BOUCHARD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-15 published
ARNOTT, Catherine Anna “Kay” (née BROWN)
Peacefully at Maple View Long-Term Residence in Owen Sound on Thursday February 14, 2008 in her 89th year. “Kay” was born in her mother's home in Owen Sound on December 26, 1919. Beloved wife for sixty-two years of the late Ormond Alfred “Lou” ARNOTT (passed away 2006.) Beloved mother of Bill ARNOTT (Candace BOUCHARD) and Lynda (Don FRITZSCH.) Grandmother of Paul FRITZSCH (Patricia) of Newmarket and Scott FRITZSCH (Robin) of Minneapolis. Great-grandmother of Catherine Emma FRITZSCH. Remembered by sister-in-law Bernice (Harold BROWN,) of Owen Sound. A loved aunt of many nieces and nephews in Ontario and British Columbia. Predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Tom BROWN and step father Bert FOOTE, her brothers Harold and Lionel BROWN, sisters-in-law Shirley GLADSON (nee ARNOTT) and Evelyn BROWN, brother-in-law Tom ARNOTT and by two nephews Tom BROWN and Wayne PLOMP. Growing up during the depression after losing her father to influenza she learned from her mother how to make meals with limited ingredients and unlimited imagination. She knew how to prepare various dishes from local wildlife when food was scarce. Her baking was done with a “pinch of this, a bit of that” and a “you can tell from the feel when it's ready.&rdquo Her favourite beverage was fresh brewed tea with a “blip of milk”. She would talk about growing up in the area with pleasure and a sparkle in her eye. Backing up the old 10th Street West hill in a Model T Ford, or bundling up and going out to Shallow Lake to visit her uncles in the horse drawn sleigh were some of her stories. Her joy as a child was going to Sauble River and spending time fishing and swimming. After high school she attended the Northern School of Business. She learned important skills of the day which included dictation, typing, filing and accounting. She met and married Lou in early 1944 and traveled with him to Truro, Nova Scotia while he was stationed at Camp Debert and while he was in England. After the war ended and Lou was discharged from the forces they returned to Owen Sound to raise their family. She worked for several downtown businesses setting up bookkeeping and accounting systems. Kay worked for the Owen Sound Parks Board and took the job as office manager when the Owen Sound Health Unit was formed in 1963 and stayed until her retirement in 1984. She was a member of the Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club for many years and enjoyed traveling. She volunteered with Red Cross Blood Donation program for many years and was also a member of the Owen Sound Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Coming from pioneering stock she was a pioneer herself. She kept the family finances in order, worked a full time job and ensured that her kids were taken care of. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday February 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11 a.m. Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Branch #6 Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation, or The Legion Poppy Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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BOUCHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-25 published
MARTIN, Louis (1935-2008)
At Pavillon Alfred-Desrochers, on January 22, 2008, following a long illness passed away Louis MARTIN, journalist. He leaves to mourn his wife, Hélène FILION, his three sons and daughters-in-law, Nicolas (Élise DESJARDINS,) Stéphane (Maya HARTLEY) and Alexis (Claire GEOFFRION,) his grandchildren: Béatrice, Gabrielle, Laurent, Zoé and Éloi. son of the late Joséphine DÉCARY and the late Hector MARTIN, he was the brother of Fernande (Pierre JUNEAU,) the late Suzanne (the late Pierre BLONDIN,) the late Denise (Francis CORBETT,) Yves (Louise-Marie CHOUINARD,) Geneviève (Gilles BEAUSOLEIL,) Françoise (André LAMY,) Luc (Louise BOUCHARD,) Hélène (Michel BRÛLÉ.) He also leaves to mourn his sisters-in-law and his brother-in-law from the Filion family, as well as many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grand-nieces. The family will receive condolences on Friday, January 25, 2008 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, January 26 starting at 9: 30 a.m. at: Alfred Dallaire Memoria 1111, Laurier West, Outremont www.memoria.ca 514-277-7778 Valet Parking where at 11 a.m. a memorial ceremony will be held. The family would like to thank the management and the staff of Pavillon Alfred-Desrochers for the excellent care provided to Louis. In memory of Louis, donations to the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal would be appreciated.

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BOUCHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-31 published
O'DONOGHUE, Joseph Patrick, P.Eng (retired)
Born February 20, 1926 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Passed away in Calgary on January 27, 2008 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. For over 56 years, the loving husband and best friend of Jacqueline LaPrairie O'DONOGHUE. Patient and understanding dad of Maureen (Dwayne GRANT,) Colleen (Barrie MARSH,) Michael, Patrick (Sylvie BOIVIN), Daniel (Deborah), Brian, Joseph (Linda), Sean and Shannon. And Lord knows, we needed plenty of patience and understanding. Tremendous grandfather to Jesse, Jacob, (and their mother Kate); Declan, Brynn (and his mother Rami); Stacey, Mitchell, Kyle, Scott; Marie-Claire, Kilian; Kevin, Shane, Katie (and their mother Cathy); Kaitlyn, Andrew; Kelly, Courtenay and Meaghan. Special uncle to 60 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son Kevin John, sisters Marie, Eileen, and Patricia and brothers John (CSB) and George. Survived by one sister Hope BOUCHARD, Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Joe was the sixth of seven O'DONOGHUE children of Joseph and Katherine. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1944. After the war Joe attended University of Toronto, graduating with a B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Foster Wheeler Ltd from 1950 to 1991. Joe will be sorely missed by the many family and Friends whose lives he touched with his kind and loving soul. Funeral Mass February 1, 2008 in Calgary, Alberta, celebrated with Joe's nephew The Rev. Michael MAHONEY. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.commemorativeservices.ca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331-29th Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2) or the Mustard Seed Street Ministry (102-11th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0X5). Arrangements in care of Commemorative Services Funeral Directors. (403) 265-1199.

