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EATON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-07 published
Canada's Catholic leader, CARTER dies at 91
By Michael VALPY Religion And Ethics Reporter Monday, April 7, 2003 - Page A1
Three weeks ago, John TURNER met Gerald Emmett CARTER for their annual St. Patrick's Day drink. The former prime minister held the glass for his friend of 50 years while he sipped his Irish whisky through a straw.
When the retired cardinal archbishop of Toronto died yesterday morning at the age of 91, a reputation as richly coloured as the scarlet of his soutane died with him.
Canadian Roman Catholicism will probably never see his like again: a prince of the church who, while never unmindful of the meek and the poor, made no bones about being comfortable rubbing elbows with fellow princes of politics and business.
He was the close friend of prime ministers and premiers. He enjoyed socializing in the corridors of power with people like Conrad BLACK, Hilary and Galen WESTON and Fredrik EATON. He displayed an unabashed fondness for Progressive Conservative Party gatherings. ("I think at one Christmas party, I was the only Liberal there," Mr. TURNER said in an interview.)
Yet academics and religious and business leaders also spoke yesterday of a man with an acute understanding of Canada and its history.
They described an intense, intellectual democrat who believed he should speak out forcefully on the moral and political issues of the day and who welcomed debate with those who disagreed with him. And they talked of a cleric who profoundly understood the nature of the church and who welcomed ecumenism and Canada's emerging pluralism.
"He felt the institution of religion should have a public voice and he was not shy about exercising it," said Michael HIGGINS, principal of St. Jerome's University in Waterloo and co-author of My Father's Business, the 1990 biography of Cardinal CARTER.
"Whenever he spoke, his voice was strong, clear, public, undiluted and welcomed by political leaders even when they disagreed with him. It is an unfortunate circumstance that the marginalization of religious debate occurred at the same time as he was eclipsed by a stroke, retirement and age, at a time when his church needed him. He embodied a certain kind of churchman we probably won't see again."
Cardinal CARTER suffered a stroke in 1981 and retired in 1990.
Cardinal Aloysius AMBROZIC, his successor as archbishop of Toronto, said Cardinal CARTER "wanted to know what the movers and shakers were doing."
Cardinal AMBROZIC described him as a man totally engaged with his church and with his society -- an advocate for the poor, for immigrants and for the homeless.
"What I admired about him, what I found so instructive about him, was his sense of responsibility for the church and for society at large. He was very much a man of Vatican 2 [the church's 1962-65 ecumenical council] and he knew what the Catholic Church was about."
There was also, said Cardinal AMBROZIC, "his own personal style. He had panache."
The priest who rose from a working-class Montreal background to become the most powerful cleric in Canada met Mr. TURNER when the former prime minister was a young lawyer in Montreal doing legal work for the church. "He was a great human being who understood the balance between the religious and secular worlds," Mr. TURNER said.
"He loved tennis, and he had a wicked serve."
Former prime minister Pierre TRUDEAU consulted him on the Constitution in the early 1980s and became a close friend. At the celebration of Cardinal CARTER's 75th birthday in 1987, instructions were given that an entire pew was to be reserved for Mr. TRUDEAU in Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral.
Mr. TRUDEAU delayed his arrival until just before the cardinal entered the church. "All eyes were trained on TRUDEAU until Cardinal CARTER arrived," said Dr. HIGGINS. "It was symbolic of the close relationship they had."
Toronto's Anglican Archbishop, Terence FINLAY, who first met Cardinal CARTER when they were both bishops in London, Ontario, in the 1970s, said the Roman Catholic Church in Canada had lost a great leader.
"He enabled us to bring our churches closer together. I certainly counted on him as a friend and colleague. He had an impressive understanding of Canada's history and political situations. He knew who we were."

