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McDERMID o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-04-30 published
George Lawrence Henry SKIPPEN
In loving memory of George Lawrence Henry SKIPPEN who passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 21, 2003 at the age of 77 years.
Born October 19, 1925. Predeceased by his beloved wife Eva (nee BATMAN.) Loving father of Brad and Julie of Spring Bay and Brent of Lions Head. Will be missed by grandchildren Amy Skippen, Jason, Tyler and Zachary McDERMID. Predeceased by his only brother Norm SKIPPEN. Dear brother-in-law of Gertrude and Rodney AELICK of Little Current and Greg BATMAN of Sheguiandah. Uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 23, 2003. The funeral service was held on Thursday, April 24, 2003, both at Island Funeral Home. Burial in Elmview Cemetery.

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McDERMID o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-08-20 published
Lottie Mae McDONALD
In loving memory of Lottie Mae McDONALD, July 29, 1922 to August 14, 2003.
Lottie Mae McDONALD, a resident of Meadowview Apartments, Mindemoya, passed away at her residence on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at the age of 81 years. She was born in Gordon Township daughter of the late William and Sarah (STRAIN) SCOTT. Lottie Mae had been very active in her community, having been a member of the Horticultural Society, The Agricultural Society and a School Board Trustee for 18 years. She had many hobbies, including gardening, knitting, sewing, and quilting. Well known and respected in her community, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, many fond memories will be cherished. She was predeceased by her husband Jack McDONALD in 1984. Loving and loved mother of John and his wife Anita of Sioux Lookout, Peter and his wife Nancy of Kenora, Carey of Orillia, Penny and husband Milford of Barrie, Paul and his wife Christine of Sudbury and Adam and his wife Kathy of Mindemoya. Proud grandmother of Bonnie, Jason, Jacqueline, Sean, Jane, Casey, Scott, Lindsay, Ben, Kaitlyn and T.J. Dear sister of Beatrice BEANGE, Ted SCOTT (predeceased,) Margie BLACKBURN, Maria McDERMID, John SCOTT and Fred SCOTT. Friends called the Salem Missionary Church, Spring Bay, on Friday, August 15, 2003. The funeral service was conducted at the Church on Saturday, August 16, 2003 with pastor Al WILKINSON officiating. Interment in Providence Bay Cemetery. Culgin Funeral Home.

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McDERMID o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-08 published
VILA, Helen Jeanette
59, died on Sunday, July 6, 2003, at her home in Scotch Hill, Pictou Co., Nova Scotia. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, she was a daughter of the late Alan P. VILA and Jeanette (McVICAR) VILA. Helen attended schools in Chippawa, Ontario, and Baldwin, New York, where she excelled in sports and music. She graduated with Honours in English from McGill University and with a master teacher certificate from the Ontario College of Education at the University of Toronto. For several years, Helen taught English at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute and film arts at Sheridan College in Toronto. Later, she and her late companion Trini PEREZ had a home craft business in woodworking and jewelry in Stoney Creek, Ontario, which they continued in Pictou. In recent years, Helen sang in the Hosannah Gospel Choir at the United Church of Canada, Lyons Brook, served as a volunteer at the Maritime Odd Fellows home, and worked at the job placement center and the library. She is survived by her sisters and brothers, Mary SHAW and her husband Robert of Palo Alto, California; John VILA and his partner Terry BISHOP of Guttenberg, New Jersey; James VILA and his wife Tanya of Tilton, New Hampshire; Elizabeth ROGAN and her husband Edward of Glastonbury, Connecticut; and Anne VILA and her husband Steven JACOBS of Needham, Massachusetts; and by five nieces -- Catherine VILA, Carolyn ROGAN, Jenny ROGAN, Julia JACOBS, and Anne ROGAN; four nephews -- Mark SHAW, Andrew SHAW, Jonathan SHAW and Daniel JACOBS; four grandnieces -- Jessica, Kaeli, Alissa and Zo; one grandnephew -- Max; and two stepnieces -- Tracy MESSINGER and Kerri PACHOMOW. Helen will be dearly missed by her companion, Margaret MacCULLOCH, who cared for her during her long illness. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 11, at the McLaren Funeral Home, 246 Faulkland Street, Pictou. The funeral will be held at the United Church in Lyons Brook at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, Mary MacDERMID officiating. Interment at the Scotch Hill Cemetery will be followed by a reception at the church hall. Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society -- Nova Scotia Division, the Humane Society of Canada, or to Palliative Care of the Aberdeen Hospital.

