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SHIELDS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-16 published
Dorothy Mae SEALE
By Grace STEVENSON Monday, June 16, 2003 - Page A18
Teacher, student, writer, wife and mother. Born December 7, 1907, in Chisholm Township, Ontario Died April 6, 2003, in Oshawa, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 95.
'Fifty years ago, a neighbour seeing my three small children said, 'Dorothy, this is the best part of your life.' She was wrong. Being alive right now is the best part of my life."
Dorothy SEALE wrote this two years ago in an assignment for the Creative Writing class she was enrolled in at the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres. At the time, she was 93.
Confined to a wheelchair a great part of the day because of the ravages of peripheral neuropathy, Dorothy never lost her interest in life. Another of her articles focused on the many disturbing happenings in the world and complained that she was suffering from "a malady with no cure in sight called Too Much Information." But, much as it worried her, she made no effort to escape the information overload. She watched television, listened to radio broadcasts and ingested news reports daily. She also read and discussed with her many visitors the latest books. The day she went to the hospital and, with little warning, died, she left an atlas opened to a map of Iraq propped on a stand near her chair in her apartment.
Born to Tom and Annie ANDERSON, Dorothy grew up on a farm in Chisholm Township in Ontario. She took her nursing training at Riverdale Hospital, attended the University of Toronto, and then taught anatomy at a hospital in Quebec City. When she married Lewis SEALE, they bought a house in Sillery, a suburb of Quebec. Lewis worked in his father's lumber mill during the years their two sons and one daughter grew up. Later, he did auditing for the provincial government. Dorothy often went with him on these jobs and, while she waited in the car, made beautiful sketches of anything that caught her fancy. In 1983, they moved to Oshawa, Ontario, to be near their children, but Dorothy always retained a deep concern for the problems of the province where 53 of her 95 years were spent.
In 1987, when the program director of the Senior Citizens Centre suggested Dorothy join a memoir writing group, she protested, "I can't write; I never could write; and I come from a long line of people who didn't write." But she did join the class and, delving into her past, discovered more than one writer in her family. Her great-great-great grandfather, John THOMAS, head factor at Moosonee, Ontario, for Hudson Bay Co. between 1769 and 1813, wrote copious notes to head office. His extensive reports, now in the Hudson Bay Company archives in Winnipeg, continue to be a valuable source of research information on the era. About him, Dorothy wrote, "At this time, the company did not allow European women at its posts. So John married a native woman, Margaret (whose name he anglicized), and had nine children by her." Dorothy was very proud of her native genes.
Charles THOMAS, John's oldest son and Dorothy's great-great grandfather, was sent to England to be educated, but returned to take charge of several trading posts across Canada. He kept detailed diaries, now lost, but his life story, too, is well documented in the Hudson Bay Company archives. In more recent years, Dorothy's cousin, Stanley ANDERSON, received an Ontario Heritage Foundation award for his help in compiling a history of Chisholm Township, and a "first cousin once removed" married writer Carol SHIELDS. Dorothy was certainly wrong when she said there were no writers in her family.
Like other seniors who join writing groups, Dorothy made many new Friends and found an added dimension to her life through her writing. Although unable to attend the classes in person the last months of her life, she continued to enroll, receive the assignments, and send her submissions to the teacher every week.
Grace STEVENSON is a friend of Dorothy's.

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SHIER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-05-21 published
At Alezandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Monday, May 12, 2003, Irene (TAIT/TAITE/TATE) NOE, of Ingersoll. Wife of the late Earl NOE (1968.) Dear mother of Myra and her husband Larry SHIER of Ongersoll, Judy and her husband Bob JOHNSON of Woodstock, Paul NOE and his wife Connie of Vancouver BC, David NOE and his wife Lynda of Gore Bay, Deborah and her husband Dennis O'BRIEN of Red Deer, Alberta and Chris NOE and his wife Christina of Ingersoll. Also survived by 18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Friends were received at the McBeth-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Saint S. Ingersoll on Wednesday, May 14. The Funeral service was held at Saint James Anglican Church, Ingersoll on Thursday, May 15 with Reverend Jim CARR officiating. Interment in Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to Dr. Michael J. Strong A.L.S. Research or Saint James Anglican Church would be appreciated.

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SHIGWADJA o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-06-11 published
Josephine DEBASSIGE, a resident of Wikwemikong died at the Wikwemikong
Nursing Home on Friday May 23, 2003 at the age of 76 years.
Josephine was born at Wikwemikong, daughter of the late Mary SHIGWADJA. She retired after 22 years of working at the Band Office as a custodian and was a member of the West Bay Gospel Fellowship Church in M'Chigeeng. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, gardening and going to yard sales. Her family will miss her great sense of humour and the many cherished memories.
