JACOB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-15 published
ZSOLDOS, Andy
Peacefully, on Friday, July 14th, 2006 at Bobier Villa, Dutton. Andy ZSOLDOS of Dutton and formerly of R.R.#2 Rodney in his 92nd year. Along with his wife Theresa who passed away in 2001, Andy was a longtime tobacco farmer in West Elgin. Loving father of Elinor JACOB and her husband Adrian of Windsor, Joe of London, daughter-in-law Carol of North Carolina, son-in-law Jean Claude NENEZ of Petrolia, John and his wife Gloria of Rodney, Gerard and his wife Diane, Richard, and Rosemary VAN HEE and her husband Ron all of London. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Andrea, Dwayne, Kevin, Jason, Aaron, Tania, Denise, Lisa, Mark, C.J., and Katie and his great grandchildren Cody, Alexis, Amber, Alaxis and Brayden. Survived by sisters-in-law Julie ERDMAN and her husband Mike and Eva FOLDY all of Windsor. Also survived by several relatives in Romania. Predeceased by his son Tony (2006) and his daughter Maria NENEZ (2001.) Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's church, West Lorne. Father CAPITANO celebrant. Interment Saint Mary's cemetery. Parish prayers will be offered on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions to Bobier Villa, Dutton would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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JACOB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-15 published
ZSOLDOS, Tony
Tony ZSOLDOS 58, of North Carolina and formerly of Rodney died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. A funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2006 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. He is survived by his wife, Carol of Fuquay-Varina sons, Kevin and Aaron, both of London, Ontario, Canada; brothers, Joe, Gerard and Rick, all of London, Ontario, John of Rodney, Ontario; sisters, Rosemary VAN HEE of London, Ontario, Elinor JACOB of Windsor, Ontario; aunt, Eva FOLDY of Windsor, Ontario uncle and aunt, Michael and Julia ERDMANN of Windsor, Ontario. Tony's father, Andy, passed away on Friday, July 14th, 2006. Also predeceased by his mother, Theresa ZSOLDOS and sister, Maria NENEZ. Arrangements entrusted to Thomas Funeral Home. North Carolina.

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JACOB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-18 published
ZSOLDOS, Andy
Peacefully, on Friday, July 14th, 2006 at Bobier Villa, Dutton. Andy ZSOLDOS of Dutton and formerly of R.R.#2 Rodney in his 92nd year. Along with his wife Theresa who passed away in 2001, Andy was a longtime tobacco farmer in West Elgin. Loving father of Elinor JACOB and her husband Adrian of Windsor, Joe of London, daughter-in-law Carol of North Carolina, son-in-law Jean Claude NENEZ of Petrolia, John and his wife Gloria of Rodney, Gerard and his wife Diane, Richard, and Rosemary VAN HEE and her husband Ron all of London. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Andrea, Dwayne, Kevin, Jason, Aaron, Tania, Denise, Lisa, Mark, C.J., and Katie and his great-grandchildren Cody, Alexis, Amber, Alaxis and Brayden. Survived by sisters-in-law Julie ERDMAN and her husband Mike and Eva FOLDY all of Windsor. Also survived by several relatives in Romania. Predeceased by his son Tony (2006) and his daughter Maria NENEZ (2001.) Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's church, West Lorne. Father CAPITANO celebrant. Interment Saint Mary's cemetery. Parish prayers will be offered on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions to Bobier Villa, Dutton would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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JACOB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-27 published
POGUE, Frank H.
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, London on Friday, November 24, 2006 Frank H. POGUE of Belmont in his 73rd year. Beloved husband of Joan (née SMITH) for 51 years. Loving father of Paul POGUE (Diana) and Ann POGUE (Stan JACOB) all of London and Greg POGUE (Marisa) of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Proud grandfather of Dayna, Stephanie, Jordan; Christopher, Erin, Elizabeth, and Robert. Dear brother of Jean GODSOE, Ray POGUE (Margaret), Freeman POGUE, Freda BUCHANAN (Larry), Clare POGUE (Helen,) Keith POGUE (Robin) and predeceased by brothers John, Roy and twin-brother Fred. Sadly missed by sisters-in-law Ruth POGUE and June POGUE, and his aunt Audrey STEPHENSON. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Frank was a member of the Canadian Power Squadron and was an Instructor with the London Power Squadron. He devoted more than a half century to his career in heating and air conditioning, both as an independent contractor and as a salesman. Frank will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He will be fondly remembered for his generosity, his sense of humour and his zest for living. Friends and family will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Belmont United Church, Belmont on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation are gratefully acknowledged.

