McKEAN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-09 published
SEYMOUR, Frank
Frank SEYMOUR of Thornbury, and formerly of Collingwood Township, passed away peacefully at Errinrung Nursing Home in Thornbury on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 in his 89th year.
Frank was born in Collingwood Township, a son of the late Ivor and Edith (née LEMINGTON) SEYMOUR of England.
As a young man, Frank was employed in the farming operations of the area and purchased his first house from his father located behind the Ravenna Store. After renting a farm for a few years, Frank purchased his own farm - the first farm south of Ravenna - which he managed as a mixed farming operation for over fifty years. Frank also worked at the Georgian Peaks for a number of years and will be remembered as a mail carrier on R.R.#2 Clarksburg. He was employed at Mitchell's Apple Plant both before and after it was destroyed by fire.
Following the sale of the farm, he and his wife moved into Thornbury where they resided for the past eleven years.
He will be lovingly remembered as a beloved husband by his wife of some fifty-two years, the former Leona WILSON.
He was the cherished father of John (Nancy) SEYMOUR of Ravenna, and Brenda (Doug) HEWGILL of Clarksburg.
He will be a most sadly missed Grandpa of Trish (Vaughn) PRIMEAU of Bowmanville; Ashley SEYMOUR of Kitchener; and Morgan, Darren and Blake HEWGILL all of Clarksburg. Sisters Marion (late Roy) SCARLETT, Violet (Howard) DAVIES and Georgina (late Harry) BOETTCHER all survive their brother Frank and he was predeceased by a brother Ernie (late Joan) SEYMOUR.
Funeral services, officiated by Reverend Doctor Brian GOODINGS, were conducted at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Friday January 4, 2008 with committal and interment following at Maxwell Cemetery.
Granddaughter Ashley SEYMOUR served as a flower bearer and Roy ROBERTSON, Eric MARRIOTT, John McKEAN and grand_sons Morgan, Darren and Blake HEWGILL served as pallbearers.
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McKECHNIE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-06-18 published
STEER, Hilton Manley
At Georgian Heights Nursing Home, Owen Sound on Friday, June 13, 2008. Hilton Manley STEER, formerly of Markdale in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Joyce (née MORRISON) of Markdale. Dear father of Darlene (Robert) WHEILDON of Elora, Rob (Norma) STEER of Eugenia and Bev (Kris) STEER of Owen Sound. Loving grandfather of Krista, Lee, Matthew, Aleshia, Rebecca and Claudia. Brother of Elsie McKECHNIE of Markdale and Lorraine CARMICHAEL of Owen Sound. Predeceased by parents Manley and Louisa STEER and sister Donelda MORAN. Friends called at the May Funeral Home, Markdale on Sunday, June 15 from 7-9 p.m. where Rev. Mark WAUGH officiated at a funeral service held on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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McKECHNIE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-24 published
SCHILDROTH, Florence Rebecca (née McKECHNIE)
Suddenly at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 21, 2008, Mrs. Florence Rebecca (McKECHNIE) SCHILDROTH of Listowel, in her 70th year. Beloved wife of Jack SCHILDROTH. Dear mother of Robert and Pamela SCHILDROTH, Roger and Nancy SCHILDROTH, Jacqueline and Jeff ESPENSEN, and Ron and Mary SCHILDROTH, all of Listowel. Grandmother of Jamie, Kaitlynn, and Megan SCHILDROTH, William and MacKenzie SCHILDROTH, Brett and Kelsey ESPENSEN, and Taylor and Nathan SCHILDROTH. Sister of Murray McKECHNIE of Port Elgin, Bruce and Pat McKECHNIE of Kincardine, Ken and Marici McKECHNIE of London, Mary and Matt PROSKIE of Fort McMurray, Alberta and Betty McKECHNIE of Port Elgin. Predeceased by her parents William and Florence (SMITH) McKECHNIE. Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Monday, 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel on Tuesday, March 25th at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend James STEWARD/STEWART/STUART officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation or North Mornington Presbyterian Church would be appreciate. Online condolences may be let at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca

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McKECHNIE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-16 published
STEER, Hilton Manley
At Georgian Heights Nursing Home, Owen Sound, on Friday June 13, 2008, Hilton Manley STEER, formerly of Markdale in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Joyce (née MORRISON) of Markdale. Dear father of Darlene (Robert) WHEILDON of Elora, Rob (Norma) STEER of Eugenia and Bev (Kris) STEER of Owen Sound. Loving grandfather of Krista, Lee, Matthew, Aleshia, Rebecca and Claudia. Brother of Elsie McKECHNIE of Markdale and Lorraine CARMICHAEL of Owen Sound. Predeceased by parents Manley and Louisa STEER and Sister Donelda MORAN. Friends may call at the May Funeral Home, Markdale, Sunday from 7: 00-9:00 pm., where a funeral service will be held on Monday June 16, 2008, at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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McKECHNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-02 published
BRECK, Alan William
(October 2, 1922-May 1, 2008)
Wing Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force (Retired)
Peacefully at home in Peterborough, Ontario. Bill, third and youngest son of Major Thomas Graham BRECK and Margaret Beryl McKECHNIE, predeceased by them and by his brothers, Leading Aircraftman Duncan Ewart BRECK, Royal Canadian Air Force (1941) and Doctor Wallace Graham BRECK (2001.) Survived by his wife Jean, son Ian Ewart BRECK and his wife Kathy and granddaughters Erika, her husband Rémi and their daughter Chloe, Bridget and Elizabeth, step-children John (2003), Andrew, Stephen, and Mary and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his first wife, Josephine Elizabeth THROOP (1985.) Bill joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 and served overseas as a pilot on 12 and 198 Squadrons, R.A.F., and 439 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. After graduation from Queen's University in Metallurgical Engineering in 1950 he re-entered the Royal Canadian Air Force as a technical armament officer, retiring in 1970. During his air force career, Bill attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (for two years), where he studied aeronautics and astronautics. He returned to Queen's as a law student, graduated in 1972 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1974. He practiced aviation law in Toronto and after retirement moved to his final home in Peterborough, Ontario. Cremation has occurred, family graveside service at a later date. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged. The picture is Bill at age 18 just before proceeding overseas in 1941. Firmus Maneo

