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FINCH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-11 published
CLINKER, Marie (née FINCH)
Of Wiarton passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 10, 2007 in her 81st year. Beloved mother of Margo CLINKER (Doug) of Bracebridge and David CLINKER (Susan) of Montreal. Cherished grandmother of Susannah CLINKER of Montreal and Jason (Ginger) FARQUHAR of Bracebridge, great-grandmother of Jory, Kenni and Shine, step-grandmother of Carrie (Mike) McCOY and Amanda and Devon SPECHT and step-great-grandmother of Dez. Marie was predeceased by her parents Suzannah (POORE) and William FINCH, brothers Jake and Henry, sister Mary and grand_son Ken. Having served her country as a Women's Royal Naval Service during World War 2 and as an armed forces wife of a peacekeeper, Marie was vehemently proud of being Canadian. She loved the Bruce Peninsula, the water, her family, her Friends and learning. She will be missed. Visitation will be held at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a legion service on Tuesday at 6: 45 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Marie's life will be held on Wednesday, June 13th at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Ed LAKSMANIS officiating. Interment Bayview Cemetery. Memorial donations made to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario in memory of her sister Mary and grand_son Ken would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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FINCH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-24 published
FINCH
In memory of Pearl Laura FINCH, March 25, 1911 - January 28, 1999.
Down a winding country road
There grows a flower garden.
In that garden there grows a single red rose.
That rose, dear Maw, is you.
Though we cannot see you,
We know you walk beside us every day.
We remember your quiet humour
And your sense of right and wrong that you instilled in us.
You were and still are our guiding light.
We miss you and love you very much, Maw., Cora Belle, Nelda and Roy.

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FINCH o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-09-19 published
BALLANCE, Jesse
Passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday September 11, 2007 in his 19th year. Jesse, loving son of Debbie and James EBERHARDT and Joseph BALLANCE and Kim FINCH- BALLANCE. Brother of Natasha. Grandson of Jim and Ruby EBERHARDT, Laura and Ed PRATT and Dorothy and Francis ROSS. Jesse will also be sadly missed by his many extended family and Friends. Friends were received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main St.), Stayner (705-428-2637) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday September 14, 2007. Funeral Service was held at Clearview Community Church, 1070 County Road 42, Stayner on Saturday September 15, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m.. For more information or to sign the online guest book, log on to: www.carruthersdavidson.com.
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FINCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-11 published
CLINKER, Marie (née FINCH)
Of Wiarton passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 10, 2007 in her 81st year. Beloved mother of Margo CLINKER (Doug) of Bracebridge and David CLINKER (Susan) of Montreal. Cherished grandmother of Susannah CLINKER of Montreal and Jason (Ginger) FARQUHAR of Bracebridge, great-grandmother of Jory, Kenni and Shine, step-grandmother of Carrie (Mike) McCOY and Amanda and Devon SPECHT and step-great-grandmother of Dez. Marie was predeceased by her parents Suzannah (POORE) and William FINCH, brothers Jake and Henry, sister Mary and grand_son Ken. Having served her country as a Women's Royal Naval Service during World War 2 and as an armed forces wife of a peacekeeper, Marie was vehemently proud of being Canadian. She loved the Bruce Peninsula, the water, her family, her Friends and learning. She will be missed. Visitation will be held at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a legion service on Tuesday at 6: 45 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Marie's life will be held on Wednesday, June 13th at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Ed LAKSMANIS officiating. Interment Bayview Cemetery. Memorial donations made to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario in memory of her sister Mary and grand_son Ken would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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FINCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-02 published
EDWARDS, Jane Ann (SLATER)
On September 29, 2007, after a lengthy illness Jane passed away at Lakeshore Lodge, Toronto in her 82nd year. Wife of the late Bill (W.H.) EDWARDS. Mother of Ken (Pauline,) Susan, Ellen (Peter DEVENISH) and Barbara. Grandmother of James, Diane, Nicholas, Christine, April and Shannon. Great-grandmother of Daniel, Phillip, Aidan and Jordan. Daughter of Kenneth and Marguerite (and Margaret) SLATER. Sister of Wendy NEILSON and Judy FINCH. Predeceased by brothers Robert and Nicholas and sisters Clare and Susan (Newton). A private family service will be held followed by Interment at Beechwood Cemetery Ottawa. The family gratefully thanks all those at Lakeshore Lodge (2-North and 3-South) and SRT Med-Staff who provided so much support and care to Jane. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Lakeshore Lodge Charitable Fund through Ridley Funeral Home 3080 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com.

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FINCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-15 published
TRETHEWEY, John Hilliard (1941-2007)
Portrait by Wendy TRETHEWEY, 1962
Retired Infantry Major (The Canadian Guards, and after 1970, The Royal Canadian Regiment). While vacationing with his cherished wife Judit in Budapest, Hungary, John died peacefully in his sleep on December 8th, the result of a heart attack. Following school in Toronto (Whitney Public and North Toronto Collegiate) and a Junior Forest Ranger job, John hitchhiked across Canada. He joined the Officers Training Corps in 1958 at U of T. He chose Infantry (he liked the red beret) for his summer training at camps Borden and Petawawa. After attending Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph and Mount Allison in Sackville, New Brunswick (History/English), John joined the regular army in 1962 as a Lieutenant. He served in Petawawa, Gagetown, Germany, Norway, Cyprus, Montreal (FLQ), Australia (Staff College, Queenscliff and the Jungle Training Centre, Canungra), London, Ontario, Meaford, Suffield, Royal Military College Kingston (honourary member of Class of '80), Halifax, Aldershot, and Ottawa. John was a varsity swimmer and water polo player. He enjoyed canoeing, chess, poker, casino roulette, traveling to World War 1 battlefields and history. He was a spectacular father, grandfather and husband who cherished his Friends. Beloved husband of Judit (née CSONTOS,) son of Hilliard and Dell, loving father of Philip (Megan), Colin (Cyndi), Steve (Sarah). Fondly remembered by his first wife Wendy (née FINCH- NOYES, Phil and Col's Mum). Devoted Poppa to Carolina, Dear brother of Margaret LEWLESS, Uncle to David SLATTER. Saturday, January 12th @ 1100hrs - Celebration of Life service open to all held in Ottawa at Beechwood Cemetery in the new National Memorial Centre (280 Beechwood Ave). In lieu of flowers. Feel free to follow John's example by donating clothes, money and/or your time to the Ottawa mission: www.ottawamission.com

