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FAEED o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-23 published
BRADY, Frances Mary Geraldine "Gerry" (née O'BRIEN)
The beloved bride of 66 years of Charles (Charlie) Thomas BRADY passed away peacefully at Toronto in her 93rd year on January 21st, 2008. Gerry was born in 1915 in Dixie, Ontario. Predeceased by her loving son Patrick (Lynn). She will be forever missed by her children Brenda COSTELLO (Boone), Peter (Beth), Mary Ann, Margaret, Brigid (Stephen) and Timothy. Loving grandmother of Patrick BRADY and Martha BERNEY (Mark); Droughan, Darryl and Allison (Rob) COSTELLO; Ryan and Conor BRADY; and David and William HOUSE. Greatgrandmother of Jacob, Kaitlyn and Sarah BERNEY. Loving sister-in-law to Beverley O'BRIEN and Shelagh O'BRIEN. Gerry was predeceased by her parents Florence (MILEY) and Donel and by siblings Eileen (PHELAN), Miley, Charles, Brendan, Elizabeth (Betty McGOEY,) Laureen (WEILER,) Edward and George. She will undoubtedly miss the many updates from the O'BRIEN, McGoey, Weiler, Phelan and Taylor clans. Like ripples radiating outward on the waters of Lake Joseph, her heart and mind reached ever outward in curiosity, interest and love, making connections that she always remembered. Funeral service to be held on Thursday, January 24th at 11 a.m. at St. Anselm Church, 1 MacNaughton Road, Toronto, M4G 3H3. Gerry will rest at Mount Peace Cemetery, Dixie, which was founded by her father, Donel O'BRIEN. Gerry's life was enhanced and her spirit was lifted through the attentive care provided by her nephew Doctor Paul O'BRIEN. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving Friendship and care provided by Fatma FAEED over the past two years. We also thank Vicky JOHNSON at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, Andri at Community Care East York and the compassionate and loving angels at Saint Michael's Hospital Palliative Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Care East York, 840 Coxwell Avenue, Suite #303, Toronto M4C 5T2, 416-422-2026, or on-line at www.ccey.org. Condolences and memories may be for warded through www.humphreymiles.com

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FAEHRMANN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-14 published
FROMM, Wilfred Frank, P.Eng.
(University of Toronto, 1949)
Passed away peacefully at home. Survived by his brother Frederick of Etobicoke. Loving Uncle of Paul (Port Credit,) Mary KRISTIE (Timmins,) Mary HUNTER (Mississauga) and Joan FAEHRMANN (Guelph.) Beloved 'uncle' to Travis and Logan FROMM; Stephanie and Michelle FAEHRMANN; Melanie COOMBS and Michael SMITH. Proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Conservationist, fisherman and outdoorsman, he loved the rugged landscape of Southern Georgian Bay where he had a cottage for over 50 years. Parishioner for half a century and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at St. Benedict Catholic Church. Will be fondly remembered by former colleagues at Canadian Standards Association in Rexdale where he worked for three decades. Lifelong member of the Power Squadron of Canada. Will be remembered by members of the Power Squadron of Weston on which he served as an officer and instr uctor in navigation for many years. He'll be remembered as well by the brotherhood of fellow fishermen for his lifelong passion for pike and muskie fishing. Wilf's ashes will be resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2085 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. A Catholic service will be held on Friday, May 16, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society would be appreciated by the family.

