CKNX firstname.lastname@example.org_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-16 published
TROTT, Muriel Margaret (née LOOBY)
Muriel Margaret (LOOBY) TROTT of Clinton passed away peacefully at the Clinton Public Hospital on Monday, August 15, 2005 in her 87th year. Born in Dublin, Ontario, July 9, 1919, she was the last remaining member of a family of eight children born to the late Louis James LOOBY (1938) and his wife, the former Ann Marie RYAN (1981.) Muriel received her elementary and secondary education from the Ursuline Sisters in Dublin, Ontario. On July 9, 1941, she was married at Saint Martin's Catholic Church, London, Ontario to Clarence A. (Ted) TROTT, Seaforth, who predeceased her on January 22, 1987. Muriel had a writing career, which she commenced as a free-lance journalist and photographer in 1944, retiring in 1974. As such, she was associated with the London Free Press, The Stratford Beacon Herald and CKNX a.m. Wingham. Muriel was a dedicated member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Clinton for 55 years and contributed to its history by her extensive research. She was a faithful member of the Catholic Womens League and was recently presented with her 60 year membership pin. Her interests in the community earned her an honourary life membership with the Clinton Public Hospital Auxiliary and recognition as a charter member of the Clinton Community Credit Union, now Heartland Credit Union.
Surviving are a daughter Ann COOKE, Barrie, two grandchildren, Katherine JACKSON, and her husband Chris, Oakville and Peter NESBITT and his wife, Janice, London, three great grandchildren, Matthew and Joshua JACKSON, and Jeffrey NESBITT. Also surviving is her grandchildren's father, David NESBITT, Kitchener and a brother-in-law Romaus J. CURRAN, Montreal, Quebec. Muriel will be missed by her many nieces and nephews, and their families, who provided constant love and support. The devotion and care shown by her niece, Pauline Goettler HARTFIEL brought her great joy and happiness during her senior years. Besides her husband, Muriel was predeceased by an infant granddaughter, Susan NESBITT, two sisters Loreen CURRAN, and Ally GOETTLER and her husband George; five brothers, Reverend Arthur R. LOOBY, C.S.B., Joseph and his wife Edna, Clayton and his wife Kathryn, Clarence and his wife Margaret, Louis and his wife Bernice and a nephew Arthur Clayton LOOBY and a great-niece Ann HARTFIEL. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., 153 High Street, Clinton on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Clinton on Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Dublin. Parish prayers will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 3: 45 p.m.
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CKNX email@example.com_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-16 published
The family of Don MEADOWS regretfully announces his passing on September 14, 2005 at the age of 82. Don died peacefully at Listowel Hospital following a short illness. He was born in Cayuga, Ontario on July 2, 1923. He was the eldest of 3 children of the late Howard Arthur Vincent MEADOWS and Frieda Kathryn (KLINE). His early work in radio became a life long passion beginning at CKOC Hamilton in the late forties until his recent commercial work at CKNX in Wingham. He married Patricia (MARSHALL) in 1947 relocating from Simcoe to London where his family grew to three children. There he was involved in several business ventures including radio sales, dry cleaning, tour boat rentals and corporate sales. Eventually Don and Pat moved to Listowel where Don was Sales Manager for Spinrite Yarns. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, Listowel for many years, a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Utilities Commission and an enthusiastic promoter of both business and charitable activities. He was named Listowel's Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1992. As a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment Reserves he became the social convener of the group of members that came to be known as Junior Officers Protective Association. For over 40 years, the Junior Officers Protective Association husbands and wives continued their extraordinary Friendships, getting together several times a year for bridge and other enjoyable events. Listowel has also provided many Friendships. Over the years Don was also a devoted member of the Progressive Conservative Party, an avid tennis player and golfer. In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his sister Lois and his daughter Lee Anne. He is survived by Pat, his loving wife of 58 years, his son David (Susan POTTS,) daughter Merry Lou (Joe CHANG,) grand_son Jason MEADOWS, sister Betty ADAM/ADAMS, sister-in-law Margaret (MARSHALL) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT (Jack ELLIOT/ELLIOTT,) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive visitors at the Simpson Funeral Home at 285 Elizabeth Street, Listowel (519-291-4424) on Friday September 16, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Listowel on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 2: 00 pm with Reverend Bob LEWIS officiating. In lieu of flowers donations were made to the Cancer Society and First Baptist Church, Listowel in Don's memory.
