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TAPECERIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-07 published
PLUMPTRE, Beryl Alyce (née ROUCH,) O.C.
With her family beside her, Beryl died peacefully in her own home as she wished on Friday, April 4, 2008, nine months shy of her 100th birthday. Articulate, sociable and elegant to the end, she was predeceased by her beloved husband Wynne, with whom she shared a varied and fascinating life of public and community service, combined with a strong sense of family, a love of travel and cultural pursuits, and a flair for entertaining second to none.
Born in 1908 in Melbourne, Australia, Beryl graduated from the Presbyterian Ladies College. Shortly after launching her career with the Bank of New South Wales, she won a scholarship to Cambridge University where she pursued graduate studies in economics with John Maynard Keynes. It was at Cambridge that she met Wynne who, having fixed his sights on her, had to sail to Australia to ensure she followed through on marriage plans. She was a devoted partner throughout his distinguished career, working by his side in posts at the University of Toronto, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Paris, the Department of Finance in Ottawa and the University of Toronto at Scarborough, where she and Wynne presided over the flowering of the College during his tenure as its first full-time Principal.
Unfazed by the fact that women in the professions were still uncommon, she established her own credentials as an economist, working with agencies such as the Wartime Prices and Trade Board, the Tariff Board and the Royal Commission on Coastal Trading. She also became a fearsome consumer advocate, serving as National President of the Consumers Association of Canada from 1961 to 1966. She played a determining role in the establishment of a new federal department responsible for consumer affairs -- an effective but short-lived voice for Canadian consumers that subsequent governments soon muffled by burying it deep within the bureaucracy.
She also spoke up for consumer interest as a member of the now-defunct Economic Council of Canada. Then, in 1973, she was appointed to head the Food Prices Review Board, where she insisted that she would report not to the government, but directly to the people of Canada. With her no-nonsense attitude and independent spirit, she earned the respect and gratitude of Canadians across the country by speaking up for their interests and "telling it like it is," without regard for bureaucratic inertia or efforts at ministerial interference. This appointment was followed by another as Vice-Chair of the Anti-Inflation Board, from which she resigned to care for Wynne prior to his death in 1977.
Not content with retirement, she took up arms against forces threatening to destroy the character of the village of Rockcliffe Park by getting elected Reeve and serving as a member of the Regional Council of Ottawa-Carleton. Beryl also served on several corporate boards, including Dominion Stores and Canada Life, and as chair of various non-profit organizations, including the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
An incomparable hostess, avid gardener and bird lover, she leaves behind her adored and caring children, Judith and Tim, along with their spouses, Alex WEDDERSPOON and Barbara LASKIN. A proud grandmother to Caroline and her husband David CLARKE of Vancouver, Michael WEDDERSPOON and his wife Marisa of Edinburgh, and Bora and Genny PLUMPTRE of Ottawa, she took enormous pleasure in their accomplishments, many of which she aided and abetted. She was a delighted great-grandmother to Zachary, India, Scarlett, Sylvie and Layla. Her loss is deeply felt by her devoted caregiver, Tess TAPECERIA, who was a great help in her last years, by her nephew Peter ROUCH and his wife Anne in Australia, and by many loyal Friends and former colleagues.
Her family expresses deep appreciation to the wonderful Doctor Frances KILBERTUS, her colleagues at the Elizabeth Bruyère Health Centre, to the Community Care Access Centre, and to caregivers from St. Elizabeth Health Care for the compassionate and professional care they provided to Beryl in her latter days.
A memorial service will take place at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 125 MacKay Street, Ottawa, on Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Elizabeth Bruyère Health Centre (SCO Health Service Foundation, 613-562-6319) or the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.
Condolences/Donations/Tributes at mcgarryfamily.ca

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TAPLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-01-17 published
WARDEN served in Oxford politics for quarter century
By John TAPLEY, Sun Media, Thurs., January 17, 2008
Ingersoll -- Oxford County will bid farewell today to a longtime politician, businessperson and war veteran.
Former mayor Jack WARDEN died Sunday at Parkwood Hospital in London. He was 87.
