011.jpgDaryl Reside, with the late Robert Jarvis, author, and Paul Fromm, Vancouver, 1986
Daryl Lynne Reside, R.I.P.
Daryl Lynne Reside, b. August 29, 1952, beloved mother of Travis Fromm and Logan Fromm, passed away quietly after years of declining health at Creditview Hospital in Mississauga, August 7. She died 22 days short of her sixtieth birthday. Daryl was the former wife of Paul Fromm.
Daryl was also Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform's long-time office manager, having worked at her post for 29 years. Indeed, she continued performing her duties until shortly before her death.
Daryl was very politically active in the 1980s. She was a friend of the late John Ross Taylor and, along with his loyal supporter Jack Prins, signed a $5,000 bail undertaking to ensure his freedom as he sought "judicial review" (appeal) of his conviction, being the first victim of Sec 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Daryl sought the Progressive Conservative nomination in Beaches-Woodbine in 1982, announcing her candidacy on July 14th. She spoke out on weaknesses in the criminal justice system, like mandatory supervision, which sees criminals released after serving a third of their sentence. She also criticized then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's lavish foreign aid handouts, many to socialist dictatorships: "The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is an abomination which does not help needy people but greedy governments," she said (Speak Up!, August, 1982) She attended the P.C. Leadership Convention in Ottawa in 1983 with Paul Fromm and worked on the leadership campaign of Tory MP John Gamble. She chaired the First Canadian Free Speech Conference, held in Vancouver in 1987. It featured such free speech stalwarts as the late Judge Les Bewley and journalist/author Doug Collins.
She was also briefly editor, in 1980, of Aryan, a small journal published by the Western Guard International. The issue announcing her appointment contained a reminder or the persecution and repression that racial dissidents have faced for years in this country: "Do not send mail to Canada as all Western Guard mail has been stopped by the Canadian Post Office." (Aryan, December, 1980) A U.S. address was given. Daryl apparently edited only one issue of the magazine before taking up other political activities.
With the birth of her first son, Travis, in 1987 and then with the birth of her second son, Logan, in 1990, Daryl became less active in public politics, devoting herself to raising her children.
Daryl was fiercely proud of her Scottish and British roots. She was active with the Clan Mackay organization in Canada. During the Falklands War, she organized a protest in Toronto to support the British cause.
A great cat lover, Daryl did a lot of work for animal welfare. In her final years, her home was the pleasant abode of four cats. Daryl grew up and was educated in Scarborough. She was one of the first employees of the fledgling Toronto Sun and asked that that be the only paper in which her death notice would appear. She later worked in the accounts department of Reed Papers.
The funeral service was held for Daryl Reside, August 13 and mourners were stirred by the tunes of a Scottish piper.