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HELDMANN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-12-01 published
MacDONALD, Elda May (née TACKABERRY)
It is with great sadness that we share in the peaceful passing of our dearly beloved mom, grandma, and great-grandma, on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at Saint Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, at the age of 92. Elda was a resident of Village Manor (St. Jacobs), formerly of Owen Sound and Lion's Head. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth David (1999.) Cherished mother of Mary Jane and Bill SCHENKEL of St. Clements. Devoted grandma of Lisa and Jeff HELDMANN of Waterloo, David SCHENKEL and girlfriend Michelle CALI of Toronto. Cherished great-grandma of Kaitlyn MAY. Survived by her loving sister Beatrice of Mississauga. Will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents John Nathaniel TACKABERRY and Mary Ann TYNDALL; brothers Austin, Clinton, Harvey, Cecil, and Roy. Elda enjoyed creating memories with her family, many church activities, and social gatherings with Friends. Elda's family will receive relatives and Friends on Saturday, December 1, 2007 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at Calvary United Church (48 Hawkesville Rd, St. Jacobs) from 1-1: 45 p.m. followed by a celebration of Elda's life at 2 p.m. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound, on Monday, December 3rd, 2007 at 1 p.m. In memory of Elda, donations to Division Street United Church Owen Sound would be appreciated (donations can be made directly by calling the church office, 519-376-3890). Special thanks to the Emergency and 5th floor staff at Saint Mary's, Doctor SIMPSON and the Woolwich Health Centre, Dr. MOSES and the Union Wellness Centre, Debbie, staff and Friends at The Village Manor and the many loving church family and Friends. Visit www.henrywalser.com for Elda's memorial.

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HELLIWELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-30 published
HELLIWELL, Norah (née BUTLER)
At the Southampton Care Centre, on Monday October 29, 2007. Norah HELLIWELL (née BUTLER) of Southampton in her 75th year. Upon her retirement as a Supreme Court Reporter, Norah moved to Southampton were she was instrumental in establishing the breakfast program at G.C. Huston Public School. Norah along with her husband Frank gave much time and energy to the local soccer program and to the creation of the Frank Helliwell Soccer Park. Beloved wife of Frank HELLIWELL of Southampton. Dear mother of Susan of Owen Sound and Stephen of Southampton. Proud and loving grandmother of Rebecca, Samantha, Darcy and Darrel. Also survived by her great-granddaughter, Mila MIDDLETON . Predeceased by her parents, James and Norah BUTLER. Visitation from the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton, on Thursday November 1, 2007 from 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted from St Paul's Anglican Church, Southampton, on Friday November 2, 2007 at 11 a.m. Reverend Margaret GREENHOW will officiate. Cremation. Interment of Ashes St. Patrick's Cemetery. Expressions of Remembrance to Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.

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HELLOWELL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-09 published
McLEOD, Sadie Leona (formerly RICHARDSON, née THOMAS)
Of Wiarton, peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services Wiarton on Saturday, October 6th, 2007. The former Sadie Leona THOMAS in her 89th year. Loving mother of Bob RICHARDSON and his wife Verniece and Wayne RICHARDSON and his wife Linda, both of R.R.#1 Allenford; and mother-in-law of Carol RICHARDSON, of Wiarton. Cherished grandmother of Brad RICHARDSON (Anne,) Cindy (Rick DAY), Cathy HEWITT, Deanna (Mike VOKES), Julie (Greg YATES), Tracy (Chris HELLOWELL,) and Jen RICHARDSON (and partner Jeremy DODSON;) and great-grandmother of Kyle, Rachel, Michael, Curtis, Tyler, Ashley, Halley, Emily, Hannah, and Matthew. Devoted sister to Les THOMAS (and friend Flo) and Marg PEER, both of Wiarton. Sadly missed by her sisters-in-law Joanne, Audrey, and Eva, brother-in-law Ross, many nieces, nephews and best friend Carl CAMMIDGE. Predeceased by her son Clayton “Clayt&rdquo
McLEOD; her parents Robert and Gertrude; brothers Ivan, Jim, Stan and Charlie; and her sisters Nora, Win and Dot. The family invite Friends to visit with them in tribute to Sadie's life to share stories and refreshments on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. To respect Sadie's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation with interment at Eastnor Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, donations to Friends of Gateway or Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. In living memory of Sadie a Red Maple tree will be planted in the funeral home meadow by the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com.

