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RUBANOWICZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-03 published
MELTZER, Garfield Theodore
Garfield Theodore MELTZER born in Saint John, New Brunswick June 29, 1922 passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008. Dearest husband for over 53 years of Jacqueline (RUBANOWICZ of Paris, France,) beloved father of Evelyne (Michael GARDNER, Halifax,) Richard (Shona GODWIN, Montreal), Stephen (Michaela LINCOLN, Montreal), and Michael (Linda SALNA, Toronto.) He was the much adored Zeidah of Theo and Michaela Meltzer GARDNER, Alexander and Marieke GARDNER, Sebastian, Aidan, Jacob, Spencer, Ariella, Elijah, Kendra and Alison MELTZER. Also leaving behind brother Murray (Eleanor, Montreal,) sister Mary (Walter NACHUM, Florida,) cousin Lillian Meltzer GOLDSTEIN, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand-nephews, and other cousins in Canada, the United States, France and Israel.
Will be greatly missed by Mary ROY MELTZER and Elizabeth BOSCO who provided loving home support over the decades.
Predeceased by his father Samuel MELTZER (who immigrated to Saint John from Vilna, Lithuania) and mother Alice {DRITZ} MELTZER (Vilna, Lithuania) who died in Saint John when Gar was only two, much-loved stepmother, Sarah BALAGENSKI (Warsaw, Poland,) and siblings Lillian (Sydney SCHOEN), Kaye (Barney COLTON), Edward, Anne (Jack LEVINE), Frances (Mischa GELTMAN) and Bill (Doreen.) He dearly loved his in-laws Simon RUBANOWICZ and Raymonde {GORDON} RUBANOWICZ who had also predeceased him. Gar was the kindest, most generous, fair, honourable, humble, optimistic, and evercourteous man who had an indomitable spirit to the very end, and had an irrepressible Gar Heart, that continued to beat long after the doctors thought it would. Gar always took the high road, always turned the other cheek, always had a good word with a smile for everyone. He was committed to promoting human rights, brotherhood, mutual respect, peace and community service throughout his life. He was active in the scouting movement, Akela for over 25 years with the Judaen and then the Eli Boyaner Cub Pack in Saint John. He considered each of his cubs as one of his boys. He delivered Meals on Wheels, offered pastoral care at the Saint John Regional Hospital, served on the Board of the Shaarei Zedek Synagogue, was a founding member and Commander of the Jewish War Veterans in Atlantic Canada, was a member of the Maritime Parkinsons Association, the North West Commercial Travellers' Association of Canada, Albion Masonic Lodge No. 1, the Saint John Multi-Cultural Association, B'nai Brith, RUSI, and past member of the Carlton Curling Club. Gar was a life member of the No. 2 Legion in Saint John having served in the Canadian army and then the airforce as an Officer Training Instructor during World War 2. After the war he was actively involved as an instructor with the air cadets. Gar believed in working hard, in doing one's best and realizing the fruit of one's labours for family and community. He was a ship chandler, the owner of Gar's Diner, the Gar Meltzer Sales, and a commercial salesman for over 40 years representing some 50 companies throughout Atlantic Canada. Six months on the road every year for decades, he developed a network of customers who became Friends who never forgot him for his acts of kindness and tzadkah. His good deeds were innumerable and we usually only heard by chance from those who were touched by his generosity and altruism. In 1992 he was awarded the Canada 125 Confederation Anniversary Medal for community service. And yet Gar never sought honours or recognition. Gar loved his family and he loved his home. He treasured his Friendship with life-long pal I. J. Davis. Thanks to caregivers Judy and Jackie who were so helpful and compassionate providing athome assistance in Saint John; special hugs to Donna who took such good care of him while visiting in Toronto. Much appreciation to the wonderful medical and nursing staff at Toronto East General Hospital where he spent his last days. Donations may be made to the Maritimes Parkinsons Association or to the Gar MELTZER Memorial Scholarship fund c/o the Toronto Dominion Bank, 78 Main Street West, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2M 3N3. Funeral was held at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, Paradise Row, Saint John, New Brunswick (506) 634-7424 on Wednesday April 30, 2008. Interment was in the Shaarei Zedek Cemetery, Westmorland Road, Saint John, New Brunswick. The family sat shivah at 55 Goodrich Street, Saint John, New Brunswick following the interment. Condolences may be made in person, by phone, or via our website: www.brenansfh.com.

