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BREAKELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-15 published
MECH, Wladyslaw
In his 100th year. Veteran of First and Second World Wars, wounded at age 16 at the Battle of Warsaw in 1920. Decorated by the Polish Government with 1918-21 Military Cross, Poland to her Defender Medal, Long Service Medal, 10th Anniversary Medal, Silver Cross of Merit. During Second World War served with the Polish Forces Carpathian Brigade under British command and took part in actions at El Alamein, Fortress Tobruk, Monte Cassino, Bololgna and Ancona. Awarded Cross of Merit with Swords, Monte Cassino Cross, Tobruk Emblem, the 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Defence Medal. In 2001 the Polish Government awarded him a special medal Sursum Corda #16. He was born on October 14, 1903 in Poland, son of a Reeve in Potok Wielki. He was predeceased by mother Maria TOMALA, father Thomas, brothers: Piotr, Ludwik, Jan, sisters: Stanislawa, Karolina, Natalka, Julia and by his wife Julia née FUSZARA in 1974. He emigrated to Canada with wife Julia and son Zdzislaw in 1947. During his 20 years with the Scarborough Board of Education he was active in the Polish Combatants Association and a founding Board Member of Wawel Villa Senior Citizens Centre where he resided until his death. He will be remembered for his constant involvement at the Villa where he organized chapel and social activities, ran arts and crafts, poetry readings and other cultural events. Lover of outdoors, he planted and maintained summer and winter gardens while keeping his characteristic dry humour. He was loving and proud of his son Zdzislaw Romuald, M.D., Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Q.J.M., his daughter-in-law Lilli, B.A. Associate, Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (Toronto), his grand_sons Major Konrad R.W., Royal Military College '82, B.A. B.Eng., M.B.A., Canadian Forces Decoration and Captain André Z.I., Royal Military College '84, B.Eng, M.B.A., both of whom followed the family artillery tradition dating to Napoleonic times, granddaughter Danuta WYANT, B.Sc. Toronto. He will be greatly missed by Kim BREAKELL- MECH, wife of Konrad, Blaise S. WYANT, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Wood Gundy, husband of Danuta and by great-grandchildren Anders MECH of Vancouver, Armand and Eugene MECH of Mississauga and Faith and Hilary WYANT of Toronto who will miss visiting and jumping on him.His leadership and love of the countries he served will be long remembered. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10North of Queen Elizabeth Way), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, February 17, 2003, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Mississauga, at 10 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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BREATHAT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-01-22 published
Margaret Clara LEWIS (Nee WHIDDON)
In loving memory of Margaret Clara LEWIS who died peacefully, January 19, 2003 at the Manitoulin Lodge, age 91 years.
Beloved wife of William LEWIS (predeceased in 1996.) Loving mother of Jack (Myrna,) Carol (Carl HALL,) Lyle (Paulette.) Very special grandmother to Wendy, Michael, David, Stacey and Sherry. Cherished great grandmother to Justin, Adrien, Parker, Ally and Hunter. Dear sister of Bill (Lena) and Nora (Nick predeceased), predeceased by John and Dorothy. Dear sister-in-law of Doreen GRANGER (George,) Madeline HOLOWACK, Mary KERHANOVICH (Earl), Catherine GIFFEN (Garth). Predeceased by Ina and George BREATHAT and Margaret and Arden LEWIS. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Margaret was born in Fort Frances, Ontario and graduated as a registered nurse in 1932. She moved to Manitoulin Island where she married her husband in 1941. A hard working woman, Margaret raised her children, worked on the family farm, and nursed until her retirement. She lived her later years in Little Current, and most recently at the Manitoulin Lodge in Gore Bay. Visitation from 10: 00 until Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at Island Funeral Home. Cremation with burial of ashes in Elmview Cemetery.

