GRASBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
JOHNSTON, Kenneth " Speed" Clarence
Peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer Mr. Kenneth (Speed) Clarence JOHNSTON of Blyth in his 73rd year. He is survived by his wife Thelma and by his family Glenda (Dave) NOVAK of Lyons, Illinois, Blaine (Tracy) JOHNSTON of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Dori JOHNSTON and Chris SHALONE, Lee (Albert) KWONG all of Edmonton, Sonya (Jeff) WERNER of Cambridge. Also missed by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by Thelma's family, Wayne (Debbie) McDOUGALL, Bill (Brenda) McDOUGALL all of Blyth, Diane (Ken) ANDERSON of R.R.#1 Londesborough, Shirley (Dan) TAILOR/TAYLOR of R.R.#1 Varna and Kevin (Betty) McDOUGALL of Trenton. Also missed by 10 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren. Dear brother-in-law of Lloyd (Lillian) APPLEBY of R.R.#2 Blyth, Marguerite (John) PECKITT of Nepean, Don (Sharon) APPLEBY of Lucan. Also missed by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Marjorie (GRASBY) JOHNSTON, sister Iona McLEAN, brothers-in-law Donald McLEAN and Bill APPLEBY, and by step-grand_son Luke ANDERSON. Friends will be received at the Blyth Visitation Centre of the Falconer Funeral Homes, 407 Queen Street, Blyth on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday January 5, 2007 at 2 p.m. Interment Blyth Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Blyth Legion Branch #420 Building Fund, Blyth Fire Department Training Centre, or Blyth Minor Sports would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #420 Blyth service will be held Thursday evening at 6: 45 p.m.

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GRASSBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-25 published
GRASSBY, Robert Leigh, P.Eng. (1920-2007)
Peacefully at Saint Mary's Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007. Husband of the late Joan O'HARA and Florence WALSH. Dear father of Leigh, Janet (Pierre CHOLETTE,) Robert (Lynn SWEENEY), John (Rhonda HAMEL- SMITH), Brian (Joanna BENNETT) and Elizabeth (Mike STEFAN.) Grandfather of Timothy, Shaughn and Katie McAULIFFE, Eric (Joanna MacLEOD,) Jennifer and Emily CHOLETTE, Ryan and Robyn GRASSBY, Andrew, Jamie and Alex (Fritzy) GRASSBY, Maggie and Robbie Hamel-Smith GRASSBY, Riley and Samantha STEFAN. son of the late Arthur GRASSBY and Amelia MARRIN of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his brothers, Gerald, Edward, Hugh, Kenneth, Richard and his three sisters Louise, Marguerite and Joyce. Survived by his brother James of Sudbury. Robert was President and Chief Executive Officer of Montreal Locomotive Works, V.P. of Dominion Bridge and Plant Engineer and Manager of research and development for Robert Mitchell Co. He was also President and board member of Saint Mary's Hospital, V.P. and director of Engineer's Club, board member of Hermitage Club, Honorary member of The Royal Montreal Golf Club and board member of Concordia University. During the war years he served in Northwest Europe, Italy and United Kingdom as a lieutenant, captain and acting major. He was a strong, loving, interested father and grandfather who leaves behind a supportive loving family who hope to follow his lead. Visitation at the Kane and Fetterly Funeral Home, 5301 Decarie Blvd., Montreal, Québec (corner Isabella) on Friday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Edmund of Canterbury Church (corner St. Charles and Beaconsfield), Beaconsfield, on Saturday, October 27 at 2: 00 p.m. If desired, donations may be made in his memory to the Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation, 3830 Lacombe Ave., Montreal, H3T 1M5. Condolences may be received at www.kanefetterly.com

