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STUBLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-11 published
AFFLECK, Betty Ann (née HENLEY) 1927-2003
Died on Monday evening, June 9th, 2003, in Montreal, at home with her family. Beloved wife of the late Raymond AFFLECK and dear companion of Harry MAYEROVITCH. Mother of Neil (Marnie STUBLEY,) Jane (John KIMBER), Gavin (Sylvie CORMIER), Ewan (Susan CHATWOOD) and the late Graham. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Alexander, Gabriel, Lucas, Shonah and Anika. Visitation will be held at Collins Clarke Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, on Wednesday, June 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Montreal (5035 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, on Saturday, June 14th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Autism Society, Canada, P.O. Box 65, Orangeville, Ontario L9W 2Z5, would be appreciated.

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STUEMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-24 published
Sailor mom had Northern Magic
An early experience with skin cancer led her to contemplate her life and make the decision to set off from Ottawa on a four-year family voyage around the world
By Allison LAWLOR Monday, March 24, 2003 - Page R7
Diane STUEMER dared to dream big and in doing so she captured the country's imagination.
The Ottawa woman, who sailed around the world with her husband and three sons and captivated Canadians back home with her weekly newspaper reports from faraway places, has died of cancer. She was 43.
"She touched people, said her younger sister Linda MASLECHKO. "When you read her stories, you felt that you were part of her family. She was unabashedly human."
The family odyssey began on September 11, 1997, when Ms. STUEMER, her husband Herbert, and their three sons Michael, Jonathan and Christopher, all under the age of 12, left Ottawa in their 42-foot steel sailboat named Northern Magic and headed down the St. Lawrence River.
When they left, the sum of their sailing experience consisted of a handful of summer afternoons on the Ottawa River.
"Finally, we all wanted to leave, just to get it over with. So when every contingency had been thought of, prepared for and fretted over, when we were as ready as we ever would be, we set off. All we could do now was pray."
Over the next four years, they would visit 34 countries and travel 35,000 nautical miles. When they returned home, in the summer of 2001, 3,000 people were there to welcome them.
Throughout the trip, Ms. STUEMER wrote 218 weekly dispatches for The Ottawa Citizen, chronicling every aspect of their journey from their lost cat to seasickness to travelling through pirate waters along the coast of Somalia.
"It's been a long time since the cold grip of fear has clenched me in my gut, and I was not the only one on board to shiver beneath the touch of its icy fingers, Ms. STUEMER wrote, before heading into waters where there had been at least seven attacks on private yachts in the past 12 months, two of which involved gunfire.
Ms. STUEMER subsequently published a book about their adventures called The Voyage of the Northern Magic.
Before setting sail on their epic journey, Ms. STUEMER and her husband fantasized about travelling the world, but like a lot of people they considered putting it off until their retirement.
"In the hustle and bustle of living our lives, with the business and the home and the kids and everything else, the travel part of our ambitions just got forgotten, " she once said in a television interview.
But a brush with skin cancer in 1994 persuaded her to re-evaluate her life. She and her husband decided it was time to start following their dreams. Soon after, they sold their advertising business, rented out their Ottawa-area home, bought and renovated Northern Magic, a modest 37-year-old sailboat.
"She taught people that you have to find a way to make your own dream come true, said Diane KING, a close friend.
The STUEMERs began their journey by sailing down the eastern seaboard of North America, through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean, eventually reaching Australia. From there, they travelled to Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and across the Indian Ocean to Zanzibar. They sailed the Red Sea and up through the Mediterranean to Gibraltar, from where they set out across the North Atlantic homeward bound.
At times they travelled for weeks without seeing land. The music of Canadian folksinger Michael MITCHELL frequently echoed through Northern Magic, calming frayed nerves during stormy weather or reminding them of home as they sailed into a new port.
Back home in Canada, Mr. MITCHELL read about their trip. "I almost felt I was on the journey with them, " he said.
The family encountered many close calls on their voyage. At one point, the family boat was docked in Yemen only a few hundred metres away from where suicide bombers blew a gaping hole in the U.S.S. Cole.
The trip was not just one of adventure. Along the way they met remarkable people, many of whom were living in poverty. Touched by these people, the family set out to make a difference. Ms. STUEMER's work, along with her popular columns, has managed to raise more than $50,000 so far for humanitarian causes in Africa and Southeast Asia.
The money was raised to help pay for student tuitions and school supplies in Kenya and to help protect orangutans in the jungles of Borneo.
Diane STUEMER was born on June 23, 1959, in Sarnia, Ontario Not long after, her family moved to Edmonton. From there they moved to Calgary, where she spent her formative years. As a teenager, Ms. STUEMER was working at the Calgary Stampede when she met a young German man who would later become her husband. Born in Berlin, Herbert STUEMER came to Canada with the intention of travelling and working throughout North America. But after meeting Diane, he decided to stay put in Calgary. The couple married there in 1981.
From Calgary the couple went to Ottawa, where Ms. STUEMER studied journalism at Carleton University. After earning her degree, she went to work for the federal government in various positions, including briefing the Environment Minister for Question Period.
In 1988, she quit her government job and bought a faltering advertising company. She turned it around to become a successful business. She also wrote a biography of her grandfather, William HAWRELAK, a former mayor of Edmonton, and helped her father, Frank KING, write up his memories of his experience organizing the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
"Whenever she put her mind to something, she did it intensely, Ms. MASLECHKO said.
During her life, Ms. STUEMER followed 11 basic rules. "Live your life with passion. Dare to dream big dreams, " was rule No. 1.
"Begin immediately, even if you are not ready, " rule No. 4 states.
Last Boxing Day, Ms. STUEMER became ill, and suffered from persistent headaches. But it was not until February 6 that the malignant melanoma that took her life was discovered. In the last month of her life, she was surrounded in the hospital by family and Friends, whom she kept laughing with her wonderful sense of humour, said her sister.
"She said: 'I got a wake-up call and thank goodness I listened. I changed my life. I fulfilled who I was meant to be', " her sister Ms. MASLECHKO recalled. "She made the most of it and that's a lesson to all of us."
Ms. STUEMER was recently presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. The Medal is given to Canadians "who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community or to Canada."
The City of Ottawa also has plans to name a park and beach area on the north shore of Petrie Island Stuemer Park, in honour of Ms. STUEMER. The Ottawa River island, close to where the STUEMERs live, is the place from which they departed on their journey and returned to four years later.
News of her death attracted a flood of messages to the family Web site (http: // Some admirers had followed Ms. STUEMER's exploits for years. Long-time reader Carol LAVIOLETTE wrote: "I followed your adventure from the very start; I laughed and cried through all of the stories in the Citizen. I prayed for your safe return and cried tears of joy when the five of you returned to Canada.
"I am a mother of three myself and could not imagine going on that kind of adventure, I don't have the strength of character to undertake something of such magnitude. But I lived it through your tales. Thank you and God bless you."
Ms. STUEMER died in an Ottawa hospital on March 15. She leaves her husband Herbert and their three sons Michael, 16, Jonathan, 14, and Christopher, 11, her mother and father, sister and two brothers.
"Diane was like a little girl who, in all her innocence, really truly believed she could change the world, Ms. KING wrote in a eulogy. "Who would dare tell her that she couldn't?"

