BALLAGH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-29 published
EAGLESON, Diane Louise
It is with sadness the family of Diane Louise EAGLESON announce her passing on April 27, 2005, at the Palliative Care Unit, Parkwood Hospital. Born July 14, 1952, she was a devoted daughter of Marguerite (TWEDDLE) EAGLESON and the late Ralph EAGLESON (1982.) Loving sister of Marion (Ken) LAROQUE and Douglas (Sue) EAGLESON. Proud aunt of Sheila and Owen LAROQUE, Jean, Tim and Emma EAGLESON. Fondly remembered by many loyal, caring Friends. Diane received her B.Sc. Pharmacy Degree in 1975 and her M.B.A. in 1985 and she worked in several area pharmacies. She retired in 2002 to begin her final journey which was an inspiration to all. Resting at the T. Stephenson and son Funeral Home, Ailsa Craig where the Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 30th, at 2 p.m. with Reverend Kate BALLAGH- STEEPER officiating. Interment Nairn Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit in care of Parkwood Hospital Foundation. A tree will be planted in memory of Diane EAGLESON.

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BALLAGH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-25 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Gordon Charlton
Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, October 24, 2005, Gordon Charlton STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Ailsa Craig, Ontario, in his 91st year. Beloved husband and best friend for 64 years of Anne Margaret (McCALLUM) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Dear father of Ted and Diana STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Sarnia and the late Evelyn STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (1997) and Catherine MONTGOMERY of London and the late Dr. Jack MONTGOMERY (1971.) Beloved son of the late Donald N. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Alice May Charlton) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Dear grandfather of Jim and Tawny STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Kathy-Joh and Ryan HAZZARD. Dear great-grandfather of Eve ESTELLE and Audrey Charlton STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and Fynn Louise HAZZARD. Also survived by sister-in-law Margaret (Peg) McCALLUM. Predeceased by brothers-in-law Grant, William and John McCALLUM. Resting at the T. Stephenson and son Funeral Home, Ailsa Craig where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Kate BALLAGH- STEEPER officiating. Interment Nairn Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Donations to the Memorial Fund at Ailsa Craig Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2, Ailsa Craig, Ontario, N0M 1A0, Presbyterian World Service and Development, 50 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, Ontario, M3C 1J7 or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Mr. Gordon C. STEWARD/STEWART/STUART.

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BALLAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-11 published
STEPHENSON, Robert " Bob" Earl
At Woodstock General Hospital on Monday, May 9, 2005. Robert "Bob" Earl STEPHENSON of Canterbury Street and formerly of Curries in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Nellie (WARKENTIN) and the late Dorothy STEPHENSON (née LIVESEY) (1999.) Dear father and grandfather of Jim and his wife Ruth and their children Nancy (Nathan) and David (Michelle); Tom and his wife Kathy and their children Julie (Jeff), Jane (Christopher) and Jill, all of Curries. Jean and her husband John LUCENTE and their children Michael, Virginia, Christina and Paul of St. Catherines; Bill and his wife Mollyann and their children Sarah and Bryce of Tillsonburg and father-in-law of Brenda STEPHENSON and her husband Peter BALLAM and her children Katie, Ryan and Brent of Belmont. Dear step-father of Linda and Dave HEATHER, Lorna and Dana SHIELDS, Clarence and Sandra ASPDEN and their families. Predeceased by his son Mark (1991) and a brother Dean STEPHENSON (2003.) Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (539-0004), Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Curries United Church on Thursday at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Heather WEAVER- OROSZ officiating. Interment Pleasantview Cemetery, Curries. Contributions to Curries United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. A Masonic Lodge service will be held Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m. at the funeral home under auspices Blenheim Lodge #108. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BALLANGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-21 published
GREAVES, Mary Eleanor (née WALSH)
Passed away on December 19, 2005 at Upper Canada Lodge, Niagara-on-the-Lake in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Winston GREAVES. Fondly remembered by her children Marnie TAILOR/TAYLOR, Nancy BALLANGER (Don) and Roy GREAVES, all of Toronto and Jane GREAVES of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Dear grandmother of Amy Rebecca TAILOR/TAYLOR, and Brett and Rosalind BALLANGER. Survived by her brothers Jim WALSH, Jerry WALSH (Marie) and Rod WALSH (Charlotte) and sister-in-law Miriam GREAVES and many nieces and nephews. Mary operated a fruit farm with her husband in Niagara-on-the-Lake for many years and was a member of Grace United Church. Mary is at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes, 415 Regent Street where her family will receive Friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday afternoon at 1: 30 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment to follow at Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Grace United Church. Online guest register at www.morganfuneral.com

