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CAYEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-08 published
MacCHARLES, Mae
The family of the late Mae MacCHARLES would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all the kindness and sympathy shown in our recent loss. Special thanks to the Forest Ontario Provincial Police (Constable Vicki CAYEN), Doctor Wayne JOHNSON, Gilpin Funeral Home, Rev. Kanji MARUI, the Arkona United Church Women and all those who sent flowers, made donations to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital and sent food to our homes. Your generosity and kindness was greatly appreciated. -- The MacCHARLES Family

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CAYGILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-21 published
CAYGILL, John Ranson
After a long illness, on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Marion (née RIX.) Loving father of Jillian (Rob) and loving grandpa of Matthew, John and Kathryn, all of Calgary, Alberta. Survived by his brother Geoff of England. Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Anglican, 8045 Islington Avenue, Woodbridge, 905-851-0718, on Monday, January 23 at 2 p.m.

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CAYLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-25 published
POWELL, Bill
It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Bill POWELL at Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock on Monday, January 23, 2006 in his 81st year. Bill was a son of the late G.D. (Del) POWELL and Charlotte (CAYLEY) POWELL. Predeceased by his sister Jacqueline (Jackie) GARDINER (1999.) Survived by his wife of 52 years Edna (PORTER) POWELL of Woodstock, son Rick of Spruce Grove, Alberta and four grandchildren. Also sister Margaret TREZISE of Woodstock and brothers George (wife Bertha) of Saint John's, Newfoundland, Laurie (wife Joan) of Woodstock and Charles (wife Dale) of Ottawa. Remembered by nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Bill joined the Oxford Rifles in Woodstock, then the Royal Rifles of Canada in Quebec, the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax, and the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg. In each case he was discharged for being under age. He went to sea with the Merchant Navy, serving on Canadian and American ships carrying supplies in war zones in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. He continued to serve on merchant vessels until 1950. On his return to Southwestern Ontario, Bill worked for Veterans Affairs Canada in London. Following his retirement he returned to his hometown in Woodstock. Bill has been a member of Branch 55 of the Royal Canadian Legion for more than 60 years. He was active in a number of organizations including the Naval Association, the Historical and Genealogical Societies, and the reunion committees for Chapel School and W.C.I. The family would like to thank the staff at Woodingford Lodge for their loving care and support. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (539-0004) Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery, London. No flowers please. At Bill's request, a fund has been established to purchase a medical lift for Woodingford Lodge. Those wishing to do so may contribute to the Bill Powell Lift Fund at Woodingford Lodge, or to a charity of their choice. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com A Legion Service under auspices Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55 Woodstock will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m. There was only one Bill and there will never be another.

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CAYLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Lorna E. (née CAYLEY)
At the Delhi Nursing Home on Monday October 9, 2006 Lorna E. LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH formerly of Norwich in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Ivan LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (1992.) Dear mother of Elinore and husband Bob VANPARYS of Otterville, Janet and husband Roy BANNON of Newmarket, John and wife Donna of Norwich, Scott and wife Margaret of Mt. Albert. She will be missed by her 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Thomas M. CAYLEY and Elinore (CARROLL) and brothers Harry CAYLEY, Thomas (Ghent) CAYLEY. Lorna was a member of the Otterville W.I., active with the Otterville U.C., U.C.W.. she was an Empire Loyalist, and member of the Sunshine Club. Friends will be received at THE Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, , 45 Main St. W. Norwich on Wednesday October 11 from 12-1: 00 p.m. Funeral service to follow at 1: 00 p.m. Interment at the Norwich Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind On-line condolences at www.arn-lockiefuneralhome.com. Arn-Lockie (519) 863-3020.

