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MUTCH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-21 published
CUNNINGHAM, Margaret Elizabeth (née BROOKFIELD)
Veteran of World War 2
Of Lion's Head, peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services Lion's head on Sunday, May 18th, 2008. Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” (nee BROOKFIELD) in her 89th year. Loving wife of the late James Alexander CUNNINGHAM (2001.) Devoted mother of Joanne CORMIER and her partner Robert CLARKE, of Lion's Head, and Mary Louise CUNNINGHAM- SMITH and her husband Greg SMITH, of Oakville. Cherished grandmother of Alexander WHITTAKER (Anne,) David CORMIER (Jessica,) Justin CORMIER, John CORMIER (Christine), Jason CLARKE, and Amanda CLARKE and great-grandmother of Abigal, Annabelle, Lily and Hannah. Sadly missed by her niece Claudia LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, of North Carolina; her cousin Penny MUNROE, of Toronto; and Friends Nancy HOWALD, of Miller Lake, Beth MARTELL, of Lion's Head, Linda SCHAEFER of Wiarton, and Al MUTCH, of Owen Sound. Predeceased by her brother Robert BROOKFIELD. Betty served during World War 2 as an Army Captain stationed at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Cremation has taken place. Betty's daughters invite Friends to join with them for a Celebration of Life memorial at Joanne's home (25 Jackson's Cove Rd., R.R.#3 Lion's Head) on Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 3 o'clock. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home and Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Donations to the Bruce Peninsula Clinic (Lion's Head) would be greatly appreciated and may be made through the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com

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MUTCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-10 published
HARVEY, Pansy Florence Bridget "June" (née CROSS)
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 8, 2008 at the Parkwood Hospital, London. Pansy (June) HARVEY formerly of Port Rowan in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late John HARVEY who predeceased her November 12, 1994. Loving mother of Lorraine and husband George BLOOMFIELD of R.R.#1 Nobel, Valerie and husband Tom DURSTON of R.R.#2 Mt. Elgin and Charlene and husband Kim BROWN of R.R.#3 Port Rowan. She is survived by her step-son Wayne MUTCH and wife Kay of R.R.#1 Woodstock and by her sister Shirley and husband Peter MORGAN of Purley, England. She was predeceased by her son Gary, brother Peter, sisters Betty and Eileen. Pansy served in the Royal Air Force during World War 2 and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 379, Port Rowan. A past director of the Oxford Dorland Aires. Relatives and Friends may call at the Jeffrey W. Glendinning Funeral Home, 36 Front Street, Port Rowan on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted at the Port Rowan Mennonite Brethren Church on Friday April 11, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Pleasantview Cemetery, Curries. A Legion Memorial Service will be conducted at the funeral home Thursday at 6: 45 p.m. under the Auspices of Port Rowan Legion Branch #374. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkwood Hospital Veterans Wing or Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family.

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MUTCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-16 published
WEIR, Charles " Chuck" William
While battling a terminal brain tumour, Chuck passed away unexpectedly (perhaps mercifully) after an idyllic weekend drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake, on Saturday, January 12th, 2008, his wife and daughter by his side. Predeceased by his beloved mother, Helen, and his father, John. He leaves his wife, Carole, daughters Lea and Alissa, step-son, Tony MUTCH, sister, Lorna CLARK, and niece, Corinna McBRIDE. Chuck was born in Toronto in 1934. He attended Humberside Collegiate where he developed his love of football and was a star quarterback. He married Tamara JURASCHUK and later obtained a Master's degree in English Literature from U. of T. and published two books for schools. His love of the English language was shared when he taught at Royal York Collegiate and U.T.S. as was his love of football which he coached. In the 1960s, Chuck left teaching to follow his true love, writing, and embarked on a career that saw him contribute to the theatre and television, most notably 'Spring Thaw,' 'Front Page Challenge,' 'Dreamweaver,' for which he received a Golden Rose of Montreux award, and the Emmy nominated series 'The Music of Man'. One of his proudest achievements was the success of his show 'Toronto, Toronto' that ran for three years in the early 1980s at the Theatre-in-the Dell. He was also a talk show host and actor in television and film. For five years, he lived and wrote in France, where he also coached the Aix-en-Provençe Argonaut Football Team to win the European Championships. Chuck was a true Renaissance man. He was deeply and eclectically passionate about music, dancing, literature, ideas, and, most of all, people. He was equally the artist with a pen, a wrench or a hammer. An adoring father, caring husband and a man who defined loyalty in Friendship, Chuck possessed a rare gift for observation that was wedded to a fall-off-your chair sense of humour. He touched the lives of all who knew him. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, on Friday, January 18th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a service will be held at the same location on Saturday, January 19th at 3 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of choice.