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McKEE o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-03-26 published
ALTON, Frederick " Fred" George
Lifelong Markdale resident and respected community leader Frederick (Fred) George ALTON passed away on March 12, 2008 at the age of 78. Visitation was held on March 14 at the May Funeral Home in Markdale. Fred's humour and passion for life were celebrated on Saturday, March 15 at Annesley United Church in Markdale. Rev. Mark R. WAUGH officiated the funeral service. He remembered Fred as a loyal member of the congregation who had the ability to spread laughter throughout the church. David FRIES acted as the Director of Music. Eulogies were given by Fred's daughter Mary Anne, his grandchildren Jackie BURNS, Gracie ALTON, and Sam McKEE, as well as his longtime friend and fellow Rotarian Jerry BARTLEY. Pallbearers were Stan BAKER, Jerry BARTLEY, Carl BENNINGER, Oscar BURNSIDE, Ernie NICHOLLS and Don PLETSCH as well as honourary pallbearers Paul HANERBACH, Erling PEDERSEN and Lloyd SEWELL. Grandchildren Gracie ALTON, Jackie BURNS, Anthony DURKACZ and Sam McKEE acted as flower bearers. Interment followed at Markdale Cemetery. Family and Friends shared their memories of Fred and enjoyed refreshments served by the Annesley Women's Ministry Network in the Annesley Fellowship Hall. Fred was the longest-serving member of the Markdale Rotary Club (49 years) and owned and operated Alton Pontiac Buick for 36 years before retiring in 1998. Fred acted as volunteer firefighter and fire chief for the Markdale Fire Department and attended every Markdale Street Frolic since 1938. Fred was married to his beloved wife Glenora McGEE for 55 years. He was the loving father of Mary Anne ALTON and Andy McKEE of Owen Sound, Glenn and Donna ALTON of Florida and Robert ALTON of Owen Sound. He was a special grandfather of Jackie BURNS and her husband Anthony DURKACZ, Sam McKEE and Gracie ALTON and great-grandfather of Nate DURKACZ. He was predeceased by parents Cecil ALTON and Annie STAPLES, brother Cecil (Sandy) ALTON and sisters Florence PORTER and Ruth BURNSIDE. Donations were made to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation and Annesley United Church Memorial Fund.
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McKEE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-13 published
ALTON, Frederick " Fred" George
In his home town of Markdale, on Wednesday March 12, 2008, Frederick George ALTON of Markdale in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Glenora ALTON (McGEE.) Loving father of Mary Anne ALTON and Andy McKEE of Owen Sound, Glenn and Donna ALTON of Florida and Robert ALTON of Owen Sound. Special grandfather of Jackie BURNS (Anthony DURKACZ,) Sam McKEE and Gracie ALTON. Great-grandfather of Nate DURKACZ. Predeceased by parents Cecil ALTON and Annie STAPLES, brother Cecil (Sandy) ALTON and sisters Florence PORTER and Ruth BURNSIDE. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale on Friday March 14th from 2-4: 00 and 7-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Annesley United Church, 82 Toronto St. South, Markdale on Saturday March 15th at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Markdale Cemetery. In appreciation of the support received, the family welcomes donations to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation or Annesley United Church Memorial Fund.

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McKEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-13 published
WEIR, Marion E. (GREENE)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Sunday, February 10, 2008 Marion E. (GREENE) WEIR of London in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon A. WEIR. Dear mother of Daphne and her husband Roxy VIGNA of London, Derek and his wife Anita WEIR of New Zealand and Kevin and his wife Deb WEIR of Burford. Loved by 7 grandchildren Andrea, Erin, Christopher, Adam, Lee, Carol-Ann and Donny and 3 great-grandchildren Thomas, Ian and Karlee. Dear sister to Carolyn and to brother Ralph. A Memorial Service will be held at St. George Presbyterian Church, 1475 Dundas St. on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Keith McKEE officiating. Cremation and interment in spring at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation. Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. in charge of arrangements. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Marion WEIR.

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McKEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-01 published
MOORE, Norman
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, London on Friday, February 29, 2008 Norman MOORE of Dorchester in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of Barbara (née SMITH.) Loving father of Susan MOORE (Rob SAINT_DENIS) and Steve MOORE all of Dorchester. Dear brother of Pat McLEAN, Gail WILSON (Art,) Wayne MOORE (Pat) and Sharon FIELD all of Victoria, British Columbia, Helen POLLEN (Jake) of Windsor, Brian MOORE (Sharon) of Lambeth and Janice HARDY (Mike) of Tillsonburg. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. Norm was a long-time employee of Kellogg's he retired from Kellogg's in 1991. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Keith McKEE of St. George's Presbyterian Church, London officiating. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations to Parkwood Hospital (Stroke Rehab) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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McKEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-12 published
McKEE, John F.W.
(March 30, 1942-March 12, 2007)
A unique and generous soul whose passing has left us with an incredibly painful void in our lives. With many precious memories to keep him alive in our thoughts, we toast our "King of Hearts" Love Always Deb and family

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McKEE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-28 published
CARROLL, James
The family of the late James CARROLL wishes to express to our relatives, Friends, neighbours and co-workers, our sincere thanks for the many acts of kindness and donation received on the recent loss of a loving husband and father. We also would like to thank Rev. Janet FRADETTE and Rev. Keith McKEE, Shriners, Canadian Autoworkers Union Local #27, Kilwinning Lodge, No 64, London Rangers Soccer Club, The staff of Palliative Care Unit of Parkwood Hospital and Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-25 published
KING, Steven Allen, BLA
(December 2, 1959-March 20, 2008)
With great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Steven Allen KING. Steven died suddenly and prematurely of a massive heart attack while on his annual ski vacation in Colorado, in his 49th year. He grew up in Collingwood, Ontario, attended Collingwood Collegiate Institute and later graduated from the University of Toronto with his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. His successful garden design and landscape architecture business later expanded to include interior design and his talent was celebrated in many prominent Canadian and American publications. Steven was a keen athlete, pursuing his two great loves - tennis and skiing - with the same passion that he had for everything in life. He loved 'going north' on weekends where he entertained frequently with style and panache. A generous and loving person with incredible energy and style, he brought light and joy to everyone's life. son of Joan KING and the late Clare KING, brother to Diane and Deborah. Dear friend and companion to Peter WARNER. Cherished friend to Jean NOBLE, Anne Noble McKEE and Andrew McKEE and the adored 'Uncle Steven' to Maggie and Abbey McKEE. Steven will also be missed by his beloved golden retriever Celly and his many Friends and the staff of The Toronto Lawn Tennis. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Homes - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, A Memorial service will be held on Monday, March 31 from 6pm-8 p.m. at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, 44 Price Street, Toronto, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, Friends wishing to celebrate his memory may make donations to toronto lawn tennis club for the purposes of a Steven KING Memorial or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Friends may visit Steven's on-line Book of Memories at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-29 published
McKEE, Phrona Jane
After a long and contented life, Phrona passed away peacefully on March 24, 2008. She was the loving wife of the late R. John McKEE (McKee and McKee Insurance Brokers,) the dedicated and caring mother of David (Heather) and Jane, the devoted grandmother of Rachel and Rebecca. Loving sister of Pearl CONNOR and the late Alven FERGUSON and Nell DAWSON. A wonderful friend and mentor to Colette THOMAS. A private family service has been held. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Saint Peter's Anglican Church, c/o P.O. Box 83, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.

