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WRIGHT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-01-22 published
WRIGHT
-In loving memory of our uncle, John F, who passed away ten years ago January 23, 1993.
When tomorrow starts without you.
We'll try to understand.
That an angel came and called your name,
And took you by the hand.
And said your place was ready.
In Heaven, far above,
And that you'd have to leave behind
All those you dearly love.
So when tomorrow starts without you.
We're not so far apart.
For everytime we think of you
You're right here in our heart.
-Sadly missed by Cindy, Ted, Jason and Lisa WRIGHT.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-10-08 published Glenna Viola LAROCQUE In loving memory of Glenna Viola LAROCQUE, who passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Sudbury on Friday, October 3, 2003 in her 80th year.
Predeceased by husband Graydon WRIGHT (1969) and Gabriel LAROCQUE (1991.) Loved by children Dawn and Garry KERR of Manitowaning, Jacqueline and Arnold MacMILLAN of Val Caron, Patricia and Leon SAINT_MARSEILLE of Blezard Valley, Perry WRIGHT of London, Leon and Sylvie WRIGHT of Val Caron and John WRIGHT of London. Predeceased by daughter Vanessa GAYLE. Special grandmother of Shari (Ray) LEVESQUE, Kelli (Alton) HOBBS, Corrine (Claude) PELLATT, Allan (Holly) MacMILLAN, Catharine (Jeff) GIFFEN, Gregory (Nicole) MacMILLAN, Steven (Janice) SAINT_MARSEILLE,
Dean (Nicole) SAINT_MARSEILLE, Jodi WRIGHT, Kristy WRIGHT, Andy WRIGHT, Jennifer WRIGHT, Jason WRIGHT, David WRIGHT and Cyllna WRIGHT. Great grandmother of Jessica, Danielle, Nicholas, Allanah, Brytne, Kristofer, Tyler, Sarah, Bradley, Vanessa, Colin, Mackenzie, Kendra, Kyle and Sally. Remembered by brother Alvie (Ruth) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Sisson Ridge, NB. Memorial Service at 3: 00 pm Friday, October 10, 2003 at Knox United Church, Manitowaning. Darlene HARDY officiating. Burial of ashes in Hilly Grove Cemetery. Island Funeral Home.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-26 published
CLOSE, Mary Mills Donald
Died peacefully, in her 95th year, in Markham, Ontario, on Sunday, March 23rd, 2003, the beloved wife of the late Edward Robinson CLOSE. She is greatly missed by her son Allan and his wife Sandra, her son Donald and his wife Clare, and daughter Johanna and her husband Bert SPENCER. She is survived and missed by her adoring grandchildren Erin and Grant SPENCER, Alexandrina CLOSE and her husband Ravo LAINEVOOL, Andrew CLOSE and his companion Kristina SMITH, Sarah WRIGHT, Nathalie GLEESON, Paula HUDSON; and her sister Alexandrina (Mrs. P. B. F. SMITH) of Halifax. Mary was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander DONALD of Hamilton and Burlington, sister of the late Mrs. W. E. BOAKE (Ivadell,) the late Mrs. Paul FARREN (Jane,) and the late George E. DONALD. A family service will be conducted at the graveside, Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario on March 28th, 2003 at 2: 30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-29 published
Sheila Anne HAMILTON Sept. 18, 1930 - Feb. 26, 2003
Sheila Anne HAMILTON died unexpectedly in her daughter's Ocala, Florida home following surgery on a broken leg. She lived until the 1970s in Hamilton and Ancaster, Ontario, where her family owned Royal Oak Dairy. She is survived and greatly missed by her son Scott McKEE of Courtenay, British Columbia, her daughter Jane HAMILTON and Jane's spouse Joy MASUHARA, both of Vancouver, her granddaughters Sarah HAMILTON of Japan and Meghann HAMILTON of Vancouver, and her daughter Sally McKEE and grand_son Corey THOMAS of Ocala, Florida, along with her brother, Donald HAMILTON and his wife Pat HAMILTON of Burlington, Ontario, several cousins, her late sister Jane's husband, Fred WRIGHT and their five children, especially Liza ALLAN. She was an Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Licensed Practical Nurse as well as a master seamstress with her own business selling children's heirloom clothing. She was keenly interested in interior design and was a master chef along with a skilled gardener who most loved red roses. She had an infectious sense of humour and a true zest for living. Services were private. Cremation was followed by the scattering of her ashes at sea off Key Largo. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Humane Society.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-29 published
WRIGHT, W. J. Chaplin ''Bud''
Died of heart failure in Naples, Florida on March 25th, 2003, in his 81st year. He was the son of Alma CHAPLIN and Edward E. H. WRIGHT of St. Catharines. He was born and raised in St. Catharines, with summers spent at their cottage in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He attended Ridley College and graduated in Chemical Engineering from U. of T. Bud served with the submarine chasers, the corvette arm of the navy in World War 2.