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HELM o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-17 published
RYDALL, Joan Adeline (née FERGUSON)
Peacefully at her son's home at R.R.#2, Durham on Saturday, September 15, 2007. Joan (née FERGUSON) of Orangeville in her 62nd year. Loved mother of Sherry OUTHWAITE and Alan LEIBTOG of Hamilton and Calvin (Maureen) of R.R.#2, Durham. Loving sister of Jack (Hazel) of R.R.#2, Hanover, Jessie PITTMAN of Scarborough, Ella (Roy) WHITE/WHYTE of Midland, Norman (Derlene) of Port Elgin, Mike of Alma, Joyce (Bob) BARHAM of Walkerton, Jean (Keith) HASTIE of R.R.#2, Priceville and Nancy (Robert) TALBOT of Walkerton. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Erin, Katey, Becky and Amy. Predeceased by her parents Irwin and Janet and her sister Gladys HELM. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett-McEachern Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Durham on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Durham at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2007. Interment Amos Cemetery, Dromore.

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HELM o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-07 published
WILLIMOT, Catherine Janet (née HELM)
Passed away peacefully at Wiarton Hospital on Sunday November 4th, 2007 with family by her side in her 75th year. Janet was the beloved wife of Jack WILLIMOT for 43 years and much loved mother of Michel-John and wife Brandi. Special Grandmother to Gabe and Tilly. She is survived by a brother, Bernard HELM (Doris,) of Kitchener; sisters-in-law Anna HELM, of California; Vera HELM, of Bancroft; and Ruth DAWDRY, of Chatham; and brothers-in-law Jim BRIDGEN and Earl WILLIMOT, both of Chatham. Sadly missed by her nieces, nephews and many Friends. Predeceased by parents Eugene and Matilda; sisters Anna May GUBKA, and Audrey NOLAN; and sister-in-law Mary Lou BRIDGEN. Janet spent most of her life in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, but because of her love of the water view and cottage Jack and Jan decided to retire in the Wiarton area in 1999. Janet's strength endured many medical conditions over the years, but her courageous battle ended with lung cancer. Janet's family invite relatives and Friends to join with them at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041 on Friday, November 9, 2007 from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Vigil Prayers will be spoken Friday evening at 8: 00 p.m. A Service celebrating Janet's life will be conducted from the chapel on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Deacon Phil DWYER officiating. In respect to Janet's wishes cremation has taken place. Donations to Bruce Peninsula Hospice Inc. or Bruce Peninsula Health Services Wiarton would be greatly appreciated. In living memory of Janet a Red Maple tree will be planted in the funeral home meadow by the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com.

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HELM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-22 published
DE EYRE, David
Suddenly at Toronto General Hospital on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Born January 21, 1952. Survived by his loving wife, Maria (BONIFERRO,) his three sons, Michael, Christopher, and Steven and his sister Annie HELM and brother Peter HELM. Predeceased by his mother, Isabel DE EYRE. David will also be missed by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and great Friends. A passionate boater and sailor, David spent much of his life boating in Port Credit, most recently as proprieter of Clift's Marine Sales and Niagara Marine Services. He spent many memorable years in Antigua, Grenada, and Tortola. David was one of the founding members of the Ontario Yacht Brokers Association, and past chair of the Port Credit Business Improvement Association. He was also a director of the Southside Shuffle Jazz Festival. An avid curler, golfer and tennis player. Dave will be missed by his many Friends at the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. Dave will be remembered as someone who would light up any room he walked into. Generous to a fault, he was happiest at home on 'The Quarterdeck' enjoying a glass of wine and the great company of family and Friends. We're comforted knowing that the many wonderful memories he has given us will last a lifetime. Dave DE EYRE is resting at the funeral home of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.) Mississauga on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in First United Church, 151 Lakeshore R d. W., Mississauga on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in David's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to Tempus International. www.tempusinternational.org

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HELMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-19 published
HELMER, Beverly Ann (née BULL)
Life long member of St. George's Anglican Church, Girl Guides and Teacher in Oshawa) After a two year struggle with cancer, Beverly passed away at home in Oshawa with her husband by her side, on October 10th, 2007. Beloved wife of David for 43 years. Loving mother of Derek and his wife Louise of Massachusetts, U.S.A. and Peter and his partner Wes of Florida, U.S.A.. Proud grandmother of Noah and Chloe. Dear sister of Tom and his wife Barbara BULL, Janet and her husband Alde CHIASSON, Margaret and her husband Boris MELCH, Murray and Darlene BULL and sister-in-law of Edward HELMER and Elizabeth and her husband Tom VLAMING of England. Beverly is predeceased by her parents Gerald and Lily BULL. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, October 26th, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. George's Anglican Church (Athol Street and Centre Street, Oshawa -- opposite City Hall) In lieu of flowers, donations to St. George's Anglican Church in Oshawa or Girl Guides of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Mount Lawn Reception Centre, 905-665-0600.

