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HEPBURN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-18 published
HEPBURN, Eleanor Mae (BENNETT)
Of Wiarton, peacefully surrounded by all her loving family on Saturday June 16, 2007 at London Health Sciences. The former Eleanor Mae BENNETT in her 80th year. Loving wife of Ellery for 58 years. Cherished mother of Karen (Jack MacKINNON,) Yellowknife Kathy (Dave WILSON), Sauble Beach; Gwen GILBERT (friend Ernie FARROW), Wiarton; Marilyn (Garth CAMPBELL), R.R.#1 Hepworth Keith (Dianne), Wiarton; Brent (Wanda), R.R.#4 Wiarton; Vern (Diane), R.R.#4 Markdale; Vic (Brenda), Wiarton; and Melanie (Graham CRAIG), Belfast, Northern Ireland. Beloved Grandmother of Jennifer (Mike WATTERS,) Stephanie (Paul SENIOR,) Heidi (Don VAIL,) Jody WILSON (Laura,) Tatum (friend Brent BELL,) Rachel (Kevin HOWELL), Derick (Joy), Jay, Ronnie (Lindsay), Janna (friend Trevor ORTMAN), Alison, Nick, Mitzi, Nita, Kyle, Kurt, Amy and Sophia. Great-Grandmother of Erin, Cassy, Kate, Jessica, Caillean, Tristan Zach, Braden, Josh and Reid. Dear sister of Arnold BENNETT, Red BAY; and Marlene (Ross DAVIDSON,) Wiarton. Sadly missed by her brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; and many Friends. Predeceased by son-in-law Rick GILBERT; brother, Gordon and sister, Connie BURK/BURKE. Friends are invited to call at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041 on Tuesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A service celebrating Mae's life will be conducted from Saint_John's United Church, Wiarton on Wednesday June 20th, 2007 at 1 o'clock. Rev. Ed LAKSMANIS officiating. Interment in Colpoy's Bay Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Heart and Stroke, Lung Association, Diabetes Association or the South Bruce Peninsula Fire Department would be greatly appreciated. In living memory of Mae, a Lilac 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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HEPBURN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-18 published
BEACOCK, Hazel (née SMITH)
Of Wiarton passed away at Wiarton Hospital surrounded by her family on Friday, August 17, 2007 in her 95th year. Cherished mother of Lorna (Francis) EDMONSTONE of Sauble Beach and Diane (Geoff) EPSTEIN of Waterloo. Special grandmother of Lisa (Steve) ASHTON, Greg (Anita) EDMONSTONE, Scott (Shannon) Edmondstone, Graham EPSTEIN and Jordan EPSTEIN and great-grandmother of Tyler ASHTON and Blaise and Savana EDMONSTONE. She will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Clara SMITH of Lion's head as well as many nieces, nephews and her many special Friends. Hazel was predeceased by her husband Norman, parents Sarah (McARTHUR) and Patrick SMITH, brothers Alf, Charlie, Angus, Patrick (Tiny) and Bill and sisters Kathleen EBEL, Stella BRANNICK and Ellen HEPBURN. Visitation will be held at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Sunday, August 19, 2007 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Hazel's life will be held at the funeral home on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Bayview Cemetery. Donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society 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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HEPBURN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-08-30 published
SKENE, Bud
Of Wiarton passed away at Gateway Haven Nursing Home on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Harriet and cherished father of Judy (Harold) IRVINE of Owen Sound, Geri (Gerry) BLACK of Nova Scotia, John (Linda) SKENE of Colpoy's Bay, Jackie SKENE of Owen Sound, Jim SKENE (Barry Crackle) of Owen Sound and Jill SKENE of Wiarton. Sadly missed by stepchildren Brenda LIHOU of Oliphant, Diana (Derek) POCOCK of Oliphant, Brian LIHOU of Wiarton and Paul (Lee-Anne) LIHOU of Parkhead, brother Earl SKENE of Wiarton, sisters Helen (Bob) PORTER of Lake Charles, Marjorie SMITH of Wiarton and Fairy (Gordon) BUCHANAN of Oliphant, 11 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren. Bud was predeceased by his first wife Wilma and his parents Lydia (HEPBURN) and Albert SKENE, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. At Bud's request, there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. Interment Balsam Grove Cemetery, Oliphant. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Donations made to the Friends of Gateway Residence Council or Salvation Army Food Bank, Wiarton 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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HEPBURNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-18 published
'Brilliant alchemist' inspired Toronto and its artists
Conductor's determination transformed the Canadian Opera Company - and made its new home a reality, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
Everything about Richard BRADSHAW was big: his personality, his intellect, his appetite for ideas and experience, his ambition, his optimism, his heart and his faith in God. He lived in Toronto for fewer than 20 years, but his impact was huge. His vision and determination built the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, one of the world's very best theatres for ballet and opera, both acoustically and architecturally. He transformed a regional opera company into an internationally recognized one; he gave us our first full production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle he pushed the artistic boundaries of who should direct and perform opera. He made opera the hottest ticket in town.
