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SEWARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
SEWARD, Alvin Harry
Passed away in Toronto on May 5, 2005, after a lengthy illness with Parkinson's Disease, at the age of 76. He was predeceased by his wife Eunice RINTOUL and his parents Marjorie and Harry SEWARD of Portland, Ontario. Survived by his sister Sheila (Lin) HUGHES of Parry Sound, Ontario and a brother A.J. (Marlene) SEWARD of Smith's Falls, Ontario and by four nieces and one nephew. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, Toronto. If desired, donations to the Parkinson Society of Canada would be appreciated.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-01-25 published
ROBISON, June (née SIEGRIST)
Peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday, January 24th, 2005. June ROBISON of Owen Sound in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Lorne. Dear mother of Patricia SEWELL of Collingwood, Elizabeth and her husband Mac MORRISON of Chatsworth, Tom SANDERSON and his wife Noni of Brampton, Alf SANDERSON and his wife Alecia of Vancouver, British Columbia, Jim SANDERSON and his wife Pat of Owen Sound, Bill SANDERSON and his wife Betty of Georgetown and Mike SANDERSON and his wife Joan of Brampton. Lovingly remembered by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sister of May BRUBACHER of Collingwood. Predeceased by her parents, Oliver and May SIEGRIST and three brothers Russ, Howard and Alf SIEGRIST. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home, 376-3710 for visiting on Wednesday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, January 27th at 11: 00 a.m. with Leslie SEARLES officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com
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SEWELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-02-23 published
SANDERSON, Thomas
January 20th, 2005, in his 61st year, at Brampton, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dearly loved by his wife, Noni and children, Chad and Tammy. Sadly missed by brothers, Alf (Alecia) SANDERSON, of Vancouver, Jim (Pat) SANDERSON, of Owen Sound, Bill (Betty) and Mike (Joan,) of Georgetown and sisters, Patricia SEWELL, of Collingwood and Betty (Mac) MORRISON, of Chatsworth. Survived by five grandchildren and his first wife, Mary. Predeceased by parents, June ROBISON and Thomas SANDERSON. Cremation has taken place. If so desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society as your expression of sympathy.
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SEWELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-25 published
WRIGHT, John Edgar
At Lee Manor Nursing Home, on Sunday, April 24th, 2005 in his 85th year. John Edgar WRIGHT, beloved husband of the late Helen Jean (née SEWELL.) Devoted father of Elaine and her husband, David SEELER, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Elizabeth and her husband, David ELLIS, of Guelph. Proud grandfather of Jennifer SEELER and Andrew and William ELLIS. Loving brother-in-law of Doris (Mrs. Ivan WRIGHT.) Dearest friend of Marion GILL. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. John will be greatly remembered by the Sewell family. Predeceased by his parents, John Leslie WRIGHT and his late wife, Cora Fernetta (née DRESSER) and by his brothers, Leslie and his late wife, Helen; George and his late wife, Mary; Ivan and by his sister, Anne (Mrs. Robert DUNCAN). John served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2 from 1940-45. He was also a dedicated member of both the Royal Canadian Legion and Central Westside United Church. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, on Tuesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Central Westside United Church, on Wednesday afternoon at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either Central Westside United Church Organ Fund or to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
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SEWELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-10-11 published
MIDDLETON , Marie Helen (née MILLER)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday, October 10th, 2005, in her 86th year. Marie Helen MIDDLETON (née MILLER.) The beloved wife of the late Rosswell Stanley MIDDLETON . Loving mother of Donna and her husband, Don SMITH, Sue Ann and her husband, Ordane MORRIS, Ardell and her husband William BODDY, Keith MIDDLETON and his wife, Sheilla, Patricia and her husband, Dermott SWEENEY and Valerie and her husband, Brad THOMPSETT. Loving grandmother of twenty-one grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Pat (Mrs. Joe SULLIVAN.) Sister-in-law of Marjorie (Mrs. Stanley SEWELL.) Specially remembered by Dorothy MILLER. Lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister, Clarabelle and by two brothers, Willard and Kenneth. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, on Wednesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Church on Thursday morning at 10: 00 a.m. Interment in Saint Mary's Cemetery. A Vigil service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 8: 30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to The Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Saint Mary's Church Charities would be appreciated by the family.