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HELMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-27 published
CAVANAUGH, Betty (née QUARRY)
(January 7, 1922-September 23, 2007)
Betty died with the courage, grace and dignity that she displayed throughout her long, rich and full life. She lives in the heart of Bill CAVANAUGH, her husband, best friend and life-companion of 65 years. She is much loved and cherished by her eight children: Peter (Peg), Peggy MANIS, Cathy (John BECKINGHAM), Chris (Joan), Betty Lou REYNOLDS, Michael, Nancy HELMERS (Bill) and Paul (Sue.) Grandma is remembered joyfully by her eleven beautiful grandchildren, Linda, Alexi, Christy, Sean, Colleen, Laura, Beth, Christopher, Simone, Esme and William. She is an inspiration to her three great-grandchildren, Jordon, Gavin and Oliver. Betty is survived by her sisters Margaret SILCOCK and Hélène RYAN, her sister-in-law, Barb QUARRY, and brothers-in-law Joe, John (Mavis) and Paul (Gwen.) She was predeceased by her parents James and Dorothy QUARRY, sisters Claire TRUDEL, Eleanor KATONA, Patricia SPEAGLE, and brother Greg. She is fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her special gift for Friendship leaves many with warm and fond memories. Born in Stratford, Ontario, Betty grew up in Waterdown and Burlington. She taught elementary school in Kingsbridge, North Bay, Terrace Bay and Thunder Bay where she also worked as a Christian Living Consultant with the Catholic School Board and provided leadership in the revision of Catholic curriculum for primary grades in the 1980s. Following her retirement in 1987, Betty and Bill made their home in Burlington where they enjoyed family get-togethers, celebrations and many cultural and sporting events. A lifelong reader, Betty especially appreciated her book club. She taught and regularly attended aquafit classes at the Y. She looked forward to bridge games, fun luncheons and walks in Spencer Smith Park. She was an active member of the Newcomers Club. During these years she grew in her faith and belief in God who granted her many blessings, including a peaceful death, gently and lovingly cared for by her family and the staff and volunteers at Carpenter Hospice. We are deeply grateful for their support and compassion. We also thank Doctor Ernest HAJCSAR for his concerned and timely care. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, 4072 New Street (at Longmoor, east of Walker's Line), on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations to The Carpenter Hospice, 2250 Parkway Drive, Burlington, L7P 1T1. Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333 www.smithsfh.com

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HELTEBRAKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-15 published
WEITZENBAUER, Erna " Ann" (née WINDRICH)
(07 August 1924-12 November 2007)
With humility, dignity and great courage, Erna "Ann" WEITZENBAUER (née WINDRICH) left this life on 12 November 2007 to be with her Maker, her husband and all the Friends and family who have passed before her. Predeceased by her husband C. Peter (September 1989) and son-in-law, H. Gerry LUNN (February 2001.) Left to mourn her and celebrate a life well lived are her children; Ingrid (Greg) REBAR, Margit LUNN (Brian LAXDAL), Ralph WEITZENBAUER, Helen REHORST, Step-son Claus (Elke) BREMEN, and her grandchildren Jessika (Michael) HELTEBRAKE, Josie WEITZENBAUER, Jacob REHORST, Matthew REHORST, and Kassandra REHORST. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair and son Funeral Home, 15 Gore Street West, Perth, Ontario on Thursday, 15 November 2007 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service will take place in the Chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Reception will immediately follow the Service in the Perth Legion Branch 244, in the Lounge. Graveside Interment Service will take place at Wideman Mennonite Cemetery, Hwy. #48, Markham, Ontario at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 17 November 2007. Reception will follow interment in the Church Reception Hall. At Ann's request, in lieu of flowers, donations to the LAWS or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be appreciated. Condolences to the family at: condolences@blairandson.com

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HELWIG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-19 published
BELL, Leslie Richard (1946-2007)
Leslie Richard BELL passed away on June 15th, 2007. son of the famed Doctor Leslie BELL, Richard was regarded the world over as one of the greatest keyboard players. In a career that spanned 5 decades, he played on over 400 albums, and performed with artists including Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian, Colin Linden, Paul Butterfield, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and Pork Belly Futures. His music and his spirit will live on. Richard is survived by his mother Leona HELWIG, predeceased by Doctor Leslie R. BELL, step-son of Carl HELWIG, beloved brother of Janet MacEY (Gordon,) greatly missed by his niece Roz MacEY (Lori DEGRAW,) nephews, Richard MacEY, Doug MacEY (Leah HOMMA) and Gord MacEY. Many thanks to Doctor Gina PILIOTIS, Melba JOHNSON and all of the staff at the Sunnybrook Health and Science Centre who helped to make Richard's days as comfortable as possible. A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Steamwhistle Brewery located just south of the C.N. tower.