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BREATHAT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-06-11 published
Arthur Thomas H. BREATHAT
In loving memory of Arthur "Art" BREATHAT, a resident of Evansville, died at the Mindemoya Hospital on Thursday, June 5, 2003 at the age of 50 years.
He was born in Sudbury, son of Gerald BREATHAT and Pauline (CRANSTON) VANEVERY. He worked as a machine operator at the Lafarge Quarry, Meldrum Bay for the past 9 years. Art enjoyed hunting, fishing and a good game of cards.
Dearly loved husband of Marilyn (DAMPIER) BREATHAT of Evansville. Loving father of Cheryl Lee BREATHAT and Aaron PHILLIPS and Arthur James BREATHAT. Dear brother of Robbie and Judy BJORKLUND of Spring Bay, Bonnie and husband Dave PATTERSON of Hornepayne and Peggy FARQUHAR and Jim DAVIES of North Bay. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives were received at the Culgin Funeral Home on Monday, June 9. There will be no funeral service and cremation will follow.

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BREATHAT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-09-10 published
Sidney William COX
In loving memory of Sidney William COX, on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at the Mindemoya Hospital at the age of 90.
Born in England in 1913. Beloved husband of the late Hollis (Nee MARSHALL) 1986. Loving father of Bill and friend Marilyn, Jack and wife Ruth Anne, Charlie and friend Norma, Anne and husband Frank HANER, Mary and husband Vance McGAULEY. Fondly remembered by 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Survived by one sister Frances BREATHAT. Predeceased by brother Arthur and sister Kathleen FERGUSON. Brother-in-law Charlie FERGUSON. Sister-in-law Mazie AELICK and Leona MARSHALL. Sadly missed by friend Mildred. Visitation was held on Monday, September 8, 2003. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at Saint Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, Mindemoya, Ontario. Burial in Mindemoya Cemetery. Island Funeral Home.

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BREATHAT o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-12-17 published
BREATHAT
-In loving memory of a dear sister, aunt and great aunt, Ina, who passed away December 12, 1994.
Heavens gate swung gently open
The Master called softly "Come"
As you dear one took the Masters hand
And you work on earth was done.
But one day in Gods garden
When the Master calls us to come
You will be at the gate with open arms
And say to us "Welcome Home"
-Sadly missed and always remembered by Doreen, George and family.

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BREITHAUPT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-14 published
BREITHAUPT, David John, M.D. D.P.H. F.R.C.P.C.
Born February 14th, 1917 in Kitchener (Berlin), Ontario. Died October 12, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario. He was born into a strong industrial family, the youngest of six children. Graduated University of Toronto School of Medicine with honours 1941. Married Mary SIMPSON in 1942. Enlisted and served in the Navy during the Second World War as a Surgeon Lieutenant. After a short career as a physician in general practice he joined Manufacturers Life Assurance Company in the underwriting department in 1948. Here, as he moved up in the company, he was able to remove the restrictions on diabetics and became an acknowledged pioneer and industry expert in medical risk underwriting. At the time of retirement from Manulife after almost 40 years of service he held the position of Medical Vice-President. Despite the rigors of his underwriting responsibilities he was able to enjoy an active and fulfilling personal life, raising five children, devoting substantial time to Scarborough Junction United Church, elected as Councillor with the Scarborough School Board and enjoying his summers at his cottage on Georgian Bay. A man of few words but always of choice words he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease which ultimately required him to reside in a Nursing Home since 1999. He is the last of his siblings. His wife of 57 years of marriage predeceased him in 1999. He is survived by his step-mother, two sisters-in-law, five children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren through the blended families of his children, fond memories: He will be greatly missed. Memorial service at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough on Saturday, October 18th, at 1: 00 p.m., followed by reception; family visitation from 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson's Foundation or Doctors without Boarders would be appreciated.

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BREITHAUPT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-30 published
SEAGRAM, Campbell L.E. (Cam)
July 12, 1935 - December 28, 2003. Died peacefully, after a brief period of declining health, at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. son of the late Beryl and Campbell A. SEAGRAM. He leaves his beloved wife Janet ALLEN; sons Campbell W., Philip A., Andrew B. (Linda HAWKINS) and Mark A. (Amy;) and his grandchildren Austin, Georgia and Mac. Loved brother of Robert P. SEAGRAM and Shirley BREITHAUPT. A private service will be held.

