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ECKERT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-09-10 published
Marguerite Esther LOCHEAD
In loving memory of Marguerite Esther LOCHEAD, July 11, 1919 - September 2, 2003.
Marguerite Esther LOCHEAD, a resident of Mindemoya, passed away at the Mindemoya Hospital, Mindemoya on Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at the age of 84 years. She was born in Dalhousie Township daughter of the late Hugh and Marion (PARK) LOCHEAD. Marguerite was a teacher for 35 years, teaching in such places as Copper Cliff, Gatchell and Little Current before retiring to Mindemoya. She became very active in the Mindemoya United Church. She had many hobbies, including gardening, knitting and art especially painting with oils. Well-known and respected in her community, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A loving sister, aunt, great aunt and friend, many fond memories will be cherished. Marguerite is survived by her sister Marion "Betty" SLOSS of Spring Bay and brother Alex LOCHEAD and wife Mary of London. Predeceased by a brother Alex LOCHEAD and wife Mary of London. Predeceased by a brother Charles and brother-in-law Elwood SLOSS. Dear and loving aunt of Jim SLOSS, Susan GRENON, Mary Lynn McQUARRIE, Bill LOCHEAD, Charles LOCHEAD, Marian LOCHEAD, James LOCHEAD and Phyllis SPARKS. Also survived by 11 great nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Mindemoya United Church, Mindemoya on Friday, September 5, 2003 from 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm. The funeral service was conducted at the Church on Saturday September 6, 2003 at 11 am with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Interment in Mindemoya Cemetery.
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ECKERT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-09-17 published
John Carson BRYAN
In loving memory of John Carson BRYAN, July 24, 1918 to September 8, 2003.
John C. BRYAN, a resident of Providence Bay, passed away peacefully at the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home, Gore Bay on Monday, September 8, 2003 at the age of 85 years.
He was born in Spring Bay, son of the late Robert H. and Mabel (HEWITT) BRYAN.
John was an avid reader with a great desire for knowledge. His hobbies included home remodeling and he enjoyed building projects he designed. He had a major role in the design and construction of the Manitoulin District Cenotaph. He was a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He later worked for the National Research Council of the Canadian Government as an electrical design engineer. In 1964, he and his family moved to the San Francisco, California area where he worked for General Electric as an electrical engineer. He retired in 1978 and returned to Providence Bay to enjoy his great love of family and Manitoulin. He and Phyllis traveled extensively during their retirement. John was also a member of Royal Canadian Legion Br. #177 Little Current, Manitoulin and North Shore Naval Veterans Association. He will be greatly missed by his family, Friends and comrades.
Beloved husband of Phyllis (MacINNIS) BRYAN of Providence Bay. Dearly loved father of Wayne BRYAN of Winnipeg, J. Marlene JEWELL and husband William of Ithaca, New York and Gregory BRYAN and wife Stephanie of Los Angeles. Proud grandfather of Jeffrey and Erica. Dear brother of Gordon BRYAN (wife Betty deceased.) Predeceased by sister Idena MORGAN and husband Reginald and brother Roy BRYAN and his wife Jean. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called the Providence Bay United Church on Friday, September 12, 2003. The funeral service was conducted from the church on Saturday, September 13, 2003 with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Cremation to follow.

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ECKERT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-12-10 published
John Ellsworth SEABROOK
In loving memory of John Ellsworth SEABROOK July 18, 1923 to November 30, 2003.
John Ellsworth SEABROOK, known as "Jack" passed away suddenly at 80 years, on November 30, 2003.
