GARBE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-08 published
ESTRIN, Audrey
On Sunday, July 6, 2008 at Credit Valley Hospital. Audrey ESTRIN, beloved wife of the late Ben ESTRIN. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Carol and Allan JOHNSON, and Beverley ABRAMSON. Dear sister of Phyllis KAY and the late Bernard DAVIS, and Pauline CALLAN. Devoted grandmother of Arthur ABRAMSON, Miki GARBE, Pamela DYKSTRA and Tom BRUMALDI and great-grandmother of Sarah, Alexandra, Jason, and Kai. A graveside service will be held at Holy Blossom Memorial Park (Brimley Road and Eglinton), on Tuesday, July 8th at 11: 00 a.m. Shiva 460A Oriole Parkway. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association at 416 363-3373.

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GARBUTT o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-23 published
ARLOW, Murray Owen
Peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre, on Saturday, January 19, 2008 in his 63rd year; beloved father of Teresa GARBUTT and her husband George of Dundalk; dear grandfather of Mitchell, Spencer and Courtney; dear brother of Beth WILLIAMS, Sandra LITTLE and Peter ARLOW; also sadly missed by his other relatives and many Friends. Friends called at Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service was held in the chapel on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 11 a.m. Spring Interment - Caledon East Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Dundalk Minor Hockey would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Murray in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com)
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GARBUTT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-04-09 published
GARBUTT--In loving memory of Emma Garbutt, a dear mother and grandmother,
who passed away April 13, 2005.
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed and always dear.
Lovingly remembered by Gretta and family.

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GARCENA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-12 published
MARTIN, R.J. "Jack"
At his home on Thursday, January 10, 2008, beloved husband of the late Ismay MARTIN, in his 94th year. Predeceased by his sister Isobel SWAN, and niece Barbara MARTIN and survived by his brothers Harold and George, niece Jane MARTIN, and nephews; Paul and David MARTIN, and James and George SWAN. Great uncle to Kathryn, Jennifer and Erica SWAN and Catherine and Elizabeth STRATTON. Jack was a teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board for over 40 years. Friends will be received by the family on Saturday morning from 10 until the time of Jack's Service at 11 o'clock at the Cattel, Eaton and Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, with a reception to follow next door at the Cattel Centre. Interment in Palmerston Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy to the Robert and Bella Martin Scholarship Fund, c/o Commemorative Giving Office, 3rd Floor, Old Medical Building, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to his caregivers; Rey GARCENA, Niza, Jo, and his nephew, Doctor James SWAN, for all of their care and compassion. www.catteleatonandchambers.ca

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GARCIA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-31 published
GONCALVES, Isabel (GRILO)
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Sunday, March 30, 2008. Isabel (GRILO) GONCALVES of Strathroy in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Antonio GONCALVES (1993.) Dearest mother and mother-in-law of Tony and Harriet GONCALVES, Joe and Lucia GONCALVES and Maria and Joe GARCIA. Loved grandmother of Michael (Donna,) Steven (Sara) and Nicole (Michael) GONCALVES, Donny (Shannon,) Jim (Erica) and Laura (John) GONCALVES and David (Julie,) Nelson and Melissa GARCIA. Special great-grandmother of Tyler and Jesse GONCALVES, Sam Goncalves HORTON and Rozlynn VANLIESHOUT- GONCALVES. Predeceased by her dear grand_son Kevin GONCALVES (2007) as well as seven siblings in Portugal. Resting at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, on Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with parish prayers at 8: 30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 2 p.m. with Fr. Lucio COUTO officiating. Interment to follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Isabel.

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GARCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-25 published
CAMERON, Grace (née LAKE)
Loved mother of Sheri and Stacy passed peacefully in her home on the early morning of Wednesday, January 23, 2008 completing 88 years of good living. Wife of the late Malcolm CAMERON, sister of the late Marjorie FEE, the late Evelyn (Billie) LAKE, the late Leonard LAKE, the late Ernie LAKE, and loving daughter of the late Florence and Ernest LAKE. Grace will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her niece Barbara THAKE and her husband Richard, her son-in-law Ivan GARCIA, her great-niece Kristin BRIGGS and her husband Steve and their children Cameron and Duncan, her great-nephew Jonathan THAKE and his wife Michelle, her great-niece Ashley WILSON and her husband Jeff and their daughter Claire Marjorie, and her very special caregiver and friend Phylis Watson. Special thanks to Doctor William DYMON for his wonderful care and support of Grace and her family. An interment at Park Lawn Cemetery will be attended by the family and a celebration of Grace's life will held for Friends at a later date. If desired, donations in Grace's memory to The Good Shepherd Non Profit Homes Inc., 10 Tracy Street, Toronto, M5A 4P2 would be appreciated.

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GARCÍA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-07 published
EIDENS- GARCÍA, Marlies
Passed away this May 5th 2008 at Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto, after a long illness, surrounded by her beloved family: Fernando, Gisela and Rudi. Marlies retired in the year 2000 after 26 years involvement in the Toronto District School Board: first volunteering, then as a part-time Teacher of English as a Second Language, later followed by ten years of intensive full-time engagement at the Mimico Adult Centre. She was very proud of her commitment and achievements in teaching English to new Canadians and assisting them with counseling and guidance towards employment. She arrived from Chile with her husband and children in 1974 after living there for ten years. Marlies belonged to a generation of European youth who, in the sixties, heard the call of John XXIII to become involved helping developing countries. She joined a team of Belgian community workers who travelled to Chile. With her gift for languages, Marlies spoke French, Spanish and English fluently, in addition to her native German. Always a natural leader, she enjoyed life and socializing with people. She loved her family and Friends. She will be missed by many -- from Canada, Chile and Germany. Marlies was 72 years old. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere Ave., east of Jane subway, from 2-4 and 7-9 on Friday. Funeral Mass to be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, 277 Royal York Road. Cremation to follow. Donations In Marlies memory may be made to Sisters of Saint_Joseph, Haiti Mission 3377 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ontario M2M 3S4.

