STEPHENSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-06-02 published
STEPHENSON, Helen
The family of the late Helen STEPHENSON extends their sincere thanks to all who attended the memorial service. Thank you also to the caring staff at Kelso Pines, the sympathy cards, Rev. Herb KLAEHN for his comforting message and the ladies of Saint_John's United Church, Chesley, for the delicious lunch and the organist, Marilyn PERKINS. Thanks to Stewart and Ruth McPHAIL, of the Grey Bruce Cremation Services for their professionalism and guidance.
- Mavis and Gord HADDLETON; Shirley and Angus TIMBURY: Wayne STEPHENSON and Doreen and their families.
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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-13 published
SNOW, Edith Eileen (née STEPHENSON)
Passed away peacefully in her sleep at Southampton Care Centre, early November 11, 2006. Wife, mother, talented seamstress and baker extraordinaire, Eileen began her life in Willowdale, Ontario on March 13, 1923, marrying the love of her life, John A. SNOW in 1950 and eventually moving to Niagara Falls, Kincardine and Southampton. She will be deeply missed by her daughter Deborah (Frank FELETTI,) sons Christopher (Nancy) and Greg (Rainy,) her six grandchildren Vincent and Aurora FELETTI, Jaimee (Dave STILES,) Shelby SNOW, Brittany and Sabina SNOW and great-grand_son Pearson STILES. Also survived by her sister Dorothy GUMMERSALL, her brother-in-law Harold (Mary) SNOW and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband John, parents George and Edith (WILTSHIRE) STEPHENSON and three brothers George, Bill and John STEPHENSON. A celebration in honour of the wonderful gift of her life will be held at 383 McNabb Street, Unit 114, Southampton on Tuesday November 14, 2006 at 1 o'clock. Eileen's family thanks the staff and nurses for all the care she received at Southampton Care Centre. If so desired, donations in Eileen's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Tannahill Funeral Home 519-376-3710.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-04 published
CUNNINGHAM, Eleanor Isabell (formerly EMERICK, née McRANN)
At Craigwiel Gardens, Ailsa Craig on Thursday, February 2, 2006 Eleanor Isabell (McRANN) (EMERICK) CUNNINGHAM formerly of London, in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Stewart CUNNINGHAM (2004) and the late Harold EMERICK (1956.) Dear mother of Shirley and George SHIPWAY of London, Elaine and Stan JOHNSON of Grand Bend, Betty EMERICK of Hensall, Doug CUNNINGHAM of R.R.#2 Lucan, Carol and Larry DEVOGELARE of Chatham, Sandy and Charles STEPHENSON of Wallaceburg and Brad CUNNINGHAM of Chatham. Dear grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ross McRANN of New York State, Marg and Glen PROUT of Exeter, Mary and Edward PEMBLETON, Bill and Val NEIL, and Janet NEIL all of London, Vic NEIL of Lucan, Karol NEIL of Huron Park and Keith LAWLESS of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by a daughter Gladys EMERICK and a sister Gladys LAWLESS. Eleanor was a longtime employee of Victoria Hospital, South Street Campus. Friends may call at the C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, February 6th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sue McCULLOUGH officiating. Interment St. James Cemetery, Clandeboye. Donations to the Alzheimer Society, Craigwiel Gardens or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-07 published
ANDERSON, Gladys M. (née WINN)
A resident of Blenheim and formerly of Oakville, Gladys M. ANDERSON, died at her home on Sunday, February 5, 2006 at the age of 84. Born in Oakville, Ontario daughter of the lat Alfred R. and Emily (STEPHENSON) WINN. Beloved wife of the late Walter C. ANDERSON. (1998.) Dear mother of Kris GILLESPIE and her husband Allen of Maple Ridge, British Columbia; Neil ANDERSON and his wife Agnes of London, Ontario and the late John ANDERSON. (1978.) Grandmother of Evan GILLESPIE, Shawn and Gary REEDER. Sister of the late Dorothy CHAMBERS. A memorial service will be conducted at the Trinity Anglican Church, Ellen Street, Blenheim on Thursday February 9th, 2006 at 2 p.m. with Reverend John LATHAM and Canon Meurig LLOYD officiating. Interment of cremated remains in St. Jude's Cemetery Oakville, Ontario. Donations made by cheque to the Victorian Order of Nurses would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinlay Funeral Home, Ridgetown, Ontario N0P 2C0, (519-674-3141) Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-03 published
SANSONE, Constance " Connie"
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 Constance (Connie) SANSONE, in her 84th year. Loving wife of the late John J. SANSONE (1974.) Caring mother of sons John S., Robert and Stephen (predeceased 2004). Adoring grandmother of John, Rachel and Giacomo. Connie is survived by her brother G.L. (Gerry) STEPHENSON (Jean.) Predeceased by her brothers Bill and Jack STEPHENSON. She was a member of Saint Peter's Cathedral and for many years an active member of the Catholic Women's League. Connie will be forever remembered for her many acts of kindness and generosity, as well as her affable personality and spirit of faith and determination. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. C.W.L. prayers will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Parish prayers will be held Thursday evening at 7 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, on Friday morning, May 5th at 10 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Donations to a favourtie charity would be appreciated.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-19 published
ROSS, Gordon O.
At Parkwood Hospital, London on Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 Gordon O. ROSS of London in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Pearl A. (STEPHENSON) ROSS. Dear father of David G. ROSS and his wife Lynne and Dianne PEAKE and her husband John all of London. Dear brother of Les ROSS in California. Dear brother-in-law of Roy and Verna STEPHENSON of Huntsville; and Lucille and Jim DONNELLY and Blake and Fran STEPHENSON all of London. Also loved by his grandchildren Shayne PEAKE, Lori and Chad FOWLER, Christopher ROSS and Tammy, Michael and Monika ROSS, and Melissa and Chris RENNIE and his great-grandchildren Gabrielle, Tyler, Olivia and Emma. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Dad's special Friends Charles PAGE and Jake DE BOER, Doctor D.V. CAVANAUGH, nurses and staff at Parkwood Hospital and Reverend Thomas D. HISCOCK for all their kindnesses to Dad. The family will receive Friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the complete funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Sunday, May 21st at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Thomas D. HISCOCK of Wesley-Knox United Church officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario N6A 3A1. Mr. ROSS was a life member of Saint_John's Lodge No. 20 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-20 published
HERGERT, Charlene Renée (née STEPHENSON)
Charlene Renée (STEPHENSON) HERGERT of Ottawa, passed away at Queensway-Carleton Hospital on Sunday, May 14th, 2006. Born in Clinton on January 11th, 1969, Charlene was in her 38th year. Lovingly remembered by husband Jason, her children Ryan, Jessica and Laura, her mother Sharon STEPHENSON of Brussels, her sisters Corrinna STRONG and husband Peter of Mississauga and Chantelle DEN DEKKER and husband Arnold of Brussels, her grandparents Charles STOREY and Mary PENNINGTON of Saint Mary's and Sarah STEPHENSON of Brussels, and her nieces and nephews MacKenzie, Kennedy, Connor and Megan. Predeceased by her father Frederrick STEPHENSON, her sister Rhonda STEPHENSON grandparents Mary STOREY and Dick STEPHENSON and cousin Dan STOREY. Also remembered by her aunts and uncles Ken and Anita STOREY and Don and Anne STOREY all of Saint Mary's, Lois and Wayne TODD of Wingham and Doreen and Ralph WELSH of Bayfield, parents-in-law Gary and Ruth HERGERT, her brother-in-law Adam HERGERT (Yvonne KOOL,) and her sister-in-law Connie HERGERT (Shaun HODGINS.) Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday from the Schimanksi Family Funeral Home, 401 Albert Street, Brussels. The funeral service will be conducted from Saint_John's Anglican Church, 633 Turnberry Street, Brussels, on Monday, May 22nd at 1: 00 p.m. Burial will take place in Brussels Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Saint_John's Anglican Church. Online condolences may be made at www.schimanskifamilyfuneralhome.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-03 published
SANSONE, John S.
