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McGIBBON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-12 published
Alice Lucy WILLIAMS
Alice Lucy WILLIAMS passed away at the Collingwood Nursing Home, on Friday, February 7, 2003 in her 88th year.
Alice (McGIBBON) beloved wife of the late George WILLIAMS. Dear mother of Wilda and her husband Hazen WHITE/WHYTE of Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island and the late Eileen WILLIAMS and Robert Arthur WILLIAMS. Survived by her daughter-in-law Helen BOUTET. Loving grandmother of Bruce and the late Shirley WHITE/WHYTE, Wilma Eileen WHITE/WHYTE, Linda Darlene and her husband Bradford LEIBEL, Robert Bruce WILLIAMS, Julie Marie and her husband Joe STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and the late Douglas Allan WHITE/WHYTE, nine great grandchildren: Matthew WHITE/WHYTE, Marcus WHITE/WHYTE, Sarah HAMILL, Curtis MERRITT, Liana MERRITT, Joshua COX, Kimberly LEIBEL, Neil LEIBEL, Nicole STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and three great great grandchildren, Dominique, Tristan and Brayden. Funeral service was held at the Chatterson-Long Funeral Home, 404 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, on Tuesday, February 11, 2003. Spring Interment Silver Water Cemetery, Manitoulin Island.

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McGIBBON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-04 published
Thelma Eaton Hutchison WILKINSON
By Laurie SEHL Tuesday, November 4, 2003 - Page A24
Mother, sister, teacher. Born February 2, 1913, in Arthur, Ontario Died August 1, in Brampton, Ontario, of old age, aged 90.
Thelma Laurene EATON, the second child of Hugh and Jean EATON, was sister to Clifford and Irene. At the age of 10, Thelma wrote her entrance exams to high school. She was held back a year because of her age and was delayed another year when she became quite ill with whooping cough. She started high school when she was During her years at Arthur High, Thelma was heavily involved in the community. She was the church pianist and was involved in staging several community plays. Thelma applied to and was accepted at Toronto Normal School and she graduated at the age of 17. She returned to her elementary school, Metz School, where she taught many younger than she who had been in the same one-room school. In the subsequent 39 years, Thelma taught students in many Ontario towns.
"Thelma was a dedicated teacher -- she cared for and had concerns for all of her pupils and in turn they cared for and were inspired by her," says stepdaughter Ruth CRUMP of Windsor, Ontario "She was an excellent teacher of our academics but still made time to umpire a ball game, organize the yearly gala Christmas concert or whatever else it took to keep about 40 pupils in eight grades busy and on their paths to becoming productive citizens."
Thelma met Gordon HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, who also was from the Arthur area, and they dated for about seven years. The marriage was delayed while they both helped support their families during the Depression years. They finally tied the knot on November 18, 1939. Thelma had two children, Donna Jean (now WANLESS) and Wayne Alexander.
The years from 1969 to 1975 were difficult for Thelma and the strength of her character shone through. She quit her teaching career to care for ailing husband Gordon (who died in August, 1971), her father who died in June of that same year and a brother who became critically ill with diabetes.
Over the years, one of Thelma's passions beyond her family and teaching was the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario. From 1959 until she was no longer able, Thelma was heavily involved with the Institute. She served her branch, district, area and province as president, vice-president and in various other executive positions. One of her favourite projects was attracting and arranging the appearance of guest speaker Pauline McGIBBON, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, at a special Institute event. Thelma was honoured by her branch in 1984 by becoming a life member of the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario. Thelma also became a life member of the Associated Country Women of the World.
On October 11, 1975, Thelma married Edgerton WILKINSON from Milton, Ontario, who had been a long-time family friend; he, too, had lost his spouse. Together they enjoyed 20 years and with their blended families, shared five children, 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Thelma lived with Ed until his death in 1996, after which she moved to Southbrook Retirement Community for most of her final years.
"Thelma was always fun and always welcomed us," says Ruth CRUMP. "She loved to be active -- either entertaining or being entertained. She was a true conversationalist and could tell great stories and jokes. She never turned down an offer for a game of bridge or euchre. Most of all, she loved her family and many Friends. The times she laughed, gave advice or just listened echo in the memories of those lives (she) touched -- and, in being so remembered, her legacy will live on."
Laurie SEHL is Thelma's granddaughter.

