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McCRACKEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-03 published
KANE, Alice Elizabeth, B.A., B.L.S., D.Litt.
Children's librarian, author, artist of the wondertale. Born April 18, 1908, Belfast, Ireland; died in Toronto on May 30, 2003. Sister of the late Hugh KANE (Lorna McCRACKEN.) Aunt of Sean KANE (Kelly LIBERTY) and the late Maire Elizabeth KANE. Grand-aunt of Owen KANE. A celebration of her life and art, organized by Calvin Presbyterian Church with the Toronto Storytellers School, will be held on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. Further information will be available at www.storytellingtoronto.org. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Miss Kane's delights: The Bruce Trail Association, Box 857, Hamilton L8N 3N9; Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave., Toronto M4V 1S5; the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, 239 College Street, Toronto M5T 1R5; The Storytellers School of Toronto, 43 Queen's Park Cres. E., Toronto M5S 2C3.

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McRAE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-12 published
Glenn Vernon PELTIER
Glenn Vernon PELTIER of Wasaga Beach, formerly of Wikwemikong passed away at Wasaga Beach on Thursday, November 6th, 2003 in his 47th year.
Beloved son of Eugene PELTIER and Stella PELTIER née RECOLLET predeceased.) Beloved step-son of Honorine (CORBIERE) PELTIER. Loving brother of Ron (Beatrice), Brian (Catherine), Linda (Byron), Arlene (Dale), Warren (Jackie), Wayne (Christi). Survived by uncles Robert PELTIER, Tommy PELTIER, Norman RECOLLET, Isadore RECOLLET and aunt Bella PITAWANAKWAT.
Predeceased by aunts, Yvonne McRAE, Rosemary FISHER, Margaret RIVERS and uncles, Wilfred PELTIER, Eli RECOLLET, Philip RECOLLET and Sam RECOLLET. Will be sadly missed by nephews and nieces, Yvette, Joe, Jennifer, Binaysi, Ying, Cheyene, Jade, Steven, Anais, Nicholas and Jeana. Special aunts and uncles, Thomas (predeceased), Boniface and Mary Ann, Glen and Joanne, Doreen and Clement, Theresa and Leonard, Shirley, Carroll, Danny, Timmy (predeceased) and Cecilia.
Friends called at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Buzwah from 4: 00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th until the Funeral Mass on Monday, November 10th at 11: 00 a.m. also at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Buzwah with Father McCARTHY officiating. Interment in the Wikwemikong Cemetery. Bourcier Funeral Home Espanola.

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McCRAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-28 published
Died This Day -- John McCRAE, 1918
Tuesday, January 28, 2003, Page R7
Doctor and poet born in Guelph, Ontario, on November 30, 1872 in 1894, attended University of Toronto; 1899, led artillery contingent in Boer War; 1902, resident pathologist at Montreal General Hospital; co-wrote pathology textbook; 1914, appointed army surgeon and sent to France; April, 1915, at Second Battle of Ypres under gas attack; wrote poem In Flanders Fields in memory of friend killed in battle, first published in Punch in December, 1915; died of pneumonia in France.