"He was a very caring person," said Ted HUNT who served with WARDEN on Ingersoll town council during the late 1960s. "If he had an issue, he would stand firm with it. He was easy to work with, congenial and willing to listen."
WARDEN was a good businessperson who always had Ingersoll at heart and was interested in people, says HUNT, a former Ingersoll chief administrative officer.
WARDEN was a flight lieutenant with the Royal Air Force in the Second World War and a life member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 119, helping organize Ingersoll's annual Battle of Britain Parade and Remembrance Day services.
For years, he operated WARDEN Appliances in downtown Ingersoll.
A former mayor of Ingersoll and a county councillor, he was involved in municipal politics for 25 years. The council chamber at the Town Centre is named in his honour.
Included in a long list of community involvement are terms on both public and separate school boards, Alexandra hospital board, Ingersoll Chamber of Commerce, the Business Improvement Area and the town's police services board.
Former mayor Michael HENNESSY, a councillor when WARDEN was mayor, says WARDEN always followed his beliefs.
"He was a good man,"
Predeceased by his wife, Bernadette, WARDEN is survived by six children, nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Ingersoll today at 11 a.m.

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TAPP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-26 published
ROACH, Ernest " Cutler"
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Friday, July 25th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 76th year. Husband of Shirley (CLARKE) ROACH and father of Earl ROACH and fiancee Marsha of Strathroy, Janet Elizabeth and her husband Ron SMELTZ of Trout Creek and Shirley Mae ROACH of Alberta. Brother of Barbara COLTSON, Velda CAMPBELL, Helen TAPP, Allison ROACH and Minnie STEVES. Predeceased by 2 sisters Stacey ROACH and Ruth McDONALD and by 4 brothers William, Earl, Morton and Paul ROACH. Grandfather of Michael, Steven and Pamela ROACH, Robert and Angela JENSEN and great-grandfather of Lillian JENSEN and Tamara SCHMERBAUCH. Cutler was born in Darnley, Prince Edward Island on September 1, 1932, the son of the late Fred and Elizabeth (INMAN) ROACH. He worked on the nursing staff at the Saint Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and also drove truck. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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TAPPERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-12 published
TAPPERT, Klaus Konrad (1934-2008)
On February 9, 2008 Klaus passed away peacefully at the age of 73 at the Centre Hospitalier Soins Longue Durée LongTerm Care Centre in Dollard des Ormeaux, Québec after a lengthy illness. He will be dearly missed by his wife Denise TAPPERT (JODOIN) his daughter Elaine (Brian HANSON) of Oakville, Ontario and son Conrad (Tammi DAOUST) of Hudson, Québec, his six grandchildren Mathieu, Daniel, Dominique, Jacqueline, Michelle and Marcus and his brother Charles (Gerda) and nephew Alex (Fran) of Delta, British Columbia. A service will be held on Wed. February 13th, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Saint Thomas church, 413 Main Rd., Hudson, Québec followed by a warm welcome for family and Friends at Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson. We would like to thank the staff at the Centre Hospitalier Soins Longue Durée for their care during his 12 years at the residence. Remembrances may be made to the Société Alzheimer du Suroît, 340 du Havre, suite 101, Salaberry-de Valleyfield, Québec J6S 1S6 (450) 373-0303. Direction F. Aubry and Fils inc. 434 Main Road Hudson.

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TAPSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-17 published
FRANKOVIC, John
Peacefully on Monday, July 14th, 2008, at Victoria Hospital, surrounded by his family, John FRANKOVIC of London at the age of 81. Loving husband of Niki of 52 years. Dear father of Sava and Scott TAPSON of Halifax, Doctors Tanya and Scott SHULMAN of North Bay, and Ted FRANKOVIC of Shelby, Michigan. Nono John to Kristen, Kylie, Mercedes and Dexter. Also missed by sisters-in-law Sava DESMAN of Rome, Italy, and Silva SINKOVEC of Izola, Slovenia, as well as by his many nephews and nieces. He will always be forever in our hearts. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Michael's Parish, 515 Cheapside Street, on Friday, July 18th, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Saint Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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TAPSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-12 published
Ambassador a hard-nosed negotiator who paved the way to free trade
A survivor of a torpedoed Royal Canadian Navy frigate during the Second World War, he learned how to exploit differences among trading regions and proved that Canada was capable of digging in its heels
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S12
Jake WARREN was part of that generation of tough Canadians who saw action during the Second World War and went on to become architects of this country's post-war political and economic policies. Alongside such senior mandarins (and old Friends) as Simon Reisman, Gordon Robertson, Ed Ritchie and Saul Rae, Mr. WARREN represented a golden era when Canada came of age and made its mark internationally.
