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JONES o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-12-11 published
Jean SMELTZER R.N.
At the Samarkand Retirement Community in Santa Barbara, California, November 6, 2002 in her 91st year. Jean was born in Tehkummah on Manitoulin Island, graduated from the Ontario Bible College, and became a Registered Nurse. She travelled to California many years ago to look after an ailing aunt and uncle. For 26 years while living at the Samarkand, Jean was a kind and helpful friend who enjoyed entertaining in her apartment. She attended weekly Bible Study, sang and helped in the chapel, and played the piano and harmonica. Jean was also an accomplished accordion player. Daughter of the late Phillip and Anne SMELTZER. Survived by sister-in-law Girda SMELTZER, many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by siblings: Violet JONES, Watson, Celenia SIM, Marion HEAD, Bill, Bob, twins Melvin and Lyman and Bruce. A service of remembrance was held on Tuesday, December 3rd in the Samarkand Chapel in California.

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JONES o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2002-05-03 published
JONES, Pamela Joyce passed away April 27, 2002 at the General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood. Pamela, beloved wife of Alfred JONES, loving mother of Pam and her husband Peter REIMER, and the late Philip JONES, cherished grandmother of Alexander and Robert REIMER and Matthew JONES, dear sister of Patricia PHILLIPS of England. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 12: 00 p.m. at the Fawcett Funeral Homes, "Collingwood Chapel" 82 Pine Street, Collingwood (705) 445-2651. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Hospital for Sick Children. For more information visit www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-31 published
Carried cans across Canada, selling shows to nascent local television stations
By Carol COOPER
Carrying cans of film across the country, sometimes screening them in feed stores and warehouses, he brought American shows to Canadian homes. John A. MacDONALD, one of Canada's first television-show salesmen has died, aged 72.
Beginning his career in 1958 with Screen Gems, the television program sales arm of Columbia Pictures, Mr. MacDONALD sold shows such as Father Knows Best, Rin Tin Tin, and the Flintstones to buyers at fledgling television stations and helped them develop their programming.
"He was a mentor in those days when I knew very little," said Merv STONE, who spent 28 years as head of programming and acquisitions at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television. As operations manager for CHAT-Television in Medicine Hat, Alta., until 1960, Mr. STONE was among Mr. MacDONALD's early clients.
After 23 years with Columbia Pictures Television, Mr. MacDONALD spent five years as vice-president and managing director of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television Canada, opening its Canadian office in Toronto when he joined the company in 1981.
Respected for his diligence, integrity and knowledge, Mr. MacDONALD belonged to a close-knit group of distributors who worked for competing companies.
"The extraordinary thing about this fraternity was that we admired each other, we were all Friends, and there was never any knifing in the back," said David McLAUGHLIN, once a distributor for Warner Bros. and later Mr. MacDONALD's boss and friend. "If a client said: 'I'm interested in such and such a show,' we never said: 'Oh, that's terrible. What you need is my show, because it's so much better.'"
The affable and articulate Mr. MacDONALD was also known for his sense of humour and for an ability to mimic. "Whenever we met, it was never a simple hello," Mr. McLAUGHIN said. "It was usually show-biz - showtime. We'd cut up and make gags and in three minutes, we were rolling around, laughing ourselves to pieces."
In fact, like many in the early days of television, Mr. MacDONALD did start out in show business.
Born in Brantford, Ontario, in 1930, he was the only child of Scottish immigrants, his father a ship plater. The family went without a telephone until Mr. MacDONALD was 6 and they belonged to a church that had no minister, organ or choir. Congregation members, including young John, sang a cappella--in harmony.
His father paid him a nickel for each book read and a penny for each word spelled and defined correctly. During his childhood, Mr. MacDONALD absorbed works by Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1941, the family moved to Victoria, so that Mr. MacDONALD's father could work in the shipyards. Mr. MacDONALD attended Esquimalt High School.
The school's strong arts program whetted his appetite for music and theatre. Mr. MacDONALD appeared in school plays, musicals and the school band. After graduation, he left home to pursue his love of the stage.
