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"JET" 2008 Obituary


JETMUNDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-20 published
PETERSON, Shirley Jean (née LYONS) (1933-2008)
With great sadness, the family of Shirley Jean PETERSON announce her passing on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Shirley is survived by Aubrey, her loving husband of 51 years. Much loved mother of David PETERSON (Nancy) of California, Glenn PETERSON (Laurie) of Calgary and Nancy PETERSON (David BOUNSALL) of Toronto. Beloved Nana to her six grandchildren Michael, Jacquelyn, Sarah, Nicole, Eric and Adam. Born in Regina, Shirley was the second of three daughters born to the late David James LYONS and Hulda Olivia Petra LYONS (née JETMUNDSON.) She leaves her sisters June CULLEN (Philip) and Lynn ROBERTS (Kenneth) and her many nieces and nephews. Shirley's enthusiasm for life, positive outlook, personal courage and selfless love for her family knew no bounds. Family always came first with Shirley. She took great pleasure in sharing in the lives of her children and grandchildren, and always made family events more special. She enjoyed her travels, bridge with her Friends, summers at the cottage on Lake Joseph, curling and golf at Donalda Club, winters in Florida and time spent with her many good Friends. The family is deeply grateful to the oncology, clinical research and palliative care teams at Sunnybrook. Special thanks go out to Doctor Neil BERINSTEIN and Angela BOUDREAU for their dedicated and compassionate care. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 23 in Eglinton St. George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. Following interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a reception will be held at Donalda Golf and Country Club, 12 Bushbury Drive, Don Mills, Ontario. If desired, Shirley's memory may be honoured through donations to either Sunnybrook ( or Eglinton St. George's United Church ( Condolences and memories may be forwarded through

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JETTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-03 published
Health educator, history lover, loyal friend. Born October 24, 1928, in North Bay. Died December 11, 2007, in Toronto of natural causes, aged 79.
By Ron JETTE, Page L8
Simply " Les" to everyone he knew, A. Les McDONALD was a big man with a big voice.
"We don't give, kid," he claimed to have once told a small child who came to his office to solicit for a charitable cause. "We take!"
No one who knew him believed the story, of course. That just wasn't Les.
Could he be intimidating to the uninitiated? Absolutely. His stature, his voice and his steadfast dedication to his beliefs left no one in doubt about how he felt. Deep down, however, this was a man who cared profoundly about people and who dedicated himself to public health.
Les was born and raised in North Bay during the Great Depression. His family had a house on Lake Nipissing, where the kids used to swim daily from the minute the ice broke in the spring.
He grew up a tall, strong man, determined to make the world a better place. Whether it was organizing national or international conferences, pressing for better Canadian influenza campaigns or working with his colleagues nationally to reduce tobacco use, Les always did his best work on the front lines. He was instrumental in the formation of both the International Asthma Council and the Canadian Network For Asthma Care.
Perhaps his proudest moment came in 2004 when he was the first recipient of an award named in his honour by the Canadian Network For Asthma Care. Over the years, Les was recognized by many other organizations for his contributions.
While his interests were public, Les was a private man. Although he never married or had children, family was always important to him - he was very close to his parents, taking care of his ailing mother until she died well into her 90s.
Taking care of people was what Les seemed to do best. He was an organizer, a details man, a doer. And he relished the feeling of a job well done, taking obvious pride in his accomplishments.
He loved quiet moments: reading, reflecting, thinking. A former city councillor in Sudbury and a staunch Liberal, Les often turned his attention to politics. He collected, read and studied the memoirs of past prime ministers and Canadian political figures, savouring them as he would a tumbler of Johnnie Walker Black (on the rocks, just a little water, please).
His collection of signed prime ministerial photographs - which has since been bequeathed to his beloved alma mater, Laurentian University - was often the topic of conversations with Les. "I need just four to complete the collection," he would say, "Mackenzie, Abbott, Thompson and Bowell. Any ideas?"
Ron JETTE is Les's friend.

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