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EATON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-03 published
HASSARD, John Richard
died peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2003 at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. He was predeceased in 2000 by his loving wife, Elizabeth (née WILLIAMS.) He is survived by his son Richard and wife Donna of New York; son James and wife Caryn and granddaughters Emily, Sydney and Jamie of Los Angeles; son Jason of Morrisburg and sister Evelyn EATON of London. There will be a private family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Toronto General - Cardiac Unit - Dr. SCULLY; Princess Margaret Hospial or Northumberland Health Care Centre. Family can be reached: Richard HASSARD, 30 Park Ave, P.H. 'B', New York, New York, 10016. James A. HASSARD, 115 Parkside Drive Wood Ranch/Sima Valley, California 93065. Jason HASSARD, P.O. Box 564, Morrisburg, Ontario, K0C 1X0.

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EATON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-27 published
MacDONALD, Mary Grant (née EATON) Physiotherapy 3T7
Born in Orillia in 1915 and died at Sunnybrook Hospital on Saturday, October 25th, 2003. Loving wife of the late Duncan Graham ''Pete''. Beloved mother of Janis Anderson (Robert), Peter (Ann) and John. Proud grandmother of Graham, Cheryl HILL, David, Gordon, Douglas, James and Katharine. Great grandmother to nine delightful children. Friends may call at the Trull ''North Toronto'' Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service celebrating Mary's life will be held at St. Clement's Anglican Church (Duplex Avenue and Briar Hill) on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sunnybrook Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4N 3M5.

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EATON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-04 published
Thelma Eaton Hutchison WILKINSON
By Laurie SEHL Tuesday, November 4, 2003 - Page A24
Mother, sister, teacher. Born February 2, 1913, in Arthur, Ontario Died August 1, in Brampton, Ontario, of old age, aged 90.
Thelma Laurene EATON, the second child of Hugh and Jean EATON, was sister to Clifford and Irene. At the age of 10, Thelma wrote her entrance exams to high school. She was held back a year because of her age and was delayed another year when she became quite ill with whooping cough. She started high school when she was During her years at Arthur High, Thelma was heavily involved in the community. She was the church pianist and was involved in staging several community plays. Thelma applied to and was accepted at Toronto Normal School and she graduated at the age of 17. She returned to her elementary school, Metz School, where she taught many younger than she who had been in the same one-room school. In the subsequent 39 years, Thelma taught students in many Ontario towns.
"Thelma was a dedicated teacher -- she cared for and had concerns for all of her pupils and in turn they cared for and were inspired by her," says stepdaughter Ruth CRUMP of Windsor, Ontario "She was an excellent teacher of our academics but still made time to umpire a ball game, organize the yearly gala Christmas concert or whatever else it took to keep about 40 pupils in eight grades busy and on their paths to becoming productive citizens."
Thelma met Gordon HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, who also was from the Arthur area, and they dated for about seven years. The marriage was delayed while they both helped support their families during the Depression years. They finally tied the knot on November 18, 1939. Thelma had two children, Donna Jean (now WANLESS) and Wayne Alexander.
The years from 1969 to 1975 were difficult for Thelma and the strength of her character shone through. She quit her teaching career to care for ailing husband Gordon (who died in August, 1971), her father who died in June of that same year and a brother who became critically ill with diabetes.
Over the years, one of Thelma's passions beyond her family and teaching was the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario. From 1959 until she was no longer able, Thelma was heavily involved with the Institute. She served her branch, district, area and province as president, vice-president and in various other executive positions. One of her favourite projects was attracting and arranging the appearance of guest speaker Pauline McGIBBON, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, at a special Institute event. Thelma was honoured by her branch in 1984 by becoming a life member of the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario. Thelma also became a life member of the Associated Country Women of the World.
On October 11, 1975, Thelma married Edgerton WILKINSON from Milton, Ontario, who had been a long-time family friend; he, too, had lost his spouse. Together they enjoyed 20 years and with their blended families, shared five children, 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Thelma lived with Ed until his death in 1996, after which she moved to Southbrook Retirement Community for most of her final years.
"Thelma was always fun and always welcomed us," says Ruth CRUMP. "She loved to be active -- either entertaining or being entertained. She was a true conversationalist and could tell great stories and jokes. She never turned down an offer for a game of bridge or euchre. Most of all, she loved her family and many Friends. The times she laughed, gave advice or just listened echo in the memories of those lives (she) touched -- and, in being so remembered, her legacy will live on."
Laurie SEHL is Thelma's granddaughter.

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