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CABEL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-01-03 published
McKETRICK, William " Bill"
At Lee Manor on Sunday, December 31, 2006 in his 77th year. Sadly missed by his son Bill and his wife Chris of Port Elgin, and by Erin and Ryan. Also missed by his sister Lulu RAAFLAUB of Barrie and by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father William George, his mother Mary (née CABEL) and by his sister Mabel SAINT_DENIS. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1949-1954. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Tannahill Funeral Home (519-376-3710). A private family service has been held. Cremation Flesherton Crematorium.

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CABLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-17 published
Pianist was the 'Chopin of Ragtime' and a master of all musical genres
As a composer, his music was heard on Polka Dot Door as well as daily on Morningside. As a performer, he made more than 60 albums. 'He was one of those naturals'
By Lisa FITTERMAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
By all rights and the laws of human physiology, John ARPIN should never have been a pianist. His hands seemed too small, with short, delicate fingers that somehow spanned not only octaves but whole musical genres, from classical and opera to Broadway, the Beatles and ragtime.
Couple those hands with an encyclopedic general knowledge of music, add the gift of the gab, and you had a consummate entertainer who, over the course of half a century, released no less than 67 recordings and often engaged his audiences in impromptu history lessons about what he would play.
"You really felt you were part of a John Arpin performance, rather than just an observer," said Howard CABLE, who gave the pianist one of his earliest professional gigs back in 1956 as part of a band playing at the General Motors show at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.
"I hired him as a sub but soon realized that I'd better keep him on full-time because he was terrific," Mr. CABLE recalled. "He may have been young but he was confident beyond his years. I don't know how he was so confident. I remember asking him where he was from. When he said 'Port McNicoll,' well, I said that I didn't think anyone came from there. But he was one of those naturals, I guess, destined to become a star."
Georgian Bay Boyhood
John ARPIN grew up in Port McNicoll, Ontario, where he was the second of Elie and Marie ARPIN's two sons. His parents ran a general store in the little Georgian Bay town that was once known as "the Chicago of Canada" for its shipping and grain-handling facilities, and instilled in their children both their devout Catholic faith (his mother attended church every day) and their love of music.
Mr. ARPIN often spoke of a gift his parents gave him for Christmas when he was a teenager: a recording of a Puccini opera. At first, he looked on the gift askance. Opera? For him? To make his parents happy, or at least keep them at bay, he played it. It wasn't half-finished before he was crying like a baby and asking for more.
His introduction to piano was through his brother, Leo, who was 10 years older and started to take lessons when his sibling was still a toddler. As Leo banged out chords and scales, little John mimicked the sounds. Soon, he was picking out tunes, displaying an innate musicality, a perfect pitch and the sense of storytelling that would help him to become one of the most beloved and admired pianists of his generation.
By the time he was a teenager, he'd learned everything he could from the few piano teachers in the region, and his mother began accompanying him on long weekly bus trips to Toronto so that he could continue his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
"It couldn't have been easy on her," remarked Mr. ARPIN's wife, Mary Jane ESPLEN. " John's mother had a sensitive stomach and apparently, she would be sick all the way down and all the way back. But she was devoted and believed in her son's talent."
Indeed, when her son expressed an interest in becoming a doctor and even insisted on studying medicine for a short time, his mother was dead set against it. "You're too emotional to do that," she told him repeatedly. "You're too sensitive."
In a way, she was right, for Mr. ARPIN was not the kind of man to keep things bottled up inside. He was the opposite of stoic, and had a tendency to cry at the drop of a hat. "He didn't have to maintain a strong outer front," continued Dr. ESPLEN, a clinician and scientist at the University of Toronto. "He loved a lot of things that most men wouldn't be caught dead doing, things such as picking out flowers, shopping for groceries and even for clothes for me. And he listened. Oh, how he listened.
"You know, he would have made a wonderful psychiatrist."
Conservatory Graduation
At 16, Mr. ARPIN graduated from the conservatory, continuing his studies at University of Toronto before embarking on a career during which the American jazz great Eubie Blake called him "the Chopin of Ragtime." After his stint with Mr. CABLE's band, he began in the 1960s to perform with his trio and as a soloist in Toronto bars and hotel lounges; bespectacled and with a Prince Valiant haircut, he entertained patrons with a repertoire that - besides ragtime - featured classics, stride piano, bebop, traditional jazz and film and stage tunes.
