McGUFFEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-31 published
STUBBS, Doreen Elizabeth (née KELLY)
Peacefully, at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Sunday, October 29, 2006, Doreen Elizabeth STUBBS (née KELLY) of Tillsonburg age 86 years. Beloved wife of the late Percy STUBBS (1960.) Dear mother of David STUBBS of Tillsonburg. Dear grandmother of Kelly (Dean) HELSDON of Cleveland, Tennessesee, and Kim (Dion) YUNGBLUT of North York, Ontario. Cherished and forever loved great-grandmother of Jay, Karlie, Derek, Jared, Joshua, and Daniel HELSDON, and Zachary and Colin YUNGBLUT. Doreen was predeceased by her daughter Susan EPPLE (1997.) Dear sister of Audrey (Gale) McGUFFEY of San Diego, California; Marjorie (Bill) LITHGOW of St. George, Utah, and her brother-in-law Ian STUBBS of Waterloo. The family welcomes Friends, and family to a memorial service at Saint_John's Anglican Church on Friday November 3, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Richard JONES officiating. Cremation has taken place. Private family interment at Tillsonburg Cemetery. At the family's request, memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to Saint_John's Anglican Church, or to a charity of your choice. Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) entrusted with funeral arrangements. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-18 published
McGUFFIN, Arnold
In loving memory of a dear father, grandfather and brother, Arnold McGUFFIN, who passed away January 18, 2005.
A heart of gold stopped beating,
Hard working hands now rest.
God broke our hearts to prove,
He only takes the best.
God knows you had to leave us,
But you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day he took you home.
Loved and remembered forever by Nancy, Bud, Melanie, Chad and Harold.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-19 published
McGUFFIN, Arnold
In loving memory of a dear father, grandfather and brother, Arnold McGUFFIN, who passed away January 18, 2005. A heart of gold stopped beating, Hard working hands now rest. God broke our hearts to prove, He only takes the best. God knows you had to leave us, But you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, The day he took you home. Loved and remembered forever by Nancy, Bud, Melanie, Chad and Harold.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-09 published
HANES, Robert William
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2006 at Victoria Hospital in his 53rd year. Dear brother of Laurie HANES of Participation House. Predeceased by his much loved brother David (1995). Loving cousin of Wendy (Earl) McGUFFIN, Elizabeth (Doug) JAMES, Ronald (Helen) JOHNSON, Anthony (Gusta) JOHNSON, Deborah (Geoff) ANTHONY. Loved nephew of Maxine MAJOR and family in Nova Scotia. Rob will be sadly missed by very close Friends Gail BARCLAY, Fin ANTONE, Kevin CLONEY, Bev and Dave THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Friends of Bill W. A special thanks to the care and consideration of Dr. Martyn JUDSON and also the Critical Care Trauma Centre at Victoria Hospital, Bay 5 nurses and Dr.'s. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2006, at First Baptist Church, 568 Richmond Street, London. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to Participation House, 215 Optimist Park, London, Ontario, N6K 4M1 would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-24 published
HILL, Thursa Evy
Peacefully at University Hospital, London, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 21, 2006, Thursa Evy HILL of London, Ontario, formerly of Brighton, Ontario, passed away in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert Henry HILL (1991.) Dear mother of Robert John HILL of Edmonton, Alberta, Donna and husband Lorne McGUFFIN of London, Linda and husband David BLEUE of Toronto. Dear grandmother of Jim JACKSON and wife Cindy, Dineen SHANK and husband Howard, Melody HOMAN and husband Clare, Chris BLEUE, Scott BLEUE and wife Melanie, Merrylee McGUFFIN and husband Gord WESTMACOTT, Heather GRAHAM and husband Matt. She will be missed by Leonard JACKSON and wife Brenda. Sadly missed by her seven great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by daughter Sharron JACKSON. Cremation will take place at Woodland Cemetery and Crematorium in London. Friends will be received by the family one hour (1: 00-2:00 p.m.) prior to a Memorial Service which will be conducted at the Walas Funeral Home in Brighton, Ontario, on Thursday, March 30th, 2006, with the Rev. Michael STOL officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be in Stockdale Cemetery.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-13 published
THODY, Kelly Victor Maurice
A tragic canoeing accident in Vancouver, British Columbia claimed the life of Kelly Victor Maurice THODY in his 29th year. formerly of Vienna, Ontario. Beloved son of Cliff and Joanne THODY of Iona. Dear friend of Renuka KRISHNA of Vancouver, British Columbia. Dear brother of Tammy ENGELHARDT and her husband Chris of Saint Thomas, Michelle McCULLOUGH and her husband Garth of Onaway, Alberta, Les THODY of London, and stepbrother of Robert McGUFFIN and his wife Loretta of London and Michael McGUFFIN and his wife Rosanna of Saint Thomas, dear uncle to nephews Koleman WARRINER, Dylan McCULLOUGH and Christopher McGUFFIN. Loving grand_son of Dorthy THODY of Kamoka predeceased by his grandfather Alton THODY and stepbrother Richard McGUFFIN. Also loved by many aunt and uncles of Komoka and London area. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 2: 30 at Wesley Knots United Church, 91 Askin street London, Ontario with Reverend Thomas HISCOCK officiating. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations to the charty of your choice would be appreciated by the family. A. Milliard George Funeral Home (433-5184) entrusted with arrangements.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-18 published
McGUFFIN, Rick
In loving memory of Rick, a brother, friend and uncle, who passed away May 18th, 2002.
