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HOWARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
SEDDON, Hugh (Allan) -- Passed away on November 21, 2002 at the age of 83, at Toronto East General Hospital. Beloved husband of Florence. Brother of Ted and his wife Marie. Predeceased by his brother Jack SEDDON and sister Hope HOWARD. Friends may call at the Ralph Day Funeral Home, 180 Danforth Ave. (east of Broadview subway) on Sunday from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m.. Funeral Service on Monday at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave.) at 1 p.m. Interment Prospect Cemetery. (Evening supervised parking at rear of funeral home.)

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HOWARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-19 published
NICHOLSON, Morval Audrey (née HOWARD) -- At the Villa Care Centre, Midland, Ontario, on Sunday, December 15, 2002 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Francis (Frank) NICHOLSON. Dearly loved mother of Marg and her husband Bob VEITCH of Sharon. Loving grandmother of Mark. Dear sister of Margaret HOWARD of Midland, the late Edwin HOWARD of Stroud, and James HOWARD of Deep River. Cremation has taken place. By her request, a private memorial service was held. Interment of cremated remains at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated and will be received by the Nicholls Funeral Home, 330 Midland Ave., Midland L4R 3K7

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HOWARTH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-05-22 published
Jean Viola WILLIAMSON
The WILLIAMSON family announces with sadness the passing of their mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at Allendale in Milton, Ontario in her 92nd year.
Jean was born on October 14, 1910 on the DEWAR family farm in Carnarvon Twp., daughter of the late William and Harriet {KAY} DEWAR. Predeceased by her husband Russell (May 6, 1974.)
Loving mother of:
DEWAR (predeceased Dec. 6, 1989) and wife Effie of Traverse City, MI, Pat and husband Mike COSTIGAN of Kitchener, Marjorie and husband Dave McLACHLAN of Oakville, Robert and wife Marca of Tehkummah. Cherished grandmother of Robbie and wife Nadine, Janet and husband Brain BESLEY, Michael COSTIGAN and wife Patti HOWARTH, Kathy COSTIGAN and husband Scott MILLER, Lori COSTIGAN, Susan COSTIGAN and husband John MILLER, David and wife Tammy McLACHLAN, Barb and husband Derek TILLY, Allison McLACHLAN. Proud great grandmother of: Julianne COSTIGAN, Taylor and Brenden BESLEY, Ryan and Justin TILLY, Mackenzie and Emma MILLER, Kaitlyn WILLIAMSON, Kelly and Abby McLACHLAN, Nicholas MILLER. Dear sister of: Reginald and Grace DEWAR, Jack and Maud DEWAR, Grenville and Lorna DEWAR (both predeceased,) Marjorie and Cliff VANHORN (both predeceased.) Survived by in-law's Clarice and Jenny WILLIAMSON, Owen and wife Audrie WILLIAMSON and Howard WILLIAMSON. Will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on Monday May 20, 2002 at Mindemoya United Church. Burial in Mindemoya Cemetery. Jean's greatest love was her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed spending her summers at their camp, Eagle's Nest on Lake Manitou, playing bridge, knitting, crocheting and gardening.

