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CATCHER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-09-05 published
PRIDDLE, Stanley Alexander
Suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound, on Sunday September 2, 2007, Stanley Alexander PRIDDLE of Markdale in his 78th year. Beloved husband of the late Vivian PRIDDLE (née DAWSON.) Dear friend of Joyce ROWE of Hanover. Loving father of Brenda CATCHER of Owen Sound, Evelyn CREGO (Reg) of Burlington, and David PRIDDLE (Camilla) of Manotick. Dear grandfather of Ryan DEMERCHANT, Allison DEMERCHANT, Cole PRIDDLE and Brock PRIDDLE. Sadly missed by sisters Rosetta MUIR of Dundalk, Margaret BROWN and Verna MARKOVICH both of Shelburne. Also survived by mother-in-law Lillian DAWSON of Shelburne, and brother-in-law Tom DAWSON of Dundalk. Predeceased by parents Roy and Jessie (née BADGEROW) PRIDDLE. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale, Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Friday from noon until 1: 30 p.m., where a funeral service will be held Friday, September 7 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dundalk. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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CATCHER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-10-17 published
PRIDDLE, Stanley Alexander
Stanley Alexander PRIDDLE of Markdale passed away suddenly in the Grey-Bruce Regional Health Centre in Owen Sound on Sunday evening, September 2, 2007.
He was born on July 10, 1930 in Osprey Township, the only son of Roy PRIDDLE and Jessie (BADGEROW) PRIDDLE. He and his three sisters attended S.S.#2 McIntyre in Osprey Township where his parents farmed. In 1944 Stan's father purchased a home near Dundalk where the family resided for many years.
Stan's working career started after high school when he found employment with Aitchison's Bakery in Dundalk. He worked there for 12 years and learned the baking trade. In 1957 he took over the bakery in Markdale which had been started by Allen SMITH of Dundalk. Two years later he purchased a building across the street and moved the business there.
On October 24, 1959 he married Vivian DAWSON of Dundalk and together they owned and operated Priddle's Bakery. And that bakery was a great success. People still rave about it today. Just last year someone told his daughter Brenda that she used to go to his bakery and had to hide the pastries she bought in different areas of her house so people wouldn't eat them before meal time. Many of the pleasant memories shared by those who attended visitations and the funeral revolved around the bakery.
After Stan sold the bakery in 1972, he worked as a baker for Vern's Donuts in Owen Sound His employer, Vern BARBER, remembered Stan as someone who always had a smile on his face, and his co-worker, Paul DICKSON/DIXON said that Stan taught him how to be a good baker. Stan worked for Vern for 17 years before ill health forced him to retire.
Stan's favourite pastime was to drive a car. He enjoyed travelling to many places, both locally and far away. He has been in every Canadian province and in many parts of the United States, to the Bahamas and to Jamaica. "If you're not going, you're not living!" was his motto.
In retirement years he and Vivian purchased antique cars and attended local parades and car shows. If a stranger wanted a ride in one of his cars, he gave him one. They had many adventures with these cars and met many new people along the way.
Stan had a good sense of humour. He was generous, quiet kind and considerate. He was held in good esteem by all who knew him.
Stan is survived by his daughters, Brenda CATCHER of Owen Sound and Evelyn (Reg) CREGO of Burlington and by his son David (Camilla) PRIDDLE of Manotick, near Ottawa. He also has four grandchildren, Ryan and Allison DEMERCHANT and Cole and Brock PRIDDLE. He is fondly remembered by his friend Joyce ROWE of Hanover who has arranged to have a tree planted in his honour near Griersville. He is also survived by his sisters Rosetta MUIR of Dundalk, Margaret BROWN of Shelburne and Verna MARKOVICH of Shelburne. His mother-in-law Lillian DAWSON of Shelburne and his brother-in-law Tom DAWSON of Dundalk also survive. He was predeceased by his parents Roy and Jessie PRIDDLE, and by his brothers-in-law Bill MUIR, Donald BROWN and Stephen MARKOVICH.
