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YARD 2006-11-28 published
RAWLINGS, Jean Elizabeth (née McGUGAN)
Of Saint Thomas, passed away at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, November 25, 2006, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of retired O.P.P. Staff Sergeant, late Fred…M. RAWLINGS (1991.) Dearly loved mother of Jane FISH and her husband Jim of Saint Thomas, and the late Paul F. RAWLINGS (1977.) Cherished grandmother of Susan BHATNAGAR and her husband Sanjay of Oakville, Steven FISH and David FISH, both of Toronto. Loving great-grandmother of Nikhil BHATNAGAR of Oakville. Dear sister of Gladys BROWN, Florence GANDER, both of Sarnia, and the late Donald McGUGAN. Dear sister-in-law of Nina STONEHOUSE of Petrolia, Bernice RAWLINGS of Collingwood, and Gert RAWLINGS of Burlington. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Jean enjoyed a particularly fine relationship with her daughter-in-law, Donne PETRYSHYN. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, September 18, 1920, Jean was the daughter of the late Hugh and Irene (YARD) McGUGAN. She was an active member of Saint Mark's United Church, Saint Thomas and the United Church Women Friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Thursday, November 30th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Private interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. Those wishing to make memorial donations could consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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YARED 2006-06-24 published
AZIZ, Catherine Julia " Kitty"
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Thursday, June 22, 2006. Catherine Julia "Kitty" AZIZ of London in her 90th year. Predeceased by her loving father and mother George and Freda AZIZ, her beloved sister Helen YARED, her brothers Russell and Ernest AZIZ, and her nieces Mariene KOURI and Elaine YARED. Dear aunt of Susan MASCIOTRA and her husband Alex of London and great-aunt of Gregory KOURI and his wife Jean Marie of Miami, Florida, Andrew KOURI and his wife Susan of Montreal, Québec and David MASCIOTRA and Stephanie MASCIOTRA, and many other nieces and nephews. Catherine "Kitty" was an exceptionally talented commercial artist. Renown for her life-like animal portraits, she was also commissioned in her early years to paint Roosevelt's beloved Scottie, "Falla", which is located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. Her special artistic works were produced similarly for Prime Minister Mackenzie King, Lord and Lady Alexander, and many others; and, of particular note, a Border Collie employed by the U.S. Army's K-9 Corps to deliver messages during the Second World War. A uniquely independent character, Kitty will be forever loved and missed by close family and Friends. Heartfelt thanks are extended to Doctor Isabel LI and the 6th Floor Palliative Care Team for their tremendous expertise and care. At Kitty's request a private family graveside service was held at Woodland Cemetery on Friday, June 23rd. (A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements)
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YARKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-09 published
HATHAWAY, Elizabeth
Peacefully on November 7, 2006 at the age of ninety-five. Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She co-founded the Center School, for dyslexic children, in Newton, Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lovering HATHAWAY and her children Elizabeth, Horatio, Robert and Thomas. She will be sadly missed by her daughters Emily CARLISLE, Margaret HATHAWAY and daughter-in-law Victoria HATHAWAY. She leaves her grandchildren, Jan VYKYDAL, Ann HAYASHI, Jennifer HASAE, Iain and Gillian HATHAWAY and Celina YARKIN. Also her great-grandchildren Adri, Ella and Madeline YARKIN. The family thanks all the staff at Lawton Park Retirement Residence for their extraordinary warmth and support in her final years, and the staff at the Toronto Grace Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their kind and conscientious care. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the Union of Concerned Scientists ( or Toronto Grace Hospital, 650 Church St. Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2G5.

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YARKOVSKY 2006-01-23 published
McGEE, Ross " Fibber"
Peacefully at Afton Park Place, Sarnia on Friday, January 20, 2006, Ross (Fibber) McGEE, age 85 of Sarnia.
Ross was a life member of the C.P.G.A. Beloved husband of Jean (RIDEALGH) McGEE. Loved father of Donna and her husband Joe YARKOVSKY of Sarnia, Judy and her husband Ron TOMCHECK of Surrey, British Columbia, Carol and her husband Don McKNIGHT of Saint Mary's and Jim McGEE and his wife Norah of Haliburton, Ontario. Loving grandfather of Cheryl (Dan) MOORE, Stephen (Sue) ANDREWS, Patti Lynn ROBERTSON, Christine TOMCHECK, Michael (Louise) TOMCHECK, Jennifer (Justin) SHONIKER and Predeceased by Rhonda McGEE. Dear brother of Don and Margaret. At Ross' request, there will be no funeral service or visitation. Burial of ashes has taken place at Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian War Amps. Memories and condolences may be sent on line to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia in charge of arrangements.

