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EASON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-17 published
BAKER, Kathleen (née HODGE)
Of Union, passed away on Friday, March 14th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of John BAKER. Dearly loved mother of Muriel and her husband Douglas BERTLING of London. Loved step-mother of Susan and her husband Jim EASON of London, England, Robin BAKER and her husband Les VOAKES of Merrickville, Laurel and her husband Kevin O'CONNOR of Tecumseh and James and his wife Joanne BAKER of Janetville. Loved grandmother of Kimberley (Scott) LEE, Michael BERTLING and David (Leigh) BERTLING, Stephen EASON (Lisa,) Kaven BAKER- VOAKES, Tallis BAKER- VOAKES and Rory O'CONNOR. Predeceased by her Nana Bessie and Papa James HODGE and father James HODGE and by two brothers James and Andrew HODGE. Dear sister-in-law of Esther ROULEAU of Windsor. Kathleen was born in Edinborough, Scotland on April 8th, 1925. She was retired from the Bank of Nova Scotia. Kathleen was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church and volunteered over 16 years at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. The family will receive Friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Tuesday from 4: 00 to 7: 00 p.m. A service to celebrate Kathleen's life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, in Saint Thomas with the Reverend Joyce E. ELDER officiating on Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation (Volunteer Program).

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EASON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-18 published
BAKER, Kathleen (née HODGE)
Of Union, passed away on Friday, March 14th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of John BAKER. Dearly loved mother of Muriel and her husband Douglas BERTLING of London. Loved step-mother of Susan and her husband Jim EASON of London, England, Robin BAKER and her husband Les VOAKES of Merrickville, Laurel and her husband Kevin O'CONNOR of Tecumseh and James and his wife Joanne BAKER of Janetville. Loved grandmother of Kimberley (Scott) LEE, Michael BERTLING and David (Leigh) BERTLING, Stephen EASON (Lisa,) Kaven BAKER- VOAKES, Tallis BAKER- VOAKES and Rory O'CONNOR. Proud great Nana of Kennedy and Hayden LEE. Predeceased by her Nana Bessie and Papa James HODGE and father James HODGE and by two brothers James and Andrew HODGE. Dear sister-in-law of Esther ROULEAU of Windsor. Kathleen was born in Edinborough, Scotland on April 8th, 1925. She was retired from the Bank of Nova Scotia. Kathleen was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church and volunteered over 16 years at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. The family will receive Friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Tuesday from 4: 00 to 7:00 p.m. A service to celebrate Kathleen's life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, in Saint Thomas with the Reverend Joyce E. ELDER officiating on Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation (Volunteer Program).

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EASON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-24 published
PAMMETT, Gordon Harvey
Peacefully at Princess Gardens on Saturday, March 22, 2008 in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his loving wife Glenora. Dear brother of Marion (Hugh) POLLARD and the late Harold "Dutch" PAMMETT and the late Kenneth EASON. Gordon is survived by his several nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at 2: 00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough (705) 745-4683. Interment to follow at Lakefield Cemetery. If so desired, donations to Middlesex Kiwanis Club of London, Bequest and Endowment Fund or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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EASSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-11 published
EASSON, Hannah (BROWNE)
Suddenly at Sprucedale Care Centre, Strathroy on Sunday, March 09, 2008, Hannah (BROWNE) EASSON of London in her 80th year. Beloved wife of Stanley. Dear mother of Joe EASSON, Rosemary EASSON- ARNOLD and her husband Paul ARNOLD all of London. Loving grandmother of Hannah Erin ARNOLD. Sister of Rose BURT and her husband Robert of Etobicoke. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by her beloved cat Max (Nookie). Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Angela, sister Mary GUARINO and brother Patrick. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 7: 00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. George's Parish, 1164 Commissioners Road West, on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m.. Interment Saint Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Hannah are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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EAST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-14 published
PALIN, James