A funeral was held on Friday, September 7 at the Donald and May Funeral Home in Markdale. His daughter Brenda wrote the eulogy and his son David delivered the eulogy along with his own thoughts. His other daughter, Evelyn, prepared a collage of pictures of Stan at various stages in his life. Rev. Mark WAUGH officiated at the service and David FRIES played the organ. A floral arrangement was made for Stan by Bernice TUPLIN of Feversham.
Friends and relatives were present from Markdale, Dundalk, Owen Sound, Chesley, Cambridge, Burlington and Manotick.
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CATCHER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-04 published
PRIDDLE, Stanley Alexander
Suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services-Owen Sound, on Sunday September 2, 2007, Stanley Alexander PRIDDLE of Markdale in his 78th year. Beloved husband of the late Vivian PRIDDLE (née DAWSON.) Dear friend of Joyce ROWE of Hanover. Loving father of Brenda CATCHER of Owen Sound, Evelyn CREGO (Reg) of Burlington, and David PRIDDLE (Camilla) of Manotick. Dear grandfather of Ryan DEMERCHANT, Allison DEMERCHANT, Cole PRIDDLE and Brock PRIDDLE. Sadly missed by sisters Rosetta MUIR of Dundalk, Margaret BROWN and Verna MARKOVICH both of Shelburne. Also survived by mother-in-law Lillian DAWSON of Shelburne, and brother-in-law Tom DAWSON of Dundalk. Predeceased by parents Roy and Jessie (née BADGEROW) PRIDDLE and brothers-in-law Bill MUIR, Donald BROWN and Stephen MARKOVICH. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale, Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Friday from noon until 1: 30 p.m., where a funeral service will be held Friday, September 7th at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dundalk. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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CATER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-03 published
CATER, Frank
Former Inspector of Detectives with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force and Former Mayor of the Town of Port Elgin 1980-1985 - At Lee Manor Owen Sound, on Friday, November 30th, 2007 in his 91st year. Husband of the late Ruth SHEPPARD who predeceased him in 1987. Loving Dad of Lynne ARMSTRONG of Port Elgin and her friend Jim MORGAN, and Janie and her husband Leonard MOULDER of Owen Sound. Dear grandfather of Kimberley ARMSTRONG of Mississauga and Robert ARMSTRONG of Calgary. He is survived by his brother Grant CATER of Burlington and by his dear friend Patricia WILLIS of Waterdown. Predeceased by his son-in-law Harold ARMSTRONG. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) on Monday, December 3rd, from 2.00 to 4.00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the Chapel on Tuesday at 2: 00 p.m. with the Rev. Robert WIDDOWSON officiating. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery, Port Elgin. Memorial contributions to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Diabetes Society or the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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CATER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-05 published
CATER, Sheila (née CURRY)
With her children at her side providing love and support, Sheila CATER (CURRY) of Point Edward lost her courageous battle with cancer at Bluewater Health -- Norman Site's Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at the age of 66. Sheila will be remembered for her independent spirit, her love of Friends and family, her wonderful sense of humour, positive outlook and her selfless attitude when thinking of others. She was supported in her short fight by her many Friends and was determined to be a survivor. Sheila is lovingly remembered by her daughter Leslie (Greg) GRIMES of Cambridge and by her son Gary (Ati POWELL) CATER of Brights Grove. She will be forever remembered as Nanny by her grandchildren Eric and Lindsay GRIMES. She is survived by her former husband James CATER of Sarnia and is predeceased by her parents Harry and Lillian CURRY. She will be missed by Jonathan, Philip and Scott POWELL. Sheila's friend Bruce GATES was a special person in her life and she had many dear life long Friends who meant the world to her. She will be sincerely missed by her relatives back home in England, the residents of the Point, Friends at the Point Edward Ex-Serviceman's Club, Sarnia Yacht Club, Tuesday Executive Ladies' Golf Club and by the employees at Chalmers' Construction from where she retired just one short year ago. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 12-2 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. in the chapel, officiated by Angela MacDONALD. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends who wish may forward memorial donations to the Breast Cancer Society, 118 Victoria Street, Sarnia N7T 5W9. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com A tree will be planted in memory of Sheila Cater in the McKenzie and Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication Service Sunday, September 16th, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation area.