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HOWE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-07 published
He was too violent for hockey
By Ron CSILLAG Special to The Globe and Mail Saturday, December 7, 2002 -- Page F9
The screenwriters of Requiem For a Heavyweight would have been hard-pressed to pen a more sorrowful tale than that of Steve DURBANO, described by one hockey columnist as a goofy thug who made the goons in the movie Slap Shot look like monks.
There weren't many other epithets Mr. DURBANO didn't endure in his short but brutal professional hockey career, and the tumultuous times following: Super-goon, pimp, druggie, out-of-control. Even his own teammates feared the hard, hulking defenceman, whose playing statistics show notable numbers in just one category: penalty minutes.
After Mr. DURBANO played parts of six seasons with four National Hockey League teams, his life spiralled downward in a haze of drugs, odd jobs, prison and pathos until he died last month of liver cancer in Yellowknife, where had gone to escape the demons that haunted him for all his 50 years.
In 220 National Hockey League games, he scored 13 goals, tallied 60 assists and piled up 1,127 penalty minutes, or better than five minutes a game. Throughout his pro and junior career, including three seasons with the Toronto Marlboros, he left a trail of suspensions, fighting, stick-swinging and attacks on officials. His mayhem was no secret; one banner in the arena in Ottawa said, "Kill Durbano and win a Free Trip to Hull."
In 1978, after storming off the players' bench and famously attacking Bobby HULL in Mr. DURBANO's one season with the Birmingham Bulls of the now-defunct World Hockey Association, he was banned for 12 games and threatened with a lifetime suspension for his next overtly violent infraction. The ruling gave him the dubious distinction of being too violent for hockey.
"He was the most raucous player I've ever seen," former teammate Mike MURPHY was quoted as saying recently. "He scared me when he played with me and when he played against me. He was very likable, funny, friendly and genuine. But he used his stick in vile ways."
Harry Steven DURBANO was born in Toronto, the son of Nick DURBANO, a Toronto real-estate broker and former owner of the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey Association.
"He was three years old when he laced up his first pair of skates," said Nick DURBANO, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., semi-retired from managing golf courses. "At 7, he was playing with nine-year-olds. At 13, he was playing Junior A, and the [Toronto] Marlies were already interested in him."
Armed with a Grade 10 education, Mr. DURBANO stormed into his role as an enforcer for the Marlboros beginning in 1968 and attained notoriety as the most penalized junior player in the history of the Ontario Hockey Association.
"The big thing with Steve," recalled Frank BONELLO, his coach with the Marlies for two seasons, "was that he had tremendous potential. The scouts all thought he could become a heck of a pro. But every once in a while, he would get frustrated and go off the deep end.
"And then you'd meet him after the game and you'd never know it was the same person," Bonello said in 1983. "I think he had the skills, but sometimes he didn't make the best use of them. You never knew what he'd do."
While still a junior, Mr. DURBANO was twice charged with assault for off-ice behaviour, including a gloved swipe at a police officer, but charges were dropped. His part-time job, mopping up around Maple Leaf Gardens while the Leafs practised, stoked his dreams of the big leagues.
His most productive year came in the 1971-72 season with the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League: seven goals and 34 assists -- but also 402 minutes spent in the box.
The New York Rangers thought enough of Mr. DURBANO to select him in the first round of the 1971 amateur draft, the 13th player chosen overall. He signed for a $10,000 bonus and a $9,000 salary. Before he could don a Rangers jersey, he was traded to St. Louis, beginning a cycle of transfers that would see the 6-foot, 1-inch, 175-pound defenceman shunted from the Blues to Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Colorado, with brief stints in the World Hockey Association and the Central and American leagues, and finally back to St. Louis, where he finished his career in 1979, missing most of that season because of hepatitis and a mangled hand.
Along the way, he was suspended as many as four times in one season; threw his gloves at referee Ron WICKS; and was fined and suspended for shooting the puck at an official.
He was a prototype of the bruiser soon sought by all professional teams, "the beginning of a breed," as one teammate said, most notably manifested in the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers.
He knew it too. "If I just went on talent alone, I never would have made the National Hockey League," he said in a jailhouse interview 20 years ago.
Mr. DURBANO's post-hockey life began to unravel in 1981, when, after a trip to Peru and Bolivia, he was arrested with $11 in his pocket and a quantity of cocaine concealed in the false heels of his shoes. He was sentenced to seven years for his part in a scheme to smuggle $568,000 worth of cocaine into Canada, partly to feed his own $1,000-a-day habit. He served 28 months, and caused a huge stink when he told a newspaper columnist that he had lied at his trial, and that drug use was widespread in the National Hockey League.
In 1998, living on welfare and a $300-a-month hockey pension, he was sentenced to three months in jail for offering an undercover police officer a job with an escort service he was operating from a Welland, Ontario, hotel room. In between, he had jobs at a slaughterhouse, as a bartender and an assistant manager of a Toronto restaurant. It was a time of heavy boozing and a divorce.
Where did all that rage come from? His mother, Doreen JORDAN, explained while choking back tears. "He was a quiet child. But when he was 5, we noticed something wasn't right with him."
Six years ago, Mr. DURBANO attempted suicide, and the secret came spilling forth: During the summer of 1956, he had been molested by a male acquaintance at a family resort. She said the incident was corroborated by Mr. DURBANO's older brother, John.
"That's why he rejected all authority from men," his mother sobbed, "but never from women. He has two teenaged daughters he loved. Gordie HOWE told me he wished his sons had half the guts Steve had.
"He was a good kid, and he loved his Mom."
Steve DURBANO, athlete, born in Toronto on Dec. 12, 1951; died in Yellowknife on Nov. 16, 2002.

