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MURAKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
YAMASHITA, George Kaoru -- Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 19, 2002. Beloved husband of Kikue (née MURAKI.) Brother of Terry, Yosh, Tosh and Yuji. Missed by nephew: Michael and nieces: Shirley, Linda and Jane. Loving son of the late Yosh and Kazuko. Donations may be made to North York General Hospital Intensive Care Unit (West Wing) or to the charity of your choice.

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MURDOCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-16 published
BROWN, Ross Winfield -- Peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Friday, November 15, 2002 at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Louise. Loving father of Chareen (Cherry) MURDOCH and her husband Ken, and David Frederick and his wife Jody. Cherished grandfather of Brad, Bill, Justin and Kim and great grandfather of Ian. Ross was a member of Dixie Lions Club, Past President of the Ontario Tennis Association, and until recently, an active member of Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, as well as a member of Joseph A. Hearn Masonic Lodge. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10,North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Monday, November 18, 2002 at 11 o'clock. Private family interment in Fonthill. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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MURISON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-09-21 published
BEATON, David Malcolm
At Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, September 19, 2002, at the age of 68. David is the loving husband of Joan (MURISON;) cherished brother of Marian and Bill BIEMAN brother-in-law of Evelyn WILSON, Pearl and Ted SMITH, Vivian GALLO, Marie MARTIN; and "little brother" of Marion Hannah and Gwen Wharram. He is also a dear uncle of Peter and Leslie BIEMAN, David BIEMAN, Lynda and Peter DUCKWORTH, Wayne and Aiko MURPHY, Bonnie WINCHESTER, Tim and Carole MARTIN, Gaye and Marty DUNLOP, Scott and Anna MARTIN, and Heidi McCRON. David loves his many great-nieces and nephews as he also mutually loved his music students during his 25 years at North Toronto Collegiate. Even as a teenage organist, David served his Lord through the ministry of music. Just this week we discussed the idea that "life is like music - some high notes and some low notes, but a wonderful song none the less." David and Joan thank their many caring Friends at East York Community Care Access Centre and at Sunnybrook. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. Service to be held at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Avenue (at Main Street), Newmarket on Monday, September 23 at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow at Markdale Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1, or Sleeping Children Around the World, 28 Pinehurst Crescent, Toronto M9A 3A5, would be appreciated by David's family.

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MURISON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-09-21 published
BEATON, David Malcolm
At Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, September 19, 2002, at the age of 68. David is the loving husband of Joan (MURISON;) cherished brother of Marian and Bill BIEMAN brother-in-law of Evelyn WILSON, Pearl and Ted SMITH, Vivian GALLO, Marie MARTIN; and "little brother" of Marion Hannah and Gwen Wharram. He is also a dear uncle of Peter and Leslie BIEMAN, David BIEMAN, Lynda and Peter DUCKWORTH, Wayne and Aiko MURPHY, Bonnie WINCHESTER, Tim and Carole MARTIN, Gaye and Marty DUNLOP, Scott and Anna MARTIN, and Heidi McCRON. David loves his many great-nieces and nephews as he also mutually loved his music students during his 25 years at North Toronto Collegiate. Even as a teenage organist, David served his Lord through the ministry of music. Just this week we discussed the idea that "life is like music - some high notes and some low notes, but a wonderful song none the less." David and Joan thank their many caring Friends at East York Community Care Access Centre and at Sunnybrook. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. Service to be held at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Avenue (at Main Street), Newmarket on Monday, September 23 at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow at Markdale Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1, or Sleeping Children Around the World, 28 Pinehurst Crescent, Toronto M9A 3A5, would be appreciated by David's family.