Suddenly on Thursday, June 1, 2006, John S. SANSONE. Loving father of John Craig and Rachel SANSONE. son of the late Connie SANSONE (2006) and John J. SANSONE (1974.) Also survived by his brother Robert of Port Stanley and his dear friend Cathy. Predeceased by his brother Stephen (2003). Loving nephew of Gerald and Jean STEPHENSON. For many years, John was active in fastball in the London Area and was a devoted sports enthusiast. He was a very active tournament bridge player in the London and Saint Thomas Area. John was a good natured man who could always be depended on for his love and understanding. His lending ear and many life lessons will be missed but not forgotten by all who knew him. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Cremation with interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or charity of choice would be appreciated.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-17 published
HAWKEN, Verna Doreen (née STEPHENSON)
In her 84th year, with deep sadness, her family wishes to announce the passing of an extraordinary woman after a courageous battle at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital on Thursday, July 13, 2006. Verna's life began on February 23, 1923 in Regina, Saskatchewan when she was born to the most wonderful parents, Verner and Edna Mae STEPHENSON (predeceased in 1969 and 1972.) In 1947 she married the late Jack Christopher HAWKEN, her knight in shining armour, with whom she enjoyed 52 years. In 1949 she gave birth to her cherished daughter Barbara Christine, who will never be the same without her Mom's strength, encouragement, and daily talks. In 1954 she gave birth to Jimmy, who she spent 27 years caring for (with never a complaint) until his death in 1981. Her energy and contagious laughter will also be remembered by her brother-in-law "Bobbie" and her sister-in-law Joan, as well as her nieces and nephews Donald, Robert, Randy, Susan, Chris, and Kathy, along with their children, and the late Jo Ann (1975) and John (1980) HAWKEN. She was also predeceased by her brother-in-law Bill and her sister-in-law Luella. She will also be missed by her son-in-law Bill BROWN and his dad Bill, mom Sophie, sisters Mary and Devon, and daughter Elizabeth. And we can't forget "Jackson", Bill and Barbara's 110 pound black lab who loved to visit in her backyard and chase the squirrels. A day did not go by without her Friends and neighbours who devoted many hours of their time to her needs, especially near the end. They will always be remembered as her guardian angels. In return she loved to cook and bake for them, which had always been her favorite pastime. As well, she loved to play the piano whether it be at parties, functions, Sunday School, or just for herself and her Friends and family. Verna's life was always full of activities, ranging from curling, politics, working as a secretary at Riverside High School, or traveling to Florida with Jack. She will be remembered and missed by everyone who knew her. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held on Monday, July 17, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Janisse Bros-Marcotte Funeral Home (519-253-5225), 1139 Ouellette Avenue. She will then be taken to London, Ontario to be buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery alongside her family. Friends and relatives are all welcome to join the graveside service there at 3 p.m. A tree will be planted in memory of Verna in the Janisse Bros-Marcotte Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held on September 24, 2006. All are welcome. You may leave your online condolences at www.janissemarcotte.ca

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-14 published
BUXTON, Irven J.
At Bluewater Health Mitton Site, Sarnia, on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 Irven J. BUXTON of Sarnia and formerly of Port Franks in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of the late Lena (STEPHENSON) (2005) and loving father of Ron and Diana. Cherished grandfather of Rob, Jeff, Grace, and Hannah and great-grandfather of Amber, Dalton, Spencer, Joshua, Makayla, Claire, and Ava. Predeceased by one brother Ken. Brother-in-law of Doug, Annie and Jessie and predeceased by Margerite, Charles, Sherwood, Ralph, Nellie, Lillian and Harry. A graveside service will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 2 p.m. Reverend Christine O'REILLY officiating. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke gratefully acknowledged. Gilpin Funeral Chapel

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-18 published
STEPHENSON, Fran
In memory of Fran STEPHENSON, who passed away 3 years ago today.
Always in our hearts.
Love from your husband Sam and family.
P.S. Give George a hug for us.

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STEPHENSON 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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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-20 published
O'BRIEN, Eileen Marie (January 8, 1915-December 18, 2006)
Retired teacher with the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. Born in Goderich the eldest daughter of the late Dan and Maude O'BRIEN. Predeceased by her brothers Gerry and Joe and her sister Evelyn. Eileen is survived by her sister Alma STEPHENSON and her many nieces and nephews; Mike (Barb) O'BRIEN, Dan and (Shirley) O'BRIEN, Kathleen O'BRIEN and Gerry (Lorraine) O'BRIEN, Patricia (Sam) CINO, Robert STEPHENSON, Kathy (Bill) WESTBROOK, Brian (Carole) STEPHENSON, Maureen (Peter) FUSS, Bette (Ken) WRIGHT, Kevin (Debbie) O'BRIEN, Maureen (Mike) KENNY, several great-nieces and nephews and four great-great-nephews. Eileen began her teaching career in Oakville in 1935 and retired from Saint Mary's School in Goderich. She received provincial recognition for her volunteer work in literacy. She was an active member on the Goderich District Collegiate Institute all years reunion committee. Her family would like to thank the compassionate and caring staff at Huronview. Visitation will be held at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East St. Goderich on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Goderich on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Saint Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Donations to Saint Peter's Catholic Church or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-21 published
O'BRIEN, Eileen Marie (January 8, 1915-December 18, 2006)
Retired teacher with the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. Born in Goderich the eldest daughter of the late Dan and Maude O'BRIEN. Predeceased by her brothers Gerry and Joe and her sister Evelyn. Eileen is survived by her sister Alma STEPHENSON and her many nieces and nephews; Mike (Barb) O'BRIEN, Dan and (Shirley) O'BRIEN, Kathleen O'BRIEN, Tim (Beverly) O'BRIEN, Tom O'BRIEN, Pat (Robin) O'BRIEN, Sheila O'BRIEN and Gerry (Lorraine) O'BRIEN, Patricia (Sam) Cino, Robert STEPHENSON, Kathy (Bill) WESTBROOK, Brian (Carole) STEPHENSON, Maureen (Peter) FUSS, Bette (Ken) WRIGHT, Kevin (Debbie) O'BRIEN, Maureen (Mike) KENNY, several great-nieces and nephews and four great-great-nephews. Eileen began her teaching career in Oakville in 1935 and retired from Saint Mary's School in Goderich. She received provincial recognition for her volunteer work in literacy. She was an active member on the GDCI all years reunion committee. Her family would like to thank the compassionate and caring staff at Huronview. Visitation will be held at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East St. Goderich on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Goderich on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Saint Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Donations to Saint Peter's Catholic Church or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-10-03 published
STEPHENSON, Bill
June 7, 1925 October 5, 2004.
