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SYKES o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-10-26 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Mary Catherine (née BLACK)
Mary Catherine THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, of Chesley, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Monday, October 22, 2007 in her 89th year.
Loving mother of Jim and his wife Mary of Windsor; Joanne and her husband Les KINGSTON of R.R.#1, Dobbinton; Jack and his wife Donna; Jill and her husband Bryan CRAWFORD and Jerry and his wife Theresa, all of Chesley.
She will be sadly missed by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary will be fondly remembered by her siblings, Eldon (Ella Mae) BLACK of R.R.#3, Chesley, sister Alice ALEXANDER of Toronto and her sister-in-law Jean (Larry) SYKES of Kitchener. Predeceased by her husband Murray, brother John BLACK, sister Isabel NEWMAN and her parents, John and Susan (MacDONALD) BLACK.
Visitation was held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service was held on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Geneva Presbyterian Church, Chesley at 2 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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SYKES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-10-24 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Mary Catherine (née BLACK)
Of Chesley, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Monday, October 22, 2007 in her 89th year. Loving mother of Jim and his wife Mary of Windsor; Joanne and her husband Les KINGSTON of R.R.#1 Dobbinton; Jack and his wife Donna, Jill and her husband Bryan CRAWFORD and Jerry and his wife Theresa, all of Chesley. She will be sadly missed by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary will be fondly remembered by her siblings, Eldon (Ella Mae) BLACK of R.R.#3 Chesley, sister Alice ALEXANDER of Toronto and her sister-in-law Jean (Larry) SYKES of Kitchener. Predeceased by her husband Murray, brother John BLACK, sister Isabel NEWMAN and her parents, John and Susan (MacDONALD) BLACK. Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Geneva Presbyterian Church, Chesley at 2 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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SYKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-22 published
SHRIER rose in ranks of newspaper industry
By Dave SYKES, Sun Media, Sun., July 22, 2007
Goderich -- No matter how successful he became in the newspaper publishing industry, Robert (Bob) G. SHRIER never compromised the belief that success was a combination of a personal vision and the development and dedication of a good staff.
The man who developed a thriving printing and publishing company in rural Ontario from a personal dream to own his own newspaper, SHRIER died in hospital here Monday after a brief illness. He was 72.
Owner and publisher of the Goderich Signal-Star for more than 22 years, SHRIER and his former wife, Jocelyn (Jo) were well-known and respected in the community and publishing business.
Born in Cambridge in 1935, SHRIER showed the innate ability to sell when he took a job as shoe salesperson at the age of 14 to support the family through difficult times.
The family moved to Ottawa and SHRIER landed a job at the Ottawa Journal, a Thomson newspaper.
Working through many of the daily papers in the Thompson chain, SHRIER became an effective sales manager, known for building strong retail relationships and community ties wherever he worked.
In 1961, Goderich Signal-Star owner George ELLIS placed a classified ad in the Globe and Mail looking for a salesperson and newsman to join the local community newspaper in a "small town where future possibilities are excellent."
SHRIER answered the call to sell ads in the Signal-Star and he doubled as a writer, mostly producing weekly sports-related columns.
By 1962, SHRIER had bought a 10 per cent interest in the paper.
Three years later, he finally realized a lifelong dream by buying the Signal-Star.
"It takes more than vision and ambition," SHRIER said in an 1987 interview. "You have to have good people that will work with you, not for you."
In 1966, SHRIER bought a printing press that propelled the company's rapid growth.
Within a year, the company had acquired the Clinton News Record and in 1969, the Kincardine News was purchased.
SHRIER believed newspapers were essential to the economic health of communities.
"It is the duty of a newspaper to have the retailers of the community use the newspaper as an advertising vehicle to keep the money in the town and therefore, keep dollars in the town," he once said.
While the publishing business was expanding, more than 20 community newspapers in Western Ontario were being printed in Goderich.
By the time the SHRIERs sold the business to the St. Catharines Standard Ltd. in 1987, the company had grown to include publications in Mitchell, Lucknow, Seaforth, Zurich-Grand Bend and Walkerton and various specialty publications such as Focus and Leisure Life tourist magazine.
A sought-after speaker, he published several books.

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