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WEECH o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-09-12 published
WEECH, Eva Edna (formerly CROLL)
Peacefully on Saturday September 1, 2007 at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Retirement Home, Barrie in her 94th year. Eva of Wasaga Beach, formerly of Malton, loving wife of the late Leeland CROLL and the late James WEECH. Beloved mother of Robert (Lorraine) CROLL and Ronald (Gail) CROLL. She will be sadly missed by her 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Eva was the eldest of 7 and is survived by her sisters Leila SHERWIN and Bernice ARMSTRONG. Friends were received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26 (Main Street), Stayner (1-866-428-2637) from 10: 30 a.m. on Wednesday September 5, 2007 for the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11: 30 a.m.. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Toronto. Remembrances to your local chapter of the Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. For further information or to sign the on-line guest book, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com
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WEEDON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-26 published
PIERSON, Robert Scott
Suddenly on December 23rd in his 71st year. Devoted father to Sarah, Martha and Alexandra. Proud grandfather of Pierson and Carder WHITE/WHYTE. Loving partner to Sandra MATHIES and dear friend to her sons John (Christel) and Marc. Father-in-law and friend to Matthew WHITE/WHYTE and Edward BASES. Step-son of Roy CARDER, New Hampshire. Former husband of Judith HENDRY (PIGOTT). Pre-deceased by brother Huge Hampton WEEDON III, and recently by dear friend Joseph Robert. Born in New York City in 1936 to Inez (MISENER) and John Beverley PIERSON. Bob attended Upper Canada College as a boarder for several years and attended the University of Western Ontario. Bob settled in Hamilton and began a career as a broker for E.A. Ames in Toronto. While his first love was for family, he had a passion for his work in the shipping industry. He joined his family's business Misener Transportation and in 1975 Bob started his own company, The Soo River Company. Until his passing, he worked enthusiastically for Lower Lakes Towing/Grand River Navigation, He dedicated himself annually to the Run for the cure in Port Colborne. Bob had a heart of gold and a spirit which touched countless people. He was taken too soon, but will be remembered fondly by many; including his cousins Scott MISENER, Paul and Dossie MISENER, Heather LOGAN and other Misener family members. A memorial service will be held at Ridley College Chapel, St. Catharines at 11 a.m. Friday December 28th with a reception to follow in the Great Hall. In lieu of flowers Friends are encouraged to make a donation to Breast Cancer Support Services.

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WEEKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-13 published
JOHNSTON, Jessie Caroline (SUMMERS)
On behalf of the nieces and nephews of the late Jessie Caroline (SUMMERS) JOHNSTON we sincerely thank all the staff at Grandwood Park Retirement Home for their excellent care, compassion and love they provided to Aunt Jessie. She loved her "home" there for eight years and was very active in the social activites, especially bingo. Thank you Rev. Keith RAMESHWAR Pastor of Robinson Memorial Congregation for your blessed service which was very inspirational in your tribute for Aunt Jessie. She was active in the life of Robinson Memorial for over forty years and was very proud of her donation of stained glass windows in memory of her family. Thank you to Jan WEEKES of Community Care Access Centre for your dedicated advice and compassion you provided. Steve HARRIS of James A. Harris Funeral Home provided wonderful advice and professional services. Aunt Jessie appreciated the love and acts of kindness she received from the families of George and Jeanette JOHNSTON, John L. and Sandra COX, Paul and Anna COX. Her legacy of over 100 years was that of hard work and love of family. Sincerely, the nieces and nephews of Jessie JOHNSTON.

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WEEKES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-05 published
COWAN, Alice Eileen (née LEONARD)
At the Community Nursing Home, Warkworth, on Wednesday 27 December, 2007, aged 89 years. Born in Chengdu, China, to missionaries William Mark LEONARD and Edith Annie WEEKES, Alice received a degree in classics from the University of Toronto, and later taught Latin and English at Port Hope High School, interrupting her teaching career between 1974 and 1977 to volunteer for Canadian University Services Organization in Africa. Wife of the late Herbert Nelson COWAN. Mother of Judith COWAN of Trois- Rivières, Doris COWAN of Warkworth, Hector COWAN of St. Petersburg, Russia, Paul COWAN of Montreal, and Graham COWAN of Grafton. Grandmother of Lilith COWAN, Timothy HILTS, and Moira, Hannah, Victoria and Georgia COWAN. Dear sister of Evelyn HENDERSON of Ottawa and Wesley LEONARD of Port Rowan. Predeceased by her sister Catherine PARK and her brother Etheridge LEONARD. A memorial gathering will be held at the Walas Funeral Home, 70 Church Street, Warkworth on Monday 8 January at 2 p.m. Cremation. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Literacy Coalition would be appreciated by the family. www.walasfuneralhome.com

