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O'HAGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
WOLSEY, Rick
Died with grace, honour and dignity on Sunday, January 7, 2007 in Saskatchewan. Devoted and cherished husband of Debbie (O'HAGAN) WOLSEY. Loving and adored father of Krystalynne, Katie and Kimberly. Funeral arrangements and a complete obituary announcement will be in a later edition of the Sarnia Observer and London Free Press. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia Ontario (519) 542-5541 www.smithfuneralhome.ca
High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things you Have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung High in the silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through the footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, nor even eagle flew-And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

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O'HAGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-12 published
Headstrong Chief Executive Officer saved Churchill Falls and rescued the Bank of Montreal
An emergency boss who took over after a plane crash wiped out everyone else, he brought the power project in on time before moving to a troubled Bank of Montreal, where he ruthlessly cleaned house
By Gordon PITTS, Page S8
Besides banking and family, William MULHOLLAND's grand passion was raising Hanoverian riding horses, which, according to one of his nine children, are "headstrong, able and smart." Those adjectives can just as easily be applied to her demanding father, said Caroline VAN NOSTRAND.
Those traits helped propel Mr. MULHOLLAND, a U.S.-born outsider, into one of Canada's most exciting and controversial management careers. He was the emergency boss who came in to save the massive Churchill Falls power project in Labrador. Then he turned around the Bank of Montreal, Canada's oldest bank, and as a financial-services innovator helped change the country's banking industry.
As an agent of change at the lacklustre Bank of Montreal, he fired executives who didn't measure up, winning a reputation as a tough, uncompromising boss. He tightened credit policies, led technological innovation and bought a Chicago bank in a far-sighted move that anticipated a North American market. He helped lead the Canadian commercial banks' march into investment banking with the purchase of brokerage Nesbitt Thomson.
Like many turnaround managers, he was accused of staying too long as Chief Executive Officer and losing touch with a rapidly evolving industry. Yet he reached down into the ranks to develop a new generation of Bank of Montreal leaders that included future Chief Executive Officers Matthew Barrett and Anthony Comper.
He was a complicated man who was seen as remote, autocratic, introverted and eccentric, but he was regarded as brilliant for some of his strategic moves. He could become deeply absorbed in detail and alarmingly inattentive to people's feelings. In describing him, Friends often fall back on that old cliché: "He did not suffer fools gladly."
"My father was not always easy," said Ms. VAN NOSTRAND, who lives in Toronto. "He had exacting standards and he upheld them for himself and expected others to do their best to get that same quality.
"But you can't mistake that for a lack of true caring and love and a huge commitment to family."
Still, for all his high standards and strategic thinking, Mr. MULHOLLAND's own career was almost haphazard, the product of tragic circumstances, timing and managerial agility.
He was born in Albany, New York the son of a civil servant who became New York's director of parks. Even at birth, he had a Canadian connection - his maternal great-grandmother was a French-Canadian from Trois-Rivières. He attended Christian Brothers Academy, a Catholic military school in Albany, where he became an expert rider, marksman, and fly fisherman -- interests he pursued throughout his life.
He graduated from high school, joined the U.S. Army during the Second World War and trained as a weapons instructor before being posted to the Philippines. After discharge, he entered Harvard College, got his B.A., then earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, while working in the summers as a park ranger.
He then parlayed a social connection with the financier Morgan family to join the investment banking house Morgan Stanley and pursue a career on Wall Street.
He married the daughter of a family friend, Nancy BOOTH, on June 22, 1957. Their rearing of nine children (four daughters and five sons) has been attributed by his wife to the consequences of a union between an Irish Catholic and a Free Methodist.
Mr. MULHOLLAND thrived in investment banking. One of his clients was Brinco, a Montreal firm of British-Canadian origins that was building the $1-billion Churchill Falls hydro project. He placed a $500-million bond issue for the company - at that time, a record sale of securities by a corporation.
But on November 11, 1969, Brinco's executive jet crashed, killing six members of its senior team, including the president and finance vice-president. The company was leaderless at a critical juncture in the Churchill Falls project. Mr. MULHOLLAND "was the last man standing who knew what it was all about," said Richard O'HAGAN, who was later his public-affairs specialist at Bank of Montreal.
