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RIP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-05 published
Chris DOTY had passion for London
By Patrick MALONEY, Free Press Reporter, Sun., February 5, 2006
Chris DOTY, the historian whose plays and documentary films chronicled London's past, was found dead in his home after taking his own life. He was 39. A staple on the local cultural scene, DOTY's death comes just before the latest play he wrote and produced, about London-bred pot activist Marc Emery, was to end its week-long downtown debut run last night.
"No one knows what he was battling… Forget about the ending and remember all the great things that led up to that," said Grant DOTY, Chris's younger brother.
It was his love of his hometown that defined Chris DOTY, those who knew him best said.
"Because he loved London so much, he wanted to find things that were interesting about it and promote it," Grant said.
Once called an "incisive, opinionated dynamo" by The Free Press, DOTY started his own production company, Doty Docs, in 1995 and found a niche in telling London's all-but-forgotten stories.
His work included award-winning documentaries on the Grand Theatre, London's disastrous 1937 flood and the 1939 royal visit.
He also focused on more commercial fare, including a film Chronicling the London Knights. In the past year, he wrote The Donnelly Trial, about the famed local slaying of the Donnellys, and Citizen Marc, about Emery's formative years in London.
Reached in Vancouver yesterday, Emery -- who first met DOTY decades ago and saw him last week at the play's premiere -- was stunned by the news.
"He had many movies left in him to make and many, many more plays," said Emery, who remembers DOTY as an intelligent, young customer at his City Lights bookshop.
"He was a wonderful person and a great credit to the London community. I'm honoured that his last work was the play about me."
John GERRY, who directed Citizen Marc, heard of DOTY's death Friday night from Jason RIP, the play's co-writer. A pre-arranged cast and crew party let all involved talk about DOTY hours later, Gerry said.
"It was pretty tough," he said. He expressed enormous respect for DOTY's work, calling him -- in reference to a famed U.S. documentary film maker -- "the Ken Burns of London. He presented (stories) the best way possible, and the most honest way possible."
The cast and crew "talked… about the incredible amount of spirit he gave (London)."
The final show of Citizen Marc's week-long run went ahead last night, Gerry said. "I just think, you know, out of respect for Chris -- this was his show. The actors, they wanted to do it."
Another DOTY project was the annual Brickenden Awards recognizing achievement in London's arts community. The latest ceremony was held Monday.
"Chris was a perfectionist. He always had high standards and expectations for every work," brother Grant said. "Myself and my mom were so proud of him. All the accolades he got, he deserved every bit."
Visitation is tomorrow at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral is Tuesday at Metropolitan United Church, 11 a.m.
For Help
- Distress Centre (24 hours): 667-6711, 667-6600
- London Mental Health Crisis Service (24 hours): 433-2023.
- Canadian Mental Health Association: 434-9191.

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RIP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-06 published
Chris DOTY revealed London
The historian and filmmaker was branching out into theatre when he died.
By Patrick MALONEY, Free Press Reporter, Mon., February 6, 2006
Chris DOTY's last work was also his best, say Friends left reeling by the sudden death of the noted historian, writer and London "treasure."
Though DOTY, 39, had spent little more than a year focused on stage productions, his latest script -- about London-bred marijuana activist Marc EMERY -- pointed to a future full of theatrical promise.
"We really did see him as having the Midas touch in theatre," said Jason RIP, who with DOTY co-wrote Citizen Marc, which ended its debut downtown run Saturday.
"He was really savvy. That's why he was such a success."
Another of DOTY's recent stage productions, The Donnelly Trial, was a rousing success and DOTY planned to reprise it this summer.
Citizen Marc was met with much praise, including by Emery himself.
But DOTY will likely be best remembered for his documentary films, an impressive body of commercially-friendly work that chronicled London's often unappreciated, and nearly forgotten, stories.
"He said, 'There's no point in doing something that people don't want to see," RIP said. "His real skill was his ability to promote."
As a friend and valued source to news reporters, DOTY was always available for a short London history lesson or a sharp, funny quote.
His sense of humour and appreciation for quirky, fascinating facts is also clear on his website, dotydocs.com.
Its content includes a list of the city's ghost legends, a catalogue of local Unidentified Flying Object sightings and stories of criminals in London executed for their crimes. It also details the storied history of such London hotspots as Wonderland Gardens and the Seven Dwarfs restaurant.
