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CURLOOK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-04 published
STINSON, Thomas Gordon
Died suddenly, at age 53, in Toronto on February 28th, 2003. Beloved husband of Christine (née CURLOOK,) cherished and adored father of daughters Emma Madeleine, 7, and Alexa Nicole, 5. Loving son of Margaret and Gordon STINSON (Thunder Bay,) he will be be deeply missed by siblings Joan STULAC (Toronto,) Lois WATSON (Anchorage) and James (Toronto). Dear son-in-law of Jennifer and Walter CURLOOK (Toronto,) he will be missed by his brothers-in-law Paul CURLOOK (Waterloo,) Michael CURLOOK (Vancouver) and sister-in-law Andrea CURLOOK (Dallas) and nephews, cousins, Friends, family and colleagues. A private service was held and cremation has taken place at his request. Memorial donations and flowers are gratefully declined.
May he rest in peace.

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CURRAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-01-29 published
Mary Jane (GROTHIER) WHITE/WHYTE
On Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, at age 71, after a lengthy illness. Loving mother of Scott and his wife Carole of Toronto. Proud grandmother of Maddie and Nickie. Survived by her cousin David and his wife Joanne who were so kind to her over the years. Daughter of the late Wilmer (Bud) and Pauline GROTHIER, formerly of Woodstock, Ontario, and predeceased by her only sister, Margaret CURRAN. Mary Jane was a graduate of the Toronto General Hospital nursing program and a longtime volunteer at the Donwood Institute where she helped countless people cope with the struggles of addiction. She loved her cats, her old dog Misha and all the Friends she met along the way. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Humphrey Funeral Home, A.W. Miles Chapel, Toronto on Tuesday, January 28. For every summer of her life, including the last one, Mary Jane would travel to her favourite place in the world, McGregor Bay. To honour her love for that precious corner of Georgian Bay, donations may be made in her memory to the G.B.A. Foundation, 48 Lesmill Road, Don Mills, Ontario M3B 2T5.

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CURRIE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-01-22 published
John OBIMWAIWAI-- CURRIE BAREFOOT
March 8, 1919 to January 14, 2003. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday at 10: 30 am at the Espanola General Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth KING also predeceased by parents Bill BAREFOOT and Maggie KAY as well as all his brothers and sisters. Beloved father of Leon (friend Jennifer) of Whitefish Falls, Leslie (wife Marge) of Birch Island, Emily, Ashlie, Marilyn, all of Toronto, Margo (step daughter) of Orillia. Ex-wife Violet of Toronto. He will be sadly missed by grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many close Friends. He enjoyed his hobbies like fishing, hunting, and many other sports. Visitation was held on Wednesday until the funeral service on Friday, January 17, 2003 all at Birch Island Community Complex. Burial in Birch Island Cemetery, Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

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CURRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-22 published
CURRIE, Alda Christina (née MAIR)
(1932-2003) We regret to announce the death of our mother and friend, she died peacefully at home surrounded by family and Friends. She was predeceased by her husband James CURRIE (1991.) Alda was a loving, caring, compassionate person and will be missed by many her children Bob (Charlotte YATES,) Andy (Rose CHAN,) Mary (John WOOD), Stewart, John (Elizabeth MASTROUTUCCI), and her seven much loved grand children, and her siblings, Arlington MAIR and Kathleen BURSEY, and much loved by her in-laws. During her illness Alda was cared for by her cousin Mary Ann DEACON and her sister Kathleen, and supported by her family and Friends. A Service to celebrate Alda's life will be held at the Beaconsfield United Church, 202 Woodside Road, Beaconsfield, Quebec at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2003. Donations in her name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Victoria Order of Nurses, and Child Haven.

