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"BAB" 2003 Obituary


BABCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-02 published
FERGUSON, Angus Harold
died March 31, 2003, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital peacefully, and surrounded by his family. He leaves his wife Alice (BAILEY) of 61 years in April 2003, and five children - Ian (Connie), Waterloo; Sharon (Horst) WOHLGEMUT, Kingston; Hugh, Guelph Grant (Karen), Cambridge; and Janet BABCOCK, Toronto. He will be sincerely missed by 11 grandchildren. Angus was born in Killean, Puslinch Township, Ontario, on March 13, 1918, the eldest of three boys, to Marshall and Nellie (Amy) FERGUSON. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Donald (1975) and is survived by his brother, Ian (Millie) of London. He attended Killean Public School, Galt Collegiate Institute, and farmed until 1942 when, for health reasons, he and his wife moved to Toronto. In 1949 he returned to Galt and shortly thereafter became operator then owner of the Credit Bureau of Galt, later Cambridge, where he along with his wife continued in business until the '80's when the business was sold to his son Hugh. During those years he served as Director of the Associated Credit Bureau of Ontario, then Canada, and U.S.A. Associations and later as President of Ontario and Canada. He served on several committees of the City of Galt and Cambridge over the years. He was a member of the Galt Lions Club since 1952, as President and Director as well as bulletin editor for over 20 years. His main interest in the Lions Club was eye-sight conservation for which he received the Helen Keller award, and was the first in the Galt Club to be honoured with the Melvin Jones Award. He was also, involved in Heart and Stroke from its' beginning in the Galt unit and was its' first Treasurer. Angus was a member of Knox's Galt Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, and served on the Board of Managers as secretary for 17 years, was a longtime elder, and worked on many committees - special among them to him was as a member of the Scout and Group committee where he served for many years. Above all else, Angus was an ardent fisherman and hunter, and always enjoyed being able to say he had ''dipped his line in most areas of Canada from Coast to Coast''. His other main interest was the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada and North America and most particularly - the Ferguson Clan - serving 25 years as Regional Director of Ontario and as President of Clan Ferguson of Canada and North America. He had been a Clan member in Scotland since 1948. He was a participant in the Multicultural movement for Cambridge from the inception and was able to get the first grant for it through his association with a member of a Toronto member of Clan Ferguson Society of Canada. Ill health followed him through his lifetime. He was a very early recipient of open heart surgery in 1959. He held a deep interest in the progress made in his area and felt it a great honor to be asked to be a part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation when it first started a chapter in his area. Friends will be received at Coutts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 96 St. Andrews, Street, Cambridge ( on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday at the church from 1: 30 p.m. until the service time of 2: 30 p.m. Funeral Services will then be conducted at Knox's Galt Presbyterian Church, Queen's Square, Cambridge on Friday, April 4, 2003, at 2: 30 p.m. with Rev. Wayne DAWES officiating. Interment Killean Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Knox's Galt Presbyterian Church (Major Repair Fund) or the Regional Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully received.