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BRENNAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-08 published
BABICK MacDONALD, Mary
Passed away on March 6, 2003, at the age of 67 at Saint Mary's Hospital. Beloved wife of Lee Wm. MacDONALD. Sister of Donald BABICK (Jacqueline.) Aunt of Nancy (Mark BRENNAN) and Todd (Erin DYER.) She will also be sadly missed by Brad-Lee MacDONALD, Lee (3rd) MacDONALD and David MacDONALD and their families as well as by her sister-in-law Ruth BAIRD and her great-nephews Joshua and Isaac. Visitation at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont (514) 279-6540 on Saturday, March 8, 2003, and Sunday, March 9, 2003, from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm and two hours prior to service on Monday, March 10, 2003. Funeral service to be held in the chapel of the complex at 1 pm. Donations in her memory may be made to Saint Mary's Hospital Centre, 3830 Lacombe, Montreal, H3T 1M5 in care of Dr. J.F. PRCHAL, Chief of Oncology. Your condolences to the family may be forwarded to www.everlastinglifestories.com

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BRENNAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-27 published
COONEY, Roger Peter Patrick
Died suddenly of a massive and final heart attack in the arms of Elizabeth, his devoted wife of thirty years. Roger resided in St. Andrews, New Brunswick for the past 10 years. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he was the son of the late William and Veronica (FARCAS) COONEY. Predeceased by brothers, James and Bernard; sisters, Helen COONEY and Jeannette BARLOW. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (DICKSON/DIXON) COONEY; daughter, Kathleen sons, William and D'Arcy all at home; sister, Ruth CAVERLEY (William) of Don Mills; brothers, John COONEY (Brenda) of Markham, Gregory COONEY (Eva) of Oakville; nieces and nephews, John, Patricia, Theresa, Margot, Peter, Veronica, Marlene, Paul, Shannon, Erinn, Clifford, Karen, Steven and Renee; mother-in-law Peggy DICKSON/DIXON of St. Andrews; brother-in-law, James DICKSON/DIXON of St. Andrews. Resting at the St. Andrews Catholic Church, with visiting on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. The funeral will be held 12 noon on Tuesday from the church, with Reverend Bill BRENNAN officiating. Interment will take place at the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery. For those who wish, donations to a charity of the donors choice would be appreciated. MacDonald Select Community Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, New Brunswick in care of arrangements. www.macdonaldfh.com