At Seaforth Community Hospital on Monday, March 10, 2008, James PALIN, age 66, of Seaforth. Beloved husband of Marie (BANNON) PALIN. Dear father of Ray (Sandy) PALIN of Mississauga, Elaine (Larry) EAST of Seaforth and Cathy PALIN (Wayne GRAY/GREY) of Strathroy. Loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and one great-grand_son. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Robert (Barb) PALIN of Seaforth, Gary (Sandra) BANNON of Winthrop and Theresa (Bob) MacHAN of Blyth. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Nellie (GRUMMETT) PALIN and Marie's parents Leon and Jeanette BANNON. Family will receive Friends at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 14 at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint_James Roman Catholic Church, Seaforth. Fr. Chris GILLESPIE will officiate. Interment Saint_James Cemetery. Memorial donations to Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association or Seaforth Fire Department appreciated. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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EAST o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2008-07-23 published
EAST, Russell Robert
On July 20th, 2008 at General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood in his 66th year. Beloved husband of Lynda REID- EAST of Collingwood. Dear father Deborah-Anne EAST- SMITH of Mansfield and Leanne EAST- BENOIT of Mississauga. Also survived by his Grandchildren Darren SMITH and Miraah SMITH. Brother to Barbara MacDONALD of Mississauga and Clifford EAST of Caledon. Predeceased by his first wife June Ann EAST (May 23rd, 2001.) Visitation was held at Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 132 River Road E., Wasaga Beach, 705-429-1040, on Tuesday July 22nd 2008 at 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service was conducted by Rev. Jim SEAGRAM in the Chapel on Wednesday July, 23rd. Interment in Wasaga Beach Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Alcoholic Anonymous, Heart and Stroke Foundation or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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EAST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
BERNARDO, Doris Ellen (née BLACKMAN)
Peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville on Saturday January 26, 2008 in her 82nd year; beloved wife of the late Guy BERNARDO (1992;) loved mother of Barry (deceased,) Cheryl BLACKMAN and her husband Trevor and Wendy GOSS and her husband Graham dear grandmother of Karen, Gillian, Christopher, Kim, Shannon and Dru; also sadly missed by her great-grandchildren, her sister Phyllis EAST, brother Sam BLACKMAN and cousins Doreen and Pat. A celebration of Doris's life will be held at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel 21 First Street, Orangeville on Wednesday January 30, 2008 at 7: 00 p.m. The family will receive Friends 1 hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com) Dods and Mcnair, Orangeville

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EASTABROOK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-30 published
JOYCE, Darlene (WEIN)
At her late residence on Saturday, June 29, 2008 Darlene (WEIN) JOYCE of Clandeboye in her 49th year. Beloved wife of Bruce JOYCE. Dear mother of Tracy and Dave KIRK of Goderich, Rick GLENN of Lucan, Jeremy GLENN of Clandeboye, Justin GLENN and Tawnya DECLARK of Exeter, and Nicole and Jordan JOYCE all at home. Dear grandmother of Alyssa and Amanda; Destiny and Shyanna; Skye, Hunter and Dominic. Dear daughter of Marvin WEIN of Crediton and daughter-in-law of Lillian JOYCE of Lucan. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Gary and Diane WEIN of Exeter, Cheryl and Brian KENNEDY of Clinton, Sharon and Jim McLEOD of Centralia, Rick WEIN and Penney and Dan EASTABROOK all of Crediton. Darlene will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews and the JOYCE family. The family would like to thank Kim BAUMAN/BOWMAN and the Middlesex-Elgin Victorian Order of Nurses for their compassionate care. Cremation. A graveside service will be held at the Crediton Cemetery on Thursday, July 3rd at 11 a.m. with Bob HEYWOOD officiating. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a trust fund that has been set up for Nicole and Jordan's future education would be appreciated by the family. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220) entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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EASTAUGH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-23 published
LEEDER, Cecil Edmund
At the Willow Grove Nursing Home in Ancaster Saturday morning June 21, 2008. Cecil LEEDER of Ancaster in his 100th year. Beloved husband of the late former Leona McCLARTY. Loving father of Terry and his wife Angela of Oakville and Marilyn HUBER of Thunder Bay. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren; Ken LEEDER and his wife Laura, Craig LEEDER, Brian HUBER and his wife Leann, Brad HUBER and his wife Brandy and three great-grand_sons; Tyler, Tanner and Dillan HUBER and one great-granddaughter Alexa HUBER. Dear brother of Marcella O'GRADY of Brockville. Dear brother-in-law of Mary EASTAUGH and Ethel MAILLOUX both of Owen Sound. Dear uncle to several nephews and nieces. Funeral Mass will be celebrated from Holy Family Catholic Church, Sauble Beach Thursday afternoon June 26 at 1: 00 p.m. Friends may call at Holy Family Catholic Church, Sauble Beach from 11: 00 a.m. until Funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. Interment Saint Mary's Cemetery, Hepworth. Memorial contributions to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Cecil by the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth 519-935-2754 or Toll free 1-888-340-3467