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GRASSI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-23 published
GORDON, W. Fraser.
Unexpectedly in Montreal in his 27th year. Beloved son of Doctor Duncan GORDON and Doctor Kathy PRITCHARD. Dear brother of Alex and Campbell GORDON. He is also survived by his devoted nanny Janet GRASSI, as well as his loving uncles and aunts Bob PRITCHARD and Barbara CALDWELL of Kingston, Ontario; Mary Jane and Guy CROMBIE, Carol and Donald FARNSWORTH, Fred GORDON and Ruth PRITCHARD all of Toronto; cousins Carol and Steve PILE, John and Judith CROMBIE, Jane and Don GREGOR, Susan and Byron GUERRON, Michael FARNSWORTH, Bill, Andrew and Lis PRITCHARD. He is also survived by his large, extended family and loving Friends from Montreal, Mount Tremblant, Caledon Ski Club, Camp Hurontario, Camp Summit, Pennsylvania and Upper Canada College. Predeceased by his grandparents Jim and Zebba PRITCHARD, Deep River, Ontario and Isabel and Murray GORDON, Cache Bay, Ontario, and by his cousin Robert CROMBIE. Fraser was a great lover of the outdoors. He had a wonderful sense of adventure which he loved to encourage in young people. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), Toronto, on Sunday, November 25, 2007 from 4: 00-6:00 p.m. Funeral service Monday, November, 26, 2007, in Glebe Road United Church, 20 Glebe Road East, Toronto at 2: 00 p.m. Interment will be taking place in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If Friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to The Bernie Hodgetts Memorial Children's Fund, www.camphurontario.ca, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, or Alpine Ontario, 191 Hurontario Street, Suite #10, Collingwood, L9Y 2M1 to help support the Nancy Greene Coaches Program. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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GRASSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-04 published
Giovanni NOLFI, 74: 'Typical' guy had winning attitude
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Giovanni NOLFI was a happy man. He never had much. He never owned a car, never even learned to drive.
For years he worked hard at the factory, living frugally. When he could finally afford the down payment on a house near the Junction, he paid it off in just seven years.
He loved opera on the radio, his wife's pasta and the Azzurri, Italy's national soccer team. He urged his sons to study, to glory in the act of learning -- as he, a Grade 5 dropout, had never been able to. And his boys did. Between them they have five university degrees. Nick is a teacher and Jerry an optician and businessman.
"Every day we told them -- do what we couldn't do," said Elena NOLFI, his wife of 45 years.
NOLFI grilled his boys on world geography and constantly reminded them about the great Italians who shaped the world, including Giovanni Caboto (otherwise known as John Cabot) and Antonio Meucci, who he always insisted was the inventor of the telephone.
He doted on his six grandchildren, slipping them chocolate bars. He was their Nonno, a small and fiercely proud fixture at school concerts and hockey rinks. For them, he even sat through baseball games, a sport he never could understand.
A classic immigrant story? Yes. But something more.
NOLFI lived by a code: Chi si contenta gode. He who is contented prospers.
He was the youngest of five children. His mother took ill when he was young. ("He basically raised himself," said son Nick.) NOLFI was 13 when World War 2 ended and his two older brothers came home from fighting in Africa. The family farm couldn't support them all; the Italian economy was in ruins.
"Canada was his beacon. It was a place of hope and opportunity," said his son, Jerry.
He landed in Halifax July 1, 1958. He wasn't impressed with the train ride to Toronto -- it was definitely not up to the standard of European trains -- but he found an Italian-speaking haven in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood where his sister lived. He bunked on a cot on her side porch, for which he paid $16 weekly and washed dishes at Pinocchio's Restaurant for $1 an hour. When he didn't have the money for bus fare, he walked to the Etobicoke eatery.
"You hear the stories of the (wealthy developers) Del Zotto and Bratty families," said Nick NOLFI. " But there were (thousands) of Italians who came to Toronto, and they were like my father. My dad's story is typical."
He got a job in construction, working from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., until one day the boss just disappeared. He never did get paid for two weeks' work. He was saving every penny so he would have a place for Elena when she came to Canada. They had met at her sister's wedding and she waited for him for 3½ years. There was no money for transatlantic calls and at times she worried. "I think maybe I should forget him," she recalled. "Maybe he find a Canadian."
Instead, he found a piecework job in the Alpha Shoe Factory, working so hard he was soon earning $100 a week. Elena's protective parents had no intention of allowing her to go to Canada unmarried, but NOLFI wasn't earning enough to afford a trip home as well as to set up an apartment for his bride.
Like many other couples of the day, they married by proxy. He went with his sister to Toronto's Saint Michael's Cathedral September 10, 1961, and Elena stood at the altar in a beautiful church close to her home in Italy with her brother-in-law at her side.
Elena arrived in Canada the next March with a suitcase full of cheese that got lost until a man from near her village found it. He also gave her bread and three oranges. "I've never forgotten that," she said. But they were on their own in Toronto. "From the second Elena got here, it was Elena and Giovanni together, facing all their struggles," said Jill NOLFI, Jerry's wife.
They rented rooms in the High Park area, buying their house in 1966. They took in tenants; she babysat. NOLFI went off every morning to the shoe factory -- until the late 1960s, when he lost his job. He worked in other factories until he suffered a back injury in 1971 that rendered him unable to work for almost a year.
Elena cooked in a delicatessen to support the family until NOLFI could return to work after back surgery. His last job was at Warden and Eglinton. He would get up every morning at 4: 30 and ride the Toronto Transit Commission for 90 minutes. He spent some Saturdays on the couch suffering from excruciating headaches, but he never complained. Even after he retired at 61, he continued to get up at 4: 30 a.m. He went for daily walks in his neighbourhood, stopping people on the street to inquire where they were from. He was the kind of guy who would get to know everybody sitting in the doctor's waiting room. The cashiers at No Frills adored him.
He and his friend, the late Antonio GRASSO, were neighbourhood fixtures, talking politics, playing cards, joking, and meeting and greeting people.
"He loved talking to strangers, hearing their stories," said Nick.
On a trip to Italy this past May, he chatted with a man as his son fetched their luggage. When he ran into him later at a restaurant in Rome, he greeted the man as an old friend. It was his first trip back to Italy for 30 years. He saw Bugnara, his hometown, and enjoyed himself at a big family lunch that lasted until midnight.
No one knew he had cancer then. His health declined after he returned home. He died October 25 at age 74. "He wanted to die in Canada, it had become his home," said Jerry. "But you could never take the Italian out of Dad. It was a soul thing."
His wife has placed two flags -- one from each country -- at his grave.

