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WEDD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-03 published
WARD, Anna Marsh (formerly NORRIS, née VAN NOSTRAND)
Nan was born May 14, 1923. She was the sixth of seven children to bless the van Nostrand home at 91 Delaware Ave., Toronto. Her passing was very peacefully on February 21, 2008, under the gentle care of Humber River Regional Hospital. Nan was a wonderfully colourful lady and will be dearly missed by many Friends and family members. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Frances (Keary) LINDSAY and her partner Richard Hugh YOUNG and her much loved granddaughter, Teanna Jayne LINDSAY. Nan was the beloved wife of the late Doctor Stanley NORRIS and will be remembered fondly by his son Peter Newton, his wife Elizabeth (Hilton) WARD and their sons Benjamen Norris and Charles Gordon WARD. Nan was predeceased by her loving parents John and Eleanor (WEDD) VAN NOSTRAND, sisters, Katherine STOCKWELL, Gretchen BOOTH, Ruth LILLICO, Helen WRIGHT, Mary KNOWLES and her brother John VAN NOSTRAND. A service will be held at Saint_John's York Mills Anglican Church, (416-225-6611) 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto at 11: 00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. Join us and bring a smile in remembrance of a wonderful soul. Please, as expressions of sympathy all donations may be made to your hospital of choice. At this time her daughter and family would like to express their deepest appreciation to all the devoted and caring nurses, doctors and staff of St. Hilda's Towers retirement residence.

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WEDDERSPOON 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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WEDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-28 published
POLLOCK, Doctor Daniel Charles
With great sadness, the family of Doctor Daniel Charles POLLOCK wishes to announce his unexpected death on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Beloved husband of Elaine. Loving father to Geoffrey, Meghan and Adam. Cherished little brother of Jack and Kathleen and "big brother" of Kathryn and Brenda. Dearly loved by his extended family. Daniel was born on January 18, 1945 to John POLLOCK and Martha WEDER in Edmonton, Alberta. He earned a Bachelor's degree at the University of Alberta and a Medical degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Outstanding physician and respected psychiatrist, Daniel will be sorrowly missed by his many patients to whom he was completely devoted. Daniel has touched us all with his love of learning, his enthusiastic pursuit of new adventures, his creativity and his zany sense of humour. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), for a visitation on Thursday, July 3 from 4 to 8 p.m., with prayers beginning at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4 at St. Basil's Church, 50 Saint_Joseph Street. Following the internment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, a reception and a wake will be held at the Badminton and Racquet Club, 25 St. Clair Avenue West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Easter Seals Canada (www.easterseals.ca). Condolences and memories may be forwarded
through www.humphreymiles.com

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WEDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-23 published
DRURY, Allan Herbert
(June 18, 1940-January 20, 2008)
Few lived life as fully as Allan DRURY. Innovator, joker, adventurer, pioneer, businessman, spouse, father, and a great friend to so many, Allan was all of these and more. Born to Herb and Ida DRURY in Barrie, Ontario, Allan was a high-school sports star and an excellent student. He studied to become a geologist and worked in the oil and gas industry in Calgary, Alberta. But a life-changing event would lead Allan and his equally adventurous and talented spouse, Brenda (WEDGE,) into the mountainous wilds of British Columbia's West Kootenay region. In the late 1960s, Allan was one of the first skiers to venture into the mountains with the iconic Hans Gmoser and his then 'upstart' Canadian Mountain Holidays. A life-long skier (with a great love for freestyle or, as it was then known, 'hot-dogging'), Allan's heli-skiing experience, coupled with his kamikaze spirit, led him to ask, 'Why can't I do this?' As always, he knew he could. Before long, Brenda and Allan had moved to the tiny logging community of Meadow Creek, two hours north of Nelson, British Columbia, to start Selkirk Wilderness Skiing on Meadow Mountain in the Selkirk range, the first snow cat skiing operation in the world. Since Selkirk Wilderness Skiing first opened its doors to skiers in 1975, Allan has influenced the lives of many - and not just skiers. His passion for the sport and his take-no-prisoners approach to the slopes (ask any who skied with him…) had even the most reluctant skiers exploring the wild and stunning terrain of the Selkirks. The same people would come back year after year, in part for the amazing snow and the beautiful terrain, but also to be anywhere close to Allan. He was, quite simply, a magnet. Whether it was flying off a jump on 'Chuck Your Lunch' (one of his favourite runs), yodelling through a powder field, or recounting the day's events in the evening at the lodge, Allan's love for life in the mountains was profound and infectious. One of his skiers described him thus: 'He was a true gentleman, a man of honesty, courage, and clarity. You probably know the Yiddish word that bestows the highest possible honour to a man. The word is 'mensch'…. Allan was a mensch and I am privileged to have known him.' Another skier describes Allan as 'a man who lived his dreams, but more importantly, invited countless others in.' Today, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing is known throughout the world as one of the finest commercial backcountry operators in the snowsports industry. Its family atmosphere, genuine commitment to staff, guests, and surrounding community; respect for the environment, and high operational standards, are all reflections of the man Allan DRURY was. Whether he was paragliding above Meadow Creek, windsurfing on Kootenay Lake, hitting golf balls on the back nine (his field out back, mostly) or sharing time with his beloved daughters Andrea and Rachel (both accomplished skiers) doing all of the things the family loved, Allan made sure that every moment on this earth counted. Allan had been experiencing the effects of cancer for two years, but few would have guessed it. He approached those years, and his leaving of this life, with his characteristic clarity of purpose, courage, optimism, and wicked sense of humour. He did not want his death to cause any interruption of the ski operation because, as he said the day before he died, 'my spirit will be on Meadow, and I will want some company there.' When he left us, he was at home in Meadow Creek with Brenda, Rachel, and Andrea, as well as other family members and Friends. In his life beyond, we wish him endless 'Rolling Thunders,' another Meadow run he loved. Many helped Allan take his final jump from this world, but his family wishes to give special thanks to Doctor Phillip Malpasse, Doctor Martha Wilson, Cheryl Hicks, R.N., and Rhonda Addison, R.N., for their amazing care and devotion to Allan. A private mountaintop farewell will be held this weekend. A public celebration of Allan's life will be held in Nelson in late April. Anyone wishing to remember Allan in ways other than doing what he loved may make donations to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Equipment Fund (www.kootenaylakehospitalfoundation.com).