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BOUCHARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-01 published
DEVLIN, Arnold C. (1946-2008)
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Arnold DEVLIN on Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Arnold was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Ramona (BOUCHARD,) supportive father to his daughter, Maryam Meaghan DEVLIN, devoted grandfather to his grand_son, Aziz DEVLIN, loyal to his brother Michael DEVLIN and sister Catherine (GRICH.) Many in-laws, nephews and nieces survive him. Arnold was a remarkable man, a mentor to many. He touched many peoples' lives. Arnold spent the last 25 years working in the North in Ontario and Quebec servicing Native and non-Native communities. Many good Friends and colleagues will sadly miss him. A service will be held at the Bessette Funeral home in Granby, Quebec on Saturday, May 3 at 1: 00 p.m. Tribute to Arnold at www.6dayracing.ca Commemorative notes can be posted on http://arnolddevlin.blogspot.com A commemorative service will be held at Vale Community Centre in Thunder Bay from 11: 30 to 1:30 on May 10th, 2008. Donations can be sent to the Montreal Children's Hospital, Developmental Clinic. There will be a service in Sudbury next week. Funeral Arrangements: Les Jardins Funéraires Bessette 997, Colombes (corner St-Jude N.), Granby Tel. : 450 777-1171 or 1 888 730-6666 Fax : 450 777-4393 www.famillebessette.com

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BOUCHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-01 published
GEGEAR, Bernice M. (née FITZMAURICE)
Suddenly and peacefully at Saint_Joseph's Health Care Centre on April 29, 2008, Bernice M. Gegear (née FITZMAURICE,) passed away in her 66th year. Sadly missed by her devoted husband Darcy of 42 years; her loving sons Robert and David and her daughter-in-law Lucy. Cherished Grandma of Shea, Spencer and Ainsley. Dear sister of Mary Lou FITZMAURICE, Marnie DE MUY, the late Colleen FITZMAURICE and sister-in-law Judy BOUCHER. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by her entire family and many Friends. Bernice was a devoted volunteer to footcare, to the residents of Middlesex Terrace in Delaware and a long serving member of the Delaware Lioness Club. She also enjoyed her many years as a member of the Airstream Club. A special thank you to Doctor RODGERS, Dr. PECKAN and the members of the Diabetic Clinic at Saint_Joseph's Health Care Centre. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue at Richmond on Friday morning May 2, 2008 at 10 o'clock. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Prayers Friday afternoon at 3: 30 pm.

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BOUCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-26 published
He was trying to sober up. He never got the chance
By Erin ANDERSSEN, Page F8
'I'm home!" - that was how Mitchell ANDERSON liked to announce his arrival on the many late nights he staggered into the overnight shelter at the Shepherds Of Good Hope in Ottawa, looking for a place to sleep off a drinking binge. He had a regular panhandling spot outside Elgin Street where, his Friends say, his smiling compliments to passing woman helped him raise change for a bottle of sherry faster than just about anyone else. Drunk, he couldn't walk away from a fight; his face carried the scars of angry fists. But sober, he'd offer up his last cigarette if asked.
They told some of these stories this week at his funeral, held in a crowded chapel at the Shepherds, attended by staff who knew Mr. ANDERSON, his family and his Friends from the street. They spoke, in particular, to his teenaged daughter, Christine, hunched over in tears in the second row, who had just been growing close to her father again. They know who she is, because Mr. ANDERSON talked about her all the time. She was the reason he stopped wandering and returned to Ottawa. Why, at 38, he wanted to deal with his alcohol addiction and go straight.
"He was really trying to kick it," says Ryan CURRAN, a frontline worker at the shelter. "I honestly believed he was one of the guys who was going to sober up."
He never got the chance.
Close to midnight on July 13, he was struck by a red Mazda sports car while he was crossing Sussex Drive, several blocks from the shelter. He died in hospital two days later, kept on life support so his mother and brother, travelling from his hometown of Kenora, Ontario, could say good-bye.
The driver, believed to be in his late twenties or early thirties, didn't stop. Neither he nor his blonde female passenger has come forward. As of Thursday, police had narrowed their investigation to a handful of possible cars.
His Friends worry that his life is seen to matter less because he spent it on the streets and his story is too much of a cliché to draw the sympathy it deserves. Abandoned by his father, raised by a mother who tried her best with limited resources, he struggled in school, left home at 18, started drinking and couldn't stop. He travelled from city to city, carrying everything he owned in a bag. He drank cheap wine if he had the money, and rubbing alcohol if he didn't. He went to jail repeatedly, mostly for minor offences - disturbing the peace, failing to pay fines - but after sobering up behind bars, he inevitably began the cycle again when he fell back into the streets.
Lately, those streets, he told his older brother, Dave, were getting meaner and, as he was getting older, his body was less able to handle a night passed out in a park. He spoke more often lately about getting away from them for good.
But where was he to go, shelter staff wonder, to solve all his problems? They could take him in for a night or two, put him on a waiting list for treatment. But those solutions aren't enough, or they happen too slowly. As Paul SOUCIE, executive director at the Shepherds, points out in frustration, they can't send alcoholics or addicts, many of whom suffer from mental illness, into supportive housing - they're not able break the habit on their own. The city's detox unit is almost always full, and by the time there's a bed, Mr. SOUCIE says, the person waiting for it has been lost once more to the streets.
Over and over, the shelter staff see men and women like Mitchell ANDERSON, seeking a cure for their disease, and they have to tell them: "There's nowhere for you to go."
For the last three years, he stayed in Ottawa, to be near his daughter, who lives in an apartment in Vanier, a neighbourhood close to downtown, with her mother, Fatima DACOSTA. She and Mr. ANDERSON had lived together when Christine was young, then split up. But as long as he was sober, Ms. DACOSTA didn't turn him away when he showed up at the door. "He was trying," she said at the funeral, "to make amends."
He didn't need to be reminded to hide his addiction from Christine: He could be a rough, sloppy drunk, and he never wanted her to see that. Whenever he planned to visit, he went cold turkey, his Friends say, even if they had a bottle to share.
One afternoon, Mr. ANDERSON's daughter bumped into him on the street, called his name, and he was too drunk to recognize her. "He came and he was in tears," Mr. CURRAN recalls. "After that, he was sober for a couple of days, and then he would slip." He kept trying. "I can't be a true father," he'd say sadly. "I have too many problems."
Mr. ANDERSON spent his last afternoon with Christine. That night, Mr. CURRAN suspects he was making his way back to the shelter. It was his practice to show up early in the morning, though not always in good spirits. "You wouldn't want to approach him then," says Mr. CURRAN. " Most average citizens would walk away." But he'd sleep it off, and, later, they might catch up over a sandwich. They weren't so different, Mr. CURRAN observes: They each had a daughter and wanted to be the best fathers possible.
At his funeral, when Friends rose to speak, Wayne BOUCHER described how he met Mr. ANDERSON when they were both living on the streets of Toronto in 1995. In Ottawa, they often drank together.
"He was never a lost soul," Mr. BOUCHER said, standing at the foot of his friend's coffin. "He always knew the direction he wanted to go. Unfortunately, we all got our addictions."
Erin ANDERSSEN is a senior feature writer for The Globe and Mail. This is one of a series on individuals and families across Canada who are dealing with mental-health issues.

