Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Hugh's mother

Our thoughts are with Hugh Wesley, former Toronto Sun photo desk chief, whose mother has died at 97.

The Toronto Star obit can be read here.

Dorothy Mary Wesley, a Toronto-born mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Saturday.

Visitation at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., in Mississauga, is Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m.


  1. My condolences to Hugh and his family.


    Step back and look at the bigger picture here. Most Toronto-area funeral homes use the Toronto Star as the de facto publisher of obituaries. The Sun's Announcement/Notices/Obituary page should be cancelled due to lack of use.

    The Star has contracted out its online obituaries to a US company that services newspapers around the world. Sun Media has set-up its own online obituary-announcement-birth- anything-else service.

    The Star's online obituary pages have limited advertising and all ads carry an "Advertisement" disclaimer. There are also subtle links to related services like florists, gift shops and a list of charities.

    The Sun's online obituary pages are flooded with ads for anything and everything. Examples:

    • One ad features a girl in a white bikini sitting on a beach;
    • a camera store ad selling the new Canon camera to "capture those special family moments";
    • a health store ad promising to give you healthy living;
    • an ad featuring a pair of women's legs with the headline: "Party shoes on sale"
    • online gaming ads.
    • a weird ad showing a smiling guy wearing a winter hat and standing in a computer store.

    I'm sure bereaved friends and family will appreciate the online shopping opportunities provided by thoughtful Sun Media.

    Having its own Announcement/Obituary/Whatever site is good for Sun Media. Loading it down with cheap, crappy ads to make a quick buck is tacky, tasteless and fools no one.

    Give the grieving families and friends a bit of respect and care, and maybe they'll turn into Sun customers.

  2. my sympathy to Hugh and family over the loss of his Mom, Les Pyette, London,