FITCH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-09 published
WILSON, David James
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Friday February 8th, 2008, David James WILSON of Durham, in his 63rd year. Brother of Keith WILSON (Leora,) and Charlie FITCH (Edna) all of Markdale, Jean PITT (Les) and Ina BOYNTON all of Chesley. Sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and friend Wendy JAMES of Hanover. Predeceased by his parents Willard and Della WILSON (née IRVING,) and sister Dorothy YOUNG. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to May Funeral Home, Markdale. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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FITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-21 published
BENBOW, George T.
At home, on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008, Mr. George T. BENBOW of London in his 78th year. Loving husband and best friend of Carolyn McGRENERE. Much loved Dad of Joanna (Dave FERGUSON,) Geoff (Maria HAINES), Erica (Brian DES ROCHES), Janice McGRENERE (Steve OUELLET,) Mark McGRENERE (Sarah) and Grandpa to Emily, Ashley, Andrew, Michael, Grace, Owen, Krista, Keeley and Cavan. Dear brother to Cynthia FITCH, Dick BENBOW (Suzanne) and brother-in-law to Enid and Joan and John MARCIN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service which will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of George are asked to consider the Victorian Order of Nurses, Canadian Cancer Society or the London Health Sciences Foundation - Patient Care. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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FITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-02 published
LEEDHAM, William Thomas Ross
Passed away suddenly in Jellico, Tennessee on Saturday March 29, 2008, Ross LEEDHAM of St. Williams in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Lavona (née ROSS) whom he married October 15, 1949. Dear father of Rev. Debra LEEDHAM of Waterford, David and his wife Jackie of R.R.#2 St. Williams. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Chuck and Jess, Andy, Cody, Samantha and great-granddaughter Emilie. Survived by his brothers Murray of Trenton and Doctor Stewart and wife Marlene of Wingham. Predeceased by sister-in-law Sybil LEEDHAM. Ross was a member of the St. Williams Fire Fighters for 45 years, he drove school bus, was the past president of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, past Councilor and Reeve of South Walsingham Township, Past President of the St. Williams Lions Club, member and volunteer with the Bayfest Committee, chairman of the Forestville Cemetery Board, member of the St. Williams Hunt Club and farmed all his life at R.R.#2 St. Williams. Relatives and Friends may call at the Jeffrey W. Glendinning Funeral Home, 36 Front Street, Port Rowan on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted from the St. Williams Community Centre on Friday April 4, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Officiated by Lay Pastoral Minister Cheryl FITCH. Interment in Fairview Cemetery (Forestville). Donations in Ross's memory (cheques accepted) to the St. Williams United Church Memorial Fund or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.

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FITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-03 published
LEEDHAM, Ross
Many thanks to all our relatives, Friends, and neighbours for cards, floral tributes, visits and donations to various organizations during our bereavement. Heartfelt thanks to the Glendinning Funeral Home for their special guidance, L.P.M. Cheryl FITCH for her comforting message, Rev. Debra LEEDHAM for the tribute to her father, pianist Maggie WIENS and the St. Williams United Church Women for providing lunch. We will always remember your thoughtfulness. Lavona LEEDHAM and Family

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FITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-28 published
HORNSBY, Mary " Bernice" (née SCHWEYER)
Peacefully, at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Tillsonburg, on Monday, May 26, 2008 with her family at her bedside, Mary "Bernice" HORNSBY of Tillsonburg age 84 years. Beloved wife of the late James HORNSBY. Dear mother of Ronald (Sharon) HORNSBY of Toronto; Robert (Joyce SHORT) HORNSBY of Huntsville; Brenda (John) RIBICH of Sunderland Glen HORNSBY of Dryden; Janet BROWN of Tillsonburg. Dear sister of Irene FITCH of Woodstock; Blanche GLOVER of North Carolina Ethel "Mae" PALMER of Tillsonburg; Eleanor (Robert) GIRARDIN of Saint Thomas; Douglas SCHWETER of Tillsonburg; Gordon (Terry) SCHWETER of London. Loving grandmother to 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Also, survived by her sister-in-law Ruby SCHWEYER of Tillsonburg. Bernice was predeceased by her brother John "Mansell" SCHWEYER, sister Helen HARRIS, brother-in-law Terry SCHWEYER, and her parents Oscar and Ethel (nee: McDONALD) SCHWEYER. The family welcome Friends, family, and neighbours to visit with them at Ostrander's Funeral Home 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221 on Friday, May 30, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service for Bernice will be held in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11 a.m. Rev. Father Bill WARD of Saint_John's Anglican church, Tillsonburg officiating. Interment Tillsonburg Cemetery where Bernice will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband James. At Bernice request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Lung Association, or the Parkinson's Association. Personal condolences may be made at www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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FITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-12 published
NICOLL, Margaret Janet (MULLETT)
Peacefully at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, on Monday, March 10, 2008 in her 60th year. Margaret, loving wife of Michael MASON. Dear mother of David and Elinor PETRIE, Jennifer and Scott FITCH, and Mark MULLETT. Cherished grandmother of Tyler, Jenelle, Daniel and Hanna. Friends may call at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York (2 lights south of Steeles), on Saturday from 6-7 p.m. Service in the Chapel at 7 p.m.

