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PLUG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-20 published
KUINDERSMA, William
II Timothy 4: 7,8
Peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at Bluewater Health on Saturday, February 16, 2008 William KUINDERSMA age 78 of Sarnia. Beloved husband of the late Cotje (2004). Loving Father of Trudy (Ron) SCHIESTEL and Joan VANDENBERG. Cherished Pops of Steven and Renee, Jaclyn and Jimmy, Heather and Craig, Chuck and Lindsay, Ryan, and Grand Pops to Ethan, Nicole, Robbie, Amber, Jori and Chase. Survived by brother Robert (Mary) KUINDERSMA, sisters Tess (Jim) McWHINNEY, Greta (Hank) PLUG, and sisters-in-law Denyse and Mickey KUINDERSMA. Also survived by brothers-in-law Bill (Edie,) and Peter (Lynne) Esser and sisters-in-law Kay CHIVERS, Lena (Jim) JOOSSE, Betty VANDERHEIDE and Jennie (Lex) KAPTEYN. Uncle Bill will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews as a man of tremendous generosity and optimism. Predeceased by brothers Reinder, John and Pete and parents Ynte and Anna KUINDERSMA. Bill moved to Sarnia from Windsor in 1945 and was employed as president of K&E Sand and Gravel for 38 years. He served the First Christian Reformed Church as Deacon, Elder and Cadet Councilor and combined a love of sports and of young people by coaching church hockey and baseball for many years. Family and Friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 21, 2008 from 2 until 4 p.m. and 7 until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2008 at The First Christian Reformed Church (corner of Exmouth St. and Murphy Rd.) at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Blackwell Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Christian Reformed World Relief Committee or John Knox Christian School. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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PLUG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-13 published
KAPOGINES, Betty Jane
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, May 11, 2008. Betty Jane KAPOGINES of Aylmer in her 69th year. Beloved wife of Michael KAPOGINES. Dear mother of Kelly GARROD and husband Mike of Aylmer, Karen HUNT and husband Keith of Aylmer and Peter KAPOGINES of Cochrane, Alberta. Loving grandmother of Ryan, Megan, Erin, Samantha and Kristen. She will be sadly missed by a sister-in-law Wanda KAPOGINES and a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her mother Vera (FOOTE) CRANE and her sisters Patricia PLUG and Sandra MARTIN. Born in Saint Thomas, Ontario on March 22, 1940. She was a member of the Ladies Dart League at the Columbus Club. Betty loved the outdoors and camping with her family. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. Donald GRAHAM, officiating. Donations to the Cancer Society or the Aylmer Community Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences can be expressed at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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PLUMB o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-21 published
PLUMB, Norman Victor
At the Deep River and District Hospital on Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Norman PLUMB age 79 years. Beloved husband of the late C. Muriel PLUMB (HARTWIG.) Dear brother of Albert PLUMB of London. Cherished uncle of 20 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a brother Donald PLUMB and a sister Elsie DEANE. Also survived by a dear sister-in-law Freida HARTWIG of Deep River. Friends may call at the Valley Funeral Home, Deep River on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted in the Real Hope Christian Assembly, Deep River on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Emmanual Baptist Cemetery, Killaloe (in the Spring). In memoriam donations to the Four Seasons Lodge, Deep River would be gratefully appreciated.

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PLUMMER o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-07-16 published
PLUMMER, Mervyn Albert
Mervyn PLUMMER of Duncan, born in Collingwood Township, a son of the late Earl Milton and Wilda Viola (née WILKINSON) PLUMMER, passed away in Meaford on Friday, July 4, 2008 at the age of Mervyn was well known in the local area communities and surrounding area as he was always interested in vehicles and equipment and he loved to drive. Before returning to farming Mervyn enjoyed a brief career in trucking which included a bread delivery route, livestock cartage and gravel trucking for area construction projects.
After returning to farming Mervyn still enjoyed his vehicles and was well known to area implement dealers as he was always interested in what was new in the industry. He also drove many students for several years on a local bus route. Mervyn also enjoyed the outdoors and the pleasures of nature and hunting. He was a devoted and valued member and supporter of Kolapore Calvary Church of the Nazarene.