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JACOB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-11 published
GREEN, David
Peacefully, in Florida, on Wednesday, February 8, 2006. David GREEN, adored husband of the late Leona (LEE) GREEN. Devoted and cherished father of Anita and Jerry HENECHOWICZ, Rosalyn and Stephen ADAM/ADAMS, and Steven and Mindi GREEN. Fun loving Zaidy to Shawna, Sam, and Tara HENECHOWICZ, Joanna, Corinne, and Tyler ADAM/ADAMS, and Ryan, and Lexi GREEN. Superb brother and brother-in-law to Adele and the late John GILBERG, Henry and Ofira GREEN, Jerry and Lola GREEN, and the late Pola and Jack SCHONFELD. Caring brother-in-law to Min and Bernie BRONSTEIN, Norm and Gerri ZOBERMAN, Bernice and Harvey BERMAN, and Brenda JACOB. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Sunday February 12, 2006 at 12: 00 noon. Interment Beth Shalom Section of Mount Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 40 Brookshire Circle, Thornhill. If desired, donations may be made to the David Green Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M6A 2C3 (416) 780-0324.

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JACOBE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-15 published
JACOBE, Laird Merlin

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JACOBE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-16 published
JACOBE, Laird Merlin
Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Thursday, December 14, 2006, Laird Merlin JACOBE, of Exeter, formerly of Hay Township, in his 89th year. Beloved husband since 1950 of Mary Jean HAUSER. Dear father of Sharon and Doug KYLE, of R.R.#2 Zurich and Raye and Jean JACOBE, of Exeter. Much loved grandfather of Sarah KYLE and Ryan JACOBE. Dear brother-in-law of Marion HAUSER. Predeceased by his parents Garnet and Clara (PFILE) JACOBE and one brother-in-law John F. HAUSER. Laird farmed on the Parr Line in Hay Township all his working life and retired to Saint_Joseph in 1988. He was a life long member of Emmanuel United Church, Zurich and became a part of the Exeter United Church family when he and Mary moved to Exeter in 2005. Visitation in the J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, 49 Goshen St. N., Zurich on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 2 p.m. Rev. Alex McGILVERY officiating. Interment Zurich Emmanuel United Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society. Condolences may be forwarded through www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Laird JACOBE.

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JACOBI o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-27 published
MacNEIL, Jessie
Peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at the age of 90. A recent resident of Telfer Place Retirement Home, Paris and formerly of Windsor. Beloved wife of the late Frank (1965). Cherished mother of Raymond of Michigan, Bernard of Chatham, Don and his wife Sue of Windsor, and Jane-Ann of Paris. Devoted grandmother to Sheila (Chris) JACOBI, Sheri, Shannon, Stuart, Lesley (Rod), Kale (Janet), Scott, Heather, Stacey (Wray) Brimmer, J.P., and Katie. Loving great-grandmother of Alyssa and Madison BRIMMER. Friends will be received at the Janisse Bros-Marcotte Funeral Home, 1139 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Vigil for the deceased at 7: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Anne's Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Avenue. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. “Those we love can never be more than a thought away” A tree will be planted in memory of Jessie in the Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest. www.beckettglaves.com

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JACOBI o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-06-05 published
JACOBI, David Howard
David Howard JACOBI, of Walkerton, passed away suddenly at Greater Niagara General Hospital, Niagara Falls on Friday, June 2, 2006. He was 69. Survived by his wife Helen (RILEY;) sons Frank of Hanover and Keith and his wife Paula of Bolton; grandchildren Ashley, Kaitlin and Christopher. Dave will be missed by his sister Sharon GEORGE of Niagara Falls; sister-in-law Hilda JACOBI of St. Catharines and nephews Frank, Kevin and Craig. Predeceased by his brother Bill and parents Howard and Ellen (BURNS) JACOBI. Visitation at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a Lion's Ceremony at 7: 00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. at Saint Thomas Anglican Church, Walkerton. Interment in Walkerton Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Lions Foundation of Canada (for purchase of seeing eye dogs) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-01-13 published
GEORGE, Leland " Cobb" " Leroy" Milford
Of Wallaceburg and formerly of London, passed away on Wednesday, January 11th, 2006 in his 62nd year. Leland had worked at Ford Motor Co. Saint Thomas Plant for over thirty years. Beloved husband of Donna (JACOBS.) Loving father and father-in-law of Lee-Ann GEORGE and Larry GRABISH of Wallaceburg. Dear grandfather of Katie Grace GRABISH. Brother of Rod, Clayton (Joe,) Diane CROWELL, Brian, John GEORGE and Debbie MANDAWOUB, all of Saugeen First Nations, Pricilla MANDAWOUB of Toronto and the late Ron, David and Sherry. son of the late Alvin and Grace Pricilla NASHKEWA) GEORGE. The family will receive relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin), in Wallaceburg from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday. A wake service will be held at 8: 00 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, January 14th, at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation will follow with burial at Saugeen First Nations. If desired, remembrances to the charity of your choice may be left at the funeral home 519-627-3231.