A highly respected diplomat and public servant for 34 years, Mr. WARREN was Canada's high commissioner to Britain and ambassador to the United States. Before and after those appointments, he was this country's top trade negotiator, a hard-nosed horse trader who co-ordinated tariff and trade deals on a global scale, paving the way for the 1988 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
"In my family, we knew him as Uncle Jake," recalled Liberal member of Parliament and former Ontario premier Bob Rae, whose father, Saul, served with Mr. WARREN in post-war London. "He was somebody I always turned to for candid and direct advice. He was never shy about sharing his views."
Mr. WARREN had "a burning love" for Canada, eulogized his friend Thomas D'AQUINO, a former civil servant and now head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He "took a strong interest in virtually every issue that came to define Canada as we passed into the new century: Our trading relationships with the world; our fiscal health; our constitutional debates; relations between English and French speaking people; our partnership with the United States the integrity and accountability of our political leaders."
Like many of his era, Mr. WARREN was fuelled by an intellectual hunger and zest for life that followed the trauma of having his warship blown out from under him. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and by 1944, was a lieutenant and navigation officer aboard the HMCS Valleyfield, a river-class frigate that had been commissioned only the year before.
Just before midnight on May 6, 1944, on the return leg of an escort mission, the Valleyfield was one of three frigates and two corvettes steaming 50 nautical miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland. With the Valleyfield occupying the distant, astern position in the convoy, the ships were making good time to Saint_John's, when suddenly, a warning was sounded. Just as action stations were called, the German submarine U-548 fired a torpedo that ripped into the Valleyfield's port side. There was a tremendous explosion and the ship broke in two.
"She went down in 90 seconds," recalled Stanley TAPSON of Sidney, British Columbia, who was a stoker aboard the ship. "Jake was off duty that night but he was in the bridge cabin anyway."
The water temperature was barely above freezing. Of a crew of 168, 130 men perished. Because it happened late at night, most were asleep or off watch in the mess. The ship was cut neatly in half and they died trapped below decks, Mr. TAPSON said.
Asked how he survived clad in nothing but a lifejacket and underwear, Mr. TAPSON said, "I was 19." Mr. WARREN, he recalled, wore a thermal suit.
Of the crew who hit the water, only 38 survived. But for them the nightmare was just beginning. It was some time before the other ships in the convoy realized that the Valleyfield was missing. Finally, HMCS Giffard, a flower-class corvette, went about and steamed back to the survivors but could not stop. Under wartime regulations, the Giffard had orders to first try to hunt down the submarine.
Hours later, with all trace of the U-boat gone, the Giffard returned to the scene. But by then some of the men had perished in the water, either from hypothermia or from ingesting fuel oil that had sluiced from the hull. The survivors were finally taken on board and, once safely in port, they waited their turn to ride an ambulance to hospital.
"Jake comes up to me and puts his hand on my shoulder and says, 'You're next, Stan,' recalled Mr. TAPSON, his voice choking. "That's was typical. He was no put-on. He was a man's man and we all loved and respected him."
He was born on Happy Valley Farm, which grew tobacco in Howard Township outside London, Ontario, the only child of Thomas and Olive WARREN. At war's end, he returned to Queen's University to complete a bachelor's degree in politics and economics that he had started earlier.
Mr. WARREN and many his age were snapped up by a war-weary External Affairs Department, which was eager for fresh talent. For a dozen years, he held junior postings at Canadian embassies in London, Washington and Paris, and showed such a flair for trade issues that in 1958 he was appointed assistant deputy minister in the department of trade and commerce.