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SEWELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-17 published
STEWARDSON, Gladys (July 1, 1903-May 17, 1985)
Nothing but memories as we journey on,
Longing for a smile from a loved one gone,
No one knows the depths of deep regret,
But we remember when others forget.
Loved always and sadly missed by brother Ron SEWELL and by her family.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-17 published
SEWELL, Brian
At L.H.S.C. Victoria Campus on Friday, September 16, 2005, Brian SEWELL, in his 50th year. Dear brother of Barry and Bill. Predeceased by his parents Hugh C. (1972) and Theresa SEWELL (2003.) Also survived by his nieces and nephews, Josh, Patrick, Rebecca, Jessica, David and Emma. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Sunday evening from 7-9 o'clock, where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 12 noon. Cremation.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-30 published
PETERS, Andrew William, M.B.A., C.M.A.
Born in Montreal on June 17th, 1962, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew William PETERS on April 28th, 2005 at the age of 42 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Susan (née BEST) and loving father to Alison (9), Anthony (8) and Riley (5). Deeply loved and cherished son of Alan and the late Susan PETERS (June 2001.) Dear brother of Carolyn (Paul DENTON,) Sheilagh (Philip SHERMAN) and Stephen (Winnifred.) Loving son-inlaw of Frank and Pat BEST and Margaret DAINARD. Loving brotherin-law of Carolyn and Robert SEWELL. Cherished uncle to nine nieces and nephews. Also lovingly remembered by many Friends and colleagues. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's, York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2005. If desired, donations to one of the following: The Peters Fellowship in Brain Tumour Research at Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 or The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 650 Waterloo Street, Suite 100, London, Ontario, N6B 2R4 or The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, would be appreciated.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-11 published
FISHER, Robert J.
Died peacefully on Friday, October 7th, 2005 at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie in his 83rd year. Born in Cardiff, Wales, Bob was the youngest of six children. Bob soon would move to England and became a proud member of Her Majesty's Royal Air Force with posts in North Africa and the Middle East. Not long after, Bob met and married his wife of 48 years Patricia SEWELL. Bob was a terrific salesman and traveled all over England selling confectionery to local pubs.
In 1958 Bob and Pat moved to Canada and settled for a short time in Montreal. After knowing many Friends and earning a proven track record in sales, Bob took a job at a uniform and regalia firm in Toronto and he and Pat moved to Mississauga. It was in 1974 with his supportive wife and two small children that Bob took on his greatest challenge. He launched Fisher's Regalia & Uniform Accoutrements Co. Ltd. His expertise in the dress uniform field and his insistence on "looking out for the little guy" turned his little business venture into a million dollar business by 1985. Traveling all across Canada, Bob built cherished relationships with many of our country's firefighters, police officers, paramedics and armed forces until his retirement in 1989. Bob was a very learned individual with a keen interest in politics and a good military history book.
Bob was very much loved and will be truly missed by his loving wife Patricia, his daughter Jillian and her husband Jeff TULK, his daughter Yvonne and her husband Mark TULLOCH and mostly by his grandchildren, Christopher, Stephanie, Sara, Allysha, and Spencer. Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital and all the loving caregivers that have come in contact with Bob over the past two years. Visitation will be at Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home, 201 Minet's Point Rd. in Barrie on Tuesday, October 11th at 7 p.m. and the funeral will be at the same location on Wednesday, October 12th at 11a.m. In lieu of flowers a donation in Bob's name to the Regional Cancer Center c/o the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie would be greatly appreciated.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-14 published
George HISLOP, Gay Activist: (1927-2005)
He battled the government over pension benefits and became a role model for generations of young men, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Friday, October 14, 2005, Page S9
As a symbol, George HISLOP will go down in the statutes as the person who won survivor pension benefits for gays and lesbians. But, as a man, he will be remembered as a role model who showed generations of young men how to live openly and without shame.
"Before George was my client, he was my friend and, before he was my friend, he was my hero," lawyer George ELLIOT/ELLIOTT said yesterday. "He was the most famous gay activist in the country when I met him at Buddy's Bar in the late 1970s. To me it was like meeting Martin Luther King Jr."
As an activist, Mr. HISLOP was expert at the charm offensive. "He was very funny and a great raconteur," says Toronto city councillor Kyle RAE. "He was able to disarm those who were not prepared to listen, not prepared to understand, not prepared to be compassionate. He disarmed them with his humour."