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BABCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-04 published
Artist and portraitist refused to compromise
Works in his trademark use of colour hang in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital and in private collections
By Carol COOPER Special to The Globe and Mail Thursday, September 4, 2003 - Page R9
When the director of the University of Toronto's Hart House Gallery needed a portrait of Hart House warden Dr. Jean LENGELLÉ, she called artist Gerald SCOTT.
"In this case, Gerry was a perfect fit for Jean, because Jean wanted something that was not staid and traditional, which is certainly Gerry," said the director, Judi SCHWARTZ.
"He [Dr. LENGELLÉ] liked the patterning approach that Gerry took, and the two of them got along very well."
Mr. SCOTT painted the 1977 LENGELLÉ portrait and countless others in the manner of his friend and mentor, Group of Seven artist Fred VARLEY.
"Gerry placed colours together that you wouldn't think of, and when you stand back from the painting, you get the effect of the work, and when you get closer to it, you start to notice the colours," Ms. SCHWARTZ said of the LENGELLÉ portrait.
One of the foremost Canadian portrait painters, whose works hung in the inaugural exhibition of Toronto's prominent Greenwich Gallery along with those of Michael Snow, Graham Coughtry and William Ronald and are found in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital and numerous private collections, Mr. SCOTT died of cancer at the age of 76. Along with Dr. LENGELLÉ, Mr. SCOTT's subjects included a Bermudan prime minister and a Baroness Rothschild. One of six children, whose father worked as a building engineer and car salesman, Gerald William SCOTT was born in Saint John. Although his birth certificate reads September 30, 1926, Mr. SCOTT always said it was wrong and he was born in 1925. To help support his family during the Depression, Mr. SCOTT danced on the city's docks, missing school to do so. After service in the Canadian army during the Second World War, he returned to Toronto where his family had settled.
There he met and married the Italian countess Josephine Maria INVIDIATTA. An English teacher who recognized her husband's gifts, she taught Mr. SCOTT to read. Thereafter, he read incessantly, devouring all types of material. Countess INVIDIATTA also encouraged Mr. SCOTT to attend the Ontario College of Art, now named the Ontario College of Art and Design.
Graduating from the college in 1949, Mr. SCOTT won the Reeves Award for all-round technical proficiency in drawing and painting. After a short career in advertising and turning down an opportunity to do a cover for Time magazine, he focused on fine art.
Mr. SCOTT taught at his alma mater part-time from 1952 to 1958 and full-time for a period beginning in 1963. And he participated in shows at both The Roberts Gallery and The Greenwich Gallery, later renamed The Isaacs Gallery.
While other artistic styles, such as abstract expressionism came and went, Mr. SCOTT continued with portraiture. "He didn't want to compromise his style," said his son Paul SCOTT. "He didn't follow trends."
Lacking the time to develop a body of work for a show, and with a self-effacing temperament which disliked the gallery scene, by the mid-eighties Mr. SCOTT no longer exhibited his work, sticking to commissions and teaching, and writing plays and poetry.
Teaching took up much of Mr. SCOTT's time, and he was known as a good one. For 25 years, he taught at the Three Schools of Art and later at the Forest Hill Art Club, both in Toronto.
"He was an inspirational teacher," said Michael GERRY, a student of Mr. SCOTT for six years and now an instructor at Central Technical High School in Toronto.
"He was one of the few people around who understands the vocabulary. He really knew his lessons. Not only was he skillful, he was thoughtful, unusually thoughtful. Colour and temperature were his specialty."
Said his friend and fellow artist Telford FENTON, "He had wonderful use of colour. It spoke to you."
A deliberate, patient and methodical instructor, popular with Rosedale matrons, Mr. SCOTT taught his students to observe colour. "He could see colour everywhere," said Joan CONOVER, who served as a portrait model for Mr. SCOTT. 'They're [the colours] there, Joanie,' he would say to me. 'All you have to do is stop looking. Close your eyes and then open them, very quickly. Close them, open them again, and you'll get a brief glimpse [of the colours].'"
Mr. SCOTT also demonstrated painting for his students. "Most teachers would not demonstrate," said another SCOTT student Roger BABCOCK. " His demonstrations were like a Polaroid picture. They would form before your eyes."
When students complained of lack of subjects, Mr. SCOTT told them how he stayed up nights painting works of his hand.
As he taught, Mr. SCOTT discussed the Bible, religion or politics. But he would not discuss his war experiences, according to Ms. CONOVER. "It made his stomach hurt," she said.
Mr. SCOTT used his right thumb for certain strokes, and was highly critical of his work, only signing it with persuasion.
Good Friends since the fifties with Mr. FENTON, the pair was known as the Laurel and Hardy of the art world.
Once, they sold the same painting to three different clients, eventually making good to all three. Another time while sailing, Mr. SCOTT's boat crashed into the dock of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Always charming Mr. SCOTT ended up in the club's bar, along with those of his party, treated to a round of drinks.
Mr. SCOTT continued working until he suffered a heart attack three years ago.
He died on July 13 and leaves his partner Joyce, two ex-wives, children Paul, Sarah, Hannah, Rebecca, Aaron, Amelia Jordan, Jarod and Dana, and five grandchildren. His first wife, Josephine, and a son, Simon, predeceased him.