Beloved wife of the late Jerome A. DEBASSIGE (1990.) Loving and loved mother of Donna DEBASSIGE, Toronto, Sharon DEBASSIGE (partner Ron,) M'Chigeeng, Gail DEBASSIGE (predeceased 1967,) Brenda DEBASSIGE (partner Rocco,) Guelph, Peter DEBASSIGE (partner Lydia) M'Chigeeng and Denise DEBASSIGE (partner Taylor,) M'Chigeeng. Proud grandmother of Karen, Melanie, Mark, Marko, Nancy, Teague, Kristin, Carly, Olivia and Peter Jr. Dear great-grandmother of Luis, Kayla and Dean. Dearly loved sister of Rose ROY, Alice JOCKO, Elizabeth JOCKO and the KABONI Family of Wikwemikong. Predeceased by brother Franklin and sister Mary Louise. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called Josephine's home in M'Chigeeng on Saturday May 24, 2003. The funeral service was held from the Mindemoya Missionary Church on Tuesday May 27, 2003 with Pastor Richard WILLIAMS officiating. Interment Whispering Pines Cemetery in M'Chigeeng. Culgin Funeral Home
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SHILLINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
Lacrosse champ endured racism
Legendary player was subjected to slurs, but he didn't respond. 'It's because you were beating them they were saying it'
By Carol COOPER Special to The Globe and Mail Saturday, June 28, 2003 - Page F9
Before every Brantford Warriors lacrosse game in 1971, Ross POWLESS, the team's former player and coach, a member of the Canadian, and later, the Ontario lacrosse halls of fame, crossed the floor to speak with coach Morley KELLS.
As they chatted, Mr. POWLESS wagged his finger at Mr. KELLS, now an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament. To the spectators above, it looked as if he were advising the coach on the upcoming game.
"I kind of laughed, because I knew what was taking place," Mr. KELLS said. "You could always see them up in the stands nodding, thinking, 'Ross has things straightened out.' I didn't mind a bit."
Known for his sense of humour as well as his playing and coaching, Mr. POWLESS died recently at the age of 76.
From 1945 to 1961, he played intermediate and senior level lacrosse in British Columbia, New York State and Southern Ontario, scoring 294 goals and 338 assists during his Senior A career. He contributed to three Mann Cup wins, lacrosse's national championship, for the Peterborough Timbermen from 1951 to 1953.
During the 1953 Cup finals, Mr. POWLESS won the Mike Kelly Award as the most valuable player of the series. Also, he was twice given the Tom Longboat Award as the top Indian athlete in Canada.
Born a Mohawk on the Six Nations Reserve of the Grand River Territory in Southwestern Ontario, Mr. POWLESS came from a family of talented players. One of his grandfathers, his father and several uncles played on Six Nations teams or with the travelling Mohawk Stars, according to lacrosse historian Stan SHILLINGTON.
And Mr. POWLESS was patriarch to another. Four of his sons played Senior A lacrosse. One of them, Gaylord, joined him in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1990, making them the only father and son pair in the hall.
Ross POWLESS played what his people call "the game the Creator gave us" with skill and ease.
"He was a great, great player," said close friend and former teammate Roger SMITH, also a member of the Canadian and Ontario lacrosse halls of fame. "He could do it all. He could play defence, offence. He scored a lot of goals, he was a great team player, a great checker, a good corner player, a good loose-ball man. He was one of the best."
A large man, standing above six feet and weighing more than 200 pounds, Mr. POWLESS played an especially strong defensive game. "He wasn't fast, but he knew where to cut you off at the pass," said Mr. KELLS, who played against him.
"Ross's attitude was that sooner or later you had to show up heading for the net, so he would be there waiting for you. If anyone had a natural understanding of how the flow of the game should be and how to control it, it was him."
Mr. POWLESS played with handmade hickory sticks, disdaining the later mass-produced plastic sticks as "Tupperware."
A gifted coach who got the best out of his players, he led many teams to divisional and national championships. One of his prouder moments came when he coached six of his sons, including Gaylord, on the 1974 Ontario First Nations Team. The team won the All-Indian Nations Lacrosse Tournament in B.C.
Born on September 29, 1926, in the log cabin his carpenter father built in Ohsweken, Ontario, Alex Ross POWLESS was one of eight children. Although the family lived without running water or hydro, he later told his children that he never felt poor because there was always food on the table.
After his mother died in 1932, Mr. POWLESS attended residential school in nearby Brantford until Grade 8 and then high school for one year. In 1945, at the age of 18, he headed to Vancouver to play on Andy PAULL's Senior North Shore Indians team.
For the next five years, Mr. POWLESS played for intermediate teams in Buffalo, Brantford and Huntsville, Ontario, taking seasonal jobs to support himself. In 1951, he joined the Senior A Peterborough Timbermen.
