McGEACHIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-11 published
BETZ, Doris Merle (SYMES)
Entered into rest at Sunnybrook Hospital on Sunday, April 9th, 2006. Doris Merle SYMES in her 80th year, was the beloved wife of the late Clifford BETZ (2003.) Loving mother of Joanne and Jim BLUNDELL of Peniel and Murray and Angela BETZ of Argyle. Dearly remembered by grandchildren Jim, Janine, Marc and Robin and great-grand_son Jarrod. Predeceased by all her brothers and sisters, infant Alma, Charles, Joe, Jean ROBB, Vic, Evelyn BRYANT, Gordon and Anne McGEACHIE. Friends are invited to call at the Thorne Funeral Home in Cannington on Thursday, April 13th, 2006 from 11: 00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. Interment Cedar Vale Cemetery. As a remembrance, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Hospital for Sick Children or Brock House, would be appreciated by the family.

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McGEACHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-17 published
McGEACHY, May " Mary"
Peacefully at the Toronto Grace Hospital on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006. Loving sister of Catherine (Rena) MAHON of Carlisle, England and Frances McGEACHY of Toronto. Fondly and lovingly remembered by all of her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Catherine McGEACHY and her brothers, William and Thomas and her sisters, Nancy and Jean. Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St. (south of Wellesley) on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West (at Tweedsmuir) on Monday, November 20th at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. Parking adjacent to the funeral home. May's family would like to express their thanks to all of the staff at Saint Michael's Hospital, 6th Floor, Bond Wing for their exceptional care given to May during her illness.

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-01-11 published
SINCLAIR, Margaret
The family of Margaret SINCLAIR would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for all the support we have received since the death of our beloved mother. In her last few weeks we were overwhelmed by the wonderful care given by the Parameds, the Victorian Order of Nurses nurses and the tender assistance provided by Peggy Luxton's staff of Caring Hands. We will always be grateful to Dr. CHAN for the medical services he continued to provide for our mother. The floral tributes, donations, cards, gifts of food and other expressions of sympathy have been very comforting to us throughout this difficult time. We were deeply touched by the provision of a catered meal in our home courtesy of the culinary talents of Ruth BUTLER, May HOWES, Tina WATSON and Ben WILTON. Thank you to Rob Fawcett and his excellent team for their attention to every detail. We could not have asked for more consideration on our behalf. A special thank you to the staff at Hair Fair for styling mom's hair exactly as she would have liked, complete with the little net. Mother always wished her service to be conducted from Gentle Shepherd Church and her wish was granted with special gifts of beauty. We thank Pastor Ann GILLIES for her thoughtful message and her kind words of comfort, her son, Matthew, for his mastery of the sound system and the lovely harmony of Dianne CARLSON, Judy MacNEILL and Irene LITTLE, skillfully accompanied by Heather WIGHT. Krista BULLOCK's piano solo was a special tribute to her great-grandmother. We extend sincere appreciation to the Gentle Shepherd Women, under the capable coordination of Joan McGEE, for providing such a delicious lunch. Reverend PRINCE's visit to our home on Christmas Eve day will always be a treasured memory. Perhaps the best way we can thank this community in its entirety, is through Mom's own words which we recently discovered in a written message to her family, "God bless you all".
-The SINCLAIR Family
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-03-15 published
CURTIS, Ann Marie (McCARTHY)
Peacefully at her residence Grey Gables, Markdale on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in her 95th year. Ann Marie McCARTHY was the beloved wife of 55 years to the late Bryce CURTIS (1988.) Much loved by her daughter Joan and her husband Tom McGEE of Flesherton. Beloved Nana of Kelly (Dale) MERRIFIELD, Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON (Chad JACKSON), Kerry, Paul CURTIS, Dawn (Kevin) KELLY and precious Great Nana of 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her son Bill (1987,) grand_son Michael McGEE (1989,) sisters May HAYES, Margaret BALDWIN, Theresa HAYES, and brothers Gerard, John and Malcolm McCARTHY. Marie CURTIS was Reeve of the Village Long Branch from 1953-1962, a charter member of the Metropolitan Toronto Council, secretary treasurer of the Mayors and Reeves of Ontario, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Long Branch Royal Canadian Legion, spokesperson and advisor to members of the Grey County Council in the 1960's and 70's and is best remembered for the City of Toronto Park named in her honour for the support role she played in relief efforts after Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The family received Friends at Gentle Shepherd Community Church (8th concession and Inkerman St.) Eugenia on Tuesday, March 14. A celebration of the life of Marie CURTIS is to be held at the church Wednesday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Interment Markdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation or Gentle Shepherd Community Church would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton, 1-800-924-2810.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-03-22 published
CURTIS, Marie
The family of the late Marie CURTIS would like to thank relatives and Friends for all the support received over the past two weeks. Your cards, floral and memorial contributions, food brought to our home meant so much to us. All your prayers helped us so immensely. We want to sincerely thank all the staff at Grey Gables, Markdale for their wonderful care of Mom over the past seven years and such constant, loving care at the last. We want to thank our church, Gentle Shepherd Community Church for all your concern and help, Rev. Don PRINCE for helping us with his comforting message, Ken WHIFFON for looking after the sound, Heather WIGHT for her beautiful music and our Friends, the ladies of Gentle Shepherd for the wonderful lunch. We also want to thank Jim HARROLD for his great tribute. We feel so comforted and strengthened by everyone's love and support.
-Joan and Tom McGEE and family.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-03-22 published
CURTIS, Ann Marie (née McCARTHY)
Marie CURTIS passed away peacefully at her residence at Grey Gables, Markdale on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in her 90th year.
Ann Marie McCARTHY was born February 10, 1912 near Wyebridge, Ontario in the Midland area. Marie was the daughter of Ellen (MITCHELL) and John McCARTHY. She was the sister of May, Margaret, Gerard, John, Malcolm and Theresa.
Marie married Bryce CURTIS, June 17, 1933 in Toronto. They moved to Long Branch in 1935 where they raised their daughter Joan and son Bill. They moved to their farm in Kimberley in 1958 then to their residence on the West Back Line between Flesherton and Markdale. Marie and Bryce were happily married for 55 years when Bryce passed away in 1988.
Joan married Tom McGEE of Flesherton in 1961 and Marie was the much loved Nana of Kelly (Dale) MERRIFIELD, Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON (Chad JACKSON), Kerry, Paul CURTIS, Dawn (Kevin) KELLY, precious great-nana of ten great-grandchildren. Bill predeceased her in 1987 as did her grand_son Michael McGEE in 1989.
Marie CURTIS was Reeve of the Village of Long Branch from 1953-1962, a charter member of Metropolitan Toronto Council, friend of Fred GARDINER and many other politicians. Marie Curtis Park in Etobicoke (Long Branch) was opened in 1959, and named in her honour for the work she did to help the residents relocate after Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Today it is a living memory to a wonderful lady. Marie CURTIS was secretary-treasurer of the Ontario Mayors and Reeves, spokesperson and advocate to the members of Grey County Council in the 1960s and 1970s. She was an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Long Branch Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 101. Marie was an A.M.O. 100th Anniversary Municipal Recognition Award recipient, in appreciation of her exemplary service to Ontario's municipal governments and A.M.O.
When Marie could no longer stay in her own home, she moved to Grey Gables in 1999 and made it her own new home. She loved everyone there and they loved her.
The body rested at Gentle Shepherd Community Church where the funeral was held Thursday, March 16 with interment in Markdale Cemetery. A celebration of the life of Marie CURTIS was well attended by Friends and relatives from far and wide. A power point presentation on Marie CURTIS "The Woman Who Got Things Done" was shown. A duet by her granddaughters Kelly MERRIFIELD and Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON was sung "It Is No Secret" was Marie's favourite hymn. Jim HARROLD, former Reeve of Artemesia Township, gave some remembrances and reflections of Marie. Kimberley sang "You Raise Me Up" and daughter Joan McGEE gave memories of Mom. Rev. Don PRINCE gave a thoughtful message. The ladies of Gentle Shepherd served a bountiful lunch following the service.
Pallbearers were grand_sons Chad JACKSON and Dale MERRIFIELD, nephew John McCARTHY, former Reeve Murray BETTS, family friend David CARLSON, former neighbour Raymond SHILVOCK. Flowerbearers were granddaughters Kelly MERRIFIELD and Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON and great-grandchildren Curtis, Jacob and Kirsten MERRIFIELD.
Marie CURTIS was a great lady and will be missed by many far and wide.