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GARCÍA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-10 published
EIDENS- GARCÍA, Marlies
Passed away this May 5th 2008 at Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto, after a long illness, surrounded by her beloved family: Fernando, Gisela and Rudi. Marlies retired in the year 2000 after 26 years involvement in the Toronto District School Board: first volunteering, then as a part-time Teacher of English as a Second Language, later followed by ten years of intensive full-time engagement at the Mimico Adult Centre. She was very proud of her commitment and achievements in teaching English to new Canadians and assisting them with counseling and guidance towards employment. She arrived from Chile with her husband and children in 1974 after living there for ten years. Marlies belonged to a generation of European youth who, in the sixties, heard the call of John XXIII to become involved in helping developing countries. She joined a team of Belgian community workers who travelled to Chile. With her gift for languages, Marlies spoke French, Spanish and English fluently, in addition to her native German. Always a natural leader, she enjoyed life and socializing with people. She loved her family and Friends. She will be missed by many -- from Canada, Chile and Germany. Marlies was 72 years old. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere Ave., east of Jane subway, from 2-4 and 7-9 on Friday. Prayers 3 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, 277 Royal York Road. Cremation to follow. Donations in Marlies' memory may be made to Sisters of Saint_Joseph, Haiti Mission, 3377 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ontario M2M 3S4.

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GARCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-10 published
HAMILL, Andrew Thomas
(May 1, 1928-June 8, 2008)
Peacefully at Toronto General Hospital on Sunday, June 8, 2008. son of the late John and Rose Ann HAMILL of Toronto. Loving father of Wayne HAMILL (Vicki) of Vancouver and Gary HAMILL (Oriana) of Mississauga. Proud grandfather of Clayton, Sydney, Conor and Ethan. Adored husband and dearest friend of Donna HAMILL (GORBOLD.) He will be greatly missed by his family, Friends and his best pal, Brit. Andy attended Saint Michael's College School where he played football and hockey and developed his lifelong love of sports. His working life was spent in the Hospitality Industry with associations with Carling O'Keefe Breweries, Henninger Breweries and Gilbey Canada. The family would like to thank Doctor Gary LEVY, Director of the Multi Organ Transplant Programme at the Toronto General Hospital and Transplant Surgeon Doctor Mark CATTRAL. Also Dr. Judith MILLER and Eveline PORTER of the Renal Programme at Toronto General Hospital and Doctor OREOPOULOS and Glady GARCIA of the Home Peritoneal Dialysis Unit at Toronto General Hospital. Also many thanks to Doctor Christine ELSER at Princess Margaret Hospital. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. (at Windermere, east of Jane subway) on Thursday, June 12, 2008 from 11 o'clock until time of Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 1 o'clock. If desired, donations to the Toronto General Hospital or the Toronto Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. What a long and courageous run it has been.

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GARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-04 published
HEPBURN, Velma Seneva (née GARD)
At Caressant Care Mary Bucke Street, Saint Thomas on Sunday, March 2, 2008. Velma Seneva HEPBURN of Saint Thomas in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Avery "Dutch" HEPBURN (2004.) Loving mother of Royden HEPBURN and partner Myrna DRUMMOND of R.R.#3, Saint Thomas and Teresa HEPBURN and husband Bill FISHER of Sprucedale. Dear sister of Mildred HARVEY of Saint Thomas. Also survived by a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her daughter-in-law Mary Lou HEPBURN (2006.) Born in Yarmouth Township on March 5, 1915 daughter of the late Albert and Ina (CROOKSHANK) GARD. She was a member of the New Sarum Baptist Church. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Orwell Cemetery. Rev. Phil BUTLER, officiating. Donations to the New Sarum Baptist Church would be appreciated. personal condolences can be made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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GARDE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-12 published
GARDE, Bruce Edward
Suddenly on Friday, March 7, 2008, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 53. Devoted husband to Lorraine (née BULL.) Loving father to Graham Robert GARDE. Much loved "baby" brother and brother-in-law to Jim and Dianne; Lois and Michael; Betty and Dave. Very special uncle to Sharon, Andrew and Christine, Susan, Scott and Daksha. Also great-uncle to Lindsay, Julia and Alyssa. Very special relative to all of Lorraine's family: her mom and dad Shirley and George CLARKE; brothers Len (Gail) and Greg (Eileen); sisters Barb (Michael) and Carol; nephews Colin and Chris; niece Kerrie (Marty) and great-niece Abby. Not to be missed, his faithful puppy Beau. Bruce worked in the Travel Industry for many years and was an excellent host at various sporting events and concert tours. He had various positions with Travel Agencies, Tourist Boards, Tour Operators, Insurance Companies and Cruise Lines. He will be greatly missed but forever remembered by both professional and personal Friends. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Ward 4 West, Ward 2 East, as well as the Intensive Care Unit, for the excellent care he received. Also for their great support and compassion to the family during this most difficult time. Lorraine would also like to extend her heartfelt appreciation to all her family as well as Bruce's family, along with the many Friends who helped during Bruce's illness. Cremation has taken place and as Bruce was the former President of the High Park Tennis Club in Toronto, a "Celebration of his Life" will be held at the club sometime in May. Bruce spent so many happy times there that it seemed the right place to say goodbye. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Bruce's name for anyone who wishes to do so.