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MUTCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-07 published
Mainstay of Front Page Challenge also co-wrote hit Canadian musical
Sketch writer went from teaching high-school English to turning out a stream of scripts for such popular television shows as Wayne and Shuster and the revue Toronto, Toronto
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Toronto -- At an age when many men go through a midlife crisis, Chuck WEIR went through a midlife career change. He switched from the life of a high-school teacher and football coach at a Toronto private school to being a full-time, television comedy and continuity writer.
While he made his name on Front Page Challenge, he also worked on This is the Law, Wayne and Shuster, King of Kensington, and Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, and co-wrote a popular musical that ran for more than two years in Toronto in the early 1980s. Much later, just for fun, he resumed coaching football - but in France.
"He was more than just a comedy and variety writer," said his friend Steve Clarke. "He did everything from stage plays to screenwriting."
Chuck WEIR spent his early years in the Toronto neighbourhood of Kensington Market but moved around Ontario after the outbreak of the Second World War. The WEIR family, whose origins lay in Ukraine, suffered a temporary breakup when his father, John, was interned under the War Measures Act because he was a member of the Communist Party. An uncle was also a Communist and union organizer.
As a result, Chuck and his sister Lorna were sent to live with their grandparents on a farm in St. David's, Ontario, where they adapted to rural life and kept a pet calf named Bambi and a piglet called Moonbeam. But life could sometimes turn unpleasant for a city boy. "One day, some older boys convinced him that, to become immune to poison ivy, you had to eat the berries. He almost died," recalled his sister. "He had the rash in his mouth, down his throat and all the way down his esophagus."
He was saved by an emergency trip to the local hospital.
"Since that time, Chuck could roll in a poison ivy patch and never be affected," Lorna CLARK added. "I guess it worked."
At 8, he found celebrity of a different kind. In 1942, he travelled alone by train to see a relative in Lethbridge, Alberta. As it happened, the governor-general, Viscount Alexander, was also on that train and young Chuck was interviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press. "A newswoman interviewed me and asked me a lot of questions for the paper," he wrote his sister at the time. "I astounded everyone with my yo-yo."
Back in Toronto, he showed an early interest in the performing arts by learning Ukrainian dance steps at the Ukrainian Labour Temple on Bathurst Street. There, he learned to do the leaps and squats of traditional Ukrainian dance numbers. Later in life, he taught Ukrainian dancing.
When he was about 13, he went to Camp Naivelt, a Jewish summer camp outside of Toronto that was supported by the Communist Party. Despite the indoctrination, Chuck WEIR never shared his father's ideology. (But it did come back to haunt him when he was once denied entry into the United States because he had the same name as his Communist uncle).
Mr. WEIR attended Humberside Collegiate Institute. There, he proved himself a good student and a natural athlete. He was the quarterback and star player of the football team. Later, he studied journalism at Ryerson, then majored in English at the University of Toronto, where he earned a master's degree. For many years, he taught English, first at Royal York Collegiate and then at University of Toronto Schools. He was also the high-school football coach.
It was about then that he took up writing. He co-wrote two school textbooks and, on the side, wrote scripts for television and for such comedians such as Dave Broadfoot. By 1969, he had given up teaching to write full time.
He was never short of work. Among his early successes was Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation variety show modelled on the popular U.S. show Laugh-In. The show ran in 1970 and 1971 and starred Hart Pomerantz and Lorne Michaels, who later went on to produce Saturday Night Live. He also wrote skits for Wayne and Shuster and This is the Law, featuring panelists and vignettes anchored in the law. His longest gig, however, was spent working for Front Page Challenge.
The longest-running weekly television program of its kind in North America, Front Page Challenge was a game show based on current events. For those too young to remember, an announcer hidden from the four panelists read a recent headline from a newspaper and they would set about identifying the event.
To audiences, the patter of the host, Fred Davis, and the words of the off-camera announcer always seemed unrehearsed. In fact, for half of the life of the program, which ran from 1957 to 1995, the lines were written by Mr. WEIR.
Sometimes, he also was the show's warm-up man, whose job it was to get an audience in the mood before the cameras started to roll. He was so good at it that other programs enlisted his talents, including This is the Law and King of Kensington, a comedy starring Al Waxman set in Mr. WEIR's old neighbourhood.
What interested him the most about working on Front Page Challenge was meeting the guests, who ranged from astronaut Buzz Aldrin to Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby, and survivors of a 1972 South American plane crash who survived though cannibalism. He brought them home for dinner. Their story was told in the 1974 book Alive and by the 1993 movie of the same name.
"It opened him up to so many people, and that was one of his favourite parts of the program," said Mr. Clarke, with whom he worked later in his career.
Mr. WEIR also worked on Music of Man, an eight-part 1979 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series hosted by violinist Yehudi Menuhin that was nominated for an Emmy, and an award-winning 1980 special made with skater Toller Cranston.
"It was the first time anyone had used black ice to shoot a skating program," said his daughter Alissa.
Mr. WEIR also co-wrote Toronto, Toronto, a cabaret-style satirical revue that opened in the Theatre in the Dell in October of 1980, and ran for 31 months. His co-writer, Mark Shekter, went on to a career in Hollywood. The play's hit song was Spadina/China Syndrome. It dealt with the transition of a Jewish neighbourhood to a Chinese one. The lyrics, in part, went as follows:
What can you eat on Spadina?
What is this dish rice fried?
When you are looking for a bagel you get a cookie with message inside.
"It is sung by two old Yiddish gentleman who bemoan the loss of the Jewish garment district which had been overwhelmed by the Chinese community," Mr. WEIR told The Globe and Mail in 1983. "It's not racist, though I've had letters from people who felt it was."
The show, intended as a celebration of the city's burgeoning ethnic diversity, grossed nearly $1-million and was, at that time, the longest-running show of its kind in Canadian history. It was described by then-Globe theatre critic Ray CONLOGUE as "a genuine love letter to the city."
Shortly after the end of its run, Mr. WEIR went to France to write novels. He wrote three, though none was ever published. He lived in Aix-en-Provence for five years, and became coach of a team that played North American football. Called the Aix-en-Provence Argonauts, they won the Coupe d'Or - the European championship of, for the French, a fairly obscure sport. Mr. WEIR was named coach of the year in France.
When he returned to Canada in 1990, he continued to do research and write for Front Page Challenge until it went off the air. He also worked on screenplays with Steve Clarke and pursued many hobbies, from repairing cars to fishing.
"He was a keen outdoorsman," said his daughter Alissa. "Fishing in the Arctic was a lifelong dream that he was able to fulfill. He had incredible skill with his hands from carpentry to tinkering with cars. He said he missed his calling, as he should have been a plastic surgeon because he was so good with his hands."
In the past few years, he and his wife, Carole, did a lot of travelling. One of the more memorable trips was to China, during which they took a boat ride down the Yangtze before the river was made unnavigable by the Three Gorges Dam. On that trip, he wrote, directed and acted in a series of on-board skits that amused his fellow travellers.
Charles William WEIR was born in Toronto on September 20, 1934. He died in Toronto of a brain tumour on January 12, 2008. He was 73. He is survived by his wife, Carole MUTCH, step-son Tony MUTCH and two daughters from his first marriage, Lea and Alissa.