Mervyn was the beloved husband of 36 years of the former Lois HALLAM and he will be lovingly remembered as Dad and Grampa by his son Paul and grand_son Seth of Quesnel, British Columbia, daughter Connie and her husband Marc DEN BOK and their son Andrew of Duntroon, and by his son James and his wife Michelle also of Duncan.
Mervyn was a loved brother of Eunice PLUMMER of Creemore and Marjorie (late Gary) WELLER of Douglas and he predeceased by a brother Ernie PLUMMER and will be remembered by his wife Audrey of Collingwood.
He will also be remembered as a dear son-in-law of Sadie HALLAM of Feversham and brother-in-law of Barb and Walt SHIER of Feversham, and Bonnie and Wayne DAVIDSON of Orangeville.
Mervyn's family received many Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Monday afternoon and evening and funeral services, officiated by Pastor Terrence GOUDY, were conducted at Kolapore Calvary Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday, July 8, 2008.
Special music was provided by Roger and Lora DINSMORE, and Terry and Jan CARSCADDEN and by pianist Carrie CARSCADDEN. son Paul delivered remembrances of his Dad on behalf of the family and nieces Melanie CATHCART and Karen Davidson offered selected scripture readings. Former Kolapore Pastor Mark ROYALE closed the service with prayer and delivered the benediction.
A service of committal and interment followed at Feversham Presbyterian Cemetery with nephews David and Bruce PLUMMER, Lee WELLER, son-in-law Marc DEN BOK and sons Paul and James PLUMMER serving as pallbearers, Mervyn's daughter-in-law Michelle PLUMMER and his daughter Connie DEN BOK served as flower bearers.
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PLUMMER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-07 published
PLUMMER, Mervyn Albert
Mervyn PLUMMER of Duncan, beloved husband of the former Lois HALLAM, passed away in Meaford on Friday, July 4, 2008 at the age of 67. son of the late Earl and Wilda (née WILKINSON) PLUMMER. Lovingly remembered as Dad and Grampa by his son Paul and grand_son Seth of Quesnel, British Columbia, daughter Connie and her husband Marc DEN BOK and their son Andrew of Duntroon, and by his son James and his wife Michelle also of Duncan. Loved brother of Eunice PLUMMER of Creemore and Marjorie (late Gary) WELLER of Douglas and predeceased by a brother Ernie PLUMMER and remembered by his wife Audrey of Collingwood. Dear son-in-law of Sadie HALLAM of Feversham and brother-in-law of Barb and Walt SHIER of Feversham, and Bonnie and Wayne DAVIDSON of Orangeville. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Monday from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services, officiated by Pastor Terry GOUDY, will be conducted at Kolapore Calvary Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. A family service of committal and interment will follow at Feversham Presbyterian Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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PLUMMER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2008-07-17 published
PLUMMER, Mervyn A.
We would like to extend our gratitude to relatives, Friends and neighbours for their continued support during the illness and passing of Mervyn A. PLUMMER. A special thanks to Pastor Terry GOUDY and his wife Shirley, The Kolapore Church, Palliative Care Nurses at Meaford Hospital, Doctor SAURIOL and The Ferguson Funeral Home. Sincerely, Lois and Family
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PLUMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-15 published
CONN, Leila
The family of Leila CONN sadly announce her passing on Sunday, January 13, 2008 after a long and full life. Beloved wife of the late Sydney D. CONN. She will be missed by son Gary and daughter-in-law Jean, by Melanie and son-in-law Bob POTEGAL, by her grandchildren Laurie CONN, Esther and Avi SINGER, Daniel and Pam CONN, Jess CONN- POTEGAL and Nadia PLUMMER. Lovingly remembered by her great-grandchildren Amanda and Ryan JELILYAN, Jonah, Zoe and Dylan SINGER, Samuel and Joshua CONN. Survived by her brother Paul SKUP in Cuba and sister-in-law Dolly TARSHIS and many nieces and nephews. Leila was born in London in 1914 and came to Toronto with her parents as an infant. When she was twenty she met Sydney, the love of her life with whom she enjoyed sixty-five years of marriage until his death in 1998. Always a great beauty, Leila also loved art and her colourful oil paintings grace the homes of her family and Friends. In recent years she found much pleasure in attending Lunch and Learn at the Holy Blossom Temple and greatly appreciated the warmth with which she was received there. Leila delighted most in her family, especially the accomplishments of her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren who will miss their Nana, but have many good memories of her. Our thanks to her wonderful caregivers, Iris, Luz and Eva. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street for service on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva at 480 Queens Quay West, Suite 503 West. Donations in her memory may be made to the Conn Family Fund c/o The Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875 or Holy Blossom Temple Monday Seniors Program, 416-789-3291.

