CROFTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-18 published
CROFTON, Jessie Elizabeth (née NICHOL)
(June 15, 1911-April 14, 2006)
Veteran World War 2 Royal Canadian Air Force
Peacefully at Christie Gardens, Toronto in her 95th year. Beth was the daughter of the late Jessie Catherine (HENDRIE) Nichol ROSSITER and John Scott NICHOL in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and wife of the late William Cavendish CROFTON (d. 1972.) She is survived by her children Elizabeth EWASHKIW (Malcolm) of Belleville, Ontario, Bill CROFTON (Maxine) of Nanaimo, British Columbia, and grandchildren Christine LESNIEWSKI (Gregg,) Stephen EWASHKIW (Jane), Eben CROFTON (Tracie ROYAL), Celene (Vince MIHOC), Nicholas (Hannah GRANT,) Michael, and Amy CROFTON, and great-grandchild Karina LESNIEWSKI. Beth was predeceased by her siblings Gwendolyn Marjorie NICHOL (1899-1982) and Stuart Hendrie NICHOL (1903-1969,) her grandchildren Robin EWASHKIW (1968) and Jordan CROFTON (1998.) Beth's family is extremely grateful for the tender loving care provided by the sensitive and supportive caregivers at Christie Gardens. Cremation. A Memorial Service will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.), Toronto, 416-489-8733 on Saturday, May 6th, 2006 at 2 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Covenant House, 20 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2P3 or Breakfast For Learning, 25 Sheppard Ave. W, Ste. 100, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6S7.

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CROFTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-18 published
CROFTON, Jessie Elizabeth (née NICHOL)
(June 15, 1911-April 14, 2006)
Veteran World War 2 Royal Canadian Air Force
Peacefully at Christie Gardens, Toronto in her 95th year. Beth was the daughter of the late Jessie Catherine (HENDRIE) Nichol ROSSITER and John Scott NICHOL in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and wife of the late William Cavendish CROFTON (d. 1972.) She is survived by her children Elizabeth EWASHKIW (Malcolm) of Belleville, Ontario, Bill CROFTON (Maxine) of Nanaimo, British Columbia, and grandchildren Christine LESNIEWSKI (Gregg,) Stephen EWASHKIW (Jane), Eben CROFTON (Tracie ROYAL), Celene (Vince MIHOC), Nicholas (Hannah GRANT,) Michael, and Amy CROFTON, and great-grandchild Karina LESNIEWSKI. Beth was predeceased by her siblings Gwendolyn Marjorie NICHOL (1899-1982) and Stuart Hendrie NICHOL (1903-1969,) her grandchildren Robin EWASHKIW (1968) and Jordan CROFTON (1998.) Beth's family is extremely grateful for the tender loving care provided by the sensitive and supportive caregivers at Christie Gardens. Cremation. A Memorial Service will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.), Toronto, 416-489-8733 on Saturday, May 6th, 2006 at 2 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Covenant House, 20 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2P3 or Breakfast For Learning, 25 Sheppard Ave. W., Ste. 100, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6S7.

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CROISETIÈRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-14 published
BOISJOLY, Fernand (1927-2006)
On September 12, 2006 at the age of 78 years, passed away peacefully. Mr. Fernand BOISJOLY, President of Hydro-Mac Inc., and former President of Fluid Power Society. He leaves to mourn his wife Suzanne CROISETIÈRE and his four children Louise (André CHÉNARD,) André (Marie-Josée FILION,) Christiane and Luc (Jean-Louise HEPWORTH,) as well as 8 grandchildren who cherished him: Guillaume, François, Laurent, Simon, Caroline, Geneviève, Anne and Isabelle. He also leaves to mourn his sister-in-law Marthe CROISETIÈRE (René PAQUIN,) his nephew Pierre PAQUIN (Marie GÉLINAS) and niece Elyse PAQUIN (Robert CANTIN) and numerous other relatives and good Friends. The family will receive relatives and Friends at Complexe Funéraire Magnus Poirier Inc., 10526 Blvd. St. Laurent, Montréal, corner Prieur Tel: 514-727-2847, on Thursday, September 14 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m., as well as Friday as of 9 a.m. A religious service will be celebrated in Saint-André Apôtre Church on Prieur St. on Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Foundation Cité de la Santé, Tel: 450-975-5347, would be greatly appreciated.

