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THUET o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
She was Marshall McLUHAN's great love ardent defender, supporter and critic
An aspiring actress from a privileged Texas family, she was swept off her feet by a young Canadian academic who would lay the cornerstone of modern media theory. She later edited his first big book
By Lisa FITTERMAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
When she was young, Corinne Lewis McLUHAN won a Mary Pickford look-alike contest, but woe betide any person who assumed that there wasn't much more to her than masses of dark hair, a wide smile and a disarming southern drawl. For Mrs. McLUHAN, actress, English teacher and wife to the unbending, irascible and brilliant Marshall, looks were just the medium in which she packaged a sharp intellect, a steely will and enough spirit to elope with a man who did not impress her upon first introduction.
"He was six-feet, two-inches, thin, with a little moustache," she once told a television interviewer. "He was very self-contained and very British, all with this peculiar Canadian accent. I thought he was the strangest duck I'd ever met!"
No one in her family, at least, ever envisioned her, a southern belle from Fort Worth, Texas, falling in mad love with a skinny, awkward academic from Edmonton with a penchant for poetry. After all, she was a direct descendant of one of Fort Worth's founders, while her great-grandfather had been the state's first carriage manufacturer and her own father, Charles Wallace LEWIS, provided a more-than-comfortable living for his family as the chief financial officer of the local Swift and Company packing plant. From her father, young Corinne learned to how to shoot and hunt, while her mother, the feisty Corinne Keller LEWIS, raised her and older sister, Carolyn, in the tradition of the Daughters of the American Revolution, complete with its motto of "God, Home and Country."
In this rarefied world, scholastic excellence was lauded, as was churchgoing and the pursuit of hobbies such as theatre. In high school, young Corinne was always a top student but she was also a key member of the drama club called the Vagabond Players, both directing and performing in plays such as Seven Keys to Baldpate, a whodunit by George M. Cohan for which the tagline was "Mystery writer and blonde… too scared to kiss… in mansion of fear!" In The Constant Wife, an extramarital farce by W. Somerset Maugham, she played Martha Culver, a prickly, cynical spinster who doesn't trust men one bit.
After graduating from high school in 1930, she was offered scholarships to several universities elsewhere in Texas, but her parents pressed her to remain in Fort Worth, where she attended Texas Christian University, completing a degree in general arts and pursuing her interest in drama. She also won poetry-recitation contests and honed her talent for public speaking.
Throughout, she had any number of gentleman callers, but she wasn't at all interested in living what she knew for the rest of her life. Rather, she decided to pursue her dramatic studies further, ending up in Pasadena, California, which had a well-regarded theatre school. There, a meeting with a teacher would change her life forever: Elsie McLUHAN, Marshall's mother and a force in her own right, had arrived to run a class after directing at a theatre in Detroit. At once, she decided the younger woman was the perfect match for her intellectual son, who was coming to visit her.
"She told me he was very handsome," Mrs. McLUHAN recalled in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio documentary. "She invited me over a lot and generally promoted our togetherness."
As part of their courtship, he would pick her up in Pasadena and drive to the countryside, where they'd lie on the grass and read poetry to each other. They hadn't been going together for very long when Marshall, who was working on his master's degree at Cambridge University, had to go back. He proposed marriage. She responded by suggesting that they write to each other for a while first. "But no, he wanted me to go with him or forget about it," she would say in another documentary about her husband. "I wasn't used to this kind of treatment. What made this man tick?"
In the end, she said yes. On August 4, 1939, they tied the knot she telegraphed her family the news only after the deed was done. "Mother knew they'd never accept him," said Stephanie McLUHAN, the fourth of the couple's six children. "Her family never particularly accepted him. Texas and Canada are still pretty different."
The newlyweds honeymooned in prewar Venice, sailing through the canals with gondoliers singing at the tops of their voices - until they descended one morning from their hotel room to learn that war appeared imminent. Their next stop was Paris, but they soon felt compelled to leave there, too; as Mrs. McLUHAN quickly packed, her husband ventured out to get provisions.
"He came with a bottle of Benedictine and a basket of pastries," she recalled in the same documentary. "We took the last train out of Paris and a boat across the Channel, which was crammed to the gills. We were the only ones with any food or drink on hand. We arrived in London the night before the war was declared, and then went down to Cambridge where we stayed for the year."
