George Alexander (Alex) JUPP
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JUPP, George Alexander (Alex) It is with great sadness that we announce the death of George Alexander (Alex) Jupp (1927-2018) on November 23, 2018 at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital, with his two daughters Jacquie Murray and Heather Arnott at his side. Alex was predeceased by his parents Dr. Alex Jupp and Effie Clarke, whose families were pioneers in early Saskatchewan. Alex's loving wife mourns his passing. He will be missed by his five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his sisters Gayle in Ohio and Madelon in Regina, as well as the large family he acquired upon marrying Norah Smith in 1994. Alex will be remembered for his sense of humour, his keen intellect, and love of Canada. He was a self-confessed lifelong political junkie. "I don't remember a time in my life when I wasn't interested in politics." He spent the first half of his life in the West, serving in the Army 1944-46, teaching, completing his Masters degree at University of Calgary, working with the United Appeals in Regina and Calgary, and writing, producing and hosting various live TV programs in the CBC's inaugural years in Regina. He was involved in several elections at various levels as either the campaign manager or candidate and served four years on Regina's City Council. His rewarding career in public affairs, with the Molson organization, began in Calgary in 1964 and continued for 25 years. In 1967, Molsons brought Alex from West to East as VP Public Affairs, first in Montreal and then in Toronto. He took a leave of absence in 1987 to run for Parliament and was elected MP for Mississauga North in the ill-fated Joe Clarke Progressive Conservative government. After the Clarke government fell, he returned to Molsons until retiring in 1991. In the twenty years which followed, Alex served two terms on the Peel Public School Board, spent five years researching and publishing the genealogical histories of both his Jupp and Clarke ancestors, spent eight winters in Australia, and ten in Mexico. He was a keen member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the University of Toronto, where he facilitated workshops in politics and philosophy. After moving to Stratford in 2010, he took part in many Festival activities. He returned to Toronto in 2016 when it became necessary for him to receive care for dementia at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital. Alex's parents and grandparents remained role models of civic service through his long life. "Whatever we are as individuals, as citizens, business people or otherwise, we must be prepared to put more back into life than we take from it." Alex had the privilege of chairing the pivotal Saskatchewan debate on Medicare. Tommy Douglas faced off with Dr. Barootes, head of Saskatchewan doctors. From that came Medicare as we know it. At his request, his cremated remains with be interred in the family plot in Fleming, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sunnybrook Foundation for their very excellent care for dementia, or to Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, would be appreciated. Condolences to smithjupp1994@gmail.com.


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Published in Toronto Star on Nov. 28, 2018.
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December 16, 2018
I'm very sorry to hear about your father, Jacquie and Heather. I remember long ago in Brampton as a kid, your Dad was patient and friendly and always taking time to wave or speak to me and my brothers. My father had a wonderful experience in USSR with Alex during '72, and had recounted so many great stories. And I remember years later, me visiting him during a university class business trip to Molson's and him being so relaxed and welcoming. God bless.
Paul Coulombe
December 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked for Alex at Molson in the eighties when he was VP of Public Affairs. We lost touch over the years but I have very fond memories of him. In particular, I remember his intelligence, humour and kindness. My memories of him are also inextricably linked to the fragrant smoke of his pipe wafting from his office, which I never minded. He was a good boss and a decent person and I am thankful to have known him.
Kathleen Maunder
December 1, 2018
Dear Heather and Jacquie,
A beautiful tribute to a great man. Your Dad was a wonderful father, and you were both wonderful loving daughters to him. His unconditional love for you will carry on in your hearts forever. Cherish all the beautiful memories. Our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear Dad. Much love to you, Jen and Bob xoxo
Jen Pearsall
November 30, 2018
Dear Norah. Both Karen and I send our sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, Alex. He was a wonderful man who lived life to the fullest, in the company of you, his loving wife. It was our pleasure to have known you both for several years, since our meeting on a bus trip in Mexico. We spent many winters in close proximity in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, surrounded by many wonderful mutual friends....life was beautiful .....we shall miss your presence.......with love, your friends, Carole&Karen
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