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MURLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-30 published
GREGORY, Jeanette (née MURLEY) -- At Sunnybrook Medical Centre on Friday, December 27th, 2002, in her 76th year. Beloved wife of Wilfred. Loving mother of Larry and his wife Marilyn, Dyane and her husband Douglas FIEHELLER, and Cal and his wife Gabrielle. She will be sadly missed by 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held at Oshawa Funeral Service ''Thornton Chapel'', 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Tuesday, December 31st at 11 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the Service. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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MUROTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
MARTIN, Keith Brian -- Keith, beloved and loving son of Norman and Mary MARTIN, adored brother of Scott Roy and Kathryn Heather, dear nephew of Chris and Rich, Elizabeth and David, Rhoda and Reg, John and Edna, and Elsie and Wayne. Special friend of Haruna MUROTA. Graduate of Earl Haig Secondary School. Keith, aka Urban Boy, enjoyed good books, public libraries, writing, Friends, music, photography, maps, architecture, mass transit systems and city life. He recently returned from his dream working holiday in Japan. In memory of Keith, enjoy your city with a friend. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Wednesday, November 20 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Join us to celebrate Keith's life on Thursday, November 21 at 2: 30 p.m. in the R.S. Kane Chapel. Interment to follow at York Cemetery. February 15, 1979 - November 16, 2002 Free from pain and travelling on. Cherished forever in the hearts and memories of family and Friends.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2002-12-18 published
MURPHY
In loving memory of a dear husband, father and grandfather, William Vernard MURPHY, who passed away 10 years ago, December 19, 1992.
Dad, time cannot steal the memories
We have within our hearts,
Nor take away the happy years
Ofwhich we were a part.
You did so many things for us
Your heart was kind and true
And when we needed someone
We could always count on you.
Gone but not forgotten, always loved and sadly missed, Evelyn, Alvin, Melanie, and Jonathan.

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MURPHY 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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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-09-21 published
BEATON, David Malcolm
At Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, September 19, 2002, at the age of 68. David is the loving husband of Joan (MURISON;) cherished brother of Marian and Bill BIEMAN brother-in-law of Evelyn WILSON, Pearl and Ted SMITH, Vivian GALLO, Marie MARTIN; and "little brother" of Marion Hannah and Gwen Wharram. He is also a dear uncle of Peter and Leslie BIEMAN, David BIEMAN, Lynda and Peter DUCKWORTH, Wayne and Aiko MURPHY, Bonnie WINCHESTER, Tim and Carole MARTIN, Gaye and Marty DUNLOP, Scott and Anna MARTIN, and Heidi McCRON. David loves his many great-nieces and nephews as he also mutually loved his music students during his 25 years at North Toronto Collegiate. Even as a teenage organist, David served his Lord through the ministry of music. Just this week we discussed the idea that "life is like music - some high notes and some low notes, but a wonderful song none the less." David and Joan thank their many caring Friends at East York Community Care Access Centre and at Sunnybrook. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. Service to be held at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Avenue (at Main Street), Newmarket on Monday, September 23 at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow at Markdale Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1, or Sleeping Children Around the World, 28 Pinehurst Crescent, Toronto M9A 3A5, would be appreciated by David's family.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-09-21 published
BEATON, David Malcolm
At Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, September 19, 2002, at the age of 68. David is the loving husband of Joan (MURISON;) cherished brother of Marian and Bill BIEMAN brother-in-law of Evelyn WILSON, Pearl and Ted SMITH, Vivian GALLO, Marie MARTIN; and "little brother" of Marion Hannah and Gwen Wharram. He is also a dear uncle of Peter and Leslie BIEMAN, David BIEMAN, Lynda and Peter DUCKWORTH, Wayne and Aiko MURPHY, Bonnie WINCHESTER, Tim and Carole MARTIN, Gaye and Marty DUNLOP, Scott and Anna MARTIN, and Heidi McCRON. David loves his many great-nieces and nephews as he also mutually loved his music students during his 25 years at North Toronto Collegiate. Even as a teenage organist, David served his Lord through the ministry of music. Just this week we discussed the idea that "life is like music - some high notes and some low notes, but a wonderful song none the less." David and Joan thank their many caring Friends at East York Community Care Access Centre and at Sunnybrook. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. Service to be held at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Avenue (at Main Street), Newmarket on Monday, September 23 at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow at Markdale Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 101, Toronto M4S 3B1, or Sleeping Children Around the World, 28 Pinehurst Crescent, Toronto M9A 3A5, would be appreciated by David's family.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-14 published