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GARDHAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-30 published
GARDHAM, Margaret Doris (née CROWN)
Peacefully with her family by her side at Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, Margaret Doris (née CROWN) GARDHAM, of Ingersoll, in her 83rd year. Loving wife of the late Ross GARDHAM (2000.) Margaret will be forever loved and missed by her son Ken wife Barb and their children Steve, Cari, Mike, David and their families, and her daughter Donna TUFFNAIL and her husband Brock and their children Jessica, Amanda, Breanna and their families. Predeceased by grandaughter Desiree (1992). Margaret was the last remaining member of her siblings. Predeceased by brothers George, Ross, Wimp, Bob and one sister Helen. Survived by sisters-in-law Elma LAARZ, Betty STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Helen ROCKETT, Jean CROWN, Marion CROWN and Doris CROWN. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Friday, May 2, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. John LAMBSHEAD officiating. Interment Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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GARDHOUSE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-12 published
GARDHOUSE, Darlene (née ALLEN)
Of Chesley, passed away at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Sunday, February 10, 2008 in her 50th year. Loving wife and mother to Bill and their daughters, Krista and Brianne. Cherished daughter of Ken and Emily ALLEN of Oshawa and granddaughter of Margaret STONE of Owen Sound. Darlene will be missed by her siblings, Rick (Donna) of Holland Centre, Brenda (Jim) VILNEFS of Tweed, Randy, Merriam (Laverne) McFADDEN, Ronald and Roland all of Oshawa. She will be fondly remembered by Bill's mother, Wilma GARDHOUSE of Brampton and brothers-in-law, David (Pauline) and Brian (Judy). Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Saint_John's United Church, Chesley at 11 a.m. Spring interment in Chesley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Lung Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com

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GARDHOUSE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-29 published
STONE, Margaret Cora (WRIGHT)
At Central Place in Owen Sound Wednesday afternoon February 27, 2008. The former Margaret WRIGHT of Owen Sound in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Frank STONE. Loving mother of Ruth GARIEPY and her partner Ed HEARNS of R.R.#3, Owen Sound, Emily ALLEN and her husband Ken of Oshawa, Yvonne GOTHARD and her husband Jim of Kitchener, Naythin STONE and his wife Doris of Shallow Lake and Rob FERGUSON and his wife Jean of Guelph. Lovingly remembered by her nineteen grandchildren, forty-six great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her son George, granddaughter Darlene GARDHOUSE, five brothers and one sister. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the South End Fellowship Baptist Church, Owen Sound Saturday afternoon at 1: 00 p.m. with Pastor Mark LOWERY/LOWREY/LOWRIE/LOWRY officiating. Spring interment Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. Memorial contributions to South End Fellowship Baptist Church or Kidney Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Margaret by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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GARDHOUSE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-21 published
RUSK, Audrey Anita (DEWAR)
At Kelso Villa Retirement Home in Owen Sound Thursday evening June 19, 2008. The former Audrey DEWAR of Owen Sound in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Richard (Dick) RUSK. Loving mother of Richard and his wife Annette of Montreal, Mary-Lee RUSK of Owen Sound, Edward (Ted) of Toronto and William (Bill) and his wife Lynne of Wiarton. Lovingly remembered by her ten grandchildren Katie, Zac, Jed, Victor, Alex, Bridget, Beau, Max, Hunter and Jenna. Dear sister of Donna and her husband Elmer MECHAN of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Dear sister-in-law of Audrey HANBIDGE of Owen Sound, Glenn NILES of Manchester, New Hampshire and Gladys and her husband Bob WENGER of Listowel. Predeceased by her brother Jim DEWAR, sister Elaine NILES, two brothers-in-law Hank HANBIDGE and Harold GARDHOUSE, and a sister-in-law Emily GARDHOUSE. Friends may call at the Shallow Lake United Church, Tuesday June 24th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted from Shallow Lake United Church Wednesday morning at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Ed LAKSMANIS officiating. Interment Zion Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Cancer Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Audrey by the Downs and son Funeral Home. Audrey was a member for over 52 years of Owen Sound Chapter #94 Order Of The Eastern Star. Owen Sound Chapter #94 will hold a memorial service at Shallow Lake United Church Turesday evening at 7: 00 pm.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2007-05-07 published
Dan James McIVOR
In Loving Memory of Dan James McIVOR, who died peacefully at the Manitoulin Health Centre on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the age of 57.
Beloved husband of Kirt (Kirsten) née GARDINER. Cherished father of Denise and husband Jeff GRAHAM. Special grandfather of Karissa, Mckenzie and Tanner. Born on July 5, 1959 in Little Current to William McIVOR and Leota (née McGOVERN.) Visitation was 7 - 9 pm Monday. Funeral Service was at 1: 00 pm Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at Island Funeral Home. Burial at Mountainview Cemetery. Donations to NEORC (Cancer Research) would be appreciated.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-05-07 published
Dan James McIVOR
In Loving Memory of Dan James McIVOR, who died peacefully at the Manitoulin Health Centre on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the age of 57.
