BASKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-06 published
MOIR, Ross F.
Ross F. MOIR of Saint Thomas, husband of the late Jessie (McCLUSKIE) MOIR (1997,) passed away at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 5, 2005, in his 85th year. Father of Ian MOIR of Saint Thomas, Sheena NICKERSON and her husband Ray of London, Ross Alexander “Sandy” MOIR and his wife Kelly LUFT, and Kim DOTZERT and her husband Rob, all of Saint Thomas. Grandfather of Tricia MOIR, Shona BASKIN, Craig and Grayson DOTZERT, and Jesse MOIR. Also survived by several in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Born in Saint Thomas, August 28, 1920, the son of the late James and Almeda (ROSS) MOIR. During the Second World War, he served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force Mr. MOIR was a retired secondary school teacher, having taught at St. Joseph's High School, Saint Thomas for a number of years. He attended Holy Angels' Roman Catholic Church, Saint Thomas. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A private funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday. Interment in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged.

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BASKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-11 published
Marjorie Shatz BASKIN
By David BASKIN, Tuesday, October 11, 2005, Page A20
Wife, mother, scientist, community activist. Born on January 5, 1927, in Denver. Died on April 26 in Hamilton of lung cancer, aged 78.
Everyone who knew Marjorie BASKIN remembers her for her passionate commitment to the many causes she championed in Hamilton, the city she lived in for more than 50 years.
Marjorie's father died when she was an infant in Denver. He was a lawyer, the son of a confirmed socialist and social reformer. In fact, his father was so committed to the cause that he named his three children Reason, Equity and Lucidity. Marjorie was a child of Reason and niece to Equity and Lucidity, in more ways than one, and it is hard to deny the impact that this had on her life.
Perhaps the most formative experience that Marj had was her college education. She went to a small liberal arts institution, Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The first president of Antioch was the social reformer Horace Mann, whose ideas and ideals inspired her for the rest of her life. She often repeated his injunction: "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." Marjorie lived by these words, and they shaped her legacy.
Upon graduation and newly married, Marjorie moved with her husband, Rabbi Bernard BASKIN, to Baton Rouge, La. Having grown up in Denver, a largely white and racially uniform city, Marjorie was appalled by the casual racism she saw in the segregated Louisiana of the late 1940s. This was the final formative experience that made her the woman she became.
Some of her main accomplishments include: being elected eight times to the Hamilton's public school board, where she served as chairwoman; serving as chairwoman of the Committee on Aging of the Hamilton district Social Planning and Research Council being a co-founder and the first president of Hamilton's transit system for the aged and disabled; being a board member of the Hamilton Children's Aid Society; serving for many years as a board member of St. Peter's Hospital geriatric centre; being a founder and organizer of the Hamilton schools board's elementary lunch program.
Her activities on behalf of the Jewish community included: a stint as chairwoman of the women's division of the Hamilton United Jewish Appeal; the organization of a women's study program that served all of Hamilton's congregations; and, in her earlier years, the organization of the Temple Anshe Sholom nursery school and youth group. In 1984, she was the Negev Dinner Honouree for her acts of public service.
Marjorie made more of her time than most of us. I recall once, when I was about 10 or 11, waking up in the morning and feeling unwell. I told my mother, who responded characteristically: "I don't have time to be sick, and neither do you." She was busy being a wife and mother of three -- Judith, Susan and myself and holding down a series of increasingly important jobs.
Starting as a research assistant in the department of metallurgy, she worked at McMaster University for 21 years as a scientist and researcher. By the time she was done, her name appeared on 15 published papers. When the McMaster Health Sciences Centre opened, Marjorie moved there and spent many happy years in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics. Later she became director of public affairs for the faculty of health sciences, and was serving in that role when she retired.
A dull recitation of what Marjorie BASKIN did with her life loses the flavour of the person in the telling. She was funny and fiery she was political and passionate; she was lovely and loving.
A life-long smoker, Marjorie died of lung cancer.
David is Marjorie's son

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BASKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-27 published
BASKIN, Helen Grace (née DAVIDSON)
Peacefully, on Friday, February 25, 2005, at the age of 73. Loving wife of Donald Rodger. Mother of Susan (Dave HODGINS,) David, and Cathy (Keith McCAIG.) Grandmother of Sean (Amy,) Kevin (Jessica,) and Erin (Corey) McCAIG. Helen will he sadly missed by the members of Saint Mary's Sunday School. She was also actively involved in many community and political organizations. Friends may call at the Valley Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 115 Rivington Street, Carp, Ontario, on Monday, February 28, 2005 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service Tuesday at Saint Mary's Anglican Church, 6th Line, Dunrobin, at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in the spring at Saint Mary's Cemetery. For those who wish, a donation to St. Mary's Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. The family wish to thank the caring staff of the Ottawa Civic Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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BASKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-24 published
NORDLUND, Anne (née BULMER)
Peacefully on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at the Ina Grafton Nursing Home in her 95th year. Predeceased by her husband, Reverend Hilmer Edward NORDLUND (May 1965.) Fondly remembered by her children Keith (Florence), Brian (Eleanor) and Wayne (Lenore). Proud grandmother of Laurie, Michael, Stacey, David, Andrew, Colleen, Edward and Kari and great-grandmother to Delphina. Dear aunt to Karen BASKY and Sheila POWERS of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Friends may call at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street, (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Blythwood Road Baptist Church (Blythwood Road, east of Yonge Street) on Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment York Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Blythwood Road Baptist Church, 80 Blythwood Road, Toronto, M4N 1A4 or Canadian Baptist Ministries, 7185 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, L5N 5R4.