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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-31 published
KORTE, Adele
With all of us feeling that a future without Mom (a.k.a. Nana) has arrived at our doorstep far sooner than any of us hoped it would, the daughters and partners of Adele KORTE (Johanne/Rick GREGORY, Nancie/Andy WOLFF, Lu/Sue KING and Karen KORTE and Heidi/Bob McKEE) announce her sudden death March 28, 2008, while visiting family in Toronto. In true KORTE fashion she made her exit while packing the car to go skiing for the weekend! Adele was predeceased by her parents Gustave and Maria VOGEL, and her beloved brothers Ed and Don. It's said that you can tell a lot about a woman by rifling through her purse. As we stare at its contents poured out on the kitchen table, we realize Adele's bulging bag was no exception. A favourite watch of her husband Johan who predeceased her in 2007 after 51 years of marriage, photos of her adored 11 grandchildren (Ryan, Keli, Lian and Derek GREGORY, Makena, Hayden and Lake KORTE- MOORE, Quincy and Jesse KORTE- KING and Kayla and Kieran McKEE,) very old and stale but still used tubes of lipstick that spoke of a woman who was 'a child of the depression' beside blank cheques that were generously dispatched to make sure we never would be, a driver's license with the date of birth showing her to be younger than she actually was, Turkish lira and Saudi riyals, a much used library card, and, at the very bottom, a tiny yellowed newspaper clipping with words memory tells us she took to heart; 'You may have tangible wealth untold, Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold, Richer than I you can never be, I had a mother who read to me' In Adele's memory, grab a coffee, grab a book and grab a child. Not necessarily in that order! Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 2: 30 p.m. Condolences may be sent to korte.nomad@gmail.com.

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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-08 published
HENDERSON, Aileen (formerly TAILOR/TAYLOR)
Days after her 97th birthday, Aileen passed away on July 6, 2008. Widow of Sherman J. TAILOR/TAYLOR and more recently Jack J. HENDERSON., Aileen was loved by many, Bob TAILOR/TAYLOR (Linda), Ann COURT (Al), John HENDERSON (Joyce), Doreen HAMILTON, grandchildren Bob HENDERSON (Meagan,) Brian HAMILTON (Mavis,) Paul HENDERSON (Mariko,) Barry HENDERSON (Ginger), Diane HAMILTON (Tania), Laura HENDERSON (Barb), Kelly GODDARD (Dean), Derek COURT (Teoma), Lindsie COURT, Erin SUSIN and 17 great-grandchildren. Aileen will always be remembered for her loving and generous nature. She considered herself blessed to have had two long and happy marriages and took great pleasure in the many members of her extended family. Visitation will be at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East on Wednesday, July 10 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will take place in the Ogden Chapel on Thursday, July 11th at 10: 30 a.m. with services being conducted by Aileen's former minister at Knob Hill United, Reverend Andy McKEE. Cremation. Donations made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated by the family.

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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-14 published
FORRESTER, George (May 22nd, 1930-July 10th, 2008)
Born in "Toon Heed", Glasgow and raised in a loving family. Educated on scholarship at Allen Glen School, P.Eng. University of Glasgow, Masters P.Eng (Fulbright Scholar) Georgia Tech, MBA University of Toronto. Predeceased by "Ma" and George FORRESTER and his brother Gerry. Dearly missed by Cynthia FORRESTER, Burlington, sisters Beatrice FORRESTER, Arizona and Jenny EDDIE, Scotland. Loved by his children Janet McKEE (Michael) Cambridge, Massachussetts, Susan DALLEY (Fred) Toronto, Alan FORRESTER (Cathy) Vancouver and Kate FORRESTER (Damian) Midland. Adored by his grandchildren, Geneva, Fenner, Turney, Georgia, Hayden, Will, Robbie, and Charlie. Many thanks to the circle of care and Friendship that supported him in Ottawa during his fierce and optimistic seven year battle with cancer. A special thanks to Doctor Anne KEHOE, Susan KIRKPATRICK, Ray HUTTON, Julia CAREY and Trish BONGARD. George's joyful spirit will be missed by everyone he touched. A service will be held in his memory at St. Matthews Anglican Church, 217 First Avenue, Ottawa, at 1: 30 p.m. on Monday, July 14th. After the service Friends are invited to join family at George's home, where they are welcome to bring a bucket and shovel to take a piece of his garden. Thanks to the Hospice at May Court for their gentle loving care. George would appreciate that donations be directed to the Hospice at May Court.
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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-19 published
FORRESTER, George
(May 22nd, 1930-July 10th, 2008)
Born in "Toon Heed", Glasgow and raised in a loving family. Educated on scholarship at Allen Glen School, P. Eng. University of Glasgow, Masters P. Eng (Fulbright Scholar) Georgia Tech, MBA University of Toronto. Predeceased by "Ma" and George FORRESTER and his brother Gerry. Dearly missed by Cynthia FORRESTER, Burlington, sisters Beatrice FORRESTER, Arizona and Jenny EDDIE, Scotland. Loved by his children Janet McKEE (Michael) Cambridge, Ma., Susan DALLEY (Fred) Toronto, Alan FORRESTER (Cathy) Vancouver and Kate FORRESTER (Damian) Midland. Adored by his grandchildren, Geneva, Fenner, Turney, Georgia, Hayden, Will, Robbie, and Charlie. Many thanks to the circle of care and Friendship that supported him in Ottawa during his fierce and optimistic seven year battle with cancer. A special thanks to Doctor Anne KEHOE, Susan KIRKPATRICK, Ray HUTTON, Julia CAREY and Trish BONGARD. George's joyful spirit will be missed by everyone he touched. A Memorial service in George's memory has been held in Ottawa. Thanks to the Hospice at May Court for their gentle loving care. George would appreciate that donations be directed to the Hospice at May Court, 114 Cameron Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 0X1, 613-260-2906.
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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-01-28 published
McKEE, Anna (née MOORE)
Peacefully at Hill House Hospice on January 26, 2008, in her 78th year. Predeceased by her loving husband and best friend, Robert (Bob) McKEE in 2004. Dear Mom of Sharon (Jack THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON) and David McKEE (Rita ODO.) Beloved " Gee" to David THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON Michael, Margaret and Nicholas McKEE. Will be sadly missed by her many great Friends in Canada and the entire family circle in Northern Ireland. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie), on Monday, January 28, 2008 12-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at St. Matthew's United Church, 333 Crosby Avenue, Richmond Hill on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. No flowers please. In Anna's memory, donations to Hill House Hospice would be greatly appreciated.