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-06-28 published
BARNES, Milton
On behalf of Lone, Sheldon, Aaron and Sabrina BARNES, the family of the late Milton BARNES. Thanks to all who came together to make the Silent Auction/Benefit Dinner so successful. Jenny HANLEY, Janien NEWELL, Lee-Anne TEETER for organizing. A huge thanks to Ethan MISENER and his hospitality class, as well as three terrific ladies Ruth BUTLER, Kris GOSS and Muriel STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Thanks to Macphail Students Council for helping with cleanup. Thanks also to Frank STODDART and his staff, and Linda McCREARY and Krista McCORMICK. Generous Donators to the Silent Auction: Feversham Agricultural Society, Valerie WASSERFALL, Country Critters, P.J. Knickerbockers, Top of the Rock, Monica GREEN, Quilter's Line, Ice Cream Festival Committee, Mrs. Isherwood's J.K. class, Highlights, Osprey School, Grey Highlands School, Macphail School, The Ferguson Family, The Macphail Rainbows Program, Janien NEWELL, Beth KENNEDY, A Frame in Time, Jane GARLAND, Kent Little Construction, Century House, Pinewood Training Centre, Sharon WICKENS, Owen Sound Tim Horton's, Farmstead, Cole TEETER, Mulligan Family, Gibbons/Teeter Family, Highland Glen Golf Club, Norm SMITH, Jolley's, DL Class Beavercrest, Hair Fair, Eckhardt's Floral Treasures, Duncan Home Hardware, Al KARN, Chapman's Ice Cream, Scotiabank, Markdale, Magee's Gas Bar, Hutchinson's Auto, Ruth BUTLER, Vera BEATON, Ice River Springs, Meaford Community School Staff, Danielle's Gourmet Food, A.W. Sills Sales and Service, Debbie DOBSON, Nordic Furniture. Other donations: Murray's Print Shop, Dundalk Herald, Ice River Springs, Neilson's Dairy, Terry ANGER, Flanigan's Food Service, West Grey Premium Beef, Mrs. Kringies, Centre Grey Builders, Pro Hardware and others who wish to remain anonymous. Special Thanks to: Joan McGEE, Donna GRUMMETT, Beth KENNEDY, Jolley's, Teresa and Harvey HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Dani TEETER, Gena WELLWOOD, Marci Pearson LANKTREE. It takes a special community to pull off an event like this. Thanks to everyone else for donations, coming to the. dinner; and bidding. Your thoughtfulness and support are greatly appreciated.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-07-19 published
REILEY, Roberta
Of Owen Sound passed away peacefully in Kingston with her family by her side on Thursday July 13, 2006. Wife of the late Donald REILEY. Dear mother of Kim REILEY of Owen Sound and Gayle OWEN (Glenn) of Bath. Loving grandmother of Cheryl DAWSON and Paul OWEN of Kingston, Michael REILEY of Port Elgin and Thomas REILEY (Crystal) of Durham. Adoring great-grandmother of Alicia DAWSON and Hailey REILEY. Auntie Berta to Fran HEARD (Jack,) of Proton Station and Isabel KURZAWSKI (Chet) of Vancouver, British Columbia. Best friend of Melba CROFT of Owen Sound. Roberta led an exemplary life of service to others with a deep appreciation for all acts of kindness. Sincere thanks to the staff of Montreal 4 at Providence Manor for their special care and love. Cremation. A memorial Service celebrating the life of Roberta REILEY will be held in the Chapel of the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. If so desired the family would appreciate donations to the Providence Continuing Care Centre (Providence Manor Site), 752 King Street West, Kingston Ontario K7L 4X3 or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.markdale.the_markdale_standard 2006-03-15 published
CURTIS, Ann Marie (McCARTHY)
Peacefully at her residence Grey Gables, Markdale on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in her 95th year. Ann Marie McCARTHY was the beloved wife if 55 years to the late Bryce CURTIS (1988.) Much loved by her daughter Joan and her husband Tom McGEE of Flesherton. Beloved Nana of Kelly (Dale) MERRIFIELD, Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON (Chad JACKSON), Kerry, Paul CURTIS, Dawn (Kevin) KELLY and precious Great Nana of 10 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her son Bill (1987,) grand_son Michael McGEE (1989,) sisters May HAYES, Margaret BALDWIN, Theresa HAYES, and brothers Gerard, John, and Malcolm McCARTHY. Marie CURTIS was Reeve of the Village Long Branch from 1953-1962, a charter member of the Metropolitan Toronto Council, secretary-treasurer of the Mayors and Reeves of Ontario, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Long Branch Royal Canadian Legion, spokesperson and advisor to members of the Grey County Council in the 1960's and 70's and is best remembered for the City of Toronto Park named in her honor for the support role she played in relief efforts after Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The family received Friends at Gentle Shepherd Community Church (8th concession and Inkerman St.), Eugenia on Tuesday, March 14 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A celebration of the life of Marie CURTIS was held at the church on Wednesday, March 15 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Markdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation or Gentle Sheherd Community Church would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton 1-888-924-2810.