WRIGHT, Florence Edith -- (Retired longtime employee of the Yellow Pages) On Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at Bendale Acres, Scarborough. Florence was in her 70th year. Beloved mother of Barbara and her husband Tom CUNNINGHAM. Daughter of the late Harry and Lillian WRIGHT. Dear sister of Audrey and her husband Joe MURPHY and the late Harry WRIGHT Jr. She will also be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Ann WRIGHT, nieces, nephews, and dear Friends. Special thanks to the staff at Bendale Acres and Linda RIDGEWELL for their loving care and support. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Rd., Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. A complete service to be held in the chapel on Friday, November 15 at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Friends are also welcome to visit on Friday from 12 noon until service time. If desired, donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Bendale Acres or to Clairlea Park Presbyterian Church.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
O'GALLAGHER, D. Michael -- (Founder and President of Met Cap Living) Passed away suddenly, on November 18, 2002, at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 45. He is survived by his wife Alanne, his children Graham, Gregory, Breanne, Bryden and Rory, his father John, stepmother Nicole PAQUETTE, mother-in-law Pat PERRY, his brothers Danny (Kelly), James and stepbrothers Eric (Carolyn) and Marc (Carole), his brother-in-law George and sister-in-law Annette (John). Predeceased by his mother Betty MURPHY. Mike was a very caring, loving and devoted father. He will be sadly missed by his family, Friends, and employees. Friends may call at the Trull ''North Toronto'' Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge St. (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church (Yonge St. south of Lawrence) on Friday morning at 11 o'clock. If desired, donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-20 published
O'GALLAGHER, D. Michael -- To know him was a privilege - To befriend him a delight. Michael was a most passionate man. Passionate about his family, his Friends and his business which he founded and steered, in a relatively short period, from a personal vision into Canada's third largest private apartment operation. Through all his successes this gifted individual maintained a humourous, self-deprecating style that kept him grounded and attracted a wide and diverse group of Friendships. Fiercely proud of his Irish-Montreal roots, his crowning Quebec achievement involved the 1998 purchase of the landmark Olympic Village - a fitting flagship to his other 39 MetCap Living (Metro Capital Group) properties in British Columbia, Ottawa and Toronto. Michael was an extraordinary entrepreneur with a rare ability to see things first then make them happen. In his remarkable but short life he made an enduring impression on countless people who were proud to be his family, friend or employee. His grittiness was stuff of legend but nowhere was his courage more inspiring than during his long battle with cancer. Given Michael's incredible track record of achievement (sometimes against all odds), even the seriousness of his health seemed a setback he would ultimately overcome. Sadly, we are forced to mourn the passing of this marvelous 45-year-old father of five. He is survived by his loving wife, Alanne, his children Graham, Gregory, Breanne, Bryden and Rory, his father John, stepmother Nicole PAQUETTE, mother-in-law Pat PERRY, his brothers Danny (Kelly,) James and stepbrothers Eric (Carolyn) and Marc (Carole), his brother-in-law George and sister-in-law Annette (John.) He was predeceased by his mother Betty MURPHY. Friends may call at the Trull ''North Toronto'' Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church (Yonge Street south of Lawrence) on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-21 published
FOSTER, Winnifred Dickson (née KINNEAR) -- Peacefully on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at North York General Hospital in her 86th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Frank. Devoted mother of Gail HUGHES and Barbara MURPHY. Forever cherished by her grandchildren Erin BELOBRADIC (Mike), Brett (Monica) HUGHES, Dawn MURPHY and Nicole MURPHY. Great-grandmother of Caden HUGHES. Dear sister of David, Ethel and the late Lily, Annie, Louise, John, Tommy, Robert, Laura and Sam. Friends may call on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral service on Friday, November 22 at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Osteoporosis Society of Canada or the Kidney Foundation.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-22 published