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CROIX o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-06-28 published
QUESNELLE, Donald
Peacefully passed away at the Huronia District Hospital, Midland on Monday June 19, 2006. Donald QUESNELLE of Port McNicoll, In his 67th year. Beloved husband of Donna. Dear father of Terry (Sandra VALADE,) Wendy and her husband Kevin MATEFF of Midland. Loving grandfather of Carrie, Kelly, Allison and David and great grandfather of Giovanni. Beloved son of the late Daniel Sr. and Janet QUESNELLE. Brother of Helen and the late Lloyd COOK of Barrie, the late Ella May and Ben SERBIN, James and the late Margaret of Midland, Annie and the late Buck MAGLOUGHLIN of Port McNicoll, Margaret and husband Leonard LA CROIX of Midland, Daniel Jr. and wife Rita of Penetang, Ernest and wife Annette of Midland, the late Nancy and husband Morris FOURNIER of Midland, the late Mark and wife Helen of Midland (and the late Beatrice), Charles and Sharon MOREAU of Port McNicoll, Deborah and Shawn MANDLEY of Brampton, Niece Charlotte and husband Jerome ST AMANT of Trenton. Remembered lovely by many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or service will be held at Don's request. A Memorial Service will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Midland on Thursday July 6, 2006 at 1 o'clock. Memorial Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Diabetes Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the charity of your choice and may be made at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale. Expressions of sympathy may be made at lynnstone@sympatico.ca
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CROKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-22 published
CROKER, Gailer Ernest (1917-2006)
Gailer (Pop) CROKER, of Calgary, passed away peacefully at home on April 14, 2006, at the age of 89 years. Gailer is survived and will be lovingly missed by his wife of sixty six years, Gertrude sons Gail (Bernice) and Gary; grandchildren David (Dorothy), Sherry (Armand), Lavallee, Mark, Jennifer and Joseph; as well as four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Joyce SQUIRE of Norwich, Ontario; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gailer was predeceased by his brother Sammy, sister Iva, and two grandchildren, Peter John and Patty. Funeral Services were held at McInnis and Holloway's, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday April 19, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com Our families wish to express heartfelt thanks to all Gailer's doctors and caregivers. If Friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 - 14th St. N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. In living memory of Gailer CROKER, 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 T2S 2L5. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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CROKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-26 published
NUNN, Janet
Suddenly at the St. Catharines General Hospital on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, in her 73rd year. Janet, loving husband of Robert. Loving Mum and friend of Karen and her husband Michael Jaatinen, David and his wife Janette West and Jane West. Loving Nana of Connor WEST. She is survived by her brother Roger CROKER and his wife Donna. Mrs. NUNN was a member of the Pelham Executive Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). She retired in 1994 from teaching with the Durham Region Board of Education. "She will be Terribly Missed and Never Forgotten and Always in Our Thoughts" Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Meeting for Worship will be held at a later date. Memorial Remembrances to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements in the care of Passfield Mortuary Services 905-682-0474.

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CROLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-06 published
GOULD, Sean Michael (July 8, 1988-June 3, 2006)
Of Almonte. Tragically as the result of a car accident on Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 at age 17. Sean Michael GOULD cherished son of Michael GOULD and Una COFFEY, Almonte. Loving brother of Nolan GOULD at home. Loving grand_son of Mary (the late Benedict COFFEY) and Shirley and Vernon GOULD. Loving nephew of Paul and Christine COFFEY, Anne and Brian DILLABAUGH, David COFFEY, Maureen VIRTUE, Clare COFFEY, Brendan and Lisa COFFEY, Maeve and Robert DICK, Florence ATTWELL and Lawrie SNETSINGER, Joan and Tom SEMPLE, Alfred and Christine HAMBLEY and Tracey ATTWELL, Elwood and Lilian GOULD, Audrey and Ron CROLE, Ron GOULD, (the late Murray GOULD) and cousins Yvonne (Joe), Molly, Cory, Tyler, Maureen, Kerri, Carly (Chaz), Tara, Melanie, Kaiti, Julia, Brian, Sheila, Lynne, Gail, (the late Steven ATTWELL) and many other relatives. Friends may call at the Kerry Funeral Home, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte for visiting on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thence to Holy Name of Mary Church, Almonte for Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Holy Name of Mary Parish Cemetery, Almonte. Donations made in memory of Sean to Almonte and District High School would be most appreciated by the GOULD family. Condolences at www.kerryfh.ca

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CROLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-04 published
CROLEY, Ken
March 3, 2005
Ken: It's been a year and it seems like yesterday.
I miss you very much.
Thank you for what you gave me - happy memories and love.
You are always in my thoughts.
Love Marilyn and family

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CROLL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-09-30 published
SCOTT Mary Mae (née CROLL)
Peacefully at Hannah Walker Place in Owen Sound on Thursday September 28, 2006. In her 91st year, Mae SCOTT (née CROLL,) the beloved wife of the late William SCOTT. Loving mother of Bill SCOTT Jr. and his wife Andrea. Loving grandmother of Deborah SCOTT and Ken NOBLE, and Kimberly and her husband Terry (Kim) LUND, and Darlene and her husband Steve VANDERPLOEG. Loved great-grandmother of Scott, Paul, Andrew, Trevor, Michelle, Jessica and Ryan. Great-great-grandmother of Jasmine, Kyle, Brendan, Dominic, Luke and Matthew. Dear sister of Jean (Mrs. Edward SMITH) and her three brothers James, Robert and Stanley. Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her grand_son J.C. MILLMAN. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. Rev. Scott SINCLAIR officiating. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.

