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NURSE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-26 published
City loses 'remarkable force'
By Patrick MALONEY and Claire NEARY, Sun Media, Wed., December 26, Beryl IVEY, the London icon whose philanthropy touched education, health care and the arts in London and beyond, has died. She was 82.
Though she and her husband of nearly 60 years, Dick, moved to Toronto about 18 months ago, her love of the place she called home since arriving for university never waned, her family says.
"She missed London enormously," her son Richard IVEY said from his Toronto home last night.
"She loved London and she loved many of the institutions, big and small, in London."
IVEY was felled by a heart attack Sunday and hospitalized in Toronto. She died there yesterday morning, three days shy of her 83rd birthday.
But on Monday -- Christmas Eve -- she was in "vintage form," her son said. "So, we all got to say hi and bye."
As news of the death spread yesterday, praise poured in for IVEY, who, along with her husband, donated an estimated $150 million and left a lasting mark on the Forest City.
"This city and province and country has lost a great Canadian," said Tony DAGNONE, former chief executive of the London Health Sciences Centre.
At the University of Western Ontario, whose prestigious business school bears the Ivey name, there's no overstating the effects of her generosity, said University of Western Ontario president Paul DAVENPORT.
"I feel an enormous admiration for all she's done for London and for Londoners," he said. "The Ivey family is the foremost benefactor of (Western). There's no doubt about that."
Far from just a financial donor, the modest, five-foot-two IVEY believed passionately in the institutions she supported, said London member of provincial parliament Deb MATTHEWS. IVEY's legacy in London, said Mayor Anne Marie DECICCO- BEST, will live on indefinitely.
A private funeral will be held in London Friday, her birthday, and a memorial at a later date. She will be buried in London.
Born Beryl NURSE in 1924 in Chatham to a Canadian army lieutenant-colonel who taught elementary school, and a former military nurse, IVEY was a celebrated track star who arrived at University of Western Ontario in 1943. It was the academic scholarship she received that would inspire her generosity years later, she said in a 2005 interview.
She graduated valedictorian from University of Western Ontario-affiliated Brescia College -- to which she would years later give $750,000 for a library expansion -- and became a teacher at Beal secondary school in London.
She married Dick IVEY, who she met in her first year at University of Western Ontario, and joined his wealthy family, co-founders of the Empire Brass Manufacturing Co., now known as Emco.
In the 1950s, the pair had four children, to whom Friends say they passed along their sense of generosity. It was Dick's father, Richard G. IVEY, who in 1947 incorporated the Ivey Foundation.
Beryl is credited with the business-like approach to philanthropy the family adopted in the 1970s.
She and Dick passed along control of the foundation to their four children in 1997.
The list of organizations the Ivey generosity helped is long and distinguished: University of Western Ontario and the London Health Sciences Centre, the Grand Theatre, Museum London, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Parkwood Hospital.
For Beryl and Dick, travel also was a passion. Business often took them to Europe, but they also made several trips to Africa and to the remote Arctic.
They were art enthusiasts, and Beryl's love of the outdoors was referenced by Friends last night, with one calling her an "amazing gardener."
To celebrate the 55th anniversary of their mother's graduation from Western, IVEY's children created the Beryl Ivey Garden at the university, which includes plants from her own garden.
About two years ago the couple moved to Toronto to be closer to their children, effectively severing the historic family's last physical presence in London.
In June, Beryl was named to the Order of Canada. It was an honour she eagerly anticipated receiving this February, friend Bill BRADY of London said last night. While she will be remembered for her generosity, BRADY -- who called IVEY "a remarkable force" said she was anything but a cheque-writer. "She was no pushover.
"You had to make a strong case for (support); you had to prove it was worthwhile."