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RUBBENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-12 published
PURVES, E. Ray
Peacefully after a life well lived, at Toronto East General Hospital on Saturday, January 5, 2008, at the age of 82. Ray is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Joanne and their children, Mary CHRISTIE (Paul), David (Michelle) and Elizabeth RUBBENS (Erik). Ray was the loving grandfather of Molly and Cameron Christie, Matthew, Michael, Danielle and Nicholas PURVES, and Emma and Edyn RUBBENS. He was also a much admired uncle of five nieces and nephews.
Ray was born and raised in Port Arthur, Ontario and served in the Canadian Army during World War 2. He began his business career with Weaver Coal and Liquifuels. He served as Vice-President of Sales for Toronto radio station CKFM (99.9 FM). He was also Standard Broadcasting's station manager in Sarnia, Ontario. He was later in the commercial real estate industry with Peter L. Mason Agency. Many thanks to the caring staff of Toronto East General Hospital, especially the G5 nurses who cared for him so completely in his final days.
Cremation has taken place. Family and Friends will be invited to a Memorial Celebration of Ray's life at a future date. Donations can be made to Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, Senior Link or the charity of your choice.
"Requiescat in Pace"

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RUBENSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-06 published
STEELE, Birdie
On Thursday, June 5, 2008 peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Birdie STEELE, beloved wife of the late Melwood STEELE. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Doctor Darryl and Sue STEELE, Dorry and Alex KORN, and Denny and the late Ann STEELE. Dear sister of Sally MALT, and the late Harry, Al, and Abe FAGES, and Laurie BENWICK. Devoted Bubbie of Kimberley STEELE, Jason and Jewel STEELE, Marla and Sean ZAICHICK, Reesa and Chris QUILLIAM, Joseph and Kane RUBENSTEIN, Harris and Lisa KORN, Jacqueline and Ian FINE, and David and Shannon KORN. Loving great-bubbie of Kayla, Nicole, Laura, Bradley, Ariel, Gaby, Talia, Chloe, David, Michael, Ryan, Adam, Jayme, Emma, Matthew, Reid, and Asher. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Temple Sinai section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 83 Bevdale Road. Donations may be made to the Birdie Steele Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, www.benjamins.ca

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RUBERTO o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-31 published
ALEXANDER, Alice May (née BLACK)
Of Chesley, passed away at The Briton House, Toronto on Thursday, May 29, 2008 in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late R. Gordon ALEXANDER. Cherished mother of Bonnie COWAN of Toronto, Brenda and her husband, Terry NOBLE of Thunder Bay and Penny WITTEMAN of Orillia. Loving grandmother of Krista BAKER, Jennifer and Garth WALKER, David COWAN, Matthew NOBLE, Tara and Gio RUBERTO, Holly and William WITTEMAN, Heidi (WITTEMAN) and Alex CHAN. Adored great-grandmother of Jack, Hudson and Finley WALKER, Campbell WITTEMAN and the soon-to-arrive Fisher RUBERTO. She will be fondly remembered by her brother, Eldon BLACK and his wife Ella Mae of R.R.#2 Chesley. Predeceased by her brother, John BLACK and her sisters, Mary THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Isabel NEWMAN. The family will receive Friends at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Saint_John's United Church, Chesley on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 2 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery. Memorial donations to Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com

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RUBIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-20 published