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CAYLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-16 published
David PARTRIDGE, Painter And Sculptor (1919-2006)
With a 'virtuosity of hammering,' his hard-edged, tactile and sculptural Naillies transformed nails and wood into art forms that are both evocative and spiritual, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
What came first, the nail or the hammer? That is the question people ponder about artist David PARTRIDGE. Although he began his artistic career as a painter and a printmaker, he is best known for his Naillies. To create them, he would begin with a piece of plywood, although he was known to use doors, beams and other surfaces, which he sometimes covered in buffed or abraded aluminum. Then he would hammer in nails of all sorts (aluminum, copper and steel) and lengths, beginning with the shortest to create a "relief sculpture." According to his fancy, he polished or trimmed the hammered nail heads, wrapped the Naillie in duct tape to give the surface more texture and lacquered or painted portions of the finished work.
The Naillies were quite spectacular, said artist Tony URQUHART, who was mentored by Mr. PARTRIDGE in the 1950s. Although a very different type of artist, Mr. URQUHART also creates sculptural collages or "boxes" out of wood, nails and many other things. "They were things that had never been done before and they were made at a very high level." And they also reflected many of the artistic and social concerns of the time.
Besides the visual, tactile and auditory sensations of the works, Mr. URQUHART was really impressed by "the virtuosity of his hammering." By that, he meant Mr. PARTRIDGE's workmanship in getting the nails in straight and figuring out how deep to hammer them. "I couldn't do that," he said. "If you X-rayed one of my boxes. I would be embarrassed because the nails go in at different angles and now I pre-drill them. But with the Naillies, one nail out of line and …"
Mr. PARTRIDGE was an intensely creative person who seemed to make art instinctively and organically rather than consciously and deliberately. His daughter, Kate, says his life was a series of creative cycles interspersed with down or resting phases until something dramatic happened in his life or his environment, and that would spark another creative synergy.
He is curiously not well known, said artist Ron BLOORE, who had known Mr. PARTRIDGE as an artist and a friend since the late 1950s. "That guy had a real collection of weird wild nails." The works, especially the later ones, sometimes got to be quasi-religious or spiritual, he said, because they explored "a visionary experience."
David Gerry PARTRIDGE was the youngest child of Albert Gerry and Edith (née HARPHAM) PARTRIDGE. His favourite toy as a child was a hammer, which he used to drag around with him and hit things although not always from a creative impulse. One of his grandfathers was a roofer, and the other was an undertaker, so that's where he may have inherited his affinity for hammering nails, his wife suggested this week. His other great love was flying, a passion that can be dated to seeing his first airplane in the 1920s on a family visit to Florida.
His father was a senior executive with Goodyear Tire, and so David, his mother and his older sisters, Elspeth and Emily, moved across the Atlantic in 1928 when Mr. PARTRIDGE was transferred to England. During the seven years that his father served as president of the British firm, David went to Mostyn House School in Cheshire, then Radley College in Oxfordshire. When they moved to Canada in 1935 so that Albert PARTRIDGE could head the Canadian operations of Goodyear, David was sent to Trinity College School in Port Hope.
That's where he met Edward CAYLEY, who always called him Birdy and considered him his closest friend for the next 76 years. "We were opposites. He was stubborn and impatient, but for some reason we got on," said Mr. CAYLEY, noting that his friend had a great sense of humour. "He was always restless, and that's where the creativity came in."
After Trinity College School, Mr. PARTRIDGE went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto, concentrating on English, history and geology, and graduated in 1941. He immediately enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he scored so highly on his training courses that he was made a flight instructor and spent the war, much to his chagrin, on this side of the Atlantic.
On June 14, 1943, he married Helen Rosemary ANNESLEY (always known as Tibs), who was serving as a Women's Royal Naval Service. The couple had known each other slightly at university until their final year, when his mother spotted Ms. ANNESLEY at a reception for visiting parents and told her son that he should "marry that girl."
The year after they had both graduated, they began seeing each other socially, and became even closer when both of them were posted to Ottawa, she with the Royal Canadian Navy and he with the air force. By then, his mother was dead and it was her mother who was issuing the directives that Mr. PARTRIDGE should "marry that girl."