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JACOBS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-07-10 published
GEORGE, Leda
At her residence at Saugeen First Nation on Saturday, July 8th, 2006, at the age of 69 years, Leda GEORGE, beloved wife of Clayton GEORGE, mother of Faith and her husband Murray CROWE, Bonnie and her husband Alan MASON, Monica and her husband Mike ROOTE, Jacqueline KEWAGESHIG, Trudy and her husband Rick JACOBS, Larry KEWAGESHIG, and Thomas KEWAGESHIG and Margaret Lavalee. Grandmother of Allison KEWAGESHIG, Sundance CROWE, Jessica Mason, Marcie ROOTE, Nicholas ROOTE, Kim ROOTE, Marshal ROOTE, Fred JOHNSON, Jr., John JOHNSON, Samantha JOHNSON, Rick JACOBS, Joey JACOBS, Grant WYNN, Kelly KEWAGESHIG, , Tyler KEWAGESHIG, Vincent KEWAGESHIG, T.J. KEWAGESHIG, Jean CAMERON, and Sarah CAMERON. Also surviving are eleven great-grandchildren. Sister of Joe STEVENS. Predeceased by son Murray KEWAGESHIG and daughter Marlene CAMERON, and by grandchildren Allister MASON, Melissa CAMERON, and by her former spouse Lawrence KEWAGESHIG. Friends may call at the family residence, 97 French Bay Road, Saugeen First Nation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 10th, and 11th. Funeral service will be conducted in the James Mason Cultural Centre on Wednesday July 12th, at 11: 00 a.m. with the Rev. Maggie McLEOD officiating. Memorial contributions to the Saugeen First Nation Pow-Wow Baby Honorarium Fund would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Funeral arrangements in the care of the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 519-832- 2222. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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JACOBS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-04 published
JACOBS, Richard H. “Rick&rdquo
Suddenly in Toronto on Saturday evening, December 2nd, 2006, at the age of 45 years, Rick JACOBS of Southampton and formerly of Meaford. Husband of the former Trudy KEWAGESHIG. Father of Richard “Rich”, and Joseph “Joey”, both of Southampton. Papa to Sharissa. He is survived by his mother Rita JACOBS of Sagamok First Nation, by his daughter-in-law Karissa RITCHIE of Southampton, by his brothers Irwin, Roger, Peter, and John JACOBS, and Tim RITCHIE, and by his sisters Kim TOULOUSE and Donna JACOBS and their families. Brother-in-law to Faith CROWE, Bonnie MASON, Monica ROOTE, Jackie KEWAGESHIG, Larry KEWAGESHIG and Tom KEWAGESHIG and their families. Rick will be missed by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Irwin PETERS, and by his stepfather Marvin JACOBS. Friends may call at the family residence, 95 Ottawa Ave., Southampton on Tuesday, December 5th, 2006. Funeral service will be conducted in Wesley United Church, Highway 21, Saugeen First Nation on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m., with the Rev. Maggie McLEOD officiating. A reception with the family at the James Mason Cultural Centre will follow the service. Memorial contributions to the Kidney Transplant Unit of Toronto General Hospital would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 519-832-2222. Portrait and memorial tribute online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-13 published
GEORGE, Leland " Cobb" " Leroy" Milford
Of Wallaceburg and formerly of London, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 in his 62nd year. Leland had worked at Ford Motor Co. Saint Thomas Plant for over 30 years. Beloved husband of Donna (JACOBS.) Loving father and father-in-law of Lee-Ann GEORGE and Larry GRABISH of Wallaceburg. Dear grandfather of Katie Grace GRABISH. Brother of Rod, Clayton (Joe,) Diane CROWELL, Brian, John GEORGE and Debbie MANDAWOUB, all of Saugeen First Nations, Pricilla MANDAWOUB of Toronto and the late Ron, David and Sherry. son of the late Alvin and Grace Pricilla NASHKEWA) GEORGE. The family will receive relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin), in Wallaceburg from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. A wake service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday January 14, at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation will follow with burial at Saugeen First Nations. If desired, remembrances to the charity of your choice may be left at the funeral home 519-627-3231.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-07 published
GREEN, Howard Ross
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday March 4, 2006 at his residence, Pine Lake, R.R.#1 Bayfield. Howard was born 61 years ago on May 14, 1944 in North Easthope Township a son of Mildred (ROTH) BEAM of New Hamburg and the late Wilson John GREEN. He had been a truck driver, retiring from Hahn Farms in 2003. Howard was a founding member of Stratford Motorsports and Timing Association, had played slo pitch for the Shakespeare Saints, coached minor sports, raced stock cars and had evolved into a Nascar fan. Beloved husband of Sandi (JACOBS) GREEN who he married February 25, 1966. Loving father of 2 sons; Kory and his wife Patrice GREEN and their children Tanner, Kyle and Evan James GREEN and his girls Kassidee and Kara all of New Hamburg. Also remembered by brother Ed and Pat GREEN of R.R.#1 New Hamburg and sister Margaret GREEN of Stratford; by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Emily GREEN of R.R.#1 New Hamburg, Joy and John LEISKAU of Baden and Bryan and Mary PFAFF of New Hamburg as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Howard was predeceased by brother Kenneth GREEN, sister-in-law Kathy PFAFF and two nephews. Howard and his family wish to invite everyone including children to a Celebration of his Life at the Pine Lake Recreation Hall, 77794 Orchard Line, R.R.#1 Bayfield on Saturday April 1, 2006 from 2-11 p.m. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Association by contacting Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg (519-662-1661)

