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GEALE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-05 published
HEWSON, Elizabeth Brock
Passed away quietly in her home on Thursday, March 27, 2008, in her 91st year. She was the beloved daughter of the late Fred and Jessie HEWSON. Predeceased by her brothers Frederic (Ted) and Geale HEWSON and survived by a dear sister-in-law, Mrs. Geale (Peg) HEWSON. Loving aunt of Beth HEWSON (Tom ZINK), Ric HEWSON (Dorothee RETTERATH), Margie (Dale) LOUGHEED and Ben HEWSON. Adored great aunt of Sean (Erika), Jesse, Sandy (Amber), David, Heather, Jody, Stephanie and Michael. Cherished great-grand aunt of River GEALE.
Elizabeth, or Buzz, as she was affectionately known by her closest of Friends, made lasting impressions throughout her lifetime. Her exceptional organizational abilities were nurtured at an early age and surfaced most prominently when she served as a dietician in the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas from 1943-45. This was followed by 38 dedicated years as a dietician at Burwash Hall, Victoria University, University of Toronto. She retired in 1983 to Niagara-on-the-Lake and more recently Virgil.
Buzz's modesty was outshone by her generosity, and she provided much quiet support of many non-profit organizations throughout her retirement years. As per Elizabeth's wishes, a private family service will take place on April 12, 2008. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care, Pleasant Manor Retirement Village in Virgil, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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GEAR 2008-05-08 published
WILKER, Dorothy Elaine (née BALE)
78 of Tavistock passed away in Stratford General Hospital on Wednesday, May 7, 2008. She was born in East Zorra Township, Oxford County on June 23, 1929 a daughter of the late Allan and Mabel (BIRCH) BALE. Dorothy was a piano teacher in Tavistock for more than sixty years; was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sebastopol-Tavistock where she was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Women. She also played the pump organ for services at the Historical Trinity Anglican Church in East Zorra. She had good memories of the enjoyment she had during the years she was farming with her husband Lloyd. She married Lloyd Henry WILKER at Trinity Anglican Church, East Zorra on August 25, 1951. He died on May 11, 1985. Dorothy is the loved mother of Rosanne and husband Bert JALASJAA of Waterlooo, Richard and wife Kathy WILKER of Tavistock, Allan and wife Barb WILKER of Mitchell, Linda and husband Perry Keller of Tavistok; grandmother of Kenneth and Paul Brown, Jason and wife Sherry WILKER, Todd and wife Amie WILKER, Heather WILKER and fiance Darryl GEAR, Luke and wife Jen WILKER, Sara WILKER and friend Dave DEYOUNG, Karlie WILKER and friend George BISAK, Chad and Kaitlin KELLER; great-grandmother of four great-grandchildren; special friend and sister-in-law of Helen McGREGOR of Tavistock and Dorothy SCHAEFER of Kitchener. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret BALE in infancy and by brothers-in-law, Howard McGREGOR and Ernie SCHAEFER. Relatives and Friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock today (Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 8-9 p.m. (note time). The funeral service will be held in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sebastopol-Tavistock on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Richard P. BROWN will officiate. Interment in Trinity Evangelical Cemetery, Sebastopol-Tavistock. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Worship and Music or Tavistock Community Health Inc. would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home by calling 1-519-655-2431.

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GEARING 2008-07-03 published
After a lengthy illness on July 1, 2008 at University Hospital. Helen GEARING at the age of 83. Predeceased by her beloved husband Roy (January 10, 2008). Much loved mother of Jacqueline and her husband Mark ELDRIDGE. Dear Nana of Joey and Kimberley ELDRIDGE. A very special thank you to the staff at Mt. Hope Long Term Care for the love and dedication shown to Helen over the years. A graveside service to be held on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 1999 Dundas Street East, London (Section Victory). Following the graveside service a reception will be held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, west of the cemetery grounds. Should Friends so desire, donations may be made to the Mt. Hope Foundation. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 519-452-3770

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GEARING o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2008-06-13 published
MacLEAN, Doreen Grace
Passed away peace fully on Friday June 6, 2008 in her 83rd year. Previously deceased by her loving husband Gordon Stanley MacLEAN. Survived by daughters Sharon Elizabeth McMASTER and Terry of Kitchener, Linda Susan GEARING and Christopher JARVIS of Collingwood, grandchildren Christina and Paulo MONTEIRO and Andria Doreen VANEZI, great-grandchildren Sophia Maria and Marcos Alexandre of Kitchener. Cremation has taken place and services will be held at the Stayner Cemetery on Wednesday June 11, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Collingwood and District Humane Society or the Wasaga Peach Library. Friends may visit Doreen's online book of memories at
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GEARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-29 published
In building a national literary culture, he saw that 'writers need an audience'
Technically a radio producer, he spent half a century nurturing Canadian talent
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
When Alice LAIDLAW was a student at the University of Western Ontario, she heard that somebody named Robert WEAVER was buying short stories and broadcasting them on the radio. After he bought a story from a friend of hers, she wrote him a letter in 1951, enclosing "The Strangers" and "The Widower." He suggested some changes to the first story and offered to buy it.
