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Friday, January 5, 2018 – Page B17


Peacefully, on January 1, 2018 at the Village of Humber Heights, Toronto in her 101st year. Beloved daughter of the late Gordon William Brabant and the late Tabitha Millward. Joan was the youngest of 11 children.

Lovingly remembered by nieces and nephews, John, Suzi, Lynda, Barry, Don and Pat. Predeceased by her nephew, Gordon; and her lifelong friend, Isabel Johnson.

She will be sadly missed by all her family.

Thanks to the staff of Humber Heights for their care and kindness. A private family service will be held. In memory of Joan, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


May 27, 1919 December 25, 2017

Francess died peacefully on Christmas Day in the presence of family in the Veterans' Centre of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, following a distinguished career as editor, teacher, administrator, and author at the University of Toronto.

Francess was born in Ottawa, the daughter of James Leroy and Viola Gertrude (Westman) Halpenny.

She was loving to many families and beloved by them: sister of Arthur Halpenny and his wife, Dora, both also living in the Sunnybrook Veterans' Centre; aunt of Jane Loughborough, John (Ruth), Mary Smith (Steve) and Tom (Beth); great-aunt of Sean and Graham (Keri) Loughborough, Christopher (Larissa) and Gregory Smith, Brooke and Dale, and Johnathan; great-grand aunt to Rowan and Mira Smith and Emma and Adalyn Loughborough; cousin of Joan Timbrell, Elizabeth Wilson, Sheila Dutton, and Christopher English; dear friend of Margaret Weiers; fondly remembered by the Haultain and Corbett families; affectionately known to many as Aunt Francess.

After earning an M.A. in English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto, Francess joined the University of Toronto Press as an editor in 1941. In the following year she enlisted in the RCAF and served as a meteorological observer in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Back at the Press after the war, she built a professional editorial department unmatched in Canada, the training ground for scholarly editors who spread across Canada from Nova Scotia to Vancouver.

In 1972, she was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Library Science (now Information Studies) at the University of Toronto and professor of library sciences. From 1969 to 1988 she was general editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the most ambitious multi-volume bilingual publishing project in Canada. From 1979 to 1984 she was also associate director (academic) of the Press.

She wrote many articles on editing, publication, and biography in journals and collections and, while at the Faculty of Library Science, two major studies of Canadian collections.

She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979 and Companion in 1984. In 1983 she received the Molson Prize, awarded by the Canada Council for distinguished contribution to Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage. The Royal Society of Canada made her a Fellow in 1977 and eleven Canadian universities awarded her honorary degrees.

Francess was an associate fellow of Massey College and a member of the Canadian Historical Society, Canadian Library Association, Committee for the Advancement of Women in Scholarship, Northlea United Church, the Heliconian Club, and the University Alumnae Dramatic Club. She was a gifted actor, a playwright, and a devoted patron of theatre, ballet, music, bookstores, art galleries, and museums.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018, in Northlea United Church, 125 Brentcliffe Road, Toronto, beginning with a visitation at 10:00 a.m. and a service at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception.

The family is grateful to the staff of K1W, Sunnybrook, who cared for Francess so kindly and professionally since 2013.

Special thanks to her readers, Anna and Fiona. Memorial donations may be sent to University Alumnae Dramatic Club, Northlea United Church, or Heliconian Hall Foundation.

Francess was a faithful Christian, a gracious and wise woman, gentle yet determined. Her life was a world of words: spoken, written, sung, and made into books which she lived and loved every day.

Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through


Justice Walsh passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital on December 28. He was 92.

Born in Toronto in 1925 to George Theophilus Walsh and Anna Ida Todd, Justice Walsh attended Forest Hill Collegiate. During the Second World War, he served as a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve.

He graduated from Victoria College, University of Toronto with a BA and from Osgoode Hall Law School. Justice Walsh was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1950 and practiced law with his father until the latter was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1958.

Justice Walsh was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1960 and continued to practice law, with an emphasis on family law.

In 1978, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario where he was immediately put in charge of The Family Law Division. At the time, spousal support was still called alimony and a woman's entitlement to it depended on English law as it existed before Confederation. All divorces had to be heard in court and trials lasted weeks. There was an enormous backlog of cases waiting to be heard.

Justice Walsh, together with Justice Gertrude Speigel, was in the forefront of the work to simplify, expedite and humanize family law. Gowns largely disappeared and litigants, lawyers and judges met informally. Discussions, offers and settlement began to occur as family law belatedly entered the 20th Century.

Known as the "dean" of the family law Bar, Justice Walsh's philosophy was resolution where possible; if not, timely adjudication. His objective was to reduce the cost of resolving family differences and issues, including the direct cost to the litigant and the indirect cost to the taxpayer, all of which had to be done without in any way reducing the quality or calibre of justice and the availability and timeliness of justice in the community.

In his honour, the country's first family law moot competition, the Walsh Family Law Moot, was held in Toronto in 2013. The Law Times said: "It is only fitting that the moot is named after former justice George Walsh, a pioneer in family law. Walsh was the leader of the family law division of the Toronto region's Superior Court of Justice and very involved in family law reform and alternative dispute resolution. He developed a team approach to adjudicating family law cases that was the envy of every other jurisdiction.

For example, he was a pioneer in early case management. He also helped establish the first mediation service at the Superior Court of Justice. It is only apt, then, that the establishment of a moot to try to encourage law students to choose family law would acknowledge Walsh's work."

His love of law was surpassed only by his love for his wife of 67 years Mary (nee Neelands). Along with his wife, he is survived by his brother, Ronald; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. His family, friends and former colleagues will miss his wit, humour, wisdom and compassion. A service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.


Peacefully, on January 2, 2018 at her home. Proud wife of the late Jules R. James and mother to Robert L. James.

Service was held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Private interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva at 22 St.Thomas Street, Unit 11B following the service on Thursday only. Memorial donations may be made to The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Trust, 416-665-1515.


Grant passed away on December 29, 2017 at the age of 83 after spending Christmas with his family. Loving husband of Barb for 55 years; wonderful father to Lori (Sanjeev), Kari (Steve), and Bob (Robin); proud grandfather of Timothy, Jocelyn, Alexandra, and Teddy; brother of Jean, Dorothy, Marilyn (deceased), and twin Warren; cherished uncle to many.

Grant practiced law for 50 years primarily at Scheifele, Erskine, and Renken and was recognized as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.

He was the Chair of the Meaford Hospital and Grey County Children's Aid Society.

Grant will be remembered as a phenomenal husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was an avid tennis player, golfer, and downhill skier at Georgian Peaks and in Utah.

Thank you to Dr. Jim Wong for his loving care over the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Grant's name to the Meaford Hospital Foundation, the Meaford Hall and Cultural Foundation, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society would be appreciated and may be made directly or through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

A private family service has occurred. A celebration of life will be announced.

DAWNK . MCDOWELL January 5, 2006

It has been twelve years since you left us. Yet your smile, your spirit, your love are with us still. We recall daily your gentle humour, your infectious laugh, your unwavering friendship. We yearn for your warmth, your kindness, your wisdom and counsel. We will never forget your strength, your grace, your courage.

You are deeply missed and cherished by your husband, John, your mother Donna, your sister Dara and brother Davis, your brothers-in-law Mike, Vic and Mark, your sisters-in-law Christine and Diana, your devoted friends Mike and Erin, as well as by your many relatives and friends across North America.

You will always be Nana to Jack and Conor, Auntie Dawn to Kaarin, Neil, Brooke, Laura, Heather and Taylor.

Eternal Memories of Love and Laughter

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