While working at a bank, Mr. MacDONALD sang and acted in productions by Victoria's Gilbert and Sullivan Society, then the world's largest, the Victoria Little Theatre and the summer Starlight Theatre at night. Guest actors from the summer theatre, Vancouver's Theatre Under the Stars, where Bruno GERUSSI and Robert GOULET spent part of their early careers, appeared in the Starlight productions. in turn, Starlight actors were invited to audition with Theatre Under the Stars.
Mr. MacDONALD, aspiring to perform full-time, joined Theatre Under the Stars in 1949 and appeared in five productions for each of the following five seasons, including the part of Sly Masterson in Guys and Dolls.
At Theatre Under the Stars in 1951, Mr. MacDONALD, met Sheilagh HENDERSON, a dancer from the Winnipeg Ballet who performed with the company to supplement her winter income. "The singers always liked to take out the dancers," she said. They married in 1953.
With little money, the newlywed Mr. MacDONALD often entertained himself and his wife by playing the piano, improving on his self-taught skill. He loved music, especially jazz and the big bands.
And he continued acting. With the Vancouver Little Theatre MacDONALD played the lead opposite film stars Peggy Ann GARNER and Mercedes McCAMBRIDGE and performed in early Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Vancouver television musicals between 1953 and 1956.
Finally needing a better day job he joined Screen Gems as its western sales representative in 1958, yet continued acting in his spare time. A move to Toronto in 1961 to become eastern sales supervisor left him no time to perform and in 1974, he was promoted to vice-president of sales and director of Columbia Pictures Television in Canada.
While on business trips, his piano-playing ability proved a good companion. Often lonely, he would ask to use the piano in hotel bars, and played requests for those who gathered, said his daughter Jeannie HEROLD.
Having a father who sold television shows didn't gain her any status with her schoolmates, though. Most thought her father repaired televisions. Still they perked up when he got her an autograph of Shirley JONES and David CASSIDY of The Partridge Family.
Despite rubbing shoulders with stars in Hollywood and Cannes, her father remained modest, she said. "He always said: 'They put their pants on one leg at a time. They're just the same as you and me.'"
Mr. MacDONALD loved old musicals and when with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, brought certain films home for family and Friends to view. Once during a poolside screening of the Battle of Britain at friend Alan KEYWORTH's house, a gust of wind blew the screen into the pool. "We got to know the neighbours rather quickly," KEYWORTH said.
A fan of television producer and director Seymour BERNS's stories, Mr. MacDONALD, who liked to talk - a lot - was fond of recounting them. Once in Hollywood, he began to tell a BERNS tale, forgetting that BERNS himself was in the room. As he went on with the anecdote, embellishing and enhancing it along the way, BERNS turned and said: "Shouldn't that story be over by now?."
But Mr. MacDONALD's theatrical bent never ended. He orchestrated the lighting for his wife's ballet-school shows and did son Glen's makeup for Halloween. And as well as being a director of the Broadcast Executives Society from 1972 to 1978 and its chairman in 1974 and 1975, he produced the organization's Christmas luncheon for many years, writing scripts and organizing entertainment.
After one successful event, the crowd of 1,000 in the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto rose to give Mr. MacDONALD, busy directing activities from the control room, a standing ovation. Mr. McLAUGHIN hurled a roll at Mr. MacDONALD, who was behind the control room's glass. Many followed suit and Mr. MacDONALD joined in the fun, ducking to avoid the "hits."
Mr. MacDONALD also helped set up the Ruth Hancock Scholarship for students pursuing a career in broadcasting and revamped the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' award ceremony. He retired in 1987.
As for his very Canadian name: "He always said he was working on the sir," Sheilagh MacDONALD said. Mr. MacDONALD leaves his wife of 49 years, Sheilagh, son Glen, daughter Jeannie HEROLD and six grandchildren.
John A. MacDONALD, actor, salesman; born in Brantford, Ontario, March 25, 1930; died in Markham, Ontario, on November 23, 2002.