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BOUCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-11 published
PUPULIN, Eva Maria
Peacefully with courage and grace at Huntsville Hospital on Saturday, March 8, 2008 in her 70th year. Predeceased by her husband, Bruno (2000.) Beloved mother of Linda BOUCHER and husband Luc; Marie PALOZZI and husband Nick; Jerry PUPULIN and wife Darlene. Cherished grandmother of Sarah, Luke, Hilary, Michele, Lisa, Angela and Andre. Great-grandmother of Nicholas, Andrew and Jenna. Remembered by special people in her life, Karen PUPULIN, Ruth LEONARD, Diane BENNETT and Anne DONKERFGOED. The family would like to extend our gratitude to the Special Care Unit and the Staff of the East Wing of Huntsville Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eva's memory can be made to Mount Sinai or Princess Margaret Hospital. At our mother's request, there will be no memorial service. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers.

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BOUDREAU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-18 published
MAYCOCK, Marline Martha Eveline (née BOUDREAU)
Died July 16, 2008 at Kensington Village, London. She is survived by her husband John, her 2 sons John Roy and Thomas Neil and her grandchildren, Erin, Mary and Matthew. Marline graduated from Listowel District High School; Stratford Normal School 1947 Queens University Arts 1965. She taught in Brantford, the District of Sudbury and Middlesex County. Thanks to the staff at Kensington Village.

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BOUDREAU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-26 published
WHITEHEAD, Eileen Deloris (HUNTER)
Gone to be with her soulmate, Eileen Deloris (HUNTER) WHITEHEAD, age 77, of Sarnia, on Thursday, July 24, 2008, loving wife of the late William WHITEHEAD (2006.) Dear mother of Ken WHITEHEAD, Serena WHITEHEAD (Dave), Angela BRIDEN (Ed) and Lynda HAMILTON (Terry) all of Sarnia, loving grandmother of Bill (Sierra), Teryl (Matt), Shanna, Blake, Chelsea, Rex, Khandace and Kris and great-grandmother of Gryphon. Sister of Edith (Ray) BOUDREAU, Eloise HUNTER, Marjorie HUNTER and Sandra WHITEHEAD. Sister-in-law of Mary (Jim,) Pat (Ray), George (Bonnie), Bob (Audrey), Stella and Edith (Dick). Many nieces and nephews also survive. Predeceased by her brothers Norm and his wife Ethel, Cliff, Lloyd and his wife June, John, Ila and her husband Swanee and Lily and her husband Dalton and brother-in-law Ted. Private family funeral services will be held from the D.J. Robb Funeral Home, 102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia. Cremation will follow. Friends may visit with the family at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62, 286 N. Front Street, Sarnia, for a memorial service on Monday, July 28th from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Sarnia and District Humane Society, Poppy Fund of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 or charity of choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through djrobbfh@ebtech.net