McLAFFERTY, John Shields -- (President and member of the Board of Directors of Transmetro Properties / Robert McAlpine Ltd. Captain in the Royal Corps. of Engineers, serving in India and Britain during World War 2) Peacefully, at the Etobicoke General Hospital, with his family by his side on Wednesday, November 20, 2002, in his 86th year. Dearly beloved husband of Cathy (nee MURPHY) for over 62 years. Loved father of Ian and wife Angela Deborah; and the late Leslie. Beloved Papa of Quinn, Sean, and Caitlin. Survived by brother Bernard; sisters Alice, and Margaret. Many thanks to the Palliative Care staff at the Etobicoke General Hospital for their compassionate care during his last weeks. Friends will be received at Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas Street W. (1 block east of Runnymede) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 25, at 10 o'clock from St. Gregory's Church, 122 Rathburn Rd. (at Kipling Ave.). Cremation to follow. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
MURPHY, John Joseph -- (Member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2) Suddenly at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Thursday, November 21, 2002, John MURPHY of Sharon, at 79 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Barbara (nee McHALE.) Loving father of Catherine, Eleanor and her husband George ROLLINGS, and Beth and her husband Patrick MURPHY- DON. Proud grandfather of Jake, Kyle and Trevor. Dear brother of Ron (Theresa), Betty (Ernie LEE), Fr. Stu, Paul (Carol) and Marie (Steve DUNN.) Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S., Newmarket for visitation on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 17955 Leslie Street, Newmarket on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment Saint John's Cemetery, Newmarket. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
Beloved priest's life comes full circle
Last respects paid at hockey arena where it all began
Kate HARRIES Ontario Reporter
Timmins--He was loud and plain-spoken and larger than life.
He was a man's man who could face down the most combative miner in this rough northern community.
And he was a priest who drew on a bottomless well of compassion and tenderness to comfort the disadvantaged and oppressed.
Yesterday, with tears and laughter, 2,000 people said farewell to Reverend Les COSTELLO in a mass celebrated at the local hockey arena.
It was full circle for the former Toronto Maple Leaf, who skated away from fame to join the priesthood and found fame of a different sort when he co-founded the madcap Flying Fathers hockey team that toured the continent and raised more than $4 million for charity.
"There's an irony in how this whole thing happened, you know the game got him going in life and it was the game that brought him down," his brother Murray, also a former Maple Leaf and ex-president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, told the crowd.
COSTELLO died a week ago today from a head injury suffered in a fall during a pre-game warmup in Kincardine on November 30. He played again in Peterborough but felt unwell and was taken to St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He was 74.
The venerable McIntyre arena, the scene of yesterday's funeral service, was the focus of much of his life. It was just down the road from his parents' home in the South Porcupine area of Timmins and a stone's throw from St. Alphonsus Church in the Schumacher neighbourhood, where he served as parish priest for 23 years.
This is where his hockey career started when, as a lanky 16-year-old with the Holman Pluggers, he helped win an Ontario juvenile trophy. This is where he skated almost every week to the end of his life.
Some 20 members of the Flying Fathers -- both priests and lay players -- travelled north from all over Ontario to pay their respects. A dozen of them sat in a row behind the coffin.
Rev. Donald " Swede" MacLEAN of Aurora celebrated the mass and Rev. Tim SHAY/SHEA of Kingston gave the eulogy.
Arden ARMSTRONG of the St. Alphonsus choir played "What a friend we have in Jesus" on his trumpet. "Father Les loved the trumpet in church," ARMSTRONG confided afterwards.
When it was over and they all filed out, Reverend Vaughan QUINN, madcap goalie for 26 years, gave the coffin a farewell knock in the same way Costello used to encourage Friends and parishioners with a cheerful pat on the back.
"Please be joyful," Quinn had said the night before, during visitation at St. Alphonsus, where Costello lay in an open coffin for two nights, flanked by an Ontario Provincial Police guard of honour. "(Les) is the last person to want a bunch of moping faces looking back at him."
Hockey greats like former Maple Leafs Dickie DUFF and Gus MORTSON, and Pete BABANDO, once of the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, showed up, as did religious luminaries like Monsignor John MURPHY of the archdiocese of Toronto, and Timmins Bishop Pat MARCHAND.