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FINCHEN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-15 published
HERBERT, Georgia Beryl
Suddenly at the North Bay General Hospital on Thursday September 13, 2007 at the age of 82. Beloved wife of William of Tara. Dear mother of Mark and Renate of Tara and Merren of Kitchener. Loving Nana to Angela, Steven (Cathy), Dana (Jon), Mark Jr. (Julie), and Kelly (Rene). Great Nana to Britney, T.J., Payton and Evan. Dear sister of Clifford SWEEZEY of Pembroke, Dreana LEATHERDALE and Dehlia FINCHEN, both of North Bay. Predeceased by sister Ruth LOMAS. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as all her Friends she played bridge with. Georgia had a special place in her heart for Special Needs Children and Seniors with whom she volunteered regularly. Friends may call at Paul H. Eagleson Funeral Home in Tara on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, September 17, 2007 at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be expressed online at www.paulheaglesonfuneralhome.ca

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FINDLAY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-03 published
William George " Bill" LEESON
In memory of William George "Bill" LEESON who passed away at Huronview on Saturday, December 23, 2006 in his 92nd year.
Beloved husband of the late Idella LEESON (1996.) Dear father of David and Joan LEESON of Kitchener. Loving grandfather of Ryan and Brock. Survived by brother Everett LEESON. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Catherine LEESON, sisters Hilda FINDLAY, Neola SANDERS and brother Roy LEESON. Visitation was held at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd., at East Street, Goderich on Wednesday from 11 am until the time of service at 12 noon. Interment at Maitland Cemetery. Donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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FINDLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-24 published
CHARLTON, Isabel Leask (née FINDLAY) (1911-2007)
Died peacefully at Queen's Square Terrace, Cambridge, Ontario October 20, 2007. Predeceased by her husband David S., her dear sons Tony, David and Bill and her sisters Betty WOOD and Margaret AMBROSE. Loving 'Granny' to Eleanor, Ted, Ian (Sara,) Brefney, Jenny, Emma, Andrea (Jonathan WILLSON), Gillian (Michael FULLILOVE) and Gordon and her four great-grandchildren Abigail, Sam and Lucy CHARLTON and Patrick FULLILOVE. Dear mother-in-law to Joan, Anne and Janet. Aunt of Fiona WOOD, Judy AMBROSE, Tim CHARLTON, Diane WOODSIT, Louise WOOD and Jim AMBROSE. The family would like to thank the devoted staff of Queen's Square Terrace, Lisa (Bayshore Services,) Anne HIGGINSON and loyal friend Theresa (Trisha) MORBROOK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2H1, Central Presbyterian Church, 7 Queen's Square, Cambridge, Ontario N1S 1H4 or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, Ontario on November 10, 2007 at 2: 00 p.m.

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FINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-07 published
ZIMMERMAN, Dorothy
On Monday, August 6, 2007 at the Toronto General Hospital. Dorothy Levy ZIMMERMAN, beloved wife of the late Samuel ZIMMERMAN. Loving and beloved mother of Doctor Arthur Eric ZIMMERMAN, and Claire-Ruth (Monieca) SEDDON. Dear sister of Margaret FINE and the late Clayman LEVY. Dorothy had a passion for art and was a master painter in watercolour. A graveside service will be held in the B'nai Moshe Section of Roselawn Cemetery on Tuesday, August 7th at 3: 30 p.m. Shiva 514 Brunswick Avenue from 5-8 p.m. daily. Memorial donations may be made to the Dorothy Zimmerman Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3 at 416-780-0324 or www.benjamins.ca.

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FINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-19 published
GOLD, Sally
On Monday, September 17, 2007 at her home. Sally GOLD, beloved wife of the late Harry GOLD. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Jerry and Margaret-Anne, and Chuck and Marilyn. Dear sister of Faye TISHLER. Devoted grandmother of Joanne and Matthew ALTER, Deborah GOLD, Jamie GOLD and Jacky FINE, Barbara and Charles TAERK, and Paul and Rachelle GOLD; and great-grandmother of Rebecca, Daniel, Ethan, Harrison, Joshua, Zachary, Ryan, Matthew, Sari, Toby, and Sophie. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, (south of Eglinton) for service on Wednesday, September 19th at 11: 30 a.m. Interment, Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva 7 Sonata Crescent. Memorial donations may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation 416-946-6560.

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FINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-24 published
ADAMSON, Adrian Cawthra
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Adrian on Friday, December 21, 2007, with great courage and surrounded by his loving family, following a long but ever hopeful struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and stroke. He is survived by his wife Esther FINE, his children Gil, Andrew and Keira and his brothers, Jeremy and Chris. Many thanks to the outstanding staff and volunteers at Bridgepoint Health and The Aphasia Institute and the doctors and staff in Intensive Care Unit B4 at Sunnybrook Hospital. He will be well-remembered by his family and Friends as well as his many students at Humber College, and fellow students of Cambridge, University of Toronto and TCS.
A service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Friday, December 28 at 11 o'clock. A reception will follow in the Leaside Room. Donations in Adrian's name may be made to The Aphasia Institute, 73 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, M3B 2R2 and The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 175 Bloor Street East, Suite 700, North Tower, Toronto M4W 3R8. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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FINEBERG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-17 published
FINEBERG, Albert
10/15/2007. (Tarzan/Yunk)
On October 15, 2007 in his 95th year-peacefully at home. Albert, beloved husband of the late Lily. Dear father of Rosalie (Steven), Gail (John), Honey (Abie). Adored Zadie of eight grandchildren and big Zadie to seven great-ones. Survived by his brother Joe. Devotely cared for by Naty. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. from Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W. Interment Dawes Road cemetery. Sons of Jacob section. Shiva to be observed at 81 Wenderly Drive, Toronto. Donations may be made to the Temmy Latner Center 416-586-4800 ext. 8290.

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FINGOLD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-05-28 published
FINGOLD, Pamela (née GRUNDMAN)
On Sunday, May 27, 2007 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Pamela FINGOLD, loving, giving, caring and beautiful (inside and out), wife of Peter FINGOLD. Most loving mother of Carolyn, Alissa, and Melanie. Devoted daughter of Gail and Irving GRUNDMAN, and daughter-in-law of Evelyn and the late Harvey FINGOLD. Special and caring sister of Howard and Gary GRUNDMAN. Candy and Couscous will miss their afternoon walks with Pamela. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, May 28th at 2: 30 p.m. Interment Beth Torah Synagogue Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 72 Shallmar Blvd. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Sick Kids Foundation at 416 813-6166.

