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"HID" 2007 Obituary


HIDAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-20 published
HIDAS, Helga Brigitte (née GERWIG)
Peacefully, on August 17, 2007 surrounded by her family, in her 72nd year. Born in Lörrach, Germany, and immigrated to Canada in 1961, after living in Paris and London. Predeceased by her husband László, and her parents, Andrea and Maximilian GERWIG. Adored and adoring mother of Kristina and Madeleine (David). Survived by her devoted siblings Günter, Gisela and Elizabeth, and their families. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 3 p.m. Private interment Park Lawn Cemetery. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Parkinson's Society of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
"Yet I am always with you"

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HIDER 2007-06-24 published
Many saw TRETHEWEY as 'a member of the family'
By Vera OVANIN, Sun Media, Sun., June 24, 2007
While John TRETHEWEY was talking on his radio show about the tragic death in Saint Thomas of Jumbo the elephant, a colleague in the studio waved his shirt sleeve about like an elephant trunk, trying to get TRETHEWEY to laugh on air.
The unflappable pro didn't even chuckle.
"My father didn't skip a beat. He never lost his composure. It's a testament of his professionalism," said his youngest daughter, Nora TRETHEWEY.
TRETHEWEY died May 11 of congestive heart failure with his family at his side at University Hospital in London.
He was 83.
The broadcaster left university before getting his journalism degree to accept a job at CFPL Radio in London as a staff announcer.
"He actually had to audition for Walter Blackburn (then-owner of CFPL and The London Free Press) and then make sense of the text," said TRETHEWEY's older daughter, Margaret TRETHEWEY.
TRETHEWEY married his Stratford high school sweetheart, Jacqueline HIDER, in 1947. They had three daughters -- Margaret, Elizabeth and Nora.
They later moved to Montreal, where TRETHEWEY joined Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio and launched his daily morning classical music program, Concert Time.
He went on to host the show for 18 years.
"We received e-mails from his listeners saying he was like a member of their family. Dad was in their home Monday to Friday every morning at breakfast," Nora TRETHEWEY said.
In 1977, TRETHEWEY moved to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio Canada International, where he kept listeners around the world up-to-date with the latest national and international news.
Though he lived in Quebec for more than 30 years, he and Jacqueline visited Southwestern Ontario every summer.
"Listeners often commented after meeting my dad in person that he sounded taller on the radio," Nora TRETHEWEY said.
"He was five-foot-10 but he had such a deep resonant voice that it sounded like it came from his toes."
When he retired in 1986, TRETHEWEY and his wife moved back to London.
But TRETHEWEY's love of broadcasting didn't end with retirement.
When visiting daughter Elizabeth in Phoenix, Arizona., he would get behind the microphone with her and together they would read the daily news on the Radio Reading Service for the Blind.
Back in London, TRETHEWEY volunteered with the Kiwanis Music Festival, which has established a scholarship in his name.
"My dad told me that during the Cold War, he and one of his colleagues at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had been thoroughly investigated by the government and were deemed two people that would continue broadcasting in case of the nuclear holocaust," Nora TRETHEWEY said.
"As a kid, I thought it was kind of neat that my dad was kind of a secret spy."

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