It's clear the man who brought London history to life won't be soon forgotten, said RIP, who is eager to see a "fitting tribute" to DOTY's work.
A remarkable attention to detail earned DOTY the respect of fellow historians.
He was cutting a similar swath in the city's theatre community, said Patsy MORGAN, who formerly lived with and dated DOTY.
"He touched so many of their lives," she said yesterday. "They all really, really respected him. There was so much for him yet to do and I just miss my friend."
Above all, however, DOTY had the admiration of his family, including brother Grant and mother Gwyneth.
"I was very proud of him," Grant said Saturday. "His work was just so superior to anything I could think of doing.
"He gave so much of himself. He truly loved London."
Visitation is today at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral is tomorrow at Metropolitan United Church at 11 a.m.
Definitive DOTY
Among the work of London historian, documentary filmmaker and playwright Chris DOTY, 39, who died Friday:
Stage
- His scripts included The Donnelly Trial, about the unsolved 1880 massacre of the Lucan-area Donnelly clan, and Citizen Marc, about pot activist Marc EMERY.
- Established the Brickenden Awards, honouring the city's best theatrical work.
Film
- In 1995, established Doty Docs, a production company to "create and foster audio-visual projects about London's history."
- His documentaries chronicled local events, including the 1939 royal visit and the disastrous 1937 flood. They also spotlighted city institutions, including the Grand Theatre, London Knights and Storybook Gardens
Online
- His website, dotydocs.com, is full of quirky items about London, from Unidentified Flying Object sightings to a biography of big-band leader Guy LOMBARDO.
- Two long-lost sisters separated after the 1951 London execution of their father, Walter George ROWE, reunited after reading DOTY's online story about ROWE. " Give DOTY all the credit," an emotional Georgina ROWE said.

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RIP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-17 published
McLENNAN / CRAIG
Marcia, Tim and big brother Ian happily announce the arrival of Benjamin Philip Nelson Craig on Friday, November 10th, 2006, weighing in at 8 pounds , 3 oz. 'Baby Ben' is welcomed by welcomed by Grandparents Ned and Georgina McLENNAN of Brampton, Phil and Willy CRAIG of Brantford and Great-Grandmother Helena RIP of Brantford. Also by Aunts Cindy BARKWAY, Steph McLENNAN, Margaret LAU and Caroline, Laura and Katie CRAIG, Uncles Peter McLENNAN and David and Mark CRAIG, and Cousins Jamie and David BARKWAY. Always missed is Uncle David BARKWAY. We know he'd appreciate the newest member to the family hockey team. Special thanks to Doctors MORROW and RILEY and the nursing staff at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital.

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RIP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-18 published
McLENNAN / CRAIG
Marcia, Tim and big brother Ian happily announce the arrival of Benjamin Philip Nelson Craig on Friday, November 10th, 2006, weighing in at 8 pounds , 3 oz. 'Baby Ben' is welcomed by Grandparents Ned and Georgina McLENNAN of Brampton, Phil and Willy CRAIG of Brantford and Great-Grandmother Helena RIP of Brantford. Also by Aunts Cindy BARKWAY, Steph McLENNAN, Margaret LAU and Caroline, Laura and Katie CRAIG, Uncles Peter McLENNAN and David and Mark CRAIG, and Cousins Jamie and David BARKWAY. Always missed is Uncle David BARKWAY. We know he'd appreciate the newest member to the family hockey team. Special thanks to Doctors MORROW and RILEY and the nursing staff at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital.