He was born in Chatsworth, July 18, 1923 and made his home in Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, since 1931. He leaves to remember him, his beloved wife Marion. His cherished kids: Cathy, Deb, John, Diana, Mark and Vanda. Their spouses: David, Cheryl, Keith and Michelle. His treasured grandchildren: Brent, Brady, Logan, Meg, Kate, Sarah, Jenny, Ben, Philip, A.J., Josh, Lyric, Jasmine, Morgan and Jessie. His one beautiful great grandchild Teigan. His sisters: Ella (Peggy) HAHN and Lois CHALLINOR. Predeceased Maxine PRINGLE and Fern SEABROOK. His brother, Archie. Predeceased Bill. His sisters-in-law: Joanne
SMITH, Millie SEABROOK and Aletha SEABROOK. Predeceased Lorene STANLEY. His brothers-in-law: Jim HAHN, Jim SMITH and George STANLEY. Predeceased Hugh PRINGLE. His nieces and nephews: Clay, Susan, Bill, Beth, Robert, Paul, David, Charlie, John, Geoff, Mark, Kevin and Tara. Predeceased Lynn. All will miss him dearly. He was an original. He realized his own dreams of becoming a machinist, a master mechanic, a carpenter, the developer of the Brookwood Brae Golf Course, windmill designer, gentleman farmer (all animals at his farm died of old age) and curator and creator of Jack's Agriculture Museum. We all knew and loved him and he became our example to follow our dreams. His colourful, warm character shone at auctions, plays, card games, and church committees. He was the crank shaft and spark plug of our family. He loved Massey Harris tractors, Triumph motorcycles, Blue Jay games, yellow wooden shoes, novels by Louis L'Amour, movies with John Wayne, grape juice and certo (for arthritis), raisin pie and ice cream - and us!
"Everyday you're breathin' is a good day." This philosophy was reflected in his love for his wife, his kids, his grandkids, his Friends and his community. His love will shine in those he's left behind. Friends called the Mindemoya United Church on Wednesday, December 3, 2003. Funeral service was held on Thursday, December 4, 2003 with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Cremation to follow. Culgin Funeral Home

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ECKLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-09 published
Murray SEGAL
By Bernie M. FARBER Thursday, October 9, 2003 - Page A26
Community leader, actuary, political pundit, family man. Born September 26, 1939, in Winnipeg. Died September 1, from cancer, in Toronto, aged 63.
The Jewish prophet Jeremiah tells us of three types of behaviour that gives G-d pleasure: kindness, justice and equity. Murray SEGAL gave G-d much pleasure.
His father Jack, a truck driver, and his mother, Rae, worked hard to ensure that Murray would have the education and stability that their lives had not. Early on the boy showed a talent for mathematics and entrepreneurship. His uncle Toker, a lathe operator, made wooden candlesticks which Murray would diligently sell door-to-door.
A scholastic star in high school, he skipped grades not once but twice. At age 19, Murray became the youngest person ever to graduate from the University of Manitoba as a gold medalist in commerce and actuarial math.
With a job offer in his pocket from a small Toronto actuarial firm run by Sam ECKLER, Murray decided to go east in 1959. He had to borrow the train fare from his future boss.
The job with Sam became the only job Murray SEGAL ever held. Today, Eckler and Partners is one of the most influential actuarial firms in Canada. Lawyers repeatedly turned to Murray as an expert witness; Supreme Court decisions rested on the precise expertise of the testimony he gave.
But Murray was more than an actuary. He was also a dedicated community leader. In 1984, he was appointed chair of the Ontario Jewish Association for Equity in Education, a committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress supported by the United Jewish Appeal Federation. Equity was something Murray could understand both in actuarial and moral terms. At a time when the funding of independent religious schools was a concept no political party wanted to touch, he forced politicians to consider it.
In the 15 years he held this voluntary position, he met with every premier, minister of education, Member of Provincial Parliament and newspaper editor whom he felt would help move the issue forward.
Murray was precise to a fault. He read every Canadian Jewish Congress study, op-ed piece and commissioned report; there could be no period, comma or sentence out of place. Much to the consternation of professional staff, there were times when Murray insisted a piece be entirely re-written.
Despite the objections of staff, Murray's will won out. We were the better for it: The fact that the Ontario Conservatives brought forward a tax credit for faith-based schools is testimony to Murray's efforts.
He'll also be remembered for a wry, sardonic sense of humour. Meetings with politicians were often fraught with tension. However, a well-placed quip, followed by Murray's gap-tooth, Ernest Borgnine smile, would cut through that tension like a knife through butter.