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FINGRUT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-15 published
CAMERON, Phyllis May (née TOUZEL)
With profound sadness, respect and love, the family announces the passing of this remarkable woman in her 105th year, on December 13, 2007. Born in 1903 in Jersey, C.I., daughter of Marie and Philippe TOUZEL, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. CAMERON, her sisters Maude, Lillian, Gladys, Irene and Eunice, brother Maurice, and son William. She is survived by sons, Robert (Joan), Paul (Barbara), grandchildren Julie (Phil), Paul, Ali, Jon, Bill (Berit), Sandra (Gary), great-grandchildren Samantha, Cameron, Alicia and Erin, many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Phyllis was a wonderful mother and friend to all who met her. We are grateful for her long and inspiring life. The family thanks Doctor Phillip FINGRUT and all the excellent, caring staff of Carefree Lodge who made a home for her. The family will receive visitors for the hour prior to the 11: 00 a.m. service at Trull Funeral Home "North Toronto Chapel", 2704 Yonge Street, (5 blocks south of Lawrence Ave.) on Tuesday, December 18. Reception following. E-mails welcome at paulcameronis@rogers.com. In lieu of flowers donations to Carefree Lodge Foundation, 306 Finch Ave. E. Toronto M2N 4S5 would be appreciated.

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FINK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-20 published
KELLY, Juliette Elizabeth (née FINK)
At the London Health Sciences Centre on Friday, August 17th, 2007, at the age of 66 years, the former Julie FINK, wife of Charles KELLY of Port Elgin, Aunt of John and his wife Fiona of Port Elgin, and Laurie and her husband Greg SANFORD of Cambridge. Grandma to Devan and Kyle SANFORD. Sister of Claire BERNIER, George FINK and Jacquie DEVOLIN. She is predeceased by her parents Rene and Cecile FINK, and by her brothers Philip and Wilfred, and by her sisters Jeanne and Marguerite. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores), from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, August 20th. Funeral mass will be celebrated in Saint_Joseph's Church, Port Elgin on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., with Father Peter MEYER officiating. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Parish vigil service will be held in the funeral home on Monday evening at 8.30 p.m. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery, Port Elgin. Memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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FINK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
FINK, Reuben Gordon (March 5, 1918 to January 13, 1990)
Beloved son of the late Henry D. FINK and Mary (LITT) FINK of Hanover, Ontario. A veteran of World War 2 who gave his life whole heartedly for his country, family and Friends. Dad, we know if you were here today you would be in Afghanistan to protect Freedom at all costs. Greatly loved and missed.

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FINKELSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
SHNIER, Norman
Peacefully on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at Toronto General Hospital surrounded by his family. Norman SHNIER, beloved husband of Roberta. Loving father and father-in-law of John, David and Evelyn, and Paul and Elissa. Devoted grandfather of Pinhus, Sarah-Eta; Stephen, Rachel, and Zachary; Esther-Leora, Sholom, Avroham, and Elana- Gitte. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Bertha and the late Gordon KLIMAN of Winnipeg, Irving and the late Eleanor, Jack and the late Esther of Oklahoma City, Cecil and Rae of Winnipeg, Esther and Lanny REMIS of Winnipeg, Babe and the late Jack FINKELSTEIN of Winnipeg, Max and Chana of Vancouver, Philip and the late Shirley, Allan and Rhona of Winnipeg, Raye and Max DOLGOY of Edmonton, Helen and the late Abe SPEVAKOW of Edmonton, the late George SHNIER, and the late Clifford SHNIER. He will be fondly missed by his many nieces and nephews. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment the Temple Sinai Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 11 Janesville Road, Thornhill, with daily visits beginning at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Roberta and Norman Shnier Family Endowment Fund c/o The Baycrest, 416-785-2875.

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FINKHOUSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-21 published
HOULDING, Barbara Joan (née ION)
After a brief illness, at Henderson Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, on August 18, 2007. Beloved mother of Davey and his wife Jennifer, Elizabeth and her husband Joseph FINKHOUSE, and Kenny and his wife Kim. Devoted grandmother to Austin, Evan, and Patrick HOULDING and Nina FINKHOUSE. Dear sister to Robert ION, his wife Beatrice, and the Ion family. Visitation at Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Ancaster Chapel, 378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ontario L9G 2C2, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service on Friday at 11 o'clock in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to Project Concern, a registered charity operating under the auspices of the Hamilton Police Service, 155 King William Street, Box 1060, LCD 1, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 4C1.

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FINKLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
FINKLE, Charles Benjamin
Derek FINKLE and Julie MITCHELL are overjoyed to announce the arrival of their son, Charles Benjamin, on August 30th, 2007, at 3: 18 p.m. Tipping the scales at 6 pounds, 2 ounces, Charlie is looking forward to meeting his grandparents Marva MITCHELL, Gail and Andy SHARPE, as well as Ralph and Josiane FINKLE. Special thanks to Doctor CRAM and the birthing staff at Toronto East General.

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FINKLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-25 published
GOLDKIND, Sally (née FINKLE)
In her 90th year, peacefully on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at Baycrest Terrace. Sally GOLDKIND, beloved wife of the late Murray GOLDKIND. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Howard, Paul, and Louise and Shelly GOODMAN. Devoted daughter of the late Avrum and Brushka FINKLE. Dear sister of Gerry KARRY, and the late Eva and Jack BALTMAN. Devoted grandmother of Ari, Alex, Rebecca and Michael. At the Shaarei Tefillah Synagogue section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park for a graveside service on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Sally was the devoted care giver of Paul for many years. She will be sadly missed by her many cousins, nieces and nephews, her adoring grandchildren and life long friend Rose ROTH. Memorial donations may be made to Beit Halochem, 905-695-0611.