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BALLANTINE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-30 published
CROUCH, Dorothy
Peacefully at Versa Care Nursing Home on April 28, 2005, Mrs. Dorothy CROUCH in her 80th year. Beloved wife of 48 years to Arthur CROUCH. Will be sadly missed by her sister Helen FIFE, and brothers-in-law Charles and Leonard CROUCH. Loving aunt of Michael FIFE, Jackie WILLIAMS (Jim), Joan DUNCAN, David SWALLOWELL, Patricia MITCHELL, Betty McLEOD, Diane SWALLOWELL, Fred CROUCH, Richard CROUCH, Lynne NICKLE and Ronald CROUCH. Great aunt to Brian, Pam, Steven, Sharon, Andrew, Grant and Keith, and great great aunt to Alex, Micheala and Megan. Predeceased by her parents Floyd CLAUS and Gladys BALLANTINE, brothers-in-law Jack FIFE and Herbert CROUCH and sisters-in-law Winnifred HAMMOND and Ethel SWALLOWELL. Dorothy worked as a telephone operator in the towns of Sheddon and Talbotville. She was a member of the Mount Zion United Church of London and had been a member of the Eastern Star. Memorial Service will be conducted in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street) on Monday May 2, 2005 at 3 pm, where the visitation will be held 1 hour prior. Donations may be made to the Arthritis Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BALLANTYN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-23 published
James COWAN, Army Officer 1928-2005
As a raw lieutenant, he took command in the middle of a battle in the Korean War and was recommended for the Military Cross
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, March 23, 2005, Page S9
Ottawa -- Jim COWAN achieved a rare distinction for an inexperienced 22-year-old army officer when he took command of his infantry company in the middle of a battle. On May 30, 1951, he was a lieutenant with the Second Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, commanding a platoon of 35 infantrymen during their first major action in the Korean War when his company commander was wounded.
Mr. COWAN's seniority got him the job, said John WOODS of Ottawa, one of two other platoon commanders during the battle of Kakhul-Bong almost 54 years ago. "John STRICKLAND of 9 Platoon had lost three-quarters of his platoon in the first five minutes of the attack. [My platoon] came up and took over his position, so Jimmy and I fought side by side up the hill."
Suddenly, word came that their commander, Major Harry BOATES, had been hit by a Chinese mortar bomb. Mr. COWAN sprinted breathlessly over to Mr. WOODS. " What date was your commission?" he asked.
Even in the middle of a battle, it was important for officers to observe certain professional niceties. "Feb. 16, 1948," Mr. WOODS replied.
"That gave him three months seniority over me, [which] entitled him to take over the company."
They discussed what to do next. "We thought about making a full bayonet charge with both platoons, but we decided... it would have been suicidal."
The Second Battalion, which had formed at Camp Petawawa, Ontario, less than a month after North Korea invaded South Korea on July 25, 1950, had trained at Fort Lewis, Washington., before shipping out on May 4, 1951. Placed under the command of the 25th U.S. Division, it had been advancing north of Seoul when it was ordered to capture the heavily fortified 500-metre summit of Kakhul-Bong and the village of Chail-li beyond it.
D Company, including Mr. COWAN and his men of 10 Platoon, had been told to take the main objective -- the twin peaks of Kakhul-Bong. At 6: 30 a.m., Major BOATES sent his three platoons leapfrogging forward until they were pinned down by Chinese machine-gun fire. A driving rainstorm that started at 7 a.m. didn't help matters. Not long after, Major BOATES was wounded and Mr. COWAN took over the attack.
"Jimmy was very cool and very professional," said Mr. WOODS, who remained a lifelong friend. "The way he accepted the responsibility of taking command was very impressive."
A handful of men advanced to within six metres of the summit of Kakhul-Bong, only to be stopped by heavy fire. "Victory was so near -- yet so far. Below, the Chinese could be seen concentrating in substantial numbers for a counterattack," wrote G.R. Stevens in The Royal Canadian Regiment, Volume Two, 1933-66.
"Determined to deny them access to the Chorwon Plains -- to which Kakhul was virtually the key -- the enemy opened up with mortar and artillery fire. In pelting rain and with no high ground for observation, it was obvious he was firing from guns which had been previously dug in and ranged," wrote correspondent Bill BOSS of The Canadian Press. For three hours, both Mr. COWAN and Mr. WOODS deployed their platoons "in a bombardment not seen by this correspondent since... the Second World War."
Mr. COWAN radioed battalion headquarters that his right flank was entirely exposed, reported that 3,000 Chinese soldiers in the valley below were preparing a counterattack and said he had only 70 men left. Brigadier-General John ROCKINGHAM, commander of 25 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, ordered him to disengage.
Second Battalion had suffered six dead and 25 wounded. Both Mr. COWAN and Mr. WOODS were recommended for the Military Cross. Years later, Mr. COWAN, who had been wounded that day, said that "becoming a company commander while under fire is an experience no young man ever forgets."
The son of a Toronto police officer, Mr. COWAN joined the cadet corps of the 48th Highlanders of Canada at 13. He was commissioned into the regiment seven years later before volunteering for the regular army in 1950. After the Korean War, he followed the conventional career path of thousands of officers, including battalion and staff postings in Canada and Europe.
In 1953, he enjoyed an unusual job for an army officer when he cruised the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pacific as ground-liaison officer aboard the aircraft carrier H.M.C.S. Magnificent. While in Halifax aboard Magnificent, he met a navy nurse named Betty-June BALLANTYN and they became sweethearts. Then, after spending a number of years in Vietnam and Laos as part of the International Truce Commission, Mr. COWAN returned home in 1957 and they married.
The next 13 years saw Mr. COWAN and his family assigned to postings around the world, including stops in India, Germany and the United States. He commanded his original unit, the Second Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, in Soest, West Germany, from 1968 to 1970. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1982 as a brigadier-general. He later spent seven years as Chief Executive Officer and priory secretary of Saint John Ambulance.
Brigadier-General James Albert COWAN was born on September 30, 1928, in Toronto. He died of lung cancer on January 1, 2005, in North Bay, Ontario He was 76. He is survived by his wife, Betty-June, sons Ian and Scott and brother Bill.
He was predeceased by his brother Dave and his sister Jean.
He will be interred with full military honours in Ottawa's National Military Cemetery in May.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-03 published
GARNISS, William Alan
William Alan passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2005 in Guelph, Ontario at 92 years of age. Alan was the beloved husband of Dorothy (neé KERR) GARNISS for 65 years. He was the dear father of Gail and her husband Don RANSON of Guelph. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Jennifer and her fiance Jeremy LENK of Toronto, Jeffrey of London, by his sister-in-law Hazel GARNISS of Hamilton and by many nieces and nephews. Al was predeceased by his siblings Glen GARNISS, Helen Scott HOLLAND and Margaret BALLANTYNE. Al was raised in Bluevale, Ontario, then made his home in London for 62 years. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway where he made many good Friends and later enjoyed three decades of retirement. He will be remembered, respected and admired by family and Friends for his generosity, kindness, courage and gentleness. Resting at Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph where the family will receive Friends on Tuesday, January 4th, 2005 from 1: 30 -2:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the chapel at 2: 30 p.m. Private interment Wingham Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to Red Cross, Southeast Asia Relief would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home or email info@gilbertmacintyreandson.com)