After the mass, there were drinks and sandwiches upstairs, where Friends reminisced.
How long was the drive from Kingston, Shea was asked. "One thousand memories long," he replied, as two vanloads of people from eastern Ontario spent the long hours on the road regaling each other with oft-told tales that lost none of their appeal -- like the time at an audience in Rome, they presented a hockey stick to Pope Paul 6th and Costello tried to show His Holiness how to hold it, "or they'll think you're stirring spaghetti."
Others had stories to share.
Costello is an Irish name, and his cousin, Reverend Jack COSTELLO of Sacred Heart parish in Windsor, fondly recalled trips the two made to Ireland. "You could truly tell it was Father Les's ancestral home because he fit right in wherever he went. He loved to talk and the Irish love to talk."
As family and Friends gathered for a quiet prayer at St. Alphonsus yesterday morning, before a procession to the arena, Reverend Bill SCANLAN of Richmond Hill, one of the mainstays of the Flying Fathers, said, "Costy was a gift to Lord knows how many people.
"We realize that more now than when he was around because he bugged us sometimes," SCANLAN said, looking down at the open coffin.
"God bless. It's the first time I've seen him quiet."

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-18 published
MURPHY, Louis Patrick -- Suddenly, at the Huronia District Hospital, Midland on Monday, December 16th, 2002 in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Margaret MURPHY. Dear father of Mary MURPHY of Calgary, Paul MURPHY and his wife Janice of Brampton, Katrina MURPHY- KULBISKY and her husband Ivan of Brampton, Bernadette ROSE and her companion Jim O'CONNOR of Barrie, Elizabeth MacLEOD of Penetanguishene and Jane MANOCK and her husband David of Penetanguishene. Loving grandfather of Lisa, Patrick, Jason, Conor, Michael, Mathew, Margaret, Blair and Michael and great-grandfather of Kyla and Samantha. Friends will be received at the Penetanguishene Funeral Home, 155 Main Street, Penetanguishene on Wednesday, December 18th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Ann's Memorial Church, Penetanguishene on Thursday, December 19th at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be greatly appreciated.

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-21 published
JUDGES, John Octavius (Jack) -- Suddenly at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, on Thursday, December 19, 2002. Jack JUDGES, in his 91st year. Predeceased by his wife Winnifred Lillian JUDGES (née ROSSER) on February 5, 1996. Beloved father to Wayne JUDGES (Linda) of Bracebridge. Father-in-law to Susan JUDGES of Walkers Point. Predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. Loving grandfather to Laura JUDGES (James MURPHY), Sandra (Doug) BENNETT and Jack JUDGES. Great-grandfather to David and Matt BENNETT. The family will receive Friends at the W.J. Cavill Funeral Home in Gravenhurst on Monday, December 23, 2002 from 12: 30-1:30 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation has taken place. In memory donations to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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MURPHY 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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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-29 published
HARPER, Lillian Mary -- Peacefully, on Friday, December 27, 2002, at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 90. Lillian (née MURPHY,) beloved wife of the late Albert HARPER of Port Perry. Loving mother of Don HARPER and his wife Donna of Port Perry, and Sandra LACROIX and her husband Marc of Blackstock. Loved grandmother of Colleen and her husband Andy, Carla, Leanne, Brent, and Scott. Great grandmother of Chloe, Paige, and Bailey. Predeceased by her sisters Kathleen PLAUNT and Doris JEFFREY, and her brother Ross MURPHY. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Wagg Funeral Home, ''McDermott-Panabaker Chapel'', 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service to celebrate the life of Lillian Harper will be held in the Chapel on Monday, December 30, 2002 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Lakeridge Health Auxiliary, Port Perry. On-line condolences may be made at www.waggfuneralhome.com

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MURPHY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-30 published
KIRBY, Agnes Jean Patricia (née SUTHERLAND) -- Jean passed away suddenly at Ajax / Pickering Hospital on Saturday, December 28, 2002. Beloved wife of the late James R. Kirby. Loving mother of Catherine, Patricia and James. Devoted Nana of Michelle and Danielle MURPHY. Loving sister of Phyllis, Marion, Ken and the late Mildred and Jack. Friends may call at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, Pickering (1057 Brock Rd. south of 401, 905-686-5589) on Friday, January 3, 2003 from 4-8 p.m. A Funeral service will be held in the chapel Saturday, January 4 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-04-24 published
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Irene Winnifred LESLIE passed away at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, on Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the age of 71, the former Irene MORPHET.