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BRENNAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-30 published
witnesses: are silent as the slain weep
By Christie BLATCHFORD, Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - Page A1
Even on its face, what unfolded in two parts of the Beechwood Cemetery at noon yesterday is a gripping story.
There, in Section 7, the family of Godfrey "Junior" DUNBAR -- including his three astonishingly beautiful children, aged 12, 8 and 7 -- were holding a vigil for their lost son, brother and father at his grave. Mr. DUNBAR and Richard BROWN, respectively 27 and 29 years old, were gunned down precisely four years earlier at a North York nightclub jammed with upward of 800 people.
The case went cold and has stayed that way -- Toronto police offered a $50,000 reward yesterday as a last resort -- not because it isn't solvable, not for a lack of potential witnesses, but rather because none of those witnesses, including many Friends of the two men, is talking.
Among those who were at the Connections II club that night and who would not tell detectives what they saw was one Kirk SWEENEY.
And who was being buried yesterday in Section 17 of the cemetery, about 400 metres away from the vigil? None other than young Mr. SWEENEY, himself the victim of an execution-style killing just before Christmas at a downtown club called the G Spot.
There was a big crowd of mourners at the mound of fresh earth by his grave. Funerals for the young black men who form the city's largest single group of homicide victims are always well attended, as Mr. DUNBAR's terrific older sister, Trisha, noted yesterday. At her brother's, for instance, she remembered, people did what they could to console the family. "But money is not what we wanted," she said. "We wanted for one of them to come forward." It is the cruellest irony, she said, that her brother, who so "valued Friendship," should have been betrayed by those who were with him the night he died.
At the vigil, the crowd was tiny, composed only of relatives, media (invited because the DUNBARs are hoping renewed publicity will see someone belatedly speak up) and other black mothers who have lost sons to gun violence.
One of them was Yvonne BEASLEY. I'd been told her son had been killed, and after introducing myself, asked if the case had been solved. She looked at me as though I was mad. "Oh," she said, "they're all unsolved."
"What was your son's name?" I asked, apologizing for not remembering. "I don't blame you," she said. "There have been so many."
Her boy was Sydney HEMMANS. One day shy of his 19th birthday, in July, 2001, he was shot and killed in his old downtown neighbourhood. "Were there witnesses?" I asked Ms. BEASLEY. " There are always witnesses," she said. "That's why all us moms are here."
Another was Julia FARQUHARSON, whose 24-year-old son, Segun, was shot and killed on May 17, 2001, the victim of what began as an attempted robbery and ended in an utterly senseless murder.
Mr. FARQUHARSON was carrying his basketball at the time of his death, and, realizing the gravity of the situation he was in, had called his own cellphone's voicemail to secretly record the voices of the two men wanting to rob him. That two-minute call, played publicly by homicide detectives not long after Mr. FARQUHARSON's murder, is a terrifying mélange of Mr. FARQUHARSON clutching his basketball and pleading for his life, and one of his attackers shrieking, "Yo, let me fucking kill you, dude."
Police were hoping someone would recognize the voices on the tape, and call them. That was more than two years ago. They continue to wait, and despite a recent $50,000 reward, Mr. FARQUHARSON's slaying remains unsolved.
That is one of the other stories here -- that police, despite dogged work and the fact that so many of these killings take place in public places, cannot successfully close these cases without witnesses: willing to testify and that, on the rare occasion they are able to get a case to court, the witnesses: are by then demonstrably unreliable, having given several versions of what they saw before belatedly telling the truth.
All of this goes to undermine the administration of justice.
But the other, broader story is that because of the intimate connections that often exist among the slain and their killers and the mute witnesses: to their deaths -- and the fact that so much of the gun violence in Toronto is committed by young black men upon other young black men -- there is a growing cynicism, captured in an e-mail I got yesterday.
In Monday's paper, I'd written about the case of Adrian Roy BAPTISTE, a handsome 21-year-old who was shot five times, in broad daylight, last Saturday, just eight days after he was found not guilty by a properly constituted jury, and freed, in another shooting in Hamilton almost two years previous.
This is what the note said: "Let them all shoot each other. Leave the rest of us in peace. And let God sort it all out. Enough said."
I understand the weariness there, but strongly disagree.
The killing spree now going on in the city -- not the first one, merely the latest -- is not a problem confined to the lawless, and it ought not to be left to the black community to solve.
There are often perfectly innocent victims, and even those with lengthy criminal records die so young that they never get the proverbial second chance that ought to be a given in a civilized society.
Junior DUNBAR's mother, Jamela, bent low in the rain yesterday and whispered to her son's tombstone, "You had so many Friends. None of them came forward to speak on your behalf; no one has the decency. Where are your Friends now?" His older son, Marquel, left a little drawing of him and his dad holding hands.
The baby son, D'angelo, stood with his small face utterly stricken, his big sister, Deondra, keeping an arm around him.
Aside from a few reporters, the only white face at the vigil belonged to Gary BRENNAN, the detective who was one of the original investigators of Mr. DUNBAR's killing; he has moved to another squad now, but still was good enough to show up.
It's rarely the cops who have to be motivated to give a damn. It's the rest of us.

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BRENTNELL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-02-19 published
Karen Louise SHAW (née KING)
Passed away peacefully at Gore Bay, Ontario on February 16, 2003, age 59.
Loving wife of Robert D. SHAW for 33 years and mother of Dara (husband Richard BRACHMAN), Debbie (husband Kyle BRENTNELL), and Diana (fiancé Scott INGHAM).
Predeceased by parents Kenneth and Dorothy KING and brother Harold (wife Bonnie KING). Sister to Alan KING (Barbara), Betty Ann HOUDE (Garry) and Candace INNES (Eric.) Sister-in-law to Norman SHAW and Barbara BILLMAN (Arlo.) Aunt, friend, and role model to many. Karen possessed a passion for education working with Okanagan University College in Kelowna, BC (1996-98), Cambrian College (1982-1996), and Sudbury High School as a teacher (1967-72). She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 1997. Karen served the Sudbury community in many roles as: Councillor, Regional Municipality and City of Sudbury (1991-97), Governor, Laurentian University (1985-96), President, Sudbury Chamber of Commerce (1993-94), President, Sudbury Business and Professional Women's Club (1986-88), and Trustee, Sudbury Board of Education (1976-85).
Her family greatly appreciates the loving care provided by the staff at Manitoulin Lodge.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, February 20 in Sudbury. Karen's life will be celebrated with a memorial service at St. Francis of Assisi in Mindemoya later in the summer.