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BASLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-17 published
HOLLINGWORTH, The Honourable Allan Henry, Q.C., B.A., B.Comm., LLB
Justice HOLLINGWORTH died peacefully in Toronto on August 16th at the Toronto General Hospital. He was born and raised in Brockville, Ontario, graduated from Queen's University and saw service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war, he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1948. He practiced law with the Honourable R.J.H. STANBURY and The Honourable Robert STANBURY, and served one term as a Member of Parliament. He continued the practice of law and 22 years later was appointed a county court Judge in 1972. In 1977 he was transferred to the Supreme Court of Ontario until his retirement in 1997. He leaves a devoted family, his wife Veronica and two daughters, Michelle and husband Curtis BASLER of Calgary and Roxanne HOLLINGWORTH of Toronto. Cremation - Private. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of the West Wing Cardiac Unit of the Toronto General Hospital for its extraordinary kind, warm and loving care shown to all of us over the last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, a donation on his behalf to the Cardiac Unit of the hospital would be greatly appreciated. You may phone 416-340-3955 or reach them on line at foundation@uhn.on.ca

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BASLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-03 published
BASLER, Hildegard
Peacefully on December 30, 2004 at the North York General Hospital. Predeceased by husband Frank. Lovingly missed by children Edith and husband Norbert, Helmuth and wife Riyeko (Rae); grandchildren Paul (Tracy), Tina (Greg), Michael (Lisa) and Stephen; great-grandchildren Alyssa, April, Hannah, Tommy and many other relatives and Friends. The family will receive relatives and Friends at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave. East (just west of Warden), Scarborough on Tuesday, January 4 from 12: 30-1:30 p.m. Service in the chapel at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the North York Hospital Senior Health Centre would be appreciated by the family.

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BASLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-17 published
HOLLINGWORTH, The Honourable Allan Henry, Q.C., B.A., B.Comm., LLB (1918-2005)
Justice HOLLINGWORTH died peacefully in Toronto on August 16th at the Toronto General Hospital. He was born and raised in Brockville, Ontario, graduated from Queen's University and saw service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war, he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1948. He practiced law with the Honourable R.J.H. STANBURY and The Honourable Robert STANBURY, and served one term as a Member of Parliament. He continued the practice of law and 22 years later was appointed a county court Judge in 1972. In 1977 he was transferred to the Supreme Court of Ontario until his retirement in 1997. He leaves a devoted family, his wife Veronica and two daughters, Michelle and husband Curtis BASLER of Calgary and Roxanne HOLLINGWORTH of Toronto. Cremation - Private. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of the West Wing Cardiac Unit of the Toronto General Hospital for its extraordinary kind, warm and loving care shown to all of us over the last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, a donation on his behalf to the Cardiac Unit of the hospital would be greatly appreciated. You may phone 416-340-3955 or reach them online at foundation@uhn.on.ca

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BASLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-06 published
A champion for 'little people'
Al HOLLINGWORTH 'gave himself to everybody else'
Lawyer, judge, politician a caring representative
By Sikander Z. HASHMI, Staff Reporter
It's not too often that a lawyer has a client walk into the office brandishing a handgun.
But, Allan HOLLINGWORTH was faced with that very scenario, according to long-time friend and colleague, retired senator Richard STANBURY.
The upset gunman strolled into HOLLINGWORTH's office where the two remained for 15 minutes. They walked out together, with HOLLINGWORTH consoling the gunman, arms around his shoulders.
Allan Henry HOLLINGWORTH, who went from being an intelligence officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force to the judicial bench, with stops as a lawyer and a parliamentarian, died August 16. He was 86.
"He always saw himself as the spokesman for the 'little people,'" said STANBURY. "No wonder he had Friends in every walk of life."
Born and raised in Brockville, HOLLINGWORTH earned bachelor of commerce and bachelor of arts degrees at Queen's University in four years. After leaving the air force, he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1948 and opened his law practice on Avenue Rd. in North York.
HOLLINGWORTH was soon elected to the school board and a year later was voted into township council. In 1953, HOLLINGWORTH was sent to Ottawa as Liberal member of Parliament for York Centre.
HOLLINGWORTH earned a reputation as a caring and effective representative for his constituents. STANBURY recalled the time when people were flocking to new subdivisions in York Centre, but with no mail delivery they had to travel miles to fetch their letters from the post office.
"Al HOLLINGWORTH tried to persuade the post office to extend house-to-house mail delivery to these new homes," but to no avail, said STANBURY.
But, HOLLINGWORTH wouldn't give up. "He got the personal phone number of the postmaster general and called him every morning at 9 o'clock until he finally got house-to-house delivery established."
HOLLINGWORTH cared equally about national and international issues. He was one of the first to speak in the Commons about the need for Canada to have its own flag and he promoted Canada's foreign policy. But in 1957, HOLLINGWORTH fell victim to the "Diefenbaker Sweep" that saw the Liberal government replaced by the Conservatives under John Diefenbaker.
"It took Al six months to accept that... his constituents were not really disappointed in him," said STANBURY.
Despite his preoccupation with his career, HOLLINGWORTH was a devoted family man who loved life, said daughter Roxanne, 54.
"He would always be there and have time for me no matter what. He was just a loving, gentle, sweet man who gave up himself selflessly to his family and to everybody else."
In 1973, HOLLINGWORTH was appointed to Peel County court and four years later was promoted to the then-Supreme Court of Ontario. He remained on the bench until 1997.
HOLLINGWORTH was fluent in French, thanks in part to his French-Canadian wife Veronica, and was assigned to French-speaking cases.
He was also proficient in German, Spanish, and Italian, languages he mainly picked up by hearing interpreters in his courtroom and then studying the language at home.
But he didn't stop there, according to Roxanne. HOLLINGWORTH would attempt to speak "whatever language he could to whomever he could."
At age 80, HOLLINGWORTH was introduced to the Internet and spent hours listening to Spanish radio stations online to perfect his command of the language.
According to STANBURY, HOLLINGWORTH's English was "wonderful" and he was always trying to find unusual yet expressive words for his discourses in Parliament and in the courts.
"They were masterpieces of English and were almost always upheld in appeal," recalled HOLLINGWORTH's former law partner. "He was very proud of that."
HOLLINGWORTH's interest in and tolerance for other cultures was exemplary, said Roxanne.
"He just accepted everybody and just wanted to know so much more about everybody. He just thought the world was a place where everybody should get along and everybody should learn about each other, because when you start to learn about people, you realize that we're all the same."
HOLLINGWORTH was very active physically, working out for 1 1/2 hours every morning until three years ago. He played tennis as long as his heath allowed it, and he also skied and swam.
HOLLINGWORTH leaves wife Veronica and two daughters, Michelle, and her husband Curtis BASLER of Calgary, and Roxanne HOLLINGWORTH of Toronto.

