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DOI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-10 published
Dollmaker, renaissance artist
Known for brilliant Japanese Mataro dolls
Accomplished calligrapher, kimono designer
By Tim LAI, Staff Reporter
The death of a renowned self-taught dollmaker has created a large hole in Toronto's Japanese artistic community.
Miyoko OGURA was well known in the Japanese community for her artistic brilliance in the creation of Mataro dolls -- figures based on the daily life and folk tales of the Heian dynasty (784-1191), a period noted for its peace and cultural blossoming. She died September 29 at the age of 74.
Born in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima, OGURA was the only certified Mataro teacher in Toronto. Instructors must send in dolls for examination in order to be licensed by the Mataro Doll Craft Academy in Tokyo.
Other teachers outside Japan operate in New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Paris and Hong Kong.
Mataro dolls are a type of Kimekomi Ningyou -- wooden dolls dressed in kimonos and other Japanese garb.
They preserve the tradition of hand-carved wooden dolls developed on the riverbanks of Kyoto more than 250 years ago.
The founder of the academy, Mataro KANABAYASHI, discovered a new way to manufacture these types of dolls by mixing Paulownia sawdust with glue.
OGURA was a special teacher who was able to see all the careful details on a doll, according to a long-time student.
"There's always a point on a doll that's very difficult and that's where she would come in and help you," said Carol DOI, 62, a 17-year student of OGURA. "It takes you back into the past of Japan."
Even with her years of experience, DOI said she wouldn't be able to teach future students the way OGURA did.
Hiroko PIGGOTT, 51, a newer student, said OGURA was patient and affectionate, but challenging.
PIGGOTT joined her classes a year ago, after she saw the Mataro dolls and wanted to buy some for her children.
OGURA told PIGGOTT it would be more meaningful if she took the time to learn and make the dolls herself.
Dolls, which must be bought in kits from Japan that cost up to $1,000, can take nearly 50 hours to complete.
"She did meticulous work," PIGGOTT said.
OGURA, who immigrated to Toronto in 1959, had been teaching the Mataro art form for more than 30 years.
For the past 23 years, she'd been living alone -- she had no children -- following the death of her husband, Hisao OGURA, but her love for people brought her to many community events.
She was a helpful volunteer at the Seicho-No-Le Church, especially when it came to preparing food.
Often during classes and events at the church, OGURA would tantalize the taste buds of others with her sweet Japanese delicacies.
Red bean cakes were the favourite of 80-year-old Kay YAMAMOTO, a long-time friend and fellow practitioner at the church.
YAMAMOTO said her friend was a renaissance woman when it came to revealing Japanese art.
In addition to creating Mataro dolls, OGURA practised Odori -- traditional Japanese dancing -- was an accomplished calligrapher and designed elegant kimonos from scratch.
"She's one of these people that doesn't walk up stairs, she runs," said DOI.
In her 70s, OGURA still went to her Tai-Chi classes nearly every morning.
OGURA had hundreds of dolls in her home, many of them stored in boxes, and DOI doesn't know what will happen to the collection.
In 2004, OGURA donated sets of court and Samurai dolls to the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Scarborough.
She also provided a set to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre after a big showing of her dolls at the centre in September.
"Her displays were always special because they were shows you don't see much," said Jim URA, cultural programs co-ordinator for the cultural centre.
"She wasn't there to become famous. She just enjoyed the fact that people came and looked," added DOI.
OGURA was set to travel back to Japan at the end of the month to help celebrate her mother's 100th birthday.
A memorial service will be held today at the Seicho-No-Le Church at 622 Victoria Park Ave. at 3 p.m.

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DOIDGE 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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DOIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-20 published
DOIDGE, Oliver Russell
Passed away peacefully at Seniors Health Centre of North York General Hospital, on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in his 100th year. Was a former resident at Garden Court Apartments, Leaside, for 65 years. Russ will be remembered by niece Doris O'CONNOR (nee OAKLEY), niece Elizabeth IMRIE (née DOIDGE), Rita OAKLEY, wife of deceased nephew Jack OAKLEY, nephew George OAKLEY and wife Mary, nephew Ernie DOIGE and family, nephew Bruce DOIDGE and his wife Anne and a number of great nephews, nieces and good neighbour, Sandy BROWNE. The family thank the staff at the Seniors Centre for the fine care given to Russ. Following cremation, a private celebration of his life will be held with family at a later date.

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DOIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
DOIDGE, Oliver Russell
Passed away peacefully, at Seniors Health Centre of North York General Hospital, on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in his 100th year. Was a former resident at Garden Court Apartments, Leaside, for 65 years. Russ will be remembered by niece Doris O'CONNOR (nee OAKLEY,) niece Elizabeth IMRIE (née DOIDGE,) nephew Bruce DOIDGE and his wife Anne, and a number of great-nephews, nieces and good neighbour, Sandy BROWNE. The family thank the staff at the Seniors Centre for the fine care given to Russ. Following cremation, a private celebration of his life will be held with family at a later date.