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-05 published
BLAIR, Elva (née BALLANTYNE)
At Strathmere Lodge Strathroy on Friday February 4th, 2005 Elva BLAIR (BALLANTYNE) formerly of Caradoc Twp. in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the Late William BLAIR (1987.) Dear mother of Helen and Evan MILLS of Mt. Brdyges and Donald and Carolyn BLAIR of Florida; also loved by grandchildren Mary-Lou GOUGH, London, Lynn DENNING, Mt. Brydges, Bonnie PAQUETTE, Sudbury and Elizabeth FORMAN of Kerwood. Also she will be missed by 6 great-grandchildren. Elva is survived by her brother Louis BALLANTYNE of Strathroy and nieces and nephews and predeceased by many brothers and sisters and her parents George and Ethel (PHILLIPS) BALLANTYNE. Visitation at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Sunday, February 6 from 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Monday February 7 at 11 a.m. with Thelma PERRY and Reverend Charles SEED officiating. Interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Elva.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-06 published
BLAIR, Elva (BALLANTYNE)
At Strathmere Lodge Strathroy on Friday February 4th, 2005 Elva BLAIR (BALLANTYNE) formerly of Caradoc Twp. in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the Late William BLAIR (1987.) Dear mother of Helen and Evan MILLS of Mt. Brdyges and Donald and Carolyn BLAIR of Florida; also loved by grandchildren Mary-Lou GOUGH, London, Lynn DENNING, Mt. Brydges, Bonnie PAQUETTE, Sudbury and Elizabeth FORMAN of Kerwood. Also she will be missed by 6 great-grandchildren. Elva is survived by her brother Louis BALLANTYNE of Strathroy and nieces and nephews and predeceased by many brothers and sisters and her parents George and Ethel (PHILLIPS) BALLANTYNE. Visitation at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Sunday, February 6 from 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Monday February 7 at 11 a.m. with Thelma PERRY and Reverend Charles SEED officiating. Interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Elva.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-31 published
TILBURG, Katie (formerly HAMILTON, née STRATYCHUK)
Peacefully at Spruce Lodge, Stratford, on Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, Katie (STRATYCHUK) (HAMILTON) TILBURG of Stratford and formerly of London. Beloved wife of Peter TILBURG. Dear mother of William HAMILTON and his wife Donna of South Mountain, Joyce WAKEM and her husband Jack of Saint Marys, Joan McLEAN and her husband John of London and Barbara DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and her husband Fred of Milton. Dear sister of William STRATYCHUK and his wife Florence of Listowel, Nellie LITOWSKI of Mississauga and predeceased by her 4 sisters Albina GULUZEN, Mary MATICHUK, Lena CARDIFF and Anne BALLANTYNE. Also loved by her 11 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received 1 hour prior to the funeral service being conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, (433-5184) on Friday, April 1st at 1 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to Teen Challenge Farm, P.O. Box 777, London, N6P 1R6. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-04 published
KEAST, Ellen Marie (MANARY)
Mrs. Ellen Marie (MANARY) of Saint Thomas, on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 peacefully at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late George KEAST, and dear mother of the late Jack DIELEMAN and the late Jeanette DEES. Dear grandmother of Karen HAMILTON of Surrey, British Columbia, Craig DEES of Port Stanley, Jacqueline CADORETTE of Guelph and Lynn WALL of Aylmer. Also survived by 7 greatgrandchildren. Dear sister of Doris STALEY of Langton, and Jack and his wife June MANARY of Tillsonburg. Predeceased by a brother Mack MANARY. Also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Lovingly remembered by dear Friends Pat and her husband Paul BALLANTYNE and their children Krista, Jordan and Jeremy. Marie was born August 11, 1916 in Middleton Township the daughter of the late Harry and Nora MANARY. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Friday 7-9 p.m. Donations may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin Y.M.C.A. Childrens Programs or the charity of choice.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-09 published
PICKARD, Lawrence Douglas " Pat"
79, of London and formerly of Mitchell passed away with his family by his side at Victoria Hospital, London on Thursday, December 8, 2005. Beloved husband for 55 years of Beryl (ANDERSON) PICKARD. Dear father of Charlie PICKARD and wife Jackie of Hanover, Jane PICKARD of London, Jo-Anne BALLANTYNE and husband Bill of Kincardine and Tom PICKARD and wife Tina of Whitecourt, Alberta; loving grandfather of Matthew (Seanna) PICKARD, Sara PICKARD, Scott BALLANTYNE, Karen BALLANTYNE, Patrick PICKARD, Kelly PICKARD and Haley PICKARD; very proud great grandfather of Madison PICKARD dear brother of Jack PICKARD and wife Ruth of Fort Myers, Florida and Mary BROWN and husband Pat of London; dear brother-in-law of Marg PICKARD of Somerset, Pennsylvania. Also surviving are a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents William and Donna (MELICK) PICKARD, son Bill PICKARD (1992,) brother Bill PICKARD (1999.) Friends will be received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, 109 Montreal Street, Mitchell on Friday 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend David WILLIAMSON officiating. Spring interment in Woodland Cemetery, Mitchell. Memorial donations to Victoria Hospital's Cardiac Fitness Institute or charity of one's choice would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.lockhartfuneralhome.com.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-02-08 published