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McKEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-11 published
McKEE, William Cecil " Bill"
Peacefully passed away on Friday, March 7, 2008 at Cummer Lodge. Predeceased by parents William and Sarah McKEE and sister Esther WOLYNER. Friend of the Towers family. Bill excelled at metallurgy and mechanical problem solving. He enjoyed dancing. Service at York Cemetery Chapel (160 Beecroft Rd., Toronto) on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 2 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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McKEEGAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-10 published
GRIEVE, Donald Guest
On Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Donald Guest GRIEVE, of Guelph, in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Karen (PATERSON) for 49 years. Survived by sons Craig (Janice) of Orillia, Douglas (Nance) of Guelph, and David (Anne) of Chesley. Proud Grandpa of Christopher, Lisa, Carli, Georgia, Connor, and Isobel. Also survived by brother William (Yvonne) of Dorchester, and sisters-in-law Joanne (Bob SCOTT) of Petrolia, Patricia (Albert McKEEGAN) of Wallaceburg, and Judith (Jim SCOTT) of Petrolia. Retired Professor, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph. Long-time member of Trinity United Church, the University of Guelph Alumni (Ontario Agricultural College '55), the Guelph Curling Club, the Guelph-Wellington Men's Club, and the Guelph Male Choir. Private cremation has taken place. The family will receive Friends at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph on Friday, April 11, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service to celebrate Don's life will be held at Trinity United Church, 400 Stevenson St. N., Guelph, on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Trinity United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home 519-822-4731 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com)

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McKEEMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-11 published
ROBERTSON, Joyce (née MADGWICK)
Peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2008 in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Doctor Struan F. Loving mother of Andrew and his wife Valerie, David, Bruce and his wife Karen, Keith, and Margaret McKEEMAN. Cherished Grannie of Jennifer, Graeme, Ian, Cameron and Emily. Joyce will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and Friends both in Canada and England. Joyce graduated as a nurse and midwife from Middlesex Hospital in London, England. She served with the Royal Air Force in the African Front during World War 2 where she met her husband. She then came to Canada in 1946 where the family settled in Toronto. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (Between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at All Saints Church Kingsway, 2850 Bloor St. W. on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes association or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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McKEGNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-21 published
ROSS, Claire Isabel (née REID)
Died June 17th in Kingston, Ontario where her devoted daughter Cindy ensured that her final years were made comfortable. Claire was the loving daughter of Harold and Clara (SUTTON) REID of Montreal. When Claire grew up in Quebec higher education was a luxury only the affluent could afford. She was sent to secretarial school and then to work at an early age. However, this did not deter her from reading widely, developing a love of poetry, and learning everything she could. Indeed, Claire was a quick and able student who easily mastered anything she set about to learn, whether it was playing bridge, dancing, or learning to speak French. Later, her children came to depend upon her ability and strength of character. They rightly felt that she could do anything - and do it with loving kindness and grace. She could make clothes, hats, upholstery, draperies, pottery, all with her characteristic beauty and elegance. Lucky recipients treasured her hand knit sweaters as one of a kind works of art. Claire was an exceptional and sophisticated cook, who also had flawless taste in interior decorating; she could turn an ordinary room into a beautiful, cozy oasis. Although Claire had a quick and lively wit, she never criticized people or said an unkind word about anyone. She was always cheerful and loved fun as she made everyone feel happy and welcome while she provided endless hospitality. Her husband, Ralph, who died in 1969, often said that the luckiest day of his life was the day he met Claire. She is survived by her three adoring children, Deborah CAMPBELL (David) Fredericton, New Brunswick, Cynthia McKEGNEY (Brian) Sydenham, Ontario, and Ian ROSS (Cheryl) Toronto, and her five beloved grandchildren, Kate and Neal McKEGNEY, Ross CAMPBELL, and Madeleine and Evan ROSS. Also surviving are her three sisters, Mabel ADRIAN, Jessie REESE and Shirley RAMSAY for whom she was a loving sister. She also helped raise two step-daughters, Ruth LEVY and the late Mary KELTON, who were grateful for her compassion and generosity. She was the brilliant, shining light of our lives and we treasure her memory. In keeping with Claire's wishes, cremation will be followed by a private family service. In lieu of donations, please do something kind for someone today in memory of Claire.

