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PECARARO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-22 published
ARDIEL, Ruth Winnifred (née FRANCIS) 89 years.
Died peacefully at Windsor Regional Hospital-Western Campus on Tuesday, October 21, 2003. Dearest wife of the late J.R. ARDIEL (1973.) Beloved mother of Joan DUFF, Karen MEYERS and Susan and David RUCH. Dearest sister of June and Fred ROEMMELE. Loving grandmother of Melissa MEYERS and Jim DONOHUE, Jay MEYERS and Tina ROBBINS, Allison RUCH and Ryan SMITH, Dave RUCH and Anne Marie PETTINATO, Julie SANDO, and John PECARARO, Jackie and Frank HAMILTON, Michelle and Joe GRECO and Natalie DUFF. Great grandmother of Max and Miranda PECARARO, Scott and Mathew HAMILTON and Kaity and Nicholas GRECO. Dear Aunt to her special nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Remembered by several cousins in London and Toronto. Born on a homestead in Marengo, Saskatchewan to the late Anne and Alfred FRANCIS; pre-deceased by brothers Lloyd (1912), Bruce (Royal Canadian Air Force, 1943) and her sister Dorothy HENDERSON (1964.) Ruth was a long-standing member of Beach Grove Golf and Country Club, Windsor and Tamarac Golf and Country Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Visiting in the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1969 Wyandotte St. East, Windsor, Ontario on Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, October 24, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend William GALLAGHER officiating. Cremation with interment later in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. In kindness memorial tributes to the charity of you choice, Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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PECK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-05-14 published
Gerald (Jerry) Norbert LOOSEMORE, (C.D. with Bar)
The family announces with sorrow his passing on May 1, 2003 in his 64th year. He was born in Killarney to the late Norbert and Ruby (PATTERSON) LOOSEMORE and attended Saint John de Brebeuf School and Little Current High School prior to joining the Royal Canadian Signal Corps in 1959. After a 25 year career, he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces Communications Command with the rank of Master Warrant Officer and subsequently joined the Communications Security Establishment for an additional thirteen years during which he was instrumental in the modernization of the NORAD communications system. Jerry was made Scouter in 1978, a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #177, and he had an extensive repertoire of Newfoundland folk music. He returned to Manitoulin Island to pursue his interest in genealogy. He is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn PECK, his son Christopher (Gayelene,) and daughter Melissa (Donnie) CLARK. He will be dearly missed by his sister Patricia and brothers Peter (Vivian), Harold (Laurine), Michael (Ann), and James (Bernice). He will be lovingly remembered by his mother-in-law Erma PECK, sisters-in-law Phyllis MARSHALL, Beverly (Everett) MORPHET, and brothers-in-law Iliff (Jane) PECK and Warren (Gail) PECK. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Jerry will be remembered by his family and Friends for his generosity, his storytelling, and his sense of humor. A memorial service celebrating his life will be officiated by Mr. D. J. LAROUCHE at the graveside at the St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery, North Channel Drive, on Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 3 p.m. with Interment.

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PECK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-05 published
Patricia Marilyn THORPE (née THOMAS)
Passed away suddenly on August 28, 2003 in London, Ontario, at the age of 70 years.
Patricia was born October 7, 1932 in Saint Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario. Daughter of the late Hon. F. S. (Tommy) Thomas (1957) and Myrtle (SYMES) THOMAS (1982.) Wife of the late Cameron George THORPE (1969,) partner of William Henry WADDELL. Beloved mother of James (Suzanne) THORPE, Burbank, California and Jane THORPE, Ottawa. Sister of Carolyn THOMAS, Saint Thomas, Shirley (Harry) FOSTER and Robert (Margery) THOMAS and aunt of Brien, Bruce, Kate and Mark THOMAS, all of Union, Ontario. Dear friend of the late John M. PECK (1994,) Grand Bend, Ontario (son Jeffrey, daughter Sandra,) and the NITSCHE family, London, Ontario. Adoptive "grandmother" to Emily, Valerie, and Jamie.
A dedicated teacher, Patricia touched the lives of thousands of children. She began her educational career in 1951 in Ottawa and subsequently taught for various Ontario school boards including Windsor, Toronto, Welland, Port Stanley, Lynhurst and ending with her retirement from the London Board of Education in 1986.
Patricia was also a talented musician and composer who played the piano and accordion, as well as a published poet, author and photographer. Her passion for learning continued on into her retirement years where she continued to pursue higher education in the arts and foreign languages.
Once met, never forgotten -- Patricia was a vibrant spirit whose gifts of love, courage, laughter and song will continue to bring joy and inspiration to her family and Friends for many years to come. Cremation, no service.