He got his master's in January, 1940, and though he would begin his doctoral dissertation soon after, the outbreak of war led the university to grant him permission to complete it in North America; it would be granted three years later without him having to travel back to make a defence. The couple sailed for the United States, stopping in St. Louis for a year because he had to work at a local university.
In 1944, they moved to Windsor, Ontario, where Doctor McLUHAN taught at Assumption College. Two years later, he joined the faculty at Saint Michael's College in Toronto. In the 1950s, he began to give the Communication and Culture seminars that would lead to the establishment, in 1963, of the Centre for Culture and Technology the university did so because, by then, Doctor McLUHAN was so famous he was receiving tempting offers from other institutions.
Mrs. McLUHAN was her husband's most ardent defender, fan, critic, editor and love. A staunch patriotism, an even stauncher faith in God (like Doctor McLUHAN, she was a convert to Catholicism) and an impish sense of fun would help guide her throughout her life, through the raising of six children and through the leaner years before her husband gained renown. She never renounced her U.S. citizenship and prayed regularly, while author B.W. Powe, who first met her in 1978 at a Christmas party at the McLUHAN home in Toronto's tony Wychwood Park, recalls that she was in the kitchen, spiking the punch with lots of alcohol.
"She poured and sang," Mr. Powe wrote in an e-mail. "You must picture her: tall, elegant, with a Texan drawl and that bright, broad smile, much laughter in her face. There she was, singing and pouring in the alcohol so that we, Marshall's grads, would no doubt happily reel out into the good Christmas night."
The McLUHANs were devoted parents, although Stephanie McLUHAN speculates that her mother's experience as a stage director must have helped, for it was she who did most of the day-to-day raising of her and her siblings, of listening, disciplining, bandaging and counselling. Her husband may have popularized terms and phrases such as "global village" and "the medium is the message" but he was stymied by the sheer noise of children, sometimes even retreating to a table in the backyard when weather permitted so he could work in peace and quiet.
"They expected us to excel," said Stephanie, who now runs the Canada Institute program for the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "Mom was a voracious reader and a real confidante to my father. She edited his first major book, The Gutenberg Galaxy. Dad was a stellar verbal person but when he sat down to write, he needed help.
"They had a real partnership in addition to marriage," she continued. "Dad just adored her."
In 1979, Doctor McLUHAN suffered a stroke that robbed him of his ability to speak, read and write. While it broke his wife's heart that they couldn't continue the intellectual discussions they'd been having ever since they first met, they continued with their regular walks around Wychwood Park. She would guide him and he'd stay fast by her side - just like it had always been.
Corinne Lewis McLUHAN was born April 11, 1912, in Fort Worth, Texas She died April 4, 2008, of natural causes at her home in Toronto. She was 95. She leaves her children: Eric, Mary, Teri, Stephanie, Elizabeth and Michael. She also leaves grandchildren Jennifer Colton THUET, Emily McLuhan BOMS, Anna and Andrew McLUHAN, Claire and Madeleine McLuhan MYERS and Arthur, Mark and Gwendolyn McLUHAN, and her great-grandchildren, Olivia, Charlotte and Gillian.

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THURBER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-05 published
SAMPSON/SAMSON, Douglas Elliott (1922-2008)
Passed away suddenly at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia on Thursday, January 31, 2008, in his 86th year. Douglas spent his time between his home in Ottawa and Victoria. He served in the Second World War and retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1973. Predeceased by his wife Else in 1988, his parents Ethel and Edgar SAMPSON/SAMSON, brother Gordon and sister-in-law Joy LOCKE. Survived by brother Donald (Betty Anne) of Waterloo, brothers-in-law Jack LOCKE of Vancouver, Bud MOXON (Pauline) of Halifax, and six nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by Audrey THURBER of Victoria, loving companion and friend, her children and spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Following his years in the Navy, Douglas was a consultant to the Department of Supply and Services, P.S. Ross and Partners, Intercon Consultants, Officer in Charge of the Naval Benevolent Fund, Auditor for the Royal Canadian Legion at Bell's Corner. Following Doug's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Burial will be in the Beechwood Cemetery, the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces in Ottawa. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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THURLOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
THURLOW, Ruth Marie
At 88 years of age, passed away peacefully at The Pines Long Term Care Residence in Bracebridge, Ontario on Tuesday January 29th with her daughter Mary Jane by her side. She was a loving mother to Geoff THURLOW, Mary Jane PHILP and Sally THURLOW- WARD, and Nana to their children Peter and Joanna THURLOW, Jamie and Jonathan PHILP, and Esme and Oliver WARD. Wife of Lionel THURLOW. For 54 years, she put a brave face to the world while she struggled with the effects of polio. Once the life and soul of the party, may she now rest in peace. Sadly missed, remembered always, forever loved. Messages sent to condolences@reynoldsfuneral.com

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THURSTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-14 published
SHEILS, Ronald J.