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PLUMPTRE 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.
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PLUMPTRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-08 published
Beryl PLUMPTRE: 99
She Headed Trudeau's Anti-Inflation Board
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
Toronto -- An economist by training, an activist by nature and feisty to the core, Beryl PLUMPTRE, O.C., was the national president of the Consumers' Association of Canada, a member of the Economic Council of Canada and, notably, Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau's appointee to head the Food Prices Review Board in 1973- although she refused to report to the government of the day and insisted on speaking directly to the people of Canada. She also served as vice-chair of the Anti-Inflation Board and was a long-time volunteer with non-profit organizations including the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
She was Australian by birth and met her late husband, economist and diplomat A.F. Wynne PLUMPTRE, at Cambridge University, where she was a student of John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s. Mrs. PLUMPTRE, who was 99, died surrounded by family in her home in Rockcliffe, the Ottawa enclave where she had served as reeve for several years.
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PLUMPTRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-10 published
Trudeau's anti-inflation watchdog was a Nader of the True North
Forthright, opinionated, blunt and self-confident, she took on Ottawa on her own terms and triumphed during the Egg-gate scandal of 1974. 'No one,' she said, 'looks out for the consumer'
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S10
Beryl PLUMPTRE - her name conjures images of a headmistress at a jolly girls boarding school from the 1930s, the kind of woman who wore lisle stockings and sensible shoes and tolerated no nonsense. In truth, the only aspect that the elegantly coiffed and garbed Mrs. PLUMPTRE shared with that caricature was her antipathy to nonsense wherever she found it - in government, the media, marketing boards and, especially, in the pronouncements of her nemesis, agriculture minister Eugene Whelan.
She was named Canadian newsmaker of the year in 1975, a considerable feat for a woman who hailed from Australia and who, until she was appointed chair of the Food Prices Review Board at the age of 64, had spent most of her adult life as a homemaker and a volunteer.
Her topping of the newsworthy polls coincided with her tenure on the government payroll, a tenure that had seen her ridiculed for the size of her salary - this was before the term "employment equity" had been conceived - her mandate and her effectiveness.
In an editorial in August of 1973, The Globe and Mail demanded rhetorically: "What in heaven's name possessed the Government to pick Mrs. PLUMPTRE for this job. Did it never intend the board to be anything more than what an opposition member of Parliament called it some months ago - a half-baked sham?"
A little more than two years later, The Globe allowed that she "has not turned out the way we [or the government] thought she was going to turn out." The editorial went on to praise her for attacking federal and provincial government ineptitude with regard to rising consumer prices and inflation, and called for the federal government to extend her term by another two years.
As sometimes happens, the government of the day failed to heed this august advice and rolled the Food Prices Review Board into a new agency, the Anti-Inflation Board, headed by Jean-Luc Pépin, with Mrs. PLUMPTRE as vice-chair. Nobody challenged Mr. Pepin's $55,000 salary. As for Mrs. PLUMPTRE, she refused an inflationary increase from the $40,000 she had negotiated three years earlier.
The person who never changed his mind about Mrs. PLUMPTRE was her old foe, Eugene Whelan. As agriculture minister in Pierre Trudeau's Liberal government, he represented farmers and favoured marketing boards, while Mrs. PLUMPTRE advocated for cheaper food for consumers, and wanted marketing boards dismantled to encourage competition. "She was a snob," Mr. Whelan insisted in a telephone interview this week, saying she looked down on him because he was a farmer. "As much as I disagreed with her and her outlook on people and society, she was not dumb," he allowed before lapsing into a rant about how people should be more concerned about the price of energy than the cost of food.