With loving thoughts and special memories of a husband and father like no other our treasure, Bill STEPHENSON.
A jar of salvaged nails and tacks
A half-used tin of carnauba wax
The scent of sawdust newly made
A cola, shared in the John Deeres shade.
A newspaper, read from front to back
And folded neatly in a stack
That twinkle in an offspring's eye
Hugs and kisses hello and goodbye.
With moments like these the whole day through
How could we help but think of you?
Your loving wife, Jeannie, and all your family

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-10-24 published
SMITH, Stephen
Of Langley, British Columbia (formerly of Poplar Hill, Ontario), passed away peacefully at Surrey Memorial Hospital, in his 53rd year, after a most courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Jeannie (Norma Jean) SMITH (née STEPHENSON.) Dear father of Aaron and Brittany, son of Esther and the late Vyrne SMITH. Brother of the late Paul SMITH. Stephen will also be sadly missed by mother-in-law Jean STEPHENSON; his many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. A memorial service was held at North Langley Community Church, on Sunday, October 22 at 4 p.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-10-11 published
McEACHERN, M. Elsie (née PATTERSON)
(October 26, 1913-October 6, 2006)
Passed away peacefully at Sunset Manor, Collingwood on Friday October 6, 2006 in her 93rd year. Wife of the late William H. McEACHERN (1989.) Loving mother of Ellen (Lloyd WHITLEY,) Jim, Marg (Dennis RAINBIRD) and Cathy (Al LAVERS.) Dear grandma of Lynda (Doug JEFFERY), Jennifer WHITLEY (Mark CAILES), Clare (Tom OSTER), Greg (Kathy) WHITLEY, Steven (Julie) WHITLEY, Brian (Judy) McEACHERN, Kimberley McEACHERN, Herb McEACHERN (Tammy ARDILA), the late Julie RAINBIRD- KENDRICK (Rob KENDRICK), Karen (James CUBITT), Neil (Jennifer) LAVERS, Craig LAVERS and great-grandmother of 15. Also survived by her brother Bill PATTERSON and brother-in-law Charlie STEPHENSON. Elsie will also be missed by Joan RAINBIRD- SHARP. Memorial Service was held at Centennial United Church, Stayner on Monday October 9, 2006 at 11 o'clock. Interment Creemore Union Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation, Centennial United Church, Sunset Manor Bus Fund or a charity of your choice. For more information or to sign the online guest book, log on to www.generations.on.ca. Arrangements under the direction of Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, Stayner (705-428-2637).
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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-15 published
MORRISON, Irene Dorothy (née JACOBSON)
With sadness, Jim, Kathy, Peggy, Bob and Susan, announce the peaceful passing of their mother, Irene D. MORRISON in her 91st year, on Monday, March 13th, 2006 at Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, Ontario. The daughter of Andrew and Katri JACOBSON, Irene grew up on the family farm along the Starline Road between Barons and Claresholm, Alberta. Irene was predeceased by her husband, James A. MORRISON, her grand_son, Gordon MORRISON, her brothers, Larry and Wesley JACOBSON, and her sisters-in-law, Frances and Edna JACOBSON. Family meant everything to Irene, and she will be mourned by her five children, her sons-and daughters-in-law, Gretchen ROEDDE, Ross TURNBULL, Scott COLBRAN, Deb MORRISON and John PALCIC, along with her grandchildren Anna, Kerry, Alec, R.J. and Andrew. Irene is also survived by her sister, Helen, and other relatives in Alberta, California, and Ontario. Irene attended the University of Alberta and was a social worker with the Montreal, Ottawa and Hamilton Children's Aid Societies as well as being a long term volunteer with Meals on Wheels and McMaster University Hospital Patients' Library. Irene and Jim, who was the first Director of the Institute of Materials Research at McMaster University, as well as the Director for Pure Chemistry at the National Research Council in Ottawa, believed that every visiting scientist and graduate student needed to experience Canadian holiday celebrations in their homes in Ottawa and Ancaster. Irene and Jim's hospitality was legendary with their five children being delegated the roles of waiters, dishwashers and bartenders. Their generosity has been remembered as reflected in the Christmas cards Irene continued to receive from scientists and their families now living all over the world. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, the family would appreciate any memorial donations be made to the: James A. and Irene D. Morrison Scholarship Fund c/o McMaster University Development Office, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8. This scholarship fund was established in 1987 and annual bursaries are awarded to aspiring scientists at McMaster University. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Carrington Place in Ancaster and Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, where Irene spent her last years, for their compassion, kindness, and care. As well, special thanks to Doctor Michael STEPHENSON, Irene's family doctor. A private family funeral will be held. Friends of the Morrison Family are invited to a celebration of Irene's life on Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, in the Great Hall at the University Club at McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, at 3: 00 p.m. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth and Brown.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-25 published
MORRISON, Irene Dorothy (née JACOBSON)
With sadness, Jim, Kathy, Peggy, Bob and Susan, announce the peaceful passing of their mother, Irene D. MORRISON in her 91st year, on Monday, March 13th, 2006 at Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, Ontario. The daughter of Andrew and Katri JACOBSON, Irene grew up on the family farm along the Starline Road between Barons and Claresholm, Alberta. Irene was predeceased by her husband, James A. MORRISON, her grand_son, Gordon MORRISON, her brothers, Larry and Wesley JACOBSON, and her sisters-in-law, Frances and Edna JACOBSON. Family meant everything to Irene, and she will be mourned by her five children, her sons-and daughters-in-law, Gretchen ROEDDE, Ross TURNBULL, Scott COLBRAN, Deb MORRISON and John PALCIC, along with her grandchildren Anna, Kerry, Alec, R.J. and Andrew. Irene is also survived by her sister, Helen, and other relatives in Alberta, California, and Ontario. Irene attended the University of Alberta and was a social worker with the Montreal, Ottawa and Hamilton Children's Aid Societies as well as being a long term volunteer with Meals on Wheels and McMaster University Hospital Patients' Library. Irene and Jim, who was the first Director of the Institute of Materials Research at McMaster University, as well as the Director for Pure Chemistry at the National Research Council in Ottawa, believed that every visiting scientist and graduate student needed to experience Canadian holiday celebrations in their homes in Ottawa and Ancaster. Irene and Jim's hospitality was legendary with their five children being delegated the roles of waiters, dishwashers and bartenders. Their generosity has been remembered as reflected in the Christmas cards Irene continued to receive from scientists and their families now living all over the world. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, the family would appreciate any memorial donations be made to the: James A. and Irene D. Morrison Scholarship Fund c/o McMaster University Development Office, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8. This scholarship fund was established in 1987 and annual bursaries are awarded to aspiring scientists at McMaster University. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Carrington Place in Ancaster and Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, where Irene spent her last years, for their compassion, kindness, and care. As well, special thanks to Doctor Michael STEPHENSON, Irene's family doctor. A private family funeral will be held. Friends of the MORRISON Family are invited to a celebration of Irene's life on Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, in the Great Hall at the University Club at McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, at 3: 00 p.m. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth and Brown. 905-648-3852.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-06 published