Our family circle has been broken,
A link gone from our chain
But though we're parted for awhile,
We know we'll meet again.
Always loved and missed every day, Bob, Loretta, Mike, Rose and Chris.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-19 published
McGUFFIN, Richard Thomas
In loving memory of my son Richard Thomas McGUFFIN (Rick) who passed away May 19, 2002.
Every day, in some small way,
Memories of you, come my way,
Though absent, you are always near,
Love and missed and always dear.
You will be in my heart always Rick. Love Mom

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-03 published
McGUFFIN, George Henry
In loving memory of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather George Henry McGUFFIN who passed away on November 3, 1996.
It only seems like yesterday you were in our lives
But it has been exactly 10 years today
Memories of you are never forgotten
We treasure all our very special times together.
We know you are still around us and will always be very near to our hearts
The memories of you are forever lasting.
Love always from your wife Bet, your daughter Laura and granddaughters Christina, Diana, Melissa, and Amanda and great-granddaughter Breanna. "Always in our hearts"

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-23 published
THODY / ROBSON
In memory of our family, this Christmas and always, thinking of you as Christmas time draws near and wishing you were here. In loving memory of our 2 sons Kelly THODY and Rick McGUFFIN, both our fathers Alton THODY and Les ROBSON, my mother Emma ROBSON and sisters Barbara BROWN and Doris SURETTE. - Love always Cliff and Joanne THODY.

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McGUFFIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-04 published
GETZ, Doreen (McGUFFIN)
Passed away, at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston, Ontario, on Thursday, March 2, 2006, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of the late Ralph August GETZ. Loved mother of Darlene and Jim RICHARDSON of Hillsdale, Shelly and Larry SHEARD of Wareham, Tracy and Vaughn BOSLEY of Alliston, and predeceased by her son Brent. Loved by her 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Shirley and Bill RUSSELL. Doreen will be fondly remembered by the GETZ families, her nieces, nephews and Friends. Resting at the W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street E., Alliston, on Sunday, March 5, 2006 from 11: 00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1: 00 p.m., followed by cremation. If so desired, memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-23 published
WILLIAMS, Clarence " Glen"
Of R.R.#7 Saint Thomas, on Friday, January 20, 2006, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 75th year. Dearly loved husband of Wilma (OLSEN) WILLIAMS and loved father of Cathy and her husband Bill MOYSE, of R.R.#1 Southwold, Roy and his wife Melody WILLIAMS of Embro, Carolyn and husband Carl JENSEN of R.R.#3 Shedden and Janice and her husband Rick FULLER of Tillsonburg. Much loved grandfather of Kendra, Kyle, Krista, Kandace, Sarah, Meghan, Emily, Lee, Nicole, Bryan, Scott, Katie, Kelly and Kurtis and great grandfather of Avery and Easton. Dear brother of Hazel WILLIAMS of Saint Thomas, Mary and her husband Dave McADAMS of Sarnia. Predeceased by 2 sisters Evelyn THOMAS and Laura NICHOLS and by 5 brothers Melvin, Morley, Alvin, John and Lorne and by a number of nieces and nephews. Glen was born in Southwold Township on March 18, 1931, the son of the late Warren and Sadie McGUGAN) WILLIAMS. He lived in this area all his life and was retired from the P.U.C. after 35 years of service. He was a member of Warren Masonic Lodge #120 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons Fingal, a member of Eastern Star, Golden Acres, Fingal, the McArthur Cemetery Board, the Elgin Pioneers and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Thursday afternoon and then to Central United Church where funeral service will be held at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in McArthur Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. An Eastern Star Service will be held at the Funeral Home Wednesday evening at 6: 30 p.m. by officers and members of Golden Acres Chapter of the Eastern Star. A Masonic Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 6: 45 p.m. by Officers and Members of Warren Lodge #120. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society for Lymphoma and Breast Cancer Research.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-26 published
McGUGAN, Irene (née LANGS)
A lifelong area resident, passed away at the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, Saint Thomas on Sunday, January 15, 2006, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Basil T. McGUGAN (1983.) Dearly loved mother of Brenda McCLURE and her husband Leonard of Heathrow, Florida, and Roger GRAVELLE and his wife Elizabeth of Saint Thomas. Cherished grandmother of Craig WILLIAMS of Florida, Cindy HOLLINGSHEAD and her husband Peter of Aylmer, Sheldon GRAVELLE and his wife Sharyn of Oakville, and Brent GRAVELLE and his wife Raven of Oklahoma. Also survived by a number of great grandchildren. A brother, Wilbert A. "Bill" LANGS died in 1990. Born in Yarmouth Centre, Ontario, October 4, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Wilbert "Bert" and Zeda (GLOIN) LANGS. Mrs. McGUGAN was a retired employee of Gorman Rupp Ltd., Saint Thomas and a former employee of Timken Canada. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will be made in the Saint Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue. A public memorial service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Saturday, January 28th at 1 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial donations to the charity of one's choice will be appreciated.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-01 published
SCHEEL, Dorothy Florence (KNOTT)
