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EDIGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-22 published
VAN LUVEN, Louise
Peacefully, on Sunday, November 19th, 2006, after a courageous battle with heart and lung disease, Louise VAN LUVEN of London. Predeceased by her husband Ken (1985). Survived by her children Irene and Bill ZUEFELT, Carol and the late John ARMSTRONG, Gayle EDIGER, Nancy and Bob HARDESTY and Sherry and Dan AMARAL as well as her 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Chapel, 303 Riverside Drive, on Saturday, November 25th, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. Louise had a special love for her family and was blessed to be surrounded by three generations of her family when she left this world. Religion became very important to her and she was very proud of her recent certificate. Louise loved animals and was always making beds for the homeless animals within the Animal Love Foundation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Animal Love Foundation may be made by contacting animalovefoundation@hotmail.com or call 519-485-3244. (Westview Funeral Chapel (519) 641-1793 entrusted with arrangements).

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EDINBOROUGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-05 published
EDINBOROUGH, Arnold, O.C., M.C., M.A., LL.D., Litt.S.D.
Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Friday, June 2, 2006, in his 84th year. Dearly beloved husband of Tish, with whom he recently celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage. Much loved father of daughters Kip LONGSTAFF of Oakville and Sarah ILEY of Banff and Oakville, he was pre-deceased by his son Alastair last spring. Adored grandfather of Nicholas and Michael LONGSTAFF, Lucy (Duncan) and Campbell EDINBOROUGH, Meghan and Beth ILEY, he will also be sorely missed by his devoted son-in-law Stephen ILEY. His loss will be felt in England by his affectionate sister-in-law Sheila WOOLLEY and nephew, the Reverend David EDINBOROUGH. Founding President of The Council for Business and the Arts in Canada and a long-time contributing editor to The Financial Post, Arnold came to Canada from Cambridge in 1947 to teach English at Queen's University in Kingston. His long, varied and distinguished career was shaped by his endless curiosity, generous spirit and astonishing intelligence. A captain in the Royal Artillery during World War 2, he then became a scholar, professor, writer, editor and publisher of Saturday Night magazine, an active Anglican layman, a director of numerous arts, educational and social service organizations and was, always, a marvelous raconteur. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville on Wednesday, June 7th at 2 o'clock. Interment service to follow on Saturday, June 10th at 2 o'clock at Saint_James Fairmont. The family particularly wishes to thank doctors DeKleer, Kolenda and McDowell, as well as the entire Intensive Care Unit team at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, for their expert and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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EDINBOROUGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-07 published
Arnold EDINBOROUGH: Editor, Arts Advocate (1922-2006)
Demobilized from the British Army after the Second World War, he came to Canada to teach at Queen's University, writes Sandra MARTIN. Later, he became editor-owner of Saturday Night and a champion of the arts
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S9
A smart boy from a poor family, Arnold EDINBOROUGH made excellent use of his brains and personality to earn an elite British education on merit rather than pedigree. After winning the Military Cross for bravery in the Second World War, he emigrated to Canada and became a significant cultural force as editor of the Kingston Whig-Standard and Saturday Night magazine. A devout Anglican, an accomplished public speaker, raconteur, and columnist for the Financial Post magazine, Mr. EDINBOROUGH was the author of several books and the founding president and chief executive officer of the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, a pioneering advocacy group encouraging corporations to support the arts.
He had an uncanny likeness to his friend, novelist Robertson DAVIES, with the same receding hairline and pointed Van Dyke beard. Indeed, there's a story from the 1970s about an excited airline passenger sitting beside Mr. DAVIES (newly famous because of the success of his novel Fifth Business) and lavishing him with praise during the seven-hour flight across the Atlantic, only to say on landing: "My wife will be so excited to hear that I have met Arnold EDINBOROUGH."
It was Mr. EDINBOROUGH's misfortune to be an anglophile in Canada at a time of nascent cultural nationalism. He loved the country with a passion and worked hard to nurture a climate for arts and culture. "He might have seemed a bit stuffy to subsequent editors of Saturday Night," journalist John FRASER said yesterday, referring to himself and Robert FULFORD, "but he certainly gave me a big break by publishing 'political letters from Newfoundland' when I was an undergraduate [at Memorial University]. All you need in journalism to get going is a bit of nerve and somebody to have faith in you and get you published so people can see that you can do it," he said. "Every journalist has somebody in their life who somebody took a chance on, and he was mine."