Wife of the late Frank (Tugger) LESLIE. Loving mother of Randy (Wendy), Joyce (Harvey) SHULAR, Chris (Gordon) HASTINGS, all of Southampton, Lachie of Burgoyne, Eric of Paisley, Wendy LESLIE (Kip MURRAY) of New Waterford, NS, Bruce (Lee) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Tammy (Neil) GRAHAM of Barrie. Loving sister of Keith (Chris) MORPHET of Rockport, Ontario. She is predeceased by her parents Georgina {BURGESS} and Roy MORPHET and by one sister. Private family services were conducted at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin. Funeral arrangements entrusted to W. Kent Milroy Limited, Port Elgin, Ontario.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2002-05-10 published
MURRAY, Robert Edward
Ted MURRAY, beloved husband of Lois KENTNER, passed away peacefully at his residence in Clarksburg on Friday, May 3, 2002 in his 68th year. He was the loving father of Jim MURRAY and his wife Lori of Parry Sound; John MURRAY and his wife Laura of Clarksburg and Paul MURRAY and his wife Pattijo of Collingwood. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Macrina, Sarah and Daniele MURRAY; Hugh and Lily MURRAY; and Katlin and Rebecca MURRAY. Ted was predeceased by a brother, Hugh MURRAY and will be remembered by Hugh's wife Verna of Collingwood. Family received Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Monday afternoon and evening. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ, Nelson Street, Meaford on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 with Pastor Randy MORRITT officiating. Interment at Union Cemetery, Thornbury followed. As your expression of sympathy donations to the Church of Christ, Meaford or the Lung Association would be appreciated.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-15 published
MURRAY, Annette Victoria (née ROBERTSON) -- Peacefully on November 14, 2002, in her 91st year. Beloved mother of Judith, Ralph and Victoria, mother-in-law to Bertrand and Alan, proud grandmother of Gregory, Alexandra and Samantha. Dear family friend of Judy. Sister-in-law to Lil. Wife of James Herbert MURRAY (predeceased 1981). Special thanks to her Sunrise family and Hill House Hospice. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. North (Hwy. 48), Markham on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. until time of Service at 9: 45 a.m. in the Chapel. Interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hill House Hospice, 36 Wright Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 4A1.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-17 published
MURRAY, Marjorie (née RODGER) -- Passed away at Shelburne Hospital, on Friday, November 15, 2002, in her 87th year; beloved wife of the late George Ross MURRAY; loved mother of Bruce Allan MURRAY of Brampton and Carol Ann HIBBARD of Ajax; loving grandmother of June, Allen, Christina Maria and Allanah Jeanette; dearest great-grandmother of Rebecca and Jerrot; also sadly missed by her sister Dorcas MURRAY, brothers Charles and Richard and her nieces, nephews and other relatives. Friends may call at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 11: 00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Marjorie in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 2: 30 p.m.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-22 published
MURRAY, Edward -- Peacefully passed away, surrounded by his family, on November 21, 2002. Loving husband of Mary. Devoted and proud father of Edward MURRAY, Elaine and her husband Marty COUGHLIN. Cherished ''Papa'' of Matthew and Colleen MURRAY, Kyle and Trevor COUGHLIN. Brother of Alex and his wife Irene MURRAY and Betty and her husband Ron SCOTT. He will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Friday from 5-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Saturday 11 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie St. Cremation to follow. Longtime employee of I.B.M. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
MURRAY, Veronica -- It is with heavy hearts and a grief beyond words, that we announce the passing of Veronica, beloved wife and best friend of Frank MURRAY, dearly loved mother of Ursula (Vince), Yvonne (Guido), David (Maria), Les (Joanne), and Paul, and especially cherished and 'Most Excellent' Grandma to Teresa, Laura, Katie, Julian, Amanda, Krysta, Felicia, Meaghan, and Erin. Friends may call at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave. (2 blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.), on Sunday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Monday, November 25, leaving the funeral home 9: 45 a.m. to Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, 45 Ludstone Dr., for Funeral Mass at 10: 15 a.m. Dear Mom, May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fall softly upon your fields. And until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