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-13 published
VANDENEECKHOUT, Adrienne (née DESMET)
Peacefully with her family at her bedside at Maple Manor Nursing Home on Saturday March 11, 2006 Adrienne VanDenEeckhout (nee: DESMET) of Tillsonburg, formerly of Straffordville in her 78th year. Adrienne emigrated to Canada in 1952, and was the daughter of the late Rene and Marie DESMET of Belgium. Beloved companion of Leslie (Bob) TODD of Tillsonburg, and beloved wife of the late Camiel VANDENEECKHOUT (1974.) Dear mother of Wm. (Bill) VANDENEECKHOUT and his late Irene (2005) of Tillsonburg; Nancy (Charlie) OWLES of Saint Thomas; Robert (Doris) VANDENEECKHOUT of Tillsonburg. Cherished and much loved grandmother to Chelsey, and Steffan VANDENEECKHOUT of Tillsonburg; Mandy BRIDGETT and her friend Jay VUSICH of Port Stanley; Melinda BRIDGETT and her friend Jeff WILTSIE of Saint Thomas; Melissa BRIDGETT and her friend Chris SKILLINGS of London; Cindy BRACKENBURY and her friend J.J. of Ingersoll; David (Angie) BRACKENBURY of Dunnville; Linda (Chuck) BUDAY of Delmer. Great-grandmother to 11 great-grandchildren. Also, survived by her three brothers Frans; Omer; Prosper, and a sister Laura all of Belgium. Also survived by her step mother-in-law Yvonne ROELANDT of Goderich; her sister-in-law Mary TANGHE and her husband the late Leon TANGHE of Delhi; Mrs. Elaine MATTHEWS and her friend Maurice VANDECASTEELE of Aylmer; Mrs. Allois (Celina) JACOBS of Delhi; brother-in-law Frank VANDENEECKHOUT and his late wife Lezette of Delhi. Predeceased by her step father-in-law Albert ROELANDT; brother-in-law Gabriel VANDENEECKHOUT and his wife Elise; sister-in-law Mrs. Emma DEPAEPE; brother Eduard, and sisters Clementine and Carolene. Adrienne was a member of the Tillsonburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53. She enjoyed organizing bus trips to the various Ontario Casino's; she enjoyed playing a game of darts, playing bingo, knitting, and crocheting. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. The family will receive Friends at Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial for Adrienne will be held at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church Tillsonburg on Thursday March 16, 2006 at 11 a.m. Rev. Father Matthew GEORGE officiating. Interment to follow in Tillsonburg Cemetery. Parish Prayers will be offered in the Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. At the families request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Maple Manor Nursing Home or to a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-29 published
GREEN, Howard Ross
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday March 4, 2006 at his residence, Pine Lake, R.R.#1 Bayfield. Howard was born 61 years ago on May 14, 1944 in North Easthope Township a son of Mildred (ROTH) BEAM of New Hamburg and the late Wilson John GREEN. He had been a truck driver, retiring from Hahn Farms in 2003. Howard was a founding member of Stratford Motorsports and Timing Association, had played slo pitch for the Shakespeare Saints, coached minor sports, raced stock cars and had evolved into a Nascar fan. Beloved husband of Sandi (JACOBS) GREEN who he married February 25, 1966. Loving father of 2 sons; Kory and his wife Patrice GREEN and their children Tanner, Kyle and Evan James GREEN and his girls Kassidee and Kara all of New Hamburg. Also remembered by brother Ed and Pat GREEN of R.R.#1 New Hamburg and sister Margaret GREEN of Stratford; by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Emily GREEN of R.R.#1 New Hamburg, Joy and John LEISKAU of Baden and Bryan and Mary PFAFF of New Hamburg as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Howard was predeceased by brother Kenneth GREEN, sister-in-law Kathy PFAFF and two nephews. Howard and his family wish to invite everyone including children to a Celebration of his Life at the Pine Lake Recreation Hall, 77794 Orchard Line, R.R.#1 Bayfield on Saturday April 1, 2006 from 2-9 p.m. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Association by contacting Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg (519-662-1661)

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-26 published
Author, activist an urban legend
By Canadian Press, Wed., April 26, 2006
Toronto -- Celebrated urban thinker and author Jane JACOBS was remembered yesterday as an "intellectual warrior" whose ideas changed the face of North American neighbourhoods -- and as an inquisitive friend with an incurable sweet tooth.