Murray used to tell me that his anchor, the person with whom he shared his thoughts, goals and ideas, the person who grounded him, was his wife Marlene. Married for close to 39 years, Marlene and Murray had three children, Gerald, Ernest and Moshe whom they gave a sense of what it means to be humble, gracious and decent.
Judaism imposes upon the Jewish people the responsibility to work toward the perfection of the world Tikkun Olam. The Ethics of our Fathers tell us, "It is not your obligation to complete the task [of perfecting the world], but neither are you free to desist from doing all you can." Murray SEGAL did all he could.
Bernie M. FARBER is executive director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario region. Murray SEGAL was the first chair Bernie worked with in his career at Canadian Jewish Congress.

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ECKSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-13 published
Gordon Kenneth FLEMING/FLEMMING
By Jack FORTIN Thursday, February 13, 2003, Page A30
Musician, husband, father. Born August 3, 1931, in Winnipeg. Died August 31, 2002, in Scarborough, Ontario, following a stroke, aged 71.
Gordie FLEMING/FLEMMING was a remarkable music talent, known internationally as a master of the accordion, especially in the jazz idiom. He was a life member of Local 149 of the Toronto Musicians' Association.
In show-business vernacular, Gordie was "born in a trunk." He began playing accordion when his older brother gave him lessons. His musical ability was such that he began performing publicly at the age of five. His schoolteachers often saw him being whisked away in a taxi to perform at theatres and radio stations in Winnipeg. By the age of 10, he was a working member of various bands in that city.
In 1949, Gordie lost his accordion in a fire at a Winnipeg hotel. With the insurance money, he headed for the bright lights of Montreal where he soon became an important part of that city's musical life. His accordion ability was complemented by the fact that he was also a gifted arranger and composer.
He had a marvellous ability to improvise and could string out complex bebop lines, leaving his listeners in awe. He often slipped a jazz phrase into ballads or commercial tunes, confirming that jazz was indeed his first love.
One of Montreal's busiest musicians, he wrote for local orchestras, shows, radio and television. He had perfect pitch and often wrote without reference to a keyboard. He was at home in every type of music from classics to jazz. For several years, he worked at the National Film Board as a composer and musician.
In Montreal, Gordie performed with many show business headliners: there was a wealth of home-grown talent in Montreal, such as Oscar PETERSON and Maynard FERGUSON, as well as other jazz musicians who were beginning to be noticed.
Gordie had said that when when he first heard bebop it was like entering another world. As his career indicates, he had no trouble in that world. He worked with many personalities including: Charlie PARKER, Mel TORMÉ, Hank SNOW, Lena HORNE, Englebert HUMPERDINCK, Dennis DAY, Gordon MacRAE, Cab CALLOWAY, Nat King COLE, Cat STEVENS, Rich LITTLE, Billy ECKSTEIN, Pee Wee HUNT, Arthur GODFREY and Buddy DEFRANCO.
He also performed with Tommy AMBROSE, Allan MILLS, Wally KOSTER, Tommy HUNTER, Bert NIOSI, Wayne and Shuster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation jazz shows with Al BACULIS, and many other Canadian jazz musicians.
On Montreal's French music scene, Gordie performed on radio and television with Emile GENEST, Ti-Jean CARIGNAN, André GAGNON and Ginette RENO. He was a featured soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.
Internationally, Gordie toured France in 1952 and performed with Edith PIAF and Tino ROSSI. He had the honour to perform for former prime minister Pierre Elliot TRUDEAU at a Commonwealth Conference.
He participated with other top Canadian musicians in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tour to entertain Canadian and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops in Europe in 1952 and 1968.
For me, a memorable experience was playing in a group with Gordie for several winters in Florida. A popular member of the Panama City Beach family of musicians, Gordie looked forward to his winter trek south. Many of the American musicians will miss him, as will the many snowbirds who looked forward to hearing him each year.
His extensive repertoire allowed Gordie to author a book called Music of the World, in which he wrote the music to 280 songs from more than 30 countries.
Gordie leaves his wife of 47 years, Joanne, and seven children.
Jack FORTIN is Gordie's friend.

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