STRACHAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-24 published
BARTLEY, Shirley (née CAUDLE)
Of Lion's head passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late Ken BARTLEY (1996.) Cherished sister of Helen (Bob) DUKE, Eileen TACKABERRY and Ruth TACKABERRY, all of Lion's Head, Fern HOGAN of Cambridge and Norma Jean (Ron) PINEAU of Waterloo. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, sister-in-law Lenora CAUDLE of Lion's Head, brother-in-law Murray HELLYER of Lion's head as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law on her husband Ken's side. Shirley was predeceased by her parents Thelma (WHENHAM) and George CAUDLE, brothers Carmen and Fred and sisters Marguerite HELLYER and Betty Lou CAUDLE. Visitation will be held at the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lion's head on Thursday, January 24, 2008 from 2: 00 to 4: 00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Shirley's life will be held at the Chapel on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Pastor Billy STRACHAN officiating. Spring interment Eastnor Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. As expressions of sympathy, donations made to the Golden Dawn Nursing Home would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-30 published
RICHMOND, Marie (née RABIDEAU)
Of Lion's head passed away peacefully at Golden Dawn Nursing Home on Monday, April 28, 2008 in her 90th year. Cherished mother of Herbert (Dolores) RICHMOND of Saint Mary's, Dieann (Murray) STEPHENSON of Pike Bay and Rose Marie (David) WALLER of New Hamburg. Special grandmother to Bill, Mark, Suzanne, Michael, Chad, David Jr., Troy, Shaunna and Chris and 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by brother Reginald and sisters Elenor, Geraldine, Evelyn, Clarice and Marguerite. Marie was predeceased by her husband Gordon, parents Marguerite (ROSE) and George RABIDEAU, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Family and Friends are invited to share their memories on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lion's head from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Marie's life will be held at the chapel on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Pastor Billy STRACHAN officiating. Interment Eastnor Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Alzheimer's Society or Golden Dawn Nursing Home would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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YOUNG, Rev. Wilbert Lawrence, B.A., B.D.
At the Guelph General Hospital on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 at the age of 84 years, Rev. Bert YOUNG of Puslinch. Loving husband of Velma (LEASK.) Father of Jane and her husband Ken STRACHAN of Hamilton, Mary and her husband John JOHNSTON of Puslinch, Nancy and her husband Scovil FISHER of Hillsburg, Stephen and his wife Francis of Rivers, Manitoba, and Peggy and her husband Marty KIRBY of Hamilton. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and by his sister Edith RAY of Chesley. He is predeceased by his brother Hardy YOUNG. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4th, 2008. Funeral service will be conducted in Tolmie Memorial Presbyterian Church, 699 Goderich Street, Port Elgin on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. with the Rev. Chuck MOON and the Rev. Alex McCOMBIE officiating. A memorial service will be held at Chedoke Presbyterian Church, Mohawk and Magnolia Sts, Hamilton, Ontario on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Knox College Bursary Fund would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-10 published
PEEL, Ida Mona (née DAVIS)
76 years, peacefully, on March 8, 2008 after a short battle with cancer. Loving mother of Sharon and Dennis SYLVESTRE; Deborah PEEL and Drew ALLMAN; Rebecca and Robert McCLELLAN; Grant and Heather PEEL. Daughter of the late Thomas and Nellie DAVIS (nee HORROCKS.) Dear 'Gram' of Stephanie and Kent STRACHAN, Bridget and Scott HAUSER, Chastity and John Mark JURAK, Denise SYLVESTRE and Kerry MORRISON; Harmony LAKE; Scott PEEL, Christopher PEEL. Great-grandmother to Nathan, Ella, and Matthew. Dear sister to Lillian and the late Herb Ernest and the late Rocky, Walter, Lorne, and Richard. Special sister-in-law to Helen DAVIS and Loretta DAVIS and will be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Gertie, Jackie, Nancy, Tom, Carrie, Theresa, Angie and all the staff at Extendicare Tecumseh. Visiting Tuesday, from 2: 00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Marcotte Funeral Home and Chapel, 12105 Tecumseh Road, Tecumseh (519-735-2830). The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. Reverend Kevin GEORGE officiating. A cremation will follow with an interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. In kindness, a donation to the Heart and Stoke Foundation or to the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Ida in the Marcotte Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held on September 28, 2008. All are welcome. You may share a memory at www.marcottetecumseh.ca