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FITCHETT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-14 published
MENARY, John Burton
Peacefully at the Guelph General Hospital on Friday July 11, 2008. In his 52nd year, John Burton MENARY, loving husband and friend of Diane Elizabeth MENARY (née BLAIR.) Loving father of Patricia MENARY, Jennifer MENARY and her husband Blayne SINGER, and Robert MENARY and his wife Chevaun FRANCESCHINI. Loved grandfather of Ally and Maddy. Dear brother of Randy and his wife Sharon. Dear brother-in-law of Steven BLAIR and his wife Ann Marie, Lorie BLAIR, Jackie and her husband Terry GRAHAM, and Lisa and her husband Nathan DEE. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Remembered by his best Friends Doug FRASER, Rick FITCHETT and Keith DENSMORE. John was a member of the Venture's Car Club in Guelph. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, Owen Sound (519-376-2326) on Tuesday July 15 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Interment in Boyd Cemetery, Shallow Lake. Rev. Ted CREEN officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Owen Sound Children's Chorus, c/o Nancy STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, 2526 - 8th Ave. and ldquo;A” East, Owen Sound N4K 6W5 or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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FITCHETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-21 published
LOGAN, Laura May (formerly WILCOCKS, née MARTELLE)
Peacefully at the North Lambton Lodge in Forest on June 19, 2008, Laura May (née MARTELLE) LOGAN passed away in her 87th year. Beloved mother of Wayne and Dorothy, Harley and Dorothy, Nelson and Mary, Garry and Judy WILCOCKS, Janet and John FITCHETT, Willa and Doug CAMPBELL, Paul and Rita, and Brian and Kelli WILCOCKS. Loving step-mother of Norma and Dave VAUGHAN, Paul and Linda LOGAN, and Marion and Chuck HOLLINGSWORTH. Cherished grandmother of 31 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Sadly missed by siblings June, Leo, Marjorie, Phyllis, Jackie, Nancy, and Alan. Predeceased by husband Donald LOGAN (1999,) husband LaVerne WILCOCKS (1971,) son Elmer (1965,) grandchild Angela WILCOCKS (1995,) siblings Margaret, Bill, George, Joe, Betty, and Floyd. Resting at the Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest for visitation on Sunday, June 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Arkona Cemetery Rev. Joanne MacODRUM officiating. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundations gratefully acknowledged. Online condolences at gilpinfuneralchapel.com.

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FITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-18 published
FITT, E.C. "Pat"
(February 18, 1911-February 3, 2001)
Daddy with love and remembrance. Anne.

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FITTER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-09 published
SIMPSON, James David “Jim&rdquo
(Retired teacher and principal in Guelph and local artist)
Passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday January 6, 2008. Jim SIMPSON, in his 72nd year, beloved husband for 49 years of Ruth (née FITTER.) Loving father of Shawna (Jamie HILBORN) and children Alex and Micaela; Todd (Micki) and children Matt, Kelsey, and Luke; Kirk (Tammy) and children Brittany, Mike, and Tyler and Scott and children Samantha and Sierra. Jim will be missed by his sister Elizabeth (Niels HANSEN) and their family. Friends will be received at Gilbert Macintyre and son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Jim's life will be held on Thursday January 10, 2008, in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Hospice Wellington or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family (Cards are available at the funeral home 519-821-5077 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com).

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FITTERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-30 published
Steven TRUSCOTT's 'poor Mom' spent decades fighting on his behalf
The matriarch of a military family endured divorce and disappointment before seeing justice done
By Lisa FITTERMAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7
Doris Truscott BRENNAN would tell her children that when they were older, they'd look back on their youth and want to live it all over again. Childhood, she was wont to say, is the most precious and beautiful time of life.
"Poor Mom," her most famous son, Steven TRUSCOTT, once said to journalist Bill Trent. "How could she know that the soft, golden days of my childhood would one day come to an abrupt, tragic end and that she would be visiting me in a jail?"
Back in 1950s, Mrs. BRENNAN was known as Dot TRUSCOTT, a traditional air force wife and mother of four who spent her time cooking, cleaning, doing endless loads of laundry and ensuring that her boisterous offspring minded their manners. From the family's small clapboard house in Clinton, Ontario, she was the boss who tolerated no insubordination. Petite and plainspoken, it was her way to strike a balance between strictness and love.
In June, 1959, Mrs. BRENNAN was doing what she did every year: making plans for summer vacation and occasionally socializing with her husband, Dan, in the sergeants' mess. On June 10, everything began to unravel. That's when Leslie HARPER, the father of 12-year-old Lynne, showed up on the doorstep, saying he'd been told that one of the Truscott boys had seen her. She hadn't come home the night before. The family was frantic. Steven told him that he'd given her a lift on his bike to the corner and that she'd hitched a ride on the highway.
When Lynne's body was found in the nearby bush, investigators focused on the 14-year-old who seemed to have been the last person to see her alive. It was ridiculous, Mrs. BRENNAN knew. Her tall, handsome and shy second son, who excelled at track and field and liked to fish in his spare time, couldn't have committed the grisly crime he was accused of. How could the authorities, whom she'd always respected, pin this horror on him?