Of Wilson Avenue, Delhi passed away peacefully at the London H.S.C., Victoria Hospital on Sunday, February 26, 2006 in her 79th year. Dorothy was a loving partner and wife for 62 years. She was born in Dorchester and married at 17. In childhood, she is remembered as the one always on the go and 78 years later it was still challenging to keep up to her. Dorothy was a devoted and loving mother to Jan and Michael who learned the meaning of determination, fun and integrity. She was a very proud grandmother of Abby and Kate, and was always delighted by their visits. To Dorothy's many dear Friends, her sense of fun and humour, her loyalty, common sense and honesty were always appreciated. With her sharp mind, intelligence, keen sense of business and financial affairs, she and Mike were successful in all they endeavoured. Her love of life showed up on the dance floor, playing a vigorous game of cribbage or euchre, creating a beautiful flower garden, spending a weekend with her sister Audrey, celebrating special occasions with joy, reading a favourite new book, creating delicious meals, spending time alone or taking a drive to Port Dover for a foot long hot dog and some people watching. After retirement one of Dorothy and Mike's favourite things was to jump into the car and go for a drive. It didn't matter where or for how long. But you can be sure it would always be Dorothy in the driver's seat! Throughout her 78 years, Dorothy touched the lives and hearts of many. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. Former Dorothy Florence KNOTT. Beloved wife of Michael SCHEEL. Loving mother of Jan SCHEEL (Margie COGILL) and the Late Michael SCHEEL Jr. (1999) and his wife Jane SCHEEL. Cherished grandmother of Abby and Kate SCHEEL. Dearest sister of Audrey McGUGAN and Jean SMITH (Verne.) Also survived by her sisters-in-law Dorothy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Lee), Anne SCHEEL, Julie SCHEEL and by her brother-in-law Fred MERZ (Evelyn) and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters Velma ROBBINS (Hap) and Millie WEYMOUTH (George,) her brother Allan KNOTT (Ann) and by her brothers-in-law John McGUGAN, John SCHEEL, Fritz SCHEEL (Peg) and Andrew SCHEEL. Friends may call at the Murphy Funeral Home, Delhi for visitation on Wednesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, March 2nd at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Larry LABATT officiating. Interment in Delhi Cemetery. Donations to the Delhi Community Health Centre will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-03 published
CARTER, Ian Keith
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, Thursday, March 2, 2006, Ian Keith CARTER, C.A., C.M.C. of Sarnia and Grand Bend, in his 61st year. son of the late Marjorie Alice (McGUGAN) and John Henry CARTER of Saint Thomas. Husband of Barbara ROBERTSON (originally of Aylmer.) Father of John CARTER of Grand Bend, Matt CARTER of Windsor, Susan and her husband Dan BAUMAN/BOWMAN of Mississauga. Grandfather of Andy, Robbie and Shannon BAUMAN/BOWMAN. Brother of Mae and her husband John SCOTT of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by brother-in-law Lawrence ELVIDGE. Uncle of Sharon and her husband Jim GILES of Saint Thomas, Kevin ELVIDGE and his wife Lori of Dorchester, Kelvin ELVIDGE of Detroit. Brother-in-law of Stephen ROBERTSON and his wife Ann of Grand Bend. Uncle of Stephanie and her husband Brent HOLMES and Heather and her husband Ken HOARE all of London. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Friday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. where the funeral Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 11 a.m. with The Reverend Harry DISHER and Archdeacon Jack DOIDGE officiating, immediately followed by interment at Exeter Cemetery and reception at Grand Bend United Church. Keith asked that remembrances be made to the Grand Bend United Church or charity of your choice. Barbara, Susan and Dan, John and Matt wish to express appreciation and gratitude to relatives, Friends and caregivers for your many acts of kindness and sympathy during Keith's valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-08 published
McGUGAN- HARRIS, Beatrice
Of Caressant Care Nursing Home, Saint Thomas, on Monday, March 6, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth McGUGAN and Ernest HARRIS of Saint Thomas. Loved mother of Harley and his wife Pat McGUGAN of Saint Thomas, Carole ANDERSON of Hamilton and Mary McGUGAN of India. Dear sister of Edna LEMKO of Saint Thomas and Harold "Gus" and his wife Joan PORTER of Aylmer. Loved grandmother of Michelle McGUGAN and her partner Stan LUCIER, Mike McGUGAN, and Holly and Chad ANDERSON and great grandmother of Devon. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Beatrice was born in Haileybury on November 25, 1922. She worked at Singer Controls for a number of years and was a member of Central United Church and former member of the United Church Women Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Autism Research or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-15 published
O'HARA, Mary (née McGUGAN)
At Bluewater Health - C.E.E. Site, Petrolia, on Friday, April 14, 2006. Mary O'HARA (née McGUGAN,) 86 years, of Petrolia. Beloved wife of Dick O'HARA. Dear mother of Gary and Renee O'HARA of Chatham and Ross and Cathy O'HARA of Petrolia. Dear grandmother of Rick and Wendy, Lonnie and Michelle, Scott and Laura and Molly. Also survived buy five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her brother, Mac McGUGAN (1988.) Dear sister-in-law of Ruth McGUGAN of Thornbury. Visitors will be received on Sunday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where the funeral service will be held on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Judy CAMPBELL of St. Andrew's B.&E. United Church officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the St. Andrew's B.&E. United Church or the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-03 published
EBERHARD, Helen Pauline (née JANES) (12/26/13-05/01/06)