"That was probably the greatest moment of my life," she said in a telephone interview yesterday. Not only did she have a piece accepted, but she "was going to be paid." And so began Mr. WEAVER's long relationship with the writer we now know as Alice MUNRO.
But it wasn't just praise that she and so many other yearning writers, including Mordecai Richler and Norman Levine, appreciated from Mr. WEAVER, a radio producer, anthologist and magazine editor.
"He was always wonderful to work with because he didn't pull any punches. Even after I was selling stories fairly regularly, his criticisms were very valuable," Ms. MUNRO said. "His approach was always encouraging, businesslike - I think it was very Canadian. It wasn't overly enthusiastic, but it accepted the fact that this was important work to you and to him and we were bound to do our best with it." This was very comforting to Ms. MUNRO in the days when she had "nobody else" beyond her first husband to encourage her.
"He was the guy," Margaret Atwood said yesterday of Mr. WEAVER, one of Canadian literature's most formidable talent spotters from the 1950s through the end of the last century. She recalled reading one of his first anthologies of short fiction when she was still in high school. "It was crucial for me because it told me that there were [Canadian] writers." He broadcast some of Ms. Atwood's early stories on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in the 1960s, and the two later worked together with editor William Toye on two editions of The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986 and 1995). He was a "doll" to work with, she said.
"He always concealed the extent to which he was well read and literary," Ms. Atwood said, describing Mr. WEAVER as self-effacing and apparently untutored. "That was his front. Underneath he was very smart and he had a very, very good ear," she said. "He took a chance on unpublished writers and he understood that writers need an audience - and he was providing that audience," through radio programs such as Anthology and the short stories that he collected and published in more than a dozen anthologies, including five volumes of Canadian Short Stories published by Oxford University Press.
Although technically a radio producer, Mr. WEAVER's real métier was broader and deeper. Essentially, he was a literary editor who was obsessed with discovering new talent and nurturing it by providing outlets and markets. Almost unconsciously, he was also building an audience and a literary culture as he traversed the country, meeting with writers and the staff at local Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations, serving as both a talent scout and a bridge-builder between Toronto and the regions.
He would hold impromptu salons in hotel rooms, where he puffed on his pipe, chatted with writers and swallowed an inordinate amount of hard liquor, while conversation swirled around him. He never seemed drunk - "not ever," according to Ms. Atwood - but he must have had a hollow leg, according to people who knew him in those days. While he could be a stern critic, he also bought less than stellar work from good writers who were broke and in need of a commission.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on January 21, 1921. His father, Walter WEAVER, was a doctor and a widower with one daughter when he married Jessie GEARY, the daughter of a local historian who had written books about the War of 1812. Bob was their first child, followed two years later by Grace, so he grew up sandwiched between two sisters in a small town that had a patina of sophistication from its powerful tourist attraction.
Although he loved sports and remained a hockey and football fan all of his life, he was not much of an athlete, according to his biographer Elaine Kalman Naves in Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature. Reading was an early pleasure, but one that he realized also had a seriousness of purpose - especially in a family in which reading "was part of the process of being human." The public library, which he frequented from the time he was in grade school, alternately sated and aroused his appetite for books.
His father died in 1931, when Bob was 10, just as the Depression was beginning to wreak its economic havoc. Two years later, an impoverished Mrs. WEAVER moved with her children to Toronto, where they settled in a rooming house owned by four of her late husband's sisters near the University of Toronto. Bob went to high school at Lawrence Park Collegiate, but he was a desultory student who was much more interested in reading and learning on his own than being taught by "unmarried, frumpish, middle-aged women." He graduated from high school in 1938 and got a job at the Dominion Bank on the corner of Avenue Road and Davenport, delivering bank drafts and picking up deposits from local businessmen.
In 1942, he tried to enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but failed an examination and switched to the army. He was stationed near Kingston, but was never sent overseas. The army did what it did for so many veterans: It gave him the opportunity to attend university, through the financial support of its veterans' aid program.
He entered University College at the University of Toronto in 1944, when he was 23 and mature enough to realize how lucky he was to be alive and involved in an expansive scholarly and social environment inhabited by the likes of Northrop Frye and Morley Callaghan. He joined the staff of The Varsity, edited the University College magazine in his second year, made Friends with three nascent literary talents - Henry Kreisel, James Reaney and Colleen Thibodeau - and became a force in The Modern Letters Club, a group that was agitating to bring the study of literature into the modern world. He was writing fiction, poetry and prose himself, but even then, with the help of some blunt comments from Mr. Reaney, he realized that his real talent lay in editing.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as a program organizer in the Talks and Public Affairs Department in November, 1948. He was given a 15-minute program niche on Friday evenings called Canadian Short Stories and a magazine-style show of arts reviews called Critically Speaking. These were the outlets that he used to create both a home and an audience for new writers as well as established ones, such as Malcolm Lowry and Sinclair Ross. And he raised the rates from $35 to $50 for any stories he broadcast.
