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RABBITTS m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-23 published
RABBITTS, Larry and Pat - Happy 45th Anniversary
With much love Dan, Ann Maurie and grand_sons and Bill and Greg.

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RABBITTS m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-23 published
RABBITTS, Larry and Pat - Happy 45th Anniversary
With much love Dan, Ann Maurie and grand_sons and Bill and Greg.

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RACEY m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-05-24 published
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary, Art and Edna (TOMMIE) RACEY
Art and Edna exchanged vows at Parkhill United Church, Parkhill, Ontario on May 30th, 1953. They have been blessed with 50 wonderful years of marriage, two sons, Stephen and David and five grandchildren, Wendy, Emma, Sarah, Matthew and Melissa.

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RACHAR m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-04-12 published
50th Wedding Anniversary, Brock and Heidi RACHAR
Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mom and Dad (Grandma and Grandpa) with love from all your family.

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RACINE m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-01 published
RACINE, Jean-Claude and Maureen - 40th Wedding Anniversary
February 13, 2005
Happy 60th Birthday Claude, January 6, 2005.
Family and Friends are invited to an Open House January 8th, '05 at the Marconi Club, Clarke Rd. (London), 2pm, to celebrate a Special Birthday and Anniversary. Best wishes only. Love Traci & Mark, Tammi and Jim, Terry and Sue, Mum Hudson, Brad, Ty, Jordan, Jenna-Lynn and Jamie.

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RADFORTH m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-07-12 published
RADFORTH / DRUAR
Mike and Brenda RADFORTH wish to announce the August 9th, 2003 wedding of their daughter Andrea RADFORTH to Todd DRUAR. Proud parents also include John and Janet JETHON, and Len DRUAR and Norma ARNDT, all of Spruce Grove, Alberta.

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RADFORTH m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-07-19 published
RADFORTH / DRUAR
Mike and Brenda RADFORTH wish to announce the August 9th, 2003 wedding of their daughter Andrea RADFORTH to Todd DRUAR.
Proud parents also include John and Janet JETHON, and Len DRUAR & Norma ARNDT, all of Spruce Grove, Alberta.

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RAE m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-05-17 published
Forthcoming Marriage - RAE / CLEMENTS
Steve and Martha RAE are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Cara to Scott, son of Steve CLEMENTS and Val CLEMENTS. The wedding is to take place Friday, July 25, 2003. Stag and Doe on Sat. May 24, 2003 at Connolly Hall (Plumbers), 523 First St.

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RAE m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-06-21 published
Gay men moved to marry
Special to The Free Press
Toronto -- It was not a boyhood dream to be bathed in confetti after tying the knot, but a grown-up reality that led Toronto councillor Kyle RAE to wed his decade-long partner yesterday. The pair decided to get married after watching another gay couple get their licence on television.
"He said, 'I don't want people to think I died an old single man. I've been in a loving relationship for years. I want a record of that wonderful relationship.' That just moved both of us," RAE said after his short ceremony.
He and artist Mark REID had tears in their eyes when they were pronounced married by Ontario Court Justice Bruce YOUNG at a gallery in the heart of the gay village where REID has had his paintings exhibited.
The couple, who have been together since "the first night we met" nine years ago, never put much emphasis on marriage.
"I thought marriage was something that never happened to gay people and anyway -- who cares?" said REID.
"But as it got close I became excited."

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RAE m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
RAE / WHITEN -- Engagement
Tony and Gloria RAE of London are proud to announce the engagement of their son Stuart RAE to Adrienne WHITEN, daughter of Ms. Colleen WHITEN of Toronto. The happy couple plan for the wedding to take place in London this September.