After the war, the PARTRIDGEs moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, where he taught art first at Appleby College and then at Ridley College. Their two children -- Katharine (always called Kate), a psychologist, and John, a reporter at The Globe and Mail -- were born there in 1945 and 1947. This was the period in which he was finding himself as a water colourist and a printmaker.
He won a British Council scholarship to study at the Slade School at the University of London, so the whole family lived in Hampstead for the academic year 1950-51. Afterward, Mr. PARTRIDGE enthused about working with artists Tom Monnington and Edward Ardizzone, the "wonderful introduction into etching and engraving" he received from John Buckland-Wright, and the stimulation of being in contact with Graham Sutherland and John Piper, among other Slade professors.
After returning to Canada, he taught high school art at St. Catharines Collegiate and Vocational Institute, co-founded the St. Catharines Art Association and the St. Catharines Public Library Art Gallery (and was its first curator) and taught summer school at Queen's, the same place he had himself studied a decade earlier.
The PARTRIDGEs, who were both anglophiles, lived in Sussex with their children from 1956 to 1958 and for a longer stint beginning in 1960. All the while, he was showing in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad. In February and March of 1958, he was studying etching and engraving with William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris when he had a creative breakthrough.
"I was fascinated by the irregular surfaces of deep-etched copper and zinc plates, irrespective of their purpose in printing. They became low-relief sculptures, which seemed to my ex-pilot's eyes like aerial views of topography," is the way he described the process later. One Saturday, he was gallery-hopping and came across an exhibition by Hungarian sculptor Zoltan Kemeny that he described as "bas-reliefs using all manner of metal bits and pieces, welded into an even more exciting aerial vision than the etched plates had provided."
The eureka moment came in Ottawa (where the family was then living) the following winter when he came across a piece of plywood left over from a renovation. "Nails were at hand and a hammer! I descended to the basement and made my first nail sculpture." The Naillies, as Mr. PARTRIDGE called them, were born. Wood, the most basic building material, became a platform for work that undulated with rhythm, light and texture. Hard-edged, tactile and sculptural, Naillies transcended their utilitarian origins and transformed nails and wood into something evocative and spiritual. Naillies seemed too skinny a word for a new art form, so at a dinner party with Alan Jarvis of the National Gallery and his wife, Mrs. PARTRIDGE came up with the term "configurations."
He had his first solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and configurations at the Robertson Galleries in Ottawa in October of 1960, the same year he gave up full-time teaching and moved his family back to England. They stayed until 1974. Since then, Naillies have been acquired by the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Tate Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Gallery of New South Wales and many other institutions. He also won commissions, such as Metropolis, a huge mural for the new city hall in Toronto and the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial in Westminster Cathedral in London.
After returning from England, they settled in Toronto, spending summers at a cottage near Stony Lake, Ontario, that they bought from Mrs. PARTRIDGE's family. By 1980, Mr. PARTRIDGE, who had some spare cash after having sold a big Naillie, indulged his unquenchable love of flying by buying himself a do-it-yourself kit for an ultra-light plane. He partially constructed it at his studio on Queen Street and then hauled it up to the cottage, where he attached floats and set off across the lake, never having flown that kind of plane before.
He took some great photographs, said Mrs. PARTRIDGE, by tying a string around his big toe and attaching it to a camera "so he could fly with both hands, which he needed to do, and his big toe would pull on the thread and snap a photograph." Once again, he was interested in aerial views of the landscape, the same topographical impressions that he created in his Naillies.
About this time, Mr. PARTRIDGE reconnected with his old friend Ed CAYLEY, who had also been living abroad, by phoning to ask: "Do you still like movies?" The two men resumed a ritual weekly trip to the movies that had begun in their undergraduate days at the University of Toronto. After Mr. PARTRIDGE had a stroke a little more than three years ago that seriously hampered his mobility, Mr. CAYLEY brought lunch and a DVD to watch with his old friend at home.
David Gerry PARTRIDGE was born on October 5, 1919, in Akron, Ohio. He died of heart disease on December 11, 2006, after a stroke and a heart attack. He was 87. He is survived by his wife, Tibs, his daughter Kate, his son John and their spouses. There will be a public graveside service today at 10 a.m. at Saint_James-the-Less Cemetery in Toronto.

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