As a chemical engineer, he worked for Stelco, Dupont and Galtex. Then he worked for over 25 years with Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor, a career that became his real love.
He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Jane MURRAY, their four children: son Ken and wife Jill; three daughters, Marsha and Don SADOWAY, Ellen and Paul EDWARDS, and Leah Ann; by his sister Briar SMITH, wife of the late Larry SMITH, as well as three young grandchildren, Sam, Nathan and Caaryn. Bud is predeceased by his sister, Mary Elizabeth HUME.
Next to his family was his love for a good competitive game of squash, tennis and bridge. Many happy family holidays were spent at the cottage in Southampton, and that is where his final resting place will be.
Bud led his family by example with uncompromising integrity, loyalty, humour, a zest for life, and love.
Cremation took place in Naples. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date, to be held at Saint Mark's Church, Niagara-on-the-lake. Donations to Historic Saint Mark's Anglican Church (est. 1792) Niagara-on-the-Lake or Arthritis Society.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-29 published
Susan Florence BONSTEEL
By Julia SCHNEIDER Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - Page A18
Librarian, mother, grandmother, friend. Born May 25, 1917, in Simcoe, Ontario. Died February 6 in Stratford, Ontario, of cancer, aged 85.
I first met Sue BONSTEEL (née BEEMER) in my hometown of Stratford in the early 1980s. She was soon to retire as chief librarian at the local library and she encouraged me to apply for her job. Although I didn't get it, I did find a lifelong friend in this remarkable woman.
Sue was a mentor before mentoring became a common concept; she was also a role model for her times.
She exemplified how a civic-minded woman could be completely her own person, full of Charlotte Whitton wit; how a lover of adventure could fill the traditional role of minister's wife and mother of four children, and how someone full of compassion could totally eschew the sentimental. She seemed to regard her support for the arts, charities and environment more as common sense than duty (what would we do without them?) and her lifelong pursuit of learning came as naturally as breathing.
Sue went back to school when her children were growing up, completing her master's degree in library science at University of Western Ontario before going back to work. In many ways, librarianship with its promotion of literacy and literature, communication and contemplation -- was an ideal job for her. Both before and after she retired, Sue was a big draw at the library, whether talking about a new book discovery, a new place, or a promising author.
She was a local cultural resource, always on the intellectual move, creating conversation wherever she set down.
After she retired, Sue really went to work, continuing her omnivorous pursuits. She served on the Stratford City Council for a number of years, was a founding member of the Stratford Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee, and she also travelled extensively.
Although I did not see her often in recent years, her welcome was unfailing. "Where are you now?" she'd ask, and then she'd fill me in on her recent travels and where and how her children were. (Her husband, Richard, had died suddenly one evening while taking out the family dog.)
One did not have to explain to Sue the lure of far-off places. When young, she had thrilled to a posting with the World Council of Churches in New York City, but she really took off in later life. She travelled to China shortly after Tiananmen Square, sailed to many parts of the world on ecological adventures and, a blink after 9/11, set off for Egypt. "I'll have to die anyway," she said, "so why not on the Nile?" She also spent six months volunteering in Nepal, and came back amused at how her silver hair had become a hot topic of conversation for the dark-haired Nepalese.
Sue was the mistress of her emotions. The only time I saw her noticeably shocked was when we heard news of the death of actress Susan WRIGHT and her visiting parents in a Stratford house fire over Christmas in 1991.
The only time I remember her solidly disapproving of my actions was at the theatre one evening. The man next to me had draped his smelly stocking feet over the chair in front of me and I had a laughing fit; not, apparently, appropriate decorum for her guest at the theatre.
I wish Sue had been spared some of the things life sent her: a decade ago, the macular degeneration that left her unable to read. And then, a year ago, the cancer diagnosis that made some of her final days a torment.