Beryl Alyce ROUCHE was born in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of 1908, the younger child and only daughter of Edward Charles and Alyce (née) ROUCHE. Her father was in the lumber business her mother, a homemaker, was prone to periods of ill health. Beryl, who was educated at Presbyterian Ladies College, is said to have acquired her initial interest in economics from her older brother, Alan. After high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, graduating with a bachelor of commerce degree in For the next two years, she worked for the Bank of New South Wales. After she won a scholarship to Cambridge University, the bank granted her a two-year leave of absence - a doubly huge feat for a woman in those days. She arrived in England in 1936 to study economics at a time when John Maynard Keynes was teaching at the university and about to publish his pivotal work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.
She had more than economics on her mind after meeting Arthur Fitzwalter (Wynne) PLUMPTRE, a graduate student in economics from Toronto. They became engaged, but Ms. ROUCHE was called home to Australia by a family crisis (involving difficulties in her parents' marriage or in her mother's health or, more likely, in both.) Mr. PLUMPTRE finished his degree and, after a back-and-forth correspondence with his beloved, he made the lengthy journey to Australia to claim his bride. They were married on May 21, They travelled to Canada because Mr. PLUMPTRE had an academic appointment at the University of Toronto. The PLUMPTREs and their children - Barbara (1941) and Timothy (1943) - lived in Washington during the Second World War because he was on the staff of the Canadian embassy. He was director of the Washington division of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board and a delegate to international monetary and financial conferences that were instrumental in the establishment of the United Nations. They later lived in Paris while he worked for North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In the late 1940s, they spent two years in Toronto, where Mr. PLUMPTRE worked as associate editor of Saturday Night magazine, before moving to Ottawa as head of the economic division of what was then called the Department of External Affairs. He went to the Ministry of Finance in 1954 as an assistant deputy minister and executive director of the International Monetary Fund.
These were the years when Mrs. PLUMPTRE was preoccupied with raising her children and supporting her husband's career as he rose through the diplomatic and financial ranks of the federal civil service. Nevertheless, she worked briefly as a research officer for the Wartime Prices and Trade Board and later as an economic consultant to the Tariff Board and the Royal Commission on Coasting Trade.
She was a committed volunteer for organizations such as the Children's Aid Society, the Family Service Agency, the Canadian Welfare Council and especially the Consumer's Association of Canada. During the five years she served as president, from 1961 to 1966, she developed a national profile as a no-nonsense and ferocious advocate, sort of Ralph Nader of the True North.
Barbara remembers helping out her busy mother by doing the grocery shopping with her father, and bringing home sausages larded with fat for dinner. Outraged by the substandard sausages, Mrs. PLUMPTRE later confronted the shoddy producer, waving the offending specimens and demanding higher standards.
Mrs. PLUMPTRE's advocacy helped press the Trudeau government to establish the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, making Canada one of the first nations to give a seat at the cabinet table to consumers alongside the interests of agriculture, industry, mines and other producer groups. Ron Basford was the inaugural minister.
Her husband retired as assistant deputy finance minister in 1965, two years after he was passed over for the deputy's job in favour of Robert Bryce, who had also studied at Cambridge under John Maynard Keynes. Mr. PLUMPTRE then became the second principal of Scarborough College, a satellite campus that had been established at the University of Toronto in 1964. Mrs. PLUMPTRE moved into Miller Lash House with her husband on the Scarborough campus and took on the considerable duties expected of the principal's wife while completing the last year of her mandate as Consumer's Association of Canada president.
In 1968, she was appointed president of the Vanier Institute of the Family, a non-profit agency that had been created with a $6-million endowment from the federal government. The institute was modelled on recommendations from the proceedings of the Canadian Conference of the Family, which had been organized by Georges Vanier and his wife, Pauline, at Rideau Hall in 1964 during his tenure as governor-general. She succeeded neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield. At the time, she was a member of the Economic Council of Canada, the Ontario Economic Council and the Consumer's Association of Canada, which had just changed its name to the Canadian Consumer Council. Not surprisingly, given her consumer advocacy roots, she insisted that the focus of the Vanier Institute "must be thoroughly in touch with family life of all kinds, not the ideal of the family, but the reality of the family as people live it."
The PLUMPTREs moved back to Ottawa in 1972 when his term as principal ended, as coincidentally did hers at the Vanier Institute. But she was not out of the public eye for long: Mr. Trudeau appointed her chair of the Food Prices Review Board in May of 1973. She was 64.