SEELY, L.M. Peggy (née STEPHENSON)
The death of L.M. Peggy SEELY occurred on April 7, 2006 in Fort Myers, Florida, after a series of ministrokes over the past 8 years. Peggy was born in Mount Pleasant, New Brunswick, August 12, 1914 daughter of the late James S. and Vesta P (FOWLER) STEPHENSON. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years Hugh E. SEELY and brothers, Fred, Howard and Bertram STEPHENSON and niece Linda (STEPHENSON) McISAAC. She is survived by brothers Stephen (Laura) of Hartland, New Brunswick, Harold (the late Audrey) and Eugene (Glenna) STEPHENSON of Mount Pleasant, New Brunswick. A loving and caring sister Faye STEPHENSON of Hamilton, Ontario and Fort Myers, brother-in-law Ken (Vivian) SEELY of Fredericton, New Brunswick as well as several nieces nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, great-grand nieces, and great-grand nephews. Peggy was educated in New Brunswick schools and moved to Montreal, Quebec in 1932 where she received her nursing education. After several years of hospital and Private Duty Nursing, she took an accounting course and worked at C.I.L. Ltd., in Montreal, until her marriage to Hugh in 1949. Her husband's company transferred them from Montreal, Quebec to Toronto, Ontario to Hamilton, Ontario, (Canadian H.Q.) to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (International H.Q.) before retiring in 1986 when they chose Fort Myers, Florida as their retirement home. Peggy was a member of the Womens Auxiliary of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra; the Engineers Wives Club, as well as other local organizations. Peggy was a talented artist. Her accomplishments including beautiful oil paintings, intricately etched aluminum serving trays, copper tooled pictures and lovely shell flowers. She was also a gourmet cook and excelled at entertaining their Friends and family. Gourmet meals at their best-'Perfection' her trademark!! Peggy has spent the past 4 summers (June thru Sept.) in New Brunswick visiting her brothers and their families and getting acquainted with the latest generation. A memorial service will be held in Mount Pleasant, New Brunswick at 2: 00 p.m. on June 4, 2006. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Arthritis Society, The Ontario Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-26 published
MORRISON, Hugh Whitney, B.A. (Alta,) B.A. (Hons) M.A. (Oxon)
Peacefully, in his 99th year, May 23, 2006, at the Aurora Retirement Centre, Aurora, Ontario. Hugh had an extraordinary and very full life. Born May 15, 1908 in Vegreville, Alberta, he earned his B.A. (Hons.) (language and literature) at the University of Alberta, Edmonton and was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1930. At his Oxford College, Merton, he read literature and political theory from 1930 to 1932, with post-graduate studies in 1933. After serving as a reporter at the Toronto Star and editor of the Star Weekly from 1934 to 1937, Hugh was appointed the first Director of Talks and Public Affairs at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, serving in Ottawa and Toronto from 1937 to 1943. Thereafter, he worked as Assistant to the President of a Central and South American airline out of New York until 1947. While in that position, he was recruited to assist 'Intrepid', Canada's spy master Sir William STEPHENSON, by reporting wartime activities of German agents in Central and South America. (In Hugh's library is a copy of A Man Called Intrepid by Stephenson dedicated 'To Hugh, my comrade in arms'.) From 1946 to 1948 he was a partner in a public relations firm in New York. Then he rejoined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in its 'Overseas ShortWave Broadcasting Service' in Montreal as its first Director for Latin America. He returned to Toronto in 1952 as the first Director of Public Relations for the United Way, serving until 1972. On retirement, he developed a diploma course in Public Relations at Humber College and taught there until 1983. Always a keen scholar of English literature, particularly Shakespeare, Hugh wrote Shakespeare, his Daughters and his Tempest, published in 1963. He also wrote Oxford Today and the Canadian Rhodes Scholarships, published in 1958. Hugh was the oldest surviving Canadian Rhodes Scholar. Unfortunately, his autobiography remains unfinished. While at Oxford Hugh played hockey for the Spengler (European) Cup-winning Oxford teams in 1931 and 1932. Recently, he was invited to Oxford for a reunion of Oxford hockey teams and presented with a replica of his playing jersey. Hugh outlived three wives (Florentine St. Clair SHERMAN, Patricia LeMoine FITZGERALD, daughter of the artist, and Marita LAFLÈCHE) and one companion, Mary-Lucile Getchell FRENCH, called 'Ceeley', with whom he was reunited after an interval of 62 years they had met while he was at Oxford and she was in Paris on her 'junior year abroad' from Smith College. Hugh is survived by his loving granddaughter Elizabeth St. Clair Morrison FIELD (Adam CHRISTIAN) of Buffalo, N.Y. daughter of his only child, Hugh., Peter St. Clair who died in 1998, and his nephew Hugh John BOLTON of Edmonton. Hugh's extensive library was donated in lots over many years to the University of Alberta and his Oxford College, with assistance from his long-time friend, book dealer David MASON of Toronto. His extensive Shakespearean studies collection was gratefully accepted in 2004 by doctoral candidates in the University of Toronto's English Department. His extensive memorabilia, including transcripts of wartime and other Canadian Broadcasting Corporation shows Hugh produced, has been gratefully accepted by Library and Archives Canada (finding aid No. 2283). For more on Hugh's career, his publications and honours received, see the entry in the 2006 Whose Who in Canada. A memorial service will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.), Toronto on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m., reception following there. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation in his name would be appreciated.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-02 published
MAHONEY, The Honourable John William
Passed away peacefully on September 30, 2006 at Chancellor Park, Saint_John's, Newfoundland, in his 80th year, surrounded by his family. Devoted and beloved husband of Carmel. Cherished and loving father of Karen (Bob McGRATH,) Erin (John STEPHENSON,) Lynn (Eric STEPHENSON), Tom (Melanie), Denis (Jacqueline) and John (Leslie Ann); much loved grandfather of Tom, Bob, Emily, Victoria, Alexandra, Nicole, Mark, Aaron, Adrienne, Kaelan, John Nicholas and Evan; brother of Jim. The family will be receiving Friends at Carnell's Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, Saint_John's, Newfoundland, on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 9: 30 a.m. from St. Pius X Parish, Smithville Crescent. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. To send a message of condolence or sign the memorial guest book please visit www.carnells.com.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-21 published
