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NANCEKIVELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-28 published
WAY, Currie
Peacefully at People Care Centre, Tavistock on Thursday, March 27, 2008, Currie Way, formerly of R.R.#5, Ingersoll, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (Bowman). Dear father of Ruth and Bob NANCEKIVELL of Ingersoll, John and Nena WAY of Salford, Ellen and Ron JOHNSON of Mt. Elgin, Gene WAY of R.R.#5, Ingersoll, George and Tammy WAY of R.R.#4, Ingersoll and Mary and Paul ROOKE of Ingersoll. Dear grandfather of Marci, Mike, Shane, Cory, Dana, Tyler, Daniel, Katelyn, Jesse, Kevin, Brady, Brian and Kyle. Dear great-grandfather of Brennan, Cole, Cloe, Ava, Kate and Olivia. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Sunday 7-9 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Ingersoll on Tuesday April 1, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. James DAVEY officiating. Interment Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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NANCEKIVELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-07 published
BANCROFT, Roy
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Saturday, July 5, 2008, Roy BANCROFT, of Ingersoll, in his 87th year. Husband of the late Ella (HERMAN) BANCROFT (1994.) Dear father of Elsie and her husband John LOUNSBURY of Ingersoll, Donald and his wife Ruth of Dorchester, Linda NANCEKIVELL of Ingersoll, Charles and his wife Martha of Springford and Barbara and her husband Donald LINDSAY of Bayfield. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Doris COUSINS of Woodstock, Lillian and her husband Jim HACKERT of Salford, Joe BANCROFT and his wife Betty of Ingersoll, Betty and her husband Ken FISHER of Ingersoll and Frieda WESTON of Ingersoll. Predeceased by one brother Ewart BANCROFT and two sisters Edna BASKETT and Bernice CLARK. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Tuesday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. John LAMBSHEAD officiating. Interment Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alexandra Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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NANKIVELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-15 published
Financial Post editor was the godfather of business journalism in Canada
An economist first and journalist second, he understood early the importance of properly covering Bay Street and financial affairs. He also had an uncanny knack for discovering newsroom talent
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7
Toronto -- Dalton ROBERTSON was executive editor of The Financial Post back when it was a broadsheet weekly and had enormous influence in the framing of public policy in Canada. He knew his weekly could not compete with The Globe and Mail's daily Report on Business, but using clear writing and solid content, he often scooped the competition.
Every week for more than 20 years, he wrote two front-page columns for the paper. One was an unsigned editorial, called The Nation's Business. The other was the Outlook column, a weekly examination of politics and economics in Canada.
He joined the newspaper in 1955 and, over the course of 32 years, Mr. ROBERTSON became a hugely influential figure in Canadian business journalism.
Dalton ROBERTSON was born in Rhode Island to Canadian parents who returned home soon after his birth. He spent much of his boyhood in Harriston, Ontario, a rural backwater about halfway between Toronto and Lake Huron. Although he came from a distinguished family - one of his grandfathers had been both the mayor of Harriston and a member of Parliament - he grew up relatively poor.
After Harriston High School, he went to the University of Toronto, graduating in 1949. He studied economics at the University of Chicago, although he was never of the Milton Friedman school of thought. Mr. ROBERTSON's politics were capital-L Liberal and he was an admirer of Walter Gordon, who was minister of finance in the Lester Pearson years and a staunch Canadian economic nationalist.
Mr. ROBERTSON worked in the economics and research branch of federal Labour Department for three years. His main achievement there was starting a magazine for the Civil Service Association. His first full-time job in journalism was at Canadian Business magazine, then located in Montreal. He joined the Financial Post two years later, at $500 a year.
He was hired by Ron McEACHREN, a tyrant of an editor who terrified most of his employees. Not Mr. ROBERTSON. They proved to get along well. He learned to mimic Mr. McEACHREN's voice and he liked to telephone reporters and demand they report to the boss's office. The reporters would arrive, shaking in their boots, to find Mr. ROBERTSON waiting outside the door and hugely enjoying his joke.
He took his work seriously, however, and felt passionately about the issues of the day. In 1961, he rose to the defence of James Coyne, the Bank of Canada governor, who was fired by prime minister John Diefenbaker for taking a contradictory attitude to inflation.
"Dalton was firmly against inflation and for the bank's independence," said his friend and colleague Neville NANKIVELL, who was editor of the Financial Post for many years.
During the peak of stagflation in the Pierre Trudeau years, Mr. ROBERTSON chastised the federal Liberals for failing to control inflation. "Restraint, it seems, has been clearly established as all that is needed to cure Canada's persistent twitch towards double-digit inflation," began his editorial of February 7, 1976.
Besides writing editorials, he was sent all over the world to return with essays and long reports on such events as Britain entering the European Community. He was dispatched to Australia to investigate why that country's development was eclipsing Canada's and how that might have shocked Wilfrid Laurier, a prime minister who had famously predicted that the 20th century would belong to Canada.
"The tide of money going into Australian resources - and many other factors as well - suggests that if the 20th century is to belong to anybody, it may be to Australia and not to Canada," he wrote in a long special report in 1971.
