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"UD" 2003 Obituary


UDEH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-20 published
CADOGAN, Elda Magill (née MAGILL)
of Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home, Miramichi, New Brunswick, a journalist, poet, playwright and short story writer, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at 7: 47 a.m. at the age of 86. As a playwright, she was best known for her one-act-play, Rise and Shine, which has the distinction of being one of the most frequently-performed Canadian plays ever written. It has been performed in every province in Canada, in 47 states in the U.S., and in England, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. A German translation was Canada's representation in a worldwide cultural exchange in Bonn, Germay.
In 1992, the University of Guelph added the Elda Magill Cadogan Collection to its extensive theatre archives. The collection included correspondence, manuscripts, printed editions, advertisements, review and programs related to the play. In 1993, the university obtained her voluminous collection of memorabilia on the Stratford Festival She attended the theatre's premier performance in 1953 and took a special interest in the organization after moving to Strfatford in 1985. Born December 17, 1916 at Mount Forest, Ontario, she was the only daughter of Robert, a lay minister at Conn, and Katherine Herron MAGILL. She grew up in Woodstock, where her writing was first published - a story and poem in the Woodstock Sentinel Review - when she was 8. She graduated from Woodstock Collegiate Institute, where she was valedictorian for her class and, after completing a business course, was employed at the Woodstock Sentinel Review. In 1939, she married George CADOGAN, of Woodstock.
The couple later purchased newpapers in Durham, Ontario, Pictou, Nova Scotia and Oromocto and Newcastle, New Brunswick. George CADOGAN died in February, 1996. Mrs CADOGAN won several awards for her newspaper articles and she and her husband were the first husband and wife team to be named honourary life members of both the Atlantic and the Canadian Community Newspaper Associations. While in Stratford, Mrs. CADOGAN was an honourary member of the Writers Club of Stratford and a member of the Canadian Authors Association, the Noon Book Club and the Good Book Club. She was a member of Saint John's United Church, Stratford. She was also a contributor to The Beacon Herald for several years. In September, 1999, she moved to a retirement residence in Frederiction, New Brunswick, where she could be closer to some of her family members, and recently moved again, to Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home in Miramichi.
An animal lover, Mrs. CADOGAN usually had at least one cat in her life, and once a dog as well.
She is survived by two sons, David (Michelle), of Miramichi, New Brunswick, and Michael, of Scarborough; daughter Katherine HILDER (Stephen,) of Prince George, British Columbia, and Elizabeth Jean MORGAN (Dan,) of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Joanne (Allen IRVING) and Colin CADOGAN, Craig CADOGAN and Sheryl UDEH (Obi) and Kristin and Leslie HILDER, and one great grandchild, Benjamin UDEH. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Max, Rex, Weston and Robert, and a daughter-in-law, Susan (YOUNG) CADOGAN. Friends will be received and the Stratford, Ontario W.G. Young Funeral Home for visitation Friday evening November 21st from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and for the funeral service Saturday morning, November 22nd at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Greg WHITE/WHYTE of Saint John's United Church will officiate.

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