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-26 published
BELL, " Angus" Bruce
Peacefully, on Friday, April 25, 2008 in London, Ontario. Formerly of Thunder Bay and Toronto, loving husband of 62 years to Anita (née BURFORD) and father to Donald (Sheryl) in Ottawa, John (Sally) in London, Peter (Jo-Anne) in Mississauga, and Mary (David) in Toronto. Proud grandfather of Andrew, Colin, Bryson, Ashleigh, Fraser, Kevin and Ian. Predeceased by his sisters Jessie SPOONER and Flora (Dodie) STRACHAN, and brothers Archie and Ken. Survived by his sister Marion McDOUGALL. Joined fledgling Trans Canada Air Lines (later Air Canada) in its fourth year of operation. Served with Flight Dispatch in Toronto for 37 years. Long-time member of Islington United Church. Moved with Anita to London in 1997. Special thanks are extended for countless hours of dedicated care by the wonderful staff at Chelsey Park Long Term Care and previously at both Parkwood Hospital and Chateau Gardens Long Term Care. Friends may call on Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 Saint_James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Road East, London, on Tuesday, April 29 at 11: 00 a.m. Reception afterwards in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-30 published
RICHMOND, Marie (née RABIDEAU)
Of Lion's head passed away peacefully at Golden Dawn Nursing Home on Monday, April 28, 2008 in her 90th year. Cherished mother of Herbert (Dolores) RICHMOND of Saint Mary's, Dieann (Murray) STEPHENSON of Pike Bay and Rose Marie (David) WALLER of New Hamburg. Special grandmother to Bill, Mark, Suzanne, Michael, Chad, David Jr., Troy, Shaunna and Chris and 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by brother Reginald and sisters Elenor, Geraldine, Evelyn, Clarice and Marguerite. Marie was predeceased by her husband Gordon, parents Marguerite (ROSE) and George RABIDEAU, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Family and Friends are invited to share their memories on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lion's head from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Marie's life will be held at the chapel on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Pastor Billy STRACHAN officiating. Interment Eastnor Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Alzheimer's Society or Golden Dawn Nursing Home would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-26 published
BELL, " Angus" Bruce
Peacefully, on Friday, April 25, 2008 in London, Ontario. Formerly of Thunder Bay and Toronto, loving husband of 62 years to Anita (née BURFORD) and father to Donald (Sheryl) in Ottawa, John (Sally) in London, Peter (Jo-Anne) in Mississauga, and Mary (David) in Toronto. Proud grandfather of Andrew, Colin, Bryson, Ashleigh, Fraser, Kevin and Ian. Predeceased by his sisters Jessie SPOONER and Flora (Dodie) STRACHAN, and brothers Archie and Ken. Survived by his sister Marion McDOUGALL. Joined fledgling Trans Canada Air Lines (later Air Canada) in its fourth year of operation. Served with Flight Dispatch in Toronto for 37 years. Long-time member of Islington United Church. Moved with Anita to London in 1997. Special thanks are extended for countless hours of dedicated care by the wonderful staff at Chelsey Park Long Term Care and previously at both Parkwood Hospital and Chateau Gardens Long Term Care. Friends may call on Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 Saint_James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Road East, London, on Tuesday, April 29 at 11: 00 a.m. Reception afterwards in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated.
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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-14 published
HORWOOD, William Osmund.
Died peacefully June 7, 2008, just short of his 94th birthday. Beloved husband of Lois STRACHAN (deceased.) Sadly missed by loving and devoted friend Wendy NELLES. Adored father of Bradley, Lorayne, Roslyn and Diana. Dear father-in- law of Christopher WINN, Jill GLASGOW, Franklin McCARTHY and Richard SHANNON. A very special "Tumpy"'to his 10 grandchildren, Timothy, David, Matthew, Strachan, John, Sarah, Alexandra, Kate, Kirk and Taylor and 6 great-grandchildren, Logan, Caiden, Declan, Ian, Miles and Laura. His eternal optimism and joy of life were an inspiration to all who knew him. His energy at 93 was daunting, whether it was hosting the extended family Christmas party, convening a reunion of McGill's engineering class of '37 or attending the Montreal Symphony Orchestra or the theatre in Montreal. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, June 20, 2008 at 10: 30 at St. Francis of the Birds in St. Sauveur. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the St. Francis of the Birds Alter Guild, 94 rue St. Denis, St. Sauveur, Québec J0R 1R3 or The Old Brewery Mission, 383 rue St. Jacques, Montreal, Québec H2Y 1N9.