HONEY, Gladys May (née ROBBINS)
Passed away with family by her side on Monday, October 9, 2006 at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario. Wife of Peter HONEY. Mother of Geoffrey and his wife Brigitte EVERING, and Kal and his wife Kim Lee KHO. Loving Nana of Danica and Bryn EVERING. Sister to Ruth STEPHENSON. Predeceased by sister Dora HOLLAND and brothers Jim and Ted ROBBINS. Friends and family may call at the Grafton Town Hall on Saturday, October 28th between 2 and 4 p.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or to Médecins Sans Frontières at www.msf.org/ msfinternational/donations/

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-23 published
HUTTON, Mary Patricia " Pat" (née MAGILL)
(May 26, 1926 to October 21, 2006)
With great sadness we announce the passing away of Mary Patricia. Pat was the most caring wife and best friend to Edward since September 21, 1946. A stay at home loving, kind and generous mother and mother-in-law to Janet and Bruce NORMAN (Pickering, Ontario,) James and Shayne HUTTON (Toronto,) Susan GOWANS and Glen WILLIAMS (Toronto,) Stephen and Wendy HUTTON (Newmarket, Ontario,) Donna and Stephen YOUNG (Barrie, Ontario) and Deborah SUTTON (Toronto.) She was a well loved sister and sister-in-law to Arlene and James COCHRANE (Don Mills, Ontario), Gail and Pat GRIMES (Lindsay, Ontario), Judy and Ash MOHINDRA (Nepean, Ontario), Rev William and Miriam HUTTON (Winnipeg, Manitoba,) Mildred and Robert STEPHENSON (Brampton, Ontario) Ethel and late David HOLLINGSHEAD (Winnipeg, Manitoba). She enjoyed all the celebrations with her seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren along with her many nieces and nephews. Pat was an active member of St. Leonard's Church, on the altar guild and the Anglican Church Women. She volunteered on weekends taking the veterans to church at Sunnybrook hospital. She joined the Sunnybrook Volunteer Association in 1998 and has served on a number of positions. The family will receive Friends at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street, (5 blocks south of Lawrence) (416) 488-1101 on Monday, October 23, from 7-9 p.m.. and on Tuesday October 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. After cremation, a memorial service will be held at St. Leonard's Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Ave, (east of Yonge north of Lawrence) on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Leonard's Anglican Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-23 published
Gino EMPRY, Agent And Publicist (1925-2006)
Brassy Toronto impresario with a 1,000-name roster of show-biz clients was, deep down, a shy guy with a heart of gold, and a regular churchgoer
By Ron CSILLAG,
Special to The Globe and Mail; Globe and Mail archives, Page S8
Toronto -- He spent one night with Pearl Bailey while the singer talked about the sex life of a pomegranate until 3 a.m.
Marlene Dietrich gave him a wallet with blank cards inside after spying him fishing around in his pockets for something to scribble on. "You must always be chic," she cooed.
Tony Bennett once fixed him with a stare and asked menacingly, "What the hell is that supposed to mean? Are you making fun of me?"
Phyllis Diller once sent him $500 to help pay for a nose job. On the other hand, buxom Jane Russell took one look at that generous schnozz and pronounced it "big enough to fit my cleavage."
Welcome to Gino EMPRY's world.
Talent agent, impresario, boulevardier and flack-turned-friend to dozens -- no darling, make that hundreds -- of stars, Mr. EMPRY was a throwback to an era when Public Relations men such as Irving "Swifty" Lazar bent the ears of such make'em-or-break'em celebrity scribes as Walter Winchell and Hedda Hopper.
For over 40 years, Mr. EMPRY was a show-biz fixture in Toronto, booking the talent at the fabled Imperial Room in the Royal York Hotel, hyping his stable to pretty much anyone who listened, befriending cops, doormen, tough guys and starving artists. Dubbed the father of celebrity publicity in Canada, it's probably no exaggeration to say he rubbed shoulders with every famous name in, well, the Western Hemisphere.
His 1,000-name roster of clients included, at various times, Mr. Bennett, Peggy Lee, Deborah Kerr, Cher, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, Eartha Kitt, Peter O'Toole and, closer to home, Ronnie Hawkins, William Hutt, Karen Kain, Anne Murray and Roch Voisine. The only person he regretted not having worked with was Clark Gable. "But he's dead," Mr. EMPRY once observed. "Otherwise, I've met all the others."
His forte was the personal touch. "He and I hit it off quite well," recalled Ms. Murray. "He was always so flamboyant and we always had good laughs. He used to say to me, 'when are we gonna have dinner?' And, of course, we never had dinner. But every year he sent me a Christmas card -- every single year since 1971 -- and he handwrote on every one, 'when are we gonna have dinner?' "
It was a God-given gift, he told The Globe and Mail in a 1996 spread. "That's why stars trust me and why they have done things for me that they wouldn't do for other people."
Like the time he talked British singer Petula Clark into taking over a laryngitis-stricken Mr. Bennett's Toronto gig on one day's notice. Or when the Toronto police force "begged" Mr. EMPRY to get Hal Linden, then television's Captain Barney Miller, to appear at one of their bashes. "He said yes to me, and I guess that's partly why I have half the police force as my Friends," Mr. EMPRY recalled with satisfaction. "I just looove policemen."
And they loved him back. At his legendary parties, whether at the Royal York or at his knick-knack-filled, white-carpeted, shagadelic downtown pad, "half the Toronto police was there, and that's one reason he could park anywhere at any time, no questions asked," recalled Mary JOLLIFFE, who served as the Stratford Festival's first communications director. "He never paid a parking ticket -- ever," confirmed Helga STEPHENSON, a Toronto film promoter.
Mr. EMPRY was a character in a character's world. "People tell me, 'Gino, you don't walk into a room, you make an appearance.' " It was a trick he learned from Bernadette Peters. "She told me once, 'Gino, do you know how you get the best table in a restaurant? You walk to the front of the line and look imperious.' "
The look came naturally. The family name was EMPERATORE, from the Italian imperatore, meaning emperor or commander, or, to Mr. EMPRY, of the Caesars. "And my police Friends tell me I am like a Caesar, always ordering people around."
It was an unlikely trait for a pallid, elfin guy, barely 5 feet 6 inches (when not wearing his favourite two-inch heels), a Kim Jong-il-style bouffant 'do, silk ascot, and jewellery -- lots of it, as befitting someone with such distinguished roots. Around his neck was a multicoloured ammolite pendant -- a gift, he said, from Ella Fitzgerald. The heavy gold bracelet was from Tony Bennett, the Mickey Mouse watch from Kay Ballard, the diamond pinky ring from Glenda Jackson, and the goldfish charm from Lena Horne. A chunky signet ring flashed the family coat of arms: a star and a half-moon topped by a chivalric helmet, anchored by the banner, "Emperatore." This bit of heraldry also adorned Mr. EMPRY's gold-embossed business cards.