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EASTAUGH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-26 published
HARRISON, John
At Parkwood Hospital on Sunday, May 25, 2008, John HARRISON, of London in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy, predeceased by his cherished first wife Shirley. Dear father of Shelley STUPNISKY (Bud) of Morris, Manitoba, Philip (Kathy) of North Bay, Ontario, and John (Joan) of Fort Frances, Ontario. Survived by 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Step-father to Heather KEDDIE (Mississauga,) Miriam NICHOL (Bruce) of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Barbara YEO (Michael) of Ottawa. Survived by 6 step-grandchildren. Dear brother of Elizabeth EASTAUGH of Barrie. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and therapists of the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital. Also special thanks to Bonnie. A Memorial Service will be held at First St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Avenue at Waterloo, London on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 commencing at 2 p.m. Donations to Hospice London or the Canadian Cancer Society appreciated. Forest City Cremation Services entrusted with arrangements 519-675-0772

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EASTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-11 published
KAAK, Frederica " Riek" A.W. (née PRUYS)
Unexpectedly at home on Monday, June 9th, 2008, Frederica (Riek) A.W. KAAK (née PRUYS,) loved Mom and Oma, peacefully entered eternal life in her 77th year. Predeceased by her husband Henk (June 8, 1996). They are together again, at last. Riek enjoyed life, playing bridge and serving others through St. Vincent de Paul. Dearly beloved mother of John KAAK (Kim), Ben KAAK (Sandra), Teresa EASTER (Trent) and Lynn KAAK (Ken.) Also predeceased by her infant son Ronny. A very special Oma who loved to spoil Marisa, Jason, David, Kara, Alex, Curtis, Erin and Sean. Sister of Theresa NYLAND (Ben) and Harry PRUYS (Till.) Predeceased by her brothers Joep, Francis, Jan and sister Johanna. Also survived by family members in Holland and Canada. Visitors will be received on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. (Between King and York). Prayers Thursday at 7: 00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Mary Immaculate Church (Admiral and Trafalgar) on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Private interment Saint Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Families for Children or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Andrew's Conference.

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EASTLAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
WOJTALA, Rudy
Peacefully at the Guelph General Hospital on Friday, March 14th, 2008. Rudy WOJTALA, in his 78th year. Beloved husband for 42 years of Chris (KRIZSAN) WOJTALA. Loved father of Paul and Shelley both of Guelph. Dear grandfather of Alexzandra. Brother-in-law of Rose EASTLAND of Niagara Falls and Steve KRIZSAN of Paisley. Uncle of Mary Lynn and John GARRETT, Ruth Ann and Shaun STERLING, Scott, Ian, Rory and Peter KRIZSAN. Predeceased by his baby daughter Catherine (1969) and sister Irene. Rudy loved his beloved North and will be remembered for his love of fishing, reading and gardening. He was retired from the University of Guelph following 25 years of devoted service. Friends may call at the Gilchrist Chapel - McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph (from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 16th). No services. Cremation. Memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com

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EASTMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-03 published
PRICE, Frieda (BREBNER)
Peacefully, at home, on Monday, June 02, 2008, Frieda PRICE (BREBNER) in her 78th year. Beloved wife of the late Leo PRICE (1999.) Dear mother of Wayne BREBNER and his wife Judy and Marilyn TROJEK (Larry). Loved by her grandchildren Luke, Terriann and Tonia (Neil) and great-grandchildren Ashley, Jodi, Tessa and Karina. Dear sister of Linda EASTMAN and the late Mildred BURLEY. Frieda was a longtime member of the A.N.A.F., Unit #229. Friends will be received at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Road (1 block east of Egerton), on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, from 10-11 a.m. Funeral service will follow in the Evans Chapel at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Brian McKAY officiating. Cremation with interment in Woodland Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Frieda Price.

