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LEPAGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-14 published
FIDLER, Marguerite (LEPAGE)
By Joan Fidler BURROWS, Page L10
Homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, social worker, church and community volunteer, friend. Born December 15, 1907, in Wabigoon, Ontario Died May 10 in Toronto of natural causes, aged 99.
In Ottawa in the 1940s, whenever our mother felt strongly about an issue, she would head for the stack of postage-paid postcards inside her desk drawer and quickly send off a word of praise or a suggestion to a particular person, organization or government official.
As a child in Winnipeg, where her father owned a successful lumber business, Marguerite soon became aware of a troubled world; in later years, she still had vivid memories of the General Strike of 1919. Her own sense of community was developed largely through her church.
When only 17, she met Frank FIDLER at a church skating party. Frank abandoned a career in engineering to become a United Church minister. Marguerite obtained an M.A. in sociology from McGill University and became a social worker.
In 1934, they began married life together in Toronto, where Frank was associate minister at Bloor Street United Church. The war years were spent at Glebe United Church in Ottawa, where Marguerite provided hospitality to many soldiers and visitors. In 1949, they moved back to Toronto.
Marguerite managed a household of four children (Joan, Richard, Anne, Burtt) and hosted foreign students, church dignitaries and Friends of the children. She encouraged lively discussions, and while she had very definite opinions, she responded to individuals and committees alike with affirmation, encouragement, compassion and wise counsel. She and Frank were part of the early years of the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian wing of Planned Parenthood. They travelled widely, including a year studying marriage and family life around the world.
Marguerite also volunteered in a variety of church and community organizations. At 91, she decided to step down from her remaining committee responsibilities. She felt that she had been "privileged to have had so many opportunities and adventures in life."
When Frank died and she entered a seniors' residence, Marguerite's new experiences continued - such as keeping in touch with Jasmin, a young Iranian student from a local school who had returned home. When recently asked what she thought of aging she chuckled: "I approve of it! You have to be yourself and keep on growing. Have lots to think about, lots of interests. Stick with the young."
She did just that and she continued writing those letters, urging her member of Parliament to do something.
Joan Fidler BURROWS is one of Marguerite's daughters; she wrote this with family collaboration.

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LEPARD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-17 published
MERRIFIELD, Raymond Grant
At Grey Bruce Health Services-Markdale on Saturday September 15, 2007, Raymond Grant MERRIFIELD of Markdale in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Greta MERRIFIELD (POELGEEST, née VERWEY.) Dear step-father of Christina JOHNSON (Cecil) of Sparwood, British Columbia and Janette MEYERS (Jim) of Grand Valley. Loving grandfather of Kevin (Leslie), Karen (Lonny), Troy, Wendy (Sven), Jeff (Mary), Jason (Carey), Joey (Brandy). Great-grandfather of Sarah, and Samantha; Jesse, Kris and Kyle; Kaitlyn and Darren; Brandon and Cheyenne; Claudia, Chloe and Shanelle; Colin and Luke. Sadly missed by sisters Rose WILSON of Owen Sound, Phyllis McAFEE (Bert) of Markdale and brothers Frank MERRIFIELD of Port Elgin and Nelson MERRIFIELD (Ora) of Markdale. Sadly missed by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents John and Susan (LEPARD) MERRIFIELD, and brothers Eli, Tom and Jim MERRIFIELD. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale, Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 12: 30-2:00 p.m., where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 18th at 2: 00 p.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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LEPARD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-06 published
RAMAGE, Ethel Dorothy (née JOHNSTON)
At the Grey Bruce Regional Health Services, in Owen Sound, on Monday, November 5th, 2007, Ethel RAMAGE (née JOHNSTON) of Owen Sound, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Ed RAMAGE. Loved mother of Edna BAKER, of Wasaga Beach, and Sharon HIBMA, of Owen Sound. Loving grandmother of Tracy, Julie, Amy, Kevin, Kimberly, and great-grandmother of Natalie and Gavin. Survived by her sisters, Verna IRVINE, Leona LEPARD, Elsie FARROW and Doreen McLEOD, all of Owen Sound. Predeceased by her parents, Herbert and Elizabeth JOHNSTON, sisters, Rita BELROSE, Hazel FRIAR, Pearl McNABB, and brother, Mervyn JOHNSTON. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, (519-376-7492) on Wednesday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A funeral service for Ethel RAMAGE, will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel, on Thursday, November 8th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m., with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in McLean's Cemetery, Bognor. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the charity of your choice, as your expression of sympathy.

