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BUIE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-23 published
BYE, Jean Marjorie (née GRUNSELL)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on her mother's birthday Friday February 22, 2008. In her 92nd year, Jean Marjorie BYE (née GRUNSELL,) beloved wife of the late Lester J. BYE. Loving mother of John BYE and his late wife Barbara, Mary and her husband John COLLIER and Kathryn and her husband Martin ROACH. Loving grandmother of Melissa BYE, Amy and her husband Lenny FONTE, Sarah COLLIER and James WOOD, and Martha COLLIER. Loved great-grandmother of Anthony and Haly. Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by three sisters Alma (Mrs. John BUIE,) Dorothy and Irene GRUNSELL. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday February 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the Trinity United Church, Annan on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Hugh McDONALD officiating. Spring interment in Annan Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation or to Trinity United Church, Annan would be appreciated by the family.

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BUIE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-29 published
BYE, Jean Marjorie (née GRUNSELL)
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on her mother's birthday Friday, February 22, 2008. In her 92nd year, Jean Marjorie BYE (née GRUNSELL,) beloved wife of the late Lester J. BYE. Loving mother of John BYE and his late wife Barbara, Mary and her husband John COLLIER and Kathryn and her husband Martin ROACH. Loving grandmother of Melissa BYE, Amy and her husband Lenny FONTE, Sarah COLLIER and James WOOD, and Martha COLLIER. Loved great-grandmother of Anthony and Haly. Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by three sisters Alma (Mrs. John BUIE), Dorothy and Irene GRUNSELL. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday February 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the Trinity United Church, Annan on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Hugh McDONALD officiating. Spring interment in Annan Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation or to Trinity United Church, Annan would be appreciated by the family.