Sue once said to me that each new day lived is an affirmation of life. That's what we have to think of now, until we can get beyond the sadness at Sue's absence from this world that was her vast and endlessly fascinating classroom.
Julia SCHNEIDER is a friend of Sue BONSTEEL.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-12 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Katherine (Kae) PLAUNT
Died peacefully at York Extendicare, Sudbury, on May 9, 2003 in her 90th year, with her children at her side. Cherished daughter of the late Mildred and W.B. PLAUNT. Predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. R. MacKay THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON in 1981. Dearly remembered by her children: Andy (Mandy TAILOR/TAYLOR) of Toronto, Kathie THOMAS (Richard,) Judy MAKI (Tom) and Robin (Mary Lou McKINLEY) of Sudbury. Adored Nana to Allen DAY (Erin CAMERON), Andy DAY (Carla GIUSTO), Kathy, Jodi, Alex, Nikki, Fraser, Michael, Jamie, Scott and great-grandmother to Alexander. Beloved sister of Marian MAHAFFY (Guy, predeceased,) Bill PLAUNT, predeceased (Agnes,) Helen VOLLANS (Maurice, predeceased,) Donald PLAUNT, predeceased, Royal Canadian Air Force, World War 2 and Jean BENNESS, predeceased (Barry, predeceased.) Loving sister-in-law to George WRIGHT of Hanover, Ruth LAWS of Almonte, Murray THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Ottawa and Muriel VALENTIN of Stuttgart, Germany. Auntie Kae will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families in the PLAUNT and THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON clans.
Born in Renfrew on April 29, 1914, she moved to Sudbury in 1924 where her father established his lumber business. She attended Central Public and Sudbury High School, Branksome Hall and graduated from the School of Nursing, University of Toronto, in 1937. After working in Toronto in public health, she returned to Sudbury the following year where she met and married Mac.
Kae loved to golf and curl, and took an avid interest in her family's history. She was very talented in the traditional arts, enjoying knitting, quilting and cooking. As an active community volunteer, she belonged to the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire where she was Regent and to the Salvation Army as an organizer for the annual fund raising drive and board member. She loved to travel with her husband and Friends, but her favourite place in the world was Lake Pogamasing where her parents established a family camp in 1941 and where she spent every summer with her family. She loved to entertain her Friends and her children's Friends, especially at Pog. We were blessed to have a mother and grandmother who stressed the importance of family, community and responsibility. She loved to bring people together and do things for them, to share her interests and her talents, she was kind and considerate to all she met, and along with Dad taught us how to dance and have fun.
Special thanks from the family to Dr. Reg KUSNIERCZYK and his staff, the Walford staff and Dr. ROCH and staff on the fifth floor of York Extendicare for their devoted and caring attention to Mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Young Men's Christian Association Sudbury.
Memorial service in the R.J. Barnard Chapel, Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury, Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 at 11: 30 a.m. Cremation followed by interment at Lake Pogamasing. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Monday, or gather in the chapel after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
BARR, The Honourable Mr. Justice John Roderick (Rod), Q.C., L.L.D.
Born in Toronto on September 9, 1921, died in St. Catharines, Ontario May 30, 2003. Devoted and loving husband to the late Rhoda Marshall BARR. Predeceased by infant daughter Jane. Dearly loved by his son Peter, daughter Elizabeth and their spouses, Sharon BRODERICK and Stephen PERRY. Adoring grandfather to John BARR and Nicholas, James and Christopher PERRY. Brother and great friend of his sisters, Margaret RHAMEY and the late Isabelle MARSH. As dear as a brother to sisters-in-law, Helen CAUGHEY and Nellie MARSHALL.
Rod was grateful for a full and happy life. He grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the outset of World War 2. Rod first served as a Flight Instructor in Trenton, Ontario, where he met his future wife Nursing Sister Rhoda MARSHALL. Obtaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant, he served in 426 Squadron as a pilot with Bomber Command at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire.
At the end of the war, Rod studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1948. At that time, he and Rhoda established their home in St. Catharines where he enjoyed many years practicing civil litigation and where as a trial lawyer he earned the respect of his colleagues. Rod served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Advocates Society. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, Trial Division in 1983.
Rod received an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Brock University. He was an active member of the St. Catharines Flying Club and proud member of the St. Catharines Rowing Club. He took up sculling at the age of 52 and participated in Masters Rowing in Canada and the United States.
