BESAINT_J o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-18 published
Victim of city's 31st homicide identified
By Tim LAI, Thursday, August 18, 2005, Page A13
The victim of Toronto's 31st gun-related homicide has been identified as 27-year-old Tate BESAINT_Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, police located a lifeless body on Rocheford Drive, near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. Police says they have no information on a suspect at this time.

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BESANA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-21 published
MORAIS, Bruno Miguel
Passed away tragically on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, in his 31st year. Survived by his best friend and loving partner, Dennis BESANA, beloved son of Antonio and Margarita MORAIS, much loved brother of Christine, Paul and Marc. Loving brother-in-law to Isabel and Monica and dear uncle to his special niece, Sophia. Bruno will be sadly missed by close Friends Shannon and Jen and deeply missed by Dennis' family. Bruno was a special person who touched many lives with his laughter, smile and generosity towards others. He had a heart of gold and will be missed and loved forever by us all. You are in our hearts and prayers always. Visitation at the Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Rd. W. (one block east of Kerr), 905-842-2252, in Oakville on Sunday, January 23rd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayer services at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 24th at St. Joseph's Church (Bronte Rd., just south of Hwy. 5) at 10: 00 a.m. Interment at the Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery in Oakville. Reception following at St. Joseph's Church for family and Friends.

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BESELAERE o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-06-29 published
JOHNSTON, Ronald L.
Mr. Ronald L. JOHNSTON a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at C.K.H.A. "Sydenham Campus", in Wallaceburg at the age of 59. Ron was born in Chatham and was a son of the late Norman and Bernice (KELLER) JOHNSTON. Beloved husband of Gail (EASTCOTT) JOHNSTON. Loving father and father-in-law of Amy and Brian EVERAERT of Sombra. Kind brother and brother-in-law of Bob JOHNSTON of Saint Thomas, Sharron PINSONNEAULT, Brian and Joan JOHNSTON, all of Wallaceburg, Darrell and Tracy JOHNSTON of Edmonton, Dawn and Ken CRAWFORD of St. Catherines and Greg JOHNSTON also of Wallaceburg. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Ron will be missed by Scat, his cat. The late Ron JOHNSTON rested at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg until Friday, June 24, 2005 when funeral services were held in the chapel of the funeral home at 1 p.m. with Jason CARTIER, Officiant. Words of remembrance were given by Dawn CRAWFORD, Ken CRAWFORD, Jaclyn JOHNSTON, Sharron PINSONNEAULT and Betty Somr. "One More Day" and "I Will Remember You" were played, in tribute, for the service. Pall bearers were Len EASTCOTT, Mark EASTCOTT, Dr. Darcy JACOBS, Jim SNARY, Jason PINSONNEAULT and Bob FOSTER. Flower bearers were Jaclyn JOHNSTON, Nicole PICKERING, Yvette ARSENAULT, Niki HAGARTH, Colette STERLING, Sherry BESELAERE, Sheenagh PAHL and Lori CHARRON. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Ronald L. JOHNSTON.

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BESENYCI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-09-13 published
HERI, Alex Sandor Sr.
Suddenly, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Saturday, September 10, 2005, Alex Sandor HERI Sr., of R.R.#4, Mt. Brydges, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Pearl HERI. Dear father of Alex Jr. and Joe, both of R.R.#4, Mt. Brydges. Predeceased by his parents, Joseph HERI (1961) and Daru MARIA (1970) and mother and father-in-law Pearl POROSKA (1994) and Alex NEMETH (1984). Remembered fondly by several relatives overseas, as well as the Nagy family of Hernadnemet. Also remembered by Pearls sister Lovel LAJOSNE. Predeceased by nephew Lajos LOVEL (2005) and survived by his family. Sadly missed by cousins Sandor and Joan MOLNAR and family of London, as well as close Friends of the Hungarian community in the surrounding area. Also sadly missed by neighbours and Friends surrounding the family farm. Mr. HERI worked for many years with E.J. Wrights Store Fixtures in Strathroy. Friends called at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mt. Brydges, on Monday, September 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service followed on Tuesday from the funeral home, commencing at 1 p.m. with Reverend Arthur HAMBLETON and Reverend Ferenc SZAPMARI officiating. Organist Connie GOUGH. Interment Mt. Brydges Cemetery. Donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses of Middlesex-Elgin, the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Intensive Care Unit, or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. A special thank you to pallbearers Wayne HUTTON, Paul HUSZKA Jr., John MOLNAR, Alex MOLNAR, Peter MOLNAR, and Mike MOLNAR honourary pallbearers Frank TEIXEIRA, John TEIXEIRA, Charlie MANNING, and Matias TEIXEIRA; and flower bearers Steve BESENYCI and Brian HUTTON.

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BESIK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-01 published
HERRON, Robert Alexander (December 17, 1927-March 30, 2005)
Peacefully, at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga on Wednesday, March 30, 2005. Beloved husband and best friend of Marg. Loving, proud and supportive father and father-in-law of Lynda Herron FORBES and David, Catherine Herron WILSON and Brian, Bob HERRON and Karyn, Jayne HERRON, Ann HERRON, Bruce HERRON and Astrid. Proud and Loving Grandpa of Rob and Shalayne HERRON, Carolyn and Alexandra WILSON, and Victoria and Olivia HERRON. Dear brother of Catherine COLE and the late Graham HERRON and Ruth CARLETON. Brother-in-law and friend of Jim COLE, Adele LAUGHTON, Al LANGDON, Bruce LANGDON, Betty LANGDON, Doreen LANGDON and the late Glenn LAUGHTON. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Bob was a mechanic by trade, getting his licence after discharge from the Canadian Navy. He was a self employed business man in Mississauga for 49 years, 34 years as Owner/President of Herron Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Ltd. Bob sailed competitively for Canada with his yacht 'Amazing Grace' and participated in competitions in Canada, United States and England. He was a Certified Hockey Canada Coach and coached Mississauga rep hockey for many years. Bob was a longtime member of Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. He loved the music of the pipes and drums and was himself an excellent drummer. Bob truly felt he had lived a life full of many blessings and we his family shared in so many of them with him. He was an 'Oak'in his generation. The family extends very special love and thanks to Adrine SALATIAN (Spectrum Health Care) for her dedication, love and support of Bob and our family; Dr. Frank LIPSON; dear friend Suzanne WILLIAMS; dear sister-in-law Adele LAUGHTON and brother-in-law Bruce LANGDON for their untiring love and care, and also to the very special nurses and Dr. HUDSON and Dr. BESIK of Credit Valley Palliative Care Unit. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter 'Peel' Chapel 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10 N of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 11a.m. Interment Springcreek Cemetery. For those who wish, donations made to Salvation Army or the Palliative Care Unit of Credit Valley Hospital would be appreciated.

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HERRON, Robert Alexander (December 17, 1927-March 30, 2005)
Peacefully, at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga on Wednesday, March 30, 2005. Beloved husband and best friend of Marg. Loving, proud and supportive father and father-in-law of Lynda Herron FORBES and David, Catherine Herron WILSON and Brian, Bob HERRON and Karyn, Jayne HERRON, Ann HERRON, Bruce HERRON and Astrid. Proud and Loving Grandpa of Rob and Shalayne HERRON, Carolyn and Alexandra WILSON, and Victoria and Olivia HERRON. Dear brother of Catherine COLE and the late Graham HERRON and Ruth CARLETON. Brother-in-law and friend of Jim COLE, Adele LAUGHTON, Al LANGDON, Bruce LANGDON, Betty LANGDON, Doreen LANGDON and the late Glenn LAUGHTON. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Bob was a mechanic by trade, getting his licence after discharge from the Canadian Navy. He was a self employed business man in Mississauga for 49 years, 34 years as Owner/President of Herron Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Ltd. Bob sailed competitively for Canada with his yacht 'Amazing Grace' and participated in competitions in Canada, United States and England. He was a Certified Hockey Canada Coach and coached Mississauga rep hockey for many years. Bob was a longtime member of Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. He loved the music of the pipes and drums and was himself an excellent drummer. Bob truly felt he had lived a life full of many blessings and we his family shared in so many of them with him. He was an 'Oak'in his generation. The family extends very special love and thanks to Adrine SALATIAN (Spectrum Health Care) for her dedication, love and support of Bob and our family; Dr. Frank LIPSON; dear friend Suzanne WILLIAMS; dear sister-in-law Adele LAUGHTON and brother-in-law Bruce LANGDON for their untiring love and care, and also to the very special nurses and Dr. HUDSON and Dr. BESIK of Credit Valley Palliative Care Unit. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter 'Peel' Chapel 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10 N of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Springcreek Cemetery. For those who wish, donations made to Salvation Army or the Palliative Care Unit of Credit Valley Hospital would be appreciated.