She would learn to fight back, grimly and with a singular sense of purpose. She fought through his arraignment and his trial, sitting behind him and whispering words of encouragement and testifying that with four active kids, she had to do laundry more than once a week and that a dirty pair of jeans was not exceptional.
She fought against the shocking sentence to hang by his neck until he was dead (later commuted to life in prison), and she fought all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada to have the conviction overturned. She fought without help from the air force, even as her family moved from Clinton into a secondhand trailer in a park near the small-town Ontario jail where her son was first held. And throughout, she fought to keep her family together and to shield her other children from the trauma.
"She instilled in Steven the air force way: Keep your emotions in check, stand firm in the face of adversity and never back down," said investigative journalist Julian Sher, who chronicled the family's struggle in the book Until You Are Dead. "She was efficient, she was dedicated, she was a whirlwind and she was to be reckoned with."
Mrs. BRENNAN once told Mr. Sher that she had to draw on all of her military grit to survive. "I think being a serviceperson, you learn to accept things more and make do with what you have," she recalled. "Your world has turned completely around, but you push it to the back of your mind and you look ahead. Nothing more could happen that could be worse, so it's got to get better."
But it wouldn't get better, not for a long time.
Born Doris BOWERS, Mrs. BRENNAN was an air force child herself. Her father was an engineer and worked at one point on an air-sea rescue boat. Dan TRUSCOTT, whom she met in 1942, worked on that boat, too; he first came by the BOWERS home as a family friend but soon dropped all pretence as the relationship with Doris heated up. The couple married and had four children.
Along the way, they were stationed for various periods on bases near Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Quebec City and Rivers, Manitoba, where they lived in a shack with an outdoor toilet. It wasn't an easy life, but Mrs. BRENNAN had been ready all her life to take on the challenges of raising a family within the confines of the military. New schools and new Friends were par for the course.
Her son's arrest and what followed turned everything she knew on its head. After the trial, she worked at three part-time jobs, in a bakery, a grocery store and a cafeteria, to help keep the family afloat and to pay for gas for the monthly car trips to and from Collins Bay Penitentiary near Kingston, where Steven would serve the bulk of his sentence.
Mac STIENBURG, the Collins Bay chaplain who became a surrogate father to Mr. TRUSCOTT in prison and with whom the young man first lived when he was paroled, said the parents never let him see how scared and frustrated they were.
"They would spend time in the chapel and they'd pass on family tidbits, keeping him up to date," Mr. STIENBURG said. "They had very natural, newsy conversations. They never got into that 'poor you' or 'poor me' mindset."
The chaplain, now retired, said his most poignant memory of the mother and son was her visit in May, 1967, after they'd lost a Supreme Court bid to have the verdict overturned. After placing their faith in the ability of the judges to recognize the case as a circumstantial fiction, she was devastated, but Mr. STIENBURG said that didn't stop her driving out to the prison to speak to Mr. TRUSCOTT face to face.
"It was after-hours and because of the way it was happening, I was granted permission to monitor the visit," he recalled. "She did the exact right thing. She said, 'This isn't the end of it. We'll go on and see what we can do.' She was so strong and determined, sitting there in this cold visiting room, and I think Steve drew strength from her."
Indeed, Mrs. BRENNAN grasped at any chance to clear her son's name. When Isabel LeBourdais, a Toronto journalist, first wrote to the Truscotts to express her interest in writing a magazine exposé about why a 14-year-old would be tried as an adult and given the death penalty, the two women began to forge a Friendship made stronger by the fact that Ms. LeBourdais had a son only a little older than Mr. TRUSCOTT.
Ms. LeBourdais eventually decided that the story was one of wrongful conviction and too big to tell within the limited scope of a magazine. Instead, she wrote The Trial of Steven Truscott, a book she dedicated to Mrs. BRENNAN "with affection and profound respect."
"It really summed up their relationship," said the author's son, Julien LeBourdais. "They were two mothers with sons close in age and one of the things we always say to people is, 'I know how you feel.' But we don't really know. We can't know. You can only feel awe."
No matter how strong Mrs. BRENNAN was, the ordeal did take its toll. At one point, she took tranquilizers to get through the long days and even longer nights, while Mr. STIENBURG said she was disappointed by administrative decisions that her son must live under an assumed name when he was paroled and that he must live with the chaplain instead of coming home.
Her marriage to Dan TRUSCOTT unravelled while their son was in prison, a casualty of the pressure. Although she married again, the union didn't last and she spent her latter years living outside Ottawa near three of her children.
In an e-mail sent to supporters, Mr. TRUSCOTT's wife, Marlene, wrote that Mrs. BRENNAN was an inspiration to them all. Although the family declined to make any further comment, it seems clear she will be remembered as the fierce, stalwart mother who refused to give up on her son - the mother who, last summer, finally saw justice done when the Ontario Court of Appeal quashed the conviction, calling it a "miscarriage of justice."
She lived long enough to see it and for that, she was happy.
Doris (Dot) BRENNAN died at the Ottawa Heart Institute on December 17, 2007. She was 82. She is survived by children Ken (Lenora), Steven (Marlene), Bill (Carol) and Barb, and grandchildren David, Dwayne, Ryan, Leslie, Devon, Crystal and Tom.

