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"EWE" 2003 Obituary


EWEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-29 published
Manager editor of Guelph Mercury
Guelph Mercury Saturday, November 29, 2003 - Page F11
Guelph, Ontario -- Bonnie EWEN, managing editor of the Guelph Mercury, died Monday night after suffering a brain aneurysm last weekend. She was 44.
Ms. EWEN was taken to Guelph General Hospital Saturday afternoon after suffering severe head pain and then transferred to Mississauga's Trillium Health Centre, where she soon lapsed into a coma.
She had been maintained on life-support systems until arrangements could be made for her organs to be donated, in keeping with her wishes, said her sister, Brenda EWEN.
Bonnie EWEN began working at the Mercury 24 years ago as a clerical assistant, but it was clear from the start she had her sights set on loftier positions. "It took some time, but I managed to force editors to throw me a story or two," she said in a 1999 interview after being appointed managing editor.
"I'd wanted to be a journalist ever since I was a child, and I was like a kid in a candy store when the paper finally hired me as a reporter. I spent a great 10 years on assignment before taking a desk here as a junior editor."
Bob RUTTER, a former regional editor at the Mercury, was given the task of teaching Ms. EWEN, who had no formal training in journalism, the basics of the job. "This came about after months of pestering, and an almost daily inquisition about why she could not be given a reporting assignment," Mr. RUTTER said.
Gary MANNING, a former Mercury managing editor who hired Ms. EWEN in 1980, said he gave her the job "because she showed a lot of self-confidence and interest in the news business."
EWEN really wanted to be -- the managing editor's office.

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