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MARA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2004-03-20 published
Alexander Gardner WATSON
'Everyone said we'd never win'
How an Royal Canadian Air Force medical officer took a sad-sack squad of airmen and built a team that brought home Olympic hockey gold
By Tom HAWTHORN, Special to The Globe and Mail Saturday, March 20, 2004 - Page F11
Victoria -- He was a hockey enthusiast who turned a makeshift team into world beaters. In 1947, Sandy WATSON was a Royal Canadian Air Force medical officer with an amateur's passion for hockey, but within a year he had put together a squad of airmen that overcame great odds to win an Olympic gold medal.
Dr. WATSON's part in the story of how the Royal Canadian Air Force triumphed at the Olympics began with the announcement that Canadian hockey officials had decided to skip the 1948 Winter Games. The news so upset the doctor, who died late last year at his home in Ottawa, that he vowed to create a team from scratch. "When I read the headline saying we -- this great hockey nation would not be sending a team, I was offended," he said. "And I thought maybe I could do something about it."
The International Olympic Committee had adopted tough new rules defining an amateur athlete. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association felt the new standard eliminated most senior players from the competition.
With the entry deadline just 48 hours away, Dr. WATSON decided on what he would later describe as a whim to build a team from among fellow Royal Canadian Air Force members. The squadron leader won approval from hockey officials and superior officers in two frantic days of lobbying. Canada would take part in the Olympic tournament after all. Now all he needed were some players.
The Royal Canadian Air Force's postwar enrolment of 16,000 promised a wealth of hidden hockey talent. Dr. WATSON had managed a series of exhibition hockey games in England in the months following the defeat of Germany, pitting the air force against the army. The games featured such National Hockey League players as left-winger Roy CONACHER, a sniper for Royal Canadian Air Force teams during the war. Such professionals were ineligible for the Olympic team, of course, so Dr. WATSON knew the calibre of players would not be very high.
About 200 airmen were dispatched to Ottawa for a training camp in October, 1947. The volunteers were mostly a sad-sack lot, a shock for Dr. WATSON and coach Frank BOUCHER, an Royal Canadian Air Force sergeant. Some could barely skate.
The team made its public debut in an exhibition game played at the Auditorium in Ottawa on December 14, 1947. The opponents were McGill University's varsity team, deliberately chosen to offer minimal resistance. The air-force brass was in attendance, as were senior hockey officials and the governor-general, Earl Alexander of Tunis. To Dr. WATSON's horror, the McGill Redmen scored an easy 7-0 victory.
The newspapers were highly critical of the Olympic team. An all-Royal Canadian Air Force team seemed a folly. Senior officers in the air force could not have been happy about such a poor squad wearing the Royal Canadian Air Force roundel on their sweaters. They were likely to be embarrassed on the world stage.
Reinforcements were needed, so Dr. WATSON went hunting.
"We just put the thing together overnight, almost," he told the Medical Post in 1988. "Our guys had played together as a team for something less than three weeks before we left. The goaltender I never even met until we reached Europe."
Dr. WATSON's first move was to scout an Ottawa Senior League game. The New Edinburgh Burghs beat the Hull Volants 6-2, with five goals produced by a forward line of Reg SCHROETER, Ab RENAUD and Ted HIBBERD. Dr. WATSON invited the trio to join his squad, also taking former flying officer Frank DUNSTER and Pete LEICHNITZ.
Other players parachuted onto the team were defenceman Andre LAPPERIERE, a student at the University of Montreal; forwards George MARA and Wally HALDER from Toronto; and, goaltender Dick BALL, also from Toronto.
The recruits joined Louis LECOMPTE, Pat GUZZO, Irving TAILOR/TAYLOR, Andy GILPIN, Roy FORBES, Ross KING, Orval (Red) GRAVELLE and Hubert BROOKS on a team called the Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers, but whose military experience varied. While HIBBERD and LEICHNITZ were civilians sworn into the Royal Canadian Air Force with the rank of aircraftsman 1, Mr. BROOKS, a flying officer, had been a prisoner of war who escaped three times before joining Polish partisans. He was awarded the Military Cross.
With the team preparing to embark for Europe, Dr. WATSON faced another crisis. Mr. BALL, slated to be the starting goalie, failed his physical with a lung infection. Facing another 48-hour deadline, Dr. WATSON awoke Toronto bus driver Murray DOWEY with a telephone call at his home at 1 a.m. The practice goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs was willing to play, but would need a leave of absence from his job. Dr. WATSON convinced his boss, Allan LAMPORT, a future mayor of Toronto, in a phone call at 1: 30 a.m.
Mr. DOWEY was called back at 2 a.m. and told to report at Downsview airport at 6 a.m. to catch an Royal Canadian Air Force plane to Ottawa. The airport was fogged in that morning, so a sleepy Mr. DOWEY caught a train to the capital.
His appearance did not immediately impress the team manager.
"Around noon a skinny, bedraggled kid, looking like something dragged through a knot hole, arrived at my office," Dr. WATSON once told the Ottawa Citizen. "We swore him in the Royal Canadian Air Force, got him kitted up with a uniform and he looked even worse."
The Canadians were given poor reviews by the European press. A tie and a one-goal victory over lightly regarded English teams did not auger well for the Flyers.
The round-robin Olympic tournament was held in an outdoor rink at St. Moritz, Switzerland. In the opening game, Sweden scored against Mr. DOWEY after just two minutes and 35 seconds of play. But the Canadian goalie would be the team's star and a crowd favourite with his innovative use of a catching glove. Canada beat Sweden 3-1, before rolling over Britain (3-0), Poland (15-0), Italy (21-1) and the United States (12-3).
A scoreless tie with Czechoslovakia was followed by a 12-0 drubbing of Austria. The gold-medal game was played against the Swiss hosts on February 8. Dodging snowballs thrown by local partisans, the Flyers won 3-0 to claim an unlikely gold medal and a place in Olympic lore. Canada finished with seven wins and one tie. Mr. DOWEY allowed just five goals in eight games for a miserly 0.62 average.
Two days later, Mr. BROOKS married his Danish sweetheart, Birthe GRONTVED, in a ceremony at a small church in St. Moritz. Barbara Ann SCOTT, the Canadian figure skater who also became an Olympic champion at those same Games, was the maid of honour and Dr. WATSON was best man.
The Flyers barnstormed Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, Sweden, England and Scotland while overseas. They completed the European tour, including the Olympic matches, with a record of 31 wins, five losses, six ties.
"Nothing in my life gave me the same thrill (as) organizing that trip and then actually winning it," Dr. WATSON said.
While something told him that Canada had a chance, few at home believed it when the team set out.
"Everyone said we'd never win," he told the Medical Post. The headline in the Ottawa Citizen the day they left summed up the opinion of the sporting press: "The Flyers, like the Arabs, are folding their tents and silently stealing away."
Alexander Gardner WATSON was born on March 28, 1918, at Cellardyke, a fishing village on the north shore of Scotland's Firth of Forth. As captain of a minesweeper, his father had trawled for mines during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. Long months spent fishing the dangerous waters of the North Sea seemed unsuitable for the father of a young family, so the WATSONs moved to the Ontario fishing village of Port Dover on Lake Erie when Sandy was a toddler.
A brilliant student, he spent a year studying at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, before completing a medical degree at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He won a scholarship to Cambridge, where he earned a bachelor of surgery. He later studied at Harvard and Columbia Universities in the United States.
An Royal Canadian Air Force wing commander during the war, Dr. WATSON became in peacetime one of Canada's eminent ophthalmologists.
In 1967, he helped found the Sally Letson Foundation for post-graduate training. He served as the foundation's executive director for 25 years.
He was chairman of the department at the University of Ottawa medical school from 1968 to 1985. Dr. WATSON was the driving force behind the university's Eye Institute, which opened in 1992.
He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1988.
Among his patients were a Parliamentary Guide's worth of notables, from governor-general Jeanne SAUVÉ to New Democratic Party leader T.C. (Tommy) DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS. He treated prime ministers John DIEFENBAKER, Lester PEARSON, Pierre TRUDEAU, Joe CLARK and Brian MULRONEY.
Dr. WATSON also became the eye specialist for the Montreal Canadiens, a legacy of his desperate plea for assistance while putting together the Royal Canadian Air Force team. The Canadiens contributed, while Conn SMYTHE of the Toronto Maple Leafs refused. (Major SMYTHE was army, of course.) One young prospect examined by Dr. WATSON was a gangly, teenaged goaltender who needed contact lenses. Dr. WATSON reported the goalie's vision was good, and Ken DRYDEN would lead the Canadiens to six Stanley Cups.
Dr. WATSON, who retired in 1997, died at home in Ottawa of prostate cancer on December 28. He leaves his wife, Patricia, sons John and Alexander, and five grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Faye McVEAN. He was predeceased by a sister and a brother, who drowned as a teenager.
His death came just 17 days after that of Mr. BOUCHER, the coach, who also died in Ottawa. They are survived by eight of 17 players.