VAISLER, Sari (née GASCO)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sari VAISLER (née GASCO) on Monday, February 18, 2008 in her 88th year. Sari passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and loved ones, after a brief illness. She is predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Sydney, and by her sister, Florence RUBIN. Loving mother to Barry and Wendi, Elissa and Irving, Shelley and Kenny. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Shannon, Kelly, Sean, Ryan, Bram and Rachel, Eric and Adam, as well as her brother Sydney GASCO. Sari was foremost, a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was so proud of her family, as we were of her. She was a pillar of strength to us all, until the end. Our family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Harle and the Palliative Care team, who helped us care for Sari at home, which was her wish. Our heartfelt thanks to Mary WELLMAN, Hermelinda LOPEZ and Yolanda MORENO, who have been our angels, and Sari's loving companions. Words cannot express our gratitude. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 1 p.m. at Or Shalom Synagogue, 534 Huron Street. Interment Or Shalom Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at 250 Sydenham Street, Apt. 411 Wednesday evening only, service at 7 p.m. Donations in memory of Sari can be made to Or Shalom Synagogue. Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. in charge of arrangements 519-433-6181. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Sari VAISLER.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-31 published
EMERY, Guy Nelson, M.D., C.M., (F.R.C.P.C)
The family is sad to announce the death of Guy EMERY on January 29, 2008 in Toronto. The beloved husband of Margaret for 50 years will be sadly missed by sons Christopher (Isabel), Peter (Shelley) and by daughter Jennifer (John), by grandchildren Nicholas and Sean DOLAN; Taylor and Maggie EMERY and by his sister Shirley EMERY. Guy is predeceased by parents Ted and Dorothy EMERY, sister Jewel, and his brother Stephen EMERY. Guy will also be missed by his many relatives, Friends and colleagues. Special thanks to Doctor Barry RUBIN and the nursing staff of 4A at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital for their exceptional care and support over the past several months. The family will receive visitors at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 lights west of Yonge St.) on Thursday, January 31st, 5-8 p.m. Memorial service will be held in the Anglican Church of St. Clement, Eglinton, 59 Briar Hill Avenue at Duplex Ave., on Friday, February 1st at 11: 00 a.m. followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, c/o Toronto General Western Hospital Foundation, 190 Elizabeth Street (R. Fraser Elliott Building) Room 5S801, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4, by phone (416) 340-4430, or online www.tgwhf-uhn.ca

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-19 published
ALTMAN, Linda
On Monday, February 18, 2008 at Hill House Hospice. Linda ALTMAN, beloved wife of Ray. Loving mother of Gabrielle and Danielle. Devoted daughter of Marilyn and David RUBIN of Detroit. Beloved Daughter-in-law of Dianne and Leon ALTMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Judy and Sy BERMAN, and Joel RUBIN all of Michigan. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Tuesday, February 19th at 2: 30 p.m. Interment Community section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 1 Glenis Gate in Richmond Hill. Donations may be made to The Linda Altman Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2P1, 416-780-0324 or www.benjamins.ca.

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RUBIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-04 published
DONALDSON, John Norman
Lieutenant-Commander Royal Canadian Navy (Ret'd)
Norm died peacefully at Bay Village, Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Kathryn (née GOODERHAM,) he will be forever missed by his son Richard (Daphne) of Mississauga and daughter Judith RUBIN (David) of Charleston, South Carolina. He was Grandad to Leslie, Fraser and Whitney DONALDSON and Kate WORD (South Carolina) and Great-grandad to Samantha and Joseph WORD. Norm was in failing health since Christmas. He fought bravely and proudly through the frustration with Parkinson's disease, which stopped him from typing letters to family and Friends in Canada, England and Scotland. A life well lived, Norm was a rare naval officer who served on land, air and sea with the Royal Canadian Navy for more than 20 years and fought overseas in World War 2 and Korea. After the Navy, he joined KPMG and later Coopers and Lybrand as a management consultant. An avid sailor with Kathryn, they spent many wonderful summers cruising Lake Ontario on Diablo and Ulysses before their trip on Quarterpatch down the Intercoastal Waterway to the warm south, unfortunately interrupted by back surgery. Norm and Kathryn retired to Sarasota and spent 20 years golfing, volunteering and enjoying life with their many Friends. Donations appreciated to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada or a charity of your choice. A Reception to celebrate Norm's life will be held in Toronto at a later date.