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HOWE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-11 published
The greater glory of a former National Hockey League player turned Flying Father
By Roy MacGREGOR Wednesday, December 11, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A2
Statistics, they say, don't tell the whole story.
In Les COSTELLO's case, they barely touch it.
The one he picked up yesterday will complete a 74-year run: Feb. 16, 1928, to Dec. 10, 2002.
The National Hockey League record book will say, equally forever: one season, 15 games, two goals, three assists -- but even here the numbers will cover only a small portion of Les COSTELLO's remarkable story.
He played but part of one year after having come up, a scrawny 158-pounder from South Porcupine, Ontario, to join the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1948 Stanley Cup playoffs. Just turned 20, he would score two goals and two assists in only five playoff games to help the Leafs to the Stanley Cup as the best hockey team in the world.
He played with Teeder KENNEDY, Howie MEEKER and Syl APPS, and might have played for years had he not simply packed up his equipment in the spring of 1950 and left for the seminary, certain he would rather be a priest than a player, a young man in search of quite different glory.
Some said he could have been a great one.
Yesterday, when Les COSTELLO died in Toronto -- having been in a coma since falling on the ice a week earlier in a charity hockey game -- they said he had indeed become a great one.
I will not pretend to have known him well. My only acquaintance with him, oddly enough, was on the ice, though he last played in the National Hockey League the year I was born. But twice, once in 1983, and then again a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be on the ice opposite the Flying Fathers, the madcap, charming and yes, highly talented -- hockey team that Reverend Les COSTELLO helped put together in the early 1960s to raise money for charity.
In 1983 that cause was the Jocelyn Lovell Trust Fund. LOVELL, an Olympic cyclist, had been run off the road by a dump truck while training and would never race again. National Hockey League hall-of-famer Ken DRYDEN helped launch a campaign to raise money for the injured athlete and had combined a number of former hockey stars -- among them Gordie HOWE, Andy BATHGATE, Paul HENDERSON, Frank MAHOVLICH and Eddie SHACK -- with some oddball additions that included artist Ken DANBY, lacrosse legend Jack BIONDA, a certain sports media hack and, as coach, broadcaster Peter GZOWSKI.
Contrary to expectations, however, the old hockey greats were not the stars of the game. That belonged, almost exclusively, to Les COSTELLO and his madcap, slapstick hijinks. Perhaps you had to be there but, rest assured, the funniest person on the ice was not Mr. SHACK and the slickest not Mr. BATHGATE. Les COSTELLO might even have been more physical than Mr. HOWE. And just for the record, he did not take the Lord's name in vain during the game. He did, however, use just about every other method of swearing.
What was astonishing about that game was that Les COSTELLO had only recently learned to skate again. A few winters earlier he had become lost in the bush while hunting and lost all but two of his toes to frostbite.
No one remembers the score of that long-ago game, but all who were there remember the good-hearted Costello, his continual laughter, his bag of tricks -- and the cheque for $30,000 he and Ken DRYDEN turned over to Jocelyn LOVELL that night.
They talk about the importance of heart in hockey, but some of those who leave the game behind have even bigger hearts. Les COSTELLO returned to Northern Ontario, where he became a legend of a different sort in Schumacher, close by Timmins and his boyhood home of South Porcupine. He kept up his connections to hockey through younger brother Murray, who played several years in the National Hockey League and later served as president of the Canadian Hockey Association, and also with his Flying Fathers, who became to hockey what the Harlem Globetrotters have always been to basketball.
He was renowned as a priest for his terrible jokes, and insisted on leading off his weekly sermons with one -- at times being less than discretionary in his choice of opener. But if he was unpredictable in behaviour, he was totally predictable in reaction: If anyone needed help, he would be there for them. He set up a mission and gave out food and furniture to those in need. The rectory door at St. Alphonsus was never locked. There was always room at the inn, no matter what a person's faith or lack of faith.
"My philosophy is simple," he once said. "Bring happiness and joy into the lives of everyone you meet.
"Not a bad philosophy, I figure."
Not bad at all.
And, oh yes, one more statistic just to round things out.
Amount raised for charity: $4-million.