At his zenith, he managed Mr. Bennett worldwide for a dozen years, but not Robert Goulet, as has been reported. "Gino and I were Friends," said Mr. Goulet on the phone. "He did Public Relations for me in Canada. We loved him dearly." And then, he popped the most hotly debated question about Mr. EMPRY: " How old was he?" Told an estimate, Mr. Goulet seemed shocked. "Holy mackerel! He never looked it."
Like Jack Benny plus a decade, Mr. EMPRY was eternally 49. "I'm not vain," he insisted. "I just go to great lengths to look better than I am." He would say, with a straight face, that he was born in 1949, though biographical material says he graduated from the University of Toronto in 1961 at what would have been the precocious age of 12 (one unconvinced wag quipped that Mr. EMPRY "seems to have represented everyone from Sir Wilfrid Laurier to Ella Fitzgerald"). He was also coy about his credentials those close to him say he had been a bona fide chartered accountant.
One thing that might surprise people who couldn't see beyond the glitz -- Mr. EMPRY was, deep down, a shy guy with a heart of gold, and a regular churchgoer to boot.
"Everybody's talking about what a character he was and all the stars he dealt with, but nobody has said how helpful he was to a lot of unknowns... all the small companies starting out," said Sylvia SHAWN, who was Mr. EMPRY's partner for 20 years. "Whoever asked for help, got it."
And it was a long list: the Actors Fund of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, DareArts, Easter Seals, the Ontario Musical Arts Centre, juvenile diabetes, Israel Bonds and the Variety Club of Ontario, to name a few. In 1993, he received the city of Toronto's highest honour, the Award of Merit, and three years later, was guest of honour at a tribute from Famous People Players, the renowned black-light theatre company, one of his favourite causes.
Long-time Imperial Room maitre d' Louis JANNETTA, famous for refusing Bob Dylan entrance because the singer wasn't wearing a tie, recalled Mr. EMPRY's creation of "Gypsy nights" -- when the cover charge was dropped at the venue for young theatre unknowns.
"We allowed all the [local] theatres -- the Limelight, the Mousetrap, Second City -- to come for the late show on Thursdays of opening week without a cover charge." A lot of young artists came, John Candy among them, and to Mr. JANNETTA's consternation, their dress was not up to the room's formal standards. "I provided jackets for them," he noted. Mr. EMPRY "was a genius in his own right."
The eldest of nine children, Gino was the son of Arturo EMPERATORE, who came to Canada from a rural region outside Rome, and Lucy FLAMMINIO of Toronto, who was 15 when she gave birth to him. The couple ran a small grocery store and butcher shop, where the young Gino cut off the top of two of his fingers in a meat-slicing machine.
Mr. EMPRY remembered being "wretchedly poor. We had to count our pennies. In the Italian ghetto, there were gangsters and rough types. I used to get beat up because I liked school. I remember my mother telling me, 'There's more than one way to fight a battle. Use your tongue.' So I learned to use my mouth which is very useful in my business!"
He developed a love of the theatre while at Saint Mary of the Angels Separate School in Toronto. He acted with Catholic youth groups before joining an all-boys acting ensemble at Saint Michael's College. "I played Portia and Juliet because I was small."
He had an uneasy relationship with his parents and left home early. His father was distant at best. "My father was a wonderful man, but very shy, and never a father figure to me. So I kept looking for strong men to give me what I felt I needed -- authority. Being of Caesarean heritage… I'm both a gladiator and a slave. I'm a slave to my work and I'm a perfectionist. I insist on things being done right. There are no loose ends with me."
His first job was as a night auditor for a trucking company. Later, he worked as a systems analyst for a transportation firm, while appearing in some 50 amateur theatre productions, including what he'd refer to as his best performance -- in Teahouse of the August Moon. But he yearned for more, and plunked down $2,000 for a career consultant, who advised him to take two years to get a toehold in entertainment. Mr. EMPRY wrote hundreds of letters to radio producers, theatre owners -- anyone who might give him a break.
It happened in 1964, when the contacts he'd made at the Ontario Drama League led him to Ed MIRVISH of Honest Ed's discount store fame. Mr. MIRVISH needed a boost for his recently purchased Royal Alexander Theatre. To compete, it had to draw the big names away from the rival O'Keefe Centre, and Mr. EMPRY was hired. Emboldened, he formed his own booking and public-relations agency. "I started at the top," he said later. "You couldn't get any better than the Royal Alex at the time. I got $100 a week." Things only improved when the Irish Rovers signed him as their international publicist.
In 1970, he became entertainment director/Public Relations consultant for the 500-seat Imperial Room, then the country's top nightclub. In addition to A-list celebs, he booked female impersonators and Las-Vegas-style revues. Mr. Bennett, among the top acts, insisted on the same suite at the Royal York, one that faced east fronting the gilded Royal Bank Tower (the crooner's paintings adorned the walls of Mr. EMPRY's condo.) Count Basie was "the very essence of cool." Raquel Welch was "pretty, but not glamorous." Mr. EMPRY and dancer Cyd Charisse used "to sit for hours talking about everything under the sun… I never got tired of looking at those incredible legs."
The Imperial Room closed in 1989 and in 1991, Mr. EMPRY was abruptly dismissed from the MIRVISH account by Honest Ed's son, David.
He soldiered on with corporate shilling, including for Playboy magazine in Canada. Three years ago, he couldn't have bought juicier publicity than when he orchestrated a handshake and chit-chat between Aline Chrétien, prim wife of the then-prime-minister, and Tailor James, a well-endowed Toronto-born Playmate of the Month. Organizers of the charity event were miffed, but it got tongues wagging. The news media took note, but dismissed it as "a tempest in a D cup."
More recently, Mr. EMPRY farmed himself out, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, as "the Happiness Guru" ($100 for a one-hour session), inspired by sultry singer Peggy Lee, who referred to Mr. EMPRY in her autobiography by that 1960s tag. When he asked why, she replied: "Think about it, Gino. We are considered as stars in the entertainment industry but we are misused, abused, taken advantage of and left stranded in embarrassing situations that have nothing to do with what we really are all about.
"Along comes baby-faced Gino EMPRY, and he really cares. He understands our concerns, our worries and our needs. Even more important, he doesn't pander to the vanities we parade to our unsuspecting fans. He seems to know our weaknesses and treats them with love and respect. He really loves us!"
He really did. "He was very good to his clients, very loyal," Ms. JOLIFFE said. "He often worked around the clock for them."
Of course, there was his dark side. "To know Gino was, at one point, to have had a fight with him," said Ms. Stephenson. "He could be infuriating one moment and endearing the next."
