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PIERCE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-05-07 published
Ruby WILLSON
In loving memory of Ruby WILLSON, May 15, 1937 to April 30, 2003.
Ruby WILLSON, a resident of Ice Lake, died at the Mindemoya Hospital on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at the age of 65 years. She was born in Kagawong, daughter of the late Nelson and Lillian (TRUDEAU) PIERCE.
Ruby was an "Adventuress" and enjoyed life to its fullest. She had worked as a hostess at Harbour Island as well as being a navigator on sail boats, and had sailed many places, including the open seas. She enjoyed many things, such as needlework, baking, reading and especially loved to entertain and host people. Her favourite place was Harbour Island. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be sadly missed, but many happy memories will be cherished. Dearly loved wife and best friend of Chuc WILLSON. Loving and loved mother of Dennis BECKETT and Deanna BENOIT both of Kagawong, Rob BECKETT of Pefferlaw and Juanda GEORGE of Espanola. Proud grandmother of James, Charles, Kevin, Crestienne, Aaron, Brandon and Sheldon. Also survived by Lake WILSON and his daughter Jasmine. Dear sister of Sandra JAMES. Predeceased by husbands Robert BECKETT, Carl REINGUETTE and John PETRIE and brother Reynold PIERCE.
A private family funeral service will be conducted at the Culgin Funeral Home, followed by cremation. A public memorial service will be conducted at Lyons Memorial United Church on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Maxine McVEY officiating. If so desired, donations may be made to Strawberry Point Christian Camp or the Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary. Culgin Funeral Home 282-2270.

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PIERCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
Rowan T. HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, D.F.C., 1917-2003
Died peacefully at home in New Liskeard, Ontario on June 25, 2003. Husband of Rosemary KERR, father of Geraldine of Markham (Ronald PIERCE,) Robert of North Bay (Wendy TAILOR/TAYLOR) and Patrick of London, England, grandfather of Kevin and Ian HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON. He had a distinguished career in the Royal Canadian Air Force (1940-1946) flying Spitfires and Mustangs in England and on the continent with 401 and 414 Squadrons, attaining the rank of Squadron Leader. He was well known in business in New Liskeard and for many years a member of the Board of Directors of Northern Telephone Company Ltd. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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PIERRATOS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-16 published
TYRRELL, John William ''Jack''
It is with great sadness that we announce Jack's death at the Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site, on Friday, June 27, 2003. Jack died peacefully after a lengthy illness, at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Linda for 25 years. Predeceased by his parents William and Mary Ellen TYRRELL and his sister Joyce Beverly TYRRELL. Dear son-in-law of Paula MORGAN, brother-in-law of Gary MORGAN and Kathleen MORGAN, and uncle of Evan MORGAN. A memorial service will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 11 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to Home Dialysis Unit, Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site, 200 Church Street, Weston, Ontario M9N 1N8, c/o Dr. A. PIERRATOS or a charity of your choice. The family wish to thank the Home Dialysis Team and staff on Tower 6 at the Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site, for their excellent care.

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PIERRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-26 published
CARTER, Thomas Kenneth
Died of respiratory failure late Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003, at Toronto General Hospital, surrounded by his family, after a brave struggle to survive a recurrence of lung cancer. Dearest husband of Marguerite for 50 years. Beloved father of Melissa Anne GRAY/GREY (née CARTER,) Michael (wife Suzanne,) and Scott (wife Kelly). Loving grandfather to Alex, Caitlin and Cameron, and great-grandfather to Sarah and Erika. Dear brother of Sylvia CLEMENTSON (née CARTER) (husband John) and Jim (wife Jean.) Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, any donations to Habitat for Humanity, Guelph Humane Society, or charity of choice, would be greatly appreciated. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Andrew PIERRE, Dr. SHARGAL, Dr. JUGNAUTH, Dr. KAPALA, and thoracic team, for their care and support, as well as to all the wonderful nurses on 7 Eaton Wing. Funeral Mass at St. Gabriel's Parish, 650 Sheppard Avenue East, Willowdale, Ontario, at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28th.

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PIERRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-19 published
FAUX, Lila Elizabeth
Born Sault Ste. Marie 1913, died in Toronto, on September 13, 2003. Beloved wife of the late John William, cherished mother of Judith RABIN (Ted), Janice BRYSON, Kitchener, John (Pat), Jim (Jan) of Victoria, British Columbia. Loving grandmother of ten including Jeff (Louise,) Adrienne (John PIERRE) of Toronto. Great-grandmother of nine, including David and Sophie RABIN. You were loved by all and will be forever missed. Memorial service in Sault Ste. Marie to be arranged.