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BESIK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-01 published
HERRON, Robert Alexander (December 17, 1927-March 30, 2005)
Peacefully, at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga on Wednesday, March 30, 2005. Beloved husband and best friend of Marg. Loving, proud and supportive father and father-in-law of Lynda Herron FORBES and David, Catherine Herron WILSON and Brian, Bob HERRON and Karyn, Jayne HERRON, Ann HERRON, Bruce HERRON and Astrid. Proud and Loving Grandpa of Rob and Shalayne HERRON, Carolyn and Alexandra WILSON, and Victoria and Olivia HERRON. Dear brother of Catherine COLE and the late Graham HERRON and Ruth CARLETON. Brother-in-law and friend of Jim COLE, Adele LAUGHTON, Al LANGDON, Bruce LANGDON, Betty LANGDON, Doreen LANGDON and the late Glenn LAUGHTON. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Bob was a mechanic by trade, getting his licence after discharge from the Canadian Navy. He was a self employed business man in Mississauga for 49 years, 34 years as Owner/President of Herron Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Ltd. Bob sailed competitively for Canada with his yacht "Amazing Grace" and participated in competitions in Canada, United States and England. He was a Certified Hockey Canada Coach and coached Mississauga rep hockey for many years. Bob was a longtime member of Mississauga Golf and Country Club. He loved the music of the pipes and drums and was himself an excellent drummer. Bob truly felt he had lived a life full of many blessings and we his family shared in so many of them with him. He was an "Oak" in his generation. The family extends very special love and thanks to Adrine SALATIAN (Spectrum Health Care) for her dedication, love and support of Bob and our family; Dr. Frank LIPSON; dear friend Suzanne WILLIAMS dear sister-in-law Adele LAUGHTON and brother-in-law Bruce LANGDON for their untiring love and care, and also to the very special nurses and Dr. HUDSON and Dr. BESIK of Credit Valley Palliative Care Unit. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Springcreek Cemetery. For those who wish, donations made to the Salvation Army or the Palliative Care Unit of Credit Valley Hospital would be appreciated.

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BESLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-04-06 published
GILLIES, William Milton
William (Bill) Milton GILLIES of Dundalk passed away in the Shelburne Residence on March 12, 2005 in his 85th year. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 53 years, Muriel (TAILOR/TAYLOR) GILLIES and five children - Bob (Ann) GILLIES, Dundalk; Shirley (Jim) PHILLIPS, Columbus, Ohio; Judy, Etobicoke; Tom (Liane) GILLIES, Dundalk and Helen (Dean) PATE, Mansfield; and twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Bill was the third child of the late Mary (WRIGHT) and Milton GILLIES, and attended S.S.#10 Proton, and is survived by a brother, Jim (Mae) GILLIES, Newmarket, and three sisters -Dorothy (Jim) SCOTT, Minesing; Islay BESLEY, Shelburne and Barbara (Arvo) KAASALAINEN, Minden; and a sister-in-law Gladys (GILLIES) TOMPKINS, Calgary. He was predeceased by a sister Rillie and her husband, Nelson RATHBUN, a brother, Don, Calgary, and a brother-in-law, Rev. Bruce BESLEY, Shelburne. Several nieces and nephews will also mourn his passing.
Bill and Muriel were married on November 3, 1951 in New Toronto and they farmed on the family farm on Concession 12, Proton Township in the home Bill built in 1951. They attended Bethel United Church until it closed and then attended Dundalk United Church. Bill was active in community events and was Past President of the Dundalk District Agricultural Society where he had been awarded a Service Diploma. He enjoyed playing cards, modern square dancing, travelling, etc. In 1985 they retired to their new home he built in Dundalk, and their home was open to many family gatherings. Bill enjoyed tinkering and got great satisfaction from making his float "The Old Farmer and Priscilla, Jed and Jake" for many parades.
The funeral was held in the Dundalk United Church on March 14 with Reverend Janet ERIKSEN officiating, assisted by Pastor Ann GILLIES. Mallory GILLIES (granddaughter) sang "Amazing Grace" and words of Remembrances were given by niece, Islay SCOTT, and sister Islay BESLEY. Jim PHILLIPS read "Tributes to My Dad" contributed by each of Bill's children. The Compact Disk of Trevor Baker "When God was Making Daddies" was played.
The pallbearers were grand_sons, Steven GILLIES and David KENNAWAY, and nephews, Jim and Harry SCOTT, Don GILLIES, and Barry RATHBUN. Flower-bearers were granddaughters, Mallory, Mandi and Sierra GILLIES and Melissa MOORE.
Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dundalk. Many donations were received for Dundalk United Church, Markdale Hospital Building Fund and other charities.
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BESLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-05-18 published
HOWCHIN, Thomas Richard
Thomas Richard HOWCHIN passed away at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 in his 80th year. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (DYNES) and dear father of Dianne (Alex) DEAN, Wayne (Tammy) HOWCHIN and Gwen (Thomas) FISCHER, brother of Audrey (Bob) ROBERTSON and Norm, and brother-in-law of Muriel BURGER. He was predeceased by infant granddaughter Leah Joy, parents Henry Richard and Mabel HOWCHIN and sister-in-law Shirley.
Tom served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1944-46. On June 17, 1950 he married Mildred (DYNES) in Redickville United Church and they resided on their farm on 30 Sideroad Amaranth Township for 29 years.
Tom was employed by Art McConnell Apiaries prior to his marriage and later by Gerald McConnell. He was employed at Robinson's Sawmill and received a gold watch in recognition of the years worked there.
In 1979 he sold the farm to Dave BESLEY and bought a farm on the Melancthon Mulmer townline. He worked at the Shelburne Golf course and in 1988 Sam YOUNG purchased the farm with Tom and Mildred retaining one acre. In 1990 Ted METZ constructed a house in which he lived until the time of his passing on to his permanent home.
He enjoyed many trips across Canada and the United States and for three months helped at a New Tribes Mission school in Brazil. Over the years Tom taught Sunday School, helped with Vacation Bible School, assisted at Pioneer Clubs and served on the Youth for Christ executive in the '50s and '60s.
The funeral service was held at the Doney Funeral Home on April 1. Following the service a luncheon was served at the Dufferin Oaks.
Several beautiful flower arrangements and numerous donations were received from family and Friends.
Interment took place in Shelburne Cemetery.
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BESLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-13 published
GREASON, George Kenneth, M.A., M.Ed.
Passed away on April 10th with his loving family by his side. Born March 9, 1915 in Saint Marys, Ontario. Predeceased by his beloved wife Elaine (BESLEY,) sister Dorothy CONNELL and brother Bill. Loving father of Ken GREASON and his wife Linda (Brampton) and daughter Mary DAVIES and her husband Anton (Milton.) Devoted and number one sports fan of his grand_sons Cameron and Galen DAVIES. A graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto (1937) and World War 2 R.C.N.V.R., he spent most of his life in education as a teacher including head of History and Vice Principal of Downsview Collegiate. He later served as History Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Education. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Avenues) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 15th. A Service Celebrating his Life will be held at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 11 a.m. For those who wish, donations can be made to Victoria University, The Elaine and George Greason Bursary, 150 Charles Street West, Toronto, M5S 1K9.

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BESON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-27 published
CRITCH, Mabel Olinda
Passed away peacefully at Brampton Woods Nursing Home on December 25th, 2005 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Lease CRITCH. Mother of Anne HARNUM, Donna BESON and her husband Harold and Granville CRITCH and his wife Mona. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Tammy WILKINSON, Kenneth FOWLER and his wife Helen, Christine HENDERSON and her husband Dale, Kimberly BATTERSHELL and her husband Trevor, Tammy BESON, and Jason BESON and his wife Laura. Greatly missed by her great-granddaughters Asia Anne ACKROYD- HARNUM and Alicha BESON, great-grand_sons Dalton HARNUM- WILKINSON, Hudson HENDERSON and Eric BESON. Also survived by siblings Elizabeth WHEELER, Irene ANDERSON, John LAYDEN and his wife Charlotte, Marion TUCKER and her husband Alfred, Grenville LAYDEN and his wife Rowella. 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. Service to take place in the chapel on Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to mabel.critch@wardfh.com

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BESS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-05 published
BESS, Norman
(Former employee of Dominion Malting and the City of Toronto)Passed away quietly at Ajax-Pickering Hospital on Wednesday, May 4, 2005. Norman, loving husband of the late Alice Jane. Loving father of Norman and his wife Karin, Hank (Henry) and his wife Irene. Proud grandfather of Angela, Derek, Cara and the late Darren. He will be lovingly remembered by his 6 great-grandchildren. Loving brother of Alice BILLARD, Ruth PYKE and the late Susan KENDALL and Laura PORTER, all of North Sydney. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. East (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 12 noon Saturday until the time of the service in our chapel on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Interment Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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BESSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-04 published
BESSE, Samuel J. - Estate of
Notice To Creditors And Others
All claims against the estate of Samuel J. BESSE late of the city of Barrie in the province of Ontario, died on July 4, 2005 are hereby notified to send particulars of the same to the undersigned on or before December 15, 2005. After which date the estate will be distributed with regard only to the claims then filed.
Dated at Toronto on November 4, 2005.
Ronald L. GOODCHILD -- Estate Trustee
c/o Dennis M. STARZYNSKI, Q.C.
Barrister and Solicitor and Notary Public
9275 Highway #48 North, Suite 205
Markham, Ontario L6E 1A3
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BESSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-11 published
BESSE, Samuel J. - Estate of
Notice To Creditors And Others
All claims against the estate of Samuel J. BESSE late of the city of Barrie in the province of Ontario, died on July 4, 2005 are hereby notified to send particulars of the same to the undersigned on or before December 15, 2005. After which date the estate will be distributed with regard only to the claims then filed.
Dated at Toronto on November 4, 2005.
Ronald L. GOODCHILD, Estate Trustee
c/o Dennis M. STARZYNSKI, Q.C.
Barrister and Solicitor and Notary Public
9275 Highway #48 North, Suite 205
Markham, Ontario L6E 1A3
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BESSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-14 published
DEBLICQUY, Hugh
Peacefully, on Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at the William Osler Health Centre - Etobicoke Campus, in his 77th year. Beloved husband to Gladys. Loving brother of Richard. Dear uncle of Elaine DEBLICQUY, Brad, Noreen BESSER and her husband Ron, and David MAHONEY and his wife Devon. Great-uncle to Jennifer KALLES and Bradley BESSER. Dear brother-in-law of Linda MAHONEY and the late Ronald MAHONEY. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Renforth Baptist Church, 627 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Toronto, on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. If desired, remembrances may be made to Renforth Baptist Church Building Fund or your favourite charity.