A year later he began editing (with Helen James, his radio producer) an anthology of stories that they had broadcast on Canadian Short Stories and thereby provided his writers with a crossover audience from radio to print. That first anthology included stories by Mr. Ross, Hugh Garner and Ethel Wilson. By 1954, Mr. WEAVER had persuaded his bosses to let him produce Anthology, a 30-minute literary magazine. It first aired on October 19, 1954, with a lineup that included The Secret of the Kugel, a short story by an expatriate Montreal writer in London: Mr. Richler.
Anthology broadcast literary fiction by scads of writers who are now famous, including Austin Clarke, Leonard Cohen, Timothy Findley, Margaret Laurence, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael Ondaatje, Alistair MacLeod, Brian Moore, Al Purdy and Jane Rule. By 1968, the program had been extended to a 60-minute format and moved from Tuesday to Saturday evenings. According to Ms. Kalman Naves, Anthology regularly drew an audience of more than 50,000 listeners, "a figure that probably exceeded the combined readership of all the little magazines in the country at the time."
By 1974, Mr. WEAVER was head of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Arts. Four years later, Howard Engel became the producer of Anthology and Mr. WEAVER moved up the hierarchy again to become executive producer, literary projects. A decade later, he published The Anthology anthology to commemorate the program's 30th anniversary. It finally went off the air when budget cuts squeezed Mr. WEAVER into early retirement in 1985, although he continued to have an office at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation until 2002, when he was 81.
In 1956, he approached Ivon Owen, the managing editor of Oxford University Press and an acquaintance from university days, about starting a literary quarterly. Mr. Owen brought Mr. Toye, another editor from Oxford, to the initial lunch. The three men were soon joined by Kildare Dobbs, then an editor at Macmillan, poet Anne Wilkinson and Millar MacLure, an English professor at the U of T, with all of the editors working for free, although contributors were paid. Nominally a collective, Mr. WEAVER's strong editorial hand was evident until Tamarack folded in 1982.
Mr. WEAVER and his first wife, Mary McKELLAR (now COUTTS,) divorced in the mid-1960s and he married Audrey MacKELLAR in December, 1968. She became the mother of his two children, David and Janice. In 1979, he suffered a couple of strokes, which slowed him down, but didn't deter him from developing another literary bastion: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Competition. As he explained to his biographer: "I think I was always coming up with new things to do because I was afraid that some of the things we were doing would come to an end and then… how do you feed writers and keep going?"
There were 3,000 submissions the first year, an outpouring that has continued over the decades. The Canada Council became a partner in 1997 and began providing the prize money for what is now called the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Awards/Prix Littéraires Radio-Canada. Winning entries are published in English and French in enRoute magazine and broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born January 21, 1921, in Niagara Falls, Ontario He died January 26, 2008, in the Toronto East General Hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 87. Mr. WEAVER is survived by his second wife, Audrey, children David and Janice, and younger sister Grace. A private family service is planned.

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GEAUVREAU o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-02-07 published
TIBOR, Robert “Bob” Joseph
Of Oliphant, peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008. Robert Joseph TIBOR at the age of 70 years. Loving husband of Annette (née SHEARON.) Cherished father of Bonnie GEAUVREAU, Brad (Lynne) TIBOR, both of Windsor Kim (Geoff ROCHELEAU) of Mount Brydges; Michelle TIBOR (Rob GROULX,) of Sauble Beach; and Monica (Blair TUCK,) of Windsor. Much loved grandfather to Teri-Lyn, Kristine, Jonathan, Gordie, Abbey, Jessica, Michael, Elizabeth, Jaqueline, Skye, Sadie, Brandon and Brittney. Brother of Irene JOHNSTONE, of Windsor. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Elizabeth, and his sister Betty BURKOSKI. Brother-in-law of Dennis BURKOSKI, Vincent SHEARON, Maureen McRAE, and Sharon “Tootsie” THRASHER. Father-in-law of Rick GEAUVREAU. Best friend of Howard and Irene BARKER. Bob will also be sadly missed by Pete and Jodi Mountain; Jay and Judy Jasper; Kevin and Annie Kaposy; Everett, Todd and Bill Arnold; Shirley Kowch; and Mike and Helen. “Mr. Fix-it” will be forever missed by his best buddy Brodie. Bob retired after 44 years from Windsor Tool and Die. Family invite Friends to gather with them for a time of visitation at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041 on Thursday, February 7th, 2008 from 6: 00-9:00 p.m. Further visitation and funeral service will be conducted in Windsor. Donations to the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity would be greatly appreciated. In living memory of Bob a Red Oak tree will be planted in the funeral home meadow by the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel. Condolences may be expressed on-line at

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