By 1954, Mr. POWLESS and his wife Wilma, whom he married in 1948, had moved their growing family, which would eventually number 14, back to the family homestead in Ohsweken. There, they lived without electricity until 1957 and without running water until a new house was built in 1970.
Mr. POWLESS continued playing Senior A lacrosse for Hamilton and St. Catharines, and as a pickup player for the Timbermen in the 1956 Mann Cup finals, then moved to Senior B and intermediate teams until he retired from playing in 1961.
Lacrosse was important to a lot of people, but it was extra important to him, Mr. POWLESS told Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in January.
Richard POWLESS, another son from the 1974 team, said: "It opened up the world to him. Back in those days, there weren't many Indians playing in the wider world. It got him off the reserve, and he had the talent to go places, and it was recognized."
Often the wider world greeted Mr. POWLESS with racial slurs. The crowd and members of opposing teams called him blanket-ass and wagon-burner and squirted drinks on him.
"You'd get used it, it wouldn't bother you. They wouldn't be saying that if they were beating you. It's because you were beating them they were saying it," Mr. POWLESS told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Richard POWLESS said, "He didn't react to it, he didn't respond to it, it was just part of the burden he had to carry."
Still, Ross POWLESS credited lacrosse with helping him make white Friends across the country. Some of them stood up for him. Once during tryouts for the Timbermen, he entered a bar in Peterborough with some members of the team. Because he did not have a blue card indicating that he had given up his Indian status, he could not drink legally and was refused service.
The Timbermen left the bar saying, "If he's not good enough, we're not good enough neither," author Donald M. FISHER quotes Mr. POWLESS's recollection in Lacrosse: A History of the Game.
Mr. POWLESS was proud of his heritage and maintained its traditions.
However, he did not teach the Mohawk language to his children. Scarred by his experience in residential school, where he was punished for speaking his mother tongue, he and his wife decided not to pass it on. Instead, he told his children that it was a white man's world, and to live in it successfully, they needed to excel in English.
At times, Mr. POWLESS acted politically. In 1959, a group of Mohawks, including him, tried to reinstate the traditional native government. "He was a firm believer in our own system and our own way of doing things," Richard POWLESS said. "When he believed in something, it wasn't just talk and that's the way he raised us."
Mr. POWLESS had settled into carpentry after his return to Ohsweken in 1954, a trade he practised for the next 30 years.
Earning a reputation as a hard worker, he soon became a foreman and, among other projects, worked on the Burlington Skyway Bridge.
Always an avid hunter, fisherman and pool player, Mr. POWLESS worked as a building inspector on the Six Nations Reserve until his retirement in 1991, served as a band councillor for eight years and helped to start Six Nations minor lacrosse and hockey leagues. In 1997, the Ontario Municipal Recreation Association gave him a volunteer service award.
Like many players, Mr. POWLESS was buried with lacrosse sticks. He had told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of his intention, saying, "I want to play with my dad, my sons, my uncles and my nephews."
Mr. POWLESS died on May 26 in Paris, Ontario, of cancer. Sons Victor, Gaylord and Gregory predeceased him. He leaves Wilma, his wife of 55 years, 11 children, 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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SHIRRIFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-28 published
SHIRRIFF, Barbara Jean (née SLOAN)
Died peacefully at home in Toronto, on Tuesday, May 27, 2003, having recently turned 81. Predeceased by her beloved husband Francis Colin SHIRRIFF. Dear mother of Susan, Cathie Shirriff FORSTMANN, Janet, Joan VAUGHAN (the late Steven VAUGHAN) and Barbara. Loving grandmother of Diana CABLE (Warren), Allyson WOODROOFFE (Roger PEPLER) and Kelly FORSTMANN. Great-grandmother of Kate and Julia PEPLER and Hayley, Stephanie and Scott CABLE. Survived by brothers Manson and Frank, and sisters Neva PAUL and Mary PARKER. Barbara's love, encouragement, strength and ''joie de vivre'' will be cherished always. Our very special thanks to Dr. Wendy BROWN, Dr. Russell GOLDMAN and The Temmy Latner Palliative Care Team, Ella CASE and the Victorian Order of Nurses, and caregivers Ramona and Helen. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at Saint John's Anglican Church York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 30. If desired, donations to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 700 University Avenue, Third Floor, Suite 3000 Toronto M5G 1Z5 will be much appreciated by the family.

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SHIRYAYEV o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-03 published
Remains found in woods identified as Toronto man
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 - Page A16
Human remains found last month in a wooded area of Central Ontario have been identified as those of a missing Toronto man, provincial police said yesterday.
Anton SHIRYAYEV, 24, was reported missing by family members on August 9. A hunter found the remains November 21 in Shawanaga Township, just north of Parry Sound.
Investigators are treating the death as suspicious, police said in a release. Forensic experts were attempting to determine the cause of death, they said.
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