Later, as executive editor, he was in charge of just about everything, including running the paper's domestic and foreign bureaus. A slender and outgoing man who was well liked by colleagues, he possessed a distinctive sense of style and a refined fondness for certain cigars. With one eye brown and the other blue, he sported a neatly trimmed beard and dressed well even while at home with Friends. Once, on a trip to the Middle East, he took along a white suit but was discouraged from attending a formal dinner. Canadian embassy officials insisted he stay away; only the local potentate could wear white.
In the newsroom, he was a tough boss who demanded clear writing and accuracy from his stable of writers and reporters. He had "a good eye for hiring and capacity for firing without leaving blood on the floor," said his death notice, most of which he wrote himself.
He was also seen as an early advocate for covering economics and business properly.
"He played a really important role when business journalism was starting to evolve, not just in his own work but in the people he hired," said Christopher WADDELL, a professor of journalism at Carleton University who once worked under Mr. ROBERTSON. " Dalton laid the groundwork for business journalism for the last 25 years."
Over the years, he groomed scores of young journalists and helped launch them in their careers. Among them are Andrew Coyne of Maclean's; Globe and Mail editor Edward Greenspon; Giles Gherson, former editor of the Toronto Star and Edmonton Journal; Andrew Cohen, a Carleton University associate professor and author Gordon Pitts, a Report on Business columnist; Richard Blackwell, an Report on Business reporter; and Ian Brown, a Globe feature writer.
"He ran an incubator for business journalists," said Patricia Best, who worked at The Financial Post from 1978 to 1985 and is now an Report on Business columnist. "Dalton was so different. When he hired me, he asked, 'What are you reading?' I said, Alice Munro's short stories, which later I thought might not have been too businesslike. The next day, he hired me and said it was because I was reading Alice Munro."
She became the first woman at The Financial Post to cover the auto industry and came to realize that, while he was kind, he had high standards. "Dalton had faith in people and he took a gamble on them. [But] he was tough as nails. He didn't like any kind of fakery."
On a personal level, he took another gamble in 1981, when he bought a house in southwestern France. After The Financial Post, it was to become his second great passion. Located in the village of Puycelci, about an hour north of Toulouse, it, too, benefited from the ROBERTSON sense of style.
"It was built into the ramparts of the village and Dalton worked at expanding the gardens and the house," said Bea RIDDELL, a colleague at The Financial Post and one of Mr. ROBERTSON's closest Friends. "He was a marvellous host, whether it was in France or at home in Toronto."
He so loved the place that he decided to take early retirement and spend more time there. To better integrate himself in the community, he hired a local person to tutor him in French so that he eventually became fluent.
For many years, he also owned a large house in the Rosedale area of Toronto as well as a cottage in Ontario's Muskoka cottage country. He later sold the Toronto house to concentrate on his property in France.
He had done that sort of thing many times before - he was an adept flipper of real estate, working his way up from the Toronto neighbourhoods of Riverdale and Cabbagetown to the heights of inner Rosedale and then to a choice property in France, all the while keeping a smaller place back home. "You can't make any money in journalism," he liked to say.
Not that anyone ever heard from him when he was in France for long periods - at least not by e-mail. He hated computers. When they arrived in force at The Financial Post, he ignored them. He never owned one, never had an e-mail address and never learned to type with any degree of skill or enthusiasm. "He would retire into his office and write his editorials in long hand, then give them to someone to type them out," Mr. Pitts recalled.
In later years, if Mr. ROBERTSON had to send or receive e-mail, he would get a friend to do it for him using their own account, usually that of his companion, Brian WILKS.
His retirement from The Financial Post in 1987 was a bittersweet event. He was off for glorious France, but leaving his first love behind - a somewhat unrequited love, at that. Years before, he had been openly promised the job of editor-in-chief but then passed over when the time came in the mid-1970s. Executives told him they could not appoint a gay man as the editor of Canada's most prominent business newspaper. Instead, they named Mr. NANKIVELL to the job. By way of compromise, Mr. ROBERTSON became executive editor.
Characteristically, he kept his disappointment to himself and a few select Friends. At his retirement party, he joked that he was leaving for three reasons: the advance of technology the new work ethic that demanded arriving at the office before 10 a.m.; and society's puritanical attitude against smoking.
Dalton Sinclair ROBERTSON was born in Providence, R.I., on October 25, 1927. He died after collapsing in Mexico on January 27, 2008. He was 80 and suffered from lupus. He was 80. He is survived by companion Brian WILKS.

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NANT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-18 published
FIRBY, Rose Emma (née CARREL)
At the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday February 16, 2008. Rose Emma FIRBY of R.R.#4, Aylmer in her 88th year. Beloved wife of Max FIRBY. Dear mother of Ralph FIRBY and his wife Dale of R.R.#4, Aylmer, Donna Paget and husband Bev of R.R.#1, Brownsville and Ron FIRBY and wife Cathy of R.R.#4, Aylmer. Loved by 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Sister of Tom CARREL and wife Muriel of R.R.#4, Aylmer and Jack CARROLL and wife Vicky of Port Burwell. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, December 17, 1920, the daughter of the late Edward and Adele (NANT) CARREL. Rose had lived at R.R.#4, Aylmer most of her life. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday February 20, 200 Interment Aylmer Cemetery. Donations to the Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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