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HOWE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
HOWE, Robert Gordon -- 1942-2002. On Saturday November 16, 2002, at William Osler Health Care Centre, Brampton Campus, in his 60th year, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents Gordon Stanley HOWE, Norma HOWE (née McLEAN.) Robert leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Dianne and three children, son Stan, daughters Janis HOWE and Julie BLACKLOCK and her husband Jamie, all of Orangeville. Robert will also be greatly missed by his sister Donna O'NEILL and husband Alan of Val Gagne Ontario, nieces Bonnie and Shannon and nephews Ken, Tommy and Danny, and their families. Cremation in accordance with his wishes. No service. In place of flowers, donations in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Association or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be greatly appreciated.

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HOWE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-26 published
HOWE, Norma Dell -- Passed away on December 23, 2002 in Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, beloved mother, soulmate and best friend of Heather DELL. Dear sister of Audrey Edith HOPE. Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 27, 2002 at 11 o'clock in the Chapel of the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (South of Eglinton), followed by interment St. James Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to funeral service.

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HOWELL o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2002-05-03 published
HAMMOND Thomas Walter passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 in his 50th year. Tom, loving companion of Donna HOWELL, proud father of Jared and Stacey. son of Violet and the late Harry HAMMOND. Cherished grandfather of Cody, brother of Robert and Ruth Ann HAMMOND, James and Shidey HAMMOND, John and Ruth HAMMOND, Ken and Ann HAMMOND, Reginald and Chris HAMMOND, Timothy and Laura HAMMOND, Marilyn and Paul McINIS, and Carolyn and Danny COLLINGS. A funeral service will take place at the Fawcett Funeral Homes, Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, Collingwood on Friday, May 3 2002 at 1: 00 pm. with visiting commencing 2 hours prior to the service. Cremation with interment at First Presbyterian Cemetery. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. For more information visit www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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HOWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-11 published
HOWELL, Ronald David -- Suddenly on Wednesday, November 6, 2002 in his 43rd year, Ron, late of Brampton, loving son of Garry and Angeline HOWELL of British Columbia. Dear brother of Cheryl. Sadly missed by his grandfather Alex and his niece Chantelle. Also sadly missed by Shelley and her son Shane and Sandy, Ron (Dugie), Mike, Vince, Joe and many other Friends and family. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lakeshore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Monday from 12 noon until time of service in the chapel at 2 p.m. Cremation. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com

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HOWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
BURTON, Jack -- Peacefully at Rockwood Terrace, Durham, Sunday, December 15, 2002, Jack Burton, formerly of Holland Centre and Mississauga, in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Betty BURTON (née HOWELL) of R.R.2, Holland Centre. Dear father of Jack (Dianne) of Desboro; Brian (Nadene) of Brampton; Nancy (John) STEAD of Orangeville; Richard (Debra) of Wiarton; Laura (Steven) STOCKMAN of Oakville. Brother of Bud (Tracey); Ernest (Jean); Victoria Norma (Clifford) GOERTZ. Sadly missed by sisters-in-law Donna and Betty, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brothers Lloyd, Gordon and twin Norman. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, 63 Main St. E., Markdale (877-986-3310), Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 11: 30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1: 00 p.m. Spring interment in Markdale Cemetery, Markdale. If desired, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Grey Bruce would be appreciated.

