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POTTER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-26 published
LEMICK, Janet Elizabeth (née ROBERTSON)
Passed away peacefully on July 20, 2007 in her 63rd year. Loving mother of Christopher John LEMICK, daughter of Mary CROSS (Doug) of Barrie, sister of Patricia ROBERTSON (Randy MURPHY) of Calgary, Wendy TUNNARD (Ken) and Kelley DUNN all of Barrie. Also survived by nephews Robert CAMERON and David DUNN and nieces Julie CAMERON, Jessica POTTER and Leila DUNN. She was pre-deceased by her father Allan George ROBERTSON in 1995. Janet graduated from Oshawa General Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1965 and nursed at several hospitals in Ontario specializing in Operating Room until she retired in 1998 from Grey Bruce R.H.C. due to poor health. Cremation. Janet's life will be celebrated in a service of remembrance on August 9, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. at Bethel Community Church, 128 St. Vincent Street, Barrie, Ontario. Rev. Bruce STICKLEE officiating. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetic Association would be appreciated.

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POTTER 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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POTTER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-11-07 published
POTTER, Maureen (née GALE)
On November 4, 2007 at home with her family by her side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of Anthony (40 years) and cherished mum of Joy (Adam) and Freya (Matt). Sister to Raymond. Predeceased by her parents, Cicely and Ted GALE of England. Maureen will be remembered fondly by her many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law in England for her quiet kindness and dedication to her family. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital for their kindness over the years. We are also genuinely grateful to Community Care Access Centre in Barrie and to the nurses of St. Elizabeth's whose compassion for Maureen will not be soon forgotten - a special thank you to Annette. A private family service and cremation has already taken place, in accordance with Maureen's wishes. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, or to the Colon Cancer Society. Arrangements are in the care of Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 132 River Rd E, Wasaga Beach, 705-429-1040.
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POTTER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-11-21 published
POTTER, Maureen
The family of Maureen POTTER would like to thank all Friends and neighbors for flowers, cards and messages received at this sad time. Thank you everyone. Anthony and Family
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POTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-12 published
POTTER, Thomas James
Passed away surrounded by family the evening of January 9th, 2007 at Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, after a long illness that claimed him but never defined him. Tom was 52. Tom was the loving husband of Joanne McLEOD, and proud father to James. Son-in-law of Gundy and Ann McLEOD, much-loved brother (and brother-in-law) of Marlene and Dan, Stephen and Nancy, Mark and Nancy, Julie and Walter, Alix and Bob, and Cam and Moira. He will be fondly remembered by nieces and nephews for his love and advice. Predeceased by his parents, Mary and Alexander POTTER of Toronto. Tom will also be missed by family, a wide circle of Friends, and by associates and clients of Miller Thomson, all of whom he touched deeply. Memorial service will be conducted Saturday, January 13th at 2 p.m. at Saint Mary's (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Ave. (at Larch), Vancouver. Reception to follow. Tom was a supporter of Saint Paul's Hospital, and Friends may wish to make donations in his honour to the Saint Paul's Hospital Foundation (Renal Initiative) 178-1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver V6Z 1Y6, www.helpstpauls.com Walkey and Company Funeral Directors 604-738-0006 Tom loved his family, delighted in his Friends, and he inspired us with his love of life.

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POTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-28 published
SEELEY, Lois (née POTTER)
Died Tuesday, June 26, 2007 in her 82nd year after a 10-year struggle with interstitial lung disease (pulmonary fibrosis) at Valley View Villa, Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Lois was born in Ottawa West, Nepean Township, to the late Margaret Gertrude (MURPHY) POTTER and Andrew BOUCHER on February 28, 1926, and graduated from the High School of Commerce in Ottawa. She served proudly as a member of the Canadian Women's Army Corps in World War 2, attaining the rank of Sergeant, with postings to Ottawa, Saint John and Vancouver. She left when the Canadian Women's Army Corps was disbanded in 1946. In l953, Lois married the love of her life, Allan Frederick SEELEY, in Ottawa, where their only child, Ruth Elizabeth SEELEY, was born in 1955. Lois and Allan worked for many years for the Federal Government in Ottawa, and in 1974, Allan returned to the Maritimes to a posting with Environment Canada. Unfortunately, he died young (64) in 1991. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth, Burnaby, British Columbia At Lois's request, her body has been cremated. Interment at a later date in Ottawa, Ontario. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro, Nova Scotia. Very many thanks to Doctor Debra Morrison for her care and devotion over the past 10 years.

