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TATIC 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 Arrangements are under the direction of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel (416-487-4523).

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TATLOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-11 published
BUTTRICK, John Arthur
John Arthur BUTTRICK, Professor of Economics, died in an auto accident on Gabriola Island, British Columbia on July 15, 2007. He was 87 years old. John BUTTRICK was born September 12, 1919 in Rutland, Vermont, first son of George and Agnes GARDNER) BUTTRICK. He grew up in New York City, where his father was a Presbyterian minister and taught at the Union Theological Seminary. John graduated from the Collegiate School in New York and received his B. Sc. in economics from Haverford College (1941), and his M.A. (1947) and PhD (1950) in economics from Yale University. John began teaching economics at Northwestern University (1949-53), and became Professor in the Economics Dept. at the University of Minnesota (1953-73), where he served as Department Chair (1961-63) and headed the Minnesota-Universidad de los Andes Project (1965-66). From 1967-69 he served as Director of Graduate Studies. In 1970, he joined the Economics Department at York University in Toronto, where he directed the Graduate Program in Economics (1979-83). In 1986-89 and 1992 he was Coordinator of York's Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1989, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He held visiting professorships at the following universities: Stanford, Vanderbilt, University of California Berkeley, Harvard, the Universities of Tokyo and Singapore, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), University of Toronto, Huazhong University of Science and Tech and People's University (China), North-South University (Bangladesh), and University of the West Indies and the University of Technology (Jamaica). Throughout his career, John's research interests reflected his political and social engagement, ranging from development issues to education, discrimination, and economic inequities. He coauthored the books Economic Development (with H.F. Williamson), 1954 (Spanish and Japanese editions, 1958); Theories of Economic Growth (with B.F. Hoselitz et al), 1960 (Spanish edition, 1964) and Producer, Consumer, and Social Choice (with O.H. Brownlee), 1968. Some of his journal articles included: Who Goes to University from Toronto (1977), Educational Problems and Some Policy Options (1977), Two Views of Aid and Development (1979), and Economic Discrimination in Toronto (1987). John was a member of Canadian and American Economic Associations, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Planning Advisory Committee of the City of Toronto. In retirement, he was consultant to the Jamaican Ministry of Finance, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. As well, John helped advise President Cheddi Jagan's government of Guyana on university education. John is survived by his first wife Doctor Shirley (MILLER) BUTTRICK of Washington, D.C., and his second wife, Ann (TATLOW;) by children Dr. Peter BUTTRICK (Anne WATTENBERG) of Denver, Colorado; Hilary BUTTRICK (Dr. Ted LO) of Toronto, and Michael BUTTRICK of Tokyo. His three grandchildren are Nicholas and Alice BUTTRICK, both at Yale University, and Nina BUTTRICK in Japan. He has two living brothers, Rev. G. Robert BUTTRICK of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Prof. David BUTTRICK of Nashville, Tennessee. John was a Conscientious Objector during World War 2. He was posted to the Forestry Department as a wildfire fighter and Ski Patrol member. He held memberships in the American Civil Liberties Union and the Canadian Civil Liberties Union, Jamaicans for Justice, the Minnesota Democratic-FarmerLabour Party, Science for Peace, and the New Democratic Party of Canada. John reached beyond himself with an easy grace, and lived a life of committed usefulness to others near at hand and all over the world. A memorial gathering will be held at Friends' (Quaker) Meeting House (60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
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