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Sadie Moore
Sadie Moore

IN MEMORIAM – SARAH (SADIE) MOORE – MARCH 2019
As North Metro members prepared for the 2019 Regional Contest, we were very aware that one of our founding members was not on the risers. Shortly before contest, our beloved 90-year-old ‘Sadie' passed peacefully in her sleep at Lakeridge Palliative Care Unit. There was not one day during her brief illness and hospitalization that Sadie was without one or more chorus members by her side. Funny chorus memories were shared and sometimes North Metro music was quietly played to her. Towards the end, her chorus friends just sat and held her hands, so that whenever she awoke she knew she was never alone. She knew how loved she was!
Sadie was the first person new members saw. As one of North Metro's Assistant Directors it was Sadie who voice-tested chorus applicants. Many recalled how kind and supportive she was, with her warm smile, hilarious sense of humour, and that lovely Scottish lilt in her voice. She made the audition process as welcoming and relaxed as possible.
It was after she emigrated to Canada from Scotland that Sadie met her husband John – also a barbershopper. They were married happily for many years until he passed. She used to say that she came all the way to Canada to meet and marry another Scot!! He was the love of her life, and had the same sense of humour. Listening to them chatting together was like watching a comedy show! Sadie's two younger brothers, whom she adored, remained in Scotland but visited her regularly. During the past few years, Sadie became acquainted with the laptop computer. We set her up with ‘Skype' so that she could Skype her brothers every week and speak to them every day!
Sadie loved to make others laugh and over her more than 50 years as a North Metro member, took part in many skits and comedy performances in order to entertain the members. She emceed many chorus events and even directed the chorus during the wedding service of one of June Dale's daughters. She spoke often about the joy that being part of North Metro brought into her life. We speak of the joy that she brought into our lives. We loved her, will miss her, and were blessed to have had her with us for so long!
Dorothy Hofstetter
Dorothy Hofstetter

Dorothy Hofstetter (March 27, 1933 - August 14, 2014)
North Metro members were greatly saddened by the loss of our Founder and dear friend, Dorothy Hofstetter.  North Metro began with some 15 or so members, in the basement of Dorothy's home over 40 years ago.  What began as a seed became a mighty tree!  Dorothy spent her years in North Metro productively in many Board positions, including President more than a few times.  She was a friendly, personable lady who endeared herself to everyone she met.  Dorothy was also very active in Region 16, performing the duties of the Official OPL (Official Panel Liaison) and came to be personal friends with many of the judges who came to our region to judge contests.  Dorothy held this important position for some 12 years. 
 
North Metro will cherish all of the happy memories Dorothy left us.  She was such a warm and caring personality and never failed to instill enthusiasm within the chorus members.  Dorothy's husband Bill, a barbershopper of note, pre-deceased Dorothy by only a year and our thoughts and love go out to their family, two daughters Peggy and Kathy, son-in-laws John and Ed, and grandchildren, Megan, Michelle and Marcello.  Dorothy will be greatly missed. 

Submitted by:
Hazel Dewsbury
North Metro Chorus
Barbara Borovicka
Barbara Borovicka

July 17, 2019.
Barb was born in Cambridge, Ontario and moved to Toronto with her husband Milan. She joined North Metro in 1987 and celebrated 32 years with us! Barb was the mother of 4 children and loved playing piano and also loved photography and travelling. Barb was a fighter and enjoyed and celebrated and appreciated life. Barb also volunteered when she could.
Lois Janet Walker
Lois Janet Walker

Lois Janet Walker
Jan 1 1931--Aug 1 2016
 
Lois joined Sweet Adelines in May of 1957. She was at first reluctant to join, as she objected to the phrase in our then constitution describing Sweet Adelines as an organization for "white Christian women ". 
 
She eventually did join,  properly reasoning that it would be easier to affect change from within the organization than from without. She, among others was instrumental in having that particular clause eliminated.
 
Lois was originally a member of Oshawa Chorus, which morphed into Don Valley Chorus (now defunct). She spent the remainder of her Sweet Adeline life as a proud member of North Metro Chorus and was thrilled to win 3 gold medals with North Metro.  
She became a 50 year member in 2007 and was honoured at International in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Linda Susan LaBine
Linda Susan LaBine

February 15, 1952 - January 5, 2009
Susan McDowall
Susan McDowall

2007
It is with sadness that we announce the recent passing of Susan McDowall of North Metro Chorus in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Susan's life was filled with music from a very early age being raised in a family that was very talented musically.  She started her Sweet Adeline years as a member of Scarborough Chorus in Toronto where she also served on the Board, quartetted, fund raised, etc.  In 1993 she became a member of North Metro Chorus and was the recipient of three International Gold medals during that time. She loved performing and competing. Susan was a true ‘people person'
and would always be found talking to someone new wherever she went, particularly during competitions.  She was a wonderful ambassador for North Metro.  We missed her so very much  in Las Vegas, but she was  in our hearts and our voices.
 