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DOIG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-13 published
MALCOLM, Eva Emily (DUNCAN)
Peacefully with her daughter by her side, on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Middlesex Terrace Nursing Home. Mrs. Eva Emily (DUNCAN) MALCOLM of London in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Mr. Robert "Bob" MALCOLM. Loving mother of Gail PALLETT and her husband Edward of London. Much loved grandmother to David and his wife Kimberley and Mark and his wife Daniella. Dear great-grandmother of Elaine, Sarah, Mattaya and Kayla. Dear sister of Margaret DOIG of Listowel. Also survived my many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Wednesday, March 15th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment Memorial Gardens, Woodstock. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Eva are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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DOIG o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-21 published
ABRAHAM, Audrey Isabelle (née DOIG)
(March 4, 1921-March 18, 2006)
Beloved wife, friend and companion of 64 years to Douglas Albert ABRAHAM. Survived by son David Ross ABRAHAM and wife Francine (MARTEL) and grand_son's Andrew Scott ABRAHAM and Mark Douglas ABRAHAM, all of Ottawa and sister Eileen MOSS of Peterborough. Predeceased by parents Herbert Francis DOIG and Charlotte Edith (HANSON) and brother Harold Francis DOIG. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 23, 11: 00 a.m. at the Highland Park Visitation/Reception Centre, (2510 Bensfort Road, at River Road South, 745-6984). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Research Group.

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DOIGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-20 published
DOIDGE, Oliver Russell
Passed away peacefully at Seniors Health Centre of North York General Hospital, on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in his 100th year. Was a former resident at Garden Court Apartments, Leaside, for 65 years. Russ will be remembered by niece Doris O'CONNOR (nee OAKLEY), niece Elizabeth IMRIE (née DOIDGE), Rita OAKLEY, wife of deceased nephew Jack OAKLEY, nephew George OAKLEY and wife Mary, nephew Ernie DOIGE and family, nephew Bruce DOIDGE and his wife Anne and a number of great nephews, nieces and good neighbour, Sandy BROWNE. The family thank the staff at the Seniors Centre for the fine care given to Russ. Following cremation, a private celebration of his life will be held with family at a later date.

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DOIGNY o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-04-01 published
BURGOYNE, Catherine Simone
27 years old, of Sudbury, Ontario, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2006. Catherine was the beloved wife of Paul SALMENMAKI, daughter of Richard and Monique BURGOYNE of Nanaimo, British Columbia, sister of Lyanne of Victoria, British Columbia, granddaughter of Gerald BURGOYNE and Jean DOIGNY, daughter-in-law of Jussi and Irene SALMENMAKI, and sister-in-law of Erik SALMENMAKI. Catherine will be fondly remembered by many relatives and Friends in Belgium and Ontario where she grew up. Cathie was a graduate of Trent University in Peterborough. A Celebration of Cathie's Life will be held at the R.J. Barnard Chapel, Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury on Monday, April 3, 2006 at 4 p.m. Cremation at the Parklawn Crematorium. Donations to N.C.R.F. Look Good Feel Better Program or S.R.H.F. Palliative Care would be appreciated. Friends may gather after 2 p.m. Monday.

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DOIRON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-28 published
DOIRON, Diana
Surrounded by her family at Parkwood Hospital on Monday November 27, 2006 Diana DOIRON in her 60th year. Beloved wife of Joseph DOIRON. Loving mother of Lisa DOIRON, Susan JOHNSON and her husband Kelly, Brian DOIRON and his wife Esther, Mark DOIRON, Kevin DOIRON and his wife Sheri. Proud grandmother of Tyrone, Mykaylah, Andrew, Matthew, Damian, Vincent, Chloe, Charlotte and Cheyenne. Dear sister of Jeanette, Arthur, Aurele and Valerie. Cherished friend of Shirley (Sis). There will be no funeral home visitation. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint_John the Divine Church, 390 Baseline Road West, on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Cremation with interment in St. Columba Cemetery, Parkhill. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre c/o London Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated.

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DOIRON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-07 published
PHILPOTT, Diana E., S.C.A., O.S.A.
Died peacefully at Toronto Grace Hospital on June 2, 2006, in her 70th year. Beloved wife of 44 years of Stuart B. PHILPOTT, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Toronto. Mother of James and mother-in-law of Cynthia PHILPOTT of Vancouver, and adored "Nana" to their children, Isabelle and Georgina. Mother of Charles PHILPOTT, currently of Belgrade, Serbia. Diana will be deeply missed by her siblings, David, Joan and Penny DYER and cousin Tom DYER of Vancouver as well as her in-laws, Betty and George DOIRON and Martha ARMOUR, also of Vancouver and her nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews in British Columbia. She will also be mourned by "Aunt Dorothy" PHILPOTT, 95, and other members of the PHILPOTT clan in Ontario. Born in Vancouver on June 13, 1936, Diana began her art education there and worked professionally at the Vancouver Sun. With her husband and their young family, she lived for a year in Montserrat, West Indies, and two years in London, England, before coming to Toronto in 1966. Since that time she became an avid and successful participant in the local art community, exhibiting and winning awards in numerous shows over the years, being elected to the Society of Canadian Artists and the Ontario Society of Artists and membership in the Guild of Portrait Painters with Albert Chiarandini, the Humber Valley Art Club, the Etobicoke Art Club, the Central Ontario Art Association and the Pastel Artists of Ontario. Much of her most productive work was done at the Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke. Diana was also an ardent nordic skier, completing the Canadian Ski Marathon twice as well as many other similar events; a keen badminton player and in-line skater, the latter a sport which she took up in her 60s despite having lost the use of her right arm to cancer. A celebration of Diana's life will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Royal York United Church, 851 Royal York Road, in the Queensway Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative care unit of the Toronto Grace Hospital, the Credit Valley Hospital Oncology Centre, the Neilson Park Creative Centre, or a charity of your choice.

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