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EASTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-02 published
PROBYN, Alfred Stephen (1951-2008)
A. (Alfred) Stephen PROBYN died in Toronto on Sunday, March 30, 2008, at age 56 in the spirit in which he lived: 'Onwards and upwards!' One of North America's foremost authorities on 'green energy' and the independent power industry, Stephen is best known as a financier, entrepreneur, regulatory expert and advisor to governments on energy and environmental policy. Convinced of the certainty of Climate Change and the need for action, he was inspired by an unswerving belief in the possibility of political, economic and technological solutions to most human problems -- expecting the same 'best efforts' and goodwill that he always contributed himself. A man of extraordinary intellect, drive and wide-ranging talents coupled to great warmth, wit and self-deprecating personal charm, Stephen PROBYN inspired lifelong Friendships and admiration equally in men and women, and excelled in academe, government, journalism, broadcasting, industry associations and not-for-profit organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in Pembroke, Ontario to a British father, Major A. (Alfred) John PROBYN (retired,) and his Canadian bride, the late Calista Helen PROBYN (née CLARKE,) Stephen grew up on Army bases in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, West Germany and Ontario. Summers of his youth were most often spent at the Clarke family farm near Naramata in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley. In later life, he began transforming the farm's elderly orchards into vineyards with a view to a sun-filled retirement of sailing the lake, drinking excellent wine and writing the books he planned in a place he loved. Stephen's other love affair was with London and the company of exceptional Friends there, starting in his graduation year at the London School of Economics which earned an Honours B.A. from Queen's University in 1973. The M. Phil. begun at London School of Economics was then postponed to join the Conservative Research Department in London where the 23 year-old Canadian advised the new Leader of the Opposition, Margaret Thatcher, on energy policy. As he told Lady Thatcher not long ago of their joint beginnings: 'We were changing the world.' Returning home in 1976, Stephen continued his work in energy policy at the Progressive Conservative Research Office in Ottawa and then as an advisor to the Premier of Nova Scotia (1978-84). During the Constitutional patriation debates in 1981, he had a brief but exhilarating stint lobbying the British Government and Parliament on behalf of Nova Scotia's case for the rights of the Provinces and Canada's Aboriginal peoples. In 1982-83, Stephen attended Harvard University, earning a Master's of Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government with a thesis on the ethical, environmental and regulatory challenges posed by the brand-new science of genetic engineering and the foundation of a 'biotech' industry. He then turned the thesis into a sixpart television documentary, The Life Revolution (1989), co-produced by TVOntario and England's Channel 4, which gained global distribution and the recognition of U.S. and United Kingdom awards. In Ottawa again in 1984-86, Stephen acted as Senior Policy Advisor to the Hon. Pat Carney, then Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, for the dismantling of Canada's National Energy Program and the launch of new federal energy initiatives by the Mulroney Government. Then, he left government and moved to Toronto to begin his work in international capital markets at the former Wood Gundy Inc. In 1987, Stephen PROBYN founded the group of private companies where he was soon joined by his wife and business partner, Doctor Barbara EASTMAN, and their great friend, the late R.W. (Herb) Harmer, former head of Bechtel Canada. Stephen's strategic aim was to help make 'green' industry economically successful by specializing in project finance for energy and environmental infrastructure internationally, and investing in and operating new 'clean power' projects across Canada. Under Stephen's leadership as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until his death, The Probyn Group™ has arranged debt and equity financing of independent power in Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and launched renewable energy companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, with a total value of some $3.5 billion. Stephen re-entered political life for the 1998 Federal Election, to run as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Toronto Centre-Rosedale, relishing the race regardless of the Liberal Party victory. Given more time, his fascination with the democratic process and public policy development would no doubt have drawn him into politics again. Meanwhile, Stephen was proud to accept an appointment to federal office as Chairman of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, made jointly by the Ministers of Natural Resources and the Environment in October 2007. Among many other offices and associations, Stephen served as President of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (formerly, Independent Power Producers Society of Ontario) from 1993-95; as a member of the Electricity Market Design Committee appointed by the Ontario Government in 1998; and as an advisor to the G8 Nations Taskforce on Renewable Energy appointed in 2000. He was the founding Chairman and a director of the Canadian Association of Income Funds from 2003-2007. Since 2000, he was also a director of United Corporations Limited. He served as President of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs in 1994-96 and has long been an active member of the congregation of Grace Church on-the-Hill. He was a member of the Toronto Club and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Stephen took great joy in having his wife Barbara and loving sons Hugh, John and Max at his side last Sunday. He is also survived by daughter Lucy and granddaughter Brangwyn in Montreal; sisters Professor Elspeth PROBYN in Sydney, Australia, and Jane PROBYN, brother-in-law Nick DINNAGE and nephew Joseph in London, United Kingdom and his father John and stepmother Jill PROBYN in Herefordshire, United Kingdom Visiting is welcome at Morley Bedford Funeral Services, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, on Friday, April 4th between 5: 00 and 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 5th between 2: 00 and 4:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in Toronto at Grace Church on-theHill, 300 Lonsdale Road, on Monday, April 7th at 3: 00 p.m. Friends and colleagues are invited to a reception to follow at The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 141 St. George Street, from 5: 00-8:00 p.m. No flowers, please. Donations in memory of Stephen PROBYN to Grace Church on-the-Hill, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, London School of Economics and Harvard University would be gratefully appreciated.