    (submitted by Ruth Robertson- North Metro Chorus)
 
Carol Archer
Carol Archer

Jan. 12, 1945 - Dec. 23, 2004
North Metro Chorus is deeply saddened by the passing December 23, 2004 of a much-loved chorus member, Carol Archer. Carol was a long-time member of our chorus, joining North Metro 30 years ago. Our chorus enjoyed her innovative choreography for many years and she was very involved in all of our shows, including our most recent one in September. One set of our show was "Les Miserables" and she assisted many chorus members with costuming, personally shopping for the bits and pieces that would enhance the individual look. Carol was given North Metro's Harmony Award, which is an honour, that indicates the respect and admiration the chorus has for the recipient.
Carol enjoyed a long fruitful career as a teacher, culminating in her attaining the position of Principal. Her husband, Harry, an avid fan of North Metro was very supportive of all of Carol's involvement with our chorus.
North Metro will miss Carol tremendously. We celebrate her Sweet Adeline legacy and join her family in grieving her loss. We extend our condolences to her husband Harry, sister Eileen, and her remarkable father Jim Kruzic who just celebrated his 101st birthday.
Hazel Dewsbury,
North Metro Chorus.
Wendy Louza
Wendy Louza

1945-2004
North Metro Chorus members joined family and other friends at a graveside service on May 21, 2004 to say goodbye to our dear friend and chorus sister Wendy, who recently passed away at the age of 59. As in all things, Wendy's courage and tenacity had enabled her to fight a determined battle against breast cancer for many years before finally succumbing at home on May 19, 2004.
Wendy's love of her chorus was surpassed only by her joy in performing in a Quartet, and many of you in Region 16 will remember her well as a member of both Quasar and Viva! After many, many years with North Metro, it was with great sadness that Wendy, a Harmony Award winner in 1988, had to resign from the chorus to concentrate on fighting her illness.
Wendy's biggest weapon in her battle with cancer, besides her tremendous courage, was her sense of humour. One could not be around her for more than a minute before being overcome with laughter. Assistant Director Sadie Moore, Wendy, and I performed comic songs and poems for North Metro for many years. It was often difficult to get Wendy out of our rehearsal room – a fancy title for the nearest loo - in order to perform for the chorus, as she was usually so convulsed with laughter she couldn't walk. She used to say that she was sure we had more fun preparing the skits than anyone else had watching them.
Many of you will no doubt remember Wendy's terrific performance as Fagin in our outgoing “Oliver” package! She was delighted when someone approached her and said they hadn't realised men were allowed in an SAI performance.
I well remember our first International Gold Medal win – when we performed “Newsies.” Wendy could not believe the reception we received upon entering the auditorium after the performance. As 14,000 people stood and cheered, she grabbed my arm and said, “My Gosh! I think this is for us! Let's run through and come back in again – I want this to last forever!”
As well as her husband Marcel, her four children, and beloved grandchildren, Wendy left behind a bright and shining legacy of courage, determination, fun and laughter – all of which WILL last forever!
Doreen Pooley
North Metro Chorus
Phyllis Keene
Phyllis Keene

2007
It is with great sadness that North Metro announces the loss of another very treasured member.  Phyllis Keen joined us in 1981 after 4 years with the Credit Valley Chorus.   Phyllis was a most devoted member and a very 'special Lady' who had to deal with a heart problem for many years.  Even though, on a few occasions she was unable to join us on stage, she would be in the audience cheering us on.  Phyllis had just recovered from a stay in hospital due to her heart, when she was suddenly taken from us when her car was struck by another automobile on the highway near her home in Barrie.  She sustained a number of injuries and broken bones, but mostly her heart could just not stand the strain. 