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CROMARTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-04 published
CROMARTY, Phyllis
After a lengthy illness, she passed away peacefully at her home, Thompson House, on March 1, 2006. She will be sadly missed by nieces, nephews, extended family and Friends. Phyllis dedicated her life to others. Her sense of humour and wit enabled others to have fun along the way. Thank you to all of the Thompson House staff and Dr. JASKOLKA for her wonderful care. Any donations in Phyllis' memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. A private family service will be held.

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CROMBEEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-12 published
JONGERIUS, Julia (née CROMBEEN)
Peacefully at Bluewater Health Continuing Care, Sarnia on Sunday, December 10, 2006 Julia JONGERIUS, née CROMBEEN, age 78 of Sarnia. Julia was a member of St. Benedict's Church and the C.W.L. Beloved wife of Chris JONGERIUS for 51 years. Sister of Emiel and Mary CROMBEEN, Bob and Geraldine CROMBEEN, Al CROMBEEN, Ben and Carol CROMBEEN, Marie YSEBAERT, Tilley SIMMONS, Margaret and Harold TREPANIER. Sister-in-law of Jean CROMBEEN, Giel and Miep JONGERIUS, Thea VANMAURIK and Piet BOEYEN. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Emma CROMBEEN, brothers Peter, Frank and Ted CROMBEEN, sister Anna VINK, brothers-in-law Jim SIMMONS, François YSEBAERT and sister-in-law Marie BOEYEN. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Avenue, Sarnia on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Family and Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Wednesday afternoon from 3: 30 to 5 p.m. and evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be said at the funeral home at 7: 00 p.m. Sympathy through donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca Thank you to Doctor Ian CAMPBELL and his staff, the staff at Bluewater Health 4th Floor Continuing Care and Palliative Care.

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CROMBEEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-16 published
JONGERIUS, Julia (CROMBEEN)
A funeral mass for Julia (CROMBEEN) JONGERIUS, age 78, of Sarnia, was celebrated on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church, Sarnia with Father Rick JANISSE as celebrant, assisted by Father Jim HIGGINS. Pallbearers were Francis VINK, Wayne CROMBEEN, Frank BISHOP, Rick CROMBEEN, Darren CROMBEEN and Ed YSEBAERT. An honour guard was formed by the C.W.L. at the mass and also provided the luncheon following the service. Interment followed in Resurrection Cemetery. Julia was a member of St. Benedict's Church and the C.W.L. Beloved wife of Chris JONGERIUS for 51 years. Sister of Emiel and Mary CROMBEEN, Bob and Geraldine CROMBEEN, Al CROMBEEN, Ben and Carol CROMBEEN, Marie YSEBAERT, Tilley SIMMONS, Margaret and Harold TREPANIER. Sister-in-law of Jean CROMBEEN, Betty CROMBEEN, Marlene TANGUAY, Nellie WYGERGANGS, William VINK, Giel and Miep JONGERIUS, Thea VANMAURIK and Piet BOEYEN. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Emma CROMBEEN, brothers Peter, Frank and Ted CROMBEEN, sister Anna VINK, brothers-in-law Jim SIMMONS, François YSEBAERT and sister-in-law Marie BOEYEN. The family wishes to say thank you to Smith Funeral Home and Friends who came to the funeral home and to the mass, sent flowers and made donations in memory of Julia. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia. (519-542-5541.) Mrs. JONGERIUS died on December 10, 2006.