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CATER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
CATER, Rita (FORTNEY)
At Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Friday, January 12th, 2007, Rita (FORTNEY) CATER, age 82 of Sarnia, beloved wife of the late Robert CATER (July 27th, 1992,) dear sister of Irene SIEFRIED (the late Stanley) of Kitchener and Petronella SMITH (Allen) of Cardston, Alberta and a very special aunt of Rebecca FORTNEY of Sarnia. She will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Joseph and Otillia (MEYER,) and brother Alex FORTNEY (1984.) A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Queen of Peace Church on Monday, January 15th at 11: 00 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home on Sunday between the hours of 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Prayers will be offered Sunday afternoon at 2: 00 p.m. Memorial gifts to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Charity of Choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent to djrobbfh@cbtech.net

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CATHCART o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-09 published
FOULKES, Evelyn Mary (née CATHCART)
(July 6, 1911-October 6, 2007)
It is with heavy hearts that we (Frank and John) announce the passing of our dear mother Evelyn in her 97th year. Predeceased by our father, Reginald Alfred FOULKES, and her beloved sister Thelma LAMPING and brother-in-law Jack, Mom was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 86 years. This association and her daily reading of her Bible helped give Mom the strength to carry on after Dad's death fourteen years ago. Mom had a feisty but at the same time gentle spirit and was never heard to say ill of others: she was always a Lady. She endlessly expressed her gratitude for her bountiful life and her long and happy marriage of 59 years with Dad. She was kind, generous, open-hearted and unconditionally loving to us and to our families. We are especially grateful to the East York Concert Band, for their never-ending kindness to Mom after Dad's passing, and to Ernie SHARMAN from the church, who continued to remember Mom after she no longer was able to attend services. She will be sadly missed by her daughters-in-law Irene and Lillian, and her grandchildren Bryan, Michael and his partner Mylène, Kristen (Rayner) and husband Matthew, and Craig. Evelyn was grateful to have had time with her great-grandchildren Noah and Abigail. Friends may call at the Trull 'East Toronto' Funeral Home And Cremation Centre 1111 Danforth Ave., (one block east of Donlands Subway) on Wednesday, October 10, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service to be held in the chapel on Thursday at 10: 00 a.m. Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 154 Floyd Ave., East York, would be much appreciated. We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show. Good-bye Mom; until we meet again.

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CATTERALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-10 published
RHODES, Sheila Dorothy (CATTERALL)
At Shorthills Villa Retirement Community, Fonthill on Wednesday, August 8th 2007 Sheila Dorothy (CATTERALL) RHODES of Fonthill in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Major John Keble "Dusty" RHODES, DSO, CD (1993.) Loving mother of Peter Ian RHODES and wife Judy of Wayland, Massachusetts, and Victoria Anne RHODES and friend Carol WILLIAMS of Mississauga. Loving grandmother of Kathleen Ann BURGESS (née SANDHAM) and husband Derek, Laura Elizabeth SANDHAM and husband Jeff HALLETT, Michelle Ashley Pritchard RHODES, and Christine Leslie Pritchard RHODES. Also loved by her great-grandchildren, Gillian Rachel HALLETT and Catherine Elizabeth HALLETT. and Cameron David Ian BURGESS. Close friend of Margaret Barlow of Fonthill. Survived by loving brothers Robert CATTERALL and friend Lorraine LIN and Ross CATTERALL and his wife Denise of the United Kingdom. A private family service will be held at the James L. Pedlar Funeral Home, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill on Friday, August 10th 2007. Cremation to follow. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca

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CATTO o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-16 published
SAWYER, Janet Helen (née HENDERSON)
At her home surrounded by her family, on Sunday July 15, 2007. Janet SAWYER (née HENDERSON) of Southampton at the age of 62. Wife of the late Kenneth W. SAWYER. Loving mother of Kent of Southampton, Deanna and her husband Mark PRENTICE of Barrie and Lisa and her husband Robb GEE of London. Proud Nana of Brianna. Dear sister of Joan and her husband Keith WEBB of Coldwater. Also survived by her sister-in-laws, Dorothy and her husband Jack RILEY, Karen MATHESON, Linda McLAREN, RuthAnn and her husband John McCLINTON, Darlene and her husband Dennis NEILLY, June and her husband Doug CATTO, Marlene SAWYER, Helen SAWYER, Laura-Lee SAWYER and by her brother-in-laws, Bruce SAWYER and his wife Sandi and Douglas SAWYER and his wife Jennifer. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents John and Helen HENDERSON. Visitation from the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton, on Tuesday July 17, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Janet SAWYER will be conducted in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. A Time of Fellowship and Sharing will follow at the Walker House. Cremation. Private Interment of Ashes at a later date. Expressions of Remembrance to the Grey Bruce Humane Society or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.

