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McADAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-12 published
ANSTEE, Viola May (née FISHBACK)
On Tuesday, January 11, 2005, Viola May ANSTEE (FISHBACK) in her 78th year, passed away peacefully at her home in Salford with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Loving wife of Albert ANSTEE for 57 years. Greatly loved and will be sadly missed by her children, daughter Patricia KUHLMAN (Ingersoll,) daughter Janis and Mike POIRIER (Ingersoll,) son Ken and Patti ANSTEE (Salford,) son Dan and Judi ANSTEE (Ingersoll,) daughter Kathy and Sherwood BURWELL (Courtland,) son Gary and Linda ANSTEE (Ingersoll,) daughter Susan and Jim McADAM (Ingersoll,) daughter Brenda and Mike ROBINSON (Wahnapitae) and son Michael at home. Special grandmother of Frank, Chris, John, Angela, Kelly, Eric, Shawn, Stacey, Fred, Tracy, Sarah, Brian, Amanda, Matthew, Ryan, Dexter, Keith, Kerri, Clarissa and Tyler. Great-grandmother of Chantelle, Brandon, Michael, Jordan, Tanner, Madison, Tika, Conner, Madison, Kyle and Megan. Survived by Aunt Elsie SCOTT (Ingersoll,) brother Harold and Marilyn FISHBACK (Salford,) Sister Flora and Ross WALTERS (Ingersoll) and several nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law and also known as gramma to all the Salford neighbours. Predeceased by her parents James FISHBACK (1966) and Mae FISHBACK (1970.) Friends will be received a the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Gary CARRUTHERS officiating. Interment later Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Brain Tumor Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Community Care Access Centre or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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McADAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-03 published
GAUKRODGER, William Thomas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Died peacefully at the Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus), Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at the age of 78 years. Beloved husband of Alice Christina MacKENZIE, his wife of 53 years. Fondly remembered by his three children, Leslie (Guy NELSON,) Elspeth GAUKRODGER (Robert McADAM) and David GAUKRODGER (Tamara MAWHINNEY) and his four grandchildren, Ryan, Trevor, Jocelyn and Liseanne. Survived by his sister Gwen (Ralph DERBY) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Predeceased by his three sisters, Isabel TENNANT, Eloise STEABNER and Eleanor NIXON and his parents, Reverend Clement and Margaretta (JAMES) GAUKRODGER. Bill graduated with a Medical Degree from Queen's University in 1953, then he studied Ophthalmology at the University of Chicago Clinics and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Bill practiced Ophthalmology in Ottawa for 37 years, in private practice and at the Ottawa Civic, Riverside, Grace and Perley Hospitals. He also lectured in Clinical Ophthalmology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Bill is remembered for his love of home movies, organ music, sailing, skiing, golf and travel. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers who assisted Bill in his last days at Saint-Vincent Hospital and the Ottawa Civic Hospital (Rehabilitation Centre and Civic Campus). The family will receive Friends and former patients at the Tubman Funeral Home, Westboro Chapel, 403 Richmond Road, Ottawa, on Sunday, December 4, 2005 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Memorial service will be held in the Chapel on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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McADAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-29 published
JONES, George William
(Retired 30 year employee of the Toronto Transit Commission) Passed away peacefully, with his family at his side at Trillium Manor, Orillia, on Sunday, March 27, 2005, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Eleanor. Loving father of Lorraine and her husband Ralph McADAM. Loved grandfather of Scott and Ryan. Dear brother of Tom, Walter, Norman, Muriel, and Ann. Predeceased by his parents Muriel and William JONES, by his brothers Bob and Art, and by his sister Sarah. Will be sadly missed by everyone. The family would like to thank Dr. IVES and the staff of Trillium Manor for their care and support. The family will receive Friends at the Coldwater Funeral Home, 22 Sturgeon Bay Road, Coldwater (705-686-3344 or 1-888-645-5485) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the service will be held on Wednesday, March 30th at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of George may be made to Trillium Manor, Orillia.