In January, 1970, at the age of 43, he moved to Montreal to become Brinco's president and Chief Executive Officer. He also joined the board of the Bank of Montreal, which was the principal commercial banker for the Churchill Falls project. He brought the project in five months ahead of schedule and under budget.
Ron SOUTHERN, the Calgary-based head of Atco Ltd., was supplying Brinco with housing for its Churchill Falls work force. He was also negotiating to build housing factories in the Soviet Union and invited Soviet president Alexsei Kosygin to tour his facilities in Montreal. Mr. MULHOLLAND agreed to provide testimonials for the Atco products, and impressed Mr. SOUTHERN with his ability to hold his own in intense geopolitical discussions.
It was the beginning of a Friendship that was cemented in the mid-1970s, when Mr. SOUTHERN opened his Spruce Meadows equestrian centre near Calgary. Mr. MULHOLLAND attended the first major equestrian event, impressing Mr. SOUTHERN with his own riding skills. Each year, he would take a long country ride on the morning of the big event.
With Churchill Falls complete, Mr. MULHOLLAND was recruited to become the Bank of Montreal's president in 1975. He found another organization in crisis mode. "It took him about a year to get a grip on the bank, but he was a bulldog and he got it done," Mr. SOUTHERN said.
The new banker became immersed in Bank of Montreal's liquidity problems and cost-control challenges, as well as its struggles to move from manual systems to the computer age. After the incumbent Chief Executive Officer retired, he took the top job in January, 1979, adding the chairman's role 2½ years later.
He was involved in hiring Mr. O'HAGAN, who had served in the Prime Minister's Office under another eccentric legend, Pierre Trudeau. Mr. O'HAGAN recalled how his job interview with Mr. MULHOLLAND stretched to more than two hours, until he finally telephoned his next interview party to beg forbearance. Mr. O'HAGAN was fascinated by this brilliant, obsessive man and joined the Bank of Montreal team.
That extended interview was a harbinger of the MULHOLLAND style. He was notorious for unpredictably long meetings, forcing managers to queue up for hours, awaiting audiences that lasted long into the evening.
He was determined to weed out the perceived dead wood that had allowed the bank's problems to build. In his zeal to cleanse the ranks, he was accused of creating a demographic crisis in the bank. One unidentified manager told Report on Business magazine in 1989 that "an entire generation of management has been cremated."
"Those judgments were not made whimsically - they were made on the basis of performance," insisted Grant REUBER, the bank's president during the MULHOLLAND era. "I don't think he relished letting people go, but if they hadn't measured up and they hadn't recovered, they probably didn't survive."
Jeff CHISHOLM, a retired Bank of Montreal executive, said he never saw this side of his former boss - Mr. MULHOLLAND simply demanded honest answers from his managers. He said his positive traits never came to light because the Chief Executive Officer did not really care what critics thought of him.
Mr. MULHOLLAND also pulled off a deal that transformed the bank: the 1984 purchase of Harris Bank, a U.S. Midwest regional powerhouse based in Chicago. Some critics have contended that once the deal was done, the bank didn't really capitalize on its new U.S. platform - but at minimum, Mr. MULHOLLAND created the potential platform.
"He had a vision about what was going to happen to the North American economy and to financial services within North America," said Mr. Chisholm, a former Harris Bank executive who joined Bank of Montreal.
Later, Mr. MULHOLLAND moved quickly on the deregulation of Canada's financial industry by acquiring Nesbitt Thomson, the foundation of today's Bank of Montreal Nesbitt Burns Inc., the bank's investment subsidiary.
Whether he stayed too long is much debated; it's a common problem with strong leaders in politics and business. But Mr. MULHOLLAND's saving grace was to leave the bank in good hands.
Mr. Barrett, his successor, was a charming people person who provided a sharp contrast with his more aloof predecessor. Mr. MULHOLLAND "knew he was not Mr. Popularity with everybody," Mr. O'HAGAN said. "He recognized there would be a contrast and that Barrett's personal style would register differently. I think that was part of the reason he chose him."
Mr. Barrett, now retired from banking, said in an e-mail message that "Bank of Montreal shareholders and employees owe a debt of gratitude to Bill for stepping into the bank at a difficult time in its history. Those that succeeded him benefited greatly from his legacy.
"He once joked that he built the Stradivarius that others played beautifully. I certainly agree with that."
After he retired in 1990, Mr. MULHOLLAND had time to focus on family, horses and his beloved Windswept Farm near Georgetown, west of Toronto. He worked to develop the Hanoverian breed in Canada.
But in recent years, Parkinson's disease took its toll. At the MULHOLLANDs' 50th wedding anniversary party in early July, Friends felt he almost willed himself to attend. It wasn't long afterward that he was admitted to hospital.
William MULHOLLAND was born in Albany, New York on June 16, 1926. He died of complications from Parkinson's disease and other medical problems at his home near Georgetown, Ontario, on September 8, 2007. He was 81. He is survived by his wife Nancy, nine children and 11 grandchildren.