In the late 1960s, he joined CTV as the network's music director, and in 1976, he became the first Canadian to make a "direct-to-disc" recording, then a new kind of album where the entire side was cut in one take. RCA producer Jack Feeney explained at the time that such recordings required musicians who performed perfectly, and that Mr. ARPIN was the perfect choice - "a definitive pianist, one who plays crisply and with very few mistakes."
Throughout the 1970s, his composition Jogging Along was the theme song for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio program Morningside, while "John Arpin Sundays" at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, Ontario, were much-anticipated weekly events over a period of 20 years.
In 1984, he moved to TVOntario as writer, director and performer for the station's beloved children's program Polka Dot Door. On camera, he was a natural, interacting with the stuffed animal characters Humpty, Dumpty, Marigold and Bear with a childlike wonder, zest and curiosity.
He was always a fixture at concerts and summer festivals throughout Southern Ontario, and he toured the rest of the world whenever time allowed, building an international reputation as a consummate professional who always put his own spin on whatever he was playing.
'Know The Lyrics'
"Know the lyrics," he was wont to say to artists he mentored. In other words, they had to understand and tease out the story of a piece of music through the language of cadence and melody, whether or not there were actual lyrics to follow.
Alongside his own prolific concert and recording career, Mr. ARPIN served as music director and accompanist to both Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester and to actress-singer Louise Pitre, who made an international splash in her 2001 Broadway debut as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! At times, he also acted as music arranger for artists such as Tommy Hunter and Roy Payne.
His recordings ranged the gamut from ragtime through to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, honky-tonk, spirituals and tango. He did three albums with Ms. Forrester, an instrumental album that featured the music of singer-composer Gordon Lightfoot, another of ARPIN at the Opera, The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin and seven linked CDs of popular nostalgic tunes.
Throughout his career, he garnered two Juno nominations, won the 1998 Scott Joplin Award from a Missouri foundation dedicated to the preservation of ragtime and was awarded first prize out of 450 entrants in the Yamaha Second International Original Concert Series in Tokyo, this for his composition Lyric Suite for Piano, Strings and Percussion.
Mr. ARPIN parlayed his indefatigable energy into his personal life, too. An avid collector of sheet music and Nippon china, he often "You'd never not know that John was in the room for he was always working it, asking questions and entertaining," said Dr. ESPLEN, whom he married in 1990 in New Orleans. "It didn't matter what walk of life you were from. He was such an authentic presence."
The couple first met in 1986 at a piano lounge in Toronto, when Dr. ESPLEN asked him to play several obscure Scott Joplin songs. Their Friendship gradually turned to love and in 1990, they married - he for the third time - at their good friend Al Rose's home in New Orleans. As Mr. Rose, the noted jazz historian and impresario, escorted the bride down the aisle, Mr. ARPIN played An Affair to Remember on the piano.
Dr. ESPLEN, whose parents owned an antique store, got her husband interested in collecting Nippon china. He took to it so eagerly that she sometimes regretted not encouraging him to collect stamps, which would have been easier to store. "Let me just say that after say the third or fourth new china cabinet I began to get a little worried," she wrote in her blog. "Over the years, we moved on beyond cocoa sets to tea sets and plates, and humidors, and nut sets and juice sets and platters and celery sets… need I say more?"
She was the family accountant, keeping track of purchases and finances because Mr. ARPIN wasn't terribly interested in such things. "He was a real live-for-today kind of guy," she remarked.
He was a loving father to his three surviving children from his first two marriages, while his deep faith got him through the tragedy of the death of a son from sudden infant death syndrome and his own diagnosis a number of years ago of a rare, inoperable and slow-acting form of intestinal cancer.
For Mr. ARPIN, life itself was music, in all its terrible beauty. And he was listening to it right up until the end, including his own Blue Gardenia album of Latin tempo songs and one of his all-time favourites, Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal's I'll Be Seeing You.