He supported a large range of charities. No one less fortunate was ever turned away. Rod's insight and kindness was matched only by his wonderful, inimitable sense of humour. Above all, he loved and was loved by his family.
The family is deeply grateful to Dr. R. MacKETT, Dr. F. MacKAY, Dr. J. WRIGHT, Dr. FERNANDES and Dr. W. GOLDBERG, and to gentle caregivers Virgie PEREZ, Marylou and Risa.
''Pray for me, and I will for thee,
that we may merrily meet in heaven.''
The family will receive Friends at the Hulse and English Funeral Home, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines, on Sunday, June 1, from 7-9 p.m. and Monday, June 2, from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 51 Church Street, St. Catharines, on Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 11 a.m. A service will also be held in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Amherst Island, on Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at 3 p.m. Interment to follow.
Donations may be made in Rod's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Knox Presbyterian Church.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-16 published
WRIGHT, Barbara Hermine Montizambert
Died June 13, 2003 at age 72. She is sadly missed by her husband Dr. Thomas WRIGHT; her family Doctors Janet and the Reverend Paul FRIESEN and their daughter Anya of Halifax; Ian and Kaethe (née NEUFELD) WRIGHT and their children Jonathan and Caitlin of West Vancouver Margot and Rob LINKE and their children Cameron and Chloe of Saint John, New Brunswick; her sister Dorothy REID; and by many dear Friends and relatives. After graduating from nursing programs at the Royal Victoria Hospital and U of T, she worked as a public health nurse until her children were born. She then gave her time to family and Christian ministry. Her life was marked by her relationship with Jesus Christ and her knowledge of Scripture. She lived by the words: ''If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my Disciples.'' (John 15: 7,8). Barbara leaves behind two generations of family who love the Lord; rich Friendships and a loving marriage of 47 years. A Funeral Service will be held from St. George's Anglican Church, Lowville, at 7051 Guelph Line, on Tuesday, June 17th at 2 p.m. Visitation will take place one hour prior at the church. Donations to Middle East Christian Outreach, P.O. Box 307, Station A, Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3A1; S.I.M., 10 Huntingdale Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M1W 2S5; or St. George's Anglican Church, 7051 Guelph Line, R.R. #1, Campbellville, Ontario L0P 1B0. Arrangements through the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton, Ontario L9T 2P3, (905) 878-2669.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-02 published
DAVIS, Curtiss Gridley
Born August 31, 1916 in Rochester, New York died after a long and courageous battle, on July 31, 2003 at the Guelph General Hospital. He was a resident for the past year at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Guelph. Predeceased by his first wife Grace TURNER. Lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Audrey LIVERNOIS. Dearly loved father of Natasha VAN BENTUM (Henri) and Bruce Gridley DAVIS (Janet WRIGHT,) of Vancouver. Stepfather of John LIVERNOIS of Guelph, and Laurie STATHER of Belleville; dear brother of Joyce LOVETT (Bob) of Kitchener and Jim DAVIS (Mary) of Maple grandfather of Rachel DAVIS, Celine and Jacob RICHMOND, Nicole STATHER, Michael STATHER (Tabitha), Ryan STATHER, and Ali and Becky LIVERNOIS; and great grandfather of four. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and Friends. During World War 2, he served with the Toronto Scottish Regiment in England and Europe. He will be remembered for his thirst for knowledge and as a gifted writer and reader. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at 1: 30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec Street, Guelph, with the Reverend Thomas KAY officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Knox Church, or to the charity of your choice. (Arrangements entrusted to Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph (416) 822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com).

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-06 published
DAVIS, Curtiss Gridley
Born August 31, 1916 in Rochester, New York died after a long and courageous battle, on July 31, 2003 at the Guelph General Hospital. He was a resident for the past year at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Guelph. Predeceased by his first wife Grace TURNER. Lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Audrey LIVERNOIS. Dearly loved father of Natasha VAN BENTUM (Henri) and Bruce Gridley DAVIS (Janet WRIGHT,) of Vancouver. Stepfather of John LIVERNOIS of Guelph, and Laurie STATHER of Belleville; dear brother of Joyce LOVETT (Bob) of Kitchener and Jim DAVIS (Mary) of Maple grandfather of Rachel Davis, Celine and Jacob RICHMOND, Nicole STATHER, Michael STATHER (Tabitha), Ryan STATHER, and Ali and Becky LIVERNOIS; and great grandfather of four. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and Friends. During World War 2, he served with the Toronto Scottish Regiment in England and Europe. He will be remembered for his thirst for knowledge and as a gifted writer and reader. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at 1: 30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec Street, Guelph, with the Reverend Thomas KAY officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Knox Church, or to the charity of your choice. (Arrangements entrusted to Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph (416) 822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com).