A temper that fuelled more than a few thrown telephones got him into hot water in 1989 after an altercation with a woman in the lobby of the building that housed his million-dollar condo. The judge didn't buy his plea of self-defence, and he was fined $1,000. "I haven't used a lawyer since," he said, years later.
The appearance of Mr. EMPRY's memoirs was a foregone conclusion. He wanted to call them You Star, Me Gino, but the 2002 volume was titled I Belong to the Stars, a collection of piquant tales ranging from procuring hashish for Peter O'Toole, to getting Cher an Eaton's credit card, to fending off the advances of Xaviera (the Happy Hooker) Hollander.
Last year, he corralled support from musicians and performers in Toronto in an event to shine a light on increased gun violence in the city. This past summer, it was rumoured that he was working on a bash to celebrate the city's burgeoning Chinese population.
Mr. EMPRY never married, not even to his companion of 20 years, psychic Nikki PEZARO. He knew he occasionally rivalled the celebrity of some of his clients but "I'm a person in my own right, so why not?"
Gino EMPRY was born in Toronto on, it is believed, October 11, 1925, and died there on October 14, 2006, after suffering complications from a stroke that occurred in July. He was 81.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-21 published
ARMSTRONG, Robert Weldon (March 4, 1918-December 18, 2006)
Bob peacefully passed away at "The Meadows" in Ancaster after a long lingering illness. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Adelaide, son Robert, daughter-in-law, Antoinette, daughter Elizabeth and beloved grandchildren, Rebecca, Talia, Charlie and Brooke. Bob was born in Hamilton, had a long successful career with the Sun Life of Canada, and was an avid and active sports enthusiast, especially golf and tennis. He lived his life with huge spirit and great integrity, and will be forever remembered in the hearts of his family. A special thanks to Doctor STEPHENSON and the staff at "The Meadows", who gave him such good care during his long illness. A private family service has taken place. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home Ancaster Chapel 905-648-3852

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-16 published
NEWMAN, Hilda Mary
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, February 14, 2006, in her 100th year. Beloved wife of the late Clyde. Loving mother of Marjorie and her husband the late Jack GILBERT and the late Fred. Sadly missed by Fred's wife Frances, 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Beloved sister of the late Evelyn STEPHENSON. Fondly remembered by nephew Jack and his wife Claudette. Family will receive visitors in the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence) on Thursday, February 16, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel Friday at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-03 published
KNOWLTON, Anne (née MORROW)
(Former Secretary at Ionview Public School, Scarborough)
After a short stay in hospital, on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 86. Anne (nee MORROW,) beloved wife of Frank KNOWLTON of Port Perry. Loved mother of Frank Kenneth KNOWLTON of Port Perry. Loving grandmother of Christopher, Cassandra, Nicholas and Katherine. Dear aunt of Sharon EDWARDS, Marylyn REDDICK, Jim STEPHENSON and Bobby MORROW. The family of Anne KNOWLTON will receive Friends at the Wagg Funeral Home, "McDermott-Panabaker Chapel," 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171), on Sunday, March 5th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service to celebrate her life will be held in the Chapel on Monday, March 6th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Elaine SVEET officiating. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Diabetes Association. On-line condolences may be left at www.waggfuneralhome.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-15 published
MORRISON, Irene Dorothy (née JACOBSON)
With sadness, Jim, Kathy, Peggy, Bob and Susan, announce the peaceful passing of their mother, Irene D. MORRISON in her 91st year, on Monday, March 13th, 2006 at Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, Ontario. The daughter of Andrew and Katri JACOBSON, Irene grew up on the family farm along the Starline Road between Barons and Claresholm, Alberta. Irene was predeceased by her husband, James A. MORRISON, her grand_son, Gordon MORRISON, her brothers, Larry and Wesley JACOBSON, and her sisters-in-law, Frances and Edna JACOBSON. Family meant everything to Irene, and she will be mourned by her five children, her sons-and daughters-in-law, Gretchen ROEDDE, Ross TURNBULL, Scott COLBRAN, Deb MORRISON and John PALCIC, along with her grandchildren Anna, Kerry, Alec, R.J. and Andrew. Irene is also survived by her sister, Helen, and other relatives in Alberta, California, and Ontario. Irene attended the University of Alberta and was a social worker with the Montreal, Ottawa and Hamilton Children's Aid Societies as well as being a long term volunteer with Meals on Wheels and McMaster University Hospital Patient's Library. Irene and Jim, who was the first Director of the Institute of Materials Research at McMaster University, as well as the Director for Pure Chemistry at the National Research Council in Ottawa, believed that every visiting scientist and graduate student needed to experience Canadian holiday celebrations in their homes in Ottawa and Ancaster. Irene and Jim's hospitality was legendary with their five children being delegated the roles of waiters, dishwashers and bartenders. Their generosity has been remembered as reflected in the Christmas cards Irene continued to receive from scientists and their families now living all over the world. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, the family would appreciate any memorial donations be made to the: James A. and Irene D. Morrison Scholarship Fund c/o McMaster University Development Office, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8. This scholarship fund was established in 1987 and annual bursaries are awarded to aspiring scientists at McMaster University. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Carrington Place in Ancaster and Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, where Irene spent her last years, for their compassion, kindness, and care. As well, special thanks to Doctor Michael STEPHENSON, Irene's family doctor. A private family funeral will be held. Friends of the Morrison Family are invited to a celebration of Irene's life on Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, in the Great Hall at the University Club at McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, at 3: 00 p.m. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth and Brown, 905-648-3852.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-01 published
STEPHENSON, Donald Ross (May 13, 1928-March 26, 2006)
It is with great sadness that the family of Donald STEPHENSON announce his passing on March 26, 2006. Don slipped away quietly in his sleep at Sarnia General Hospital following a brief illness. He is now in a better place and we are sure that he is watching and patiently waiting for the 'happening', that he wanted us to have in memory of him and in celebration with him. Born in Toronto, May 13, 1928, Don lived his early years in North Toronto. Don married Betty Joan WILCE in 1952 and relocated to Richmond Hill where together with his wife and life partner they raised three boys. Don was always a loving, dedicated and supportive father. After 22 years, they relocated to Camlachie, near Sarnia, in 1975 and from there their love of boating took them in 1982 to a condominium in a marina development in Point Edward (a suburb of Sarnia) where he lived out this retirement years. Don began his working life as a professional photographer, and enjoyed his passion for this creative art long into his life. Realizing that photography might not 'pay the bills', Don soon moved into a career in marketing, advertising and ultimately, public relations, concluding his career with a 25 year tenure at Dow Chemical Canada. Don was transferred to Sarnia in 1975 to take up a position as Public Relations and Advertising Manager for Dow. During his years in Richmond Hill, together with Betty, Don was active in both federal and provincial politics serving in riding association executives, as president, campaign manager and as a fund raiser. While his political allegiances changed later in