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BOUDREAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-20 published
PETERSON, Shirley Jean (née LYONS) (1933-2008)
With great sadness, the family of Shirley Jean PETERSON announce her passing on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Shirley is survived by Aubrey, her loving husband of 51 years. Much loved mother of David PETERSON (Nancy) of California, Glenn PETERSON (Laurie) of Calgary and Nancy PETERSON (David BOUNSALL) of Toronto. Beloved Nana to her six grandchildren Michael, Jacquelyn, Sarah, Nicole, Eric and Adam. Born in Regina, Shirley was the second of three daughters born to the late David James LYONS and Hulda Olivia Petra LYONS (née JETMUNDSON.) She leaves her sisters June CULLEN (Philip) and Lynn ROBERTS (Kenneth) and her many nieces and nephews. Shirley's enthusiasm for life, positive outlook, personal courage and selfless love for her family knew no bounds. Family always came first with Shirley. She took great pleasure in sharing in the lives of her children and grandchildren, and always made family events more special. She enjoyed her travels, bridge with her Friends, summers at the cottage on Lake Joseph, curling and golf at Donalda Club, winters in Florida and time spent with her many good Friends. The family is deeply grateful to the oncology, clinical research and palliative care teams at Sunnybrook. Special thanks go out to Doctor Neil BERINSTEIN and Angela BOUDREAU for their dedicated and compassionate care. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 23 in Eglinton St. George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. Following interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a reception will be held at Donalda Golf and Country Club, 12 Bushbury Drive, Don Mills, Ontario. If desired, Shirley's memory may be honoured through donations to either Sunnybrook (www.sunnybrookfoundation.ca) or Eglinton St. George's United Church (www.esgunited.org) Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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BOUGHNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-07 published
McLAY, Peter
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, March 06, 2008. Peter McLAY of Aylmer in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Carol (BOUGHNER) McLAY. Step-father of Lynne PACHOLOK and husband Bohdan of Port Moody, British Columbia, Dick WHITE/WHYTE and wife Lynne of Iroquois Falls, Sally HARE and husband Tom of Burlington and Geoff WHITE/WHYTE and wife Jennifer of Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Grandfather of Conner, Logan, Zachary, Andrew, Anastasia, Josh and Mackenzie. Brother of Ian McLAY and his wife Susan of Bracebridge. Uncle of Tom McLAY and wife Irene, David McLAY and wife Andrea, and Kathleen McLAY. Brother-in-law of Barb VALIQUETTE and husband Paul and Marilyn SWEETMAN and husband Roger. Born in Aylmer, Ontario on July 3, 1925 son of the late Doctor Homer and Kathleen (LASHBROOK) McLAY. Peter was a lifelong resident of Aylmer. He operated McLay's Jewellery Store and sold real estate. He was a member of the Historic Automobile Society. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday March 10, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. Adele MILES, officiating. Donations to the Aylmer Museum or Trinity Anglican Church would be appreciated. Personal condolences can be made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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BOUGHNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-20 published
DARLEY, Marjorie (née LESTER)
Peacefully, at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Courtland on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Marjorie DARLEY (née LESTER) formerly of Tillsonburg in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Walter DARLEY (1995.) Dear mother of Doctor James (Brenda) DARLEY of Seabright, Nova Scotia Leona (Walter) BOUGHNER of Tillsonburg; the late Richard (Thoma) DARLEY of Tillsonburg; Jean (Dr. Howard) DICKSON/DIXON of Seabright, Nova Scotia. Beloved grandmother to Jason (Christie) DARLEY Leanne (Graham) ARTHUR; Mark (Carrie) BOUGHNER; Dana (Sharon) BOUGHNER; Brent (Tina) DARLEY; Kim (Dan) RASOKAS; Craig (Catherine) DICKSON/DIXON; Bronwyn and friend John. Also, survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Lanora (Stanley) HEVENOR of Tillsonburg; Ida THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Tillsonburg; Laura MANSFIELD of Tillsonburg. Also, survived by her sister-in-law, Lillian LESTER, of Tillsonburg as well as many nieces and nephews. Marjorie was predeceased by sister Muriel (the late Ellwood) COWELL; brother George (the late Fern) LESTER; Arthur LESTER; Robert LESTER; and sister Ruth (Steve) RUTHERFORD, and brother-in-laws Buster THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Tillsonburg Wilford MANSFIELD of Tillsonburg. The family will receive Friends, family and neighbours at Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221 on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, service time 12: 30 p.m. Pastor Lynne ALLIN officiating. Cremation and interment has taken place. At the family's request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Osteoporosis Society, the Arthritic Society, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Personal condolences may be made a www.ostranderfuneralhome.com

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BOUGHNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-23 published
NOWAKOWSKI, Zofia (née ANSZPERGER)
Peacefully, with her children at her side, on January 21, 2008, at Copernicus Lodge, Toronto, in her 90th year. Born in Warszawa, Poland. Predeceased by her beloved husband Roman, her dearest brother Jurek ANSZPERGER and her beloved parents Zofia and Wiktor ANSZPERGER. Cherished mother of Irena and her husband Richard BOUGHNER, Wanda NOWAKOWSKA and her husband Christopher ADAMSON, and Mark NOWAKOWSKI and his wife Barbara. Much loved Babcia of André NOWAKOWSKI and Katherine GURNEY, Julia BOUGHNER and Nick JONES, Danielle NOWAKOWSKI and Alec CRAWFORD, Alex NOWAKOWSKI, Madeleine ADAMSON, and great-grandmother of Scarlett. Fondly remembered by family and Friends in Canada, Poland, England and United States. The family is grateful to the staff at Copernicus Lodge for their tender and compassionate care. Heartfelt thanks to the angels of Fourth Floor South and to Doctor KLODAS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Copernicus Lodge. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Teresa's Catholic Church (100 Tenth St) on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment Assumption Catholic Cemetery. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com.

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BOUGHNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-20 published
RENAUD is a local hero
By Allan MAKI, Page S3
Mickey RENAUD touched the hearts of many people in his short life, none more so than Akim ALIU.
The two were Ontario Hockey League rookies with the Windsor Spitfires in 2005 when ALIU was attacked in practice by teammate Steve DOWNIE, who cross-checked ALIU in the mouth and knocked out three teeth.
Though just 16, RENAUD reached out to ALIU, who was shunned by several Spitfires to the point where he eventually had to be traded. Little wonder news of RENAUD's sudden death on Monday shook ALIU, who now plays for the London Knights.
"He was unbelievable to me," ALIU said. "I had all my pregame meals at his house. I knew his family, his brother and sister. He helped me so much. It's such a tragic thing."
ALIU described RENAUD as "one of the nicest kids I know" and recalled how the two would talk to one another even during games.
"We talked about how we were doing, if we were playing well, that kind of stuff," said ALIU, who also chatted with RENAUD during last year's National Hockey League draft when ALIU was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks and RENAUD by the Calgary Flames.
An autopsy was conducted yesterday on the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Spitfires captain, who collapsed at his home and died en route to the Windsor Regional Hospital. The preliminary results were passed along to the RENAUD family, but medical officials said they may need months to determine the cause of death.
The Spitfires announced they were cancelling tomorrow night's home game against the Plymouth Whalers and that RENAUD's funeral service is scheduled for Friday at Saint Anne's Church in Tecumseh near Windsor, Ontario
Windsor head coach Bob BOUGHNER, a former Flames defenceman, said the players have been spending time together and with members of the local victim services.
"We spent a night at a billet's home with a dinner," BOUGHNER said. "We had a chapel service at the local high school. The kids have spent every moment together. They're going to dedicate the season to Mickey RENAUD."
While BOUGHNER was not with the Spitfires during the nasty DOWNIE / ALIU clash, he was aware of how RENAUD did all he could to pull together a fractured team.
"There were a lot of issues," BOUGHNER said. "Mickey was one of the players instrumental in befriending Akim and settling the whole thing. He was a guy who was always in the coaches' room, never about himself, always about a teammate. He made sure everyone was taken care of. He was a local hero."
The Spitfires will not appoint a captain to replace RENAUD. Every player in the league will wear a commemorative 18 sticker (RENAUD's number) on his helmet.

