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RIGBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-06 published
MEECH, Richard Campbell, Q.C. (September 16, 1921-January 3, Honorary Consul General of Thailand Partner Emeritus and Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP R.C. ('Dick') MEECH died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was with his beloved wife of 55 years, Carol; his children Susan, Richard, Peter, Sarah (Sally,) and Nan; his sons-in-law Craig MILLER, Kurt HANZLIK, and Sava TATIC; his daughter-in-law Jill RIGBY; and his granddaughters Madeleine and Nathalie HANZLIK- MEECH and grand_son Rade MEECH- TATIC. He was the devoted son of the late Richard George MEECH, Q.C. and Elizabeth CAMPBELL. He was predeceased was by his adored sister Elizabeth, her husband Stanley PALMER, and his niece Mary Lou BAILLIE. He will be missed by Andrew BAILLIE and his children Emma, Victoria and Oliver. The extended Crockett family in the U.S. also mourns his loss. Dick's Friends and colleagues and anyone who had the chance to get to know him are saddened by his passing. Dick's lifelong love of travel began early, at six months old, when he travelled by ocean liner to Toronto from Portsmouth, England where he was born. Dick distinguished himself early on by winning Cutest Baby Award at the Broadview Boys' Institute Fair. Dick got a kick out of being one of St. Clement's School's oldest male 'sandbox' alumni. Other fond childhood memories relate to his years spent at Ridley College and at Onondaga Camp. He went on to get his B.A. in 1946 from Trinity College, University of Toronto where he joined the Kappa Alpha Society. He then received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1950 and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1951. During World War 2 Dick served as an Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force pilot in the United Kingdom, India and Burma (1942-1946). He flew with Royal Air Force Coastal Command out of England in 1944 and flew his own DC3 to India. He flew Air Transport with the 31 Squadron Royal Air Force, dropping supplies to the British Army in 'the forgotten war' in Burma from January to November 1945. He was discharged with the rank of Flying Officer and finally returned to Canada in January 1946. Dick loved practising corporate law. He was a partner of Borden and Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP) from 1956 to 1990. He established the Canadian Investor Protection Fund, the Canadian Securities Institute and the Canadian Depository for Securities and was advisor to these self-regulatory organizations as well as the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. He was one of the first lawyers to have expertise in the mutual fund industry. Mr. MEECH was the Honorary Consul General of Thailand. He was appointed Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (Thailand) in 1986 and Knight Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand in 1990. He was the longest serving Honorary Consul General of the Consular Corps of Toronto (1967-2007). Dick found very rewarding his longtime involvement with the International Bar Association and particularly the Section on Business Law (Chairman, 1982-84). He formed long-lasting Friendships with many lawyers from around the world. Dick was a director of many leading corporations. He was Chairman of the Board of Howden Group PLC (1982-87); Director and Chairman of the audit committees of Barclays Bank of Canada, Budd Canada Inc., the Personal Insurance Company of Canada, Slater Steel Industries Limited and Stanton Pipes Limited; Director, Vice-President and Secretary of Textron Canada Limited, Director and Chairman of Eskofot Canada Limited, Director and President of Austin Knight Canada Inc., and Director, Vice-President and Secretary of Canabam Limited. He was also a Director of Brown Boveri Howden Limited, The Continental Insurance Company of Canada, Canadian Pacific Forest Products Limited, the Dominion Insurance Corporation, Godfrey Howden Limited, the Great Lakes Paper Company Limited, Howden Group America Inc, J.B.A. Software Canada Ltd., R.C. Cola Canada Limited and Textron Canada Limited. Dick took pleasure in being of service to the community and enjoyed working with so many different people. He was a Director of the Harold E. Ballard Foundation at the time of his death and had previously been active in numerous organizations, including the Salvation Army (Advisory Board), Sunnybrook Medical Centre (Trustee, 1966-81) and then Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Trustee Emeritus), Queen's University (Trustee, 1980-92), Canadian Club of Canada (President, 1974-75), National Club (President, 1980-81), Textron Canada Charitable Foundation (1972-98). He was delighted to contribute his time over the years to Havergal College, Ridley College, Harvard Law School Assn., and Wellesley College Cdn. Foundation. Dick's passions were numerous and included golf, tennis, skiing, fishing, walking (Himalayas, Thailand, Alps), singing, dancing, games of every description, and travel with family and Friends. He valued the time he spent at the following clubs: York, National, Toronto, Toronto Golf, Granite, and B&R. Dick's eyes twinkled with his love of life, his wonderful sense of humour and his delightful sense of playfulness. He treated everyone with respect and kindness and always tried to see the positive side of life. We are so happy he was in our lives. He was a true gentleman and a class act. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 3: 30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 at The Anglican Church of St. Clement, Eglinton located at 59 Briar Hill Ave (corner of Duplex and Briar Hill Aves.). The reception following the service will be held at the York Club. A private family burial will take place. If desired, In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (416-586-4800 ext. 8290), the Salvation Army, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, or a charity of your choice. If you have a story or memory you would like to share with the family, please send it c/o Susan MEECH, Box 82, 33 Hazelton Ave, Toronto M5R 2E3. Condolences and memories may also be sent to meech12345@yahoo.ca. Arrangements are under the direction of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel http://www.humphreymiles.com (416-487-4523).