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WEDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-29 published
DRURY, Allan Herbert
Innovator, joker, adventurer, pioneer, businessman, loving husband and father, great friend to many. Born June 18, 1940, in Barrie, Ontario Died January 20 in Nelson, British Columbia, of cancer, aged 67.
By Rick DURST, Page L6
There are many words to describe Allan, but the one that sums it up best is adventurer - in mind, body and spirit.
As an adventurous kid hunting through the bush north of Barrie, Ontario, Allan discovered a U-shaped, north-facing valley. He raced home to convince his father, Herb, that the valley would be perfect for a ski hill. His father said no.
Today that valley is Horseshoe Resort, and every snowcat skier should be grateful Allan's father turned him down back then.
Armed with a geology degree, Allan headed west as a young man. He met and married Brenda WEDGE, who shared his passion for skiing. They had two children, Andrea and Rachel.
On one helicopter skiing trip, Allan and Brenda thought up an idea that would eliminate the high cost and susceptibility to weather of using helicopters: transporting skiers on large-tracked vehicles to nearly all areas of terrain. They established themselves in a logging community north of Nelson, British Columbia, and began building their dream in 1975.
Today, hundreds of skiers a year, mostly repeats, take part in this magical experience at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, and snowcat operations have developed around the world.
Allan's passion for all things risky led him to endeavours including paragliding and cliff jumping. He tore or broke many body parts, including his pelvis. But he was never discouraged, and always got "back on the horse" as soon as possible, ready to indulge again.
On the mountain, his mantra was to give skiers the best experience possible, whether it was through a quiet chat on technique or leading them to new levels of attacking the mountain. He would scream, "Wimps go right, I am going left!" as he pushed skiers to face new challenges. Another favourite trick was to send unknowing guides down the mountain first, then take the group down a "better way."
Skiers at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing will always remember Allan's yodelling and cries of joy as he jumped virtually every drop-off and blasted through powder. All the while, Brenda kept her hand on the rudder, guiding the business and restraining many of Allan's wild impulses.
One impulse they shared was to build a small-scale hydro plant to power the lodge, typically ahead of their time.
Because of Allan's and Brenda's wisdom, judgment and joie de vivre, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing has become one of the finest skiing operations in the world.
In his life beyond, we wish Allan endless Rolling Thunders, one of his favourite runs.
Rick DURST is Allan's friend and admirer.

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WEDGEWOOD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-14 published
WEDGEWOOD, Edward " Ted"
At the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Thursday March 13, 2008, Ted WEDGEWOOD of Milton, beloved husband of Judy WEDGEWOOD, loving father of Kristy and David. Sadly missed by mother-in-law Nana PATERSON. Dear brother of Tom and his wife Annie, Jack and his wife Leslie and Kathleen HENRY. Resting at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home 114 Main St. Milton from 7-9 p.m. Sunday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral service to be held in the Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday March 18, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Letters of condolence may be left for the family at www.mckersie-kocher.ca

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WEDMANN o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-04-09 published
NOBLE, Joan (PEARCE)
(Chartered Member of Wasaga Probus Sunbirds, Honorary Member of Bayshore Senior Citizens Club)
Peacefully at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge on Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Joan (PEARCE) of Woodland Beach and formerly of Newmarket in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Lewis NOBLE for 62 years. Dear mother of late Mary Anne (late Erwin) WEDMANN, Gerry (Jen), Linda and Wendy (Bryan) BOLAND. Loving grandmother of Kelly, Pamela, Christopher, Wendy, Todd, Shelley and Michael. Survived by 13 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of late Tim (Marg) PEARCE. Friends called at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford (1-800-209-4803) for visitation. Funeral service was held in the Lathangue Chapel on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 11 a.m. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford Donations to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital would be appreciated.
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