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RUBINOFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-11 published
RUBINOFF, David
On Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at Baycrest Hospital at the age of 95. Devoted and adoring husband of Rachel for 72 years. Greatly loved, admired and respected by his children Robert (Espie), Penny, Jeffrey (Betty), and Philip, and grandchildren Leba, Dan, Matt, Robyn (Rick), and Jeremy, a role model to them all. Great-grandfather to Tyler. Brother of the late Ann DREVNIG. Businessman and philanthropist. A kind and caring man. David came to Canada from Russia at the age of ten. In 1939 he moved to London, Ontario with his wife Rachel where he achieved much success. He was founder and Chairman of Commonwealth Holiday Inns which he grew to become Canada's then largest hotel company. He was an enterprising real estate developer, most notably of the White Oaks Mall in London. He was a leader and major supporter of the London Jewish community and as well contributed to many London organizations and institutions. He was a member of the Board of Governors of The University of Western Ontario although he himself had never finished high school. In 1985 David and Rachel moved to Toronto to be with their children and grandchildren who were the most important part of their lives. He has been a major contributor to Toronto organizations such as Mount Sinai Hospital and Baycrest. There will be a graveside service on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 12: 30 p.m. at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park, 5822 Bathurst Street. Please direct memorial donations to Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, 416-586-8203 or the Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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RUBINOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-01 published
WARSH, Tanya
Peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Tanya WARSH, beloved wife of Marvin. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Bonnie and Michael FULLER of New York, Judy HUROWITZ, Steven HUROWITZ and Diane OSAK, Beverley BASEN, Douglas, and Robert. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Lionel and Suzanne RUBINOFF, Ronald and Dorothy RUBINOFF, Beverly and Marvin ZARNETT, and the late Rita RITCHIE. Devoted grandmother of Noah, Sofia, Leilah, Sasha, Matthew, Lisa, Samara, Julia, Jennifer, Alexandra, Matthew, and Carolyn. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street (south of Eglinton) for service on Friday, May 2nd, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva 21 Hawthorn Avenue, Sunday from 12: 00 then daily from 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Tanya Warsh Memorial Fund for Research in Renal Cell Carcinoma at Sunnybrook Hospital c/o the Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, or www.benjamins.ca. To her family and Friends she was devoted, inspirational, beautiful, and a pillar of strength, who will be deeply missed.

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RUBINOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-10 published
RUBINOFF, David
On Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at Baycrest Hospital at the age of 95. Devoted and adoring husband of Rachel for 72 years. Greatly loved, admired and respected by his children Robert (Espie), Penny, Jeffrey (Betty), and Philip, and grandchildren Leba, Dan, Matt, Robyn (Rick), and Jeremy, a role model to them all. Great-grandfather to Tyler. Brother of the late Ann DREVNIG. Businessman and philanthropist. A kind and caring man. David came to Canada from Russia at the age of ten. In 1939 he moved to London, Ontario with his wife Rachel where he achieved much success. He was founder and Chairman of Commonwealth Holiday Inns which he grew to become Canada's then largest hotel company. He was an enterprising real estate developer, most notably of the White Oaks Mall in London. He was a leader and major supporter of the London Jewish community and as well contributed to many London organizations and institutions. He was a member of the Board of Governors of The University of Western Ontario although he himself had never finished high school. In 1985 David and Rachel moved to Toronto to be with their children and grandchildren who were the most important part of their lives. He has been a major contributor to Toronto organizations such as Mount Sinai Hospital and Baycrest. There will be a graveside service on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 12: 30 p.m. at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park, 5822 Bathurst Street. Please direct memorial donations to Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, 416-586-8203 or the Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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RUBINOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
RUBINOFF, Ida

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RUBINSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-09 published
RUBINSTEIN, Leslie Irene (née NUSSBAUM)
(June 21, 1939-September 22, 2007)
Leslie died of cancer near Chicago, Illinois where she had moved to be near her son Jason. The daughter of the late Rabbi Perry E. NUSSBAUM and the late Arene T. NUSSBAUM, Leslie was raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She spent her adult life in New York City, where she was a radio and print journalist specializing in travel, food and music. She leaves her son Jason, his wife Amy, and two granddaughters, Lucy and Sydney. She will be remembered by the Nussbaum and Newman families of Toronto and especially by Erna (Newman) PARIS, her cousin and lifelong friend. Donations can be sent to the Metropolitan Opera Seat Endowment, New York City.