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O'HAGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-14 published
O'HAGAN, Breda Eileen " Girlie" (née CRIBBIN)
(March 14, 1922-December 12, 2007)
The head of our family passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 surrounded with love.
Breda Eileen O'HAGAN was born in Dublin, Ireland on March 14, 1922, one of eight children of Thomas and Eileen CRIBBIN. Under the watchful, kind and never-ending care of Sandra PASKAS and the Southwood Care Centre, 'Girlie' peaceably surrendered a life that was lived to the fullest with adventure, humour and love of family.
Predeceased by her husband, Peter J. O'HAGAN, Girlie is survived by her children Hugh and Nancy McCAFFERY of Portland, Oregon Dan and Iris McCAFFERY of Chicago, Illinois; Lorraine and Charlach MacKINTOSH of Edmonton, Bernie and Jan McCAFFERY of Calgary as well as her devoted sister Monica McKINLEY of Calgary and loving brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Joy CRIBBIN of Dublin, Ireland.
Her extraordinary life lessons are a lasting gift to her thirteen lovely grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Her many nephews, nieces and their families in Ireland, the United States, Switzerland, England and Canada all remember her kindness and her grace.
Funeral Services will be held at McInnis and Holloway'S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta) on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m.. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Canadian Cancer Society. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com
In living memory of Breda O'HAGAN, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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O'HALLORAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-04 published
HATELY, George W. (1932-2007)
On November 29th George passed away peacefully at his home, overlooking his beloved view of Georgian Bay. As in life, George approached his fight against cancer with zest and determination, surrounded by family and Friends. George is survived by his wife and best friend Jean, children Wendy, Drew (Tara) and Kerry (Dan), sisters Joyce, and Carole (Carl), mother-in-law Aileen and the apples of his eyes: grandchildren, Nicole, Nathan, Grace and Olivia. Throughout life George's gentleness and humble nature, accompanied by a contagious upbeat personality, always seemed to bring out the best in us all whatever the occasion. George treasured the company of family and Friends, and thrived on the opportunity to share a tale or two…or even three. George had a passion for his work and not only enjoyed both the challenges and the opportunities, but the many people he worked with as he built his career servicing the steel industry worldwide for nearly 20 years. Life never stood still and George filled his retirement years with volunteer work, golfing, skiing, travelling and helping Jean in the gardens. The highlight of his retirement was his watercolour painting. His passion to paint led him to be both a student and a teacher of his craft and he truly enjoyed sharing his art with his family and community. George continued to pursue his passion with vigour, finishing his last painting only six weeks ago. Throughout the eighteen months he battled his illness, George maintained his spirit for life with a positive nature and a love of sharing each and every day with family and Friends. The family wishes to express their gratitude to their dear Friends, Cannon Tom, Rev. Heather, the professional staff at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook, the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Dr. O'HALLORAN for their support and kindness over the last year and a half. Donations can be made to the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook. The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society. There will be a visitation at the family home, 49 Madeline Drive, Collingwood, on Sunday, December 9th from 2-5 p.m. and a celebration of life service at All Saints Anglican Church, 32 Elgin Street, Collingwood, on Monday, December 10th at 1 p.m., reception to follow. For information, directions, remarks or condolences please visit www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com or www.allsaintscollingwood.com.

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O'HALLORAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Winnifred Margaret (née MacHIN)
Having lived a long and full life, Winnifred passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 in her 95th year. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Edmund Gerrard (1970). Winn will be remembered with love by her children Jane and her husband Art ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, John and his wife Pat, and Peter and his wife Helena. She was the much loved Grandma of Michael ELLIOT/ELLIOTT (Leah,) Kristi ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Dawn (Todd THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON) and Tony TAILOR/TAYLOR, and adoring Grandma G.G. to James and Ryan ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Winn was predeceased by her brothers Wilf and Cec MacHIN and her sister Olive O'HALLORAN. A truly great lady, she will be missed by extended family and Friends including those in Toronto, Barrie, and England. The family wish to thank the staff of Markhaven Home for Seniors for the wonderful compassionate care that Winn has received for the past few years. Friends will be received at the Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave. (4 lights north of Hwy 7) Markham, 905-305-8508 on Wednesday, December 5th, from 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, December 6th at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. Private Interment. If desired, donations in Winn's name can be made to The Markhaven Foundation, 54 Parkway Ave. Markham, Ontario L3P 2G4 or The York Durham Aphasia Centre, Parkview Village, 12184 Ninth Line, Stouffville, Ontario L4A 3N6.

