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WEAFER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-20 published
WEAFER, William David " Bud"
Died on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Woods Park Care Centre in Barrie. Born January 31, 1932 in Brandon, Manitoba. Much loved husband of Lindsay MORGAN. Dear father of Chuck (Brenda,) Rick (Carolyn,) and Rob (Jay) WEAFER, Laura (Don) MALO, and Maureen BÖSTROM. Loved and loving stepfather to Marsha SOTOMAYOR and Murray KOHN; Sarah BALINT, David and Charles MORGAN. "Grampa" to Kevin and Sarah; Aaron and Anne; Bradley and Ashley; Julia, Jesse and Brittany; David and Michelle; Bradley and Kimberley Maia and Graeme; Chloé, Anaïs and Magalie; Saskia and Alexander. Great-grandfather of Mackenzie, Coeli, Lauren and Alexis. Bud was passionate in his love for his family, and found great joy in the beauty of his garden. A graduate of Lakehead University and the University Associates internship program of La Jolla, Bud was involved for many years in the field of community development and adult education (Rural Learning Association, Weafer Morgan Associates, and the City of Thunder Bay). He was most recently employed as a consultant on industrial safety with Industrial Accident Prevention Association. Funeral service to be held on Monday March 24 at 2: 00 p.m. at Saint Thomas' Anglican Church, Shanty Bay. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Thomas' Church, 65 Church Street, R.R.#3 Shanty Bay, Ontario L0L 2L0, where Bud was a past warden, or to the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County, 12 Fairview Rd., Box 1414 Barrie, Ontario L4M 5R4. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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WEAKLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-03 published
SCHOTT, Robert Clifford
Peacefully, at home after a courageous battle with cancer, with family at his side, Thursday, May 29, 2008 at the age of 56 years. son of the late Lloyd and Evelyn SCHOTT. Survived by his loving wife Lorri, much loved father of David and Megan; twin brother Ron and family and sister Brenda TAILOR/TAYLOR and family, and will also be sadly missed by Fern SCHOTT and David WEAKLEY. Memorial Service to be held Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. at Saint Michael's Anglican Church in Canmore Alberta. In remembrance of Bob, donations may be made to the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation, 1100 Hospital Place, Canmore, Alberta T1W 1N2. Re: Community Cancer Clinic in Memory of Robert C. SCHOTT.

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WEALES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-12 published
WEALES, Edna Margaret
Affectionately known as NeeNee
Born January 14, 1911, passed away February 10, 2008 in her 97th year. Daughter of late George James WEALES and Annie Courtice WEALES (née KINGCOME.) Survived by her sisters Gwendolyn McNAMARA (née WEALES), Mae BIRKETT (née WEALES), brother Donald WEALES (Ruth) and sister Margaret WEALES (née BIRD,) predeceased by her sister Molly, brothers Harry, George and Phillip, Late brothers-in-law Vincent McNAMARA, John BIRKETT, and sisters-in-law Merla WEALES and Betty WEALES. She will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews but especially Hilda (Dee) CHENIER/CHENÉ and daughter Tienne RINTOUL (Alex), Bill McNAMARA, Ann and their children Emily ATTWOOD (Daniel) and Liam McNAMARA (Andrea.) She will also be missed by Robert CHENIER/CHENÉ, father of Tienne. Born in Plymouth, England, Edna (NeeNee) emigrated with her family in 1914 to Canada. Growing up in Niagara, Ontario, she took an active role in raising her younger siblings, later becoming a nanny and ultimately helping to raise her nephew, niece and, more recently, her great-niece. A proud Canadian who loved the snow in winter as much as she loved her flower garden in the summer, she lived on both the east and west coasts of Canada, where she became an ardent Girl Guide and Ranger. She was involved in Guides in Lorne Park and will be missed by her friend and fellow Guide, Kaye Hobbs. A funeral service will be held 1: 00 p.m. Wednesday February 13, 2008, Saint Paul's Anglican Church Lorne Park, 1190 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga, Ontario. Visitation Tuesday February 12, 2008 at Skinner and Middlebrook Funeral Home, Port Credit, from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Lorne Park, Mississauga, Ontario.