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BRETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
BRAILEY, F. George
March 6th, 1923 to May 29th, 2003. Died peacefully at West Park Long Term Care Centre. George suffered from Alzheimers, and the past year was very difficult for him as he declined so rapidly. George leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce, and two daughters, Seonaid BRAILEY and Moira MacRAE and her husband, Garth. He was a wonderful Poppa to Justin MacRAE, Krista BRAILEY, Gail MacRAE (Allan LAURENT,) and Heather MacRAE (Chris O'CONNOR.) George enjoyed being Great Poppa to his precious great-granddaughter, Jordan TUCKER- MacRAE and great-grandchildren, Sam and Leigha BRETT, Haley MacRAE, Finlay and Emma O'CONNOR and Philippe GIGUERE. The family is grateful to the kind and caring nurses and support staff at West Park Long Term Care Centre for treating Dad with gentleness and dignity. Private arrangements have been made, however the family invites Friends to join them on Saturday, June 7, 2003, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Moira and Garth MacRae. If you wish, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to the charity of your choice.

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BREWER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-05 published
Barbara KING (née MADAHBEE)
In loving memory of Barbara KING (née MADAHBEE) who passed away Thursday morning, October 30, 2003 at her residence at the age of 73 years.
Beloved wife of Raymond George KING, predeceased. Will be sadly missed by her children, Susan KING and Will PATHY, Jane KING and Ken PASTO, Debbie KING and Bill HOMER, Patrick KING (wife Jean) and predeceased by son Kevin KING. Special grandmother of Desmond and Grant KING. Dear sister of Anne BREYER, Jean ANDREWS, Ivan MADAHBEE, Lillian BUCKNELL, Archie MADAHBEE, Cecilia BAYERS, Linda THIBODEAU, Patsy CORBIERE, Tootsie PANAMICK, Patrick MADAHBEE and predeceased by Veronica McGRAW, Lawrence MADAHBEE, Elizabeth KING, Eli MADAHBEE, Morris MADAHBEE and Doris BREWER. Rested at the Sucker Creek Community Hall on Sunday, November 1, 2003. Funeral Mass was held at St. Bernard's Church, Little Current on Monday, November 3, 2003. Cremation. Lougheed Funeral Home Sudbury.

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BREWER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-01 published
STAMFORD, Ross
Died peacefully, on Friday, June 27, 2003, at York Central Hospital. He is survived by his wife Joan, children Cynthia (McCORMACK,) Brenda (BREWER,) Scott (Diana MARTIN,) Pamela, and grandchildren Kristin, Kimberlee, Jamie, Laurel, Veronica, Nicole, Lindsay and Christine. The family would like to thank the staff on the 3rd Floor at York Central Hospital for all their care and support. Donations may be made to the Childrens' Wish Foundation or the Herbie Fund, c/o The Hospital for Sick Children.

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BREWERTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-05 published
JONES, Carolyn (( DUNCANnée) McKAY)
Born in Halbrite, Saskatchewan, December 5, 1908. Carol died in North Vancouver, British Columbia on June 24, 2003. She was predeceased by her first husband Lewis DUNCAN, Picton, Ontario., and her second husband William JONES of Merrickville, Ontario. Also predeceased by her brother Eric McKAY, her sisters, Doris ADAM/ADAMS, Marion SARKISSIAN and Elizabeth LEE, her niece Elinor BREWERTON and nephew Don McKAY. Carol is survived and will be sadly missed by her nephews Peter HEPPLEWHITE and Ted McKAY, her niece Shirley ATKINS and all of their families as well as many Friends throughout Canada, U.S. and Great Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol's memory to a charity of their choice will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, North Vancouver, British Columbia 604-980-3451.