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RAE m@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-11 published
Gay marriage is legalized
Ontario appeal court rewrites law, says couples must be given licences
Activists are ecstatic, Ottawa faces tight deadline to decide on appeal
KLEIN rejects ruling, says he'll invoke notwithstanding clause in Alberta
By Kirk MAKIN Justice Reporter; With reports from Mark HUME in Kelowna, and Canadian Press Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - Page A1
The exclusion of gays from the institution of marriage is illogical, offensive and unjustifiable, the Ontario Court of Appeal said yesterday in a historic judgment that makes same-sex marriages legal for the first time in Canada.
The ruling took effect immediately in Ontario -- two gay men were married yesterday in a Toronto court -- increasing the pressure on the federal government to consider legislation on same-sex unions or go to the Supreme Court. A decision on the latter option must be made by June 30.
Alberta Premier Ralph KLEIN boosted the stakes further, saying his province is not about to recognize same-sex marriages as legal, and will invoke the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution to override any court ruling recognizing a right to such marriages.
"If there is any move to sanctify and legalize same-sex marriages, we will use the notwithstanding clause, period, end of story," Mr. KLEIN said at the Western Premiers Conference in Kelowna, B.C.
The Ontario court methodically dismantled every argument made before it in support of heterosexual-only marriages. It refused even to permit a grace period for Ontario to bring its laws into conformity with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Courts in British Columbia and Quebec have also struck down marriage laws, but gave the governments time to rewrite their legislation.
The Ontario judges said denying same-sex marriage is tantamount to declaring homosexuals a lesser order of being, helping to perpetuate an impression that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming loving relationships.
"A purpose that demeans the dignity of same-sex couples is contrary to the values of a free and democratic society and cannot be pressing and substantial," said Chief Justice Roy McMURTRY, Mr. Justice James MacPHERSON and Madam Justice Eileen GILLESE.
"Same-sex couples are capable of forming long, lasting, loving and intimate relationships. A law that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying does not accord with the needs, capacities and circumstances of same-sex couples."
The judges ordered Toronto's city clerk and the provincial registrar-general to issue and accept marriage licences for two couples married under the Christian tradition of publication of banns in 2001 -- Joe VARNELL and Kevin BOURASSA; and Elaine and Anne VAUTOUR -- making them the first gay marriages in the country.
Henceforth, the court ordered the definition of marriage in Ontario to be "the voluntary union for life of two persons to the exclusion of all others."
The ruling was the culmination of decades of strategic prodding by gay couples, associations and legal activists. All were ecstatic yesterday over the strength of the Ontario ruling.
"This is why people come to Canada," said Michael LESHNER, who married his partner, Michael STARK, within hours of the ruling. "They marvel at our values. We have sent an unmistakable message that love can conquer all."
"It's a momentous day," said Kyle RAE, a gay Toronto city councillor. "It is a great day for equality in Canada."
A lawyer for the couples, Martha McCARTHY, predicted many more marriages in the days ahead, while the federal government ponders a possible appeal. "The more marriages we get, the more inevitable this is," she said in an interview. "The time to be right is ripe, as Martin Luther KING would say."
Courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec have now overturned marriage laws. But the rulings in British Columbia and Quebec did not take effect immediately because they allowed governments until mid-2004 to redraft the laws.
A final clash is now possible before a Supreme Court of Canada bench that has steadily established a reputation for defending gay rights. The federal government has only until June 30 to decide whether to appeal the British Columbia ruling. The Liberal government is also expecting a report this week from a parliamentary committee examining same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Jean CHRÉTIEN said yesterday Justice Minister Martin CAUCHON is looking at the judgment along with the other rulings, and said it is too early to know whether it will be appealed.
Mr. CAUCHON said Ottawa recognizes it must move quickly toward a "national solution" to the same-sex debate.
"We see the direction that the courts are taking now," Mr. CAUCHON said after a cabinet meeting. "I'm asking for a little bit of time to look at the decision and to come back with a statement."
The Ontario Court of Appeal was not in a mood for patience, and it was not willing to run the risk that provincial legislators would devise wording to circumvent their ruling.
"A temporary suspension allows a state of affairs that has been found to violate standards embodied in the Charter to persist for a time despite the violation," the court said.
It also pointed out that were it simply to render the entire law invalid, gay people would be vulnerable to the wrath of heterosexuals who found themselves temporarily denied the benefits of marriage.
The decision rested on the constitutional right to equality and emphasized the "dignity" of individuals.
Launched by eight same-sex couples, the litigation had targeted a common-law definition of marriage as a union between "one man and one woman." The couples won their challenge in Ontario's Divisional Court, but it, too, suspended its ruling for two years.
Yesterday, the Court of Appeal specifically rejected arguments that procreation is an integral pillar of marriage.
"Same-sex couples can choose to have children through adoption, surrogacy and donor insemination," the judges reasoned. "Importantly, procreation and child-rearing are not the only purposes of marriage, or the only reason why couples choose to marry. The opposite-sex requirement in marriage is not rationally connected to the encouragement of procreation and child-rearing."
They said government lawyers offered mere speculation instead of proof to show why the exclusion of same-sex marriages was a valid social objective -- and that the definition of marriage was far from a minimal infringement.
What Canadian think about gay issues
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the right to marry should be extended to same-sex couples.
Recent surveys have produced the following results:
Do you support or oppose gay marriage?
Support Oppose
Males (18-34) 61.2% 33.9%
Females (18-34) 69.2% 22.2%
If the Supreme Court of Canada said that the federal government had to give gays and lesbians the right to be married, do you think that the government should or should not use its power to overrule the court's decision?
Should Should not
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees equal rights for women and ethnic and religious minorities and other groups. In your opinion, should the Charter also guarantee rights for gays and lesbians?
Yes No
Note: Graphic does not include respondents who did not know or who refused to answer.
source: Centre For Research And Information On Canada