Of London passed away in his 89th year at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Beloved husband of Madeleine B. Sapergia SHEILS. Predeceased by his first wife, Beatrice M. Rawlings SHEILS (2002.) Only son of the late Charles (1962 and Leila Claire (1992) SHEILS. Father of R. James SHEILS (Carol) of Aylmer and R. Glenn SHEILS of London. Step-father of D. Taylor SAPERGIA (Heather) and Daryl T. SAPERGIA (Tracy), all of Prince George, British Columbia. Grandfather of Randy SHEILS (Toni) of Springfield, Brenda ACKWORTH (Les) of Southwold and Barbara HANSFORD (Garry) of Dorchester. Step-grandfather of Sarah SAPERGIA (Dan WATT), Theresa SAPERGIA (Andreas HAHN) of Prince George, British Columbia, Laura SAPERGIA (David LOEWEN) of Smithers, British Columbia and Carol SAPERGIA of Prince George, British Columbia. Also survived by great-grandchildren Tyler, Robert and Kelsie SHEILS, Brittany and Jessica ACKWORTH, Kayla and Jason HANSFORD, great-step-grand_son Thompson WATT and great-step-granddaughters, Madeleine WATT and Teeghan SAPERGIA. Survived also by sisters-in-law Wilda IRVIN of Barrie, Marie McFARLAN of London and Alice McFARLAN of Clinton and brothers-in-law, Harry SMALL and David THURSTON of London. Sadly missed by many step-nieces and nephews. The Sheils family operated the family farm Sheils Lane, Dorchester, for three generations. Ronald's Holstein herd produced milk for the Silverwoods and London Pure Milk Dairies. He was a member of the Dorchester Presbyterian Church choir, Past Master of Dorchester Masonic Blue Lodge, Merrill 344, and Nilestown Masonic Red Chapter, as well as the Eastern Star. He studied violin at seven years of age and for many years played with the Wellington Street United Church Orchestra on Sundays under the direction of James Cressell, who led the Royal Canadian Regiment Army Band during World War 1. For many years he played for dances in Banner, Nissouri, Dorchester, Mitchell and Shelbourne. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Saturday where the funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Private interment, Dorchester Union Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the Charitable Organization of your choice would be gratefully appreciated and acknowledged.