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CKNX firstname.lastname@example.org_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-24 published
Harry J. BOYLE, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcaster: Farmer's son from southwestern Ontario shook the soil off his feet to become a radio and television pioneer who shaped Canada's air waves, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, With files from Canadian Press, Monday, January 24, 2005 - Page S6
Broadcaster, playwright, novelist, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation executive and a former Chair of the Canadian and Radio Television Commission, Harry J. BOYLE was a huge influence on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio and television as a programmer, talent spotter (think Wayne and Shuster), broadcast boss and policy maker.
"He helped the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation become the link that held the country together," said novelist and radio producer Howard ENGEL. "The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in my time [the 1950s-1970s] was like the railway a century earlier. It let people in Corner Brook know what was going on in Edmonton. He was very important that way in his writing and in his broadcasting."
Harry BOYLE was born on a farm in 1915 in southwestern Ontario. After graduating from Wingham High School and St. Jerome's College (now part of the University of Waterloo) he worked as a journalist for the Goderich Signal Star and a stringer for the London Free Press and the Globe and Mail.
He got his first job as a broadcaster in 1936 at Radio Station CKNX in Wingham, Ontario, the town later made famous as the birthplace and literary home of short-story writer Alice MUNRO. He left the radio station in 1941 and worked for a year at the Stratford Beacon-Herald before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a farm commentator in 1942. He quickly rose to become a network supervisor of features and director of the National Farm Radio Forum.
"He literally had an understanding of broadcasting and life from the grass roots up because he was a farmer," said playwright and Toronto cultural maven Mavor MOORE who was a colleague at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio as far back as the 1940s. There were two Canadian programs that were way ahead of every other in the world in terms of the size of their collective audience audiences that would gather in halls and meeting places across the country to listen to radio, according to Mr. MOORE. One of them was the Citizen's Forum and the other was the Farm Forum under Mr. BOYLE's supervision.
"He was a real thinking farmer," said Mr. MOORE, "and a good deal deeper than people expected of the head of the farm dept." Those programs gave him an insight into the importance of broadcasting across the country, an understanding that he used "to turn radio into a medium where difficult and large topics could be tackled," said Mr. MOORE. With his "enquiring mind and his lively concern about big issues in society and communications" he was an "anomaly among the people starting radio and television, who were on the whole pretty low brow," according to Mr. MOORE.
He was an anomaly in other ways, too. A devout Irish Catholic who enjoyed a drink or three, Mr. BOYLE hated hypocrisy, top-down bureaucracies and micro-managing. The legendary broadcaster Max FERGUSON was a staff announcer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the late 1940s. By that time Mr. BOYLE was head of the Trans-Can network.
"I was the lowest paid announcer on staff," Mr. FERGUSON remembered yesterday, "Every year we got an annual increment, although we called it the annual excrement because it was about ten dollars a year." That year -- it was 1949 -- Mr. FERGUSON was told by a functionary that he wasn't going to get a raise at all, even though he was doing Rawhide, his satirical commentary in addition to his regular duties.
In the ensuing blow-up, Mr. FERGUSON either quit or was fired for insubordination, depending on who is telling the story. While Mr. FERGUSON was still seething, along came Mr. BOYLE with the suggestion that he should think about selling Rawhide to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on a freelance basis. "He was like the army sergeant interceding for the privates with the officers, except he did it between the announcers and the producers," said Mr. FERGUSON.
"He sold that Rawhide show to them [the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]for about five times my salary and I was able to move back to Halifax, which I certainly preferred to Toronto. Things worked out beautifully and I owe it all to Harry BOYLE. He was the only one who would listen to you and go to bat for you with his bosses."
When the Dominion Network was established at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. BOYLE created the feature show Assignment which reflected "homey" local stories from across Canada and his real triumph, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Wednesday Night, a mix of opera, musicals, classical and original plays and even documentaries that ran for 90 minutes or three hours depending on the strength of the program. Until then, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation schedule was divided into rigidly fixed and timed segments. What Mr. BOYLE did, to the delight of both listeners and freelance producers, was to make the process more flexible so that the quality of the program determined the schedule rather than the other way around. This was the era that is known as the "golden age" of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with actors and producers of the ilk of John Drainie and Lister Sinclair fusing listeners to their radios.