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POTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-25 published
CHICK, Flora Elizabeth " Betty" (née GORMAN)
Passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday, September 22, 2007 in her 92nd year. She was the beloved wife for 62 years of the late Wilfred Charles CHICK and a wonderful and caring mother to Lois and John WYNDHAM of Burlington and John and Margit CHICK of Toronto. She thought the world of her six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Morna WATTS and Chris POTTER (Connor, Griffin and Owen,) Stephanie MAHONEY, Angela and Tom MOCH (Ashley,) Greg and Melissa WATTS (Spencer, Cameron and Rowan), Sean CHICK and Colin WYNDHAM, always interested in their activities and travels. Betty is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Floyd ANDERSON of Mesa, Arizona and her sister-in-law Lois GORMAN of St. Catharines. Betty was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, the elder daughter of Margaret and Fred GORMAN. She captured Wilf's heart when he came as a young accountant to audit the books where she worked and they were married in October 1942. Throughout their life together she created a warm and welcoming home for family and Friends, both in Canada and during winters spent in Maui and Arizona after Wilf retired. She had the knack of making Friends wherever she went and until the last few years kept in regular touch with an amazing number of people from every stage of her life. Betty was an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Burlington for many years and more recently attended Knox Presbyterian in Oakville. During their years in Burlington she was also active in the Burlington Arts and Letters Club, the Garden Club and the Big Sisters Association. Betty was an avid curler for many years, at the Burlington Curling Club, the Burlington Golf and Country Club and the Mississauga Golf and Country Club. We will miss her zest for life, her sense of humour and her generosity of spirit. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Thursday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. where Funeral Service will take place Friday, September 28, 2007 at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation has taken place. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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POTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-23 published
POTTER, Jack
Peacefully in his 93rd year on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at Humber River Regional Hospital. Jack POTTER, beloved husband of Rose, his loving wife of 67 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Stanley and Sharon POTTER, and Linda and the late Tom MAHER. Dear brother of the late Clara (Chippy) SHACK, and Morris POTTER. Devoted grandfather of Marla BAKER and Brian SILVERSTEIN, Jonathan BAKER, and Jordan POTTER. Adoring uncle of Michael TIETELBAUM, and Carol PASTERNAK. He was a W.W.2 veteran, and an avid fisherman and bowler. After 42 years of service working for Continental Can starting as a printer and retired in 1979 as general plant manager. He and Rose were among the founding members of Club L'Chaim at Adath Israel Synagogue. A respected gentleman who will be missed by all. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Adath Israel section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Jack Potter Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, www.benjamins.ca

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POTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-14 published
WITHER, Isobel Fleming (née POTTER) (1923-2007)
Born in Cypress River, Manitoba, Isobel passed away peacefully on Friday, November 9th at Providence Health Care Centre in Toronto. Isobel lived in Winnipeg for most of her life where she and her late husband Glenn raised their family. She will be lovingly remembered by her children and their families; Joan and Tim ROUNDS (Laurel, Will, and his wife Anthea,) Bruce and Joan WITHER (Robert, John and Allison) and Don and Donna WITHER (Jacqueline.) Isobel was predeceased by her husband Glenn in 1981 after 35 wonderful years of marriage. Isobel's focus was charity work with over 40 years working for the McKinnon Guild in Winnipeg, supporting the Children's Hospital Foundation. She was a prodigious knitter, providing yearly sweaters for her grandchildren and mittens for all. She enjoyed her golf and the many Friendships she made at Southwood Golf and Country Club. Her fondest memories are of her youth spent at Fox Lake with her brother Ross and cousins David and Margaret. Despite Rheumatoid Arthritis, Isobel proudly maintained her independence in Winnipeg until last Christmas, when a fall necessitated her move to Toronto. Although Winnipeg was always her home, her close proximity to her children in her last year was a blessing to all. Many thanks to the compassionate staff at Providence Health Care Centre for their help and support, particularly in her last few months. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Arthritis Society or Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. A private family memorial will be held in Toronto, followed this spring with her interment and a celebration of her life in Winnipeg.

