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FOTHERGILL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-06-23 published
WEAVER, Dorothy Jean (née FOTHERGILL)
Peacefully at her home, on Thursday morning, June 22nd, 2006. Dorothy Jean WEAVER (née FOTHERGILL,) of R.R.#4, Owen Sound, in her 94th year. Dearly beloved wife of the late Clifford WEAVER. Loving mother of James WEAVER and his wife, Doreen, of R.R.#4, Owen Sound. Proud grandmother of Kathy HART and her partner, Ian; Andrew HART; and Jennifer KAANAN and her husband, John and step-grandmother of Brad HOPKINS and his wife, Helen, Craig HOPKINS, and Susan TREMBLE and her husband Don, and their families. Cherished great-grandmother of John, Tyler, Ashley and Emma Jean. Jean will be sadly missed by her son-in-law, Bob HART and his wife, Nancy, and her sister, Margaret CORNWALL and her husband, Jim. Predeceased by her daughter, Dorothy HART; her parents, Stan and Dorcas FOTHERGILL; her sister, Hazel SWANNELL. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (376-7492) on Friday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Jean WEAVER will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, June 24th, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. with Rev. Cathy HIRD officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Division Street United Church or the Grey-Bruce Community Care Access Centre as your expression of sympathy.
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FOTHERINGHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-14 published
George BAIN, 86: Political columnist set standard
A must-read in Canada for nearly 40 years
Helped clarify muddle over 'fuddle duddle'
By Isabel TEOTONIO, Staff Reporter
For Canadian political junkies from the 1950s through the 1980s, George BAIN's newspaper column was a must-read.
Witty, urbane, and an incisive observer of Parliament Hill and Washington, BAIN's elegant prose and musings about politics and politicians informed and delighted readers for more than 40 years.
Remember "fuddle duddle," the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau's explanation of an expletive he directed to an opposition member of Parliament in the House of Commons? Thank BAIN for setting the record straight on it.
The rest of the Ottawa press gallery reported only that Trudeau "mouthed an obscenity" in the now-famous 1968 incident. In his Globe and Mail column, BAIN wrote that Trudeau told the member of Parliament to fuck off, and without the dashes -- the first time the word had ever been published in a Canadian newspaper.
BAIN, who also wrote for The Toronto Star, died in Halifax yesterday (May 14) at age 86. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
"He wrote the most important column in Canada," said Val SEARS, a former Star reporter who worked with him. "He was the most stylish of the people writing about Canadian politics. His columns were often hilarious, which made him tremendously popular."
"George wrote with real wit and style," said Tim CREERY, a former Southam News and Montreal Star reporter who worked with him in Ottawa and Washington.
"He was clever and funny and not a guy who accepted the party line."
BAIN's column in the Globe set the standard to which political columnists aspired. He was considered the unofficial opposition in Ottawa and never cowered from pointing out when politicians' words didn't square with their actions.
Allan FOTHERINGHAM, who himself occupies a formidable place in Canadian journalism, once called him "the wittiest columnist ever to grace Ottawa."
When the late Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio giant Peter GZOWSKI was asked if he read BAIN, he responded, "Do Catholic priests read the Bible?"
BAIN's " Letters from Lilac, Saskatchewan.," were columns in which he created fictional prairie reactions to political events. The columns distilled his trademark humour and wit, were hugely popular and were later published in a book.
Born in Toronto in 1920, BAIN quit school at age 16 to work as a copy boy at the Star for $6 a week. But he ended up back in school, vowing to return to the paper over the summer.
"I can't explain where his interest in newspaper work arose but he had the reputation of being a funny guy -- not a class clown at North Toronto Collegiate," said brother Ian BAIN, who attended the same school.
When he returned to the Star that summer, the editor who'd promised him a job was on vacation.
Rather than "waste a streetcar ticket," as BAIN later told a reporter, he went over to the Toronto Telegram and was hired on the spot.
He worked there until 1941, when he became an Royal Canadian Air Force bomber pilot -- despite a fear of flying that lasted throughout his life. He served in Britain and North Africa, piloting Wellington bombers on raids against Italy. He was given temporary leave to act in a film about the air force.
At the end of the war, BAIN was lured from the Telegram by the Globe, where he wrote about municipal politics. He eventually moved on to Queen's Park and Parliament Hill.
In 1957, BAIN opened the Globe's first London bureau, where he covered Europe, Africa and the Middle East. From 1960 to 1964 he was posted to Washington and reported on the civil rights movement, the Cuban missile crisis and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
In 1964, BAIN returned to Ottawa to begin work as the national affairs columnist and remained there for nearly a decade.
He returned to the Star as editorial page editor in 1973, but realized he didn't like the committee process of writing editorials. "Writing editorials is like wetting your pants while wearing a blue serge suit," he once said. "Nobody notices and it leaves you with a warm feeling."
The next year, the Star sent him to London as a European correspondent.
Editors at the Star knew him as a "perfectionist" who would rewrite his opening paragraph 30 times before being satisfied.
BAIN's last newspaper column ran in the Star on August 10, 2001 a fitting end to a career launched in those same pages.
"There are very few people to whom you could apply the word giant. Pierre Berton was one and I think Walter Stewart was one and certainly George BAIN was one," said former King's College journalism professor Eugene MEESE, who worked with BAIN.
BAIN and his wife Marion were eventually seduced by Nova Scotia and in 1982 they designed and built their home in Mahone Bay, complete with a wine cellar to house his vintage collection.
While out east, he continued writing about wine while serving as dean of journalism at King's College in Halifax and maintaining a critical watch on Ottawa for two Halifax dailies.
BAIN authored books including I've Been Around and Around and Around, Letters from Lilac, Champagne is for Breakfast, Gotcha and Nursery Rhymes to be Read Aloud by Young Parents with Old Children, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
After Marion died in 1998, BAIN's health deteriorated. He is survived by his son Christopher and grand_sons Sam and Jonathan, his brother Ian of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and sisters Moyna SEIDERMAN and Sheila BAIN of Vancouver.