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PECK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-30 published
ORR, Rosemary Margaret (STINSON) 75 of Fonthill, Ontario died September 27, 2003 at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband James Campbell ORR and by her children; Catherine E. ORR of Beamsville, James C. ORR and his wife Diane of Toronto, Susan Orr LYNCH of Salem, Massachusetts, Nancy J. THOMAS and her husband Philip of Fonthill. She was pre-deceased by her daughter Jane Orr CRONIN. She also leaves grandchildren; Carlton CRONIN, Katlyn PECK, Lesley ORR, Michael ORR, Elizabeth THOMAS, and Cameron LYNCH; and a sister Jane WHITE/WHYTE of Peterborough. Cremation has taken place. A burial service will be held at St. Andrews Anglican Churchyard in Grimsby at 11: 00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2003.

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PECK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-31 published
Robert Herdman PECK
By Lyn PINNINGTON, Friday, October 31, 2003 - Page A20
Innovator, agricultural pioneer, conservationist, husband, father. Born October 17, 1914, in Sandwich West, Ontario Died June 10, in Blyth, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 88.
Robert PECK was born at his parents' farm, outside of Windsor, Ontario, the eldest of three children, into a world where farming meant horse-drawn implements, threshing bees and self-sufficiency.
He attended a one-room country school and the three PECK children (Robert, his sister Evelyn and his younger brother Donald), must have set some kind of record for whizzing through grade school. They were all in high school by the age of 11. And it was in high school, at the age of 11, that Robert participated in a science project that determined the course of his life. He was given some soybean seeds and asked if he thought he could grow them. At the time, it was generally thought that Canadian summers were too short and too cool to grow soybeans. His half-acre test plot succeeded, thus began a long and distinguished career in which he is credited with being one of the first to grow soybeans commercially in Canada.
After graduating from high school at the age of 16, he began his farming career in earnest. He wanted to grow the best soybeans in all of North America. In 1936, at the age of 22, he took second prize for soybeans at the Royal Winter Fair and the next year, he won first prize at the Chicago Grain and Hay Show. Other prizes followed, including the World Championship at the Royal and the first winner of the Victory Mills Trophy, both in 1947. In the same year, he became the only Canadian director of the American Soybean Association board.
In 1948, he married Lilah June QUILTER and they had three children: Brenda, Jim and Ruth. He continued his career as a registered seed grower. This is different from raising regular crops. It meant continuous collaboration with the Federal Department of Agriculture through its research station at Harrow, regular inspections of the fields, which had to be pristine (no weeds at all, which meant lots of hoeing), and cleaning and bagging seed by hand. In all, he had 45 years of active service with the Canadian Seed Growers' Association and in recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Essex County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1995.
In the 1970s, Robert decided to retire to a new life and a new type of farming. Having changed farming in Essex County, he decided to change the landscape of Huron County. He purchased 100 acres near Blyth, Ontario, and planted 30,000 white pine, plus walnut and spruce trees, which he lovingly tended and pruned for almost three decades.
He became involved in the Blyth community with the same enthusiasm that he put into his first career. He was a board member and treasurer of the Blyth Centre for the Arts, and treasurer of the "Wilderness to Wawanosh" project for the 125th anniversary of East Wawanosh township. He served as an elder at the United Church in Blyth. In 1997, he was awarded a Landscape Naturalization Award by the Huron Stewardship Council.
He was a hard worker all his life. He started early in the morning and worked until dusk or later. But he also firmly believed that Sunday was a day of rest.
He was very generous and quietly supported several charitable organizations, and gave helping hands to those in need. When his daughter Ruth died of lupus at the age of 26, he donated a sizable sum to Lupus Research.
He was a quiet, unassuming man who let his work speak for him in many ways. Whenever we drive down a country road and see a field of soybeans, we will remember an 11-year-old boy who changed Canadian farming forever.
Lyn PINNINGTON is Robert PECK's niece.

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