"He was the making of me," said retired radio producer Howard ENGEL, only one of many people Mr. BOYLE took a chance on as broadcasters. "I was a high-school teacher and not much enjoying it in the mid-1950s," he said, confessing that after a single pedagogical year in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he had given it up and moved to Toronto and was looking for work. The two met over a drink at a crowded table in the Evereen, a pub across from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Jarvis Street, just north of the Celebrity Club, a local watering hole that Mr. BOYLE was known to frequent.
He sent Mr. Engel off with a tape recorder and commissioned him to do a short documentary about the celebration of Chinese New Year in Toronto's Chinatown. "That meant I had to learn how to use a tape recorder, to edit tape and to do a mix," Mr. ENGEL said, confessing that he produced a 45 minute script that he had to boil down to about five minutes. He soon became a tape editor on Assignment with host Bill McNEIL.
Mr. BOYLE made the tape recorder an indispensable tool of broadcasting, said Mr. ENGEL, as essential as a typewriter was for print journalists at the time. In doing so, he ruffled the technicians union. He was in favour of unions, said Mr. ENGEL, but he thought this was new territory and in the same way that you wouldn't impose somebody sitting on the lap of a print journalist writing on a typewriter, he believed broadcast journalists should be allowed to go out and record sounds and voices.
Although Mr. BOYLE had a bad enough drinking problem that he would disappear from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for as much as a week at a time, Mr. ENGEL said he could always re-invent and resurrect both himself and his career with brilliant new programming ideas. "He was a multiple phoenix," said Mr. ENGEL, who was able to save himself by his own invention.
He could arouse envy as well as admiration in other broadcasters. Margaret LYONS, former vice-president English radio services for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was a senior producer in public affairs and "a competitor for air time" in the 1960s. She remembers Mr. BOYLE as "very independent minded" with no patience for political or any other kind of "correctness." Saying that Mr. BOYLE was a great generalist who always wanted to poke fun at the establishment and against all forms of intellectual pretension, she said he was an iconoclast who gave legitimacy to an irreverence about public life and broadcasting bureaucracy. "His commonsensical approach was a good thing," she concluded.
He was always at loggerheads with the brass above him, said Mr. ENGLE and when he went to Ottawa he found himself in the same situation with his political bosses. In 1968, Mr. BOYLE was appointed vice chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the independent public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada. He succeeded Pierre JUNEAU as chairman when Mr. JUNEAU resigned in 1975 and was later confirmed to the position in 1976.
A committed nationalist, Mr. BOYLE had a huge influence on the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission and the shaping of the 1968 broadcasting act, according to Joan Irwin a journalist who wrote about the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission for a number of print outlets at the time. 'Harry was better at cutting through crap than anybody I have ever known. He was absolutely real and he could see through anybody -- a terrific guy."
Mr. BOYLE left the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission after a year, having gained a reputation, along with Mr. JUNEAU, of safeguarding domestic ownership of Canada's broadcasting industry and creating a set of Canadian content quotas for television, among other initiatives.
In 1977, Mr. BOYLE presided over a committee of inquiry which examined national broadcasting shortly after the victory of the separatist Parti Quebecois victory in Quebec's 1976 election. The report was critical of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for failing to promote communications among the country's regional and linguistic communities, and expressed concern about the centralization of the system, the lack of programming from regions outside central Canada and the gap between French and English audiences.
Mr. BOYLE was also a newspaper columnist, an essayist, novelist and playwright. His novels, included, A Summer Burning (1964), With a Pinch of Sin (1966), Memories of a Catholic Boyhood (1973) and The Luck of the Irish (1975). His radio and stage plays including Strike, The Macdonalds of Oak Valley and The Inheritance. He won the Stephen Leacock award for humour and the John Drainie award.
Harry J. BOYLE was born on October 7, 1915 in St. Augustine, Ontario He died in Toronto on January 22, 2005. He was 89. He is survived by a son and a daughter.
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