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CROMBIE o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2006-10-20 published
McILROY, Grace Margaret
(Member of Ladies Shrine, Salaam Club, Collingwood)
On October 12th, 2006 at Leisureworld Creeden Valley, Nursing Home, Creemore in her 85th year. Grace McILROY of Collingwood beloved wife of Robert McILROY. Dear mother of John CROMBIE (Jan) of Omemee, Gary CROMBIE (Mary) of Aurora, Jeff McILROY (Stacey) of Beeton, Arlene PROTHMANN (Gerhard) New Lowell. Predeceased by daughter Joyce FISHER (Mickey FISHER) Edmonton, Alberta. Grandma to Danny ROUTLEDGE (Lisa), Kim HODINSKY (Ben), Dawn FISHER, Ian FISHER, Letisha and Kelsey CROMBIE, Paul and Diana CROMBIE, Kurtis and Rory McILORY, Kristin, Kerri, Michelle ROULEAU, Alex and Grant PROTHMANN. Great-grandma to Christopher and Amanda HODINSKY, Bradley FISHER, Kristy and Jay ROUTLEDGE and Jordan REIS. Visitation was held at the Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 132 River Road E., Wasaga Beach on Sunday October 15th, 2006, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. (705-429-1040) Funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. ANDERSON in the Chapel on Monday October 16th, 2006 at 1 p.m. Interment in Wasaga Beach Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital as expressions of sympathy.
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CROMBIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-15 published
Village's spirited defender dies
Long Branch's Marie CURTIS, 94, fought subway wars, hurricane Hazel
By James RUSK. Page A12
Marie CURTIS, who as reeve of the village of Long Branch from 1953 to 1962 paved its streets and fought the building of the Bloor-Danforth subway line, has died.
Ms. CURTIS, a feisty woman whose spirited advocacy for her municipality foreshadowed the careers of municipal leaders like Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCALLION, was one of the few remaining city political figures whose career began before the creation of Metropolitan Toronto in 1954.
A charter member of Metro council, Ms. CURTIS died of an apparent stroke on Sunday at age 94 in a nursing home in Markdale, said her daughter, Joan McGEE.
"She was absolutely a stormy petrel, as they used to call them in those days…. She was a doughty defender of her municipality, no doubt about it," said former Toronto mayor David CROMBIE. "I'm an old Swansea guy from the waterfront, and Marie CURTIS was one of my mom's heroes."
When Ms. CURTIS was reeve, the village on Long Branch on the shore of Lake Ontario had a population of only 10,000. Lakeshore Road, now Lakeshore Boulevard, was its main street, recalled Toronto councillor Doug HOLYDAY, whose family settled in the village in 1919.
"You could run into quite a few people on a Saturday and Marie knew just about everybody. Consequently, she was the reeve for nine years there," said Mr. HOLYDAY, the last mayor of Etobicoke before it was amalgamated with Toronto in 1997.
Ms. CURTIS and her husband moved to Long Branch in 1935 at the height of the Depression to escape high rents in Toronto. After a term as deputy reeve, she became reeve while the postwar boom was hitting a village that only a few years earlier had given returning Second World War veterans free building lots.
Those were likely lots on unpaved side streets, and one of Ms. CURTIS's achievements as reeve was to get sewer lines put in and the roads paved, her daughter said.
"They put in the sewers and they paved the streets and she got them to plant crabapple trees. And every spring, if you drive through Long Branch, there they still are on the edges of the streets," Ms. McGEE said.
Soon after Ms. CURTIS became reeve, two storms rolled in. One was the 1954 creation of Metropolitan Toronto, an upper-tier supergovernment that controlled and guided the city's postwar expansion.
The Lakeshore communities fought the creation of Metro, and although as reeve of Long Branch Ms. CURTIS served on the first Metro council, the fights did not end.
When Metro decided to build an east-west subway line and impose a small property-tax increase to help pay for it, she fought the tax all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
She paid a price for her opposition to the subway line when she was tossed off Metro's executive committee.
At the time she told a reporter, "I'm in this fight because I think I'm right, and when you are right, you're not doing right by yourself or anyone else if you back down."
The other storm to hit in 1954 was hurricane Hazel. On October 15 that year, after moving up from the United States the storm battered Toronto, killing 81 people and leaving thousands of families homeless. Long Branch was severely flooded. After the storm, 30 properties that had been in its path on the flood plains of Etobicoke Creek were expropriated.
Property owners who thought they were not getting enough for their homes turned to Ms. CURTIS, and she helped them get more money from the city. Instead of houses being rebuilt at the same location, however, a 35-acre park was created at the mouth of Etobicoke Creek.
Then it came time to name the park.
"First they were going to call it Curtis Park, that was the story, then [former Ontario premier] Les FROST told [former Metro chair] Fred GARDINER that they would have to call it Marie Curtis Park, because there was only one Marie CURTIS. So they did that…. It is a living memorial to her. It always will be there," said Ms. McGEE said, adding that she will tell this story at her mother's funeral today.
In 1962, five years before a second round of amalgamation saw Long Branch merged into the city of Etobicoke, Ms. CURTIS left politics and moved with her husband to a retirement home near Flesherton in the Beaver Valley.
Until 1968, she was secretary-treasurer of the Mayors and Reeves of Ontario, the forerunner of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Until a stroke four years ago, she returned to Toronto for events and, on occasion, to appear at council meetings to speak out for Long Branch, Mr. HOLYDAY said.
Ms. CURTIS was predeceased by her husband, Bryce, a son and a grand_son. She leaves her daughter, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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CROMBIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-26 published
She wrote the book on cities
By Warren GERARD, Special To The Star with files from Paul MOLONEY, Royson JAMES and Vanessa LU
Jane JACOBS was an urban fable.
She was a writer, intellectual, analyst, ethicist and moral thinker, activist, self-made economist and a fearless critic of inflexible authority.
JACOBS died yesterday in a Toronto hospital. She was 89. Her 90th birthday would have been next week.
An American who chose to be Canadian, JACOBS was a leader in the fights to preserve neighbourhoods and kill expressways, first in New York City, and then in Toronto.
Her efforts to stop the proposed expressway between Manhattan Bridge on east Manhattan and the Holland Tunnel on the west contributed toward saving SoHo, Chinatown, and the western part of Greenwich Village.
In Toronto, her leadership galvanized the movement that stopped the proposed Spadina Expressway. It would have cut a swath through the lively Annex neighbourhood and parts of the downtown.
Toronto Mayor David Miller, who called JACOBS both a friend and a mentor, interrupted yesterday's city council meeting to announce to his colleagues that JACOBS had died.
"The power of her ideas is what helped make this city choose a different path, a path where you have vibrant downtown neighbourhoods where people could live, a path where you didn't have expressways cutting through neighbourhoods," Miller told reporters.
"She gave me all sorts of advice over time. The way she gave you advice was she invited you over for tea. And you had tea and you talked and if you were smart, you kept quiet and you listened because you could really learn from Jane JACOBS."
Her son, Ned JACOBS, said in an interview from Vancouver that his mother had been in hospital for a few days.
"She died of old age. She just wore out," he said. "Every part of her was worn out. She was working as best she could right to the end."
Her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961, became a Bible for neighbourhood organizers and what she termed the "foot people."
It made the case against the utopian planning culture of the times -- residential highrise development, expressways through city hearts, slum clearances and desolate downtowns.
She believed that residential and commercial activity should be in the same place, that the safest neighbourhoods teem with life, short winding streets are better than long straight ones, lowrise housing is better than impersonal towers, that a neighbourhood is where people talk to one another. She liked the small-scale.
Former Toronto mayor David CROMBIE said that while people see her as a city builder, affecting the city form, her impact was much bigger and deeper.
"The most important thing she did for me and us was remind us that ideas matter, and the ideas that were most important are the ones that mattered to us," CROMBIE said. "She also believed you take action. You don't have ideas and go away. There is a direct connection of thought and action."
JACOBS, born May 4, 1916, grew up in Scranton, the centre of Pennsylvania coal country.