DAVISON, Helen Jane (née MURRAY) -- On Monday, December 16, 2002 in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack DAVISON. A lifetime of happy memories for her family, Murray and Margot, grandchildren Cameron, Andrew, Ryan and Natalie, Darcy and Jay, and Gregory and Sarah. Fondly remembered by Willa, Claire and June. Special thanks to Dr. Carlos RODRIGUEZ and the caring staff and volunteers of Lakeshore Lodge. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 1 p.m. Cremation. Donations to the Children's Wish Foundation would be appreciated.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-20 published
HARRIS, Dorothy Louise (née MOORE) -- Died peacefully at Tullamore Nursing Home on Saturday, December 14, 2002. Beloved wife of the late Dac HARRIS (1994) and the late Victor EVANS (1968.) Dear mother of Louise ROBINSON (Bramalea) and Elaine MURRAY (Chad) (Waterdown), and the late Ted of Vancouver. Survived by 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 27 at 7: 30 p.m. at St. Joseph of Nazareth Anglican Church, 290 Balmoral Drive, Brampton. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-27 published
MURRAY, Anna-Marie (Anne) -- Peacefully at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Friday, December 20, 2002. Anne MURRAY of Beaverton, formerly of Toronto, loving wife of Grant MURRAY. Loving mother of Graham MURRAY of New York City, and Andrea and her husband Murray HUTCHINS of Beaverton. Loving grandmother of Zoe and Andrew HUTCHINS. Survived by her sister Gladys KINNIS and husband Bill of Montreal. Anne will be missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. A private family service and cremation have already taken place. A Celebration of Anne's life will take place in the spring. If desired, memorial donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Doolittle-Carson Funeral Home, 54 Coldwater St. E., Orillia. A Memorial Tree will be planted in Algonquin Park by the Doolittle-Carson Funeral Home.

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MURRAY 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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MURRAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
ORMEROD, Annie (née PARTRIDGE) -- Peacefully in her sleep on Thursday December 26, 2002, at Extendicare Guildwood, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late David (Barney) ORMEROD. Dearly loved mother of Judy and her husband Ken HUNTER, David MURRAY and his wife Karen and the late Joyce Marie MEDORA. Loved grandma of Keith (Joanne), Richard (Kelley), Janice (Marven), Kathleen, Tracy (David) and Kimberley and great-grandma of Kevin, Lori-Anne, Blake, Ben, Jeffrey, Shannon, Jacklyn and soon to arrive baby Johnstone. Dear sister of Mary THORNE. She will be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews and Friends. Friends may call at the Giffen-Mack ''Scarborough'' Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Ave. East (just west of Kingston Rd.), 416-281-6800 on Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment St. Margaret's in-the-Pines Cemetery.

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MURZIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
McDONALD, Andrew Charles (Charlie) -- Passed away peacefully with his family by his side, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday November 17, 2002, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Betty for over 52 years. Loving father of Elizabeth McQUADE and her husband Dan, Carole MURZIN and her husband Richard, Linda McDONALD, and her husband Dale TAILOR/TAYLOR and Andrew and his wife Maria. Cherished grandpa of Katie, Lindsey, Megan, Diane, Bo, Gaelan, Madeline, Braden and Claire. Special thanks to Dr. A. PETRASEK and the Palliative Care Team. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral service at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 3819 Bloor St. West, Etobicoke, on Thursday November 21, 2002, at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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