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-02-08 published
WILLCOCK, Bryon Douglas
Suddenly, in Toronto, on Monday, February 6th, 2006. Bryon Douglas WILLCOCK, of Toronto, in his 29th year. Cherished son of Terry and Lynda WILLCOCK. Dearly loved father of Brooke JOHNSGUARD. Loving brother of Allan WILLCOCK and his wife, Paula, all of Owen Sound. Bryon will be dearly missed by his grandparents, Islay (WILLCOCK) Michael, John WARRILOW and his partner, Kay McGEE. Predeceased by his grandfather, Charles WILLCOCK and his grandmother, Frances WARRILOW. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (376-7492) on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Private Family Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, February 10th, 2006 with Dr. Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-13 published
CURTIS, Ann Marie (McCARTHY)
Peacefully at her residence Grey Gables, Markdale on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in her 95th year. Ann Marie McCARTHY was the beloved wife if 55 years to the late Bryce CURTIS (1988.) Much loved by her daughter Joan and her husband Tom McGEE of Flesherton. Beloved Nana of Kelly (Dale) MERRIFIELD, Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON (Chad JACKSON), Kerry, Paul CURTIS, Dawn (Kevin) KELLY and precious Great Nana of 10 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her son Bill (1987,) grand_son Michael McGEE (1989,) sisters May HAYES, Margaret BALDWIN, Theresa HAYES, and brothers Gerard, John, and Malcolm McCARTHY. Marie CURTIS was Reeve of the Village Long Branch from 1953-1962, a charter member of the Metropolitan Toronto Council, secretary-treasurer of the Mayors and Reeves of Ontario, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Long Branch Royal Canadian Legion, spokesperson and advisor to members of the Grey County Council in the 1960's and 70's and is best remembered for the City of Toronto Park named in her honor for the support role she played in relief efforts after Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The family will receive Friends at Gentle Shepherd Community Church (8th concession and Inkerman St.), Eugenia on Tuesday, March 14 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A celebration of the life of Marie CURTIS will be held at the church on Wednesday, March 15 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Markdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation or Gentle Sheherd Community Church would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton 1-888-924-2810.