George Robert HISLOP was born in Swansea (now in the western part of Toronto) on June 3, 1927, the youngest of three sons of John HISLOP and his wife Ada. He knew he was gay early on and his family always accepted him. "He always said, 'I never came out of the closet because I was never in it,'" said Mr. Elliott.
He studied theatre at the University of Toronto in the 1940s and then worked as an actor on stage in Toronto and in London, England, often working in bars to pay the rent. Back in Toronto, he acted in live television on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Among other bit parts, he performed as singer Robert Goulet's hands in a du Maurier cigarette commercial.
Riding the ferry from the city to the gay beach at Hanlon's Point on the Toronto Islands in 1958, he met Ronald (Ronnie) SHEARER. They became lovers, business partners and life companions. They were almost certainly the first openly gay couple in Canada.
Mr. SHEARER had a well-paying job as a partner in a company that did industrial design and displays for large trade shows. He earned enough money to support Mr. HISLOP's political activism and was the silent backer in many of the bars and restaurants that Mr. HISLOP operated over the decades.
Growing up without shame or stigma, combined with the outgoing nature of his personality and his love of performing, were key traits that made Mr. HISLOP a natural spokesperson for gays and lesbians. Nevertheless, he didn't become a public activist until after 1969, when amendments to the Criminal Code made sodomy legal between consenting adults (over the age of 21).
He supported the founding of the University of Toronto Homophile Association and took the cause from gown to town two years later by forming the Community Homophile Association in 1971. He then helped to organize the first gay rights demonstration on Parliament Hill.
The first openly gay candidate for public office in Canada, he beat out Jack LAYTON for a nomination for city councillor in the 1980 municipal elections. He was defeated, as was then-mayor John SEWELL, one of the first politicians to support gay rights. Although never elected, Mr. HISLOP played an active role in civic politics for the next 25 years as a member of various planning committees.
In 1981, he was charged as a "keeper" in a famous police raid on bath houses because he was part owner of one of the raided establishments. He led the protests against the ensuing prosecution and was active in the lobbying movements to include gays and lesbians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and protection for sexual orientation in the Ontario Human Rights Code.
After Mr. SHEARER died in 1986, Mr. HISLOP enquired about receiving pension benefits as Mr. SHEARER's survivor. They had been together for 28 years. "You are the wrong sex," he was told. And there the matter rested until lawyer Douglas ELLIOT/ELLIOTT asked Mr. HISLOP to be lead plaintiff in a class-action suit against the federal government for not giving Canada Pension Plan survivors' benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
In the landmark M v. H case in 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the word "spouse" applied to gays and lesbians and that they were entitled to apply for support after the breakdown of a conjugal relationship. Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and many others, including the Canadian A.I.D.S. Society, believed these rights should include pension benefits. (The government agreed in 2000 and started paying Canada Pension Plan survivor benefits, but only from January Mr. HISLOP, with Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT's help, officially applied for survivor's benefits and was rejected. Many trials and appeals later, Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT persuaded the federal government to give litigants a partial payment for arrears and to start paying a monthly Canada Pension Plan pension cheque, even though the Crown is still appealing the cutoff date to the Supreme Court.
Mr. HISLOP finally got a cheque for $14,000, in recognition of partial arrears, in August. "He was thrilled to bits and I was greatly relieved because I was concerned he wasn't going to live to see it," said Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. "He felt it was a tacit admission by the government that he was going to prevail in the Supreme Court."
Many of his Friends feel that fighting for pension rights was Mr. HISLOP's reason for living in the last couple of years as his health failed from the combined effects of Parkinson's, diabetes and esophageal cancer.
"Pension plans across the country have been riding on our backs," complained Councillor RAE. "We and our spouses have been paying money into pension plans and not able to benefit [from them] while the straight world is having a surplus riding on our backs. By the time George got the cheque he was bedridden."
A few weeks ago, Peter BOCHOVE, co-owner of the Spa Excess bathhouse in Toronto, asked Walter LEE, one of his employees, to clean Mr. HISLOP's home for him. "When he saw whose apartment he was cleaning, he was blown away. Walter did a wonderful job and when George tried to pay him, he waved the money away and produced the stub of his pension cheque," said Mr. BOCHOVE, explaining that Mr. LEE, 50, was one of the litigants in the class-action suit for survivor benefits.