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BESSERER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-10-04 published
PINAULT, Jacques
(Retired - Major, Canadian Armed Forces)
Peacefully and with dignity, at Ottawa, on Monday, October 3rd, 2005, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of the late Jacqueline (née DESROSIERS.) Loving father of Louis (Lynn,) Marc (Lise,) Marie (Trevor MOULD,) Louise (Peter BESSERER) and Hélène. Proud grandpapa/ pepère to Nathan and Céline; Jamie, Kristin and Nicholas Ella and Grace. Dear brother of Philippe, Lorenzo and Germaine. He will also be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of the Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Ottawa on Wednesday from 11: 00 a.m. until service time. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer Society or the Perley-Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa (Ontario) K1G 5Z6, would be appreciated. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Perley-Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, for all their care and kindness. Condolence, tributes and donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.
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BESSETTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-30 published
Gerard BESSETTE, Writer: 1920-2005
Novelist whose works were compared to that of Albert Camus twice won the Governor-General's Literary Award
By M.J. STONE, Special to The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, March 30, 2005, Page S9
Montreal -- As the author of nine novels, a collection of short stories and poetry, Gerard BESSETTE was a two-time winner of the Governor-General's Literary Award.
Mr. BESSETTE, who retired from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1979, also produced numerous critical works that delved into the psychology of Quebec literature in the 20th century. He may well have examined his own writing, namely Le Libraire. One of his most recognized works, it is an existentialist novel about a book-store employee that takes a harsh look at the cultural conditions of small-town Quebec in the 1950s. Considered a Quiet Revolution classic, Le Libraire is frequently compared with Albert Camus's L'Étranger.
Gerard BESSETTE was born in a village on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence near Montreal. In 1944, he graduated from the École normale Jacques-Cartier and was later one of the first scholars to obtain a doctorate in French literature from Université de Montréal in 1950.
He began his career as a poet in 1947. His poem Le Coureur was awarded second prize at the Concours littéraires du Québec, and he went on to represent Canada in the poetry section of the 1948 Olympic Games. But his fascination with verse suddenly evaporated. "I quit writing poetry at the age of 25 or so... Then there was a long silence as far as creative writing was concerned. I started again when I was 36 or 37."
He liked to describe how language and class informed his writing. "I was still torn, not only on levels of language, but also on levels of society. I was from a lower-class milieu, but because of my studies, I was out of it." His first novel, La Bagarre, exposed the symbiotic relationship at work between those elements he divined within. Eventually, his command of voice and his sense of self as an academic were intensified as a consequence of his prose writing.
La Bagarre (1958), Le Libraire (1960) and Les Pédagogues (1961) all explored a similar Quiet Revolution theme of the repressive influences of culture and tradition in Quebec society during the 1950s.
Regarding the popularity of Le Libraire and its lead character, Hervé Jodoin, who resembles the anti-hero Mersault in Camus's L'Étranger, Mr. BESSETTE wrote: "I think that in a way he is the forerunner of the revolt among the young. You know at the beginning he has dropped everything. And had trouble with the Catholic church. Then he gets into the book business and again has trouble with the church. And then he throws everything away and mocks the old regime."
All of his novels are tinged with rebellion, directly and indirectly challenging the status quo and exploring the role of the individual in relation to the expectations of the culture they inhabit. To Steven URQUHART, a doctoral student at Queen's University, Mr. BESSETTE's work uses a great deal of symbolism that is related to phantasmagorical imagery.
"In fact, those who are considered or depicted as monstrous at first are nothing more in reality than human," said Mr. URQUHART, whose doctoral thesis examines grotesque representations and allusions to the notion of monstrosity in Mr. BESSETTE's novels. "The authority figures in his novels end up being the real monsters."
Mr. BESSETTE's later style was inspired by the nouveau roman experimental literary form created by French novelists in the 1950s that included Alain Robbe-Grillet and Nathalie Sarraute. Part of the nouveau roman technique is to eliminate character, plot development and authorial subjectivity to present the reality as pure and uncontaminated as possible. Mr. BESSETTE was a devout advocate of the Freudian psychocritique school of criticism developed by the French scholar Charles Mauron. His works of literary analysis include Littérature en ébullition in 1968 and Trois romanciers québécois in 1973. Regarding his exploration of Freudian literary theory, Mr. BESSETTE once said that psychocriticism gives the reader a feeling of power: "You have an impression and/or illusion that you are discovering things that the writer himself did not know. That's a great satisfaction."
His writing was influenced by a teaching career that began at the University of Saskatchewan in 1946. He also taught at Duquesne University and Royal Military College Kingston, as well as at Queen's. In 1982, he was an invited professor at Yale.
Mr. BESSETTE received the Governor-General's Literary Award for L'Incubation in 1965 and Le Cycle in 1971. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1966 and, in 1980, was awarded Quebec's Athanase-David Literary Prize.
Gerard BESSETTE was born on February 25, 1920, in Ste-Anne-de-Sabrevois, Québec. He died on February 20, 2005, in Kingston, Ontario He is survived by his wife, Irene BAKOWSKI- BORYS.

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BESSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-03 published
BESSEY, Thelma Elizabeth
At Richmond Hill Ontario, on Friday, December 24, 2004, in her 84th year. Thelma, beloved mother of Elizabeth, David, Paul, Nancy and Jonathan. Mother-in-law of Margaret, Peter, and Tammy. Also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York (2 lights south of Steeles), on Monday January 3, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service complete in our chapel on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation.

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BESSIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-02 published
SALOMON, Nettie (née BESSIN)
Peacefully in her 93rd year in Montreal, on Wednesday, June 1st, 2005. Wife of the late Irwin SALOMON. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Myra ABRAMS and Henry CUKOFF, David and Carole of Toronto. Cherished Nan of Steven and Laurie ABRAMS, Bobby ABRAMS; Angela Gayle SALOMON. Loving great grandmother of Daniel, Eric, Justin and Juliana ABRAMS. Dear sister of Adele DAVIS, Bertha SOKOL, the late Bella HANDELSMAN, the late Hy BESSIN, the late Tess SCHECTER, the late Ethel KAPPELER, the late Lily LANG, and sister-in-law of Dr. Nat SCHECTER and Morris LANG. Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon West, Montreal on Friday, June 3rd at 11: 00 a.m. Burial in Montreal. Shiva private in Toronto. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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BESSIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-04 published
SALOMON, Nettie (née BESSIN)
Peacefully in her 93rd year in Montreal, on Wednesday, June 1st, 2005. Wife of the late Irwin SALOMON. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Myra ABRAMS and Henry CUKOFF, David and Carole of Toronto. Cherished Nan of Steven and Laurie ABRAMS, Bobby ABRAMS; Angela Gayle SALOMON. Loving great grandmother of Daniel, Eric, Justin and Juliana ABRAMS. Dear sister of Adele DAVIS, Bertha SOKOL, the late Bella HANDELSMAN, the late Hy BESSIN, the late Tess SCHECTER, the late Ethel KAPPELER, the late Lily LANG, and sister-in-law of Dr. Nat SCHECTER and Morris LANG. Funeral services took place from Paperman and Sons, 3888 Jean Talon West, Montreal on Friday, June 3rd at 11: 00 a.m. Burial in Montreal. Shiva private in Toronto. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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BESSLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-22 published
SCHICK, Minnie (BESSLER)
Passed away peacefully in the faith of Jesus at the age of 102. Predeceased by her husband William (1976). Minnie is survived and greatly missed by her daughter Wilma (Don) MIESNER. Lovingly remembered by her three granddaughters Lori, Judy, Ami and their families. Friends may call at the Ingram Funeral Home, 1055 Gerrard Street East (at Jones Ave.) on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 from 10: 00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens (Willowdale). In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. George's Lutheran Church or Carefree Nursing Home.

