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GEORGAS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
GEORGAS, William Christopher “Bill&rdquo
At his home in Owen Sound on Monday morning July 30, 2007. In his 90th year, William Christopher GEORGAS, the loving husband and friend of Helen GEORGAS (née KARES.) The loving father of Betty Jane and her husband Peter GRAHAM, Christopher GEORGAS and Katherine and her husband Keith McCOLL. Loving grandfather of Roderick and his wife Shelly, Kristan and her husband Mark SEYMOUR and great-grandfather of Emily, Hillary and Chelsea. Dear brother of Louis, Helen (Mrs. Bert WEBBER,) Georgia (Mrs. Anthony NINOS), James (Barbara), Freda (Mrs. Bob GILLSON), Earl (Cora) and Nick. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a daughter Catharine, his brother George and his sister Connie (Mrs. James ROBERTSON.) Bill will long be remembered for his involvement in Owen Sound and area. His love of family, Friends, skiing, rollerblading, golf and sing songs at area nursing homes. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Owen Sound Rotary Club, St. George's Anglican Church or the Grey Bruce Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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GEORGAS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-31 published
City loses a 'favourite son'
By Scott DUNN, Sun Times staff, Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Bill GEORGAS cross-country skiing at the Owen Sound Golf and Country Club in February, 2005. Photo:
The end came unexpectedly for Bill GEORGAS, a man so physically impressive that at 89 he shoveled snow off his roof, in-line skated and skied.
Though small in stature, Mr. GEORGAS' remarkable physical stamina, strength and cheerful spirit were extinguished after his wife found him fallen on the stairs about 4 a.m. Monday. A post-operative examination late Monday suggested he had a heart attack that caused him to fall.
People who knew him heaped superlatives on a man Owen Sound Mayor Ruth LOVELL called a "legend," an "outstanding citizen," the "epitome of a person who loved his community," and an Owen Sound "favourite son."
Marg CAPEL, who selected Mr. GEORGAS as the feature of a "roast and toast" event in June, called him Mr. Owen Sound. She also called him a "wild man on skis."
He visited the city's 150th anniversary homecoming Meet and Greet tent Sunday for a multi-faith church service in the afternoon, then for the evening concert. His family didn't leave with him until about 10 p.m. because Mr. GEORGAS was enjoying himself, talking with people the whole night, his eldest daughter Betty GRAHAM said.
Mr. GEORGAS was the second-oldest among 10 children, all of whom were born in Owen Sound. He attended Northern Business College as a young man but he had always worked in the family movie houses, the Classic and the Savoy theatres.
When those closed he moved to another Famous Players theatre, The Roxy, as a projectionist and retired from there about 20 years ago. His daughter Betty said her dad loved life and was single-minded about things he got interested in, be it golfing, skiing, in-line skating or piano playing. He saw the good in people, as his own dad did, and was a hard worker, she said.
Freda GILLSON, Mr. GEORGAS' sister, said: "He was a very cheerful person and (was) loved by everyone who knew him. He offered encouragement and joy wherever he went."
Younger brother Jimmie GEORGAS, himself a senior champion duathlete, said "He was my mentor."
Mr. GEORGAS loved life and taking chances. When the snowbanks were high he would ski off his roof on top of them. When he was 85 and skiing alone on the West Rocks, he fell through a crevasse but managed to find a way out. He returned the next day to put down boards to protect other skiers.
He skied downhill at Blue Mountain last winter and in-line skated just a couple of weeks ago. A couple years ago he skated to Shallow Lake and back. He would head out, saying little of his destination and not carrying identification because, as he would say, everybody knew him.
In fact, he has fallen a lot and has told people he should have died 20 times over, his daughter recalled. It drove his family crazy, his daughter said.
Mr. GEORGAS's parents were Christ and Sadie GEORGAS, who were born in the Greek town of Sparta. They bought a house in Owen Sound in 1923, which still stands across from A and P.