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RIGGS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-22 published
MORTON, Sheila Anne
Daughter, wife, mother, community activist, political pundit, wit. Born April 15, 1928, in Toronto. Died May 26 in Toronto of emphysema, aged 79.
By Susan K. RIGGS, Page L6
The year was 1933. My aunt Sheila, aged 5, golden curls sashaying from side to side, reached into my grandmother's handbag and stole her first cigarette. Witnessing the theft, my mum, Barbara, felt an elder sibling's responsibility to correct her. After all, my grandmother had carefully placed the newborn Sheila in her doll carriage, announcing that the baby "belonged" to Barbara. For years, little Sheila would toddle around in search of "my Barbie." Throughout their entire lives, the two sisters (and soon a third, Donna) "belonged" to each other as few siblings do.
Growing up, my aunt took a gentle pride in being the granddaughter of Frederick W. HALLS, founder and chairman of Fine Papers Ltd., a company as staunch and formidable as my great-grandfather himself. Entering high school at age 11 and graduating at 15, she became the first female (and youngest) family member to work in the family business.
My infantile pronunciation tagged my aunt with the nickname of Auntie "Kiki", a moniker that stuck. With the 1960s still a breath away, I tottered down the aisle as her flower girl, watching her exchange marriage vows with her beloved "Johnny," a handsome Scotsman with whom she raised three children: John, Andrew and Jane. Family life was divided between the Toronto city home and the residence at Pleasant Point on Sturgeon Lake in the Kawarthas. We all knew that she was fiercely devoted to us. She was our best friend. People were her forte.
Unsurprisingly, throughout the sixties and seventies, that heart of gold extended to the community. She volunteered on a distress line, at one point inviting a schizophrenic teen into her home because she felt he needed words of encouragement. (Who among us would be so brave?) Her community work also brought her lifelong Friendships with many in Toronto's newly arrived immigrant community.
However, it was the political scene that provided the greatest grist for her unstoppable, disarming, wit. My aunt, often with Uncle Johnny in tow, would stride into city council or campaign meetings and make it clear that she would not take any prisoners. Having inherited a love of the Progressive Conservative party from her maternal grandfather, she worked tirelessly throughout elections - stuffing envelopes, canvassing, burning the midnight oil, writing speeches for various candidates but always refusing offers of paid employment. Like so many women of her generation, family came first. First and foremost, she was "Mrs. John Morton" - her children remained her most precious possessions.
Susan K. RIGGS is Sheila's niece

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RIGUSE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-30 published
CREEPER, Leila Lorraine (née McCONACHIE)
85, of Halifax. It is with sadness that we announce the death of our mom, Leila Lorraine CREEPER (McCONACHIE) on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. She was the loving wife of the late Group Captain John CREEPER and mom to Cathy GILLIS and Cynthia (Mike) RIGUSE. Born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late James and Stella (BARRETT) McCONACHIE. She attended Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute and was active in sports, in particular track and field holding many championship titles. She was a memeber of the Halifax Curling Club and along with her team represented Nova Scotia at the Senior Women's Canadian Championships in 1975. She was a golfer and member of the Ashburn Golf Club. She was a member of Bethany United Church and active with the Rackham Unit of U.C.W.. She was an avid bridge player, reader and hostess. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and sister and to her family always came first. She was very proud of the accomplishments of her grandchildren. She was survived by her daughters Cathy GILLIS and Cynthia (Mike) RIGUSE and grandchildren, Heather, Ian, Stephen and Christopher; brother and sister-in-law, Doctor Don and Phyllis McCONACHIE, Owen Sound, Ontario; sister and brother-in-law Florence and Harvey BAILEY, Guelph, Ontario; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and beloved husband.

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RIGUSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-23 published
CREEPER, Leila Lorraine (née McCONACHIE)
85, of Halifax. It is with sadness that we announce the death of our mom, Leila Lorraine CREEPER (McCONACHIE) on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. She was the loving wife of the late Group Captain John CREEPER and mom to Cathy GILLIS and Cynthia (Mike) RIGUSE. Born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late James and Stella (BARRETT) McCONACHIE. She attended Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute and was active in sports, in particular track and field holding many championship titles. She was a member of the Halifax Curling Club and along with her team represented Nova Scotia at the Senior Women's Canadian Championships in 1975. She was a golfer and member of the Ashburn Golf Club. She was a member of Bethany United Church and active with the Rackham Unit of United Church Women She was an avid bridge player, reader and hostess. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and sister and to her family always come first. She was very proud of the accomplishments of her grandchildren. She was survived by her daughters Cathy GILLIS and Cynthia (Mike) RIGUSE and grandchildren, Heather, Ian, Stephen and Christopher; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Don and Phyllis McCONACHIE, Owen Sound, Ontario; sister and brother-in-law Florence and Harvey BAILEY, Guelph, Ontario; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and beloved husband. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive Friends on Sunday, June 24, 2007 from 7-9 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. Funeral service will be held on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 1 p.m. in Bethany United Church (Clinton Ave.), Rev. Vincent Ihasz and Rev. Jane Hallett officiating.
Email condolences: condolences.snow@ca.ns.aliantzinc.ca.

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