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BESSO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-17 published
McQUILLIN, Amanda Dawn
Amanda Dawn McQUILLIN at the age of 28, after a long and courageous battle passed away at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus, on Friday, January 14th, 2005. Beloved daughter of Don and Cheryl McQUILLIN of London. Cherished and much loved sister of Tara McQUILLIN. Loving partner of Chris VLEMMIX of London. Dear granddaughter of Gord and Donna McQUILLIN of Sarnia; the late James Louis and Rose BESSO also of Sarnia. Amanda is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Amanda will be missed by her best friend Shelby THORNLEY, many dear and close Friends, and by her pal Abby. She was a great inspiration to all. Her sense of humour and laugh will not be forgotten. A private memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 641-1793. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Amanda are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation - Cancer Centre.

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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-11-30 published
Accident Claims the Life of Flesherton Woman
Grey County O.P.P. reported details on a fatal motor vehicle rollover on Highway 10 about 30 kilometres south of Owen Sound that occurred late in the morning of November 22.
Bonnie NEIL, age 57, of Grey Highlands, (Flesherton) was operating a white 1998 Lincoln north bound on Highway 10 at approximately 11: 30 a.m. There were snow squalls in that area at the time and the roadway was dusted with snow and slush. As she left the hamlet of Berkeley she failed to negotiate a curve, spun out of control and left the roadway where the vehicle rolled down a steep embankment that bordered the highway on the east side. As the car left the roadway it clipped the starting point of a cable and post guide rail system. A passing motorist noticed the single broken post and reported it to police at approximately 12: 15 p.m. An officer who responded to that report located the NEIL vehicle overturned at the bottom of the embankment
The Grey Highlands Fire Department assisted officers at the scene. The roadway was closed for several hours as technical traffic investigators went over the scene.
All traffic on the portion of Highway 10 affected was re-routed around the scene from 50 Sideroad to 60 Sideroad via the East Back Line.
Bonnie NEIL was well known in the Flesherton area having been born and raised here, her parents being the late Harold and Velma (FISHER) BEST. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Barry, and four sons, Jeffrey, Daniel Jason and Christopher (Chris, a member of the Ottawa Senators hockey team), together with nine grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister Geraldine (Milford) LOUCKS of Owen Sound and a brother, Bob (Anne) BEST of Flesherton.
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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-11-30 published
NEIL, " Bonnie" Bonnita Jean (née BEST)
As a result of an accident on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, Bonnie BEST of Flesherton in her 58th year. Daughter of the late Harold BEST and Velma FISHER. Beloved wife of Barry NEIL. Loving mother of Jeffrey (Michelle), Daniel (Kendra), Jason (Tanya) all of Flesherton, and Christopher (Caitlin SORENSEN) of Ottawa. She will always be loved and remembered by her grandchildren, Kelsey, Makayla, Brayden, Ambyrlee, Payton, Spencer, Hunter, Taylor and Lauren. Dear sister of Geraldine (Milford) LOUCKS of Owen Sound, and Bob (Anne) BEST of Flesherton, and the late Edwin BEST. She will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews. The family received Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25. The service was held at the St. John's United Church, Flesherton on Saturday, November 26. Interment - Flesherton Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Flesherton Minor Sports or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.
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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-22 published
HOWE, Josephine " Joey" Alicia (BEST)
At South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Walkerton, on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at the age of 76 years, the former Joey BEST of Paisley. Wife of the late Mervin HOWE. Mother of Linda and her husband Stewart BYERS of Hanover, Wayne of Paisley, and Bruce of Stoney Creek. Grandmother of Kevin of Walkerton, and Lisa and her husband Lee KERR of Nile. Great-grandmother of Nicholas and Mariah. sister-in-law of Ruth HOWE of Saint Thomas and Marion BORLAND of Woodford. She is predeceased by her brother Fred BEST, her sister Julia CRUICKSHANK and by her great-granddaughter Melody. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Paisley Chapel, 216 Queen St. S, Paisley, on Friday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Murray ROUNDING officiating. Memorial contributions to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the Red Cross Community Health Services would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com
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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-06-21 published
SIMINOWSKI, Evelyn Jessie
Peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, on Monday, June 20th, 2005 with her family by her side. Evelyn SIMINOWSKI, in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of the late Leonard SIMINOWSKI. Dear mother of Mary SIMINOWSKI, of Owen Sound and the late Barbara TAILOR/TAYLOR. Grandmother of David and Rosemary and the late Donald. Great-grandmother of Melissa and Miranda, Bobbi and Kayley, Darren and Mandy and great-great-grandmother of four. Dear sister of Wally BEST and the late Charlie CUMBERLAND. She will be fondly remembered by her nephew and nieces. A graveside service will be held at the Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton, on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com
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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-07 published
SMITH, Jarvis E.
Suddenly at the family farm on Saturday, November 5th, 2005. In his 84th year, Jarvis E. SMITH, the much loved husband and soul mate of Florence E. SMITH (née HOWEY.) The loving father of the late Diane SMITH (2002) and her husband Paul SCHENDEL, Lois and her husband Keith BLACKSHAW, Wayne SMITH and father-in-law of Paul SCHENDEL. Loving grandfather of Matthew and Sarah. Dear brother of Bert SMITH, James SMITH and his wife Hazel, Mary and her husband Ted HORTON, and Doris and her husband Bob BEST. Brother-in-law of Jean (Mrs. Robert PERDUE) and Dr. Gilbert HOWEY. Jarvis will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Wednesday from 12 noon to 1: 30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Reverend Cathy HIRD and Student Supply Heather McCARREL officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital M.R.I. Fund, Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-24 published
NEIL, “Bonnie” Bonnita Jean (BEST)
As a result of an accident on Tuesday November 22nd, 2005, Bonnie BEST of Flesherton in her 58th year. Daughter of the late Harold BEST and Velma FISHER. Beloved wife of Barry NEIL. Loving mother of Jeffrey (Michelle), Daniel (Kendra), Jason (Tanya) all of Flesherton, and Christopher (Caitlin SORENSEN) of Ottawa. She will always be loved and remembered by her grandchildren, Kelsey, Makayla, Brayden, Ambyrlee, Payton, Spencer, Hunter, Taylor and Lauren. Dear sister of Geraldine (Milford) LOUCKS of Owen Sound, and Bob (Anne) BEST of Flesherton, and the late Edwin BEST. She will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday November 24th, from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m., and Friday November 25th, from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The service will be held at the Saint John's United Church, Flesherton on Saturday November 26th, at 11: 00. Interment Flesherton Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Flesherton Minor Sports or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-26 published
SIMINOWSKI, Mary Theresa
Suddenly at her residence on Thursday, November 24th, 2005. Mary SIMINOWSKI, of Owen Sound in her 47th year. Daughter of the Late Evelyn (BEST) and Leonard SIMINOWSKI. Predeceased by one sister Barbara TAILOR/TAYLOR. Lovingly remembered by aunt Mary CUMBERLAND of Peterborough, uncle Wally and Helen BEST, of Owen Sound, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. At Mary's request there will be no service. Spring interment, Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton. Donations to the Diabetic Association would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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BEST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-12-26 published
BEST, George Percival
In Meaford on Thursday, December 22, 2005. George BEST, son of the late Percival and Ellen (PENTLAND) BEST, in his 75th year. Dear brother of Terrance BEST and his wife Suzanne of Meaford and uncle of Wendy BEST of Fergus, Kimberly BEST of Burlington and Simon BEST of Meaford. Funeral and committal services, officiated by Reverend Gary PARKER, will be conducted at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher Street East in Meaford, on Wednesday, December 28 at 11: 00 a.m. followed by cremation. Family will receive Friends at the funeral home the hour prior to service. Interment of cremated remains will take place in the family plot in Oakville at a later date. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke foundation or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-07 published
CUMMINS, Irene
At Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Saturday, February 5, 2005 Miss Irene CUMMINS of Chatham. Miss CUMMINS was born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Loving daughter of the late Matthew CUMMINS and Edith (BEST) CUMMINS. Educated at McKeough School, Chatham Collegiate Institute and Chatham Vocational School. Irene was an employee of the Chatham Water Commission from 1939 until retirement in 1978. Miss CUMMINS was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A funeral service for Miss CUMMINS will be held on Thursday, February 10th, 2005 at 2: 00 pm. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 19 Detroit Drive, Chatham, with President David GILLESPIE officiating. Interment Maple Leaf Cemetery. Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider Meals on Wheels. Arrangements entrusted to the Alexander Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, (352-2710).

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BEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-08 published
TASSE, Joseph Roland Mark
Joseph Roland Mark TASSE on Thursday, May 5, 2005 age 44. Beloved husband of Karen (BEST) TASSE. Loving son of Roland and Jane TASSE of Comox, British Columbia. Dear brother of Suzanne (Eric,) Alan (Shelley) and Paul (Angela). Dear son-in-law of Valerie and the late Garnet BEST of Nova Scotia. Dear brother-in-law of Matt (Cindy). Dear uncle of Jeremy, Alex, Jennifer, Katie, Melanie, Jonathan, Amanda, and Michael. Cremation has taken place. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo St. at King St. on Tuesday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 noon.