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WEARE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-08 published
WILLIAMS, Lillian (née TOWERS)
Of London, formerly of Saint Thomas, passed away at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Saturday, April 5, 2008, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence G. "Bus" WILLIAMS (1983.) Dearly loved mother of Nancy LOGIE (Brian) of London, Janice WILLIAMS- ALLAN (Wayne) of Strathroy, and Larry WILLIAMS (Gina) of Hanover. Cherished grandmother of Laura ALLAN (Shah YAZDANIAN,) Shawn WILLIAMS and Kent WILLIAMS. Dear sister of Reta McCRACKEN of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Betty BANCROFT (Ronald) of Saint Thomas, and the late Edith "Toots" WEARE (1971.) Also fondly remembered by in-laws, Barbara and Ray NEWSON of Saint Thomas, and several nieces and nephews. Born in Saint Thomas, May 16, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Edith (HARRIS) TOWERS. Lillian will be remembered for her love of family and flowers. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Sunday afternoon, April 13th from 2-4 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, April 14th at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged.

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WEATHERALL o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-30 published
WEATHERALL, David James
In loving memory of our son, brother and uncle, David James, who left us on February 1, 1996.
Memories don't fade, they just grow deep
For the one we loved but could not keep
Just as you were, you will always be
Forever treasured in our memory
Life goes on, we know that's true
But it is not the same since we lost you.
- Sadly missed but never forgotten, Mum, Dad, Kathryn Lynn and family.
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WEATHERHEAD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-21 published
MacDONALD, Ronald Albert
At Bluewater Health -- Palliative Care, on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Ronald Albert MacDONALD, 68 years, of Wyoming and formerly of Corunna. Loving husband of 40 years of Myrna (née WEATHERHEAD.) Loving father of Corrine and her husband Todd CABLE of Watford and Wayne MacDONALD of Corunna. Cherished grandfather of Forrest and Austin CABLE. Dear brother of Larry (Penny,) Reg (Brenda,) Ted (Elkie), Ruth WEATHERHEAD, Joanne (Wayne) DIETER all of Owen Sound and Margie (Clark) McMILLAN of Goderich. Also survived by his special lady, Thelma DAVIES (more than any mother-in-law could ever be,) a sister-in-law, Kay KELLY, both of Elora and brothers-in-law, Ron (Kim) WEATHERHEAD of Port Perry and Cliff (Cathy) DAVIES of Fergus. Ron will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles, and his special Friends Sandy and Bill WHEELER of Courtright. He was predeceased by a brother, Wayne (1969), father, Harold (1995) and mother, Gladys (2006,) father-in-law, Roy WEATHERHEAD (1970,) step father-in-law, Harvey DAVIES (1990,) brother-in-law, Al WEATHERHEAD (1998.) Ron was a retired custodian from Saint_Joseph's School, Corunna and was a 35-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #447, Corunna. Family and Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funral Home, Petrolia, where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Dr. David BONNEY officiating. Following cremation, interment will be held in Wyoming Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada, Children's Wish Foundation or the Sarnia and District Humane Society (Animal Rescue). Memories and condolences may sent on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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WEATHERHEAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-26 published
LACEY, Rita H.