Arnold EDINBOROUGH was the younger son of Frank and Sarah Ann (née CLARK) EDINBOROUGH. His family were tenant farmers. By his grandfather's time, they had managed to acquire a small amount of property. Arnold, who won a scholarship at the age of 11 to attend Spalding Grammar School (founded by Royal Charter in 1588 and officially known as Queen Elizabeth Royal Free Grammar School) was the first EDINBOROUGH to go beyond the village school. His future wife, Letitia (Letty) Mary WOOLLEY attended Spalding School for Girls, the female academic equivalent.
They met at the annual tennis challenge between the two schools. She was a champion player, he was head boy, heavily into dramatics, and lacking a partner for the doubles competition. She offered to play with him, a decision she initially regretted because he wielded a racket with a bent elbow. They won the match and continued a casual Friendship in Cambridge, where he went on a scholarship in October of 1940 to study English at St. Catharine's College and where she trained as a nurse at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Their relationship really flourished through the correspondence they exchanged during the Second World War after he enlisted in the British Army, serving with the 23rd Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery in North Africa and then in Italy. He quickly rose to the rank of captain.
He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery for his role as a forward observation officer in the long march on Rome. The citation describes him remaining in his observation post in the "exposed flank of the battalion" during the attack on the River Gaiano, breaking up at least two counter attacks with "accurate gunfire." Later, he destroyed two enemy-held footbridges and contributed "greatly" to the speed of the advance on Medicina. "His complete disregard of his own safety was an inspiration to all," according to the citation.
Any thought of remaining in the military after the war ended evaporated after his colonel enquired whether he had the necessary funds to support himself properly as an officer in the professional army. He was demobilized in December of 1945, returned to Cambridge to resume his studies for his degree in English, married Ms. WOOLLEY on January 14, 1946, and graduated with a very respectable 2.1 ranking in 1947. After toying with the idea of working for the British Council -- the postings he was offered were in Brazil and Turkey and a teaching post in what was then Ceylon, he accepted a fortuitous offer from the ex-patriate British Shakespearean scholar G.B. Harrison to teach at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario His marks, his passion for drama and his experience teaching at the University of Lausanne during summer vacations cinched the appointment. He and his bride sailed for Canada in August of 1947.
All three of the EDINBOROUGH's children, Christine, Alistair and Sarah, were born in Kingston, where Mr. EDINBOROUGH taught at Queen's in both the normal academic year and in the summer school, and picked up courses to teach at The Royal Military College as well. Cambridge automatically bestowed a master's degree on him in 1950 to mark the third anniversary of his graduation. He went back to England in 1952 to work on a doctorate, but abandoned the advanced degree after deciding he was a popularizer and a teacher rather than a scholar, according to his youngest daughter, Sarah, an arts administrator.
Kingston was "a dour Presbyterian place," which he described in his 1991 memoir, Arnold Edinborough: An Autobiography, as "like Caesar's Gaul, divided into three parts: town, gown and military." Although each pretty much kept to itself, Mr. EDINBOROUGH managed to bridge all three, largely because of his Friendship with Robertson DAVIES.
They had both been educated in England (although Mr. DAVIES went to Oxford, not Cambridge), they shared a passion for theatre and English literature, and they both had families and small children. They differed in two major respects: Mr. DAVIES came from a wealthy literary family, and he was an exceptionally talented writer. When they met, Mr. DAVIES was the editor of The Peterborough Examiner, a newspaper owned by his father, Rupert DAVIES, and he generously introduced his younger English friend to the nascent literary community. When Mr. EDINBOROUGH left academe in 1954, he became the editor of the Kingston Whig-Standard, which was also owned by Mr. DAVIES's father.
After four years at the helm of the Whig, Mr. EDINBOROUGH resigned to move to Toronto as editor of Saturday Night Magazine, which was then owned by the flamboyant media entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke. The two did not share an editorial vision, but Mr. EDINBOROUGH outlasted his employer by buying the magazine away from him (and mortgaging his house to do so -- a flamboyant gesture that he advised John FRASER, a later editor of the magazine, not to emulate.)