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PIETRONIRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
Robert Marven SYER
Born February 19, 1912 at Thamesville, Ontario, died May 15, 2003 at Oakville, Ontario, late of Oakville (Bronte) and lastly of Burlington Ontario; predeceased by parents Frank Morgan SYER (1923) and Maud Lillian SYER (née) (1969,) and by brother Ralph Evans SYER (1932;) survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances Teresa SYER (née,) and seven children: Robert Marven (Marg HEEMSKERK) of Toronto, David Dirk (Mimi CHAMPAGNE) of Shelburne Nova Scotia, Susan Frances (Brian RIKLEY) of Hudson Québec, Michael Stanley of Oakville, Timothy William (Marilyn MacGREGOR) of Milton Ontario, Deborah Anne (Barry BALL) of Brampton Ontario and Dani Elizabeth (Brian FINNEY) of Orlando Florida; and by fifteen grandchildren: Sheri Lynne SYER (Michael PINNOCK) of San Jose California, Wendy Frances SYER (Kevin OUGH) of Peterborough Ontario and Julia Helen SYER (Pat PELLEGRINI) of Ajax Ontario; David Dirk SYER (Doris HOO) of Whitby Ontario and Judith Gail SUSLA (Joe SUSLA) of Oakville Brian Joseph Rikley (Eva GJERSTAD) and Toni Lauren RIKLEY (Dave KRINDLE) of Hudson; Cassidy Anne SYER (Danny PIETRONIRO) of Montréal, Michael Timothy SYER of Victoria, British Columbia and Robert Christopher SYER of London Ontario; Thomas William SYER and Douglas Donald SYER of Milton; and Hayley Elizabeth FINNEY, Brian James FINNEY and Kyle James FINNEY of Orlando; and by nine great-grandchildren: Skylar Syer OUGH of Peterborough and Julian Robert Domenico PELLEGRINI of Ajax; Robert Marven SYER, James Michael SYER and David Dirk SYER of Whitby and Erin Nicole SUSLA of Oakville; and Austin Tyler RIKLEY- KRINDLE, David Shane RIKLEY- KRINDLE and Joseph Cody RIKLEY- KRINDLE of Hudson; also, by nephew Richard Frank SYER of Lake Placid Florida, grand-nephew Michael Charles SYER of Ann Arbor Michigan and by brother-in-law Dr. Patrick Gaynor LYNES of Brampton and his family. An Anglican graveside service was held at St. Jude's Cemetery in Oakville on May 22, 2003. Expressions of respect may be sent to the family at 2455 Milltower Court Mississauga, Ontario L5N 5Z6 or by eMail to RMS@The RMSGroup.net gifts may be made to a charity of choice. A child is sleeping: An old man gone. ­ James Joyce

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PIETROPAOLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-11 published
Paolo PIETROPAOLO
By Damiano PIETROPAOLO Monday, August 11, 2003 - Page A16
Soldier, farmer, olive oil maker, immigrant. Born January 6, 1914, in Maierato, Italy. Died June 17 in Toronto, of heart failure, aged 89.
Paolo PIETROPAOLO was the second of five children born to indentured peasants in a one-room house in a farming village in Calabria, Southern Italy. He was born into a feudal world in which young men dreamed of moving to lamerica (as Canada and the U.S.A. were collectively known). His native village of Maierato eventually became a source of mass emigration to Canada, and almost one-third of its original inhabitants now reside in Toronto.
When he died in Toronto's Little Italy, Paolo left an extended family of university-educated children and eight grandchildren whose accomplishments in the New World were a source of pride for this self-schooled man, and the final vindication for his decision to uproot the whole family and move to Toronto. His immigrant's dream was realized, although at what cost to his personal happiness remains an open question.
Paolo left his native Maierato in 1959. He often remarked that he did so because he did not want his children to become indentured to the land-owning aristocracy that still lingered on after the Second World War and the founding of the modern Italian Republic. His long life was equally divided between Italy and Canada. He was 45 years old when he left Calabria with nothing but $3,000 worth of debts (borrowed from relatives for the ocean crossing) and not a word of English among himself, his wife and their four children. He had only the hope of a better future to be carved out with his bare hands. He was a man of many ancient skills. In his native village, he had managed an olive press, was a farmer, a vintner and, much to the horror of his children, who looked upon the pigs raised on the farm as pets, he was also the extended family's appointed ritual slaughterer at the pre-Lenten annual winter carnival.
Paolo ran for public office in his native village and served as a town councillor for the emerging social democratic forces. He brought his sense of public service with him to the new world and was a founding member of the Tre Caravelle Senior Citizens Club (named after the three sailboats Columbus used to cross the Atlantic) in Toronto's now-trendy College Street.
Paolo served twice in the army, the second time in the Second World War and he spoke of his life as a soldier as his only real educational opportunity. His grandchildren were very fond of his often-told story of how, following Italy's withdrawal from the Fascist axis, he was stranded and walked 1,000 kilometres from Padova, in the north, to his village in the south. His wife hardly recognized him when he appeared: he weighed only 44 kilograms.
Like many other immigrants, Paolo was lured by the dream of a better life in Canada, but he soon learned that immigration extracted a high cost. He often lamented that he worked for more padroni in the New World in one year between 1960 and 1961 than he had in his whole life in Italy. During this time he took any work that was available: he shovelled snow in the winters, picked tobacco in the summers, worked in tanneries, paved roadways, helped to build bridges and skyscrapers. Still, the economic uncertainty led to a painful, if temporary, family split-up. His wife, who had always opposed the move to Canada and still resents it, returned to Calabria, taking the three younger children with her. Paolo endured three years of bitter family separation and it was not until the late 1960s, with his children in university and his mortgage-free family home on Toronto's Euclid Avenue, that he felt at home here.
On Father's day, in the shade of his fig tree, he wove the various strands of his life into the single coherent story of the quiet heroism of an immigrant's life. The following day he died peacefully in his sleep.
Damiano PIETROPAOLO is Paolo's eldest son.

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