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BASS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-10-06 published
PADDON, Donald Wayne
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton on Tuesday, evening October 4th, 2005 of the age of 62 years, Don PADDON, of Port Elgin. Husband of Mary PADDON. Father of Karen and her husband Les MOTE, of Holland Landing. Kathy and her husband Paul BASS, of Burlington, Craig, of Canmore, Alberta, and Kyle and Jane, of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Papa to Daniel, Meghan, Emily, and Madison. Brother of Bob and his wife Lenore, of Port Elgin, Jim and his wife Sherry, of Komoka. Brother-in-law of Cathy PADDON, of Port Elgin. Nephew of George REEVES, of Port Elgin. He is predeceased by his brother Ken PADDON. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, (Town of Saugeen Shores) from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6th, 2005. Funeral service will be conducted in Port Elgin United Church, 840 Bruce Street, Port Elgin on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. with the Reverend Gordon WILLIAMS officiating. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation M.R.I. Fund would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com
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BASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-15 published
CHISHOLM SHANKLAND, Geraldine " Gerrie" (1916-2005)
Passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2005. Wife of the late Donald John SHANKLAND and the late Valentine Duncan CHISHOLM, "our own Carol Channing" loving caregiver to all small animals, a one time resident of Georgetown, Ontario, secretary at New Mt. Sinai Hospital until 1974, and later a long term resident of Carefree Lodge. Survived by loving daughters Donna DOWLING, Paula BASS and Brenda WOOD (North Carolina,) grand_sons John, Jeffrey and Jeremy DOWLING and Chris and Edan ARMSTRONG. Service at Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street, on Wednesday, March 16 at 5: 30 p.m. Donations to the Ontario Humane Society, in lieu of flowers.

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BASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-24 published
BASS, Reginald " Reg"
Passed away suddenly at home on Friday, April 22, 2005. Husband of Helen. Loving father of Stephanie (David), Cynthia (Ron), and Gregory (Anne). Brother to Margaret and her husband Brian McCANN. Will be fondly remembered by his niece Michelle and nephew John. Reg will be deeply missed by Vera ARSENAULT and Don ARSENAULT, and by his family and many Friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the Scarborough Funeral Centre (2966 Eglinton Avenue East, at Bellamy Road, Scarborough), 416-289-2558, on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m., with a reception to follow.'You will never be forgotten'

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BASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-17 published
BASS, Donald
In his 63rd year, passed away at Scarborough General Hospital, on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Predeceased by his sister Carolyn WEBSTER. He will be sadly missed by his sister Janine and Don O'RAY of Cambellford, his brother Cliff and Lynda of Stouffville, his brother Ken and Sue of Orillia, and his many nieces and nephews. A Service will be held in his memory at Stouffville Christian Church on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 1 p.m.

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BASSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-16 published
BASSE, Elizabeth
Suddenly on Friday November 11th, 2005 at Markham- Stouffville Hospital, the beloved wife of Frederick. Private funeral arrangements.

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BASSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-16 published
BASSE, Elizabeth
Suddenly on Friday, November 11, 2005 at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Beloved wife of Frederick. Private funeral arrangements.