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GRATTONI o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-11-02 published
MONACO, Silvano
Passed away at the Hanover and District Hospital on Saturday, October 27, 2007. Silvano MONACO, of R.R.#1 Neustadt, at the age of 67.
Beloved husband of the former Vani GRATTONI. Loving father of Nella and her fiancée Tim WELLS, and Silvia and her boyfriend Martin POLFUSS. Survived by one brother and one sister in Italy. Fondly remembered by the Grattoni family.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Silvano's Life was held at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.|

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GRAUVOGL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-13 published
GRAUVOGL, Ed
Peacefully after a brief illness on Friday, June 8th, 2007 at the Toronto Grace Hospital. Beloved husband of Mei and loving father of Tag. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 at 11 o'clock, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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GRAVA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-03 published
RAMSAY, Donald Allan, CM, MA, Ph.D., Sc.D., F.R.S.C., F.R.S.
Researcher Emeritus, National Research Council
Peacefully at home on Thursday October 25, 2007 age 85. Beloved husband of the late Nancy RAMSAY of 52 years. Loving husband of Marjorie C.F. RAMSAY. Dearly loved father of Shirley NINCEVIC, Catharine J. RAMSAY (Roy KNIGHT,) Linda DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and the late Wendy GRAVA (Juris.) Cherished grandfather of Paul NINCEVIC, Christina and Eric GRAVA. son of the late Norman and Thirza RAMSAY. Brother of Gordon RAMSAY (the late Mary) (Christine) and the late Kenneth RAMSAY (Beryl.) Uncle of Mary HARRIS, Elizabeth, Margaret and Jean RAMSAY. A Memorial Service for Donald will be held Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Kingsway United Church, 630 Island Park Drive, Ottawa at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to World Vision or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Born in Putney, England July 11, 1922, he attended Latymer Upper School and Cambridge University where he met his wife Nancy. A keen rower for St. Catharine's College, he rowed as a Cambridge Blue in 1944. After Cambridge they immigrated to Ottawa arriving in July 1947; he took up a position as Research Officer at National Research Council in the field of molecular spectroscopy. Don worked at National Research Council for over 60 years producing some 200 scientific publications. In the early years of his career, he helped to establish the faculty of Science at Ottawa University, teaching courses for 8 years. He founded the International Symposium on Free Radicals in 1956. His scientific research led to world wide collaboration, encouraging international exchange of people and ideas. Donald and Nancy were Charter Members of Kingsway United Church since inception in 1947. They joined the church choir and Don took up organ lessons and continued to be organist at Kingsway for 50 years. Their four daughters were born and raised in Ottawa. Summer holidays were time at North Star near Deep River, Ontario. Donald and Nancy traveled widely. They befriended and hosted numerous postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists and dignitaries who came to National Research Council, many of whom became life long Friends. Donald was greatly honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of Canada, the Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and received honourary degrees from the Universities of Reims and Stockholm. His achievements in the field of spectroscopy added immeasurably to the Council's international reputation and built linkages to organizations around the world. Unfailingly dedicated to The Royal Society of Canada, he twice served as Honourary Treasurer. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Centennial Medal in 1982, Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of Cdn. Confederation in 1992 and the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellowship. In 1997 he was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada. Kelly Funeral Homes 613-828-2313

