Tuesday, November 20, 2018
E.D. BLODGETT February 26, 1935 November 15, 2018
Edward Dickinson (Ted)
Blodgett was born in 1935 and received a PhD in comparative literature from Rutgers. In 1966, he began a long teaching career at the University of Alberta. Later in life, he moved to South Surrey (near Vancouver), BC.
As a scholar and literary critic, Ted wrote extensively about and promoted Canadian and medieval literature and inspired generations of students to love literature and poetry. He read widely in many languages.
He was, above all, a poet and published close to 30 books of poetry, for which he received two Governor General's Awards as well as awards from the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Authors Association.
He was a co-founder of the Writers Guild of Alberta, served as Writer in Residence at MacEwan University (2004) and Edmonton's Poet Laureate (200709), and was named to the City of Edmonton's Arts and Culture Hall of Fame (2011). He taught in many countries, including Austria, Germany, and France. In 1986 he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
He sang with the Richard Eaton Singers, played the renaissance lute, loved birds, played squash, and was an Oilers fan back in the days of Mark Messier.
After he retired as Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, he held the Louis Desrochers Chair in Études canadiennes, Campus Saint-Jean. In his retirement on the west coast he continued to sing in choirs, play the lute, travel, read, and write poetry.
Ted had an insatiable curiosity, as much about the person sitting next to him as about the lives of people who lived decades or centuries earlier and worlds away.
He will be remembered for his love of a good story, his booming laugh, and his head thrown back in laughter. He called a spade a spade but had the grace to laugh when someone threw the shovel back at him. He was devoted and generous to his friends, and his children shared his great love of the arts with him.
Ted was predeceased by his first wife, Elke, and his sister, Anne.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 27 years, Irena; his children, Gunnar, Astrid (Herb), Kirsten (Will), and Peter (Lisa); his grandchildren, Geoffrey (Mikayla), David, Bronwen, Emily, Charlotte, Sarah, Andrew, and Benjamin; his sister, Linda and her family; and many friends and former students.
Celebrations of his life will be held at a later date in Edmonton and Vancouver.
BEATRICE MARGARET CORBETT (nee Grant) August 25, 1922 November 15, 2018 Queen's University, B.A.
Hons. 1944, M.A. 1995 WRCNS (WREN) 1944 - 1945
On November 15, 2018, Bea set out on her final sail. She was born and raised in Kingston, lived in Toronto for 44 years, and returned to live in Kingston in 1989. She is survived by her children Connie (Monty), Cathi, and Jamie; her beloved grandchildren Cleo (Jarret), Robin (Erin), Duncan (Jill), Hamish (Leilan), Emma, Nikki, and Casey; and her greatgrandchildren Uma, Malcolm, Kai, Hunt Fraser, Lucas Mack, Jamie, Max, Olivia, and Cecelia. She was loved and will be missed by nephews Bill (Nancy) and Jim (Adrienne), and nieces Shelagh (Michael), Jane (Don), and Gail (Bob.) She was predeceased by her son Vaughan, her daughter-in-law Linda, and her former husband Casey; her parents Leroy and Constance Grant (nee MacLean); and her sister, Constance Fraser Dickson.
Bea was a loyal Kingstonian, and she valued the contributions that her forebears had made to this country. She was fiercely proud of her Scottish heritage. Her pursuits included memorizing and reciting poetry, sailing the waters of Lake Ontario, reading and discussing books, and birding. She also loved to teach her grandchildren the nuances of English grammar, as well as proper bagpipe technique. Important institutions in her life included the Anglican Church, the Kingston Yacht Club, Queen's University, the 48th Highlanders, the IODE, her reading groups, and the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service.
Bea served as a WREN during the Second World War at the secret installation at Gordon Head, Vancouver Island. She intercepted and decoded enemy communications, and was recently awarded the Bletchley Commemorative Badge and Certificate for this work. Later in life, Bea worked with other WRENs to plan and establish the Navy Memorial Park in Kingston, to honour all who have defended Canada in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Merchant Navy.
Many thanks to Cathi Corbett, Erie Jackson, Joely, Bellamy, and Dr. K. Kilpatrick for ensuring that Bea's final years, months, and days were so comfortable.
A funeral will be held at a later date, announcement to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Lunch By George at St. George's Cathedral, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, or the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Family and friends will gather from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday November 21 at the Residence Inn Marriot, 7 Earl Street, Kingston, to share memories of Bea.
"Heaven is just beyond the Bay of Quinte."
YVES LEON DE PINTO (Steve)
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 18, 2018.
Steve de Pinto, beloved husband of Tracy Calvert. Loving father of Arielle, and Shael, and father-inlaw of Derek and Megan. Loving son of Roger and Denise. Dear brother of Carol. Devoted grandfather of Madison and Jaxson. Lovingly missed by extended family in U.S.A., France, and Israel. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Shiva to be observed privately. Memorial donations may be made to the Odette Cancer Centre, 416-480-5000.
CLARA FRANCES EDITH HOLLIS HALLETT "Keggie"
Beloved wife of the late Dr.
Archie C. Hollis Hallett, of Pembroke, Bermuda passed away peacefully at home in Bermuda on November 15, 2018. Born in Colchester, Ontario, Keggie graduated from Trinity College, Toronto in 1948 and lived in Toronto from 1950 to 1977 before moving to Bermuda.
