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TRONNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
ROBSON, Mary Virginia (née SKILLING)
On June 27, 2003, died from natural causes at age 73. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, James Thomas, her children David and Marianne of St. Albert (Edmonton), Mark of Toronto, Andrew and Jackie MARSH of Mississauga, Marthanne and Bruce GORDON of Owen Sound, Jennifer and Reidar TRONNES of Reykjavik, and 11 grandchildren. Visitation at Fawcett Funeral Home - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street at Second Street, Collingwood, on Sunday, June 29, 2003 from 2-4 in the afternoon. Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church, 63 Elgin Street at Ontario Street, on Monday, June 30 at 11: 30 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the General and Marine Hospital Foundation, John Howard Society or your favourite charity will be appreciated.

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TROUGHTON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-19 published
James Edwin LEE
In loving memory of James Edwin LEE who passed away peacefully at Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at the age of 89 years. Loved by wife Carole. Predeceased by wife Jessie (née CORBETT.) Dear father of Jamie and wife Karen of Sunderland and their children Kevin, Jeffery, Rebecca and Jonathan. Will be missed by step children Eric and wife Claudette TROUGHTON, Steven and wife Tammy TROUGHTON, Geoffrey and wife Kelly TROUGHTON, all of Oshawa, Shawn and wife Bonnie TROUGHTON of Guelph, Dan and wife Dawn Troughton of Harriston, Kristin TROUGHTON and step grandchildren Leeanne, Nicole, Ryan, Jeremy, Mikayla, Brianna, Justin, Kelsey, Nicholas and Brett. Fondly remembered by sister Isabel and husband Lorne BRADLEY of Glouster. There will be a memorial service later in the spring. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home, Little Current.

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TROVARELLO o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-04-16 published
Roy Allen GREEN " Squirt"
In loving memory of Roy Allen GREEN on Monday, April 7, 2003,at the age of 54 years.
Cherished husband of Darlene (née OLIVER.) Loved by children Lori and husband Terry CASE of Little Current, Jeff and Tanya of Sault Ste. Marie, Derek and fiancée Lesley of Espanola. Special grandpa of Braedan and Brady CASE. Will be greatly missed by sister Linda and husband Ron BOWERMAN of Sheguiandah, brother Gary and wife Nicole of Little Current, predeceased by sister Norma LLOYD (husband Gerald,) and brother Ronnie (wife Carol WESSEL.) Predeceased by parents Charles and Edna. Fondly remembered by parents-in-law Ting and Pee Wee OLIVER and brothers and sisters-in-law Mike and wife Betty OLIVER, Wanda & husband Lou TROVARELLO, predeceased by Roger OLIVER (wife June.) Uncle to numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation was from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm Wednesday, April 9, 2003. Funeral Service was held at 2: 00 pm Thursday, April 10, 2003, both at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Little Current.
Cremation with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery at a later date.

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TROW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-02 published
Robert TROW
By Ann SILVERSIDES Wednesday, April 2, 2003 - Page A20
Gay liberation and A.I.D.S. activist, health-care worker, musician. Born November 23, 1948, in Toronto. Died October 21, 2002, in Toronto, of a brain aneurysm, aged 53.
The last time I saw Robert, he was bicycling north on Church Street near Queen Street in Toronto, heading to a meeting. Though he was running late, he graciously stopped to answer some questions I'd been meaning to ask him about the history of Hassle Free Clinic, the downtown Toronto sexual health clinic where he spent 26 years, first as a volunteer and later as a long-time staff member. A few weeks later, Robert was dead, and Canada lost a knowledgeable, tireless Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome activist who had kept up his activism until the day he died.
About 400 people attended his memorial service at Hart House Theatre at the University of Toronto. As an undergraduate, Robert had performed in that theatre, and he remained a member of Hart House long after completing two University of Toronto graduate degrees.
He grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, the eldest of three boys. His father was an engineer, and his mother a homemaker. Playing piano, which he took up as a child, was a lifelong passion.
Many gay men are rejected by, or alienated from, their original family; their gay Friends become their family. Robert was lucky: he maintained close ties with parents, brothers and extended family, and kept up with both (heterosexual) best Friends from high school and a large family of gay Friends.
In the mid-1970s, Robert began working and living communally. He volunteered on the collective that ran The Body Politic, a left-wing gay liberation newsmagazine published in Canada but with a worldwide readership. He wrote articles, mostly about health-care issues, edited, proofread and did paste-up -- but also took on the thankless task of distribution manager. He lived in a series of communal houses with his former long-time partner, writer Gerald HANNON, and other Body Politic collective members.
To his Friends, Robert was known as Bunny, and his foibles -- dithering, an aversion to drafts, a highly developed sense of personal frugality, a propensity to lose his wallet, a talent for being, as Gerald noted, sprawlingly messy -- were more than offset by his generosity to all and his wicked sense of fun.
When Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome emerged in the early 1980s, Robert helped organize the first public Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome forum in Toronto on April 5, 1983, which was sponsored by Hassle Free and Gays in Health Care. He went on to be a founding member of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Committee of Toronto. After a test for Human Immunodeficiency Virus was developed, Hassle Free became the first clinic in Canada to offer anonymous testing. When anonymous testing was eventually legalized in Ontario, the government adopted Robert's manual on anonymous testing guidelines.
Robert served on the Ontario Advisory Committee on Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and other bodies. "But first of all, he was passionate about Hassle Free Clinic. He wouldn't take on anything that wasn't also good for the clinic," said Jane GREER/GRIER, his co-worker at the clinic. All the while, Robert was Human Immunodeficiency Virus positive and coping with the effects of his condition and medications.
The Ontario Ministry of Health awarded him a posthumous citation, and Toronto City Council observed a moment's silence in his honour. Silence was an odd tribute, Gerald noted -- because Robert almost never stopped talking, whether it was his "up-to-date" gossip about the Hapsburgs or the Holy Roman Empire, or his appreciative "Oh, boy!" when one of his Friends served him dinner.
Robert is survived by his partner, Denis FONTAINE, his parents Bill and Lucie, his brothers Philip and Christopher, and his wide family of Friends.
Ann SILVERSIDES is a friend of Robert TROW.

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