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"KIL" 2003 Obituary


KILGOUR o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-26 published
Howard Kenneth HOLMES
In loving memory of Howard Kenneth HOLMES who died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at the age 72 years.
Beloved husband of Joyce (née VINEY.) Loved father of Bonny and husband Douglas KILGOUR of Fort McMurray, Kenneth and wife Evelina of Longlac, Joe and wife Joyce of Bidwell Rd., Manitowaning, Diana HOLMES and friend Williard PYETTE of Tehkummah, Sharon and Robert Case of the Slash, and predeceased by son Douglas (1957). Cherished grandfather of Allison KILGOUR and friend Jason, Heather and husband Gopal BRUGALETTE, Kenny HOLMES and friend Sarah, Crystal and husband Rob PERIGO, Nick HOLMES and friend Melanie, Pam SHEAN, Pat SHEAN, Scott CASE, Brock CASE. Forever remembered by four great grandchildren Jazzlynn, Taylor, Faith and Nikaila. Will be missed by brother Clarence and wife Guelda of Mitchell and sister Dorothy and husband Gordon GERMAN of Crossfield, Alberta and in-laws Harry VINEY of Gore Bay, Charlie (wife Lillian predeceased) VINEY of Wikwemikong Manor, Glenn and wife Margaret VINEY of Kinmount, Gladys (predeceased) and husband Harry JAGGARD of Manitowaning. Predeceased by Grace and husband Carmen HUNTER, Ruth and husband Bill and Loretta and husband Neil McGILLIS. Visitation was held on Thursday, November 20. Funeral service was held on Friday, November 21, 2003 all at Island Funeral Home. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery.

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KILKENNY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-24 published
Norman Harold McCLELLAND
By Robert McCLELLAND Friday, January 24, 2003, Page A20
Hockey player, business entrepreneur, family man. Born June 21, 1913, in Toronto. Died January 2 in Toronto, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, aged 89.
It's fitting that Norman McCLELLAND was born on June 21, the summer solstice, as he lived every day as though it were the longest of the year. Norman spent his childhood in Cache Bay, Ontario, a tiny lumber village on Lake Nipissing. Norman was proud of his small-town roots. It was there he developed his respect for the outdoors and his simple, honest outlook toward life.
Norman taught himself how to play hockey. He would wake up early in the morning, scurry down to Lake Nipissing with his second-hand skates and stick and clear the ice himself with a shovel. In Grade 9, Norman left his close-knit family in Cache Bay to attend high school in Toronto and eventually play Junior A hockey. He met his lifelong partner, Margaret CHOWN, soon after his arrival. Last November, they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
From 1933-1937, Norman studied science and education at the University of Toronto. He also played for the Varsity Blues hockey team and was the squad's captain in 1935-36. Norman managed to pull in good grades while playing in a semi-pro league to pay for his tuition and coach the women's hockey team. Not a big man, (he was 5 foot 6 and, at his heaviest, 155 pounds) Norman was known for his speed -- he once beat Montreal Canadiens star scorer Toe BLAKE in a race for $5. During a tournament, scouts from the Boston Bruins approached Norman's long-term friend and coach, Ace BAILEY, asking him if his protégé wanted to turn professional. Norman never pursued the offer as salaries back then were only a small fraction of what they are today.
For a while after university, Norman taught high-school math and physics. When the Second World War came, Norman joined the navy. Margaret, by then his wife, often joked that he only enlisted so he could play on the naval hockey team, which boasted several National Hockey League players on its roster. Yet Norman took his work seriously. He spent three years in a special branch of the navy, opting to stay on after the war to help returning soldiers find civilian jobs or attend school.
When he left the navy, Norman worked for a while with Imperial Optical where he sold waste receptacles. Metal for the containers was scarce following the war and Norman soon took advantage of this niche in the market. With no engineering experience, he started his own company, Erno Manufacturing, making metal household and business products. With his strong work ethic and straightforward and friendly business demeanor, Erno burgeoned from the back of a garage to a building the size of a city block.
During this time, Norman also helped Margaret raise three boys. He coached baseball and hockey from peewee to major-junior teams. Among his charges were four-time Stanley Cup winner Peter MAHOVLICH and Mike KILKENNY, who went on to pitch for the Detroit Tigers.
In 1968, Norman bought Margaret the birthday present of her dreams: a cottage on Lake Joseph in Muskoka. After he retired, Norman and Margaret spent up to six months of the year there, revelling in the lifestyle: canoeing at dusk and fishing at dawn. Norman also took up watercolour painting and golf -- at 75, he shot his age at a nearby 18-hole course.
Norman spent his last decade suffering from the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. The disease stole Norman from the world, but his spirit will never be forgotten. Within 10 minutes of meeting someone he became a trusted and, often, a lifelong friend. He played the piano, read extensively and enjoyed political debates with his family over dinner and Margaret's apple pie. He loved life, and no disease could take that memory of him away.
Robert McCLELLAND is Norman's son.