Peacefully with family, on Wednesday April 23rd, 2008 at the North York General Hospital, in her 86th year. Rita is survived by her beloved brother Bishop Pearse LACEY and predeceased by her brothers Fr. Emmett LACEY and Leonard LACEY and sisters: Eileen WEATHERHEAD, Theresa LAURIA and Sr. Mary LACEY, IBVM. Rita will be missed and lovingly remembered by her nieces: Joan NICHOLSON (Jack), Tone DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (David), Mary FOELL (Greg) and nephews: Michael WEATHERHEAD (Eugenia,) Emmet WEATHERHEAD (Mary,) Wayne WEATHERHEAD (Teresa), Frank LAURIA (Sandra), Peter LAURIA and Leonard LACEY (Bernadette) as well as great-nieces and great-nephews and their families and Friends. Rita was employed with the Toronto Chapter - Knights of Columbus as office manager for over 40 years. She also served in a number of other capacities including the Annual Convention, The Columbus Boy's Camp (Lake Simcoe) and numerous entertainment and fundraising activities. She was an active member of the Daughter's of Isabella and the Catholic Women's League. Friends may call on Saturday, April 26, from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday April 27 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church (3220 Bayview Avenue), on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, flowers or donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences - www.rskane.ca 'Rita always gave graciously of her time and love to all members of her family.' R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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WEATHERILL o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-01-16 published
HOOD, Hazel Margaret (née MITCHELL)
Died peacefully of cancer at Allendale in Milton at the age of 96 on Monday January 14, 2008. Born in East Flamborough, formerly of Nassagaweya and a longtime resident of Milton. Hazel resided at 40 Ontario Street for 25 years, was a member of the Evening Star Rebekah Lodge, The Order of the Eastern Star Halton Chapter, The Campbellville Women's Institute and was a retired employee of P.L. Robertson. Predeceased by her husband Melvin Alexander (April 8, 1989), her sisters Mary and Jean, brothers Ross and George, son-in-law Joe NOVA, grandchildren Ted and Robin HOOD and great-grand_son Curtis HOOD. Survived by one brother Lloyd. Dear mother of Murray (Joan,) Marina (Bill) FOUGERE, and Bruce (Daphne.) Loving grandmother of Kathy (Dave) WEATHERILL, Judy (Sean) HOWARD, Cindi (Brian) TURNER, Patti (John) TURNER, Perri (Anmarie), Carol ADAM/ADAMS, Terry (Margaret), Nancy (Tony) PEDULLA, Denise (Brad) GILLIS, Randy (Ana), Kevin (Cec) and Marilyn as well as 20 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton (905) 878-2669 on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Knox Presbyterian Church, 170 Main Street, Milton on Friday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Willow Foundation (Allendale) or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. The family extends a special thanks to the caregivers of Trafalgar House at Allendale as well as the Oncology Department at Credit Valley Hospital. Condolences and donations online at www.earlyfuneralhome.com.
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WEAVER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-05 published
WILLIAMSON, Edward John Arthur
Of R.R.#1 Cargill, passed away at Victoria Hospital, London on Monday, March 3, 2008 in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Marion (HUCKLE.) Loving father of Margaret and Charles STARK, Doctor Susan and Doctor Clifford WEAVER, all of Peterborough, David and Sharon of R.R.#1 Mar. Cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren and their families. He will be missed by his daughter-in-law Jean of Port Hardy, British Columbia; brother Alfred of Wiarton; sister Lillian KARLEY of Kitchener; mother-in-law Alma HUCKLE of Walkerton, brother-in-law Ralph and Shirley HUCKLE of R.R.#1 Hanover, and sister-in-law Joan and Gerald POPKEY of High River, Alberta. Predeceased by his son Rodger; brothers George and Emerson; father-in-law John HUCKLE and parents William and Christina (MARGRUM) WILLIAMSON. At Ed's request there will be no services. Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be made through the Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com

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WEAVER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-27 published
HOCKEY, Gwynneth (McGOWAN)
Peacefully, at Exeter Villa on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Gwynneth (McGOWAN) HOCKEY in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth G. HOCKEY (1999.) Dear mother of Louise and Bill PINCOMBE of Exeter, Anne and Gerard OVERHOLT of London, Mary HOCKEY and Kenneth MALLETT of Ancaster and David HOCKEY and Mary Evelyn WEAVER of Atlanta, Georgia. Dear grandmother of Brenda and Scott; Jeff and Tracey Alicia, Cassie and Dean. Also survived by 8 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Friday evening 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 1st at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paul ROSS officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to the South Huron Hospital Campaign would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com

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WEAVER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-19 published
JEWISS, Victor, C.D., K.H.
