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HOFFMAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-04-30 published
Maxine Verna HOFFMAN
In loving memory of Maxine Verna HOFFMAN who passed away peacefully at Wikwemikong Nursing Home on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at the age of 86 years.
Beloved mother of Gary and Marie HOFFMAN of South Baymouth. Cherished grandmother of Paula HOFFMAN (Dan) and Larry (Suzanne) HOFFMAN. Loved great grandmother of Kyle and Rachel. Will be missed by brothers and sisters, Ivy and Hugh KELLY, both predeceased. Pearl and Dave McLEAN, both predeceased, Gordon (predeceased) and Margaret HEMBRUFF, Freda and Robert (predeceased) SANDERS of Scarborough, Ken and Elaine (predeceased) HEMBRUFF of Beaumondville, Willard and Barb HEMBRUFF of Minden, Welland and Elizabeth HEMBRUFF of Scarborough, Dorothy and Wayne (predeceased) SMITH of Queensville and Ron and Marie HEMBRUFF of Toronto. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and Friends for a grave side service will be held at 1: 00 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2003 in Hilly Grove Cemetery. There will be no wake or funeral service. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home

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HOFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-17 published
CRANSTON, Lynda Lee (née HOFFMAN)
''A Truly Great Mother and Wife''
Died peacefully September 14, 2003 in her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her 51 years were too short and she will be missed. Beloved mother to Jarrett, Galen and Jocelyn (deceased) and cherished wife of Goldie CRANSTON. All of us are better people for having had the privilege of sharing her life with us. Predeceased by her parents, Charles (Bud) HOFFMAN and Irene HOFFMAN (CONNOR,) both originally of Montreal. Lynda is survived by her brother, Barry HOFFMAN and his family of Burlington. Lynda is also predeceased by her parents-in-law Monte ''Mr. C.'' and Stuart CRANSTON of Pakenham, Ontario. Also survived by her brother-in-law, Toller CRANSTON of Toronto and San Miguel, Mexico, who admired her zest for life and shared his quest for colour. Friends and loved ones may pay their respects at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline Road), Nepean on Wednesday, September 17th from 5 to 8 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held in the chapel on Thursday, September 18th at 2 p.m. As an expression of profound gratitude, the family would appreciate donations be directed to the Victorian Order or Nurses, without whose help we could not have coped, and with Lynda, fought side by side against this most evil disease. A special thank you to Marsha, who should be sainted. Alternatively donations may be sent to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. Thank you to Dr. JONKERS and the entire staff of O.R.C.C. who gave Lynda both the weapons and the support to fight the battle she did.

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HOFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-15 published
SNELGROVE, William H.
Died peacefully in Victoria on December 11, 2003. Born in Toronto December 30, 1915. Bill graduated from McGill University, then served overseas for five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as Squadron Leader (410). He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Anne (née WILKINSON;) his daughter Wendy SNELGROVE of Vancouver; son Bob SNELGROVE (Judy née SIMPSON) and his beloved grandchildren John, Jill and Peter of Brockville, Ontario. He is survived by his sister Wilma HOFFMAN of Wilmington, Delaware and brother Hal (Ada née HARRIS) of Hudson Heights, Quebec. He will be missed by his many Friends in the North Toronto Kiwanis Club, Victoria Probus Club and the ''Jolly Boys''.
The Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at St. Michael and All Angels Parish, 4733 West Saanich Road, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veteran's Health Centre at the Lodge at Broadmead or The Heart and Stroke Foundation. We are very thankful for the loving care given to Bill in the past few years.