Mr. GEORGAS was honoured by the city and by the province for his accomplishments as a volunteer. His house is full of awards and honours he received over the years. Pictures of him, usually while cross-country skiing, often appeared in The Sun Times.
In 2003 he told a reporter he'd raised about $180,000 over 23 years in the Rotary Club's annual Winterama cross-country skiing and snowmobiling fundraiser based in Wiarton.
One year he received the Rotary club's prestigious Paul Harris Award. He was inducted in the Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame in the early 1980s for skiing.
Mr. GEORGAS played piano in local seniors' homes, jumping around excitedly as he played standards of the 1940s. His wife, Helen, would sing and invite men to dance. They did this almost daily in nursing homes around Owen Sound.
Mr. GEORGAS was also a religious man and, in April, he carried the cross for a few steps in the Good Friday procession to city hall. He admired Benny Hinn, the television preacher who claims to heal people of incurable illnesses. Mr. GEORGAS particularly admired Hinn's work to help orphans, Betty GRAHAM said.
"He had a deep compassion for underdogs and for poor people," GRAHAM said of her dad. He was known as "Bible Bill" in his youth and he believed God wanted him to do good in the community. He was a life member of the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen of St. George's Church in Owen Sound.
LOVELL saw Mr. GEORGAS most mornings as she walked her dog past his house. He would always ask her how she planned to keep fit that day. He once taught her to downhill ski in the Beaver Valley and left her exhausted by morning's end, while he went up and down the hill the rest of the afternoon.
"Honestly, everybody has a story because he had incredible energy, absolutely incredible energy. He defied age. The years weren't important to him."
William Christopher GEORGAS leaves his wife Helen, and their children Betty Jane and her husband Pete GRAHAM, Christopher GEORGAS and Katherine and her husband Keith McCOLL, grandchildren and great-grand children, nephews and nieces.
Visitation takes place Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place at St. George's Anglican Church Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment is to take place in Greenwood Cemetery.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-05-29 published
SELMAN, Marjorie (formerly GEORGE, née McKENZIE)
Of Oliphant passed away peacefully with her husband by her side at Wiarton Hospital on Monday, May 28, 2007 in her 69th year. Beloved wife of H.R. (Dick) SELMAN and cherished mother of Patti (Todd) HEGY of St. Charles, Illinois and step-mother of Al (Val) GEORGE of London, Andy GEORGE (Joanne REID) of Oliphant, Kim (Scott) HETHERINGTON and Dawn SELMAN (Ken BISCH) of Waterloo and Leslie (Wilf) LENON of Stratford. She will be sadly missed by 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grand_son, brothers Mac (Carolyn) McKENZIE and Donald (Dudley) McKENZIE of Oliphant, sister-in-law Anne McKENZIE of Oliphant and brother-in-law Red CAWKER of Fenelon Falls. Marjorie was predeceased by her first husband Len GEORGE, parents Annie (CONDY) and William McKENZIE, brother Murdoch McKENZIE and sister Cicely CAWKER. Marjorie was a registered nurse and worked for many years for Bruce County Children's Aid Society and later at Wiarton Hospital. Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Marjorie's life at a later date. Interment Balsam Grove Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Donations made to the Wiarton Hospital or charity of your choice 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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GEORGE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-19 published
DICKINSON, Robert " Bob" Hugh
Passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, September 17, 2007 in his 64th year. Bob was a best friend and husband to Janie (nee McROBB) for the past 39 years. Loving father to Rob, wife Debra (MOTHERSELL) of Owen Sound; Terrina, husband Robin LAING of Medicine Hat, Alberta; Scott, wife Michelle (LANKTREE) of Gore Bay, Ontario and Kristopher (Kris) and his wife Paula CRAWFORD of Brampton. Also survived by five grandchildren McKayla, Zoe, Parker, Rachel and Cuinn. Survived by two sisters Joan ACHESON (Doug) and Patricia GEORGE (Al,) his sister-in-law Marg DICKINSON and his numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by father Hugh (Brunie) DICKINSON and mother Robena (Beanie) DICKINSON and two brothers Stanley and Jerry. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home for visiting on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 12 noon until service time. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Claire MILLER officiating. Interment, Elora Cemetery. Memorial donations to Sleeping Children Around the World would be appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.tannahill.com