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RIPLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-10 published
WILLIAMS, Ernest William " Ernie"
Peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital on Sunday, January 8, 2006, Ernest William "Ernie" WILLIAMS died age 82, following a year long struggle with heart and kidney failure. Beloved husband of Margaret (née LAKER) of 51 years. Loving father of Delia RAINE and her husband Norman of Peterborough and Susan MORLING and her husband Chuck of Orangeville. Loving Poppa of Michael and Iain RAINE and Benjamin and Leah MORLING. Loving brother of Olive ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and her husband Derek and nephew Stephen ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and his wife Caroline of Kent, England. Predeceased by his father Ernest Henry (1961) and mother Susan (BROWN) (1983.) Ernie was a psychiatric and general trained nurse for 44 years. He took his psychiatric training from 1941-1945 in Devizes, Wiltshire and general training from 1945-1951 in Farnborough, Kent, this period being interrupted from 1946-1948 which he spent in the Royal Army Medical Corps as an Operating Room Nurse at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire. After completing his general training in 1951, he was employed at York Clinic, Guy's Hospital, London, as a psychiatric head nurse. In 1957 Ernie and Margaret emigrated to London, Ontario, where he was employed by D.V.A. at Westminster Hospital in psychiatry until his retirement in 1985. Ernie enjoyed ballroom dancing and photography, and in his retirement, returned to his previous hobbies, such as water colour painting, breeding tropical fish, making model boats and building a model railroad. He also enjoyed going to the cottage at Lugan Beach, near Kincardine for over 30 years. He will be greatly missed by his many Friends. Cremation has taken place with a private spring inurnment. A memorial service celebrating Ernie's life will be held at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street (at Dufferin), London, conducted by Reverend Robert RIPLEY at 1: 00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14th. Visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice or to the Victorian Order of Nurses, 1151 Florence Street, London, Ontario N5W 2M7 or Parkwood Hospital, Palliative Care Program, 801 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario N6C 5J1. The family wish to express their gratitude to the members of Com-Care, C.C.A.C., We Care, Victorian Order of Nurses especially Kathleen CORNELIUS and her team, Paul of Hospice London and Dr. C. FAULDS and the nursing staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital, for the wonderful care and support they gave to Ernie and the family during his long illness. (A. Millard George Funeral Home in charge of arrangements 433-5184). On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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RIPLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-17 published
GAUDIO, Victor
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital, on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Victor GAUDIO of London in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" (HODGINS) (1995.) Much loved father of Barb and her husband Kevin RIPLEY, and Brian GAUDIO all of London. Dear brother of Frank GAUDIO and Lena BOWRON both of London. Loving grandfather of Brandon, Sean and Kasey. Predeceased by his brothers and sister, John, Jim and Anne HOWELL. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Monday, March 20th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Victor are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society or the London Health Sciences Foundation -- Cancer Centre.

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RIPLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-08 published
BROWN, Annie C. (RIPLEY)
At the Bobier Villa, Dutton on Friday April 7, 2006, Annie C. (RIPLEY) BROWN in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Frank BROWN (December 1996.) Loved mother of Mary and Bob MANCHESTER of Dutton, Jack and Wendy BROWN of Barrie, Mike BROWN of Dutton. Cherished grandmother of Darren and Lori MANCHESTER, David MANCHESTER, Darcy and Leslie MANCHESTER, Adam BROWN, Trevor BROWN and great-grandmother of Jake, Elizabeth and Benjamin. Sister-in-law of Isabel RIPLEY, Verna WURGES and Irene BROWN. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Jack, Victor and Robert RIPLEY. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Arn Funeral Home, 193 Shackleton Street, Dutton Sunday 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service will be held on Monday April 10, 2006 at 11 a.m. from Wallacetown United Church. Interment in Tyrconnell Cemetery. Donations to Wallacetown United Church, Daffodil Auxiliary or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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RIPLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-03 published
FORD, Mary Catharine (née HUMPHRIES)