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GRAVELLE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-06-11 published
SMITH, Dennis Murray
Suddenly in Owen Sound on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Dennis SMITH of Meaford, beloved husband of Frieda WIDEMAN, at the age of 67. Predeceased by his former wife Carol (née TIPPIN) in 1990. Loved father of Jerry and Naomi SMITH of Port Perry, Wendy SMITH and George UHLARIK of Branchton, Paul SMITH and Tammy KEAN of Meaford, and Chirs and Jane SMITH of Georgetown. Also remembered by Frieda's children Christine and Mitch BRADLEY of Elmira, Kathy and Richard GRAVELLE of Kitchener, and Gerry and Sue WIDEMAN of Drayton. Sadly missed grandpa of seven and step-grandfather of seven. Dear brother of Leta (Mrs. Bud WHITE/WHYTE) of Vancouver, British Columbia and predeceased by a sister Joanne (Jim) OLIVER of Meaford. Special nephew of Nina SMITH of Meaford. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., in Meaford on Tuesday from 1: 30 until 4 p.m. and from 7 until 9 p.m. Thence to Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford where funeral and committal services, officiated by Reverend Steve BEDARD, will be conducted on Wednesday, June 13 at 1: 30 p.m. with cremation to follow. As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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GRAVES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-07 published
VOZORIS, Doctor Demosthenes " Jim"
Dr. Demosthenes (Jim) VOZORIS passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at North York General Hospital. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (née GRAVES.) Dearest brother of Spiro VOZORIS and Dr. Agathocles VOZORIS (and Maria.) Loving father of Christine VOZORIS, Paula (and Angelo) VARVARO, and Kathryn VOZORIS. Cherished Papou of Isabella, Demosthenes, Mikel, Sophia, George and James. Will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Service to be held in All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 222 Burbank Road, (Toronto M2K 1P5) at 11: 00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Donations to the Parkinson Society Canada or All Saints Greek Orthodox Church would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com

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GRAVLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-29 published
BLOUIN, Georges-Henri, B.A., L.L.B. (1921-2007)
Georges BLOUIN passed away peacefully at Riverpark Place Retirement Residence on Thursday, December 27th at the age of 86. Predeceased by his loving wife Denise (ANGERS,) sister Madeleine and brother Louis-Paul. Father of Pierre (Sarale,) Micheline (Iain) GLENDINNING and Michael Joseph. Grandfather of Katherine (William) GRAVLEY, Andrew GLENDINNING and Nitzan, Gil, Ron and Dean BLOUIN. Great-Grandfather to Sean and Liam GRAVLEY. Former diplomat and Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from 1949 to 1986. Served abroad in New Delhi, San Francisco, Athens, Brussels and Washington, D.C. and as Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. At the end of his career was appointed Chief of Protocol of the Canadian Government and, in 1987, adviser to the Canadian Secretary to the Queen during her Majesty's official visit to Canada. A Funeral Service will be held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 at 2: 30p.m., immediately followed by a reception. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, those wishing can make memoriam donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Ottawa-Carleton, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 5Z6 or to a charity of one's choice. Condolences/ Donations at: www.mcgarryfamily.ca or 613-233-1143

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GRAW o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-09-21 published
OLIVER, Jean
Suddenly at her residence, Spruce Lodge, Stratford, on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of Ervin (1996). Stepmother of Eddie and his wife Wendy, Wayne and his wife Sonjia and Betty-Sue KING. Aunt to Jack (Jean) COUTTS, Libby (Ken) BEITZ, Maureen (Bob) DE GRAW, George COUTTS and Rob (Tracy) COUTTS. Will be sadly missed by her close Friends Sherry, Judy and Betty. Predeceased by her brothers Lloyd and Ken COUTTS. Jean's memorial service will be held in the chapel of the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home (519-745-9495) 621 King St. W., Kitchener on Friday, September 21, 2007 (today) at 1 p.m. Interment Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to United Westminster Church. Online condolences may be sent through www.mem.com.

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GRAYMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-18 published
SHATZ, Jack
On Monday, July 16, 2007 at York Central Hospital. Jack SHATZ, beloved husband of the late Alice SHATZ. Loving father and father-in-law of Stacie and Stan KATCHEN, Eddie and Cheri, and Michael and Traci. Dear brother of Shirley GRAYMAN and the late Harry and Barney SHATZ. Devoted grandfather of Josh and Elizabeth KATCHEN, Devra and Jordan FREEDMAN, Samantha, Jessica, Kylie, and Jake, and great-grandfather of Joseph and Ari. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave., W., (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Wednesday, July 18th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Emeth Section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva 110 Rosedale Heights Drive in Thornhill from 1: 00 p.m. daily. Memorial donations may be made to Toronto Hadassah Women's International Zionist Organization at 416-630-8373.

