HEIBEIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-23 published
HEIBEIN, Donelda (née MacHAN)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre University Campus on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 Donelda HEIBEIN of Thamesford in her 75th year. Beloved wife of Clayton and dear mother of Brad and Deb of R.R.#7 Tillsonburg, Bruce and Barb of Ayr and Todd and Ann-Marie of Thamesford. Also loved by 7 grandchildren Melissa, Nicholas, Amanda, Lisa, Travis, Amber-Lee and Samantha. Dear sister of Wilma LOWERY/LOWREY/LOWRIE/LOWRY of Listowel. Predeceased by her parents James and Jane (FLOOD) MacHAN, 3 sisters Elaine, Monna and Karen and 5 brothers Ross, Lawson, Ivan, Keith and Clayton. Cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Friday, November 24, 2006 where Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until 12 noon followed by the Funeral Service at 1 o'clock with Mr. Mark MARSHALL officiating. Interment to follow Zion 7th line Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Arthritis Society and may be arranged through the funeral home at 519-285-2427.

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HEIBEIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-10 published
HAMMEL, David W.
At London Health Sciences Centre- Westminster Campus on Saturday, December 9, 2006 David W. HAMMEL of Birr in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Nellie (HEIBEIN) HAMMEL. Dear father of Paul and Mary HAMMEL of Birr, Judy and Bill DAMEN of Lucan, Murray and Noriza HAMMEL of Kitchener, Susan and Dave WHITE/WHYTE of Lucan, John and Diane HAMMEL of London and Tammy and Fred O'NEIL of Denfield. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jean GOWING, Pearl HEIBEIN, Muriel and Lawson WARD, and Jean and Bob COULTER all of Listowel and Clayton HEIBEIN of Thamesford. Predeceased by a sister-in-law Donelda and brothers-in-law Wray and Bruce. David will be sadly missed by his canine companion Heidi. Friends may call at the C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Community Bible Church, 100 Meadowcreek Drive, Ilderton, on Wednesday, December 13th at 1: 30 p.m. with Pastor Scott DAKIN officiating. Cremation with interment Ethel Cemetery, Ethel at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com

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HEIDE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-27 published
BLOEMBERG, Harm
Passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2006, "Safe in the arms of Jesus" in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Nellie (VAN DER POL) BLOEMBERG. Much loved father of Anne and Sid VANDER HEIDE, Ralph and Nancy BLOEMBERG, Nela and Mike COUCHIE, Corrie BENDALL all of London and Margareth and Roger BAKER of Ailsa Craig. Loving grandfather of 28 and 11 great-grandchildren. Loved brother-in-law of Miep KROON- VAN DER POL. Predeceased by his 3 brothers and 4 sisters in Holland. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Funeral service will be conducted at First Christian Reformed Church, 507 Talbot Street, London on Friday, September 29th at 10: 00 a.m. with interment following in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Christian Reformed World Mission 3475 Mainway Drive. P.O. Box 5070, Burlington, Ontario, L7M 1A9 or to the Bible League, P.O. Box 5037, Burlington, Ontario. L7R 3Y8. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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HEIDEKAMP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-11 published
SCHIRMER, Michael
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, on Thursday, November 9th, 2006, Mr. Michael SCHIRMER of London in his 75th year. Loving husband of Ingeborg and the late Katie (1982.) Dear father of Michele (Gary) HEIDEKAMP, Thomas (Lisa) SCHIRMER, Karin (Ross) PALMER, Simone (Rob) FRASER, and Andre SCHIRMER all of London. Dear brother of Ute KUBITZKE of Germany and the late Doris CANNON. Loving Opa to Michael, Philip, Lauren, Alexandra and Megan. Long standing member of the German Canadian Club and the Fanshawe Yacht Club. Michael retired after 38 years of service at Unifin. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Sunday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. The funeral and committal service will be held at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 600 Lawson Road, on Monday, November 13th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Michael are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation - Cancer Centre

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HEIDEMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-30 published
WILLIS, Shirley (née PETTEPLACE)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus on Sunday, May 28th, 2006 Shirley WILLIS (née PETTEPLACE) in her 79th year. Beloved wife of Oran WILLIS of London. Dear mother of Kimberley HEIDEMAN (Howard) and Shaun WILLIS (Val,) both of Orangeville and Heather GIORGINI (John) of London. Loving grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Sister of Helen TUCKER, Dorothy DUBEAU and Audrey DAVIDSON, all of London. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at Woodland Cemetery Chapel, 493 Springbank Dr., London on Thursday, June 1st, 2006 at 2 p.m. Expressions of sympathy and donations (Heart and Stroke Foundation) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com.

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HEIDEMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-16 published
ASH, Mary Eileen
At Toronto on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 in her 89th year. Beloved Aunt of Alan Reigart (Rick) HEIDEMAN and his wife Karen and their children Michael (Jen), Michelle (David) and Robyn (Derek). Great Great Aunt to Samantha, Claire and Jake. Predeceased by her sister Margaret L. HEIDEMAN. Mary worked for most of her career as the senior librarian at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. In later years she later volunteered at the Art Gallery of Ontario and at the Grange. A private family service to be held with internment in Little Lake Cemetery. Those wishing to commemorate Mary through a memorial donation please consider the Toronto Humane Society.