Family and Friends celebrate the life of Helen Pauline (JANES) EBERHARD who passed away peacefully at the Mount Hope Centre of Saint_Joseph's Health Care in London on May 1, 2006. In recognition of a life full of music, a concert dedicated to Helen by the "First St. Andrews Strings" under the direction of Bruce RICHARDSON will take place at 12: 30 on Sunday, May 28, 2006. Family will receive Friends before a Memorial Service conducted by Rev. Dr. David McKANE and Director of Music, Paul MERRITT at First St. Andrews United Church, 350 Queens Avenue, London at 2: 00 p.m. Interment has taken place at a family service conducted by Rev. Dr. Susan SHELSTAD at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. On line remembrances will be received at: eberhard@uwo.ca Helen was in her 93rd year, wife of the late, R.S. (Rudy) EBERHARD (1988.) Predeceased by parents, Rev. Joseph and Pauline JANES (MOWAT) of London and brother Doctor Joseph Mowat JANES of Rochester, Minnesota. Beloved mother of Doctor Rudolph Stuart Mowat EBERHARD and wife Jeannette) of London; John Janes EBERHARD, Q.C. and wife Fran) of London; Elizabeth Jane EBERHARD of Toronto; The Hon. Margaret (Peggy EBERHARD,) wife of Doctor Brian McGUGAN of Orilla. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews on the Eberhard and Janes' side of the family; and, sisters-in-law: Olive EBERHARD of London and Helen (JANES) HILL of Rochester, Minnesota. Helen was born in Kitchener on December 26, 1913. A trained music teacher, she taught Kindergarten at the McKeough School in Chatham. She joined First St. Andrews United Church in 1940 after her marriage to Rudy, a long time member of the church with his family: brother Ken and parents Mr. Charles and Beatrice EBERHARD (STEELE.) Helen joined the Choir and served for over 50 years in the Alto section. Many volunteer interests included teaching in the Mission Band and Sunday School. She enjoyed Friends in Delta Row (later, the United Church Women) and Bi-Focals. Her civic volunteering included the Parkwood Hospital Auxiliary, Inner Wheel (Rotary Club of London), Garden Club, Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire and London Council of Women. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made by cheque to "First St. Andrews United Church - Eberhard Memorial Music Fund" (350 Queens Avenue, London, N6B 1X6) and will be gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks goes to the staff of Mount Hope and caring companion of Helen, Gloria Sutherland.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-14 published
ELLIS, Andrew Borland (1915-2006)
Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 10, 2006 in Kingston, Ontario at the age of 90. Andy is predeceased by his beloved wife, Ena, who passed away on May 1, 2006. Andy's gentle and encouraging presence will be deeply missed by his loving daughters Valerie and husband Alfred FISHER of Kingston, Ontario, Marilyn and partner Patricia VANDERHEYDEN of London, Ontario and Debbie and husband Barry McGUGAN of St. Albert, Alberta. Andy is survived by his dear grandchildren: Benjamin and Laura FISHER, Michelle, Sarah, Hannah and Joel VANDERHEYDEN, and Bobby and Brent McGUGAN. He will be greatly missed by his brother James as well as many loving relatives and cherished Friends. Andy is also predeceased by his parents James and Catherine (CLARK,) and his brothers Sam, Al, Jim and sisters Jean (LEES) and Mary (TALLON.) Andy will be remembered for his wisdom, compassion, quiet wit, and his love for his wife and three daughters. Andy emigrated with his family from Hamilton, Scotland as a young boy and settled in Espanola, Ontario. He met and married Ena in Espanola, where they shared 64 wonderful years together. Andy's educational career began at Normal School in North Bay, Ontario. Later, he graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After only two years of teaching at Espanola Public School, Andy was appointed principal, a position he held for 40 years. Andy's deep commitment to education continued throughout his life. He retired at the age of 63, having spent 56 years of his life, both as a student and then as a member of the staff, in the same school building. It was a wonderful tribute that upon his retirement in 1978, the school was re-named the A.B. Ellis Public School. He was an inspiration to many students and teachers during his long and distinguished career. A memorial Service will be held for Andy and Ena ELLIS on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 11: 30 a.m. in the United Church of Espanola with Reverend Cory VERMEER- CUTHBERT officiating. Interment of ashes will be in the Espanola Cemetery. Family and Friends will be invited to a luncheon after the committal service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Andy may be made to the Rainbow District School Board, A.B. Ellis Memorial Fund, 128 Park Street Espanola, Ontario, P5E 1S7.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-10 published
MILES, Linda Diane
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Friday, September 8th, 2006, Linda Diane MILES (McGUGAN) of London. Dear mother of Randy COUSINS and his wife Karen and Miles McGUGAN all of London. Much loved Nanny of Justin, Nathan, Taylor, Paula and Jessica. Dear sister of Valerie PRIEST of Nova Scotia, Karen GAUDET of Montreal, Michelle DEANES of Hamilton, and Marilyn YOUELL of London. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Much loved "Mommy" of Meika. Best friend of Valerie JOHNSON. Predeceased by parents Iris and Reg and Charlie and Lee. At Linda's request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Linda are asked to consider the Rotary Club of London West Foundation or the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. Westview Funeral Chapel, (519-641-1793) entrusted with arrangements.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-18 published
SADLOWSKI, Veronica
Peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 Veronica entered into eternal life in her 101st year. Wife of the late Stanley SADLOWSKI (1971.) Loving and cherished mother of Lea McGUGAN and Linda SADLOWSKI. Predeceased by her sons Eugene (1989) and Gilbert (2004). Dear grandma of Michael, Karen, Joe, Kelly and Jimmy and 5 great-grandchildren. Precious grandma to Bryan. Predeceased by her grand_son Donnie (1988). A private Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilca on Friday, September 15, 2006. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. 'Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.'