George HISLOP was born in Toronto on June 3, 1927. He died of esophageal cancer in hospital in Toronto on October 8. He was 78. He is survived by several nieces and nephews and many Friends.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-29 published
GARELL, Doris " Dolly"
Peacefully at Waterford Nursing Home, in Oakville, on Thursday, January 27, 2005, in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Ronald John GARELL (longtime Lakeshore residents.) Dear mother of Marilyn SEWELL and her husband Terry of Brampton and Brian and his wife Janet of Mississauga. Loving grandmother of 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the "Wignall Chapel" of the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes, 62 Long Branch Ave., Etobicoke on Monday from 10: 30 a.m. until time of service in the chapel at 12: 30 p.m. Interment at Glendale Memorial Gardens (Highway 27 and Albion Rd.). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-29 published
SEWELL, Vena
Passed away peacefully on Friday, January 28, 2005 at Elgin Wood Long Term Care Facility, in her 83rd year. Predeceased by her husband Ron. Loving mother to John and his wife Robin. Granny to Taylor. Vena will be fondly remembered by all of her extended family and Friends. Service arrangements to be confirmed. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Lynett Funeral Home, 416-767-1176. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-09 published
SEWELL, Madelon Cecile (née ROTHWELL)
At North Bay on Tuesday, February 1, 2005. Madelon Cecile ROTHWELL, beloved mother of John SEWELL of Vancouver and Patti SEWELL of Halifax, she was in her 81st year. Lovingly remembered by her granddaughter Jade SEWELL of North Bay and by her great-grand_son Cody. Predeceased by her parents Herbert and Cecile ROTHWELL, and by her siblings Ted ROTHWELL and Eleanor HOWARD. She was the dear aunt of Gayle CARR, Judy VIRGIN and David HOWARD. A time of fellowship will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 210 (3326 Bloor Street at Islington) on Friday, February 11th, from 1-3 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of the Martyn Funeral Home.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-23 published
BEATY, Jessie Christina (née JAMIESON)
Peacefully, at the Eden House Care Facility in Guelph on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. Loving wife of the late Morris Beaty (1995). Beloved mother of Nora (Jim) SEWELL, Joan (Chris) McGONAGLE and Nancy (Alan) JOWETT. Cherished grandmother of Jane (Mike) BIBBY, Carolyn (Steven) NADEAU and Emma JOWETT. Much loved great-grandmother of Sam and Adam BIBBY and Mitchell, Ryan and Claire NADEAU. Arrangements entrusted to the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton (905) 878-2669. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Milton District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-30 published
PETERS, Andrew William, M.B.A., C.M.A.
Born in Montreal on June 17th, 1962, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew William PETERS on April 28th, 2005 at the age of 42 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Susan (née BEST) and loving father to Alison (9), Anthony (8) and Riley (5). Deeply loved and cherished son of Alan and the late Susan PETERS (June 2001.) Dear brother of Carolyn (Paul DENTON,) Sheilagh (Philip SHERMAN) and Stephen (Winnifred.) Loving son-in-law of Frank and Pat BEST and Margaret DAINARD. Loving brother-in-law of Carolyn and Robert SEWELL. Cherished uncle to nine nieces and nephews. Also lovingly remembered by many Friends and colleagues. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's, York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2005. If desired, donations to one of the following: The Peters Fellowship in Brain Tumour Research at Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 or The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 650 Waterloo Street, Suite 100, London, Ontario, N6B 2R4 or The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, would be appreciated.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-02 published
PETERS, Andrew William, M.B.A., C.M.A.
Born in Montreal on June 17th, 1962, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew William PETERS on April 28th, 2005 at the age of 42 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Susan (née BEST) and loving father to Alison (9), Anthony (8) and Riley (5). Deeply loved and cherished son of Alan and the late Susan PETERS (June 2001.) Dear brother of Carolyn (Paul DENTON,) Sheilagh (Philip SHERMAN) and Stephen (Winnifred.) Loving son-in-law of Frank and Pat BEST and Margaret DAINARD. Loving brother-in-law of Carolyn and Robert SEWELL. Cherished uncle to nine nieces and nephews. Also lovingly remembered by many Friends and colleagues. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's, York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2005. If desired, donations to one of the following: The Peters Fellowship in Brain Tumour Research at Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 or The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 650 Waterloo Street, Suite 100, London, Ontario, N6B 2R4 or The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, would be appreciated.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-16 published
SEWELL, George William
(World War 2 Veteran, member of Royal Canadian Legion Rangers Branch 213) Longtime employee of C.G.E. for over 39 years. Passed away at Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site on Sunday, May 15, 2005 in his 86th year. Loving husband of the late Annette Mary. Dear father of Doreen and her husband John WILKINSON, Donald and his wife Barbara, and Tom SEWELL. Survived by his sisters Winnie (Margaret) SMITH and Rose SCOYNE, Eva NEIL, and brother Ron and his wife Peggy SEWELL. Will be sadly missed by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his sister-in-law Mary SECKENSKI, and Bernice AIMOLA and Carol AIMOLA. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Cremation.