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BOUILLON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-22 published
BOUILLON, Marina Jana (née STOKLASA)
Peacefully, after a long battle with cancer, with her husband by her side, at Parkwood Hospital, on Wednesday, December 26, 2007, Marina Jana BOUILLON (STOKLASA,) of London, in her 61st year. Dear wife of Dennis for over 36 years. Mother of Monica BEAL and grandmother of Josephine, Molly and Anna Marina (deceased 1997.) Dear sister of Olga and her husband Jim MOUNTAIN of California. Daughter of the late Liba (2004) and Jerry (1999) STOKLASA. A Memorial Service to Celebrate Marina's life will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd., (1 block east of Egerton). Donations to the Parkwood Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Marina BOUILLON.

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BOUILLON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-26 published
McNABB, Dorothy Grace (née BROWN)
At the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, March 22, 2008. Dorothy Grace Brown McNABB was in her 88th year. She is survived by her children, Mary Elizabeth McNABB- WIEZ of Edmonton, Alberta, James B. McNABB and his wife Marielle BOUILLON of Ottawa, Joseph A. McNABB and his wife Ruth LANG of Newmarket, and M.T. McNABB of Saint Thomas; her grandchildren, Kate McNABB, Meghan McNABB and partner Carey VERMEER of Ottawa, Ben WIEZ of Edmonton, Alberta, Jared and Liam McNABB of Newmarket; her great-grandchildren Cameron, Devon and Rachel of Ottawa. She was predeceased by her husband George A. McNABB, her parents Richard and Elizabeth BROWN of Morin Heights, Quebec, brothers Lorne and Harold BROWN and son-in-law Ernie WIEZ of Edmonton. After cremation, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Angels' Church on Friday, April 11th at 12 noon. All are welcome. A private interment will take place on Saturday, April 12th. Donations to Odd Fellows-Humanitarian Services or Holy Angels' Restoration Fund would be appreciated by the family. Please remember to register for Gift of Life Organ Donation. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Daniel King Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas, (519) 631-0570. www.danielkingfuneralhome.com

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BOUK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-31 published
BENDELL, " George" Nelson
Peacefully in Saint Thomas, Nelson BENDELL passed away on Saturday, March 29th. Nelson was in his 91st year. Beloved husband of 67 years to Mary Winnifred (BOUK) BENDELL. Devoted father of Bob BENDELL and his wife Star (Saint Thomas,) Barbara COATES and her husband Jim (London) and Trudy SKIENDZIEL and her partner Randy (Saint Thomas.) Caring brother of Betty MOSES, predeceased by brothers Norman, Bruce and Russell. Dear grandfather of Jamie SKIENDZIEL and his wife Dawn, Jason SKIENDZIEL, Alfred COATES and his wife Marta, Jennifer DEMARAK and her husband Mike. Loving great-grandfather of Conner, Daniel, Christopher and Isabella. Nelson will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Friends. He was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion of Saint Thomas No. 41. Nelson lived in Saint Thomas for 60 years, working with the New York Central Rail Road as a conductor and brakeman. He was sergeant of the service police with the Royal Canadian Air Force Nelson was well known to local florists and passerby's for the beautiful gladiolas that he grew and sold as a hobby. Friends will be received at the Daniel King Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas (519) 631-0570 on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. A private family interment will be held at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. www.danielkingfuneralhome.com

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BOUK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-15 published
WELCH, Charles Ivan
In his 82nd year passed away Saturday, April 12th, 2008 after a short illness. Beloved husband of Judith, father of Larry WELCH (Lynn) of Poplar Hill, Brenda MUTTER (Harold) of Wasaga Beach, Vikki SEARLE (Mike) of Komoka, Randy WELCH (Anne) of London, Cheryl RASTIN (Dave) of Mount Brydges, and Chris WELCH (Kim) of Victoria, British Columbia and he was also the beloved grandfather of 17 grandchildren. Sadly missed by his sisters Dolly BOUK (Jack) of London and Marjorie LUTTIKHOF (Bill) of Lambeth and all his nieces and nephews. Many people got to know Charlie through his association with the Little Beaver (Byron) Restaurant. Charlie was also a member of the Arthur Currie Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Strathroy and a member of the Strathroy Seniors Centre. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 4th, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home in Strathroy. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Charles.

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BOUK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-26 published
LUCAS, Morley Ernest
Peacefully at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, May 24 2008, Morley Ernest LUCAS, born December 31, 1924 in Houghton Township, formerly of Courtland, passed away at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by his loving wife Eva ROBINSON (2001.) Kind, gentle and loving father to his daughter Judy Bernice DEMETER and her husband Richard of Aylmer. Amazing grandfather to his grandchildren Lucas H. DEMETER of Waterloo, Kalina M. DEMETER of Aylmer. Survived by his sisters Marion BOUK of Simcoe, Madeline RAYMOND and her husband Cleo of Simcoe, sister-in-law Fern LUCAS of Courtland and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Laurintha LUCAS, brothers Murray and Melbourne LUCAS, sisters Myrtle STEPHENS, Mildred TORRANCE and Muriel CARL, brothers-in-law Walter BOUK and Bill CARL. The family will receive Friends and neighbours at Ostrander's Funeral Home 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221 on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service for Morley will be held in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Tillsonburg Cemetery. At the family's request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be made at www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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BOUK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
WELCH, Lawrence Charles Stephen
Passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at the age of 61. Beloved husband, best friend and soulmate of Lynn for 25 years. Special father and friend of Kim (Mike) OPDECAM and Nicole (Marc) SAINT_JACQUES, of London. Dear son of Kae WELCH (Rake,) of London, and the late Charles (April, 2008) and Judy WELCH, of Strathroy. Father of Erica (Stu) PENNYCOOK, of London, Alison (Fred) RONSICK, of Ingersoll, Tanya and Nicholas WELCH, of London. He will be missed by siblings, Brenda (Harold) MUTTER, of Wasaga Beach, Vikki (Mike) SEARLE, of Komoka, Randy (Anne) WELCH, of Port Stanley, Cheryl (Dave) RASTIN, of Mount Brydges, and Chris (Kim) WELCH of Victoria, British Columbia. Dear Papa of the loving grandchildren, who always put a smile on his face, Spencer, Malcolm, Tyler and Samuel. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved pet, Pippi. Special nephew of Dolly (Jack) BOUK and family, of London. Much loved son-in-law of Patricia WINDOVER, of London. Cherished brother-in-law of Mary Lou GODDARD and family, of London. He will be sadly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, Friends, employees and customers. Larry was the founder and owner of the Little Beaver Restaurant, Komoka. He will be surely missed. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the Victorian Order of Nurses, and the caring staff, nurses and doctors at Victoria Hospital in London and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Cancer Society, London Health Sciences Centre or the Victorian Order of Nurses Canada. Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. North, where a celebration of Larry's life will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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BOULAY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-02-13 published
BOULAY--In loving memory of Guy Boulay who passed away February 27, 2006.
He meant so much to us
But nothing we can say
Can tell the sadness in our hearts
As we think of him each day.
He always was true and tender
He lived his life for those he loved
And those he loved, remember.
Love, Eileen and family.