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STULAC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-04 published
STINSON, Thomas Gordon
Died suddenly, at age 53, in Toronto on February 28th, 2003. Beloved husband of Christine (née CURLOOK,) cherished and adored father of daughters Emma Madeleine, 7, and Alexa Nicole, 5. Loving son of Margaret and Gordon STINSON (Thunder Bay,) he will be be deeply missed by siblings Joan STULAC (Toronto,) Lois WATSON (Anchorage) and James (Toronto). Dear son-in-law of Jennifer and Walter CURLOOK (Toronto,) he will be missed by his brothers-in-law Paul CURLOOK (Waterloo,) Michael CURLOOK (Vancouver) and sister-in-law Andrea CURLOOK (Dallas) and nephews, cousins, Friends, family and colleagues. A private service was held and cremation has taken place at his request. Memorial donations and flowers are gratefully declined.
May he rest in peace.

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STURDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-05 published
EADIE, Laura ''Ruth'' (née CUNNINGHAM)
Died peacefully, on Thursday, July 3rd, 2003, at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga. Born January 19th, 1922. Predeceased by her first husband Lt. Eric SUTHERLAND, she then became the wonderful and devoted wife to her beloved husband ''Al'' (Allan W.) EADIE. Brilliant and loving mother of Sandra Jean STURDY and her husband Giles. Dearly loved grandmother ''Nan'' of Anna MacLEAN and her husband Malcolm, Catherine HACKNEY and Robert and Michael STURDY (all residing in England.) Much loved ''Greatnan'' of Oscar MacLEAN. Ruth was a woman hugely loved and respected by a multitude of wonderful Friends and a woman of many talents
porcelain painter, artist, calligrapher, golfer and long term Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire member. A Funeral Service will be held at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd. in Etobicoke, on Tuesday, July 8th, 2003 at 2 o'clock. Private family interment. Floral tributes to Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel. Remembrances to Famous People Players, 33 Lisgar Street, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3T3.

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STURGEON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-28 published
Peggy lived her life as a beautiful, special person who brought joy, love and light to everyone she touched. Her kindness, compassion and overwhelming energy to help others was ever present from her days as a nurse at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and the Victorian Order of Nurses, to her work as a nursing instructor at Centennial College and as a public health nurse for the City of Toronto. A wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a wonderful friend. Peggy lived courageously with ovarian cancer for the last four years, her strength, positive outlook and love of life never wavering. Peggy died peacefully at home, on May 25th, 2003, wrapped in the love of her husband and best friend Bruce and her daughters - Sarah, Rebecca and Martha and son-in-law Josh KESTER. Peggy will be dearly missed by all who knew her including her parents John and Beth SAULT, her in-laws Marg and Os TRUSCOTT, her siblings Mary McKELVEY (Max,) Cathie HUGHES (Wayne,) John SAULT (Linda,) Barb SAULT (Liz THOMAS,) Patty BONTJE (Michael) as well as by her many Friends, cousins, nieces and nephews. We wish to thank Dr. J. STURGEON and Dr. D. DEPETRILLO (Princess Margaret Hospital), Dr. J. MEHARCHAND (Toronto East General Hospital), Dr. J. RIEGER (Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care,) and nurses Barb MOFFAT and Ann Marie HOGAN (St. Elizabeth Health Care) for their compassionate and supportive care. At Peggy's request, a private cremation has occurred, arranged by The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre. A service celebrating her life will be held for family and Friends at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, Ontario (905-893-1121) on Monday, June 2nd, 2003 at 5: 30 p.m. The family extends a warm welcome to all who wish to join them. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to the National Ovarian Cancer Association, 27 Park Road, Toronto M4W 2N2 (416-962-2700). In September 2002 Peggy founded the first annual ''Walk of Hope'' to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. Please join us on September 7th, 2003 at the second annual National Ovarian Cancer Association ''Walk of Hope'' and remember Peggy. Further details will be available at:

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