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BASSEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-24 published
SPRINGER, Zoe Alexandra Neumann
Peacefully, surrounded by the love and support of family and Friends, on the afternoon of Saturday, January 22, 2005, twelve days after her twentieth birthday, following a lengthy and courageous battle. Zoe, loved and adored daughter of Stephen and Judy. Treasured sister of Lindsay. Zoe is deeply missed and mourned by her grandmother Rhoda SPRINGER- SHAPIRO and beloved late Bubby Amalia SILBERSTEIN Great-Aunt and Uncle Rivka and Solomon DAVID, Aunt Robin SPRINGER, Aunt Andrea and Uncle Alan BASSEL, cousins Marielle and Shauna BASSEL, and Joanna HABER. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, for service on Monday, January 24th at 12: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 319 Rosemary Road. If desired, donations may be made to the Zoe Springer Memorial Fund for Cancer Research c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto M6A 2C3 (416) 780-0324.

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BASSEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-24 published
SPRINGER, Zoe Alexandra Neumann
Peacefully surrounded by the love and support of family and Friends on the afternoon of Saturday, January 22, 2005, twelve days after her twentieth birthday, following a lengthy and courageous battle. Zoe, loved and adored daughter of Stephen and Judy. Treasured sister of Lindsay. Zoe is deeply missed and mourned by her grandmother Rhoda SPRINGER- SHAPIRO and beloved late Bubby Amalia SILBERSTEIN Great-Aunt and Uncle Rivka and Solomon David, Aunt Robin SPRINGER, Aunt Andrea and Uncle Alan BASSEL, cousins Marielle and Shauna BASSEL, and Joanna HABER. At Holy Blossom Temple, (1950 Bathurst St.), for service on Monday, January 24th at 12: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 319 Rosemary Rd. If desired, donations may be made to the Zoe Springer Memorial Fund for Cancer Research c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto M6A 2C3 416-780-0324.

