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UTECK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-25 published
UTECK, Carl George
Proud father and devoted baseball fan, Carl died peacefully, after a brief illness, on Monday, October 22, 2007 in Ottawa. Predeceased by his wife JoAnne and son Larry (Sue MALONEY.) Survived by daughters Barbara (Graham FRASER,) Katrine, Anne and son Joe, and by grandchildren, Malcolm (Stacey DEWOLFE,) Nick (Glenda HEATHCOTE), Colin (Courtnay SCHAPANSKY), Luke, Cain, Spencer and Kate and great-grandchildren, Lydia, Owen, Satisa, Patrick, Meike, Graycee and Isis. Interment Service at 3 p.m. Monday, October 29th at Park Lawn Cemetery, 2845 Bloor Street West, Toronto. The family wishes to acknowledge the caring staff at New Edinburgh Square. Special thanks to palliative care nurses Maryse BOUVETTE and Carol YARNELL. Donations in memory of Carl may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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UTTING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-05-28 published
DICK, Kenneth Young
Country lawyer, D-Day tank commander, judge, parliamentary candidate, Blue Jays fan, amateur chef, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend. Born December 11, 1909, in Milton, Ontario Died January 5 in Toronto in his sleep, aged 97.
By Phillip S. UTTING, Page L6
Ken DICK was a tall and slender 6-foot-plus gentleman who was physically perfect for the title "Judge" even if he had never become one.
Born the son of a country lawyer, he was one of eight children and graduated from university in Toronto in 1932, just in time to experience the Great Depression.
In 1940, he married a young lady from Hamilton, Ontario - Helen WINFIELD. Unfortunately, the Second World War had broken out, and while Helen gave birth to their first child (a son) he volunteered for military service. In order to serve in a front-line combat role, he did not disclose his law degree. He eventually rose through the ranks to officer status in the armoured corps.
As a tank commander, Capt. DICK and his squadron were among the first waves to hit the Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 it wasn't long before a shell struck Ken's tank with devastating effect. His driver was killed instantly and another crewman died before his eyes, while he too was badly wounded.
Indeed, for him the battle of Normandy was over and he spent the next six months recovering in a military hospital in England. After he recovered, the army discovered that he was a lawyer and commanded him to serve as an army lawyer until the war ended in 1945, at which time he returned to civilian life in Canada.
He resumed his law practice in Milton and enjoyed life with Helen and his son, Kenneth. In due course a daughter, Sally, was born. Ken served as president of the Rotary Club and the chamber of commerce while accepting the nomination and running for the federal Liberal party under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.
In 1965, there was a vacancy for the federally appointed judge in Oxford County (Woodstock), some 160 kilometres to the west and he decided to accept it. He served in that role for the next 20 years.
Helen died as the result of breast cancer in 1982 and, by regulation, he was retired from the bench in 1985. He was close to his children and from them received wonderful support during those difficult days, and with their help he relocated to Toronto, to a centrally located condominium (close to theatres, the Toronto Symphony, libraries, Blue Jays baseball and interesting dining facilities).
He also volunteered at Toronto General Hospital and regularly attended (until he was 85) lectures at U of T.
Ken went to St. Lawrence Market regularly. Some of the vendors looked out for their friend "the Judge" every Saturday morning. Having been raised in a rural setting, he spoke their language and could discuss vegetable crops and the best cuts of meat as well as marketing problems.
Such discussions were not frivolous, for often his market procurements were in preparation for a major dinner party, seating as many as 10 or 12 people.
He prepared them by himself, and they were wonderful presentations (complete with fine wines and soft classical music in the background).
When it came to Blue Jays baseball, there were few fans who understood and empathized with the team more than he did.
As one watched a game with him that became clear - he always referred to the players by first name: "Oh good! Jimmy's up to bat next… and he's got that pitcher figured out, you watch!" Or, "Did you see the way Roberto snagged the line drive? Gad, he's good!"
Well over 200 people attended his memorial service, including members of the legal/judiciary profession, the military, hospital and university personnel, and yes, vendors and shopkeepers from along Front Street and the St. Lawrence Market.
Phillip S. UTTING is a friend of Ken DICK.

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