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RAFAILIDIS m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-05 published
DAVIDSON / RAFAILIDIS
Tom and Kathe DAVIDSON of Ilderton, Ontario, are very pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Leah DAVIDSON, to Georg RAFAILIDIS, son of Dimitra and Pangiotis RAFAILIDIS of Watero, Greece. An intimate marriage ceremony took place on March 15, 2008 in Berlin, Germany, with the immediate family in attendance. Stephanie and Georg reside in Berlin where they are both practicing architects as well as assistant professors in architecture at Aachen University, Germany.

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RAHAMAN m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-08-09 published
1st Wedding Anniversary, FATA / RAHAMAN
Lisa and Inch were married in a beautiful ceremony on August 10th, 2002. We would like to thank all our Friends and family for making it such a wonderful day, and for all their love and support over the last year.

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RAHME m@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-22 published
RAHME / McINTOSH
Tom RAHME and Sarah McINTOSH of Victoria will celebrate their marriage September 22, 2007 in nature's beautiful Ucluelet, nestled on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Sarah is the daughter of David and Pam McINTOSH of Ucluelet. Tom is the son of Roy RAHME and Catherine Gledhill RAHME of Foxglove Cottage, West Vancouver.

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RAHN m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-11-01 published
RAHN / SPRING - Marriage Announcement
Mr. and Mrs. Louise J. RAHN are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter Candace Dianne to Mr. Philip SPRING of Toronto. The ceremony took place at Augsburg Lutheran Church, Brampton on August 30, 2003.

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RAIMONDO m@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2003-01-25 published
AMADIO / RAIMONDO -- Carmela and Tony AMADIO are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Valerie, to Pino, son of Italia and the late Pasquale RAIMONDO. All Friends and family wish you both a lifetime filled with love and happiness.

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RALPH m@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-11-01 published
BECKETT / RALPH -- Marriage Announcement
Shawn and Cathy are pleased to announce their marriage in Niagara Falls on September 23, 2006.
Shawn is the son of Hugh and the late Pat BECKETT of Owen Sound. Cathy is the daughter of Terry and Mary RALPH of Priceville.
Please accept this as your invitation to join us at a reception to celebrate our marriage on Saturday November 11 2006 at 9: 00 p.m. at the Owen Sound Coliseum.
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RALPH m@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-05-14 published
BROWN / RALPH
After 7 years, Mark BROWN and Jackie RALPH will finally tie the knot on August 30 in Priceville.
The couple invite you to attend their Buck and Doe at the Keady Community Centre. on Saturday, June 14, 2008.
For tickets, please call 519-924-3096
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RALPH m@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2003-10-03 published
RALPH, Chuck and Audrey - Happy 50th Anniversary Congratulations. Oct 3rd, 2003. Best Wishes from your daughter Cristine, Paul, Adam and Russell Joonase and son Philip, Lynda, Aaron and Ben Ralph.