"I came from a family where women had worked, mostly as schoolteachers, for quite a few generations. I had a great-aunt who went to Alaska and taught Indians. My mother had worked as a schoolteacher, then a nurse. She became the night supervising nurse at an important hospital in Philadelphia," she was quoted.
"Those were traditional women's occupations, to be sure. But I did grow up with the idea that women could do things, and in my own family I was treated much the same as my brothers."
Finishing high school, she trained as a stenographer but got an unpaid job as a reporter at the local newspaper. JACOBS moved to New York City in the Depression years and wrote a few articles for Vogue.
Then, at age 22, she went to Columbia University, but that didn't last and after two years she returned to writing.
She married Robert JACOBS in 1944. He was an architect and it was his work that got her interested in Architectural Forum, a monthly magazine, where after a short time she went to work, becoming a senior editor.
Theirs was a close relationship and a happy marriage. It was to last for 52 years before he died of lung cancer at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital, a hospital he had designed.
In 1958, after writing about downtowns for Fortune magazine, Mrs. JACOBS received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to write about cities.
In 1968, JACOBS and her family moved to Toronto. They didn't want their two draft-age sons, Jim and Ned, to serve in the Vietnam War.
Toronto was ripe for JACOBS. She wasn't here long before plans were revealed to build the Spadina Expressway, which promised to cut a strip through the city, making it easier for suburbanites to commute in and out of the downtown. She wrote a newspaper article highly critical of city planners for their vision to "Los Angelize" what she described as "the most hopeful and healthy city in North America, still unmangled, still with options."
In an unrequited sentiment, odd as it might seem, planners adored JACOBS. She described them this way, however. "First of all, our official planning departments seem to be brain-dead in the sense that we cannot depend on them in any way, shape or form for providing intellectual leadership in addressing urgent problems involving the physical future of the city."
JACOBS galvanized local citizens against the planners and politicians in what became known as the Stop Spadina movement.
For the most part, JACOBS' books were an intellectual progression, each taking her thoughts on cities and economies a step further.
Paul BEDFORD, retired Toronto chief planner, said JACOBS had been a key supporter of the radical plan in the mid-'90s to relax planning rules to spur new ideas in the King-Spadina and King-Parliament areas that were formerly industrial and in decline.
BEDFORD credited JACOBS for encouraging him to take risks and experiment.
"We abolished the density numbers, the land use designations and put in place an urban design framework. Really it was about encouraging re-use of buildings and opening up the uses to allow residential.
"I remember her words specifically, to me and to Barbara (HALL:) She said this must work. You must be successful at this and get it right.
"She gave me the notion as chief planner that I had to take the lead, be visible, communicate with the people on all fronts. It was to bring planning to the people and demystify it. It gave me the courage to be an agent of change rather than an agent of the bureaucracy."
As well as The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Economy of Cities, and The Question of Separatism, JACOBS wrote other books including Cities and the Wealth of Nations; Systems of Survival: A Dialogue; A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska; The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead.
Following the death of her husband, JACOBS continued to live in her three-storey brick house on Albany Ave., a tree-lined street in the Annex neighbourhood she helped preserve.
She wrote in an upstairs office on a typewriter, refusing to use a computer. Her son, Jim, an inventor, lived close by and another son, Ned, worked for the Vancouver Parks Board and is a musician. Her daughter, Burgin, is an artist and lives in New Denver, B.C.
The shelves of her study were filled with books on chaos theory and the sciences, subjects that stimulated her own thinking.
Shortly after writing The Nature of Economies, she was quoted as saying: "I think I'm living in a marvellous age when great change is occurring. We now see that there is no straight-line cause and effect. Things are connected by webs.
"This understanding comes from advances in the life-sciences, and it opens up the possibility of understanding all kinds of things we haven't understood before. I think it's very exciting."
As for her own life, she said the following: "Really, I've had a very easy life.
"By easy I don't mean just lying around, but I haven't been put upon, really. And it's been luck mostly. Being brought up in a time when women weren't put down, that's luck. Being in a family where I wasn't put down, that's luck. Finding the right man to marry, that's the best luck! Having nice children, healthy children, that's luck.
"All these lucky things."
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CROMBIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-26 published
Letter of protest JACOBS' last act
By Royson JAMES
Sometime soon Toronto will decide on a suitable monument to record that Jane JACOBS lived among us and gave much more than she took.
The American anti-expressway activist who moved here in 1968 gave confidence to proponents of a fledgling Toronto movement that, silly them, believed neighbourhoods mattered; people could live harmoniously downtown; a city is for people, not cars; and the citizen is every bit as wise as the city hall planner.
Those themes still ricochet around Toronto. And we can thank JACOBS, who died yesterday, a week shy of her 90th birthday, in her neighbourhood Toronto Western hospital, following a short illness.
JACOBS, who tapped out seven books on a manual typewriter, was working on two manuscripts at her death. Her last book, Dark Age Ahead was a wake-up call on the dangers facing mankind.
When I finally met the oracle, the guru, she was well into her eighth decade on the planet.
Sitting at a table in her living room on Albany Ave., her hand cupped to her ear to aid her failing hearing, she was a frail shell of her once-robust self.
It was like watching Wayne Gretzky or Babe Ruth or Pele in their final season and wondering what it might have been like when occasional brilliance was the staple of their play. We all grow old and die. The great ones change the way we think or live or experience life.
So it is with JACOBS.
In her last public act, she sent off a letter of support to West Vancouver residents battling expansion of the sea to sky highway through an environmentally sensitive region, son Ned reports.
"I wish to convey my support and admiration to people of West Vancouver who are sacrificing their time, energy and possibly even their freedom to preserve and protect the magnificent and irreplaceable Eagleridge Bluffs and Larson Creek wetlands from this destructive, ill-conceived scheme."
That was sent April 17.
She fought lowly planners and New York's famed municipal boss Robert Moses. She railed against highrise towers and cars cutting through neighbourhoods and runaway development that threatened the viability of downtown neighbourhoods. And wherever citizens gave birth to a cause, her name was used to justify the opposition.
That, of course, is a two-edged sword. For many of her Disciples would have been horrified at some of her ideas on the economy, ideas that could be found in any progressive conservative handbook. Maybe that explains why David CROMBIE cherished her so.
Calling from a vacation spot, the former tiny perfect mayor recalled that he was already teaching JACOBS' ideas, penned in The Death and Life of Great American Cities, when he met her in 1968.
"She dealt in a world of ideas and practical application with a sense of right and wrong," CROMBIE said yesterday. "She taught us that while ideas mattered, acting on them was important. And she added an ethical dimension."
Over the past two years, JACOBS has carried on her rants about the evils of city planners. Always, the audience listened with rapt attention.
The irony is, says former Star city columnist David Lewis STEIN, an Annex neighbour, is that JACOBS' Disciples violated one of the guru's principal tenets: avoid orthodoxy.
The idea of protecting neighbourhoods and the expansion of the business district into downtown neighbourhoods saved the downtown as a liveable metropolis. But the corollary is de-concentration. Now they call it urban sprawl.
"She gave us the value of the neighbourhood," STEIN says. "What her Disciples didn't do was build to the next stage… how do you knit them together in a construct like the Greater Toronto Area?"
In May 2001 in Winnipeg, JACOBS painfully rose to an arching position, her white, out-of-place hair enhancing her legendary status, and addressed the mayors of Canada's five largest urban regions. It was the first meeting called to fertilize an embryonic movement for a new deal for cities.
In a broadside levelled at Ottawa and the provinces, JACOBS urged the unprecedented gathering of mayors to organize their nearly 6.5 million citizens in what amounted to a campaign to save the country.
JACOBS' monumental work is finished. Ours is just beginning.