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CURRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-11 published
The crash of a Canadian hero
Lest we forget, Roy MacGREGOR traces the spectacular feats and the sad fall of a flying ace
By Roy MacGREGOR, Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - Page A1
Ottawa -- Here is as good a place as any to lay a small poppy on Remembrance Day.
It is nothing but a concrete dock ramp on the Ontario shore of the Ottawa River, not far downstream from the Parliament Buildings.
There is nothing here to say what happened that cold March day back in 1930, and on this, a fine brisk morning in November, 73 years later, there is only a lone biker, a man walking two setters along the path that twists along this quiet spot, and a small, single-engine airplane revving in the background as it prepares to take off from the little Rockcliffe airstrip.
Seventy-three years ago, another small plane took off from this airfield, turned sharply over the distant trees, flew low and full-throttle over the runway and went into a steep climb that eventually cut out the engine and sent the new Fairchild twisting toward this spot -- instantly killing Canada's most-decorated war hero.
Will BARKER, 35, of Dauphin, Manitoba
Perhaps you've heard of him. Likely not. He is, in some ways, the test case for Lest We Forget.
Lieutenant-Colonel William George BARKER won the Victoria Cross for what many believe was the greatest dogfight of the First World War.
He was alone in his Sopwith Snipe over Bois de Marmal, France, on October 27, 1918, when he was attacked, official reports say, by 60 enemy aircraft -- Mr. BARKER, who rarely talked of his war experience, always said 15 -- and he shot down three before passing out from devastating wounds to both legs and his arm, only to come to again in mid-air, turn on the fighter intending to put an end to him and bring down a fourth before he himself crash-landed in full view of astonished British troops, who were even more amazed when they got to the plane and found him still alive, if barely.
The four that one day took Mr. BARKER's list to 50 downed aircraft. He returned to Canada as Lt.-Col. William George BARKER, V.C., D.S.O. and enough other medals to lay claim to being Canada's most honoured combatant -- if he'd ever cared to do so. As British Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip JOUBERT wrote, "Of all the flyers of the two World Wars, none was greater than BARKER."
He came home and went into the aviation business with another Canadian Victoria Cross winner, Billy BISHOP. He married Mr. BISHOP's wealthy cousin, Jean SMITH, and had a miserable next dozen years. The business failed, the marriage teetered, he suffered depression and terrible pain from his injuries, and the previous non-drinker soon became a drinker.
It seemed life was taking a turn for the better in January of 1930 when Fairchild hired him to help sell planes to the Canadian government. A test pilot had been sent to show off the plane at Rockcliffe, but the veteran fighter unfortunately insisted on taking it up himself for a run.
Some say he committed suicide here; some say he was showing off for an 18-year-old daughter of another Rockcliffe pilot; his biographer believes he was just being too aggressive with a new, unknown machine and "screwed up."
They held the funeral in Toronto, with a cortege two miles long, 2,000 uniformed men, honour guards from four countries and 50,000 people lining the streets. As they carried the coffin into Mount Pleasant Cemetery, six biplanes swooped down, sprinkling rose petals over the crowd.
"His name," Sir Arthur CURRIE announced, "will live forever in the annals of the country which he served so nobly."
His name, alas, is not even on the crypt -- only " SMITH," his wife's snobbish family who never really accepted the rough-hewn outsider from Manitoba.
Somehow, he became all but forgotten. Though Mr. BISHOP called Mr. BARKER "the deadliest air fighter that ever lived," it is Mr. BISHOP who lives on in the public imagination. Often, if Mr. BARKER is mentioned at all, "Billy" BARKER, as he was known to his air colleagues, is confused with "Billy" BISHOP.
A request for a government plaque to commemorate his Manitoba birthplace was rejected the first time, but there is now some small recognition thanks in large part to the work of Inky MARK, the Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan Lake and the excellent military biography, BARKER VC, produced a few years back by Wayne RALPH.
Mr. RALPH, a Newfoundlander now living in White Rock, British Columbia, thinks Mr. BARKER was simply too much "the warrior" for the Canadian appetite.
"He was an international superstar," says Mr. RALPH. " BARKER had all the traits of the great Hollywood heroes. He was disobedient, gregarious, flamboyant. He was a frontier kid, a classical figure in the American style of hero. Born in a log cabin, went on to fame and fortune, and died tragically at 35.
"Now he is basically buried in anonymity. To me, it's the perfect metaphor for Canada, where we bury our past."
Today, though, even if it is only a poppy dropped at the end of a concrete boat ramp, we will remember.