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BEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-27 published
FORBES, Pearl Beatrice (née RICKWOOD)
Pearl Beatrice of Saint Thomas, on Saturday, June 25, 2005, peacefully with her family by her side at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 86th year. Loved mother of Barbara FORBES and Phyllis REEVES and her husband Jim, all of Saint Thomas. Dearly loved grandmother of Shelley REEVES and her partner Norm McGLAUGHLIN, Jason REEVES and Michelle and great-grandmother of Jessica REEVES. Predeceased by her husband Albert FORBES and her daughter Louise RICKWOOD and by brothers Don, James, Gord and Norm RICKWOOD and by sisters Edith WALLER, Laura BEST and Betty BROWN. Pearl was the last surviving member of the Rickwood's and will be greatly missed by a number of nieces and nephews and good Friends Connie and Brian, Maureen, Carol and Ron. Pearl was born in Bayham Township on April 2, 1920, the daughter of the late James and Theresa (NESBITT) RICKWOOD. She was retired from the Saint Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St, St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Fingal Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.

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BEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-27 published
BEST, Madeline Agnes (née CONROY)
Passed away in Markham on Sunday, July 24, 2005, at the age of 92 years. Predeceased by her loving husband Joseph BEST. She will be missed by her nieces, nephews and stepchildren. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Divine Catholic Church, 390 Baseline Rd., W., London on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 12 noon with interment to follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, London. Donations to the Saint John the Divine Building Fund or charity of choice would be appreciated. (John T. Donohue Funeral Home, London).

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BEST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-28 published
ANNETT, Helen (née DROPE)
With saddened hearts, the family of, Helen ANNETT (née DROPE,) 68 years, of Wyoming, say good-bye, on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at Bluewater Health - C.E.E. Site, Petrolia. Beloved wife of Carl. Loving mother of Mark and Angela of Wyoming, Debbra and Brian ALLEN of Oil Springs, Len and Janice and Larry all of Wyoming. Cherished grandmother of Brad and Jeff ALLEN and Ryan, Jenna, Philip and Karli ANNETT. Dear sister of Keith and Marjorie DROPE of Petrolia and the late Murray DROPE (1974) and his wife Janet of Petrolia. A private funeral service was held at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia, with Mr. Chris DICKSON/DIXON officiating. As epxressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society and may be arranged by calling the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia at 519-882-0100. Memories and condolences may be sent on-line at www.needhamjay.com. Rest peacefully now Mom - We will love you forever and miss you always.
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Passed away in Markham on Sunday, July 24, 2005, at the age of 92 years. Predeceased by her loving husband Joseph BEST. She will be missed by her nieces, nephews and stepchildren. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Divine Catholic Church, 390 Baseline Rd., W., London on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 12 noon with interment to follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, London. Donations to the Saint John the Divine Building Fund or charity of choice would be appreciated. (John T. Donohue Funeral Home, London).