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McDERMOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-14 published
Former Canadian Labour Congress president McDERMOTT dies at 81
Friday, February 14, 2003, Page A7
Labour union titan Dennis McDERMOTT has died. He was 81.
Nearly 22 years ago, Mr. McDERMOTT led a massive rally at Parliament Hill, said to be the largest such demonstration in Canadian history, to protest against the oppressive burden of high interest rates that created high unemployment and economic instability.
At the time, Mr. McDERMOTT was president of the Canadian Labour Congress, a post he held from 1978 to 1986.
"Dennis McDERMOTT's career was a model of effective trade-union leadership," Canadian Labour Congress president Ken GEORGETTI said last night.
"All his actions were grounded in bread-and-butter issues, yet he will be remembered for advancing human-rights issues, labour's political action and outreach to workers and their unions around the world."
Mr. McDERMOTT's interest in trade unionism began just after the Second World War, when he started working as an assembler and welder at a Massey-Ferguson plant in Toronto. In short order, he became an activist with the United Auto Workers, now known as the Canadian Auto Workers-Canada.

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McDERMOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-19 published
'His heart was always in the labour movement'
United Auto Workers director and Canadian Labour Congress president, he was one of labour's most influential leaders
By Allison LAWLOR Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - Page R7
He went from the assembly line to the lofty heights of union leadership. Dennis McDERMOTT, who died last month at age 80, was one of Canada's most influential labour leaders throughout the 1970s and 1980s as Canadian director of the United Auto Workers and later president of the Canadian Labour Congress.
Mr. McDERMOTT's life in the labour movement began in 1948 when he started work as an assembler and welder at the Massey Harris (later Massey Ferguson) plant in Toronto. He joined United Auto Workers Local 439 and quickly rose through the ranks.
"He had a lot of pizzazz, said Bob WHITE/WHYTE, former president of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Canadian Labour Congress. "He had a good sense of what was good for working people."
After a 38-year career in the Canadian labour movement, Mr. McDERMOTT was made Canadian ambassador to Ireland in 1986 by Prime Minister Brian MULRONEY. Mr. McDERMOTT received some criticism within the labour movement for the appointment, but he made no apologies.
"I didn't cross the floor and become a Conservative. I am a social democrat and will continue to be a social democrat, " he said at the time. "I will continue to act and speak as a trade unionist, Mr. McDERMOTT said in 1986 after accepting his appointment.
Mr. McDERMOTT was known for his sharp tongue and had a particularly abrasive relationship with former prime minister Pierre TRUDEAU. He fought against the anti-inflation policies of the Trudeau government, in particular wage and price controls.
On November 21, 1981, Mr. McDERMOTT led a massive rally on Parliament Hill, said to be the largest such demonstration in Canadian history. About 100,000 people protested against the oppressive burden of high interest rates that created high unemployment and economic instability.
Behind his combative style, Mr. McDERMOTT had a strong intellect and a talent for building consensus. As Canadian Labour Congress president, he was able to reach out to other groups and build a coalition among various social interests in Canada in pursuit of common goals.
"I am confrontational. When I have to play hardball, I play hardball. But I can be just as conciliatory as anyone else. I can walk with the bat or I can walk with the olive branch. It depends on what's happening, Mr. McDERMOTT once told a reporter.
Dennis McDERMOTT was born on November 3, 1922, in Portsmouth, England. He was the eldest of three children to his Irish parents John and Beatrice McDERMOTT. Growing up poor, Mr. McDERMOTT learned firsthand about some of life's injustices. As a young boy in the church choir, Mr. McDERMOTT remembered being left behind on the bus while the rest of the choir performed at a concert because his family was too poor to buy him a uniform, said his wife, Claire McDERMOTT.
Mr. McDERMOTT left school at age 14 to become a butcher's helper. Two years later, he joined the Royal Navy. During the Second World War, he served on a destroyer escort travelling on convoy duty to different parts of Europe and sometimes to the Russian port of Murmansk. In 1947, he left the navy to work in a Scottish coal mine before coming the Canada.
After landing a job at Massey Harris in Toronto, Mr. McDERMOTT quickly became involved in the United Auto Workers. Small in stature, but with a quick mind and wit, he became a budding leader.
"He was very impressive, said Bromley ARMSTRONG, a civil and human-rights activist who worked with Mr. McDERMOTT at Massey Harris. "He held rapt attention."
During his first year in the union, Mr. McDERMOTT worked on the Joint Labour Committee to Combat Racial Intolerance, which successfully lobbied to help bring about Ontario's first piece of human-rights legislation, the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1948.
His work in human rights continued throughout his career. He later served on the executive of the Toronto Committee for Human Rights and as a member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He was awarded the Order of Ontario for his work in the trade-union and human-rights movements. After serving in several positions in the United Auto Workers Local 439, Mr. McDERMOTT became a full-time organizer for the union in 1954. He was made subregional director of the Toronto area in 1960, a position he held until being elected Canadian director of the United Auto Workers in 1968. During his first year as Canadian director, he moved the union headquarters from Windsor, Ontario, to Toronto.
"He started down the road towards more autonomy for the Canadian union, and he reached out to all points of view inside the union, Mr. WHITE/WHYTE said. (In 1985, the Canadian arm of the United Auto Workers broke away to form its own union -- the Canadian Auto Workers,)
"Dennis McDERMOTT raised the profile of the Canadian labour movement to new heights, said Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz HARGROVE. "He was a tough and effective negotiator at the bargaining table, but he also took on the key social and political issues of the day."
Mr. HARGROVE added that his friend and colleague "always had a vision for the movement."
Mr. McDERMOTT was a strong supporter of American Cesar CHAVEZ and the United Farm Workers. He led a contingent of Canadians to California and also organized a march in Toronto to raise money for Mr. CHAVEZ.
Elected Canadian Labour Congress president in 1978, Mr. McDERMOTT served in that position until his retirement in 1986. When asked by a reporter what he considered his prime accomplishment, he pointed to the labour congress. "I think putting the Canadian Labour Congress on the map. Before I came there, it was pretty low profile. You never heard of it. I was kind of proud of that, Mr. McDERMOTT said in a 1989 interview with The Toronto Star.
McDERMOTT also broadened the Canadian Labour Congress's role in international affairs. He was a member of the executive board of the Inter-American Regional Organization of Workers and served as vice-president of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
"His heart was always in the labour movement, Ms. McDERMOTT said. During his three years as ambassador to Ireland in the late 1980s, Mr. McDERMOTT made headlines when he lashed out at Irish government officials for giving better treatment to singer Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee than the McDERMOTT's Great Dane, Murphy. Mr. Jackson's chimp was whisked into the country while Murphy had to endure six months of quarantine. The dog died shortly after being freed.
Mr. McDERMOTT enjoyed both writing and painting. While in Ireland, he sold a few of his paintings. One of his short stories, about his war experiences, was published in The Toronto Star as part of the newspaper's short-story contest.
Returning from Ireland, Mr. McDERMOTT retired and spent his time between a home near Peterborough, Ontario, and a place in Florida. He continued to paint and write. His letters to the editor frequently appeared in newspapers.
"He lived an incredible life if you think of where he came from, Mr. WHITE/WHYTE said. "He would be the first to say that he was fortunate."
Mr. McDERMOTT died on February 13 in a Peterborough hospital. He had been suffering from a lung disease. He leaves his wife Claire and five children.
A memorial service will be held on March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto.

