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McEACHEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-21 published
McEACHEN, Anne Margaret Mary (née RYAN)
Peacefully and surrounded by family at the Sprucedale Care Centre, Strathroy, Ontario on Sunday, May 18, 2008. Anne M.M. (RYAN) McEACHEN of Parkhill in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Hugh Patrick McEACHEN (1958.) Cherished Mother of Jeanette and Ed ADAM/ADAMS of California, Ian and Margaret McEACHEN of Brights Grove, Rita and Pat COYNE of Kingston, Ron and Kelly McEACHEN of Parkhill, Mary and Michael JORDAN of London. Grandmother to Kevin and Cherie ADAM/ADAMS, Kelly and Michael WOOD, William, Cody and Troy McEACHEN, Brent, Jordan and Todd COYNE, Liam, Connor and Curtis McEACHEN, Christopher, Courtney and Greg JORDAN. Great-grandmother to Santiago ADAM/ADAMS. Sister of Rita SMITH of Seaforth and Earl RYAN of London. Predeceased by parents Thomas and Catherine (McILHARGEY) RYAN, brothers, Joseph, Zack, Frank, Clarence, Leo RYAN and sister Laura RYAN. Resting at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church, Ann Street, Parkhill on Friday, May 23 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Father Tom DONOHUE officiating, assisted by Reverend Father Ted JOHNSON. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Interment in Parkhill Cemetery. Donations to the North Middlesex Community Medical Centre would be appreciated. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca M. Box and son will plant a tree in memory of Mrs. McEACHEN

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-01-05 published
HEPBURN, James Roderick
Of Lady Isabelle Nursing Home, Trout Creek (formerly of Wiarton) passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 3, 2008 in his 78th year. Cherished husband and best friend of Ila and beloved father of Carla (Tom) BADEAU of Hamilton, Diane (Wally) HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON of South River and Ken (Roxanne) HEPBURN of Orillia. He will be sadly missed by grandchildren Adam and Michael HEPBURN, brothers Hector (Lee) HEPBURN of Wiarton, Fred (Joanne) HEPBURN of Sarnia and Robert (Francine) HEPBURN of Wiarton and sisters Kathleen (Nelson) WATSON of Englehart, Betty (Allan) WHITE/WHYTE of Meaford and Joyce (Lloyd) BOWINS of Toronto. He was predeceased by his parents Sarah (McEACHERN) and Tom HEPBURN, brothers Harold, Carl and Clifford and sisters Elizabeth HEATHERS, Florence WHEELER and infant sister Darlene. In respect of James' wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service Spring, 2008. Details to be announced at a later date. Interment Bayview Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Donations made to the Parkinson's Association or the Heart and Stroke Association would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-05-02 published
HEPBURN, James Roderick
Of Lady Isabelle Nursing Home, Trout Creek (formerly of Wiarton) passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2008 in his 78th year. Cherished husband and best friend of Ila and beloved father of Carla (Tom) BADEAU of Hamilton, Diane (Wally) HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON of South River and Ken (Roxanne) HEPBURN of Orillia. He will be sadly missed by grandchildren Adam and Michael HEPBURN, brothers Hector, Fred and Robert and sisters Kathleen, Betty and Joyce. He was predeceased by his parents Sarah (McEACHERN) and Tom HEPBURN, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. In respect of James' wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and Friends are invited to a memorial service at George Funeral Home, Wiarton on May 10, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Bayview Cemetery. Donations made to the Parkinson's Association or the Heart and Stroke Association would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-07-08 published
COOPER, Melvin
After a lengthy illness passed away at Saint Mary's Hospital July 7th, 2008 in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Barbara COOPER. Sadly missed by his children Lisa (Kevin) STONE, Billy (Angela) COOPER and step-daughters Sherri STUEBING and Liz (Hiroshi) ATSUMI. Forever in their hearts sister Ethel (Pat) DILLON, and brother Wallace (Peggy) COOPER. Predeceased by his first wife Betty COOPER, his parents William COOPER and Hilda MAYOR, step-father Melville MAYOR and brother-in-law Gerard JOHNSON. Cherished by his many nieces and nephews and dear Friends Carm and Joe JOHNSON, Judy and Larry UTTLEY and Charlie and Bonnie McEACHERN. A memorial service will be held at Little's Funeral Home, 223 Main St. Cambridge, on Thursday, July 10th 2008 at 1 p.m. Followed by a reception. As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Diabetes.

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-25 published
McEACHERN, Madeline
In loving memory of my mother Madeline, who left us March 25th, 1995. For as long as I can remember, You were always there for me, I remember the happy family times, When we loved you, And we know you loved us all. Loved by Linda Teather and family.