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McADAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-07 published
KAYE, Marion June " Nancy" (McADAM)
Passed away with her daughter by her side at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on Wednesday, May 4, 2005. Nancy McADAM, at the age of 80, was the beloved mother of Linda June GREER/GRIER and Clifford Allan KAYE. Predeceased by son, Keith William KAYE. Cherished grandmother of Cameron GREER/GRIER, Kristy ALLEN and Fawn BRISCOE. Loving daughter of the late Percival and Elizabeth McADAM. She was the youngest of six: Margaret BERTRAND, Thelma GREENAN, Norma McADAM, Gordon McADAM and Jean HOPE. In keeping with Nancy's wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family and may be made through the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay K9V 3L9 (705-328-2721).

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McADAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-21 published
PARTYKA, Maria " Mary" (née NAZAREWICH)
Peacefully in her 100th year, Monday, June 20, 2005, at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Mary was a longtime member of the Ukrainian Women's Association (Toronto branch). Beloved wife of the late John (1966). Dearest mother of the late Murray, Ted and Robert. Loved Babcha of Peter PARTYKAN, Yvonne McADAM and her husband Roy, Theresa, Morgan and Emily PARTYKA and the late Michael PARTYKAN. Great-grandmother of Sharon, Shannon, Kayla and Jake. Mary will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Resting at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street (near Keele) Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Panakhyda at 7: 30 p.m. Divine Liturgy Wednesday 10 a.m. at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church (135 La Rose Avenue). Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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McADAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-13 published
LITTLE, Shirley Doreen (née HEWETT)
Peacefully at Fairhaven Home, Peterborough on Monday, July 11, 2005, age 77. Shirley, beloved wife of the late Donald and loving mother of Sharon JONES, Judith and her husband George MacADAM, and Wayne FYFE and his wife Pat. Cherished grandmother of Cassie and her husband Richard AVIS, Jennifer and Tracy JONES and David FYFE. Great-grandmother of Alyssa. Dear sister of Roma DUGGAN and the late Keith, Reginald, Hilda and Earl. She will be lovingly remembered by the rest of her family and Friends. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. North (Markham Rd.), Markham on Thursday, from 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Highland Hills Cemetery. As expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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McADAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-19 published
PATTILLO, Margaret Pearl " Pegi" (née HUGHES)
Peacefully, at Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro, Nova Scotia, on Monday, November 14, 2005, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Starr PATTILLO, partner of the late A. Judd KENNEDY, and predeceased by her brother John HUGHES and her granddaughter Patricia PEARSON. Survived by her sister Audrey TURNER, Toronto, Ontario, sister-in-law Lynn HUGHES, Toronto, Ontario and children, Ann MacADAM, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Gay PEARSON, Truro, Nova Scotia, Marylew MURRAY, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Tom PATTILLO, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, John PATTILLO, Aurora, Ontario and Barb McLEOD, Oakville, Ontario and their families including her 16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Pegi lived a wonderful and full life and enjoyed a host of Friends from her years in Truro, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario. She remembered fondly years spent at her cottages at Folly Lake, Nova Scotia and Point au Beril, Ontario. She was a true lady and will be missed by everyone. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 at the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church, Truro, Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.

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McADAMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-26 published
BELLAMY, Robert " Bob"
In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather Robert "Bob" who passed away seven years ago March 26th, 1998.
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved still missed, forever dear.
Sadly missed and loved forever by wife Isabel, the McADAMS, and the BELLAMY and COLFAX families.

