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SOREN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-01 published
SOREN, Grace
On Friday, November 30, 2007 at Baycrest Hospital. Grace SOREN, beloved wife of Joseph SOREN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Gary and Janis, and the late Melvyn SOREN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Murray and the late Phyllis LEVIN, Howard and Sophie LEVIN, Rose and the late Alfred LEVIN, and the late Shirley and Norman SIEGEL. Devoted grandmother of Alexis and Adam DEAN, and Mirelle, great-grandmother of Hudson. Special thanks to Doctor Michael KIRZNER and to the nurses and staff of Baycrest Hospital 7 West. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (Bathurst south of Eglinton) for service on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva beginning Sunday evening at 147 Strathearn Road. Memorial donations may be made to the Grace and Joseph Soren Endowment Fund c/o The Baycrest Centre Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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SORENSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-06 published
LUMBERS, Richard Glen
At the Toronto Western Hospital on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007, Richard Glen LUMBERS of William Street, Belleville, in his 77th year. son of the late Glen and Marjorie LUMBERS. Beloved husband of Barbara Jane LUMBERS. Dear father of Heather SORENSEN and husband Johnny of Cherry Valley, Bradley LUMBERS and wife Susan of Barrie, Thomas LUMBERS of Etobicoke, David LUMBERS and wife Beth of Brampton. Brother of Suzanne LUMBERS of Kingston. Ever remembered by grandchildren Kate, Laura, Monique, Rachelle, Hayes, Kessler, Evan and Ella. Arrangements entrusted to the John R. Bush Funeral Home, 80 Highland Ave., Belleville. At the request of the family there will be no visitation. A Service of Remembrance will be announced at a later date. Donations to Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated by the family.
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SORENSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-06 published
McMICHAEL, Signe Kirsten (née SORENSEN,) LL.D., O.Ont.
It is with great sadness that the family and Friends of Signe McMICHAEL announce her death on July 4, 2007. Signe was born in Denmark on February 10, 1921 and, together with her parents and two sisters, immigrated to Canada in 1927. Upon their arrival the family settled on a farm in the Peace River Country, Alberta. After graduating from Alberta College, Signe spent the Second World War in Vancouver, serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in communications. At war's end she moved to Toronto where, in 1949, she married Robert McMICHAEL. Together, Robert and Signe fulfilled their dream of building a log home on the banks of the Humber River in Kleinburg, Ontario, in which to showcase their growing collection of works by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. Over the years, this wonderful art collection expanded to include many fine examples of works by Inuit and First Nations artists. From this modest beginning has grown the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Robert and Signe McMICHAEL's legacy to the country they both loved so much. Signe McMICHAEL was predeceased by her husband, Robert, and by her sister, Helen MINIKER. She is survived by her sister Astrid WRIGHT and by her nieces Penny FENWICK, Timmy MIDDLETON , and Deanna BETTY. Also surviving Signe are several grandnieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg on July 8, 2007 between 4: 00 and 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the gallery at 11: 00 a.m. on July 9, 2007 followed by interment on the McMichael grounds. All funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Heritage Funeral Centre, Toronto, 416-423-1000.

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SORENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-25 published
PROUT, Alfred
Passed away at Saint_Joseph's Health Centre on Friday, June 22, 2007 at the age of 92. Beloved husband of the late Alma (nee SORENSON,) for over 63 years. Loving father of Harry and his wife Jo-ann, and Bill. Proud grandfather of Darren, Jennifer (Laird HAUGH,) Matthew, Morgan, Robert and great-grandfather of Harrison. Alf will be sadly missed by his brother Bob (Marg), and sister-in-law Doris. Brother of the late Ken and Winnifred. He will be sadly missed by Pamela BICKERSTAFF, and by his extended family and Friends. Alfie had a distinguished career in the fastener industry, culminating with an induction into the industry's Hall of Fame. Born in Toronto in 1915, veteran of World War 2, lived and retired in Etobicoke, he was most at home at the cottage he built in 1964 in Parry Sound. Alfie always enjoyed a good manhattan and had no complaints. A heart-felt thank you to the kind staff of the Dialysis Unit at Saint_Joseph's Health Centre. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Friday, June 29, 2007 at 1 p.m. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Saint_Joseph's Health Centre Foundation, or to the Kidney Foundation.