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BUIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-01 published
She entertained Toronto and the troops, carting her organ from stage to stage
Born to a talented family, she became a musical fixture in a growing city and beyond
By Noreen SHANAHAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- As a classical organist, Dorothy BROMBY's performances were like a soundtrack for a maturing city in the 20th century. From her early days in cinemas, performing during intermission, to troop shows during the Second World War and rounding up prize-winning animals at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, her music bellowed in the eclectic corners of Toronto's entertainment industry for more than five decades.
Ms. BROMBY was the first female conductor at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and at age 20, probably the youngest. She performed, produced and directed shows at the Winter Fair, the Royal Horse Show, the National Home Show, Ontario Place and Yorkdale Mall. With great dedication and care, she carted her Lowery Organ from stage to stage.
She also inspired others to succeed. David Rogers, one of Canada's leading musical theatre talents and former star of the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, said Ms. BROMBY taught him how to be a professional.
"[She said] that it was a business that had to be taken seriously. She always commanded respect."
Dorothy BROMBY was born into a musical and entertaining family. When her father, Harold, was still in his teens, he was personal trumpeter to the Duke of Atholl in Aberdeen, Scotland. Later, in Canada, he served as bandmaster for the 116th Battalion during the First World War. When Dorothy was a child, it was not unusual for her to find veterans camped out on the living room floor, especially during the annual Warriors' Day Parade. She also had an uncle who played the xylophone, drums and zither at the Canadian National Exhibition grandstand for afternoon circus performances.
Dorothy's first public performance was as an elementary student in Toronto's west end. In those days, children were expected to quietly line up in front of the "girl" or "boy" entrance. Once her piano skills became known, she was expected to be at the keys twice a day to herd them through the proper doors. Her uncle, Walter, even wrote a special piece of music for her called the Western Avenue School March. By the time she was in high school, the organ was her favourite instrument. In 1941, she took a job playing at cinemas across Toronto, including the Odeon Carlton, the Humber and the Danforth Music Hall.
Around the same time, she started performing for the troops at Ontario military installations, including Camp Borden, Barryfield and Muskoka's "Little Norway" base.
"She was the youngest member of the musicians' union," said sister Bernice BOYD, "and our parents had to make sure the colonel in charge at each camp would look after her."
She often teamed up with Scottish comedian Billy Meek, who went on to a regular role on Pig and Whistle, the iconic Canadian television variety show. In addition to troop shows, Ms. BROMBY volunteered to play for wounded servicemen who were convalescing in Toronto.
In her teens, Ms. BROMBY summered in the Toronto Islands. (Her mother, Lily, had lived there when she first came to Canada from Belfast in the early 1920s.) The cottage lacked a piano until one day when her parents were bicycling at the Eastern Gap harbour entrance and spied a table grand in the sand. They borrowed a Toronto Transit Commission freight wagon and, with Friends, pulled it home.
"Our parents restored it as best they could," her sister said. "And this was where Dot did all her rehearsing. When we had parties, the piano was closed and used as a buffet table."
During the war, Ms. BROMBY did shows at the Royal York and King Edward hotels, performing with four other women in a group they called The Dorothy Bromby Singers. She wrote the music and played accompaniment on the organ, pressing the 40 stops to emit different sounds, including trumpets, strings and drums.
In 1946, she was hired as the musical conductor for Stop and Go, a variety revue at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre that featured artists from wartime entertainment troupes: the Accordionettes, the Modernettes, Lay Kenny's Teenagers, the Rhythmteens and the Leslie Bell Singers.
John KARASTAMATIS, the theatre's current director of communications, noted how rare it was for women of this era to be allowed to conduct.
"Working in the home and 'slave labour' were pretty well the only jobs for women at that time," he said.
Ms. BROMBY married fellow Ward's Islander Jim SMYTHE in 1948. While overseas during the war, Mr. SMYTHE had fallen in love with a picture of her snapped by a mutual friend. He insisted on meeting her as soon as he was back in Toronto. Her reputation as a musician had also charmed him while he was away.
"I fell in love with Dorothy the moment I saw her," he said. "I married her in '48 and had 59 years of bliss. It was an island romance."
After the war, the Singers hit the road, this time taking four male performers along with them. They were hired by Chrysler and General Motors to do cross-Canada tours, putting on grand spectacles each time a new car was introduced. In 1955, Ms. BROMBY did a two-week run for GM, performing as many as five shows a day. It was an exhausting but manageable schedule, even though she had two children at home under the age of 5. The group also performed on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television during its early years in the 1960s, and Ms. BROMBY later played the organ on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation variety shows and dramas hosted by Monty Hall and Rick Campbell.
She performed as a solo instrumentalist at the Canadian pavilion in Montreal during Expo 67, mingling with other performers, including Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich and a fresh-faced Luciano Pavarotti. (Ms. BROMBY's son, Ron, also played the clarinet in his high school band at Expo).
Ms. BROMBY began working at the Winter Fair and Flower Show at the Canadian National Exhibition in the late 1960s, and remained there until she retired in 1995. It seemed as though she had found her niche and refused to abandon it. From this point on, she was surrounded by bouquets of flowers. Her dedication to the job was such that she once performed with a broken wrist. "They built a stand for her arm at keyboard height," said her son, "and the furriers covered her cast with a mink muff that matched the mink stole she wore."
After a few years at the flower show, Ms. BROMBY went on to work with the ring committee in the horse arena. Her talent as both performer and director were particularly noted, especially on the closing ceremonies.
Mr. Rogers recalls the early days of his career, following Ms. BROMBY in circles around the ring. "I remember her with her music in a binder, leading the troops with her singers and dancers behind. We'd follow her through the horses and cows [stalls], she in her fancy gown with her hair higher than anyone else's."
The ceremony consisted of a parade in the centre ring, showcasing Ms. BROMBY on the organ. (She also wrote the script.) There were award-winning horses festooned with flowers, colourful bushels of fruits and vegetables, sheep, cows, geese, chickens - for 26 years, she left nothing out.
"She brought the show business pizzazz," daughter Sandy RUTHERFORD said. "They asked her to come back, even up to two or three years ago… because it now lacks that extra flavour."
When the ring was full, the lights would go down - gradually, so as not to spook the animals - and the president of the fair would enter the gate. He'd circle the ring once or twice, sitting with his wife in a three-horse buggy, officially close the event, and exit to great applause.
During her retirement, Ms. BROMBY enjoyed spending time at the family's cottage in Haliburton, Ontario, and turning her musician's hands over to gourmet cooking.
Dorothy Bromby SMYTHE was born December 4, 1925, in Toronto. She died in Toronto on December 24, 2007, from cancer. She was 82. She is survived by husband, Jim, daughters Sandy RUTHERFORD and Pat BUIE and son, Rob BROMBY. She is also survived by her sister, Bernice BOYD, and eight grandchildren.