A dearly loved resident of Bobier Villa, Dutton, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Monday, May 1st, 2006 in her 94th year. Mary FORD, formerly of R.R.#2, Rodney, was a well-respected member of the Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow, where she was active in the church activities for many years. Predeceased by her loving husband, Louis FORD (2001;) youngest daughter, Catharine WIGHT (2005) and son-in-law George RAPELJE (1972.) Loving mother of Lewis (Inge) FORD, Kitchener; Louisa (Tony) BOMBEN, White Rock, British Columbia; Alice (Bruce) LEE, Dutton; Ruth Ann (Evert) GRIFT, Guelph; Catharine (2005) and Larry WIGHT, Mitchell. Dear grandmother of 23 and great-grandmother of 18. Dear sister of Edwin HUMPHRIES, Saint Thomas; sisters-in-law Irene HANICZ and Ruby RIPLEY; daughter-in-law, Marilyn FORD. Dear aunt to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, John and Louisa HUMPHRIES; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold (Margaret) HUMPHRIES Roy (Rita) HUMPHRIES; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy (Jim) RIPLEY and sister-in-law Laura HUMPHRIES. At Mary's request, cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to the Rodney chapel to share memories of Mary's life on Thursday, May 4th, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service of remembrance will be held at the Bobier Villa Dutton on Friday at 2: 00 p.m., Rev. Robert SINASAC officiating. Private interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Bobier Villa, Dutton or Knox Presbyterian church, New Glasgow would be greatly appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519-785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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RIPSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-07 published
START, Mary Catharine (formerly WATT, FORD, née RIPSKI)
After a courageous battle with cancer in her 79th year, Mary Catharine START died peacefully on November 5th at Woodstock General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Clawson FORD, Dave WATT and George START. Loving mother of Margaret WELLS (FORD), Jan DOWNING (Rick), Dan FORD (Carol,) Larry FORD, Rick FORD (Sue,) Jim FORD (Debbie,) Steve FORD (Sheila), Joe WATT (Sue), Cathy DUMONT (WATT). Loving grandmother of 16 and great-grandmother of 3. Survived by sister Elizabeth DARLINGTON (Jack,) brothers, Joseph RIPSKI (Peggy) and Louie RIPSKI (Sharon.) Friends will be received at R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, (519-539-0004), on Wednesday November 8th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be on Thursday November 9th at 1: 30 p.m. with Major Jack STRICKLAND officiating. Interment later at Tillsonburg Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Mary's memory may contribute to the Canadian Cancer Society. On-line condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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RIPTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-01 published
LAKE, Constance Rose (1912-2006)
At home in London, on Thursday, March 23, 2006, Constance Rose LAKE, beloved wife of the late George William LAKE. Loving mother of Patricia Andrea. Daughter of the late Frederick SULLIVAN and Emelia FRICKER. Devoted sister of the late Mable (Pat) DAY. Dear sister-in-law of Arthur LAKE, Mary WILLIS, Elsie NORRIS, Mary LAKE and predeceased by Henry and Margaret LAKE, Oscar LAKE, Stella LAKE, Dorothy (Dolly) HENRY, Bob NORRIS, Joe WILLIS. Lovingly remembered aunt of numerous nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by dear Friends Ted HAYES, Joan and Laverne CARTER, Marjorie HARVEY, the Lam family, Mai and James FLYNN, John and MaryEllen LILLIE, Roy WONNACOTT, Rita JONES, Connie LANGE, Enis CHAMBERLAIN, Margaret BARR and many more. Fondly remembered by John REID (godson) and wife Corey-Ann, Reg and Cynthia RIPTON, Richard and Barbara FRANK. Always cherished by her beloved Heidi and her husband Jon LUMLEY and Jeannie KIRSCH. Connie's intellect, sense of humour, inner beauty and immeasurable strength and determination that endured until her last days will never be forgotten. A memorial service will be held at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen St. S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Tuesday, April 4 at 2 o'clock. Following the service, interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bolton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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RIPTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-01 published
LAKE, Constance Rose (1912-2006)
At home in London, on Thursday, March 23, 2006, Constance Rose LAKE, beloved wife of the late George William LAKE. Loving mother of Patricia Andrea. Daughter of the late Frederick Sullivan and Emelia FRICKER. Devoted sister of the late Mable (Pat) DAY. Dear sister-in-law of Arthur LAKE, Mary WILLIS, Elsie NORRIS, Mary LAKE and predeceased by Henry and Margaret LAKE, Oscar LAKE, Stella LAKE, Dorothy (Dolly) HENRY, Bob NORRIS, Joe WILLIS. Lovingly remembered aunt of numerous nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by dear Friends Ted HAYES, Joan and Laverne CARTER, Marjorie HARVEY, the Lam family, Mai and James FLYNN, John and MaryEllen LILLIE, Roy WONNACOTT, Rita JONES, Connie LANGE, Enis CHAMBERLAIN, Margaret BARR and many more. Fondly remembered by John REID (godson) and wife Corey-Ann, Reg and Cynthia RIPTON, Richard and Barbara FRANK. Always cherished by her beloved Heidi and her husband Jon LUMLEY and Jeannie KIRSCH. Connie's intellect, sense of humour, inner beauty and immeasurable strength and determination that endured until her last days will never be forgotten. A memorial service will be held at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen St. S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Tuesday, April 4 at 2 o'clock. Following the service, interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bolton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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