BLAIR, Elva (née BALLANTYNE)
At Strathmere Lodge, Strathroy, on Friday, February 4, 2005, Elva BLAIR (BALLANTYNE) formerly of Caradoc Township, in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late William BLAIR (1987.) Dear mother of Helen and Evan MILLS of Mt. Brydges and Donald and Carolyn BLAIR of Florida. Also loved by grandchildren Mary-Lou GOUGH, London; Lynn DENNING, Mt. Brydges; Bonnie PAQUETTE, Sudbury and Elizabeth FORMAN of Kerwood. Also she will be missed by 6 great-grandchildren. Elva is survived by her brother Louis BALLANTYNE of Strathroy, and nieces and nephews and predeceased by several brothers and sisters and her parents George and Ethel (PHILLIPS) BALLANTYNE. Visitation was at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, on Sunday, February 6 from 7-9 p.m. where funeral service was held on Monday at 11 a.m. with Thelma PERRY and Reverend Charles SEED officiating. Interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Elva.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-04 published
COWAN, Brigadier-General (Retired) James A., O.St.J., C.D. Brigadier-General (Retired) James A. COWAN passed away on January 1, 2005 at age 76 after a battle with Lung Cancer. He fought with the same courage and determination that took him so far in life. From humble beginnings as the son of a Toronto Policeman, he grew up during the Depression. At age 13, he started his military career as a Cadet with the 48th Highlanders of Canada in Toronto. On reaching age 18, he became a commissioned officer in the 48th Highlanders and volunteered for the Korean War. He served courageously in combat with the Royal Canadian Regiment of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade from 1950-52. Wounded in action by a grenade, the remaining mobile metal fragments in his leg were a source of continuing amusement for his children. After the Korean War in 1953, he was assigned to Canada's last aircraft carrier, H.M.C.S. Magnificent, and saw service in the North Atlantic, Middle East, Panama and Pacific areas. In 1954-56, Jim returned to South-East Asia for peacekeeping duties with the International Truce Commission (Indo-China), serving in Vietnam and Laos. On return to Canada in 1957, he married Betty-June BALLANTYNE, a Nursing Sister in the Canadian Navy and graduate from the first class of degree Registered Nurses at the University of Toronto. His 39 year military career took him and the family around the world including India, Germany, England, the United States and rarely back to Canada. As a Lieutenant-Colonel, he commanded his beloved 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Soest, West Germany from 1968-70. He rose to the rank of Brigadier-General and completed his military career as Director General Reserves and Cadets in 1982 at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. On retirement, he became Chief Executive Officer and Priory Secretary of Saint John Ambulance (Canada). He was made Commander, Order of Saint John by the Governor General in 1986. He retired again in 1988, wintering in St. Petersburg, Florida and the summers in Manotick, south of Ottawa. He was an active Rotarian for 30 years. His final battle with cancer started two years ago, eventually necessitating a move to North Bay for family support. Through chemotherapy, radiation and multiple complications he was stoic and unrelenting in his determination to win and survive. 'General Jim' is survived by his wife Betty-June and sons Ian (Judy) of North Bay and Scott (Denise) of Miramichi, New Brunswick. Loved by five grandchildren - Christopher, Samantha, Matthew, Travis and Annie. The family would like to thank the staff at Empire Living Centre, his home for the last year. Through difficult times, they were unrelenting in their kindness and compassion. The care of Dr. Joel CARTER and the North Bay General Hospital (Emergency, Critical Care Unit, 3W and 4W Scollard), was second to none. He was lovingly cared for in his final days by the Nurses and staff on 3 East McLaren. A private family service is planned. A Military Ceremony and interment at Beechwood National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces in Ottawa is scheduled for the Summer 2005. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. John's Ambulance of Canada would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the McGuinty Funeral Home, 591 Cassells Street, North Bay, Ontario P1B 3Z8 (705) 472-8520. Sign guestbook/ condolences/donations www.mcguintyfuneralhome.com

