LITTLEJOHN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-10 published
LITTLEJOHN, John Purvis
A resident of Ridgetown, John Purvis LITTLEJOHN passed away at his home on Thursday, June 8, 2006 in his 84th year. Purvis was born in Orford Township and lived much of his life farming there. He was a Charter Member of the Ontario Economic Council, former member of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and former member and Chairman of the Kent County Separate School Board. son of the late Roy LITTLEJOHN and Jean PURVIS. Loving father of John LITTLEJOHN and his wife Joy of Aurora, Janet LITTLEJOHN of Kitchener, Mark LITTLEJOHN and his wife Cheryl of Highgate, and Karen HARROP and her husband Keith of New Zealand. Sadly missed by 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by sister Catherine GRADWELL (Robert). Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Sunday from 2: 00-4:30 p.m. and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, June 12, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Donald MacMILLAN officiating. Interment Gosnell Cemetery, Highgate. Donations by cheque to the Salvation Army or the London Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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LITTLEJOHN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-04 published
GRANT, Daphne (ne ROBINSON)
Suddenly at home on Friday, November 3rd, 2006 in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of John GRANT for 56 years. Loving mother of Tim (Gail LITTLEJOHN), Andrea, Paul (Brenda McLUHAN), Christie (Jai CHAUHAN), John (Julie HYDES), Elizabeth (David NUNN) and Bruce (Jean-Vincent). Cherished grandmother of Dustin, Jameel, Ravi, Christian, Adam, Charlie, Katie, Cory, Lindsay and Jensen. Friends may call at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre (2704 Yonge Street, 5 Blocks south of Lawrence, 416 488-1101) on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church (Yonge Street south of Lawrence), on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery. Reception to follow at Rosedale Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations to Amnesty International would be appreciated by the family.

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LITTLEJOHN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-30 published
HILSON, Frances Mary Campbell "Fran" (ANDERSON)
Suddenly at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket with her family at her side on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. Fran (ANDERSON) of Holland Landing at 73 years of age. Beloved wife of Jim for 50 years. Dear mother of Carol (Steve) PARKS, Linda (Ron) HUISMAN, Wendy (Carlos) CARVALHO, and Keith (Danielle.) Dear granny of Sheena, Jenna, and Andrew PARKS; Alanna and Mitch HUISMAN; Kirsten, Meagan, and Sean CARVALHO; Katelynn, Davy, Samantha and Jimmy HILSON. Dear sister of Margaret (Tom) KANE, Maureen (Drew) LITTLEJOHN, and predeceased by Joe (Marion) ANDERSON, Jimmy (late Effie) ANDERSON. Dear sister-in-law of Betty (late Bill) MILLAR and Joyce HILSON. Dear friend of May and Danny CLEMENTS. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Friday March 31, 2006 from 1 p.m. until the time of memorial service in the Lathangue Chapel at 2 p.m. Donations to the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket would be appreciated.

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LITTLEJOHNS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-01-25 published
LITTLEJOHNS, Clifford
In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Clifford, who passed away one year ago.
Those whom we love go out of sight,
But never out of mind
They are cherished in the hearts
Of those they leave behind.
Loving and kind in all his ways,
Upright and just in all his days
Sincere and true in heart and mind,
Beautiful memories he left behind.
-Lovingly remembered by Verna, Linda, Sharon, Marie and their families.
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LITTLEJOHNS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-01-25 published
LITTLEJOHNS, Clifford
In memory of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Clifford, who passed away January 27, 2005.
In a quiet peaceful graveyard,
Where the gentle breezes blow,
Lies the one, we love so
Whom we lost one year ago.
Our lives go on without you,
but nothing is the same.
We have to hide our heartache
when someone speaks your name.
Sad are our hearts that love you.
Silent are our tears that fall.
Living life without you
is the hardest part of all.
-Always loved and never forgotten. Your eldest daughter Linda, Grandchildren Danny and Judy, Dean and Maryann, Great-Grandchildren Katie and Lori.