Beloved husband of Kirt (Kirsten) née GARDINER. Cherished father of Denise and husband Jeff GRAHAM. Special grandfather of Karissa, Mckenzie and Tanner. Born on July 5, 1959 in Little Current to William McIVOR and Leota (née McGOVERN.) Visitation was 7 - 9 pm Monday. Funeral Service was at 1: 00 pm Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at Island Funeral Home. Burial at Mountainview Cemetery. Donations to NEORC (Cancer Research) would be appreciated.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-03 published
BRUCE, Deborah (née FORCE)
Suddenly at University Hospital, London on Thursday, May 1, 2008. Deborah BRUCE (née FORCE) of Highland Drive, Woodstock in her 54th year. Beloved wife of Gord BRUCE. Dear mother of Jennifer ARTHUR and her husband Steven, Angela BRUCE and her husband John VALLEAU, Rebecca BRUCE and her partner Adam STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Loved grandmother of Dominic ARTHUR and Michael VALLEAU. Beloved daughter of Carl and Leona FORCE and daughter-in-law of Mary NEAVE. Dear sister of Doug FORCE and his wife Karen, Donna GARDINER and her husband Al. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Deb was a longtime member of Chalmers United Church, Woodstock and was actively involved with the Girl Guides of Canada for many years. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004) Monday, May 5, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in the Baptist Cemetery. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society (Ovarian Cancer Research) would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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GARDINER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-03 published
GARDINER, Joseph " Joe" J.
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Joseph (Joe) J. GARDINER, 80 years, at Fiddick's Nursing Home, Petrolia on Friday, May 2, 2008. Joe was born and raised in Petrolia and spent much of his life in Bright's Grove. He was predeceased by his first wife Gayle RICHMOND (1967) and is survived by his wife Mary Jean GARDINER (née PRITCHARD) and three children, Michael GARDINER (Glenn CRANE) of Sarnia, Patrick GARDINER (Karan) of Sharon, Ontario and Andrea BROSSOIT (Stu) of Lucan, four grandchildren, Sean and Sarah GARDINER and Emily and Michael BROSSOIT. Joe is also survived by one sister Gertrude RAWLINGS of Burlington, a sister-in-law, Margaret GARDINER of London, a brother-in-law Bill PRITCHARD (Joyce) of Petrolia, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a brother George and two sisters Gladys SCHOLTE and Bette ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Joe retired from Polysar after 37 years and spent his retirement enjoying his home. He developed a great love of music and played the trombone from his early childhood. He was a member of the Petrolia White Rose Band, the Art Christmas Concert Band, Jack Kennedy's Dance Band and several other groups. Visitors will be received at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia on Monday, May 5, 2008 from 12 noon until 2: 00 p.m., when a service to celebrate Joe's life will be held. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society. Memories and condolences may be left on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-14 published
GARDINER, James " Jim"
Suddenly on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, James (Jim) GARDINER of Saint Thomas in his 48th year. Loving son of Harley GARDINER. Dear brother of Sheilann WELLINGTON and Larry GARDINER. Predeceased by his brother Kenny. A private service was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-12 published
MARTENS, Margaret Louise Eleanor (née HOUSTON)
Of Regina
With great sadness, the family wishes to announce the passing of Louise, dear mother and grandmother on Sunday January 6, 2008 at the age of 92 years, with her grand_son at her side, after a brief illness and her half-century-long battle with osteo-arthritis. Her memory will linger in our hearts forever. Louise was predeceased by her husband Ernest Allen MARTENS in 1953 (b. family homestead, Main Center, Saskatchewan,) her parents, Kate Matilda GARDINER in 1960 (b. family farm, Westbrook, Ontario) and Arthur Russell HOUSTON in 1966 (b., family homestead, Starbuck, Manitoba,) her maternal grandparents, Charlotte Eleanor LEONARD in 1916 (b. Westbrook, Ontario) and Jacob James GARDINER in 1923 (b. family homestead, Westbrook, Ontario,) her paternal grandparents, Margaret McBURNEY in 1943 (b. Beverly, Ontario) and Robert HOUSTON, Sr. in 1934 (b. Lesmahagow, Scotland). A true Canadian with deep roots here, Louise is a descendant of a family (Leonard/Chilton) who came to North America in 1620 on the Mayflower, and she is also a descendant of another family (McDonell) of United Empire Loyalists. She is survived by her sons Geoffrey of Westport, Ontario, and James (Lorena May BLONDIN) of Regina, and her grandchildren, Robert and Miranda. Louise was the daughter of a Canadian Pacific Railway station-agent and was born in the station-house in Perdue, Saskatchewan, in 1915. Her early schooling was there, and her piano-lessons only a short ride away over the rails to Saskatoon where she subsequently attended the University of Saskatchewan (Home Economics), and later on, business school in London, Ontario. With a young family to support, Louise returned to work (Government of Saskatchewan), finally retiring in 1982. Where did the time go? She will be remembered for her independence and her dedication and generosity to her family, Friends and co-workers. She loved Rachmaninoff; but despised country-music. She was her own woman to the end. A memorial service will be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m.; coffee and tea to follow at the Family Centre.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-16 published
WILEY, Helen June Elizabeth (née DELANEY)
Formerly of London, surrounded by her loving family, peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on Sunday, January 13, 2008. She was deeply loved by her two children Lucinda (Bob WILLIAMS) and Tom (Ava HILLIER) and is remembered for her absolute courage, unconditional love and unwavering support. Helen was the adored Gaggee of Marcia THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Harvey McKINNON), Kristen THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Hussain AMARSHI), Todd THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON (Meghan GARDINER), Bairn WILEY (Robyn) and Eddie and Maxine WILEY. She was Great-Grandmother to James and Ian THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON- McKINNON, Samir, Zayd and Nyla THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON- AMARSHI and Riley WILEY. She is survived by her siblings Etta JOHNSTON and John DELANEY of London and Jim DELANEY of Sarnia. Her Friends Evelyn MacDonald and Jean Messerol were always in her heart. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Lucy DELANEY. She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, John WILEY, her great-grand_son Hani THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON- AMARSHI, her sisters Frances DELANEY and Thurley WRAY. Helen was a wonderful woman whose life was devoted to family. She lit up rooms with her charismatic energy and enduring beauty. She was a private woman with a mysterious quality that enhanced a dry sense of humour, uniquely her own. Helen always took the high road and was constantly attentive to the needs of family before herself. She taught us the importance of laughter and simple pleasures and instilled within us the importance of tradition and family loyalty. She passed away with a quiet dignity that typified her way of facing adversity. We will miss her and are proud to have had her in our lives. Friends may call during the hour preceding the memorial service which will be conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 Saint_James Street at Richmond, London, on Sunday, January 20 at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Society would be gratefully acknowledged. Man was made for Joy and Woe, And when this we rightly know Thro' the World we safely go. Joy and Woe are woven fine A Clothing for the Soul divine: - Augeries of Innocence: William Blake

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-24 published
Risky intersection claims three Carleton Friends
Police trying to figure out what happened in crash that also injured two other students, one critically
By Gloria GALLOWAY with a report from staff at The Charlatan, the newspaper at Carleton University, Page A9
Ottawa -- Brianne DESCHAMPS and Vanessa CRAWFORD joked about how close they were by listing themselves as "married" on their Facebook profiles.