The tributes came hours after JACOBS died in hospital at the age of 89. Her 90th birthday would have been next week.
"She's definitely been one of the icons of current urban thinking," said Erika ENGEL, a part-time professor of urban planning at the University of Toronto.
"She has really highlighted for us the importance of keeping our existing neighbourhoods cohesive and treasuring that. She was very instrumental in stopping the destruction of neighbourhoods and appreciating the urban fabric."
Born in Scranton, Pa., JACOBS never graduated from college, but became a keen observer of city life, particularly after she moved to New York City as a teenager.
She lived in Manhattan with her husband Bob -- who died in 1996 for many years.
During that time, JACOBS successfully led a fight against a proposed expressway through New York's Washington Square.
The couple moved to Toronto in 1968 out of concern that their two sons would be drafted for the Vietnam War.
After the move, JACOBS continued on as a vehement city activist, battling the proposed Spadina Expressway, which would have cut a swath through the city's residential areas.
Former Toronto mayor John SEWELL knew the author well.
"She believed that the world was a complex place. It was not a simple place, it was a complex place, and you couldn't just think in straight lines."
JACOBS is perhaps best known for The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a book that influenced how a generation of city dwellers thought about the parks, streets and buildings that make up their habitat. It became standard reading in urban studies classes throughout North America.
JACOBS won the Shaughnessy Cohen prize for her recent book, Dark Age Ahead.
"What's unique about her is she's not trained as a planner, she is someone who just has this incredible awareness of what makes a city work," said ENGEL.
"She was really an intellectual warrior… a person who had this incredible intuition."
Books By Jane JACOBS
- The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961
- The Economy of Cities, 1968
- The Question of Separatism, 1980
- Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life, - Systems of Survival, 1993
- The Nature of Economies, 2000
- Dark Age Ahead, 2004

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-27 published
SMITH, Vivian Loretta (née ROGERS)
Peacefully at home in London, Ontario on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 in her 76th year. Born on January 19, 1931 a band member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Beloved wife of the late Harold Alexander SMITH. Loving mother of sons; William "John" (Valerie,) Gerald and daughters; Dawn (Roy), Sandra (Leo), Janice (Mike), Margaret (Jack) and Bonnie, all of London. Dearly loved and cherished grandmother by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sadly missed by her brothers; Charles (Joanne), Herbert, Aaron ROGERS and sisters; Lucille (Wilcey) KEWAYOSH and Betty BRESSETTE. Also sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; Charles and Nora ROGERS, sister; Marlene JACOBS, daughter; Karen Yvonne SMITH- BROWN, sons; Gregory Jack, Harold Ray and Robert Allen SMITH. Vivian was a longtime member and volunteer of the N'Amerind Friendship Centre and active in her community. Dearly missed by many Friends. Her immeasurable strength and determination was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be forever remembered for her gentle and caring nature. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, for visitation on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held at The Aamjiwnaang Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Avenue, Sarnia, Ontario on Monday, May 1, 2006 at 11 a.m. As expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Centre.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-16 published
JACOBS, Calvin Norman
A resident of Moraviantown, passed away suddenly at his home on June 14, 2006 at the age of 58. Beloved Husband of the late Veron (YUHAS) JACOBS (2002) Loving brother of Lois and Kenneth CLAUS, Rosemary WILLIAMS (the late Charles,) and H. Maynard JACOBS (the late Georgia). Sadly missed by nieces and nephews, Suzanne, Sondra, Judith, M. Keith, Ruth, Rachel, Noreen, Jeanine, Clinton, Carson, Cameron, Jennifer, Alisha, Sarah, Tie, Oscar, Deidra, Augustina, Laura, Lauren, Isiah, Georgia, Bethany, Makeleigh, and Iakohentiio. The JACOBS family received Friends at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell, on Thursday evening from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday June 16th 2006 at 11: 00 a.m., with Rev. Pierce RUSSELL officiating. Interment Moraviantown Cemetery. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Diabetes Association. Online condolences and donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com. "A tree will be planted in memory of Calvin JACOBS in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest in Mosa Twp."