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FINLAY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
BAUMAN/BOWMAN, Allan " Sparky"
Peacefully at University Hospital on Thursday, January 11th, 2007, Mr. Allan Bowman "Sparky" BAUMAN/BOWMAN of London, in his 76th year. Loving father of Ken (Leslie) BAUMAN/BOWMAN of London and Connie BAUMAN/BOWMAN of Maraga, California. Dear grandfather of Alex, Max, Spencer and Maya. Predeceased by his 2 brothers Warner and Doug FINLAY. Al was a well known welding teacher (Clarke Road Secondary School); a member of Friendship Lodge Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Trail, British Columbia; Mocha Temple, London; and the Kiwanis Club of Fanshawe London. Friends may call at the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Monday, January 15th from 7-9 p.m. Service from the Chapel on Tuesday, January 16th at 11 a.m. Spring interment Fairmount Cemetery, Baden, Ontario. Memorial donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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FINLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-29 published
LITTLE, Bruce Wilson
Peacefully and surrounded by family in Ottawa on Thursday, September 27th, 2007 at age 76. Adored by his companion, best friend and loving wife Jane, daughters Susan (Assem SAID,) Mary (Michel PICHÉ,) Martha (Michael AGNEW,) Sarah (Douglas MacMILLAN,) Beth (David ARNOLD,) and son Elliott (Shelley POWERS.) Loving grandchildren Sarah, Tarek, Philippe, Laura, Eric, Julia, Taylor, Caroline, Elizabeth, William, Matthew, Christopher, Jennifer, Andrew, Charlie. Loving brother to Mary SIGURDSON, John, and Janet FINLAY. Predeceased by his sister Sheila MOFFITT Bruce led a happy, full life surrounded by many loyal Friends and adoring family, doing the things that he loved. His generosity, kindness and compassion will be remembered and carried on for generations. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 125 MacKay Street on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 2 p.m. Condolences/donations: mcgarryfamily.ca

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FINLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-10 published
FINLAY, Paul David (September 18, 1960-October 5, 2007)
Paul died peacefully at the age of 47 surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband and best friend of Jennifer (née PALMER) and proud father of William and Michael. Loving son of Delphine and the late George. Dear brother of Doug and wife Ginny of Grimsby, Steve and wife B'Ann of Oakville, Matt and wife Kate of Calgary and Mark and wife Evelyn of Toronto. Dear uncle to his many nieces and nephews. Friends and family alike will sorely miss Paul. Paul and his family were widely known and loved in the Lorne Park community through their high school years and developed a wide and diverse group of Friends that they maintained throughout their lives. Paul also met the true love of his life Jennifer in high school whom he eventually married after graduating from McMaster University. Paul and Jen recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. Paul started his career with Hughes Container and excelled as one of the top account managers for over 20 years. He will be greatly missed by his many Friends at Hughes. Paul's generously shared his love for life with Friends and family. His gregarious personality, positive outlook and enthusiasm influenced all who knew him. Friends will be received at the Funeral Home of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Road East (one block west of Hurontario) Mississauga on Thursday October 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday October 12 at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen's on-the-Hill, 998 Indian Road, Mississauga. Cremation to follow.

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FINLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-22 published
FORSYTH, Mary Veronica Fitzgerald
Died peacefully, with her family, at home in Mississauga, Ontario, in her 93rd year, bravely fighting a battle with cancer. After a life of service to her family, church and local communities. Mourned by loving husband Linlay, son Andrew and wife Dorothy, grandchildren Tania, Christopher, and Alexa, and daughter Veronica and husband Allan LEMAY. Born 1915, Wednesbury, England, educated there and Wolverhampton. Active member of Saint Mary's R.C. Parish, Wednesbury. Served in ordinance manufacturing and emergency services in World War 2. Upon marriage in 1947, relocated to Filton, Glos. Active member of St. Theresa's R.C. Parish. Emigrated to Montreal, Canada 1952. President and joint founder with Rev. Harry Crawford of local Meals-on-Wheels, St. Laurent, Quebec, and active member of Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Parish, (1952-79). Relocated to Mississauga, Ontario. Active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and Golden Legends Seniors Club (1988-2005). The family extends its thanks to the many Friends for their support, also, thanks to the staff of Unit 2-C, Credit Valley Hospital, Doctor Marisa FINLAY, Doctor Rick SHEPPARD, community nurses Lilian and Therese, caregivers Jacqueline KIRKPATRICK and Veronica LEMAY. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home - "Mississauga Chapel", 1981 Dundas St. W., (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, October 22. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 23, at St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church 2473 Thorn Lodge Dr., at 11 a.m. Interment of cremated remains at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Research Society or the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.
Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000 Online condolences at www.neweduk.com

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FINLAYSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-24 published
RICH, Keith
Passed away suddenly at his home in Meaford on Monday November 19, 2007 at the age of 80. Keith was born in Dugald, Manitoba in 1927 and was raised in Edmonton by his father, Doctor Charles B. RICH, and his mother Florence RICH née JACKSON. He served his radio apprenticeship with CHOB Pembroke, Ontario, CJBI Victoria, and CJCA Edmonton where he spent 4 years. Keith moved to Toronto in the late 1950s and joined CFRB. After 2 years, he teamed up with fellow Edmontonian Steve Woodman to resume work as a radio tag team and their success led to a 2 year stint with WNBC in New York City. In 1964, Keith and his family moved backed to Toronto where he began a 22 year tenure as CKEY's morning man. Then in 1986 Keith made the move to CJCL where he remained until his retirement from radio in 1990. Keith is pre-deceased by his wife Elizabeth SHELDRICK, and survived by children Chris, Robin, Michael and Kevin, his first wife Virginia, sisters Daphne ANDERSON and Josephine FINLAYSON, and grand children Samantha and Mackenzie RICH. Please join Keith's family to celebrate his life on Thursday November 29th from 1-3 p.m. at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, 69 Denmark Street, Meaford, Ontario (519) 538-2550, followed by a reception at the Meaford Castle Restaurant, 365 Sykes St. from 3-5 p.m. If desired, the family requests that a donation be made to the Salvation Army.