The two bubbly and intelligent girls from Southwestern Ontario had a lot in common.
They lived in small towns, went to the same country high school, and headed off to Carleton University in Ottawa to experience the heady freedom of undergraduate life.
The final chapter of their tight-knit relationship was written early yesterday when they died, along with their friend Mark MacDONALD, in a crash that left his sport utility vehicle a tangled hulk of dark metal.
"They were just great girls. They were just absolutely wonderful," said Denise SYER, who went to high school with the two 19-year-olds in Petrolia, east of Sarnia. Ms. SYER could barely speak through her tears as she grappled with the loss.
Mr. MacDONALD, 20, was also a Carleton student - someone who was remembered for his love of life and his athleticism.
Police say he was at the wheel when his Toyota 4-Runner was hit by a bus at about 1: 50 a.m. at an intersection of two main roads just south of the university, which is notorious for its high number of crashes.
The force of the impact took out a heavy, metal light standard. The bus was tossed into a snowbank.
All three young people were pronounced dead at the scene and two other students in the sport utility vehicle were also injured. Ben GARDINER, 25, was listed as being in critical but stable condition in hospital yesterday after undergoing leg surgery. A 19-year-old female student was treated in hospital and released.
Although it had snowed most of Tuesday, the flurries had substantially tapered off by the early hours of yesterday.
Police said yesterday afternoon that they were still trying to piece together what had happened, but they suspected alcohol might have been involved. The bus driver, who suffered minor injuries along with one of his passengers, told police that he had the green light.
Brier DODGE, a Carleton journalism student, grew up in Arnprior, west of Ottawa, with Mr. MacDONALD and remembered him as being a national-level swimmer, though he quit before enrolling at Carleton.
Ms. DODGE said that Mr. MacDONALD was the type of guy who loved to have fun.
"Looking back at him I think you can say that he really did live every day the way he really wanted to," she said. He and the two girls who died "all really loved life and to have fun. They were always inviting people over."
Lindsay SKEOCH, a second-year sociology student, said she was lost for words. "He was a really good friend and somebody I'll remember forever," she said of Mr. MacDONALD. "He was a hilarious guy. He was always up for fun - always wanted to go out and do things. He never was one to sit around."
Ms. DESCHAMPS was a music major who planned to teach music privately after graduation, her father, Stephen DESCHAMPS, said when reached at the family's home in Petrolia.
"She loved life, loved her Friends. I loved her giggle, her laugh, her beautiful, beautiful smile. Anything I'd do would make her laugh. She was very much a daddy's girl."
Ms. CRAWFORD hailed from Corunna.
Nicole BURK/BURKE, who worked part time with her at the local Tim Hortons while the two were in high school, described her as fun loving and someone who was an excellent singer. "She was in the Jazz Attack group at my school and she was really good."
Paul WIERSMA is the vice-principal at Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute in Petrolia where both girls went to school. The students were told of the tragedy at the end of the day yesterday and a moment of silence was observed.
"They will be very much missed by our senior students and by our teachers," Mr. WIERSMA said. "They were full of life and they certainly were excited by going off to university. They had a lot of potential and a lot to offer."
At Carleton, flags were flying at half-mast yesterday.
Samy MAHMOUD, Carleton's interim president, described the news of the deaths as "devastating."

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
GARDINER, Melvin Thomas Bardo
(February 21, 1924-January 28, 2008)
Thomas "Spud" GARDNER died quietly in his sleep at Chelsey Park Nursing Home in London, Ontario on Monday, January 28th, 2008 following a struggle with Alzheimer's. He is survived in London by his heroic and caring wife of 57 years Rita (POW,) his daughter Debra, whose devotion is timeless; his son, the constant and patient David; in Mississauga, by his devoted son Brent, and in Toronto, by his devoted son Craig, his daughter-in-law Sue LEPAGE, and his two very loving grandchildren, Molly and Morgan. Thomas was pre-deceased by his son, Grant, who passed in 1999. There will not be a funeral visitation. Cremation has taken place. A private family service to follow at a future date. Condolences may be sent to www.ritadeb@rogers.com. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-01 published
GARDINER, Frances Miriam
Died February 7, 2008 in Langley, British Columbia. Born in Ottawa, Ontario September 6, 1925. Graduated from Vaughan Road Collegiate then University of Toronto in Home Economics. Married Bert GARDINER September 18, 1948 in Toronto moving to Goose Bay, Labrador with Dept. of Transport after which moving back to Toronto where they raised their four children, Miriam, Marilyn, Ronald and Richard. She was a tremendous seamstress and gardener and was very involved in her church group., Once they retired they moved to Kelowna, British Columbia and became involved with the retirees of Air Canada, the Pionairs. Bert predeceased her in June 2003. A memorial service is being arranged at Richview Baptist Church, Kipling Ave. for July 7th, Burial in Glencoe, Ontario to follow.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-29 published
STEVENSON, Russell
A Veteran Of World War 2, Lieutenant Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers P. Eng.