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HELWIG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-23 published
DAzzling keyboard artist found a place in rock 'n' roll history
Quintessential sideman accompanied Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins and others before returning to Canada to play with the likes of Toronto's Pork Belly Futures
By Nicholas JENNINGS, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S12
Toronto -- Among blues-rock soloists and accompanists, he had few equals. An exceptional pianist, organist and accordion player, Richard BELL left his mark on more than 400 albums. Renowned for his dazzling keyboard chops, performed with such legendary figures as Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield and Bob Dylan, and played a supporting role in some key events in rock 'n' roll history.
Following a stint in the Hawks under Ronnie Hawkins, the classically trained pianist joined Ms. Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band and toured North America.
In 1970, he accompanied the iconic Ms. Joplin on the Festival Express, the historic rock 'n' roll train journey. With Full Tilt, he also appeared on Ms. Joplin's Pearl, her bestselling and most acclaimed album.
Mr. BELL's early-session work included playing on John Sebastian's album Welcome Back, which contained the theme song for the hit television sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.
He became a full-fledged member of The Band, working with Levon Helm and others, played on the group's final three albums (Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation) and performed at Mr. Dylan's 30th-anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden.
Not content to be a sideman - no matter how highly valued by others - he doggedly pursued his own projects, such as producing, arranging and composing a good number of record albums.
"He played with optimism, intelligence and humour, and that made him a fine accompanist as well as a powerful, energetic soloist," says Garth Hudson of The Band. "Richard followed in the tradition of great piano players we had, from Willard 'Pop' Jones and Richard Manuel to Stan Szelest. He was a big part of that lineage for us."
Like many Canadian musicians, Mr. BELL had been drawn south across the border to find work, but in 1989 he returned home, partly at the urging of the Toronto-born songwriter and guitarist, Colin LINDEN. As it turned out, the move was the beginning a long association with Mr. LINDEN, who, as a producer of records, ended up having him perform on more than 40 albums. "He had an incredible way of moving the air when he played."
The association with Mr. LINDEN led to constant session work with Bruce Cockburn, Cowboy Junkies, Sue Foley, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Pork BELLy Futures, and many others. He was also a member of the Nashville country-rock supergroup Burrito Deluxe, performing and contributing songs to its most recent album, Disciples of the Truth.
"He was completely fearless," says Mr. LINDEN. " When he had an idea, he wouldn't hold back - he'd always go for it."
The secret, Mr. LINDEN said, was that at the core of his friend's music lay great strength of character.
The son of Doctor Leslie BELL, a respected Canadian chorale director who founded the Leslie Bell Singers, but who also composed string quartets and played woodwinds in symphony orchestra, young Richard began playing piano at age four and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He attended Upper Canada College, where he excelled at music and was a member of the school's football, hockey and squash teams.
In 1962, his father died. After that, he began playing in local bands with older boys. "I was playing fraternity parties that would get raided by the police, and my mom would freak out," he told an interviewer recently. "But I kept going right through my teenage years."
Although he enrolled at the University of Toronto to study economics and political science, Mr. BELL found the lure of rock 'n' roll too strong and dropped out. He joined the local group Ritchie Knight and the Midnights and began gigging around southern Ontario.
In 1968, he was recruited to join Mr. Hawkins' band, an early version of the group Crowbar. For good measure, he brought along his friend Richard Newell, a vocalist and harmonica player who became known as King Biscuit Boy.
After that, everything happened in a rush. The following year, he appeared with Mr. Hawkins at New York's Fillmore East auditorium where they opened for Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. He was spotted by Janis Joplin's manager, Albert Grossman, who sounded him out about joining the singer's new ensemble.
In landing the job, Mr. BELL signed on with a group that, like the original version of The Band, included three other Canadians. They were Ken Pearson on organ, John Till on guitar and Brad Campbell, a bassist who had previously played with two groups - The Last Words and The Paupers. The lone American was drummer Clark Pierson.
In early 1970, Ms. Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band began rehearsing and woodshedding - improvising harmony by ear - in San Francisco. Recalls Mr. Pearson: "I was already out there when Richard arrived. He knocked at the door and said, 'Hi, I'm Richard BELL from Toronto.' I asked him what he played, and he said piano. I thought, well, there goes my job. When we went to rehearsal, Janis goes, 'Don't worry, boys, I'm having both organ and piano.' So we flipped a coin and I wound up playing organ and he got piano. We forged a bond right then and there."