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STRACHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-14 published
FAULKES, David Harvey
Passed away at Etobicoke General Hospital on Thursday March 13, 2008 after a brief illness. David FAULKES, dearly beloved husband of Margaret FAULKES (née STRACHAN.) Dear father of Susan HALLETT and Janice and her husband Fred RICHMOND. Loving grandfather of Jennifer (Steve), Erin, Lorraine (Jonas), David and Andrea and great-grandfather of Kaitlin, Carley, Natalie and Russell. David will be lovingly remembered by all of his family and Friends. Cremation has taken place. A memorial Funeral Service will be celebrated from the Newediuk Funeral Home Kipling Chapel 2058 Kipling Ave. on Saturday March 15, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. The family will receive their Friends in the funeral home Saturday from 10: 00 a.m. until service time.

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STRADER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-09 published
WILKINS, Charles Russell (1923-2008)
(Retired Ontario Hydro and Past Master, Renfrew Masonic Lodge #122)
In Hospice Renfrew surrounded by the love of his family on his 85th birthday Tuesday, February 5, 2008 after a brief illness with cancer. Devoted husband and best friend of 61 years to Roma AUSTIN. Cherished father to Judy RYAN (Doug) of Renfrew, Peter (Nancy) of New Jersey, Tim of Alberta, Mark (Cindy) of Kimberley, British Columbia and Janice PAPPAS (Gus) of Ottawa. Larger than life Poppa to 9 grandchildren - Vaughan, Scott, Katie, Daniel, Michael, Paige, Mathew, Shannon and Carly. Russ will be greatly missed by his sister Alice BROWN (Windsor,) his sisters-in-law Edith CLAPP (Arnprior) and Jean AUSTIN (Belleville) and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Doctor Bruce STRADER and staff at Hospice Renfrew and Renfrew Victoria Hospital for their dedication and care. Friends may call at the McPhail and Perkins Funeral Home, 85 Munro Ave., at Lorne, Renfrew for memorial visiting on Friday, February 15, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with the service to celebrate Russ's life to follow at Trinity St. Andrews United Church on Saturday February 16 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Renfrew, Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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STRAHL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-22 published
STRAHL, Barbara Mae (née TODD)
Suddenly in St. Lucia on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 age 69 years. Beloved wife of the late Claus STRAHL. Loving and devoted mother of Jamie (Josiane,) Gregory (Karin) and Jennifer (David SURETTE.) Cherished grandmother of James, Megan, Hannah Mae, Sadie and great-grandmother of Riley. She will be lovingly remembered by her family, her business associates, many Friends and neighbours. Barbara was formerly President of Claus Strahl Insurance Broker Ltd. and a life member of The May Court Club of Ottawa. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A service to celebrate the life of Barbara will be held at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue (at Bank Street), Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m. Memorial donations to the Hospice at May Court, 114 Cameron Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 0X1 would be appreciated by the family.
Condolences/Donations/Tributes at mcgarryfamily.ca (613) 233-1143

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STRAIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-02-27 published
STRAIN--In loving memory of a dear brother and uncle, Harold, who passed away March 1, 1980.
He meant so much to us
But nothing we can say
Can tell the sadness in our hearts
As we think of him each day.
He always was true and tender
He lived his life for those he loved
And those he loved, remember.
Sadly missed by Gary, Elva, David, Jim and Karen.

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STRAIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-11-19 published
STRAIN--In loving memory of a dear father and grandfather, David, who passed away November 22, 1982.
Your smile has gone forever and your hand we cannot touch.
We have so many memories of you, Dad, we loved so much.
Sadly missed by Garry, Elva, David, Jim and Karen.

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STRAIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-17 published
STRAIN, L. Elizabeth " Betty"
At London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital on Sunday, March 16, 2008, L. Elizabeth (Betty) STRAIN of London in her 71st year. Dear sister of David STRAIN and his wife Jean of Grand Bend. Loved aunt of Kevin STRAIN and his wife Jackie of Oakville, Robert STRAIN and his wife Nichole of London and Karen BRUCKSCHWAIGER and her husband Tyson of London. Also loved by great-nieces and great-nephews Megan, Rebecca, Kate, Spencer, Tanner, Tyler and Audrey. Sorely missed by her relatives in Scotland and many close Friends. Betty was very active in Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church, Elmwood Avenue Lawn Bowling and the Cherryhill Seniors Community. Arrangements entrusted to the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to a Memorial Service which will be held at Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church, 111 Elmwood Avenue, London, on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Kevin STEEPER officiating. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the 7th floor, Victoria Hospital who cared for Betty. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3A1.