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CATTO o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-01 published
BEGG, Eva Elizabeth (née MacPHERSON)
Of Tiverton, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Sunday, September 30, 2007, in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Grant BEGG. Dear mother of Stuart (Norma) BEGG of R.R.#4 Walkerton and Beverley (Scott) RAMAGE of Tiverton. Cherished grandmother of Shawn and Cynthia BEGG and Maggie and James RAMAGE. Loved sister of Catherine (Harry) RUETZ of North Bruce, Jean (Norman) CAMPBELL of Port Elgin, Marguerite (Mervin) CATTO of Tiverton, and Bruce (Grace) MacPHERSON of Inverhuron. Predeceased by brothers, Stuart, Angus and Eoin MacPHERSON. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Grace MacPHERSON of R.R.#1 Tiverton, Marianne GREER/GRIER of Inverhuron and Helen MacPHERSON of Kincardine. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Visitation at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 1Z5, 519-396-2701, on Tuesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church-Tiverton on Wednesday, October 3, at 2: 00 p.m., with Rev. Wendy LAMPMAN officiating. Interment, Tiverton Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Knox Presbyterian Church - Tiverton, or the Kincardine Hospital would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com

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CATTO o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-03 published
CRAWFORD, Bob Russel
Bob Russel CRAWFORD, passed away suddenly, near Owen Sound, on Thursday, November 1st, 2007, at the age of 56. For the past 25 years, Bob has lived and worked with his adopted family, Glen CATTO of R.R.#2, Owen Sound, Ontario. A private graveside service will be held at Oxenden Cemetery, on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007. If so desired, donations to the charity of your choice, would be appreciated, as your expression of sympathy, and may be made through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, (519-376-7492).

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CATTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-28 published
CATTO, Barbara Jean (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
With great sadness, we announce the death of our Mom, Jean CATTO, who passed away quietly at home, surrounded by her children, on Tuesday, July 24, 2007.
Born on May 14, 1931, Mom grew up in Port Credit, Ontario. Following graduation from the University of Toronto in 1952, Mom married our Dad, James Arthur CATTO on June 26, 1954.
Although Port Credit was home, Mom's heart was in Muskoka where she and Dad spent many magical seasons. After our Dad died in 1984, Mom moved north to Muskoka in 1986. For 15 years the cottage, the lake, the mergansers, the white pines and the beautiful rocks of Muskoka provided a sanctuary and served as a welcoming refuge for her far-flung kids and many other family members and Friends.
In 2001, Mom moved west to Victoria, British Columbia to be closer to kids and grandkids, and her new view of the Olympic Mountains across the waters of the Juan de Fuca provided much comfort. We feel very fortunate that following a short illness, Mom was able to spend her final days at home, surrounded by all of her children, close family and Friends.
Mom will be sadly missed by her kids: Joanne, of North Yorkshire, England; Babs, of Victoria, British Columbia; and Steve, of Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. Also grieving her passing are sons-in-law, Colin GRIFFITH and David VERNON, her grandchildren Ben, Andrew, Jack and Julia, her sister Peggy ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of North Carolina, and so many other dear family and Friends.