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FITTERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-11 published
Canadian haute couture designer was 'a woman ahead of her time'
With a business started in the basement of her Toronto home, her outfits were carried by the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue. She also became the first Canadian to sell a collection in Japan
By Lisa FITTERMAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
Montreal -- Edith STRAUSS once walked into her brother's Montreal apartment, stopped dead and began to cry. Curious and startled, her sister-in-law, Dusty Vineberg SOLOMON, asked why. "The curtains," Mrs. STRAUSS said, gesturing to a set of sheer drapes hung across windows that ran the length of the living room wall. "They're so beautiful."
For Mrs. STRAUSS, fabric spoke a special language that swished, whispered, or swept confidently into a room, filled with colour and texture. The long-time fashion designer, who started Edith Strauss Designs Ltd. in 1965, was fluent in all its permutations, whether a bolt of plain cotton or yards of rich white silk crepe, the latter of which she turned into a fringed and beaded dress that is considered a fine example of the transition from mini to midi lengths and is part of the permanent costume collection at Montreal's McCord Museum. Change a cut just a little - nip in the waist here and extend the hem to there - and voila! She helped her clients, including businesswomen and ambassadors' wives, feel gorgeous and appropriate for everything from the office to the fanciest of galas.
"She was a woman ahead of her time, a working mother long before it was considered normal and a designer with a vision that never wavered," said Victoria Dickinson, the McCord's executive director. "At a time when power dressing and mannish pant suits were all the rage, she believed that women could project a powerful image in more feminine clothing."
Indeed, when it came to image, there were life rules from which Mrs. STRAUSS never wavered. Tall, slender and dark-haired, she always wore her own designs and she never revealed her age. She also claimed she was from Russia, even though she really came from Brest-Litovsk, a small city with a large Jewish population that had once been claimed by Russia but was part of Poland's eastern reaches when she born in 1919. "She thought Russia felt more cultural," said her daughter, Marina STRAUSS, a Globe and Mail reporter. "She named me after a Russian princess."
Mrs. STRAUSS was the oldest of four children who all managed to rise out of humble, even impoverished, beginnings. While their father, Nathan SOLOMON, was a simple man who made boots for the Russian and Polish armies and had no interest in cultural activities, their mother, Rachel SOLOMON, pushed her offspring to question, read and appreciate all things cultural. Whenever a theatre troupe came through Brest-Litovsk, she took them. And when the performance included songs, she made them memorize the Yiddish lyrics until they could practically recite them in their sleep, just so they'd understand the performance that much better.
In 1928, Mr. SOLOMON moved to Montreal in search of a better life for his family. Sponsored by his brother, who was already there, immigration rules forced him to claim he was a bachelor on his application for entry into Canada. Better to be in the new country and already building a nest egg, he thought, than to be back in Poland with no hope at all. He found work as a cutter in a slipper factory, a low-paying job that meant it would take him eight long years, until 1936, before he was able to pay to have his family join him. The timing couldn't have been better - or cut more closely - because Europe was on the brink of war. Many relatives who stayed behind later perished in the Holocaust.
For young Edith, the move to Montreal's Jeanne Mance Street - the neighbourhood was made immortal by Mordecai Richler in novella such as St. Urbain's Horseman - heralded the beginning of a long affair with the city. She fell instantly in love with Mount Royal and the cafés, with the row-houses and their outside staircases, with the views and the cobblestone streets. She knew that she could make a life there and that she never wanted to move.
At 16, she quit school to work in a sweatshop in order to help support her family. No matter the need, she was there, even when it meant having to post $6,000 as a guarantee so her youngest sister, Genia, could attend the University of California at Berkeley as a foreign student.
"Edith was a real mix, a pragmatic, ferocious dreamer who was generous to a fault and always went after what she wanted," said Mrs. STRAUSS's other sister, Lila GOTTHEIL, who was keeper of the family's weekly financial kitty.
"Sometimes, though, she could be impulsive," Mrs. GOTTHEIL continued. "Once, I said to her, 'Why should I be in charge of the finances when you're the eldest?' So she took over and, lo and behold, she came back with a really beautiful fabric for drapes for her bedroom. I asked 'How can you spend a good part of the week's money on drapes?' But she couldn't help it. For the rest of our time in that house, her bedroom had beautiful drapes and I controlled the purse strings."
Never terribly athletic, she gamely took up skiing with the express purpose of meeting a potential husband. It was love at first sight when she was introduced to Norman STRAUSS, who wasn't really interested in settling down at that point. But she was not deterred, pursuing him with determination and inviting him over for meals that would invariably end with fruitcake made by Mrs. GOTTHEIL, who was already married and adept at baking.
"When Edith learned he loved fruitcake, she had me bake it and she presented it," Mrs. GOTTHEIL said. "I like to feel that my fruitcake had something to do with their marrying. It was my own version and it was good."
They were married in Montreal in 1949. Soon, Mrs. STRAUSS, who was working as the chief designer of a Montreal dress company, had her son A.J. and daughter Marina. Contrary to the conventions of the time, she continued to work, staying on top of her children's education and extracurricular activities and designing the uniforms for their school.
"Each morning, she'd take one bus to work and we'd take another bus to school, and she wasn't always around when we got home," Ms. STRAUSS said. "But she was our biggest cheerleader, too. She believed in us. I was always the prettiest, the smartest and the most talented, even if I wasn't."
There were, however, limits to the cheerleading. Ms. STRAUSS recalled one family dinner when she was about 10 years old, during which she mentioned she wanted to be a secretary when she grew up. Her mother was shocked. "You will do much more than that," she admonished.
At one point in the mid-1960s, Mr. STRAUSS, an executive with a steel window-and-door company, was transferred to Toronto to start a new division. Although leaving Montreal broke her heart, Mrs. STRAUSS rallied. She started her design business in the basement of their Toronto home at York Mills and Bayview, complete with cutting tables, sewing machines and several telephones that always seemed to be ringing. She made sure to surround herself with the best of the best - the best cutters, the best sewers and the best fabrics. As with her family, she had high expectations of her staff and yet was also their biggest supporter, talking up their talents wherever she went.
She never looked back. The company outgrew the dimensions of the basement and moved to a series of locations until it ended up in offices downtown, on Carlton Street, while her collection was sold in high-end stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. In 1981, she became the first Canadian designer to sell a collection in Japan, and she won one accolade after another, including the Fashion Industry Achievement Award from the city of Toronto in 1990.
Mrs. STRAUSS continued to work until she could no longer do so. In 2005, she suffered a stroke while on a visit to Montreal. Although she lived the rest of her life in a Toronto seniors' residence, she always considered it temporary, more like a hotel room than her own home.
She was convinced she was going to get better because she longed to go home. There, she had kept every letter her grandchildren ever wrote her from summer camp, practically all of her own children's school books, heaps of work-related files and notes and patterns, closets full of her designs, and the memories of her husband, who died in 1990.
Edith STRAUSS was born Edith SOLOMON on March 27, 1919, in Brest-Litovsk, Poland, and died in Toronto on March 20, 2008. She was 88. She is survived by son A.J. STRAUSS and daughter Marina STRAUSS. She also leaves sisters Lila GOTTHEIL and Genia Albrecht, brother Samuel SOLOMON, and grandchildren Aaron, Elana and David Blatt.