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FINLAYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-13 published
Astute, hard-living mining magnate made Noranda into a resource giant
Over a span of nearly four decades, he turned the company into one of the world's largest resource-based conglomerates, writes Sandra MARTIN. By the time he was through, he had helped increase assets from $700-million to $11-billion and become a very big man on Bay Street
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S12
A man who loved a balance sheet and who dedicated his working life to building Noranda into a diversified resources-based conglomerate, Alfred (Alf) POWIS was a new kind of mining executive when he became president of the company in 1968. Instead of clawing his way up the mine shaft and into the executive suite, he began as a mining analyst in the insurance business. While he wasn't an M.B.A. graduate, he thought like one. "He was one smart guy and he did a tremendous job for Noranda. He was a shooter," said long-time colleague, geologist and business executive William (Bill) James.
"He was a bridge between the business sector and the public sector, and he was a very influential and positive one," said Tom Kierans, chair of Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. "That's not to say he didn't understand the mining business. He did."
Mr. POWIS also enjoyed a party as much as a director's meeting. An inveterate smoker, and a man who was known to take a drink, he had enormous stamina and drive and loved to be the last man standing, or playing the piano, at social gatherings.
Alfred POWIS was born in Montreal in 1930, the eldest of two sons of Alfred and Sarah (née McCULLOCH.) His father, who was in the insurance business (Chubb), was a whiz squash player, and his mother, a homemaker, was a talented pianist. He grew up in the tony English-speaking enclave of Westmount, playing sports (especially tennis), practising the piano and attending local public schools.
Part of the generation that was too young to fight in the Second World War, he graduated from Westmount High School in 1947, went immediately to McGill University, where he earned a bachelor of commerce degree in 1951, and then to a job as a mining analyst at Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada. In 1953, he married Shirley HALDENBY, the daughter of an executive at Dominion Securities. Their eldest child, Tim, now a television producer, was born in 1955.
The insurance business led Mr. POWIS to Noranda (now Falconbridge) headquarters in Toronto. In 1955, Mr. POWIS made an appointment with John Ross Bradfield, intending to quiz the mining company's president about Noranda's financials on behalf of his own investor clients at Sun Life. During the interview, Mr. POWIS stumped Mr. Bradfield with so many tough questions that "he felt he better hire the guy," according to Mr. James.
Mr. POWIS took the job, doubling his salary from $300 to $600 a week, and moved his family to Toronto. He and his wife subsequently had two more children, Nancy and Charles (Chuck). His rise at Noranda under Mr. Bradfield, his mentor, was meteoric. In 1958, he was assistant treasurer of the company; 10 years later, he was appointed president and chief executive officer, making him, at 38, one of the youngest chief executive officers in the country. "When I was a kid, every year there seemed to be another announcement of a promotion," his son Tim said in an interview this week.
From then until the mid-1980s, Noranda opened and acquired more than 40 mines, including Mattagami Lake Mines and Brunswick Mining and Smelting, Canadian Electrolyte Zinc, Hemlo Gold Mines, and Noranda Aluminum. In 1977, the same year that Mr. POWIS became chair of the board of Noranda in addition to president and chief executive officer, he divorced his wife and married his secretary, Louise FINLAYSON.
During Mr. POWIS's 40-year tenure at Noranda - he stepped down as chief executive officer in 1990 and chair of the board five years later - the company became one of the world's largest producers of zinc, copper, nickel and aluminum and diversified into forest products and operations in Canada, the United States and Europe and natural gas fields in Alberta and British Columbia. Assets increased from $700-million in 1968 to $11-billion in 1995, according to a citation for Mr. POWIS in the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
And yet, such growth has a price. A resources-based company such as Noranda had its share of suitors and predators - especially when the economy flagged. Mr. POWIS "was an exceptionally capable executive" who "knew a great deal about all aspects of his far-flung business," said former Noranda shareholder Conrad Black in an e-mail message.
"I thought he was too preoccupied with who his shareholders were and whether he would retain independence, when his role should have been doing all he could for the share price. He also had great difficulty with the cyclicality of all the resource businesses he was in. When base metals and oil and gas were up, forest products and precious metals would be down, or some such thing. He was a brilliant managerial executive, but a rather impetuous strategic and financial strategist. I always found him a very intelligent, witty, and agreeable companion [and] always a good man to join for dinner or a glass of whisky."
In October of 1979, Brascan acquired Conrad Black's 11-per-cent stake in Noranda, tried to up its ownership to 20 per cent and asked for two seats on the board of directors and one on the executive committee. "We were trying to assert, what we thought was our right to representation on the board, and he resisted that with great charm and effectiveness for some time," said Senator Trevor Eyton, then a principal in Brascan. "He was a very likeable person and highly intelligent. He knew where everybody was buried and he knew all of the facts."
Mr. POWIS "resisted" or outmanoeuvred Brascan's overtures for about two years by increasing its share offerings (and thereby diluting Brascan's holdings in Noranda) and by acquiring half of MacMillan-Bloedel (now Weyerhaeuser), the giant British Columbia forestry-products company. Finally, Brascan joined forces with Caisse de dépot, a Noranda shareholder in Quebec, and formed a new company called Brascade, which owned slightly more than 21 per cent of Noranda's shares.
Armed with this financial battering ram, Brascade had an acrimonious showdown with Mr. POWIS in August of 1981. "Finally, he succumbed and we had the representation we thought we were entitled to," Mr. Eyton said. According to Patricia Best and Ann Shortell in The Brass Ring: Power Influence and the Brascan Empire, that included six seats on the board. But that concession didn't occur until after Mr. POWIS had taken Mr. Eyton into the boardroom, shown him the 12 directors' chairs and told him there was no more room at the table. To which Mr. Eyton says he replied: "We were quite happy to sit in the second row so long as we got in the same room as everybody else."
Over the next few years, which were very tough times in the resource industries as Canada weathered a deep recession in commodity prices, combined with high interest rates, Mr. Eyton came to know Mr. POWIS as a colleague rather than an adversary, from sitting around the (expanded) board table and visiting mine sites that came complete with tours and dinners with the locals. "He always took great pleasure in arriving at these receptions early and being the last to leave, but he'd be the first one at the bus at 7 a.m. the next morning, even though he probably had two or three hours less sleep than any of us," said Mr. Eyton. "I always used to marvel at his physique. It had to have been a very strong one and he must have had very good genes, because he smoked continuously and he drank his share and more," he said. "He had tremendous stamina, great endurance and a very strong will."
Even though Mr. POWIS had been forced to put an extra leaf in the board table, he and his two closest associates, Adam Zimmerman (a chartered accountant from Clarkson Gordon who joined Noranda in 1958 as assistant comptroller and worked as executive vice-president of forestry and aluminum) and Bill James (a consulting geologist who joined the Noranda board in 1968 and began working as executive vice-president of mining in 1974), retained their jobs.
Running Noranda and its satellite companies was more than a full-time job, especially in lean times. "This is no longer a business about acquisitions, but a business of survival," Mr. Kierans, then president of McLeod Young Weir (now ScotiaMcLeod) remembers Mr. POWIS saying at Noranda's annual meeting in 1984. But Mr. POWIS also found time to serve on a number of industry, corporate and broader public boards.
Catholic in his interests and open-minded, he was big on public policy, big as a founding member of the Business Council on National Issues (now the Canadian Council on Chief Executives), big as a founding member of the C.D. Howe Institute, big as a founding member of the British North America Committee and, of course, as anybody in the resources industries would be, big on free trade with the U.S.
"He was very literate in both a financial and economic sense. He had a good mind and he liked to spar and was intellectually curious," said Thomas d'Aquino, president of the Canadian Council on Chief Executives.
In 1977, Mr. POWIS and William (Bill) Twaits of Imperial Oil brought a group of business executives together to form the Business Council on National Issues to forge connections between business and government and to have a share and a voice in the making of public policy. "At the time, the concept of corporate and social responsibility had not yet been born, so it was unusual for people to raise their noses above running their individual companies to raise the biggest issues of the day," said Mr. d'Aquino. "It was a call to arms for chief executives saying this is going to be our organization. That was groundbreaking and what made Alf POWIS a pioneer."
Darcy McKeough, treasurer and economics minister under Ontario premier Bill Davis, said: "Noranda and the mining industry generally knew that they had to get along with government and with the communities they operated in, so he took an interest in public policy, probably with regard to the mining sector, but larger than that as well."
Mr. POWIS had got his feet wet in public policy discussions with government in the early 1970s when he served on the Ontario Committee on Government Productivity. The committee's "massive report" was largely implemented after Mr. Davis became premier in 1971, according to Mr. McKeough.
"Alf got a tremendous insight into the working of the provincial government from that and a great interest in it, and he was also involved in the Mining Association [he served as president of the Mining Association of Canada from 1974 to 1975], and then forestry, and that gave him a window into Ottawa," said Mr. McKeough, who served as a member of the board of Noranda after he left politics in 1978.
Having seen Mr. POWIS from both sides of the public-private divide, Mr. McKeough said he "behaved exactly the same way - interested, knowledgeable and trying to see both points of view." Assessing him as a person of great business and personal integrity, Mr. McKeough said: "The mining industry didn't have the best reputation in those days and Alf was way out in front, insuring that they did."
The last years were not kind to Mr. POWIS, as his body succumbed to a lifetime of hard work, smoking and drinking. He was in a wheelchair when he attended the funeral of Carter, his younger brother, in July. Nearly three weeks ago, he was admitted to hospital after a fall at home.
Alfred (Alf) POWIS was born on September 16, 1930, in Montreal. He died in Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto of emphysema on October 10, 2007. He was 77. He is survived by his wife, Louise, three children and six grandchildren. He also leaves his first wife, Shirley.
A private family funeral is planned, followed by a celebration of his life at the York Club in Toronto on October 23.