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BOULAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-26 published
ROUSSEAU, Pierre
On June 13, 2008, peacefully at home, passed away after a long illness. Born in Quebec, he lived in Toronto the last 20 years. Beloved husband to Monique BOULAY. Dear brother to Louise and Robert. Brother-in-law to Gilles and Marie, also to Claude, Marie-Marthe, Aline, Jacques, Ber nard, Renaud, Alain and their spouses. Arrangements for cremation and transfer of ashes to Quebec City for funeral have been made by Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel. Donations can be sent to the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation (600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5) or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9).

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BOULET o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-05 published
LYONS, Brenda (née FROST)
Following a brief illness at the Kingston General Hospital on March 31st, 2008 in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late George Arthur LYONS, devoted mother and mother-in-law of Margaret in Lennoxville, Québec, John and Susan (née SMITH) in Kingston, Ontario. Dear sister-in-law of the late Florence BARNES (nee LYONS) and Lloyd John LYONS (Killed in Action World War 2.) Aunt of Karen, Cherryl and the late Maryanne (née BARNES) from Owen Sound. A war bride marrying George following World War 2, the dear sister of the late Margaret FROST of Hunstanton, Norfolk, England. The adoring grandmother of Shane, Katherine, Andrew and LeeAnna COATES born in East Angus, Québec - Matthew, Ashley, Kallan and Blaine LYONS born in Ottawa, Ontario. Great-grandmother of Charles and Madison born to Katherine and Pierre BOULET in Montmagny, Québec. Great-grandmother of Caleb and Mataya born to Matthew and Reena YU in Vancouver. A personal family service was held in Kingston on Friday April 4th. Interment to follow at a later date in Owen Sound. The family thanks all who new her, for your warm Friendships and love shown over the years. Donations in her memory should be directed to the charity or church of your choice.
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BOULLEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-24 published
BECKER, Grace Victoria, B.Comm.
Graduate of Victoria College 3T4 (University of Toronto) in Honour Commerce and Finance; Flight Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Air Force (Active Service 1944-46), 14 Wing (Air Reserves) 1950-60, 180 Mosquito Squadron, R.C. Air Cadets; retired Business Education teacher and Dept. head at East York Collegiate Institute; Member of Royal Canadian Military Institute and Royal Canadian Yacht Club; Life-time member and Elder of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church; Associate Member of Avenue Road Officers' Mess and 25 (Toronto) Service Battalion Officers' Mess. Peacefully at home in Toronto on Friday January 18, 2008. Beloved daughter of the late Frederick C. (D.D.S.) and Eva Louella (BOULLEE) BECKER. Survived by her cousins John and Charles RICHARDSON (Saint Mary's) and Stephen BECKER (Toronto) and their families. Funeral service in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto on Wednesday January 30 at 11 o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

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BOULTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-29 published
BOULTER, Kenneth Albert
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008, Kenneth Albert BOULTER of Kilworth in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of June BOULTER (née HOWARD.) Dear father of Marcy BOULTER (Sam) of Delhi and precedeased by son Wayne (1994). Loved grandfather of Derek, Kyle, Caralee and Emmalee and great-grandfather of Alexa, Katie and Brooke. Kenneth served as a rear gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War 2, was in the Royal Air Force following the war and then worked for 29 years at International Business Machines Corporation. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Komoka Chapel (22568 Komoka Road) on Thursday, May 29th from 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will follow on Friday commencing at 11 a.m. with Rev. Don KEENLISIDE officiating. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London.

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BOUNSALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-20 published
PETERSON, Shirley Jean (née LYONS) (1933-2008)
With great sadness, the family of Shirley Jean PETERSON announce her passing on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Shirley is survived by Aubrey, her loving husband of 51 years. Much loved mother of David PETERSON (Nancy) of California, Glenn PETERSON (Laurie) of Calgary and Nancy PETERSON (David BOUNSALL) of Toronto. Beloved Nana to her six grandchildren Michael, Jacquelyn, Sarah, Nicole, Eric and Adam. Born in Regina, Shirley was the second of three daughters born to the late David James LYONS and Hulda Olivia Petra LYONS (née JETMUNDSON.) She leaves her sisters June CULLEN (Philip) and Lynn ROBERTS (Kenneth) and her many nieces and nephews. Shirley's enthusiasm for life, positive outlook, personal courage and selfless love for her family knew no bounds. Family always came first with Shirley. She took great pleasure in sharing in the lives of her children and grandchildren, and always made family events more special. She enjoyed her travels, bridge with her Friends, summers at the cottage on Lake Joseph, curling and golf at Donalda Club, winters in Florida and time spent with her many good Friends. The family is deeply grateful to the oncology, clinical research and palliative care teams at Sunnybrook. Special thanks go out to Doctor Neil BERINSTEIN and Angela BOUDREAU for their dedicated and compassionate care. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 23 in Eglinton St. George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. Following interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a reception will be held at Donalda Golf and Country Club, 12 Bushbury Drive, Don Mills, Ontario. If desired, Shirley's memory may be honoured through donations to either Sunnybrook (www.sunnybrookfoundation.ca) or Eglinton St. George's United Church (www.esgunited.org) Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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BOURASSA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-12 published
BOBOR, Anne
Peacefully at Upper Canada Lodge in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Thursday, May 8, 2008, in her 87th year. Beloved Aunt of Betty MARWICK, Pearl ACCARDO, Robert and Michael BOBOR, Bonnie MacKENZIE, Michelle BOURASSA, Betty CALZONETTI and Kathy CORKERY. Predeceased by her sister Elizabeth HANUS and brothers Paul, John and Michael BOBOR. Special friend of Mary PAUCO and Josephine HUCKO. She was a long time employee of The T. Eaton Co. Ltd. Resting at Hetherington and Deans Funeral Chapel, Niagara Falls 905-354-5614, where the family will receive Friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral chapel on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 4 p.m. Cremation will follow. As an expression of sympathy, in memoriam contributions to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. On line tributes at www.mem.com.