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BASSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-18 published
ATKINSON, Kenneth John
Passed away peacefully, Saturday, April 16, 2005, with his family at his side at Freeport Health Centre of Grand River Hospital, Kitchener. Cherished husband of Shirley, loving father of Scot (Julie) and Stephen (Rita), forever remembered by his grand_son Bradley. Survived by his sisters Joyce DAVIS of Kingston, Ontario, Betty CASEY (Clair) of Midland, Ontario, Barbara BASSER (Louis) of Lucknow, Ontario, Pat STRANG, O'Leary, Prince Edward Island. Predeceased by his brothers-in-law Vincent DAVIS and Herbert STRANG. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday April 20, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. at Coutts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge (519) 621-1650. Reception to follow at the home of Stephen ATKINSON. The family wishes to thank the Staff at Freeport for the care and support. In Ken's memory, donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-18 published
CLARK, Ruth V.
At Middlesex Terrace Nursing Home, Delaware on Monday, October 17th, 2005, Ruth V. CLARK of Delaware, in her 80th year. Predeceased by her husband George CLARK (2003.) Dear mother of Wanita (Rick) ROOT of Strathroy, Susan (Des) BASSETT of Ottawa, Julie (Jay) INGLIS of Toronto, Russell CLARK of Delaware and Kathy (Tom) WOOD of Thorold. Fondly remembered by 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff of Middlesex Terrace for their wonderful care. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Komoka Chapel (22568 Komoka Road) on Wednesday, October 19th form 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to follow from Harvesters Baptist Church, 9488 Westminster Drive (off Longwoods Road between Lambeth and Delaware) on Thursday commencing at 11 a.m. Pastor Doug WOOD officiating. Interment Woodhull Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-29 published
HAUGHTON, Clifford, 1990
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - Page S7
Businessman born in Toronto in 1930. A man who never went beyond high school, he first learned the print trade and then, at 22, went out on his own to start the printing concern Haughton Graphics. Trained in the hardscrabble school of small business, he got his start with an old hand-fed press and $500 in the bank. He then went out and won a lucrative contract to print business forms for Volkswagen, then an fast-expanding entrant in Canada's automotive trade. In 1969, his ABF Automated Business Forms Ltd. bought Comset Business Forms of Edmonton to form ABF Automated Business Forms (Western) Ltd. Significantly, he had also become a partner of John BASSETT. Baton Broadcasting Inc. owned 52 per cent of his company and Mr. HAUGHTON retained 38 per cent. By then, he was a fierce defender of the free-enterprise system so much so that he spent $55,000 to take out advertisements in Canadian newspapers attacking then prime minister Pierre TRUDEAU. The previously unknown businessman became a national celebrity. In 1981, Baton purchased all the outstanding shares of C.F. Haughton Ltd. and Mr. HAUGHTON took early retirement and moved to his property near Markham.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-14 published
John Stephen BASSETT
By Sherry COMAN, Thursday, April 14, 2005, Page A26
Filmmaker, activist, brother, partner, friend. Born June 23, 1958, in Toronto. Died March 16, of liver cancer, aged 46.
Hanging on the walls of a small downtown apartment are canvasses filled with brilliant splashes of colour, signed mysteriously "Jasper," the name of John BASSETT's Scottish grandfather. The fact that few knew John was a painter speaks to this man's modesty. In 46 years, he made deep Friendships, cherished lovers, lovingly observed the passages of life and death within his own family, was professionally acute and creative as a filmmaker, contributed to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome awareness, was for a time an activist for gay marriage long before its current vogue, all with the deepest sense of humour, love and commitment.
John was born in Toronto and lived his whole life in the city he loved, rarely leaving it except for vacations or to work as a filmmaker. Unlike most gay teenagers of the 1970s, he fell easily into his own identity. He was lucky to have a supportive and embracing family, who remember him sunbathing on the roof listening to disco music, or bringing to the cottage Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli albums they knew by heart when the week was over. He was also a good brother, carrying sister Marilyn on his shoulders when she grew tired, helping brother Mark learn the lessons of life in the schoolyard and later babysitting for another sister, Deborah. Throughout his life, he was discreet and kept a secret well. Siblings confided in him, knowing they were safe. And adults poured their hearts out to him.
John attended Ryerson and studied film and photography. He joined a health documentary film Company and produced films about controversial health issues. It was while working on such a film about the immune system in the early 1990s that John first learned of his Human Immunodeficiency Virus status.
Taking advantage of being in Southern California to talk to cutting-edge health professionals, he later chose to under-medicate himself at a time when aggressive medication was believed to be the best treatment. By constantly researching, trying new things, exploring alternative remedies, he bought himself many years.
John met his first life partner, Paul, in the mid 1980s. Paul, a professional decorator for retail chains, was also a deacon in the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, which ministers to the gay community. In 1989, John and Paul had a Holy Union, something which drew attention from the media. John was ill-at-ease with such celebrity and wasn't sure how to respond to a columnist who referred to him as a "moustached Ken doll come to life." The deep devotion of John and Paul was broken only by Paul's death in 1995. John also lost his mother, Shirley, that year. Father, Stan, had died suddenly five years previously.
His final years were spent coping with liver cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital where he became a test patient, often volunteering for procedures that could not directly benefit him but which might allow them "to find something." In the middle of his own pain and anguish, he was most moved by the suffering of others. He appreciated what life meant to all people, not just himself.
John cherished the Friends he had known all his life. The same group that went disco dancing in his teens was there with his family at his hospital bed in the last days. His great ironic and dry sense of humour was how he commented on the world, for he otherwise never criticized others. He would smirk, get a look, offer an acerbic comment, but never judge someone. His last years were filled with the joy of his life with partner, Frank. John died at Princess Margaret Hospital, held by his sister, and listening to the gentle strains of Lena Horne's great ballads.
Sherry COMAN is John's friend.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-14 published
BASSETT, John Frederick, 1986 -- Died This Day
Saturday, May 14, 2005, Page S9
Newsman, producer and sportsman born in Toronto in 1939.
The son of Toronto Telegram publisher John BASSETT, he attended private schools in Quebec before enrolling at Upper Canada College in Toronto where he played sports with such a ferocity that he never completed a football season without a major injury. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario, where he had met and married Susan CARLING of London, Ontario His first job was with the Victoria Times as a reporter, the only time he was not employed in his family's firms. He then joined the Telegram as a reporter, but later became promotion manager for the family's television station, CFTO. His one theatrical venture was among his major triumphs. Hair, for which he owned the Canadian rights, opened at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto in 1969 and grossed $3.4-million. His ventures into professional sports were less successful to the tune of about $10-million. He helped buy the Ottawa Nationals of the World Hockey Association and brought them to Toronto as the Toros in 1973 but the club moved to Birmingham, Alabama, and died along with the World Hockey Association in 1979. He was also tried to field a team in the World Football League that was stopped when Ottawa refused to grant work permits to U.S. players. In 1983, he formed the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League and, with success, backed it to the end. He died of cancer.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-18 published
BASSETT, John Stephen
Died on March 16, 2005 at Princess Margaret Hospital, age 46, attended by family and Friends. Lovingly remembered by partner Frank, sisters Deborah and Marilyn, brother Mark, family members John, Cameron, Erin, Alison, Nadia, Owen, Glen, Cindy, Laura and Daniel. Joyfully celebrated by dear Friends Claudia, Moze, Carol, Liza, Tim, Ginny, Jeff, Laurie, Sherry and many others. Predeceased by mother Shirley, father Stan, and partner Paul. Gratitude and thanksgiving to the nursing staff of Princess Margaret palliative wing. A memorial service will be held in late June, as per his wishes. A brave man, rich with humour, a gentle, loving and generous soul to the end. Deeply missed and cherished by all.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
COMER, Dr. Frederick William