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McKEIGAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-08 published
DEMONT, Eric Gordon, Q.C.
80. Died in his sleep at his winter retreat in Hilton head Island Thursday, March 6, 2008. Born August 29th, 1927 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, he was the second of three boys born to Clarence and Mabel (née MacKEIGAN) DEMONT.
Eric is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia (née ROWE) and his three children, Christy (Toronto,) Frank (Robyn EATON) (New Glasgow) and Richard (Montreal) and his two beloved grandchildren, Isobel Ruth and Campbell Eric, along with his brothers Earl (Rea) of Glace Bay and Russ (Joan) of Halifax.
Eric graduated from Glace Bay's Central High School and from Acadia University, where he lettered in Rugby and Basketball and had great success in track and field. He then attended Dalhousie Law School (Class of 1956). It was during his days at Law School that Eric was introduced by brother Earl to Pat, a teacher and also a basketball player, who would become his bride the day after his graduation. During his articles, she supported him, and kept on doing so for the next 51 years. She taught him how to drive and how to be social at parties, with varying degrees of success.
Eric was a member of the Nova Scotia and Ontario Bars and practiced law with Rutledge MacKeigan in Halifax before moving to Toronto where he became Regional Counsel for CP Rail. In 1978 Eric left CP and his office on Front Street in Toronto for an office on Main Street in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he worked until retirement in 2000. He traded his Central "Y" membership in for a "gym pass" at Acadia where he played basketball with the noontime crowd until well into his 60's. A long time member of the Rotary Club of Wolfville, Eric was a Paul Harris Fellow and a past-president of the Club. He left the Club, and Wolfville, in 2005 to relocate with Pat to Halifax.
Eric was known to his Friends and family as the quintessential arbiter of fairness. He would enjoy knowing that his children think of him as the ultimate reasonable man - as he would have it, the man on the Clapham Omnibus. (Although if one ever attributed that to him, he might give a brief dissertation on the test as set out in Hall v. Brooklands Auto-Racing Club.).
He was a keen swimmer and his favourite place to be was the "Bonavista Cottage", the family vacation home at Melmerby Beach. Exiting the sometimes frigid waters of the Northumberland Strait, he always had the same refrain, "the water is great!". At 80, he was still improving his tennis game, reading the latest magazines on how to hit the topspin backhand that continued to elude him. A lifetime non-drinker and non-smoker, he was the self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur of the family, and his ongoing quest to brew the perfect cup was well-known to all his Friends.
His interests were wide and varied and included his painting and photography alongside his computer and web surfing. As a fan of Charlie Rose, he was obviously a night owl. An aficionado of the movies, Bob Newhart, and the Marx Brothers, Eric was always ready to laugh, and to make others laugh too. He was an avid cruciverbalist and enjoyed working away at the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle each week.
A life long sports fan, he was delighted to watch his grandchildren play hockey, but didn't mind that the basketball games provided considerably warmer places to sit.
Eric will be remembered for the funny stories about "back in the day" playing "foot-n-a-half" and chewing tar! With prosperity as a lawyer, he traded in the tar for the more acceptable black licorice. Eric has gone back to his personal "Mira" where he enjoyed his youthful summers in the 1930's and early 40's.
Eric's legacy of fairness and laughter lives on in his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered at a memorial service at a later date. Eric would want all to remember the words of Groucho Marx, "time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana!".
Memorial donations can be made to The Coady International Institute, at St. Francis Xavier University, (902 867-5264, www.coady.stfx.ca).
Condolences can be sent to Pat and the Family at file@ca.ns.sympatico.ca.

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McKELLAR o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-20 published
GRAY/GREY, Margaret Anne (née McKELLAR)
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton on Tuesday March 18, 2008. Margaret GRAY/GREY (née McKELLAR) of Southampton in her 70th year. Beloved wife and best friend of David GRAY/GREY of Southampton. Dear mother of Anne and her husband Bryan WHITE/WHYTE of Kitchener and Sheryl and her partner Tim FEHR of Vancouver. Also survived by her sister, Reverend Mary HARRIS and her husband Fred, of Newfoundland, by her sister-in law, Marion McBURNEY and her husband Sam, of Toronto and by her brother-in-law Donald GRAY/GREY of Cambridge. Sadly missed and fondly remembered by 4 grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Angus and Aileen McKELLER and by her brothers Bob and Don. At Margaret's request there will be no visitation. Cremation. A Memorial Service to Remember the Life of Margaret GRAY/GREY will be conducted in the Chapel of the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton, on Tuesday March 25, 2008 at 2 p.m. Reverend Keith REYNOLDS will officiate. A Time of Fellowship and Sharing will follow in the Family Centre of the Funeral Home. Interment of Ashes Mount View Cemetery, (Galt) Cambridge on Wednesday March 26th at 11 a.m. Expressions of Remembrance to the Southampton United Church. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.

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McKELLAR o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-25 published
DEACON, George Edwin
Following a short illness, shortly before his 90th birthday George passed away in the Wiarton Hospital on July 24th, 2008. Beloved Husband of Norma Jean (CAMPBELL.) He will be greatly missed by his children: Lynda (LITWILLER) husband Larry, Leslie (BLANCHER) husband Richard, and son David. Dear grandfather to Shelley (BRETHAUER,) husband Jamie, Glen (LITWILLER,) wife Kelly, Neil and Kim BLANCHER. Great-grandfather to Shelby, Riley and Brooke-Lynn who loved spending time with him in his Sauble Beach home. Predeceased by 3 brothers, Frank, Herbert and Harold. Survived by sisters Laurna HASSUM, Ena McKELLAR and Dorothy NAKULAK. A member of Zion Amabel United Church (Sauble Beach), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, George served in World War 2 for 6 years. George lived for his wife, children and fishing, and was a big Blue Jays baseball fan. A memorial service will be held at Westmount Funeral Home, 1001 Ottawa Street S., Kitchener (at Westmount Rd.) on Monday, July 28th at 4 p.m. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Zion Amabel United Church, Sauble Beach, and can be arranged by contacting the funeral home at 519-743-8900.

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McKELLAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-17 published
MacKELLAR, Norma Bernadette (née KENNEDY)
Born June 26, 1918 ended her journey with us January 16, 2008 after a brief illness at University Hospital. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her son John Barnard (May), sister Marie WAUGH, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her very dear friend Margie Pixton. Norma and her husband Harry were well known and respected in the photography business in London for many years. A graveside service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 303 Riverside Drive, on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Norma requested donations be made to the Salvation Army, London Citadel; Canadian Cancer Society, London Branch and/or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Westview Funeral Chapel, (519) 641-1793 entrusted with arrangements.