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-07 published
LAIRD, Robert Warring " Big Rob"
"Larger than life" Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Friday, February 4, 2005, in his 55th year, following a brief, sudden illness. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary for the past 31 years. Cherished and devoted father of Robbie and his wife Gillian, Colin and Heather. son of the late Bill and Trudy LAIRD; nephew of Edward and Frances BEST. Special son-in-law of Bill and the late Helen IRWIN. Dear brother of Bill and the late Kathie AVERY. Wonderful brother-in-law to Peggy, Jane, Don, Teresa and Ross. Loving "Uncle Rob" to Laird, Tricia, Shannon, Will, Meaghan, Kirsten, Graeme, Tessa, Keith, D'Arcy and Marian. Dedicated teacher (Henry Hudson S.P.S.), friend, mentor, volunteer and neighbour. Expert gravy and backyard-rink maker. Rob had a wonderful, larger-than-life sense of humour and a passion for his wife, kids, Friends, family and community. He loved photography, gardening, golf, woodworking, and the occasional beer. Thank you to the gentle and caring staff at North York General Hospital who cared for Rob and all his visitors. Friends and family will be received at Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street (2 lights south of Steeles), on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Big Rob's life will be held on Tuesday at Saint John's York Mills Anglican (19 Don Ridge Drive, North York), at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-30 published
SCHELL, Catherine McGillivray (née IRWIN)
At her home, 'Inverlynn', Whitby on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 in her 88th year. Wife of Herbert Robson SCHELL. Mother of Katherine "Katie" of Whitby, Peter (Jane) of Kingston, Andrew (Margaret-Elizabeth) of Whitby, and Malcom of Pickering. Grandmother of Catherine Tamara BEST (Charles ORCHARD), Adam, Sarah, Aaron, Natalie, Cedric, and Daniel SCHELL. Great-grandmother of Renée Katherine ORCHARD. Survived by her brothers John (Pat) of Marlborough, England and Peter (Joyce) of Agassiz, British Columbia. Predeceased by brothers Herbert Edward "Ward", and David M. IRWIN. The family will receive Friends at the W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby (905-668-3410) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Chruch (209 Cochrane Street, Whitby) on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 4 p.m. with visitation at the Church from 3 to 4 p.m. Cremation followed by interment at Union Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-01 published
SCHELL, Catherine McGillivray (née IRWIN)
At her home, 'Inverlynn', Whitby on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 in her 88th year. Wife of Herbert Robson SCHELL. Mother of Katherine "Katie" of Whitby, Peter (Jane) of Kingston, Andrew (Margaret-Elizabeth) of Whitby, and Malcom of Pickering. Grandmother of Catherine Tamara BEST (Charles ORCHARD), Adam, Sarah, Aaron, Natalie, Cedric, and Daniel SCHELL. Great-grandmother of Renée Katherine ORCHARD. Survived by her brothers John (Pat) of Marlborough, England and Peter (Joyce) of Agassiz, British Columbia. Predeceased by brothers Herbert Edward "Ward", and David M. IRWIN. The family will receive Friends at the W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby (905-668-3410) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Chruch (209 Cochrane Street, Whitby) on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 4 p.m. with visitation at the Church from 3 to 4 p.m. Cremation followed by interment at Union Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-30 published
PETERS, Andrew William, M.B.A., C.M.A.
Born in Montreal on June 17th, 1962, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew William PETERS on April 28th, 2005 at the age of 42 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Susan (née BEST) and loving father to Alison (9), Anthony (8) and Riley (5). Deeply loved and cherished son of Alan and the late Susan PETERS (June 2001.) Dear brother of Carolyn (Paul DENTON,) Sheilagh (Philip SHERMAN) and Stephen (Winnifred.) Loving son-inlaw of Frank and Pat BEST and Margaret DAINARD. Loving brotherin-law of Carolyn and Robert SEWELL. Cherished uncle to nine nieces and nephews. Also lovingly remembered by many Friends and colleagues. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's, York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2005. If desired, donations to one of the following: The Peters Fellowship in Brain Tumour Research at Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 or The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 650 Waterloo Street, Suite 100, London, Ontario, N6B 2R4 or The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-17 published
SOLANDT, Omond, 1993 -- Died This Day
Tuesday, May 17, 2005, Page S9
Doctor born in Winnipeg in 1910.
Trained at the University of Toronto, he was among the students of Charles BEST, the co-discoverer of insulin. In 1939, he won a scholarship to continue his studies at Cambridge University. During the Second World War, the British government was concerned that the anticipated air raids would inflict heavy civilian casualties and took steps to establish a blood-transfusion service; he was instrumental in establishing such a system. In 1946, he was appointed director-general of defence research in Ottawa and was given the mandate to establish the Defence Research Board. He was the board chairman when psychiatrist Ewen CAMERON was conducting brainwashing experiments at McGill University that were secretly being financed by the Central Intelligence Agency; the victims later took the Central Intelligence Agency to court and Dr. SOLANDT was among those who condemned the experiments. From 1965 to 1971, he was both chancellor of the University of Toronto and chairman of the Science Council.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-08 published
MENKIS, Carol
On Sunday, June 5, 2005 in Winnipeg. Carol MENKIS, beloved wife of the late Sidney MENKIS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Dr. Alan and Karen MENKIS, Dr. Richard MENKIS and Cathie BEST, and Eric and Barbara MENKIS. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Arik and Halina LEVITT. Devoted grandmother of Shana, Haley, Simon, Amanda, Bryan, Aviva, and Lavi. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Habonim Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Sharon Home Simkin Centre, Winnipeg 204-586-9781, McCormick Home, London, 519-432- 2648, ext. 224 or Alzheimers Society of Canada, 1-800-616-8816.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-09 published
Arthur TOWNEND, Architect (1924-2005)
Sudbury practitioner's designs included the stunning Revenue Canada Taxation Data Centre and brought the city into the 21st century
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, September 9, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- Not long after Arthur TOWNEND had designed and erected the first, flat-roofed house in Sudbury, Ontario in 1953, his son Gordon came home from school a little perplexed after his teacher had asked him to produce a drawing of their family home.
Gordon asked his father why he wanted a flat-roofed house erected and his father replied, "So Santa Claus and his reindeer can land safely with their sleigh on Christmas Eve." Whether it was flat roofs or other projects, Arthur TOWNEND's work as an architect was unique, contemporary and modern -- all characteristics that arose from his empathy for the famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Thanks to Mr. TOWNEND, the stereotype image of Sudbury as a depressing, rough, transient, mining town built on unforgiving Cambrian Shield rock was dramatically swept aside. His imaginative approach to architecture changed the cityscape, whether it was the Civic Square municipal government office project, the huge Revenue Canada Taxation Data Centre, the original Laurentian Hospital, or St. Andrew's Place (a combined United Church and senior citizens' complex). He also designed hospitals in the Ontario communities of Sault Ste. Marie, Smooth Rock Falls and Thunder Bay, and fashioned a nautical-themed look with a multi-curved roof for the Canadian Coast Guard building in Parry Sound, Ontario
He is also responsible for 17 rather spiffy houses, most of them built in the tony Ramsay Lake section of the city. They are desirable, prized and elegant properties. "Anything designed by Arthur is a very classical home, compared to the modern bungalows." said Blaine NICHOLLS, one of Mr. TOWNEND's former partners.
"Arthur took Sudbury into the 21st century," said Janna Ramsay BEST, who is an acknowledged TOWNEND expert. "It's a mining town that has become a sophisticated regional capital and a Northern Ontario hub for education, health and government, and Arthur played a big part in that.
"Sudburians were very accepting of Arthur's cosmopolitan vision which brought pleasing contemporary architecture to Sudbury that was synonymous with progress," said Ms. BEST, who, as an M.A. student at Laurentian University, wrote a 160-page thesis titled The Architectural Imagination of S. Arthur TOWNEND. "He helped bring the latest styles and techniques to a city on the verge of change and expansion."
Sidney Arthur TOWNEND was born under a table in Banes, Cuba, during a hurricane. He spent his first three years on the Caribbean island where his parents operated United Food Company. Later, his parents moved to Union Hill, Jamaica, where he was raised on a family-owned plantation that employed 150 workers.
He left home as a young man to attend McGill University in Montreal where he first studied engineering and then switched to architecture. In the fall of 1942, he answered a wartime call for students to help the farmers of Western Canada bring in that year's harvest. He was placed on a squalid farm near Regina where he soon came down with polio. He spent a month in hospital in Regina until McGill officials arranged for him to be transported back to Montreal. Most of the next year was spent recuperating in Jamaica and he did not return to McGill until the fall of 1943.
Mr. TOWNEND graduated in 1948 and found a job with the Sudbury architect Louis FABBRO, who, three years before, had given him a summer internship. He fell in love with Sudbury and the North, resisting the pleas of family and Friends who tried to persuade him to return to Jamaica. He also fell in love with a girl. Soon after joining Mr. FABBRO, he and a draftsman from the firm were riding a bus when they noticed a pretty young lady standing on the sidewalk. "I'm going to marry that girl," Mr. TOWNEND told the draftsman.
Sure enough, he did. After meeting Evelyn SHEAHAN several days later at a dance, he proposed on their first date.
Meanwhile, building projects piled up at the firm. Mr. FABBRO was one of the few Sudbury architects to receive contracts during a time when most of the new buildings in town were designed by big-city firms that sent plans up North without studying the sites or understanding the climate and environment of Northeastern Ontario.
After a number of years in partnership with Mr. FABBRO, Mr. TOWNEND broke away to freelance. As a result of intuition, aggressiveness and the pressing demands of a growing family, he landed a job in 1964 to design the new Laurentian Hospital.
"It was risky for Arthur to leave Mr. FABBRO because he had eight mouths to feed so he was very happy to get the hospital project," Evelyn TOWNEND said.
It was also the beginning of a partnership involving Mr. TOWNEND, John STEFURA, Corky BALESHTA and Mr. NICHOLLS.
"Laurentian Hospital is very modern-looking considering it's over 30 years old," Mr. NICHOLLS said. "Hospitals are very complex inside, especially from a functional perspective... not just for staff, but visitors. Arthur was able to do something great with it. It was supposed to be a whitish colour on the outside but the hospital people wanted to save $50,000 so it became a brown colour."
The Civic Square building (now called Tom Davies Square) also boasted a distinct TOWNEND flavour. It wasn't a stock approach to a government building. Instead, Mr. TOWNEND designed a four-level building and all the levels open to a common public space and atrium.
"Arthur broke away from the typical departmentalized approach to an office building," Mr. NICHOLLS said.
He applied the same approach in the early 1970s when he designed the federal taxation centre, the place where thousands of Canadians send their tax returns. Once the site of Sudbury Stadium, which housed several baseball fields, the taxation centre was designed to open up two main levels to an open atrium space that doubled as a dining area. He designed it in such a way as to produce natural light into a lobby area, making it attractive for staff and visitors. To blend buildings in harmony with nature, he gave the exterior a light-coloured skin of pre-cast cement.
"Arthur looked at the site to see how the site would do for the building not what the building would do for the site," Mr. STEFURA said.
In 1986, Mr. TOWNEND's firm obtained the contract for the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre (located at Laurentian Hospital) and he retired two years later.
Over the years, he won two national design awards but chose not to write about his projects. He acknowledged that while many of his fellow architects were very good at writing about architecture, he chose not to do it himself. "I'd rather the buildings speak for themselves," he said.