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STRAITON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-02-20 published
LANDER, Donald
The families of the late Donald LANDER would like to thank family, relatives, Friends, neighbours and extended family who have supported and shown us such acts of kindness during Don's illness and during this difficult time of loss. Words cannot express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude.
Special thanks to Paula and Shawn DAVIDSON and the staff of Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, Stayner, Ontario and Jason VERNOOY and the staff of William Kipp Funeral Home, Paris, Ontario, for your guidance and comforting words. To Doctor LAANGFORD, Community Care Access Centre staff, Peggy and Gerri KEATING, and Sacred Heart Ladies. Thank you also to Rev. Joyce STRAITON. pallbearers, flower bearers and all who participated in the services.
Your continued support of our Mother is a true blessing and your kindness will always be remembered. God bless you all.
The Baer-Lander Families
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STRAKA o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-03-26 published
KLUGMAN, Michael A.
It is with great sadness that the family of Michael A. KLUGMAN of Wasaga Beach, Ontario announces his sudden passing March 4, 2008 while vacationing in Panama City Beach, Florida. Michael is lovingly remembered by his wife Frances, his children, Christopher (Michele STRAKA) of Toronto, David (Ruth McCLENNAN) of Cobourg and Lain of Kitchener, also his step-children, Ronald DAWE (Sue AVIS) of Toronto, Richard DAWE of Sudbury and Patricia CARROLL (Thomas) of Barrie. He will be sadly missed by his 8 wonderful grandchildren whom he dearly loved. Cremation has already taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on April 19, 2008 at Wycliffe Anglican Church, in Elmvale, Ontario at 3 p.m. Interment to be held this summer in Morrisburg, Ontario. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation in Michael's name.
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STRAKA o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-04-02 published
KLUGMAN, Michael A.
It is with great sadness that the family of Michael A. KLUGMAN of Wasaga Beach, Ontario announces his sudden passing March 4, 2008 while vacationing in Panama City Beach, Florida. Michael is lovingly remembered by his wife Frances, his children, Christopher (Michele STRAKA) of Toronto, David (Ruth McCLENNAN) of Cobourg and Lain of Kitchener, also his step-children, Ronald DAWE (Sue AVIS) of Toronto, Richard DAWE of Sudbury and Patricia CARROLL (Thomas) of Barrie. He will be sadly missed by his 8 wonderful grandchildren whom he dearly loved. Cremation has already taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on April 19, 2008 at Wyclifte Anglican Church, in Elmvale, Ontario at 3 p.m. Interment to be held this summer in Morrisburg, Ontario. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation in Michael's name.
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STRAKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-29 published
KLUGMAN, Michael A.
It is with great sadness that the family of Michael A. KLUGMAN of Wasaga Beach, Ontario announces his sudden passing on March 4, 2008 while vacationing in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Michael is lovingly remembered by his wife Frances, his children, Christopher (Michele STRAKA) of Toronto, David (Ruth McCLENNAN) of Cobourg and Iain (Jane JANTZI/YANTZI) of Waterloo from his marriage to the late Grace KLUGMAN, also his stepchildren, Ronald DAWE (Sue AVIS) of Toronto, Richard DAWE of Sudbury and Patricia CARROLL (Thomas) of Barrie. He will be sadly missed by his 8 wonderful grandchildren whom he dearly loved.
Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on April 19, 2008 at Wycliffe Anglican Church, in Elmvale, Ontario at 3 p.m.
Interment to be held this summer in Morrisburg, Ontario.
If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation in Michael's name.

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STRAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-14 published
BOURNE, Joan Elspeth (née DAWES)
Peacefully passed away after a long illness, aged 87 in Montreal January 9, 2008. Devoted wife of the late Colonel John BOURNE beloved mother of Thomas and Elspeth (STRAKER) and much loved grandmother and great-grandmother. Visitation will be held at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home at 5610 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec on January 17, 2008 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. followed by a service at St. Andrews and Paul Church at 3415 Redpath St. corner of Sherbrooke on Friday, January 18 at 11 a.m. Donations to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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STRAKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-24 published
HUGHES, May (STRAKER)
May (STRAKER) HUGHES slipped away peacefully on May 21, 2008, one week before her 83rd birthday, at Chelsea Park Nursing home in Streetsville, of Alzheimer's Disease. May was blessed with a full life. She enjoyed a loving family, many true Friends, great adventures through world travels, hard work and loads of fun at Litton Systems, and more laughs than most people could hope for in two lifetimes.
May leaves behind her only son, Michael STRAKER (Ann) her biggest fan and best friend. May's husband and sweetheart of decades, Frederick HUGHES predeceased her in 2002. May will be sadly missed by her surviving sister Bette CHESTER of Preston, Lancshire, United Kingdom. Her brother Ted HALSALL, and her sister Molly TAILOR/TAYLOR predeceased May several years ago. Her nieces and nephews in Canada and in the United Kingdom hold many special memories of their "Auntie May", loved for her generous spirit, sense of style and joie de vivre
A private family service will follow cremation.