Tall, grey-haired and bold, with florid cheeks and eyes encased in black Buddy Holly glasses, Mr. BRADSHAW was both an artist who could inspire his musicians and an entrepreneur who could sell his vision. Asked in an interview which came first during what he liked to call "the 30 years war," making music or building an opera house, he replied: "In the middle of the night, I worry about money. When I get up in the morning, I look forward to conducting."
Writer Margaret Atwood captured that dual capacity in an e-mail message from Scandinavia. "Richard BRADSHAW was one of a kind. He was passionate about the work itself - whatever it might be - and set the highest standards for it. But he was playful and innovative as well, and a joy to work with. We saw the premiere of The Handmaid's Tale in Denmark together - and I could just hear him thinking about how he would do it if he could get it to Toronto - which he did, triumphantly. His specialty was making silk purses out of the sow's ears handed to him time and time again by our mingy politicians. Nobody could make two cents stretch as far as he could.... The best tribute to him will be to try to match his commitment to excellence, and his grand vision of what we can be - as opposed to what we sometimes all too drearily are."
Richard James BRADSHAW was born in Rugby in the British Midlands, the only child of Alfred James BRADSHAW, an accountant, and his wife, Florence Mary (DUNKLEY.) When Richard was quite small, the family moved to Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire. From his father, an amateur musician and a dedicated rereader of Charles Dickens, he inherited a love of literature. His mother passed on her acutely sensitive ear - he once scored 100 per cent in an aural exam.
When Richard was 8, his parents took him to a piano performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and it stuck as his earliest musical memory. As a boy, he was also learning to play the piano and the organ. By the time he was 12, he had a paying job playing the organ at the local church. Two years later, he took at least symbolic steps toward his career goal when he conducted a rehearsal of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony with the Kettering Orchestral Society. But music was not his entire life. He loved sports, especially cricket and rugby, and collected stamps and indulged in the peculiarly British pastime of trainspotting.
To please his accountant father, who wanted him to have a broad educational background, he studied English literature at the University of London, graduating with an honours degree in 1968. At the same time, he was continuing his musical education, playing the harpsichord, organ and even the flute and studying conducting privately with Sir Adrian Boult.
After university, he returned home and founded Music at Higham, serving as its musical director for four years. Then, with his entrepreneurial juices flowing, he moved back to the capital and founded the New London Ensemble and conducted the Saltarello Choir from 1972 to 1975. He said later (in a Toronto Life profile) that these years were "among the most wonderful" in his life because there was government money for the arts, and he felt, with the confidence of youth, that he "could do anything."
What he needed, though, was a boost so that he could work with a major orchestra. That came in the usual way: a combination of luck, talent and chutzpah. A musician friend's father heard him and introduced him to conductor Sir Colin Davis, who was intrigued enough to attend one of Mr. BRADSHAW's rare London concerts. Sir Colin then called the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, which had already declined to hear Mr. BRADSHAW conduct, and secured him an audition. Mr. BRADSHAW won a fellowship to work with the prestigious orchestra and went on to Glyndebourne in 1975 as the chorus director of its opera festival. That was where he made another fortuitous connection, with administrator Diana HEPBURNE- SCOTT. They were married on June 30, 1977. In many ways, she was Mr. BRADSHAW's antithesis - shy, intensely private - but also his steadying counterbalance - ironic, stalwart, commonsensical. It was an extremely rare rehearsal or performance that didn't find her quietly sitting in the audience, listening and watching intently.