Sidney Arthur TOWNEND was born in Banes, Cuba on November 8, 1924. He died in Sudbury, Ontario on July 9, 2005 after several years of frail health. He is survived by his wife Evelyn and children Gordon, Arthur, Deborah, Mary, Barbara, John and Jane.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-22 published
BEST, Pauline
Peacefully on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at the Toronto East General Hospital, with her family by her side. Dear wife and best friend of Alfred. Cherished mother of Nick (Patricia), Noel (Barbara), Greg (Sandy), and Mark (Bev). Granny Paul to 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Beloved matriarch to an extended family of her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. Small of stature, but large in spirit, she will be greatly missed by her family and many Friends. She was an inspiration to us all with her courage, insight and compassion.
Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Ave.) Toronto (416-698-2861) on Friday, September 23 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services on Saturday at the Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Road) at 11 a.m. Interment at Saint John's Norway Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Kingston Road United Church.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-06 published
LAIRD, Robert Warring " Big Rob"
"Larger than life."Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Friday, February 4, 2005 in his 55th year, following a brief, sudden illness. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary for the past 31 years. Cherished and devoted father of Robbie and his wife Gillian, Colin and Heather. son of the late Bill and Trudy LAIRD; nephew of Edward and Frances BEST. Special son-in-law of Bill and the late Helen IRWIN. Dear brother of Bill and the late Kathie AVERY. Wonderful brother-in-law to Peggy, Jane, Don, Teresa and Ross. Loving "Uncle Rob" to Laird, Tricia, Shannon, Will, Meaghan, Kirsten, Graeme, Tessa, Keith, D'Arcy and Marian. Dedicated teacher (Henry Hudson S.P.S.), friend, mentor, volunteer and neighbour. Expert gravy and backyard-rink maker. Rob had a wonderful, larger-than-life sense of humour and a passion for his wife, kids, Friends, family and community. He loved photography, gardening, golf, woodworking, and the occasional beer. Thank you to the gentle and caring staff at North York General Hospital who cared for Rob and all his visitors. Friends and family will be received at Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street, (2 lights south of Steeles) on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Big Rob's life will be held on Tuesday at Saint John's York Mills Anglican Church, (19 Don Ridge Dr., North York) at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
LAIRD, Robert Warring " Big Rob"
"Larger than life." Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Friday, February 4, 2005 in his 55th year, following a brief, sudden illness. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary for the past 31 years. Cherished and devoted father of Robbie and his wife Gillian, Colin and Heather. son of the late Bill and Trudy LAIRD; nephew of Edward and Frances BEST. Special son-in-law of Bill and the late Helen IRWIN. Dear brother of Bill and the late Kathie AVERY. Wonderful brother-in-law to Peggy, Jane, Don, Teresa and Ross. Loving "Uncle Rob" to Laird, Tricia, Shannon, Will, Meaghan, Kirsten, Graeme, Tessa, Keith, D'Arcy and Marian. Dedicated teacher (Henry Hudson S.P.S.), friend, mentor, volunteer and neighbour. Expert gravy and backyard-rink maker. Rob had a wonderful, larger-than-life sense of humour and a passion for his wife, kids, Friends, family and community. He loved photography, gardening, golf, woodworking, and the occasional beer. Thank you to the gentle and caring staff at North York General Hospital who cared for Rob and all his visitors. Friends and family will be received at Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street, (2 lights south of Steeles) on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Big Rob's life will be held on Tuesday at Saint John's York Mills Anglican (19 Don Ridge Dr., North York) at 10: 30 a.m. Cremation. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-19 published
BEST, Alma
Peacefully, at the Aurora Resthaven Nursing Home, on Thursday, February 17, 2005 in her 91st year. Predeceased by her husband Don. Loving mother of Jim and his wife Joy and Joan. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her grandchildren Michael, Janet and Tim, and 4 great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sister Meryl POWELL and Hilda (Peg) ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Predeceased by her brother Dickson WILSON and sister Garnet GAGAN all of Renfrew. Friends will be received at Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora (905-727-5421), on Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-23 published
CROCKER, Shirley Colleen
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Tuesday, March 22, 2005. Shirley CROCKER (née MORRIS) of Somerset, Nova Scotia, at 78 years of age. Beloved wife of the late George CROCKER. Loving mother of Donna VENTURO and Mark CROCKER. Dear grandmother of Marissa, Connor and Valerie VENTURO; Miles, Keith and Alec CROCKER. Dear sister of Mary BEST and predeceased by Barbara WARD. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home "Lathangue Chapel", 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Saturday, March 26, 2005 from 1 p.m. until the time of a funeral service in the Chapel at 2 p.m., followed by cremation. Interment will take place at Berwick Cemetery, Nova Scotia. Donations to the Harbourville Restoration Society, R.R.#5, Berwick, Nova Scotia B0P 1E0 would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-30 published
PETERS, Andrew William, M.B.A., C.M.A.
Born in Montreal on June 17th, 1962, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew William PETERS on April 28th, 2005 at the age of 42 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Susan (née BEST) and loving father to Alison (9), Anthony (8) and Riley (5). Deeply loved and cherished son of Alan and the late Susan PETERS (June 2001.) Dear brother of Carolyn (Paul DENTON,) Sheilagh (Philip SHERMAN) and Stephen (Winnifred.) Loving son-in-law of Frank and Pat BEST and Margaret DAINARD. Loving brother-in-law of Carolyn and Robert SEWELL. Cherished uncle to nine nieces and nephews. Also lovingly remembered by many Friends and colleagues. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's, York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2005. If desired, donations to one of the following: The Peters Fellowship in Brain Tumour Research at Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 or The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 650 Waterloo Street, Suite 100, London, Ontario, N6B 2R4 or The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-02 published
PETERS, Andrew William, M.B.A., C.M.A.
Born in Montreal on June 17th, 1962, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew William PETERS on April 28th, 2005 at the age of 42 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Susan (née BEST) and loving father to Alison (9), Anthony (8) and Riley (5). Deeply loved and cherished son of Alan and the late Susan PETERS (June 2001.) Dear brother of Carolyn (Paul DENTON,) Sheilagh (Philip SHERMAN) and Stephen (Winnifred.) Loving son-in-law of Frank and Pat BEST and Margaret DAINARD. Loving brother-in-law of Carolyn and Robert SEWELL. Cherished uncle to nine nieces and nephews. Also lovingly remembered by many Friends and colleagues. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's, York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2005. If desired, donations to one of the following: The Peters Fellowship in Brain Tumour Research at Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 or The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 650 Waterloo Street, Suite 100, London, Ontario, N6B 2R4 or The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-08 published
MENKIS, Carol
On Sunday, June 5, 2005 in Winnipeg. Carol Menkis, beloved wife of the late Sidney MENKIS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Dr. Alan and Karen MENKIS, Dr. Richard MENKIS and Cathie BEST, and Eric and Barbara MENKIS. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Arik and Halina LEVITT. Devoted grandmother of Shana, Haley, Simon, Amanda, Bryan, Aviva, and Lavi. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Habonim Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Sharon Home Simkin Centre, Winnipeg 204-586-9781, McCormick Home, London 519-432-2648 Ext. 224, or Alzheimer Society of Canada 1-800-616-8816.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-10 published
BEST, William Edward " Bill"
Passed away suddenly at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 in his 75th year. Dearly loved husband of Nina BEST of Keswick. Loving father of Harold (Susan), Leonard (Shelly), Heather (Daryl HERRIDGE), Billy (Sue), David (Pat) and Arlene (Richard PERRY.) Sadly missed by 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Lawrence (Deb) BEST of Colorado. Bill will be greatly missed by many Friends and relatives. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at the home of Arlene and Richard Perry, 444 Lake Drive South, Keswick on Saturday, June 11, 2005 from 2: 00 to 5:00 p.m. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff, nurses and doctors at Southlake Regional Health Centre for their wonderful care. If desired, donations made to the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements from M.W. Becker Funeral Home, Keswick 1-888-884-4486.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-19 published
BEST, Nina Louise
Passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 18, 2005 in her 74th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Bill BEST. Loving mother of Harold (Susan,) Leonard (Shelly,) Heather (Daryl HERRIDGE), Billy (Sue), David (Pat) and Arlene (Richard PERRY.) Sadly missed by her 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Velma WALKER, Don and Wendy MOREY, Dave and Pat Morey, Lorna and James Gray, Carol Morey and Lawrence and Deb BEST. Predeceased by her sister Vivian McCONNEL and brother Robert MOREY. Nina will be greatly missed by many Friends and relatives. Visitation from the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway S. Keswick, 1-888-884-4486 on Monday 7-9 p.m. Funeral service from the chapel on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation. If desired, donations made to the Hospital for Sick Children Oncology Unit would be appreciated. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff and nurses at York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill and Southlake Regional Health Centre for their wonderful and loving care.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-20 published
BEST, Nina Louise
Passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 18, 2005 in her 74th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Bill BEST. Loving mother of Harold (Susan,) Leonard (Shelly,) Heather (Daryl HERRIDGE), Billy (Sue), David (Pat) and Arlene (Richard PERRY.) Sadly missed by her 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ernie and Betty MOREY, Velma WALKER, Don and Wendy MOREY, Dave and Pat MOREY, Lorna and James GRAY/GREY, Carol MOREY and Lawrence and Deb BEST. Predeceased by her sister Vivian McCONNEL and brother Robert MOREY. Nina will be greatly missed by many Friends and relatives. Visitation from the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway S. Keswick, 1-888-884-4486 on Monday 7-9 p.m. Funeral service from the chapel on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation. If desired, donations made to the Hospital for Sick Children Oncology Unit would be appreciated. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff and nurses at York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill and Southlake Regional Health Centre for their wonderful and loving care.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-04 published
GULLISON, Raymond Charles " Ray"
Passed away suddenly at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Sunday, July 3, 2005, at the age of 67. Ray GULLISON of R.R.#1, Coldwater, beloved husband of Patricia (Pat) BEST. Loving father of Jill GULLISON of Newmarket, Leslie WHITE/WHYTE and husband John of Innisfil, Jackie BEST of Stayner and Cathy BLACKBURN of Collingwood. Dear grandfather of Christopher GULLISON and Levi BLACKBURN. Loved brother of Charlene and husband Glen JENKINS of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Bill GULLISON and wife Agnes of Willowdale. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received at the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes, 54 Coldwater Street East, Orillia 705-326-3595, on Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday afternoon, July 6, 2005, at 1 o'clock. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at www.carsonfuneralhomes.com A Memorial Tree will be planted by the Doolitte Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-09 published
BEST, June Marguerite (née EADY)