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STRANDBERG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-22 published
MUNRO, Maribelle (née LOGIE)
Maribelle MUNRO of Woodstock, in her 90th year, passed away peacefully, in Ottawa, on Friday, May 16th, 2008. Beloved wife of the late C. Gordon MUNRO. Loving mother of Mac (Sandra) of Los Angeles and Nancy (Vince YOUNG) of Ottawa. Doting nanny of Amanda STRANDBERG and Evan YOUNG and grandma of Tyler, Megan, and Justin MUNRO. Predeceased by her sister, Jean (Hamilton MEE) and brother, Jack (Joy LOGIE.) Also survived by her sisters-in-law, Orpha (Herb WILSON) and Doris (Don CRAWFORD.) A visitation was held in Ottawa, May 20th followed by cremation. A memorial service will be held in Woodstock at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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STRANGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-16 published
STRANGE, Judge H. Hazen (1939-2008)
Judge H. Hazen STRANGE passed away peacefully on May 14, 2008, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Heather, adored daughters, Elizabeth and Jenny, brother, Bobby (Peggy,) nephew Robbie (Kimberley,) niece Kyla POLLARD (Carl,) sister-in-law Barb BUCKLEY (Robert), Aunt Mary COPP and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, H. Hazen STRANGE, Sr. and Marion STRANGE, and brother, Colin Bruce STRANGE. Although born in O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, Hazen spent most of his life in Fredericton. His life was filled with achievements including many distinguished awards. He holds BBA, B.A. and BCL degrees from University of New Brunswick and began his law career after being admitted to the Bar in 1964. He spent time in private practice and worked in Ottawa for the 1967 Centennial Commission before returning to Fredericton in 1967 to become a prosecutor with the province of New Brunswick. He was appointed Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in 1969 and became Director in 1971. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1978. Hazen was appointed to the Provincial Court of New Brunswick in 1981. He worked initially in Burton and later in Fredericton and enjoyed travelling around the province to hear cases. He loved his time serving as Chief Provincial Court Judge from 1987-1997. He continued on the bench until his sudden passing. Hazen was a true gentleman. He treated people with fairness and respect and was highly regarded by those in his profession. His love for his work was secondary only to his love for his family. In his spare time, he was an avid salmon fisherman and storyteller. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him. A celebration of Hazen's life will be held Tuesday, May 20th at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton. Cannon T.A. Smith and the Very Reverend Keith Joyce will officiate. Donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross or the New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program. The family wishes to thank all of those involved in caring for Hazen over the last few days of his life. Arrangements have been entrusted to McAdam's Select Community Funeral Home. (458-9170) www.mcadamsfh.com

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STRANGWAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-05 published
SZYMANIS, Edward (1914-2008)
Passed peacefully away January 2nd in his 93rd year of life. Loving and devoted husband of 40 years to Erika SZYMANIS. Proud father to Nicolas Edward SZYMANIS and loving father-in-law to Oona Craig. "Opa" will be missed by all, including his grand_son, Noah Edward SZYMANIS. Edward is well remembered for his gentlemanly nature, fine wit, zeal for life and devotion to his wife and family. Born in Woronez, Russia, Edward was raised and educated in Vilus Lithuania. He served briefly in World War 2 as a signal officer in the Polish Calvary, 9th Lancers Division. After coming to Canada in 1954. Edward maintained a distinguished career of close to 25 years with Canadian General Electric, serving as manager of product design in Barrie, Ontario. In Midhurst and Horseshoe Valley, Edward, Erika and family enjoyed many fine years of full and refined good living. We wish to thank Doctor Fred STRANGWAY and the staff of Royal Victoria Hospital. A celebration of Edward's life will take place 4-7 p.m. Sunday January 20th at the Horseshoe Highlands, 85 Highland Drive, Horseshoe Valley, Ontario.

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STRAPKO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-22 published
POHRIBNY, Mary
At Aurora Resthaven Nursing Home, on Sunday, April 20, 2008 in her 80th year. Dear sister of Anne STRAPKO, Helen (Jim BALOGH) and Elizabeth ROBERTSON. Mary will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association or Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home, 905-884-1062.

