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CHUDNOVSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-09 published
COLE, Maxwell
On Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Harold and Grace Baker Centre. Maxwell COLE, beloved husband of Lillian COLE. Loving father and father-in-law of Peter COLE and Ila SISSON, Ellen COLE and Mircea POPESCU, and Susan G. COLE and Leslie CHUDNOVSKY. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Stanley and Sandy COHEN, and Evelyn COLE. Devoted and sweet Zaidy of Andresa, Sascha, and Molly. He touched all who knew him with his music, kindness and love. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Temple Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva commencing Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 68 Appleton Avenue from 2: 00 p.m. daily. Donations may be made to the Maxwell Cole Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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CHUNG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-01 published
Mary Bates BURNS, 89: Swing singer
Mary Bates Burns was a hit with the troops and once turned down a date with Frank Sinatra
By Matthew CHUNG, Staff Reporter
She was a decorated World War 2 veteran with "perfect pitch."
Mary Bates BURNS went from making bottle tops in a factory to entertaining overseas troops with a featured singing role in the wartime revue "Meet the Navy."
She later shared stages, and radio waves, with legends of the swing era and, according to family lore, once rejected a romantic overture from Frank Sinatra.
"Mary never did make a big thing about her celebrity status," said her sister, Peg HARRIS, 85, from her home in Prince Edward Island. "She certainly was a celebrity in Toronto."
BATES BURNS performed for much of her career as Mary BATES but later took her second husband's surname. She died December 19 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, after a brief illness, at age 89.
Born June 6, 1917 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, she moved with her family six years later to Toronto's east end, near Pape Ave. and Gerrard St. E.
Her voice got noticed by co-workers in a factory and they encouraged her to try out for a local quartet. She got the job and performed with Jack ALLISON, Bill BOUNSALL and Helen RICHARDSON as The Crushy Swingers, after a successful audition for Orange Crush Co.
They quickly made a splash in the Canadian music scene, garnering airplay on CFRB and being featured on a radio broadcast put on by The Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund.
The quartet was spotted that summer by Rudy Vallee, the famous 1930s American crooner known for singing through a megaphone, as they performed at the Canadian National Exhibition.
Impressed, Vallee asked the group to sing on his Thursday evening NBC radio show broadcast from New York.
The performance was such a success BATES BURNS and the others moved to the Big Apple and made more appearances on Vallee's show as The Swing Kids. They disbanded in the late 1930s, and she launched her solo career.
BATES BURNS appeared as a featured vocalist with many large swing orchestras including The Modernaires.
In front of a microphone, BATES BURNS was "Marvellous… she was just a natural," her sister said.
It was back in Toronto, at the Canadian National Exhibition around the start of World War 2, that BATES BURNS rubbed shoulders with Frank Sinatra, then in the early years of his career.
"I think the story was, he asked did she know where a guy could get a drink?" said BATES BURNS's daughter, Kate BURNS Rapley, in a phone interview from England.
"He then said was there any chance of him having some company with that drink?"
BATES BURNS, married at the time to musician Ken ADAMSON, declined. She and ADAMSON were later divorced.
BATES BURNS joined the Canadian navy in World War 2 as a member of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Services. She was a featured act in the "Meet the Navy" musical show that entertained soldiers stationed across Canada.
It was a dangerous time and "sad too, because you lost so many Friends in those days," said another sister, Betty JESSHOPE, 82, from her home in Oakville.
In 1944, "Meet the Navy" went overseas, playing around England. During a five-month run at London's Hippodrome theatre in 1945, the show received a rave from Beverley Baxter in the London Evening Standard.
"You don't have to visit the Hippodrome out of any sense of duty," she wrote. "The Canadian Navy has sailed up the Thames and London is its prisoner."
JESSHOPE said servicemen turned out to be an appreciative audience for her sister.
"In the navy show, the first time (BATES BURNS) sang… I think they had a hard time getting (soldiers) to shut up," JESSHOPE said, "because the young men just kept clapping her on."
After the war, "Meet the Navy" was shot as a film in Britain with BATES BURNS as a featured vocalist.
England also provided her with a second husband, accomplished saxophone player Bob BURNS, whom she wed in 1948. BATES BURNS performed there in 1950 with orchestra leader Bert Ambrose at Ciro's, a popular nightclub of the time. The pair had a son, Rob, in 1948, and daughter Kate in 1952.
BATES BURNS retired from singing professionally soon after the birth of her daughter and, around the same time, was divorced from BURNS.
She returned to Canada and worked as an electrologist for a while, moved back to England for a few years in the 1970s and then came back to Canada for good.
"I think she was never really sure where she wanted to be," said Kate. "She had gone back and forth all her life."
In fact, BATES BURNS made one last trip across the Atlantic in August, paying a three-week visit to Kate and her three children.
"She was very bright, she had all her faculties," said Kate.
BATES BURNS remained close with many Friends from the swing era, including composer Robert Farnon and Bert Pearl, bandleader on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio's popular program The Happy Gang.
And she still loved to sing when together with family. "I don't think she ever appreciated how good (a vocalist) she was herself," JESSHOPE said.

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CHURCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
CHURCH, Caroline Baily
Passed away at William Osler Health Centre, Etobicoke on Friday, October 5, 2007. Wife of the late Leonard. Mother of Stephen and Bonnie. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Monday, October 15, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 1 p.m., followed by cremation.