Victor JEWISS, a life long resident of Chatham, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at Riverview Gardens on July 17, 2008 at the age of 83. Loving husband of 63 years to Beverly (nee WEAVER.) Dear father to Elizabeth and Donald STEELE of McKinney, Texas, Catherine and Arnie RUSH of Prince George, British Columbia, Paul and Janice JEWISS of Devlin, Ontario. Proud grandfather to Sean STEELE, Charlie (Jennifer) EGLESTON, Sam EGLESTON, Lindsay (Beau) JOHNSON, Andrea JEWISS, Jennifer (Roger) STOLZ and great-grandfather to Nathan STEELE; Raven, Rhaia and Ashon EGLESTON; Eli JOHNSON, Selina Rae STOLZ. Victor will also be dearly missed by his sister in-law Gladys CLARK and niece Pauline (Tom) PAYNE and family. Predeceased by his parents Alfred and Victoria JEWISS; his 3 brothers one sister and grand_son. Victor retired in 1980 from Ontario Steel Products (Meritor). He also served for many years as a Court Constable serving in the Family and Juvenile Courts. Vic was an avid outdoorsman who spent many pleasurable days fishing and hunting small and large game. He was also a Master Hunter Education instructor. As a leather craftsman, many of his hunting buddies personally carry their rifles in his hand crafted gun cases. Many family and Friends have been on the receiving end of various handcrafted items. Vic was a veteran of the Second World War serving with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve from 1942-1945. He was better known for his association with the militia-first the Kent Regiment as a boy bugler and then after was part of the Bugle Band. When the Kents amalgamated with the Essex Scottish and became the Essex and Kent Scots he served with them for many years. Vic ended his army days with the 59 Legion Highlander Cadet Corps where he served his last 4 years before retirement as the C.O. He was the R.S.O. for Cadets training at Camp Ipperwash for several years. During his early retirement years Vic was a Big Brother to 3 little brothers. He is the first life member of this organization. Vic was a member of Holy Trinity Church, the Chatham Sertoma Club, Royal Canadian Legion Br 28., Royal Canadian Navy Association, Hospitaller Order of Saint_John of Jerusalem (London Commandery), the Southwestern Ontario Longbeards Association (Turkey Federation) and a life member of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regimental Association. Family and Friends will be received at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street Chatham, Ontario 519-351-2040 on Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:30 p.m. and and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Naval Association service will take place at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday and a Legion service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service to be held on Monday July 21, 2008 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 81 Selkirk Street, Chatham at 10 a.m. Rev. Deacon Elaine WILCOX officiating. Interment to follow at Maple Leaf Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Myasthenia Gravis Research Foundation or the Big Brothers and Sisters Association would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com When through the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze Then sings my soul, my savior god to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

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WEAVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-25 published
WEAVER, Aileen Elizabeth (née SUTCLIFFE)
Passed away with her family by her side at Trenton Memorial Hospital on Thursday, January 24, 2008 in her eighty-eighth year. Dearly beloved wife of the late Gerald Ames WEAVER. Daughter of the late James Albert and E. Grace SUTCLIFFE. Precedeased by brother Bruce and sisters Helen, Miriam, and Eva. Precious mother of Gerald Bruce, Stephen James (Maria), and Martha Jane. Loving Grandmother of James and Nicholas WEAVER, and Luis RODRIGUEZ and Alina WEAVER- RODRIGUEZ. Loved dearly and missed by Diana MENZIES, sister-in-law Betty SHARP, and her many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Trenton Memorial Hospital for the many kindnesses they extended during our mother's numerous admissions in these difficult months. The family will receive Friends at the Weaver Family Funeral Home - West Chapel, 170 Dundas St. West, Trenton on Sunday January 27th from 2: 00-5:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at King Street United Church, Trenton on Monday January 28th at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Allan MILLER officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either UNICEF or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Online guestbook and condolences at www.weaverfuneralhome.com

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WEAVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-28 published
WEAVER, Robert
Editor, broadcaster, anthologist, O.C. January 6, 1921 to January 26, Died peacefully in Toronto after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Audrey; his children, David and Janice; and his sister, Grace.
Bob was a well-known and highly respected editor and broadcaster who was instrumental in shaping the Canadian literary scene. As the producer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio program Anthology and a founder of the Tamarack Review, he discovered many important writers and supported them throughout their careers. He helped foster the short story in Canada through the many anthologies he edited, and was a fervent promoter of Canadian literature and Canadian writers for more than fifty years.
A private family service will be held.

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WEAVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-29 published
In building a national literary culture, he saw that 'writers need an audience'
Technically a radio producer, he spent half a century nurturing Canadian talent
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
When Alice LAIDLAW was a student at the University of Western Ontario, she heard that somebody named Robert WEAVER was buying short stories and broadcasting them on the radio. After he bought a story from a friend of hers, she wrote him a letter in 1951, enclosing "The Strangers" and "The Widower." He suggested some changes to the first story and offered to buy it.