That same year, he was invited to join the San Francisco Opera as resident conductor, a position he held for the next dozen years, mostly under Kurt Herbert Adler as general director. Mr. Adler, a Teutonic maestro who controlled every aspect of the company, from costumes and sets to maintenance budgets, was a grandiose influence on Mr. BRADSHAW. While working at San Francisco Opera, Mr. BRADSHAW often accepted appointments as a guest conductor, which is how he first came to the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto in 1988, to conduct Tosca.
In 1989, he was hired as the Canadian Opera Company's chief conductor and head of music, arriving just in time to see the elaborate plans to build a ballet and opera house in midtown Toronto jettisoned by the provincial government because of cost overruns and fundraising shortfalls. He was promoted to artistic director in 1994 after the abrupt and choleric departure of Brian DICKIE, the man who had hired him four years earlier, and was named general director in January, 1998, making him the first musician to lead the Canadian Opera Company since Ettore Mazzoleni in the late 1950s.
He conducted more than 60 operas during his tenure with the Canadian Opera Company and kept up a steady off-season life travelling around the world as a guest conductor. While he was criticized for not putting more Canadian operas on the stage - he refused to compromise his musical standards to nationalist fervour - he did commission at least two homegrown operas, The Golden Ass and The Scarlet Princess. Meanwhile, he continued the composer-in-residence program established by predecessor Lotfi Mansouri and spiced up the lineup of crowd-pleasing operas such as Carmen, The Barber of Seville and Rigoletto with edgier modern offerings, including Bluebeard's Castle, Salome and Jenufa. He also persuaded talented and innovative directors from film and theatre to work in opera.
Mr. BRADSHAW was "so passionate" about such provocative and novel approaches to presenting both new and classical work, according to film director Atom Egoyan. After seeing Mr. Egoyan's Exotica, Mr. BRADSHAW approached him about directing Salome.
"He was a brilliant alchemist who was able to put together designers and directors and singers. That was his craft," Mr. Egoyan said yesterday between preproduction meetings for his next film, Adoration. "And then he was able to respond to the production and colour the orchestra to accommodate the vision he is seeing on the stage. He was the glue that put it all together."
Salome and François Girard's production of Oedipus Rex with Symphony of Psalms (which won eight Dora Mavor Moore awards in 1997) attracted younger audiences, and Mr. BRADSHAW's decision to take productions such as Robert Lepage's double bill of Bela Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Arnold Schoenberg's Erwartung to the prestigious Edinburgh Festival won the company international acclaim that resounded in the box office back home. He would return to these directors when he undertook his audacious scheme to present a full Ring Cycle -- all 17 hours of it -- in 2006 to coincide with the opening of the opera house.
Journalist Barbara Amiel, a devotee of Wagner, has seen the Ring Cycle in Bayreuth, Munich, London and Berlin, among other places. "Musically, BRADSHAW's Toronto Ring matched any of them and in places, exceeded some," she said in an e-mail message this week.
"To do this with any orchestra would be magnificent. To do this with a Canadian orchestra that essentially had to learn a new language is a miracle," she said. "He sweated musicality and that orchestra he loved mopped it up. All the young musicians he laboured over and encouraged (they look like none of them have seen the other side of 30) are as much his monument as the bricks and glass of his opera house."
And it very definitely was his opera house. Architect Jack DIAMOND has been widely praised for designing an auditorium that has glorious acoustics and ambience and a building that embraces audiences and the city, but it was Mr. BRADSHAW's vision and grit that made it happen.
"What was extraordinary about Richard was his relentless optimism," said Kevin Garland, former executive director of the Canadian Opera House Corp. and now executive director of the National Ballet of Canada. "He never gave up and never stopped being determined that it would happen and never stopped badgering governments to make sure that they knew it was important to support the arts."