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McRAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-13 published
Gordon Kenneth FLEMING/FLEMMING
By Jack FORTIN Thursday, February 13, 2003, Page A30
Musician, husband, father. Born August 3, 1931, in Winnipeg. Died August 31, 2002, in Scarborough, Ontario, following a stroke, aged 71.
Gordie FLEMING/FLEMMING was a remarkable music talent, known internationally as a master of the accordion, especially in the jazz idiom. He was a life member of Local 149 of the Toronto Musicians' Association.
In show-business vernacular, Gordie was "born in a trunk." He began playing accordion when his older brother gave him lessons. His musical ability was such that he began performing publicly at the age of five. His schoolteachers often saw him being whisked away in a taxi to perform at theatres and radio stations in Winnipeg. By the age of 10, he was a working member of various bands in that city.
In 1949, Gordie lost his accordion in a fire at a Winnipeg hotel. With the insurance money, he headed for the bright lights of Montreal where he soon became an important part of that city's musical life. His accordion ability was complemented by the fact that he was also a gifted arranger and composer.
He had a marvellous ability to improvise and could string out complex bebop lines, leaving his listeners in awe. He often slipped a jazz phrase into ballads or commercial tunes, confirming that jazz was indeed his first love.
One of Montreal's busiest musicians, he wrote for local orchestras, shows, radio and television. He had perfect pitch and often wrote without reference to a keyboard. He was at home in every type of music from classics to jazz. For several years, he worked at the National Film Board as a composer and musician.
In Montreal, Gordie performed with many show business headliners: there was a wealth of home-grown talent in Montreal, such as Oscar PETERSON and Maynard FERGUSON, as well as other jazz musicians who were beginning to be noticed.
Gordie had said that when when he first heard bebop it was like entering another world. As his career indicates, he had no trouble in that world. He worked with many personalities including: Charlie PARKER, Mel TORMÉ, Hank SNOW, Lena HORNE, Englebert HUMPERDINCK, Dennis DAY, Gordon MacRAE, Cab CALLOWAY, Nat King COLE, Cat STEVENS, Rich LITTLE, Billy ECKSTEIN, Pee Wee HUNT, Arthur GODFREY and Buddy DEFRANCO.
He also performed with Tommy AMBROSE, Allan MILLS, Wally KOSTER, Tommy HUNTER, Bert NIOSI, Wayne and Shuster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation jazz shows with Al BACULIS, and many other Canadian jazz musicians.
On Montreal's French music scene, Gordie performed on radio and television with Emile GENEST, Ti-Jean CARIGNAN, André GAGNON and Ginette RENO. He was a featured soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.
Internationally, Gordie toured France in 1952 and performed with Edith PIAF and Tino ROSSI. He had the honour to perform for former prime minister Pierre Elliot TRUDEAU at a Commonwealth Conference.
He participated with other top Canadian musicians in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tour to entertain Canadian and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops in Europe in 1952 and 1968.
For me, a memorable experience was playing in a group with Gordie for several winters in Florida. A popular member of the Panama City Beach family of musicians, Gordie looked forward to his winter trek south. Many of the American musicians will miss him, as will the many snowbirds who looked forward to hearing him each year.
His extensive repertoire allowed Gordie to author a book called Music of the World, in which he wrote the music to 280 songs from more than 30 countries.
Gordie leaves his wife of 47 years, Joanne, and seven children.
Jack FORTIN is Gordie's friend.

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McRAE 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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McRAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
BRAILEY, F. George
March 6th, 1923 to May 29th, 2003. Died peacefully at West Park Long Term Care Centre. George suffered from Alzheimers, and the past year was very difficult for him as he declined so rapidly. George leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce, and two daughters, Seonaid BRAILEY and Moira MacRAE and her husband, Garth. He was a wonderful Poppa to Justin MacRAE, Krista BRAILEY, Gail MacRAE (Allan LAURENT,) and Heather MacRAE (Chris O'CONNOR.) George enjoyed being Great Poppa to his precious great-granddaughter, Jordan TUCKER- MacRAE and great-grandchildren, Sam and Leigha BRETT, Haley MacRAE, Finlay and Emma O'CONNOR and Philippe GIGUERE. The family is grateful to the kind and caring nurses and support staff at West Park Long Term Care Centre for treating Dad with gentleness and dignity. Private arrangements have been made, however the family invites Friends to join them on Saturday, June 7, 2003, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Moira and Garth MacRae. If you wish, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to the charity of your choice.

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McCRAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-20 published
CRAWFORD, Margaret (née FREDERICKSON,) B.A. (Tor.,) M.A. (University of British Columbia)
died in Victoria, British Columbia on June 17, 2003 at the age of 78. Long associated in many capacities with the administrative offices of University of British Columbia. Secretary to Walter H. GAGE, who was then Dean of administrative and inter-faculty affairs, 1951-1954; secretary to president, Norman A. M. MacKENZIE, 1954-1962; briefly a programmer in University extension, programs for women and assistant in the office of Helen McCRAE, Dean of women, 1964-1975, with special interest in that office's outstanding contribution to the mature women students who were then arriving at University of British Columbia in increasing numbers and with special needs. Margaret completed a M.A. at University of British Columbia with a research thesis on mature women students in 1976. Married in 1977 to Frank W. CRAWFORD and moved to Edmonton where she continued to be active in women's affairs as a founding member of the Edmonton Women's Network. The CRAWFORD's retired to Victoria in 1982 where Margaret continued her interests in educational resources for mature students and in support systems for women. Margaret is survived by her husband, Frank CRAWFORD; 2 step sons and 2 step daughters and their families. Private cremation entrusted to Royal Oak Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, donations, if so desired, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice. Hayward's of Victoria (250) 386-3505

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