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-13 published
PRATTIS, Gwendolyn Claire
Passed away peacefully January 11th, 2005 at home in Ottawa at the age of 85. Beloved daughter of the late Edwin and Edith PRATTIS, cousin to Ted and Jean DUNN of Grand Bend, Ontario, Dorothy BALLANTYNE of Toronto, Ontario, Eileen HURST of Lakefield, Ontario and Friends Dorothy GREENE and Margaret CHRISTENSEN. Gwen's Friends will remember her quick wit and warm smile, as well as her bravery and determination. Gwen will be remembered at a Memorial Service to be held Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. in the Chapel at Rideau Place, 550 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa, Ontario. In Gwen's memory, donations may be made to the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus Dialysis Unit or the charity of one's choice. Special thanks to Carol TELIK, Margo PILLON and Helen VANCE for their Friendship and dedication. Condolences/donations/tributes at www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-12 published
TOMPKINS, Stanley Joseph
At RidgeMeadows Hospital, British Columbia on Saturday, February 5, 2005. Stanley, beloved husband of the late Madeleine TOMPKINS (née SAVARD.) Loving father of Bob and his late wife Mary, Paul and his wife Joanne, Len and his wife Barbara, Denise, and Terry and her husband Stuart BALLANTYNE. Proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church, 1300 Leslie Street (south of Lawrence Ave. E.) on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saint Bonaventure Building Fund would be appreciated.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-21 published
WILSON, Janet " Helen" (née BALLANTYNE)
Born July 26, 1923 in Toronto, Ontario, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2005. Predeceased by her loving husband Norm, in 1973. She will be loved forever and sadly missed by her 5 children, Ken, David, Don, Jamie, and Janet and 10 grandchildren. Many thanks to the staff at Delta Extended Care Hospital in Ladner, British Columbia for providing Helen with such loving care in the final days of her life. She will be remembered by all as a kind, generous and warm person. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Helen to the Parkinson or Alzheimer Societies. A Memorial Service, to celebrate her life, will be held at the South Baptist Church in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, at 2: 30 p.m., on Sunday, February 27, 2005.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-01 published
BALLANTYNE, Wilma (née HOLMES)
Passed away in her 95th year on February 9, 2005. Wilma was born in Toronto, attended Huron Street School and Harbord Collegiate. She worked at Confederation Life until 1938 when her beau persuaded her to marry and move to Smokey Falls, a remote townsite in Northern Ontario. They moved to Kapuskasing in 1949 where Wilma became an active volunteer in the community and combined this with homemaking, hobbies and as part of a family project, helping to build the family cottage. She was a 50-year member of the Jewel Chapter No. 180 of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as an officer in the Provincial Grand Chapter during the 1970's. Wilma is predeceased by her husband Rip and her sister Kathleen HOLMES. She is survived by daughters Elizabeth KAUFFMANN of Kingston, Patricia BALLANTYNE of London, brother Allan HOLMES (Edythe) of Toronto and grandchildren Julie, Otto and Donroy.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-29 published
BALLANTYNE, Robert H.
Peacefully at Bancroft, Ontario after a battle with cancer, which he did with fight and determination, his way. Dear brother of Linda (Anthony.) Beloved uncle of Lindsay and Victoria ANGELOW. Loving nephew and cousin to many in Ontario and Scotland. Fondly remembered by childhood Friends in Delaware, also Bancroft, Toronto and Cuba. Lastly his cat Marie, his constant companion. Friends are welcome to share in memories and celebration of Robert's life at the Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravencliffe Rd., Huntsville on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-30 published
JARVIS, Robert John
At Quinte Healthcare Belleville General on Thursday April 28, 2005. "Bob" JARVIS, Leading Aircraftman Royal Canadian Air Force, of Marmora formerly of Oshawa, in his 68th year. Husband of Doreen (Fick). Father of Robert, Alberta.; Richard, Toronto; Chris, Alta; Denise, Alberta. Step father of Ted, Oshawa; Wayne, Oshawa Kim, Ajax; Tammy, Oshawa. Brother of Gary, Ennismore; Gloria HOWES, Havelock; Shirley NEVILLES, Ennismore; Linda STUCKLESS, Scarborough; Debbie BALLANTYNE, Toronto; Joey BENNET, British Columbia; and the late Tessa ADAM/ADAMS. Loved by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family will receive Friends at the McConnell Funeral Home, Marmora from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Marmora Monday May 2, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-22 published
CIANCIOLO, Janina " Jenny" Marianne
Peacefully, on September 25, 2005 at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga Site, after a brief and valiant struggle with cancer. Jenny, wife of the late Frank Anthony, loving mother of Virginia, Frank (Alison,) Leo (Candice,) Judy (Keith BALLANTYNE) and Anita (Chris DRAPER.) Cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren. Janina is interred at Saint Mary's Cemetery. In memory, donations to the Trillium Health Foundation or the Hospice of Peel Inc. would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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BALLANTYNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-05 published
BALLANTYNE, Willis
Died peacefully on Friday, October 28, 2005 in his 92nd year. Willis has joined his loving Ena in eternity. He is predeceased by daughter Janet, and survived by devoted sons Bill and Doug. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and their extended families, and by his caregivers at the WestBury. Willis was a long-time employee of Swifts Canada, and an active member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church and the Islington Kiwanis. We will miss his caring words, warm smile and generous spirit. A private family committal has taken place, and a memorial service of thanksgiving for Willis' life will be held at a later date.