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FOTI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-11 published
PULITANO, Francesca (BALDASSARRO)
Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Chateau Gardens on Wednesday, May 10, 2006, Francesca (BALDASSARRO) PULITANO in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Giovanni PULITANO. Loving mother of Vincent PULITANO, Kathy SORRENTI and her husband Frank. Cherished Nonna of Francesca DEVEAU (Shawn,) Giovanni PULITANO (Colleen,) Michael PULITANO, Carlo, John and Robert SORRENTI. Great-grandmother of Olivia, Elliott and Oliver. Dear sister of Caterina CUSTURERA and her late husband Enrico of Italy. Dear sister of the late Domenico (Caterina) BALDASSARRO, Antonio (Rosa) BALDASSARRO of London and Maria FOTI (Antonio) of Italy. Francesca will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews in Canada, Italy, U.S.A., Germany and France. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Thursday evening from 7-9 o'clock and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Mary's Church, 345 Lyle Street, on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum, Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Friday evening at 8: 15 o'clock. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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FOTIADIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-13 published
FOTIADIS, Hrisoula
Passed away, on Saturday afternoon, March 11, 2006, at Saint Michael's Hospital, Toronto, after a lengthy illness. Born June 20, 1929, in Agios Pantaleimonon, Greece, Hrisoula was predeceased by her devoted husband, Evangelos FOTIADIS. She will be greatly missed her 5 loving daughters, Anastasia ROMANO, Aristea BOLLARD, Despina BURSEY, Thomai JENSEN, and Viva TSVETNOVA, who nursed her lovingly until the end. Hrisoula also sadly leaves her 5 grandchildren, whom she was extremely proud of, Lorna JENSEN, Mario ROMANO, Kelly BOLLARD, Timothy BOLLARD, and Tara BURSEY. Hrisoula was a ceaseless fighter and survivor, having been abducted at the age of 18 by the Partisan Rebel Army in the 1948 Greek Civil War. She was a machine gunner, sharp-shooter, operated rocket launched grenades, was a mobile cave hospital nurse, and military code cryptographer. Despite her training, Hrisoula was pleased to say that she never killed or harmed anyone. Hrisoula and her family immigrated to Canada in 1967 to escape the Greek military dictatorship, and settled in Toronto's Greektown since 1971 as a respected member of the community and proud homemaker. Services will be held Wednesday, March 15th at 11 a.m. at St. Cyril and Methody Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, 238 Sackville Street, Toronto, 416-368-2828, followed by interment at Westminster Mausoleum, 5830 Bathurst Street, 416-665-2015. Donations can be made in Hrisoula's name at the Palliative Care Unit of Saint Michael's Hospital, 416-864-5454, in gratitude for their outstanding care.

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FOTOVSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-31 published
MICHAEL, Vesa (FOTOVSKY) (née KIRKOFF)
Passed away peacefully, at her home, on Thursday, March 30, 2006, at the age of 93. Born in August 1912 in the village of Drenoveni, Macedonia. She was predeceased by her husband Bill (Vasil). She will be greatly missed by her children Sophie GEORGEFF, Christine (Bill) ZISKOS, and Tasha MICHAEL. Beloved Baba of Dorothy (George) KIZOFF, Kathy (Darryl) PARSONS, Vanessa (Frank) DECARIA, and Alex (Jenny) ZISKOS. Beloved great-grandmother of Vasselle, Tammi, Danielle, Nadine and Claudia. Beloved great-great-grandmother of Amalia and Conan. Dear sister of Leftera PAPAMARKOS. Vesa will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends and family may visit at The Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, 416-423-1000, on Saturday, April 1st from 5-9 p.m. and on Sunday, April 2, 2006 from 2-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Monday, April 3, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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FOTSCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-30 published
SANDERS, Elizabeth Anne "Betty" (née McCLENAGHAN)
Peacefully at the Woods Park Care Centre, Barrie on Monday, May 29th, 2006. Betty SANDERS of Barrie, and formerly of London, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Arthur SANDERS. Dear mother of Betty Anne STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and husband Bill of Barrie, Bill SANDERS and his wife Kathy of Lethbridge, Alberta, and the late Georgina IRVINE and late husband Jack of Barrie. Loving grandmother of Elizabeth FALLONE and her husband Ben of Barrie, David IRVINE and his wife Liliana of Richmond Hill, Elizabeth STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Wolfgang SEIDA of Ladner, British Columbia, Susan FOTSCH and husband Aaron of Prince George, British Columbia, Arthur and Andrew SANDERS of Lethbridge, Alberta, and loving great-grandmother of 17 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of the late David and Thomas McCLENAGHAN of London. Friends may call at the St. George's Anglican Church, (Burton Avenue and Granville Street) Barrie, after 10: 00 a.m. on Monday, June 5th, 2006, until time of funeral service at 11: 00 a.m. Memorial donations to St. George's Anglican Church Memorial Garden or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family, and may be made through the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Homes, 30 Worsley Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 1L4. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com.

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