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-18 published
JACOBS, Clark Francis
In loving memory of Clark Francis JACOBS who passed away 6 years ago today.
Beautiful memories are wonderful things,
They last till the longest day,
They never wear out,
They never get lost,
And can never be given away.
To some you may be forgotten,
To others a part of the past,
But to those of us who loved you,
Your memory will always last.
Sadly missed and remembered by Tracey, Dylan, Jordan, Kendall and Noreen.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-18 published
JACOBS, Clark Francis
In loving memory of Clark Francis who passed away November 18, 2000 at the age of 36. Forever loved and missed by his mom Marian-Ann.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-21 published
ISAACSON, Mollie (formerly GOLD)
At age 97, passed away peacefully Thursday April 20, 2006 at Baycrest Hospital. Former resident of Forest Hill Place. Beloved wife of the late Frank GOLD, and late Wilfred ISAACSON. Loving mother and mother-in-law to Marilyn and Alfred HERMAN, Judy and Jack GWARTZ. Dear sister of the late Victoria SOLLENS, Sue OSHER, Rose JACOBS, Sam ESCOE, Ben ESCOE, and Phyllis MANDELL. Beloved grandmother of Ruth and Marc HERMAN, Cheryl and Rami MOZES, Lisa and Joel HOCK, Shelley and Lewis ALLEN, Connie and Franklin GWARTZ, Daniel GWARTZ. Beloved great grandmother to Rachael, Alannah, Hailie, Corey, Cody, Cole, Dylan, Tommy, Hannah, Jordan, Mitchell, Lucas, Austin and Alexander. Special thanks to companions Lisa, Kate and Annie, and the wonderful caregivers at Baycrest Hospital and Forest Hill Place. For funeral arrangements, please call Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel at 416 663-9060.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-27 published
Jane JACOBS -- I Remember
By Sally GIBSON, Page S7
Sally GIBSON of Toronto writes about Jane JACOBS, whose obituary appeared yesterday.
When I heard that Jane JACOBS had died, I cycled to Toronto City Hall to hear Mayor David MILLER address council. I felt compelled to go to the civic heart of Ms. JACOBS's adopted city. I read The Death and Life of Great American Cities in the spring of 1968 during my last semester at university. It was the first truly pro-city book I had ever read. It seemed that most people who then wrote about cities really hated them and wanted them to be something else. Ms. JACOBS loved cities, and in some ways we might say that she wanted them to be more themselves: dense, diverse, creative, and alive. Her book changed my life, as it did many others. I grew up in the United States. When marriage took me to Toronto, I was comforted, and excited, by the fact that Jane JACOBS had chosen Toronto for her home. I joined many of the "battles" that she championed -- opposing the Spadina Expressway, supporting the Toronto Island community, opposing the megacity, supporting greater autonomy for cities. We were so incredibly lucky to have her. As I sat in the council chamber, listening to Mr. Miller's civic eulogy, I remembered many occasions when I had heard Jane JACOBS address council and large audiences of citizens, on all the topics mentioned earlier. The last time I heard her there was when she had been invited to unveil Toronto's new Pedestrian Charter, which flowed naturally from her ideas. She pulled the chord that released the drape covering the charter. She said positive things about the charter, which was the first municipal pedestrian charter in the world, and the volunteers who worked so hard to create it. And then she changed her tone. She turned directly toward the audience of smiling, applauding councillors, looked them in the eye, and all but shook a finger at them. "Now the hard work begins," she said in her forthright manner. "It's up to you to ensure that these principles are carried out." It still is.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-15 published
COHEN, Edgar Horace
Peacefully at home in Montreal in his ninety-third year surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, July 13, 2006. Husband of Ruth GOLDBERG for 57 years. Father and father-in-law of Lenore and Paul HARRIS, Judy and Michael JACOBS, Andrew and Mary COHEN. Grandfather of Michelle, Kenny, and Andrew HARRIS; Jesse JACOBS Alexander and Rachel COHEN. Brother of Elsa and the late Bernard RUBIN, the late Arthur E. COHEN, the late Riva and the late Harvey GOLDEN and brother-in-law of Sol GOLDBERG, Rita and the late Archie WOLFSON. Mourned by his nephews and nieces. The family thanks his loyal secretary of twenty-five years, Hyacinth MOULTON, and our other family - Marieta, Venus, Cynthia and Amapola -- who cared for him in his later years with affection and devotion. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal, 3888 Jean Talon St. W.on Sunday, July 16 at 12 noon. Burial at the Shaar Hashomayim Congregation Cemetery, Mt. Royal Blvd. Shiva private. Contributions in his memory may be made to the "Ruth and Edgar H. Cohen Endowment Fund", c/o Jewish General Hospital Foundation (514) 340-8251 or to the "Ruth and Edgar H. Cohen Fund," c/o Congregation Shaar Hashomayim (514) 937-9471.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-20 published
COHEN, Edgar Horace