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-28 published
RAWLINGS, Jean Elizabeth (née McGUGAN)
Of Saint Thomas, passed away at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, November 25, 2006, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of retired O.P.P. Staff Sergeant, late Fred…M. RAWLINGS (1991.) Dearly loved mother of Jane FISH and her husband Jim of Saint Thomas, and the late Paul F. RAWLINGS (1977.) Cherished grandmother of Susan BHATNAGAR and her husband Sanjay of Oakville, Steven FISH and David FISH, both of Toronto. Loving great-grandmother of Nikhil BHATNAGAR of Oakville. Dear sister of Gladys BROWN, Florence GANDER, both of Sarnia, and the late Donald McGUGAN. Dear sister-in-law of Nina STONEHOUSE of Petrolia, Bernice RAWLINGS of Collingwood, and Gert RAWLINGS of Burlington. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Jean enjoyed a particularly fine relationship with her daughter-in-law, Donne PETRYSHYN. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, September 18, 1920, Jean was the daughter of the late Hugh and Irene (YARD) McGUGAN. She was an active member of Saint Mark's United Church, Saint Thomas and the United Church Women Friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Thursday, November 30th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Private interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. Those wishing to make memorial donations could consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-03 published
ELLIS, Katharine Mary " Ena" (née MacARTNEY)
Passed away peacefully at her home in Sudbury, Ontario on Monday, May 1, 2006 in her 85th year. She will be greatly missed by her husband and best friend of 64 years Andrew (Andy) ELLIS and her 3 loving daughters, Valerie and husband Alfred FISHER of Kingston, Ontario, Marilyn and partner Patricia VANDERHEYDEN of London, Ontario and Debbie and husband Barry McGUGAN of St. Albert, Alberta. Joining them in mourning her passing are her wonderful grandchildren Benjamin and Laura FISHER, Michelle, Sarah, Hannah and Joe VANDERHEYDEN and Bobby and Brent McGUGAN. Ena will be missed by her dear sister Marjorie JOHNSTON of Gravenhurst, Ontario as well as many loving relative and cherished Friends. She is predeceased by her parents Reverend John and Margaret (McMULLAN) MacARTNEY, brothers John, Harold and Gordon and sister Jean. Ena met and married Andy in Espanola. Her life in Espanola was rich and full. She served on the Espanola Library Board, was involved with Espanola Little Theatre, the Welcome Wagon, United Church Womens' Auxiliary and the Horticultural Society. Ena loved to cook and entertain. She touched the hearts of many and will be remembered for her warmth, hospitality, thoughtfulness and kindness. Friends and family are welcome to express their condolences at a reception Wednesday, May 3rd from 2-4 p.m. at the Southwind Retirement Residence, 1645 Paris Street, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 6L5, 1-705-521-1443. Donations in memory of Ena may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements by Bourcier Funeral Home, Espanola 1-705-869-0550.

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McGUGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-14 published
ELLIS, Andrew Borland (1915-2006)
Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 10, 2006 in Kingston, Ontario at the age of 90. Andy is pre deceased by his beloved wife, Ena, who passed away on May 1, 2006. Andy's gentle and encouraging presence will be deeply missed by his loving daughters Valerie and husband Alfred FISHER of Kingston, Ontario, Marilyn and partner Patricia VANDERHEYDEN of London, Ontario and Debbie and husband Barry McGUGAN of St. Albert, Alberta. Andy is survived by his dear grandchildren: Benjamin and Laura FISHER, Michelle, Sarah, Hannah and Joel VANDERHEYDEN, and Bobby and Brent McGUGAN. He will be greatly missed by his brother James as well as many loving relatives and cherished Friends. Andy is also predeceased by his parents James and Catherine (CLARK,) and his brothers Sam, Al, Jim and sisters Jean (LEES) and Mary (TALLON.) Andy will be remembered for his wisdom, compassion, quiet wit, and his love for his wife and three daughters. Andy emigrated with his family from Hamilton, Scotland as a young boy and settled in Espanola, Ontario. He met and married Ena in Espanola, where they shared 64 wonderful years together. Andy's educational career began at Normal School in North Bay, Ontario. Later, he graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After only two years of teaching at Espanola Public School, Andy was appointed principal, a position he held for 40 years. Andy's deep commitment to education continued throughout his life. He retired at the age of 63, having spent 56 years of his life, both as a student and then as a member of the staff, in the same school building. It was a wonderful tribute that upon his retirement in 1978, the school was re-named the A.B. Ellis Public School. He was an inspiration to many students and teachers during his long and distinguished career. A memorial Service will be held for Andy and Ena ELLIS on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 11: 30 a.m. in the United Church of Espanola with Reverend Cory VERMEER- CUTHBERT officiating. Interment of ashes will be in the Espanola Cemetery. Family and Friends will be invited to a luncheon after the committal service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Andy may be made to the Rainbow District School Board, A.B. Ellis Memorial Fund, 128 Park Street Espanola, Ontario P5E 1S7.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-08 published
ROMAN, Carlo Alberto
Peacefully and surrounded by his family, at Meadowpark Nursing Home, London, on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, Carlo Alberto ROMAN, age 66, of London. Dear husband of Marilyn (McGUIGAN) of Chatham and the son of the late Anna (SPIZ) and Umberto ROMAN. Carlo was born in Cittanova, Italy and arrived in Halifax in June of 1957 with his family settling in Chatham. He worked at Navistar International for 33 years, retiring in 1999. He was a proud member of Lega Istriana of Southwestern Ontario. He will be sadly missed by: his 4 sons; Terry and his wife Tracy of London; Robbie and his wife Elizabeth of Blenheim; Marc of Brantford; and Christopher of London. His 3 grandchildren: Paige, Matthew and Ella. His brothers: Bruno and his wife Mariella of Niagara Falls, and Sergio ROMAN and Mary DELAEY of Chatham. His sister: Andreina and her husband Peter BERNARDI of Sarnia. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham from 7-9 p.m. Saturday December 9, and again on Sunday, December 10, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where Parish Prayers will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Special thanks to Carlo's dear friend Angela BENKO for all her compassion and support. The family also wishes to thank the nursing staff of the Kent/Lambton Unit at Meadowpark Nursing Home for their dedication and support. In lieu of flowers donations to The Cancer Society or the Palliative Care Unit at Meadowpark Nursing Home would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-12 published
McGUIGAN, Ileana
(Former Partner in Ernst and Young)
Suddenly at The Sunnybrook Hospital on Saturday June 10, 2006. Ileana beloved wife of Tom and loving mother of Andrea and Mark. Loving daughter of Gloria PETRI. Friends may call at The Jerrett Funeral Home 6191 Yonge Street, North York (2 lights south of Steeles) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 10: 30 a.m. at Saint_Joseph The Worker Church, 191 Wade Gate. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery.