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LEPINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-19 published
He was the definitive bush-leaguer who 'could have played in the National Hockey League'
Known as Joltin' Joe, he was a favourite defenceman of fans in Victoria, Halifax and Moncton, scoring 52 goals over nine seasons and coming within a phone call of lacing up for the Canadiens
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Page S8
Ottawa -- Jos LEPINE never made it to the National Hockey League during the golden era after the Second World War, but it wasn't through lack of trying. For 10 years, from 1947 to 1958, the rock-hard defenceman played his heart out for a succession of minor-league teams across North America.
Patrolling the blue line for clubs in Victoria, Cincinnati, Halifax and Moncton, just to name a few, the colourful Mr. LEPINE (known as Big Joe or Joltin' Joe to the fans) wasn't afraid to carry the puck to the opposing team's goal in an era when defencemen were supposed to defend their own zone.
Playing almost 500 games, he scored a respectable 52 goals, an average of almost six per year. That was pretty good, considering that superstar National Hockey League defenceman Doug Harvey scored just 88 times during an 18-year hall-of-fame career.
Packing 215-pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame, Mr. LEPINE was a strong skater with a good shot. He played a physical game in an era when tough guys like Jimmy Orlando of the Detroit Red Wings carved out a career with their fists and sticks. Mr. Orlando, a sharp dresser, mentored Mr. LEPINE in the late 1940s, both on and off the ice.
"He helped me, I remember," Mr. LEPINE told reporter Mike Wyman in 2003. "I didn't have that much experience and he used to say, 'You run after them and bring them to the front of the net. I'll fix them -- they'll never come back.' He's probably the best defenceman I ever played for, except for Harvey."
Mr. LEPINE spent 1,086 minutes in the penalty box paying for his physical play, but he was also an excellent playmaker, earning 299 assists during his career. In 1952-53, he scored a career-high 43 assists and seven goals for the powerhouse Halifax Atlantics of the Maritime Major Hockey League. The Atlantics won the Alexander Cup that year, plus the following year, and Mr. LEPINE helped pack 5,000 to 6,000 fans a game in the old Halifax Forum with his dramatic end-to-end rushes.
Dugger McNeil of Halifax was the Atlantics' founding player-coach. After first meeting Mr. LEPINE in 1946, they played together every September at the Montreal Canadiens' preseason training camp.
By 1948, both men were teammates on the old Montreal Royals of the semi-pro Quebec Senior Hockey League. The level of play was practically as good as the National Hockey League and the Royals used to pack the Montreal Forum on Sunday afternoons with as many as 15,000 fans, less than 24 hours after the Canadiens played Saturday night.
"They used to call it the greatest amateur league in the world. [We] played with Gerry McNeil, Dickie Moore, Pete Morin, Bernard Geoffrion, and guys like that. [Mr. LEPINE] had very good moves, very shifty moves," Dugger McNeil said. "He could have played in the National Hockey League if there had been more teams."
After returning to Halifax in 1952, Mr. McNeil convinced Frank Selke, then general manager of the Canadiens, that he needed his friend to build the brand-new Atlantics. The pair reunited on the blueline and a legend was born. "He was a showman, a real crowd pleaser. He'd come out wearing a tuque during a stoppage in play. He was a household name in Halifax."
Hockey seasons were shorter back then, so the players had plenty of time to find mischief, if they were so inclined. Mr. LEPINE, an individualist who marched to his own drumbeat, liked a good time, to say the least. One day he was attending a team function hosted by brewery owner Victor Oland, who was one of the Atlantics' backers.
The self-conscious players were trying to make chit-chat with various upper-class Haligonians in the Lord Nelson Hotel when Mr. LEPINE decided to liven up the staid proceedings. Starting with a little soft-shoe routine, he moved behind a screen and took off his jacket, tie and shirt in succession. The guests watched in amazement.
"Then he takes off his shoes and socks and sticks his [bare] leg out from behind the curtain. Victor Oland said, 'Joe, if you do that at centre ice at the Halifax Forum I'll give you $1,000!' Jos just laughed," Mr. McNeil said. "Everyone liked to be with him. He loved life and he lived life."
Mr. LEPINE's life on the ice began early. By 6, he was skating on outdoor rinks in Ottawa's Lowertown neighbourhood. Things were tough during the Depression and his family lived from paycheque to paycheque. When he was 16, he decided to quit school and try his luck in Montreal as a hockey player. Every French-Canadian boy wanted to play for the storied Canadiens and Mr. LEPINE thought he had what it took. He got off the train with $15 in the pocket of his only suit.
Reporting to the Montreal Junior Canadiens' training camp in September of 1943, he shyly presented a letter of introduction to coach Wilf Cude. The coach couldn't read French so he ordered the rookie onto the ice to show what he could do. Mr. LEPINE made the team.
Three years later, in his last year as a junior, Mr. LEPINE came within a whisker of cracking the Canadiens' lineup. "Up to 4 o'clock in the afternoon, I was ready. I was supposed to be the fifth or sixth defenceman. They called me at 4 o'clock and cancelled me out," he told Mr. Wyman.
Despite that huge disappointment, Mr. LEPINE got to know many of the Canadiens, who would often shoot pool with the Royals after practice. The stars didn't stand on their fame, Mr. McNeil recalled. "We were just hockey players together."
Away from the rink, Mr. LEPINE enjoyed life in the fast lane, patronizing a variety of nightclubs during an era when Montreal was known as being "wide open." El Morocco, Ruby Foo's, the Chez Paree - Mr. LEPINE knew them all, along with many of the lowlife characters who populated Montreal's café society. One night, he even had a drink with the glamorous stripper Lili St-Cyr, his wife Rosemary said: "That [lifestyle] may have worked against him, regarding promotion to the Canadiens."
The Habs' strait-laced coach, Dick Irvin, was a well-known non-drinker and may have cast a disapproving eye on the rambunctious Mr. LEPINE. An all-powerful management never even gave him a chance to show what he could do in the National Hockey League.
By the end of the 1950s, Mr. LEPINE started thinking about hanging them up. His final season, 1957-58, was with the Belleville McFarlands of the Ontario Hockey League. After helping his team win the Allan Cup, he retired for good.
After that, he spent two years running a gas station in Lowertown and then landed a spot with Seagram's. From 1960 to 1987, he sold liquor and loved it, since the job required him to be social, which took no effort at all.
A member of the Halifax and Victoria hockey halls of fame, Mr. LEPINE enjoyed coaching bantam and midget hockey in the 1980s. Besides golfing, camping, travelling and gardening, he socialized with his old hockey mates at reunions, spinning yarns about Rocket Richard, Doug Harvey and others he had shared the ice with over the years.
Maurice Joseph (Jos) LEPINE was born March 19, 1927, in Rockland, Ontario He died of cancer in Ottawa on April 26. He was 80. He leaves his wife Rosemary, son Jean, daughters Cathy, Leona and Colette, and sisters Marie, Jeannine and Madeleine.