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HOFFMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-29 published
Ben HOCHMAN
By Marilyn HERBERT, Monday, December 29, 2003 - Page A20
Born in Wierzbice, Poland, in 1908, 1910, or 1912 -- depending on the document consulted. Died November 4, in Toronto, of general decline, aged (about) 95.
Ben HOCHMAN lived a very long, healthy (and unmedicated) life to the end. In his prime, his first 90 years, he could out-walk, out-carry and out-smile any of us. He loved being in his garden, or at his sewing machine, caring for his grandchildren or simply reciting aloud all the street signs while riding in the car. He cherished life and always faced it with a positive outlook.
He was born in Wierzbice, Poland in 1908, 1910, or 1912 - -- depending on which government document you were looking at. Birth certificates were expensive and especially difficult to come by. On my father's 75th birthday, he laughed and said he was sorry but he could not accept our gift because he was not yet 75. He had been drafted into the Polish Army at 19 instead of the obligatory 21. The only way he had of pinpointing the accurate date, was to recall the celebration of his bar-mitzvah.
Born to Naftali and Rivka HOCHMAN, Ben was one of a family of four boys and one girl. After their father had an accident that claimed the use of his hands, Ben and his brothers took up tailoring. In time, Ben married Hennele GREENBERG and they had two small boys, each born while he was away in the army.
War brought bitter times to the Jews of Europe, but Ben had always enjoyed good relations with his Polish neighbours. In the end, it was a good Polish family who saved Ben and his surviving brother, Yosef, by keeping them hidden in their barn for two years. During this time, two of the family's children were arrested and detained, but never gave up Ben and Yosef; the brothers, protected by the family dog, slept each night in the fields far from detection, returning to hiding at sunrise.
The war cost Ben the lives of his parents, his remaining brothers, sister and sister-in-law, his wife and young sons, but not his dauntless spirit. Ben and Yosef left Poland in search of a way to rebuild their shattered lives. When they arrived at the displaced persons camp in Feldafing, Germany, Ben met and married Fanny AJDELBAUM, a young woman he had previously known from his old neighbourhood.
Desperate to leave Europe's destruction and mayhem, Ben put his name on every emigration list he could find. Salvation came from Canada: Jews with experience and skills in the garment industry were able to enter Canada. An uncle, Mendel HOFFMAN, sponsored him, and so while his only surviving brother finally arrived in Israel, Benny, Fanny and Marilyn disembarked at Pier 21 in Halifax and moved on to Toronto, where six years later, Harry was born.
Life was never easy but, by working extremely hard, Ben made a good living, first as a tailor and, finally, as a smoke-shop proprietor. Ben never minded working 14 hours a day, seven days a week and 51 weeks a year, because he was in Canada. Although he missed his brother, he was forever grateful for the opportunities and Friendships he made here.
He raised two children, Marilyn and Harry, who gave him the loves of his life -- his six grandchildren: Jenny, David, Adina, Laura, Mark and Steven. He was a proud and doting grandfather who babysat, drove them to their Friends and enjoyed watching them in their various activities.
Everyone's life is unique, but survivors of any of history's atrocities will always have a special place. Regretfully, Ben and his brother, Yosef, both passed away this same year. Despite living half a world apart for more than half a century, their bond continues to be unbreakable.
Marilyn HERBERT is Ben's daughter.

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HOFSTADER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-23 published
GILLESPIE, Harriet Louise (née MORTON)
Died peacefully on June 21, 2003. Harriet was born May 24, 1926 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, daughter of Edith L. and W. Douglas MORTON. Devoted wife of John B. GILLESPIE, Q.C., Toronto, for almost 55 wonderful years. Loving mother of Joan (Andrew POTTINGER,) Jill, Jay (Lili HOFSTADER) and Susan (Paul NICHOLAS). Grandmother of Leigh and Drew POTTINGER of W. Vancouver, Ben and Claire SCOTT of Sydney, Australia, Sean and Jackie GILLESPIE of Toronto and Hattie NICHOLAS of Ottawa. Sister of Douglas B. MORTON and Scott MORTON, Nova Scotia. Service will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 3 p.m. at St. Leonard's Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Avenue. No visitation is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations in Harriet's memory may be made to either Sunnybrook Hospital or The Canadian Cancer Society.

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