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SEWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-13 published
Dorothy THOMAS stormed city hall
One of reformer group elected to council in 1972
She started poop and scoop program in Toronto
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Once upon a time, when Toronto was younger and believed in itself much, much more, a group of urban idealists stormed city hall. They called themselves reformers and they got into the council chamber by getting themselves elected. David CROMBIE was their leader, a man dubbed Toronto's "tiny perfect mayor" by the media of the day, and great things were expected and sometimes even delivered.
Now, these reformers were feisty and forward-thinking -- they were people like the late Colin VAUGHAN, an architect turned activist, lawyers Dale MARTIN and Karl JAFFARY, renegade thinker John SEWELL. And three of the newly minted aldermen -- for that was the job title of councillor in those days -- were women.
But only two -- Anne JOHNSTON and Dorothy THOMAS -- made it through the first term of office. JOHNSTON, who retired from municipal politics at the time of the last election, says that was only because they learned to be tough and because they had each other.
"I met her December 4, 1972, the night we were all elected. There was a spontaneous gathering of all the reformers at city hall and I remember Dorothy was wearing a hat and she came up to me and said: 'You and I are going to be Friends,'" she said.
They were a gang of citizen politicians who believed they were going to create a livable, even lovable city, but THOMAS was right about at least one thing that night: she and JOHNSTON were Friends until May 9 this year, when THOMAS died of cancer at Dorothy MIKOS was the proud daughter of very proud Hungarians. Her father, a tailor, and her mother, a talented seamstress, came to Canada in the 1930s. Theirs was the classic immigrant story, according to THOMAS's only child, Nye THOMAS, a lawyer and policy director of the Ipperwash provincial inquiry. His grandparents worked hard in Spadina Ave. sweatshops so their children would never have to and were thrilled when their daughter went to the University of Toronto.
THOMAS discovered journalism there -- it was the heyday of the varsity press -- as well as Ralph THOMAS, another journalist who would become a well-known Canadian filmmaker. Now living in California, he is best known here for Ticket To Heaven and The Terry Fox Story. Dorothy THOMAS left university before she graduated to work at the Toronto Star, where she was an arts reporter under the watch of the legendary entertainment editor Nathan COHEN.
She was a stay-at-home mom living in a fourplex on Wineva Ave. in the Beach when she joined up with a group of residents to successfully fight the construction of the Scarborough Expressway, which would have cut right through her neighbourhood.
THOMAS served two terms on Toronto council, from 1972 to 1976 and from 1981 to 1985, representing the old Ward 9 until ousted by a tag team of Paul CHRISTIE and Tom JAKOBEK. She had been one of the founders of the City of Toronto's Person's Day Award and had headed the Mayor's Task Force on the Status of Women.
"She was an excellent politician," said Barbara CAPLAN, a former Toronto city clerk. "She could build consensus across political ties."
JOHNSTON said her friend initiated Toronto's poop and scoop program, an achievement not among those noted on the condolence motion passed by council 10 days after THOMAS died, but not without its significance.
"She owned the public works committee," said JOHNSTON. " She was always the chair. She liked it because it was working on neighbour stuff."
Attractive and articulate, THOMAS was also blunt. "There was no filter with her, ever," her son said.
She made headlines when she and Alderman Dale MARTIN visited Calgary in 1985 for the 48th annual convention of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. "The whole of downtown Calgary shows an amazing lack of planning," she said. Ralph KLEIN was the mayor then and he summoned photographers to record him standing in front of Calgary City Hall wearing boxing gloves and dissing the smug politicians from the East.
THOMAS didn't back down. "It's very ugly in Calgary," she told the Star. "It even makes (Metro planners) look good."