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STRATFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-27 published
STRATFORD, Doctor Joseph "Joe" G., M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Father, grandfather, husband, neurosurgeon, pain physician, mentor, leader, colleague, friend. Born September 5, 1923, in Brantford, Ontario Died July 22, 2007, while on holiday in southwest France of leukemia, aged 83.
By Ann GAMSA and Ron MELZACK, Page L6
After his day's work as a neurosurgeon, Joe Stratford would come home to cook dinner and attend to household chores his wife, Aurelie, could no longer do.
Her left side became paralyzed after a stroke in 1965, when their children, Huntly and Leslie, were 9 and 7.
Every morning until her death in 1983, Joe brought Aurelie breakfast in bed. One day, Joe arrived at a party, swept Aurelie out of his car and bounded up the steps to the front door, carrying her in his arms with a broad smile and expression of love on his face.
Joe began his medical career as a student in the Canadian Arctic during the summer of 1943. Soon after, he conducted brain research on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and transplant treatments. His contributions to medicine are too numerous to list, as are his initiatives, involvements and chairmanships in health care projects.
Unlike many surgeons, Joe cared what happened to his patients after his job of cutting and stitching was done. From them he learned that severe pain may persist even after successful surgery. In 1974, Joe worked with pain specialists to build one of the first multidisciplinary teams for treating pain. His legacy remains today at McGill University's pain treatment centre in Montreal.
Joe achieved eminence in his three professional roles as surgeon, chief of neurosurgery and director of the pain clinic. But to tell him so would elicit a shy and awkward response. He was humble and uncomfortable with praise.
He maintained contact with the many students he mentored. But he was not just a serious man of service. Many times we witnessed his wry, mischievous, sometimes churlish sense of humour. To the greeting, "Good morning," he'd reply, "Oh, is it?"
Nor was he an unqualified saint, though to hear his patients speak, one might be excused for thinking so. While known as the "quintessential gentleman," he was capable of showing anger.
Joe was a man of diverse interests and enthusiasms. He loved his quiet country home, his vegetable garden and the ponds he created, and was passionate about Canadian art.
In his daughter Leslie's words, Joe was "dearest friend, guide, example of integrity, tower of strength, jester, sympathetic listener, modest but unimpeachable reference book, practical and pragmatic adviser, bon vivant in his own quiet way, optimist, bel esprit, and revered and beloved head of our family."
She echoes the thoughts of those of us who had the privilege to know Joe as a friend and colleague.
Ann GAMSA and Ron MELZACK are Joe's colleagues and Friends.

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STRATHDEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-18 published
STRATHDEE, Clifford
At Woodstock General Hospital on Thursday, April 17, 2008, Clifford STRATHDEE, of Ingersoll, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Mildred (LAPIER) STRATHDEE. Dear father of Grant and his wife Joan of Ingersoll, Jim and his wife Marlene of Ingersoll and Darlene (Kupery) STRATHDEE of Woodstock. Also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Ingersoll on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Rev. John Lambshead and Rev. James DAVEY officiating. Interment Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Gideon Bible Society would be appreciated.