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YARMEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
Passed away suddenly, at Rouge Valley Hospital, on March 16, 2006, in her 79th year. Predeceased by her loving husband Ted. Loving sister to Ian CHEYNE (Margaret) and the late Ronald CHEYNE of Scotland and Edwina BLAND. Fondly remembered by her niece Pat YARMEY (Jerry.) Will be sadly missed by all of her family and Friends. Private family interment.

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YARMOSHUK 2006-05-24 published
MARKUS, Nellie
At Niagara Health System, St. Catharines Site, on Sunday, May 21, 2006, Nellie MARKUS of R.R.#3 Glencoe in her 90th year. Nellie was a resident of Ekfrid Township for nearly 68 years where she had farmed with her husband Peter who predeceased her in 1986. Beloved mother of Wanda and her husband Nicholas YARMOSHUK of St. Catharines. Dear grandmother of Lisa, Mark and Aaron. Also survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother in Lithuania and predeceased by 4 brothers in Lithuania. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 25th at 11 a.m. Rev. Trisha ELLIOT/ELLIOTT officiating. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Four Counties Health Services Foundation.

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YARR 2006-07-05 published
YARR, Ada Jane (BUTT)
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 Ada Jane YARR (BUTT) of the North Lambton Rest Home, Forest and formerly of Thedford, age 87. Devoted and faithful minister's wife of the late Rev. Herbert YARR (1987.) Much loved mother of Judy and Shane BURLEY of R.R.#2 Grand Bend. Cherished Nana of Tawnya and Tabetha. Survived by 1 brother Jack and Daisy BUTT of Newfoundland. Predeceased by 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Ada was a life member of the United Church Women. Visitation on Thursday at the Gilpin Chapel, Thedford from 2-4 and 7-9. Memorial service at Thedford United Church on Friday, July 7th at 1 p.m. Interment Pinehill Cemetery. Memorial donations to Alzheimers/Dementia Association or Charity of your choice gratefully acknowledged.