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KILLBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-03 published
Man dies in ditch accident
By Will STOS, Wednesday, December 3, 2003 - Page A15
A Richmond Hill man died early yesterday morning after being buried in a ditch he had been digging in his front yard.
Lorenzo PILAGATTI, 40, died after the walls collapsed and firefighters on scene were unable to free him. His body was recovered several hours later.
Firefighters from Richmond Hill and Vaughn were called to the scene at 8: 30 p.m. Monday to free Mr. PILAGATTI from the ditch. An initial collapse had covered him up to his chest. About 1 a.m., a second cave-in completely covered him.
Mr. PILAGATTI's wife and two daughters were at home at the time, although they were not outside.
"It's awful, absolutely terrible," said Constable Kim Killby of York Regional Police. "I mean, these rescue workers were with him for hours, talking to him, trying to keep him warm. And to get so close and then all of the sudden another collapse to occur, and this time cover him completely. They couldn't get to him."
Police said Mr. PILAGATTI was using a backhoe to dig a trench in his yard, possibly to connect his home to a sewer line or make repairs. He was buried when he began digging in the trench with a shovel.
Constable KILLBY said the mud and ground water made recovery difficult.
Firefighters involved in the incident returned yesterday evening for briefing. A critical-incident stress team was brought in to assist them.

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KILLINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-09 published
Harriet Ethel (FRY) KILLINS
By Sharon Anne COOK Wednesday, July 9, 2003 - Page A18
Wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, nurse, community activist. Born April 17, 1911, in Jordan, Ontario Died November 19, 2002, in London, Ontario, of old age, aged 91.
In the far-off jungle of Papua New Guinea, the brothers in the religious community called her "Florence" after Nurse Nightingale, because of the kerosene lantern Ethel carried each evening as she visited ailing boys in the residential school. Then well into her 60s, Ethel was a Canadian University Services Organization volunteer (along with her school-teaching husband), serving as the village's nurse, as well as running the infirmary at the school. The challenges were many. Ethel loathed driving, yet in Papua New Guinea in the early 1970s, she intrepidly took a battered car over the dirt tracks of the back-country to make her rounds to villages rarely seen by a doctor. Here, she worked with women to improve family nutrition and reduce infant mortality. She always had a sense of fairness, social equity, selflessness, and courage.
Yet Ethel didn't stand out in a crowd, although she was a tall, willowy and attractive woman. Her congenital deafness made her unusually shy in public. Not sure of what she might be missing in a crowded gathering, she was hesitant to voice her social, religious or political views. But she thought carefully about public and private issues, read widely and held to her convictions for good reason, whether popular or not, and voiced them well one-on-one.
Ethel (née FRY) was descended from one of Ontario's pioneer families: Her FRY ancestors had joined 16 other Mennonite families in 1800 to trek from Pennsylvania to southwestern Ontario. They took up a land grant and built an imposing two-story log-and-frame house.This building is now part of the Jordan Museum, and is filled with the pioneer objects, including jacquard-woven coverlets made by her grandfather, Samuel Nash FRY.
As a young woman, Ethel enrolled in the nursing program at Hamilton General Hospital just as the Depression was beginning. Graduating in 1934, she joined an earlier odyssey of nurses leaving Ontario for better wages and more job security. With several Friends, she found work in Albany, and later in Buffalo, New York A romance, started a decade earlier, was rekindled in 1939-40, when she returned to Canada and married the man who would be her partner for 62 years, Harold KILLINS.
With marriage, she became a busy farm wife, working alongside her husband during busy periods and raising three children, two sons and a daughter. In 1963, just as their own children were leaving home, Ethel and Harold accepted a second family, taking on the parenting of a treasured niece and nephew who had been orphaned. Most of the day-to-day nurturing fell to Ethel, and the respect and love returned to her testifies to the quality of the stable relationships she created for these two children in their adolescence.
Following their period in Papua New Guinea, Ethel and Harold settled in London, Ontario Ethel remained a community activist through a United Church Women's group, the Canadian Save the Children Organization, Operation Eyesight Universal, Amnesty International, Meals on Wheels, and the Unitarian Service Committee. She also worked for many years with a group of quilt-makers, who donated the profits from their work to international development projects. One memorable Christmas, well into her eighties, she made matching wall hangings for every woman in her family.
Public and private acts of kindness sustained the quality of her life through her final sad chapter, a six-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Visited often by her admiring family, Friends, and most of all by her devoted husband, Ethel descended into her final rest with the assurance that, as she had nurtured and protected others, so she now found herself comforted.
Sharon is Ethel's daughter.