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LEPPARD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-25 published
FISHER, Dorothy Margaret (née LEPPARD)
With loving memories, the family announce the passing of Dorothy Margaret FISHER (LEPPARD) in her 88th year at Maple View Nursing Home on October 23rd, 2007. Dorothy was the beloved wife of Charles FISHER for 60 years. Mother to Faye FISHER and husband David GRAHLMAN, Sandra and Barry KEARNEY and Donna FISHER- POTTER and Tom POTTER. Proud Grandmother to eight grandchildren, Chris WEBBER (Amberley), Adam WEBBER, Kristina KEARNEY- RICHARDS (Mark), Colleen KEARNEY- JANSSENS (Jerry), Ryan EASTICK (Katherine), Kyle EASTICK (Jessica,) Graham and Garrett POTTER and great-granddaughter, Emma RICHARDS. Fondly remembered by Barry MOLE (Dorothy) and Jean GATEMAN and family. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Margaret LEPPARD and her sisters, Laura McGIRR, Jean MILLER and Sadie HARBOTTLE. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376- 7492) on Thursday evening from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A service to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, October 26th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Father Ed WAGNER officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Parkinson Society of Canada. Condolences received at brian@woodfuneralhome.ca. An elegant and multi-talented lady who loved her family, gardening, animals, music and art; Dorothy's final canvas is now complete.

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LEPPARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-02 published
LEPPARD, Leon Bruce
Peacefully at home on December 20th, 2006, in his 100th year. Beloved husband of the late Jean KINNEAR; loving father of Libby BURTON (Merrill,) Mary TOWNLEY (John;) dear grandfather of Caroline GODWIN (Kevin), Edgar BURTON (Liz Smart), Peter BURTON, John TOWNLEY, William TOWNLEY (Nathalie) and Christina TOWNLEY (Chris VINCENT;) adoring great-grandfather of Jeanne GODWIN. Doctor of Physics (Göttingen and U of T, 1933); senior radar officer serving in the Mediterranean aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Commander, Ottawa and Halifax; senior officer with the Radiation Protection Unit of Ontario's Department of Industrial Hygiene and Atomic Energy Canada. Active member for 60 years of Trinity-Saint Paul's United Church. Lover of music, supporter of the arts, humanitarian, linguist and English scholar, with an impish wit and an impeccable turn of phrase. Our heartfelt thanks to Carmelita and all his caregivers, and to Doctor Sydney Smart for his compassionate support. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 5th, 2007, at Trinity-Saint Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West at 11 a.m.. If desired, donations may be made to Trinity-Saint Paul's United Church or to a charity of your choice.

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