At his residence on Saturday March 19, 2005. Dr. Frederick (Fred) William COMER (Employee of Sensient Flavors Canada Inc.) of Meadowvale Crescent Cornwall Ontario; age 63 years. Beloved husband of Agatha KOVACS. Dear father of Stephen COMER (Becky) of Goodwood, Ontario and Jeffrey COMER (Charlene) of Ingleside, Ontario. Loving grandfather of Terran. Dear son of the late Joseph COMER and the late Hilda RICKMAN. Dear brother of Kenneth COMER, Robert (Bob) COMER (Heather), Maureen McQUARRIE (Charlie) and Margaret BASSETT (Brian) all of Victoria, British Columbia. Resting at the Lahaie and Sullivan, Cornwall Funeral Homes, West Branch, 20 Seventh Street West (613-932-8482) from 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Wednesday March 23, 2005 for Service in the Memorial Chapel of the Funeral Home at 2 p.m. followed by cremation. The family will be in attendance from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 12 noon until time of Funeral on Wednesday. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-04 published
BASSETT, Ralph
It is with great sadness that the family announce the sudden passing of Ralph BASSETT on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at his home, at the age of 67. He will be terribly missed by his beloved wife Alli (Pajala). Loving father of Michael (wife Becci) of England and Keith of Hamilton. Dear brother to Rita (Norman) of Britain. Survived by his sister-in-law Gaynor, nephew Jeremy and niece Lisa of South Wales. Predeceased by his son Ian, brother Gary, parents Vi and Gomer. Ralph will be dearly missed by his many family members. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 905-279-7663.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-28 published
ALBERT, Ruth Marcella (CUNNINGHAM)
At Etobicoke General Hospital on Wednesday October 26, 2005, Ruth CUNNINGHAM of Bolton in her 82nd year. Wife of the late Vern ALBERT. Beloved mother of David of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Terry and his wife Barbara of Bolton and Judy BASSETT and her husband Wayne of Mississauga. Lovingly remembered by 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Norman, Janet and the late Margaret, Frances and Billy. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private family arangements entrusted to the Brett "Havelock" Chapel (705-778-2231). If desired donations may be made (by cheque only) to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BASSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-10 published
She saw hope in every street kid
Karen POSITANO a passionate and stubborn advocate
Worked to start training programs, needle exchange
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Perhaps this anecdote can best sum up the many parts of Karen POSITANO, a petite and driven dynamo, an original, as well as a world traveller, insomniac, wife, mother of three and champion of every street kid who came by Youthlink Inner City, the drop-in resource centre and outreach program where she worked for almost 16 years:
It was 1994 and POSITANO was in Amsterdam at a world A.I.D.S. conference. She had met up with Hélène LALONDE, her buddy since their teenaged days in Ottawa when they lived innocently but recklessly and knew everyone, including bikers and drug dealers. She and LALONDE, now a consultant often working for the Canadian International Development Agency in developing countries, were standing at a bus stop when a passerby shrieked: "Karen POSITANO!"
It was Gwendolyn, a stripper POSITANO knew from Toronto who was in Amsterdam working at a live sex show.
"Karen POSITANO?" echoed one of the other people at the stop.
Turns out this person was with the World Health Organization and had been seeking POSITANO to sign her up as a speaker at a Rio de Janeiro conference for street kids, and she'd been hard pressed to locate her, as POSITANO had spent much of the last two days marching on the street with prostitutes.
"Yeah, she left me at the hotel," said her youngest daughter, Jill ROCHON, with a laugh. She was 14 at the time. "I was safe there, she knew that."
POSITANO was well known internationally. She was invited to make presentations at another world A.I.D.S. conference in Vancouver as well as at various H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. prevention and hepatitis C gatherings throughout North America.
In Toronto she was a member of Councillor Olivia CHOW's children and youth committee.
What she was renowned for was her tenacity, her push and her passion. After her first marriage failed and she lost her bid to convince a court to change her children's surname to hers, she took the matter to the Supreme Court.
"When she decided to do something, you just got out of the way," said her second husband, Gerry ROCHON.
"She definitely had a stubborn streak," said her eldest child, Karyn, 31. It is why she and brother Cain, 30, have the surname POSITANO.
In the early '80s, POSITANO and ROCHON and the three kids moved to Ottawa from Vancouver where they had been living. There she worked full-time and went to school full-time, getting a degree in criminology plus her master of social work. She also organized and played in a women's baseball league, acted in university theatre, took dance classes and travelled to exotic destinations such as Thailand.
She began working with street youth at Youthlink Inner City as part of the job placement for her social work degree; she was so enthusiastic about the work that not only did she convince her family to move to Toronto, she also created her own full-time employment there.
"Inner City was the root of her work. It catered to youth no one else would, those with mental health problems, prostitutes, drug users," said Rebecca BASSEY, a friend and former employee.
POSITANO never let anything stand in the way of getting more programs or more program dollars for the youth she saw every day at her office. Her funding proposals were legendary -- succinct, persuasive and usually written a month before the deadline -- but her first work for Youthlink was the production of two very radical education videos for street youth.
STD Street Smarts and Street Wise Women came with a warning of "frank language and explicit imagery" because the penises in the videos were real.
"Some people might say her style was abrasive," said Liz GREAVES, Youthlink executive director, "but she shot straight from the hip."
In 1999, she blasted the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, of which GREAVES was a member, for ignoring the plight of homeless youth.
"She was absolutely right," GREAVES said. The task force subsequently commissioned a report.
Fearless and always on the cutting edge, POSITANO was an early advocate of Youthlink's work in harm reduction. The agency was the first in the city to run a needle exchange program.
In 1998, she was one of the organizers of a program for squeegee kids, a new headline-grabbing demographic that was unsettling if not scaring many people in the city. While police were cracking down on homeless people in public places and the provincial government was bringing in the Safe Streets Act, POSITANO was part of a group lobbying Toronto politicians for resources to help these youth. The result is a fully federally funded training program teaching computer skills called the Youth Skills Zone.
In 1995, POSITANO was promoted to supervisor, responsible for a staff of about nine at Youthlink Inner City's drop-in/resource and outreach program. She started the Sock Swap, gathering cast-offs from families and Friends to recycle to the street kids. Before the centre got its washer and dryer, she'd take all the dirty socks home to wash them. She also started a monthly supper club for street youth with hepatitis C.
An early proponent of the peer educator program, in which clients work 10 hours a week at the drop-in and do outreach with other street or addicted youth, she conceived and won funding for the advanced peer education program.
This is a year-long full-time staff position, "one of the most important positions we have," according to Inner City supervisor Diana WALKER. "I think Karen saw hope in everyone who walked through the door."
POSITANO raced through her life, taking each of her children on a coming-of-age trip to Europe, meeting up with LALONDE in Kenya, Brazil and Egypt, holidaying with BASSEY in Jamaica and with her husband in Morocco, and finding thrift stores wherever she went. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building houses in Fiji, Uganda and India, where she met Mother Teresa. Once a month, she spent her Saturday mornings working in the Big Sisters thrift shop at Lawrence Ave. W. and Avenue Rd. More than once she climbed the C.N. Tower stairs for the United Way.
For kicks, she was an extra in David Cronenberg's The Naked Lunch, stalked celebrities on the red carpet at all the Toronto Film Festivals, dragged family and Friends to rock concerts, and plundered furniture discarded in Forest Hill and Rosedale. She and ROCHON bought, renovated and sold nine houses together. She also loved organizing and decorating them.
"She packed a lot in," said ROCHON. "It was as if she almost knew she wouldn't have a long life."
She'd beaten cancer of the uterus 14 years earlier, so she was typically upbeat when she was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer.
"She had the kind of personality that you just thought she would beat it," said LALONDE.
"She always said it was no big deal," added BASSEY.
And they believed her even when she suffered a heart attack a year ago that almost ended her life. POSITANO rallied enough to sometimes make it back to work and to her office with the window that looked out on to the kitchen and eating area of the drop-in centre.
"I used to update her, make her feel at home because she didn't know a lot of the clients now," said John LAFORME, a crack addict and regular at Youthlink for four years. POSITANO always encouraged him to get the help he needed and last month he left for a detox facility in Quebec. "I'm doing it for me and for Karen," he said. "I've been in drop-ins and agencies across Canada and Karen was one of the best drop-in workers ever. She took the time to get to know you."
Ten days before she died, at her home on the afternoon of October 1 at the age 52, POSITANO attended a Youthlink managers' meeting. A day or so later, she sent Liz GREAVES an email saying she was going to lick cancer. "There was such a fierceness to her," GREAVES said.
POSITANO wanted to live long enough to see her first grandchild, and she did. Karyn named her newborn daughter Kalina, Hawaiian for Karen.