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CURRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-09 published
Sylvia Evelyn Ruth CURRY
By Jane COWAN Thursday, January 9, 2003, Page A18
Wife, volunteer, artist, mother. Born July 31, 1915, in Goderich, Ontario. Died October 3, 2002, in Toronto, from complications due to Alzheimer's disease, aged 87.
Sylvia (née SALKELD) led a life like many women of her day. She was meant to marry, have children and maintain a warm and loving home. Yet, like so many other of these women, Sylvia had a need to do this and more.
Life began simply enough on the family farm outside of Goderich, Ontario Later there was the move into town, to a place across from the library. Even then there was this insatiable desire to learn and achieve. Sylvia was using the family car by the time she was 12 and had finished high school by 16.
It was time to move on and keep growing, so she found work in London, Ontario, at London Life. When war broke out, new opportunities appeared. London Life organized a show for the troops and Sylvia, being the outgoing person she was, took on the role of emcee for the tour.
From this there was a natural progression to joining the Navy. She was stationed in Quebec City, learning to chart ships along the Atlantic seaboard, where she met another young lieutenant named Bill who was stationed in Halifax. After a week of dating, they were married; this led to the post-war move to Bill's hometown of Windsor, Ontario, where they built the family home on Lincoln Road. They had children -- two boys and a girl. Life moved quickly for them.
Once the house was set up and the children were at school, Syl was eager to go out into the community. It started with her joining the May Court Club and then the Art Gallery of Windsor. Her list of commitments grew to include the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Christian Women's Association, the Children's Aid Society, the Anglican Synod and Heritage Windsor. Sylvia helped to set up programs in support of her community. She had found her niche.
Yet all these commitments became secondary when it came time for Bill. Sylvia always filled the home with flowers from the garden and made the surroundings comfortable so that it was an inviting sanctuary for Bill after a day of work. The children would be fed and doing their homework, and the fire was lit. All would be in place for Bill's arrival. Before the two of them ever sat down to dinner, there would always be time to unwind and discuss the day by the fire, with a drink.
Sylvia also made this home the centre for many social events: May 24th fireworks and Open House on New Year's Day would always be at the Curry's home and Syl's roasts of beef would be undoubtedly be on the table.
The children eventually went off to university and Sylvia added a newfound love to her list -- painting. At 60, Sylvia went back to school and studied fine art at the University of Windsor. Her works were shown in juried exhibits at the art gallery but for the most part her home became a gallery filled with her creations. Friends would buy art off the walls.
This all came to an end one morning when Bill had a massive heart attack. There was nothing that Syl could do for him and life was not the same without him.
In time, her work on committees started to decline and her art just never held her interest. We thought that it was simply that Bill was missing but it was really Alzheimer's disease taking its hold on her. In the end, it left nothing. Her mind and body had been ravaged and the journey along the way was painful.
But even to the end there was a mischievous twinkle in her eye to say that she was still somewhere in there -- the woman, the organizer, the painter, the person who took care of our every need, and the one Bill loved so much.
Jane COWAN is Sylvia's daughter