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HEIFA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-08 published
HEIFA, Daphne
After a determined fight, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at North York General Hospital, age 91. Beloved wife of the late Husnie. Loving mother of Angelo and his wife Diane, Karen and her husband André CARREGA and Sergius and his wife Rose. Cherished grandma of Angelo and Ashly, Chantelle and Adrian, Nicolas and Danielle. Sister of Ignace and his wife Jean, Claude and his wife Irma, Julio and Anthony, sister-in-law of David CAMACHO and Ann. Daphne is predeceased by her sister Muriel and by brothers Ben and Cephas. Friends will be received by the family at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East (east of Kennedy Rd.), Agincourt, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Annunciation Catholic Church, 3 Combermere Dr. (Victoria Park and Ellesmere), Friday at 10: 30 a.m. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to North York General Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

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HEIGH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-05 published
BARBER, Cyril Norman
In his 93rd year, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Formerly of London, Ontario. Predeceased by his wife Violet and son Edward. Loving father of Suzanne HEIGH and her husband Larry of Sicamous, British Columbia and Norm BARBER and his wife Neva of Port Burwell, Ontario. Loving stepfather to Freida ENDEAN, Betty VENNER, Doug KILBOURNE, Dorothy DALE and the late Johnny SLADE. Sadly missed by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Norm was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England on May 5, 1914 and immigrated to London, Ontario in 1919. He was a proud veteran of World War 2 and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in England, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was formerly employed with the Canadian National Railway. Cremation will be held at Salmon Arm, B.C.

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HEIGH o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-16 published
CHIASSON, Joseph H.
At Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Hospital Drive on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in his 78th year. Beloved husband of the late Bernardette HOGAN. Dear father of Janet HUGHEY of Alberta, Lorrie HEIGH and her husband Art of Peterborough, Dan BLODGETT of Alberta, Sue REINHART and her husband Herb of Lakefield, and Brenda MILLS and her husband Mike of Peterborough. Predeceased by his son Steve CHIASSON. Father-in-law of Susan of Las Vegas. Grandfather of 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Brother of Annie Mae MERIAM and her husband Frank of California and Leo CHIASSON of California. At the request of Joseph there will be no service. In memory of Joseph, donations to the P.M.H.A. Steve Chiasson Memorial Fund or the Kawartha Waterways Scouts Canada would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street.

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HEIGHINGTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-18 published
HEIGHINGTON, Norman V.
Peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, July 16, 2006 at University Hospital, Norman V. HEIGHINGTON passed away in his 75th year. Dear husband of Barbara of 46 years. Predeceased by his daughter Lynn HEIGHINGTON, his brother Victor, his wife June and his sister Beryl COLLINS and her husband Ross. Loving father of Scott (Donna) HEIGHINGTON. Brother to Edgar (Elsie) HEIGHINGTON, Jim (Valerie) HEIGHINGTON, Vieann TRACY, Gwen (Richard) MOTTERSHALL, John (Cathy) HEIGHINGTON, and Gail (George) RAPOS. Brother-in-law to Ruth McKERLIE and family. Norman is a member of Mt. Dennis Masonic Lodge and Rameses Shrine Toronto and is retired from Kodak Canada. A memorial service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at 3 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be gratefully appreciated by the family. On-line condolences are available through www.memorialfuneral.ca

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HEIGHINGTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-26 published
McKERLIE, Ruth (LEE)
At University Hospital on Saturday, December 23, 2006, Mrs. Ruth McKERLIE (LEE) passed away in her 80th year. Beloved mother of Greg LEE (Lisa) of Toronto and Brenda FANIA (Matteo, 2003) of London. Dear grandmother of Skylar, Sasha and Shelby LEE of Burlington and Joanne (Brent) NANCEKIVELL, Charlene and Mark FANIA of London. Sister of Barb (Norm) HEIGHINGTON and sister-in-law of Iris CALDWELL. Predeceased by beloved husband Ron LEE (1977) and by husband Bill McKERLIE (2003.) Sadly missed by her many Friends and family. Friends may be received in the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Thursday December 28, 2006 at 4 p.m. Cremation to take place. In Ruth's memory, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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HEIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-05 published
BARNSTAPLE, Edgar Leon
The family of Edgar BARNSTAPLE sadly announces his passing at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Arthur, on Monday, April 3, 2006, in his 97th year. Edgar, and his late wife Gertrude SECORD, farmed north of Rockwood until 1966 before retiring into Rockwood. Brother of Gladys BURGIN of Claremont, Vida McCARRON of Milton, Bruce and his wife Evelyn BARNSTAPLE of Etobicoke and brother-in-law of Ethel BARNSTAPLE of Brampton. Predeceased by brothers Jack, Gordon, Wm. Percy, Stan and Ernie. Also mourned by many nieces and nephews and especially dear Friends, Leona and Denzel HEIGHT and Christine ROBERTSON. Friends will be received at the funeral home Saturday, April 8, 2006, from 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral service will commence at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Cremation to follow. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Blue Springs Funeral Home 12 Church Street East, Acton 519-853-2399