We wish to extend to her very warm and loving family, of whom she was most proud, our deepest sympathy. We shared so many happy times and great laughter.  Phyllis is greatly missed and always in our hearts

(submitted by Maureen Philps & Edna Peaker  -North Metro Chorus)
Laverne Rousseau
Laverne Rousseau

2005
It is with great sadness and regret we announce the passing of Laverne Rousseau on September 17, 2005. Laverne was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in August, 2002.
Laverne joined Sweet Adelines in 1957 with the Oshawa Chapter. While with Oshawa, Laverne formed a young girls 4-part harmony chorus. Laverne's 3 daughters, nieces, chorus members' daughters & friends made up this good-sized group.  Laverne taught the girls a few songs; they had a chorus costume & performed at a few outings. Laverne was also involved in a few quartets, always singing lead (or baritone when needed).
In the mid-eighties, Oshawa Chorus amalgamated with Mississauga Chapter to form Don Valley Chapter. Then, in 1987 Laverne, along with 8-12 other members transferred to North Metro Chapter. She was on the Board of Directors; held the position as Secretary, as well as other positions on the Board. She was a tester for the Lead Section. In 2004 she won the "North Metro Harmony/Sweet Adeline of the Year" award.
Through failing health, she still maintained her chorus membership, golf membership, oil painting with the Whitby Seniors' Centre, volunteered with St. Vincent's Kitchen ‘Meals on Wheels' program and music convener with her Church Choir.
Laverne was so much fun and such a dedicated friend, family and chorus member. Those who knew Laverne will remember her outgoing personality, style, care and charisma and as always, being dressed to the nines. She will be missed by so many - all feeling fortunate to have known her.
Anna-Jane Sharrard
Mary Snow
Mary Snow

2004
It has been a devastating summer of loss for North Metro as we said a final farewell to three long-time members – the latest being Mary Snow.
Mary Snow was a forty-year member of Sweet Adelines and a thirty-year plus member of North Metro. Although outwardly a very reserved and private person, she loved to laugh and roomed for years with the same three members of the chorus – one of whom was the late and much loved Maud Potts.
A ‘lady' in every sense of the word – Mary carried herself with dignity and pride. At Regional Conventions, North Metro members would be fascinated upon entering her ‘quad' room where she and her roomies would have a lace tablecloth set out, the lights off, china on the table, candles lit, quietly eating eggs, bacon, toast and fruit for breakfast. We never did find out how they managed that, but they certainly turned ‘rooming at convention' into a fine art.
Mary's sewing skills were legendary – those who might remember our ‘Old Grey Bonnet' performance of years ago, when we wore silver grey satin and pink chiffon, while June wore a magnificent pink dress exquisitely ruffled, saw first-hand how brilliantly Mary sewed. One of June's children, upon seeing her in Mary's creation, said, “Mommy, you look like a princess!”
Also – if you remember the silver lurex top hats with tulle – a very distinctive accessory from years ago – Mary designed and made the hats for every chorus member. Again – such creations were put together quietly at her home, with no fuss or expectation of recognition. She was genuinely surprised when she was praised for her creativity.
Mary came from a long line of ‘barbershoppers' and her nephew and great nephew today sing with MegaCity Chorus, while her great-great niece has just joined North Metro.
Those of us who drove with her each week grieved as her sight failed and she began to slip away from us into that awful world of Alzheimer's. Eventually she was unable to come to chorus and she could not really remember her beloved North Metro.
We, however, will ALWAYS remember her!

Doreen Pooley
North Metro Chorus
Nellie Skene
Nellie Skene

2003
Jean Goode
Jean Goode

Feb. 8, 1943 - June 11, 2004
North Metro again said goodbye this month to another of its longtime members, Jean Goode. Jean passed away after a brief illness and will be sadly missed by her chorus sisters.
Jean was a member of the former Toronto Chapter and when it re-formed she joined North Metro, where she was a proud member for approximately 15 years. Justifiably thrilled with her Regional First Place Medals and International Gold Medals – she was equally as gratified by her annual ‘Perfect Attendance' Pins – which she was presented with for many years.
Jean had two sisters and two sons. She doted on her family and the many family get-togethers they had. She often said her family was her real hobby. When one of her sons bought a home and moved away, he found another home in the area for ‘Mom and Dad!' Jean and her husband promptly purchased it so that family events could continue as before.
Just over a year ago Jean became the extremely proud grandmother of a little boy – William. And another generation began for Jean to dote on. He was the light of her life!
Throughout the years, Jean worked very hard to help provide for her family – always her main focus. This work ethic showed itself in the level of her contribution to her chorus.
It isn't easy for us to say goodbye to members of our chorus family. Jean – you won't be forgotten!
Doreen Pooley
For North Metro Chorus
Maud Potts
Maud Potts

2001