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WEEKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-11 published
WEEKS, Sandra G., R.N., D.N.A.
Passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at the Toronto General Hospital on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at the age of 67. Beloved wife of Gordon. Loving mother of Darren, Brian and Leanne. Much loved grandmother of Ashley, Natasha and Bethany. Dear sister of Carole, Gail, Morris, Linda and the late Donnie. A truly elegant lady, Sandra will forever be remembered for her kindness of heart, warm spirit, strength and caring nature. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10, N. of the Queen Elizabeth Way) on Sunday from 4-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, 11 Peter St. S., Port Credit, Lakeshore Road, (just east of Mississauga Road), on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 10: 00 a.m. If desired memorial donations may be made to Toronto General Hospital Foundation, 190 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2C4.

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WEEKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-17 published
MURDOCH, Gilbert Logan
Retired District Court Judge in the City of Peterborough passed peacefully on November 15, 2007 in his 92nd year at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. He is survived by Mary, his devoted wife of 57 years. Also survived by loving sister, Sarah MURDOCH of Toronto and his beloved children John MURDOCH and wife Kim, Paul and wife Sharon, Peter and former wife Brenda, Anne MAZEROLLE and husband Michael and Jane CROCKER and husband Cy, along with his eight grandchildren. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Gilbert immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of two in 1918, settling in Ottawa. He graduated from Glebe Collegiate, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator in World War 2, graduated from Queens University and the Osgoode Hall Law School. Gilbert started his family with Mary in Oshawa and began his career as a young lawyer in 1951 with Creighton, Frazer and Drynan, later becoming a partner in the firm. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1967 and subsequently appointed to the bench in 1976. He served his community in many ways as Chairman of the Board of Managers at Knox Presbyterian Church in Oshawa, as President of 420 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, as alderman on the Oshawa City Council, as President of the Oshawa Rotary Club, and as a Board Member of the Peterborough Police Commission and the Peterborough Humane Society. Following his retirement from the District Court at age 75, Gilbert began three new jobs as an unemployment insurance adjudicator for the Federal Court, a judge in Small Claims Court as well as conducting pre-trials for the District Court. The man who so much enjoyed his work and contributing to the well-being of others will be lovingly missed and remembered by his family and many Friends. A memorial service will be held at Westdale United Church, 1509 Sherbrooke Street West, Peterborough, on Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m., Reverend Brad WEEKS officiating. A reception will follow the service. Arrangements entrusted to Kaye Funeral Home and Memorial Chapel, 539 George Street North, Peterborough.