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EASTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-14 published
She was the godmother of daycare centres in Canada
Trained in Boston because early childhood education was unavailable at home, she helped launch the first federally funded daycare centre and never looked back
By Noreen SHANAHAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S12
Toronto -- Margaret KIDD was one of the earliest teachers in Early Childhood Education in Canada. Her life's work began during the Second World War when she helped establish the first federally funded daycare. It was a time of desperate need, when mothers tied their young to fence posts and set off for their jobs at munitions plants.
Ms. KIDD later taught in early childhood education at Ontario community colleges, and served as a childcare consultant in India, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and the Philippines.
The youngest of six children born to a British immigrant family who settled in Toronto during the final days of the First World War, she was a bright and ambitious child. Years later, she always felt grateful to her elder siblings; they quit school early and went to work, but insisted she continue on with her studies.
In 1939, she was in the first graduating class at the University of Toronto's new sociology department. Strongly influenced by Tommy Douglas and the Canadian Commonwealth Federation, she hooked up with other idealistic students who became activists fighting for the creation of social institutions such as medicare and daycare.
At that time in Canada, there were no training programs for childcare workers. Undeterred, Ms. KIDD headed down to Boston's Tufts University where a rudimentary course was offered, focusing mainly on healthy nutrition and probably directed more toward mothers than to working professionals. As a result, she became an advocate of healthy eating long before it was fashionable.
In 1938, while in Winnipeg at the first national conference of Canadian University Students, she met J. Roby KIDD. He was the first Canadian to earn a doctorate in adult education. Early in their relationship, the couple made a deliberate decision, based on a shared vision and commitment, which helped shape Canada's social and political landscape. Doctor KIDD set up the institutional infrastructure for adult education, basically popularizing the idea of lifelong learning. Ms. KIDD, meanwhile, played a key role in bringing the institution of quality daycare to thousands of Canadian families.
They were married in 1941, and while Mr. KIDD quickly moved ahead with his goals, she helped launch a nursery in Montreal that became the first daycare centre to be funded by Ottawa. Through her experience there she resolved to make the notion of daycare centres grow and flourish.
By that time the war was raging and daycare as we know it today simply did not exist. Huge numbers of women entered the work force and took up war work of all descriptions, filling a labour gap caused by so many men having joined the armed forces and being sent overseas. Although it sounds outrageous, some war-time working mothers actually did tether their children to the fence in the front yard, leaving their neighbours to check on them during the day. At the time, it was accepted that they had little choice. After all, there was a war on.
According to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation archives, some working mothers also left their children in orphanages during the war, usually on a temporary basis. Others were lucky if they found neighbours or relatives to care for their children. The federal government soon considered war-time nurseries an essential war-time service, charging eligible women 35 cents a day.
By the time 1943 came around, the couple was living in Ottawa, where Doctor KIDD took a position as director of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education. In July, their son, Bruce, was born. The eldest of what would become an eventual brood of five children, he grew up to be an Olympic athlete. His brother, Ross, followed a couple of years later. In 1946, they moved back to Toronto where Alice, David and Dorothy were born.
Ms. KIDD insisted that her children push themselves just a little bit harder physically. She trained her youngest child, Dorothy, to walk further and further distances along Queen Street. If she heard one of the others whine for a streetcar ticket she'd say: "If your little sister can walk that far, so can you."
Bruce KIDD remembers the early days of his mother's mission, back in the mid-forties when she toddled him off to St. Aiden's Church in Toronto's east end - not to pray, but to play. He often sought out his friend John Sewell, perhaps over by the building blocks. (Mr. Sewell became Toronto's mayor a few decades later.)
Her energy for political activity also grew during these years. Her daughter, Dorothy KIDD, got her political start as a six-year-old on her neighbour's doorstep, listening to her mother eloquently pitch for local Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation candidates.