Died peacefully at home, on July 13, in Montreal. Ruth Goldberg COHEN, his beloved wife of 57 years, was at his bedside. He was 92 years old. Edgar COHEN was born in Montreal on October 28, 1913. He was the son of Abraham Zebulon COHEN, a coal merchant and scion of the Jewish Montreal, and Malca (VINEBERG) COHEN, an erudite and witty conversationalist. He was the brother of Arthur, Riva and Elsa. He attended Roslyn School and Westmount High School. He went to McGill University and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1934. Upon the sudden death of his father in 1937, he abandoned plans to study medicine and became president of L. Cohen and Sons Ltd., founded by his grandfather, Lazarus COHEN. There he introduced innovations such as profit-sharing and rebuilt a struggling business. He sold the company in 1959 and entered real estate as a consultant, running Yarco Building Corp. and LJA Investments; he successfully represented a consortium of investors in the United States and Western Canada. His real loves, though, were travel, writing and learning. After 13 trips to Europe and extensive archival research, he wrote Mademoiselle Libertine: A Portrait of Ninon de Lanclos, the 17th century French libertine. It was published in 1970 in Canada, the United States and Britain. He also wrote poems, limericks, short stories, commentary and satire, which appeared in publications including The Canadian Forum and The Montreal Star, as well as a novel and a memoir (unpublished). From 1977 to 1980 he was president of The Canadian PEN Centre. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Jewish General Hospital, a trustee of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, chair of his McGill class reunion, and a member of the Friends of the McGill Library, the Writers Union of Canada and World Federalists. A student of history, biography and the Bible, he was a lover of opera and the outdoors, a sailor, a skier and tennis player, a wry and funny observer, a loving husband, an attentive father and unfailing friend. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and his sister, Elsa RUBIN; his children Lenore, Judy and Andrew, and their spouses Paul HARRIS, Michael JACOBS and Mary GOODERHAM; and his grandchildren Michelle, Kenny and Andrew HARRIS, Jesse JACOBS, and Alexander and Rachel COHEN.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-07 published
JACOBS, Marilyn Francis (née ROSENBERG)
Passed away at home surrounded by her family and Friends on Friday, October 6, 2006. Marilyn (ROSENBERG) JACOBS at the age of 54 years. Beloved wife of Robert JACOBS for 33 years. Loved mother of Sarah and Daniel, both at home. Loving daughter of Michael and Lily ROSENBERG of Toronto. Dear sister of Pauline ELIAS of West Palm Beach, Florida; sister-in-law of Larry JACOBS (Nancy) of Moffat and Barry JACOBS (Sue-Ellen) of Toronto. Always remembered by her nieces, nephews and cousins. Marilyn earned her M.S.W. degree from Wilfred Laurier University and worked initially in child welfare and psychiatric social work. She was honoured to work in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University and then served as the University Secretary for the last 7 years. Marilyn believed strongly in community service. She was a member and President of the Board of Directors for Family and Childrens Services of Waterloo Region; former President of the Beth Isaiah Synagogue; a member of the Holocaust and Hope Advisory Committee, the League for Human Rights of B'Nai B'rith Canada. Service will be held at the Beth Isaiah Synagogue, Surrey and Dublin Streets, Guelph on Monday, October 9 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Shiva will be observed at the family home, 73 Woodland Glen Drive, Guelph from Sunday, October 15 to Friday, October 20. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice or Marilyn Jacobs Philanthropic Fund at United Jewish Appeal Federation (416-631-5847 or 631-5685) would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Gilchrist Chapel - McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (519-824-0031). We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-10 published
JACOBS, Vernon Isaac
Passed away peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital on Saturday, April 8, 2006, at age 77, after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. Left to mourn are his beloved wife Vida Thelma, loving daughters Andrea and Laverne, several nieces and nephews and many relatives and Friends. Visitation will be at Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue E. (at Midland) on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 from 5-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Church of the Master United Church, 3385 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough, on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment will take place after service at Pine Hills Cemetery, 625 Birchmount Road, Scarborough. If desired, flowers may be sent to the funeral home or donations may be made to the Dialysis Unit Scarborough Hospital, General Division. The family expresses sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of Scarborough General who have participated in Vernon's care.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-21 published
ISAACSON, Mollie (formerly GOLD)
At age 97, passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 20, 2006 at Baycrest Hospital. Former resident at Forest Hill Place. Beloved wife of the late Frank GOLD, and late Wilfred ISAACSON. Loving mother and mother-in-law to Marilyn and Alfred HERMAN, Judy and Jack GWARTZ. Dear sister of the late Victoria SOLLENS, Sue OSHER, Rose JACOBS, Sam ESCOE, Ben ESCOE, and Phyllis MANDELL. Beloved grandmother of Ruth and Marc HERMAN, Cheryl and Rami MOZES, Lisa and Joel HOCK, Shelley and Lewis ALLEN, Connie and Franklin GWARTZ, and Daniel GWARTZ. Beloved great-grandmother to Rachael, Alannah, Hailie, Corey, Cody, Cole, Dylan, Tommy, Hannah, Jordan, Mitchell, Lucas, Austin, and Alexander. Special thanks to companions Lisa, Kate and Annie, and the wonderful caregivers at Baycrest Hospital, and Forest Hill Place. For funeral arrangements, please call Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel at 416-663-9060.