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FAELKER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-08 published
PATTERSON, Luella (née ELLIS)
Peacefully entered into eternal rest on January 02, 2008 in her 94th year. Widow of the late Earl R. PATTERSON, she returned in 1981 to the Hanover/Walkerton area after her husband's passing in 1974. Formerly she lived in Toronto and Brampton, devoting her life to her husband in support of his ideals and goals for the International Woodworkers of America and to her extended family. Luella was the daughter of the late James J. ELLIS and wife Elizabeth (née SACHS) ELLIS. Beloved wife of the late Earl R. PATTERSON. Dear mother of Marie FAELKER, Alan (Hanh) PATTERSON, and John (Christine) PATTERSON. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren: Fay FAELKER, Steven FAELKER, Sarah (Michael) HACKBUSCH; Beverley (Joe) PACHECO, Diane (Denis) ROCHETTE; Shawn (Sonja) PATTERSON, Mark PATTERSON and Paul PATTERSON. Great-grandchildren: Erik, Myles and Emily PATTERSON; Alyssa and Steven WEIR; Erica and Kelsey ROCHETTE; Shawna GAILITIS; Stephanie and Jessica FAELKER Aaron, Sebastian and Aiyana HACKBUSCH: and four great-great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by: her beloved grand_son David PATTERSON, son-in-law Donald FAELKER, brothers: Clarence, Alvin and Elmer ELLIS, sisters: Irene GATEMAN and Mary Ann VATTENDAHL, niece Doris WENDORF and nephew Gerald GATEMAN. A Private Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 04, 2008 at 12: pm at Mighton Funeral Home Hanover Ontario. The Reverend Gordon WILLIAMS of Orangeville officiated. Interment in Hanover Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Scott Mission, Salvation Army or charity of one's choice were appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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FAESSLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-08 published
Actor enjoyed long Stratford career and doubled as a gifted drama coach
Trained in British repertory and a graduate of a famous London school for actors, he built a highly regarded Canadian career and founded Toronto's George Brown Theatre School
By Noreen SHANAHAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Toronto -- Joseph SHAW was a pillar of the Stratford Festival who liked nothing better than to mentor young actors struggling to wrap their tongues around Shakespeare. "I wouldn't be an actor without him," said Alison Lawrence, who was one of the actor-director's first students. "He had great faith in us. He used to say that he would never kick anybody out of school, but that the actual work in the theatre [community] was going to select people."
She recalled a flamboyant teacher whose style sense had never left the 1970s. He'd stride about wearing hip-hugging bell-bottoms, love beads and a shiny white belt, said Ms. Lawrence, who is a regular on the Toronto stage and who co-wrote the three-woman comedy Bittergirl. He wore an ascot, splashed on what seemed like cartons of cologne and puffed at an elegant cigarette holder.
His students adored him, even when he dramatically blew smoke in their faces. He demanded professionalism and insisted they pay careful attention to voice training, movement, dance, music - all the bits and pieces that go with being a well-rounded actor.
Joseph SHAW was born in Lancashire, England, and fell in love with the theatre at an early age.
His first Shakespearean role came while a schoolboy at a British boy's school. He played a woman - Hermia - in A Midsummer Night's Dream. During the Second World War, he joined the Royal Air Force and was assigned menial work until his true talents were discovered. After that, he was put in charge of staging musical shows and skits to entertain the troops and boost morale. As a young man, he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, also the training ground of Julie Christie, Claire Bloom, Jeremy Brett, Peggy Ashcroft, the Redgrave sisters and many others. In 1949, he won the school's gold medal for acting and spent the next five years appearing with various companies throughout Britain.
In 1954, Mr. SHAW was asked by director Leslie Yeo (obituary, September 25, 2006) to join his London Theatre Company in Saint_John's. "Joe could fit new lyrics to age-old Newfoundland sea shanties and milk all the local sacred cows," Mr. Yeo wrote in his book A Thousand and One First Nights.
Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation writer and producer Jeannine Locke recalls meeting Mr. SHAW in Saint_John's more than 50 years ago. "I remember seeing him for the first time, leaning against the fireplace mantel, looking exactly like a school boy for the Jolly Boys Annual, with his blond hair and blue eyes. Very English good-looking in a way I thought all English should look."
In 1962, he moved to Toronto to act and direct at the Crest Theatre. The Crest signalled the beginning of commercial theatre in Toronto, and for 13 years, audiences were treated to local productions. Until then, audiences had been entertained mainly by touring companies from Britain or the United States. Among other actors at the Crest were Richard Monette, Barry Morse, Jackie Burroughs, Frances Hyland, Amelia Hall, Eric House, Martha Henry and Kate Reid.
While working at the Crest, Mr. SHAW moved into what was possibly the only theatrical rooming house in Toronto at that time. The house on Sherbourne Street was owned by Canadian author Shirley FAESSLER and it was alive with actors and dancers and such writers as Margaret Laurence, Adele Weisman and Mavis Gallant. Mr. SHAW met his wife, actor Mary SAVIDGE, by sharing a tiny kitchen with her at the house. In 1960, they exchanged wedding vows in the living room. Their son, Timon SHAW, remembers from an early age always being around assorted groups of thespians and other creative folk. "My father had the most extraordinary character and spirit, whether he was on stage or off. His love and fascination for life and the arts was nothing short of infectious."
In 1962, Mr. SHAW began a long run at the Stratford Festival, occasionally in productions alongside his wife. Among his first roles were Duncan in Macbeth and Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew. "He had a kind of elegance to him," said general director Antoni Cimolino. "He was able to play the leading-man stuff very well, but he also had a wonderful comic sense. Not a low comedian, but he had real status and style, so he had a bit of a chameleon in him."
