Devoted grandmother of Melissa, Kylah, Emily, Caitlin, Katherine, Nicole DUFFY, Nicole NEMEZ, Conor, Beth, Madeline, Nelson, Christina, Michael and Carson. Chris was the 9th of 10 children born to Joe and Lily HEENAN of Tottenham, Ontario. She is now reunited in Heaven with her parents and her sisters Hilda, Marguerite, Theresa, brother Patrick and two brothers who died in childhood. She will be greatly missed by her sister Cecilia (Jean SOARE) and brothers John and Don (Bernice) and many nieces and nephews. Chris had her early education in Tottenham and Colgan and at the age of 15 proceeded to St. Joseph's Convent School in Toronto. In 1952, Chris obtained her R.N. designation at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. While she was at school in Toronto, she met and captured the heart of Earl DUFFY from Nelson, British Columbia. It was the beginning of a great love story. Chris and Earl married in 1954 and spent the next 50 years building a wonderful and rich life together. Chris was a remarkable woman and through the years displayed her immense versatility and talent. She was a skilled antique collector with a keen eye for beauty. She made her mark as an entrepreneur; in 1983 Chris and Earl formed Totson Corporation and developed, patented and marketed a new and better milk container to the Canadian market. Her other passions included music and bridge. However, her greatest passion and joy in life was always her family. She was a partner to Earl in his business career - always there as a sounding board, advisor and confidante. Her devotion and loyalty as a mother and grandmother were unparalleled, her family was always her greatest source of pride. While she lived in the Toronto area for most of her life, she never forgot her small town roots - she was always an authentic and warm person with a genuine interest in other people. She possessed great grace, poise and beauty - grit and determination. She profoundly touched the lives of those who knew her and will be missed more than words can say. She leaves a phenomenal legacy for all of us. Our family takes comfort in having a guardian angel looking out for us. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at Rod Abrams Funeral Home, 1666 Tottenham Road, Tottenham (905-936-3477) with a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. James Church in Colgan. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8, (416) 864-5887. The family wishes to thank the many dedicated healthcare professionals who supported both Chris and Earl in recent years, including the staff of St. Michael's Hospital, Bridgepoint Hospital and Tall Pines Long-Term Care Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Rachel SHUPAK of St. Mike's who always went the extra mile for Chris.

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NEMIRI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-17 published
HOWARD, William Arnold, C.M., C.M.M., C.D., Q.C. (1918-2005)
Bill HOWARD passed away at the Colonel Belcher on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at the age of 86 years. Bill was born and raised in Calgary, attended Western Canada High School and received his B.A. (1940) and law degree (1941) from the University of Alberta. After serving overseas with the 31st Alberta Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, he co-founded the law firm of Cairns and Howard which later became Howard Mackie. He was a president of the Calgary Bar Association and a Founder of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. He was well known for his attention to detail, passion for the law and military, and for his ability to function without sleep. His Directorships included Nova, Cana, Trilogy, Bow Valley Industries, Medis Western and SNC Group. He was Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission as well as National Governor of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. As an avid supporter of Canada's Armed Forces, Bill HOWARD earned a reputation for speaking up for the rank and file. He was a retired Major General (Chief of Reserves) of the Canadian Forces, Founding Governor and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Colonel Commandant and President of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association and perhaps most proudly, Honorary Colonel of the King's Own Calgary Regiment. He was Chairman of the Conference of Defence Associations, Chairman National Employers' Support Committee, President Winston Churchill Society, President Royal Alberta United Services Institute and Founder of the Calgary Military Museums Society. In 1994 he received the Vimy Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to defence and security and preservation of democratic values. He was a Commander of the Order of Military Merit and a Member of the Order of Canada. Bill was a voracious reader with a penchant for cigars, port, Disney television shows, and raw onion sandwiches. He had unquestionable ethics and integrity, tremendous generosity, and a larger-than-life personality that will be remembered fondly by his family and colleagues. Bill is survived by his children, Mary HOWARD (Said NEMIRI), John HOWARD (Joanne HOWARD), and Barbara HOWARD (Mike GARDNER;) and five grandchildren, Zak NEMIRI, Katie and Mac HOWARD, and Ross and Stuart GARDNER. Bill was predeceased by his wife Margaret Elizabeth HOWARD (née HANNAH) in 2001; his son William George HOWARD in 1975; and his infant daughter Kathryn Elizabeth HOWARD in 1953. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Hal, Bert and Arthur HOWARD. Funeral Services will be held at Bethany Chapel (3333 Richardson Way S.W.) on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with the Reverend Philip Costain, Presider. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Thanks to the staff at the Colonel Belcher and, in particular, to Marlene Collins who has been Bill's special advocate for many years. If Friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, #201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2H 2S3 Telephone: (403) 290-0110 www.alzheimercalgary.com or to the Calgary Health Trust - Carewest: Colonel Belcher Hospital, 10101 Southport Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2W 3N2 Telephone: (403) 943-0615, www.calgaryhealthtrust.org. In living memory of William HOWARD, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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NEMIROFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-20 published
Carl BEAM, Artist 1943-2005
Outspoken and fearless Ojibway master of collage left a body of work that did justice to the complexities of aboriginal identity in Canada. He made photography a staple of his art and infused it with his own experiences
By Sarah MILROY, Saturday, August 20, 2005, Page S11
A few weeks ago, when Carl BEAM's son-in-law Mark LAROCHELLE stood in the M'chigeeng community centre on Manitoulin Island to eulogize his father-in-law, he had a simple message: "I only had the opportunity to know Carl for seven years, but one of the things that I learned from him was to never be afraid to say what needed to be said."