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GEORGE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-16 published
FARROW, Shirley Annabelle (née RAYMER)
Peacefully at Lee Manor Nursing Home in Owen Sound on Wednesday October 10, 2007, in her 73rd year. Shirley Annabelle FARROW (née RAYMER,) the loving mother of Ellen YOUNG and her fiancé Paul CLIFFORD, Kathy and her husband Dennis AUPERS, Ed FARROW and his wife Susan, Carolyn BEATTY and Brenda GEORGE. Loving grandmother of Matthew and his wife Alicia, Erin, Richard and Ryan. Great-grandmother of Joshua, Faith and Eric. Predeceased by her brother Earl RAYMER and his wife Beulah. A private family service was held. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Lee Manor Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-20 published
GEORGE- MAAS, Susan Janice
At her home surrounded by her family and Friends on Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at the age of 47 years, the former Susan GEORGE of Port Elgin. Loving wife and best friend of Doug MAAS. Cherished and loving daughter of Basil and Betty GEORGE of Port Elgin. Dear sister of Ray GEORGE and his wife Marian of Sylvan Lake, Alberta, and Larry GEORGE and his wife Kathy of Port Elgin. Daughter-in-law of Ken and Mae MAAS of Port Elgin. Sister-in-law of Ron and his wife Barb of Arran Township and Terry and Marlene of Oakville. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21st, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted in Port Elgin United Church, 840 Bruce Street, Port Elgin, on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. with the Rev. Robert WIDDOWSON officiating. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions to World Vision (Africa) or the A.L.S. Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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GEORGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-01 published
GEORGE, Herbert " Herb"
Peacefully at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, on Saturday, December 30, 2006 Herbert "Herb" GEORGE of Mossley in his 81st year. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy (nee HINGE.) Sadly missed by his friend Edna HANSFORD. Loving father of Dale of Thamesville, Darrel (and Margaret Ann) of R.R.#2, Dorchester and Dawn McQUIGGIN of Putnam. Fondly remembered by ten grandchildren. Dear brother of Lloyd GEORGE of Saint Thomas and predeceased by his brother Edwin. Also survived by his brother-in-law Gordon HINGE of London. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
HILL, Marena E.
Peacefully at Extendicare, London on Monday, January 1, 2007 Marena E. HILL of Oneida in her 72nd year. Beloved wife of the late Clinton James HILL (1964) of Tyendinaga. Loving mother of Clinton (Wayne) and Marianne, Cheryl and John FLIS, Clifford (Jim) and Kevin and Jessica. Proud grandmother of Clinton, Isaac, Julia and Nicole. Dear sister of Ray and Norleen GEORGE, Verneta and Archie KENNEDY, Clara GEORGE and Mark and Judy GEORGE. Arrangements incomplete. McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, Lambeth 519-652-2020 in care of arrangements. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully acknowledges.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-04 published
GEORGE, Bruce
Of Hillside Avenue, Delhi passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 in his 76th year. A Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Veteran having served overseas in Germany and Africa with the Canadian Guard. Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 125, Delhi. Member of Saint_John Brebeuf and Companions Roman Catholic Church, Delhi. Beloved husband of Shirley GEORGE (nee: BROWN.) Loving father of Michael GEORGE (Alexandra), Fredericton, New Brunswick; Jennifer GEORGE, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Patrick GEORGE (Terri Lynn), Waterloo, Rev. Fr. Matthew GEORGE, Tillsonburg and father-in-law of Maria GEORGE. Cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren: Katie, Meaghan, Margaret, Amina, Nicholas, Hassen, Jordan, Joseph, Tyler, Sarah, Edward, Nathan, Daniel and great-grandfather of Noura, Amir and Yousuf. Dearest brother-in-law of Merle GEORGE, Richmond Hill and Keith BROWN (Alice), Stayner. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his two daughters: Lesley Carol (1963) and Mary Ellen (1971) and by his three brothers: Richard (1927), Eric (1983), Allan (1995) and his wife Bernice (1995) and by his sister Mary (1928). Friends may call at the Murphy Funeral Home, Delhi for visitation on Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and for Royal Canadian Legion Service at 6: 45 p.m. and Parish Prayers at 7: 30 p.m. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of LaSalette Roman Catholic Church, LaSalette on Monday, January 8, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment in Delhi Cemetery. Donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation or the Breast Cancer Research will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-06 published
HILL, Marena E.