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-04-01 published
HEWITT, Wilmot " Bill" George
Peacefully at Kelso Pines Retirement Lodge on Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Mabel HEWITT. Lovingly remembered by his children Carol (Jeff) MOORE, Donna (Barry) MORTON all of Owen Sound, Ray (Sue) HEWITT of Inwood, James (Evelin) HEWITT of Surrey, British Columbia and Connie VINCENT of Tara. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Darlene PARKER, Paul WILEY, Brian WILEY, Christa VAN WYCK, John MORTON, Kim GILL and Greg MORTON and their spouses, Jesse HEWITT, Amy and Emily VINCENT and sixteen great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home 376-3710 for visiting on Monday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at First United Church on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock with Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial donations to First United Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-04-21 published
BROWN, Jeff Roy
On Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 in his 34th year. Loving son to Marilyn (Lyn) BROWN and her late husband Roy BROWN. Dear brother of Jim BROWN and his wife Nancy LANG and Debbie and her husband Bob SLADE. Jeff will be fondly remembered by his grandmother Belva (Mrs. Chris GRIMBOLDY). Uncle of Robert and Brandon SLADE, Adam, Matthew and Christine LANG. Jeff was also a great uncle to Mason and Ashton GRAVES. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations to the charity of your choice.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-06-09 published
HOPKINS, Anne Norine (née MATHESON)
Peacefully at her home, on Wednesday, June 7th, 2006. Anne Norine HOPKINS (née MATHESON,) of Owen Sound, in her 87th year. Dearly beloved wife of the late Murray HOPKINS. Loving mother of James HOPKINS and his life partner, Lynn, of Alberta, David HOPKINS and his wife, Vicky, of Owen Sound and Donald HOPKINS and his friend, Teresa, of Saint Thomas. Proud grandmother of Michelle, Danielle, Mathew, Megan and Meghan and great-grandmother of Casidy, Brayden and Jacob. Dear sister of Rhea WATT and Audrey HARPER. Predeceased by her parents, Norman and Bertha MATHESON; her sister, Vera FALLS and her three brothers, Irving, Charles and Matthew MATHESON. Anne will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (376-7492) on Friday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and one hour prior to service. A Funeral Service for Anne HOPKINS will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, June 10th, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment at a later date on Manitoulin Island. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to First United Church in Owen Sound or Silver Water United Church on Manitoulin Island as your expression of sympathy.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-07-18 published
REILEY, Roberta
Of Owen Sound, passed away peacefully in Kingston with her family by her side, on Thursday, July 13th, 2006. Wife of the late Donald REILEY. Dear mother of Kim REILEY, of Owen Sound and Gayle OWEN (Glenn,) of Bath. Loving grandmother of Cheryl DAWSON and Paul OWEN of Kingston, Michael REILEY, of Port Elgin and Thomas REILEY (Crystal,) of Durham. Adoring great-grandmother of Alicia DAWSON and Hailey REILEY. Auntie Berta to Fran HEARD (Jack,) of Proton Station and Isabel KURZAWSKI (Chet,) of Vancouver. Best friend of Melba CROFT of Owen Sound. Roberta led an exemplary life of service to others with a deep appreciation for all acts of kindness. Sincere thanks to the staff of Montreal 4 at Providence Manor for their special care and love. Cremation. A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Roberta REILEY, will be held in the Chapel of the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 -- 14th Street West, Owen Sound (376-7492) on Thursday, July 20th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Providence Continuing Care Centre (Providence Manor Site), 752 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L-4X3 or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-16 published
McGEE, Jane
Of Wiarton passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 15, 2006 in her 64th year. Cherished sister of Ainsley McGEE and his partner Vada DAVIDSON and Aunt of Tammie and her husband Richard NEWBURN of Whitby, Matthew McGEE and his partner Georgette BROWN of Brockville and Terrie and her husband Stuart CIRNE of Kingston. She will be sadly missed by great-nephews and nieces Brendan WARREN of Kingston, Caeleigh WARREN of Whitby and Alyssa, Chris and Ben CIRNE of Kingston, several cousins, her very dear friend Mrs. Grace (Mom) McCULLOUGH as well as many other close Friends and her church family. Jane was predeceased by her parents Captain Ainsley Edward McGEE and Theresa Melissa GIVEN and sister-in-law Mary Louise McGEE. Jane attended Wiarton Elementary and High School then continued her education at Stratford Teacher's College. She received her B.A. from Waterloo Lutheran University. Her teaching career was spent as Principal at Eastnor Township Central School and Teacher at Ancaster Senior Public School and Spencer Valley Public School in Wentworth County. For over thirty years, until her retirement in 1998, Jane resided in Hamilton. She spent weekends and holidays at the McGee home in Wiarton and at the cottage at Berford Lake, March Jane enjoyed keeping in touch with all of her relatives. For many years she did extensive genealogical research, gathering information which has been compiled into manuscript form. She loved animals, especially dogs and horses. Jane was a lifelong member of Frank Street Baptist Church and O.E.S. Georgian Chapter, Wiarton. The family will receive Friends at the George Funeral Home, Wiarton on Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Jane's life will be held at the Frank Street Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Gord COX officiating. Interment Bayview Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations made to the Frank Street Baptist Church, Wiarton Hospital or Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-17 published
MADILL, Marjorie Ann (née BURROWS)
With many memories the family announce the peaceful passing of Marjorie Ann MADILL, in her 100th year at Kelso Pines in Owen Sound, Ontario on Sunday, October 15, 2006. Loving wife for thirty-three years of the late Frank MADILL. Very special loving aunt of Velma and her husband Ron SMART and Jim BURROWS. Step-mother of Eileen and her husband Dave SAKER and Sylvia MADILL. Loving great aunt of Teresa and her husband Barry WAYMOUTH, Jennifer and her husband David GIBBONS, Victoria and her husband Andre GREER/GRIER, Tim SMART and Pam SMART. Loving grandma of Todd SAKER and his wife Colleen, Trevor SAKER and his wife Gillian, Jeff MADILL and his wife Lorenda, Rolanda KURMAN- MADILL and her husband Kelly. Special great-great-aunt of Adam, Allyson, Emily, Gavin, Jacob, Hannah, Brandon and Michael. Special great-grandma of Dylan, Thomas, Korbin and Byron. Sister-in-law of Clarence MADILL and his wife Jean. Predeceased by her parents James BURROWS and his wife Edith (née KINCH,) her brother Jack BURROWS, her husband Frank, her stepson Barry MADILL and her grand_son Vincent MADILL and her sister-in-law Edna. Marjorie taught school for forty-three years in and around Owen Sound and is fondly remembered by many former students. She spent her life caring, supporting, uplifting, teaching and giving to others. Marjorie will remain in our hearts forever. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either First United Church or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-27 published
MADILL, Marjorie (née BURROWS)
The family of the late Marjorie MADILL express sincere appreciation to the many family and Friends who showed their support and love during our time of sorrow. We appreciate each and every visit, your words of comfort and the hugs offered at the visitation and funeral. Thanks for the lovely floral tributes, donations, cards, phone calls, and food sent to our homes. Thank you to the kind and compassionate staff at Kelso Pines and Doctor VEENSTRA for all the love and tender care you gave over the last 7 years. You were so kind to all of us and we will never forget. Our gratitude goes to Bill BROWN and the caring staff of Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home for their guidance and support. We express to Rev. Kristal McGEE of First United Church our heartfelt thanks for arranging a service to celebrate Marjorie's long life. She touched many people through out her 43 years of teaching and many, many years of caring for others. Thanks to the ladies of First United for the wonderful luncheon following the service. Your kindness will always be remembered.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-03 published
COOLEY, Grace (née BROWN)
Peacefully at Lee Manor in Owen Sound on Thursday November 2, 2006. In her 91st year, Grace COOLEY (née BROWN,) the beloved wife of the late Kenneth COOLEY. Loving mother of Karen and her husband Edward PIZALE, Gail and her husband Peter McBRIDE, and Les COOLEY. Loved grandmother of Michael and his wife Sarah, Stephanie and David. Great-grandmother of Emily Grace. Dear sister of Larry BROWN, Gord BROWN, Velma (Mrs. William WRIGHT), Cecil BROWN, Betty (Mrs. Milt CROSS) and Ruth (Mrs. Sandy KING). Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister Gladys (Mrs. Matt WARDELL) and by two brothers Leslie and Melville. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-10 published
BROCKLEBANK, “Sadie” Sarah Olive (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Peacefully at Lee Manor in Owen Sound on Thursday, November 9, 2006. In her 98th year, “Sadie” Sarah Olive BROCKLEBANK (nee THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON,) the beloved daughter of the late James THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and his late wife Elizabeth (née FRASER.) Dearly loved and remembered aunt of her many nieces and nephews and their families. Lovingly cared for and remembered by her late niece Betty FRASER (2006.) Predeceased by her sister Mae (Mrs. Irving GILCHRIST) and her two brothers Earl and James. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Purdy's Cemetery, Paisley. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Multiple Sclerosis would be appreciated by the family.
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McGEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-21 published
SMITH, Edwin E.
Peacefully at Kelso Pines in Owen Sound on Monday, November 20, 2006. In his 83rd year, Edwin E. SMITH the loving husband of Evelyn M. SMITH (née BROTHERS.) Loving father of Gregory SMITH and his wife Barbara, Beverly and her husband Robert ANDERSON and Sandra SMITH. Loved grandfather of Ian, Benjamin, Kelly and Julie. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Rev. Kristal McGEE officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to First United Church would be appreciated by the family.

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-17 published
LAVERTY, Patrick Malachy
With his loving family by his side at the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, Dunnville, on Sunday, January 15, 2006, in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie (LAWLOR) LAVERTY for 62 years. Dear father of Monica CECHET (Wayne), Michael (Karen), Mark (Linda) and father-in-law of Barbara. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Kellie, Jennifer, Ryan, Nicole, Adam, Alison and Erin. Brother of Monica HENSHAW and Dermot (Molly) LAVERTY. Predeceased by two sons Matthew (1945), Martin (1980), a daughter Mary (1950), sister Maureen McGEE and brothers Cecil, Patrick Joseph, Gregory and Joseph. Patrick was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Knights of Columbus, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 142 Dunnville and was a faithful and long time member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. The family will receive Friends at the Ballard Minor Funeral Home, 315 Broad Street, E., Dunnville, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6: 30-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Dunnville on Thursday, January 19th, at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, would be appreciated.