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MARKI o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-02-25 published
Darlene Viola TAILOR/TAYLOR
In loving memory of Darlene Viola TAILOR/TAYLOR, who died peacefully at Manitoulin Health Centre on Friday, February 20, 2004 at the age of 70 years.
Beloved wife of Lloyd TAILOR/TAYLOR of Little Current, cherished mother of Brenda and Clarence SAINT_JACQUES of Little Current, Linda SAINT_JACQUES of Little Current, Danny and Julie Taylor of Espanola,
special grandmother of Tyler and Megan, Shawn, Geoffrey and Samantha.
Will be missed by sisters Marie and husband Tom LOVELACE of Serpent
River, Shirley LOVELACE of Sault Ste. Marie. Predeceased by
Wilhelmine and Rena COSBY. Remembered by Lloyd's family, Ed and wife
Betty TAILOR/TAYLOR of Bancroft, Harry and wife Frances TAILOR/TAYLOR of Little
Current, Donna (Albert predeceased) MARKI of Espanola, Rita and
husband Harold HARMAN, both predeceased, Beulah and husband Maurice
LEGAULT, both predeceased, Clayton (predeceased) and wife Norma of
Elliot Lake. Loved by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Sunday, February 22 at the Island Funeral Home.
A funeral service was held Monday, February 23, 2004 at the Holy
Trinity Anglican Church. Burial will be held at the Holy Trinity Cemetery in the spring.