By then a single mom working punishing hours, THOMAS still made a point of being home every night to have dinner with her son. When she quit politics the first time, it was to spend time with Nye. When she left municipal politics for good, she moved to Euclid Ave. and got a job heading and helping clean up the Metro Licensing Commission, serving on the subsequent Toronto Licensing Tribunal until 2003.
A spectacular cook and a stylish hostess, she was often asked to donate her talents to fundraising events. A dinner party for four catered by Dorothy THOMAS was always a hot ticket at silent and not-so-silent auctions for the New Democratic Party. She was generous with her money as well as time, donating to 60 charities, including the Canadian Marmot Foundation (because she thought no one else would, her son said).
Her dinner table was a natural gathering place for Friends and their families. For 10 years she met one Wednesday night every other month with a group of powerful women such as June CALLWOOD, Doris ANDERSON and Sylvia OSTRY, and for twice as long as that, she was part of a poker player gang of Friends that included fellow activist Ethel TEITELBAUM, who often travelled with THOMAS.
"She was a complicated woman who attacked a lot of people who loved her. But we hung in there because she was loyal and wonderful company -- witty, generous. I always thought she was beautiful," said TEITELBAUM.
Last fall they had travelled to Sicily, one of THOMAS's must-see destinations. "We had a ball," said TEITELBAUM.
But THOMAS, who disliked doctors, was in pain and in fact had been suffering for some time. When she was finally diagnosed with cancer at Christmas, it was too late. THOMAS was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital, where she had hundreds of visitors. "They said they had never seen anything like it," said CAPLAN, who was soon sending out regular emails about THOMAS to 125 recipients.
In recent years, THOMAS had moved to Port Hope and had been immersed in developing the Port Hope Ecology Garden.
THOMAS never got home again: she spent 17 weeks in hospital, latterly at the Toronto Grace where she celebrated her 67th birthday with Friends. She wasn't in pain, but she was unable to read or watch much television, and every morning she would wake up and be angry that she was still around. "She wanted to leave the arena," CAPLAN said.
She insisted both Nye and his wife, Karen, go to China on a long-awaited trip to bring home Mei Leigh, their adopted daughter and her first grandchild. She died two days after they left Canada.
Her many Friends are gathering tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel for her memorial. There will be good food, wine, Friends reuniting, laughter and only four speeches. Her son says it is where and how she would have wanted it.

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FORDYCE, George Frank (December 27, 1923-July 4, 2005)
Frank shared the last two fulfilling weeks of his wonderful life with his daughters and grand_son visiting his sister in his home town of Toronto. A lot of laughter was had, memories shared, and love felt. He returned Saturday, July 2, to Vancouver, his "Heaven on Earth", and suddenly passed away on July 4, 2005. Frank is survived by his two daughters Sandi FORDYCE and Joyce FORDYCE, Joyce's husband Gregg SEWELL, grand_son Trenton SEWELL, sister Carol FORDYCE, friend Gloria Nicholson FORDYCE, in-laws Rose and Charlie NICHOLSON, and many nieces and nephews. He took time to enjoy the outdoors and simple pleasures of life, often reminded those close to: "Honour each moment, for in it One is taking part in a miracle, The miracle of existence" Frank was predeceased by his parents George and Ethel FORDYCE, his twin sister Jeanne Fordyce SCUDAMORE, and another sister Beryl Fordyce FRAMPTON. In accordance with Frank's wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to may make donations to Covenant House, 575 Drake Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4K8.

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SEWERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-10 published
SEWERS, Bethea Ruth (NICKEL)
At Wingham and District Hospital, on Tuesday, February 8, 2005, Mrs. Ruth SEWERS of Wingham, age 81 years. The former Ruth NICKEL beloved wife of the late Russell SEWERS who predeceased her in September 2004. Dear mother of Bryan and Evelyn SEWERS of Big Bay, Faye BOLGER of Blyth, Dale and Debbie SEWERS of London, Regge SEWERS of Wingham and Mayme and Brian GIBBONS of R.R.#3 Wingham. Loving sister of George and Beth NICKEL and Ada AITCHISON of Wingham and Stuart and Eletta AITKEN of Kincardine. Also survived by twelve grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Predeceased by her brother Carl NICKEL and by her sister Margaret FERGUSON. Visitation at McBurney Funeral Home, Wingham, Ontario on Thursday 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxillary Service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 7: 00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Wayne B. BEAMER officiating. Interment in McIntosh Cemetery, Carrick Township. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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