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FITTERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
She was Marshall McLUHAN's great love ardent defender, supporter and critic
An aspiring actress from a privileged Texas family, she was swept off her feet by a young Canadian academic who would lay the cornerstone of modern media theory. She later edited his first big book
By Lisa FITTERMAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
When she was young, Corinne Lewis McLUHAN won a Mary Pickford look-alike contest, but woe betide any person who assumed that there wasn't much more to her than masses of dark hair, a wide smile and a disarming southern drawl. For Mrs. McLUHAN, actress, English teacher and wife to the unbending, irascible and brilliant Marshall, looks were just the medium in which she packaged a sharp intellect, a steely will and enough spirit to elope with a man who did not impress her upon first introduction.
"He was six-feet, two-inches, thin, with a little moustache," she once told a television interviewer. "He was very self-contained and very British, all with this peculiar Canadian accent. I thought he was the strangest duck I'd ever met!"
No one in her family, at least, ever envisioned her, a southern belle from Fort Worth, Texas, falling in mad love with a skinny, awkward academic from Edmonton with a penchant for poetry. After all, she was a direct descendant of one of Fort Worth's founders, while her great-grandfather had been the state's first carriage manufacturer and her own father, Charles Wallace LEWIS, provided a more-than-comfortable living for his family as the chief financial officer of the local Swift and Company packing plant. From her father, young Corinne learned to how to shoot and hunt, while her mother, the feisty Corinne Keller LEWIS, raised her and older sister, Carolyn, in the tradition of the Daughters of the American Revolution, complete with its motto of "God, Home and Country."
In this rarefied world, scholastic excellence was lauded, as was churchgoing and the pursuit of hobbies such as theatre. In high school, young Corinne was always a top student but she was also a key member of the drama club called the Vagabond Players, both directing and performing in plays such as Seven Keys to Baldpate, a whodunit by George M. Cohan for which the tagline was "Mystery writer and blonde… too scared to kiss… in mansion of fear!" In The Constant Wife, an extramarital farce by W. Somerset Maugham, she played Martha Culver, a prickly, cynical spinster who doesn't trust men one bit.
After graduating from high school in 1930, she was offered scholarships to several universities elsewhere in Texas, but her parents pressed her to remain in Fort Worth, where she attended Texas Christian University, completing a degree in general arts and pursuing her interest in drama. She also won poetry-recitation contests and honed her talent for public speaking.
Throughout, she had any number of gentleman callers, but she wasn't at all interested in living what she knew for the rest of her life. Rather, she decided to pursue her dramatic studies further, ending up in Pasadena, California, which had a well-regarded theatre school. There, a meeting with a teacher would change her life forever: Elsie McLUHAN, Marshall's mother and a force in her own right, had arrived to run a class after directing at a theatre in Detroit. At once, she decided the younger woman was the perfect match for her intellectual son, who was coming to visit her.
"She told me he was very handsome," Mrs. McLUHAN recalled in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio documentary. "She invited me over a lot and generally promoted our togetherness."
As part of their courtship, he would pick her up in Pasadena and drive to the countryside, where they'd lie on the grass and read poetry to each other. They hadn't been going together for very long when Marshall, who was working on his master's degree at Cambridge University, had to go back. He proposed marriage. She responded by suggesting that they write to each other for a while first. "But no, he wanted me to go with him or forget about it," she would say in another documentary about her husband. "I wasn't used to this kind of treatment. What made this man tick?"
In the end, she said yes. On August 4, 1939, they tied the knot she telegraphed her family the news only after the deed was done. "Mother knew they'd never accept him," said Stephanie McLUHAN, the fourth of the couple's six children. "Her family never particularly accepted him. Texas and Canada are still pretty different."
The newlyweds honeymooned in prewar Venice, sailing through the canals with gondoliers singing at the tops of their voices - until they descended one morning from their hotel room to learn that war appeared imminent. Their next stop was Paris, but they soon felt compelled to leave there, too; as Mrs. McLUHAN quickly packed, her husband ventured out to get provisions.
"He came with a bottle of Benedictine and a basket of pastries," she recalled in the same documentary. "We took the last train out of Paris and a boat across the Channel, which was crammed to the gills. We were the only ones with any food or drink on hand. We arrived in London the night before the war was declared, and then went down to Cambridge where we stayed for the year."
He got his master's in January, 1940, and though he would begin his doctoral dissertation soon after, the outbreak of war led the university to grant him permission to complete it in North America; it would be granted three years later without him having to travel back to make a defence. The couple sailed for the United States, stopping in St. Louis for a year because he had to work at a local university.
In 1944, they moved to Windsor, Ontario, where Doctor McLUHAN taught at Assumption College. Two years later, he joined the faculty at Saint Michael's College in Toronto. In the 1950s, he began to give the Communication and Culture seminars that would lead to the establishment, in 1963, of the Centre for Culture and Technology the university did so because, by then, Doctor McLUHAN was so famous he was receiving tempting offers from other institutions.
Mrs. McLUHAN was her husband's most ardent defender, fan, critic, editor and love. A staunch patriotism, an even stauncher faith in God (like Doctor McLUHAN, she was a convert to Catholicism) and an impish sense of fun would help guide her throughout her life, through the raising of six children and through the leaner years before her husband gained renown. She never renounced her U.S. citizenship and prayed regularly, while author B.W. Powe, who first met her in 1978 at a Christmas party at the McLUHAN home in Toronto's tony Wychwood Park, recalls that she was in the kitchen, spiking the punch with lots of alcohol.
"She poured and sang," Mr. Powe wrote in an e-mail. "You must picture her: tall, elegant, with a Texan drawl and that bright, broad smile, much laughter in her face. There she was, singing and pouring in the alcohol so that we, Marshall's grads, would no doubt happily reel out into the good Christmas night."
The McLUHANs were devoted parents, although Stephanie McLUHAN speculates that her mother's experience as a stage director must have helped, for it was she who did most of the day-to-day raising of her and her siblings, of listening, disciplining, bandaging and counselling. Her husband may have popularized terms and phrases such as "global village" and "the medium is the message" but he was stymied by the sheer noise of children, sometimes even retreating to a table in the backyard when weather permitted so he could work in peace and quiet.
"They expected us to excel," said Stephanie, who now runs the Canada Institute program for the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "Mom was a voracious reader and a real confidante to my father. She edited his first major book, The Gutenberg Galaxy. Dad was a stellar verbal person but when he sat down to write, he needed help.
"They had a real partnership in addition to marriage," she continued. "Dad just adored her."
In 1979, Doctor McLUHAN suffered a stroke that robbed him of his ability to speak, read and write. While it broke his wife's heart that they couldn't continue the intellectual discussions they'd been having ever since they first met, they continued with their regular walks around Wychwood Park. She would guide him and he'd stay fast by her side - just like it had always been.
Corinne Lewis McLUHAN was born April 11, 1912, in Fort Worth, Texas She died April 4, 2008, of natural causes at her home in Toronto. She was 95. She leaves her children: Eric, Mary, Teri, Stephanie, Elizabeth and Michael. She also leaves grandchildren Jennifer Colton THUET, Emily McLuhan BOMS, Anna and Andrew McLUHAN, Claire and Madeleine McLuhan MYERS and Arthur, Mark and Gwendolyn McLUHAN, and her great-grandchildren, Olivia, Charlotte and Gillian.