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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-22 published
JACOBS, William " Bill"

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JACOBS 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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JACOBS 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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JACOBS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-26 published
T.O. owes debt to JACOBS
By Christopher HUME, Urban Affairs Columnist
More than most cities, Toronto owes a huge debt of gratitude to Jane JACOBS.
JACOBS, who died yesterday eight days short of her 90th birthday, loved this city almost as much as it loved her.
Even if she hadn't moved here from New York in 1968, she would have left this town a different place. But the mere fact of her presence, which the city wore like a badge of honour, ensured that her ideas were always close to the centre of any debate about the future of urbanism in Toronto.
Plain-spoken, utterly unpretentious, self-taught and full of sly humour, JACOBS was disarming in the directness of her opinions. She despised jargon and railed against experts, especially planners and politicians, whom she considered the cause of many of the problems that have plagued North American cities since the end of World War 2.
In her seminal 1961 work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, she did for urbanism what Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did for the environment. Though untrained in any formal sense she studied neither urban planning nor architecture nor economics JACOBS had the power of being able to see what was actually in front of her, rather than what she was told to see.
Indeed, she used to say she wrote Death And Life after having visited countless urban renewal projects in the 1950s that were never quite as their promoters described.
Of course, we live in an age when suburban sprawl has replaced city building as the dominant form of growth. Not even JACOBS could change that. But if nothing else, she forced us to question our headlong rush to remake the countryside in the image of a subdivision.
Don't forget that when JACOBS began her work, the experts were declaring that the city had no future. As the exodus from downtown grew ever more hectic, cities were expected to become wastelands abandoned to the poor, and in the U.S., to blacks. Though Canada avoided the worst of the "white flight" that left so many American cities hollowed out and decaying, it embraced suburbia with an enthusiasm that is now coming back to haunt us.
But JACOBS was also aware that cities lie at the heart of economic activity. Though Death And Life remains by far her best-known book, she went on in other volumes to explore how cities are economic engines as well as cultural generators and social integrators.
In The Economy of Cities and later Cities and the Wealth of Nations, JACOBS attempted to do to economic theory what she had done previously to urban planning theory in her first tome, namely, turn it on its head. Though neither work has received as much recognition, there have been signs recently that that, too, is starting to change.
JACOBS' argument is that conventional economic thinking from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman has consistently failed to account for the hugely significant role cities play in economic prosperity.
Just as she rejected an urban planning approach that would divide all human activities into separate compartments -- a place each to live, work, play and shop -- she threw out several centuries of economic science, which, she stated flatly, is a "delusion."
Though untrained, JACOBS based her arguments on the evidence of what she saw. This is what made her so profoundly persuasive. Where the vast majority of planners, economists and the like accept what they are told, are little more than founts of conventional wisdom, JACOBS questioned every assumption.
She had the kind of old-fashioned Yankee skepticism that Mark Twain mythologized. She would say that she learned everything she needed to know from her Grade 6 teacher back in Scranton, Pa.
Though she was never rude, posturing or confrontational, she wouldn't hesitate to tell a room full of professionals precisely why they were wrong. And she was just as likely to call her supporters to account as her critics.
At one convention, organized in Toronto by a group of admirers, she listened to a delegation from China as they talked about how her books had influenced a housing scheme for migrant workers. JACOBS responded politely but made it clear the project was a complete misrepresentation of her ideas.
In her last volume, Dark Age Ahead (2004,) JACOBS warned against nothing less than the end of civilization as we know it. Typically, she relied on the kind of quiet, inexorable logic that made her impossible to ignore.
"The collapse of one sustaining cultural institution enfeebles others," she wrote, "making it more likely that others will give way. With each collapse, still further ruin becomes more likely, until finally the whole enfeebled, intractable contraption collapses."
There's still time to change, she argued, but not much.

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