Please help us celebrate Mom's life during a memorial service to be held, on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Skinner and Middlebrook, 128 Lakeshore Road, Port Credit, Ontario, with a reception to follow.
At Mom's request, we thank you for donations to: Victoria Hospice, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8R 1J8.

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CATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-13 published
WARNER, Irene
Peacefully, at the Toronto East General Hospital on January 11, 2007. Irene was an active member of many bridge organizations and was secretary to the American Contract Bridge League. Retired from the Fraser and Beatty Law Firm. Lovingly remembered by brothers Bill CATTON and Don CATTON and families. Loved by daughter Lynn and husband Hong MARK and grandchildren Jeremy, Tiffany, Andrew and Kevin. Will be missed by her bridge partners and community. Friends will be received at the McDougall and Brown 'Scarborough Chapel', 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Avenue E.) on Sunday January 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 with Funeral Service held on Monday January 15, at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a humanitarian charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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CATZMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-15 published
CATZMAN, Marvin
Peacefully, at home, with his family by his side on Thursday, June 14, 2007. The Honourable Mr. Justice Marvin A. CATZMAN, beloved husband of Lynn. Loving father and father-in-law of Penny and Jarrett SHERMAN, Julie CATZMAN and Michael ARBUS, and David. Devoted Zaidy of Darryn. Loving son of the late Irene and Fred CATZMAN. At Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Friday, June 15th, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 23 Pinnacle Road, daily from 1: 00 p.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Marvin A. Catzman Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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CATZMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-21 published
Judge sensed the horror of wrongful conviction and freed Guy Paul Morin
By Kirk MAKIN, Page S8
Toronto -- As 21 judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal ascended the stage at a recent gala dinner to sing a humorous tribute to retiring Chief Justice Roy McMURTRY, a hush fell suddenly over the crowd of 1,600.
Moving slowly amongst his attentive brethren, visibly wobbly and disoriented, was the familiar figure of Mr. Justice Marvin CATZMAN. Well into a battle with lung cancer, Judge CATZMAN had left his sick bed to honour his chief justice. No one was struck more by this unexpected, bittersweet glimpse of the Court of Appeal's most senior judge than Chief Justice McMURTRY himself.
"One of the highlights of that dinner was Marv being there and getting up and singing," he recalled. "I feel like I've lost a very special friend. Everybody in the court feels that way."
Judge CATZMAN was a stalwart fixture on an extraordinarily strong bench, one from which a dozen of judges could potentially be elevated to the Supreme Court of Canada without drawing a serious ripple of dissent.
A man with the calming instincts of a mediator, Judge CATZMAN's deft sense of humour and his ability to make others feel that their opinions mattered deeply had long since made him a favourite on the court.
"His manner was unfailingly polite and courteous," Mr. Justice Michael Moldaver said. "Not once did I ever see him lose his temper. Not once did I ever see him treat anyone with disrespect." He said Judge CATZMAN was a confidante and a mentor whose wealth of knowledge and wisdom attracted a steady stream of judicial colleagues to his office.
"If you had a difficult issue, he was the guy to go to," Mr. McMURTRY agreed. "He was a constant source of advice."
Raised in Toronto, he was the son of Fred CATZMAN, a prominent city lawyer. While sociology was what initially attracted him to the University of Toronto -- he obtained his undergraduate degree in 1959 -- Judge CATZMAN went on to acquire a law degree immediately afterward at U of T's famed law school.
Following in the footsteps of his father, he was called to the bar in 1965. He began practising at a firm founded by his father and uncle -- Catzman and Wahl -- until his 1981 appointment to the Supreme Court of Ontario.
As a trial lawyer, his highest-profile case was one in which a young psychic, Rita Burns, unsuccessfully sued multi-millionaire Peter Pocklington for not compensating her for advice that she claimed had made him a fortune.