In the mayor's role in a 1989 run of A Shoemaker's Holiday, Mr. SHAW tucked the back of his cape inside his tights just as he stepped onto the stage. "I heard this great wave of laughter at the right side, and it spread across like a wave at a football field," said Mr. Cimolino. "What was brilliant about this piece of business was that it was the pin that pricked the pomposity of the character and made him human. So, as an artist, he found a way to add something to the whole and make it better."
As a mentor, Mr. SHAW was once particularly helpful to a certain fresh-faced Romeo Montague. Mr. Monette, former artistic director at the Stratford Festival, tells a story in his memoir Rough Magic about how Mr. SHAW arranged a dinner with Sir John Gielgud in 1976. The British actor was in Toronto to perform at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and Mr. SHAW came straight to the point: "A friend of mine is a rising young Canadian actor who has just played Hamlet and is about to play Romeo. He'd love to meet you."
A fine evening followed where Dom Pérignon flowed, conversation sparkled, and lobster thermidor was picked dry. Finally, at 2 a.m., quietly urged on by Mr. SHAW, Mr. Monette asked Sir John, arguably the greatest Shakespearean actor of the 20th century, for some pointers on how to play Romeo. "Well, it's very difficult," he replied. "You see, in the first act, you get a crick in your neck from the balcony scene."
In 1975, Mr. SHAW founded Toronto's George Brown Theatre School and served as its artistic director for 10 years. His role as mentor reached profound proportions during this decade.
"He cared tremendously about the theatre in Canada, the future of the theatre in Canada and the future of the young Canadian theatre professionals," said Diana Reis, a teacher who worked with him in the early 1980s. "He built a bridge between the theatre training of old that concentrated on skills classes, dancing, voice, deportment and elocution, to the modern theatre training classes. And at that time, it focused on the Stanislavski-based work that was so popular in America, most specifically by [the American actor] Uta Hagen."
He also revealed great depth in musical theatre.
"Joseph had a lot of experience writing musical shows… he had been doing that in Newfoundland," said Judy Peyton WARD, who worked with him at the theatre school. "He had a great gift in writing musical lyrics [and] he put that to good use at George Brown."
Key to his philosophy was to hire faculty members who came not from academia but from the theatre. A case in point was Ms. Peyton WARD, a successful costume designer and cutter whom he brought from Stratford. She easily transferred her skills to the George Brown curriculum, handing students their own scissors and telling them to cut and sew.
Operating a theatre school and performing fitted neatly into Mr. SHAW's calendar. Typically, he would finish his "season" at the school and head off to Stratford to begin rehearsals.
Inevitably, there was overlap. Toronto actor Dan Chameroy benefited from Mr. SHAW's mentoring while auditioning for a leading role in Cymbeline in 1992. "He was my launching pad when it came to Shakespeare… without his help and assistance, I don't think they would have looked at me seriously," he said. "It was the intimidation of speaking without music underscoring my every word, fear of being out there alone with only words: 'Oh my God, I have to speak Shakespeare.' "
Standing in Mr. SHAW's tiny Stratford living room, he was instructed in breathing, punctuation and how to use his voice in the many ways demanded by the Shakespearean language. "There were so many different approaches to the work that I had never really thought of," Mr. Chameroy said.
Mr. SHAW's own enthusiasm for his trade never flagged. He staged plays and musicals in Montreal, Halifax, London, Toronto and Saint_John's, and in 1979, he played the lead role in Blithe Spirit at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. On television, he appeared in The National Dream, King of Kensington, Street Legal, A Gift to Last and Ray Bradbury Theatre. More recently, he appeared in The Great Defender and Dieppe.
His roles at Stratford included the King of France in All's Well That Ends Well; the title role in Julius Caesar; Dorilant in The Country Wife; Old Adam in As You Like It; Seigneur Anselm in The Miser; John of Gaunt in Richard II; and Abbe Faria in The Count of Monte Cristo. His final roles were Vintner and Archbishop Scroop in the 2006 production of Henry IV, Part 1. By that time he was 85. "I'm sure some people wonder why I continue to act, well past the usual retirement age," he said in the program guide. "The answer is quite simple: I'm still stage-struck."
Joseph SHAW was born January 6, 1921 in Lancashire, England. He died of emphysema in hospital in Stratford, Ontario, on January 9, 2008. He was 87. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary SAVIDGE, in 1982. He is survived by his son, Timon SHAW.

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