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-15 published
McEACHERN, Norman
In loving memory of my father Norman, who left us ten years ago April 15th, 1998. Thank you Dad; For listening and caring, For giving and sharing, But Dad especially for just being you. Loved by Linda Teather and family.

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-26 published
MacKENZIE, Katherine (née McEACHERN)
On April 23, 2008 Katherine (Kay) MacKENZIE formerly of Windsor, Ontario, passed away peacefully at Elgin General Hospital Saint Thomas in her 89th year. Beloved wife of 58 years of the late George William (Bill) MacKENZIE {d.1999

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-19 published
GEDDES, Ruth
Many thanks to our Friends and relatives for their support and sympathy during the recent illness and passing of our mother, Ruth. Special thanks to Doctor Kim, the staff and volunteers of the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital, and to the staff at Queens Village for Seniors for the tender care given to Mom. Thank you for the generous donations, flowers and kind thoughts. Also, thank you to Brian McEACHERN for his comforting words and grand_son David for his loving eulogy. We would also like to thank Ruth's immediate family for all of their assistance. The family of Ruth Geddes

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McEACHERN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-15 published
McEACHERN, Allan Davis (1926-2008)
It is with gratitude for a life well-lived that his family announces the passing of Allan Davis McEACHERN on January 10, 2008. Predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Gloria, he is survived by his loving wife Madam Justice Mary NEWBURY, his daughters Jean WILLIAMS (Michael) and Joanne EVANS (John,) his grandchildren Bria, Stephen, Jenna, Laura, Rosalind and Ian, his brother Bruce, his sister Lillian McDONELL, and many nieces and nephews. Allan was the grand_son and son of pioneering British Columbia families who instilled in him a love of 'God's country', the magnificent natural setting of British Columbia and an appreciation of his Scottish heritage. In his earlier school years he spent the winters in Penticton due to his asthma but later was able to stay in Vancouver and attend high school at Kitsilano and Lord Byng, where he made many lifelong Friends. He spent his youth playing team sports (rugby and football) and swimming in the waters of English Bay, where later in life he spent his leisure time 'crashing around the Bay' in his sailboats Skye I, II, and III. He also loved the mountains of western Canada and treasured the memory of a summer spent as fire lookout above Lake Louise. Allan attended University of British Columbia and completed his B.A. and Bachelor of Law degrees (l950). He practiced law at Russell and DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) in Vancouver for 28 years before his appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and later as Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia. Law was his passion. He loved the collegiality of the profession and firmly believed in the Shakespearean principle 'Strive mightily in court, but eat and drink as Friends.' All those he befriended attest to his integrity, humility, energy, intelligence and sense of humour. He was a superlative mentor to many talented law students and took great pride in his establishment of the Inns of Court program. He was a progressive Chief Justice in that he initiated and encouraged the use of computers by all judges, set up an interactive webpage and created a Legal Compendium for the public to keep abreast of legal decisions. Many female lawyers and judges owe much to his efforts to open the profession to women. In addition to his profession, he co-founded the Kats Rugby Club and was actively involved with the British Columbia Lions and the Canadian Football League for many years. More recently, he wished to acknowledge the important role University of British Columbia had contributed to his many successes in life, and accepted the Alumni Association's nomination to run as Chancellor. It was a position he held with great pride and dignity for almost 6 years. We are blessed for having known and loved this remarkable man. In keeping with Allan's wishes, there will be a reception held at a future date. He requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to establish a University of British Columbia Law Scholarship for a deserving student so that he or she might have the opportunities Allan had.

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McEACHRAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-26 published
McEACHRAN, David " Ginger"
Retired Deputy Secretary, Treasury Board Secretariat. Peacefully with his children by his side on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the age of 73 years. Predeceased by his beloved wife Lynne. Dear father of Duncan (Louise STACEY,) Kathy LOGAN (Fred,) and Laurie Paige DITOMMASO (Jason.) 'Pop' to Reid and Evan McEACHRAN, Sarah, Stephanie, Emily and Kelly LOGAN and Lily, Abby and Georgia DITOMMASO. Also survived by his sister Jill CHILTON (Bruce) and by his mother-in-law Lilliam WHITWORTH. Special thanks to the staff at Granite Ridge for their care and support. Friends may attend a memorial service at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline Road), Ottawa on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to his favorite charity, the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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McEACHREN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-14 published
McRAE, John
Peacefully at Four Counties Health Services, Newbury, on Monday, May 12, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer, John McRAE of R.R.#1 Glencoe in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Mary Kay (McLEAN) McRAE. Dear father of Allan and Ian both of Glencoe and the late Carolyn (1983). Loving grandfather of Cale and Ayden McRAE. Dear brother-in-law of Viola (late J.D.) McLEAN, Barbara and Jorge RAMIREZ, Ron and Ann McLEAN, Rebecca and Marvin HAGGITH. Also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and Friends. Predecased by his parents, David and Helen (McEACHREN) McRAE. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 15 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Kenji MARUI officiating. Interment of cremated remains at Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Computed Tomography Scanner Fund, Four Counties Health Services Foundation or Oakland Cemetery Board. Lorne Masonic Lodge #282 will conduct a service at the funeral home on Wednesday at 6: 45 p.m.