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O'HARA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-13 published
ALLMAN, Audrey Rose Mulraine (née FOWKE)
Passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 10, 2007 at the age of 87. Wife of the late Kenneth Gordon ALLMAN. Dearly loved mother of children Barbara and her husband Antonin KUBICEK, John and his wife Lynda, Robert and his wife Lise, and James and his wife Hildegard. Cherished grandmother to Hana, Kenneth, Jason, Devon, and Sharon and great-grandmother to Nicholas and Thomas. Beloved sister to Malcolm SHERGOLD, the late Freda ("Bubbles") GALLO, and the late Pamela O'HARA. Much loved sister-in-law to Alan and his wife Margaret, and Margaret and her late husband A.W. (Bill) BLACKMORE. Dear aunt of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Pine Hills Visitation Chapel And Reception Centre (625 Birchmount Road, North of St. Clair 416-267-8229) on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint_Jude Wexford Anglican Church (10 Howarth Avenue, East of Victoria Park - South of Lawrence) with reception to follow. Burial at Pine Hills Cemetery at 2: 30 p.m. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
"To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die."

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O'HARA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-08 published
LANE, Edythe F. (BERRY)
Born in Brantford, Ontario, March 5, 1907. Died in Toronto September 3, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Richard C. (Dick) LANE for 77 mutually supportive years; loving and cherished mother of Robert and his partner Marjorie KOPPERUD, and of John and his wife Pat; loving grandmother of Judy DUIVESTEYN and her husband Peter, Richard N. LANE and his wife Clare, Ted LANE, Margaret LANE and her husband Michael O'HARA, Rebecca LANE and her husband Les MANDEVILLE and Jeremy LANE and his fiancée Amy ARMSTRONG; and proud great-grandmother of Cheryl, Eric, Laura and Ruthann DUIVESTEYN, Robyn and Alix LANE, Dylan and Abigail O'HARA, and Reed MANDEVILLE. Edythe grew up in Tillsonburg and Guelph, Ontario. An excellent student, she trained as a nurse at Clifton Springs, New York. Edythe and Dick lived in Toronto and summered for 53 years in Southampton, Ontario. An accomplished and contented homemaker, Edythe was also an avid reader who loved ideas and enjoyed philosophical discussions. She and Dick were long-time supporters of theatre and music, and they loved entertaining. In every respect she was an inspiration to all her family. We are most grateful to the caregivers at Briton House for their compassionate care over the last seven years. A service of thanksgiving for Edythe's life will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto (2 lights west of Yonge St.) with visitation one half hour prior and reception to follow.

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O'HARA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-25 published
GRASSBY, Robert Leigh, P.Eng. (1920-2007)
Peacefully at Saint Mary's Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007. Husband of the late Joan O'HARA and Florence WALSH. Dear father of Leigh, Janet (Pierre CHOLETTE,) Robert (Lynn SWEENEY), John (Rhonda HAMEL- SMITH), Brian (Joanna BENNETT) and Elizabeth (Mike STEFAN.) Grandfather of Timothy, Shaughn and Katie McAULIFFE, Eric (Joanna MacLEOD,) Jennifer and Emily CHOLETTE, Ryan and Robyn GRASSBY, Andrew, Jamie and Alex (Fritzy) GRASSBY, Maggie and Robbie Hamel-Smith GRASSBY, Riley and Samantha STEFAN. son of the late Arthur GRASSBY and Amelia MARRIN of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his brothers, Gerald, Edward, Hugh, Kenneth, Richard and his three sisters Louise, Marguerite and Joyce. Survived by his brother James of Sudbury. Robert was President and Chief Executive Officer of Montreal Locomotive Works, V.P. of Dominion Bridge and Plant Engineer and Manager of research and development for Robert Mitchell Co. He was also President and board member of Saint Mary's Hospital, V.P. and director of Engineer's Club, board member of Hermitage Club, Honorary member of The Royal Montreal Golf Club and board member of Concordia University. During the war years he served in Northwest Europe, Italy and United Kingdom as a lieutenant, captain and acting major. He was a strong, loving, interested father and grandfather who leaves behind a supportive loving family who hope to follow his lead. Visitation at the Kane and Fetterly Funeral Home, 5301 Decarie Blvd., Montreal, Québec (corner Isabella) on Friday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Edmund of Canterbury Church (corner St. Charles and Beaconsfield), Beaconsfield, on Saturday, October 27 at 2: 00 p.m. If desired, donations may be made in his memory to the Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation, 3830 Lacombe Ave., Montreal, H3T 1M5. Condolences may be received at www.kanefetterly.com

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