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CROMPTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-22 published
CRAWFORD, E. Patricia (DERVIN)
Peacefully on Friday, July 21, 2006 at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital. Mrs. E. Patricia (DERVIN) CRAWFORD of London her 82nd year. Predeceased by her husband Donald Edward CRAWFORD (1998.) Dear mother of Colin J. CRAWFORD and his wife Wendy of London, Ian W. CRAWFORD and his partner Judy of Victoria, British Columbia and Kim B. CRAWFORD and his wife Ann of London. Dear sister of Edward DERVIN and his wife Teresa, and sister-in-law of Derrick RODGERS, all of England. Predeceased by sisters Alice CROMPTON, Lillian ELLIS and Edith RODGERS. Also loved by her grandchildren and by her great-grandchildren. Friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North. At Pat's request there will be no funeral service. Cremation with a private family inurnment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Patricia are asked to consider the London and Area Food Bank, 926 Leathorne Street, London, Ontario, N5Z 3M5.

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CROMPTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-18 published
BETHUNE, Norman William, P. Eng.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Norman BETHUNE on Monday, May 15, 2006, at the North York General Hospital in his 78th year, after an illness fought with his characteristic optimism and dignity. He was a true gentleman whose family meant the world to him. Norm will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 53 years, Barbara, his 4 children and 8 grandchildren: Wendy (David BUNSTON) and their children Jamie, Brook and Matt Susan (David BOWLBY;) David (Cathy RYAN) and their children Caleb and Zoe; and Anne (Greg CROMPTON) and their children Scott, Bradley and Mitchell. Norm will also be missed by his brother Don BETHUNE and sister-in-law Di, of Ottawa, as well as many Friends and colleagues from Royal Roads, Upper Canada College, Toronto Cricket Club and Saint_John's Anglican Church, York Mills. We wish to thank Dr's Nashila MOHAMAD and Donna McRITCHIE at the North York General Hospital for the sensitive way they cared for Dad and our family during these past seven weeks. A private family cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance and Celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2006 at Saint_John's Anglican Church, York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Drive, North York. Visitation at the church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or Saint_John's Anglican Church, York Mills, North York, Ontario would be appreciated by the family.