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BUIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-22 published
GROENENBERG, Ralph John
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Ralph has gone home to his heavenly Father and is now at peace in the arms of Jesus. Loving husband and best friend of Judy (BUIS) and strong and loving father of Michael, Paul and Jennifer. Loved son of Jake and Corrie GROENENBERG and son-in-law of Geurt and Jennie BUIS. Dear brother of Jean (Andre) BRODEUR, Dorothy (John) Vanmeppelen SCHEPPINK, Herb (Grace) GROENENBERG, Alice (Clarence) VANDER VIES, Dave (Betty) BUIS, Roger (Lisa) BUIS, Elaine (Jeff) VEENKAMP, Mark BUIS and brother-in-law of Dana GAGNIER. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Ralph was born in Saint Thomas on March 1, 1961. He worked for Cedar Ridge Construction and formerly was self employed and sub-contracted for G.C.W. Kitchens. Ralph was a member of the Fellowship Christian Church. The family will receive Friends and relatives at the Fellowship Christian Church on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family service to celebrate Ralph's life will be held on Wednesday morning at 11: 30 a.m. at the Church, Pastor Tom BAIRD officiating. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Saint Thomas Community Christian School or the Canadian Cancer Society. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. in charge of arrangements. "Hakuna Matata"

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BUIST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-19 published
BUIST, Christine Margaret McGregor (née LITTLE)
Peacefully at home in Ottawa on Sunday, April 13, 2008. Born in Hamilton, Ontario where she received the gold medal in Honours English from McMaster University, Christine moved to Edinburgh, Scotland after World War 2 to complete post-graduate work and to teach. There she married Robert Pace BUIST, a Royal Air Force pilot, when he came back from fighting in Burma. In 1950 they returned to Canada, first to Montreal and then London, Ontario where she taught at Central and Ryerson schools. Upon retirement she pursued her interests in volunteer work, painting, bridge, travel and publishing her memoirs. After Robert's death she moved to Ottawa to be near her children, bravely starting a whole new life. She leaves her son Ian and his wife Beth, daughter Margaret and her spouse Leslie REAUME and grandchildren John, Andrew and Heather. Friends may call at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road (at Roosevelt) on Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 1 p.m. until time of memorial service in the chapel at 2 p.m. A memorial service will also be held in London, Ontario at First St. Andrew's United Church on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Autism Society of Ontario would be appreciated. www.autismontario.com Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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BUIST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-30 published
DISBROWE, Dorothy Mary (WHITE/WHYTE)
Peacefully called to 'New Life' with God, Dorothy Mary DISBROWE (WHITE/WHYTE) passed away at L.H.S.C. University Hospital on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late George E. DISBROWE (September 2005.) Loving mother of Sister Janet DISBROWE, School Sister of Notre Dame, Hamilton, Mary Lou and Gordon FARQUHAR of Port Franks, Connie and Arthur PEARSON of London, Georgina (Gina) and Anthony FUOCO of Mississauga, Guy and Maria DISBROWE of Toronto, Catherine and William (predeceased) LOWTHIAN of London, Elizabeth and Ian BUIST of Ottawa and Angela and Richard ELIE of London. Predeceased by her daughter Sally DISBROWE (July 1964.) Also survived by 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her grandchildren Colin and Melissa. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Thursday, May 1, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Michael's Church, 515 Cheapside Street, London on Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chatsworth, Ontario. Prayers Thursday evening at 7 o'clock. Donations to the Children's Health Foundation or School Sisters of Notre Dame, 1921 Snake Road, Waterdown, Ontario, L0R 2H0. 'You will be in our hearts forever'

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BUIST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
BUIST, Christine Margaret McGregor (née LITTLE)
Peacefully at home in Ottawa on Sunday, April 13, 2008. Born in Hamilton, Ontario where she received the gold medal in Honours English from McMaster University, Christine moved to Edinburgh, Scotland after World War 2 to complete post-graduate work and to teach. There she married Robert Pace BUIST, a Royal Air Force pilot, when he came back from fighting in Burma. In 1950 they returned to Canada first to Montreal and then London, Ontario where she taught at Central and Ryerson schools. Upon retirement she pursued her interests in volunteer work, painting, bridge, travel and publishing her memoirs. After Robert's death she moved to Ottawa to be near her children, bravely starting a whole new life. She leaves her son Ian and his wife Beth, daughter Margaret and her spouse Leslie Reaume and grandchildren John, Andrew and Heather. Friends may call at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road (at Roosevelt) on Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 1 p.m. until time of memorial service in the chapel at 2 p.m. A memorial service will also be held in London, Ontario at First St. Andrew's United Church on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Autism Society of Ontario would be appreciated. www.autismontario.com
Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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