Peacefully at Extendicare, London on Monday, January 1, 2007 Marena E. HILL of Oneida in her 72nd year. Beloved wife of the late Clinton James HILL (1964) of Tyendinaga. Loving mother of Clinton (Wayne) and Marianne, Cheryl and John FLIS, Clifford (Jim) and Kevin and Jessica. Proud grandmother of Clinton, Isaac, Julia and Nicole. Dear sister of Ray and Norleen GEORGE, Verneta and Archie KENNEDY, Clara GEORGE and Mark and Judy GEORGE. A private Funeral Service was held at McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, Lambeth 519-652-2020 on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Elaine CLARK officiating. Cremation with interment Tyendinaga at a later date. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-08-23 published
Man dies after blow to head during a fight
By Free Press Staff, Thurs., August 23, 2007
Police are investigating the death of Darryl Lee GEORGE, 49, of Kettle Point First Nation territory. GEORGE was at a Lakeshore Road home early Sunday when he was struck in the head with a 40-ounce bottle during a fight, sources told police.
The next day, GEORGE was taken to hospital with complications from head trauma, where he later died, the Ontario Provincial Police said. Investigators are waiting for an autopsy to be completed. Anyone with information is asked to call Anishinabek First Nations Police at 519-786-5445, the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-26 published
GEORGE, Linda Diane
After a 10 year amazingly valiant struggle with breast cancer, Linda passed away peacefully on July 21st, 2007. Linda lived life to the fullest and she left this world a better place. After a 35 year career at the TD Bank in the systems department, she enjoyed her retirement to the maximum. Linda was an intrepid traveler, a gourmet chef and the best party host ever. Her legacy will be the many Friends that she has brought together and who were there for her over the past 10 years and especially the last 4 months. She will be dearly missed by her mother Violet (predeceased by her father Bill), sister Faye, niece Joni (Glen), nephew Beau, great-nephews Regan and Taylor, step-children Sam and Craig (Lisa) and granddaughters Charlie and Ed. Linda would have wanted to thank the incredible caregivers at St. Mike's hospital, from the 2nd and 4th floors of the Queen wing. Cremation has taken place and a service followed by a celebration of her life will be held at Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club, at the foot of Coxwell Avenue, (www.abyc.on.ca) on Friday July 27th at 12: 30 p.m. Linda has raised over $30,000 for Breast Cancer research and therefore, in Linda's memory and in lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to Princess Margaret Hospital, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of your choice. She will be very deeply missed by all who knew her. See you in Heaven, ciao Linda.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-01 published
Gunfire outbreak yields six casualties in 10 days
By Tim SHUFELT, Page A9
The shooting of Munit WALIA on Monday in the city's west end capped off a 10-day outbreak of fatal gunfire, pushing the number of gun-related homicides to levels not seen since the so-called "year of the gun" in 2005.
Police found Mr. WALIA, 27, around 9 p.m. in his car suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the Martingrove Road and Finch Avenue West area. He was taken to Saint Michael's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are now investigating whether he uttered the names of his attackers in the voice mail message he was leaving his pregnant girlfriend moments before he was shot.
Nobody has yet been charged in the death of Mr. WALIA, as is the case in four of the six shooting fatalities in the last 10 days.