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FINLAYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-24 published
RICH, Keith
Passed away suddenly at his home in Meaford on Monday, November 19, 2007 at the age of 80. Keith was born in Dugald, Manitoba in 1927 and was raised in Edmonton by his father, Doctor Charles B. RICH, and his mother Florence RICH née JACKSON. He served his radio apprenticeship with CHOB Pembroke, Ontario, CJBI Victoria, and CJCA Edmonton where he spent 4 years. Keith moved to Toronto in the late 1950s and joined CFRB. After 2 years, he teamed up with fellow Edmontonian Steve Woodman to resume work as a radio tag team and their success led to a 2 year stint with WNBC in New York City. In 1964, Keith and his family moved backed to Toronto where he began a 22 year tenure as CKEY's morning man. Then in 1986 Keith made the move to CJCL where he remained until his retirement from radio in 1990. After Keith left radio he turned his forever interest in farming into a full-time occupation. Keith and his wife Elizabeth also bred Australian shepherds and their dogs were much loved companions. Another passion of Keith's was researching and writing on Canadian and British aviation history. The lure of flying also drew him into collecting and restoring vintage aircraft with the Collingwood Classic Aircraft Foundation. Aviation was a focus for much of Keith's life, including many cross-country trips piloting his own plane with family in tow, and ownership of the airport in Midland, Ontario. Keith excelled in building all manner of structures and vessels and was particularly adept at recruiting his workers by inviting Friends and family up to the farm for a 'get together' only to hand them a hammer shortly after they arrived. All workers were handsomely rewarded with wonderful conversation and much revelry. Keith is predeceased by his wife Elizabeth SHELDRICK, and survived by children Chris, Robin, Michael and Kevin, his first wife Virginia, sisters Daphne ANDERSON and Josephine FINLAYSON, and grandchildren Samantha and Mackenzie RICH. Please join Keith's family to celebrate his life on Thursday, November 29th from 1-3 p.m. at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, 69 Denmark Street, Meaford, Ontario (519) 538-2550, followed by a reception at the Meaford Castle Restaurant, 365 Sykes Street, from 3-5 p.m. If desired, the family requests that a donation be made to the Salvation Army.

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FINLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-05-27 published
Teen charged after mom killed
The 'dedicated, doting' mother of five was biking when struck by a driver accused of drunk driving.
By April KEMICK and Kate DUBINSKI, Sun Media, Sun., May 27, 2007
A mother of five is dead and a teenager charged with drunk driving causing death after a crash west of London that could have been prevented, police say.
Mary Beth THOMAS, 47, of Middlesex Centre, was riding her bike north along Coldstream Road when she was hit by a northbound car near Sinclair Drive about 9 p.m. Friday.
THOMAS, lauded by those who knew her as a "dedicated, doting" mother of five, was taken to University Hospital in London, where she died of her injuries.
The driver of a Plymouth Neon, Andrew Raymond DAVIS, 18, also of Middlesex Centre, has been charged with impaired driving causing death, possession of marijuana and breaching conditions.
"She was just the most devoted mother and wife," said Rev. Pam TOLMAY of Vanneck United Church, where THOMAS was a lifelong member.
"It's a devastating loss for her children, her family and this community."
Described as an avid sports fan who "took great pride in watching all of her children play minor sports," THOMAS supported 4H Junior Farmers and was an active member of her church.
"She was an incredible person," said fellow church member Ken NIXON.
Area police and activists against drunk driving expressed disappointment about the nature of the crash.
"This is a preventable tragedy that happens all too often," said David FINLEY, community leader for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Haldimand-Norfolk.
"This type of thing shatters families and causes irreparable damage that is needless."
Ontario Provincial Police spokesperson Const. Michelle SMITH said THOMAS's death was preventable.
"It's always (a) tragedy when anybody loses their life. And this one could have been avoided," SMITH said.
"We want to remind drivers to look out for cyclists. It's nice out now, and cyclists are out, both adults and children.
"We also want to remind drivers to drive sober."