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HOWES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
HOWES, Arthur E. ''Art'' -- Passed away at the Ajax-Pickering Health Centre on Friday. December 13, 2002, at the age of 76. Loving father of Debbie HOWES of Pickering, Bryan and his wife Mary of Lindsay and grandfather of Ashley, Alexia, Katrina and Brandon. Dear brother of Shirley, June, Rose, Flo, Betty, Don, Wally, and predeceased by Jim, Ray, John and Winifred. Fondly remembered by Debbie and Bryan's mother Joan TOBIAS. Family and Friends are invited to a Service of Remembrance at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 45 Russell St. W., Lindsay, Ontario on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 11: 30 a.m. with visitation prior to the service. Cremation will follow. Arrangements entrusted to the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., 127 Main Street, P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0 (1-888-588-5777).

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HOWEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-26 published
ANKER, Willem (Bill) -- Passed away suddenly after a brief illness at Lakeridge Health Corporation in Port Perry on Monday, December, 23, 2002. Bill ANKER dearly beloved husband of Jean ANKER of Port Perry. Loving father of Bill (Astrid) ANKER, Martin ANKER, Peter ANKER and Annette (Scott) HOWEY. Dear grandfather of Willie, Fraser, Andrew, Nathan, and Cearra. Bill will be sadly missed by his many brothers and sisters, family and in faith. Family and Friends may call at the Low and Low Funeral Home, 1763 Reach Street, Port Perry (905) 985-7331 on Friday, December 27, 2002 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the New Apostolic Church, 465 Kingston Rd. W., Ajax, on Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 11 a.m. Cremation will follow. Memorial donations to the Port Perry Community Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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HOWLETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2002-11-30 published
Memorial Celebrations of Life for
Ralph Gordon HOWLETT
Friday, December 6th at Fanshawe College, room D1060, 3: 30 pm., for students, staff, faculty and Friends. On Saturday, December 7th at 1: 30 to 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship of London, 557 Clarke Road for family and Friends.

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HOWLETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
CARRY, June Mary (née WALKER) -- On Wednesday, December 25, 2002. Predeceased by her husband Armand, and her son Bob. Daughter of the late Percy WALKER and Rita O'REILLY. Dearly loved Mother of Marie MURPHY, Jean HOWLETT (Art), Marian WOOD, and Steve. Loving Grandmaw of Lynn, Chris, Diane, Noelle, Richard, Brett, Matthew, Jessica, Patrick, Daniel, Julianne, and Walker C.S.B., and sister-in-law of Joyce WALKER, John MURRAY, and Will and her husband Bill GRIFFITHS. Lovingly remembered by many relatives and Friends. At Mom's request, no visitation will be held. Cremation has taken place. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gregory's Church, 122 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke, on Thursday January 9, 2003 at 10: 00 am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite charity or an offering of Mass, would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Lynett Funeral Home, 416-767-1176.

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HOWLINGS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
STANTON, John Omar ''Jack'' -- Passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2002 at West Park Hospital, Toronto at the age of 78. Loving husband of Anne. Much loved father of Deborah (Douglas McKENZIE), Charlotte (Marc BEDARD), John (Jack WEIST) and Robert (Kathy HOWLINGS.) Cherished grandfather of John, Caroline, Nicole and Daniel. Dear brother of Gregory STANTON, Leona BENOIT- BRADLEY and the late Keith STANTON. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2002. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. West on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 10: 30 a.m. Visitation to be held at Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Ave., Ottawa on Friday, November 22, 2002 from 5-8 p.m. A graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2002 at St. Michael's Cemetery, Fitzroy Harbour. If desired, donations may be made to West Park Hospital Foundation, 82 Buttonwood Ave., Toronto M6M 9Z9.

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