The killing of Kimel FOSTER, 21, outside the Town Talk Restaurant and Bar near Vaughan Road and Oakwood Avenue, kicked off a bloody weekend in the early morning hours of July 21. Mr. FOSTER died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen, while a second victim survived.
The next morning, 11-year-old Ephraim BROWN died from a bullet to the neck, followed by the separate shootings of Shawn JAMES and Amin AAFI. First-degree murder charges were laid against two people last week in the death of Mr. JAMES, 31, who police say was killed by shots fired from the window of a Beck taxicab near Wellesley and Sherbourne Streets. Police are still searching for a third suspect.
Mr. AAFI, 24, arrived at hospital after shots rang out in Flirt Lounge in the nightclub district. He died from a single gunshot wound, while a second man was treated at hospital for a shot to the leg.
The next casualty was 25-year-old Michael GEORGE, described as a well-liked aspiring rapper, who was targeted as he exited his car in the Meadowvale Road and Finch Avenue West area on Sunday. Mr. GEORGE was not known to police.
In addition to the arrests stemming from the death of Mr. JAMES, police have also charged two people with first-degree murder in the Ephraim BROWN case. The other homicides are under investigation and police are searching for suspects.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
GEORGE, Dorothy F. (née WATSON)
Unexpectedly, with her family by her side, on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at Sunnybrook Hospital in her 88th year. Dearly beloved wife of the late Jack. Loving and devoted mother to Ann DU PONT (Ron), David (Louise) and Peter (Bonnie). She will be lovingly remembered by her 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and sister Melba GALLIVAN. Predeceased by her brother Orville and sister Joan. Greatly admired and respected by relatives and Friends. She will be sadly missed but always remembered. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 north of Queen Elizabeth Way), Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. Clement Church, 409 Markland Drive (at Bloor Street), Etobicoke. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Arthritis Society or the charity of your choice.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-14 published
Surgeon scored 1962 breakthrough with world's first coronary care unit
Doctor who had served on HMCS Prince Robert in wartime later maintained a thriving practice and taught generations of medical students at the University of Toronto, writes Sandra Martin
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S9
Back in the early 1960s, when prescribing blood thinners was the standard treatment for acute heart attacks, Robert (Bob) MacMILLAN and his colleague Kenneth (Ken) BROWN were disturbed by the 40 per cent mortality rate in their recovering patients at the Toronto General Hospital. Some of these patients, who seemed very well when the night nurse checked on them, were found dead the following morning. The cause seemed obvious: a disturbance in the rhythm of the heart's electrical system, or ventricular fibrillation. But what triggered the fatal imbalance remained a mystery.
In 1962, the two doctors established the world's first coronary care unit at Toronto General Hospital. Within a year they had reduced the mortality rate by 10 per cent. The significance of the coronary unit was "huge," said cardiologist Douglas WIGLE, a former colleague and now professor emeritus at the department of medicine at the University of Toronto.
"Bob was a superb teacher with a very dry wit who made a point of being charming and friendly to students when it was more typical in those days for doctors to be austere and professorial," said hematologist Michael BAKER, an intern under Doctor MacMILLAN in the mid-1960s and now physician-in-chief at university health network.
"I learned the technical aspects of cardiology from him but, far more important, looking back, I learned the human side of being a prominent physician," said Doctor BAKER. "He was pleasant, he had a sense of humour, he had a life outside the hospital and he was interested in us as people."
Robert Laidlaw MacMILLAN was born into a medical family in Toronto during the First World War. His father, Robert Johnson MacMILLAN, was an anesthetist at the Wellesley Hospital and his mother, Merle (née LAIDLAW,) was a nurse. The family, which included Bob's younger brother Hugh (who also became a distinguished doctor) and his sister Mary, lived first on Admiral Road and then on Dunvegan in Forest Hill.