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BOURCHEIX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-17 published
Ontario New Democratic Party leader turned province into a three-party political system
A politician who was remarkably deficient in ego, he took over with a caucus so small that he held 18 portfolios, yet 'was never, ever, set back.' He put cause before ambition and twice stepped aside for others
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
In a political career that spanned three decades and as many premiers (Leslie Frost, John Robarts and William Davis), Donald C. MacDONALD never despaired that his social democratic convictions would ultimately prevail. "I am, by nature, an optimist - an 'incorrigible optimist' according to my Friends," he confided in his aptly named memoirs, The Happy Warrior.
"Whenever we were defeated, he always found a moral victory," said former politician Stephen Lewis, who succeeded Mr. MacDONALD as leader of Ontario's New Democratic Party. "Whenever we made progress by inches, he saw a socialist sweep. He was never, ever, set back."
As a politician, Mr. MacDONALD was that most extraordinary of creatures, a man without an overweening ego. He put the cause before his own ambition, working as an organizer for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation under David Lewis, stepping down from the New Democratic Party leadership to make way for Stephen Lewis in 1970 and then resigning from York South, the seat he had held for 27 years, to ease Bob Rae's transition from federal to provincial politics.
How he would respond to Mr. Rae's current political incarnation is harder to gauge. "For Donald, it would have been inexplicable. It would have hurt him deeply," said Mr. Lewis. "He would not have understood how somebody who was schooled at the feet of Tommy Douglas, Stanley Knowles and David Lewis, and who then became premier of the province as a New Democrat, could make the jump [to the Liberal Party]. He would have been quite taken aback."
"He was very disappointed, but, directly contrary to what some people have said, it never affected our personal relationship. He never expressed any bitterness to me," said Mr. Rae, speaking from the lobby of the House of Commons in Ottawa. "He understood that I had reached a different point in my life and that I simply disagreed with the idea that one could only be a progressive inside the New Democratic Party. I also felt that a real change was taking place because the Harris-Harper takeover of [the Progressive Conservative] parties provincially and federally changed the dynamics of politics - and I continue to believe that very strongly."
Many of us wander through life changing jobs and searching for our true vocation. Not Mr. MacDONALD. He set his sights on a career in politics as a teenager and determined the route he would follow to achieve his goal. "I can recall vividly an occasion in Grade 10," he wrote in his memoirs, "when each member of the class had to deliver a speech on what they intended to do upon graduation. Some were uncertain, but not me: school teaching was to be the stepping stone, while doing undergraduate work, to weekly journalism, in pursuit of the goal of politics."
The only question: Which party? His parents were apolitical and, as a young man, he leaned towards the Progressive Conservatives, if only as a personal tilt away from the Liberals, who dominated federal politics. It was life, and what he saw of it during the Depression and the Second World War, that determined his political stripe as a social democrat.
"Although philosophically misguided, he was nonetheless a predominant figure in the legislature," said his old political foe, William Davis, Ontario premier from 1971 to 1985. "He was a great debater and very knowledgeable with respect to the rules of the House. I think he was respected by his own caucus, and - I can only speak for myself - I even had a certain degree of affection for him. He put the issues of the day and the issues of his party before any personal ambition of his own… and he kept the party active, and provided leadership in the House and he certainly added to the ongoing debate about Confederation."
"He was the anchor and encyclopedia of Ontario's political life - not just in the Frost years, but in the Robarts years," said Mr. Lewis. "And at times, because there were so few Co-Operative Commonwealth Federationers and New Democratic Partyers in the legislature, he handled every portfolio himself."
On that, he and Mr. Rae remain in complete agreement. "His great characteristic was his optimism and his sheer durability. He was a tremendous generalist in his knowledge of public policy and in his dedication to the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation and the New Democratic Party," said Mr. Rae. "He was a very dedicated, ebullient, hard-working guy - quite remarkable."
Donald Cameron MacDONALD was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, on December 7, 1913, the eldest of eight children to Charles Pirie and Gertrude Annie (JENNINGS) MacDONALD.
Charles, who was of Scottish ancestry, had left the family farm on the Tullochgorum Road near Ormstown, south of Montreal, for the West. After several years and jobs, his father persuaded him to come back and till the family soil. Young Donald went to nearby Ormstown High School, graduating in 1931. He took teacher training at Macdonald College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, graduating in 1932 as the Depression deepened.
His first job was in a country school near Shawville, Quebec, teaching pupils from all seven elementary grades. After five years, he had worked his way up to a high school in Sherbrooke, where he also coached hockey, football and basketball, while taking extramural university courses for an undergraduate degree from Queen's University. It took him six years and $1,875, including the cost of actually living in Kingston and going to class in his senior year so that he could graduate in 1938 with an honours degree in history, politics and economics.
That year was pivotal as training for a political career. He wrote a column for the student newspaper, sat on the executive of the debating union and was a delegate from Queen's at the founding of the Canadian Student Union in Winnipeg. He also won a fellowship to do graduate work and caught the eye of a man named Arthur Newell, who hired him as a travelling lecturer in Britain and the United States to promote Anglo-American understanding.
After completing his master's thesis in March, 1939, Mr. MacDONALD embarked on a cross-country tour to gauge the state of the Canadian nation, made a quick trip back to Queen's to write his final exams and then sailed for England to travel and speak to audiences in Britain and on the continent. The war scuttled plans for an American tour, so he was sent back across Canada, earning enough to wipe out his university debts. Turning his back on teaching, Mr. MacDONALD sought the next rung on his self-styled career ladder - journalism. He landed a job first as a proofreader on The Gazette in Montreal and then on the education and consular beats.