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McKELLAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-03 published
NOAKES, Leonard Roger Archibald
At South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, Leonard Roger Archibald NOAKES of Hensall, in his 91st year. Beloved husband of the late Williamina Sarah "Minnie" NOAKES (1994.) Dear father of Jean and Murray PARK of Tillsonburg, Doctor David NOAKES and Pat of Corvallis, Oregon, Bill NOAKES and Pat of Hensall, Linda HENRY of Sarnia, Brenda McCORMICK of London, John NOAKES and Crystal WESTON of Kamloops, British Columbia, Doctor Don NOAKES and Olga of Kamloops, British Columbia and Robert NOAKES and Alicia of Inverhuron. Loving grandfather of Angela, Kathy, Lanny and Mala, Jeffrey, Dennis, Sarah, Barry and Lindsay, Megan, Ryan, Amy, Laura and Justin. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Lloyd NOAKES, Fran SIEMAN, Marion PEEBLES, Janeth SANGSTER, John SANGSTER and Vic STAN. Fondly remembered by Lorraine NOAKES, Jean DOWNIE and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Archie and Annie (RICHARDSON) NOAKES, grand_son Michael NOAKES (1983,) son-in-law Vern HENRY (1995,) sister Helen McKELLAR and husband Earl, brother Ken NOAKES and wife Pearl, sisters-in-law Joyce NOAKES and Laura STAN and brothers-in-law Jack PEEBLES, Dave SANGSTER, Dode SANGSTER and wife Joyce and James SANGSTER and wife Edna Mae. Leonard served with the Royal Canadian Regiment in World War 2 and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Hensall Branch #468. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the Hensall Community Center, 157 Oxford Street, Hensall. Cremation. Interment Hensall Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leonard Noakes History Award-Avon Maitland School Board or the Lung Association. Condolences forwarded through jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted as a living memorial of Leonard NOAKES.

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McKELLAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-21 published
McKELLAR, Betty Alice (née HILLIKER)
At her home on Friday, April 18, 2008, Betty Alice McKELLAR (nee HILLIKER) of Woodstock in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late Russell Lyndon McKELLAR (2005.) Dear mother of Glenn and his wife Anita of Brantford and Carol McCONKEY and her friend Brian of Woodstock. Loved grandmother of seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Orion HILLIKER and his wife Marlene, D'Arcy HILLIKER, all of Woodstock, Gary HILLIKER and his wife Mary Ellen of Paris, and Sharon DURLING of Woodstock and her late husband James, and sister-in-law of Shirley FERRIS and her husband Don of Burford. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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McKELLAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-29 published
In building a national literary culture, he saw that 'writers need an audience'
Technically a radio producer, he spent half a century nurturing Canadian talent
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
When Alice LAIDLAW was a student at the University of Western Ontario, she heard that somebody named Robert WEAVER was buying short stories and broadcasting them on the radio. After he bought a story from a friend of hers, she wrote him a letter in 1951, enclosing "The Strangers" and "The Widower." He suggested some changes to the first story and offered to buy it.
"That was probably the greatest moment of my life," she said in a telephone interview yesterday. Not only did she have a piece accepted, but she "was going to be paid." And so began Mr. WEAVER's long relationship with the writer we now know as Alice MUNRO.
But it wasn't just praise that she and so many other yearning writers, including Mordecai Richler and Norman Levine, appreciated from Mr. WEAVER, a radio producer, anthologist and magazine editor.
"He was always wonderful to work with because he didn't pull any punches. Even after I was selling stories fairly regularly, his criticisms were very valuable," Ms. MUNRO said. "His approach was always encouraging, businesslike - I think it was very Canadian. It wasn't overly enthusiastic, but it accepted the fact that this was important work to you and to him and we were bound to do our best with it." This was very comforting to Ms. MUNRO in the days when she had "nobody else" beyond her first husband to encourage her.
"He was the guy," Margaret Atwood said yesterday of Mr. WEAVER, one of Canadian literature's most formidable talent spotters from the 1950s through the end of the last century. She recalled reading one of his first anthologies of short fiction when she was still in high school. "It was crucial for me because it told me that there were [Canadian] writers." He broadcast some of Ms. Atwood's early stories on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in the 1960s, and the two later worked together with editor William Toye on two editions of The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986 and 1995). He was a "doll" to work with, she said.
"He always concealed the extent to which he was well read and literary," Ms. Atwood said, describing Mr. WEAVER as self-effacing and apparently untutored. "That was his front. Underneath he was very smart and he had a very, very good ear," she said. "He took a chance on unpublished writers and he understood that writers need an audience - and he was providing that audience," through radio programs such as Anthology and the short stories that he collected and published in more than a dozen anthologies, including five volumes of Canadian Short Stories published by Oxford University Press.
Although technically a radio producer, Mr. WEAVER's real métier was broader and deeper. Essentially, he was a literary editor who was obsessed with discovering new talent and nurturing it by providing outlets and markets. Almost unconsciously, he was also building an audience and a literary culture as he traversed the country, meeting with writers and the staff at local Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations, serving as both a talent scout and a bridge-builder between Toronto and the regions.
He would hold impromptu salons in hotel rooms, where he puffed on his pipe, chatted with writers and swallowed an inordinate amount of hard liquor, while conversation swirled around him. He never seemed drunk - "not ever," according to Ms. Atwood - but he must have had a hollow leg, according to people who knew him in those days. While he could be a stern critic, he also bought less than stellar work from good writers who were broke and in need of a commission.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on January 21, 1921. His father, Walter WEAVER, was a doctor and a widower with one daughter when he married Jessie GEARY, the daughter of a local historian who had written books about the War of 1812. Bob was their first child, followed two years later by Grace, so he grew up sandwiched between two sisters in a small town that had a patina of sophistication from its powerful tourist attraction.