Peacefully at his home in Oakville on Sunday, April 27, 2008. Russell, beloved husband of the late Florence (née GARDINER.) Devoted father of John and his wife Gloria, Joy SWAN and her husband Bob, Jean DAVY and her husband Phil. Loving grandfather of Jackie, Katie, Kelly, Philip SWAN, Laura and Kim DAVY. Great-grandfather of Megan, A.J., Michael, Sophia and Chloe. Brother of Myrtle BICKERSTAFF and the late Gordon STEVENSON and Wilfrid (Biff) STEVENSON. Special friend and companion of Jean MacLACHLAN. Graduate of the Class of '41, Mechanical Engineering University of Saskatchewan and a loyal employee of Imperial Oil Limited for over 40 years. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, (one block east of Kerr, 905844-2600) Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. Visitation will also take place from 11: 30 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 2008 at Saint_John's United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville followed by a Funeral Service at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Saint_Jude's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks are extended to the Oakville-Trafalgar Heart Clinic, the staff of Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital - 4 East and his loving caregivers. Condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-01 published
GARDINER, Gladys Isobel (née GOODALL)
Mississauga, Ontario. Suddenly on Monday, April 28, 2008 at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga. Beloved wife of John GARDINER. Loving mother of Michael and his wife Heather, and Neil and his wife Alejandra. Adored Nana of Laura, Kyle, Natalie and Andrea. At Gladys' request, a family service and cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of the Queen Elizabeth Way) on Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-10 published
GARDINER, Percival Robinson " Bob"
Peacefully at his home at R.R.#6 Mt. Forest on Sunday, June 8, 2008 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of June (DRAPER) GARDINER of R.R.#6 Mt. Forest. Dear father of Connie GARDINER and Susan CAPPE and her husband Brian, all of Toronto. Loving poppa of Laura, Victoria, Deborah, Sarah, Maggie and great-grand_son Orson. Survived by his sister Norine CROMPTON of Toronto. Predeceased by his son Philip Robinson GARDINER (2000.) A graveside service will be held in Mt. Forest Cemetery, Mt. Forest on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 2 p.m. Remembrances to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Crawford Funeral Home, Arthur. Crawford Funeral Home 519-848-6872.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-23 published
GARDINER, Helen Elizabeth (née McMINN,) C.M.
(July 18, 1938-July 22, 2008)
A mother&hellip
A brother&hellip
A daughter&hellip
Are deeply saddened this day by the loss of their most wonderful Helen. Together at the family farm… with beloved Westies, Airdrie and Angus…the family witnessed Helen accept death with great courage and peace.
Touching the lives and hearts of many, Helen was loved by her extended family and Friends. She was renowned for her humour, warmth and infectious laughter. Honest and gentle, with generous heart…Helen dedicated a lifetime to sharing and learning. She made things beautiful…she made people beautiful…she taught compassion, grace and thoughtfulness through example…even her last days were spent in comforting others.
It is not enough to say that she is loved.
It is not enough to say that she is missed.
Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Helen was a York University alumnus and a graduate of the Christie's Fine Arts Course in London England.
Her passions for nature, travel, riding, arts, education, and culture were woven within her many commitments and achievements. Helen provided assistance and leadership to the National Ballet School, Victoria University, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As an honorary Lt. Colonel, Helen established the Friends of the 28th Medical Company, a charitable foundation to support the company and provide scholarships for it's' members. Helen was made an honorary Colonel in 1999.
Helen's greatest passion and future dreams were saved for the Gardiner Museum which she and her late husband George co-founded in 1984. Seeking to go far beyond the original vision, she spearheaded a fundraising campaign in 2003 which resulted in an award-winning expansion of this important Toronto resource and landmark. It is a heritage of which all should be proud.
In summation and recognition of a lifetime of efforts, Helen received the Order of Canada in the fall of 2006 for her extraordinary contribution as a philanthropist.
Predeceased by her husband George, and her father Charles McMINN, Helen will be sadly missed by her daughter Lindy BARROW, her mother Helen McMINN and Helen's brother Bob and his wife Norah. She will also be greatly missed by the extended Gardiner family, their importance has been vital in Helen's life.
The family will receive Friends at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2008. A service of Celebration will be held at St James Cathedral, 65 Church Street, Toronto (corner of Church and King Streets), on Monday July 28, 2 008 at 11: 00 a.m. followed by a private burial. A reception honouring Helen to follow.
In lieu of flowers, it is Helen's grateful wish that donations be given to the Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Attn: Helen Gardiner Fund.

