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SCRIVENER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-19 published
Neighbours grieve power-outage victim
15-year-old who died in Ottawa-area house fire remembered for 'a big heart.
He was a good boy.'
By Jordan HEATH- RAWLINGS and Kim LUNMAN Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - Page A3
The house where Michael THOMAS lived remains dark, burned-out and deserted. The power has been restored to the a small Gloucester, Ontario, neighbourhood, but the mood remains black.
"It shocked the community. It shocked everyone," said Tracy YOUNG, who lives beside the THOMASes' house. "It's pretty tense around here."
Michael's grieving family are staying in a motel while they recover from the trauma. The 15-year-old boy died during last Thursday's blackout, when a candle he took to ward off the darkness for his frightened sister ignited a fire when he fell asleep.
"He went to comfort her because she was afraid of the dark," said neighbour Jim SCRIVENER, who has set up a trust fund, along with other members of the community, to help Michael's family get back on their feet. "He had a big heart. He was a good boy.
"Michael was close to his sister and very protective of her," Mr. SCRIVENER said.
Michael, 15, was autistic and appeared much younger, he said, and was more like an eight-year-old in his demeanour.
The fire started after Michael's sister, Jennifer, left the room to join their mother, Erika, who was sitting outside. One of the candles Michael had taken to her room ignited a stuffed animal.
Ms. THOMAS was sitting outside with various neighbours, including Ms. YOUNG who lives next door, when the fire started.
Ms. YOUNG said that Ms. THOMAS noticed the smoke when she went in the house to put Jennifer back to bed.
"She ran back to my house and asked if I had a flashlight," Ms. YOUNG said. "I asked her what was wrong and she said 'I smell smoke,' so I grabbed the candle and ran up her stairs and you couldn't get up. It was just filled with smoke.
"But we never heard a smoke alarm, we never even smelled anything," she said.
The house was equipped with three fire alarms, but all of them were powered by alternating current electricity -- not batteries and were not operating during the blackout.
Ms. YOUNG and Ms. THOMAS ran to another neighbour's house, and when he couldn't find a way in, some of those outside hooked up Ms. YOUNG's garden hose and tried quench the flames in order to rush up the stairs to Michael's aid.
"They were yelling his name inside, when they brought the hose up, and they were screaming, really screaming, but there was no answer, no nothing from him," she said. "Then they tried to go on the roof and they broke the window and that's when the fire department showed up."
Michael's parents and sister have been left homeless by the fire and are living in an Ottawa motel while they grieve. The family who were living in subsidized housing -- did not have insurance. Michael's father, Dan, a security guard, was at work when the fire occurred.
"They're still in shock," said Mr. SCRIVENER, who started a fund in Michael's name yesterday at the Gloucester Centre branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Ottawa. He said all other Ottawa Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce branches will also accept donations and that he is hoping Canadians across the country will also help the family.
"They didn't have much to begin with," Mr. SCRIVENER said. Michael's sister "is taking it very, very hard," he said. The boy will be buried after a funeral Friday.
His death was one of the few attributed to the blackout in most of Ontario that left 10 million Canadians without electricity. Another 40 million people in the northeastern United States, from New York City to Ohio and Michigan, were also affected.
Another neighbour tried to save the teenager from the blaze at the townhouse complex but was too late. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
Mr. SCRIVENER remembered Michael during a happier time in the neighbourhood when people gathered outside to gaze at the sky during a lunar eclipse. Michael was there.
"He had a big smile that night," Mr. SCRIVENER said. "He was a nice kid."
Michael's young demeanour made him a perfect playmate for her four-year-old son, Nathan, Ms. YOUNG said.
"They got along so well. It was excellent," she said. "My son would always ask me, 'Can I go play with Michael now?' "
"Michael would come over and see if Nathan could come out. They would always play together. He was a beautiful kid. Very nice, very shy, very polite. I never saw him hurt a fly... He was just so funny. An excellent boy."
In addition to the trust fund set up by Mr. SCRIVENER to help the family get back on its feet, the neighbourhood is soliciting donations to help pay for for flowers for Michael's funeral.
"Any extra money we get will go to help the family buy whatever they need," Ms. YOUNG said. "We want to do something, whatever we can."