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RAMBIE m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-06-07 published
Engagement - PEASE / RAMBIE
Ginette and Dominique RAMBIE of Oakville and Diane PEASE of St. Thomas are happy to announce the engagement of their children Sophie and Adam. A fall wedding for 2004 is being planned.
Love and best wishes from your families.

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RAMLOGAN m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-10-04 published
WILLS / RAMLOGAN
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd WILLS of Thorndale are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Andrea Catherine to Jefferey Sean RAMLOGAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mannick RAMLOGAN of Toronto. The wedding will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. at Crumlin United Church, Thorndale.

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RAMLOGAN m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-10-25 published
WILLS, Edmund and Beth - 60th Wedding Anniversary
Edmund and Beth WILLS of R.R.#2 Thorndale (N0M 2P0) Celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on October 30, 2003. Love and Best Wishes from Floyd and Gabriele WILLS, Ruth and Frank LORETO, Andrea and Jeff RAMLOGAN, Jeff WILLS and Nora and Evan LORETO.

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RAMSDIN m@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-08-20 published
Wedding Announcement
Katherine and Robert EDWARDS are proud to
announce the marriage of their daughter,
Ritaanne BARNES to Wendell DEBASSIGE
This day would never have been as special as it was, were it not for the
amazing support of sister/aunt Susan RAMSDIN and her excellent wedding
planning skills, Darlene BEBONING for her amazing seamstress work, Karen
McGRAW for the beautiful cake, Judy CORBIERE for the splendid bouquets,
and everyone else who dedicated their time and resources to make the
newlyweds’ day as wonderful as it was.
Thank you all!

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RAMSEY m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-07-07 published
Happy 30th Anniversary, Sue and Rick RAMSEY
Lots of love from your family and Friends.

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RANK m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-07-17 published
Harold and Patricia RANK, 50th Anniversary
July 17, 1953
Congratulations from family and Friends

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RANKIN m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-12 published
HARMSWORTH / McGARR
Marriage Announcement
Eleuthera, Bahamas
The Honorable Mr Justice John and Mary McGARRY were united in marriage on February 24, 2005. Officiating was Joshua CULMER, J.P. In attendance were the bride's children, Justin, Rachel and Rebecca; Friends Mary CARVER, Christine MacDONALD, and the family of Aldwyn JULIE and Malik FRANKLIN. Honored guests were Ivan FERGUSON, Chief Administrator, and Raymond HARRISON, Director of Tourism for the island of Eleuthera.
Special thanks to Elizabeth and Kevin HOWLETT for their support. Following their honeymoon, Friends and family celebrated their return at the home of David and Erin RANKIN- NASH.

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RAPOSO m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-03-01 published
Brandi and David RAPOSO
1st Anniversary
March 2, 2003
Happy 1st Anniversary Dave.
Just the first of many more to come. Love Brandi.

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RASIUK m@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2003-10-07 published
TICHONCHUK, Michael and Donna (née RASIUK) - Happy 25th Anniversary. May you have continuous happiness and good fortune for many years to come. From Sonia, Alex, Paula and Bill.

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RASO m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2004-12-25 published
MASTRANDREA / RASO
Giovanni and Caterina MASTRANDREA from London are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter Lisa MASTRANDREA to Nunzio RASO, son of Giovanni and Anna RASO of Guelph. The wedding will take place in 2005.

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RASO m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2004-12-25 published
MASTRANDREA / RASO
Giovanni and Caterina MASTRANDREA from London are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter Lisa MASTRANDREA to Nunzio RASO, son of Giovanni and Anna RASO of Guelph. The wedding will take place in 2005.

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RATELLE m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-09-20 published
GARAGOZZO / RATELLE
The families of Richard GARAGOZZO and Nicole RATELLE wish to announce their forthcoming marriage. Richard is the son of Mrs. Carla GARAGOZZO and the late Joe GARAGOZZO and Nicole is the daughter of Ms. Fernande RATELLE. The wedding will take place on September 27, 2003 at 4: 00 in the afternoon at Dundas United Church, London.