Outspoken, articulate, passionate, defiant and occasionally cantankerous, Mr. BEAM leaves a huge hole in the Canadian cultural landscape. An Ojibway artist who made a lot of smoke and fire with his art and his statements about the Canadian art scene, he helped to create space for himself and for other first nations artists across the country, creating a body of work that did justice to the complexities of aboriginal identity in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Honoured this year with a Governor-General's Award for the Visual Arts, Mr. BEAM had been the subject of many exhibitions both at home and abroad, and his work resides in the collections of virtually every museum of scale in Canada.
Carl BEAM ended up in M'chigeeng, and he began his life there, too, though in those days it was called West Bay. Born the eldest of nine children, he scarcely knew his white father, Edward COOPER he died as a soldier during the Second World -- but his maternal grandfather, Domenic MIGWANS, took a strong hand in his upbringing. A powerful man in the community, he recognized the young boy's intelligence and drive. "They knew that it would be Carl's destiny to face the white world," says his wife, Ann BEAM (who is also an artist), so they elected to send him to Garnier Residential School in Spanish, Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Huron.
It proved to be both a privilege -- given the education he received (he was a very gifted student) -- and a curse. This forced period of assimilation into white, Christian culture was a dark chapter in his life that he was forever reluctant to discuss.
After this, Mr. BEAM landed a series of labouring jobs in the north, from firefighting to working in the Wawa steel mill. Only in his late 20s did he focus his ambitions on a career in art, attending first the Kootenay School of Art, then the University of Victoria and on to graduate studies at the University of Alberta. Of his decision to turn to art-making, Ann BEAM says: "He used to tell me that he just couldn't hold it off any longer."
Through his education, his world opened up through exposure to the works of contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. He absorbed their photo-transfer techniques and, like them, made found photography a staple of his art. Unlike them, he infused it with autobiography. "He put the personal and family stuff in," says Ann, "so that people could feel the humanness of his [aboriginal] subjects, so that they couldn't be abstracted."
As well, Mr. BEAM learned from the example of aboriginal artists such as the late Fritz Scholder, a Luiseno artist from the American Southwest. "Carl wanted to write his final graduate dissertation on Scholder, but the department said there was not enough material on the artist to make the subject qualify for study," recalls Ann. "That was it for Carl. He was out of there."
During these early years, Mr. BEAM had fathered five children with his first wife, Rejeanne ARCHAMBAULT, but the relationship collapsed. He met Ann in Toronto in 1979. The pair decamped to the American Southwest for a few years and spent a lot of time in the Pueblo community, developing what would be a lifelong interest in pottery. Later, they wound up in Peterborough, Ontario, where from 1983 to 1992 Mr. BEAM began to participate in the Canadian museum scene. His involvement in a number of seminal shows cemented his growing reputation: Altered Egos at Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art (1984) Cross-Cultural Views at the National Gallery of Canada (a pioneering 1986 exhibition themed on resistance that combined non-native artists such as Hans Haacke and Jamelie Hassan with native artists such as Jane Ash Poitras and Robert Houle); Beyond History at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1989); Indigena at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (1992); and Land, Spirit, Power (also at the National Gallery, in 1992).
The National Gallery's acquisition of his painting The North American Iceberg in 1986 was an important moment for Mr. BEAM, signifying, for him, his successful penetration of hostile cultural territory previously occupied by only white artists. "It was not a donation. It was a purchase," remembers Ann, "and that made all the difference." The painting posited a rebuttal to a concurrent exhibition of Italian and German contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario named the European Iceberg.
Says Diana NEMIROFF, then the National Gallery of Canada's curator of contemporary art and now the director of Carleton University Art Gallery: "Carl has a sense of humour, but he also had the sharp, critical sense that there was another Iceberg buried that we weren't paying attention to, and it involved battles, conquest, uneasy cohabitation." The acquisition represented a breakthrough. Says Ms. NEMIROFF: "It signalled the gallery's intention to look seriously at a whole generation of native artists who were dealing with aboriginal cultural issues in an absolutely contemporary way."