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RUBY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-04-23 published
RUBY SANDRA ANNE PITAWANAKWAT
In Loving Memory of Ruby Sandra Anne Pitawanakwat, July 7, 1947 – April
20, 2008, who entered into eternal rest, Sunday, peacefully at her home
in Manitowaning at the age of 60. Loving mother of Karen Diane White
(husband Mark), loving grandmother of Randy Pitawanakwat (partner
Candace), Julianna and Jenna Mayes, all of Toronto. Predeceased by
parents, Philip and Victoria Pitawanakwat. Loving sister of Vincent
Pitawanakwat (partner Bonnie) of Whitby, William Pitawanakwat (wife
Winnifred) of Sudbury, Marie Rogers and Margaret Pitawanakwat, both of
Wikwemikong. Predeceased by Lawrence, Julian and Robert Pitawanakwat and
Gertrude Trudeau. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews and by her
godchildren. Rested at Saint Anthony Daniel Church, Kaboni,
Ontario.Visitation was from 2 pm, Thursday, April 24, 2008 until the
Funeral Mass, 11 am – Friday, April 25, 2008 at Saint Anthony Daniel
Church, Kaboni. Father McCarthy officiating. Interment in Kaboni
Cemetery. Island Funeral Home. Sandy, as many of her family and Friends
knew her, would agree she had quite a presence. She was never one to be
shy, she was outgoing, and always spoke her mind. Sandra enjoyed telling
and retelling stories from the old days, you were always guaranteed a
good hearty laugh when she was in the room. She was a historian at heart,
she felt that history was important and so, she kept up with the family
tree. She enjoyed care giving, which lead to her achieving her Registered
Practical Nurse diploma. You could say that she was like a mother hen
helping anyone who needed to be tucked under her wing. She had moved to
Toronto to help take care of her ailing mother and while there worked in
several hospitals and nursing homes. Later she moved to Wikwemikong where
she worked with the Victorian Order of Nurses and she continued
practicing her nursing skills to many on the Island. She also worked as a
supply teacher and connected well with the students with her easy manner.
She will be fondly remembered and forever in our hearts.

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RUBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-17 published
RISSLING, Mildred Doreen (née LLOYD)
Passed away at University Hospital, London, Ontario on Thursday, May 15, 2008 in her 84th year. Predeceased in 2005 by her husband of 63 years, Ned RISSLING. Also predeceased by two brothers, James and Grant LLOYD. Dearest and most beloved mother of Elaine and Craig CASWELL (Sudbury,) Sharon and David RUBY (Strathroy,) Linda BALTZER (London), Jim and Linda (Strathroy), Shirley (Strathroy), Beverley and Doug JONES (Whitby,) Dale and Jacquie (Saint Thomas,) Terry (Saint Thomas) and Douglas (London). Loving and fun loving sister of Audrey LIMOGES (Robert, deceased,) Arden LLOYD and Carolyn and Leo ROUSSY (Sudbury.) Precious grandmother of Garnet and Joh-Anna, Neil and Elizabeth, Brent and Kami-Rae, Glenn and Lianne, Gregory and Karen, Sandra and David, Beth and Mark, Karen and Jeff, Jennifer and Richard, Sherri and Steven, Frankie, Ned Jr., Tara, Amy-Jo, Shannon and Dave, Tiffany and Kyle, Drew and Amanda, Daniel and Tasha, Melissa and Jamie-Lynn. Also survived by 28 great-grandchildren. Survived by two sisters-in-law, Eva McLEAN and Regina HOSKINS of Regina, Saskatchewan. and several nieces and nephews. This was Mom's legacy - each person meant so much to her, each one equally important. She delighted in her family's visits and kept a little stash of toys and books in her home "in case the great-grandchildren came by." Born in Toronto, the eldest child of Mildred WILSON and Edgar LLOYD (deceased.) She moved to Kagawong as a child, and later to Sudbury. Her kindness in caring for her family was always her first priority - she lived by her Heart. A spirited young woman, she learned to drive the family automobile at age 14 and shared some very humorous stories with her family. She often said she could live without many things, but not without her car. Her grandchildren often teased her with their pet names of Grandma Dynamite, Little Grandma and Diamond Lil because of her love and accumulation of fine jewelry. As a young married woman, Doreen traveled to the Air Force Bases with her husband and young child and made the best of each sometimes difficult situation. A wonderful