"I'm not sure when the penny dropped for her to make a career out of engaging developmental opportunities for children at the earliest possible age, and fighting public institutions to do that," Bruce KIDD said. "It became the theme of her life from the late 1930s until she stopped actively working."
In 1961, the family moved to Ottawa where Doctor KIDD took a job as director of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education and Ms. KIDD dove into child-development issues, including setting up nursery schools. Passionate for political discussion at this time, she also formed a women's group that met regularly to discuss the Vietnam War. Dorothy KIDD remembers a film about the Mekong Delta in Vietnam at one meeting, and discussing the impact of the war on Vietnamese women and children.
The once-radical notions of universal daycare and adult education were closer to becoming realized, as the couple spread their implacable vision for social reform onto the popular psyche. In many ways, Ms. KIDD practised her child-focused philosophy on her own children. Bruce KIDD still remembers the one and only time he ever heard his mother swear. It was on the phone with his high-school principal, who suggested that Bruce stay in school rather than travel with the Olympic team. Ms. KIDD told this man that the competition was an important experience for Bruce that he wanted to go and would learn a great deal from it. Plus, she said, he'd ace his spring exams. She was right.
Ms. KIDD's work as an international childcare consultant began in 1965, when the family lived in Jaipur, India. Her husband was hired to work in adult education at the University of Rajasthan. When they returned to Toronto a year later, Ms. KIDD decided to pursue her masters degree in sociology, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1970. She became an early childhood education instructor, first at Centennial College and later at Seneca College, both in Toronto. She also insisted that the quest for new professionalism didn't wipe out the years of unpaid childcare work women had been doing.
At Seneca College, Ms. KIDD helped launch a project called the MILE (Mobile Intensive Learning Experience) where a group of students from various disciplines climbed aboard buses and travelled across the country. Instead of learning only from books, they met the real-life key players behind an issue. For instance, while studying Canadian labour, they went down into the mines or walked the picket lines and interviewed people who were making do without wages. If they were studying early childhood education, they visited daycare centres to witness how different communities applied their understanding of child and community development.
"I was so proud to see her direct a fleet of students and buses and to see how the students were transformed by this," said Bruce KIDD, who joined her on a MILE project on sport and recreation policy. "She gave them a visceral, intellectually critical sense of this country and realized that there was more to Canada than just Toronto."
In 1977, Ms. KIDD became an inspector with the Ontario government's Community and Social Services Ministry, Children's Services Division. Throughout her tenure, she remained hopeful at the same time as being wise to the system's imperfections. But rather than close down troubled centres, she set her sites on problem-solving with them. Waiting-list numbers convinced her that fewer daycare centres was not the answer.
She once demonstrated for daycare reform at Toronto's City Hall. While her students gathered with their freshly crayoned picket signs, many of whom had their own toddlers underfoot and joining in with the chants, Ms. KIDD unpacked sandwiches and doled out juices. "She was like a supermom," Dorothy KIDD said. "She was teaching the next generation to look after kids while at the same time mothering them."
Ms. KIDD began working as an instructor in Ryerson University's Early Childhood Education program in 1980, as well as running the school's on-site daycare and children's learning centre. In 1982, her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. At that point, he was an educator and founder of the adult education department at the Ontario Institute for Education, as well as a professor of comparative studies in Adult Education.
In 1986, Ms. KIDD was invited to India by a group of women construction workers keen on establishing a daycare for their children. Upon her retirement in 1987, she returned to India, this time with a small delegation of Canadian women that included Julie Mathien, current director of Early Learning and Child Development for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. "Because [Ms. KIDD] had lived there, we had a view of India we never would have had otherwise," Ms. Mathien said.
Margaret KIDD was born Margaret Edith EASTO on May 25, 1918, in Toronto. She died of Alzheimer's disease on March 4, 2008, in Toronto. She was 89. Predeceased by her husband, J. Roby KIDD, she is survived by her children: Bruce, Ross, Alice, David and Dorothy. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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EASTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-14 published
EASTON, Gerald Richard
Of London, on March 12, 2008 at his late residence in his 62nd year. Dear husband of Barbara Ann (ESSELTINE) EASTON and father of Terry (Jennegh) EASTON, Sheri EASTON, James EASTON and George EASTON (Kelly). Brother of Lil CALVERT (Fred), Sally FORTEY, Carol ALLISON, Jean EASTON and Ray EASTON. Predeceased by sister Marion HENDERSON and brothers Bill, Jack, Bob and Lewis. Survived by 14 grandchildren. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Saint Thomas Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Donations to Saint Thomas Cemetery Maintenance Fund.