Two years later, he was named vice-chairman of the Canadian delegation at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva, a posting that lasted four years. Then it was back to the renamed industry, trade and commerce ministry in Ottawa, this time as deputy minister.
At the age of 50, Mr. WARREN was named high commissioner. "He was one the youngest high commissioners ever sent," said his daughter, Hilary NICOLSON. "He relished it and did a phenomenal job of promoting Canada as a young and youthful country, full of prospects."
The three-year posting was replaced by another high-level appointment as Canada's ambassador to the United States, overlapping with the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. It was under Mr. Ford's administration that Canada was invited to join the G-6 Group of Nations, making it the G-7. Mr. WARREN was said to have played a large role in that decision, and he also laid plans for the later move of Canada's embassy to Pennsylvania Avenue, just down the street from the White House.
When Mr. Ford died in 2006, Mr. WARREN recalled that the president "understood us, and there didn't seem to be huge, terrible tensions or problems. We didn't have a lumber dispute, and we didn't have water diversion."
Another accomplishment of note on his watch was an agreement reached between the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Research Council of Canada for the development and building of a "Space Shuttle Attached Remote Manipulator System," or the Canadarm.
In 1977, rumours surfaced that Mr. WARREN was being pushed out of his job because of conflict with Ivan Head, a top adviser to then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, over preparations for Mr. Trudeau's trip to Washington that February. Mr. WARREN was also rumoured to be on the short list for governor-general in 1979, but the job went to Edward Schreyer.
In 1977, he returned to Canada as co-ordinator of the Tokyo Round of the Multilateral Trade Negotiations, which were aimed at revamping the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. To the amazement of many, Mr. WARREN showed that Canada, a relatively small player by international standards, was able to exact concessions from Europe, the U.S. and Japan.
In fact, the way he put it, Canadian officials learned how to exploit differences among the three most powerful trading regions. Mr. WARREN said Canada had proved quite capable of digging in its heels on import restrictions. "Not unreasonable" was a phrase he often used to describe the concessions achieved by Canada.
While it's fair to say many Canadians would find topics such as tariff quotas and countervailing duties less than scintillating, Mr. WARREN truly loved the field. "He actually found the subject fascinating," his daughter noted. "The negotiating skills required, the subject matter. Free trade was something that he believed strongly in. Dry maybe, but for him, the subtleties were extraordinary."
He was recalled as a wonderful wit but a rather formal man who would arch his back at the dinner table to remind his children to sit up straight. However, he mellowed with age, his daughter pointed out.
On retirement in 1979, he was appointed vice-chairman of the Bank of Montreal and made responsible for its growing international network. Three years later, he was named to the Order of Canada. But another major challenge awaited. A month shy of his 65th birthday, the government of Quebec retained him as its free-trade policy adviser during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
The Globe and Mail called his appointment "intriguing" and an ambiguous move by then premier Robert Bourassa, who "often sends out double messages of this kind, using someone's reputation to suggest that he is heading in one direction, and then moving in a quite different direction.
"On the face of it, it looks as if Quebec went out to get a big-league player; someone whose experience would match that of Simon Reisman," wrote Graham Fraser in 1986.
Mr. WARREN's presence suggested to others that Mr. Bourassa favoured the idea of the trade talks' success. And while there were some who said an independent Quebec's economy would be viable, Mr. WARREN's view was: "Viable means 'not dead.' That's not what I want for Quebec."
He wanted the best for all of Canada. As he warned before the House of Commons committee on the Meech Lake Accords, "If there is a split or some arrangement that is less efficient than what we have at the moment, I think we will lose something. Both Canada and Quebec will lose."
Jack Hamilton WARREN was born in Ridgetown, Ontario, on April 10, 1921. He died April 1, 2008 of natural causes in Ottawa. He was 87. He leaves his wife of 55 years Joan (TITTERINGTON,) children Hilary, Martin, Jennifer, and Ian, and nine grandchildren.
He is also survived by his Valleyfield shipmates, Stanley TAPSON (Sidney, British Columbia); Bill EDWARDS (Vancouver); Don GODWIN (Hamilton, Ontario;) and Ian TAIT/TAITE/TATE (Port Colbourne, Ontario

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