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McGUIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-30 published
DEVITT, Helen
On Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge at the age of 56. Loving mother of Dawn DEVITT and Shane DEVITT (Christina.) Helen will be sadly missed by her sister Clarice ERIC (Michael,) brothers Marcel McGUIGAN (Ruth,) James McGUIGAN (Linda,) nieces, nephews, family, special friend and companion Don ANDERSON and Friends. Friends will be received at the Taylor Funeral Home "Newmarket Chapel", 524 Davis Dr., Newmarket, 905-898-2100, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 31, 2006 at Holy Martyrs of Japan Catholic Church (167 Essa Street, Bradford), at 11. o'clock. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. On-line condolences are available through www.taylorfuneralhomenewmarket.com

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McGUINESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-26 published
Henry Clifford HATCH, Liquor Distiller (1916-2006)
He followed in his father's footsteps and took a business built on supplying bootleggers and turned it into a roaring success called Hiram Walker
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7
Toronto -- Was Scottish whisky maker Tommy Dewar thinking of Henry Clifford HATCH when he said "success is merely a matter of buying your experience cheap and selling it at a profit"?
Cliff HATCH followed in his father's footsteps as head of Hiram Walker, Canada's second-largest liquor distiller (after Seagram), and made the liquor trade in this country as respectable as it could get. That wasn't always easy, given that the HATCH family rose to prominence in the heyday of bootlegging in the United States.
But through business practices that may now seem quaint, harkening to a time when a person's word was his bond, Mr. HATCH cemented an upstanding reputation through tough but always civil competition, anchored by his deep Roman Catholic faith.
Besides, he sure sold some fine hooch, namely, the ubiquitous Canadian Club rye whisky, Ballantine's Scotch, Kahlua and Tia Maria liqueurs, and Courvoisier cognac.
In many ways, Mr. HATCH's career paralleled that of the other great Canadian liquor barons, the BRONFMANs and their signature brand, Seagram. Mr. HATCH's father, Harry, was archrivals with the BRONFMAN patriarch, Sam, but only in business. Cliff HATCH, notes his son, chaired Mr. Sam's 80th birthday party in 1971.
Mr. HATCH also had kind things to say when the BRONFMAN family's Fairview Corp. entered into a 50-50 partnership with the Toronto-Dominion Bank to build the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower in downtown Toronto. At the time, he was serving on the bank's board.
Mr. HATCH was remembered as a gentleman both in and out of the boardroom. A favourite son of Windsor, Ontario, where Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. still fronts the Detroit River, he gave generously to a variety of charitable and civic causes. On his retirement, Hiram Walker employed 5,000 people worldwide, and annual profits were $250-million (U.S.).
"He was a wonderful fellow, an industry leader and a good friend," said Charles BRONFMAN. "My father and Harry HATCH had a great feud going for many years, but they built great businesses, so Cliff HATCH and I could afford to compete as Friends. I told him there's nothing I enjoyed more than switching somebody from Canadian Club to [Seagram's] V.O. and he laughed and said, 'There's nothing I enjoy more than the reverse.' Neither of us wanted to put the other out of business. We worked as competitors, and as very good Friends.
"But much more important to me, frankly, he was a fine human being."
The groundwork was laid by Mr. HATCH's father during Prohibition in the United States. His father had tended bar in some tough saloons in eastern Ontario and ran a liquor store in Whitby, Ontario Harry HATCH made his money, though, first by going into the mail-order booze business and then by coming to the attention of Montreal tobacco-and-liquor magnate Sir Mortimer Davis, who hired the young go-getter as sales manager at his Corby whisky plant. Within two years, production went from 500 gallons a month to 50,000 gallons.
Historian Bill Hunt, author of Booze, Boats and Billions, relates that, at about the same time, Sir Mortimer paid Mr. HATCH $1 for every case of whisky he could sell to American bootleggers. Mr. HATCH, his brother Herb, and future distiller Larry McGUINESS recruited a fleet of fisherman to ferry the liquid gold through the Thousand Islands in an operation that came to be known as "Hatch's Navy."
Harry HATCH prospered and, in 1923, he and some Toronto investors paid $1.5-million for the idle Gooderham and Worts, which had been the country's largest distiller. Three years later, the descendants of Hiram WALKER, a Detroit grain merchant and father of Canadian Club whisky who died in 1899, sold the family concern to the elder Mr. HATCH for $14-million. Mr. HATCH merged his companies into Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts, headquartered in Walkerville, Ontario, now part of Windsor, and was dubbed "the king of Canadian distillers."
