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MERLIN MARION ANDREW September 19, 1915 - October 19, 2013 Daughter of the late John Burford Wallace Andrew and Eva Mary Andrew (nee Nichols). Merlin was born and educated in London, England where she drove an ambulance during the Blitz. Immediately following WWII, she joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) as a civilian contractor, providing humanitarian aid in Displaced Persons Camps throughout Europe. She lead an active and adventurous life that spanned 4 continents, finally settling in Toronto where her superb command of the English language was put to the test as a proofreader for the Toronto Star, a post she held until her retirement. Merlin was passionate about animal rights and was involved with many local and international groups dedicated to their welfare. In 1970, she founded Action Volunteers for Animals and later sat on the Board of Directors for The Toronto Humane Society. Good health and a brilliant, sharp mind allowed her to enjoy life in her own home and splendid garden until a short month before her passing. She is survived by her 4 cats: Kipling, Esme, Moley and Kato, who are now residing at Haven of the Heart Animal Sanctuary, where Merlin volunteered for more than 30 years. A memorial celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on November 9th at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, 115 Simpson Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations to any animal charity would be most welcome.

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Published in Toronto Star from Oct. 26 to Oct. 29, 2013.
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November 11, 2013
an inspiration
andrew aitken
November 9, 2013
Merlin was a wonderful person to work with who bridged many movements for a better world. She welcomed people and encouraged them to try a little harder to make their own contributions to the world.
November 9, 2013
I met Merlin many years ago, during the hunger strike outside of the Heart & Stroke Foundation, to speak out for the animals that were being used in horrendous vivisection experiments. She was one of my early heros and I marvel still at her ability to use the right words on behalf of animals. RIP Merlin, you have surely done your part for this tired old world.
cath ens
November 6, 2013
Merlin was an amazing woman fighting fearlessly and tirelessly in the uphill battle for the welfare of animals. She had an amazing use of the English language and combined with a sharp tongue she could strike fear into those who were in a position to help the animals but were found wanting. Be at peace.
Margaret Ann Johnson
November 4, 2013
Any person knowing and working with my dear internet friend Mary Alice Pollard is also special to me. After reading about your life, I must say, I wish I had met you and gotten to know you. Mary Alice and I have known each other more than 15 years, taking on the Internet even at 2 am in the morning! What a wonderful couple too! Unfortunately we have never met face to face, someday I hope, I love them so. I do know if any can fill in your work with animals, Mary will certainly fill your shoes overwhelmingly. I have never met anyone so dedicated to all gods animals more than her. She would take the shirt off her back to warm some little creature in need. She is such a strong advocate helping all creatures in desperation from all over the world and those that have caused harm know her wrath well.
May God bless you as you sit next to him and continue your work in a different but loving place.
ginger olansen
November 4, 2013
You spoke so eloquently and strode forward so bravely for those with no voice, that the abusers harm. The harp seals on Canada's ice floes, the cats without a home, the wolves, the foxes, the deer, every one of them had a friend in you, Merlin. At the beginning of each ARKII protest we will remember you.
Susan Govegan
November 4, 2013
We go back so far, not just in our work for the rights of animals, everywhere, but as friends. I treasure every moment, the memories of our pounding the pavements together, lobbying, press conferences and when I moved, our letters and phone calls back and forth always putting the world to right! I will miss your friendship. Thank you for the years you have given and know that your work will continue on through every one of us. And I know that from the heavens you will be guiding us and protecting all those you love here on earth ...... Love you, always !
Mary Alice Pollard nee Mashinter
November 3, 2013
God bless Merlin! I will sincerely miss our correspondance
Susan Barker
October 31, 2013
Goodbye my dear friend. I will miss you.
much love xxxGail and Roxy
gail emo
October 29, 2013
Merlin was a true independent, - I worked with her since early 1970s, she attended every fur store picket, every animal demo,..a pioneer in the movement for animal liberation.
Marlene Lakin
October 28, 2013
I never knew you well Merlin, but I knew you well enough. Thank you for every single thing, of the thousands of things you did, for animals. I hope, through your earthly example, that more humans adopt your level of responsibility and compassion.
Mitch Nadon
October 28, 2013
You were and still are my inspiration for animal well being. You were relentless in your cinviction and fight to better their lives. I wish I had half the gumption you had. You will certainly will come back as a guardian angel to all animals. I will truly miss you.
Janis Brown
October 28, 2013
Merlin speaking out for animals in laboratories
As much as we will miss you, Merlin, it has been an honour to stand with you for many years in this struggle to bring forth respect, tolerance, compassion and liberation for all beings. With love and in solidarity always
Helen (ARK II)
Helen Prancic
October 28, 2013
Merlin Speaking Against Against Animal Testing (2004)
Helen Prancic
October 27, 2013
Merlin, a great activist for animals chained herself to the Minister of Fisheries desk in her 70's against the seal slaughters'. A kind, eloquent, straight to the point, light, she is sorely missed.
Susan Hargreaves
October 27, 2013
Denise Harkins
October 27, 2013
We always enjoyed meeting and chatting with Merlin on our street. Great garden & great stories. The street has lost a very original and generous character. She will be missed.
October 27, 2013
Merlin, you have done SO much for animal welfare in the GTA. Your work will never be forgotten and will continue. I am a donor and friend of AVA.
Lawrence Arkilander
October 26, 2013
My dear Merlin
I wish you a wonderful afterlife.
Thank you for all the good that you did and the people you influenced in a positive way while you were still here with us.
Monika Little
October 26, 2013
I was very saddened to hear that this compassionate warrior for animals had passed away.
Lana MacInnes
October 26, 2013
October 26, 2013
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