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NURSE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-12-27 published
IVEY also a very respected businessperson
Former London member of provincial parliament Dianne CUNNINGHAM says Beryl Ivey was 'a role model for many.'
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Thurs., December 27, 2007
Beryl IVEY, whose philanthropy touched the lives of countless, was also an astute London businessperson, her acumen admired by many.
Accolades continued to pour in yesterday for the London icon who died Christmas morning and will be buried in London tomorrow her birthday -- following a private family service.
A memorial service will be held January 11 at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London.
"Most of us know her as a business woman," said Dianne CUNNINGHAM, a former London member of provincial parliament, Ontario cabinet minister and now director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Richard IVEY School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
"We were all involved in raising money and there was always a business plan in place. She always asked the questions… She was a role model for many of us."
CUNNINGHAM, who has known Beryl and Dick IVEY for more than 30 years, was devastated by the news of IVEY's death three days before her 83rd birthday after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.
"She taught us to ask questions, be generous and to always say thank you," said CUNNINGHAM. " She was a great advisor for everybody, who would give you her best ideas. Has London ever known a family like this? No. I'm going to miss her very, very much."
Another London icon, Don SMITH, who founded Ellis-Don Ltd., Canada's second-largest construction company, said he lost a "close friend."
SMITH said Beryl IVEY, president of Beehive Investments Inc., sat on many boards, including corporations, but not just in an honorary capacity.
"Her judgement certainly was respected," said SMITH. " She brought to boards an intelligent, female point of view. She'll certainly be missed."
Through her company Beehive, IVEY contributed $1 million toward a $9-million partnership fund for London's National Centre for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery.
Born Beryl NURSE in 1924 in Chatham to a Canadian army lieutenant-colonel, IVEY was a gifted high school athlete who received a full scholarship to Brescia College at University of Western Ontario in 1943.
It was at school that she met Dick, whom she married in 1949, becoming part of a wealthy family that co-founded the Empire Brass Manufacturing Co., now known as Emco.
It was Dick's father, Richard G. IVEY, who in 1947 incorporated the Ivey Foundation that became such a big part of the couple's lives.
Beryl IVEY is credited with the business-like approach to philanthropy the family adopted in the 1970s. She and Dick passed along control of the foundation to their four children in 1997.
Beryl and Dick IVEY moved to Toronto from London 18 months ago to be closer to their children. In June, Beryl was named to the Order of Canada.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, four children, nine grandchildren and a brother, Robert NURSE.
It's estimated the IVEYs donated about $150 million to philanthropy over several decades.
While much is known about the IVEYs volunteerism and philanthropy toward education, medicine and the arts, not so well known is their wide-ranging interest and support for the environment.
The World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Talbot Land Trust are but a few of the IVEY's benefactors.
Judith RODGER, former chair of the London Community Foundation, said Beryl and Dick IVEY "had a sense of the importance of protecting biodiversity.
"If you ever needed good, sensible advice, Beryl was a good person to turn to," said RODGER.
"She was very astute and cared deeply about the environment. And she had a real business sense."
John KIME, former chief executive of the London Economic Development Corp., said the IVEYs didn't give blindly.
"She put discipline into managing their philanthropy," he said.
"They supported things they felt were truly worthwhile. They did wonderful research and then backed those causes or projects strongly, with commitment. She was an extraordinary person in terms of her commitment to this community. It's a huge loss."
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to Foundation Western at University of Western Ontario or the London Community Foundation. Online condolences may be posted at www.harrisfuneralhome.ca

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NURSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-06 published
GRANT, Doreen Violet (née COWAN) (February 21, 1924-June 3, 2007)
In her 84th year, as a result of a debilitating stroke, Doreen passed away surrounded by her family and under the compassionate care of the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital. Even though she was paralyzed and without speech, Doreen was able to communicate expressions of her love to the members of her family and Friends at her bedside with a smile and a squeeze of the hand. She was predeceased in 1983 by her husband of over 40 years, William (Bill) A. GRANT, an executive of Philips Electronics. She leaves behind her family: daughter Margaret, daughter Karen (Larry JACKSON,) daughter-in-law Carol GRANT and son Hugh (Sheri PURCELL.) She is lovingly remembered by her four grandchildren, Scott (Liz PLATTS), Tracey (Dave PENDER), Joni BRUNTON (Andrew LAMORE), and Kate JACKSON; and one great-grandchild, Jessica MacDONALD and many beloved nieces and nephews. Her two remaining brothers, Bert COWAN (Sue) of Vancouver and George COWAN (Lena) of Port Colborne also mourn her passing. She is predeceased by her siblings: Het NURSE, Boyd COWAN and Mary JOHNSON. Doreen remained vigorous, vibrant and independent until her stroke. She lived in her own home, carefully tended her own gardens and played bridge with a number of groups. 'Granny' was a welcome and active participant in the lives of her children and their families. The day of the stroke she was taking pleasure in the warm spring sun from her seat on the front porch swing of her home. Through her life Doreen was an active force in everything in which she became involved. Through the fifties and sixties, summers at the 'Lake of Two Rivers' cottage meant all the Algonquin Park staff knew her by name. She was also active in the Progressive Conservative Party at both the federal and provincial levels, participating in many election and leadership campaigns. Following cremation, a visitation will be held at the Pine Hills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 625 Birchmount Road, Toronto (416-267-8229) on Sunday, June 10, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.