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LITTLEJOHNS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-01-27 published
LITTLEJOHNS, Cliff
In loving memory of my Husband and best friend, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who passed away January 27, 2005.
He is gone but not forgotten as dawns another year.
Days of sadness will come o'er us,
Thoughts of him are always near
His cheerful smile and heart of gold $ the attributes we treasure
Wonderful memories remain in our hearts excelling any measure.
It may seem each passing day that the wound has healed
But few know the sorrow that lies in the heart concealed.
-In our thoughts and hearts always, Verna, Daughters - Linda, Sharon, Marie and their families.
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LITTLEJOHNS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-05 published
McPHAIL, Dorothy Mae (LITTLEJOHNS)
Peacefully, at Twin Lakes Terrace on Wednesday January 4, 2006 Dorothy Mae (LITTLEJOHNS) McPHAIL of Sarnia. formerly of Windsor in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Duncan McPHAIL (1976.) Loved mother of John (the late Linda (2005) McPHAIL of Saskatoon, and Margaret (Donald) HAGGART of Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Tami McPHAIL, Tracy (Wade) NESBITT, Michael (Jen) McPHAIL, Paul (Amalia) HAGGART, Andrea (Daniel) LUKER and Carol (Stephen) BOLT. Dear great-grandmother of Christopher and Kaylie NESBITT, Aaron and Katelyn LUKER, Mitchell HAGGART and Olivia BOLT. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Lavina (KOEHLER) LITTLEJOHNS of Highgate; brothers, Wilfred, Harold, Victor and Fred LITTLEJOHNS and sisters; Frances GACKSTETTER and Katherine CLARKE. The funeral service will be held on Saturday January 7, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Interment in Purcell Cemetery. Family and Friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. only. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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LITTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-16 published
ROBINSON, John Beverly " Bron"
Peacefully passed away at Saint Michael's Hospital on December 14th, 2006 at 84. Predeceased by his loving wife Constance Anne (nee MacKINNON,) father to Linda, Bruce, Hilary and Christopher. Grandfather to Andrew, Katie, Gillian, Eric, Erin and Victoria. Survived by his brother Weymouth and sister Elizabeth (Ebo) LITTLER. At Bron's request there will be a private family service and cremation. A celebration of his life will follow at a later date to be announced. If desired, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society and Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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LITTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-23 published
Anna RUSSELL, 94: Opera parodist
Singer Anna RUSSELL got start in T.O.
Took cheeky shows around the globe
By Olivia WARD, Staff Reporter with files from Associated Press
The fat lady has sung.
After a dazzling, often zany career spanning six decades, singer and comedian Anna RUSSELL died Wednesday at 94 in the Australian seaside town of Bateman's Bay -- half a world away from her former home in Unionville, Ontario
"She went very peacefully," her adopted daughter, Dierdre PRUSSAK told reporters in Australia, where her mother had joined her for the last months of her life.
But peaceful is the last word to describe Canadian-born RUSSELL's lively career, which included sold-out performances in New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and with the Canadian Opera Company -- as well as global tours featuring her own saucy satirical songs and poetry.
"She was somebody who believed that serious music doesn't have to wear a frown," says Toronto Star critic William LITTLER.
A naturalized Canadian, RUSSELL gave farewell performances in her 70s while living in the Unionville retirement community of Heritage Village, adjacent to a street named for her, Anna Russell Way. Married and divorced twice, her second husband was the late Canadian artist Charles GOLDHAMMER.
"I fly a lot… and the airport is closer than it would be if I lived in Toronto," she once told the Star's columnist Lotta DEMPSEY, as she continued a head-spinning schedule of European and American engagements in her golden years.
Born in London, Ontario, of a Canadian mother and a British military officer father, RUSSELL grew up in England lamenting her less-than-perfect looks and voice -- the result of a smashed nose in a field hockey accident while at boarding school.
"Certain notes came out a yodel," she explained, telling of a career that veered from classical to comedic after the voice-altering event. But she went on to study at the elite Royal College of Music, and even snaffled a short and disastrous role in the Pietro Mascagni opera Cavalleria Rusticana.