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-04 published
WRIGHT, W. A. " Wilf"
Died at the age of 76 on Tuesday September 2, 2003 at Markham, Ontario. Wilf, and wife Mary, have been resident in Markham since 1975 moving from Ottawa. Prior to that the family resided in several places in western Canada including Saskatoon, Regina, Victoria, and Winnipeg. Wilf was a graduate of the universities of Saskatchewan and British Columbia where he graduated with a degree in Social Work in 1949. He worked for nine years with the Dept. of Social Welfare in the Province of Saskatchewan leaving in 1958 to join Health and Welfare Canada. At the time of his retirement in 1985 he was responsible for Federal income support programs in Ontario. Wilf has been active in community affairs in Markham. He was a longtime member of St. Andrew's United Church, worked for several years with the board of Markham Stouffville Family Life centre and was active with the United Way of York Region. He was a Past Master of Markham Union Masonic Lodge and Past First Principal of Oakwood Royal Arch chapter. Wilf leaves his wife Mary, son Brent, son Brad and wife Monica, daughter Brenda and her husband Dr. Hugh DEVITT, and Grandchildren Mark, Janice, Karen, Kim. Friends will be received at the Dixon- Garland Funeral Home at 166 Main Street North (Hwy 48) Markham, Ontario on Friday September 5th between 7 and 9 p.m. Memorial service to be held at St. Andrews United Church in Markham on Saturday September 6, 2003 at 5: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of York Region, 800 Davis Drive, Unit 6, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 9Z9.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-08 published
FIRTH, Zena
Died peacefully at her home on Friday, September 5, 2003, at the age of 86 years. Beloved wife of 66 years to Bill; loving Mother to Marion, (Sam TURCHIARO,) Mark and the late Robert (Bob) cherished Grandmother to Dean, Neal, Marcel, Sean, Amanda, Matthew and Mackenzie, and their mother Lynn, and Great-Grandmother to Ty and Tucker. Dear sister of Tina WRIGHT of England. Zena and Bill and their children emigrated to Canada from England in 1957. Zena pursued a career as a teacher, and was Principal of Bishop Strachan Junior School from 1970 to 1980. Her gentle humour and sensitivity brought out the best in everyone. She touched many lives. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East) from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Rosary Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West, on Tuesday at 1: 30 o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, 555 University Ave., Toronto, M5G 1X8.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-24 published
Died This Day -- William H. WRIGHT, 1951
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - Page R9
Financier, miner and publisher born in Lincolnshire, England, on April 21, 1876; left school at 14 to be apprenticed to a butcher 1895, enlisted in British Army and served in India and in Boer War; 1907, immigrated to Canada; 1911, joined brother-in-law Ed HARGREAVES and went prospecting near Porcupine, Ontario; on rabbit-shooting expedition, discovered vein of silver; developed Wright-Hargreaves mine into world's richest silver deposit; 1916, enlisted in Canadian Army and served in First World War in France as "millionaire private"; 1920, invested in insurance, banking and horse breeding; 1936, bought Toronto's Globe newspaper and then Mail and Empire; month later, merged both under publisher George McCULLAGH; financed construction of William H. Wright building to house Globe and Mail at King and York in downtown Toronto; 1945, retired to estate in Barrie, Ontario

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-30 published
CARON, Joseph Ross
Ross passed away peacefully at The Westmount, Kitchener, on Monday, September 29, 2003, at the age of 72 years. Ross was predeceased by his loving wife, Pegi, who died of cancer in 1998. Cherished father of Denise and her husband Steve BRAUN, Heather, and Yvonne and her husband Jim SCHMIEDENDORF. Proud grandfather of Michelle and her husband Shawn THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Bryan ANDREWS, Megan and Lucas SCHMIEDENDORF, and great-grand_son Jacob THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Survived by his sister, Virginia WRIGHT of Kemptville. Predeceased by his parents, Armand and Phyllis CARON.