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YARWOOD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-18 published
Tom HODGSON, Artist And Athlete: (1924-2006)
The last surviving member of the Painters Eleven group that introduced abstract art to Toronto was an anti-academic who favoured spontaneity over skill. He was also a champion canoeist
By John CHAPUT, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Tom HODGSON grew up on Toronto's Centre Island near Hanlon's Point, a locale named after the legendary 19th-century rower Ned HANLON, but chose canoeing as his water sport. That proved wise as he became a Canadian Olympian on the water and even symbolic in his lifelong occupation as an artist. Whereas a rower gazes back on the water he has spanned, the paddler always looks ahead.
Technically a master of representational fundamentals, Mr. HODGSON enjoyed a long career in advertising, could paint striking realistic portraits, and picked up extra money doing courtroom sketches. His quest as an artist, however, was to find new means to express creativity, even if it meant suppressing skill and rebelling against an establishment he regarded as stifling.
"He thought the most creative people were the young who weren't influenced by anything," says daughter Lise SNAJDR. "My father was a skilled draftsman, but, in a way, he was against skill because it was all stuff you picked up from life experience. He was left-handed, but he went through a period of drawing only with his right hand in an attempt not to be too skillful. As it turned out, he developed an ambidexterity that proved to be another skill.
"His painting was spontaneous -- everything he did was -- but he wanted it to look that way. He could be free and liberal with paint, and put his feelings into a work."
Described by some as "anti-intellectual," Mr. HODGSON was, in fact, a deep thinker who would be better described as anti-academic. "He had his own ideas," says artist Gary MILLER of Peterborough, Ontario "He had great admiration for Willem de Kooning, but he didn't want to just cater to someone's opinion. He was stubborn and, because he was anti-academic, there was a movement to squelch Tom."
In his book Creativity Is Change, Mr. HODGSON declared skill to be "in some ways the antithesis of creativity, a sort of disrespect for man's time, and certainly for his individualism&hellip
"Creativity is curiosity, concern, trial and error, invention, not knowing, discovery. Skill is knowing how to do something…. The essence of creativity is uniqueness."
Mr. HODGSON was sometimes dismissed as a "jock painter" because many couldn't see athleticism and aesthetics harmonized in one personality. He won more than a dozen national titles at the juvenile and junior levels, and then nine more as an adult. In 1952, he took eighth place at the 1952 Helsinki Games in the 1,000-metre tandem with Art Johnson. At the Melbourne Games in 1956, he placed ninth in the 10,000-metre tandem with Bill Stevenson.
Standing just under six feet tall and weighing about 140 pounds, Mr. HODGSON was a whirlwind in the studio, his frenetic energy bustling as if his body was struggling to keep up with his train of thought. Although articulate, he could lapse into a stutter that affected his speech in childhood but was brought under control through therapy he took early in his professional life.
Mr. HODGSON's first serious painting was done from 1943 to 1945 while he was training as a pilot and gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Second World War ended and he was discharged before he could be assigned to combat, but he made numerous renderings of military life and later donated them to the War Art Museum. He first achieved artistic prominence a decade later as one of the Painters Eleven, the association of Toronto avant-garde painters who challenged artistic conservatism and gave the city its first healthy dose of abstract modernism. With Jack BUSH, Oscar CAHEN, Hortense GORDON, Alexandra LUKE, Jock MacDONALD, Ray MEAD, Kazuo NAKAMURA, William RONALD, Harold TOWN and Walter YARWOOD, they broadened the scope of Canadian art through mutual support and group exhibitions from their 1953 formation through their gradual fragmentation and dissolution from 1956 to 1960. Their affiliation was more professional than theoretical; they used disparate approaches and had no aesthetic commonalities.
Works of the Painters Eleven grew in demand and value in the '60s, but just a little too late for Mr. HODGSON to take full advantage of it. Short of materials at the time, he painted over some of the canvasses that could have brought in good money. Bad luck also struck in 1993 when a fire at his cottage destroyed many of the works he had stored there.
As a senior instructor at the Ontario College of Art, he was in the forefront of outrage at the upheaval of the school brought about by the policies of new president Roy ASCOTT in 1971-72. As a tenured professor, Mr. HODGSON was able to keep his job while many of his colleagues were fired, only to quit himself within a few months. Ironically, he was one of only two people on staff who had opposed the institution of tenure at the Ontario College of Art in the 1960s.
"Tom believed in the process of creativity as one of constant change and in the freedom of artists," says Mr. MILLER, then a student at the Ontario College of Art. " ASCOTT and later Royden RABINOVITCH were from the New York school, very radical and modern, and they were telling students their work was garbage. So Tom broke away, formed the Z School, and took half the student body with him."
As protests go, it was symbolically powerful and a practical failure.
"The Z School lasted about six months," recalls Don MORRISON, an artist and illustrator who was Mr. HODGSON's long-time friend and business partner. "You can't very well have a school without a structure or bureaucracy."
Mr. MORRISON and Mr. HODGSON shared studio space, first on Church Street across from St. James Cathedral, then in a warehouse on the corner of Dufferin and Bloor. Those were also venues for Drawing Night in Canada figure classes held every Thursday. The classes were conducted as the antithesis of the typically sombre gathering of sketchers and painters around a nude model.
"Usually at classes like that, it's like listening for a pin to drop," Mr. MORRISON says. Drawing Night in Canada was different. "These were noisy, vocal, 10 to 18 artists talking and joking. Anyone could grab a cold beer for 50 cents. The model would talk back and tell stories, too."
Inevitably, Mr. MORRISON wearied of the back-lane access to the warehouse and told his partner he'd prefer a storefront studio.
"A storefront?" Mr. HODGSON retorted. "I need a storefront like I need a hole in the head." In a matter of weeks, they had two storefront studios, one of them facing the historically infamous but architecturally engaging Mental Health Centre at 999 Queen Street West.
"Tom was impulsive, just like his painting. He would do exactly what he wanted," Mr. MORRISON says. "He built a swimming pool in the backyard of every house he owned. He would attempt to do almost anything. One day, he had a plumber come to his home on MacPherson Avenue because of a leak and the plumber said a lot of digging was necessary to get at the incoming line in front of the house. When he told Tom what it would cost, Tom said: 'I'll tell you what, I'll dig it myself.' After he had dug this enormous hole, I told Tom: 'Well, it may have been a lot of work to dig, but it'll be easy to fill in.' 'I don't want to fill it in,' he told me. 'I'm going to build a ramp so I can drive my bike right under the front porch and into the basement.' He had three motorcycles -- a BMW, a Husqvarna, and a Can-Am. So he built the ramp.
"It didn't occur to me that if he took the ramp to come in the basement, he'd use it to get out, too. I was renting on the second floor, and the first time he revved up one his bikes -- VRRRROOOOM! I jumped right out of bed."
Mr. HODGSON's energetic and impulsive nature, bohemian cultural surroundings and enjoyment of good times were an ideal formula for trouble in a man ripe for midlife crisis. He had a number of lovers and ended his first marriage to Wilma HODGSON before settling into a peaceful lifestyle with his second wife, Catherine GOOD. They moved to Peterborough in 1990. A few years later, he began to display the first signs of Alzheimer's. He was the last surviving member of the Painters Eleven.
Thomas Sherlock HODGSON was born on June 5, 1924, in Toronto. He died on February 27, 2006, near Peterborough, Ontario, of Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by his sons Mark, Rand and Timothy, daughters Lise Snajdr and Kara Warburton, and sister Jane HODGSON. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine.

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