Her one performance ended when she slipped onstage and crashed against the set, which collapsed. As the orchestra exploded with laughter, RUSSELL was packed off in disgrace. She then debuted as a folk singer on British Broadcasting Corporation radio, and later appeared on Canadian radio in a variety of shows.
She described some of her misadventures in her autobiographical books, The Power of Being a Positive Stinker, and I'm Not Making This Up, You Know.
The latter title was scooped from one of her most famous lines, taken from a breathless half-hour tour de force condensation of Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs, still used by serious students as a guide to the German composer's masterwork.
But it was in Toronto that RUSSELL got her start, when she returned to Canada with her mother after her father's death at the onset of World War 2.
"She was taken on by Sir Ernest MacMillan for his popular Christmas Box concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra," says LITTLER. "He had a great sense of humour, and he saw her talent right away. She was a big hit."
Like vocal satirist Victor Borge, RUSSELL became a sought-after performer worldwide. Her recordings as well as performances were hailed as gems, and later as classics. In one, RUSSELL accompanied herself on the piano, offering lessons in "how to write your own Gilbert and Sullivan opera." But she also brought down the house during the Cold War with a mock-tragic Russian folk song featuring a chorus of "da, nyet, da, nyet."
In one of her best-known riffs, she explains Wagner's Das Rheingold, in which Erda tells the god Wotan, weiche, weiche -- "be careful. She then bears him eight daughters."
No musical nationality escaped what critics called "her laser-beam sense of humour."
RUSSELL's defiant floor-kicking flamenco dancer and her ultra-virginal British choral soprano delighted European audiences as much as those in Canada. A parody of Bizet's Carmen, with the feisty heroine groping for her deck of fortune-telling cards in her voluminous low-cut bodice, won her standing ovations.
Even RUSSELL's Ring Cycle performance won admiration from the notoriously combative Wagner family, which invited her to perform it at their musical shrine of Bayreuth, and included it in a video of the opera.
Best known for her vocal performances, RUSSELL jokingly described herself as "the Rip Van Winkle of Toronto -- a bit decrepit but not yet passed away."
"I still have one of the great voices of the decayed -- a roar rather than screech, in a comfy basso nonprofundo," she told the Star in 1977.
Her comic opera roles include the Duchess of Crackenthorp in the 1977 Canadian Opera Company production of Daughter of the Regiment, and the witch in Hansel and Gretel at the New York and San Francisco operas.
But RUSSELL also played a variety of instruments, including the piano and ukelele. "She once came on stage with a bagpipe, and took it apart as a lesson on how to play it," recalls LITTLER.
RUSSELL took to the stage, founding Grow Productions, which presented Victorian drama Lady Audley's Secret at the New York World's Fair in 1964, and played a leading role in Nol Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit. Catching a wave of popularity, she composed, wrote and performed her own comedy material for Columbia Records.
RUSSELL's cheeky style won over audiences when she was well into her 70s. Giving advice on how to be a successful singer, she quipped that although a glorious voice was important, "it helps to be an independently wealthy, politically motivated, back-stabbing bitch."