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BASSFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-23 published
BASSFORD, William James " Bill"
Passed away on Thursday, July 21st, 2005. Beloved husband and soulmate of Eleanor (Ellie). He leaves his only child, son Jack, 10 grandchildren and 2 very special great-grandchildren Logan and Rachel. Loved brother of Howard, his wife Averil and 2 nephews. He was a great animal lover and will be missed by all his four-legged Friends in Sunnybrook Park. At Bill's request, there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. In Bill's memory, donations to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be greatly appreciated. Soar with the eagles, Bill I will always love you, Ellie The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his namesake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For Thou art with me, Thy Rod and Thy Staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23.

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BASSI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-09 published
BASSI, Elizabeth (née CULLIVAN)
Passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at William Osler Health Centre after a courageous battle with cancer, which she endured with dignity, grace and a sweetness of spirit that amazed family, Friends and medical staff alike. Elizabeth leaves behind her loving husband of over 50 years, Kris BASSI, son Kristopher of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and daughter Sheila and son-in-law David KELLETT of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She is also survived by her grand_sons Joel BROWN and Elliot BROWN and stepgrandchildren Shane BLONDIN and Amelia BLONDIN, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the United States, Ireland and England. Born on December 29, 1928 near Ballyjamesduff in County Cavan, Ireland, Elizabeth was one of seven children born to Thomas and Mary CULLIVAN. In 1948, she left Ireland to practice nursing in London, England. An accomplished nurse, Elizabeth met her beloved Kris in 1952 and they were married December 23, 1954. In 1957, they made the decision to move to Canada and settled in Toronto where they have made their home ever since. Elizabeth was a gregarious, vivacious, sparkly woman whose Irish charm and generosity of spirit touched everyone she came in contact with. She and Kris enjoyed travelling and went to many destinations in North America and elsewhere. She left a strong impression wherever she went and was particularly popular in Yellowknife as a result of visits she and Kris made to Sheila and Dave. Her love for her family, her adopted country Canada and for her Ireland was unwavering. She is forever on our minds and always in our hearts.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at All Saints Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Rd. (north of Eglinton). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.

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BASSIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-22 published
EVANS GELENTSOFF, Victoria (née ANASTASOVE)
(January 20, 1924-April 19, 2005)
(Proprietor of Ted's Restaurant, Champion pie maker and bread baker). Devoted wife for 60 years to Ted (Metody). Loving mother of John EVANS (Alexandra MUNOZ,) Dena NICOLOFF (James) and Gina EVANS. Caring Baba of Nicholas, Ivan, Stefan, Lina and Lily. Cherished daughter of the late Lambro and Kiratsa Tenekeff ANASTASOVE. Loved sister of the late Mary PAVLOFF, the late Chris LOUIS and Sonna KRISS (Bill.) Dear friend to her sisters-in-law Tsvetanka (Sadie) LOUIS, Evangeline POPOFSKY, Stonia GELENTSO, the late Tana STERIOFF and Kouma Zorka BASSIL. She will be missed by her many cousins, nieces, nephews and Friends. Visitation will be held at Pine Hills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre (625 Birchmount Road, north of St. Clair Ave. S., 416-267-8229) on Sunday, April 24, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Monday, April 25, 2005 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Burial and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association of Canada or a charity of your choice.