Richard James BRADSHAW was born in Rugby, England, on April 16, 1944. He died in Toronto of a heart attack on August 15, 2007. He was 63. He is survived by his wife, Diana, two children and extended family.
A day in the life
There must have been times when Richard BRADSHAW was in resting mode, but they aren't on record. In 2003, I shadowed him for a day that began before 9 a.m. with a planning meeting for the Ring Cycle, followed by a press conference to announce the new season, a lunchtime lecture at which he twisted a few fundraising arms, a Bay Street meeting with architect Jack Diamond before the Canadian Opera Company board's building committee, a quick trip home for dinner, during which he snatched time to play Bach's Goldberg Variations on the piano before heading to the Hummingbird Centre to oversea a rehearsal of A Masked Ball that lasted until almost midnight, when he headed home for a stack of paperwork and a large Scotch before climbing into bed. The next day, he was at it again, except he also conducted the orchestra at the dress rehearsal of Jenufa.

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HEPPELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-05 published
EGAN, Wm. Dwight
Peacefully, at his home, Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, Wm. Dwight EGAN, in his 59th year, beloved husband of Joanne GRANT. Dear father of Laura and Miquel MANRIQUES, Capitola, California and grandfather of Victoria (Tia) MANRIQUES. Dear step-father of Charles (Chuck) and Nancy ADAM/ADAMS, Brian ADAM/ADAMS, Richard and Michelle ADAM/ADAMS. Dear grandfather of Tammi and Tim GAEA, Charles (Chuck) and Mindy ADAM/ADAMS, Katie ADAM/ADAMS and Kylee Marie ADAM/ADAMS. Cherished great-grandfather of Sean, Ryan and Evan GAEA. Loving son of the late William and Frances EGAN, Bolton. Dear brother of Lois and Thomas HEPPELL, Victoria, British Columbia; Paul and Lynne EGAN, Bolton; Deborah and Hal BROOK, Orangeville. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Wednesday, November 7 from one o'clock until time of memorial service in the chapel at 2 o'clock. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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HEPPNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-13 published
TIMSON, Emily " Pete"
Suddenly but peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2007, at home in her 91st year, beloved mother of Jeffrey and his wife Cherie, Judith TIMSON and her husband Martin HEPPNER. Cherished grandmother of Gregory and Ashleigh TIMSON and Jonathan and Emily HEPPNER. Survived by her brother Robert (Bud) WALKER and his wife Molly, and sister Bertha Roslyn WALKER, all of New Hampshire, and sister Francis OWEN of Texas. Emily was the former registrar at the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, one of Sunnybrook Medical Centre's most devoted volunteers, and a woman who brought out the best in everyone she knew. We adored her. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, January 13th. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Sunday, January 14th at 1: 00 p.m. with reception to follow in the Leaside Room of the funeral home. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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HEPWORTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-06 published
PEARSE, Jean Margaret Wilton
Jean died peacefully on Thursday September 27, 2007, at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Allan T.M. (Monty) for 37 years, she is survived by Vicki (John GULLICK,) James (Victoria PEARSE,) Sandy (Stewart CAMPBELL) and Bob. Cherished Nana to Brittany, Tobey, Katie, Jillian, Jessica and Christopher. Jean was born in Leeds, England, and during World War 2 was a Royal Navy Women's Royal Naval Service working at Bletchley Park when she met Monty, then a Captain in the Canadian army stationed in London. She immigrated to Canada shortly afterwards, living first in Vancouver and later settling in Toronto. An active member of All Saints' Parish for over 50 years, Jean enjoyed the companionship of many great Friends, literature, music, theatre, cottage life, bridge, sewing, travel and above all her grandchildren. Predeceased by her sister Kathleen RAWSON, brother Geoffrey HEPWORTH, and sister Marjorie SCOTT. Cremation. A celebration of Jean's life will be held at All Saints' Kingsway, 2850 Bloor Street West, Toronto, on Monday October 15 at 1: 00 p.m. with reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.

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