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HEIGHTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
Bob MacDONALD, 76, chased the big stories
Longtime Sun reporter spent 55 years in business
'Banned for life' from press club several times
By Phinjo GOMBU, Staff Reporter
Bob MacDONALD, the Toronto Sun's legendary reporter and columnist, was a scrappy Maritime conservative skeptical of all politicians.
But he remained to the end a loyal admirer of Robert Stanfield, a fellow Nova Scotian who nearly became prime minister.
Like many other fellow Maritimers, MacDONALD had a stubborn streak that involved subservience to no one, recalled Peter WORTHINGTON, founding editor of the Sun, yesterday.
It was a trait that drove many of his editors crazy, WORTHINGTON said, although MacDONALD always managed to redeem himself by coming up with yet another great story.
MacDONALD, 76, died Sunday of prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease about 14 years ago.
"(MacDONALD) probably represents the Sun newsroom more than any single individual," said WORTHINGTON as he paid the ultimate tribute to MacDONALD, a reporter and columnist for 55 years.
"The newsroom won't quite be the same without him."
MacDONALD was born in the small mining town of Plymouth Park, Nova Scotia, the son of a shop steward on the railroad.
He graduated from Acadia University and then studied journalism at Columbia University in New York City before being hired by the Toronto Star in 1953.
He later spent a decade at the Toronto Telegram before joining the Sun.
Colleagues yesterday remembered him as a brave, iconoclastic reporter who never tired of chasing a great story, but who always found time to mentor young reporters.
His scoops over the years were famous.
For the Star, using old contacts, he managed to sneak into the room where Prince Philip was visiting relatives of the victims of the Springhill mining disaster.
For the Telegram, he covered the FLQ crisis, and for the Sun, he wrote the paper's first front-page story about a $10 million boondoggle involving the sale of supposedly surplus jets the government had to replace.
WORTHINGTON said MacDONALD would drive the Ottawa press gallery nuts by breaking stories -- which they had to follow -- during his occasional visits to cover Parliament Hill.
He was such a great reporter that WORTHINGTON made sure that despite his desire to be a columnist, MacDONALD continued to break stories for the Sun for some time.
Outside of the newsroom, MacDONALD's exploits included the dubious distinction, along with Star cartoonist Duncan MacPHERSON, of being "banned for life" several times after dustups at the press club.
"When he was off the wagon, life was far more exciting, but it was much easier when he was on it," WORTHINGTON said.
After he became a Sun columnist in the late 1970s, MacDONALD was finally able to freely flaunt his blue Tory beliefs, while railing against the evils of communism and terrorism.
He had clear likes and dislikes. During the Bosnian conflict, he supported the Croatians and opposed the Serbians.
One story around that time had him so angry that his twice-weekly column had been cut to once a week that he organized members of the Croatian community to picket the Sun until the decision was reversed.
"The thing about my dad was that he talked to everybody, from the most glamorous movie star and well-known politician, to the guy walking on the street with his hand out because that's all he had," said his only child, Moira MacDONALD, a freelance writer.
"He was genuinely interested in people and the stories they had to tell," she said.
Besides his daughter, MacDONALD is survived by his wife Nellie-Joe, grand_son Holm GILL, sister Betty HEIGHTON, brother Russell MacDONALD and nine nephews and nieces.
A memorial is planned for Thursday at a time and place to be determined.

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HEIGHTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-14 published
ELLIS, Richard Harry " Dick"
Of Guelph, passed away at the Guelph General Hospital, Saturday, March 11, 2006, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Alice " Betty" ROGERS (1996.) Loved father of Anne (the late Robert) BARBER of Toronto. Dear brother of Ross (Lorraine) ELLIS and Marjorie HEIGHTON both of Toronto. Uncle of Cheryl (Frank) McLEAN, Debbie ELLIS and Greg (Cheryl) ELLIS. Dick was Past Master of Waverley Lodge No. 361 and a Past Grand Lodge Officer. Cremation followed by interment at Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. Friends will be received at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Thursday, March 16, 2006 (2-4 p.m.). A Masonic Service will be held Thursday 3: 30 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Shriner Hospitals for Children, c/o Rameses Shriners, 3100 Keele Street, Toronto M3M 2H4 would be appreciated. (Wall-Custance 519-822-0051; www.wallcustance.com).

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HEIGHTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-19 published
WILLIAMS, Stanley Howard Owen
Passed away peacefully at the Huronia District Hospital, Midland, on Friday, April 7, 2006, with his wife and children by his side, Stanley WILLIAMS, of Victoria Harbour, in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Marjorie (née BERNHARDT.) Loving father of Susan (Jim HOWELL), Carol (Ken VANDERHART), Stephen (Nicole), Rhonda (Chris OSCHEFSKI,) Janet (Martin TUCKER) and James (Robin.) Loving grandfather of Tina, Adam, Nicole, Kristin, Michelle, Scott (Lindsay), William, Shaelyn, Joshua, Mary, Alexander, Jazmine, and Russel. Cherished great-grandfather of Mazlie, Samantha, Kelton, Hailey and Brooklyn. Predeceased by parents, Stewart and Elva WILLIAMS, sister Jane, and brothers Fred, Doug, Tom and Brian. Stanley will be sadly missed by his sisters, Florence HEIGHTON, Bonnie JONES, Marion SCHURMAN and brothers Gary, Arthur, David and Terry. At Stanley's request there will be no funeral services. Cremation has taken place. A memeorial service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 1 o'clock p.m. at the Victoria Harbour Legion. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would he appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Carson Funeral Homes J.H. Lynn Chapel, 290 First Street, Midland, (705) 526-6551. Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at www.carsonfuneralhomes.comA Memorial Tree will be planted by the J.H. Lynn Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes

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HEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-01 published
RYLAND, Ivan Wray
Of Saint Thomas, on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at his late residence, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Annabelle "Ann" RYLAND and dearly loved father of Douglas RYLAND of Saint Thomas, Nancy and her husband Paul CALDWELL of Port Stanley, Linda and her husband Gary STAFFORD of Saint Thomas, Judy HEIL of Saint Thomas, Rosemary and her husband George McKENZIE and Kathleen and her husband Russ WEITZEL, all of British Columbia and Barbara RYLAND of St. Thomas. Dear brother of Marie McQUEEN of Sarnia, Shirley WILSON of Saint Thomas and Sheila and her husband David HILL of Windsor. Predeceased by a sister June RYLAND and brother Ronald RYLAND. Sadly missed by 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Ivan worked at Erie Iron and also painted for Ron Cox Painting. He was born in Ilderton on July 26, 1928, the son of the late George and Clarene (FORD) RYLAND. He resided in Saint Thomas most of his life. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Union Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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HEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-13 published
JEWHURST, Bella (née ROBERTS)
Peacefully, at Bluewater Health, C.E.E. Site, Petrolia, on Friday, March 10, 2006. Bella JEWHURST (née ROBERTS,) of Petrolia in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Bob JEWHURST (1958.) Dear sister of the late Olive CLARK, Ethel WELCH, Orville ROBERTS, John ROBERTS and Tom ROBERTS. Dear aunt of Ruth TUNSTALL of Chatham, Marie HEIL of Shirkston and the late Roy (Jean) PELFREY and Don (Jean) ROBERTS. Also survived by her special Friends, Janet and Don LUMLEY and family of Petrolia and several grand nieces and nephews. Visitors will be received on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 from 12 noon to 1: 00 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, followed by the funeral service at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Sherman Cemetery, Thamesville. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.needhamjay.com

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HEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-18 published
SMITH, Margaret Alma (formerly CARRUTHERS, née BEECHEY)
Peacefully, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, on Friday, September 15th, 2006 in her 90th year. Margaret Alma Carruthers SMITH, beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Barbara BEECHEY and beloved wife of the late Vincent Clyde CARRUTHERS (1961) and John David SMITH (1994.) Dearly loved mother of Bonnie Elizabeth and her husband Vincent VADACCHINO of Welland, Clyde and his wife Rosemarie CARRUTHERS of Niagara Falls, Thomas Beechey CARRUTHERS (Kathy TRUMAN) of Grimsby and David SMITH (Barbara GAHN) of Niagara Falls. Beloved grandmother of Andrea and Harold DAVIS, Melissa and Scott HEIL, Anthony and Toni VADACCHINO, Andrew and Nicholas CARRUTHERS, Erin, Tommy and Kirstyn CARRUTHERS, Evan SMITH, and Matthew and Kelsey GAHN- SMITH. 'G.G.' will be missed by her great-grandchildren Zachary, Vincent, Elizabeth, Lillie, Parker, Owen, Matthew and Jacob. Margaret is predeceased by her sisters Dorothy and Lucille and her brother John as well as her sister-in-law Katharine SMITH. Aunt Marg will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Margaret had retired from a career with Beaver Lumber and enjoyed her retirement through her many hobbies including travelling, gardening and her work as a chartered member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Catholic Women's League. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. Our Lady of the Scapular Church, 6557 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls. A reception will follow immediately. All are welcome to attend the Rite of Committal which will take place at Saint Peter's Cemetery in London, Ontario on Tuesday at 12 noon. In memory of Margaret, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by her family. Arrangements entrusted to the Patterson Funeral Home, 6062 Main Street, Niagara Falls. On-line condolences at www.pattersonfuneralhome.com

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HEIL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-30 published
JONES, Hazel Velma (née ROBERTS)
A resident of Blenheim and formerly of Ridgetown and Highgate, passed away at the Blenheim Community Village Nursing Home on Friday October 27, 2006 at the age of 99 years. Born in Orford Twsp., daughter of the late Almon and Ellen Christina McLEOD) ROBERTS. Beloved wife of the late W. Roy JONES (1977.) Dear mother of Helen and Don GOENS of Ridgetown, Marlene and Gary JEWELL of R.R.#3 Ridgetown, Beverly McVICAR and Kevin RUMBLE of Blenheim and the late John "Jack" ROBERTS (1998) and Roger JONES (2005.) Also surviving is a daughter-in-law Jean JONES of Highgate, 8 Grandchildren and 5 Great-grandchildren. Predeceased by 2 sisters Mattie HEIL and Mary ROBERTS. Hazel was a member of Highgate United Church and was active in the church choir, United Church Women and Tru-Ki-Lo for many years She was also a member of the Highgate Seniors Club. The Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Monday 2: 00-4:30 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service at the Funeral Home on Tuesday October 31, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. with Pastor Al McINTYRE officiating. Interment Duart Cemetery, Donations made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Diabetes Association or the Blenheim Community Village Nursing Home (Gardens or Palliative Care) appreciated Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.