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SORENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-06 published
She was a co-founder and defender of Ontario's McMichael gallery
With her husband, she was always ready to do battle with anything that threatened the collection. As the more knowledgeable, she was also responsible securing significant donations
By Val ROSS, Page S9
Toronto -- About 35,000 schoolchildren a year troop through the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario Until recently, a white-haired woman with a taste for artistic scarves would often greet them. Sometimes, she'd stoop down to pick up after them -- whisking away stray candy wrappers as scrupulously as if the gallery were her own house.
Once, it was. Signe McMICHAEL was one half of the couple who created the collection of works by Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, David Milne and the Group of Seven, and Inuit and Woodland art and sculpture. She and her husband, Robert, donated 200 paintings to the public in 1965, along with the house that contained them known as Tapawingo (Place of Joy) -- and the forest in which it sits, about 40 kilometres northwest of Toronto.
"The sense of home that pervades the place today is due to her," said Tom SMART, director of the McMichael. "That kind of feel is her legacy."
"Without this remarkable couple, there would be no gallery," wrote author Pierre Berton, a lifelong friend and defender of the McMichaels, in a letter to The Globe and Mail in 1981. "[They] gave the best years of their lives to the fulfilment of that dream. And when the dream was complete, they turned it over to the people of Ontario -- everything -- the astonishing collection of paintings, the unique log building in which they were housed, and the setting itself -- perhaps the most valuable piece of rural real estate in the province."
Mr. Berton, the champion, invoked the ghost of Canada's first prime minister and aimed his lance directly at Queen's Park, which had decided to close the gallery and the estate (and with it the McMichael's home), for two years.
"In the light of the ludicrous and contradictory statements being made on behalf of the gallery's board and the Government, it is pertinent to question the real motives of the bureaucrats," Mr. Berton wrote. "For none of the arguments has been convincing. As Sir John A. Macdonald once said, in a different context, 'It won't catch the blindest.' The suspicion lingers that the civil servants are trying to get rid of the McMichaels. The public, surely, will not stand for this shabby treatment. Every Canadian who has spent an afternoon at this unique and splendid gallery owes a debt to Robert and Signe McMICHAEL."
The McMICHAELs were always ready to skirmish with anyone they sensed who wanted to move the collection or the institution away from its founders' vision, with Robert doing the talking, and Signe frowning and nodding vigorously in the background.
Her family, the Sorensons, immigrated to Canada from Denmark in 1927. They arrived when Signe was 6, settling in the Peace River district of Alberta. Her mother, Anna Tera, died shortly after, leaving Soren SORENSON to bring up his three daughters, Astrid, Signe, and Helen, in the approaching Depression. Yet Signe always spoke of a happy childhood, with a pony, a dog cart and explorations on cross-country skis.
A good scholar with a prodigious memory, she graduated from Alberta College in the opening days of the Second World War and was hired into the communications branch of the Royal Canadian Air Force. With demobilization, she took jobs in commercial radio in Edmonton, Vancouver -- and then Toronto, where she met a tall, confident salesman who told her he was building a business that offered bridal photography services.
"When I first met her, Signe SORENSON was employed as a continuity writer at [Toronto's] radio station CKEY," Robert McMICHAEL wrote in his autobiography, One Man's Obsession. "Impressed with the care and attention she gave to writing and scheduling the brief, inexpensive bridal commercials I purchased, I found that I was also personally attracted to her. In spite of the small salary I could offer, I was able to lure her to work at my photographic studio."
This passage is one of the longest Mr. McMICHAEL wrote about the woman who would become his loyal wife for the next 54 years.