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THURSTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-21 published
PHILLIPS, Thelma Viola (née BENJAMIN)
In loving memory of Thelma Viola PHILLIPS (BENJAMIN) March 29, 1919 to May 14, 2008 who passed away at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital at the age of 89 years. Thelma was a long time resident of Straffordville. Daughter of Mamie and Oscar BENJAMIN (both deceased.) Beloved wife of Willard PHILLIPS (predeceased.) Loving mother of Sue THURSTON, her husband Pete THURSTON (both deceased). Proud grandmother of Chris (his wife) Brenda, Tim (his wife) Vicky, Rick (his wife) Joanne, and Penny (her husband) Terry VUYLSTEKE. Great-grandmother of Jawni-Lynn, Jayme, Cole, Ben, Michael, and Makenna. Her brothers and sisters Ilene (predeceased), and Albert ARMBRUSTER, Reitha and Jim ELLIOT/ELLIOTT (predeceased,) Donald and Joyce BENJAMIN (both predeceased,) Bud BENJAMIN, Howard and Bernice BENJAMIN (predeceased,) Dorothy and Murray HARRIS (both predeceased,) Ronald and Sylvia BENJAMIN, Shirlene and John CAMPBELL (predeceased,) Marla JOHNSTONE, and Lillian FLAGEL. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. We will miss her free spirit, caring support and Friendship. Thelma had a long and happy life she was independent but always enjoyed the company of others. Thelma was a great woman, and was not afraid to speak her mind. She will be fondly remembered. Her final resting place will be at Smuck Cemetery in Bayham Twp. In accordance with her wishes there will be no funeral or visitation. Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221 entrusted with funeral arrangements. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. We would like you to remember Thelma in your own way. We will remember her always. Thank you for your caring support. Personal condolences may be made at www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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THURSTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-23 published
BOX, David Edward
Passed away on Friday, June 20, 2008 in his 65th year. Beloved husband of Sylvia THURSTON. Loving father of Karen SIFTON; Laura (Jay) BARNETT and Sean (Jessica) BOX. Stepfather of Derek (Linda FORBES) THURSTON. Loving grandfather of Charlie, Tom and Sam. son of Catharine BOX of London and the late Charlie BOX. Brother of Ellen WALL, Charles BOX and Martha HENRY. Cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to a reception at the Gilchrist Chapel-McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 between 7 and 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Wellington or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com.

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THUSS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-20 published
GEERTS, Gerard
With hearts saddened by loss but overflowing with beautiful memories, the family of Gerard GEERTS announce his peaceful passing in his 72nd year surrounded by his loving family in palliative care in Bluewater Health, Norman St. Site in Sarnia, on March 18, 2008. Beloved husband of 48 years to Mary GEERTS (née HERYGERS.) Loving father of John and Kathy GEERTS, Mary and Kim BURNS, Anita and John BERKELMANS, Jane THUSS and Richard, Patsy and Tony VANDENBOGAARD, and Connie and Jon BJORNSON. Cherished grandfather of Tammy, Becky (Sean), Kristina, Kelly, Jeremy, Brian (Maggie), Jody (Chris), Adam, Alicia, Jessie, Jennifer, Cassy, Kaitlyn, Stephanie, Nick, Jason, Angela, Justin, Aaron, and Axel. Great-grandfather to Taya and Aden. He will also be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents John and Antonia GEERTS. Resting at the Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest for Visitation on Thursday, March 20, 2008 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral service on Friday, March 21, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Arkona Cemetery with Pastor Jonathan FERRIER officiating. Memorial donations to Bluewater Health gratefully acknowledged. Online condolences at gilpinfuneralchapel.com

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THUY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-16 published
BANNISTER, Stuart James
Tragically as the result of a car accident on Friday, June 13th, 2008, Stuart James BANNISTER, age 29 of Grand Bend. Sadly missed by his mother Mary Jeffrey and her husband Jim CHEVALIER, and his father Gordon BANNISTER and his wife Tran Tu THUY. Loved by his grandmother Irma BANNISTER. Missed by his brother Kurt BANNISTER and his partner Lauren ALEXANDER. Nephew to Ruth and Gord PHIPPS, Tom BANNISTER and Shirley OICKLE, Pat O'CONNELLY, Bill JEFFREY, Steve and Ann O'LEARY, Joan and Aldo ROTONDI. Cousin to Jody and Erik DERKZEN, Jill and Ian LEGG, Hillary and John O'DONNELL, Heather O'LEARY, Mia ROTONDI, John and Karen PHIPPS, Greg PHIPPS, Kelli IRWIN, Amy ROBERTS, Matthew ROBERTS, Kevin and Cathy LOISELLE and Kerri LOISELLE. Many good Friends including Patrick SCHLEGAL. Predeceased by his grandparents Ralph and Eileen JEFFREY and grandfather Lorne BANNISTER, also by his uncle Ralph BANNISTER. Stuart was the joy of his mother's life, an avid Gamer and Book Reader. He will be sadly missed by his Friends and family. A Celebration of Stuart's live will be held in the chapel of the D.J. Robb Funeral Home, (102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia 519-336-6042) on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 from 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Friends and relatives may visit with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from the hours of 6: 00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Stuart's life can be made to N.O.R.M.L. or to Sick Kids Hospital or to the charity of your choice. (cheques only please). Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through djrobbfh@ebtech.net

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