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McEACHREN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-25 published
GILLIES, Donald
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, Donald GILLIES of Appin in his 85th year. Beloved husband of 62 years of the late Kay (HUGHES) GILLIES (September 14, 2007.) Dear father of Pat and Ron CARRUTHERS, Bonnie McEACHREN, Randy GILLIES. Loving grandfather of Debi and Darryl FEASEY, Rob and Laura CARRUTHERS, Shana McEACHREN and Nathan CRAWFORD, Lara McEACHREN and Kevin HOWE, David and Rhonda McEACHREN, Kara GILLIES, Kendal and Kevin GAMBLE. Fondly remembered by his great-grandchildren, Brennan, Shantaya, Katie, Finn, Mason, Samantha, Cathleen and Christian. Dear brother of Janet LYLE. Dear brother-in-law of Betty and Ken CUSHMAN. Predeceased by his brother Archie GILLIES. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 26th at 2: 00 p.m.. Interment Appin Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Appin Presbyterian Church.

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McEACHREN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-15 published
Financial Post editor was the godfather of business journalism in Canada
An economist first and journalist second, he understood early the importance of properly covering Bay Street and financial affairs. He also had an uncanny knack for discovering newsroom talent
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7
Toronto -- Dalton ROBERTSON was executive editor of The Financial Post back when it was a broadsheet weekly and had enormous influence in the framing of public policy in Canada. He knew his weekly could not compete with The Globe and Mail's daily Report on Business, but using clear writing and solid content, he often scooped the competition.
Every week for more than 20 years, he wrote two front-page columns for the paper. One was an unsigned editorial, called The Nation's Business. The other was the Outlook column, a weekly examination of politics and economics in Canada.
He joined the newspaper in 1955 and, over the course of 32 years, Mr. ROBERTSON became a hugely influential figure in Canadian business journalism.
Dalton ROBERTSON was born in Rhode Island to Canadian parents who returned home soon after his birth. He spent much of his boyhood in Harriston, Ontario, a rural backwater about halfway between Toronto and Lake Huron. Although he came from a distinguished family - one of his grandfathers had been both the mayor of Harriston and a member of Parliament - he grew up relatively poor.
After Harriston High School, he went to the University of Toronto, graduating in 1949. He studied economics at the University of Chicago, although he was never of the Milton Friedman school of thought. Mr. ROBERTSON's politics were capital-L Liberal and he was an admirer of Walter Gordon, who was minister of finance in the Lester Pearson years and a staunch Canadian economic nationalist.
Mr. ROBERTSON worked in the economics and research branch of federal Labour Department for three years. His main achievement there was starting a magazine for the Civil Service Association. His first full-time job in journalism was at Canadian Business magazine, then located in Montreal. He joined the Financial Post two years later, at $500 a year.
He was hired by Ron McEACHREN, a tyrant of an editor who terrified most of his employees. Not Mr. ROBERTSON. They proved to get along well. He learned to mimic Mr. McEACHREN's voice and he liked to telephone reporters and demand they report to the boss's office. The reporters would arrive, shaking in their boots, to find Mr. ROBERTSON waiting outside the door and hugely enjoying his joke.
He took his work seriously, however, and felt passionately about the issues of the day. In 1961, he rose to the defence of James Coyne, the Bank of Canada governor, who was fired by prime minister John Diefenbaker for taking a contradictory attitude to inflation.
"Dalton was firmly against inflation and for the bank's independence," said his friend and colleague Neville NANKIVELL, who was editor of the Financial Post for many years.
During the peak of stagflation in the Pierre Trudeau years, Mr. ROBERTSON chastised the federal Liberals for failing to control inflation. "Restraint, it seems, has been clearly established as all that is needed to cure Canada's persistent twitch towards double-digit inflation," began his editorial of February 7, 1976.
Besides writing editorials, he was sent all over the world to return with essays and long reports on such events as Britain entering the European Community. He was dispatched to Australia to investigate why that country's development was eclipsing Canada's and how that might have shocked Wilfrid Laurier, a prime minister who had famously predicted that the 20th century would belong to Canada.
"The tide of money going into Australian resources - and many other factors as well - suggests that if the 20th century is to belong to anybody, it may be to Australia and not to Canada," he wrote in a long special report in 1971.