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-23 published
McGEE, Ross " Fibber"
Peacefully at Afton Park Place, Sarnia on Friday, January 20, 2006, Ross (Fibber) McGEE, age 85 of Sarnia.
Ross was a life member of the C.P.G.A. Beloved husband of Jean (RIDEALGH) McGEE. Loved father of Donna and her husband Joe YARKOVSKY of Sarnia, Judy and her husband Ron TOMCHECK of Surrey, British Columbia, Carol and her husband Don McKNIGHT of Saint Mary's and Jim McGEE and his wife Norah of Haliburton, Ontario. Loving grandfather of Cheryl (Dan) MOORE, Stephen (Sue) ANDREWS, Patti Lynn ROBERTSON, Christine TOMCHECK, Michael (Louise) TOMCHECK, Jennifer (Justin) SHONIKER and Predeceased by Rhonda McGEE. Dear brother of Don and Margaret. At Ross' request, there will be no funeral service or visitation. Burial of ashes has taken place at Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian War Amps. Memories and condolences may be sent on line to www.smithfuneralhome.ca Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia in charge of arrangements.

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-03 published
McGEE, Matt
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Matt McGEE, of London on Wednesday, February 1st, 2006, in his 48th year. Beloved son of Frank and Shelah McGEE and brother of Debbie and husband Dave MUISE, Dennis and wife Debbie, Joel, Pat and wife Heather, Erin and husband Jeff PEASE and Sean. Also survived by nieces and nephews Nicole, Kyle, Jennifer, Samantha, Jessica, Erica, Thomas, Rebecca, Mackenzie, Sierra and great-nieces and nephews Morgan, Erik and Ethan. Matt was always a sports fan. He caddied at the Hunt Club, learned to play golf and loved it. He also played hockey for Byron. Matt was a good hockey player, but a better baseball player, and proud to be on the Ontario Championship Team in 1969. Arrangements entrusted to Needham Funeral Service, (434-9141). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Ontario Schizophrenia Society would be appreciated.

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-11 published
BROWN, Edith Mary
The family of the late Edith Mary BROWN (January 25, 2006,) would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our family, Friends and neighbours for all their love, support and prayers during this difficult time. The flowers, memorial donations to the Edith Brown Tub Project, London Health Sciences Foundation, cards, phone calls and visits were all very much appreciated. Special thanks to Reverend Ron WATSON and Reverend Jim McGEE for their comforting words during the service celebrating Edie's life. Thank to the Westview Funeral Chapel for attending to every detail with care and compassion. Sincere appreciation to the ladies of Westview Baptist Church for the luncheon provided following the service. We would also like to express our thanks to Dr. Joy MANGUEL of the Cancer Clinic who was instrumental in getting Edie admitted to the Palliative Care Unit, London Health Sciences Centre, Commissioners Road and her colleagues Dr. XONOCOSTAS, Dr. GILCHRIST and Dr. HURWITZ. We express a sincere thank you to Dr. SWIFT, Dr. SCHREIER and their team of nurses, P.S.A.'s, and social worker Joyce in the Palliative Care Unit for their comforting care given during Edith's time in the hospital. Thank you to the Community Care Access Centre who provided home care through home support workers and our special Victorian Order of Nurses nurses Carol, Maura and Teri. Everyone's thoughtfulness and kindness will always be remembered.
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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-01 published
McGEE, Dorothy Isobel (née BROWN)
At Wingham and District Hospital, on Monday, February 27, 2006, Mrs. Dorothy McGEE of Wroxeter, age 84 years. The former Dorothy BROWN beloved wife of the late Lloyd McGEE who predeceased her in 2001. Dear mother of Helen and Murray MacFARLANE of Bluevale and John and Helen McGEE of London. Loving grandmother of Scott and Christine MacFARLANE, Jennifer and Tim BUCK, Curtis and Patricia McGEE and Craig and Tammy McGEE. Also survived by five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Agnes (FLEMING/FLEMMING) BROWN. Visitation at McBurney Funeral Home, Wingham, Ontario on Tuesday, 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Private funeral service will be held at the funeral chapel. Reverend Jeff HAWKINS officiating. Interment in Wroxeter Cemetery, Howick Township. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-04 published
SCHOMBURG, Carl
The family of Carl SCHOMBURG would like to express our deepest thanks for the phone calls, cards and prayers over the past few weeks. Thank you for your generous donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A special thanks to Reverend Ron WATSON and the Reverend Jim McGEE for their message of love and hope. Bev, the music was beautiful! Thank you to the ladies of Westview Baptist Church for the wonderful luncheon. To the staff of the 4th Floor of Chelsey Park -- thank you for making this past year a happy, peaceful one for Carl. Special thanks to Vi and Carl ERICKSON and Diana DEUSBURY for their love and support. Eileen and Family

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-21 published
McPHEE, Robert " Bob" Donald
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Sunday, March 19, 2006, Robert "Bob" Donald McPHEE of R.R.#3, Auburn in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of the late Reta (McINTYRE) McPHEE. Dear father of Gerry and Debbie McPHEE of R.R.#3, Auburn, Brenda and Ron DAWE of Waterloo, Lori BLACK of Barrie and the late William McPHEE. Loving grandfather of 6 grandchildren. Brother of Myrle PETTMAN, Donna McGEE, June MILLER, Alma BIRD, Daniel McPHEE. Predeceased by sisters Helen WILLIAMS, Eileen KNIGHT, Joyce SPARKS and brother William McPHEE. The family will receive Friends at the McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East St. Goderich on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday afternoon at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Colborne Cemetery. Donations to the Lung Association or Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged.