On the Court of Appeal, Judge CATZMAN wrote or signed onto judgments in numerous high profile or important cases, including ones in which the court:
Upheld an unprecedented $1.6-million damages award to an Ontario government lawyer who had sued the Church of Scientology for libel
Struck down a law that made it a crime to possess marijuana for medical purposes
Upheld a law permitting parents to use "reasonable force" to correct their children's behaviour
Ended the custom of opening local municipal council meetings with the Lord's Prayer
Permitted Gordon Folland, a man who was exonerated in a rape conviction, to sue his defence lawyer for negligence after alleging that he had spent three years in prison because his lawyer failed to order DNA testing on underwear, found at the crime scene, that would have pointed toward another man as the assailant
Overturned the acquittal of Erika Kubassek, a woman who attempted to disrupt a same-sex marriage ceremony, after she claimed she had received a message from God instructing her to shove Rev. Brent Hawkes, pastor of Toronto's Metropolitan Community Church. "She chose to deliver a message that she knew would fall on unreceptive ears," Judge CATZMAN wrote.
While he authored his share of criminal law rulings, they were not Judge CATZMAN's forte, Judge Moldaver said. "I know Marvy will forgive me for this, but whenever he was sitting on criminal cases, he would run into my office on a regular basis and say: 'Mikey, I keep running across this thing called 'reasonable doubt.' Can you tell me what it is?' "
However, that didn't prevent Judge CATZMAN from maintaining a deep sensitivity to the horror of a wrongful conviction. This was never as evident as in February, 1993, when he granted bail to convicted killer Guy Paul Morin, who would later be exonerated in the murder of his nine-year-old next-door neighbour, Christine Jessop.
Coming at a time when there was still a great deal of public skepticism about whether wrongful convictions truly occurred, the decision made Mr. Morin just the second Canadian convicted of first-degree murder to be freed on bail.
In recent years, Judge CATZMAN's seniority on the Court of Appeal gave him the right to speak last whenever an appeal panel gathered to discuss an upcoming ruling.
"I never saw Marvy try to bully anybody into a position," Judge Moldaver said. "Any conference he mediated was filled with reason and common sense. At the bottom of it all, he felt that a good, strong, healthy dissent was a way of advancing the law, and of getting the Supreme Court of Canada to look at it."
A sublime writer who was viewed by many of his colleagues as being the dean of judgment-writers, Judge CATZMAN felt litigants were owed a ruling that was both readable and legally concise. He put whatever time was required into crafting his rulings and preparing for court.
"He had the ability to convert even the most complicated legal issues into common sense," said his daughter, Julie, herself a recent University of Toronto law graduate.
"No one came into court more thoroughly prepared," Judge Moldaver said. "No one had a better command of the record. And this didn't come about by chance. It came about by his hard work, his dedication, his passionate love of the law and the joy he derived, every day, from performing his judicial duties and bringing justice to all who had the good fortune to appear before him."
Indeed, lawyer Steve Posen, a close friend who got married, recalled that Judge CATZMAN and his wife Lynn showed up in separate cars on the wedding day "so that he could read his papers for a trial the next day."
Judge CATZMAN was known for employing his droll sense of humour to persuade others to adopt his reverence for study and craftsmanship. Judge Moldaver recalled once sending a draft of a judgment to Judge CATZMAN to see whether it captured their shared view of the case.
It arrived back with a note that said: "Mikey, I have read this. It is terrible. Tears of laughter streamed down my face until it hit me that you were serious about it, and not kidding. I asked your secretary to take my name off the panel, but she insisted that all three judges have to be listed. So, I pleaded with her to substitute for my name the name of some long-gone judge, but she said she would have to ask you about it.
"If, contrary to all reason, you decide to release this piece of judicial drivel on an unsuspecting legal audience, would you at least consider the brilliant suggestions I have made at pages 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19?
"Love and hugs, Marv."
Judge Moldaver also recalled occasions in the courtroom where he sat back, preening himself after aiming what he felt was a particularly incisive question at a lawyer. "I would look over to Marv, and there, on his computer screen in big, bold, block letters, was a message which usually went something like this: 'If you would keep your big mouth shut, we might get out of here by 4: 30.'
"This was Marv's gentle, if not to subtle, way of chiding me for being a smart aleck in the courtroom."
