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BRYAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-05-07 published
In loving memory of my two nieces, Shirley VANEVERY and Dean BRYAN,
who passed away April 2002.
-Always remembered by Aunt Jean (McCAULEY.)

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BRYAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-09-17 published
John Carson BRYAN
In loving memory of John Carson BRYAN, July 24, 1918 to September 8, 2003.
John C. BRYAN, a resident of Providence Bay, passed away peacefully at the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home, Gore Bay on Monday, September 8, 2003 at the age of 85 years.
He was born in Spring Bay, son of the late Robert H. and Mabel (HEWITT) BRYAN.
John was an avid reader with a great desire for knowledge. His hobbies included home remodeling and he enjoyed building projects he designed. He had a major role in the design and construction of the Manitoulin District Cenotaph. He was a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He later worked for the National Research Council of the Canadian Government as an electrical design engineer. In 1964, he and his family moved to the San Francisco, California area where he worked for General Electric as an electrical engineer. He retired in 1978 and returned to Providence Bay to enjoy his great love of family and Manitoulin. He and Phyllis traveled extensively during their retirement. John was also a member of Royal Canadian Legion Br. #177 Little Current, Manitoulin and North Shore Naval Veterans Association. He will be greatly missed by his family, Friends and comrades.
Beloved husband of Phyllis (MacINNIS) BRYAN of Providence Bay. Dearly loved father of Wayne BRYAN of Winnipeg, J. Marlene JEWELL and husband William of Ithaca, New York and Gregory BRYAN and wife Stephanie of Los Angeles. Proud grandfather of Jeffrey and Erica. Dear brother of Gordon BRYAN (wife Betty deceased.) Predeceased by sister Idena MORGAN and husband Reginald and brother Roy BRYAN and his wife Jean. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called the Providence Bay United Church on Friday, September 12, 2003. The funeral service was conducted from the church on Saturday, September 13, 2003 with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Cremation to follow.

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BRYCELAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-30 published
Doctor gave the 'gift of life'
'Test-tube' baby expert helped introduce In Vitro Fertilization program at the University of Toronto
By Carol COOPER Special to The Globe and Mail Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - Page R9
Nine months ago, a long-time patient of Dr. Alan SHEWCHUK offered the reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist a choice of pictures depicting her daughter to add to his collage of kids' photos from grateful parents. Upon choosing one, he flipped it over and read an inscription: "Thank you for the gift of life."
Dr. SHEWCHUK had unknowingly made an apt choice, one that spoke of the joy his work brought to his patients and their families.
"It was wonderful to have the experience [of having a child]. It was truly a great gift of life, "said the woman, who conceived under Dr. SHEWCHUK's care. Her reaction was typical of those he treated and it drove him: "They [his patients] were just so happy and that was the kick that he got out of it, "said Valerie SHEWCHUK, his wife of 42 years.
Dr. SHEWCHUK, who throughout his career directed the Toronto General Hospital's reproductive biology unit, helped start the University of Toronto's In Vitro Fertilization program, ran a private practice, taught medical school and co-founded a private infertility clinic -- with many activities overlapping -- died of cancer on March 29 at the age of 66.
Known as "Big Al" to many colleagues for his tongue-in-cheek persona of the grand old man of infertility treatment, the good-looking doctor worked briefly as a model and worked evenings at a variety store to pay his way through medical school.
After completing his training, Dr. SHEWCHUK practised family medicine in Toronto's Little Italy. There, in order to communicate with his patients, he learned Italian, adding to the French, German and Ukrainian he already knew. Three years later, he left to study obstetrics and gynecology, completing his residency in 1969. That year he became an associate staff member of Toronto General Hospital and a clinical research fellow in what was later named its reproductive biology unit.
Appointed a staff member at the hospital in 1972, Dr. SHEWCHUK attended more than 3,000 births during his career.
"He just loved delivering babies, "said his daughter Melanie, who worked with her father for 25 years. "He said, when you pulled out a baby, the baby was the most perfect thing in the world. And you hand it to the parents and the parents are just elated."
witnessing the joy of birth motivated Dr. SHEWCHUK to help those who suffered the sorrow of infertility.
"As each decade brought new things to the field of infertility, he kept up and tried to enhance people's fertility in the best way he could with the tools he had at the time, "said Nancy BRYCELAND, the nurse manager who worked with Dr. SHEWCHUK in the reproductive biology unit he headed from 1974 to 1988. One of those tools was in vitro fertilization. Dr. SHEWCHUK travelled with colleagues to Melbourne, Australia, late in 1983 to study the technique and in January, 1984, was among those who began the University of Toronto in vitro fertilization program located at Toronto General.
On June 21 of that year, Dr. SHEWCHUK told the Ontario Medical Association that a Toronto woman participating in the in vitro fertilization program was four-months pregnant, The Globe and Mail reported. In November, 1984, the program's first baby was born.
Dr. SHEWCHUK was born in Toronto on October 18, 1936, the middle of three sons of a schoolteacher of Ukrainian descent and a Ukrainian father who immigrated to Canada during the First World War. Interned in northern Ontario for two years because of his Austro-Hungarian citizenship, Dr. SHEWCHUK's father later worked as a house painter and carpenter.
Dr. SHEWCHUK was a gifted athlete who played quarterback in high-school football and turned down the chance to pursue professional baseball. Instead, he attended the University of Toronto medical school.
As an assistant professor with the school from 1976 to 1983, following time as a clinical instructor and lecturer, Dr. SHEWCHUK demanded a lot of his students, including standards of professional dress. The doctor, who himself wore a lab coat, required they wear a shirt and tie in the presence of patients and sent them home to change if they appeared otherwise.
"He was a great motivator, "said Dr. Matt GYSLER, a former student of Dr. SHEWCHUK's and now chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario "He made this area [reproductive medicine] sound interesting."
Appreciative patients brought babies and gifts of baking to his office.
"Dr. SHEWCHUK was like a father figure to his patients, "said Dr. Murray KROACH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Toronto East General Hospital. "He had a presence that gave confidence and he was motivated very strongly to expand this area of reproductive biology."
Said one patient: "He was larger than life and had a magical quality." She remembers how Dr. SHEWCHUK told her that he had slept poorly the night before her ultrasound, worrying about the success of her pregnancy. "He balanced hope with reality," another said.
With a heavy workload, Dr. SHEWCHUK reluctantly stopped delivering babies in the late 1980s. In 1992, along with three others, Dr. SHEWCHUK established START, a private infertility clinic.
"Dr. SHEWCHUK was a great idea man, "said Dr. Carl LASKIN, one of the clinic's co-founders. "He was a real character who would never just accept that it was just by the book. The obvious was never the way he liked to think."
During clinical meetings when colleagues presented sound physiological reasons for a patient's problems, Dr. SHEWCHUK would often counter with an "off-the-wall" explanation. "Many times he would be absolutely wrong, "Dr. LASKIN said, "but he pushed everyone to think differently."
Two and a half months before his death, Dr. SHEWCHUK wrote a letter to a married couple who had seen him. In it, he encouraged them not to give up hope and reminded them that they could adopt. They would make wonderful parents. And he said that people like them were the reason he came to work. They had given him joy, said the man who himself brought joy to so many.
Dr. SHEWCHUK leaves his wife Valerie and children Melanie, Leslie and Alan.