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McADAMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-19 published
HILSON, James Newell
At Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, on Friday, June 17, 2005, James Newell HILSON, age 94, beloved husband of Margaret (MELOCHE) (WRIGHT) of Chatham. He will be sadly missed by: a step-daughter Jean TRUDELL and her husband Bernard of Pain Court and 3 grandchildren Jerome TRUDELL and his wife Cathy of Chatham, and Marc TRUDELL and his wife Pauline, Michele MacADAMS and her husband James all of London and 11 greatgrandchildren. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William Street South, Chatham from noon until service time on Tuesday, June 21st. Funeral Service will be conducted in The Funeral Home Chapel, on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 2 p.m. with Fr. Murray SAMPLE of St. Ursula's Church officiating. Burial will take place in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Chatham. Donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses, St. Ursula's Church or The Red Cross would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com.

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McADAMS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-21 published
HILSON, James Newell
At Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, on Friday, June 17, 2005, James Newell HILSON, age 94, beloved husband of Margaret (MELOCHE) (WRIGHT) of Chatham. He will be sadly missed by: a step-daughter Jean TRUDELL and her husband Bernard of Pain Court and 3 grandchildren Jerome TRUDELL and his wife Cathy of Chatham, and Marc TRUDELL and his wife Pauline, Michele MacADAMS and her husband James all of London and 11 greatgrandchildren. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William Street South, Chatham from noon until service time on Tuesday, June 21st. Funeral Service will be conducted in The Funeral Home Chapel, on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 2 p.m. with Fr. Murray SAMPLE of St. Ursula's Church officiating. Burial will take place in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Chatham. Donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses, St. Ursula's Church or The Red Cross would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com.

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McADOREY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-07 published
McADOREY, Bob
Peacefully on February 5, 2005 at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Catharines, in his 70th year. Survived by his daughter Colleen and her husband Jim TATTI; grandchildren, Brendan, Jessie, Jamie, and Kate; sister, Patsy and her husband Bill RUSSELL; brother, Terry and his wife Barb, and of course the colourful, unique and caring community of extended family and Friends. Bob is predeceased by his parents Monica and Jack McADOREY; his wife Willa (nee GRAY/GREY;) daughter, Robin, and son, Terry. Thank you to the Chaplains and the nursing staff on the 3rd floor at the Hotel Dieu for their compassion and excellent care to the patients and their families. Special thanks to Sandy STEFANAC whose care over the past 2 years will never be forgotten.
A memorial service celebrating Bob's life will be held at St. Patricks Church, 4673 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, on Thursday afternoon at 2: 00 o'clock. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morse and son Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to New Leaf Living and Learning Together Inc., P.O. Box 230, 19601 Lesley Street, Queensville, Ontario L0G 1R0.

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McADOREY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-09 published
Bob McADOREY, Broadcaster: 1935-2005
Deejay who helped determine what Toronto's youth listened to in the sixties went on to enjoy a 27-year run as a popular and irreverent figure on Global television
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - Page S9
Toronto -- If you knew Peggy Sue, you knew Bob McADOREY. That's because, with his pile of curly hair and horn-rimmed glasses, the Toronto disc jockey was a ringer for Buddy Holly, the songwriter and singer from Texas whose song was a hit in 1959. The two men were born 10 months apart -- McADOREY in 1935, Holly in 1936 and actually met in the mid-1950s when Mr. McADOREY was a disc jockey in Guelph, Ontario, and the singer was on a tour of Canada.
"His job was to introduce Buddy Holly at a concert at Kitchener. When he went on stage, the crowd went wild, and Bob though 'Gee, I didn't know I was this popular,' " remembered his sister Pat RUSSELL. "Of course, they thought he was Buddy Holly."
For decades, Mr. McADOREY was the entertainment commentator on Global Television; he retired less than five years ago. But in an earlier era, he was a household name in Southern Ontario. In 1960, just a few months after Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in 1959, his look-alike joined Toronto's CHUM. Almost overnight, Bob McADOREY became the top disc jockey at CHUM, the No. 1 rock station in the country. He was astonished when the station paid him what he was asking for -- $7,200 a year (about $50,000 in today's money, according to the Bank of Canada's inflation calculator).