"That was probably the greatest moment of my life," she said in a telephone interview yesterday. Not only did she have a piece accepted, but she "was going to be paid." And so began Mr. WEAVER's long relationship with the writer we now know as Alice MUNRO.
But it wasn't just praise that she and so many other yearning writers, including Mordecai Richler and Norman Levine, appreciated from Mr. WEAVER, a radio producer, anthologist and magazine editor.
"He was always wonderful to work with because he didn't pull any punches. Even after I was selling stories fairly regularly, his criticisms were very valuable," Ms. MUNRO said. "His approach was always encouraging, businesslike - I think it was very Canadian. It wasn't overly enthusiastic, but it accepted the fact that this was important work to you and to him and we were bound to do our best with it." This was very comforting to Ms. MUNRO in the days when she had "nobody else" beyond her first husband to encourage her.
"He was the guy," Margaret Atwood said yesterday of Mr. WEAVER, one of Canadian literature's most formidable talent spotters from the 1950s through the end of the last century. She recalled reading one of his first anthologies of short fiction when she was still in high school. "It was crucial for me because it told me that there were [Canadian] writers." He broadcast some of Ms. Atwood's early stories on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in the 1960s, and the two later worked together with editor William Toye on two editions of The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986 and 1995). He was a "doll" to work with, she said.
"He always concealed the extent to which he was well read and literary," Ms. Atwood said, describing Mr. WEAVER as self-effacing and apparently untutored. "That was his front. Underneath he was very smart and he had a very, very good ear," she said. "He took a chance on unpublished writers and he understood that writers need an audience - and he was providing that audience," through radio programs such as Anthology and the short stories that he collected and published in more than a dozen anthologies, including five volumes of Canadian Short Stories published by Oxford University Press.
Although technically a radio producer, Mr. WEAVER's real métier was broader and deeper. Essentially, he was a literary editor who was obsessed with discovering new talent and nurturing it by providing outlets and markets. Almost unconsciously, he was also building an audience and a literary culture as he traversed the country, meeting with writers and the staff at local Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations, serving as both a talent scout and a bridge-builder between Toronto and the regions.
He would hold impromptu salons in hotel rooms, where he puffed on his pipe, chatted with writers and swallowed an inordinate amount of hard liquor, while conversation swirled around him. He never seemed drunk - "not ever," according to Ms. Atwood - but he must have had a hollow leg, according to people who knew him in those days. While he could be a stern critic, he also bought less than stellar work from good writers who were broke and in need of a commission.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on January 21, 1921. His father, Walter WEAVER, was a doctor and a widower with one daughter when he married Jessie GEARY, the daughter of a local historian who had written books about the War of 1812. Bob was their first child, followed two years later by Grace, so he grew up sandwiched between two sisters in a small town that had a patina of sophistication from its powerful tourist attraction.
Although he loved sports and remained a hockey and football fan all of his life, he was not much of an athlete, according to his biographer Elaine Kalman Naves in Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature. Reading was an early pleasure, but one that he realized also had a seriousness of purpose - especially in a family in which reading "was part of the process of being human." The public library, which he frequented from the time he was in grade school, alternately sated and aroused his appetite for books.
His father died in 1931, when Bob was 10, just as the Depression was beginning to wreak its economic havoc. Two years later, an impoverished Mrs. WEAVER moved with her children to Toronto, where they settled in a rooming house owned by four of her late husband's sisters near the University of Toronto. Bob went to high school at Lawrence Park Collegiate, but he was a desultory student who was much more interested in reading and learning on his own than being taught by "unmarried, frumpish, middle-aged women." He graduated from high school in 1938 and got a job at the Dominion Bank on the corner of Avenue Road and Davenport, delivering bank drafts and picking up deposits from local businessmen.
In 1942, he tried to enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but failed an examination and switched to the army. He was stationed near Kingston, but was never sent overseas. The army did what it did for so many veterans: It gave him the opportunity to attend university, through the financial support of its veterans' aid program.