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MARSDEN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-07-21 published
Nellie “Bernice” CHARLTON
In loving memory of Nellie “Bernice” CHARLTON who passed away at Manitoulin Centennial Manor on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at age 91.
Born to Albert and Alvina MILLS on September 1, 1912. Beloved wife of the late Vernon Wesley CHARLTON (Jan. 10/76.) Loved by her children. Predeceased by baby daughter Shirley, Carol HEIS (predeceaased,) Helen and husband Dale of Belleville, Judy and Norm MARSDEN of Stittsville and Ryan of Little Current. Remembered by son-in-law Doug and wife Betty HEIS of Sandfield and daughter-in-law Christine CHARLTON of Sudbury. Will be missed by grandchildren Kim COOPER, Wendy LEADER, Lisa BASTISTAS- CARRIERE, Bruce BURLEY, Todd BURLEY (predeceased,) Suzan MARSDEN, Michael MARSDEN, Stuart CHARLTON. Special great grandmother of Austin and Hannah COOPER, Thomas and Eric LEADER, Lukas and Emma BASTISTAS-CARRIERE, Browlyn MARSDEN. Predeceased by siblings Aleatha and husband Darwin WISMER, Stella and husband William SMYTHE, Edna and husband Richard LEE, William (Bill) and wife Kaye MILLS, Stanley and wife Nellie MILLS, Frank and wife Sheila MILLS. Survived by sister Lucienna YATES. Visitation was held from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Friday, July 16 at Island Funeral Home. Funeral service was held on Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 2 pm at Island Funeral Home. Officiating elders Humphrey BEAUDIN and Weston LEESON. Burial in Mountainview Cemetery.

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MARSH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-03 published
Doreen Isla TAILOR/TAYLOR
In loving memory of Doreen Isla TAILOR/TAYLOR (née MARSH) 69 years, Friday, February 27th, 2004 at her residence.
Loving wife of Orion TAILOR/TAYLOR, predeceased 1980. Loving mother of Gerald TAILOR/TAYLOR (wife Wilma) of Manitoulin Island, Dianna GRENIER of Kirkland Lake and Dennis TAILOR/TAYLOR (wife Janet) of Whitefish. Cherished grandmother of Darrell, Sean, Cindy, Cindy, Tammy, Crystal, great grandchildren Bailey, Dawson, Ozzy, and Jonathon. Dear sister of Albert LEE (partner Carol) of Little Current, Helena of Ohio and Vivian (predeceased).
At Doreen's request there will be no public visitation or service. Cremation. Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home 1-800-461-0159