"Bob McADOREY, whose face is as well known in Toronto as Mayor Givens, has the most power to dictate what pop music Ontario teens listen to," wrote the Toronto Telegram in 1966.
Not only was he the on-air man in the key 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. slot, he was also the music director. He chose the records the other six disc jockeys played. He and the other disc jockeys decided on CHUM's Top 10, which sent kids to record stores to buy records with a big hole in the middle and a song on each side. They spun at 45 revolutions a minute and were called 45s.
"He alone commands what goes on the hit parade in Canada," wrote The Globe's Blake KIRBY in 1968. "Middle-aged squares who run record stores use the CHUM chart, the weekly list of what McADOREY is playing and plugging as a buying guide."
Along the way, he shared the footlights with such big-name visitors as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
The CHUM hit parade made records such as The Unicorn by the Irish Rovers. Mr. McADOREY, a sentimental Irish-Canadian, pushed the record, which sold 140,000 copies in Canada and a million in the United States. But he didn't like everything on the CHUM chart. It was a business, after all.
"We're playing records here which I just can't bear to listen to, but I wouldn't let that influence what goes on the air," Mr. McADOREY once told The Globe and Mail. His sister said that when he went home after work, he was so sick of rock 'n' roll that he put earphones on and listened to classical music.
Like many successful big-city disc jockeys, Mr. McADOREY also ran dances on the weekends -- events with such names as Bob McAdorey's Canadian Bandstand or Canadian Hopville. He and a couple of other disc jockeys owned a company called Teen Scene Ltd., which put on dances in towns all over Southern Ontario.
After a long spell on CHUM, Bob McADOREY either was too old -- he was well into his 30s -- or too tired, and so he suddenly found himself fired. Unlike the regular corporate world, where people resign, in radio they are just plain sacked. Disc jockeys almost wear it as a badge of honour.
"There are no hard feelings," he told an entertainment writer in 1972 after he had been sacked from CFTR following a stint at CFGM. "I was told that it was either the station's new music-and-contests format or me." Within days, he had rejoined radio station CFGM.
A few years later, he morphed into television. No one told him that radio types, from the hot side of the Marshall McLuhan equation, are not supposed to be able to make the switch to the cool world of television. He perched on his stool in 1973 and performed for about 27 years.
Bob McADOREY was born within earshot of the Niagara Falls. His father worked as a machinist on the railway and the whole family lived near both the tracks and the roundhouse at Niagara Falls, Ontario For the rest of his life, Mr. McADOREY maintained a love affair with trains and rode them at every opportunity.
He went to high school at Stamford Collegiate. An Irish Catholic, he was one of two non-Protestants in the class. The other was Barbara FRUM, later the host of The Journal and As It Happens on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The two would spend the religious class in another room, enjoying their time off.
In Grade 12, Mr. McADOREY started work at the local radio station, doing a program in the early morning before class. "One day, the station manager told me to go on air and do the play-by-play of a local baseball game," he told the Toronto Star in 2000. "I didn't know the players' names and I didn't know much about baseball, so I sat in the bleachers and interviewed the spectators and it seemed to work."
After that, he was hooked. For a time, he worked all over -- including radio station CJDC in remote Dawson's Creek, British Columbia Even then, he was fairly outrageous. " CJDC had access to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation feeds," he said in 2000. "But nobody monitored us, so we sold everything -- the one o'clock time signal to a jewellery store, the Queen's Christmas Message brought to you by Sammy's Bar and Grill."
But it was soon after he had moved to Guelph, Ontario, that things really began to happen and he hit the big time at the age of 24 by working for CHUM.
Though he may have been at the top of the pop game in the Toronto of the sixties, he also became a national figure at Global as it expanded from a base in Southern Ontario to become the country's third network. He never applied for a job in television, it was just chance.