life, his work at that time was helpful in securing the election of Barney Danson, Federal Minister of National Defence and Donald Deacon, the Deputy Leader of the Provincial Liberal Party. In the years following his transfer to Sarnia he became Director of Public Relations and Communications, Director of Public Issues and a member of the Management Committee of Dow Chemical Canada, earning many national and international awards in the process. Don retired from Dow in 1988 at age 60. Left behind to mourn his loss and to remember and celebrate his life are Betty, his loving (and very patient) wife and partner of 54 years; sons (and occasional troublemakers) John (Barbara KEMENY) of Thunder Bay; Chris (Lynn FOSTER) of Richmond Hill; and Mark (Kerri-Lea DEMARSH) of Corunna, Ontario; grandchildren Laura and Andrew (John,) Bill FOSTER (Chris and Lynn) and Luke and Amber-Lea (Mark and Kerri;) Helen STEPHENSON (mother of Laura and Andrew;) his cousins, Doctor Betty STEPHENSON, Dr. Alan PENGELLY, Faye WEISS and Joan STEPHENSON, his 'in-laws' Howard and Ivy WILCE, Sandie WILCE and Howard HARVEY and his numerous nieces and nephews on the Wilce side of the family. Don was the only son of and predeceased by his father, Roscoe Cecil (1889-1962) and his mother Leta Louella (née (LAPP1890-1969.)) Don will also be fondly and humourously remembered by his large family of long time, close and loyal Friends, affectionately known as 'the gang'. Too numerous to mention here, they need only know that he is counting on them to make the 'happening' a memorable party. Don will also be remembered by his many Friends in the extended Stephenson and Legge families with whom he had connected in later years as he worked on the greatest of his many projects - The Stephenson and Legge Chronicles. As it was during his working career Don's retirement was enriched by his enjoyment of his many projects and activities - boating, gardening, travelling with Betty, making wine, woodworking, photography, and his genealogical work. Our lives are enriched by his legacy: the family history he wrote, his many wonderful photographs and the beautiful pieces of furniture he made. Most of all, we are enriched by having known him and by our memories of him. At Don's request, there will not be a funeral service and his ashes will be privately interred. A 'happening' in memory and celebration of Don's life will take place at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club on Saturday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial donations in Don's name may be made to Blue Water Health Intensive Care Unit, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 6S3.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-03 published
Tom HODGSON, 81: Passion for art, life
Abstract painter helped revitalize Canadian art
Kid from islands paddled a canoe like few others
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
People always talk about the parties. That's what they remember about Tom HODGSON's life. They happened wherever he lived or in whatever studio he worked -- be it the Pit, as it was called, at King and Church Sts., the house on Shaw Street, where he built a swimming pool in the kitchen, or the storefront on Queen St. W. opposite the mental hospital.
Cold cuts infamously served on the reclining body of a nude woman adorning the buffet table, body-painting women's bare breasts, art student orgies, rich and powerful art patrons swinging on the rope from his studio ceiling.
HODGSON's sons used to drop by to meet girls because there were always women around their dad -- if not the models he hired to pose nude for life drawing classes, then the dewy-eyed students he taught at the Ontario College of Art during the '70s, when mores were exploding in the name of creativity, the muse and the worship of the artist.
You can get away with it when you're also one of Canada's greatest painters, a founder of the audacious Painters Eleven -- the gang of abstract artists who broke the stranglehold of the Group of Seven and revolutionized the Canadian art world, at the same time as you're an Olympic athlete, marathoner, dirt-bike champ and master paddler winning dozens of national championships.
"Tom was a gifted person. Some people are just touched a certain way, but he was very easy about it, not full of himself," said Christopher CUTTS, HODGSON's art dealer.
In 1987, when CUTTS was an upstart on the art scene, a friend arranged a meeting with the artist known as a superb colourist, as well as for his style of action painting -- arm's-length hurling, scraping, pouring oil paints on horizontal canvases on a table surface held in place by an elaborate system of blocks and tackle.
"He had a natural way of dancing on the canvas. He could make it work," CUTTS said.
HODGSON's last solo show was at Cutts's gallery in 1992, the year the artist was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. This year, five days after HODGSON died from the disease -- at 81 on February 27 CUTTS opened a major group show of abstract painters. HODGSON's piece in the show was priced at $30,000.
HODGSON and his kid sister grew up in a 35-room house on Centre Island that their family rented out to tenants. Their father was an insurance broker, a convivial alcoholic who threw parties at their home, known throughout the island as the Hodgson House of Nonsense, according to Jane HODGSON.
"The kids all hung out at the clubhouse on the lagoon," she recalled. "All of us paddled."
But HODGSON was just that much more intense about the sport and much more skilled. When he was 12, it also was clear he was also a talented artist. He began the balancing act between art and athletics that he would maintain for decades.
He trained hard, dodging the ice in Toronto's harbour, winning more than 20 Canadian solo championships. With another islander, Art JOHNSON, and later Bill STEPHENSON, he finished eighth in the tandem at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and in ninth place four years later in Melbourne, Australia.
HODGSON married Wilma STEIN, an island girl, and they moved into a house on Centre Island on a lot that extended to the lagoon, where he built a north-facing studio on stilts.
When the property of Centre Island's residents was expropriated in the late '50s, HODGSON moved to the city, becoming very successful in advertising at the same time as he was making a name for himself in the art world with Painters Eleven.
But he walked away from advertising after assessing that he had enough money either to buy a sports car or support himself as an artist for two years. When his marriage ended in 1968, his wife had to get a job to support their four kids. "His life was more important than anybody else and that was hard," said daughter Lise SNAJDR. "He wasn't a good father, but he was a good person in many ways."
"He was not the kind of dad who hugged or kissed you or told you he loved you," said Tim BROADWAY, HODGSON's fifth child, born to Jeannie BROADWAY, an artist. They never married.
Painters Eleven officially disbanded in 1959. By the 1960s and early '70s, HODGSON was a famous artist, as well as a popular teacher at the Ontario College of Art. A nudist, he hosted many parties around the indoor pool at his Shaw St. home. He never had more than three beers, but others did.
"They were orgies," said Neil COCHRANE, an assistant art director at the Toronto Star who was studying at the college then. "That's what happens when you get naked art students, water and drink."
HODGSON met his second wife, Cathy GOOD, when she was his student. She was 19, he 46. He and GOOD moved to a horse farm near Hastings, Ontario, where he built a pond and paddled until 1996, when he went over a dam on the Trent River. By then, Alzheimer's had robbed him of the ability to talk in full sentences or complete a painting.
HODGSON then moved into a care facility and Good to an apartment in Warkworth. He could neither walk nor talk. GOOD, who was devoted to him, visited him three times a day, until her unexpected death last year of an embolism.
HODGSON was saluted by Friends and family at the Balmy Beach Club last month. At one point, one of his Friends shouted, "Here's to Tom," then took off all his clothes (except for his socks) and ran around the whole assembly, past HODGSON's trophies and his art, before sitting down and putting on his clothes.
"Dad would have loved it," SNAJDR said. "But I think he would have preferred it have been a beautiful young woman."

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