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BRYDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-29 published
MacRAE, John Ross
Died peacefully on April 26, 2003 at North York General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 84. Ross was born in Winnipeg in 1918, and later moved to Regina when his father, D.B. MacRAE, became editor of the Regina Leader-Post. Ross was a musical prodigy, learning the violin, trumpet and piano, and even during the Depression as a teenager he earned money as a classical violin performer and with a swing band he started. He worked as an announcer at CKCK radio in Regina, then briefly in radio after moving to Toronto before getting a job at the Cockfield-Brown advertising agency, where he remained until his retirement in 1978. At Cockfield, Ross was one of the pioneers in television advertising, and with old friend Brian HAWKINS, created the Expo 67 commercials that became television works of art. When he retired he was a vice-president and in charge of the agency's outstanding radio and television unit. But active life didn't end then. For many years Ross played violin with the semi-professional North York Symphony Orchestra, and later with the East York Symphony (now part of Orchestra Toronto), and with a string quartet. He was also an ardent golfer right to the end of his life, and rarely missed the annual Maxville Highland Games in Glengarry County, where his family's ancestors first settled in Canada in the early 1800s. Above all, Ross had a love of life and a sense of humour backed by an apparently endless fund of stories that endeared him to everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by his sons, Paul and Scott (Denise), their mother Phyllis, daughter-in-law Sherry BRYDSON, and grandchildren David, Kevin, Sean, Gaye, Duncan, Cameron and Holly; by nephew Bruce MacDOUGALL (Lucy WAVERMAN) and their children, Alexander, Emma, Katie and Robyn; by the family of Ross's sister Isobel LEES who, with sisters Margaret and Betty, predeceased him; by the family of Eunice McGILLIS, Ross's second wife, who predeceased him; by his good friend Mary MacMILLAN and her family; and by Ross's many Friends, former co-workers, and fellow golfers and musicians. The family has only thanks and praise for the work of the doctors, nurses and staff at North York General Hospital, who cared for Ross during and after his abdominal surgery. A memorial will be held in Toronto on Saturday, May 24, at 5 p.m. at The Elmwood Terrace Room, fourth floor, 18 Elm Street. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Orchestra Toronto and/or the North York General Hospital.

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BRYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-19 published
FAUX, Lila Elizabeth
Born Sault Ste. Marie 1913, died in Toronto, on September 13, 2003. Beloved wife of the late John William, cherished mother of Judith RABIN (Ted), Janice BRYSON, Kitchener, John (Pat), Jim (Jan) of Victoria, British Columbia. Loving grandmother of ten including Jeff (Louise,) Adrienne (John PIERRE) of Toronto. Great-grandmother of nine, including David and Sophie RABIN. You were loved by all and will be forever missed. Memorial service in Sault Ste. Marie to be arranged.

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