When Bob was about 13, his father decided to spend a year in Europe to complete his medical training, which had been truncated by the war. The three children were sent to the Lycée Jacquard in Switzerland, where they learned to ski and to speak French. When the MacMILLANs returned to Toronto, the boys enrolled at University of Toronto Schools, then a boys-only elite private academic institution. They were both burly and very athletic and were known as Big Beef and Little Beef. Bob graduated in 1934 and went that fall to Trinity College in the University of Toronto, where he played college rugby and hockey, and earned an honours degree in biological and medical sciences in 1938 and a medical degree three years later.
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old Welsh woman named Eluned (Lyn) CAREY- EVANS, had graduated from Roedean School near Brighton in Sussex, and set off on a tour of Canada in August of 1939, having been assured by her grandfather, the former British prime minister David Lloyd GEORGE, that fears of war breaking out were grossly exaggerated. She was in Sault Ste. Marie on September 3, 1939, when British prime minister Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany.
Stranded without money, connections, or winter clothes, Lyn was rescued by Friends of her family who arranged for her to stay at St. Hilda's, the women's residence at Trinity College. The university allowed her to attend medical classes (based on her English qualifications) and that is how, coming out of the library with her arms loaded with borrowed books, she literally ran into Bob MacMILLAN, the older brother of her classmate Hugh. After he got down on his hands and knees to retrieve her books, he invited her for a milkshake, and that was that. "He was so funny always; he was such an interesting person," she said in a telephone interview late last week.
They were married three years later on Valentine's Day, 1942, at Trinity College, with no member of her family able to cross the Atlantic to attend the ceremony. By then, he had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. They made their first home in Victoria, British Columbia, which they both loved, but she returned to Toronto when he was posted overseas as a surgeon lieutenant commander on HMCS Prince Robert. The ship, which had been designed as a coastal ferry for Canadian National's Vancouver-to-Alaska run, was the vessel that had carried King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the round trip from Vancouver to Victoria as part of a Royal tour in May, 1939. It was then converted to an armed merchant cruiser for convoy duty and escorted Canadian troops to Hong Kong in October of 1941 for the ill-fated defence of the British crown colony against the Japanese.
By the time Lt.-Cmdr. MacMILLAN climbed aboard, Prince Robert was an anti-aircraft cruiser. It sailed for Plymouth via the Panama Canal, picking up a huge bunch of green bananas on route which Bob decided to present to his in-laws as a getting-acquainted gift. Their first sight of him, as he emerged on the station platform in North Wales in 1943, was of a tall, husky man with a red beard bent under the weight of his bounty of ripe bananas a fruit they hadn't seen in years. They were charmed, according to Lyn MacMILLAN who recollected that her family "ate bananas until they were blue in the face."
Lt.-Cmdr. MacMILLAN remained on Prince Robert for the duration of the war, during which the ship had more conversions and sailed more operational miles than any other in the Royal Canadian Navy. For much of the conflict she was the navy's largest and most heavily armed ship, and later had a final life as a luxury ocean liner.
While her husband was overseas, Mrs. MacMILLAN gave birth to their first child, the historian Margaret MacMILLAN, now warden of St. Antony's College, Oxford. Four more children followed, Ann, a London-based Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcaster Tom, a financier; Robert, a urologist; and David, an energy consultant.
After he was demobilized at the end of the Pacific War, Doctor MacMILLAN was joined by his growing family where he did post-graduate studies in London and Oxford and qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1947. The next year, the MacMILLANs moved back across the Atlantic so he could take up a position at Toronto General Hospital as senior intern in hematology. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) in 1948 and began his long career as a cardiologist on staff at the Toronto General Hospital, initially doing work on blood clotting and platelets.
In the early 1960s, Doctor MacMILLAN and his colleague Doctor K.W. BROWN decided to isolate and observe cardiac patients closely to see if they could determine the factors contributing to high mortality rates in supposedly recovering patients. Federal and provincial governments provided research grants; a private donor, Percy Gardiner, contributed the start-up funds to hire extra nurses to monitor the patients on a 24-hour basis especially in the critical 48-hour period after admission, and the Toronto General Hospital supplied a small room containing four beds separated by curtains.