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FITZ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-26 published
FITZ- GERALD, Tyler James
Peacefully, at Saint_Joseph's Health Care Centre in London, on June 23, 2008, baby Tyler James FITZ- GERALD. Beloved son of James FITZ- GERALD and Ashley WYATT. Baby brother to Rebecca. Grandson of Lillian and Dianel FITZ- GERALD and Dean WOOD. Nephew to Keith, Christopher and Meghann FITZ- GERALD and Michael WOOD. Tyler's family would like to thank the staff at Saint_Joseph's for their care and support. Visitation will be held at Needham Funeral Service (520 Dundas Street, London) on Friday, June 27, 2008 from 1: 00 to 1:45 p.m. with a graveside funeral service to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 2 o'clock. Donations made to the Neonatal Care Unit at Saint_Joseph's Health Center would be greatly appreciated.

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-11 published
MACK, Carolyn Frances (née HELWIG)
Carolyn MACK (née HELWIG) of Wiarton (formerly of Southampton) died peacefully at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton, on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the age of 61 years. She will be sorrowfully missed by her husband Robert E. (Bob) MACK. Carolyn is survived by her sister Margaret (Peg) MacLEOD of Kandos, New South Wales, Australia, Winston (Bud) HELWIG and his wife Karen of Elmira, John and his wife Kathryn of Southampton, and Guy HELWIG and his partner Tracey BOOKHAM- SMITH of Southampton. She is also survived by her nieces Lisa MacLEOD and Kristen FITZGERALD in Australia; Cindy, Sherri, Kara and Kristy HELWIG in Ontario and nephew Ian MacLEOD in Botswana. She will also be missed by her eight great-nieces and nephews. Carolyn was highly regarded for her professionalism and leadership throughout her career as a registered nurse and social worker and was most admired for her personal devotion and care for her patients. She is remembered for the wisdom, humour and generous love she brought to every interaction. Friends may visit at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday morning at 11: 00 a.m., with the Rev. Margaret GREENHOW officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution for a permanent project in memory of Carolyn can be made to the Motz Family Foundation. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-12 published
MACK, Carolyn Frances (née HELWIG)
Carolyn MACK (née HELWIG) of Wiarton (formerly of Southampton) died peacefully at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton, on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the age of 61 years. She will be sorrowfully missed by her husband Robert E. (Bob) MACK. Carolyn is survived by her sister Margaret (Peg) MacLEOD of Kandos, New South Wales, Australia, Winston (Bud) HELWIG and his wife Karen of Elmira, John and his wife Kathryn of Southampton, and Guy HELWIG and his partner Tracey BOOKHAM- SMITH of Southampton. She is also survived by her nieces Lisa MacLEOD and Kristen FITZGERALD in Australia; Cindy, Sherri, Kara and Kristy HELWIG in Ontario and nephew Ian MacLEOD in Botswana. Fondly remembered by Bob's children, Roberta SHORTREED of Elmira and her husband Jason, and Thom MACK of Wiarton and his partner Brenda GIBBINS and all the grandchildren. She will also be missed by her eight great-nieces and nephews. Carolyn was highly regarded for her professionalism and leadership throughout her career as a registered nurse and social worker and was most admired for her personal devotion and care for her patients. She is remembered for the wisdom, humour and generous love she brought to every interaction. Friends may visit at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday morning at 11: 00 a.m., with the Rev. Margaret GREENHOW officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution for a permanent project in memory of Carolyn can be made to the Motz Family Foundation. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-23 published
HARVEY, Marjorie (formerly BEAUL, née MONTAGUE)
A resident of Stirling and formerly of Bothwell passed away peacefully at the Stirling Manor Nursing Home, Stirling, Ontario, on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at the age of 96. Marjorie was predeceased by her first husband Frank BEAUL and her late husband Ernest HARVEY. Loving mother of Reta FITZGERALD (Hugh) of Belleville, Patricia CUTLER of Bothwell, Audrey VRABEL (Alex) of Ridgetown, Diane KENNEDY (Dennis) of Thamesville, Pamela SAUNDERS of Stirling, Richard BEAUL of Tupperville. Fondly remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dear friend of James Blake WEIR of Stirling. Predeceased by son's Jack and Ronald. Friends will be received at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell on Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Bothwell Cemetery. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences and donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com "A tree will be planted in Memory of Marjorie Harvey in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-11 published
MACK, Carolyn Frances Carolyn (née HELWIG)
Of Wiarton (formerly of Southampton) died peacefully at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton, on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the age of 61 years. She will be sorrowfully missed by her husband Robert E. (Bob) MACK. Carolyn is survived by her sister Margaret (Peg) MacLEOD of Kandos, New South Wales, Australia, Winston (Bud) HELWIG and his wife Karen of Elmira, John and his wife Kathryn of Southampton, and Guy HELWIG and his partner Tracey BOOKHAM- SMITH of Southampton. She is also survived by her nieces Lisa MacLEOD and Kristen FITZGERALD in Australia; Cindy, Sherri, Kara and Kristy HELWIG in Ontario; and nephew Ian MacLEOD in Botswana. She will also be missed by her eight great nieces and nephews. Carolyn was highly regarded for her professionalism and leadership throughout her career as a registered nurse and social worker and was most admired for her personal devotion and care for her patients. She is remembered for the wisdom, humour and generous love she brought to every interaction. Friends may visit at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday morning at 11: 00 a.m., with the Rev. Margaret GREENHOW officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution for a permanent project in memory of Carolyn can be made to the Motz Family Foundation. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-27 published
OVENS, William " Bill" Garnet
It is with heartfelt sadness and loving acceptance that the family of William "Bill" Garnet OVENS announces his passing at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, March 24, 2008, in his 79th year. Loved husband of Marjorie "Mardie" (FITZGERALD.) Dear father of Steve and his wife Ruth. Loved grandfather of Morgan and her best friend Julian. Brother of Betty McCLELLAND of London. A special brother-in-law to Jim FITZGERALD and his wife Betty. Uncle to John, Susan, Karen, and Linda (deceased) McCLELLAND; and Jim, Richard, Shawn (Michelle), Paul (Kim) FITZGERALD, Anne (Les) CARPENTER. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the memorial service will be conducted on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Brian WINDSOR officiating. Interment of ashes at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, 189 Elm Street, Saint Thomas, Ontario N5R 5C4 or charity of choice.

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-01 published
WELLS, Mabel (CARR)
Peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2008, our mother Mrs. Mabel (CARR) WELLS passed away in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Harry WELLS. Loving mother of Barbara BOLAND, Catharine FALCONER, the late Don WELLS (2000) and Marilyn FITZGERALD and her husband Harry DICKSON/DIXON. Dear Grandma to Cheryl, Michael, Wendy, Glenn, Janice. Mark, David, Matthew and Laurie, Great-grandmother of Erin, Christopher, Geoffrey, Derek, Kurtis, Evan, Tyler, Meghan, Noah, Leah, and great-grandmother of Nzingha. Sister of the late Ronald CARR and Alan CARR. Visitation will be held in the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will take place on Wednesday April 2, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to take place at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to the charity of your choice.

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-02 published
WELLS, Mabel (CARR)
Peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2008, our mother Mrs. Mabel (CARR) WELLS passed away in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Harry Wells. Loving mother of Barbara BOLAND, Catharine FALCONER, the late Don WELLS (2000) and Marilyn FITZGERALD and her husband Harry DICKSON/DIXON. Dear Grandma to Cheryl, Michael, Wendy, Glenn, Janice. Mark, David, Matthew and Laurie, Great-grandmother of Erin, Christopher, Geoffrey, Derek, Jamie, Alex, Justina, Jared, Luke, Kurtis, Evan, Tyler, Meghan, Noah, Leah, and great-great-grandmother of Nzingha. Sister of the late Ronald CARR and Alan CARR. Visitation will be held in the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will take place on Wednesday April 2, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to take place at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to the charity of your choice.