Later, as executive editor, he was in charge of just about everything, including running the paper's domestic and foreign bureaus. A slender and outgoing man who was well liked by colleagues, he possessed a distinctive sense of style and a refined fondness for certain cigars. With one eye brown and the other blue, he sported a neatly trimmed beard and dressed well even while at home with Friends. Once, on a trip to the Middle East, he took along a white suit but was discouraged from attending a formal dinner. Canadian embassy officials insisted he stay away; only the local potentate could wear white.
In the newsroom, he was a tough boss who demanded clear writing and accuracy from his stable of writers and reporters. He had "a good eye for hiring and capacity for firing without leaving blood on the floor," said his death notice, most of which he wrote himself.
He was also seen as an early advocate for covering economics and business properly.
"He played a really important role when business journalism was starting to evolve, not just in his own work but in the people he hired," said Christopher WADDELL, a professor of journalism at Carleton University who once worked under Mr. ROBERTSON. " Dalton laid the groundwork for business journalism for the last 25 years."
Over the years, he groomed scores of young journalists and helped launch them in their careers. Among them are Andrew Coyne of Maclean's; Globe and Mail editor Edward Greenspon; Giles Gherson, former editor of the Toronto Star and Edmonton Journal; Andrew Cohen, a Carleton University associate professor and author Gordon Pitts, a Report on Business columnist; Richard Blackwell, an Report on Business reporter; and Ian Brown, a Globe feature writer.
"He ran an incubator for business journalists," said Patricia Best, who worked at The Financial Post from 1978 to 1985 and is now an Report on Business columnist. "Dalton was so different. When he hired me, he asked, 'What are you reading?' I said, Alice Munro's short stories, which later I thought might not have been too businesslike. The next day, he hired me and said it was because I was reading Alice Munro."
She became the first woman at The Financial Post to cover the auto industry and came to realize that, while he was kind, he had high standards. "Dalton had faith in people and he took a gamble on them. [But] he was tough as nails. He didn't like any kind of fakery."
On a personal level, he took another gamble in 1981, when he bought a house in southwestern France. After The Financial Post, it was to become his second great passion. Located in the village of Puycelci, about an hour north of Toulouse, it, too, benefited from the ROBERTSON sense of style.
"It was built into the ramparts of the village and Dalton worked at expanding the gardens and the house," said Bea RIDDELL, a colleague at The Financial Post and one of Mr. ROBERTSON's closest Friends. "He was a marvellous host, whether it was in France or at home in Toronto."
He so loved the place that he decided to take early retirement and spend more time there. To better integrate himself in the community, he hired a local person to tutor him in French so that he eventually became fluent.
For many years, he also owned a large house in the Rosedale area of Toronto as well as a cottage in Ontario's Muskoka cottage country. He later sold the Toronto house to concentrate on his property in France.
He had done that sort of thing many times before - he was an adept flipper of real estate, working his way up from the Toronto neighbourhoods of Riverdale and Cabbagetown to the heights of inner Rosedale and then to a choice property in France, all the while keeping a smaller place back home. "You can't make any money in journalism," he liked to say.
Not that anyone ever heard from him when he was in France for long periods - at least not by e-mail. He hated computers. When they arrived in force at The Financial Post, he ignored them. He never owned one, never had an e-mail address and never learned to type with any degree of skill or enthusiasm. "He would retire into his office and write his editorials in long hand, then give them to someone to type them out," Mr. Pitts recalled.
In later years, if Mr. ROBERTSON had to send or receive e-mail, he would get a friend to do it for him using their own account, usually that of his companion, Brian WILKS.
His retirement from The Financial Post in 1987 was a bittersweet event. He was off for glorious France, but leaving his first love behind - a somewhat unrequited love, at that. Years before, he had been openly promised the job of editor-in-chief but then passed over when the time came in the mid-1970s. Executives told him they could not appoint a gay man as the editor of Canada's most prominent business newspaper. Instead, they named Mr. NANKIVELL to the job. By way of compromise, Mr. ROBERTSON became executive editor.
Characteristically, he kept his disappointment to himself and a few select Friends. At his retirement party, he joked that he was leaving for three reasons: the advance of technology the new work ethic that demanded arriving at the office before 10 a.m.; and society's puritanical attitude against smoking.
Dalton Sinclair ROBERTSON was born in Providence, R.I., on October 25, 1927. He died after collapsing in Mexico on January 27, 2008. He was 80 and suffered from lupus. He was 80. He is survived by companion Brian WILKS.

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