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NURSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-26 published
Benefactor Beryl IVEY dead at 82
By Patrick MALONEY and Claire NEARY, The Canadian Press, Page A7
Toronto -- Beryl IVEY, an iconic philanthropist who for decades supported education, health care and the arts across Ontario and beyond, died yesterday at 82.
Ms. IVEY suffered a heart attack Sunday and was hospitalized in Toronto.
She died there yesterday morning, three days shy of her 83rd birthday.
Ms. IVEY's son Richard said that his mother was in "vintage form" right up until her death.
As news of the death slowly spread, praise poured in for Ms. IVEY, who, along with her husband, donated an estimated $150-million to various causes through the Ivey Foundation.
"This city and province and country has lost a great Canadian," said Tony DAGNONE, former chief executive of the London Health Sciences Centre.
At the University of Western Ontario, whose business school now bears the Ivey name, the effects of her generosity cannot be overstated, University of Western Ontario president Paul DAVENPORT said. A private funeral will take place in London on Friday and a memorial will be held at a later date.
Born Beryl NURSE in 1924 in Chatham, Ontario, she was a celebrated track star when she arrived at University of Western Ontario in 1943. She married Dick IVEY, whom she met two months into her first year at University of Western Ontario.
Dick's father, Richard G. IVEY, incorporated the Ivey Foundation in 1947. Beryl, however, is credited with the businesslike approach to philanthropy the family adopted in the 1970s.
In June, she was named to the Order of Canada.
Her friend Bill Brady - who called Ms. IVEY "a remarkable force" - said she was "no pushover" when it came to cash.
"You had to make a strong case for [financial support]. You had to prove it was worthwhile. I can't think of another philanthropic family who did the kind of research they did."

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NURSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-27 published
IVEY, Beryl M. (née NURSE)
In the early hours of Christmas morning, in her 83rd year, 2007, Beryl IVEY died in her sleep of heart failure. She will be greatly missed by her husband Richard, her children Richard (Donna), Jennifer Ivey BANNOCK, Rosamond (John MacFARLANE) and Suzanne Ivey COOK (Dan,) her grandchildren Samantha, Alexandra and William IVEY, Olivia, Stephanie and Michael BANNOCK, and Dylan, Myles and Hayden COOK, and her brother Robert NURSE (Margaret.) Born in Chatham, Ontario, Beryl was predeceased by her parents Lt. Col. W. IVAN and Beatrice NURSE, and her sister Audrey WRIGHT.
A celebrated athlete in high school, Beryl attended Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario on full scholarship, earning a B.A., and then attended the Ontario College of Education.
In 1949 she began a 58 year partnership with Dick in which they focused on raising a family, volunteerism, community leadership and philanthropy. As the children grew, she became actively engaged as a board member for many arts organizations including the Shaw Festival and the National Ballet School. A lifelong interest in gardening and extensive travel to exotic destinations with Dick led Beryl to become increasingly enthralled by, and concerned for, nature's great gifts. For more than forty years, through environmental grantmaking at the Ivey Foundation and leadership at organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund Canada, she stood up and spoke out for conservation and the protection of biodiversity.
To round out her interests, for the last twenty years Beryl also devoted her considerable energy to the betterment of Canada's healthcare system through London based health care institutions, and to the advancement of education and research at The University of Western Ontario. Her devotion to volunteerism and philanthropy were recognized this year with her appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Beryl's kind and generous nature, impeccable integrity, intellectual curiosity and pursuit of excellence were admired by all who knew her.
A private family service and burial will take place on her 83rd birthday, December 28th. A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held on Friday, January 11, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint Paul's Cathedral, 472 Richmond Street, London, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation to Foundation Western at University of Western Ontario or London Community Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Condolences and memories may be forward through www.humphreymiles.com.

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NURSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-31 published
IVEY, Beryl M. (née NURSE)
In the early hours of Christmas morning, in her 83rd year, 2007, Beryl IVEY died in her sleep of heart failure. She will be greatly missed by her husband Richard, her children Richard (Donna), Jennifer Ivey BANNOCK, Rosamond (John MacFARLANE) and Suzanne Ivey COOK (Dan,) her grandchildren Samantha, Alexandra and William IVEY, Olivia, Stephanie and Michael BANNOCK, and Dylan, Myles and Hayden COOK, and her brother Robert NURSE (Margaret.) Born in Chatham, Ontario, Beryl was predeceased by her parents Lt. Col. W. Ivan and Beatrice NURSE, and her sister Audrey WRIGHT.
A celebrated athlete in high school, Beryl attended Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario on full scholarship, earning a B.A., and then attended the Ontario College of Education.
In 1949 she began a 58 year partnership with Dick in which they focused on raising a family, volunteerism, community leadership and philanthropy. As the children grew, she became actively engaged as a board member for many arts organizations including the Shaw Festival and the National Ballet School. A lifelong interest in gardening and extensive travel to exotic destinations with Dick led Beryl to become increasingly enthralled by, and concerned for, nature's great gifts. For more than forty years, through environmental grantmaking at the Ivey Foundation and leadership at organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund Canada, she stood up and spoke out for conservation and the protection of biodiversity.
To round out her interests, for the last twenty years Beryl also devoted her considerable energy to the betterment of Canada's healthcare system through London based health care institutions, and to the advancement of education and research at The University of Western Ontario. Her devotion to volunteerism and philanthropy were recognized this year with her appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Beryl's kind and generous nature, impeccable integrity, intellectual curiosity and pursuit of excellence were admired by all who knew her.
A private family service and burial will take place on her 83rd birthday, December 28th. A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held on Friday, January 11, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint Paul's Cathedral, 472 Richmond Street, London, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation to Foundation Western at University of Western Ontario or London Community Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Condolences and memories may be forward through www.humphreymiles.com.

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