Ross was born in Toronto, Ontario, on August 5, 1931, and married Pegi in 1953. In 1954 Ross became a Chartered Accountant, and achieved a lifetime membership in that esteemed organization. Ross was an accomplished swimmer who swam competitively as a youth, at a Masters level with the R.O.W. swim club, and he coached young swimmers in New Hamburg with the Aquatic Aces and the New Hamburg Special Olympics.
He was a kind and gentle man who will be sorely missed by his family and Friends. A special thank you to the staff at the Westmount for their kindness and caring.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Ross with his family at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 from 2-3 p.m.
A memorial service to celebrate Ross's life will take place on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
In memory of Ross, donations to the Ontario Special Olympics would be appreciated which may be arranged through the funeral home at 519-745-8445 or www.edwardrgood.com

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-10 published
The backroom brain of the Canadian Football League
For 37 years, he was 'Facts Fulton,' the head-office man who made things work and who wrote the complex rules that govern the Canadian Football League
By Dan RALPH, Canadian Press; Globe and Mail files Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - Page R5
For 16 years, former Canadian Football League commissioner Jake GAUDAUR never relied on a computer to draw up the league's regular-season schedule. Instead, he looked to Greg FULTON to do it in his head.
"We used to run it [the Canadian Football League schedule] in the computer for days," said Mr. GAUDAUR, who served as league commissioner from 1968 to 1983. "But in the final analysis, Greg would always have it worked out in his mind."
Mr. FULTON, who spent 54 years with the Canadian Football League as a player, statistician and historian, died in Toronto on Monday. It was his 84th birthday. The cause of death was not provided but he reportedly suffered a stroke last week that caused him to fall into a coma from which he never emerged.
"He worked behind the scenes and received so little credit," Mr. GAUDAUR said. "There was no one in Canadian history who knew as much about the league as Greg did."
Doug MITCHELL, who succeeded Mr. GAUDAUR as Canadian Football League commissioner in 1984, marvelled at Mr. FULTON's ability to draw up a Canadian Football League schedule.
"He did it on a sort of a blackboard," he recollected. "What the computer kicked out invariably never worked but Greg's schedules always did. It really was incredible."
Current Canadian Football League commissioner Tom WRIGHT said Mr. FULTON's passion and commitment were an inspiration. "While he served our league with distinction and honour, he will best be remembered for the warmth of his smile, the wit of his stories, and the depth of his recollections."
Mr. FULTON, a Winnipeg native, moved to Calgary in 1930 and began his career as a player with the Stampeders in 1939. During the Second World War, he served with the Calgary Regiment of the First Canadian Armoured Brigade and participated in the abortive Dieppe raid on August 19, 1942.
Returning home in peacetime, he attended the University of Alberta to get a bachelor of commerce degree and soon after found a job with Revenue Canada.
So, how exactly did a Calgary tax man end up as one of the Canadian Football League's most influential people? It started with a love affair for facts and figures that first led to a part-time job in Calgary as a statistician for the Stampeders. When Clark DAVEY, who was later appointed to the Senate, was appointed in 1966 as the Canadian Football League's first full-time commissioner, he lured Mr. FULTON to Toronto.
Sen. DAVEY "made some quick enemies because he was outspoken and the job wasn't really ready for him," Mr. FULTON told former Globe and Mail sportswriter Marty YORK. So 54 days after he took the job, much of which consisted of feuding with Canadian Football League officials, Sen. DAVEY resigned. Mr. FULTON was kept on under Mr. GAUDAUR, Sen. DAVEY's successor.
"Jake usually approaches me every day to ask me something," Mr. FULTON once said in an interview. "A lot of the times, I think he knows the answers to the questions he is asking, but I think he might feel better if he hears something from me. I guess you could call me his confidant, but there are times when I do mention something that he has overlooked and that often can have an effect on the league and the fans."
What was most important, wrote Marty YORK in 1981, was Mr. FULTON's status as assistant commissioner -- a title he did not hold but a role he filled seven days a week. A walking Canadian Football League encyclopedia, he was soon nicknamed Facts Fulton. He was also known as Jake GAUDAUR's memory bank.
When Mr. GAUDAUR became commissioner, he delegated a number of the commissioner's key duties to Mr. FULTON who already administered the pension funds and had the challenging task of drawing up the Canadian Football League schedule. Consequently, the nine Canadian Football League general managers became accountable to Mr. FULTON.