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McGILLIS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-04-16 published
Lillian Milinda VINEY
In loving memory of Lillian Milinda VINEY, who passed away peacefully at Manitoulin Health Centre on Friday, April 11, 2003 at the age of 82 years.
Beloved wife of Charles VINEY. Dear mother of Shirley VINEY of Little Current, George VINEY of Manitowaning, Sandra and husband Bruce POPE of Manitowaning, Lyla VINEY of Orillia. Loved grandmother of Stephanie and Mark MacDONALD (fiancée Holly,) Andrew and Katherine POPE, Kimberley, Laura and Marianne MENARD. Special great grandmother of Jonathan and Jessica ORR, Justin, Destanie (BAILEY) and Liliana MacDONALD. Remembered by brother and sisters Violet HUBBARD- McALLISTER (predeceased,) Harry JAGGARD (wife Gladys predeceased,) Bessie LOCKYER (husband James predeceased,) Florence LENSON (husband Walter predeceased,) Madeleine CHARLTON (husband John predeceased), predeceased by sisters Beulah and Iris and parents Guy and Evalena JAGGARD. Sister-in-law of Harry VINEY, Ruth McCULLIGH (predeceased,) Lauretta McGILLIS (predeceased,) Grace HUNTER (predeceased,) Joyce and husband Howard HOLMES, Glenn and wife Margaret VINEY, predeceased by Joe, Bob and Edith. Will be missed by numerous nephews and nieces. Visitation was held Sunday, April 13, 2003. Funeral service was held Monday, April 14, 2003. Both at Knox United Church, Manitowaning. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

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McGILLIS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-26 published
Howard Kenneth HOLMES
In loving memory of Howard Kenneth HOLMES who died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at the age 72 years.
Beloved husband of Joyce (née VINEY.) Loved father of Bonny and husband Douglas KILGOUR of Fort McMurray, Kenneth and wife Evelina of Longlac, Joe and wife Joyce of Bidwell Rd., Manitowaning, Diana HOLMES and friend Williard PYETTE of Tehkummah, Sharon and Robert Case of the Slash, and predeceased by son Douglas (1957). Cherished grandfather of Allison KILGOUR and friend Jason, Heather and husband Gopal BRUGALETTE, Kenny HOLMES and friend Sarah, Crystal and husband Rob PERIGO, Nick HOLMES and friend Melanie, Pam SHEAN, Pat SHEAN, Scott CASE, Brock CASE. Forever remembered by four great grandchildren Jazzlynn, Taylor, Faith and Nikaila. Will be missed by brother Clarence and wife Guelda of Mitchell and sister Dorothy and husband Gordon GERMAN of Crossfield, Alberta and in-laws Harry VINEY of Gore Bay, Charlie (wife Lillian predeceased) VINEY of Wikwemikong Manor, Glenn and wife Margaret VINEY of Kinmount, Gladys (predeceased) and husband Harry JAGGARD of Manitowaning. Predeceased by Grace and husband Carmen HUNTER, Ruth and husband Bill and Loretta and husband Neil McGILLIS. Visitation was held on Thursday, November 20. Funeral service was held on Friday, November 21, 2003 all at Island Funeral Home. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery.

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McGILLIS o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-12-03 published
McGILLIS
-In loving memory of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Lauretta who passed away December 6, 2002.
As time unfolds a year,
Memories keep you ever near.
Silent thoughts of times together,
Hold memories that will last forever.
Ever remembered by June, Robert, Rick and their families.

