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O'HEARN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-12 published
Rosanne O'HEARN
By Nicholas PASHLEY, Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - Page A16
Wit, reader, activist, volunteer, Scrabble shark, backseat driver. Born September 22, 1930, in Peterborough, Ontario Died November 20, 2004, in Toronto, of complications from lung cancer, aged A diagnosis of inoperable cancer casts most people into a funk. Not Rosanne O'HEARN: too much to do. She told her son, "Oh sure, some days when I think about dying I get upset, but I'm too busy to worry about it."
In the end, Rosanne had nearly three years (considerably longer than expected) after that diagnosis -- time to read books, volunteer at the Textile Museum of Canada, see her many Friends, play Scrabble, help get her friend Paula Fletcher elected a city councillor in Toronto.
Time also to plan her memorial service. Nothing startling, perhaps, about her choice of Brahms and Dvorak -- but Cole Porter? Miss Otis Regrets? A standing-room-only gathering nodded and smiled: Rosanne was still getting a rise out of us.
Rosanne died as she lived: surrounded by good books. She had been part of the same book group, with the same members meeting monthly, for nearly 50 years. Logan Pearsall Smith wrote, "People say life's the thing, but I prefer reading." This was not Rosanne's philosophy. Life was indeed the thing, and reading was an excellent way of getting at it. Rosanne loved much about life -- the arts, travel, eating well -- but mostly she loved people. (Which is not to say that she always liked people.) She had many Friendships that lasted for decades, yet she kept finding new Friends wherever she went. On average, her Friendships endured longer than either of her marriages. (She once said, "I had two husbands, but they wouldn't do as they were told. They're both dead.")
When she wasn't with people, Rosanne was at home reading. About people. (Not surprisingly, both her husbands were writers.) Particularly after she retired, her book needs were such that she conducted regular business with four different branches of the Toronto Public Library. When the authorities tried to close down the City Hall branch, Rosanne was a leader in the fight to save it. She won, of course. She usually did. Her charm and wit masked a tough, challenging woman. When she decided to quit drinking, she quit. Then she quit smoking, though not soon enough. Cancer finally beat her, but not by much. It never robbed her of her dignity or her sense of humour. During a spell of chemotherapy she joked that she didn't mind going out in the rain: "I've got a naturally curly wig." Rosanne died painlessly and peacefully, at home in her own bed, in the company of books and family members.
She hated being bored. An account of a dull event might include the mysterious acronym MEGO: My Eyes Glaze Over. She hoped other people would prove as clever and witty as she, but that was asking a lot.
Rosanne had strong views on most subjects, including the best and most interesting -- routes for negotiating the streets of Toronto, as well as the highways and back roads of Ontario. An enthusiastic motorist herself, she was a formidable backseat driver. She often quipped, "I've got my backseat driver's licence," usually forestalling nasty comments from beleaguered taxi drivers.
Rosanne's enthusiasm for people may have influenced her to create five new ones of her own: Anne PASHLEY, Susan, Thad, and Marta McILROY, and Sara O'HEARN. She took great pride in her children, although her approach to motherhood was not always conventional. Largely self-educated, she wanted her children to be well read, articulate, and witty in conversation. She succeeded. They are a disparate group of people, not very like their mother, but just as smart, interesting, and complicated. They are Rosanne's impressive legacy.
Nicholas PASHLEY is Rosanne's son-in-law.

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O'HEARN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-30 published
O'HEARN, Cynthia Patricia (née UPHAM)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Cynthia 'Sam' Patricia O'HEARN (née UPHAM) on March 28th, 2005 after a long, courageous and valiant fight with cancer. Born January 26th, 1941 in London, England. Much loved and best friend for 35 years of her husband Gary, cherished mother of her adored daughter Jennifer and sadly missed by her mother-in-law Florence O'HEARN. Beloved sister of Keith UPHAM and his wife Elizabeth of England, and Brian UPHAM and June. Fondly remembered by her nephews Robert, Edward, Thomas and Alistair and their families. Family and Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown (905-877-3631) for visitation on April 1st, Friday afternoon 2: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday evening from 7: 00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Prayers at 8: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 224 Maple Avenue, Georgetown at 11: 00 a.m. on April 2nd. Reception lunch will follow back at J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home. Interment will take place later in the spring at Saint James on the Lines Church, Church Street in Penetanguishene, Ontario. Cynthia will be remembered for her kind, caring, thoughtful ways, her sense of humour and how she constantly fought for fairness, equity and the underdog. If desired, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Cancer Assistance Services of Georgetown, 222 Mountainview Road North, Georgetown, L7G 3R2, Greenpeace, or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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O'HERON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-25 published
ANGLESEY, Mary Magdalen (née McFADDEN)
At Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Hospital Drive on Wednesday, August 24, 2005, in her 88th year. Mary, beloved wife of the late Patrick John ANGLESEY. Pre-deceased by her parents Gerald McFADDEN and Mae KENNEDY and her beloved son Gerald ANGLESEY. Loving mother-in-law of Diane STODDART of Oshawa. Dear mother of Catherine MARINO and her husband Joseph of Belleville, John ANGLESEY and his wife Barbara of Ajax, Patrick ANGLESEY and his wife Judy CRAIK of Peterborough, Libby Anglesey HAYES and her husband William of Peterborough. Loving grandmother of Maureen WARD and her husband Brian, Christine and Michelle; Michael and Melisa; Jeremy and his wife Susannah CRABTREE and Kylie; Hannah, Jacob and Jesse; Emily and Shelby. Great grandmother of Tyler, Gerald and Ashley. Sister of the late Joseph McFADDEN, Margaret MILLER, Laureen "Mickey" PICKERING and Theresa O'HERON. Mary was Past President of the St. Peter's Catholic Women's League, Past President of St. Joseph's Hospital Auxilliary, owned and operated Peterborough Telephone Answering Service 1952-1985. Friends will be received at the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday, August 26th and on Saturday, August 27th from 10: 00-11:00 am. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter-In-Chains, 411 Reid Street, Peterborough on Saturday, August 27th at 11: 30 am. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Parish Prayers will be held at the funeral home on Friday @ 3: 00 pm. In memory of Mary, donations to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation-Breast Cancer Survivors would be appreciated by the family.

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O'HERON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-05 published
PACE, Emmanuel " Emmle" (1925-2005)
Emmle PACE passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2005 in Hamilton. He leaves his wife Loretta (O'HERON) of 54 years, four children and five grandchildren: Anna (Barry PERVIN) and Isabel; Greg (Kim KEARNS;) Tim (Heather CHISHOLM) and Kate, Sarah and Andrew Michael (Sandra MARSMAN) and Stephen. He will be missed by siblings Frank PACE and Guisa ZAMMIT and many nieces and nephews in Malta. Emmle was a Veteran of the Royal Air Force in World War 2 in Malta. He emigrated to Canada in 1948. He retired from the Department of Immigration after 30 years in Niagara Falls and Hamilton. We give our appreciation and thanks to the many caring people at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, the nurses, para-meds and occupational therapists of the Community Care Access Centre and to the wonderful staff and priests of St. Peter's Hospital. ln lieu of flowers, donations to Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated. Visitation at the P.X. Dermody Funeral Home, 796 Upper Gage Avenue (between Fennell and Mohawk) in Hamilton, Tuesday, July 5, 2005, 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 416 Mohawk Road East in Hamilton on Wednesday, July 6 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Saint Mary's Cemetery, Simcoe, Ontario, Friday, July 8 at 1 p.m.

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