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BALLARD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-10 published
GAMBLE, Bertram John
Age 76, of Jonesboro, Georgia died Monday February 7, 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian N. GAMBLE. He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Kathy and Bill GORYCA, Laurie and Mark HATALLA, Lisa and Ed RICE; sons, Brian GAMBLE, Bruce GAMBLE and his fiance Becky TYSON. 7 grandchildren; Gaitlyn and James GORYCA, Whitney and Erin PERRY, Jared RICE, David and Daniel HATALLA, and Shelby GAMBLE; brother, James GAMBLE, sisters Isabell DRESSLER, Lois BALLARD, Ouida HAMMOND, Frances QUIRIE. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Mr. GAMBLE served in the Canadian Navy from 1944-1946, in the Canadian Army from 1951-1954, and during the Korean Conflict with the Canadian Army. Mr. GAMBLE was a member of the Korean Veterans Association. Donations can be made to The American Cancer Society. The family will receive Friends for visitation on Friday, February 11 from 4-8pm at Pope Dickson and son Funeral Home-Jonesboro Chapel. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 2: 00pm at the Jonesboro Chapel with Reverend John Elliott officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro City Cemetery. Pope Dickson and son Funeral Directors-770-478-7211, www.popedickson.com

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BALLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-25 published
DURSO, Marion Grace (née BALLARD)
Marion died peacefully in California on February 20th, 2005 in her 88th year. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Durso and dearest daughter of Benjamin and Evelin Ballard. Predeceased by her brother Benjamin and sisters Catherine (Moran) and Margaret. Lovingly remembered Aunt of Sandra, Peter Martha, Barbara, D'Arcy, Paula, Elizabeth, Michael and many grandnieces and nephews. Marion was an elegant gracious lady who loved life. Her wonderful laughter will always ring in our ears and be in our hearts. A mass of Christian Burial will take place in Chula Vista, California and internment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Toronto.
"May flights of angels lead you into Paradise"