The reports on Mr. EDINBOROUGH's tenure as editor of the venerable (and now defunct) magazine vary. He had a quick succession of managing editors, including Harry Bruce, Kildare Dobbs and Jack Batten. "Arnold was an impressive figure with a goatee beard and a fine speaking voice and given to sounding off at banquets about dirty books and other issues of the day," said Mr. Dobbs in an e-mail message. "His virtues as an editor were his friendliness to talent and willingness to leave associates to run their own shows."
Those are "virtues" that he may have taken to extremes in a three-person operation that makes shoestring seem extravagant. "Arnold was the editor of record, but I did all the work," said Mr. Batten, who was managing editor from September of 1967 to April of 1968 "just long enough to know that I didn't ever want to be an editor. I wanted to be a writer."
He described his boss's "idiosyncrasy" of spending about half his time out of the office travelling, delivering speeches and encouraging random acquaintances, rather than professional writers, to send stories to the magazine. Mr. Batten put out three issues and then quit to work as a writer for The Star Weekly, which was then being edited by Peter Gzowski.
Robert Fulford followed Mr. Batten, but he insisted on being named editor in name, as well as deed. Mr. EDINBOROUGH then became publisher of Saturday Night Publications, which at the time included Monday Morning, a magazine for teachers, and Parallele, a quarterly published in French with articles translated from Saturday Night. "In the end, it was the wrong decision," Mr. EDINBOROUGH wrote in his autobiography. "Not to hire Fulford [who continued as editor until Conrad Black bought the magazine in 1987], but to think I could have the revivifying effect on the business side as I had undoubtedly had on the editorial side of Saturday Night Publications."
He finally left the publication in 1970, selling his stake for one penny to David Fry, William Nobleman and Jack Seed. He went on to write an extremely popular column on the arts in the Financial Post magazine, which dovetailed with his advocacy work with corporations at the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, a position he held until he retired in 1989 at the age of 67.
Arnold EDINBOROUGH was born in Donnington, Lincolnshire, on August 2, 1922. He died in Oakville, Ontario, on June 2, after suffering a massive stroke during surgery for skin cancer. He was 83. Predeceased by his son, Alistair, he is survived by his wife, Letty, daughters Christine and Sarah, and six grandchildren.

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EDISON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-05 published
EDISON, Olive G. (BALSDON)
Of Saint Thomas, on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late James M. EDISON (March 1, 1981) and dearly loved mother of Harold and his wife Jean EDISON of Saint Thomas, Leeman EDISON of Saint Thomas, Carolyn NIBLOCK of Saint Thomas, Linda and her husband Steve HORETH of Wiarton and Barbara BOBIER of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by a son Lewis EDISON (1991.) Dear sister of Jim MANCHEN of Oakville, Marjorie FUKE of Saint Thomas and Doris CUMMINGS of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by 3 brothers Orville, Truman and Leeman BALSDON and by a sister Ruth CLOUGH. Sadly missed by 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Olive was born in Southwold Township on January 13, 1911. She worked at the Saint Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and was a member of Centre St. Baptist Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Vienna Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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EDITH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-04 published
SCOTT, Ruth (née HUSTON) (1934-2006)
Passed away suddenly, surrounded by her loving family, at Saint Mary's General Hospital, Kitchener on Monday, July 3, 2006 at the age of 72 years. Ruth was born in Oshawa and moved to London at the age of 10. She was a graduate from Victoria Hospital, London as a Registered Nurse. She raised her three children and beloved grandchildren in Kitchener over the past 48 years. Ruth enjoyed getting together with her Bridge Ladies and her involvement with the Probus Club. Ruth is survived by her loving children, Jamie (Debbie) SCOTT, Brian (Caryn) SCOTT, Mary (Jim) McINTYRE all of K-W, her beloved grandchildren, Trevor, Justin, Lindsey, Jonn, Tyler, Andrew, Andre, and Julia. She is also survived by her brother Archibald (Mary) HUSTON, and his sister-in-law Margie HUSTON. Predeceased by her parents May and Harry HUSTON, sisters Elizabeth HUSTON and Marion EDITH in infancy, and her brother Peter HUSTON. Friends are invited to share their memories of Ruth with her family during memorial visitation at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 10-11 a.m. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 6 at 11: 00 a.m. A reception will be held in the fireside room of the Funeral Home immediately following the service. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment at Priceville Cemetery will take place at a later date. Condolences for the family and donations to the Heart and Stroke Association of Ontario may be arranged through the funeral home, 519.745.8445 or www.erbgood.com. In living memory of Ruth, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning program by the funeral home.

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