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FINLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-26 published
PAYNE, Dorothy Rowe Lynch
Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville on Sunday, June 24th, 2007 in her 95th year.
Dear mother of Dennis, Harry and Bernard LYNCH, Lucille SHAW, and Catherine JEANES, Dorothy had fifteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Dorothy taught school in Orono and Woodbridge, music in six rural schools in North Darlington, accompanied the Oshawa Choral Society and played the organ in Newcastle United Church for twenty nine years and taught piano lessons for many years.
Dorothy requested that no services are to be conducted for her passing. The family extends appreciation to Doctor OSBORNE, Doctor FINLEY and the staff of Lakeridge Health Bowmanville for their care and dedication. Special thanks is given to Janet and Tom DEACHMAN and the staff of Comfortable Alternatives, Bowmanville, for their constant attention and loving care for Dorothy in her last few years. Donations in Dorothy's memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to The Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 905-623-5668.

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FINN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-18 published
Teaching nun loved by students and colleagues
By Tyler KULA, Special To Sun Media, Sun., November 18, 2007
Sister Mary Margaret FINN didn't have many other choices when she decided to become a nun and a teacher.
It was early in the Second World War, a time when careers for women were uncommon.
"Back in that day, in 1940, women only had three options: they could get married, they could become a nurse or they could become a teacher," said FINN's niece, Mary Grace Finn DEWEESE.
"She probably wasn't inclined to the sciences, so she decided she'd go into teaching."
It turned out that London-born FINN loved teaching and, in turn, was loved by her students and colleagues.
"She was just a delight," said Sister Anne ANTAYA, who knew FINN through the Sisters of Saint_Joseph in London.
"The kids loved her and she really worked hard."
FINN, who taught school in Southwestern Ontario and Alberta, died November 3 in London at the home for the Catholic religious order to which she gave 67 years of her life.
She was 87.
One of five children born into a Catholic family in 1920, FINN and two older brothers all entered religious life, service virtually unheard of today.
FINN's nephew, Peter DANDENEAU, remembers his aunt fondly.
"It was like still having a mother alive as long as she was alive," said DANDENEAU.
"With her death, it's the last of the London FINNs. It's the end of an era," he said.
Nicknamed " Bunny" by the other sisters, FINN entered the convent at 20 while finishing an education degree in Alberta.
During her career, she taught Grades 1 and 2 and specialized in reading.
FINN had a talent for making lessons fun, said Antaya.
"For the little people who found reading very difficult, she was able to help them."
"She must have taught children for about 50 years," said Finn DEWEESE.
After FINN retired from teaching, she volunteered as a tutor at Blessed Kateri and Saint Michael's elementary schools in London.
Her impact resonated with teachers, said Antaya.
"Even the other night, some of those teachers came back and were present at her wake service," she said.

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FINNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-28 published
FINNIE, Joan Hazel (née ELLIOT/ELLIOTT)
Peacefully Sunday August 26, 2007 at the age of 85. Beloved wife for 57 years of the late Don FINNIE. Loving mother of Bruce and Ross. Cherished "Nannie" of Kalla. Predeceased by brothers Wallace, Donald and Ian, and sister Barbara. Joan was born in Lachine (Montreal) where she spent a happy childhood and youth. She served proudly as a Women's Royal Naval Service in World War 2, then moved to Ottawa following her marriage to Don. Gardener, bird watcher, lover of nature, Red Pine camper (over 50 years), curler, Kinette, cookie maker, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation listener, bridge player, swimmer, conversationalist, world traveler, observer of life. Joan loved to laugh, her whole face lighting up with amusement, mischief, and her big heart. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Thursday, August 30, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday after 12: 30 until time of Service in the Chapel at 2: 30 p.m. In memoriam donations to the Hospice at May Court would be appreciated.

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FINNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-20 published
SUBATCHKOFF, Ada
On Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Ada SUBATCHKOFF beloved wife of the late Anatole SUBATCHKOFF. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Lilli and David GILLMAN, Irene YARED and Morris SHERMAN, and Ruth and Robert FINNIE. Devoted grandmother of Samantha, Shawn, Jessica, Amber, Pamela, and Christopher. Devoted great-grandmother of Zachary, and Max. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Community section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 560 Briar Hill Avenue. Memorial donations may be made to Ontario Heart and Stroke, 416-489-7100, or to the Arthritis Society, 416-979-7228.