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KILPATRICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-17 published
Hit by bus, bicycling student killed
Police attempting to reconstruct events that led to tragedy in front of high school
By Ken KILPATRICK Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - Page A18
Burlington -- An 18-year-old student was struck by a school bus and killed while riding her bike outside her high school yesterday morning.
Jesica Marie GREEN, a Grade 12 student, was riding her bicycle across a driveway just 30 metres from the front door of Lord Elgin High School when she was struck by a school bus that had just delivered its students and was exiting on to the street.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The area in front of the school was busy with students and motorists when the accident occurred just after 8 a.m.
"We all freaked out," said a student who was part of a group standing in front of the school at the time.
"Someone said a person had been hit. She was kind of sprawled out under the bus. A passing car driver ran over and told us to call the police. We all stayed back... no one wanted to go any closer to see what was really going on."
He said it didn't look as if the victim had been wearing a bicycle helmet.
Three hours later, a truck safety officer and staff from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation repeatedly drove the bus from a parking spot in front of Lord Elgin to the New Street entrance. At one point, a woman stood behind the driver and videotaped the view through the windshield.
Dan MARADIN, general manager for Laidlaw Transit Ltd., said he and the company "are deeply saddened by the incident and our thoughts go out to the victim's family and Friends."
The woman driving the bus -- who has not been identified -- was traumatized by the accident, he said, and the company is offering her counselling. "She was a good driver and had been with us for 1½ years."
Mr. MARADIN said the driver had been trained by Laidlaw. Training to operate a school bus comprises 40 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel lessons.
The Halton District School Board immediately sent its Tragic Event Response Team into the school to offer counselling to those who witnessed the accident.
Students who needed help immediately were called to the school's conference room where the response team waited with cookies and drinks.
One student, in Lord Elgin as the event unfolded outside, said they were told to stay in their classrooms and away from the front of the school.
"The mood inside the school was very sad and there were some tears," she said.
Marnie DENTON, communication officer with the school board, said the response team "is there to help students who witnessed the accident and those who were Friends of Ms. GREEN. They will be at the school for as long as they are needed. They have specialized training and help our students deal with the shock associated with tragedy."

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KILROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
NORMAN- SMITH, Keeva Minette
Born May 16, 2003 in Toronto to Martha NORMAN and P. Roch SMITH, Keeva died peacefully of a brain stem tumour at home on May 28, 2003 with the love of her parents and brother Ronan. Keeva joins her grandparents F. Charles SMITH (1983) and Rose Marie SMITH (2002) in eternal life. She leaves to mourn her grandparents: Sheelagh NORMAN and Gerry PARKES of Toronto; Conolly and Sharon NORMAN of Fairvale, New Brunswick; her uncles and their families: Randy SMITH and Jill BONNETEAU- SMITH and cousins Cole and Jake of Victoria, British Columbia; Christopher and Pamela SMITH and cousins Victoria and Jacqueline of Sugarloaf, New York; Nick NORMAN of Toronto; Renee MAGUIRE and cousin Devyn NORMAN of Huntington Beach, California. Martha, Roch and Ronan would like to extend a tremendous thank you to midwife Katrina KILROY; R.N. Katie WADEY; the nurses and doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children Mt. Sinai; Home Palliative Care Network; Community Care Access Centre and all those who helped in making Keeva's life a full one and ensuring that she had the opportunity to return home to die in dignity with her family. Thanks for coming to meet us Keeva, you are an incredible daughter. Ronan sends you dandelion wishes that you are safe. A visitation with Keeva and her family will take place on Wednesday June 4th from 7 - 9 p.m. at Morley Bedford Funeral Services, 159 Eglinton West (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.). A celebration of Keeva's life will be held on Thursday June 5th at 10: 30 am at the Church of the Messiah, Dupont and Avenue Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Keeva's memory to Trails Youth Initiatives, 378 Fairlawn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5M 1T8 (416) 787-2457 ( or the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8.

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