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CROMPTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-03 published
SKILLICORN, Joan
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, February 2, 2006. Beloved wife of Bill. Loving mother of Paul and his wife Judith, Robert and his wife Vicky, Sandra THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and her husband Don, John, Ian, and Anne PARSONS and her husband Jeff. Dear grandmother of Katy and Claire; Barrie and Doug; Kevin and Stephen; and Breesha. Great-grandmother of Kirstin, Olivia and Connor. Survived by her sister Beryl CROMPTON and her husband Jim. Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket for visitation on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. until the time of a memorial service in the chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket would be appreciated by the family.

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CROMWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-27 published
CAIRNS, Virginia Ann
Virginia Ann CAIRNS, 49 years old of Cannington, Ontario, after an heroic battle with cancer passed quietly September 21, 2006. Virginia is survived by her loving partner David CROMWELL, mother Helen, sister Judy and brothers John, Tim and Peter. Virginia was a long time Bell Canada employee and was most recently employed at International Business Machines Corporation Canada. Virginia will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, September 28, 2006 at the Trinity United Church, 50 Laidlaw St N., Cannington, Ontario at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Canadian Cancer Society.

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CROMWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-13 published
CROMWELL, Gladys
Peacefully passed away at home on Saturday March 11th, 2006 at the age of 75. Gladys will be sadly missed by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Friends may call at the Giffen-Mack "Danforth" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. subway) 416-698-3121 on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a funeral service in the chapel on Thursday at 2: 30 p.m.

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CROMWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-07 published
DELISI, Virginia " Jean"
We celebrate the home-going of Jean, peacefully, on April 6, 2006, in her 98th year at her home, Scarborough Retirement Centre. Beloved daughter of the late Pasquale and Agata DELISI. Predeceased by her loving sister Kate and her brothers Leo and Anthony "Tony" and his wife Angelina. Lovingly remembered aunt of Agatha and Don HATHWAY, Nina and Andrew CROMWELL, Anthony and Susan DELISI and Vince and Michele Delisi. Loving great-aunt of Laura (Quentin), Dan (Kelly), Peter, Christine (John), Ian, Jennie (Yves), Eve (Jose), Daniele, Andy and Mark. Doting great-great aunt of Bridget, Jordan and Cameron; Aidan; and Darcy. She will be fondly remembered by her Friends and caregivers at Scarborough Retirement Centre. Friends may call at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Rd. (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church (21 Markanna Dr.). Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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CRONE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-28 published
McNAUGHTON, Mary McDougall
Left us to play bridge with her adoring husband of 59 years, Ross McNAUGHTON, late of Guelph. Despite her deafness, Mary was a natural-born storyteller and gracious hostess. She played basketball against the Edmonton Grads and loved running, dancing, swimming, tennis, golf and curling. She was a wonderful mother to Alan Ross McNAUGHTON, Michele and Ted BONIFACE, all of Stratford, and found great joy in her grand_son Matthew WELSH of Halifax. Mary grew up with six incredible siblings: her dear brother Rae CRONE and his wife Cathy from Forest who survive her, as well as brothers Ken, Ernie, Jack and Robert CRONE and loving sister Fran HASKETT, all predeceased. Mary's extended family will gather in Muskoka this summer to celebrate Mary's full and happy 97 years.