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-16 published
DICKSON/DIXON, Alan Keith
At London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital on Sunday, April 13, 2008, Alan Keith DICKSON/DIXON of London in his 58th year. Loving husband of Patricia (HALYK) DICKSON/DIXON. Dear father of Mark DICKSON/DIXON and his partner Anna MOLAK of London. Dear son of Loretta DICKSON/DIXON of Saint Thomas and the late Keith DICKSON/DIXON. Sadly missed by his brothers Harry DICKSON/DIXON and his wife Marilyn FITZGERALD of London and Scott and his wife Gisele DICKSON/DIXON of Saint Thomas. Also survived by his nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Gwen Fraser officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-05 published
FITZGERALD, Dorothy
Peacefully at University Hospital on May 2, 2008, Dorothy FITZGERALD of London in her 80th year. Loving mother of Susan, Janette (Kevin DALY), Tom (Lynda STADNYK), Geoff, Evan and Ian (Jennifer BRIGGS) FITZGERALD. Proud grandmother of Mark, Catherine (Richard MOORE,) Thomas, Matthew (Mel OVERHOLT), Laurie, Emily, Jennifer and Kathleen and great-grandmother of Alexandra, Isabelle and Nolan. Dear sister of the late Colin McNEIL. Fondly remembered by Martha and Marilyn FITZGERALD, Anne and Bruce CAMPBELL, many nieces, nephews and Friends. A memorial gathering to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thursday, May 8, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. refreshments provided. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Dorothy are asked to consider the Salvation Army. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-19 published
SIMMS, David Brian
Suddenly At his residence in Saint Thomas on David Brian SIMMS in his 53rd year. Beloved son of Robert and the late Elsie SIMMS of R.R.#1 Wallacetown. Dear brother of Curtis and Betty Anne SIMMS of Dutton, Lori and Don FITZGERALD of Meaford. Special uncle of Deanna and the late Kelsie SIMMS, Brandon, Nathan and the late Ryan FITZGERALD. Also survived by his many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. There will be no funeral home visitation. A private family service. Interment in Tyrconnell Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arn Funeral Home, Dutton entrusted with arrengements. E-Mail condolences arnfunrealhome2@bellnet.ca

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-11 published
HOLMAN, Aldeen (née FITZGERALD)
Passed away peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday July 10, 2008. She resided at Country Manor Retirement Facility, Thedford and was formerly of Monkton. Aldeen was born 84 years ago in Mitchell, a daughter of the late Roy and Nettie (BALFOUR) FITZGERALD. She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church Monkton and prior to retirement was a registered nurse at Listowel Memorial Hospital for over 25 years. Beloved wife of the late James HOLMAN who predeceased her in 1977. Loving mother of Faye and her husband Bob SLATTER of Port Franks. Special grandma of Jeff and Terri COOK of London, Joe COOK and Jessica VANLINDONK of Port Franks. Also remembered by Mike SLATTER and Charlotte DRENNAN, many nieces and nephews and the Lawrence and Cook families. Predeceased by sons-in-law Dennis A. LAWRENCE and J. Dennis A. COOK. Aldeen's family invites relatives and Friends to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home 141 John Street, Atwood, on Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 9: 30 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged by calling the funeral home at 519-356-2382 or www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-19 published
FITZGERALD, Paul Dennis
On February 15, 2008, in the comfort of his family, Paul FITZGERALD found peace. Paul was loving husband to Jenny FITZGERALD for 48 years, caring father to three sons, Danny, Peter, and Greg, father-in-law to Carolyn and Mo, very proud grandfather of five, Lindsay, Carly, James, Danielle and Christine, and troublesome younger brother to Margaret and Jerry. As an educator he leaves a legacy of the many lives he touched. As a life long golfer, he was recognized by the Golf Association of Ontario, the Royal Canadian Golf Association, and the United States Golf Association for his contributions as a player and a volunteer. More, he enjoyed his great many Friends, the life he shared with Jenny, a good poker game and the occasional Bushmills. If love was left unsaid it was certainly known. He is loved and will be missed.
Friends will be received at Highland Funeral Home, Markham Chapel, 10 Cachet Woods Court, Markham, on Thursday, February 21st at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 22nd at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel's Parish, 670 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Markham Stouffville Hospital would be appreciated.
"They would not find me changed from him they knew,
Only more sure of all I thought was true."

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-25 published
QUAIL, Margery " Bunny" (née CAMBON) (1918-2008)
Quietly, on Easter Friday, at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital. Margery CAMBON was born in Quebec City on February 15, 1918 to George CAMBON, an army musician, and his wife Lucy DUFFIELD. Bunny was amongst the first Canadian women soldiers to cross the Atlantic in 1939 to join the war effort. As a nursing sister she was chosen by Dorothy MacHEM, future president of Womens College Hospital, to join the first plastic surgery unit in Basingstoke England. Bunny met her future husband, John QUAIL, who was an injured soldier on her hospital ward. They were married by her uncle Reverend John DUFFIELD, in St. Stephen's church in Twickenham, England. Bunny was model of her professionalism as a nurse, latterly at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital where she was eventually persuaded to retire in her 68th year. Bunny and John had a great love of family and Friends and fun. Their dinner table was seldom empty, often entertaining a surprise guest by lifting a glass of good cheer. Bunny is predeceased by her husband John QUAIL, her sister Muriel and her brother Doctor Ken CAMBON. She is survived by her sister Noreen and her brother Austen CAMBON as well as her loving children Susan FITZGERALD (Michael), Judi QUAIL (Collin BRADLEY), Rev. Charles QUAIL (Joy) and David (Margaret NELLIGAN). Bunny's most cherished legacy is certainly her grandchildren, Rebecca, Julia, Caitlin, Emily, Liza, Aileen and Jack. For those wishing to send flowers, please consider donating to the High Risk Mothers and Babies program at Sunnybrook Health Center. A Celebration of Bunny's life will be held at Central Baptist Church, 340 Rebecca Street, in Oakville on Saturday, March 29th at 11 a.m. Please direct donations and any other inquires to Oakview Funeral Home, 905 842-2252. Online condolences may be left at www.oakviewfuneral.ca