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BREYER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-05 published
Barbara KING (née MADAHBEE)
In loving memory of Barbara KING (née MADAHBEE) who passed away Thursday morning, October 30, 2003 at her residence at the age of 73 years.
Beloved wife of Raymond George KING, predeceased. Will be sadly missed by her children, Susan KING and Will PATHY, Jane KING and Ken PASTO, Debbie KING and Bill HOMER, Patrick KING (wife Jean) and predeceased by son Kevin KING. Special grandmother of Desmond and Grant KING. Dear sister of Anne BREYER, Jean ANDREWS, Ivan MADAHBEE, Lillian BUCKNELL, Archie MADAHBEE, Cecilia BAYERS, Linda THIBODEAU, Patsy CORBIERE, Tootsie PANAMICK, Patrick MADAHBEE and predeceased by Veronica McGRAW, Lawrence MADAHBEE, Elizabeth KING, Eli MADAHBEE, Morris MADAHBEE and Doris BREWER. Rested at the Sucker Creek Community Hall on Sunday, November 1, 2003. Funeral Mass was held at St. Bernard's Church, Little Current on Monday, November 3, 2003. Cremation. Lougheed Funeral Home Sudbury.

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BREYFOGLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-11 published
BREYFOGLE, Elizabeth ''Betty'' (née HOPWOOD)
Peacefully on March 5, 2003, at home in Victoria. Betty has gone to join her beloved husband, William A. BREYFOGLE, who died in Vermont in 1958. She is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews, Peter and Jo BREYFOGLE, Joan and Derek BARTLETT, Christopher WILLIAMSON and their families. Many thanks go to her friend Joan MOODY and to Bruce CALE of Victoria for their Friendship and support.