Bill CUNNINGHAM, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation foreign correspondent brought in to run Global News, hired him after he saw him speak during a tour of the new television station. At the time, Mr. McADOREY was working for Alan SLAIGHT, a prescient broadcaster who had run CHUM, bought CFGM and was one of the early owners of Global. Mr. CUNNINGHAM's plan was to lighten up the newscast and hire a kind of humourist-commentator. Thus, Mr. McADOREY covered entertainment and did light pieces for the newscast, heading out with a cameraman to find what he could. Once, during an Air Canada strike, he drifted out to Toronto's Pearson International Airport and happened to find Terminal 2 entirely deserted. The scene made irresistible camera fodder. The pair had time to erect an impromptu bowling alley and roll a few balls before the party was broken up by patrolling policemen.
The show was an enduring success. It helped that Mr. McADOREY was good-looking, possessed a great voice and was totally unaffected and unpretentious. Behind the scenes, though, Global was in turmoil and not just financially.
The network kept trying to reinvent itself. One idea was to bring in an untried newsreader, Suzanne PERRY, who was one of Pierre TRUDEAU's press aides and whose son, Matthew PERRY, went on to fame in the sitcom Friends. Sadly, Ms. PERRY was put on air before she was ready and that experiment failed.
A short while afterward, the network tried something called News at Noon, with Bob McADOREY doing entertainment, Mike ANSCOMBE the sports, and John DAWE, business. The three of them joked, made fun of each other, and did and said things you weren't supposed to see on television. All of a sudden, they had a huge audience, unheard of at that time of day.
"We broke new ground with 300,000 viewers at noon," said business reporter John DAWE. " Then it expanded and we did the 5: 30 news as well. We worked together for 14 years."
As he matured, Mr. McADOREY lost his Buddy Holly looks. Instead, he was often mistaken for another famous person with glasses and a mass of curly hair -- Ken TAILOR/TAYLOR, the Canadian ambassador to Iran who sheltered American colleagues during the 1979-80 hostage crisis.
At Global, the news department kept trying new things and new people, though the on-air staff remained pretty much the same. One producer didn't like the jocular format. And Mr. McADOREY didn't like him. He rebelled by being provocative on air.
"It's Friday, and I didn't really feel much like working today. The boss is out of town so I took it easy this afternoon, stretching out in my office, reading and daydreaming," he began his part of the 6 p.m. newscast on April 8, 1983. It got him fired.
"Unprofessional and insulting to the viewers," read the note from his pompous producer. The viewers thought otherwise. Phone lines buzzed and letters landed on all the right desks. Two weeks later, the producer was fired and Bob McADOREY was rehired.
As host of Entertainment Desk from 1991 to 1997, he guided it through many lively segments. Among the most memorable was the appearance of comedienne Judy Tenuta. "[She] pretty well took over the show, which bothered some viewers but not me," he once said. "Her wild style made for bizarre television. Most of the interview was done with Judy sitting on my lap making semi-lewd comments."
For all that, he never did like producers. At the time of his retirement in July, 2000, Andrew RYAN of The Globe and Mail asked him what advice he would give to aspiring young entertainment journalists. "Producers are dorks, actors are jerks," Mr. McADOREY answered. "The only ones worth talking to are directors."
Having been asked to retire, he said he had no expectations of a gold watch. Rather, "how about a gold boot up the butt? Retirement was not my idea. I always thought I had a few more good years left."
Instead, he chose to retire quietly at his home in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario His main hobby was reading and he was something of an authority on James Joyce. An Irish nationalist, he had a lifelong obsession with the great Dublin writer.
Robert Joseph McADOREY was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on July 24, 1935. He died on February 5 at St. Catharines, Ontario He was 70 and had suffered prolonged illness. He is survived by daughter Colleen, sister Pat and brother Terry. He was predeceased by his wife and by two of three children.

