IN MEMORIUM


ARTHUR ALFRED ARDRON

March 4, 1927 - March 29, 2010
Longtime Bell Pioneer member of St. Luke's Church, a founding member of East Side Players and a longtime member of the Scarborough Art Guild. He loved to sing, entertaining many at Centennial Manor. He died at Manitoulin Centennial Manor at the age of 83. Predeceased by wife Audrey. Father of Bob and wife Sue Ardron of Bobcaygeon, Dale and husband Michael Shain of Little Current. Grandfather of Kelly (husband David Jaen), Dustin (fiancee Jenn) and Derek Ardron, Arthur, Kathleen, Sarah (husband Kyle Sabourin), Mary Ellen, Theresa and Maggie Shain. Great-grandfather of five. Brother of Dorothy Whitehouse (predeceased) and Phyllis Lazowski. Will be greatly missed by loving pet and best companion Molly.

GWENDOLINE BOCK

1922 - 2009
An extraordinary woman, a loyal and devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, a creative force, a generous friend, an unstoppable storyteller, a chef extraordinaire, a passionate collector, and a perceptive lover of all the arts, Gwendoline Bock passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 7th, 2009. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 65 years, Werner, sons Tony and Steven, their wives Lyn and Franda, and grandchildren Daniel, Lucy and Francesca. As an active and energetic member of the East Side Players, she became the well-loved face of the company, greeting audience members as old friends for over 40 years. Gwennie's loss will be keenly felt by her many friends and colleagues in the amateur theatre community.

The Lady at the Door


The pre-show hustle bustle, with patrons at the gate,
And actors stand a-waiting; the show will go up late,
And through a baby monitor, to a backstage setting - Low,
Comes a voice from far away - "all clear to start the show."
But no more comes that voice calling, like a thousand nights before
And no more shall we be greeted by the Lady at the door.

As theatre folk; who'd nightly play, or toil in wings of black,
How privileged were the few who'd usher and the playbills pack,
Or work Subscriber renewals at the interval and post,
And be rewarded; not with pay, but tales and friendship's toast.
But no more comes that voice calling, like a thousand nights before
And no more shall we be greeted by the Lady at the door.

How many times to patrons did she give a poker chip,
Environmental in her day, no need for ticket's rip,
And that dear lover of the arts, would nightly stand her post,
And at his door, her Vern would too, and keep in line "the host."
But no more comes that voice calling, like a thousand nights before
And no more shall we be greeted by the Lady at the door.

The good old days at East Side, have sadly slipped away,
With the passing of our friend and hostess for the play,
A Wife and Mum and Grandmother proud and friend to all who came
To spend an evening at the Mill with East Side's Grandest Dame.
But no more comes that voice calling, like a thousand nights before
And no more shall we be greeted by the Lady at the door.

By Randy Pryce, May 2009.


WERNER J. BOCK

August 21, 1921 - February 13, 2011
Born in Berlin, Germany, on August 21st, 1921, Werner passed away in the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, February 13th, 2011. He will be sadly missed by his sons Tony and Steven, their wives Lyn and Franda, and grandchildren Daniel, Lucy and Francesca. Since May 2009 when Gwen, his wife of 65 years predeceased him, Vern lived at The Claremont retirement residence where he enjoyed the companionship of the many good friends he made there. A Holocaust survivor, Vern was the ultimate gentleman, quietly determined, and well-loved by everyone he met. In addition to his career at Orenda Engines and Hawker Siddeley, Vern was a long-time member of the East Side Players where he made many friends over the years in his role as President.

FREDERICK JAMES "JIM" FEATHER

1920 - 2010
On August 6, 2010 with his beloved partner Yvonne Bridgman by his side, Jim passed peacefully in his sleep. Born the summer solstice of 1920 in Accrington, England, Jim was given a taste of northern Ontario as a child in Schumacher, where his father worked in the mines before returning after three years to Lancashire. Labouring at Bristol Aircraft in WWII before performing military service, he emigrated permanently in 1948 and worked on two of the most noteworthy Canadian achievements, the Avro Arrow and the Canada Space Arm. Engineering and acting were the vehicles for his creativity, acting in theatre, television and film. Throwing a backhand draw with a yard on was pleasure on a bowling green forty years to the end end. Around his piano, many sang into the night. With Betty, Jim was Dad to Max, Ted, Mike and Una and grandfather to Adam, Sean, Alicia, Mark, Alexandra and Elliot. Jim was also special to Yvonne's family, Wendy and Shelley Coleman, Robin, and Carley.

STANLEY T. A. TULLY

1924-2015
After a short but bravely fought illness, Stan passed away on February 9, 2015 at the age of 90, in Sunnybrook Palliative Care, Toronto.

Stan will be forever missed and loved by his wife of 65 years Daphne (nee Owen), his son Elved (Torunn Erfle) and daughter Elizabeth (Bo Leder), cousin Richard Jackson (Mary Sinclair) and brother Charles (Jann) and their many, many special friends. Born September 9, 1924 in Brighton England, he was the only son of Marjorie Wallace (nee Beard) and Stanley H.G. Tully. He attended Varndean Grammar School. During WWII, he served with the RAF in Arizona, USA and Bahrain, Egypt. He emigrated to Canada in 1956 and after settling in Toronto, Stan joined Regent Oil (later Texaco) and subsequently joined BP (later Petro-Canada) and spent time living in Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal before moving back to Toronto in 1972 where he spent the remainder of his career, retiring in 1983.

Stan always had great passion and affinity for the theatre and everything associated with it and after his retirement, could frequently be found either in front of the curtain, on stage with a number of amateur theatre groups or behind the scenes as set decorator or producer and ultimately in front of the camera in print ads, movies, TV commercials and productions such as Road to Avonlea.

He loved parties and was always looking for an excuse to throw a bash that would include their wide circle of friends and invariably involved "theatrics" of some sort i.e., dressing-up, skits and dancing (Scottish Country of course!)

Stan was a volunteer at Sunnybrook Hospital for 30 years participating in the Fine Arts program and as a Heart-Pal. We would like to thank Dr. Bennett and the wonderful nurses for their excellent care of Stan while he was in the Palliative Care ward.