In February, 1942, he left the newspaper, joined the Royal Canadian Navy and married Simone BOURCHEIX, a young woman he had met at the inaugural Canadian Student Union conference in Winnipeg in 1938. By chance, they met again in 1942 at adjoining tables during a Montreal lecture on French translation. Six months later, they were engaged and, after a weekend wedding and a two-day honeymoon, he was training to be a wireless operator in St-Hyacinthe while his bride taught school in Montreal.
Instead of going overseas, he was promoted to sub-lieutenant and sent to Ottawa to work as the secretary to a top-secret communications committee deciphering signals from enemy submarines. (That summer he also purchased, for $25, a sustaining membership in the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, a left-leaning Canadian political party that had been founded in 1932.) Within two years of joining the navy, he was made founding editor of Canada Digest, a monthly compendium of news and features that was circulated to Canadian military personnel overseas.
From print, he moved to radio as the chairman of Servicemen's Forum. Working with Robert G. Allen, later the executive producer of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation drama, he went to a different military base every week in Canada (and abroad, after the Germans surrendered in 1945), chose a panel of three vocal servicemen and launched a free-wheeling discussion on topics such as postwar employment, housing or education. He had three lasting memories from these days: inspecting the "rubble heap" of the former Reich Chancellery in Berlin; observing the trial of Irma Grese, the sadistic concentration camp guard who was reputed to have made lampshades out of human skin and then hanged in December, 1945 and the exhuming of mass graves in the forests outside Celle in central Germany.
After being demobilized, Mr. MacDONALD and his wife settled in Ottawa, where, in May of 1946, he accepted an invitation from David Lewis, federal secretary of the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation, to work at the party's national office. "It was the most important decision of my political life," he wrote in his memoirs, "a culmination of all that had gone before, and the gateway to what was to follow." For several years, he travelled the country as federal treasurer and organizer, drumming up financial and electoral support for the party while Mrs. MacDONALD kept house and took the major role in raising their three young children, Sandra, Joy and Brian.
When Ted Jolliffe resigned as Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation leader in Ontario, after having lost the Toronto riding of York South in the 1951 provincial election, Mr. MacDONALD was invited to switch gears from international and national affairs to provincial ones. He knew the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation could not achieve national prominence without a strong presence in one of the central provinces. Besides, if nothing else, winning the leadership of the Ontario party would curtail his incessant travelling.
At the convention in November, 1953, Mr. MacDONALD came out ahead of the other contenders, Fred Young and Andrew Brewin, on the second ballot. As leader, he was hobbled for nearly two years by not having a seat in the legislature, a situation he rectified in the 1955 provincial election, when he won the Toronto riding of York South. His three-member caucus was so small that he was the designated critic of 18 different government ministries.
"His work habits were prodigious," said Stephen Lewis. "He churned out press release after press release at his old typewriter in an astonishing effort at enlightening the province about the issues. And because he was so good on his feet and so effective in the house, it is quite remarkable, that sitting with one or two colleagues, he was effectively the opposition. It was a performance unlike any other that I can think of in Ontario's political life."
Although he never became premier, never even became leader of the Official Opposition, Mr. MacDONALD turned Ontario into a three-party political system, oversaw the transition of the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation into the New Democratic Party in 1961 and achieved his biggest electoral victory in 1967, when the party's standings rose from eight to 20 seats and its share of the popular vote rose from 16 to 26 per cent.
Three years later, the party thought it could smell success with a younger and more charismatic leader. Having laid the bedrock for 15 years, Mr. MacDONALD stepped down as leader to make way for Stephen Lewis, the son of his old Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation colleague.
"I have always struggled with that in my life, whether it was premature, and yet Donald handled it with such grace," said Mr. Lewis. "We sat in the legislature together after I was leader. We were very, very close colleagues, working harmoniously and effectively, largely because Donald was so incredibly devoted and kind. Even though I know it always hurts when you relinquish a leadership and would have preferred not to, he was the soul of comradeship and was constantly and consistently helpful and engaged."
In the 1975 election, Mr. Lewis ran a powerful campaign on a platform of rent control and workplace safety and won enough seats to form the Official Opposition in a Tory minority government led by Mr. Davis. The party's fortunes faltered two years later. The New Democratic Party was reduced to 33 seats and the Liberals became the Official Opposition. A year later, a frustrated Mr. Lewis resigned as leader of the party and as an member of provincial parliament. Michael Cassidy succeeded him in 1978, only to resign in 1982.
Mr. MacDONALD persuaded Bob Rae to run for the leadership - "he was a hard man to say no to," said Mr. Rae. Mr. MacDONALD didn't want Mr. Rae to be a leader without a seat in the legislature, as he, himself, had been in the early 1950s, so he offered up his own riding when nobody else in the party was willing to make the sacrifice. Mr. Rae won York South in a by-election in 1982 and, eight years later, became the 21st premier of Ontario and the only New Democratic Party politician to serve as a provincial premier east of Manitoba. The party was routed in the 1995 election and Mr. Rae subsequently resigned as leader, gave up his seat and quit the party.
Mr. MacDONALD was 69 when he retired from provincial politics in 1982. Among other activities, he served as chair of the Ontario Election Finances Commission, as president of York Community Services (the province's first community health centre, which he was instrumental in founding) and later as president of the Learning Enrichment Foundation. He taught political science at York and Ryerson universities, edited a textbook on Ontario politics and wrote his memoirs.
Donald Cameron MacDONALD was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, on December 7, 1913. He died in hospital in Toronto of heart failure, after a short illness, on March 8, 2008. He was 94. He is survived by Simone, his wife of 66 years, three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A public celebration of his life will be held in The Great Hall, Hart House, at the University of Toronto on May 7, 2008, at 4: 30 p.m.

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