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GARDINER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-23 published
She turned the Gardiner Museum into a glittering, priceless gem
With the help of her wealthy stockbroker husband, she transformed a hobby into a great ceramics collection, and then built a museum to house it all opposite Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
Museum founder and philanthropist Helen GARDINER had three lives: before George, during George, and after George. The George was George Ryerson GARDINER, a business integrator, Harvard MBA and stockbroker who founded Gardiner Group Capital, the country's first discount brokerage, and was president of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Generally considered a business genius, he was a pioneer in the oil-and-gas business, opened the first airport hotel in Canada, was a key player in bringing Kentucky Fried Chicken north of the 49th parallel, established Gardiner Farms, the racing stable and breeding farm, and was one of the original members of the syndicate that owned Northern Dancer. "He didn't start with nothing," a former business associate said, "but he multiplied it many times over."
Ms. GARDINER, by contrast, came from humble circumstances, and was a single parent working as a secretary in Mr. GARDINER's brokerage firm when they met. With Mr. GARDINER's support, she became a mature student at York University and took the decorative arts course at Christie's in London, England. Having acquired professional expertise - her impeccable eye for quality was innate - she and her husband amassed a huge and very valuable collection of porcelain and earthenware, then built a museum to house it.
Nevertheless, he was always the public face and voice of the Gardiner Museum. After Mr. GARDINER died in December, 1997, she emerged as a fundraiser, philanthropist and connoisseur who transformed the Gardiner from a mausoleum for a private collection into a dynamic, innovative and internationally prized museum. She also developed her own interests in the National Ballet School and other art forms such as opera, becoming so fond of Wagner's Ring Cycle that she was known as a "Ring" addict.
"The Gardiner Museum was her No. 1 passion, but the National Ballet School was a close second," said Margaret McCain, former chair of the board of the National Ballet School and former lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick.
"Helen had moral integrity and she also had a lot of fortitude," said Ms. McCain, describing her friend as fun with a wonderful laugh and a complete lack of pretension. "She was grounded and she was able to hold on to her own identity even if she was in George's shadow for a long time. There was a strength there and I used to say, 'You are your own person, kind and gentle, but strong inside.' "
Tony ARRELL, a former Chief Executive Officer of Gardiner Watson and a director of Gardiner Group Capital said: "When you have a tree growing under a big tree, the big tree shades the little tree, but when you take the big tree out, the little tree can grow up - and that is what has been happening with Helen. She has proven to be a stronger character with a greater ability than many people thought," he said. "There has been a lot more to Helen GARDINER in the last 10 years than we ever knew before."
Helen Elizabeth McMINN was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, the year before the Second World War began. Her father Charles was a carpenter at one of the gold mines, while her mother Helen was a homemaker. The McMinns moved south to Toronto, where Mr. McMINN worked for General Electric at its Davenport Works until he retired. Their two children, Helen and Bob, went to high school in Toronto, and then Bob joined the military. Helen's daughter Lindy BARROW, who was born in 1958, lived with her grandparents until she was 10 while Ms. McMINN, a single parent, worked at various jobs in advertising and as a legal secretary to support her daughter and save enough money to provide a home for them both.
In the second half of the 1960s, she met George GARDINER when she was hired as a secretary at Gardiner Watson, the stock brokerage that he and a partner had founded just after the Second World War. At the time, she was in her late 20s and Mr. GARDINER (who was known to enjoy, discreetly, the company of beautiful women) was in his early 50s, married and the father of three children. Not long before, in July, 1965, his formidable father Percy, a financier, had died of a heart attack. This death may have liberated Mr. GARDINER, who had had a fractious relationship with his father and had always felt the need to show that he could be even more successful in business.
"He once said that Helen was the first person that he laid eyes on as he was coming out from under this oppression that he had been under for so many years," according to Gretchen ROSS, a long-time friend. Their relationship led to the breakup of Mr. GARDINER's marriage.
In the mid-1970s, they moved into a house on Old Forest Hill Road in Toronto. He bought the property, razed the existing house and built a new one with lead-lined walls - he had acute hearing and didn't want to be disturbed by the neighbours. Mr. GARDINER and his first wife had bought some pre-Colombian earthenware in South America, and he decided that he and Ms. McMINN should "collect something unique to make our house look lived in," she said later. He wanted it to have "quality, individuality and his personal stamp." Naively, as she later admitted, they hit on ceramics.
Two years later, inflation was escalating. Mr. GARDINER, an astute and thrifty businessman, read an article asserting that Chinese and European porcelain were outperforming stocks, bonds and real estate, and he decided it was time to turn their hobby into an investment. Helen, who had been studying as a mature student at York University since 1974, switched tacks and went to London in 1978 to take Christie's Fine Arts Course. A year later, she was both an expert and a qualified dealer who could buy ceramics at wholesale prices.
Their first mature purchase was a hand-painted, highly decorated yellow tea-and-chocolate service made in 1740 by Meissen, the earliest factory in Europe to produce hard-paste porcelain. On the advice of a Sotheby's porcelain expert, Helen had gone to see the 50-piece set, complete with its original leather travelling case, at Winifred Williams Antiques on Bury Street in London. She persuaded Mr. GARDINER to look at the Meissen service and to meet dealer Robert Williams. Without telling her, he bought the service. And so the Gardiners began their long association with Mr. Williams and transformed themselves into serious collectors. As she said later, "Bob taught me how to really look at things. He was generous with his knowledge and showed me how to identify artists and factories by the distinctive characteristics of their work."
From Meissen, the couple began accumulating works made by Du Paquier, the second factory in Europe to produce hard-paste porcelain in the 18th century, and pieces called Hausmaler, a term used to describe ceramics decorated by studio artists who painted or redecorated porcelain produced by factories such as Meissen or Du Paquier. As always, they kept a judicious eye on their passions and their bottom line, collecting Du Paquier because it was undervalued, and Hausmaler for its variety, eccentric charm and the stories about subterfuge, espionage and larceny swirling around the pieces - how artists "acquired" undecorated wares from the studios that employed them and then painted them with their own designs.