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-03 published
RADDATZ, Audrey M. (née CARTER)
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, April 1, 2006. Audrey M. RADDATZ of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer and formerly of Arnprior in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Emerson RADDATZ. Loving mother of Elaine McGEE and husband David of Guelph, Jim RADDATZ and wife Judy of Aylmer, Bruce RADDATZ and wife Fiona of Calgary, Ruth SMITH and husband David of Moncton, New Brunswick and Bill RADDATZ and wife Meryl of Ottawa. Dear sister of Harold CARTER and wife Maxine, Muriel RAWLUK and husband William, Betty OAKES and Yvonne RAWLUK all of Alberta. She will be sadly missed by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Arthur RADDATZ and her sister Shirley RAWLUK. Born in Jarrow, Alberta on April 21, 1920 daughter of the late Arthur and Emily (BAKER) CARTER. The funeral service will be held at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday, April 4 at 1: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. A graveside service will be held at Arnprior Cemetery on Wednesday, April 5 at 2: 00 p.m. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. On-line condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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McGEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-24 published
EARL, Jane Marie (GARDINER)
Peacefully at home after a long courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Jane Marie (GARDINER) EARL, in her 52nd year. Loving wife of 31 years of Steve EARL. Beloved mother of Laura and Brian EARL. Dear sister of Jack GARDINER and his wife Arnette, Gerard GARDINER and Margaret Ann McGEE. Dear daughter-in-law of Norma EARL. Dear sister-in-law of Dave EARL. Also survived by 13 nieces and nephews. Jane will be missed by her many, many close Friends and will always be remembered by her many students and their families whom lives she touched over the years. No visitation. Family and Friends are welcome to the Funeral Mass at Saint Michael's Church, 515 Cheapside Street, on Thursday morning. May 25th at 10 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada would be appreciated (John T. Donohue Funeral Home)

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McGEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-13 published
CURTIS, Marie (McCARTHY)
Peacefully at her residence Grey Gables, Markdale, on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in her 95th year. Ann Marie McCARTHY was the beloved wife of 55 years to the late Bryce CURTIS (1988.) Much loved by her daughter Joan and her husband Tom McGEE of Flesherton. Beloved Nana of Kelly (Dale) MERRIFIELD, Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON (Chad JACKSON), Kerry, Paul CURTIS, Dawn (Kevin) KELLY and precious Great Nana of 10 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her son Bill (1987,) grand_son Michael McGEE (1989,) sisters May HAYES, Margaret BALDWIN, Theresa HAYES, and brothers Gerard, John, and Malcolm McCARTHY. Marie CURTIS was Reeve of the Village Long Branch from 1953-1962, a charter member of the Metropolitan Toronto Council, secretary-treasurer of the Mayors and Reeves of Ontario, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Long Branch Royal Canadian Legion, spokesperson and advisor to members of the Grey County Council in the 1960's and 70's and is best remembered for the City of Toronto Park named in her honour for the support role she played in relief efforts after Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The family will receive Friends at Gentle Shepherd Community Church (8th concession and Inkerman Street), Eugenia, on Tuesday, March 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of the life of Marie CURTIS will be held at the church on Wednesday, March 15 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Markdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation or Gentle Shepherd Community Church would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton 1-888-924-2810.

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McGEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-15 published
Village's spirited defender dies
Long Branch's Marie CURTIS, 94, fought subway wars, hurricane Hazel
By James RUSK. Page A12
Marie CURTIS, who as reeve of the village of Long Branch from 1953 to 1962 paved its streets and fought the building of the Bloor-Danforth subway line, has died.
Ms. CURTIS, a feisty woman whose spirited advocacy for her municipality foreshadowed the careers of municipal leaders like Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCALLION, was one of the few remaining city political figures whose career began before the creation of Metropolitan Toronto in 1954.
A charter member of Metro council, Ms. CURTIS died of an apparent stroke on Sunday at age 94 in a nursing home in Markdale, said her daughter, Joan McGEE.
"She was absolutely a stormy petrel, as they used to call them in those days…. She was a doughty defender of her municipality, no doubt about it," said former Toronto mayor David CROMBIE. "I'm an old Swansea guy from the waterfront, and Marie CURTIS was one of my mom's heroes."
When Ms. CURTIS was reeve, the village on Long Branch on the shore of Lake Ontario had a population of only 10,000. Lakeshore Road, now Lakeshore Boulevard, was its main street, recalled Toronto councillor Doug HOLYDAY, whose family settled in the village in 1919.
"You could run into quite a few people on a Saturday and Marie knew just about everybody. Consequently, she was the reeve for nine years there," said Mr. HOLYDAY, the last mayor of Etobicoke before it was amalgamated with Toronto in 1997.
Ms. CURTIS and her husband moved to Long Branch in 1935 at the height of the Depression to escape high rents in Toronto. After a term as deputy reeve, she became reeve while the postwar boom was hitting a village that only a few years earlier had given returning Second World War veterans free building lots.
Those were likely lots on unpaved side streets, and one of Ms. CURTIS's achievements as reeve was to get sewer lines put in and the roads paved, her daughter said.
"They put in the sewers and they paved the streets and she got them to plant crabapple trees. And every spring, if you drive through Long Branch, there they still are on the edges of the streets," Ms. McGEE said.
Soon after Ms. CURTIS became reeve, two storms rolled in. One was the 1954 creation of Metropolitan Toronto, an upper-tier supergovernment that controlled and guided the city's postwar expansion.
The Lakeshore communities fought the creation of Metro, and although as reeve of Long Branch Ms. CURTIS served on the first Metro council, the fights did not end.
When Metro decided to build an east-west subway line and impose a small property-tax increase to help pay for it, she fought the tax all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
She paid a price for her opposition to the subway line when she was tossed off Metro's executive committee.
At the time she told a reporter, "I'm in this fight because I think I'm right, and when you are right, you're not doing right by yourself or anyone else if you back down."
The other storm to hit in 1954 was hurricane Hazel. On October 15 that year, after moving up from the United States the storm battered Toronto, killing 81 people and leaving thousands of families homeless. Long Branch was severely flooded. After the storm, 30 properties that had been in its path on the flood plains of Etobicoke Creek were expropriated.
Property owners who thought they were not getting enough for their homes turned to Ms. CURTIS, and she helped them get more money from the city. Instead of houses being rebuilt at the same location, however, a 35-acre park was created at the mouth of Etobicoke Creek.
Then it came time to name the park.
"First they were going to call it Curtis Park, that was the story, then [former Ontario premier] Les FROST told [former Metro chair] Fred GARDINER that they would have to call it Marie Curtis Park, because there was only one Marie CURTIS. So they did that…. It is a living memorial to her. It always will be there," said Ms. McGEE said, adding that she will tell this story at her mother's funeral today.
In 1962, five years before a second round of amalgamation saw Long Branch merged into the city of Etobicoke, Ms. CURTIS left politics and moved with her husband to a retirement home near Flesherton in the Beaver Valley.
Until 1968, she was secretary-treasurer of the Mayors and Reeves of Ontario, the forerunner of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Until a stroke four years ago, she returned to Toronto for events and, on occasion, to appear at council meetings to speak out for Long Branch, Mr. HOLYDAY said.
Ms. CURTIS was predeceased by her husband, Bryce, a son and a grand_son. She leaves her daughter, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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McGEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-10 published
KELLY, Dr. Norman Henry, M.D.
(September 17, 1921-January 8, 2006)
"Love between two children of God outlives the union, outlives failing bodies, outlives the earth itself. Love, in whatever celestial form it takes in heaven, lives on after the earthly shell has passed into dust. For the one who believes, death changes "goodbye" into other more hopeful words. I will see you soon my love. I cannot bring you back to me, but I can come to you. And I will." And he has. Norman KELLY died peacefully at home to join his beloved wife, Helen, of 60 years in the fourth mansion on the right just inside the Pearly Gates. Norm served both his country in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2, and his community as a family doctor. He will be sadly missed by his loving son Robert, beloved granddaughters Sheila Anne KELLY (mother Mary Ellen JAMIESON) and Katrina Kato KELLY (mother Dr. Christine KATO,) daughter-in-law Barbara DATLEN- KELLY and her son James DATLEN (David CLEGHORN,) sisters and brothers-in-law Marie PRITCHARD, Kay and Charlie PEEVER, Joan and Bernie O'DONNELL, Grace MASON, Leo McCARTHY, Tom ROBERTS and many nieces and nephews. Norm was predeceased by his cherished wife Helen, his beloved son Norman Henry, grand_son Norman Francis, sister Anne McGEE, brother Tom KELLY, sisters-in-law Eleanor ROBERTS, Marcella SULLIVAN, Mary McCARTHY, Berta KELLY, brothers-in-law Bill MASON, Joe McCARTHY and Gord McGEE. Friends and family will gather for the Funeral Mass on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. at St. Aidan Church (3501 Finch Avenue East). Visitation will take place at Jerrett Funeral Home (6191 Yonge Street) on Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11 between 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Save A Family Plan would be appreciated.

