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NOLAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-08 published
Chance Justin Wynne NOLAN
By H.J. KIRCHHOFF Wednesday, January 8, 2003, Page A16
Builder and adventurer in training, class clown. Born November 13, 1995, in Thunder Bay, Ontario Died December 31, 2002, in Toronto, in a tragic household accident, aged 7.
If Chance had been allowed by fate to grow up, he would have been a ladies' man. He liked women, and the more full-figured the better. He was charming and roguish and had a twinkle in his eye, and he loved to hug, even though he thought kissing was yucky.
He would have been a builder of some sort -- an engineer, a construction worker or an architect. He was always putting together factories and robots and spaceships out of the bottles and cans in the recycling box, using yards of tape to hold it all together, often following detailed plans he had drawn up beforehand. His room was the scene of many monumental and complex forts, constructed out of blankets and chairs and tables and shelves.
He would have been a joker and a trickster. He laughed easily and often, and loved wordplay. Even his "mistake words" were imaginative and colourful: Our family vocabulary includes such rich inventions as "hoptercopter" for helicopter, "colourpillar" for caterpillar, and "platemat" for placemat. I have always liked "grunch" instead of brunch. He also loved fart and bum jokes, which never failed to crack him up. He was only 7, after all.
He would have been an artist. He had a good eye and handled pencils, pens and crayons confidently. Once, when I told him I couldn't draw, he took most of a Sunday afternoon patiently instructing me: "Look at that tree over there. Just draw what you see. . executed -- did I mention he was only 7? -- but they were always full of nicely observed detail and funny touches.
He would have been an actor. He had a mobile, expressive face, and a gift for mimickry. When he saw Titanic on video (and he didn't just see it once, he watched it five times in one weekend), he spent the next four weeks playing Jack Dawson: wearing overalls, hair slicked back, being courtly. He carefully posed my wife on the couch, adjusting her head just so, to paint her portrait à la Jack and his lady love.
He would have been a good parent. He was considerate of younger children, including them in games and reading them stories. He treated his favourite stuffed bear very well. He called that bear Corduroy Blue, because his overalls were blue instead of the green of the other Corduroy, star of television and children's books. Corduroy Blue travelled with him and slept with him, and once went to school with him; Corduroy Blue was given sums to do, and got them all right.
He would have been a gymnast. He loved tumbling and climbing and jumping. He was always up in the trees, and more than once got into trouble for swinging on the pipes in the basement. He was looking forward to starting circus school later this month, even though his first attempts at flying on the trapeze hadn't gone so well; he froze on the ladder and the platform, but was eager to try it again.
He would have been a proud and active member of the native community. He knew he was Ojibway, had a good idea of what that meant, and wanted to speak the language. He attended summer camp at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto, where he would dash up the steps and through the door, screech to a stop at the desk to wash himself with smudge, and then streak off to camp. He loved the dancing and the drumming, especially the drumming, at pow wows.
It's sad to think of the things Chance will never get to be. But it's good to think of all that he was. And as his father said to me, "Sometime, we're all going to go where Chance is. When we do, he'll be there to guide us. And he'll be dancing."
H. J. KIRCHHOFF is Chance Nolan's grandfather of the heart.

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NOLAND o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-01-29 published
Lawrence Stephen MIGWANS
In loving memory of Lawrence Stephen MIGWANS, September 26, 1925 to January 13, 2003.
Larry MIGWANS, a resident of the Wellness Centre, M'Chigeeng, passed away at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya on Monday, January 13, 2003 at the age of 77 years. He was born at M'Chigeeng, son of the late David and Madelene (DEBASSIGE) MIGWANS. Larry joined the army at the age of 16 and served overseas in World War 2, and was a member of Branch #177 Royal Canadian Legion, Little Current. He also enjoyed playing the violin and guitar, and working in his garden. Predeceased by his wife Desira (BEBONING) MIGWANS. Loving father of Mabel NOLAND, Caroline BEBONING, Patrick BEBONING, Martina MIGWANS, Lorraine, Patsy, Carol, Kerry and Brenda WEMIGWANS. Loved grandfather of several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dear brother of Agnes (predeceased,) Annie BISSON, Regina, Raymond (predeceased,) Pauline CORBIERE (predeceased,) Melvina GERARD (predeceased,) Christine PAGE, Nora MIGWANS, Maurice, Kenneth and Francis MIGWANS. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends called at the M'Chigeeng Complex. The funeral mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, M'Chigeeng, on Friday, January 17, 2003 with Father Robert FOLIOT as celebrant. Interment in M'Chigeeng Cemetery. Culgin Funeral Home

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NOLAND o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-05-21 published
Nellie Eveleen NOLAND
Nellie NOLAND, a resident of Bayside Apartments, Gore Bay, passed away at the Mindemoya Hospital on Monday, May 19, 2003 at the age of 84 years.
She was born in Burpee Township, daughter of the late Thomas and Flora SCOTT) WITTY. Nellie worked hard all her life on the farm, cleaning camps and cottages and raising her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, knitting and crocheting many items for all her family and the community. She was a member of the United Church and Mills Women’s Institute for many years. A loving and loved mother, grandmother, and friend, she will be sadly missed, but memories will be cherished.
Dearly loved and loving wife of the late George E. NOLAND, loving and loved mother of Frederick (predeceased Oct 10 1939,) Doris MIDDAUGH (husband Raymond) of Mills, Willard NOLAND (wife Donna) of Mills, and Margery VEAUDRY (husband Rheo, Ray) of Providence Bay. Dear brother of Ken WITTY of Thessalon. Predeceased by sisters Ruby and Bella and brothers Willard, James and Grant. Dear grandmother of 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Relatives and Friends will meet at the Burpee-Mills Cemetery on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 11: 00 am for a graveside service. The Reverend Geraldine BOULD will officiate. There will be no funeral home visitation at Nellie’s request.

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