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CHURCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-19 published
CUNNINGHAM, Dorothy
Dorothy passed away peacefully December 16, 2007, a few weeks shy of her 80th birthday, sparing her from the Alzheimer's disease that had just seriously claimed her personality and quality of life.
Do grew up and, after marrying Graham, raised her own family on Vivian Ave. in the Town of Mount Royal. She had many Friends in the town, who all appreciated her sense of humour and musicality. She played the piano, sang in choirs, and every year was involved in a Gilbert and Sullivan production. A natural organizer and promoter, she turned her talents first to the Montreal West Operatic Society and then, after returning to university and moving to Butternut Bay on the Saint_Lawrence River, to the Brockville Arts Centre. She also found time to co-found the Brockville Women's Network and teach English at the college. Graham's retirement saw them spending winters by the beach near Saint_Petersburg in Florida, where, once again, she got her new Snowbird Friends involved in a million activities, including the musical Sister Act.
Do leaves her four children; Jane, David, Gordon and Ann, eight grandchildren; Ross, Alana, Martha, Ashleigh, Evan, Drew, Edward and Kimberly; and one great-granddaughter; Emma. Also her brother, Evan CHURCH.
After family, Friends were the most important part of Do's life. She had many great Friends in all the different locales she lived. She thrived in company, and we'll all remember the distinctive laugh we heard so often.
A private family service will be held. Please send messages to the family c/o David CUNNINGHAM, 604 Broad Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3A 2L8. If you would like to make a donation in Dorothy's memory, please consider doing so to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Florida 33785. This sanctuary, on Do and Graham's favourite beach, rescues injured seabirds, and was one of Do's favourite destinations.

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CHURCHILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-10 published
ROBINSON, Luella Reta (née WILBUR)
(March 2, 1920-November 2, 2007)
After a wonderful life, Luella ROBINSON passed away on Friday, November 2, 2007 at the age of 87 years. Lue was born in New Horton, New Brunswick on March 2, 1920 to the late Captain Alvin WILBUR and Ella Akerly Strayhorn WILBUR. She moved to Montreal in 1939 to pursue a career in nursing and graduated from Montreal General in 1942. Lue then joined Northern Electric as the Home Care Nurse. On July 6, 1945 Lue married her humorous, affectionate and charismatic husband George Airlie (Pete) ROBINSON of Rawdon, Québec. She was a business woman before her time, but was a nurse most of all. Lue opened the Rawdon Convalescent Home in the early 1960's and she later established Heather Lodge Hospital. Many of the young men and woman hired and trained by mom simply became part of our extended family. Pete and Lue spent many wonderful years in Boca Raton golfing and enjoying a very active social life with their many Friends. In 1990 they moved from Rawdon to Calgary to be nearer to their daughters. Lue is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Heather and Daniel J. GAGNIER, Terry and Bruce CHURCHILL- SMITH, and Lynne ROBINSON who were her pride and joy; by her two grandchildren, Peter and Jane CHURCHILL- SMITH. She will also be missed by her sister, Elta Wilbur DUGID, sister and brother-in-law Doris Wilbur HICKS and Harvey HICKS of New Brunswick and their five children, Susan, Nancy, Karen, Barbara, and Hugh. Lue will be lovingly remembered by many grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Mildred Wilbur STEEVES and by her beloved brother Harry STRAYHORN. A Private Family Service was held in Calgary. In the summer of 2008 a Memorial Service will take place in Rawdon, Québec. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If Friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the New Horton Baptist Church, c/o H. Hicks 485 Shediac Road, Moncton, New Brunswick E1A 2T4 or to the Rawdon United Church, 3253, 4 Avenue, Rawdon, Québec J0K 1S0. In living memory of Lue ROBINSON, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta Telephone: 1-800-661-1599

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CHURCHLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-14 published
TREW, Gerald Beatty
Passed away at Northumberland Hills Hospital on Wednesday, September 12, 2007. Gerald TREW, Royal Canadian Air Force World War 2 R277961, beloved husband of Betty BAXTER and the late Nora OWENS. Dear father of David TREW (Christine), Brenda SMITH (Wayne McROBERTS), Anita (Terry JACKSON,) Jim CHURCHLEY (Sharon) and Terry CHURCHLEY (Luanne). Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Brother of Doreen CHURCHLEY, Jean SMITH and the late Kenneth and Bertram TREW. Friends will be received at the Allison Funeral Home, 103 Mill Street North, Port Hope, Sunday 2-4 and 79 p.m. Hope Lodge No. 114 and visiting brethren Masonic Funeral Service Sunday 6: 30 p.m. Funeral Service Monday 11 a.m. at the Port Hope United Church, 34 South Street, Port Hope. Interment, Port Hope Union Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Port Hope and District Health Care Foundation. www.allisonfuneralhome.com

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CHUTER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-05-30 published
CHUTER, Harvey Edwin
Peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Harvey CHUTER of Owen Sound in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Audrey (née BUTLER.) Dear father of Catherine and her husband Dan SHANAHAN of Sarnia, Marlene and her husband Rick BURNS and Debbie and her husband Greg MARTIN all of Owen Sound and Trevor and his wife Shelley of Sarnia. Sadly missed by four grandchildren Sharleen and her husband Paul LEONE, Kimberly and her husband Paul HURST, Chevonne MARTIN and Brendon MARTIN and five great-grandchildren Jestyn, Jayla, Lexie, Rachel and Leighton. Also survived by two sisters Ida McBRIDE of Exeter and Bessie TOWNSHEND of Clinton and two sisters in law Tillie ISAAC and Florence CHUTER. Predeceased by four sisters Doris, Mary, Margaret and Irene and three brothers Bus (Elliott), Tom and Wilfred. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home 519-376-3710 for visiting on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at St. George's Anglican Church on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Father Ed WAGNER officiating. There will be visiting at the church on Friday afternoon from 1 o'clock until service time. Interment, Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. George's Anglican Church, Crescent Athletic Club or the G.B.R.H.C. Foundation would be appreciated.

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