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HEIMANN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-04 published
SMEDLEY, Philippa
Peacefully on February 1, 2006. Loving wife of the late Colin. Survived by her sister Margaret BEDDOW of Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom, brother Michael (Rita) NORFOLK of New Zealand, son Paul ROBINSON and his partner Roland HOY of Toronto, daughter Jane (Joe) MANSELL, granddaughter Christina (Ken) HEIMANN, great-grand_sons Colin and Alex of Raleigh, North Carolina. Philippa will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and Friends. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley) on Monday, February 6, 2006 from 1 until 2 p.m. (parking adjacent to the funeral home). A Celebration of Philippa's Life will be held in the Coach House Chapel of the Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Private cremation has been held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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HEIMBECKER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-12 published
GIVENS, Olive " Ollie" Ialeen (née HEIMBECKER)
Peacefully surrounded by her family, at Kelso Villa in Owen Sound, on Tuesday evening, October 10th, 2006. Olive Ialeen GIVENS (nee HEIMBECKER,) of Owen Sound and formerly of Holland Centre, in her 82nd year. Dearly beloved wife of the late Elgin GIVENS. Loving mother of Joe GIVENS and his wife, Pat and Garry GIVENS and his wife, Judy, both of Owen Sound, Judy HYSLOP and her husband, Paul, of Meaford, Bob GIVENS and his wife, Lorna, of Owen Sound, Janice GIVENS (Wayne HOLLINGWORTH,) of Williamsford, Debbie LAWRENCE and her husband, Jim, of Burlington, Cindy SANFORD and her husband, Greg, of Mississauga, Jim GIVENS, of Owen Sound and Penny MORRISON and her husband, John, of Annan. Proud grandmother of Shellie, Jana (Dave), Jennifer (John), Jackie (Jason), James, Kylee, Jordan and Nicholas. Adoring great-grandmother of John, Samantha, Jessica and Jennifer. Ollie will be sadly missed by her sister, Mary SELLWOOD and her sister-in-law, Audrey DEKKERS. Predeceased by her parents, William and Alma HEIMBECKER; her brother, Orval her sister, Norma. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. and 1 hour prior to service. A Funeral Service for Ollie GIVENS will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday morning, October 13th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Father Pat GALLAGHER officiating. Interment in Shiloh Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as your expression of sympathy.

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HEIMSTRA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-15 published
ABBOTT, Fred Earl
Of Saint Thomas at his late residence on Friday July 14, 2006 in his 88th year. Dearly loved husband of Margaret (SCHRAM) ABBOTT and dearly loved father of Ronald and Marilyn ABBOTT, Sherry and Wes MERRITT, Paul ABBOTT, Marilyn ABBOTT, Teresa ABBOTT, Mark and Susanne ABBOTT, Debbie and Ray HEIMSTRA, all of Saint Thomas and Brenda and Sid KILLELEAUGH of Stratford, and was predeceased by his son the late Kelvin ABBOTT. Lovingly remembered by a number of grandchildren. Fred was born April 22nd, 1919, the son of the late Earl and Mary Iva (YOUNG) ABBOTT and had retired from Grace Material and was also a farmer. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. Visitation Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m Interment to follow in South Park Cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of choice.

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HEIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-28 published
BROWN, Pearl Mary (née TAILOR/TAYLOR)
Peacefully at John Joseph Place in Owen Sound on Tuesday, December 26th, 2006. Pearl Mary BROWN (née TAILOR/TAYLOR) of Owen Sound, at the age of 83. Dearly beloved wife of the late Leo BROWN. Loving mother of Barbara (Ron) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, of Dundas, Eric BROWN, of Stoney Creek and Brenda (Garth) HEIN, of Shallow Lake. Proud grandmother of Ryan, Jordan and Gabriella BROWN; Jason (Sonia), Todd (Brandie) and Shannon STEWARD/STEWART/STUART; Sara, Krista and Leanne HEIN and great-grandmother of Isley and Dakota STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Pearl was the oldest of seven girls and she is survived by her three sisters, Betty TAILOR/TAYLOR, of Ottawa, Joyce O'CONNOR, of Toronto, and Peggy (George) EPWORTH, of Guelph. Predeceased by her parents, Robert and Dorothy TAILOR/TAYLOR; her sisters, Doris TAILOR/TAYLOR, Mary MORAVEK and Barbara ROSS. A very special thank you to Dr. H. HUFF and all the staff at John Joseph Place for all their loving care and compassion. We know Nanny loved you all and you will never be forgotten. A graveside service for Pearl BROWN will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario at a later date. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Salvation Army as your expression of sympathy and may be made through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492).