Although he loved sports and remained a hockey and football fan all of his life, he was not much of an athlete, according to his biographer Elaine Kalman Naves in Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature. Reading was an early pleasure, but one that he realized also had a seriousness of purpose - especially in a family in which reading "was part of the process of being human." The public library, which he frequented from the time he was in grade school, alternately sated and aroused his appetite for books.
His father died in 1931, when Bob was 10, just as the Depression was beginning to wreak its economic havoc. Two years later, an impoverished Mrs. WEAVER moved with her children to Toronto, where they settled in a rooming house owned by four of her late husband's sisters near the University of Toronto. Bob went to high school at Lawrence Park Collegiate, but he was a desultory student who was much more interested in reading and learning on his own than being taught by "unmarried, frumpish, middle-aged women." He graduated from high school in 1938 and got a job at the Dominion Bank on the corner of Avenue Road and Davenport, delivering bank drafts and picking up deposits from local businessmen.
In 1942, he tried to enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but failed an examination and switched to the army. He was stationed near Kingston, but was never sent overseas. The army did what it did for so many veterans: It gave him the opportunity to attend university, through the financial support of its veterans' aid program.
He entered University College at the University of Toronto in 1944, when he was 23 and mature enough to realize how lucky he was to be alive and involved in an expansive scholarly and social environment inhabited by the likes of Northrop Frye and Morley Callaghan. He joined the staff of The Varsity, edited the University College magazine in his second year, made Friends with three nascent literary talents - Henry Kreisel, James Reaney and Colleen Thibodeau - and became a force in The Modern Letters Club, a group that was agitating to bring the study of literature into the modern world. He was writing fiction, poetry and prose himself, but even then, with the help of some blunt comments from Mr. Reaney, he realized that his real talent lay in editing.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as a program organizer in the Talks and Public Affairs Department in November, 1948. He was given a 15-minute program niche on Friday evenings called Canadian Short Stories and a magazine-style show of arts reviews called Critically Speaking. These were the outlets that he used to create both a home and an audience for new writers as well as established ones, such as Malcolm Lowry and Sinclair Ross. And he raised the rates from $35 to $50 for any stories he broadcast.
A year later he began editing (with Helen James, his radio producer) an anthology of stories that they had broadcast on Canadian Short Stories and thereby provided his writers with a crossover audience from radio to print. That first anthology included stories by Mr. Ross, Hugh Garner and Ethel Wilson. By 1954, Mr. WEAVER had persuaded his bosses to let him produce Anthology, a 30-minute literary magazine. It first aired on October 19, 1954, with a lineup that included The Secret of the Kugel, a short story by an expatriate Montreal writer in London: Mr. Richler.
Anthology broadcast literary fiction by scads of writers who are now famous, including Austin Clarke, Leonard Cohen, Timothy Findley, Margaret Laurence, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael Ondaatje, Alistair MacLeod, Brian Moore, Al Purdy and Jane Rule. By 1968, the program had been extended to a 60-minute format and moved from Tuesday to Saturday evenings. According to Ms. Kalman Naves, Anthology regularly drew an audience of more than 50,000 listeners, "a figure that probably exceeded the combined readership of all the little magazines in the country at the time."
By 1974, Mr. WEAVER was head of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Arts. Four years later, Howard Engel became the producer of Anthology and Mr. WEAVER moved up the hierarchy again to become executive producer, literary projects. A decade later, he published The Anthology anthology to commemorate the program's 30th anniversary. It finally went off the air when budget cuts squeezed Mr. WEAVER into early retirement in 1985, although he continued to have an office at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation until 2002, when he was 81.
In 1956, he approached Ivon Owen, the managing editor of Oxford University Press and an acquaintance from university days, about starting a literary quarterly. Mr. Owen brought Mr. Toye, another editor from Oxford, to the initial lunch. The three men were soon joined by Kildare Dobbs, then an editor at Macmillan, poet Anne Wilkinson and Millar MacLure, an English professor at the U of T, with all of the editors working for free, although contributors were paid. Nominally a collective, Mr. WEAVER's strong editorial hand was evident until Tamarack folded in 1982.
Mr. WEAVER and his first wife, Mary McKELLAR (now COUTTS,) divorced in the mid-1960s and he married Audrey MacKELLAR in December, 1968. She became the mother of his two children, David and Janice. In 1979, he suffered a couple of strokes, which slowed him down, but didn't deter him from developing another literary bastion: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Competition. As he explained to his biographer: "I think I was always coming up with new things to do because I was afraid that some of the things we were doing would come to an end and then… how do you feed writers and keep going?"
There were 3,000 submissions the first year, an outpouring that has continued over the decades. The Canada Council became a partner in 1997 and began providing the prize money for what is now called the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Awards/Prix Littéraires Radio-Canada. Winning entries are published in English and French in enRoute magazine and broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born January 21, 1921, in Niagara Falls, Ontario He died January 26, 2008, in the Toronto East General Hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 87. Mr. WEAVER is survived by his second wife, Audrey, children David and Janice, and younger sister Grace. A private family service is planned.