cook, who could make "something from nothing", and learned how to cook her husbands' favorite German dishes, and took great glee in his compliments of outdoing his own precious mother's cooking. Mom was often asked for her recipes and would simply say they were "all written in her Head" as she divulged her secret style. Doreen was a partner with her husband in their Family Business before moving to London over 30 years ago, although she was sad to leave her Gatchell and Sudbury Friends. She was a great card player and also enjoyed her television game shows and could "outwit" all of us with her brilliant knowledge on many topics. For the past several years in failing health, Mom gratefully acknowledged the special help of her daughter Linda, in both her and Dad's illnesses. She continued to love the simple pleasures of life and very much enjoyed the neighbourly chit chats and especially appreciated the kind help of her good friend Bob (the neighbourhood Mayor). At The Place She Loved Best, a private celebration will take place at the Country Estate Home of her daughter Sharon and Son-in-law David RUBY. Mother loved their long winding and Lantern Lit acres of green fields, with Lilac trees and a myriad of flowers - she loved the fresh fragrances of the grass and the songbirds as they playfully whipped around. She loved to reminisce about this place that reminded her of her beloved childhood home on Manitoulin Island. A spiritual woman who showed great courage in the face of her illness, her life will be celebrated as she had wished, with her family gathered together in Friendship, loads of food, gospel music, story telling and children playing everywhere, running noisily amongst the trees. She would say "it doesn't get any better than this". The Matriarch and Hub of her family, missing her is an "understatement". Safe in the arms of Jesus, peacefully resting and "Free At Last". Thank you Mother - you were the best! On-line condolences and donations may be made through www.mcfarlane-roberts.ca. or if you wish, a donation to any Food Bank would honour our mother. McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home 519-652-2020, Lambeth in care of arrangements.

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RUBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-14 published
WEBB, Shirley Margaret (née WARD)
Peacefully at Middlesex Terrace on Saturday July 12th, 2008, Shirley Margaret WEBB, in her 91st year. Predeceased by her husband Gordon WEBB (1982.) Loving mother of Janice (Nelson) MORPHY, Sylvia (Yogi) SCHIFFER, Lori LUSCOMBE (Terry HUGHES,) predeceased by daughter Nora (Dale) HENDERSON. Loving grandmother to Richard (Anna) MORPHY, Lianne (Glenn) RUBY, Todd (Lori) HENDERSON, Lisa HENDERSON, Nicole (Dave) POWELL, Ryan (Aimee) SCHIFFER, John (Leslie) LUSCOMBE, Marcia LUSCOMBE, and Sarah LUSCOMBE. Special great-grandmother to 16 children. Dear sister-in-law to Margaret ROBSON. Predeceased by her sister Audrey PETERS and brother Harry WARD. Resting at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, with visitation Tuesday July 15th 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A celebration of Shirley's life will be conducted by Rev. Matthew PENNY in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday July 16th, 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow the service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com.

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RUBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-26 published
Uncompromising, transformative professor nurtured students and grudges across borders
Abused as a child in England, he arranged passage to Canada and built a successful but peripatetic academic career
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
Pomp, circumstance and hooded academic gowns were the order of the day when York University celebrated its 40th anniversary in March, 1999. Among the invited guests was John R. SEELEY, the university's first professor of sociology, and a former friend and colleague of inaugural president Murray ROSS.
"What are you doing here?" a clearly affronted Prof. ROSS demanded when Prof. SEELEY, who had travelled from his home in California, arrived at the reception. "I was invited," Prof. SEELEY replied. Enraged, Prof. ROSS threw his gown across the room and stomped out and had to be persuaded to return, according to some of the other guests in attendance.