The BEAMs lived in Peterborough until their return to Manitoulin Island in 1992, settling finally into an adobe house they built with their own hands.
The art Mr. BEAM made along the way constitutes one of the great cultural documents of our changing political landscape. There's his Columbus Suite (1989-1990), a group of 12 etchings that responded to the quincentennial of the landing of the explorer on North American soil. (The series is currently being exhibited in a small, honorary exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.)
On Mr. BEAM's love of visual collage, Ms. NEMIROFF says: "Collage allowed him to make subjective leaps between bodies of knowledge that had always been kept separate."
Thus, he gives us the chiselled raptor-like profile of Abraham Lincoln above a row of black ravens (symbols of transformation). Sitting Bull and Einstein are pictured stacked atop one another. Various Ways to Travel in North America couples a space rocket preparing for liftoff with a scene of aboriginal ritual dance two views of celestial travel, joined at the seam.
A subsequent series, also created in response to the quincentennial, was Burying the Ruler. In it, you see the artist holding the simple measuring instrument, then the same instrument buried from view.
"The reference was to the Renaissance idea of man as the measure of all things," says first nations artist and curator Gerald McMASTER, who frequently worked with Mr. BEAM over the years. By man, of course, they meant European man. "Indians were invented in 1492," Mr. McMASTER continues. "Carl made work to contest that European view," commenting on the environmental and humanitarian implications of such rigid modes of rational thought. Instead of the straight ruler, Mr. BEAM proposed the triangle and the circle.
A later series, Great Whale of Our Being (2002), imagined the whale as a metaphor for all mankind in our moment of ecological peril, presenting the magnificent creature dismembered and violated, and also whole, free and powerfully alive in its natural element. Before his death, says Ann, he was working on a series called Crossroads, riffing on the Robert Johnson blues classic as a way of considering his own hybrid place between cultures.
It was this sort of complexity that fuelled his art. Powerfully particular in his cultural point of view as an aboriginal, Carl BEAM railed against the racial ghettoization of his art. "My work is not made for Indian people, but for thinking people," he wrote. "In the global and evolutionary scheme, the difference between people is negligible."
Carl Edward Migwans BEAM was born in West Bay, Ontario, on May 24, 1943. He died in M'chigeeng (formerly West Bay) on July 30, 2005, of complications arising from diabetes. He was 62.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, and by their daughter Anong and by four children from a previous marriage: Clinton, Laila, Carl Jr. and Jennifer. He also leaves his mother, Barbara Migwans BEAM, and siblings Lina, Leonard, Tom, Linda, Joan, Norma, Theresa, Loretta, and Marjorie, plus 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Veronica.
A memorial service will be held at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline St. N., Waterloo, Ontario, on September 18, at 2 p.m.
From November 28 to January 29, 2006, the Carlton University Art Gallery will mount a Carl BEAM retrospective.

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ANDREWS, Annabell (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Loving spouse of John KARLOVICS for 45 years. Predeceased by her parents William and Lillian THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON; by her husband Wesley James ANDREWS; by brothers Cecil and Charlie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON; by sister Nellie LOCKLEY all of Brantford. Mother of Judy FORD and grandmother of Angie VALLIER of Saint Thomas. Mother of Harry Douglas (Lois) ANDREWS of Pefferlaw, grandmother of Craig (Linda) NEMIS and great-grandmother of Amber of Ajax. Stepgrandmother of Heather SMOCKUM of Pefferlaw and Shelley SMOCKUM of St. Catherines. Aunt of Cheryl (Rod) SCHOPF and Patsy PEARSON all of Brantford, and great-aunt of Patsy, Lisa, Tara, Tom, Al, Brenda, Charlie and Cecil. Peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. The Family thanks the Victorian Order of Nurses Nurses and homemakers for assisting in filling Annabell's wish to spend her final days at home. Friends will be received at the McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Rd. N., Brantford, today (Thursday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will take place in the chapel on Friday at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the Alzheimer Society of Brant greatly appreciated. McCleister (519-758-1553) mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com

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BRUKER, Rhoda (née VINEBERG)
Peacefully in Montreal, after a lengthy illness, in her 87th year, on Thursday, November 3, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Nathan BRUKER. Devoted mother and mother-in-law of Elizabeth and Jack ZWICKER of Toronto, Stephanie of New York. Cherished grandmother of Allison (Jonah) and Elianne MARCOVITZ; Neil ZWICKER. Loving sister and sister-in-law of the late Tina and the late Max NEMTIN, the late Pauline and the late Morrie COSHOF, the late Alec and the late Sophie VINEBERG, the late Theodore and the late Edythe VINEBERG. Funeral service took place from Paperman & Sons in Montreal. Shiva at 90 Brookshire Circle, Thornhill, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to the "Rhoda Bruker Memorial Fund" c/o Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, 450 Kensington Ave., Westmount, Québec H3Y 3A2, (514) 937-9471.

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