"The title of his book tells it all," said Geoffrey ZIMMERMAN, who was Ms. McMICHAEL's legal representative on the McMichael gallery board. "But the thing that always struck me was what a complementary partnership it was. Bob was full of bravado, he could bully or charm; Signe was quiet but methodical."
"I always felt he kept her under a basket," said Dennis REID, senior curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. "And I always liked her sweet disposition and gentle heart."
The pair married in 1949. Two years later, Robert went to see some bush land outside Toronto on the Humber River (and here his prose becomes genuinely romantic): "My pulse quickened and I knew I was falling in love at first sight; an affair that would last a lifetime. That evening, as I tried to describe the forests and hills above the yawning valley with its twisted river… Signe smiled at me and, I could see, was making allowances for gross exaggeration."
But she fell in love, too, and they bought six hectares. As Robert's photography business morphed into packaging products targeted at the newlywed market, he travelled the continent, leaving Ms. McMICHAEL to handle the construction of their new house. Soon, they were wealthy enough to fill it with Canadian landscape art.
By the late 1950s, Tapawingo had become famous for paintings and parties, with neighbours such as the Bertons, and surviving members of the Group of Seven, the famed association of landscape artists that included Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald and Frederick Varley. Tom Thomson was Friends with most of the members but died before the group was formed. Later, the group expanded to include L.L. FitzGerald, Edwin Holgate and A.J. Casson.
As it happens, Jackson and Varley lived out some of their final years at Tapawingo, and some members of the group are buried on the property.
In 1965, the McMichaels convinced the provincial government to take over Tapawingo's operating costs and create a public gallery. In return, they were given the unusual right to live on-site, all expenses paid, and to occupy two of the five positions on the gallery's board. In 1968, after more McMichael lobbying, the gallery won Crown status, which meant that gifts could be written off against donors' income -- a precedent for all art patrons in Canada.
One who gave to the McMichael was Colonel Sam McLAUGHLIN, president of General Motors of Canada. "I doubt that but for Signe's Friendship with Isabel McLAUGHLIN that the colonel would have given his collection," Mr. ZIMMERMAN said.
By 1980, the gallery had become a conservationist's nightmare. The couple was ousted so the building could be fireproofed, repaired and expanded. In 1981, Ontario taxpayers paid $298,544 to buy them a big new house in nearby Belfountain, but it wasn't the same. They were unhappy to be away from home. "We'd still rather have Tapawingo," Mr. McMichael said.
Another festering issue was the gallery's mandate. According to the original deal, it was to collect works by artists "who have made contributions to the development of Canadian art." But what is "Canadian art"? In 1996, after curators installed a modernistic steel-and-concrete sculpture by John McEwen on the long entrance drive where the couple had once planted saplings by hand, the landscape-loving McMichaels sued Ontario for breach of contract. In June, 2000, they won. Ontario passed legislation that restored their board positions and reaffirmed that the gallery's mandate lay predominantly in realistic imagery.
This was the art loved by Ms. McMICHAEL, in particular. John RYERSON, now director of the Varley Gallery in Markham, Ontario, chatted with her about the collection in the 16 years he worked at the McMichael. "She was the more knowledgeable," he recalled, "though profoundly overshadowed by Bob."
Mr. McMICHAEL died in 2003. "He was the love of her life," Mr. ZIMMERMAN said. "After, she was preoccupied with her memories."
But for as long as she could, he said, despite knee surgery, she would go to the gallery to greet the schoolchildren.
Signe Kirsten Sorenson McMICHAEL was born February 10, 1921, in Sandersig, Denmark. She died of heart disease in Toronto on Wednesday evening. She was 86. She is survived by her older sister, Astrid WRIGHT. She will be buried at Tapawingo beside her husband, amid the graves of the Group of Seven. The graveyard was created by the Province of Ontario and is restricted to members of the Group of Seven, their wives and the founders. The graves are laid out in a circle, with rocks from the Canadian Shield as headstones. Members of the group not interred there are Franklin Carmichael, Edwin Holgate, L.L. FitzGerald and J.E. MacDonald.
The funeral will be held at the gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, at 11 a.m. on Monday.