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STRATHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-14 published
STRATHY, Robert Alexander Cockburn
Peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Friday, April 11th 2008, in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Lyn. Dear father to James and Cynthia STRATHY. Dear brother of Jane HILL and John STRATHY. Brother-in-law of Jane STRATHY, Douglas ROBERTS, John ROBERTS and Karen SMITH. Also remembered by many nieces and nephews. Bob's early business career was spent with National Trust and Royal Trust and evolved into managing the family cattle farming operation in King Township. His interests were breeding wild fowl, publishing the Ducklochan, building various collections and oil painting. A time of remembrance for Bob will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Dr.) on Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Royal Victoria Hospital Cancer Center in Barrie, or to a charity of the donors choice in memory of Bob would be appreciated.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-01 published
DAWSON, Mildred I. (STRATTON)
Peacefully at Country Terrace Nursing Home, Komoka on Friday, February 29, 2008, surrounded by her family, Mildred I. (STRATTON) DAWSON, formerly of London Township, passed away at age 91. Predeceased by her beloved husband Daws (Gordon Stuart DAWSON) of 65 years. Dear mother of her 4 sons Gord and Lynn, Sandy (Doug) and Linda, Al and Shirley, and Bruce and Kat. Dear sister of Ila HAIGHT (and Don) and predeceased by her 3 brothers Jim (late Bertha), Len (Lillian,) and Jack (late Marie) STRATTON. Also loved by her 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. DAWSON was a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star (Orpha). Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street (at Wavell), London. Service in the Chapel Tuesday, March 4th at 11 a.m. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. There will also be an Eastern Star service held Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. Memorial donations appreciated to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-03 published
HUGHES, Lorna Felice (formerly HUNT, née ROBERTS)
Passed away peacefully at Sunrise of Aurora on Monday, December 31, 2007 in her 88th year. Predeceased by her first husband, Maunsel HUNT in 1948, and also by her husband of 47 years, F. Norman HUGHES in 2002. Loved mother of children David Hunt HUGHES and the late Linda NEUFELD (David) and of step-children Judith, Mary SPAFFORD (Jack, deceased), Margaret LACASSE (Yoland), Libby STRATTON (Brooke), and Donald (Margaret). Caring grandmother to John and Scott SPAFFORD, Eric, Jacqueline, Christine and Nadine LACASSE, Alan, Kevin and Beth STRATTON, Jennifer and Kate HUGHES, Amy, Adam and Allison GAW, and Stephanie, Mark and Carolyn NEUFELD. Great-grandmother to Nicholas, Danielle, Patrick, Liam, Sheldon, Tristan, Brady, Catherine, Madison and Christopher. Sister to Bunty JEWITT (Lorne.) Funeral service to be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 11: 15 a.m. Visitation will take place the same day, commencing at 10: 30 a.m. until the time of service. Private family interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Anglican Church or to the charity of your choice. Special thanks to the caring staff at Sunrise of Aurora and to the Paramed P.S.W. team. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral Home 905-727-5421

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STRATTON 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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STRAUGHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-10 published
STRAUGHAN, Edward J.W.
Of Hanover, passed away peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Thursday, May 1, 2008 in his 82nd year. Loving father of Tom Lloyd of London, Darby (Sandra) SCHLEICH of Guelph, Laurie (Stan) SHER of Ilderton, Merrilee McGILLOWAY of Calgary, Ted STRAUGHAN of Calgary, Samantha (Peter) ABEL of Putnam and Susan (Jamie) DUVAL of Strathroy. Ed will be fondly remembered by his fifteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his sisters Betty STRUB and Eva MUSTARD. Predeceased by his brother Allan, sisters Marjorie MANTHA and Dorothy NEWMAN and his parents, Edward and Pearl (CUNNINGHAM) STRAUGHAN. At Ed's request, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley (519 363-2525) on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. Interment in Colborne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Elmwood Alcoholics Anonymous or the Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com

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STRAUS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-04-08 published
McTEER, Linda Elaine
Suddenly at North York General Hospital on Friday April 4th, 2008 at the age of 55 years. Linda McTEER of New Dundee and formerly of Paisley. Linda was born in Walkerton on March 3rd, 1953 and was raised in Paisley. She was the sixth child of seven of the late Harold and Irene (MOONEY) McTEER. She worked 25 years with the Economical Insurance Company in Kitchener before finishing her insurance career with Hallmark Insurance in Scarborough. In 1980 Linda was appointed guardian of the family of the late John and Marjorie (McTEER) TANNER who are left to mourn her passing: Clifford and Joanne, Jim and Cindi, Connie and her friend Jim STRAUS all of Port Elgin, Carl and Debbie, Cindy SWEIGER, Jeff and Bonnie all of Paisley and all of their children. Predeceased by the youngest Laurie Ann TANNER (1988.) Also left to mourn her passing are her siblings, Gladys and John TURNBALL of Waterloo, Shirley and Bob CURRIE of Paisley, Glen McTEER of London and Rhonda McTEER of Wingham, Keith and Rhonda McTEER of Newmarket. She is also survived by her stepmother Marge McTEER of Durham. She is predeceased by her brothers Lorne (1990) and Wayne (1994). She also leaves to mourn many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. A graveside service will be held at Purdy Cemetery on Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Judy ZARUBICK officiating. Following interment, a celebration of Linda's life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #295, Paisley. Memorial contributions to the Paisley Health Clinic would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com