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HEINBUCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-16 published
McLAUGHLIN, Ursula
Departed to be with Christ: Ursula McLAUGHLIN surrounded by her family passed away on January 14, 2006 in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her loving husband Michael, January 14, 1989 and devoted son Ron, January 2000. She leaves her 11 children and siblings to walk the path of faith. Sharon and Doug WOLFE, Mitchell, Donna and Denis CHAN, Kitchener, Barb and Murray ROTH, Tavistock, Pauline and Gerry POLAND, Thorndale, MaryLou and Ross WANNER, Roseville, Pat MONTGOMERY and financé John WALING, Stratford, Ken McLAUGHLIN and friend Joanna HEINBUCK, Stratford, Bill McLAUGHLIN, Seaforth, Marie NIGRO and friend Harry HUGGINS, Stratford, Joe and Helen McLAUGHLIN, Seaforth and Teresa SWAN, Stratford. Faithful grandmother of 32 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her son-in-law Tom NIGRO, infancy daughter, sisters Della, Olive, Nora, brothers Michael, Gus and Sarto. Friends will be received at Box and Smith Funeral Chapel, 47 High Street, Seaforth, Ontario on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Dublin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday January 17, 2006 with Reverend Alan DUFRAIMONT officiating. Interment at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery Dublin. Donations to St. Patrick Church in Dublin or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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HEINBUCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-20 published
FEWSTER, Ronald George " Hawk"
Born December 30, 1949, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2006. He has left behind his family who will always remember him with love and lots of smiles. They are: His wife, best friend and soul mate Cathy; His mother, Gertie FEWSTER and her best friend, Spike LOGAN; His favourite father and mother-in-law, George and Verna RIFFEL; All who he considers his brothers and sisters: Al (Alfonse) and Marlene (WILSON) FEWSTER, Gary (SCROG) and Sue FEWSTER, Bruce (Rif) and Wendy (Wendell) RIFFEL Also all who he considers his nieces and nephews: Jess FEWSTER and Chris PEPPER, Tiffany FEWSTER and Moe MORRIS, Sarah FEWSTER and Jeff HEINBUCK, Amanda FEWSTER and Jay HORTON, Jody RIFFEL and Jamie RIFFEL, Chris ROVERS and Nick ROVERS Last but not least his beloved walking buddy Cali (his Goofy Dog). Ron was predeceased by his father Carl FEWSTER in 2002 and by his beloved Snickers in 2004. He loved from afar and has never forgotten his children, Jennifer and Jacob. He will be missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Ron has left behind many Friends who will always cherish his love, Friendship and sense of humor. The support of family, Friends, doctors, nurses and care workers this past year will never be forgotten by Ron, Cathy and Cali. Love and thanks to all. Anyone knowing Ron knew he loved sports, especially his golf, fishing and baseball. He really loved and treasured his walks with Snickers, Cali and Cathy. He always had a nickname for everyone. Friends and relatives are invited to join with the family for a time of memorial visitation at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, (519-539-0004) on Tuesday November 21, 2006 from 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where a memorial service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend John FURRY officiating. A celebration of Ron's life will be held following the memorial service at the Oxford Golf and Country Club (Craigowan). Come prepared to reminisce and smile. All guests wishing to participate are asked to bring their drivers, a golf ball and tee to "Tee-it-up" on the 1st hole in Ron's memory! In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Victorian Order of Nurses Hospice Sakura House. "Hawk is okay riding his Harley with God's Angels"

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HEINBUCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-09-12 published
RICHARDSON, Leila G.
At Chatham Kent Health Alliance, Sydenham Campus, Wallaceburg, Ontario, on Tuesday, September 5, 2006, Leila G. RICHARDSON of Wallaceburg, in her 81st year. Formerly of Kerwood, Ontario. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth RICHARDSON (1979) and dear mother of Alan RICHARDSON and his wife Sandy of Wallaceburg and their children Becky, Michael and Patrick, sister of Mrs. Marion GEORGE of Strathroy, also survived by son-in-law Ivan HERRINGTON of Grand Bend, nephew Ron GEORGE and his wife Susan of London and niece Sandy HEINBUCK and her husband Rick of Strathroy and their children Derek and Jana. Predeceased by her daughter Marilyn HERRINGTON (2004.) Funeral service was held at Denning Brothers Funeral Home, Strathroy on Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m. Rev. Susan BROWNING officiated. Interment Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Leila.

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HEINE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-08 published
GREEN, Wreatha (SHOLDICE)
Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Tuesday, February 7, 2006, Wreatha (SHOLDICE) GREEN, of Van Dongen Sub., R.R.#2, Grand Bend, age 64. Beloved wife of Joseph "Joe" GREEN. Loved mother of Shane and Liza GREEN, Patty GREEN and companion Ben HEINE all of London. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Sharon and Jack McLAREN of London, Juanita and Ken HELMKA of Smiths Falls, Iris and Mel UKRAINYC of Alton, Kevin and Linda SHOLDICE of Listowel, Baden and Marion SHOLDICE of Appin, Betty and Doug FLETCHER of Exeter. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Thursday afternoon and evening; where the Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 10, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment Pinery Cemetery, Grand Bend. If desired, memorial donations to Sarnia-Lambton Victorian Order of Nurses, Cancer Society or Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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HEINHUIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-25 published
HEINHUIS, John
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre on March 20, 2006. Loved husband of Connie (PIPPEL) and father of Sue (Brad) CARTER. Predeceased by parents Gerrit and Catherina HEINHUIS. Survived by sister Jeannette (Pete) SCHINKELSHOEK and brothers Bill HEINHUIS, Don (Bonnie) HEINHUIS, Rick (Ricka) HEINHUIS, four step children Sue (Greg) RICHARDSON, Cindi (Andy) DOBRENTEY, Wes (Jana) VANDERHOEK and Sandra VANDERHOEK.