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BREYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-19 published
MYNARSKI's man FRIDAY
Knocked unconscious, the young bomb aimer was saved when his flight engineer pushed him out of their stricken Lancaster
By Tom HAWTHORN Special to The Globe and Mail Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - Page R7
Victoria -- A Second World War bomb aimer who survived an ill-fated mission during which his friend Andrew MYNARSKI was later awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for trying the save a trapped fellow crewman has died. Jack FRIDAY, who spent his peacetime career with Air Canada, died in Thunder Bay.
Mr. MYNARSKI's sacrifice awed a generation of children who learned of it in their school readers. Mr. FRIDAY was often asked to recount what happened aboard his doomed Lancaster as it burned over France. What many did not realize was that Mr. FRIDAY only learned the details of Mr. MYNARSKI's heroism after the end of the war.
On June 12, 1944, his Royal Canadian Air Force crew was assigned to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Cambrai. The mission was similar to others in recent days, as No. 419 (Moose) Squadron attacked German reinforcements being rushed forward to repel Allied forces in Normandy.
Six days earlier, the crew had bombed coastal guns at Longues in the early-morning hours before the invasion fleet landed on D-Day. The Cambrai target -- their 13th mission -- was to be attacked on in the early morning hours of June 13. Later, superstitious survivors would speak of that coincidence as a missed omen.
Their Lancaster lifted off the runway at Middleton St. George in Yorkshire at 9: 44 p.m. on June 12. After crossing the English Channel, the bomber was coned -- caught in searchlights -- but the pilot, Flying Officer Arthur DE BREYNE, managed to manoeuvre his craft out of the dreaded lights.
The reprieve did not last long.
Rear gunner Patrick BROPHY, who sat in an isolated compartment at the rear of the aircraft, spotted an enemy fighter below. "Bogey astern! Six o'clock!" he shouted into the intercom, just before a Junkers 88 attacked.
Mr. DE BREYNE threw the bomber into an evasive corkscrew. In an instant, though, his plane was rocked by three explosions. Both port engines were knocked out and the wing set afire. A hydraulic line in the fuselage had also been severed and the midsection of the plane was burning.
The pilot ordered the crew to evacuate as he struggled to prevent the Lancaster from going into a dive. Mr. FRIDAY's duty as bomb aimer was to release the escape hatch. As he did so, the rushing wind whipped the steel door open, striking him above the right eye.
Flight engineer Roy VIGARS was the first among the other crew to clamber to the hatch.
"I made my way down to the bomb-aimer's position and found Jack FRIDAY slumped on the floor, unconscious," Mr. VIGARS told Bette PAGE for her 1989 book, Mynarski's Lanc. "I rolled him over, clipped on his parachute pack, and slid him over to the escape hatch and dropped him through the opening while holding on to the ripcord."
The act was risky, as the parachute could have wrapped around the craft's tail wheel. Mr. VIGARS saw that Mr. FRIDAY's parachute had opened clear of the bomber. He then jumped, followed by wireless operator James KELLY, navigator Robert BODIE and the pilot, who had recovered control of the bomber and set it on a gentle descent.
Unknown to those men, a terrible drama was being played out at the rear of the flaming craft.
As Warrant Officer MYNARSKI prepared to jump, he looked back to see that Flying Officer Patrick BROPHY was still at his rear-gunner's position.
Mr. MYNARSKI, the mid-upper gunner, crawled through the burning fuselage, his uniform and parachute catching fire. Mr. BROPHY was trapped in his seat and the men struggled desperately to free him.
Finally, Mr. BROPHY told Mr. MYNARSKI to jump without him.
Mr. MYNARSKI crawled back through the fire, stood at the door, saluted his doomed comrade, and leapt into the inky sky with his uniform and parachute in flames.
Aboard the Lancaster, Mr. BROPHY prepared for certain death.
Some miles away, Mr. FRIDAY floated unconscious to earth by parachute, landing near a chateau at Hedauville. A pair of farm workers found him in a vineyard the next morning. He was taken to a local doctor who feared reprisals for treating an Allied airman. The injured man was turned over to the Germans.
Mr. FRIDAY finally regained consciousness on June 17, wakening in a prison cell in Amiens. He feared he had lost his eye. A fellow prisoner peeked beneath Mr. FRIDAY's bandages and saw that a flap of skin was blocking his vision. The wound had not been stitched.
Mr. FRIDAY was reunited with Mr. VIGARS as their captors prepared to transport prisoners to Germany.
The pair were sent to an interrogation centre near Frankfurt, before being transferred to Stalag Luft 7 at Bankau, outside Breslau (now Wroclaw), in Silesia near Poland.
The men were separated again on January 18, 1945, as the Germans marched prisoners out of the camp ahead of the advancing Soviet army. The forced march was arduous. Many died of disease, exposure and exhaustion. Mr. FRIDAY survived by stealing frozen beets and potatoes from farmer's fields. He would later remember the only warm night of the march was spent in a barn, where he snuggled overnight with a cow. Mr. FRIDAY was at last liberated by the Soviets in April.
He returned to England in May, where, as recounted in the 1992 book, The Evaders, he prepared a statement, the brevity of which perfectly captured his sense of the dramatic events. "Took off from Middleton St. George. Do not remember briefing or takeoff. First thing I remember is coming to in a hospital in Amiens."
Only later did he learn what happened aboard the Lancaster. As the bomber crashed, the port wing struck a tree, causing the plane to veer violently to the left. The force freed Mr. BROPHY from his turret prison and he landed against a tree, far away from the burning wreckage. He had survived.
Mr. MYNARSKI, the son of Polish immigrants and a leather worker in civilian life, was not as fortunate. He was found by the French, but was so badly burned that he soon died from his injuries. He was 27.
The other crewmen, including Mr. BROPHY, evaded capture with the assistance of French civilians.
John William FRIDAY was the third son born to a pharmacist in Port Arthur, Ontario, on December 21, 1921. He graduated from Port Arthur Collegiate Institute before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. He was demobilized with the rank of flying officer. He worked as an Air Canada passenger agent for 31 years before retiring in 1985.
In 1988, he joined his former crew mates in ceremonies marking the dedication of a restored Lancaster at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Mount Hope, Ontario The aircraft, which was refurbished in the colours and markings of the crew's plane, has been designated the MYNARSKI Memorial Lancaster. MYNARSKI's name also graces a string of three lakes in Manitoba, as well as a park, a school and a civic ward in his hometown of Winnipeg.
Mr. FRIDAY died of cancer in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on June 22. He leaves Shirley (née BISSONNETTE,) his wife of 54 years, five children and four younger sisters. He was predeceased by two brothers.
Mr. BROPHY, whose life he tried to save, died at age 68 at St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1991. According to the second edition of MYNARSKI's Lanc, Mr. VIGARS, who saved Mr. FRIDAY's life, died in 1989 at Guildford, England; Mr. DE BREYNE died at St. Lambert, Quebec, in 1991; and, Mr. BODIE died in Vancouver in 1994. Mr. FRIDAY's death leaves James KELLY of Toronto as the only survivor.

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