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BALLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-26 published
GREEN, Marvin Wilkins (June 25, 1930-October 24, 2005)
A shining star is extinguished. Marvin died after a brief illness. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Devon Louise (nee WRIGHT,) and his son Douglas. He leaves his daughter Audrey and her husband Chris BALLARD: son John and his wife Shannon. Marvin adored his grandchildren: Emily, Sean, Michelle, Jennifer and Joshua. Marvin also leaves his sisters Arley MOLLOY and Joan ACHESON, and is predeceased by his parents Grace and Wilkins GREEN and brother Doug. An active outdoorsman and nature enthusiast, Marvin loved his cottage on Bella Lake. He devoted many years to the Boy Scouts of Canada and the boys of the 22nd Humber West troupe. Marvin was a graduate of the University of Toronto Chemical Engineering program (5T3). He completed his Masters of Commerce degree before following his true calling as a high school teacher with the Toronto and North York Boards of Education. Marvin was a friend and mentor to many and was always available to lend a hand. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. We love you Dad.
Memorial donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.ca) or to the charity of your choice. Friends may call at Turner & Porter, Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 1 p.m. A Private Committal Service will take place.

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BALLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-07 published
PETELKO, Leon
Passed away at home in the evening of March 3, 2005 in the company of his daughter, after a 3 year struggle with lung cancer. Born April 4, 1941 in Winnipeg and predeceased by his parents Paul and Minnie PETELKO and brother Robert. Leon had been passionate and dedicated to his careers as a singer, corporate sales manager and in his last 20 years, a landscaper. He loved nature, the outdoors and his siberian huskies, Shasta and Junior. Leon will be greatly missed by his daughter Laura Jane and his family Sarah PETELKO, Margaret, Jim, Harry and Wesley PASCOE, Amelia KEIST, Adeline, Clevis and Simon BALLARD, Michca, Louie, Zoe and Ronan FORTIN, and Jonathan HALL. He was also loved by his many dear Friends in Winnipeg and Toronto. A Memorial will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Conservatory at noon on Friday, March 18, 2005.

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BALLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-03 published
FLUDE, Sandra Amilia Marie (née BICE)
Peacefully, at the Toronto East General Hospital, with her family by her side, on October 2, 2005, in her 65th year. Sandra, beloved wife of 41 years to Bill. Much loved mother and special friend of David, and Shannon (Stuart) DEMPSTER. Cherished grandmother of Scott, Courtney and Sherri. Sadly missed sister of Stanley (Marie) BICE, Gary (Joanne) BICE, Marilyn (Frank) McMENAMIE, Nancy CUNNINGHAM, Ken (Lynette) BICE and predeceased by sisters Mary GAW and Doris WEST and brothers Robert and Charles BICE. Loving daughter of the late Doris BALLARD and her husband George BALLARD and Robert BICE. She will be lovingly remembered by her extended family and many Friends. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Ave.) Toronto (416-698-2861) on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service to be held on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Sandra may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BALLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-26 published
GREEN, Marvin Wilkins (June 25, 1930-October 24, 2005)
A shining star is extinguished. Marvin died after a brief illness. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Devon Louise (nee WRIGHT,) and his son Douglas. He leaves his daughter Audrey and her husband Chris BALLARD; son John and his wife Shannon. Marvin adored his grandchildren: Emily, Sean, Michelle, Jennifer and Joshua. Marvin also leaves his sisters Arley MOLLOY and Joan ACHESON, and is predeceased by his parents Grace and Wilkins GREEN and brother Doug. An active outdoorsman and nature enthusiast, Marvin loved his cottage on Bella Lake. He devoted many years to the Boy Scouts of Canada and the boys of the 22nd Humber West troupe. Marvin was a graduate of the University of Toronto Chemical Engineering program (5T3). He completed his Masters of Commerce degree before following his true calling as a high school teacher with the Toronto and North York Boards of Education. Marvin was a friend and mentor to many and was always available to lend a hand. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. We love you Dad. Memorial donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.ca) or to the charity of your choice. Friends may call at Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 1 p.m. A Private Committal Service will take place.

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BALLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-27 published
BALLARD, Ellen Elder

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BALLARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-12 published
PETERBAUGH, Elizabeth Leila (née MUIRHEAD)
Peacefully, at her home in Port Bolster, with her family by her side, on Saturday, December 10, 2005, at the age of 74 years. Beth PETERBAUGH (née MUIRHEAD,) beloved wife of Al PETERBAUGH. Dear mother of Sandra BALLARD of Oakville, Glenda BENNETT and her husband Gary of Parry Sound, Wanda CANOLINI of Truro, Nova Scotia, and Brenda ROMEO and her husband Cosmo of Pickering. Predeceased by her son Alan. Loving Nana to Leila, Alanna, Phillip, Rebecca (Scott), Jennifer, Paul, Michael, Jeremie, Marybeth, Joey, and Andrea, and great Nana to Brianna and Tyler. Dear sister of Ruth DODSON of Uxbridge and Robert MUIRHEAD of Minden. Lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and Friends. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral Service in the Chapel Tuesday at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow.