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EASTWOOD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-02 published
FENDERT, May
At Parkwood Hospital our dear, loving mother, May FENDERT " Lamb" left us on Friday, May 1, 2008 in her 74th year. Predeceased by her husband Karl FENDERT. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Heidi and her husband Rob EASTWOOD and son Neil and his wife Sandy FENDERT and her grandchildren Candace, Justin, Karl and Samantha. Survived by a brother Ralph LAMB of London. Predeceased by her brothers Cragie and John (Ian) of Scotland and one sister Rena YOUNG of London and survived by many nieces, nephews and dear Friends. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.) on Sunday 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 1 p.m. Interment of ashes Pond Mills Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to May

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EASTWOOD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-17 published
TERNYIK, Betty-Lou (formerly TILLOTSON, née PRONG)
At London Health Sciences Centre following a courageous battle with Leukemia, Betty-Lou TERNYIK of Aylmer, passed away quietly on Friday morning, May 16, 2008 in her 75th year. The daughter of the late Ray and Olive (ANDERSON) PRONG, she had lived her entire life in the Aylmer district. Amongst the mourners are her two brothers, Fred PRONG of Saint Thomas and Ronald (Lynda Ann) PRONG, of Sparta, one sister Lynda-Mae (Larry) JENNER of Fingal. From her first marriage to Billie F. TILLOTSON (1926-1961) she is survived by one daughter Bonnie L. TILLOTSON- HERNANDEZ of Thornhill, two sons Barry W. (Linda) TILLOTSON of Saint Thomas and Budd R. (Lisa) TILLOTSON of Bradford. She is also survived by her husband Jim TERNYIK and two daughters Brenda L. (Dave) WILSON of Guelph and Nancy K. TERNYIK (Danny VASQUEZ) of Mississauga six grandchildren Steven HERNANDEZ, Deanne EASTWOOD, Jennifer TILLOTSON, James TILLOTSON, Sydney WILSON and Scott WILSON; two great-grandchildren Erika CALDWELL and Jordan EASTWOOD. Mrs. TERNYIK was a well known and highly esteemed resident within the music and crafts community of East Elgin. She taught music in public schools for many years, was organist and choir leader for over 45 years at Saint_John's United Church, Springfield and Saint_John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Aylmer. Her ability at various crafts was also well known and appreciated, including Temari balls, sewing, decorative lights, afghans, sweaters, and quilts. Her collection of angels was both thought provoking, and astounding. She enjoyed writing poetry, composing and writing music with lyrics. Visitation at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 12: 30-1:30 where the memorial service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation has taken place, burial in Aylmer Cemetery following the service. Donations to the Cancer Society or Saint_John's Lutheran Church appreciated by the family. Condolences at can made at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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EASTWOOD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-09 published
WOOD, Edward Gillen
Ed passed away peacefully at his home in Picton, Ontario, on April 6, 2008. Born on February 4, 1940 in Ottawa. He was the son of the late Edward Irving WOOD and Barbara Foster WOOD (nee GILLEN) formerly of Belleville, Ontario. Ed is survived by his three daughters Taylor (Craig WALSH) Whistler, British Columbia, Andrea EDWARDS (Mike) and Samantha both of Ottawa and their mother Ann of Picton and Mont Tremblant, Québec. Ed also leaves behind his sister Suzanne EASTWOOD of Ottawa, Ontario, nephews Mike and David, niece Christine (DESBIENS) and their children. Ed co-existed with cancer for 3 years and for the most part it was good times spent with family, travelling with his special friend Carol and generally making a nuisance of himself with the wonderful staff of the oncology unit at Kingston General Hospital. The family thanks them all for their dedication and incredible patience. Ed was a graduate of St. Andrews College and a non-graduate of other places of higher learning. His talents were finally recognized by the broadcasting industry where he enjoyed 3 decades of hard work, Friends and fellowship. As per his wishes, there will be a private family service followed by an Irish Wake to celebrate his wonderful life. Please join us at the Waring House in Picton, Ontario, on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 12-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in his name to: University Hospitals Kingston Foundation in support of the cancer centre @ Kingston General Hospital 613-549-5452 or www.uhkf.ca.

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