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McDERMOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-30 published
Laurie BENNETT (ne McDERMOTT)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Laurie BENNETT (ne McDERMOTT) on Monday, April 28, 2003. Laurie, who was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother, died at home with her family. As a professional, she was the Founder and a former Executive Director of Hospice of Peel. Laurie spent the last twenty-five years of her career dedicating her life to helping those around her and to developing and promoting the invaluable hospice services in Mississauga as well as in Ontario and across Canada. Starting in 1977, she was instrumental in starting the palliative care service at Mississauga Hospital (now Trillium Health Care Centre). In 1985, when the government and hospitals began to limit services to the terminally ill, Laurie and a few colleagues started an organization that could serve all terminally ill patients in the community - the Hospice of Peel. Laurie was loving mother to Lynne, Bruce and his wife Susan BLACK, Brenda and her husband Bob LEARMONTH; proud grandmother of Shannon, Cody, Tyler, Myles, Carolann, Christine and Jamie; dear sister to Ted and Gary McDERMOTT; and loving aunt to Sean, Michele, Kevin and his wife Jessica (both who went out of their way to help the family during Laurie's last few months), Steve, Jackie and Scott and dear friend to too many to mention. Laurie is predeceased by her brother Jack (affectionately known as the 'Great J.B.'). She was loved by all who were close to her and will be tremendously missed. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 11 o'clock. Private family interment Saint John's Dixie Cemetery. For those who wish, it is Laurie's and the family's request that any donations be made to Hospice of Peel, 855 Matheson Blvd. East, Unit #1, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4L6

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