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RATH m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-23 published
RATH, Doug and Noreen - 50th Anniversary
September 22, 2006 Congratulations! Darryl, Chuck and Phyllis, Marilyn and John.

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RATSEP m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-26 published
RATSEP / GOUGH
It was a beautiful sunny day on November 2nd, 2004 when Friends and family from Ontario and the United States gathered in the Caribbean to celebrate the marriage of Marni RATSEP, daughter of Janice and the late Dr. Rein RATSEP, London to Trevor GOUGH, son of Sharon SHEPPERD, London.

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RATZ m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-21 published
RATZ / HANAN -- Engagement Announcement
The families are pleased to announce the engagement of Margaret RATZ and Philip HANAN at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Maggie and Phil will be married July 14th, 2006 in London, Ontario. Both are presently residing in Auckland, New Zealand.

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RATZ m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-21 published
RATZ / HANAN -- Engagement Announcement
The families are pleased to announce the engagement of Margaret RATZ and Philip HANAN at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Maggie and Phil will be married July 14th, 2006 in London, Ontario. Both are presently residing in Auckland, New Zealand.

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RAUTINS m@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-30 published
Jamie LAWSON and Leo RAUTINS -- Match:
By Judith TENENBAUM, Saturday, April 30, 2005, Page M6
Lyricist Carl Sigman's 1950s classic line, "Many a tear has to fall, but it's all in the game," could have been Jamie LAWSON and Leo RAUTINS's theme song until the two met and their romance became a slam dunk.
A basketball phenomenon at Saint Michael's College in Toronto, Mr. RAUTINS was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame and played 10 years for Canada's national team. He starred with the Syracuse University Orangemen and was a first-round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers, for whom he played in 1983-84. Then, after a brief stint with the Atlanta Hawks, his professional play was in Europe until 1992. A career switch to broadcasting led to his role as a television analyst for the Toronto Raptors since their 1995 inception.
Meanwhile, Jamie LAWSON, a native Texan raised in Memphis, was growing up the antithesis of a demure southern belle. "I was very feminine and a pretty little girl, but into sports and competitive," she says. "I was upset I was born a girl and really wanted to be a quarterback."
As a child, she parked in front of her black-and-white television, captivated by any and every sport, and soon became a trivia buff. At university, her associate degree in biology had her dreaming of sports medicine, but a successful dalliance in modelling led her to recruitment management.
When a mutual friend introduced the pair at Ms. LAWSON's alma mater, the University of North Carolina, at a 2001 charity basketball game, their encounter was definitely a three pointer. "We hit it off and went for dinner," she says, and it was she who took Mr. RAUTINS's number. Her 2 a.m. call to his hotel later that evening had them chatting for four hours. "We started talking about basketball, and I think I won him over at that point because I knew more about college basketball than he did, because the National Basketball Association schedule took so much of his time," she laughs.
Ms. LAWSON was emerging from a disastrous relationship when they met, and Mr. RAUTINS was grappling with a divorce. "Neither one of us was remotely interested in having a relationship," he says, "but there was something there, and we became good Friends." Three weeks later, the tug of attraction, reinforced by a flurry of phone calls, had a glowing Ms. LAWSON jetting to Toronto.
"Leo was there for me through a very tough time, and I was there for him," she says. "It didn't take long to realize that we were soul mates and meant for each other."
Mr. RAUTINS's celeb status has deflected the spotlight from the fetching Ms. LAWSON. " I've never been with a man who, when we enter a room, gets more attention than I do," she chuckles. "It's amusing and a relief. People come up, say hi and turn completely from me."
Scarcely a year after they met, Ms. LAWSON was confident enough in the tenure of their relationship to purchase a Toronto condo as her base and the couple's time alternated between their residences here and in Syracuse, where Mr. RAUTINS's children live.
"There are no secrets. She knows absolutely everything about me and vice versa. Those small white lies to avoid problems are not part of our relationship," Mr. RAUTINS, 45, says. His children, 20-year-old Michael, Andrew, 16, Jay 14, and five-year-old Sammy welcomed Ms. LAWSON as part of their team. "They have extended themselves to me and opened their hearts," says Ms. LAWSON, cognizant that she was "marrying the family."
The couple's journey toward marriage was influenced by the mystique of black swans they saw together on a visit to a jungle zoo in Elmvale, Ontario, near Barrie. The swans, which mate for life in secure family units, embody the commitment that touched a chord for the pair and provided their wedding theme. The date for their nuptials, February 19, was scheduled during the National Basketball Association all-star break to accommodate Mr. RAUTINS's telecast schedule.
The bridesmaids in black and the best men -- all the bridegroom's sons -- waited at The Westin Harbour Castle hotel as the couple approached together on an aisle runner decorated with black swans. The 5-foot, 7-inch bride, in a bias-cut black silk gown backed by a subtle train, and her 6-foot, 8-inch bridegroom, in a black tuxedo and black silk T-shirt, exchanged personal vows in front of Reverend Bob HOLMES before an intimate gathering of 60 guests. At the cocktail reception following, confections by 12 Ohh!cakesions of two black swans and two basketballs bearing the University of North Carolina and the University of Syracuse logos, respectively, continued their theme.
Mrs. LAWSON RAUTINS, 33, has embraced her new vocation as homemaker to her husband, the boys, and one-year-old Kujo, their boxer puppy. Mr. RAUTINS has been named head coach of the senior men's Canadian national basketball team, which will begin competition this summer. If the Canadian team has the resolution of Team RAUTINS, possibilities abound.