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CURRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-22 published
MATHER, Naomi
Peacefully, at her home in Waterloo, surrounded by the love of her family, Naomi died early Monday morning, July 21, 2003. She was 20. Naomi struggled with Ewing's Sarcoma since January of 2002. Her indomitable spirit sustained all who knew her. Precious daughter of Susan (COOKE) and Fred MATHER and dearest sister of John. Naomi will be lovingly remembered by her Paternal grandmother, Ivey MATHER of Perth; her special friend Marjorie MALLORY, Aunts and Uncles, Marilyn CURRY of Headingly, Minnesota, Catherine and Richard FREEMAN of Vancouver, Lorna and Jim PEDEN and Sheila PRESCOTT (Dave McGRATH) of Perth; cousins, Tyler, Jennifer and Andrew CURRY, Harry and Gabby FREEMAN, Corinne, Trent and Colin PEDEN and Patricia PRESCOTT. Naomi's life included a wide circle of Friends, especially Cara DURST. Her Scottish Terrier Ghillie and Tabby cat Tamara had a special place in her heart. She was predeceased by Maternal grandparents, Roy and Edith COOKE and her Paternal grandfather, John MATHER. In Naomi's short life, she involved herself in many activities. She was a graduate of Waterloo Collegiate Institute and was enrolled in Science studies at Queen's University when she became ill. Some of her involvements and interests included Strathyre Highland Dancers, Children's International Summer Villages, working as a lifeguard and swimming instructor and playing the piano. Friend's and relatives are invited to share their memories of Naomi with her family at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo from 7 to 9 pm this evening (Tuesday) and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Wednesday. A service to celebrate Naomi's life will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2003, 11 am, at Westminster United Church (The Cedars,) 543 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo, with Reverend John ANDERSON officiating. A committal service will follow in Parkview Cemetery Crematorium Chapel, Waterloo. Following the committal at the Cemetery, Friends and relatives are invited to return to Westminster United Church for refreshments and a time to visit with the family.In Naomi's memory, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Sarcoma Fund at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto or the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and can be arranged through the funeral home, phone (519) 745-8445 or www.edwardrgood.com

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CURTIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-20 published
STEEL, V.R.J. (Vin)
Born Durban South Africa April 23, 1926, died Toronto, February 19, 2003. Survived by daughters, Melissa and Joanne and son Graeme and brothers John and Cecil. Fondly remembered by Suzanne CURTIS, Marlene and Tin THOMAS, Rosemary MANN, Margaret and Phillip WADE and the OSTROMS.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter
-silvered wings.

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CURTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS, beloved wife of Angelo Zaccheo, passed away peacefully at her home in Toronto on Thursday, June 26, 2003, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, one day short of her 57th birthday. Predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Lillian (ARMSTRONG,) she will be missed by her stepdaughter Kathleen, brother Glenn (Katherine), niece Caroline, nephews Glenn, Matthew and Andrew, sisters-in-law Margaret CURTO (David) and Mary STEELE (Patrick), nephews David and Steven, and nieces Alicia and Jena. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful, caring Friends. As a passionate and dedicated teacher, Maureen influenced and inspired her students to achievement. She will be remembered as a loyal friend, a devoted daughter and sister, and a loving and much loved spouse. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, on Thursday, July 3rd at 6: 30 p.m., followed by a reception. Parking is available from Russell Hill Road entrance. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, c/o Dr. James PERRY, C.N.S. Oncology Site, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5, would be greatly appreciated. May you always walk in sunshine, And God's love around you flow, For the happiness you gave us, No one will ever know. It broke our hearts to lose you, The day God called you home. A million times we've needed you. A million times we've cried. If love could have saved you, You never would have died.

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CURTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-30 published
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS, beloved wife of Angelo ZACCHEO, passed away peacefully at her home in Toronto on Thursday, June 26, 2003, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, one day short of her 57th birthday. Predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Lillian (ARMSTRONG,) she will be missed by her stepdaughter Kathleen, brother Glenn (Katherine), niece Caroline, nephews Glenn, Matthew and Andrew, sisters-in-law Margaret CURTO (David) and Mary STEELE (Patrick), nephews David and Steven, and nieces Alicia and Jena. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful, caring Friends. As a passionate and dedicated teacher, Maureen influenced and inspired her students to achievement. She will be remembered as a loyal friend, a devoted daughter and sister, and a loving and much loved spouse. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, on Thursday, July 3rd at 6: 30 p.m., followed by a reception. Parking is available from Russell Hill Road entrance. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, c/o Dr. James Perry, C.N.S. Oncology Site, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5, would be greatly appreciated. May you always walk in sunshine, And God's love around you flow, For the happiness you gave us, No one will ever know. It broke our hearts to lose you, The day God called you home. A million times we've needed you. A million times we've cried. If love could have saved you, You never would have died.

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