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SCRIVENER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-23 published
SCRIVENER, John Rodney
Died peacefully, August 21, 2003, at home in Carlsbad, California. Predeceased by his wife, Mildred, and by two of his brothers, Richard and Robert. Survived by his children, Jay SCRIVENER and Jane CARTMELL of California, Judy CLARK of Switzerland, Judy's mother, Hazel, of Beaverton, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and by his brother, Alan, of Toronto. An Engineering graduate of the University of Toronto ('40), he worked with Alcan, Kaiser Aluminum, Harvey Aluminum and Martin-Marietta. After retiring in 1975, Rodney travelled extensively, by van and bicycle, in Europe and Mexico, for 20 years. In 1995, he settled in Carlsbad, close to his son, Jay. At Rodney's request, there will be no memorial service. Condolences may be e- mailed care of

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SCROGGIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-01 published
After a short illness, died at St. Joseph's Health Centre on July 30th, aged 80. Evelyn was born in Chatham, Ontario to George E. SCROGGIE and the former Clarice Louis VON GUNTEN. Later Evelyn won several scholarships at Westdale Collegiate Institute in Hamilton enabling her to attend the University of Toronto, Victoria College, for her B.A. degree after which she moved to the University of Saskatchewan where she obtained an M.A in Physiology. Returning to Ontario she obtained an M.D. in 1952 from the University of Toronto, being one of only nine women in a class of 176.
In 1954 she married another physician, Jim STOPPS. The next few years were devoted to raising a family of three girls. Winnie is now an architect living in Boston. Jennie is an interior designer in Toronto and Susan is a jeweller and silversmith also living in Toronto. Evelyn developed a family practice in Bloor West Village in Toronto while also working at Women's College Hospital and The University of Toronto Health Centre. Evelyn died a much-loved doctor, wife, mother and grandma. Her great joys were her patients, her family (now including four grandchildren Max, Katy, Hannah and Nicholas) and the world of nature. Funeral arrangements are private and include a family gathering of remembrance at the cottage.

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SCRYMGEOUR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-05 published
SCRYMGEOUR, John Alexander, 82, died August 30, 2003 in New York. Born on August 12, 1921 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia he was the son of Alice Rebecca NEWBURY and Charles Edward SCRYMGEOUR. He is survived by his wife, Dana H. SCRYMGEOUR; son, Jack (Ann) and their children, Carly, Christy, Devon, Rosy and Luke; great grand_sons, Nicholas and Isaac; son, Charles (Karen); son, Alexander (Julie) and their daughter, Joanna; daughter, Nancy (Leslie) and their children, Andrew and Faith; daughter, Tiffany SHEWELL (David) and their daughter, Chloe; and his sister, Shirley. A proud Nova Scotian, he received his early education in Dartmouth and attended Dalhousie University where he graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Following graduation, he was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Navy where he served during the Second World War. After the war, he departed for Western Canada and became a major figure in the Alberta Oil Patch - first as an executive with Home Oil and then with Commonwealth Petroleums Limited, which at the time was Canada's largest oil well drilling contractor. He expanded this enterprise into a global corporate entity and further diversified into the field of plumbing and electrical supply and distribution, forming Westburne International Industries Limited. As the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Westburne, he built one of the largest drilling, wholesale plumbing and electrical supply and distribution companies in North America with operations spanning the globe. One of John SCRYMGEOUR's crowning business achievements was when, with Texan partners, he formed SEDCO Industries to build offshore drilling rigs and directed that the construction of several floating drill rigs take place in his native province of Nova Scotia. John SCRYMGEOUR was the first Canadian to be named a Governor of the American Stock Exchange; he was granted honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1984, Dalhousie University in 1993 and was elected to the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame in 2002. John SCRYMGEOUR served on many corporate boards, including Brascan, Luscar, Encal Energy, and ATCO Industries, was a director, life member and strong supporter of the Fraser Institute, and an Honorary Member of the Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors. A lifelong supporter of the arts, he made significant contributions to the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Dalhousie Art Gallery, where the main gallery is known as the Scrymgeour Gallery and to other galleries and museums across Canada. He will be truly missed by his family, many Friends and business associates and by countless others for his quiet and discrete acts of kindness and generosity. Funeral services will be held in Bermuda at Saint John's Anglican Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Dalhousie Art Gallery.

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