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POTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-31 published
BOURQUE, Patricia (née LEE)
Died peacefully, at home surrounded by her family on the morning of December 28th 2007, in her 83rd year, from pneumonia. She was predeceased by her husband Lt. Cdr Charles Alfred BOURQUE (1988). Pat is survived by her six children, Phillip (Ann), Patricia (Willy), Paul (Lenore), Peter (Laura), Anna (Philippe), and Julia (Mark,) and her grandchildren Samantha and Andreas BRUEGGER, Jacob and Claire BOURQUE, Michael, Louise, and Elizabeth BOURQUE, Alexandra, Sebastian and Charlotte POTTER. Pat was the daughter of Thomas LEE and Charlotta Cantfell LEE, of Halifax, Nova Scotia and sister of Peggy, (deceased), Blanche (deceased), Jennie, Paul, Robin, Mary, Heidi, and Sandy. Pat was a graduate of The Convent of The Sacred Heart ('44) and the Maritime School of Social Work ('46), York University (B.A. Psych '71). Pat retired in 1990 from a career in social work with the City of Toronto. A memorial celebration is planned for June.

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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-06-06 published
POTTS, Dean
In loving memory of a dear husband, father and grandfather, Dean, who passed away 3, 2000.
What would I give to clasp his hand,
His happy face to see,
To hear his voice and see his smile,
That meant so much to me.
- Lovingly remembered by his wife, Phyllis, Judy, Dan, Katie and Lori.
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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-03 published
PRYOR- CUNNING, Catherine (née PRYOR)
At the Bowmanville Hospital on Monday, October 1st, 2007 at the age of 47 years, the former Kate PRYOR of Oshawa. Wife of Steve CUNNING. Mother of Robert POTTS and his wife Valerie of Elderslie Township, and Danielle and her husband Mike CHOPIK of Oshawa. Stepmother of Logan and Georgette CUNNING of Little Britain, and D'Arcy CUNNING and Elisa of Oshawa. Grammie to Clinton, Autumn, and Tyler. She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters. She is predeceased by her parents George and Marjorie PRYOR. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007. Visitation will then take place at the Carleton Co-operative Funeral Home, 337 Lockhart Mill Rd., Jacksonville, New Brunswick from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday. Funeral service will take place in the chapel of the Carleton Co-operative Funeral Home on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Williamstown Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the A.L.S. Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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POTTS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2007-11-02 published
McLEOD, Charles Marshall (April 21, 1932-October 24, 2007)
Charlie died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday night. Charlie was born at Northslope Farm on the 8th Line of the former Nottawasaga Township, and lived there his entire life. He married Maureen Carollyn HERRINGTON on October 30, 1964, and together they raised three children on the farm amid much rowdy laughter and hard work. Charlie is survived by his wife, sons Alex and Ian, daughter Mariane, daughter-in-law Kathy, son-in-law Charlie RENTNER and by Delia IAFRATE. He adored his grandchildren Kaitlyn, Connor and Rosaleigh. He was predeceased by his sister Jean YEAGER and brothers-in-law Joe YEAGER and Dean POTTS. Charlie will be sorely missed by his surviving siblings: Don and Betty McLEOD, Hazel and Harry ROWLEY, Marion and Bill GORDON, Phyllis POTTS, Mildred and Jim WALKER, Helen and Ron WRIGHT. He will be fondly remembered by 32 nieces and nephews, their children and a wide extended family. Charlie will be missed for his gentle ways and quiet, quick wit. Visitation with the family at Fawcett's Funeral Home in Creemore on Friday, October 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services to be held at Dunedin Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Dunedin Presbyterian Church Window Fund, South Simcoe 4H Association, or the Parkinson's Foundation. Friends may visit the on-line book of condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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POTTS o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-10-31 published
McLEOD, Charles Marshall (April 21, 1932-October 24, 2007)
