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"LUC" 2003 Obituary


LUCAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-15 published
LUCAS, Muriel May (née ROSS)
Died peacefully, at her home in Toronto, on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, in her 97th year. She was born in Brighton, Ontario on December 15, 1906. The ROSS family were early settlers from Ireland in the Brighton region. Muriel's parents were Robert James ROSS and Elva WAITE. Elva WAITE's parents, Sarah Jane and William WAITE, were of United Empire Loyalist background and owned a farm between Brighton and Colborne. Muriel was a Registered Nurse and graduated from The Wellesley Hospital. During World War 2, she volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic and nursing assignments at The Wellesley Hospital to free up nurses for war duty. Muriel devoted much of her time and energy to her church, Deer Park United. Her many years of service included being president of the United Church Women. She was a longtime member of the Philanthropic Educational Opportunity and continued to attend meetings into her last year. Her service to her community also included Board membership of Saint Christopher House and the Toronto Children's Aid Society. Muriel enjoyed spending every summer with family and Friends at her cottage on Lake Scugog. She was the loving wife of J.D. LUCAS, former Solicitor for the County of York, who predeceased her in 1986. Her love was endless for her daughters Jane GORDON, who predeceased her in October 2002, and her husband Ian of Burlington, Ontario, Carol BOTTERELL and her husband Frank of Claremont, California, her grandchildren Bruce GORDON, who predeceased her in December 2002, Sarah LEIKKARI and her husband Rick of Ottawa, Douglas BOTTERELL and his wife Audra, and Kate BOTTERELL, all of California, and great-grand_son Ian LEIKKARI of Ottawa. Funeral Services will be held at Deer Park United Church, 129 St. Clair Avenue West, on Tuesday, February 18th at 2: 30 p.m. If desired, donations in Muriel's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1, would be appreciated.

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LUCAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-10 published
LUCAS, Professor Emeritus Alec
Died, after a lengthy illness, at Island Lodge in Ottawa, on May 6th, 2003. He was born in Toronto June 20, 1913, the youngest child of Bert and Emma LUCAS, and grew up on a farm near Cobourg. It was here his love of nature and books was nurtured. Schooling began at Cook's School, a two-roomed school near Cobourg, where he later taught while studying for a B.A. and M.A. from Queen's. He obtained a Ph.D. in English from Harvard in 1951. Wishing to return to Canada, he accepted an offer from University of New Brunswick and taught English there until 1957 before going to McGill where he taught for and wrote for the next 30 years. After retirement he was made an Emeritus Professor in 1984, and worked part-time, which included a visiting lectureship in Iqaluit. He continued to write until he suffered a stroke in December 1995. Alec was an early advocate for the importance of teaching of Canadian literature and was the founding coordinator of the Canadian Studies Program, the forerunner of The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He wrote extensively on Canadian literature, including articles for The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, and the Literary History of Canada. He published books on writers such as Hugh MacLennan, Farley Mowat and Peter MacArthur and edited several anthologies of short stories including the best selling Great Canadian Short Stories. His passion for literature and teaching was matched by his concern for and interest in nature he was an active conservationist and bequeathed most of his woodland property at Plaisance, Quebec to the Quebec Society of the Protection of Birds as a nature reserve. He is predeceased by his parents, and siblings Eva FISHER, Vera FORSYTH, and Leonard LUCAS. He leaves his wife, Sharon; former wives Margaret and Coula; children George (Charlotte) of White Rock, Suzanne (Allan) LANGSFORD of Kingston, and Edward of Halifax, five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews including Sylvia (Tom) MIDDLEBRO'of Ottawa and Joan (Dick) MEYER of Barrie and grandnieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Mackay United Church, 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa, May 16 at 3 p.m. Ashes will be interned in Cobourg at a later date. If desired, a donation can be made in his memory to Island Lodge, 1 Porter's Island Ottawa K1N 5M2 or a charity of choice.

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