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SORENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-06 published
JACKSON, Kathleen May (November 26, 1912-December 3, 2007)
Peacefully and in her sleep, Kathleen May JACKSON died at home in Toronto. She was the daughter of Sidney JACKSON and Ceta Mabel JOHNSON. Kathleen is survived by her sister Mrs. Ceta IRVINE of Victoria, British Columbia and her brother Mr. Joseph JACKSON of Courtney, British Columbia. She was one of a large musical and artistic family. Dear sister of the late Barbara GRAY/GREY, Alice SORENSON, Mavis JACKSON, John JACKSON, Sidney JACKSON and Maurice JACKSON. Many loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews will miss her. Kathleen was a teacher, artist and enthusiastic ballroom dancer. After her retirement, she decided to renew her love of piano and her joy in travelling. Her nephew Robert KOSICH and wife Dana and niece Barbara WHITE/WHYTE were fortunate enough to celebrate her last birthday with her at one of her favourite restaurants in Toronto. We will miss you Aunt Kathleen. A Celebration of Kathleen's life will be held in the spring.

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SORGEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-03 published
JURIST, Michael Evan
Taken from us suddenly and too soon on Monday, July 30, 2007. Born June 22, 1985, Michael Evan JURIST had already realized outstanding academic achievements and made an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of those he touched. The cherished only child of Vesna NOWELL- JURIST and Paul Michael JURIST and grand_son of Lola LEMAN and Judith SORGEN. He leaves behind many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and dear Friends. Michael was about to begin a new career at Deutsche Bank, New York following graduation in May from Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., on the Dean's List with a B. Sc. in Foreign Service, Major International Politics - Foreign Policy. While at Georgetown University, Michael's successes were many including an Advanced Certificate in European Studies, Member, Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society), Member Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) and Chair of Georgetown University Lecture Fund in his last year of his 2003-2007 involvement. It was the latter that piqued his interest in geopolitics and stimulated his astute intellect. It was those times when Michael would talk about some of the speakers - such as Senator Barack Obama, King Abdullah of Jordan, Margaret MacMillan and actor Robin Williams -- encountered through Georgetown and the Lecture Fund that the normally calm composure would slip just for a moment and the passion for thought and burgeoning beliefs would shine through. Michael achieved Advanced Proficiency in French and Intermediate Proficiency in Spanish; the former which he honed during a six month interchange at Institut D'Etudes Politiques, Lyon, France in 2006. His success at Georgetown University was mirrored in his earlier formative years where he excelled at Upper Canada College, Toronto, graduating in top 10 percent of Class, International Baccalaureate Diploma. To focus only on Michael's academic accomplishments would not reveal the fervent essence of his shining spirit; the part of him we mourn the most and the part that leaves the greatest vacuum in the lives of those left behind. Michael's love of tennis and travel were in fierce competition. His tennis skills earned him Accredited Tennis Canada Coach status and led to summers coaching at Tournament Park Tennis Club, Toronto, Matchpoint Academy, Mont Tremblant, and Swarthmore Tennis Camp, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and playing on Georgetown University Club Tennis, a nationally-ranked intercollegiate team. His language proficiency and interest in international affairs spurred his extensive global travel interests, most recently a post graduation family trip to Dubrovnik and Tuscany. Michael's perpetual intellectual curiosity always led to asking why; his sense of adventure always asking why not; and a generosity of spirit that gave effortlessly and with grace to everyone he encountered along the short path that was his life. Michael Evan JURIST was laid to rest in a private family ceremony on Thursday, August 2, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held to remember Michael on Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 6: 00 p.m., Laidlaw Hall, Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale Road, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael Jurist Trust Fund will be accepted at any Scotiabank branch account or email transfer to Jurist. Trust@db.com. The Fund will be used to perpetuate Michael's memory in the field of education. Cheques (in Canadian or U.S. dollar) may also be mailed to Michael Jurist Memorial Trust Fund, c/o Deutsche Bank AG, 199 Bay Street, Commerce Court West, Box 263, Toronto, Ontario, M5L 1E9.