Charlie died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday night. Charlie was born at Northslope Farm on the 8th Line of the former Nottawasaga Township, and lived there his entire life. He married Maureen Carollyn HERRINGTON on October 30, 1964, and together they raised three children on the farm amid much rowdy laughter and hard work. Charlie is survived by his wife, sons Alex and Ian, daughter Mariane, daughter-in-law Kathy, son-in-law Charlie RENTNER and by Delia IAFRATE. He adored his grandchildren Kaitlyn, Connor and Rosaleigh. He was predeceased by his sister Jean YEAGER and brothers-in-law Joe YEAGER and Dean POTTS. Charlie will be sorely missed by his surviving siblings: Don and Betty McLEOD, Hazel and Harry ROWLEY, Marion and Bill GORDON, Phyllis POTTS, Mildred and Jim WALKER, Helen and Ron WRIGHT. He will be fondly remembered by 32 nieces and nephews, their children and a wide extended family. Charlie will be missed for his gentle ways and quiet, quick wit. Visitation with the family at Fawcett's Funeral Home in Creemore on Friday, October 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services to be held at Dunedin Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Dunedin Presbyterian Church Window Fund, South Simcoe 4H Association, or the Parkinson's Foundation. Friends may visit the on-line book of condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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POTTS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-07 published
Pioneer filmmaker turned hard-hitting social issues into popular television
He returned from naval duty in the Second World War to pioneer such shows as Wojeck, writes Sandra MARTIN, and to set standards for 'what an archetypal Canadian drama series ought to be'
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
Forty years ago, when John Vernon as Wojeck and Gordon Pinsent as Quentin Jurgens, M.P., were upholding Canadian attributes of social justice on the country's black-and-white television sets, Ron WEYMAN was in his golden age at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television drama. A visual artist and a navy veteran who had seen H.M.S. Hood go down and landed at Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, Mr. WEYMAN learned to make documentaries at the National Film Board and to shoot film on location by watching Italian directors Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini in action. That's the cultural baggage Mr. WEYMAN brought to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-television in the mid-1950s. Within a decade, he had persuaded the corporation to shift from videotape to film and to send directors out of the studios and into the streets so that they could use real locations in home-grown stories that reflected contemporary social issues. And he had put Wojeck, a short-lived but stellar dramatic series, into the imaginations of viewers.
One early fan was Ivan Fecan, president and Chief Executive Officer of CTVglobemedia. Back in 1966, when Wojeck premiered, he was a 12-year-old boy. "In Wojeck, I saw performances and stories and images of Toronto in a way that I had never seen before and, frankly, rarely afterward. It made a huge impression on me," he said in a telephone interview this week. Of Mr. WEYMAN, he said, "I didn't know him well personally, but I was a huge fan of his work. He was the real deal, the real ground-breaker in Canadian drama, and I don't think he ever got enough credit for what he proved could be done."
A little more than 20 years later, when Mr. Fecan was program chief at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he hauled six Wojeck episodes out of the vaults and put them back on the air. Mr. Fecan still thinks that Mr. WEYMAN's work sets the standard for "what an archetypal Canadian drama series ought to be today."
Ronald Charles Tosh WEYMAN was the third son of four children of Margaret (POTTS) and Joshua WEYMAN, a machinist. He was born in England in the middle of the First World War. The family immigrated to St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1923 because Mr. WEYMAN's older brother Charles had settled there. Within a few years, the WEYMANs had moved to the Danforth area of Toronto, where Ron attended Danforth and East York Collegiates. When the Depression hit and Ron had to leave school to help out financially, he took on a variety of jobs, including working as a tea taster.