She is survived by her children, Dr. William (Ada) L.
Hollis Hallett of Ottawa, James (Margaret) A. Hollis Hallett and Mary (Ian) F. H.
Saunders both of Bermuda; grandchildren, Henry A Hollis Hallett ofOttawa, Jessie (Thad) M.H. Murdoch of Bermuda and Cardy H. Saunders of Nova Scotia; greatgrandchildren, Lucy and Edward Murdoch of Bermuda; other relatives and friends.
Donations in her memory may be made to The National Museum of Bermuda at P.O.
Box MA 133, Sandys, MA BX, Bermuda (http://www.nmb.bm).
Condolences may be shared through http://www.bulleygraham.bm
ARTHUR JACOB HOSIOS
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Arthur Jacob Hosios on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Arthur will be sorely missed by his wife, Louise Harris; children, Ilana and Aaron; brother, Leonard; sister-in-law, Mona; nephews and their partners, Benjamin and Jemma and Marcus and Terra; sister- and brother-in-law, Sharon and Gerald Haberer; nephew, Marc Haberer, wife, Rebecca Brown, and children, Sam and Rose; and niece, Kym Haberer, husband, David Phillips and children, Ezra and Sahar.
Within the past year, Arthur was diagnosed with ALS, and while living with this condition, he died suddenly.
Arthur worked for the University of Toronto Department of Economics, where he served as chair for ten years. Both within and outside of academics, Arthur was cherished by those around him. His intelligence, dry wit, and warmth were obvious attributes. He will be profoundly missed by those who loved him.
Donations may be made to the ALS Society.
CAROLE MAY OLSEN Wolfville, Nova Scotia
On November 8, 2018, Carole May Olsen passed away at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, NS. Born in Toronto January 29, 1944.
Carole was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mildred (Mottershead) Hope. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. E. Christopher Olsen and is survived by her brother, Clifford Hope; his wife, Millie of Toronto and nephew, Cliff Hope and her sister-in-law, Mary Bruening and her husband Ed of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Carole was, for half a century, involved in education. She taught elementary school and music classes while earning her undergraduate degree at night school, and then at teacher training colleges. She successively became a Superintendent in the Metro Toronto School Board, Superintendent of Educational Resources in the East York School Board, an Education Officer in the Ontario Ministry of Education, Superintendent (Director) of the Halifax Regional School Board, and Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. She was also a board member and chair of both the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency and the Canadian Education Association. In all of these positions she gained the respect and affection of her colleagues for her competence and steadfast concern for the interests of students.
Carole began a life-long love of music in high school. She was a cellist, sang in the choirs of St. Mary Magdalene and St George's Anglican churches, in the CBC Youth Choir, and in the Festival Singers. She was an advocate of school music throughout her career. In Nova Scotia over the last seventeen years, she and her husband were generous supporters of music in Halifax and at Acadia University.
There will be no visitation or funeral service, at her request.
Donations in memory may be made to Sunday Music in the Garden Room, Acadia University Office of Advancement, 15 University Ave., Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Online condolences and inquiries may be directed to http://www.whitefamilyfuneral home.com
On November 17, 2018 at Mount Sinai Hospital. Rena Segal, loving mother and mother-in-law of Mike and Jennifer, Rob Segal and Jennifer Koffman, and Debbie and Gabe Sachs. Devoted grandmother of Samantha and Gill, Spencer, Ben, Stella, Sammy, and Jonah. Devoted greatgrandmother of Arthur.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in the Pride of Israel Synagogue section of Mount Sinai Cemetery.
Shiva at 98 Forest Hill Road, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to Parkinson Canada, (416) 227- 9700.
DR. FREDERICK JOHN THORPE 1925-2018
Fred passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Ottawa, on Thursday, November 8, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, George Edmund and Ethel Thorpe (nee Long) and his beloved wife, Tetiana Chaly.
He is survived by cousins in the Toronto area.
Educated in Toronto, Fred served in Europe in World War II. Before joining the Federal Public Service in the 1950s, he studied in Paris, preparing the M.A. thesis he later submitted to the University of Toronto. Fred's training in history and languages served him well the Road to Resources Study, where he wrote an insightful paper on the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. then became Chief Historian of the Fortress of Louisburg Restoration, succeeding in 1964 to the Chief Historian position in the National Museum.
From 1969 to 1984, he published over 25 biographical essays on French military engineers in Canada, and several papers Samuel Holland, Canada's leading British military engineer, thereby creating the groundwork for a new field of study. This work was based on his doctoral thesis at the University of Ottawa , which in turn formed the basis of a monograph on French metropolitan fortification in Newfoundland and Cape Breton. He argued that the great expense of these works was warranted because they defended the cod fisheries from interlopers (read British) and richly supplied the home market with a major source of protein, to say nothing of supporting the country's dependence on valuable international trades in codfish. In short, it was a design not to advance geo-political control in Canada, but to forward the economic objectives of the Metropole. Fred's last paper went to press in September.
There will a visitation at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road, on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 6-8 p.m., and a funeral service at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's memory may be made to a charitable organization of your choice. Condolences, donations and tributes may be made at http://www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.