He was authorized to issue orders, regulations and memoranda to all club officials, including coaches and players. Also, he was responsible for roster control, player personnel, registration of all contracts, waiver procedures, negotiation lists and draft lists.
"He did the work of three people but the last thing he wanted to do was talk about it," Mr. GAUDAUR said.
At the same time, however, Mr. FULTON was a confessed nag. "I wouldn't be doing my job if I wasn't," he once said.
Managers of Canadian Football League clubs across the country sometimes came to dread the sound of the phone ringing. "He'll bug you when he calls to remind you that you didn't do such-and-such a thing," said Montreal Alouette general manager Bob GEARY in 1981. "It gets on your nerves sometimes, but I guess if he didn't do that kind of stuff, no one would, and we'd be suffering more than we do."
Mr. FULTON was also something of a Canadian Football League policeman who had to lay down league laws. At one time, Canadian Football League clubs were strictly limited about who could attend training camps. Under the terms of an agreement with the Canadian Football League Players Association, clubs were allowed to conduct pre-training-camp practices only for rookies, quarterbacks and veterans who had surgery the previous year. Veterans were allowed to work out on their own, but coaches were forbidden to order them to participate. In a case in which the Argo felt they had good reason to start camp early, Mr. FULTON had to consult his regulations.
"I told them it was fine," he decreed. "As long as the veterans were running around on their own."
Clubs that violated pre-training-camp rules by practicing with veterans faced fines, he said.
All things considered, though, it was drawing up the schedule that was Mr. FULTON's most time-consuming job. It was also the one for which he suffered the most criticism.
"I've never yet been able to satisfy everyone with the schedule," he said. "I'm convinced that that's impossible because of the uniqueness of our league. We only have nine teams, which means that one team has to sit out every week. Also, because some of our clubs play in stadiums where baseball and soccer are played, I have to work the schedule around that too."
In 1990, Mr. FULTON received the first Commissioner's Award for his contribution to football in Canada. Five years later, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in the builder's category. In 1995, he was named the honorary secretary-treasurer and was active in head office as a consultant and historian until his death.
Mr. FULTON, who was reappointed by the Canadian Football League to his primary role about 10 times eight times, sometimes felt guilty about his job because he puts it ahead of everything else in his life.
"I've never been able to take an extended holiday," he said in 1981. "But I wouldn't change it for anything in the world... I'm one of those rare people who actually enjoys his job."
To a sometimes troubled league, he was a godsend.
"Thank goodness we have a guy like him," Bob GEARY told Marty YORK. "I hate to think what would happen to us if he wasn't around."
Mr. FULTON leaves children Robert, Byrne and Rebecca. He was predeceased by wife Angela BOMBARDIERI in 1990. Funeral details are pending.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-10 published
FULTON quietly kept the Canadian Football League in running order
By Stephen BRUNT, Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - Page S8
Less than a month back, during Grey Cup week, Greg FULTON picked up his phone to answer a few questions from a reporter.
Frail health had kept him from making the trip to Regina, but in conversation he was sharp as a tack and again proved himself to be a one-man encyclopedia of Canadian football history.
Paul MARTIN, the prime minister to be, was going to make a much publicized pregame appearance at Taylor Field, fresh from the Liberal leadership convention.
Aside from Pierre TRUDEAU, FULTON was asked, did he remember any other prime minister taking the time to attend the Grey Cup? "Well," he said, "I don't remember Mackenzie KING being there. Or Louis SSAINTURENT."
Of course, he knew because he was there. It seemed he was always there -- a player beginning in Winnipeg in 1939, a statistician and treasurer for the Calgary Stampeders from 1950 to 1966, a fixture in the Canadian Football League office from 1967 on, and, finally in his last job, the Canadian Football League's honorary secretary and official historian, a title surely unique in all of pro sports.
The National Football League still has a few owners with connections to the game's early days, and in hockey and baseball there are at least a handful of sportswriting elders who still remember when. But only the Canadian Football League actually employed someone who had an inside view extending back more than 60 years.
Considering how tumultuous some of those seasons have been and considering the game's highs and lows and the cast of strange and wonderful characters who came and went, what a tale FULTON could tell.
He was 84 when he died on Monday, and with him, sadly, is lost much of the anecdotal story of the league. (Commissioner Tom WRIGHT, who during his relatively short term on the job had come to appreciate FULTON's special role, planned to have FULTON's memories committed to tape and transcribed. Sadly, that didn't happen before FULTON fell ill.)