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HEINHUIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-07 published
PIPPEL, Baltus
Peacefully, the Lord took Baltus PIPPEL home to be with him, in his 83rd year on Wednesday April 5, 2006. Beloved husband of Engelina (DEWEERD,) for over 56 years. Loving father of Connie (the late John, 2006) HEINHUIS, John (Darlene) PIPPEL, Gil (Susan) PIPPEL, Anne (Bill) VEENEMAN, Mary (Brian) KOK, Herb (Joanne) PIPPEL and Marg (Stan) SPEERSTRA. Cherished and loving grandfather of 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Marie (Jan) BAMBACHT and Marius (Jantje) PIPPEL. Also survived by 2 sisters-in-law in Holland. Predeceased by 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Friends will be received at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 716 Classic Drive, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted in the church on Saturday April 8, 2006, at 10: 30 a.m. with Pastor Eric GROOT- NIBBLELINK officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to the C.R.W.R.C., World Hunger, would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca. Evans Funeral Home (451-9350) entrusted with arrangements "Baltus was a child of the Lord and we draw strength from this." His favorite Bible reading was Psalm 42 A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. PIPPEL.

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HEINI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-18 published
HEINI, Annemarie
Suddenly on Saturday April 15, 2006 at Toronto East General Hospital, in her 64th year. Annemarie, loved daughter of Maria and the late Johann HEINI. Dear sister of John and his wife Janice. Loved aunt of Shane and Chantal. Loving friend of Rolf Nenke. Visitation at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville (905-844-2600), from 7-9 p.m. Friday April 21, 2006. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Saturday April 22, 2006 at St Patrick's Catholic Church, 141 McCaul Street, Toronto. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill.

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HEINISCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-09 published
TITZ, Anna
Passed away at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton, on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in her 93rd year. Mother of Louis STEINER and his wife Renate of Burlington. Cherished grandmother of Christina MARSHALL and Louis STEINER Jr. and great-grandmother of Matthew and Steven. Sister of Paula HEINISCH of Austria and the late Michael. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 131 McCaul Street, Toronto, on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Cancer Research Society, 200 Isabella Street, Suite 305, Ottawa, K1S 1V7, would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333. www.smithsfh.com