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RAUTINS m@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-30 published
Jamie LAWSON and Leo RAUTINS -- Match:
By Judith TENENBAUM, Saturday, April 30, 2005, Page M6
Lyricist Carl Sigman's 1950s classic line, "Many a tear has to fall, but it's all in the game," could have been Jamie LAWSON and Leo RAUTINS's theme song until the two met and their romance became a slam dunk.
A basketball phenomenon at St. Michael's College in Toronto, Mr. RAUTINS was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame and played 10 years for Canada's national team. He starred with the Syracuse University Orangemen and was a first-round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers, for whom he played in 1983-84. Then, after a brief stint with the Atlanta Hawks, his professional play was in Europe until 1992. A career switch to broadcasting led to his role as a television analyst for the Toronto Raptors since their 1995 inception.
Meanwhile, Jamie LAWSON, a native Texan raised in Memphis, was growing up the antithesis of a demure southern belle. "I was very feminine and a pretty little girl, but into sports and competitive," she says. "I was upset I was born a girl and really wanted to be a quarterback."
As a child, she parked in front of her black-and-white television, captivated by any and every sport, and soon became a trivia buff. At university, her associate degree in biology had her dreaming of sports medicine, but a successful dalliance in modelling led her to recruitment management.
When a mutual friend introduced the pair at Ms. LAWSON's alma mater, the University of North Carolina, at a 2001 charity basketball game, their encounter was definitely a three pointer. "We hit it off and went for dinner," she says, and it was she who took Mr. RAUTINS's number. Her 2 a.m. call to his hotel later that evening had them chatting for four hours. "We started talking about basketball, and I think I won him over at that point because I knew more about college basketball than he did, because the National Basketball Association schedule took so much of his time," she laughs.
Ms. LAWSON was emerging from a disastrous relationship when they met, and Mr. RAUTINS was grappling with a divorce. "Neither one of us was remotely interested in having a relationship," he says, "but there was something there, and we became good Friends." Three weeks later, the tug of attraction, reinforced by a flurry of phone calls, had a glowing Ms. LAWSON jetting to Toronto.
"Leo was there for me through a very tough time, and I was there for him," she says. "It didn't take long to realize that we were soul mates and meant for each other."
Mr. RAUTINS's celeb status has deflected the spotlight from the fetching Ms. LAWSON. " I've never been with a man who, when we enter a room, gets more attention than I do," she chuckles. "It's amusing and a relief. People come up, say hi and turn completely from me."
Scarcely a year after they met, Ms. LAWSON was confident enough in the tenure of their relationship to purchase a Toronto condo as her base and the couple's time alternated between their residences here and in Syracuse, where Mr. RAUTINS's children live.
"There are no secrets. She knows absolutely everything about me and vice versa. Those small white lies to avoid problems are not part of our relationship," Mr. RAUTINS, 45, says. His children, 20-year-old Michael, Andrew, 16, Jay 14, and five-year-old Sammy welcomed Ms. LAWSON as part of their team. "They have extended themselves to me and opened their hearts," says Ms. LAWSON, cognizant that she was "marrying the family."
The couple's journey toward marriage was influenced by the mystique of black swans they saw together on a visit to a jungle zoo in Elmvale, Ontario, near Barrie. The swans, which mate for life in secure family units, embody the commitment that touched a chord for the pair and provided their wedding theme. The date for their nuptials, February 19, was scheduled during the National Basketball Association all-star break to accommodate Mr. RAUTINS's telecast schedule.
The bridesmaids in black and the best men -- all the bridegroom's sons -- waited at The Westin Harbour Castle hotel as the couple approached together on an aisle runner decorated with black swans. The 5-foot, 7-inch bride, in a bias-cut black silk gown backed by a subtle train, and her 6-foot, 8-inch bridegroom, in a black tuxedo and black silk T-shirt, exchanged personal vows in front of Reverend Bob HOLMES before an intimate gathering of 60 guests. At the cocktail reception following, confections by 12 Ohh!cakesions of two black swans and two basketballs bearing the University of North Carolina and the University of Syracuse logos, respectively, continued their theme.
Mrs. LAWSON RAUTINS, 33, has embraced her new vocation as homemaker to her husband, the boys, and one-year-old Kujo, their boxer puppy. Mr. RAUTINS has been named head coach of the senior men's Canadian national basketball team, which will begin competition this summer. If the Canadian team has the resolution of Team RAUTINS, possibilities abound.