By the time Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the elder Mr. HATCH had built the world's biggest distillery in Peoria, Illinois, capable of producing 50 million gallons of whisky a year. In 1937, he acquired Ballantine's Scotch Whisky, and just before the Second World War, built a huge distillery in Dumbarton, Scotland.
His son, meantime, had been sent to boarding school in Montreal to learn French. He was 8. After high school at Saint Michael's College School in Toronto, Mr. HATCH considered studying for the Catholic priesthood. But, at his father's urging, he became a travelling salesman, at 17, for the T.G. Bright wine company, which the senior Mr. HATCH bought in 1933. Four years later, his son moved to Windsor to begin his ascent at Hiram Walker.
In 1940, the younger Mr. HATCH personally received a British royal warrant from Lord Chamberlain at Buckingham Palace for Hiram Walker to purvey its goods in the Royal Court.
Also that year, Mr. HATCH enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy. He served in corvettes on convoys that escorted fighting ships across the treacherous North Atlantic. It was dangerous work: At the height of the U-boat campaign, as many as half of the ships were sunk.
Mr. HATCH served on three escorts. He was lieutenant commander on H.M.C.S. Napanee and captain on H.M.S.C. Drummondville and on H.M.C.S. Ville de Quebec. While leaving Halifax Harbour one day, a semaphore message signalled him that his wife, Joan, had given birth to a son two weeks earlier.
He saw the worst of war up close but kept a stoic silence, recalled H. Clifford HATCH Jr. Instead, "his stories about the war were funny. He never talked about death and horror and the number of men he saw die."
Harry HATCH died in 1946. Author Peter C. Newman relates in his book The Bronfman Dynasty that, a few weeks later, the HATCH family received a "sizable" offer for their controlling interest in Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts that was believed to have come from the BRONFMANs. It was turned down flat.
Cliff HATCH, meantime, built on his father's innovations. Brands, for example, had come to be an important aspect of whisky marketing and, following Prohibition and the Second World War, consumers restored their loyalties to Canadian Club and labels such as Imperial. In the area of merchandising, Hiram Walker was the first to gift-wrap its liquor.
Unlike the generation that succeeded him, Mr. HATCH never attended university, save for a six-week executive training course in New York in the 1950s. He was crowned company president and Chief Executive Officer in 1964, and among his first tasks was the acquisition of Courvoisier cognac.
He also engineered the purchase of the company's most profitable brand, Kahlua coffee liqueur. Company policy was to buy fewer labels and concentrate on marketing them.
Of course, tasting was important. Mr. HATCH would sample the goods personally, "always before lunch because that's when your taste buds are most active... about 11 o'clock in the morning," says his son, who also became president and Chief Executive Officer of Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts.
Mr. HATCH became company chairman in the late 1970s, and, in 1980, he initiated the merger between Hiram Walker Gooderham and Worts and Consumers' Gas Co. of Toronto to fend off a rival's bid for the liquor concern. A corporate shuffle in 1982 returned him as president and Chief Executive Officer following the $630-million (U.S.) acquisition of oil and gas properties in the United States from Davis Oil Co. of Denver. Hiram Walker stumbled badly when it was discovered that the properties held much less proved and probable oil reserves than originally thought.
Mr. HATCH announced his retirement in 1984. But, when the Reichmann family of Toronto launched a $3-billion hostile takeover bid in 1986 for the renamed Hiram Walker Resources Ltd., the company sold the liquor subsidiary to Allied-Lyons PLC, based in Britain. Mr. HATCH finally retired in 1987.
Today, Hiram Walker is owned by the French firm Pernod Ricard as a result of that company's acquisition last year of Allied Domecq, and the various brands have been parcelled out. Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. on Riverside Drive in Windsor still produces and bottles Canadian Club, sold in more than 150 countries, and several other labels, but it's all under contract to Kentucky-based Jim Beam. Its latest offering is pomegranate schnapps.
Mr. HATCH left several major legacies in Windsor, despite having moved back to Toronto in 1994 to be closer to his children and grandchildren: He was founding chair of the Greater Windsor Community Foundation, which has supported the Basilian Fathers and the Art Gallery of Windsor. The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation has donated substantial sums to women's legal aid, Scouts Canada, and L'Arche Canada. And the Joan and Clifford Hatch Wildflower Garden commemorates the couple's contributions to the city's riverfront and parks system.
In a particularly long struggle -- from 1938 to about 1980 -- Mr. HATCH was involved in efforts to remove rail lines from Windsor's waterfront.
Like his own father, Mr. HATCH was a taciturn man who shunned the limelight. He made no public statements on the demise of the company his father founded. He never missed Sunday mass. "My father was very old-fashioned," said H. Clifford HATCH Jr. "He believed that good business was good for both sides. He believed his word was his bond. He always believed in never doing anything in the short term that would hurt the business in the longer term. And he believed that people made a big difference."
Henry Clifford HATCH was born in Toronto on April 30, 1916, and died there on September 23, 2006, of cancer. He was 90. His wife, Joan, died in 2004. He leaves four children -- Cliff, Gail, Mary and Rick -- nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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McGUINESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-17 published
Elinor MELVILLE, 65: Friends were family
'She really gathered us in,' buddy says
Elinor MELVILLE, 65, brilliant scholar
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
She died as she lived, surrounded by Friends. Elinor MELVILLE never married ("Just lucky, I guess" she'd say if questioned), and when she died at 65 of cancer -- in the early hours of March 10 in the palliative care unit at Toronto Grace Hospital -- she had no known relatives.