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McGEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-22 published
ALDRIDGE, Brian Edward
On January 20, 2006, aged 51 years. It is with great sadness that we announce Brian's passing. He died peacefully, surrounded by family and close Friends. He will be greatly missed by his loving mother, Nancy, (predeceased by his father, Ted) his beloved wife, Susan, his adored Bunny-Baby, Christine, special nephew, Morgan McGEE, Auntie Shirley, cousin Diane, parents-in-law, Paul and Olga SOPOCI, sisters-in-law, Ellen McGEE, Ollie PEHLEMANN (Mark,) Paulette SOPOCI and Dorie STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Chris,) nephews and nieces, James, Ally, Curtis, Bennet, Abbey, Sophie and Graham, "Uncle" Ralphie and best friend, Harry MINAKER. Predeceased by brother-in-law, Kevin McGEE, his "partner-in-crime." Brian was the "King of Talk" and helped countless people avoid parking fines and collections. His dry sarcasm drew many laughs and all who knew him will remember his funny comments and quick wit. Although never formally trained, Brian's culinary skills were legendary and we will be forever experimenting to replicate his famous Caesar salad dressing. Our sincerest thanks to the fabulous, caring staff of Southlake Regional Hospital, especially, Sherri, Shelly and Ruth, Dr. NIKHAN, Dr. WEINGARTEN and Dr. MANN. Family will greet Friends at the Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora on Monday, January 23 from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. On Tuesday, January 24, family will greet Friends at 1: 00 p.m., at the Aurora United Church, 15186 Yonge Street, Aurora, prior to a 2: 00 p.m. celebration of Brian's life. Reception to follow. Hawaiian shirts and colorful clothes required! In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Liver Foundation. Brian, we'll miss your great hugs! Long may your barbeque sizzle!

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McGEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-13 published
CURTIS, Ann Marie (McCARTHY)
Peacefully at her residence, Grey Gables, Markdale on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in her 95th year. Ann Marie McCARTHY was the beloved wife of 55 years to the late Bryce CURTIS (1988.) Much loved by her daughter Joan and her husband Tom McGEE of Flesherton. Beloved Nana of Kelly (Dale) MERRIFIELD, Kimberley McGEE- JACKSON (Chad JACKSON), Kerry, Paul CURTIS, Dawn (Kevin) KELLY and precious Great-Nana of 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her son Bill (1987,) grand_son Michael McGEE (1989,) sisters May HAYES, Margaret BALDWIN, Theresa HAYES, and brothers Gerard, John, and Malcolm McCARTHY. Marie CURTIS was Reeve of the Village Long Branch from 1953-1962, a charter member of the Metropolitan Toronto Council, secretary-treasurer of the Mayors and Reeves of Ontario, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Long Branch Royal Canadian Legion, spokesperson and advisor to members of the Grey County Council in the 1960's and 70's and is best remembered for the City of Toronto Park named in her honour for the support role she played in relief efforts after Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The family will receive Friends at Gentle Shepherd Community Church (8th Concession and Inkerman St.), Eugenia on Tuesday, March 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of the life of Marie Curtis will be held at the church on Wednesday, March 15 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Markdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation or Gentle Shepherd Community Church would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton, 1-888-924-2810.