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McADOREY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-09 published
McADOREY, Bob
Peacefully on February 5, 2005 at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Catharines, in his 70th year. Survived by his daughter Colleen and her husband Jim TATTI; grandchildren, Brendan, Jessie, Jamie, and Kate; sister, Patsy and her husband Bill RUSSELL; brother, Terry and his wife Barb, and of course the colourful, unique and caring community of extended family and Friends. Bob is predeceased by his parents Monica and Jack McADOREY; his wife Willa (nee GRAY/GREY;) daughter, Robin, and son, Terry. Thank you to the Chaplains and the nursing staff on the 3rd floor at the Hotel Dieu for their compassion and excellent care to the patients and their families. Special thanks to Sandy Stefanac whose care over the past 2 years will never be forgotten.
A private family memorial service celebrating Bob's life will be held at St. Patricks Church, 4673 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, on Thursday afternoon at 2: 00 o'clock. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morse and son Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to New Leaf Living and Learning Together Inc., P.O. Box 230, 19601 Leslie Street, Queensville, Ontario L0G 1R0.

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McADOREY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
'Mac' led heady days at CHUM
Disk Jockey Bob McADOREY as popular as music
'Bon vivant' later a Global television fixture
By Jim BAWDEN, Television COLUMNIST
Bob McADOREY helped usher in radio's rock 'n' roll era and set the musical agenda for a generation of Toronto teens.
Few today realize the power that Disk Jockeys like McADOREY exerted over Toronto popular culture 40 years ago, when radio ruled. It was a cozy time for music -- and then CHUM entered the fray, blew the cobwebs away and ushered in the crazy days of rock broadcasting.
McADOREY, 69, died Saturday at St. Catharines' Hotel Dieu hospital after a long illness.
McADOREY grew up in Niagara Falls and attended Stamford Collegiate, also the alma mater of Titanic director James CAMERON. He was in the same graduating class as Barbara FRUM, the legendary Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-television interviewer.
As a teen, McADOREY won a province-wide public speaking contest and was the popular president of his high school fraternity.
He also played ragtime piano.
"Crowds would go around him," said his older brother, Terry McADOREY.
McADOREY's radio career started in 1953 when the Niagara Falls native first signed on with CHVC near the Falls, introducing listeners to his unique style of easy-going patter.
"I looked like Buddy Holly back then," McADOREY told the Toronto Star in a 1981 interview. "I weighed about 95 pounds and we played songs like 'Que Sera Sera.' Everything was a lot softer, smoother then."
After additional stops in London, Guelph, Hamilton and Dawson Creek, McADOREY wound up at Toronto's CHUM, coaxed to climb aboard by resident star Disk Jockey Al BOLISKA.
"I'd lived with Al above a variety store in London and he kept telling me to come to CHUM. I asked for $600 a month, after all Gordie TAPP was making $100 a week, and to my surprise I got the job."
Starting in 1960, McADOREY began a stint that many people consider rock programming at its finest: brash, spontaneous and pretty wild. And the Disk Jockeys were the stars.
CHUM became the rock station to listen to and McADOREY was the man who told you if a song was going places. The guy who hung out with The Beatles and The Stones when they were in town (and introduced them from the stage) was known simply as "Mac."
For years, he hosted the all-important 4 to 7 p.m. slot. CHUM's chart of the week's top records was posted everywhere: in record stores and high school lockers. Eaton's and Simpson's would only stock those 45s that were on the CHUM list. When a new record called "The Unicorn" came in, McADOREY liked it so much he immediately put it on the air and it sold 140,000 copies in Canada in two weeks and made The Irish Rovers.
Thinking back on those heady days, McADOREY said, "We kept it all clean up here. There was no payola as in the U.S. and we deliberately helped a lot of Canadians. It was personality radio. We were promoted like crazy back then. And the pressures were unbelievable. We dictated what records were going to go. And what kids would eat, drink.
"I could have written five books about what happened at CHUM. There'd be one book if I saved my memos. The most frightening thing was the British invasion. There weren't enough cops to handle the crowds -- it was out of control."
Off the air, he was a bon vivant, said 72-year-old Terry McADOREY.