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McKELLAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-29 published
In building a national literary culture, he saw that 'writers need an audience'
Technically a radio producer, he spent half a century nurturing Canadian talent
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S8
When Alice LAIDLAW was a student at the University of Western Ontario, she heard that somebody named Robert WEAVER was buying short stories and broadcasting them on the radio. After he bought a story from a friend of hers, she wrote him a letter in 1951, enclosing "The Strangers" and "The Widower." He suggested some changes to the first story and offered to buy it.
"That was probably the greatest moment of my life," she said in a telephone interview yesterday. Not only did she have a piece accepted, but she "was going to be paid." And so began Mr. WEAVER's long relationship with the writer we now know as Alice MUNRO.
But it wasn't just praise that she and so many other yearning writers, including Mordecai Richler and Norman Levine, appreciated from Mr. WEAVER, a radio producer, anthologist and magazine editor.
"He was always wonderful to work with because he didn't pull any punches. Even after I was selling stories fairly regularly, his criticisms were very valuable," Ms. MUNRO said. "His approach was always encouraging, businesslike - I think it was very Canadian. It wasn't overly enthusiastic, but it accepted the fact that this was important work to you and to him and we were bound to do our best with it." This was very comforting to Ms. MUNRO in the days when she had "nobody else" beyond her first husband to encourage her.
"He was the guy," Margaret Atwood said yesterday of Mr. WEAVER, one of Canadian literature's most formidable talent spotters from the 1950s through the end of the last century. She recalled reading one of his first anthologies of short fiction when she was still in high school. "It was crucial for me because it told me that there were [Canadian] writers." He broadcast some of Ms. Atwood's early stories on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in the 1960s, and the two later worked together with editor William Toye on two editions of The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986 and 1995). He was a "doll" to work with, she said.
"He always concealed the extent to which he was well read and literary," Ms. Atwood said, describing Mr. WEAVER as self-effacing and apparently untutored. "That was his front. Underneath he was very smart and he had a very, very good ear," she said. "He took a chance on unpublished writers and he understood that writers need an audience - and he was providing that audience," through radio programs such as Anthology and the short stories that he collected and published in more than a dozen anthologies, including five volumes of Canadian Short Stories published by Oxford University Press.
Although technically a radio producer, Mr. WEAVER's real métier was broader and deeper. Essentially, he was a literary editor who was obsessed with discovering new talent and nurturing it by providing outlets and markets. Almost unconsciously, he was also building an audience and a literary culture as he traversed the country, meeting with writers and the staff at local Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations, serving as both a talent scout and a bridge-builder between Toronto and the regions.
He would hold impromptu salons in hotel rooms, where he puffed on his pipe, chatted with writers and swallowed an inordinate amount of hard liquor, while conversation swirled around him. He never seemed drunk - "not ever," according to Ms. Atwood - but he must have had a hollow leg, according to people who knew him in those days. While he could be a stern critic, he also bought less than stellar work from good writers who were broke and in need of a commission.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on January 21, 1921. His father, Walter WEAVER, was a doctor and a widower with one daughter when he married Jessie GEARY, the daughter of a local historian who had written books about the War of 1812. Bob was their first child, followed two years later by Grace, so he grew up sandwiched between two sisters in a small town that had a patina of sophistication from its powerful tourist attraction.
Although he loved sports and remained a hockey and football fan all of his life, he was not much of an athlete, according to his biographer Elaine Kalman Naves in Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature. Reading was an early pleasure, but one that he realized also had a seriousness of purpose - especially in a family in which reading "was part of the process of being human." The public library, which he frequented from the time he was in grade school, alternately sated and aroused his appetite for books.
His father died in 1931, when Bob was 10, just as the Depression was beginning to wreak its economic havoc. Two years later, an impoverished Mrs. WEAVER moved with her children to Toronto, where they settled in a rooming house owned by four of her late husband's sisters near the University of Toronto. Bob went to high school at Lawrence Park Collegiate, but he was a desultory student who was much more interested in reading and learning on his own than being taught by "unmarried, frumpish, middle-aged women." He graduated from high school in 1938 and got a job at the Dominion Bank on the corner of Avenue Road and Davenport, delivering bank drafts and picking up deposits from local businessmen.
In 1942, he tried to enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but failed an examination and switched to the army. He was stationed near Kingston, but was never sent overseas. The army did what it did for so many veterans: It gave him the opportunity to attend university, through the financial support of its veterans' aid program.
He entered University College at the University of Toronto in 1944, when he was 23 and mature enough to realize how lucky he was to be alive and involved in an expansive scholarly and social environment inhabited by the likes of Northrop Frye and Morley Callaghan. He joined the staff of The Varsity, edited the University College magazine in his second year, made Friends with three nascent literary talents - Henry Kreisel, James Reaney and Colleen Thibodeau - and became a force in The Modern Letters Club, a group that was agitating to bring the study of literature into the modern world. He was writing fiction, poetry and prose himself, but even then, with the help of some blunt comments from Mr. Reaney, he realized that his real talent lay in editing.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as a program organizer in the Talks and Public Affairs Department in November, 1948. He was given a 15-minute program niche on Friday evenings called Canadian Short Stories and a magazine-style show of arts reviews called Critically Speaking. These were the outlets that he used to create both a home and an audience for new writers as well as established ones, such as Malcolm Lowry and Sinclair Ross. And he raised the rates from $35 to $50 for any stories he broadcast.
A year later he began editing (with Helen James, his radio producer) an anthology of stories that they had broadcast on Canadian Short Stories and thereby provided his writers with a crossover audience from radio to print. That first anthology included stories by Mr. Ross, Hugh Garner and Ethel Wilson. By 1954, Mr. WEAVER had persuaded his bosses to let him produce Anthology, a 30-minute literary magazine. It first aired on October 19, 1954, with a lineup that included The Secret of the Kugel, a short story by an expatriate Montreal writer in London: Mr. Richler.
Anthology broadcast literary fiction by scads of writers who are now famous, including Austin Clarke, Leonard Cohen, Timothy Findley, Margaret Laurence, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael Ondaatje, Alistair MacLeod, Brian Moore, Al Purdy and Jane Rule. By 1968, the program had been extended to a 60-minute format and moved from Tuesday to Saturday evenings. According to Ms. Kalman Naves, Anthology regularly drew an audience of more than 50,000 listeners, "a figure that probably exceeded the combined readership of all the little magazines in the country at the time."
By 1974, Mr. WEAVER was head of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Arts. Four years later, Howard Engel became the producer of Anthology and Mr. WEAVER moved up the hierarchy again to become executive producer, literary projects. A decade later, he published The Anthology anthology to commemorate the program's 30th anniversary. It finally went off the air when budget cuts squeezed Mr. WEAVER into early retirement in 1985, although he continued to have an office at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation until 2002, when he was 81.
In 1956, he approached Ivon Owen, the managing editor of Oxford University Press and an acquaintance from university days, about starting a literary quarterly. Mr. Owen brought Mr. Toye, another editor from Oxford, to the initial lunch. The three men were soon joined by Kildare Dobbs, then an editor at Macmillan, poet Anne Wilkinson and Millar MacLure, an English professor at the U of T, with all of the editors working for free, although contributors were paid. Nominally a collective, Mr. WEAVER's strong editorial hand was evident until Tamarack folded in 1982.
Mr. WEAVER and his first wife, Mary McKELLAR (now COUTTS,) divorced in the mid-1960s and he married Audrey MacKELLAR in December, 1968. She became the mother of his two children, David and Janice. In 1979, he suffered a couple of strokes, which slowed him down, but didn't deter him from developing another literary bastion: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Competition. As he explained to his biographer: "I think I was always coming up with new things to do because I was afraid that some of the things we were doing would come to an end and then… how do you feed writers and keep going?"
There were 3,000 submissions the first year, an outpouring that has continued over the decades. The Canada Council became a partner in 1997 and began providing the prize money for what is now called the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Awards/Prix Littéraires Radio-Canada. Winning entries are published in English and French in enRoute magazine and broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
Robert Leigh WEAVER was born January 21, 1921, in Niagara Falls, Ontario He died January 26, 2008, in the Toronto East General Hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 87. Mr. WEAVER is survived by his second wife, Audrey, children David and Janice, and younger sister Grace. A private family service is planned.

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MOONEY, Catherine Jean (née WICKENDEN)
Peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on March 3, 2008 in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late J.G.M. (Kip) MOONEY. Dear sister of Jocelyn WATSON (Jim) of Pointe Claire, Québec, Martha MacKELLAR (Jim) of Don Mills, Ontario, Harriet TAILOR/TAYLOR (Roy) of Oakville, Ontario, Alice MacEWEN (the late Peter) of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia and John WICKENDEN (Bonnie) of Baie D'Urfe, Québec. Step-mother of the late Lorne (Margaret) of Toronto, Ontario and Eric (Sharon) of Vancouver, British Columbia. Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada or to a charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to be announced. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.

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