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MARSHALL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-14 published
Eleanor Mary CLARK
In loving memory of Eleanor Mary CLARK, September 28, 1915 to January 11, 2004.
Eleanor CLARK, a resident of Kagawong, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya, on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the age of 88 years.
She was born in Scarborough, daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret PATTERSON. Eleanor married Donald CLARK in 1940, and moved to Kagawong where they raised their six children.
Eleanor was very active in the United Church of Canada, teaching Sunday School and as leader of the Explorer Group and was thrilled to recently be presented with a lifetime membership in the United Church Women. For many years, Eleanor drove the local school bus and later enjoyed owning and operating her own General Store in Kagawong. She spent many hours knitting, sewing, gardening and was an avid reader. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband Donald MARSHALL CLARK in March of 1990. Loving and loved mother of Allen and his wife Dianne of Callander, Margaret and husband Tom STRINGER of Green Bay, Marilyn and husband Mike FARQUHAR of Little Current, Ken and friend Shelley of Callander, Ann and husband Eric PARSONS of Capreol, and Jim and Melody of Kagawong. Proud grandmother of Greg CLARK (Michelle,) Colleen VANDERWEERDEN (Richard,) Sharon CAMPBELL (Gaetan,) Leanne STRINGER, Dwayne STRINGER (predeceased,) Heather HANSEN (Robert,) Janyn STRINGER (Tim,) Jennifer FARQUHAR (fiancé Thanos,) Aaron FARQUHAR (Kristin), Evan FARQUHAR, Tim CLARK (predeceased), Nancy CLARK, Curtis KOSKI (Jennifer), Kristie KOSKI, Allison PARSONS (Paul), Sean PARSONS (Melissa), Curtis CLARK and Amy CLARK and will be sadly missed by her 11 great grandchildren. Dear sister of Margaret ALLEN of Newcastle and Len and wife Mona PATTERSON of Toronto. Friends called the Culgin Funeral Home on Monday, January
12, 2004. The funeral service was conducted in the William G. Turner Chapel on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 with Reverend Mary Jo ECKERT TRACY officiating. Spring interment in Kagawong Cedars Cemetery.
Culgin Funeral Home

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MARTEL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-24 published
Brayden James Denis SMITH
In Loving Memory of Brayden James Denis SMITH who passed away Thursday, March 18th, 2004 at his home, age 2 months 25 days old.
Brayden will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered always. Precious son of Christy VEAUDRY and Robert SMITH of Little Current.
He will be deeply missed by his big sister Alexia SMITH. Treasured grand_son of Denis and Cindy BERNETCHEZ of Nairn Centre, Shirley SMITH and Stanley EDWARDS of Nairn Centre, Bob SMITH of Nairn Centre, and Rick and Cindy GAUDREAU of Espanola. Great grand_son of Albert and Mari BIDAL of Massey, Norman and Annette BERNETCHEZ of Sudbury, and Pauline GAUDREAU of McKerrow. Great great grand_son of Irene BALANCE of Sudbury.
Godson of Pamela MARTEL of Los Angeles, California and Jeff HEATON of Cambridge. Brayden will be also greatly missed by many uncles, aunts, cousins and family Friends. Visitation, followed directly by funeral service was held Saturday,
March 20, 2004 at Island Funeral Home. Burial in Whitefish Cemetery.

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MARTEL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-06-02 published
MARTEL, Tessie
--In memory of our dear mother Tessie who passed away June 4, 2003
In a quiet graveyard
Not very far away
Lies a mother and a friend
We lost one year ago today
We remember her smile
And her heart of gold
She was the dearest lady
The world could ever hold
Her memory is a keepsake
For which we'll never part
God has you in his keeping
But we hold you in our hearts.
Remembered by: Darlene and Bill, Don and Ruth

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MARTEL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-06-02 published
MARTEL, Tessie--In loving memory of Tessie who passed away June 4, 2003.
In tears I watch you sinking
I watched you fade away,
My heart was almost broken
You fought so hard to stay,
But when I saw you sleeping
So peacefully from pain
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again.
Loved and sadly missed, Donna and Frances

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MARTIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-04-28 published
Clara Ethel " Rhea" WARD
In loving memory of Clara Ethel "Rhea" WARD, unexpectedly at Mindemoya Hospital on Saturday, April 24, 2004, age 82 years. Beloved wife of Rex WARD. Loving mother of Elaine LEPAGE of Hanmer and Ross and Susan of Tehkummah. Cherished grandmother of Lisa LEPAGE, Shawn and wife Leah LEPAGE, Tanya and husband Mark RICCI, all of Hanmer, Justin WARD of Tehkummah. Special great grandmother of Kirsten, Raven, Trey, Hayden, and Tyrus. Will be missed by sisters Marjorie and husband Elgin MARTIN of Tehkummah, Gilda and husband Grant RUSSELL (both predeceased,) Jean SIBERRY (husband Ken predeceased) of Toronto, and sister-in-law Marguerite LITTLE (husband Allan, predeceased) of Little Current. Predeceased by John, Joyce, and Jean Ward. Forever remembered by many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Tuesday, April 27, 2004. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm Wednesday at Fairview United Church, Tehkummah. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery.