Prof. ROSS was not alone in his antipathy to Prof. SEELEY, an elfin-like man of diminutive stature (5 foot 4 at a stretch) but outsized moral and intellectual presence. His maddening refusal to compromise personal ethical standards led to his abrupt departure from teaching positions at several universities. Senior bureaucrats at two Ontario universities vetoed decisions to hire him despite his reputation as a top sociologist who eventually had more than 400 publications, including Crestwood Heights: A North American Suburb, Community Chest: A Case Study in Philanthropy, and a collection of psychological essays, The Americanization of the Unconscious.
But the same qualities that frightened administrators and branded him a troublemaker often made him a transformative influence. His capacity for listening, his respect for the individual and his ability to nurture ideas and people, especially children and young adults, made him a moral beacon for many.
"He was more important in my life than either of my parents," criminal lawyer Clayton RUBY said in an interview.
"He picked up everything I was concerned about before I'd finished the sentence and replied, as always, with astute, sensitive advice," said journalist Rick SALUTIN, who, like Mr. RUBY, was a student at York in the early 1960s. "I have no idea what I'll do for advice without him."
Prof. SEELEY grew up physically and emotionally abused in England, experiences that shaped his academic interests as a sociologist, his therapeutic approach as a psychoanalyst and his world view as a citizen.
"It was pretty plain to those of us who knew him that his traumatic and terrible childhood gave birth to a lifelong commitment to treating children well, respecting them as people and honouring their right to be free from abuse," his son Ron said. "The way that he started out being treated as a child, without any recognition of who he was, made him thirsty for knowledge and made him recognize the importance of the emotional nurturing of children."
John Ronald SEELEY was born in the Hampstead area of London in 1913, the second of four sons, to Emil FRIEDEBERG, a German businessman who was a principal in a European commodities firm centred in Antwerp. His mother, Lilly SEELEY, was a wealthy Edwardian society woman who may have been mentally ill. The family probably took her last name because of anti-German sentiment during the First World War.
Young John was beaten and abandoned for long stretches by his mother. After his father died when John was 8, he was sent to a boarding school in Heidelberg, Germany, where he was the youngest pupil by far and unable to speak the language. At 12, he was brought back to England and sent to another boarding school, where the headmaster taught him practical life skills and encouraged him to read, to think for himself and to take pride in his intellectual abilities. John was 15 when he saw what was probably an ad offering passage to Canada and the prospect of land for those willing to work as farm labourers for a specified period of time.
Seeing this as a way to escape his mother, John arranged his passage and worked as a farm labourer for three years, and, with the help of a local Presbyterian minister, completed his high-school education. He moved to Toronto in 1931 and found work as a printer's devil at a graphic arts firm called Rolf Clark Stone. Eventually, he worked his way up to export manager and into the affections of secretary Margaret Mary DEROCHER. Mr. SEELEY left in 1940 to study at the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He returned to Toronto in 1942, enlisted in the army as a second lieutenant and eventually worked his way up to staff captain. He didn't fight overseas, although he was shipped to London on a short-term project that included a progressive attempt to deal with what we now call post-traumatic stress syndrome and postwar planning for veterans.
In 1943, he and Ms. DEROCHER married in Toronto. Between 1944 and 1955, they had four sons: John, David, Ronald and Peter. After demobilization, he returned to the University of Chicago and began work on his doctorate in sociology. He returned to Toronto in 1949 without having completed his dissertation and took a job as executive director of what is now the Canadian Mental Health Association.
He was also teaching part-time in the psychiatry and sociology departments of the University of Toronto, separate departments that he believed for the rest of his life should be combined. These were also the years when he was researching social mores in Toronto's Forest Hill Village, then studying fundraising methods in Indiana. The SEELEYs moved back to Toronto in late 1956 and he took a job as director of research for what is now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. That same year, Crestwood Heights was published by the University of Toronto Press. The book, based on his five-year study of Forest Hill (the area was not named), described men working extremely hard to maintain a luxurious lifestyle, wives trained to support their husbands by cultivating social connections, and children inculcated with the same mores so they, too, would learn to value social prestige and wealth. It was a hugely influential book. The following year, the University of Toronto published Community Chest, an examination of organized fundraising in Indianapolis and community perceptions of its effectiveness.
