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KIM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-28 published
Veteran of First World War dies at 104
By Tom HAWTHORN, Special to The Globe and Mail with wires Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - Page A10
Victoria -- Myer LEWIS, who served in two world wars and lived in three centuries, has died in California at the age of 104.
Mr. LEWIS, who was known as Jerry, was one of the last Canadian veterans of the First World War.
Last November, The Globe and Mail found 16 Canadian veterans of that war still alive. At least five of the group, which was profiled in The Globe for Remembrance Day, have since died.
Mr. LEWIS enlisted at 19 and was kept from the deadly trenches of the Western Front because he failed a medical test: He had flat feet. Instead, the army ordered him to drive trucks in England.
He had become a U.S. citizen by the time his adopted homeland became embroiled in the Second World War. At 43, he joined the U.S. Navy.
"My part in World War I and World War 2 was very small," Mr. LEWIS said three years ago, "but I was happy to do what I could for these two great countries."
Even though his contribution to the war efforts was admittedly minor, Mr. LEWIS was honoured for his service in recent years. He became a regular at veterans events and served as grand marshal for Memorial Day parades in his home of Cupertino, Calif.
In 2000, Mr. LEWIS was recognized by the Canadian government in a ceremony held at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino. Canadian consul Handol KIM presented him with a Queen's certificate and a John McCrae medallion.
The commemorative medallion, produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, was presented to veterans two years earlier on the 80th anniversary of the end of the war. Because no central record of Great War veterans is kept, Mr. LEWIS was not honoured until after his family and veterans groups contacted the government.
At the same ceremony, he also received awards from the U.S. Navy, and city, county and state governments.
"This is the greatest honour I have received in my 101 years," a nostalgic Mr. LEWIS said after the ceremony.
Myer Gerald LEWIS was born in London on May 24, 1899. His father was a career British army officer, and the boy moved with his family to postings in Malta and South Africa before emigrating to Ottawa in 1910.
He enlisted in 1918 and was posted to Honiton, in Devon, England, where he drove hand-cranked, two-ton trucks for the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. The private was responsible for clerical and supply duties, a humdrum assignment but one safer than life in the trenches.
Decades later, he enthused about the delirious celebrations in London after the announcement of the armistice.
"The lights had been turned off during the war," he told The Globe's Erin ANDERSSEN last year. "And they turned all the lights on again. It was a big, big thrill."
He returned from the war to work as a clerk in Ottawa. He moved to the United States in 1924, became a citizen in 1932, and married a dietitian in 1933.
In 1942, he signed up with the navy and served with Fleet Air Wing 7, taking part in antisubmarine patrols in the Atlantic. His unit marked V-E Day, on May 8, 1945, by escorting a surrendered German submarine to port.
After the war, he sold stocks and bonds, as well as life insurance, for Metropolitan Life in the Chicago area. He retired in 1965, the same year in which he left the naval reserve, where his rank was Aviation Storekeeper 1st Class.
The couple moved to Florida, where his wife, Emily, died in 1984.
The childless widower then moved to California to be closer to family members. He died of causes associated with old age on October 15 at a retirement home in Los Gatos, Calif. He leaves two nephews and two nieces.
A memorial service was held Sunday.

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KIMBER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-11 published
AFFLECK, Betty Ann (née HENLEY) 1927-2003
Died on Monday evening, June 9th, 2003, in Montreal, at home with her family. Beloved wife of the late Raymond AFFLECK and dear companion of Harry MAYEROVITCH. Mother of Neil (Marnie STUBLEY,) Jane (John KIMBER), Gavin (Sylvie CORMIER), Ewan (Susan CHATWOOD) and the late Graham. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Alexander, Gabriel, Lucas, Shonah and Anika. Visitation will be held at Collins Clarke Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, on Wednesday, June 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Montreal (5035 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, on Saturday, June 14th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Autism Society, Canada, P.O. Box 65, Orangeville, Ontario L9W 2Z5, would be appreciated.

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KIMEWON o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-05-21 published
Roseanne Rebecca (KIMEWON) “slow Cat” WILLIAMS
Roseanne WILLIAMS, a resident of Wikwemikong, passed away at residence in Wikwemikong, on Saturday, May 17 2003 at the age of 40 years. She was born in Little Current, daughter of the late John and Clara PITAWANAKWAT) WILLIAMS. She was a member of the Catholic Church and more recently became a member of the Resurrection Life Center in Manitowaning. Her family and extended family will miss Roseanne, but many happy memories will be cherished.
Roseanne is survived by two children Crystal and Martin both of Wikwemikong. Dear grandmother of 2 grandchildren Alaya and Michael. Loving sister of 4 brothers Donald, Paul, Joseph, Philip and 4 sisters Mary, Phyllis, Kitty and Diane. Predeceased by one brother James in 1984. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the resurrection Life Center, Manitowaning after 7: 00 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2003. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 23, 2003, at 11: 00 am from the church. Pastor Isadore PHEASANT will officiate. Interment in Kaboni Cemetery.

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