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McGILLIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-29 published
MacRAE, John Ross
Died peacefully on April 26, 2003 at North York General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 84. Ross was born in Winnipeg in 1918, and later moved to Regina when his father, D.B. MacRAE, became editor of the Regina Leader-Post. Ross was a musical prodigy, learning the violin, trumpet and piano, and even during the Depression as a teenager he earned money as a classical violin performer and with a swing band he started. He worked as an announcer at CKCK radio in Regina, then briefly in radio after moving to Toronto before getting a job at the Cockfield-Brown advertising agency, where he remained until his retirement in 1978. At Cockfield, Ross was one of the pioneers in television advertising, and with old friend Brian HAWKINS, created the Expo 67 commercials that became television works of art. When he retired he was a vice-president and in charge of the agency's outstanding radio and television unit. But active life didn't end then. For many years Ross played violin with the semi-professional North York Symphony Orchestra, and later with the East York Symphony (now part of Orchestra Toronto), and with a string quartet. He was also an ardent golfer right to the end of his life, and rarely missed the annual Maxville Highland Games in Glengarry County, where his family's ancestors first settled in Canada in the early 1800s. Above all, Ross had a love of life and a sense of humour backed by an apparently endless fund of stories that endeared him to everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by his sons, Paul and Scott (Denise), their mother Phyllis, daughter-in-law Sherry BRYDSON, and grandchildren David, Kevin, Sean, Gaye, Duncan, Cameron and Holly; by nephew Bruce MacDOUGALL (Lucy WAVERMAN) and their children, Alexander, Emma, Katie and Robyn; by the family of Ross's sister Isobel LEES who, with sisters Margaret and Betty, predeceased him; by the family of Eunice McGILLIS, Ross's second wife, who predeceased him; by his good friend Mary MacMILLAN and her family; and by Ross's many Friends, former co-workers, and fellow golfers and musicians. The family has only thanks and praise for the work of the doctors, nurses and staff at North York General Hospital, who cared for Ross during and after his abdominal surgery. A memorial will be held in Toronto on Saturday, May 24, at 5 p.m. at The Elmwood Terrace Room, fourth floor, 18 Elm Street. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Orchestra Toronto and/or the North York General Hospital.

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McGILLIVRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
Don (Donald Gerald) McGILLIVRAY, 1927 - 2003
Canadian journalist Don McGILLIVRAY died at Mount Saint Mary Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia, on 24 June 2003.
Don was born 21 June 1927 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm in nearby Archive.
He completed a B.A. in Economics at the University of Saskatchewan before embarking on a journalistic career in 1951.
Don was a reporter and city-desk editor at the Regina Leader-Post until 1955, and a reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Tribune from 1955 to 1962. He was Parliamentary Correspondent for Southam News Service in Ottawa from 1962 to 1966, Southam National Correspondent in Washington in 1966, Southam Bureau Chief in London, England (1967 - 1970), and Associate Editor of the Edmonton Journal from 1970 to 1972. Editor of the Financial Times of Canada (1972 - 1975), Don returned to Southam News in Ottawa as National Economics Editor (1975 - 1984) and as National Political and Economic Columnist (1985 - 1995). Don won three National Business Writing awards.
Don was a founding member, a Treasurer, and President (1986 - 87) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, now the Canadian Association of Journalists. He taught journalism at Concordia University and was Adjunct Research Professor in journalism at Carleton University for 15 years beginning in 1978.
Don McGILLIVRAY is survived and will be sadly missed by his sister Marion in Moose Jaw, his brother Allan in Edmonton, his son Murray and daughter-in-law Georgina (Grant) in Calgary, daughter Peigi Ann and Mark BAWDEN in Victoria, son Neil and daughter-in-law Wendy (HARRIS) in Toronto, and daughter Fionna and son-in-law Howard (CHASE) in Tampa, and his eight grandchildren, Patrick and Madeleine McGILLIVRAY, Rebecca and Samuel Willcocks, Noah and Kate McGILLIVRAY, and Zoö and Eli CHASE. He was predeceased by his wife Julietta (née KEPNER) and his brother Archie.
Donations are gratefully accepted to the Don McGillivray Scholarship Fund c/o Development and Alumni Office, Room 510, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, or on-line at Carleton.ca/alumni (click on Express Counter and type in fund name).
A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, at 2: 00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. An event to celebrate Don's life for family, Friends, former colleagues and students is being planned for Sunday, October 19, 2003 in Ottawa. For information about the October event e-mail donsparty@sympatico.ca