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SORGEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-07 published
JURIST, Michael Evan
Taken from us suddenly and too soon on Monday, July 30, 2007. Born June 22, 1985, Michael Evan JURIST had already realized outstanding academic achievements and made an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of those he touched. The cherished only child of Vesna NOWELL- JURIST and Paul Michael JURIST and grand_son of Lola LEMAN and Judith SORGEN. He leaves behind many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and dear Friends. Michael was about to begin a new career at Deutsche Bank, New York following graduation in May from Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., on the Dean's List with a B.Sc. in Foreign Service, Major International Politics - Foreign Policy. While at Georgetown University, Michael's successes were many including an Advanced Certificate in European Studies, Member, Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society), Member Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) and Chair of Georgetown University Lecture Fund in his last year of his 2003-2007 involvement. It was the latter that piqued his interest in geopolitics and stimulated his astute intellect. It was those times when Michael would talk about some of the speakers -such as Senator Barack Obama, King Abdullah of Jordan, Margaret MacMillan and actor Robin Williams -- encountered through Georgetown and the Lecture Fund that the normally calm composure would slip just for a moment and the passion for thought and burgeoning beliefs would shine through. Michael achieved Advanced Proficiency in French and Intermediate Proficiency in Spanish; the former which he honed during a six month interchange at Institut D'Etudes Politiques, Lyon, France in 2006. His success at Georgetown University was mirrored in his earlier formative years where he excelled at Upper Canada College, Toronto, graduating in top 10 percent of Class, International Baccalaureate Diploma. To focus only on Michael's academic accomplishments would not reveal the fervent essence of his shining spirit; the part of him we mourn the most and the part that leaves the greatest vacuum in the lives of those left behind. Michael's love of tennis and travel were in fierce competition. His tennis skills earned him Accredited Tennis Canada Coach status and led to summers coaching at Tournament Park Tennis Club, Toronto, Matchpoint Academy, Mont Tremblant, and Swarthmore Tennis Camp, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and playing on Georgetown University Club Tennis, a nationally-ranked intercollegiate team. His language proficiency and interest in international affairs spurred his extensive global travel interests, most recently a post graduation family trip to Dubrovnik and Tuscany. Michael's perpetual intellectual curiosity always led to asking why; his sense of adventure always asking why not; and a generosity of spirit that gave effortlessly and with grace to everyone he encountered along the short path that was his life. Michael Evan JURIST was laid to rest in a private family ceremony on Thursday, August 2, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held to remember Michael on Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 6: 00 p.m., Laidlaw Hall, Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale Road, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael Jurist Trust Fund will be accepted at any Scotiabank branch account or email transfer to Jurist. Trust@db.com. The Fund will be used to perpetuate Michael's memory in the field of education. Cheques (in Canadian or U.S. dollar) may also be mailed to Michael Jurist Memorial Trust Fund, c/o Deutsche Bank AG, 199 Bay Street, Commerce Court West, Box 263, Toronto, Ontario, M5L 1E9.

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SOROCHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
MOIR, James " Jim" Ernest
Suddenly on December 24, 2006 after a short but courageous battle with cancer, James (Jim) Ernest MOIR in his 54th year passed away at his home in Marathon, Ontario. Jim will be sadly missed by his son John MOIR, daughter Kimberly BERDAN, granddaughter Justine; his sister Cathy and her husband Warren CAREY; nephews Matthew, Andrew and Brendan CAREY as well as all his surviving aunts, uncles and many cousins. Jim will also be sadly missed by all members of his extended family and co-workers in Marathon. A special thanks to Oral and Marillo SOROCHAN for their help and support of Jim while he was ill as well as their support to his family afterwards; and also to Doctor Barb ZELEK and the Marathon Family Health Team for their support of Jim in dealing with and managing his illness. It was very much appreciated. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London. Interment to follow directly after the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens where Jim will be placed along side his parents Hilda (MARSHALL) and Gordon MOIR to forever rest in peace. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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