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FINNIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-05 published
Chronicler of the Ottawa Valley sought 'not from books but from life'
Weaned on the stories of her father, hockey-hero Frank FINNIGAN, she became 'an archival gumshoe' determined to pass on the oral histories of lumbermen, farmers and settlers
By Noreen SHANAHAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Joan FINNIGAN was the unofficial historian, champion and poet laureate of Ontario's Ottawa Valley.
Over the years, she followed the Opeongo Line, an area of the valley settled in the 1850s by Irish, Scottish and German immigrants, to collect the stories of saints and sinners, heroes and giants, settlers and lumbermen. The result was enough material for 31 books, 14 collections of poetry, plus screenplays, radio scripts, newspaper and magazine articles, most of which are an informed sprinkling of anecdotes, tall tales, folklore, humour, legend and historical fact.
Among her titles are Some of the Stories I Told You Were True Laughing All the Way Home; Legacies, Legends and Lies; Tallying the Tales of the Old-Timers; and Life Along the Opeongo Line.
Joan Helen FINNIGAN was the daughter of national hockey legend Frank FINNIGAN, captain of the Ottawa Senators when the club won the Stanley Cup in 1924 and again in 1927. Her mother Maye (HORNER) was a teacher who also came from long-time Valley stock. While Ms. FINNIGAN's early fascination with heroes began during summers spent on her grandfather's farm in Pontiac Country, Quebec, it only grew from knowing her father.
"And in the house on McLeod Street, my father came home from Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, New York, and talked of giants he had encountered, giants he had beaten, giants he had lost out to," she once wrote. "This thing 'not from books but from life' continues to pervade my whole life, my life decisions and my writing."
Ms. FINNIGAN attended Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa and, in 1945, edited the 100th anniversary edition of the school's magazine, Vox Lycei. (Fifty years later, she returned to edit the 150th anniversary edition.) After graduation, she entered Carlton University's fledgling journalism program, but lasted just 18 months before deciding that the way to acquire skills and knowledge was not by sitting in the classroom, but to go out into the field. Interestingly, her decision to withdraw came soon after she had been elected to the student council. Although she polled the most votes, the five young men who were elected with her decided that a young woman could not be president. The sexist slight likely reinforced her resolve to quit Carlton and added to her fighting spirit, so evident later when she took on politicians and publishers in her crusade to tell the story of the Ottawa Valley.
Decades later, Ms. FINNIGAN told a reporter that one stirring and influential experience at Carleton was studying political science under Pauline Jewett, a teacher who later became an member of Parliament committed to social justice causes and a strong advocate for women's rights.
After working as a reporter at the Ottawa Journal for a few years, she studied English and history at Queen's University in Kingston, where her mentor was Canadian historian A.R.M. Lower. While at Queen's, she met her future husband, Grant MacKENZIE. They married in 1949 and, in order to support his medical studies, she dropped out of school and worked as a freelance journalist, publishing her stories in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Farmer's Advocate, the Journal, and Chatelaine magazine, while it was under the editorship of Doris Anderson.
In 1965, her husband suddenly died and Ms. FINNIGAN faced the future as a single mother with three youngsters under 15. By all accounts, this was when her fighting spirit truly kicked in. In the late 1960s, she would pack her children in the car, pick up her notepad and, with a reel-to-reel tape recorder stashed in the trunk, go out into the Ottawa Valley to collect stories. In the early years, her interest lay in architecture. First, she described the state of historic structures, and next she lobbied for their preservation. A couple of decades later, her son, Jonathan, joined her as the photographer -- until one day he convinced her to take her own photographs. Still later, she made the same drive, counting different structures (or, more often, noting their absences) and interviewing different clusters of "old-timers," this time with granddaughter Caitlin.
"Not unexpectedly, the majority of the people interviewed are related to the lumbering saga in the valley," Ms. FINNIGAN wrote in an autobiographical sketch. "From a social history perspective [these tapes were] binding together two diametrically opposed social classes: the wives of the timber barons who made so much money they never could count it… and the seamstresses in the sweatshops in Ottawa who sewed beads on the timber barons' wives ball gowns until their fingers bled."
One of the people she interviewed in 1978 was the 102-year-old grandfather of Sean Conway, former Liberal member of provincial parliament and now a teacher at Queen's. Ms. FINNIGAN and Mr. Conway later became Friends and he recalls her crusade to unearth lost relics of an earlier time.
"She was an archival gumshoe," he said. "Her car would be encrusted with mud and sand and rock chips, and then she'd tell me about some gem that she had found. 'Now, Conway,' she'd say, 'you and your Friends in government have to do something about these log barns. They are disappearing far too rapidly.' "
For 40 years, Ms. FINNIGAN charmed her way into many Ottawa Valley kitchens and demonstrated skills as a keen listener, she was also sometimes known to be a prickly, opinionated contrarian.
"She was a genuine Ottawa Valley character," Mr. Conway said. "She liked powerful people, understood the world was made up of both saints and sinners, and that all saints have a past, all sinners have a future.
"We had pretty heated arguments… [she believed that] great people often had not-so-great things in their past."
Mr. Conway said she identified with many of the people she had interviewed. Like her, they had spent a lifetime on stony grounds and she found much to admire in their tenacity and persistence.
Ms. FINNIGAN was determined to pass on their stories. The roads in the Ottawa Valley were surveyed in the 1850s and settled by immigrants who were enticed to the area by government land agents, who described it as the last remaining corner of the garden of Eden. In reality, the soil was so thin that it could scarcely hold a surveyor's stake upright and the settlers' sacrifices were stupendous. The result was character in spades, she said. "The men who went into the bush to create Ottawa Valley lumbering mythology were largely illiterate, wonderfully oral, full of the language of poetry and wit."
Little by little, her stories found a public and the National Film Board decided to produced her screenplay The Best Damn Fiddler From Calbogie to Kaladar. The film, featuring a young Margot Kidder, won a Genie award in 1969.
Over the years, Ms. FINNIGAN acquired a loyal following of readers, who appreciated the stories and the regional history woven into them. In 1984, Laughing All the Way Home was short listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and in 1989, Tell Me Another Story was on the short list by the Ottawa Citizen for its Literacy Award. That same year, The Watershed Collection was short-listed for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for poetry, and in 1992, she was short-listed for Ontario's Trillium Award for her poetry collection Wintering Over. Ms. FINNIGAN accepted her perennial status as a runner up with good humour. "I'm glad to be short and honoured to be listed," she once told an audience.
In 1987, her play Songs from Both Sides of the River was performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and in 1992 she published Old Scores, New Goals: The Story of the Ottawa Senators.
Perhaps most significantly, Queen's University has acquired the bulk of her research. Over the years, the school has purchased and catalogued her literary papers so that much of the work has been preserved for future oral historians and scholars. The National Archives has also purchased 400 hours of interviews, considered a benchmark in Ottawa Valley history.
During her final years, Ms. FINNIGAN took her life's work on the road to story-telling festivals and schools and into the offices of politicians. In 2004, her final oral history, Life Along the Opeongo Line, was published, and on April 16, 2005, the mayor of Ottawa declared that day to be "Joan Finnigan Day.
Earlier this year, Looking for a Turnout, her 14th book of poetry, was published. Among the works she left in progress are a 600-page memoir and a collection of love poetry.
Joan Finnigan MacKENZIE was born November 23, 1925, in Ottawa. She died of ovarian cancer in the Ottawa Valley on August 12, 2007. She was 81. She is survived by her three children, Jonathon, Roderick and Martha. She also leaves seven grandchildren.

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