As soon as he had some money in his pockets, he bought a small boat and taught himself to sail. He was also very interested in painting and acting and, with his younger sister (broadcaster and sculptor Rita Greer ALLEN,) became part of a local theatrical group that swirled around Dora Mavor Moore. Through these connections, Ron met University of Toronto undergraduates Alison (Ashy) Alford and her older sister Giovanna (Vanna), the daughters of John Alford, who was the founding chair of the university's fine arts department.
After the Second World War broke out in 1939, Mr. WEYMAN enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. Despite his lack of formal education, he was in the first group of Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve recruits who were seconded to the Royal Navy for officer training. About the time that France was falling and Dunkirk was being evacuated, Sub-Lieutenant WEYMAN was qualifying as a specialist with anti-submarine detection equipment.
Among other ships, he was the only Canadian to serve on H.M.S. Achates as part of the escort-destroyer group attending on the battlecruiser Hood when she was sunk in 10 minutes by the German capital ship Bismarck with the loss of all but three hands during the Battle of the Denmark Strait on May 24, 1941.
After Achates hit a mine on the Murmansk run, with the loss of half its company, SLt. WEYMAN joined H.M.C.S. St. Croix on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic during some of the most treacherous U-boat engagements of the war. He and Ashy were married in October, 1941, while he was home on leave. About 16 months later, when he was overseas again, she died in her sleep -- probably of an epileptic seizure.
As the balance finally shifted in the war, he was promoted to first lieutenant on a landing ship, tank (LST) and responsible for getting what he called a "floating radar palace" on Omaha Beach in June, 1944. Subsequently, he received a promotion to lieutenant commander and a new assignment: command of an LST bound for Southeast Asia, where he was to lead Indian troops onto the beaches of Malaya and Burma. Before he could see action, the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Japanese surrendered. In describing his war service, he said he "was mined once, torpedoed once and got sunk a third time."
Life was not all battle stations. He had continued to paint on his various vessels and while on leave in London contributed some canvasses to an exhibition of Canadian War Art at The National Gallery in London. One of his paintings, U-Boat Attack, was purchased by The National Gallery in Ottawa. Another dozen works (five paintings and seven drawings) now belong to the Canadian War Museum.
After he was demobilized in Halifax, Mr. WEYMAN wanted to become a serious painter and headed to Ottawa to consult with a curator at The National Gallery. That same weekend, he encountered Sydney Newman of the fledgling National Film Board, who suggested he try film instead. By chance, Nick Reed had just come back from Greece with the film footage that would later be used in the film Out of the Ruins. He took Mr. WEYMAN on as an assistant, and when Mr. Reed returned to his home in South Carolina, he inherited the film. "I was hooked," he wrote later.
He was also becoming hooked on his sister-in-law, Vanna. Her husband, John TERRACE, a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force, had been shot down over Magdeburg, Germany, in 1944 and was missing in action for two years until his death was finally confirmed. She and Mr. WEYMAN became close because of their bereavements and their mutual interest in the visual arts. They married on June 28, 1947, and eventually had five children: Cindy, Jenny, John (Tiki), Peter (Bay) and James.
Mr. WEYMAN worked for the National Film Board from 1946 to 1953. He made more than 20 films, including After Prison, What?, which won the prize for best theatrical film at the Canadian Film Festival in 1951, and The Safety Supervisor, which earned a first award at the Venice Film Festival in 1952. After seven years, he quit to freelance in Italy, the ancestral home of many in his wife's family. While they were abroad, he wrote and filmed eight documentaries in Italy and the Middle East for the National Film Board and the United Nations, learning how to shoot film on location rather than in studio, a skill that he brought back to Canada and to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he began working in 1954 under Robert ALLEN, who was the head of television drama and the scriptwriter/accountant who had married Mr. WEYMAN's younger sister Rita.
His lasting contribution began in the 1962-63 season with his invention of The Serial, a program that presented Canadian novels on film and tape and employed Canadian actors, directors, writers and producers. It was on The Serial that Mr. WEYMAN produced dramatizations of Thomas Raddall's The Wings of the Night, Morley Callaghan's More Joy in Heaven and the pilots that would become Wojeck, Quentin Durgens, M.P. and Hatch's Mill, working with such directors as Paul Almond, David Gardner and later Daryl Duke.