Special to The Globe and Mail

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
YAP SAM, Bernard Karl -- It is with great sadness the YAP SAM family annouunces the passing of Bernard at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 9, 2002. Bernard was born on August 20, 1936 in Kingston, Jamaica. Beloved husband of Chui Man Kuin (Angela). Loving father of Bernadette (Kirk DONALDSON), Dominic, Robert (Sharon), Karl and Nelson. Cherished grandfather of Erika, Bradley, Ryan and Sam. Dear brother of Stanley, Cecil, Cissy Chin You, Louise TAI, Joyce LUCK, Elsie JONES, Annie McCORMICK and Phillip CLIVE. Bernard is predeceased by sisters Cynthia and Phyllis (Hew) and brothers Ferdinand and Yu-Chang. Friends may call at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham (three lights north of Hwy. 7) (905) 305-8508, on Friday, November 15, from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Agnes Tsao Catholic Church, 2130 Rodick Road, Markham (northwest corner of 16th Ave. and Rodick Rd.). Cremation to follow and interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
GAMBLE, Lenor (Nonie) -- On Sunday, November 17, 2002 at the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre, in her 89th year. Dear sister of Margaret MORRIS of Toronto, cousin of Myra JONES of Mississauga, Shauna JONES of Vancouver, and Douglas and Lucy JONES of Seaforth, Ontario. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 11 o'clock. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parish of Saint Margaret Anglican Church, 156 Sixth Street, Toronto, Ontario, M8V 3A5.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-20 published
JONES, William (Bill) -- On November 18, 2002. Bill, loving husband of Mary. Beloved father of Louise, Thomas, William Jr., Richard, Dennis and Kimberly. Cherished Papa of ten. Friends will be received at the Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finley Ave., Ajax (905-428-9090), on Thursday, November 21 from 5 p.m. until the time of service in the chapel at 6 p.m.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-20 published
SEELEY- JONES, Desmond -- Peacefully at home on Sunday, November 17, 2002 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Virginia PETEHERYCH. Loving father of Lorna RUMSEY and the late Philip SEELEY- JONES. Survived by his grandchildren Emma and Daniel in England. Desmond will be sadly missed by many other relatives and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 6 p.m. until time of Service of Remembrance in the chapel at 7 o'clock on Thursday, November 21, 2002. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the Dorothy Ley Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-20 published
SWEENEY, Joseph F. (Joe) -- (Retired Sales Department, Coca Cola Ltd.) At the Toronto East General Hospital on Tuesday, November 19, 2002. Joe, beloved husband of the late Monica M. RIMMER and Theodora HAYES. Loving father of Nancy O'SULLIVAN of Whalen Bay, Sask., Victoria and her late husband Peter TOAL of Peterborough. Grandfather of Theodora JONES of Dundalk, Ontario., Thomas and Monique O'SULLIVAN. Great grandfather of Michael, Kenneth, and Lindsay. Brother of the late Gertrude McENERY, Reverend Austin SWEENEY and Charles SWEENEY. Friends may call at the Funeral Home of O'Connor Bros., 1871 Danforth Ave. (2 blocks west of Woodbine subway station) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Brigid's Church (located at the corner of Glebemount Ave. and Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto) on Friday at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. (Supervised parking at funeral home).