It was his work in Full Tilt that first brought Mr. BELL to the attention of Mr. Hudson. Around that time, The Band joined Full Tilt on the Festival Express (Full Tilt's performances from that tour are captured on both the Festival Express DVD and the extended reissued CD edition of Pearl).
Interestingly, the tour was also Mr. LINDEN's introduction to Mr. BELL's playing. Just 10 years old, Mr. LINDEN happened to see him perform with Ms. Joplin in Port Chester, New York "I was such a music fan that it really meant something to me, seeing these Canadian musicians up there on stage," he recalls. "It was a mighty band, and I immediately became aware of what a great player Richard was."
Full Tilt disbanded with the death of Ms. Joplin in October of that year. Mr. BELL moved to Woodstock, New York where he immersed himself in session work for the likes of Judy Collins, Karen Dalton, Eric Andersen and others. For the next two decades, he was kept busy with recording dates at different studios all over the United States.
During that time, he lived briefly in Alabama and in Atlanta, Georgia., where he was married briefly to Mary DEACON and where he gave up music to work for her father's drywall company.
By 1989, however, he had followed the sound of music back to Woodstock, and to the network of recording studios that had developed in the wake of the legendary concert 20 years earlier. There, he first met Mr. LINDEN and began to make a new string of connections. Recalls Mr. LINDEN: "He told me, 'I've been away from my family too long and really want to be with them, so I'm going to move back to Canada.' I suggested he give me a call."
Not long after that, Mr. BELL turned up in Toronto and found himself playing in Mr. LINDEN's band, and on a steady number of albums. "He'd show up at a session and be very relaxed and cool and easygoing," says Mr. LINDEN. " Then he would play, blow everybody away and then leave. He was like a producer's secret weapon, especially when he first came back to Canada and people didn't know that much about him."
And, perhaps because he was back in the game, and doing what he most loved, Mr. BELL never complained.
"He always had an incredibly positive attitude, never cynical," says Mr. LINDEN. " Once, my band was playing some horrible place where Richard had to haul his keyboards up three flights of stairs, and we'd get to the top and I'd say, 'How're doing?' He'd say, 'Well, sure beats drywall.' "
It was around then that he teamed up with such groups as The Cowboy Junkies and the enigmatically named Pork Belly Futures, a popular new band whose debut album, Way Past Midnight, had become something of a hit.
Paul Quarrington, the front man for Pork Belly Futures, says Mr. BELL was a musician whose emotions ran deep. "He played with heartfelt intensity.
"Ultimately, the essence of Richard was that he liked to be surprising," adds Mr. Quarrington, who also happens to be a Governor General Award-winning novelist. "He was musically sophisticated, but also profoundly silly - in the best possible way."
Despite such accolades, Mr. BELL remained a humble musician. "He was as modest as he was talented," says Mr. Pearson. "If you ever tried to compliment him, he wouldn't put up with it - he'd crack a joke."
According to those closest to him, Mr. BELL maintained an upbeat, youthful spirit through an eagerness to learn new things. A lover of gadgets of all kinds, he embraced computers, iPods and the latest music technology - sometimes to a fault.
"His keyboard systems could get very mutinous during recording sessions," says Mr. Quarrington. "I was always factoring in an hour or two for Richard messing around with his gear."
For his part, Mr. Hudson recalls how Mr. BELL's technological talents proved a boon to The Band. "He'd bring a computer with music-notation software and a printer with us on the road when he was writing horn parts for us … Then he'd print out the charts in the hotel room in between gigs.
"He was way ahead of us in the computer-skills department."
An avid reader, Mr. BELL loved to share favourite books with Friends and colleagues, whether it was Raymond Chandler novels or the latest bestseller. Says Mr. LINDEN: " Richard and I were both fans of the mystery writer James Lee Burke, who once wrote 'Never treat a brave man as anything less.' I thought about that so much with Richard in this past year, because he dealt with his illness with such incredible grace.
"I've never known a finer man or a better musician. It's as simple as that."
Leslie Richard BELL was born in Toronto on March 5, 1946. He died of cancer at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on June 15, 2007. He was 61. He leaves his mother, Leona HELWIG, sister, Janet MacEY, his niece Roz MacEY and nephews Richard MacEY, Doug MacEY and Gord MacEY.

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HELWIG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-30 published
HELWIG, Joy (née Joyce Mary ADDIE)
Beloved wife of the late Gerald Vincent HELWIG passed away on the 25th of November 2007 at Beamsville, Ontario. It is with sorrow the family announces her passing. Cremation was followed by a private burial service at Mount Osborne Cemetery, Beamsville and Memorial gathering at Albright Centre, Beamsville.

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