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McGEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-14 published
Marie CURTIS, 94: Long Branch fighter on Metro Council
Marie CURTIS always spoke her mind
Fought doggedly for her constituents
By Phinjo GOMBU, Staff Reporter
As reeve of the long-gone village of Long Branch, Marie CURTIS took pride in being described as a plain-spoken housewife whose political commentary was as crusty as the scrumptious apple pies she loved to bake.
And as politicians -- including then-Toronto mayor Nathan PHILLIPS and Metro chairman Fred GARDINER -- soon realized, they crossed CURTIS's path at their peril.
The year was 1953, and CURTIS, who represented Long Branch -- a working-class community of about 10,000 long since incorporated into Etobicoke -- on Metro Council, was a reeve who believed in speaking her mind.
"If you wanted a job done, call Marie," recalled Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCALLION, whose long political career in local politics was beginning just as CURTIS's was ending.
"She was such an energetic, lively person who didn't hesitate to take a stand on an issue," McCALLION said. "When she was active, I was just a junior in local politics and I always admired her and had great respect for her."
From her epic battles against the east-west Toronto subway line, to helping the victims of Hurricane Hazel relocate, to creating Toronto's regional parkland system, CURTIS left her mark on a city that was just beginning to take form.
She lambasted builders who got a permit for one thing and then built another, called the youth of the day "big lumps" who didn't deserve publicly funded community centres, and fought tooth and nail for the interests of her constituents.
CURTIS, who is honoured today by Marie Curtis Park on the banks of Etobicoke Creek and Lake Ontario, died Sunday at her residence, Grey Gables, in Markdale, southeast of Owen Sound. She was 94.
She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Bryce CURTIS, in 1988, and by her son Bill in 1987. She is survived by her daughter Joan McGEE, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ann Marie McCARTHY, who was born on a farm in Wyebridge, near Midland, was a shy country girl until an aunt visited from St. Louis, Missouri, when she was 9 years old. Family lore has it that the aunt took a shine to her and the two went back to Missouri, where the girl discovered the joys of music, theatre and libraries things she didn't have back on the farm.
Ann Marie, who never went to high school or university, was a changed girl when she returned home. One of seven children, she was 14 when her mother died, and by 18 she was in Toronto working in a hat factory to help support the family.
A few years later she met her husband, Bryce CURTIS, and the couple settled in the village of Long Branch because -- much like today -- a house in Toronto was out of reach.
Back then, the village was a poor community made up of people who worked in about a half-dozen local industries that included making paint, bricks and water meters.
CURTIS's first foray into politics came when she was elected president of the local Home and School Association, where she led a victorious battle to get kindergarten classes. The ease of the victory piqued her interest, and she began attending local council meetings to learn about the business of politics.
In 1951, her life took a crucial turn when she learned the deputy reeve's spot was being filled by acclamation because nobody wanted to run against him.
"I thought that was awful," she told a journalist. "Why, he hadn't done anything but rubber-stamp the rest of the council all the time I was watching. So I went out to try and find someone to fight that drone."
Unsuccessful in finding the right candidate, she returned home one day and said she had found the perfect person: herself. She went on to win in 1952.
A year later, in 1953, CURTIS ran for reeve -- roughly equivalent to village mayor -- and was elected. Long Branch voters quickly learned they were on to a good thing and continued to re-elect her until she retired in 1962, a decade of municipal politics under her belt.
Betraying her housewife roots, CURTIS often said her proudest accomplishments included getting the village streets paved because she was fed up with complaints from parents about their kids tracking road tar into the house. She planted crabapple trees that still bloom every spring, and brought the village its first artificial ice rink by encouraging woman to sell kisses to gentlemen for $1 apiece.
But it was on Metro Council, where she was a charter member -- and the first woman to sit on the powerful executive committee with "Big Daddy" Gardiner -- that she began to make her mark.
CURTIS's politics were both populist and conservative.
She likened fathers who deserted their families to people who sold tainted meat from dead and diseased animals. Both, she pronounced, should be horsewhipped.
CURTIS wanted police officers posted outside drinking establishments to keep drunks from driving. But she didn't think government could force people out of their cars and on to public transit, and supported the ill-fated Spadina Expressway.
It was, however, her opposition to the Bloor-Danforth subway line -- a pet project of the mayors of Metro Toronto's bigger municipalities in the early 1950s -- that propelled her into the limelight.
CURTIS said she couldn't support the idea because the residents of Long Branch were being forced to subsidize the Toronto Transit Commission while zoned bus fares in her village were rising unfairly.
The battle went all the way to the Supreme Court and twice cost her a place on council's executive committee. But both times she bounced back.
"My mother always told me that the only way she did really well at Metro Council was because she did her homework first," her daughter Joan said.
After she retired as reeve, CURTIS continued to play a role in politics for six years as executive director of the Association of Mayors and Reeves of Ontario -- forerunner to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
"She was well-respected by the elected people across the province," McCALLION said.
On leaving municipal politics, CURTIS was urged by all three political parties to run for the provincial Legislature. Instead, she moved to a farm near Markdale to be with her retired husband.
Visitation is at Gentle Shepherd Community Church, 8th Concession and Inkerman St. in Eugenia, near Markdale, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A celebration of CURTIS's life will be held at the church tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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McGEOUGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
McGEOUGH, Hannah
Peacefully at the Rouge Valley Health Centre on Thursday, March 16, 2006. Hannah McGEOUGH in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of the late Louis. Beloved mother of Nora FITZPATRICK, Anne KRATZ, William, and the late Louis. Dear grandmother of Michael (Tanya) FITZPATRICK, Brian FITZPATRICK, Mary-Anne (David) KRATZ, and Joseph KRATZ. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, both in Canada and in the United Kingdom. Sister of Lil, Anne, Isa, Grace, and James of Glasgow, Scotland, and Mara of Kentucky. Predeceased by siblings Alexander, William, Robert, and Rita. The family will receive Friends at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax (Pickering Village), 905-428-8488 from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. Cremation. At Hannah's request, donations to the Lung Association or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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McGEOWN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
LEE, Nora F. (née McGEOWN)
Peacefully on Sunday, February 26, 2006 at Scarborough General Hospital, at the age of 78, with her daughter by her side. Beloved wife of the late Victor LEE. Loving mother of Walter and Darlene and her husband Wayne. Survived by her sisters Mary, Beatrice, Louise, and Madeline and predeceased by siblings Margaret, Eileen, Anna, Pat, John, and Jim. Nora will be fondly remembered by her family and Friends. Visitation will be heldat the 'Scarborough Chapel' of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 1 p.m. Donations may be made to theCanadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Nora. Condolences may be sent to wayne1@ica.net

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McGEOWN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-24 published
HARDING, George
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of George on Sunday, April 23, 2006 at the age of 77. Loving husband of Evelyn for 55 years. Devoted father of Vi (Joe McGEOWN,) Ruth (Dave PRITCHARD) and Bill (Karen HARDING.) Proud grandfather of Derek, Lisa, Heather, Julie, Miranda, Melissa, Sara and Melanie. Great-Grandfather to Christianne, Keenyn, Brian, Quade, Kevin, Maddison, Braedon, Michael, Matthew and Noah. Predeceased by brother Mac, will be sadly missed by his sister Isabel. George will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Friends may be received at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. W. (one block east of Runnymede Rd.) on Monday, April 24, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service 12 noon Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in Lynett Chapel. Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens (North York). Rest in peace George.

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