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HEINL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-02-27 published
Pearl PALMASON, Musician (1915-2006)
Daughter of Icelandic immigrants took childhood lessons from her brother, Sandra MARTIN writes. Later, she broke gender barriers to become one of Canada's first female solo violinists and a Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S7
This is a story about two women and a violin. In 2003, Judy KANG needed an instrument worthy of her prodigious talents. Pearl PALMASON, a trailblazing musician who broke gender barriers at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra back in the 1940s, could no longer play her precious 1747 Gagliano violin to her own demanding standards. She agreed to lend it to the Canada Council so that younger fingers could make it sing.
"I've always wanted a warm, dark, deep quality in a violin," Ms. KANG, 26, said this week. She loved the sound of the Gagliano and the way it made her feel when she was playing it. "It made me think I could really push my limits."
Ms. PALMASON went to the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto to hear Ms. KANG play during a competition and to watch the bow being passed from one dedicated player to another. But Ms. KANG was far from the only female musician to be touched by Ms. PALMASON through her long career as a violinist.
"I saw her when I was seven years old at Maple Leaf Gardens at a concert with Fritz Kreisel as the soloist," said violinist Andrea HANSEN. "I couldn't take my eyes off this redhead -- this beautiful regal person -- sitting there in a flowing black gown playing the violin with the Toronto Symphony. I was just smitten."
It was 1947 and Ms. HANSEN, who had already been playing the violin for four years, knew what she wanted to do for a career. Nearly 30 years later, the two women became neighbours, Friends and colleagues in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. "We were the only two Scandinavian ones in the orchestra," said Ms. HANSEN who is of Finnish descent. "I was even more in awe then because of the kind of person she was. She opened the door for the rest of us."
Pearl PALMASON was born during the First World War in Winnipeg. She was the third of four children of Icelandic immigrants Sveinn and Growa PALMASON (née SVEINNSDOTTIR.) Her architect father prospered in construction, but the Depression wiped him out financially and the family moved to a farm.
No matter how stretched they were, the PALMASONs always found money for violin lessons for their eldest son Palmi, who was six years older than Pearl. He studied with the violin builder and teacher Olafur Thorsteinsson in Husavick, Manitoba, and then with John Waterhouse in Winnipeg before becoming a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Palmi would walk five miles home from his lessons and then teach everything he had learned to his little sister Pearl. From the time she was nine years old, she was officially her brother's student, acquiring both her Associate, Toronto Conservatory of Music and Licentiate, Royal Schools of Music qualifications and winning four medals from the Toronto Conservatory of Music for having the highest examination marks in the country.
They both performed at the Manitoba Music Competition Festival in Winnipeg and played with what would later be called the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
"My uncle Palmi would perform very respectably and get high marks, but never win, and Pearl always won in her class, and she would win overall," said her niece Valerie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. She was awarded both the Rose Bowl and an Aikens Memorial Trophy and won a scholarship at age 18 to study for three years with Elie SPIVAK, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In the late 1930s she went to England to study with Carl Flesch, the Hungarian-born violinist and also played solo concerts in Iceland in 1938 and in London. Years later she described Mr. Flesch as "a genius with the violin but not in his practical life." She also complained that he "had pupils from all over the world and he wiped the floor with every one of them."
She returned to Toronto when the Second World War broke out and studied briefly with Kathleen PARLOW, before moving to New York to be instructed by Demetrious Dounis. She found him secretive and mysterious. "You went in one door and out through another," she remembered. Apparently, concert masters studied privately with him and didn't want anybody to know so "it was very hush-hush."
In 1941, she left New York and joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at $25 a week for a five-month season. "The burning question," she said later, "was how to survive the other seven months of the year and pay the rent." Even so, she managed to find the money to buy a violin made in 1666, that had previously been owned by violinist Alexander Chuhaldin, and was thought (incorrectly) to be a Stradivarius.
Ms. PALMASON was married in the 1940s, after she joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and supported her husband who lived in New York and studied with her former teacher, Dr. Dounis. By all accounts, the marriage was disastrous and quickly ended. On September 19, 1948, she performed a solo recital at the Town Hall in New York. "A metropolitan debut of promise," concluded the Musical Courier.
She considered pursuing a career as a concert violinist, but decided against it, partly because, as she said later, "you have to be absolutely great to be a concert performer and I knew I wasn't." There was another reason: the loneliness of the long-distance concert circuit. "I wouldn't have all this -- my home, my possessions and my Friends around me."
Essentially, Ms. PALMASON chose career over marriage in an era when it was extremely difficult to have both. "In those days, what happened to women violin soloists was that they got married and had children. Their career was put on hold for a while and then they tried to make a comeback, but it was never the same," she said in an interview in the 1950s.
Instead, she built a life around music, travel, a huge circle of Friends and her sister Ruby's children. "When my mother died, Pearl made the announcement that she now had three children," said her niece Valerie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. "We were all past the age of majority, but she said she was adopting us."
By the mid 1950s, she was one of eight women playing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and was the first female to serve as assistant concert master and to slip into the senior role when her male colleague Hyman GOODMAN was unavailable. From 1960 to 1962, she played principal second violin. She also played with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Symphony (after having confronted the conductor about his male-only hiring policy), the Singing Stars Orchestra, the Hart House Orchestra and the York Concert Society group.
An article by Florence SCHILL in The Globe and Mail in October of 1954, under the tag "Earning a Living," focused on Ms. PALMASON. The column began by quoting Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961). Apparently, the famous British conductor liked to explain the paucity of women in his orchestra by saying: "If they're pretty, they bother the men; if they aren't, they bother me."
Jack ELTON, manager of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, denied there was discrimination against women. "We have never said: Let's not take her because she's a woman -- especially if they look like Pearl." And she was definitely a looker, with flaming red hair, usually called Titian in newspaper clippings from the era, striking blue eyes and luscious red lips.
In 1960, she bought the Gennaro Gagliano violin with the rich velvet sound for $3,500 (U.S.) -- about the price of a new car at the time, according to violin-maker and restorer Ric HEINL of the Toronto firm George Heinl and Co. It was made in Naples, Italy, in 1747 by Gennaro Gagliano, who was arguably the best in a large family of expert violin-makers.
A salesman for the Rembrandt Wurlitzer company in New York brought the violin to Toronto to show to a potential client, who declined to purchase it. Ms. PALMASON fell in love with it "at first play" and insisted the instrument wasn't going back, according to Mr. HEINL. The violin is now insured for $220,000.
After her farewell concert in front of 10,000 people at Ontario Place in August of 1981, she told The Globe that she had "spent more of my life at Massey Hall than at home." Although she had reached retirement age, she had no intention of putting her violin away. She played with the Canadian Opera Company orchestra from 1981 to 1985, and continued to teach privately, play with chamber groups, give recitals with her string group. In 1987 she became concertmaster of the Oakville Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. PALMASON lived in a spacious home in North Toronto until the mid-to-late 1990s when she moved into a large retirement condominium with her Boesendorfer piano and her beloved violins. She continued to have "drinkie winkies" (Beefeater gin with a splash of tonic and one ice cube) with Friends and gave at least two concerts in her condo for her neighbours.
She practised every day, but after she broke her ankle in 2002, life became harder. After she agreed to lend her Gagliano to the Canada Council instrument bank, she played every day on her "second" violin. A year ago in January, Ms. KANG, who had been sending Ms. PALMASON letters regularly, paid the woman she calls "her angel" a visit. "She was very warm and very sweet," Ms. KANG said. "It was really moving to see her playing the violin," she said, and "inspiring to see somebody who loves music so much that she plays every day just to have it in her life."
Pearl PALMASON was born on October 2, 1915, in Winnipeg. She died in Toronto of heart failure on February 17, 2006, after having suffered a stroke in September. She was 90. She is survived by a niece, two nephews and their families.

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