Tell Them The Streets Are Dancing, based on the files of Doctor Morton Shulman, was written by Philip Hersch and starred John Vernon (obituary February 4, 2005), Bruno Gerussi and Patricia Collins. The plot pitted a crusading big-city coroner investigating the deaths of five Italian construction workers against their greedy bosses and corrupt government inspectors. Audiences loved it and Mr. WEYMAN quickly commissioned enough scripts from Mr. Hersch to run 10 episodes the next season, staring Mr. Vernon as Wojeck. As a model, Wojeck (which ran from 1966 to 1968) was the forerunner of NBC's Quincy, M.E., and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Da Vinci's Inquest.
The series, which used the WEYMANs' own home as the set for Wojeck's house, attracted 2,900,000 viewers with an overall audience enjoyment of 80 and climbed into the top 10 of most popular shows when sold to Britain. Another pilot, Mr. Member of Parliament, starring Gordon Pinsent as a naive and conscientious politician, and directed by Mr. Gardner, became the hit series Quentin Durgens, M.P.
Both programs brought hard-hitting contemporary social issues (abortion, suicide, abuse of power) into dramatic stories played out in locations that Canadians recognized as part of their own worlds. But none of it lasted, for the same reasons that have beleaguered so many other "golden ages" in Canada's cultural history: a lack of money, vision and commitment. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation couldn't commit to a third season of Wojeck or promise steady employment to the actors, directors and producers, so they all followed the jobs and the money to Los Angeles. Even Mr. WEYMAN toyed with moving to California.
In a brief to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation management in April, 1970, a frustrated Mr. WEYMAN complained that a vacuum existed between the policy planners and the drama producers that "threatens the future of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation drama" and "the survival of our community of talent." He insisted that "a given volume of production is essential on a continuing basis, if we hope to maintain a healthy climate in which talent can survive" and he outlined the various measures he thought should be taken, including training and letting people make mistakes in regional and local productions rather than on the network, where the new writer or new director "falls on his face in front of millions of people" while the public and the critics "quite properly" wonder "if we know what it is we are doing."
He continued to make drama at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s with shows such as Corwin, The Manipulators, Welcome Stranger, The Albertans and a dramatization of Margaret Laurence's novel The Fire Dwellers, but nothing exceeded the audience rapport he had achieved a decade earlier with Wojeck. "The tragedy is that he got sidetracked," Mr. Fecan said. "He could have gone on to do so much more, but he never got the chance and consequently he didn't get the credit he deserved for what he did."
After he retired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1980, Mr. WEYMAN turned back to painting and to writing screenplays and a new form: novels. He borrowed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional character Sherlock Holmes and created new adventures for him after his presumed death at the Reichenbach Falls in the Swiss Alps in The Adventure of the Final Problem. Instead of mouldering in his grave, the famous sleuth was flitting about Canada from 1891 to 1894 at the behest of Queen Victoria's son, the Prince of Wales and later Edward VII. At least that was the story Mr. WEYMAN spun in his trilogy, Sherlock Holmes and the Ultimate Disguise, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Mark of the Beast and Sherlock Holmes Travels in the Canadian West. He also wrote In Love and War: A Memoir, a vivid account of his romantic and naval experiences in the Second World War. As well, he directed the occasional film, learned to play classical guitar and travelled.
About four years ago, Mr. WEYMAN suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on one side and unable to speak or to feed himself. Late last month, sensing the end was near, his family took him to a farmhouse northwest of Toronto that he and Vanna had bought in 1964, the fount of so many happy family occasions. "Every time we left the farm, he would say, 'Goodbye, this place,' " she said in an interview this week. That's where he died, two days before they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Ronald Charles Tosh WEYMAN was born in Erdith, Kent, on December 13, 1915. He died near Flesherton, Ontario, on June 26, 2007. He was 91. He is survived by his wife Vanna, five children, 11 grandchildren, his sister Rita and extended family. A celebration of his life will be held tomorrow at the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto.

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