During her Christie's course in London, Helen was seduced by the lush sensual colours and painterly decoration of Italian Maiolica. She took Mr. GARDINER to see the Maiolica collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington and he too was entranced. Encouraged by a lull in the market for Maiolica, Mr. GARDINER began buying at auction or through their retinue of international dealers.
By the early 1980s, the Gardiners - they had married on July 11, 1981, at least a dozen years after they first met - were running out of display and storage room in their home. With the help of entertainment lawyer and ceramics collector Aaron MILRAD, the determined and persuasive Mr. GARDINER set about acquiring the land and the political approvals to establish his own museum. In 1981, the Ontario government, led by premier Bill Davis, unanimously passed Bill 183 to create The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art as an independent, public institution. Doctor Murray Ross helped the Gardiners acquire a tennis court on the east side of Queen's Park, directly opposite the Royal Ontario Museum, from the University of Toronto. Mr. GARDINER paid $500,000 to lease the land for 99 years.
Three years later, architect Keith WAGLAND and designer Robert MEIKELJOHN's $6-million building was ready. The George R. Gardiner Museum, showcasing some 3,000 objets valued at between $16-million and $25-million from the Gardiners' personal collection, officially opened on Saturday, March 3, 1984, with an additional $2.5-million operating grant from its benefactors to celebrate the occasion.
Initially, the Gardiners were as naive about operating a museum as they had been about ceramics. They didn't have nearly enough staff, went through three directors in their first year and underestimated their operating and exhibition costs. After unsuccessfully petitioning the Liberal provincial government for more money, the museum was advised by premier David Peterson to merge with the Royal Ontario Museum in 1987. "I have learned it is very, very difficult to compete with other museums," Mr. GARDINER, a man known for his independence, said at an emotional press conference called to announce the merger.
"The government decided we needed the Royal Ontario Museum's management expertise," Ms. GARDINER told The Globe in 2006. But it wasn't always a comfortable relationship. For an independent museum to be put under the control of another much larger one was akin to an adult daughter moving back into her parents' house with her children after a messy divorce.
The Royal Ontario Museum saw the Gardiner as an adjunct, housing yet another of its many collections, but the Gardiner longed to flex its curatorial wings. Mr. GARDINER, who was succeeded as chair of the board by his wife in 1994, bought back the museum's independence with a $15-million endowment (raising his investment in his own museum to about $50-million). It was announced in January, 1997, just 11 months before Mr. GARDINER died of complications from arthritis and heart disease.
The strain of caring for her husband in his last years when he was ill and "difficult" and dealing with his estate after his death made her so nervous that her throat muscles tightened up and she had trouble speaking above a whisper, Ms. Ross said. It was only recently that doctors found a solution - periodic shots of Botox and a regime of throat exercises - that enabled Ms. GARDINER to speak normally again.
In the decade of her widowhood, Ms. GARDINER threw herself into the museum and into the National Ballet School, where she had sat on the board since 1990. "She invested a lot more than money - she invested herself in the life of the school and the lives of the students," said Ms. McCain. "She took on a student and stayed with that student and became a mentor and a guide and a friend."
Under Ms. GARDINER's direction, the museum built up its membership lists again and stretched beyond the personal vision of its founders. The Gardiner began accepting other collections, such as Doctor Hans Syz's German porcelain and Murray and Ann Bell's trove of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. It expanded its mandate to include modern and contemporary pieces from collectors, such as Mr. MILRAD, and began organizing exhibitions of work by living artists.
Ms. GARDINER was chair until 1999 and vice-chair for the next two years, during which time the museum received a Lieutenant-Governor's Award for the Arts for building private sector and community support, showing fiscal responsibility and expanding its audience (from 20,000 to 60,000 visitors annually), using pottery classes for children and exhibitions such as Maya Universe, Miro: Playing with Fire and Harlequin Unmasked. In 2002, she accepted the position of honorary chair and led the museum's fundraising and expansion campaign to raise $12.8-million from the private sector, in addition to $6-million in grants from the Ontario and Canadian governments.
The museum closed from 2004 to 2006 for a nearly $20-million renovation undertaken by Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna and Blumberg Architects. The renovation added a glass-encased third floor, restaurant and roof terraces, increased exhibition space by 50 per cent, added a research library and expanded the museum shop and the basement studio to accommodate artists in residence and more pottery classes.
"In the last 10 years, she started to develop her own interests and her own ability to reach out for things that she would never have looked at before. And then she got sick," said Mr. MILRAD, vice-chair of the board. "She had an integrity that was recognized and it is going to be extremely difficult for us to raise the kind of money that she was able to raise through her contacts and her own strength of character."
Falling terminally ill was a shock to Ms. GARDINER, who had always planned to live well into her 90s, just as her mother has done. In the first week of May, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After seeking treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Ms. GARDINER began a rigorous course of chemotherapy. But she soon decided to suspend treatment, since it wasn't working and it was making her feel very ill. Instead, she let "nature take its course," as she told her Friends and family.
Helen Elizabeth GARDINER, C.M., was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, on July 18, 1938. She died of pancreatic cancer at the family farm in Caledon East on July 22, 2008. She was 70. Predeceased by husband George GARDINER, she is survived by daughter Lindy BARROW, mother Helen McMINN, brother Bob McMINN and extended family.
The funeral will take place on Monday, July 28, at 11 a.m. in Toronto's Saint_James Cathedral.

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