John Francis Oscar ARPIN was born on December 3, 1936, in Port McNicoll, Ontario He died at home on November 8, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70. He leaves his brother, Leo ARPIN, his wife, Mary Jane ESPLEN, and his children Bob, Jennifer and Nadine. He also leaves grandchildren Alexander, Nicole, Kurt and Brianna.

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CABOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-14 published
CLARKE, Alan Martin (August 1, 1929-June 12, 2007)
After a full and wonderful life, and a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease, Alan died in Toronto on June 12, 2007 at the age of 77. Alan cherished his family, and will be forever missed by his beloved children Andrew (Lucy VAN OLDENBARNEVELD,) Beth (Laura CABOTT,) Jeffrey (Jane RUPERT,) and Matthew Devlin (Alexandra KIRBY,) his granddaughters, Ella and Grace, and Margot, his wife of 40 years. He leaves behind his brother Edgar (Betty), his sisters, Mary (Haruo KAWAI,) Harriet (Jacob ENNS) and Margaret (Sidney TJEPKEMA, his sister-in-law, Vicki BRODDY, and many nieces, nephews and life-long Friends. The son of Emily (EDGAR) and Lorne CLARKE, Alan was born in Stratford, spent his early years in Sudbury and his childhood and teenage years in Ottawa South. He graduated from Glebe Collegiate Institute and Victoria College, University of Toronto with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and ethics. Alan dedicated his life to social change through adult education, and community development. He was also a committed advocate for human rights. In the 1950s he spent several summers as a labourer/teacher and then supervisor for Frontier College beginning a lifelong interest in fostering adult literacy. He worked for ten years with the Young Men's Christian Association at various branches in Toronto. In 1958 he was the founder and first director of The Centre for Adult Education at the North Toronto branch which led to the founding of York University in 1959. From 1960 to 1966 he was Executive Director of the Canadian Citizenship Council and concurrently, for three years, of the Canadian Centenary Council. His next challenge was as the first Executive Director of the Company of Young Canadians, 1966 to 1968. He began a fifteen year tenure at Algonquin College in 1970 as the Director of the Demonstration Project in Community Development and then as the Director of Continuing Education. In 1985-86 he was Advisor to the Canadian Emergency Coordinator for the African Famine. The last ten years of his formal working career were as Communications Advisor for the International Joint Commission. Throughout his working life and as a volunteer in retirement, Alan worked with many local, national and international organizations, contributing, among others, to Project 4000, the Movement for Canadian Literacy, and the United Nations Association in Canada. He was a contributing author to 'Strong and Free: a Response to the War Measures Act', in 1970. Alan's family would like to express a great debt of thanks to the 3rd and 4th floor staff at the North York Seniors Health Centre, especially Lidia and Mary-Helene. The family would also like to thank Estelle REED for the love and care she provided in Alan's last years. A memorial service celebrating Alan's life and legacy will be held in Ottawa at the First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, on Sunday June 17, at 3: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alan's memory to the Parkinson Society of Ottawa, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, K1Y 4E9.

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CABRAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-13 published
WALKER, Mary Jane "M.J." (née CORBET)
(January 7, 1939-September 9, 2007)
Passed away peacefully in the QE II Health Science Centre, Halifax. Born in Toronto on January 7, 1939, she was a daughter of Richard and Mildred CORBET. Sadly missed by daughter, Heather MacIVOR son-in-law, Kendal McKINNEY, Windsor, Ontario; husband, David WALKER, Halifax; sister, Ann GRANT, Toronto; niece, Linda CABRAL, Kettleby, Ontario; nephews, Stephen QUARTZ, Malibu, California David QUARTZ, Chiang Mai, Thailand. M.J. loved life in Nova Scotia and was a prominent patron of the Halifax arts community for almost forty years. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Junior League of Halifax, Neptune Theatre, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada, and many others. M.J.'s many Friends will miss her sparkling wit and her sense of style. Her curiosity and love of travel took her all over the world, from photographic safaris in East and South Africa to the Yangtze River Valley in China. She was an avid card player and reader of Canadian literature. Donations in memory of M.J. may be made to the Neptune Theatre Foundation. In accordance with her wishes, no funeral service will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to J.A. Snow Funeral Home. E-mail condolences may be made to: condolences.snow@ca.ns.aliantzinc.ca

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