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BALLAST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-12 published
VAN VLIET, George
Of Didsbury, Alberta, suddenly, on Monday, October 31, 2005 in his 61st year. Married to his loving and devoted wife of 37 years Wendy Lorraine VAN VLIET (née CARVER.) Loving father of Elizabeth "Lisa" VAN VLIET and Conrad PEREIRA of Ottawa and John and Rachelle VAN VLIET of Calgary. Cherished grandfather of Grace, John and Analise. Loved brother of Tena and Roger BOIVIN, Leo and Ann VAN VLIET, Nancy OWEN, Jorina and Phil McDOWELL and Janet VAN VLIET. Dear son-in-law of Beverley CARVER and brother-in-law of Sandy and Mike WENIGE, Ann and Peter TORNABUONO and Todd and Sherry CARVER. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews and by his Friends. Predeceased by his parents Leendert VAN VLIET and Johanna BALLAST, his brother Willem "Bill" VAN VLIET and his father-in-law Albert CARVER. Born in Maasland, the Netherlands, on October 13, 1945, George came to Canada in 1951 and settled in the Wainfleet area. He moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta in 1977 and worked at Syncrude for more than 25 years. Since his retirement, George enjoyed visiting with family and with old and new Friends, playing with his grandchildren, working on his many house projects and curling. The funeral service for George was held at Knox United Church in Didsbury on Thursday, November 3rd and internment followed in Didsbury Cemetery. The family greatly appreciates all the expressions of sympathy and support received. In George's memory, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E. Calgary, Alberta T2G 3Y6.

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BALLAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-17 published
WAJS, Walter " Wladyslaw"
On Sunday, May 15, 2005, surrounded by his loving family at Brampton Memorial Hospital. Predeceased by his loving wife Justyna (Jean) in 1998. Beloved father of Helen (Joe GAWLIK,) Michelle (Mike BALLAY), Monica (Andy BERZINS) and Teresa (Gary ROWNTREE). Loving grandfather of Anthony, Vicki, Alex, Denise, Stephanie, Krystine, Raymond and Darren, and great-grandfather of Emily and Madeline. Our beloved father who came to Canada from Poland in 1950 for a better life for his wife and children. For this we are very grateful. Retired from Metro Housing. You loved and looked after us until the end. You will always be remembered for your loving, gentle manner, beautiful smile, generosity and loving attitude. You will be greatly missed by all. We love you. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 10: 30 a.m. at Saint Annes Church. Interment Brampton Cemetery.

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BALLEM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-20 published
BALLEM, Jane Elizabeth (née WAINRIGHT)
At London Health Sciences Centre-University Hospital on Sunday, September 18, 2005, Jane Elizabeth BALLEM (née WAINRIGHT) of London in her 76th year. Beloved mother of Peter and his wife Cathy of Woodstock, Julia and Mark and his wife Karen all of London and their late father William Edgar BALLEM. Loving grandmother of Amy and her husband Eric LUYBEN, Ashley and her fiancé Mike VANCE, Jenna, Lindsay, Melissa and Zachary GAY, Eric and Jackson. Predeceased by her parents Leland and Ann, Aunt Madeline, step brother Fred, and step sisters Evelyn and Margaret. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Wednesday from 6: 00-9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Westview Baptist Church, 1000 Wonderland Road South, London. Reverend Jim McGEE officiating. Private family interment of ashes to follow in Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jane are asked to consider the Canadian Diabetes Association. To send condolences, contact us at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

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BALLEM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-03 published
DRURY, Janet (DOBELL) (1918-2005)
Mum died peacefully on Sunday, May 1st, 2005, at her home in Mansonville, Quebec with her 4 children and her much loved dog Bianca with her. Janet was the beloved wife of the late Chip DRURY, sister to Alfred DOBELL, and loving mother to Sally (McDOUGALL,) Chip, Penny (BALLEM,) Pansy (GAUDREAU,) and Reid. Her grandchildren Todd, John, Reid, Peter, Kate, Alexandra, Jack, Kyrke, Taylor, Kevin, and Baye were devoted to their Jaja and she was sorry not to have more time with her much awaited great-grandchildren Ben and Jane. Jaja was a force to be reckoned with and we all worked hard to keep up with her. She enjoyed many Friends, young and old, and was a tireless volunteer and a generous supporter of many different community organizations. She had a great run and we shall all miss her. In her last few weeks she received wonderful care from the palliative care team at the Mansonville centre local de services communautaires - their kindness was greatly appreciated by all of us.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6th at St. George's Anglican Church, 1101 Stanley, Montreal, Quebec with a reception to follow at the University Club of Montreal, 2047 Mansfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Monteregie, The Building Fund, (178 Chemin du Vide, St Angel de Monnoir, Quebec, J0L 1P0).

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