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MARTIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-09-01 published
Elva Irene CRESS
In loving memory of Elva Irene CRESS, a resident of Milton, who died at the Halton Health Care Services Hospital in Milton on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at the age of 87 years. She was born in Assiginack Township, daughter of the late David and Elizabeth (MARTIN) SIM. She was a member of the Providence Bay United Church. Elva had many interests including knitting and crocheting, playing cards and bingo. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and shopping. Elva will be missed, but many memories will be cherished by all who knew her. Elva is predeceased by her husband Paul CRESS. Loving mother of Joan CAMPBELL (husband Keith,) David CRESS, Norman CRESS and Lola CHURCHILL (friend Gerry DUGUAY) all of Milton. Fondly remembered by grandchildren Michael, Kim, Darrell, Michelle, Amanda, Kelly and Jennifer and 8 great grandchildren. Sadly missed by caregiver Shella EZEARD. Predeceased by sisters and brothers Bruce, Percy, Earl, Norman, David, Eef, Sid, Clarence, Lola THOMAS, Viola SPENCE, Lizzy and Lillian. Visitation was held at the Providence Bay United Church on Sunday, August 22. The funeral service was conducted at the Providence Bay United Church on Monday, August 23, 2004 with Mr. Erwin Thompson officiating. Interment followed at the Providence Bay Cemetery.

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MARTIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-09-15 published
Loretta Eva Mae Melvina PYETTE
In loving memory of Loretta Eva Mae Melvina PYETTE who died at Mindemoya Hospital on Friday, September 10, 2004 in her 69th year.
Loving wife of Eugene PYETTE of Tehkummah, cherished mother of Graham and Darlene of Spring Bay, Williard and wife Diana of Tehkummah, Marion and husband Blair THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Manitowaning, Penny and husband Michael MATTHEWS of Goulais River, Frances and husband Earl MARTIN of Tehkummah, Roger and wife Lorraine of Sudbury, Theresa GIBSON of Ottawa. Will be greatly missed by sixteen grandchildren, special great grandmother of three. Predeceased by parents Phil and Jessie COULTIS. Remembered by sisters Lureen (husband Arden predeceased) BAILEY of Sudbury, Georgina and husband Jim MacKENZIE of Little Current and brothers Leland) wife Gladys COULTIS of Copper Cliff, George (predeceased) wife Nancy COULTIS of Wahnapitae. A grave side service was held at 3 pm on Monday, September 13, 2004 at the Hilly Grove Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

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MARTIN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-12-22 published
Donna Irene (née BRYANT) BLUE
In loving memory of Donna Irene (née BRYANT) BLUE, 66 years who passed away Saturday evening, December 18th, 2004 at the Sudbury Regional Hospital - Laurentian Site.
Beloved wife of Donald BLUE, predeceased 1993. Loving mother of Christine GAUTHIER (husband Bob) and Michael BLUE (special friend April and daughter Angelica) both of Sudbury and Kevin BLUE, predeceased 1994. Cherished grandmother of Curtis PROSSER. Dear daughter of Irene MARTIN and Ernest BRYANT both predeceased. Dear stepdaughter of Clarence MARTIN, predeceased. Dear sister of Raymond BRYANT, predeceased (wife Loverne of Saint Catherines) and Lyle BRYANT, predeceased. Dear stepsister of Wayne MARTIN (wife Pauline) and Girda SMELTZER, both of Tehkummah, Maxine BAXTER of Manitowaning and Floyd MARTIN of Toronto. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch St. Sudbury. Funeral Service in the R. J. Barnard Chapel, Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004 at 10 am. Cremation at the Parklawn Crematorium. Friends called 7 - 9 pm Tuesday and after 9 am Wednesday.

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MARYCH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-10-20 published
MARYCH, Edward
--In loving memory of Edward MARYCH who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at the Manitoulin Health Centre, age 66 years.
Fondly known on the Manitoulin as “Eddie the Pilot”
He was a bush pilot here in the north in his early years
And then flew for Air Canada for 28 years.
Retiring to enjoy the family cottage in Sheguiandah,
Planning to make it home, thus moving from Holland Landing.
This month comes with sad regret,
It brings back a day we will not forget.
You left us all without a goodbye,
But memories of you will never die.
Though tears in our eyes do not glisten
And our face is not always sad
There’s never a night or morning
But we think of the husband, father, grandfather we had.
We miss you more than anyone knows
As each day passes the emptiness grows
The tears we shed we can wipe away
But the ache in our hearts will always stay.
Lovingly remembered by Deanna, sons, daughters-in-law and grand_sons.

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