While teaching at the U of T, Prof. SEELEY became friendly with Dr. ROSS, a professor of social work. They talked about the issues of the day, including new approaches to education, given the huge wave of children born after the Second World War who were approaching university age. Many of them felt entitled to higher education and wanted a voice in what and how they were taught. In the preface to The New University (a collection of his speeches that amounted to a draft plan for York University,) Prof. ROSS emphasized the beneficial effects of the more intimate setting of a liberal arts college, acknowledging his debt to Prof. SEELEY for "reading, and commenting on, many of these speeches in their original form."
After Prof. ROSS was named the inaugural president of York in 1959, he invited Prof. SEELEY to join him there as professor of sociology. Within three years, the two men were bitterly and publicly estranged, essentially over the institution's size and nature. By 1963, 10 of the 43-member faculty had resigned, several out of dissatisfaction with Prof. ROSS's leadership and what they felt was muddled thinking and misplaced priorities in turning the university into a massive educational factory. Historian Michiel Horn, author of a forthcoming history of York University, and political scientist Denis SMITH, who served as the university's first registrar, both stated in interviews that amid the challenge to find faculty, establish a curriculum and educate students, Prof. ROSS had a tendency to say what he thought people wanted to hear.
As the relationship soured, Prof. SEELEY arranged to be a visiting professor in the sociology department at Brandeis University for the 1963-64 academic year. While teaching at Brandeis, he resigned from York. The following year, he was a visiting fellow at California's Stanford University, and returned to Brandeis in 1965 as chair of the sociology department. Within a short time, he was at odds with the administration over his political activism against the Vietnam War. He objected vociferously to the university sharing students' personal information (including grades) with the Selective Service System, which administered the military draft.
For most of the next decade, Prof. SEELEY moved his family back and forth across the United States as he took up what invariably turned into short-term appointments at a variety of institutions, including the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, a liberal think tank founded by educational philosopher Robert Hutchins in Santa Barbara, California. This didn't last long, as Prof. Hutchins reorganized the centre two years later after a philosophical and economic parting of the ways that saw many fellows depart, including Prof. SEELEY, and others join, including Alexander Comfort, later the author of The Joy of Sex, and Stanford biologist Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb.
Prof. SEELEY yearned to return to Canada, especially Toronto, but his dissident political activity and fractious reputation apparently mitigated against formal invitations. He was a "lightening rod," said Ron SEELEY. "He was just too hot for many people in staid institutions to handle."
Nevertheless, he was offered a faculty position in the sociology department at the University of Toronto in May, 1974, which was overruled by senior administrators. Then, a search committee from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education chose him to fill a sociology department vacancy, but this, too, was vetoed by a senior executive after education minister Thomas Wells telephoned Ontario Institute for Studies in Education director Robert Jackson to pass on negative comments about Prof. SEELEY. Amid student and faculty protests, The Globe and Mail wrote an editorial asking whether Mr. Wells had improperly influenced the decision.
Prof. SEELEY, by then 61, finished his academic career at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles as a professor of sociology. He finally received his doctorate (philosophy - social sciences) from International College on January 15, 1975. At 65, he retired and began a new career as a psychoanalyst in private practice under a supervising analyst.
In his last years, he became a devout member of his local Episcopal Church and maintained Friendships with family and Friends.
"It was a wonderful experience to be his child," Ron SEELEY said. "The breadth of his knowledge and his intellect were amazing. It was interesting as he was ill and passing - you could feel all of what he had distributed around the world coming back toward him in letters, visits and phone calls, and so many of them said the same thing: that he had touched their lives in a way that nobody else had and that he was like a father to them."
John Ronald SEELEY was born in London on February 21, 1913. He died at Saint_John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California., on December 16, 2007, after a short illness. He was 94. Predeceased by his wife and his siblings, he is survived by four sons, six grandchildren and extended family.

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