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ROLAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-05 published
Kathleen Innes Stewart Roland CROWE
By C.N.R. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Wednesday, November 5, 2003 - Page A26
Sister, friend, actor, social worker. Born April 9, 1908, in London, England. Died August 26, 2003 in New York City, aged Although born in England, Kitty -- or The Doy, as she was called en famille -- spent her early life in Cleveland, Ohio, where our father headed the H.K. Cushing Laboratory for Experimental Medicine at Western Reserve University. Her three brothers (I am the youngest) were born there. Our father, in 1922, moved our mother and the four children to Toronto where we were enrolled in those private schools that met his high standards. My sister went to Havergal College on Jarvis Street in Toronto and hated it. She stuck it out, though, and, on graduation, was accepted into the arts program at University College at the University of Toronto. After graduation, she and a girlfriend went to Europe where, among other adventures, they bicycled through Normandy and Brittany, an unusual escapade for two young women in the late 1920s. It was a life-enhancing experience as the journals she so meticulously kept attest.
Hers was indeed a privileged upbringing but throughout her long life she identified more with the downtrodden. After our father died in 1930, she returned to the family home in Toronto's Lawrence Park where, after our mother died in 1933, she, 10 years my elder, became my surrogate mother.
Next door to us was a family by the name of CROWE and, in 1935, she married the boy next door who went by the imposing moniker of James Fitz-Randolph. Both were aspiring actors and singers and moved to New York. Under their stage names, Kathleen and Norman ROLAND, for the next 30 years or so they appeared in theatres all over the eastern United States and Canada. In 1953, they appeared together at the first Stratford Festival in the famous tent. (Kitty understudied Irene WORTH who was playing Queen Margaret in Richard III. She told me she was terrified that one day Ms. WORTH would be unable to appear because she felt she could not play the part. Ms. WORTH was in robust good health and Kitty's fears were never tested.) Brendan Behan's The Hostage was another vehicle for their talents, as it ran for years off Broadway.
When without a part she augmented her income by writing cookbooks for a major American publisher. Shamelessly, she cribbed recipes from other cookbooks to supplement her own creations (she was a great cook). Proudly she retained her Canadian citizenship and worked for the National Film Board during the Second World War.
Sadly, married life became a hell for Kitty. Eventually, she sued successfully for divorce.
She followed her stage career until well into her 60s, appearing last in Toronto in 1975 in NoŽl Coward's Present Laughter, which starred Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
As parts dried up she started another career as a social worker for New York City where her ability to speak Spanish (she also spoke French, German and a smattering of other languages), proved to be a valuable tool. For many years she was also active in the West Side Tenants Association. She hated grasping landlords with a passion and at one time she herself successfully sued her landlord for wrongful eviction. She was not all sugar candy.
During 2001 and 2002 she suffered a series of falls that resulted in fractured bones; she was forced to give up her independence. She moved into the Jewish Home and Hospital which is a fine place but a place to which she could not adapt. Finally, I think, she decided that life was no longer worth living. At 3 a.m. on August 26 last, she died, apparently peacefully.
C.N.R. (Jock) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART is Kathleen CROWE's kid brother.

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ROLLINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
EUSTACE, David Fox
Born Dublin, Ireland October 31, 1931, died peacefully, at home in Toronto, on May 29, 2003. Brother to Roland EUSTACE, Hope DAVIS and Ruth DEVLIN. Cherished husband of Roberta EUSTACE and father of Steven, Gary, (Lynn,) James, (Mary,) and Talbot EUSTACE. Beloved Grandfather and sage of Tara, Connor, and Gemma EUSTACE. A true renaissance man. He will be missed by his many Friends who have known him as a writer, filmmaker, creative thinker, businessman, insurance executive, magician, a lifelong movie buff and lover of fine books. Special thanks to Dr. Patrick SKALENDA and Beata ROLLINS for palliative care. The celebration of a life well lived will be held at home on Sunday, June 1st between 2-6 p.m. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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