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BABICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-08 published
Passed away on March 6, 2003, at the age of 67 at Saint Mary's Hospital. Beloved wife of Lee Wm. MacDONALD. Sister of Donald BABICK (Jacqueline.) Aunt of Nancy (Mark BRENNAN) and Todd (Erin DYER.) She will also be sadly missed by Brad-Lee MacDONALD, Lee (3rd) MacDONALD and David MacDONALD and their families as well as by her sister-in-law Ruth BAIRD and her great-nephews Joshua and Isaac. Visitation at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont (514) 279-6540 on Saturday, March 8, 2003, and Sunday, March 9, 2003, from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm and two hours prior to service on Monday, March 10, 2003. Funeral service to be held in the chapel of the complex at 1 pm. Donations in her memory may be made to Saint Mary's Hospital Centre, 3830 Lacombe, Montreal, H3T 1M5 in care of Dr. J.F. PRCHAL, Chief of Oncology. Your condolences to the family may be forwarded to

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BABITS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-19 published
BABITS, George Joseph B.A.Sc., C.A.
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of a beloved husband, father and grandfather. In his 68th year, George died peacefully on April 15, 2003, surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous and inspiring 3-year battle with kidney cancer. Having overcome an initial 4-month prognosis, he never gave up the fight.
George will live forever in the hearts of his beloved wife and soul mate of 42 years, Katherine, his devoted sons George (Wendy), Thomas (Trisha) and Christopher (Jennifer). His grandchildren Monica, George Matthew, Paul and John will all miss their dear ''Papa.'' The family regrets that he will miss the births of his twin grandchildren due in less than two weeks. Also mourned by his brother Pal, sister Anna and many nephews and nieces in Hungary, as well as his many Friends in Canada and around the world. George was predeceased by his parents and his brother Laszlo.
Born in Debrecen, Hungary, George was a champion weightlifter in his youth, winning numerous regional and national titles. While attending the University of Sopron, he left for Canada as a refugee during the 1956 Revolution. He completed his degree in geological engineering at the University of Toronto, and went on to become a Chartered Accountant. George began his career at the accounting firm Ernst and Ernst, followed by more than 27 years at Imperial Oil Ltd., where he had the opportunity to combine his scientific knowledge with his financial acumen. After retiring from Imperial in 1991, he continued to work in his own accounting practice until his death. Throughout his life, he generously volunteered for numerous organizations, including many in the Canadian-Hungarian community. His sense of charity seemed to know no bounds. He always gave of his time, energy, knowledge and expertise, freely to those in need.
George's greatest passion was his family and his legacy will live on, because it was as a husband and father that he had his greatest success. His love and devotion to his family was boundless, and he has left his children with a great appreciation for the importance of family, education and respect for others. He was the greatest role model that his sons could have possibly asked for, and he will forever be in their hearts. Father we love you.
Many thanks to the fine medical professionals who helped George in his battle and treated him with exceptional care and respect: Doctors BUKOWSKI and COHEN of the Cleveland Clinic, Doctors TSIHLIAS and Waddel of the University Health Network, Doctors KUGLER and STRAUSS of Gottingen, Germany and their pioneering vaccine therapy program, and Doctors BJARNASON and SMITH and the team at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre.
The family will receive Friends at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles), on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 from 7: 30-9:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at 11: 00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church (432 Sheppard Ave. E.). Donations to the Sunnybrook Foundation Fund #9182 To Support Kidney Cancer Research (In Memory of George J. Babits) c/o Dr. Georg Bjarnason, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, would be appreciated. Messages of Condolence may be placed at
''Szivunkben Orokke elni fogsz!''

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