Judge CATZMAN had his idiosyncrasies. Mr. Posen recalled that growing up in downtown Toronto, he and Judge CATZMAN would regularly attend a local cinema to watch movies that were known to be awful, solely for the purpose of wisecracking about their flaws.
He also harboured a deep emotional attachment to a specially designed desk which, according to Judge Moldaver, required a dozen steroid-enhanced movers to manoeuvre. "It made the Queen Mary look like a tug boat," he said. "I used to tell Marv that if he put it on wheels, it would double as a mobile home."
In 2000, Judge CATZMAN added to his notoriety with a satirical masterpiece of reverse logic that he wrote for the Advocates' Society Journal. Titled "The Wrong Stuff: How to Lose Appeals in the Court of Appeal," it advised lawyers on a multitude of ways to punch holes in their own ships.
"Judges are people, too," Judge CATZMAN wrote. "They don't like dry, boring legal arguments. They hunger for something to enliven their day. Help meet this judicial need by making at least one passionate speech to the jury every time you appear before an appellate court. Invite your client and her entire family to observe your performance. Instruct them carefully how to nod enthusiastically, whistle and cheer in support of your submission.
"Overstate your case. Excoriate the opposing counsel. Pound the desk. Sprinkle your argument with phrases such as: 'travesty of justice,' 'abuse of process' and 'wisdom of Solomon.' (This last phrase should be addressed, with a sly wink, to whichever judge you think has been least receptive to your submission.)"
When a member of an appeal panel asks a question, Judge CATZMAN advised, lawyers should make fun of it. "Cast at the judges who didn't ask the question a knowing look that says: 'I really feel for you two. It must be tough to sit up there, day after day, and listen to all these ridiculous questions.'
"Then, glance condescendingly at the judge who did ask the question, blurt out the first thing that comes into your mind, and move on quickly before he think of something else to ask you."
A staunch family man, Judge CATZMAN organized annual road trips to Florida and the Stratford Festival. He presided over a weekly family dinner, and usually telephoned his children one or more times a day simply to chat. He also liked to invent excuses to drop in and play with his grand_son, Darryn.
The family remained inseparable through his illness, camping out at the hospital where Judge CATZMAN received his cancer treatment. "He never once complained or felt sorry for himself," Julie CATZMAN said.
Indeed, Judge CATZMAN would retreat into self-contained silence to regroup following each grim prognosis, emerging 24 hours later in good humour. Several months ago, given a brief reprieve by his doctor, he delightedly returned to the Court of Appeal for a week in which he heard several cases alongside two close Friends, Mr. Justice James MacPherson and Madam Justice Eileen Gillese.
A camp instructor, swimmer and squash player in his youth, Judge CATZMAN grew to have little interest in participatory sports. However, he always maintained an abiding passion for his favourite baseball team -- the Toronto Blue Jays.
His son David recalled sitting with his over-excited father at the sixth game of the 1993 World Series, when Joe Carter strode to the plate for what would become the most famous at-bat in Blue Jay history.
"Hey, Davy, wouldn't it be great if he hit a home crack?" Judge CATZMAN said. A couple of pitches later, as the ball soared over the left-field fence, he kept yelping: "Davy, where'd it go? Where'd it go?"
Among Judge CATZMAN's most notable rulings was a 1993 decision to grant bail to Guy Paul Morin, describing the case as unique.
This week, Mr. Morin broke a personal embargo on media interviews to praise someone who had ventured far out on a limb for him: "He was a judge who saw above the rest, and was the turning point in my life," he said.
"When I was in Mr. CATZMAN's courtroom, I felt there was something special about this judge. I felt hope for a change. He granted me bail and freed me from the nightmares of Kingston Penitentiary. He was not just a great judge with a just decision, but a wonderful human being. Thank you again, Mr. CATZMAN."
Marvin Adrian CATZMAN was born in Toronto on September 1, 1938. He died of lung cancer in Toronto on June 14. He was 68, and a lifetime non-smoker. He is survived by his wife Lynn and children Penny, Julie and David.

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