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Stratford Gazette

Ruth Agar

Mary "Ruth" Agar, 75, of Crystal Lake, died July 12 at Stratford General Hospital. She is survived by her husband Edward Agar and her children Carol Scott and husband David, Lee Gaffney and partner Jules, Rob Agar and Debbie and John Agar and partner Colleen. A memorial service was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. Interment in Avondale Cemetery Columbarium Wall.

Rev. Frank Howard Score Cooper

The Reverend Frank Howard Score Cooper, A.R.C.T, B.A., B.Th., died July 10 at Stratford General Hospital. A Bermudian and a British subject to the end, he made his home and life in Toronto, Canada, and in his last years, Stratford, embracing the possibilities of where he lived with interest, vision and a sense of community. Of the many places he visited, Ravello was the one to capture his heart. He was a passionate man, whose discerning love for that which is artistic, beautiful and true-be it a rhythm, a line, a turn of phrase, a metaphor, a gesture-permeated his life in both his pleasure and his work, and inspired a corresponding love in the many he touched who opened to his influence. None of us can be sensitive to Toscanini, Garbo, T.S. Eliot, Bernini or the liturgy, without being aware of Frank's spirit. He is survived by by Margaret and Ted, his sister Saramin and brother-in-law Peter, his friend Alan Toff, his children Annie, Vicki, Alex and Danny, and his sons-in-law Peter, Jay and Des. A funeral service was held at St. Martin in-the-Fields in Toronto on Monday. Burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Arrangements by the W.G. Young Funeral Home.

Evelyn Cowan

Evelyn Margaret Cowan, 90, died at Stratford General Hospital on July 10. She was born in Kenora, the adopted daughter of the late Robert and Laura Wightman. She was a stenographer at the Stratford General Hospital and then a medical secretary at 42 Albert Street Clinic. In 1964 she opened The Linen Shop on Market Square and owned and operated it for 40 years. She was a member of the Stratford Festival, the Horticultural Society, Gallery Stratford and Central United Church. She was predeceased by her husband Benson A. Cowan, a daughter Judith Richardson, son-in-law Floyd Cowper, friend Jean Kemp, and brother Harold Wightman. Surviving are her daughter Connie Cowper and her son Jim Cowan and his wife Nancy. A memorial service was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home

Bill Needles

Bill Needles, owner of Needles Home Appliances, a family tradition in Stratford, died last week. He is survived by his mother Ann Marie, his wife, Nano, and his children Alysia and Hayden. His greatest loves were his family, friends, travel and his cottage life. He was predeceased by his father Myron "Bud" Needles. A funeral service was held Saturday at the W.G. Young Funeral Home.

Gladys Swanson

Gladys Lenore May Swanson, 94, died July 12 in Cannington, Ont.

She had been a long-time resident of Mowat Street in Stratford and lived briefly in Owen Sound and Waterloo.

After attending Stratford Normal School she taught in several schools in and around Stratford. Her life centered on her family, her friends, and her church family at Centennial United Church, Stratford. Because of her failing health for several years, she had moved to Cannington from Stratford to be near her son and family. She was the daughter of George W. Leith (Bill) and May Leith.

She was predeceased by her husband Reg in 1966. She is survived by her son Donald and his wife Merle of Pefferlaw, Ont.

A memorial service will be held at the Heinbuck Funeral Home in Stratford on July 24 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service. Private interment at Avondale Cemetery.

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