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-31 published
CRIPTON, Doctor Michael J. (1934-2008)
Dr. Michael John CRIPTON 73, died at ProTem Health Services, Gorge Rd., Moncton, on March 27, 2008. Born in Montreal he was the son of the late John and Veronika (TKACHUK) CRIPTON. Doctor CRIPTON's first passion was in helping others. This ability first came to the fore when - as a boy of nine - he was placed in the Weredale boy's home of Montreal after his father (a Ukrainian immigrant labourer) died and his family dissolved. He became a central part of the school and he was placed in a supervisory role at a young age. He often referred to the experiences and struggles that he had with the younger children (and children his own age and older) at Weredale at stages such as bedtime and lights out. His own children benefited from this wisdom at bedtimes! He clearly experienced the first pulls towards his lifelong passions of mentorship, leadership and volunteerism at Weredale. He remained involved at Weredale as a resident and councilor until his graduation from Dental School at McGill in 1957. He went on to practice general dentistry in Fredericton where he met his wife Nancy. After their marriage he returned to Montreal to study Orthodontics and then he moved to Moncton in 1961, becoming the second Orthodontist in the province of New Brunswick at that time. He was a passionate volunteer in his chosen profession of dentistry, where he held many professional, administrative and leadership roles in national and international professional organizations and governing bodies. He served as President of the Canadian and New Brunswick Dental Associations, President of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists and President of the Royal College of Dentistry of Canada. He was also active in international dental organizations including acting as President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, delegate to Federation Dental International meetings and he chaired the Atlantic section of the American Academy of Dentists. Not surprisingly, one of the skills he was proudest of was his ability to run effective meetings! This was a reflection of his desire to accomplish all that could be accomplished in whatever he did. No task was too daunting for him whether professional or personal and this was the spirit he brought to all of his work. These many organizations and their memberships, and all the people that worked with him benefited from this spirit and his ability to inject it into his leadership roles. Mike was equally passionate about volunteering, helping and leading in civic duty and community service. He served as President of the Moncton Boys Club, Chairman of the National council of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and he was active in fundraising for these organizations. He was a fundraiser for the Easter Seal Campaign, President of the Moncton Rotary club (and had perfect attendance there for 43 years), a District Governor of Rotary and a Provincial President of the McGill University Alumni Association. He loved hockey and served on the Executive Committee of the New Brunswick Hawks. He was a bilingual Councilor at Large of the Moncton City Council from 1970 to 1974 and later served as chair of the 8000 seat Moncton Coliseum Commission. He was active in local business as well co-founding C103 FM in 1988. His contributions have been recognized by many awards such as the top Pierre Fauchard Academy award, and Distinguished service awards from the Canadian Dental and Orthodontic Associations. He was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Builder of Youth award from the Moncton Boys and Girls Club. His greatest enjoyment and likely what he considered to be the greatest of these many honours he enjoyed until the time of his death, being 'Boppy' to his seven grand children. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy (GREEN) CRIPTON; son Michael, Halifax; daughter Mary, Halifax; son Peter (Cara INGLIS,) Vancouver son David (Nadia JENEFSKY,) New York; and son-in-law Harry FITZGERALD (Halifax;) sister Jennie LAROSE and her husband Jacques; and seven beloved grandchildren; Veronika and Max FITZGERALD; Hana, Cara, and Sasha CRIPTON- INGLIS; Benjamin and Stella CRIPTON. He was predeceased by brothers Steve, George, and Billy. Visitation will be held at Fair Haven Funeral Home on Thursday, April 3, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Mike's life will be held at 4: 00 p.m. on Friday, April 4th, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1005 Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to the South East New Brunswick Alzheimer's Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements under the care and direction of Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton, 506-852-3530. A book of condolences may be signed at www.fairhavenmemorial.ca

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-14 published
FINNBOGASON, Charles Alan
Unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008, Charlie passed away in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 27 years and best friend Hanna, parents Alan and Marguerite FINNBOGASON, sister Eve and her husband James FITZGERALD of Toronto, parents-in-law Bill and Mary MILLER, brothers-in-law Will (Joan,) Henry (Ingrid,) Erich, Alfred (Barb), Kurt (Diana), and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Charlie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 13, 1954, sharing his birthday with his maternal grandmother. He attended Strathmillan, Birchwood and Golden Gate schools and Silver Heights Collegiate. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 1975. He enjoyed a successful career in property development and management, including eleven years in Toronto where he rose to the position of vice-president of an international development company. In 1992, he and Hanna welcomed the opportunity to return home to Winnipeg, where he served as Vice President for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, then General Manager of St. Vital Centre until his retirement from 20 VIC Management Inc. in 2004. He then formed his own consulting company, Franklin Retail Advisors until his retirement last fall. In January 2008, Charlie and Hanna fulfilled their long-time dream and bought a retirement home on the ocean just outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they had vacationed for many years. They enjoyed a wonderful winter there before his untimely passing. Charlie was very involved in the community. His associations included the Rotary Club of St. Vital, a board member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a member of the financial committee of the M.S. Society of Winnipeg. He was an enthusiastic cook and he and Hanna loved to entertain Friends and family. He will be remembered by all who knew him and sadly missed. Cremation has already taken place. There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life in Winnipeg on Monday, June 23rd at 2: 00 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 0R3, the M.S. Society, Manitoba Chapter, 4th Floor 141 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0R3 or the Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 9Z9. Condolences may be sent to condolences@nbardal.mb.ca

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FITZGERALD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
BUTT, Ralph
Entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital on July 17, 2008 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Geraldine BUTT. Dear father of Richard (Julie) and their children Emily and Katie, Roger (Lynn) and their family Mathew and Jordan, and Brian and his children Cassie and Chad. Dear brother of Helen FITZGERALD (late husband Fitz,) nephews David BROWN (Beverly,) Peter BROWN (Mary,) sister-in-law Sheila WATSON, nephews Rob WATSON (Vera) and their children Peter WATSON (Terri) and children. Nephews Jim and Craig BOWDEN (Cathy) and their children. Brother-in-law Brian McMULLEN (Bunny) and their son Peter. son of the late Harold and Ethel BUTT and son-in-law of the late Reg and Florence McMULLEN. Family and Friends may pay their respects at the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville on Monday from 12 noon until 1 o'clock when services will be held in the Chapel. Cremation will be held at Roselawn Crematorium, Maitland. In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged.
Visit a Celebration of Life online memorial at: www.irvinefuneralhome.com

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