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-24 published
JONES, Charles William -- Peacefully, at Etobicoke General Hospital on Saturday, November 23, 2002. Charles JONES in his 83rd year. Dearly beloved husband of Elsie JONES. Beloved father of George and his wife Iris. Dear brother of Audrey. Charles retired from Northern Telecom with over 30 years of service. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave. (2 blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Sunday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Monday leaving the funeral home 11: 30 a.m. to Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, 45 Ludstone Dr., for Funeral Mass at 12 noon. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-09 published
JONES, Jonnah F. (née O'DONNELL) -- In memory of a loving wife, mother and grandmother who passed away 9, December 2001. Sadly missed, lovingly remembered. -- Husband Larry, sons Gregory and Grant and families.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
HUDDART, Jack Vincent -- Passed away Sunday, December 15, 2002, at the age of 80. Jack will be sadly missed by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis (DANKERT) and his children Margaret MELDRUM and her husband Bob, John and his partner Kim JONES and Melissa HUDDART- SAMCHEK and her husband Anthony SAMCHEK. Jack was Grampa to Adam and Michael MELDRUM, Ryan HUDDART and Sarah and Anna SAMCHEK. He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Margaret HUDDART and his brother Roy. Jack is survived by his sister Shirley BEVERIDGE of Toronto, brother Lindow (Daena) of Oakville and his brother-in-law and friend Don DANKERT of Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Jack served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2 in the Swordfish 415 Squadron. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1949 and became a member of the Professional Engineers Association. Jack retired as head of exploration for Algoma Steel, in Sault Ste. Marie, in 1982. A memorial service will be held at the Chapel in Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario on Wednesday, December 18 at 2: 30 p.m. with a time of visitation from 1: 30-2:30 p.m. In memory of Jack, donations can be made to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Breaking New Ground Fund.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-21 published
JONES, George T. -- (Born June 25, 1925, Forrest, Ontario.) Passed away Friday morning, December 20, 2002, in his home, in Uxbridge, Ontario, surrounded by his loving family. George had been courageously fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for the past 2 years. George leaves Dora, his beloved wife of 58 years, and their 4 daughters, Judy (Arnold), Dianne (Norm), Sandra (Gary), and Ellen (Sheldon). George and Dora have 12 grandchildren (Michael, Charleen, Chris, Sheila, Kurt, Heather, Jennifer, Connie, Jenny, Todd, Karen and Amy), and 10 great-grandchildren (Errin, Sonya, Errick, Gregory, Deidra, Jared, Quinn, Jocelyn, Darrin and Ewan George). George also leaves a brother Crawford and sister Irene. George loved to contribute to his community. He was a leader in youth activities with his lawn bowling club and also an active member in the curling club. George was a proud graduate of the famed 'Science 48-1/2' at Queens University, having also served in the Canadian Army in World War 2 and worked for Texaco Canada from 1952-85. George was a very intelligent man, honest and strong, with a wonderful sense of humour and infinite kindness. George will be remembered dearly by all those whose lives he touched. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 22 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Low and Low Funeral Home (23 Main St. South, Uxbridge, Ontario, 905-852-3073). A Funeral Service will be held Monday, December 23, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations can be made to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society in lieu of flowers.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-27 published
JONES, Audrey Irene -- (B.H.S. c. 3T8) (H.L.M. Cedarhurst Golf Course). On Monday, December 23, 2002, at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Audrey (LEVY) JONES leaves her husband Terence, sons Douglas (Helen), Jeffrey (Patricia), grandchildren, Andrew, Mark, Alison, Alexandrea and Brady. Predeceased by her brother Charles Lloyd. Those relations and her many Friends have shared many happy memories.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
BUHLMAN, Olive (née KIRBY) -- Peacefully on Thursday, December 26, 2002, in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late William. Loving mother of Caroline JONES, and Bill and his wife Marjorie. Survived by her sister Mona STAMP and predeceased by her brothers Clifford, Harold, and her sister Doris. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Monday, December 30 at 2: 30 p.m. Interment to follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Star Fresh Air Fund (1 Yonge Street, Toronto Ontario M5E 1E6), or to the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank the staff at Guildwood Extendicare for their kindness over the years.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