FULTON's tenure with the league office was perhaps the only significant legacy of Keith DAVEY's 54-day reign as commissioner in 1967. Davey lured FULTON to Toronto from Calgary to act as the league's treasurer. When Jake GAUDAUR took over from DAVEY, he decided to keep FULTON on.
"It would be the most important decision I would make," GAUDAUR says now, which, given the events of his 16 years in office, is quite a statement. Every subsequent commissioner -- and there have been a bunch -- endorsed and echoed that original decision.
Not that anyone on the outside would really understand. "All of those beneficial things he did for the league were all out of public view," GAUDAUR said. "He never received any sort of media credit, nor did he want any. Clearly, it was a labour of love for him. That's kind of corny to say that, but I really believe it was."
In those early days, the league was a two-man, two-secretary operation. FULTON, an accountant by profession, kept the books, kept an eye on club finances and kept the minutes during league meetings -- all during a period when the game grew into a multimillion-dollar sports business. He was also charged with producing the schedule every year, a trickier proposition than it might seem, given the uneven number of teams, the east-west split and the importance of certain dates in certain places.
At one point, GAUDAUR remembers, they turned the task over to a computer. And then, after the computer coughed out its work, they handed it to FULTON, who fixed it. "He had what I consider to be a computer mind," GAUDAUR said. "It was an incredible mind."
The Canadian Football League took a turn for the worse after GAUDAUR left the post. Commissioners came and went, the league at times teetered on the brink of insolvency, the disastrous U.S. expansion played itself out and the owners at times resembled a bag of mixed nuts.
But there was always FULTON, quietly keeping things in running order, breaking the tension with his wry, quiet sense of humour, loyal first and foremost to the game he loved.
"He was a remarkable person," GAUDAUR said. "It really was a pleasure to be around the guy."
Several generations of those who spent time in the Canadian Football League orbit share those sentiments and mourn the loss.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-11 published
MacDONELL, Marie M.
Died in her home in Naples, Florida on Wednesday, December 10, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Harry; her daughter, Nicole and her husband, Tim WRIGHT; her son, Ian and his wife, Brenda and her son, Winsor and his wife, Erin. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Cody, Madeleine, Kyle, Kiara, Aidan, Ross and Claire. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 16th, 1: 30 p.m. at St. Basil's Catholic Church, at the corner of Bay and St. Joseph Streets, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in her memory to Friends of Shopping Bag Ladies, 416 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2A8.

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WRIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-18 published
WRIGHT, Ruth Bailey Murrell, October 13, 1907-December 13, 2003
Died in Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Saturday evening, Ruth Murrell WRIGHT of Cedar Cove (R.R.#2 White Lake, Ontario) in her 97th year, beloved wife of the late Gilbert Owen Murrell WRIGHT (1980,) dear mother of Peter Murrell WRIGHT (Satu Repo) of Toronto, James Robert Murrell WRIGHT of Cedar Cove, Margaret May (Gordon) McKEITH of Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan, John Cohoe WRIGHT of Cedar Cove and David Edgar (Theresa) MURRELL- WRIGHT of Ottawa, dear grandmother of Daniel Peter (Megan), Susan Marie, Laura Ruth, Joan Murrell (David), Michael Gilbert, Brian Albert, Allan Wesley, Owen Robert (Karen), Mary Ruth (Paul), Leslie Anne and Robert David, great-grandmother of Christine, Jennifer, Kyle, Michael, Dominic, Thomas and Quinn.
Ruth was raised and educated in Eastern Canada and the United States graduating from the University of Rochester in 1931, shortly after her marriage to Gilbert they moved to Edmonton in 1933, on to Camrose in 1941 and to Saskatoon in 1945, they survived the depression while raising their children. One of Ruth's finest achievements was as the matron of the Saskatoon Convalescent Home from 1959 to 1981. In 1986 she returned to Ontario where she was one of the owners of Cedar Cove on White Lake near Arnprior. During her last years she courageously coped with blindness and very much appreciated the talking books provided by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Resting at The Boyce Funeral Home, Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre, 138 Daniel St. N., Arnprior where Friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 after 10: 30 a.m., funeral service will be conducted in The Boyce Chapel at 11: 30 a.m. with Reverend Bill SIMONS officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In memoriams to The Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated by her family.

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