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WEEKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-24 published
Curling a constant in CHEVRIER's diverse broadcasting career
By Bob WEEKS, Page S4
Most of the obituaries of legendary broadcaster Don CHEVRIER, who died this week, pointed out he was the play-by-play man of the first broadcast of Blue Jays baseball. There were also numerous references to his work with the Ottawa Senators, in boxing and at the Olympics.
But if the truth be known, Canadians probably remember CHEVRIER best for his work on curling.
Chevy started his curling work in 1972 at the Brier in Saint_John's, alongside Don DUGUID, who had just come off back-to-back Canadian and world championship victories. The two were inseparable on curling broadcasts for the next decade, becoming icons in the sport.
The partnership extended beyond their work. They remained fast Friends long after the red light went out, and DUGUID was hit hard by the sudden passing.
"I'm pretty shattered," he said from his home in Winnipeg. "I played golf in Florida about a month ago and Chevy came over for dinner. He was fine then."
CHEVRIER had been battling a blood disorder but DUGUID said that the cause of his death was still undetermined.
On air, DUGUID learned what so many other colour commentators came to know over the years. "He was just masterful," DUGUID said. "He had impeccable timing. The producer would tell him he had 25 seconds until a commercial and he'd fill 25 exactly."
DUGUID also praised his tremendous memory; CHEVRIER could come up with the most unusual statistic or memory with instant recall.
Back in 1972, events such as the Brier weren't given the wall-to-wall coverage they are today. DUGUID and CHEVRIER would call the last two games of the round robin - there was no playoff at that time - and also provide a 15-minute recap that aired late at night during the week.
The two also worked together on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Curling Classic, a popular made-for-television program that showed condensed, taped games on a weekly basis.
CHEVRIER not only called the biggest curling games, but he played the sport, joining a team with Canadian Football League legend Russ Jackson and curling entrepreneur Doug Maxwell at the Humber Highland Curling Club in Toronto.
When he left Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CHEVRIER didn't leave curling. In 1986, TSN took to the air and curling was a large part of its programming. CHEVRIER got the call to work some of those events including the '86 Mixed, where he teamed up with Ray Turnbull, who was making his television debut. Like DUGUID, Turnbull marvelled at CHEVRIER's talent.
"He had vocal cords to end all vocal cords," Turnbull recalled. "You could hear that voice all over the rink."
Turnbull recalled that first event, played at Toronto's Bayview Country Club, where he was the subject of a rookie initiation, instigated by CHEVRIER.
"We were standing on the ice at Bayview in front of the camera, about to go live. The red light goes on and Chevy starts into his intro. I was listening to him and trying to think of what I was going to say. All of a sudden he stops, looks at me and says, 'Ah [screw] it Moosey, you do this,' " said Turnbull, who is known in curling circles as Moosey.
"I went white. I assumed we were on live. But it was a setup - the guys were having one over on the rookie."
After moving to the United States and covering everything from title fights with Howard Cosell to the Kentucky Derby, CHEVRIER was reunited with DUGUID to call curling for NBC cable at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. In Turin, the duo called a whopping 26 games, 15 of them live and gained an almost cult following in the United States.
While DUGUID was mourning the loss of his good friend, he also provided an update on another curling-broadcast legend, Don Wittman, who replaced CHEVRIER and continued on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's coverage until this year. Wittman is battling cancer at his home in Winnipeg.
"He's very upbeat," DUGUID said. "It's a struggle, but he's staying positive."
Just as CHEVRIER was, Wittman is as versatile a broadcaster as there is, providing the call for everything from Donovan Bailey's gold-medal sprint and the famous brawl at the 1987 world junior hockey championship.
But for curling fans, both of them are always going to be best known for their work calling rocks and brooms.

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WEERDT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-05 published
DE WEERDT, Linda Anne (née HADWEN)
Died on Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 at Braddan Private Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. She joins her husband Mark, beloved mother Aulden HADWEN and father Isaac Seymore Andre and brother John Gaylard. She is survived and remembered by her 4 sons, 11 grandchildren and her brother: son Simon and his children Anthony, Clair, Benjamin and Angela, son Murray and his children Ina and Isaac, son David and his daughter Kyela, son Charles and his children Julia, Marc, Alain and Chloe, and by her brother Theodore. Anne lived a passionate life marked by kindness and generosity to others, by life-long commitment to and support of her mother, children, husband and beyond these, to her community. She was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on December 4, 1924 and grew up in Toronto. She greatly admired her father Isaac Seymore Andre HADWEN, the pioneering Canadian veterinary scientist, and her mother Alden (neé GODWIN,) a true lady of great gentility. Linda Anne was from her earliest days fiercely independent, not one to accede to any suggestion that a girl could not do something. She excelled at climbing trees. In the 1930s with parents she traveled Ontario to Vancouver Island in a Model-T, before the TransCanada Highway was built. She loved the colour red, and loved to dance. The Son's of the Pioneers' "Cool Clear Water" was one of her favourite songs. She served in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War 2, and after the war helped restore Berlin. She studied painting in London and Paris. She had graduated from St. Clement's School in Toronto, then completed a degree in Occupational and Physical Therapy. In 1955 she met Mark DE WEERDT. They married in 1956, and raised four sons in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and then later in Vancouver, British Columbia. In Yellowknife, Anne was among those who helped found the Abe Miller School for people with developmental disabilities. She worked as an Occupational Therapist, and later, served as Executive Director of the Canadian Red Cross in the Northwest Territories. At 65, she returned to university for her Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Anne was the sort of person who would meet you one day, and take you cranberry picking the next. She loved to sing. She could whistle 12 different birdsongs. She would ride her bicycle in a dress, Judge's wife or no. She made the best ever English Plum Pudding. She did everything she could for her children, though she never thought she had done enough. It was, Mom; it was so much more than enough. Her strong legacy will endure in the warmth, creativity, courage and kindness passed through her to her children, grandchildren and theirs. She dared, and lived. A service to celebrate the life of Anne will be held Friday, October 5, 2007 at 1: 00 p.m. Church of Saint_John the Evangelist, 154 Somerset Street W., Ottawa, Ontario. All are welcome.

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