HADLEY, Margaret Gwendoline -- Very peacefully passed away on the evening of December 23, 2002 at Runnymede Chronic Care Hospital in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Harry for 63 years. Dear mother and mother-in-law to Robert and Bonnie. Nana to Craig and Melissa. Remembered fondly by sister-in-Law Ellen ROBERTS and family. Ever remembered by niece Janice JONES and many Friends. A private cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Lynett Funeral Home (416) 767-1176.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-29 published
GRILLS, Rae -- (Retired employee Peel Memorial Hospital, Avro and Litton Systems) Peacefully, at Peel Manor, Brampton on Saturday, December 28, 2002 in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Therese HEBERT and the late Annie FISHER. Loving father of Brian and his wife Ruth. Proud and loving grandfather of Colleen and her husband Michael SLATER and Steven and his wife Ursula; and great-grandfather to Sarah, Grace, Tatiana and Brenden. Sadly missed by sisters Vera JONES, Irene HORTON, Evelyn GAGNON, Shirley O'NEIL and family and Friends. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, ''Brampton Chapel'', 52 Main St. S. (Hwy. 10), Brampton from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Service in the Chapel on Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock. Interment Brampton Cemetery.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-30 published
BELL, Ellenor Elizabeth (née MacDONALD) -- Peacefully, at Belmont House, Toronto, on December 29, 2002, in her 88th year. Devoted wife of the late James Donald BELL. Beloved mother of Barbara (Bob) FALBY, Linda BELL and Donald (Diane) BELL. Dear grandmother of Alison, Caroline (Sean) MELIA, Patrick FALBY and Brendan JONES. Sister of Howard MacDONALD of Peterborough and the late John T. MacDONALD. The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers at the Belmont House for their infinite patience, kindness and devoted care. Memorial Service at the Chapel of St. James-the-Less, 635 Parliament Street, (at Wellesley) at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2002. If desired, donations may be made to Belmont House, Unit 2 West, or The Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

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JONES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-31 published
ZILDJIAN, Armand -- Of Scottsdale, Arizona and Quechee, Vermont (formerly Hingham, Massachusetts), President and Chairman of the Zildjian Company in Norwell, Massachusetts, died Thursday at his home in Scottsdale. He was 81. Born in Quincy, he attended local schools including Thayer Academy and Colgate University until called to serve in the Philippines during World War 2. Upon his return, he entered the family business, the world's largest cymbal manufacturer and the oldest company in America. An amateur musician himself, ZILDJIAN said he felt privileged to have been born into a musical dynasty, which dates back to 1623. Appointed President two years before his father's death, Armand took over the role of family patriarch in 1977. ZILDJIAN was known for his charismatic personality and warm personal relationship with drummers. He hand selected cymbals for such drummers as Gene KRUPA, Buddy RICH, Max ROACH, Jo JONES and many others and matched cymbals for the Boston Symphony and leading orchestras around the world. The foremost authority in cymbal sound, he created new product innovations in response to the ever-changing needs of musicians and remained deeply involved in the operation of the company until his death. ZILDJIAN received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, and Guitar Center's Rock Walk in Hollywood, and most recently received Modern Drummer Magazine Editors Achievement Award. In addition to his wife, Andra, he leaves four children Wendy METS, Craigie, Debbie and Robert ZILDJIAN, three stepchildren Kristy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Mark and Peter FIELD, eight grandchildren Paula CHARLES, Cady and Emily ZILDJIAN- BICKFORD, Samantha ZILDJIAN, Dakota and Victoria THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Kathryn and Spencer FIELD, two great grandchildren, Ian and Gwen CHARLES, several cousins, nieces and nephews and a brother Robert. Private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, c/o Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 and the Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund, c/o Percussive Arts Society, 701 N.W. Ferris Ave., Lawton, Oklahoma 73507.

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JONG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-11-27 published
Town salutes Canadian heroes
60 years later, Dutch community recalls how three airmen died to save lives
By Roberta COWAN Special to The Globe and Mail Wednesday, November 27, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A1
Amsterdam -- By the hundreds, with wreaths of red orchids and white roses, they came to pay respects to the Canadians who saved their town.
Young and old, they came to the Dutch Reform Church in Wilnis to honour the three men who, in 1943, chose to go down with their plane rather than risk many more lives in the Dutch community. They came to pay thanks to the Canadian relatives -- 18 next of kin -- who also were among the mourners. And after six decades, they came to help put to rest one of the great mysteries of Canadian military history.