He entered University College at the University of Toronto in 1944, when he was 23 and mature enough to realize how lucky he was to be alive and involved in an expansive scholarly and social environment inhabited by the likes of Northrop Frye and Morley Callaghan. He joined the staff of The Varsity, edited the University College magazine in his second year, made Friends with three nascent literary talents - Henry Kreisel, James Reaney and Colleen Thibodeau - and became a force in The Modern Letters Club, a group that was agitating to bring the study of literature into the modern world. He was writing fiction, poetry and prose himself, but even then, with the help of some blunt comments from Mr. Reaney, he realized that his real talent lay in editing.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as a program organizer in the Talks and Public Affairs Department in November, 1948. He was given a 15-minute program niche on Friday evenings called Canadian Short Stories and a magazine-style show of arts reviews called Critically Speaking. These were the outlets that he used to create both a home and an audience for new writers as well as established ones, such as Malcolm Lowry and Sinclair Ross. And he raised the rates from $35 to $50 for any stories he broadcast.
A year later he began editing (with Helen James, his radio producer) an anthology of stories that they had broadcast on Canadian Short Stories and thereby provided his writers with a crossover audience from radio to print. That first anthology included stories by Mr. Ross, Hugh Garner and Ethel Wilson. By 1954, Mr. WEAVER had persuaded his bosses to let him produce Anthology, a 30-minute literary magazine. It first aired on October 19, 1954, with a lineup that included The Secret of the Kugel, a short story by an expatriate Montreal writer in London: Mr. Richler.
Anthology broadcast literary fiction by scads of writers who are now famous, including Austin Clarke, Leonard Cohen, Timothy Findley, Margaret Laurence, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael Ondaatje, Alistair MacLeod, Brian Moore, Al Purdy and Jane Rule. By 1968, the program had been extended to a 60-minute format and moved from Tuesday to Saturday evenings. According to Ms. Kalman Naves, Anthology regularly drew an audience of more than 50,000 listeners, "a figure that probably exceeded the combined readership of all the little magazines in the country at the time."
By 1974, Mr. WEAVER was head of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Arts. Four years later, Howard Engel became the producer of Anthology and Mr. WEAVER moved up the hierarchy again to become executive producer, literary projects. A decade later, he published The Anthology anthology to commemorate the program's 30th anniversary. It finally went off the air when budget cuts squeezed Mr. WEAVER into early retirement in 1985, although he continued to have an office at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation until 2002, when he was 81.
In 1956, he approached Ivon Owen, the managing editor of Oxford University Press and an acquaintance from university days, about starting a literary quarterly. Mr. Owen brought Mr. Toye, another editor from Oxford, to the initial lunch. The three men were soon joined by Kildare Dobbs, then an editor at Macmillan, poet Anne Wilkinson and Millar MacLure, an English professor at the U of T, with all of the editors working for free, although contributors were paid. Nominally a collective, Mr. WEAVER's strong editorial hand was evident until Tamarack folded in 1982.
Mr. WEAVER and his first wife, Mary McKELLAR (now COUTTS,) divorced in the mid-1960s and he married Audrey MacKELLAR in December, 1968. She became the mother of his two children, David and Janice. In 1979, he suffered a couple of strokes, which slowed him down, but didn't deter him from developing another literary bastion: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Competition. As he explained to his biographer: "I think I was always coming up with new things to do because I was afraid that some of the things we were doing would come to an end and then… how do you feed writers and keep going?"
There were 3,000 submissions the first year, an outpouring that has continued over the decades. The Canada Council became a partner in 1997 and began providing the prize money for what is now called the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Awards/Prix Littéraires Radio-Canada. Winning entries are published in English and French in enRoute magazine and broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born January 21, 1921, in Niagara Falls, Ontario He died January 26, 2008, in the Toronto East General Hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 87. Mr. WEAVER is survived by his second wife, Audrey, children David and Janice, and younger sister Grace. A private family service is planned.

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WEAVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
WEAVER, Robert
Editor, broadcaster, anthologist, O.C. January 6, 1921 to January 26, Died peacefully in Toronto after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Audrey; his children, David and Janice; and his sister, Grace. Bob was a well-known and highly respected editor and broadcaster who was instrumental in shaping the Canadian literary scene. As the producer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio program Anthology and a founder of the Tamarack Review, he discovered many important writers and supported them throughout their careers. He helped foster the short story in Canada through the many anthologies he edited, and was a fervent promoter of Canadian literature and Canadian writers for more than fifty years. A private family service will be held.

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