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RAY m@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-06-04 published
COLLINS / SCHREINER -- Buck and Doe
Robert COLLINS and Rosalie SCHREINER
Saturday, June 7, 2008, Flesherton Kinplex, 9: 00 p.m.-1:00 am.
Music by Randy RAY, Lunch Provided. Tickets 2/$12. Age of Majority Card Required.
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RAY m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2003-05-17 published
Happy 35th Anniversary, Bev and Bill RAY
May 18, 1968 - May 18, 2003
We extend our best wishes, much love and continued happiness always.
Love Billy, Bevy, Pat &?

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RAY m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-26 published
RAY, Lorne and Beaulah (COULTER) - 65 Years Married
of Aylmer, Ontario celebrating their 65 years.
Married March 30, 1940 at Wesley United Church Askin Street London, by Reverend TRIMBLE

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RAY m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-25 published
RAY, Lorne and Beaulah (COULTER) - 66 Years Married
Formerly of London - 1940-2006. Married March 30, 1940 at Wesley United Church, Askin Street, London Ontario, Rev. TRIMBLE.

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RAYMOND m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-22 published
TARVIT / CUNLIFFE
Brian and Cathy TARVIT (London) and Larry and Maureen CUNLIFFE (Kanata) are pleased to announce the engagement of Adam TARVIT and Lindsay CUNLIFFE. Proud Grandparents are Bill TARVIT, Marg CALLANDER, Jean CUNLIFFE and Margaret RAYMOND. A July 2009 wedding is planned.

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RAYMOND m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-07 published
WILSON / VAIL -- Forthcoming Marriage
David and Pam WILSON are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their youngest daughter, Karmen HALSTEAD to Samuel RAYMOND, son of Raymond and Carol VAIL. The ceremony will take place on July 12, 2008 at Windermere on the Mount, London

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RAYNER m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-28 published
SRIGLEY / COOMBS
Terry and Jennifer SRIGLEY wish to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan SRIGLEY to Chris COOMBS, son of Len COOMBS of Owen Sound and Bonnie RAYNER of Manitouwadge. Wedding to take place Spring 2007. Way to Go Chris!!!

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RAYNER m@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-18 published
FERENCZ / RAYNER -- Wedding Announcement
Peter and Sam FERENCZ and Bill and Fran RAYNER, wish to announce the marriage of their children, Kara FERENCZ and Douglas RAYNER. The marriage took place in Aruba on October 5th, 2006.

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