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BASSILI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-21 published
McCALLION, Anthony " Tony"
Suddenly, at Sunnybrook and Women's Health Science Centre, with his family by his side, on Sunday, March 20, 2005 in his 56th year. Loving son of the late Michael and Joan McCALLION. Fondly remembered by his brothers Robert, Brian and his wife Eva, and his sister Susan and her husband John BASSILI. Uncle of Daniel, Tara and Breanne. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Avenue), Toronto (416-698-2861), on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be private. Cremation to follow. In Tony's memory, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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BASSILI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
McCALLION, Anthony " Tony"
Suddenly, at Sunnybrook and Women's Health Science Centre, with his family by his side, on Sunday, March 20, 2005, in his 56th year. Loving son of the late Michael and Joan McCALLION. Fondly remembered by his brothers Robert, Brian and his wife Eva, and his sister Susan and her husband John BASSILI. Uncle of Daniel, Tara, and Breanne. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Ave.), Toronto (416-698-2861), on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be private. Cremation to follow. In Tony's memory, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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BASSIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-25 published
Bill LAFORGE, Hockey Coach: 1951-2005
He was a coach with good intentions, but his 'goon hockey' Ontario Hockey League methods were not suited to the National Hockey League. He lasted only 20 games behind the Vancouver bench
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Saturday, June 25, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- If you played for Bill LAFORGE, you loved him. If you were an opposing player or coach, you hated him. If you were a league commissioner or president, you would wince at his methods to win games.
His legacy is mayhem hockey. More often than not in any game in which he was involved, the gloves came off and the penalty minutes soared. It was a successful tactic that won games in the Canadian major junior ranks. The bad-boy coach extraordinaire of his era, Bill LAFORGE and his boys were fabled for physical play, brawling and instilling fear in the opposition. It was called goon hockey.
Yet, his coaching also produced explosive offensive talent. Among his proteges were such future National Hockey League players as Keith Primeau, Mark Habscheid, Gary Leeman, Garth Butcher, Brad May, Tony Tanti, Rob Brown, Lyndon Byers, Shayne Corson, Ken Daneyko and Doug Bodger -- not to mention Barry Trotz, who has been head coach of the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators since their inception.
Mr. LAFORGE's success at the junior level led to a failed experiment as head coach of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. That, however, is not his legacy.
"His legacy is his success in junior hockey and how he loved his players and how his players loved him back," said Garth Butcher.
As a teenager growing up in Edmonton, Bill LAFORGE was like a lot of youngsters and enjoyed playing all sports. What made him different was that he excelled at hockey and football -- with a decided preference for the latter. As a bruising fullback, he starred for both Archbishop MacDonald High School and the Edmonton Huskies of the Prairie Junior Football League. He dreamed of suiting up in the Canadian Football League. In 1974, he seemed set to join the Calgary Stampeders. But he failed a physical at training camp.
"Bill had gotten hurt not long before while working on a construction site when he was hit in the head with a piece of concrete," said his cousin, Pat LAFORGE, the president of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers. "That's why he didn't pass the physical."
His playing career over before it had really begun, Mr. LAFORGE plunged, instead, into coaching recreational hockey in Edmonton and at nearby Enoch, a Cree reserve where he was sports director. He must have been doing something right because a few years later, Sherry BASSIN, general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals, came calling. Mr. BASSIN had been searching for someone to replace Paul THERIAULT as coach for the 1980-81 season and knew something about a junior coach from Alberta who possessed winning ways. He returned home to Ontario and announced he had hired a no-name coach, something unheard of in the junior hockey world. Thus began Mr. LAFORGE's tumultuous career behind the bench.
"It was great perception on Sherry's part to see something in Bill," said Stew MacDONALD, who at the time was working for the Generals as an intern and as assistant to Mr. BASSIN.
"I had never heard of Bill until he sent us a letter with a resumé that wasn't that fancy," Mr. BASSIN said. "The resumé was half blotted out. So I met him in Vancouver when I was on business. His team had won a junior C championship somewhere in Alberta and I found him to be extremely enthusiastic."
All things considered, with an unknown calling the shots, no one expected the Generals to make the playoffs. To everyone's surprise, they did -- largely because of Mr. LAFORGE's tough-guy tactics. As the regular season wore on, his aggressive strategy earned a number of short suspensions for him and his players. But nothing compared to what happened one night in March of 1981 during the first round of the playoffs against the Peterborough Petes. It was in that series, one game specifically, that the LAFORGE legend began to take shape. In the pre-game warm-up, a shoving match developed on centre ice between Oshawa and Peterborough players. Dave DRYDEN, the Petes coach, tried to restore order. Mr. LAFORGE shot out of his office to investigate and discovered his opposite number among the players.
"Keep your hands off my players," he bellowed at Mr. DRYDEN. Within seconds, the two men were poking at each other's chest and screeching back and forth like two roosters at a cockfight. Not surprisingly, their behaviour did nothing to cool the players' tempers. Mr. LAFORGE was later reported to have had an altercation with Peterborough player Doug EVANS; but, as Mr. MacDONALD tells the story, the two coaches never actually traded blows.

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