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PITAWANAKWAT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-01-24 published
Howard Christopher PITAWANAKWAT
In loving memory of "Shpiming bbam-baazod mgizi" "Soaring Eagle," Howard Christopher PITAWANAKWAT, Monty, January 9, 1957 to January 21, 2007.
He began his peaceful journey home in his 50th year on January 21, 2007.
son of Angus and Norma PITAWANAKWAT (both predeceased.) He was brother to Bruno (predeceased), Inez (predeceased) and Joe, Florice (predeceased), Jackie and Lenny, Ignatius and Caroline, Arlene and Floyd, Troy and Cindy, Victor and Rose, Carmen, Barry and Patricia (predeceased), Emmett and Adele, and Jerome and Tammy Jo. Remembered by many aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, and Friends. Will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is resting at the Birch Island Community Centre from January 22 until the funeral mass at 11 am on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at Saint Gabriel Lalement Church, Birch Island. The burial will be at the Birch Island Cemetery.

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PITCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-11 published
PITCHER, Lucy Gay
Peacefully in her sleep on 7/7/07 at Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, Lucy Gay PITCHER, dear daughter of Peter and Phil PITCHER, sweet and gentle sister of Carol, Norm and John, and beloved "Auntie Gay" to Peter, Mark, Gillian and Douglas LA PRAIRIE, Hilary, Leigh and Robin PITCHER and Ian, Katie and Julia PITCHER. Gay was born in Wells, British Columbia on June 15, 1936 and lived in Yellowknife, Toronto and Vancouver. During a career as a secretary and typist, Gay was well liked by colleagues and admired for her conscientious work. Gay was truly a one-of-a-kind who was much loved by her family and will be missed by all who knew her. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday July 13 in Vancouver.

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PITEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-28 published
HAGERMAN, Heather (formerly PITEL, née McALISTER)
Passed away in the early morning of Monday, June 25th 2007, after a short but courageous fight. Beloved daughter of the late Merle HOUSTON and Robert McALISTER, sister of Marilyn McALISTER, loving mother to Jennifer HAGERMAN and Lisa PITEL and adored grandmother of Meaghan and Alison POLACK. You'll be there on all our walks, Mom, sharing the pleasures of the journey. If desired, donations may be made to Sunnybrook's Bayview Cancer Clinic or the charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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PITTAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-31 published
MacQUEEN, Menetta " Netta" May (née McFADYEN)
Died Peacefully on December 29 at her residence at Christie Gardens in Toronto. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Netta was the beloved wife for 69 years of the late Very Reverend Doctor Angus J. MacQUEEN. She is lovingly remembered by her children - Marian and Colin McNAIRN, Joan and John WARREN, Barbara MacQUEEN and Heather and Nick PITTAS her grandchildren - James, Martha, Heather, Katie, Anna and Rosie - and her great-granddaughters - Allison, Kate and Daisy. Netta was predeceased by her four brothers and one sister and grand_son Stuart WARREN. Netta's life revolved around church and family as she and Angus moved from coast to coast. While in Toronto, she was a volunteer at Centennial Nursery and Meals on Wheels. Netta was a proud Cape Bretoner and spent summers with the family at the cottage on the Mira River. The family wishes to thank the staff at Christie Gardens for their kindness and caring support. A funeral service will be held on January 2 at 10: 00 a.m. at the Trull Funeral Home 'North Toronto Chapel' 2704 Yonge St. (5 Blocks south of Lawrence) with visitation one hour before the service. Interment will take place in Cape Breton at Black Brook Cemetery in the summertime.

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PITTAWAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-16 published
LARSEN, Doctor Donn
Dr. Donn LARSEN was born in Copenhagen, on December 4, 1927, and died of cancer on May 15, 2007, in Vancouver. Donn was an Eagle Scout who prided himself on thinking outside the box long before that term was coined. Donn was passionate about business and negotiations, beginning as a black marketeer and business entrepreneur when just a teenager in occupied Denmark. He was an Industrial Designer and, after immigrating to Canada, operated Donn Larsen Office Interiors Ltd. It was an innovative and successful firm specializing in industrial and furniture design, office space planning and interior construction. Donn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London, England, and was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Registered Interior Designer Institute of Alberta in 1983. After retiring from his business, Donn continued consulting in the design field, became a mentor to many aspiring business people, and volunteered his unique and spirited efforts to a number of organizations. Donn was the Danish Consul for Edmonton from 1977-1998, receiving the Order of the Dannebro from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for his long and dedicated service. Donn was first a member, and then the Chairperson, of the Governing Council of Athabasca University, from 1981-1992. After extensive travel and consultations with other distance learning institutions, Donn received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Ramkhamhaeng University in Thailand. He was the first non-Thai to be so honored. Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson honored Donn's commitment and service by awarding him a Grant of Arms in 1999. Donn also received much recognition for his contributions to international humanitarian projects and other public service. A lifelong learner, Donn was always eager to expand and share his knowledge, and promoted innovation in education. Donn was an accomplished pianist, who passionately believed that music was a necessary part of life. Donn was eccentric, brilliant, and didn't suffer fools gladly. Donn and his wife Ella loved entertaining, and hosted many wonderful parties in their Old Glenora home in Edmonton. Donn and Ella also kept an apartment in the West End of Vancouver since 1970, and retired there in 2001. Donn and Ella were married for over 53 years. She was his partner in everything and his number one supporter. Sadly, Ella's illness with Alzheimer's' Disease separated them prematurely. Predeceased by his parents and nephew, Per CHRISTENSEN Jr., Donn is survived by Ella, now a resident of Yaletown House in Vancouver, and many nieces and nephews, Friends and colleagues. He will particularly be missed by niece Dorte PITTAWAY, great-niece Margot PITTAWAY, nephew Paul CHRISTENSEN (Kim ROTHERY,) and companion Marion ROLSTON. No service by request, as Donn would much rather have a party than a funeral. Flowers gratefully declined, but donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Donn loved telling stories, so please share a story and offer a final Skol!

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PITTMAN 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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PITTMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-09 published
GOFF, Marguerite L.
Peacefully at her residence on Sunday, January 7, 2007, surrounded by her family, Marguerite L. GOFF of London in her 88th year. Beloved wife for 67 years of Charles GOFF and dearly loved mother of Cheri (Joseph) PITTMAN and Karen (Gerry) BLACKWELL of London and Jim GOFF of Strathroy. Predeceased by a daughter Joyce Marie EAST. Loved mother-in-law of Arthur EAST of London. Marguerite will be sadly missed by 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a sister Lorraine and brother Ralph. Friends will be received at the Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel 1997 Dundas Street, E. (at Wavell) London on Friday, January 12, 2007 from 12: 30-1:30 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Jim EVANS officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to the charity of choice gratefully received. McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, Lambeth 519-652-2020 in care of arrangements.

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PITTS 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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