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GRAYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-16 published
GRAYSON, Eunice Marie (née SERVICE)
Eunice Marie GRAYSON passed away on October 15, 2007. She will be greatly missed by Kirk, her husband of fifty-one years. Her daughters, Sally and Vera, will also miss her greatly as will her six grandchildren, Lydia, Helen, Corin, Margot, Milena and Mariek and sister Vera JANISSE.
As the founding Executive Director of the Learning Enrichment Foundation, Eunice has had a profound impact on thousands of lives. Her deep love and respect for all was a cornerstone for Learning Enrichment Foundation as it grew over the years to become a strong family of over 265 employees, and a nationally recognized leader in Community Economic Development.
Friends, family, coworkers, colleagues are welcome to come together to celebrate Eunice's remarkable life at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave West (2 stop lights west of Yonge) on Wednesday October 17th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service of celebration will be held at Saint_James Cathedral, 65 Church St. (at King St. East), Toronto on Thursday October 18th at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations to The Learning Enrichment Foundation would be appreciated.

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GRAYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-18 published
A life quietly devoted to the needs of others
By John BARBER, Page A13
The first duty of a Protestant saint is to forestall their inclusion in the threatening hagiology, something Eunice GRAYSON did with the same consummate skill she brought to every task in a life devoted tenaciously to the needs of other people.
No Torontonian of her generation was more effective in that vocation than Ms. GRAYSON, who helped uncountable thousands of unemployed people find work at the Learning Enrichment Foundation, the all-purpose retraining centre she founded in the old "city" of York, a working-class enclave debilitated by the offshore migration of manufacturing jobs. Yet no Torontonian so influential, of any generation, was ever so little known.
Ms. GRAYSON died on Monday at 72, less than a year after retiring from a 27-year career as executive director of the Learning Enrichment Foundation.
Her passion was "getting people to see the good in themselves," Ms. GRAYSON's daughter, Sally, said yesterday. "Her priority was always other people." But her techniques were ruthlessly practical. Ms. GRAYSON took the "huddled masses" firmly in hand and transformed them, at the very least, into forklift drivers - or Microsoft-certified technicians or pastry cooks or whatever the market demanded and their talent permitted. No matter how slender their skills when they entered Learning Enrichment Foundation programs, graduates almost always found jobs at the end.
Ms. GRAYSON became an indomitable force on behalf of the unemployed, combining blind tenacity with the softest touch, according to long-time colleague Pamela RICHARDSON. "We could be sitting around a table with all these government types and she would kill them with kindness," Ms. RICHARDSON said. "That was her way. But it was a tough love. She never let anybody off the hook."
Learning Enrichment Foundation's very success at putting willing people to work, especially those who depended on social assistance, ultimately became a problem for Ms. GRAYSON, shaming official bureaucracies that consistently failed to match its results. She feuded regularly with the city's social-service department and once suffered the cancellation of Learning Enrichment Foundation's funding as a result. But she always won in the end. While governments foundered under the weight of wasteful and ineffective programs, Learning Enrichment Foundation rode high, a flagship in the noble cause of getting things done.
When the Mike Harris government implemented Draconian welfare changes, including a requirement that recipients work for their benefits, most social activists took to the streets in protest. But Ms. GRAYSON went to work, redesigning Learning Enrichment Foundation programs to suit the new rhetoric. As a result, Learning Enrichment Foundation was first in line to help the government fulfill its sketchy new training policy. The wheels of her jobs factory on Industry Street kept spinning while other agencies faltered.
She charmed politicians of every persuasion as easily as she rolled over them. "Everybody was so impressed when they met Eunice," recalled Fergy BROWN, Learning Enrichment Foundation chair and long-time mayor of the former city of York. "She was just so good at everything she did." But she rarely allowed anybody to celebrate her personally, preferring instead to invest her ego in her work.
Ms. GRAYSON founded Learning Enrichment Foundation in 1979 with a $50,000 grant from the York Board of Education and herself as sole employee. Through constant innovation and adaptation, it grew to employ more than 250 people in the job of getting other people jobs.
York has always been defined by economic barriers, according to Mr. BROWN. "It was that way when I was a kid 70 years ago." But whenever a new crack of opportunity appeared in the walls, Ms. GRAYSON was there to pry it open and prod her flock through the gap.
Today, her creation remains financially sound, its staff saddened but determined to honour their self-effacing founding saint. "The highest honour we can give her is to carry on what Learning Enrichment Foundation does," Ms. RICHARDSON said, "even though she's gone."

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