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MUTTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-15 published
WELCH, Charles Ivan
In his 82nd year passed away Saturday, April 12th, 2008 after a short illness. Beloved husband of Judith, father of Larry WELCH (Lynn) of Poplar Hill, Brenda MUTTER (Harold) of Wasaga Beach, Vikki SEARLE (Mike) of Komoka, Randy WELCH (Anne) of London, Cheryl RASTIN (Dave) of Mount Brydges, and Chris WELCH (Kim) of Victoria, British Columbia and he was also the beloved grandfather of 17 grandchildren. Sadly missed by his sisters Dolly BOUK (Jack) of London and Marjorie LUTTIKHOF (Bill) of Lambeth and all his nieces and nephews. Many people got to know Charlie through his association with the Little Beaver (Byron) Restaurant. Charlie was also a member of the Arthur Currie Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Strathroy and a member of the Strathroy Seniors Centre. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 4th, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home in Strathroy. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Charles.

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MUTTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-22 published
GROFF, Michael " Ozzy" (né MUTTER)
On Sunday, May 11th, 2008, as a result of a car accident in Texas, Michael (Ozzy) GROFF passed away at the age 44. Survived by loving parents Patricia and Michael MUTTER, adoring sister Melissa SMITH (Denis.) Their children Kyle McASKILL and Zander SMITH and sister Bobbi-Lyn GROFF. Grandmother Betty BELL and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, also his wife Larinda GROFF and her family in Texas. He will be missed. But for Ozzy the beat will alway go on in our hearts. A memorial will be held at a later date.