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CRONE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-27 published
CRONE, Catherine Joan " Cass" (née DAY)
At Strathroy Hospital on February 25, 2006, Catherine Joan (DAY) Cass CRONE of R.R.#5 Forest. Beloved wife of 59 years of Rae MALCOLM, and cherished mother of Bob (Sher) CRONE of Corunna, Rae (Mac) and Dianne of Florida, Lynda (Gary) of London, and Jeff (Paula) of Alvinston. Loving grandmother of 8 and 6 great grandchildren. Also survived by nieces and nephews and several cousins. Predeceased by her parents Dick and Anne DAY (formerly of Watford) and her only brother Richard DAY and in-laws Fred and Eva, as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law. Aged 77 years. Resting at Ronn E. Dodge Funeral and Cremation Centre, McFarlane Chapel, 9 James Street, S. at Watt (Forest) Lambton Shores. Funeral service Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Cathy LARMOND. Visitation Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Legion Walk Monday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund Branch #176 Forest, appreciated. A memorial tree will be planted in memory of "Cass" by the Dodge family.

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CRONE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-29 published
TRUDGEN, Shelia (née MALONEY)
A Resident of R.R.#2 Blenheim, Shelia TRUDGEN passed away at her home on Saturday, November 25th, 2006 at the age of 70. Beloved wife of William (Bill) TRUDGEN. Born in Delhi, Ontario, daughter of the late Thomas and Irene (MUDGE) MALONEY. Dear mother of Annette KEHOE and her husband Bernie of Smith Falls, and Sharon CRONE and Simon SANSOM of Chatham. Grandmother of Danielle BROWN and her husband Aaron of North Gore, Sarah KEHOE of Smith Falls, Richard CRONE and partner Consuela KALINOWSKI of Blenheim, and Crystal CRONE and partner Justin LEGUE of Chatham. Great-grandmother of Ethan, Donté, and Kimberley. Sister of Jullian and Ralph HAZELSWARTZ of Virginia and sister-in-law of Cliff and Linda TRUDGEN of R.R.#2 Blenheim, and Trudie TRUDGEN of Aylmer. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at the Morpeth Community Centre, 12579 Talbot Trail, Morpeth on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. with Pastor Allan McINTYRE officiating. Interment in Trinity Cemetery, Howard Township. An Irish Wake will follow at the Morpeth Community Centre. Donations by cheque to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chatham-Kent, or the Kent Kennel Club Memorial Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at: www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com. McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main St. E., Ridgetown (519) 674-3141.

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CRONHEIMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-01 published
KEARNS, Joyce
Of London, on Friday, September 29, 2006, at the London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Campus), in her 78th year. Dearly loved mother of Alan CRONHEIMER of Vancouver, John D. and his wife of Mapleton, Kim and his wife Lee of Wheatley, William and his wife Michelle of Wheatley and the late Ian CRONHEIMER, Debra and her husband Russ MARTENSEN of Vancouver and step-mother of Cheryl and her husband Warren MILLS and Wendy and her husband Stephen MORGAN of Orillia. Dear sister Jack and Ralph WEAVILL of England. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joyce was born in Huddersfield, England on March 9, 1929. She came to Canada in 1950. A service to celebrate Joyce's life will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. The ashes will be interred at a later date in Tara Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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CRONHEIMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-03 published
KEARNS, Joyce
Of London, on Friday, September 29, 2006, at the London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Campus), in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Paul KEARNS and dearly loved mother of Alan CRONHEIMER of Vancouver, John D. and his wife Kathryn of Mapleton, Kim and his wife Lee of Wheatley, William and his wife Michelle of Wheatley and the late Ian CRONHEIMER, Debra and her husband Russ MARTENSEN of Vancouver and step-mother of Cheryl and her husband Warren MILLS and Wendy and her husband Stephen MORGAN of Orillia. Dear sister of Jack and Ralph WEAVILL of England. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joyce was born in Huddersfield, England on March 9, 1929. She came to Canada in 1950. A service to celebrate Joyce's life will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. Visitation Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The ashes will be interred at a later date in Tara Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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