In announcing the appointment, Herb Gray, then minister of consumer affairs, stressed that the board would be independent and have the power to summon witnesses: and require them to give evidence under oath. Other members included Gordon Burton, an agricultural economist and rancher from Alberta; Louis Lorrain, executive vice-president of the United Paper Workers International from Quebec; Evelyn Root, a journalist from British Columbia; and W. Grant Thompson, a chartered accountant from Nova Scotia. The board's job was to monitor food prices, conduct investigations of unusual price increases, and produce quarterly reports and make them publicly available. Responding to a question at a press conference, she said that recommendations would be submitted to the public and consumers affairs minister. "Then it is up to the public. That's where the power lies."
In the beginning, she withstood attacks in the House of Commons, even from the party that had appointed her. "We could hire a preacher cheaper," a Liberal member of Parliament mused in June of 1973, proposing prayer as a more effective means to lowering food prices. The New Democrats wanted her fired and the board abolished. Gradually, though, as she hammered away at price inflation and produced quarterly reports, her credibility increased. As she observed: "The Department of Agriculture looks out for the producers, trade and commerce looks out for the processors, but no one looks out for the consumer."
And then there was Egg-gate, the rotten-egg scandal of 1974. The Department of Agriculture, headed by Mr. Whelan, established the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency to set provincial production quotas and prices. The farmers got higher prices, but consumers had to absorb those increases. Egg production grew rapidly, but egg consumption went down, at least partly because of cost, and the agency itself soon ran into trouble, racking up a $10-million debt.
By the end of September of 1974, food inspectors had decreed that some 28 million eggs stored in warehouses were rotten and needed to be destroyed. The wastage, which agriculture officials tried to minimize, prompted a public showdown between Mrs. PLUMPTRE, who was waging battle on behalf of consumers, and Mr. Whelan, who was supporting the egg producers. The controversy changed public and press attitudes about Mrs. PLUMPTRE. From a scapegoat, she had become a champion, and there were calls to extend her mandate.
Nevertheless, Mr. Trudeau terminated the Food Prices Review Board, set up the Anti-Inflation Board and invited Mrs. PLUMPTRE to serve under Mr. Pépin. She refused the job at first, but was persuaded by consumer affairs minister André Ouellet to change her mind. No matter how cynically the government had acted in appointing her to the Food Prices Review Board in 1973, it now wanted her on the Anti-Inflation Board because of the credibility she had built up with the public.
After only eight months at the Anti-Inflation Board, she announced her resignation, citing personal reasons. Her husband, who had been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer in 1960, was very ill, and she had only agreed to work at the Anti-Inflation Board long enough to see it and its policies established. Wynne died in A little more than a year later, she accepted an invitation to sit on the board of Dominion Stores. "You're not going to suggest I've sold out just because I'm on the payroll of a food chain," she said in an interview with the Toronto Star in May of 1978 after her appointment was announced. "I was on the payroll of the government and you wouldn't say then I sold out. I'll tell you the government didn't think so, anyway." And that - forthright, opinionated and self-confident - was Mrs. PLUMPTRE. To ensure the reporter got the message, she added: "I'm a professional person and I get paid for giving professional advice - but what I get paid as a director is not going to make me a millionaire."
She also served on the boards of Canada Life, Canada Permanent Trust and Hollinger, the company that Conrad Black once controlled. She told her son she resigned from Hollinger because, as a director, she didn't feel she was getting enough information about the company's operations and plans.
Having been a high-profile public appointee, she finally sought public office in local politics as the reeve of Rockcliffe Park, a position she held from 1978 to 1985.
She spent her last years gardening, bird watching and keeping an eye on public and consumer affairs.
Beryl Alyce PLUMPTRE was born in Melbourne, Australia, on December 27, 1908. She died of pneumonia at home in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, on April 4, 2008. She was 99. Predeceased by her husband, Wynne, she is survived by her children Barbara and Tim. She also leaves several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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PLUNKETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-17 published
PITTS, Helen (née PLUNKETT) (1916-2008)
(Graduate of U of T, Victoria College)
After a brief illness, on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Helen Margaret beloved wife of Oliver PITTS for 66 years. Loving mother of Jane JUSTUS (Phil,) John (Donna,) and Martha DISHER (Bruce.) Lovingly remembered by her 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600) from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2008. A Private Family Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences may be made through
www.koprivataylor.com

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