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MUTTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
WELCH, Lawrence Charles Stephen
Passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at the age of 61. Beloved husband, best friend and soulmate of Lynn for 25 years. Special father and friend of Kim (Mike) OPDECAM and Nicole (Marc) SAINT_JACQUES, of London. Dear son of Kae WELCH (Rake,) of London, and the late Charles (April, 2008) and Judy WELCH, of Strathroy. Father of Erica (Stu) PENNYCOOK, of London, Alison (Fred) RONSICK, of Ingersoll, Tanya and Nicholas WELCH, of London. He will be missed by siblings, Brenda (Harold) MUTTER, of Wasaga Beach, Vikki (Mike) SEARLE, of Komoka, Randy (Anne) WELCH, of Port Stanley, Cheryl (Dave) RASTIN, of Mount Brydges, and Chris (Kim) WELCH of Victoria, British Columbia. Dear Papa of the loving grandchildren, who always put a smile on his face, Spencer, Malcolm, Tyler and Samuel. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved pet, Pippi. Special nephew of Dolly (Jack) BOUK and family, of London. Much loved son-in-law of Patricia WINDOVER, of London. Cherished brother-in-law of Mary Lou GODDARD and family, of London. He will be sadly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, Friends, employees and customers. Larry was the founder and owner of the Little Beaver Restaurant, Komoka. He will be surely missed. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the Victorian Order of Nurses, and the caring staff, nurses and doctors at Victoria Hospital in London and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Cancer Society, London Health Sciences Centre or the Victorian Order of Nurses Canada. Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. North, where a celebration of Larry's life will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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MUTTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-26 published
WELCH, Larry
The family of the late Larry WELCH would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our family, Friends, and employees for your many acts of kindness shown to us in the loss of our dear loved one. We sincerely appreciate the love, support, letters, cards, phone calls, flowers, donations and food so kindly given. We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Victorian Order of Nurses, and the caring staff, nurses, and doctors at Victoria Hospital in London and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. A special thank you to the Little Beaver Restaurant staff, Bear Creek Golf Club staff and Westview Funeral Chapel. For the wonderful service which helped us celebrate Larry's life, we would especially like to thank cousin Gary GORHAM, son-in-law Mike OPDECAM, sister Brenda MUTTER, and friend Sharanne MacDONALD for her very touching songs. On a personal note, I would like to thank the family members and Friends who have supported and been there for Larry and I these past two and a half years while he battled cancer. You were always there for us the entire time. You are so precious, and you made each and every celebration special, and I know he valued the time you spent with him. I thank you with all my heart. You made his life so happy. Love to all, Lynn and family

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MUTTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-24 published
MUTTON, Clifford Arthur
Died peacefully with his family at his side at Bluewater Health - Palliative Care on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Helen for 63 years. Loving father of Paul, Burnaby, David, Uxbridge and Barbara (Gary) MORRIS, St. Catharines. Dear brother-in-law of Dorothy GLOVER and Mary MUTTON. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Central United Church (corner George and Brock Sts.,) Sarnia, officiated by the Rev. Gary CARRUTHERS and the Rev. Dr. Don LOCKETT. As an expression of sympathy Friends who wish may send memorial donations to The Canadian Cancer Society, 714 Lite Street, Point Edward, N7V 1A6 or the Canadian Kidney Foundation, 546 N. Christina, Sarnia, N7T 5W6. Arrangements by McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home, Sarnia (519-344-3131). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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MUTTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-09 published
MUTTON, Helen
Passed away after a courageous struggle on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Hawkesbury, Ontario, aged 80. Dearly beloved wife of Donald MUTTON. Loving mother of John (Cecile) and Jude. Devoted grandmother of Ian, Katie, Samantha, Chris, Lee and Jenny. She is sadly missed by Friends and family. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the wonderful and caring staff of the Prescott-Russell Residence. Friends may call at the Berthiaume Funeral Home, 416 McGill Street, Hawkesbury, on Sunday May 11th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday, May 12th from 9: 30-10:30. A Memorial service and reception will be held Monday, May 12th at 11 a.m. at Hawkesbury United Church, 260 McGill St. Those desiring may make donations to the Prescott-Russell Residence Foundation or a charity of choice.

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MUTTOO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-14 published
KAPOS, Florence (née GRAY/GREY)
Passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at the Trillium Health Centre on January 8, 2008, in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of Andrew for 47 years. Survived by her sister-in-law and five nephews and their families. She was cared for lovingly by her private nurse Clohe MUTTOO and also by Lisa JURBIN. Florence was a dedicated and inspirational high school teacher for 30 years, latterly at Etobicoke Collegiate. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at the Unitarian Congregation, 84 South Service Road, Mississauga (905-278-5622) on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m.

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