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LITTLETON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-21 published
ATKINSON, Harvey
(Retired employee James Dick Construction, Bolton)
Suddenly at his home, Sandy Cove, on Sunday, March 19, 2006, Harvey ATKINSON, in his 79th year. Dear father of Deborah and Ralph GEROW, Penticton, British Columbia; Brenda and Ron BEAUVAIS, Innisfil; Vanda CARSON, Penticton; Donna ATKINSON, Toronto. Loving grandfather of Leah-Ann, Tracy and Brent; Amanda and Robert Chad, Samantha and Nicole. Cherished great-grandfather of Victoria, Matthew, James and Riley. Dear brother of Phyllis KERR, Wesley (deceased,) Evelyn LITTLETON, Violet (deceased) and Gordon TROYER, Risdon and Mildred ATKINSON, Roy and Serina ATKINSON. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Thursday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday morning, March 24 at 11 o'clock. Interment Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bolton. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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LITVACK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-30 published
MARON- LITVACK, Joyce (ne POSTNER)
After a courageous battle, on Tuesday, November 28, 2006, in Montreal. Wife of the late Abe LITVACK and the late Sam MARON. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Irwin and Patti LITVACK, Rosalind and David SHAANAN, Michael and Joanne LITVACK, Trudy and Claude SASSOON, Danny and Suzi MARON. Dear sister of Doctor Harry POSTNER. Special sister-in-law of Anne KIRSTEIN. Cherished Bubby of Aaron and Stewart LITVACK; Ari and Jonathan SHAANAN; Adam and Jamie LITVACK; Lila SASSOON; Gregory and Chad MARON. Joyce will be forever remembered by her nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Palliative Care Units at the Jewish General Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion. The family sincerely appreciates the extraordinary devotion shown by her caregivers. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal, on Thursday, November 30 at 12: 30 p.m. Burial in Montreal. Shiva at 730 Montpellier Blvd., St. Laurent. Contributions in her memory may be made to the "Joyce Maron Memorial Fund" c/o Jewish General Hospital Foundation. (514) 340-8251.

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LITVEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-31 published
WEDGEWOOD, Winifred (ne POTTS)
Peacefully, at Peel Memorial Hospital, Brampton, on March 29, 2006, in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late William John WEDGEWOOD. Dear mother of Joan Hunter (late William John HUNTER) of Terra Cotta. Dear grandmother of Susan CROWE (Dudley,) Deborah LITVEN (Jim), William Robert, Karen GUHL (Andrew), and Shirley LANE (Shawn.) Proud great-grandmother of William and Donald CROWE, Emily and Stephanie GUHL, Cynthia, Madison, and Victoria LANE. Dear sister of Norman POTTS (the late Elma) of Streetsville, and the late Edith BRIX. Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received at the Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel," 289 Main St. N., Brampton (905-451-1100), on Friday from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 11 a.m. Private interment. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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LITZ o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-03-08 published
BREWIN, Gordon Harold
(Veteran World War 2, Royal Canadian Navy; Retired employee with the City of Etobicoke).
Suddenly at Sarasota, Florida on Monday, February 27, 2006 Gordon BREWIN, Wasaga Beach, formerly of Bolton, 81 years of age. Loved and remembered by Gord's very best friend and companion Lore LITZ, daughter Debbie, son Gary and his wife Susan and family, brother Clarence (Buster) BREWIN and his wife Clara, predeceased by his sister Kathleen LUTTRELL. Also lovingly remembered by his extended family Roberta and Paul PFUNDT, Dorothea and Fred WEGNER, Katie and Joe BELOW, Robert and Sandy LITZ, Rudy and Gabrielle LITZ, Gus and Diane LITZ, Lydia LITZ and Wayne CYR and all their children and grandchildren. A gentleman and friend to all who knew him. The family received their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S., Bolton (905-857-2213) Sunday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service was held in the chapel on Monday morning, March 6 at 11 o'clock. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences for the family may be offered at: www.eganfuneralhome.com
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LITZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-02 published
BREWIN, Gordon Harold
(Veteran World War 2, Royal Canadian Navy; Retired employee with the City of Etobicoke)
Suddenly at Sarasota, Florida on Monday, February 27, 2006 Gordon BREWIN, Wasaga Beach, formerly of Bolton, 81 years of age. Loved and remembered by Gord's very best friend and companion Lore LITZ, daughter Debbie, son Gary and his wife Susan and family, brother Clarence (Buster) BREWIN and his wife Clara, predeceased by his sister Kathleen LUTTRELL. Also lovingly remembered by his extended family Roberta and Paul PFUNDT, Dorothea and Fred WEGNER, Katie and Joe BELOW, Robert and Sandy LITZ, Rudy and Gabrielle LITZ, Gus and Diane LITZ, Lydia LITZ and Wayne CYR and all their children and grandchildren. A gentleman and friend to all who knew him. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Sunday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday morning, March 6 at 11 o'clock. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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