"We did a lot of drinking. He was a good friend of Ronnie HAWKINS."
In 1968, the CHUM deal fizzled. When owner Al WATERS brought in American consultants, McADOREY felt the business was becoming too heavily formatted and left.
McADOREY headed to CFGM in Richmond Hill, which was trying to invade Toronto with a country music format. As morning man, he energized the station. He moved to CFTR in 1970 and after a few years returned to CFGM.
A constant listener was Bill CUNNINGHAM, head of Global television news, and he asked McADOREY to contribute satirical bits, which eventually became a full-time job.
Sample segment: during an airline strike McADOREY headed out to Terminal 2 with bowling equipment and pins to demonstrate the building was only of use as a bowling alley. Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers saw nothing funny in this and whisked him out as the piece was being filmed.
Another time during a city campaign to get dog owners to scoop up deposits, McADOREY and a cameraman went out to do field tests, which consisted of chasing terrified dogs whose owners had failed the test.
By 1980, he was entertainment editor. In 1983, Global tried to fire him when he disagreed over assignments. Global's Three Guys at noon telecast was a big hit (the others: Mike Anscombe and John Dawe) and hundreds of daily phone calls forced management to reconsider. For a time, Global even outperformed Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Midday.
McADOREY later got his own afternoon entertainment show where he'd report from movie junkets and comment on the entertainment scene.
I last chatted with him in 2000 when he was railing against Global's retirement-at-65 rule. But he looked frail and had been off for months after a fainting attack.
McADOREY had a farm at Gormley and a place in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Despite his television success he still yearned for the golden days of radio: "I'd walk into the booth in pyjama tops and jeans and talk one-on-one to people. At least that's the way I always imagined it."
McADOREY leaves daughter Colleen, her husband Jim TATTI, a Global sports broadcaster, and four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Willa, daughter Robin and son Terry.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Church in Niagara Falls.
With files from Gabe GONDA

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McADOREY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
McADOREY, Bob
Peacefully, on February 5, 2005, at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Catharines, in his 70th year. Survived by his daughter Colleen and her husband Jim TATTI; grandchildren, Brendan, Jessie, Jamie, and Kate; sister, Patsy and her husband Bill RUSSELL; brother, Terry and his wife Barb, and of course the colorful, unique and caring community of extended family and Friends. Bob is predeceased by his parents Monica and Jack McADOREY; his wife Willa (nee GRAY/GREY;) daughter, Robin, and son, Terry. Thank you to the Chaplains and the nursing staff on the 3rd floor at the Hotel Dieu for their compassion and excellent care to the patients and their families. Special thanks to Sandy STEFANAC whose care over the past 2 years will never be forgotten. A Memorial Service celebrating Bob's life will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 4673 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morse and son Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to New Leaf Living and Learning Together Inc., P.O. Box 230, 19601 Lesley Street, Queensville, Ontario L0G 1R0.

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McADOREY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-08 published
McADOREY, Bob
Peacefully, on February 5, 2005, at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Catharines, in his 70th year. Survived by his daughter Colleen and her husband Jim TATTI; grandchildren, Brendan, Jessie, Jamie, and Kate; sister, Patsy and her husband Bill RUSSELL; brother, Terry and his wife Barb, and of course the colorful, unique and caring community of extended family and Friends. Bob is predeceased by his parents Monica and Jack McADOREY; his wife Willa (nee GRAY/GREY;) daughter, Robin, and son, Terry. Thank you to the Chaplains and the nursing staff on the 3rd floor at the Hotel Dieu for their compassion and excellent care to the patients and their families. Special thanks to Sandy STEFANAC whose care over the past 2 years will never be forgotten. A private family memorial service celebrating Bob's life will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 4673 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morse and son Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to New Leaf Living and Learning Together Inc., P.O. Box 230, 19601 Leslie Street, Queensville, Ontario L0G 1R0.

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