Instead, she had Friends from two hemispheres, both of her careers and both of the countries where she chose to live during the past two decades.
Fierce Friends, loyal Friends, who wouldn't let her die alone, and who now feel doubly bereft because they lost someone who had become family.
"Elinor has had an incredible ability to create family; always a family of her own choosing," said Joan Harkness, a friend who uses MELVILLE and her circle of Friends as an example of one type of family when she teaches sociology at the University of Victoria.
"She had this talent; she really gathered us in," said Morris Thompson, an American journalist who rented and is now buying MELVILLE's beloved adobe home in Mexico. "Unlike the rest of us, she did not have to consider whether she liked Aunt Sally or cousin Mary when choosing the people in her life. She gave me the greatest compliment when she once told me I was like a really irritating younger brother."
An associate history professor at York University, MELVILLE was a brilliant scholar who wrote A Plague of Sheep, a pioneering work of environmental history in which she said that it was the introduction of European plants and animals in the 16th century that turned the Valley of Mezquital, an important valley north of Mexico City, into a desert in less than a century.
"She had a way in her academic life and in her personal life that she could make us look at things differently," said Thompson.
Elinor Gordon Ker MELVILLE was born in Papua New Guinea. Her father was a supervisor of British mines there; she and her mother caught the last flight out of the country before the Japanese invaded in World War 2 and went to stay with her father's only relatives, two spinster sisters living in Australia. When her father died four years later, her mother, tired of living under the matriarchal rule, moved them to New Zealand, where they lived on a sheep ranch. Mother worked as the district nurse and daughter learned how to ride horses and shoot.
Solitary and sickly -- MELVILLE told Friends she should have died about six times as a child -- she grew into a tall, mouthy adolescent who was tossed from three schools. Encouraged to be independent by her mother, who used to take her obstreperous daughter on her own dates as a romantic deterrent as much as a chaperone, she sailed for Newfoundland soon after getting a degree in physiotherapy in Sydney, Australia.
She later went back to school, receiving her B.A. from U of T's Scarborough campus in 1972, her M.A. and then her Ph. D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research had led her to Mexico 25 years ago, a country that charmed her. She told Friends she felt as if she had come home, that here was a country that fit her.
Using her small inheritance from her mother, she bought a lot in Tlayacapan, Morelos, in the hills about 95 kilometres south of Mexico City. She designed her adobe home and the subsequent guesthouse, where she always stayed whenever she had visitors. She took under her wing the family of her gardener, Augustine, paying for his children's education, and had a longstanding affair with a local man she called "the love of her life" -- but never stayed there longer than 10 or 12 weeks.
She always returned to Toronto, where she had her work and usually another house to renovate and decorate in rich, warm colours. She bought and sold five houses in 15 years. Her Friends remember rooms painted in bright blue and one in the colours of red, yellow and orange that looked as if it was on fire -- and recall one dinner party at which her guests had to crawl out a window to access the table set up on the deck.
MELVILLE was 6 feet, a dramatic, dashing woman with a penchant for hats and Eileen Fisher designs, who would moan with pleasure when eating a good steak and who never walked but strode.
"The world didn't move fast enough for her," said Ruth McGUINNESS, who admitted she found MELVILLE "daunting" the first time they met.
It was 2000 and the two were in Buffalo, undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Four of them became Friends (only two survived). They'd meet at 4 p.m. so MELVILLE could watch Tom Selleck reruns they made a pact that none would join a support group. "We decided we would have none of those people crying in their soup," said McGuinness.
But in 2002, MELVILLE was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. "She raged against the cancer; she didn't just fight it," said McGuinness.
She continued to teach three classes at York until the fall of 2004. Her Friends remember her lecturing a grad student as she was being wheeled down a hospital hallway on a stretcher. Last July she officially went on sabbatical.
Often she stayed with McGUINNESS and her husband, Rory, after a hospital stint, until she was strong enough to return to her own home. But after last Christmas, she was noticeably weaker and stayed with her friend Agueda SHUBERT, the wife of a York colleague.
SHUBERT was one of the dozen Friends who met in February to form MELVILLE's care team. They didn't all know one another, although they knew of each other. "She talked about her Friends to us all," said Mireya Cunningham. "She was always saying wonderful things about us to others."
There was no set schedule in place -- MELVILLE was still too independent to want that -- but there was a new intimacy with her. She let friend Mireya Cunningham, who describes herself as a "touchy" person, hold her hand. "There is a great degree of intimacy involved in being with someone who is ill. It's a world of little losses," said Ruth McGUINNESS.
As well as gains. "She taught me to cherish my Friends," said Jean LEVY, the department assistant at York.
On Thursday, March 9, McGUINESS sent out an email -- in English and Spanish -- and her Friends came flooding to the hospital. Her York colleague Jeannette NEESON read her a poem from a 1940s anthology; Thompson read Shakespearean sonnets. Tea was served and the conversation flowed all around MELVILLE, as she lay dying.
Her Friends held a memorial service for her in Toronto the following Tuesday at 7 p.m. It was 4 p.m. in Victoria, British Columbia where Joan Harkness was teaching her Sociology 100 class about Elinor MELVILLE.
"I put her death notice up on the overhead projector and talked about her," she said. "I wanted to be part of a community of people thinking of Elinor at the same time."
She told her students that this is the kind of impact one life can have, that this is what they can do. They can create a family they can create their own life; their life can be an act of creation just like hers.

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