Peacefully at her home in Huntsville and surrounded by her family on Friday, August 5, 2005. June Marguerite, born June 11, 1932 to the late Marguerite SMITH and Jack EADY. Beloved wife of William BEST, married September 6, 1952 at Christ Church Mimico. Dear mother of William (Whendy), Stephen (Lorraine), Donna (Terry SARARAS) and the late Brenda June. Loved by grandchildren Willie, Matt, Sarah, Sean, Crystal, April, Nick, Kim and Evie. Sister of Harold EADY (Dorothy) of Florida, Don EADY (Barbara) of Georgetown and the late William EADY (Shirley.) A Memorial Service will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville (705-789-5252) on Friday, August 12, 2005 at 12 noon. If lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, would be appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-18 published
From shooter to victim
Man, 27, killed in Toronto's 31st fatal shooting of the year
But seven years ago, he was the one firing the weapon
By Betsy POWELL, Crime Reporter
Seven years ago, Tate BEST fired a gun near a crowded elementary school, injuring a rival and a pregnant bystander.
On Tuesday night, BEST ran for his life from a balaclava-clad gunman in a public housing complex near Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E. -- not far from the school where BEST opened fire in May 1998.
Around 5: 50 p.m., he collapsed at the bottom of a flight of stairs. witnesses: came to his aid, but he died later at Sunnybrook hospital.
He was 27.
At the time of the 1998 shooting, police said it was apparently over a turf war that could be gang-related. Police aren't yet saying who or what triggered his slaying, though there was talk yesterday around the complex that he had clashed with some local drug dealers.
BEST grew up nearby and while it's believed he no longer lived in the immediate area, residents of the complex had seen him hanging around this summer.
In 2000, BEST testified in a Toronto courtroom that he had been defending himself in the 1998 shooting near Thorncliffe Park Elementary School. A jury convicted him anyway of two counts of aggravated assault, though not guilty of two counts of attempted murder. Calling his conduct stupid and foolish, a judge sentenced BEST to six years in a federal prison, less time already served.
BEST's lawyer, Edward SAPIANO, had argued a federal prison term would be too severe. "You'd be sending him to crime school with the most serious criminals in the country," he said.
When told yesterday BEST was dead, SAPIANO nonetheless said he was surprised. "Another one. It's incredible; there's a war happening out there," he said, referring to a rash of shootings this summer that appear to be retaliatory in nature.
SAPIANO recalled his client as a good-looking young man with distinct blue eyes and freckles who was "very polite, sort of professional. And he was well-dressed, not like a pimp but certainly (in) expensive (clothes)."
The defence lawyer saw BEST earlier this summer walking down the street. "He seemed to be getting his life on track," SAPIANO recalled. BEST had no outstanding charges and SAPIANO said he was talking up his dream of establishing a clothing design business.
BEST's criminal record, which includes weapons and drug charges, dates back to 1995, a source said. His family members could not be reached for comment.
But SAPIANO said the two never discussed whether BEST was involved with a gang.
"My clients have an understanding that I don't -- I can't -- hear about that stuff because it impedes my ability to defend them. I can't put someone on a stand to say they're not a gang member if they previously told me they are a gang member. Tate was one of my more sophisticated clients and would have understood that."
Around the townhouse complex yesterday, residents weren't providing police with a lot of information. One officer at the scene said he understood the reluctance of people to co-operate: "We can't protect them from the bad guys."
A Toronto Community Housing spokeswoman said the complex is being revamped for safety, with repairs to street lighting, pruning trees for visibility and the installation of cameras.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-19 published
BEST, Tate Carlton
Proud Daddy of Taysa and fiancé of Natisha. Beloved son of Ronald and Lesley. Dear brother of Tia, Nicky, Rhonda, Carl, Randy, Gary, Barry, Blair, Brad, Brian, Tony, Joshua and Ronald. Stepson of Dorothy. Tate will be sadly missed by his many family members and Friends. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Saturday from 12-3 p.m. with Funeral Services in the Chapel at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to a trust fund being set-up Taysa would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-26 published
WAYLETT, Mona Myrtle (BEST)
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll, on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Mona (BEST) WAYLETT of Beaverton was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. WAYLETT. Loved mother of Sonya (Pat) DUNKLEY, Debbie (John) BOSKOVIC and mother-in-law of Jean-Michel GRON. Grandmother of Nicholas, James (Sarah), Isaac, David, Christina, Ruth, Faith, and great-grandmother of Noelle. Sister of Violet (Gordon) NOSEWORTHY. Sister-in-law of Joan LOUGHTON and Joan WAYLETT of England. Survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton (705-426-5777), on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment St. Andrew- St. James Cemetery, Orillia.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-27 published
WAYLETT, Mona Myrtle (BEST)
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Mona (BEST) WAYLETT of Beaverton was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. WAYLETT. Loved mother of Sonya (Pat) DUNKLEY, Debbie (John) BOSKOVIC and mother-in-law of Jean-Michel GRON. Grandmother of Nicholas, James (Sarah), Isaac, David, Christina, Ruth, Faith and great-grandmother of Noelle. Sister of Violet (Gordon) NOSEWORTHY. Sister-in-law of Joan LOUGHTON and Joan WAYLETT of England. Survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton (705-426-5777) on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Interment St. Andrew - St. James Cemetery, Orillia.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-28 published
HUNTE, Anthony Randolph
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 in the prime of his life at age 43. Beloved husband of Heather (nee WILSON.) Loving father of Sonia and Matthew. Devoted son of Randolph and Elza HUNTE of Barbados. Loving brother of Susan BEST and Denise SLATER. Brother-in-law of Francis, Sheldon, Eurieta (Rita) and Hazarene (Hazel). Loving uncle of Daniel, Dana, Jordan and Adrian. Nephew of Herbert (Herbie,) St. Clair Junior, James HUNTE (Montreal.) Dear cousin of Trudy and Jeannine HUNTE. Anthony will be sadly missed by his many aunts, uncles, relatives and Friends. Family will receive Friends at Scott Funeral Home, 420 Dundas St. East, Mississauga, 905-272-4040, Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Saint John the Baptist (Dixie), 719 Dundas St. East, Mississauga on Friday, September 30, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Saint John's Dixie Cemetery, Mississauga. Anthony's great dream was that any donations would be made to the future education of Sonia and Matthew.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-24 published
BEST, Estelle
You came to us, you were the Best! You made the Best bread in the whole city! You drew the Best out of each us! You have touched all our lives for the Best. Loved, missed, and prayed for always. Memorial Service for Estelle BEST, past manager of Saint John's Bakery, at Saint John the Compassionate Mission, 155 Broadview Ave., Toronto, Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 5: 00 p.m.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-02 published
MARTIN, George Laidlaw Blackwood
Peacefully at the Ajax/Pickering Hospital on October 31st, 2005, together again with his beloved wife of 52 years, Trudy. Loving father of Sandra BEST (of Brockville,) and Wendy BALENA (of Ajax.) Cherished grandfather of Simon, Adrienne, Trevor, Laura and Jordan. Friends will be received at the Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finley Ave., Ajax (905-428-9090), on Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 from 4-8 p.m. A chapel service will be held on Friday, November 4th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
SAINT_JEAN, Vincent " Connie"
He entered into rest suddenly, in his 84th year, on Friday, November 4, 2005, at his new residence, the Scarborough Retirement Centre, with his three guardian angels Beverly, Sanika and Prem by his side. Loving husband of the late Jean. Beloved father of Vincent Jr. (Susan), Charlotte HURD (Gerry), Raymond (Gladys), Donna MOORE (Russell.) Papa will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Michael HURD (Janice), Christine MATTHEWS (Robin), Michelle JUAN (Chris,) Nicole BEST (Patrick,) Sarah MOORE, John MOORE, and the late Renee CHAMBERS (Terry.) Cherished great-grandfather to Stefanie and Emily HURD, Mackenzie and Macy MATTHEWS, Joshua JUAN and Peter BEST. Family will receive Friends at the McDougall and Brown Funeral Home (2900 Kington Rd., east of St. Clair Ave. E.), 416-267-4656, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday. Funeral Mass will take place at St. Theresa Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church (Kingston Rd., and Midland Ave. area), on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. If so desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-23 published
Slaying victim linked to bikers
By Tracy HUFFMAN, Crime Reporter
A tow-truck driver who a source says had biker connections was beaten to death with a baseball bat in a botched robbery after he was called to a remote parking lot in East York early yesterday morning.
"It is certainly looking like he was lured," said Det. Sgt. Randy CARTER of the homicide squad. "They were called to that area on the pretence of a tow-truck call for service."
But there was no broken-down vehicle when driver Gordon BEST, 51, and his friend arrived just before 1 a.m. at the parking lot on Haldon Ave. at an entrance to Taylor Creek Park in the Cosburn and Woodbine Aves. area.
Instead two men in their mid-30s met BEST and his friend who drove to the area in an Associates Towing truck. The suspects attempted to rob BEST, beat him and then fled in a black truck, possibly a GMC Jimmy.
"I don't have an exact sequence of events just yet," CARTER said. BEST's friend was not assaulted and has given details to police.
A source said BEST was known to deal drugs and had ties to biker gangs. CARTER said police are continuing to investigate and have not ruled out the possibility that drugs were a factor.
When emergency crews arrived, BEST was alive but badly beaten. He was taken to St. Michael's Hospital where he died around 7 a.m.
An autopsy is scheduled for today. BEST is Toronto's 70th homicide victim this year.
Police are looking for the suspects. Associates Towing could not be reached for comment.
Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide squad at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477, or online at http: //www.222tips.com.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-24 published
NEIL, " Bonnie" Bonnita Jean (née BEST)
As a result of an accident on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, Bonnie BEST of Flesherton in her 58th year. Daughter of the late Harold BEST and Velma FISHER. Beloved wife of Barry NEIL. Loving mother of Jeffrey (Michelle), Daniel (Kendra), Jason (Tanya), all of Flesherton, and Christopher (Caitlin SORENSEN) of Ottawa. She will always be loved and remembered by her grandchildren, Kelsey, Makayla, Brayden, Ambyrlee, Payton, Spencer, Hunter, Taylor and Lauren. Dear sister of Geraldine (Milford) LOUCKS of Owen Sound, and Bob (Anne) BEST of Flesherton, and the late Edwin BEST. She will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday, November 24, from 7-9 p.m., and Friday, November 25, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The service will be held at the St. John's United Church, Flesherton on Saturday, November 26, at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Flesherton Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Flesherton Minor Sports or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-10 published
CARDINAL, Marion Grace Betty (née TILEY)
Peacefully, Saturday, December 3, 2005, in her 90th year, surrounded by her loved ones, at the Ottawa Hospital - General Campus, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife for 64 years of Jean-Paul. Loving mother of Diane (Al BEST,) Joan (late John O'NEILL), John (Kay), and Charlene. Proud grandmother of Shannon O'NEILL (late Joe McMAHON), Sean O'NEILL (Maureen), Greg BEST (Andrea,) Ryan CARDINAL (Kelli,) Christopher CARDINAL, as well as great-grandmother of Jake, J.T. and Josey. The family wishes to thank the nurses and doctors of the 7th Floor and the Palliative Care Team of the Ottawa Hospital - General Campus for the compassionate care provided. A private family Service will be held in the spring. In memoriam donations to the Canadian Cancer Society appreciated. www.kellyfh.ca Kelly Funeral Homes (613) 235-6712

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BEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
BEST, Ronald " Ron"
Loving husband of Dorothy. Proud father of Rhonda, Carl (Jeanie), Randy (Sherri), Gary (Ginger), Tony (Kristina), Barry, Blair, Brad, Brian (Malessa), Joshua, and Ronald. Predeceased by his son Tate. Brother to Lewis BEST. Will be missed by Taysa and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday in the Chapel at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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