Just about everyone in Wilnis turned up last night to view three caskets that were draped in Canadian flags and bore the remains of three airmen, whose Vickers Wellington bomber was shot down by a German fighter on May 5, 1943.
Amazingly, the aircraft and the remains of Sergeants Adrien THIBAUDEAU and Joseph WHITE/WHYTE sank in a bog and were discovered just two months ago by a special search team. Some of the remains of a third crew member, Warrant Officer Robert MOULTON, were also found in the plane.
The men will receive a full military funeral this morning at Wilnis cemetery, presided over by two Canadian ministers and a bagpiper, before all eyes in the town turn to a flypast of Dutch military planes in the "lost man" formation -- three ahead and one behind.
A military guard, representing all parts of the Canadian Forces, will lead the procession, followed by Dutch war veterans and many of the townspeople who remember the night the bomber crashed in a nearby field rather than in their town.
In the town of 10,000 people, just south of Amsterdam, all schools will also be closed so that children carrying Canadian flags can line the route to the cemetery.
"Usque ad finem," a banner in the church reads. "Until the very end."
For decades, the heroism of the Canadian crew that stayed with their plane until the very end has been part of Wilnis lore. Two of the five crew members parachuted out of the plane after it was attacked during its return from a night raid in which 600 Allied planes raided Dortmund, just across the German border.
Although the two were taken prisoner by German forces and released at the end of the war, they never knew what happened to the rest of their crew. The two men, Sergeant Gordon CARTER and Sergeant Howard HODDINOTT, died many decades later.
Britain's Royal Air Force made efforts to recover the plane when the war ended, but failed to do so, and the investigation was put to rest. The families endured years of not knowing what happened to their airmen.
Some of Warrant Officer MOULTON's remains were found and buried in the local cemetery decades ago. But with no evidence of Sgts. THIBAUDEAU and WHITE/WHYTE, they were listed as missing in action until this year.
"My father went to Holland after the war to try and figure what the hell happened to my brother," Sgt. THIBAUDEAU's younger brother Jean-Claude, now 70, said yesterday. "We were told he was lost in flight, which means his plane crashed, but nobody knew where."
The renewed bid to find the bomber began several years ago, when, prompted by a grand_son's history lesson, an older Wilnis man came forward to say how he had watched the burning bomber crash into a nearby farmer's field. With the country under Nazi invasion, the lad snuck out of the family home and ran to find that the plane had landed in a peat bog and was sinking quickly. The next morning, only water remained.
A local teacher and others founded a group that fought reluctant officials and red tape to have the plane excavated, a process that concluded last September.
"Remarkably, the bomber, its contents and most importantly, the remains of Sgts. THIBAUDEAU and WHITE/WHYTE, were fairly well preserved in the peat," said Robert DE JONG, head of the Dutch Royal Army's excavation effort.
The Canadians planning to attend the service were of mixed emotions yesterday -- nostalgic for times long past, sad for their lost relatives and Friends, appreciative of the effort made in Wilnis.
Mr. THIBAUDEAU was moved by the discovery of his brother's remains, calling it "painful" that it happened after the death of his parents, who knew Adrien best.
Peggy CARTER, a Winnipeg woman whose navigator husband Sgt. CARTER died in 1990, hopes to be given her husband's ruler, which was found in the wreckage. She and Jan HODDINOTT, the widow of the other PoW, were hoping to pay their respects on behalf of their husbands.
"Although my husband rarely talked about the war or being a PoW, and he never wanted to come back to Europe after the war ended, he would have wanted to be here today to pay respect to his Friends," Mrs. CARTER said.
"It's so very sad that all this information came out after Gordon died, because he really believed the plane crashed in the North Sea," she added.
According to her husband's debriefing report, which he later filed to Allied forces in Britain, Warrant Officer Moulton told them to bail out two minutes after the bomber was hit. Sgt. CARTER woke up in a field, where a farm family found him and took him in before handing him over to the Germans.
Mrs. CARTER's son Kevin, 51, said his father never faulted the family who handed him over since Nazis were killing people for harbouring Allied airmen.

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