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McGILLIVRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-01 published
Journalist, teacher, a 'fountain of information'
Columnist reputed to have been the only person in the Ottawa Press Gallery who understood the Canada Pension Plan when it was introduced by the Pearson government in 1966
By Allison LAWLOR Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - Page R7
Journalist Don McGILLIVRAY surrounded himself with thousands of books. Every nook and cranny of his Ottawa home was filled with the 15,000 volumes he had collected over his lifetime.
As a national newspaper columnist and journalism professor who used words for a living, he knew each one of his books intimately. He could pull one off the shelf and immediately find the exact reference he was looking for whether it was a few lines of a T. S. Eliot poem, the history of a word or an obscure piece of Canadian political history.
A voracious reader all his life, Mr. McGILLIVRAY, who died in a Victoria hospital on June 24 at the age of 76, proudly claimed that he had read all the books in the Moose Jaw Public Library by age 12. He later became a serious book collector, a mass that grew over the years until, in the late 1990s, he donated it to the University of Northern British Columbia. When the time came to ship the collection, it took 465 boxes to hold the approximately 15,000 books, many of which were devoted to language and etymology. To his colleagues, Mr. McGILLIVRAY was a walking resource library.
Mr. McGILLIVRAY, who joined the Southam News Ottawa bureau in 1962 as a parliamentary correspondent, was reputed to have been the only person in the Ottawa Press Gallery who understood the Canada Pension Plan when it was introduced by the Pearson government in 1966, and was constantly in demand from other reporters needing help understanding a new budget.
"He was a great fountain of information," said his friend and colleague Tim CREERY. "He just loved talking about politics and policies."
Having started his journalism career at The Regina Leader-Post in 1951 as a reporter and then a city-desk editor, Mr. McGILLIVRAY went on to become a national economics and political columnist for Southam News. Readers of Southam papers across the country turned to Mr. McGILLIVRAY's columns to find complex economic and political policies explained in clear and simple language.
Mr. McGILLIVRAY approached his columns with skepticism and was always suspicious of authority. "He spent a lot of time examining things from an opposite point of view," his son, Murray McGILLIVRAY said.
That didn't always make him a favourite in Ottawa. But that only delighted Mr. McGILLIVRAY, who felt it his duty as a journalist to expose the flim-flam. He believed journalism's highest duty was "the revelation of things that politicians would rather keep hidden," Murray McGILLIVRAY added.
"He was a very independent minded person," Mr. CREERY said. "He sort of questioned everything."
He succeeded in getting himself banned from the Parliamentary Press Gallery's annual dinner by reporting, and inciting other journalists to report on, the sometimes bad behaviour and humorous speeches given there by political leaders and other invited politicians. While his generation of reporters carried the stereotype of hard drinkers, Mr. McGILLIVRAY, a teetotalling Prairie Baptist, didn't take part in the debauchery and he succeeded in getting the once off-the-record dinner on the record.
Donald Gerald McGILLIVRAY was born June 21, 1927, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan., the fourth of five children to Malcolm and Mary McGILLIVRAY. For the first years of his life he lived on the family's "barren, quarter-section" farm in Archive, Saskatchewan.
Mr. McGILLIVRAY left the farm to study economics at the University of Saskatchewan, before starting his journalistic career in 1951 at The Regina Leader-Post.
In September of the previous year (1950) he had married Julietta KEPNER, whom he met while working for the summer at a hardware store in Moose Jaw. The couple had four children. Julietta died from cancer in 1979.
From Regina, Mr. McGILLIVRAY and his family moved to Winnipeg in 1955 where he worked as a reporter and columnist for The Winnipeg Tribune.
In 1962, the family headed east to Ottawa where Mr. McGILLIVRAY took a job as parliamentary correspondent for Southam News. From there he was posted to Washington and then London, where he covered the Vietnam War protests and the 1967 Six-Day War.
In 1970, he returned to Canada to become associate editor of The Edmonton Journal, but soon returned east in 1972 as editor of The Financial Times of Canada. He returned to the Southam News Ottawa bureau in 1975 and remained there as a national political and economic columnist until the mid-1990s.
Aside from writing, Mr. McGILLIVRAY also mentored a generation of journalists at Montreal's Concordia University and later at Ottawa's Carleton University.
When Mr. McGILLIVRAY officially retired from Southam in 1992, he continued to write his weekly political and business columns, but in 1995 he started showing symptoms of a Parkinson's-like disease that left him unable to read.
He leaves his children Murray, Peigi Ann, Neil and Fionna, his sister Marion and brother Allan. He was predeceased by wife Julietta and brother Archie.
A celebration of Mr. McGILLIVRAY's life is planned for October 19 in Ottawa.

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