When the unit opened on March 12, 1962, four patients were attached to improvised electro-cardiogram machines to record every beat of their hearts. Nurses became expert at recognizing complications and instituting life-saving procedures while waiting for doctors to arrive. After a year, this team approach and quick interventions to adjust or restart heart-beat rhythms had reduced the death rate by 10 per cent. The two doctors described their study in an article in the medical journal The Lancet on August 17, 1963, which enabled them to claim credit for establishing the first coronary intensive-care unit in the world.
Despite this medical breakthrough and the fact that Doctor MacMILLAN remained co-director of the coronary unit (which quickly expanded to eight beds) for the next decade, his calling was not primarily as a researcher. Above all, he was a practitioner and a professor, establishing an extensive private practice and teaching generations of medical students at the Toronto General Hospital and the University of Toronto. From his first position as a clinical teacher and an assistant physician in 1952, he rose steadily through the medical and academic ranks, becoming an assistant professor in 1965, an associate professor and senior staff physician in 1968 and professor of medicine and head of the division of general internal medicine at Toronto General Hospital in 1976. He had to retire from teaching when he turned 65 in 1982, but maintained his medical practice for another decade and served as a consultant to the province's Workman's Compensation Board when he was even older.
Dr. MacMILLAN was also a fearless and accomplished traveller and athlete who loved the outdoors. He delighted in canoeing, scuba diving, hiking, camping and playing tennis and skiing in remote locations only accessible by helicopter well into his late 70s. In addition, he and his wife had an active country life on a farm in Vaughan, Ontario, north of Toronto (which his father had bought in 1934) where, among other activities, he kept bees.
The MacMILLANs were at the farm in 2001 when he recognized that he was having a heart attack and told his wife to drive him to the local hospital - fast - where he read his own cardiogram and diagnosed a clot in his heart. The next morning he had a massive coronary. After several weeks in hospital he was transferred to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, where after six weeks in residence and six months as an outpatient he gradually learned to walk and talk again. "We had six happy years," said Mrs. MacMILLAN. At the beginning of this year, his health declined seriously and he had to go into a special care unit.
Robert Laidlaw MacMILLAN was born May 23, 1917, in Toronto. He died of complications from heart disease on September 5, 2007 at East York General Hospital in Toronto. He was 90. He is survived by his wife Lyn, five children, 12 grandchildren and his extended family.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-21 published
WILCOX, David F.
After a long and determined struggle with cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital on Wednesday September 19, 2007 at the age of 62. Former Senior Executive at Liquor Control Board of Ontario. David, will be missed by his loving wife and partner Janet, sons Michael and Christopher, mother-in-law Eva GLYN- JONES, sisters Joan CAMPBELL, Pat COLLIE (Bill), Barb BELL (Gord BELL), brother-in-law Ian GLYN- JONES (Cathy,) sister-in-law Penny METZA (Bob GEORGE.) He will be remembered by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Kathleen WILCOX and father-in-law Ogwen GLYN- JONES. David will be especially missed by his golfing and curling buddies and his many other close Friends. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Bayview Golf and Country Club, 25 Fairway Heights Dr., Thornhill, (Steeles and Leslie) on Thursday September 27 from 11: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No flowers please. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation Palliative Pacers Fund.

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GEORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-07 published
GEORGE, Ruby Marie (née ALLEN)
Peacefully at Belmont House on November 2, 2007 in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Michael GEORGE. Cherished mother of Diana (Bill RESTIVO) and Denise (Gerry BEDARD.) Long-time member of Christ Church Deer Park where she was sidesperson, member of the Chancel Guild and loyal supporter of the Anglican Church Women's rummage sales, bazaars and luncheons. Ruby contributed to other volunteer organizations throughout her life - Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Food Bank, Out of the Cold and the 48th Highlanders Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire. Many thanks to the compassionate staff of Belmont House. Cremation has taken place. A service will be held on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street, Toronto with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 480 University Ave., Suite 1502, Toronto M5G 1V2.

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