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STRAUSS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-22 published
STRAUSS, Edith (née SOLOMON)
Peacefully on March 20, 2008 in Toronto, surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her beloved husband Norman STRAUSS, her best friend, business adviser and confidant. Adoring mother of A.J. STRAUSS (Lindsay) and Marina STRAUSS (Allan BLATT) and super-proud grandmother to Aaron, Elana and David BLATT. Cherished sister of Lila GOTTHEIL of Montreal, Doctor Samuel SOLOMON of Montreal (Dusty VINEBERG) and Genia ALBRECHT of Ithaca, New York One of Canada's top fashion designers, Edith STRAUSS broke new ground, building a thriving business under her own label at a time when working women/mothers were not the fashion. She turned a basement home workshop into an awardwinning design studio, selling her styles in Canada, the United States and Japan. She was a dynamo -- a big presence in the lives of those around her. Her fashions are now part of the costume and textiles collection at the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal. In recognition of her late husband's contributions, she established the Norman Strauss Fellowship for Professional Ethics in Business at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. Her spirit and enthusiasm live on in us all. Thanks to the Mount Sinai Hospital Intensive Care Unit staff, and a hug to nurse Julie BOKROS for her care and attention over the past three weeks. Funeral service at Paperman and Sons, 3888 Jean Talon West in Montreal on Monday, March 24 at noon. Burial at the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation Cemetery, Mt. Royal Blvd., Montreal. Private Shiva. Donations may be made to McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management, 1001 Shebrooke Street West, Suite 454, Montreal, Québec H3A 1G5 towards the Norman Strauss Fellowship.

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STRAUSS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-31 published
LOVE, Syd
Peacefully, on March 29, 2008, at the age of 84. Predeceased by his beloved wife Ida (née MORRIS,) of 53 years, and his daughters Judy BRYSON and Nancy GOODWIN. He will be lovingly missed by: his sister Kathleen STRAUSS; his son Doug and his wife Lynne grandchildren Jennifer, Robyn, Julie, Jaclyn, James, David, Michael, and Brian; step-grandchildren Ashley, Lauren and Kirsten; and by his good friend and companion Dorothy BRAGG. Syd will also be fondly remembered by John and Donna BRYSON, Helen LOVE, and Steve GOODWIN. Syd enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and was seconded as a navigator by the Royal Air Force, with whom he served during World War 2. After the war he graduated from McGill University with a Chemical Engineer Degree, and subsequently started his own engineering business; L.S. Love and Associates. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home - "Mississauga Chapel", 1981 Dundas Street, W., (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.) for a Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Syd, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.
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STRAUSS 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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STRAUSS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-09 published
STRAUSS, Edith (née SOLOMON)
Mother, wife, grandmother, sister, award-winning fashion designer, Montreal aficionado. Born March 27, 1919, in Brest-Litovsk, Poland. Died March 20 in Toronto of complications from an infection, aged 88.
By Marina STRAUSS, Page L6
As a mother, she was always a bit different. In the morning she headed to work while her two children took a bus to school. As chief designer at a Montreal dress manufacturer, she was known by her maiden name at a time when married women adopted their husbands' names.
Edith's fashion-design work took her away from her family every few months, on trips to New York and Europe. But her children, Alfred (A.J.) and Marina, didn't feel neglected. She still micromanaged many facets of their lives. She researched their schools and their Friends. She sent them to piano, drama and dance lessons. She designed her daughter's clothes, the uniform at her elementary school and the costumes for her school plays. She knew all of their teachers, and had an opinion about each.
The oldest of four children, Edith was born into a family with so little money that her father, Nathan SOLOMON, left Poland for Canada in 1928 to find more lucrative work. It took eight years before the family joined him in Montreal.
Edith's mother, Rachel, wanted a better life for her children, one rich with culture. It broke her heart that, at age 16, her eldest was forced to find work sewing dresses to help support the others. Edith's formal post-secondary education consisted of art courses at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams). For years she took university night courses on world politics.
She was a big believer in the people she loved and respected, and she was their biggest booster. Her daughter was the prettiest and the smartest. Her husband, Norman, was the most handsome, dignified and intelligent.
Norman was the love of her life, her confidant and business adviser. She had pursued him more aggressively than she had pursued her career. He put up with her eccentricities, her chronic lateness, her occasional nagging. She could be assertive; she demanded excellence. He catered to her like a queen, and she told everyone how lucky she was to have him.
He encouraged her to start her own fashion business and helped her set it up in 1965. She proudly put her married name on her label, Edith Strauss Designs. Vivid colours, fine fabrics and feminine styles were her trademark.
At home she played down her work. It's just the "shmatte business," she'd say. She'd don a housecoat, mop the floors and stop every once in a while to sketch a design. Her creative juices were always flowing. Out on the street, she had no compunction about stopping a stranger to admire her outfit. Then she'd pull out her sketch pad and draw the details.
Marina STRAUSS is Edith's daughter.

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