BIRDSALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-21 published
BIRDSALL, John " Jack" Douglas
(April 14, 1925-November 15, 2005)
Passed away on Tuesday evening during heart surgery at Good Samaritans Hospital in Los Angeles. John was born in Saint Thomas, Ontario. He was predeceased by his mother Fern and father L.B. BIRDSALL, City Editor of the Saint Thomas Times Journal.
John graduated with a B.A. from the Ontario College of Art, winning the prestigious Governor's Medal of Excellence. In Canada, he made his career in design and advertising winning many international design awards in graphic design and advertising, both as a designer and a writer. He was a life member of "The Arts and Letters Club".
In 1963, Mattel Toys brought John to the United States to work in their design and product development department. He went on to become manager of Huber Publishing in Hollywood where he designed and published programs for the live theater in Los Angeles.
John and his wife Barbara formed their own business and he became more interested in industrial design and the invention of toys, of which there were many successes. In his later days, John and Barbara raised Arabian horses and had a World and European Supreme Champion stallion now owned by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
He was a superb and witty writer. At the time of his death he was finishing 8 books on how to make it as an inventor along with a novel taken from his days as a young man trying to survive on a shoestring in Toronto. Many Friends will remember John for his thank you notes and letters.
John is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara, his sister June SINCLAIR and husband Don SINCLAIR of Orillia, Ontario and his niece Janis SINCLAIR of Vancouver, British Columbia. A memorial service will be held after the holidays at "Beaucrest" his ranch in Cherry Valley, California.

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BIRDSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-24 published
ESSELTINE, Jean (CROSSETT)
At the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, January 22, 2005. Mrs. Jean (CROSSETT) ESSELTINE of Saint Thomas and formerly of Talbotville, in her 83rd year. Wife of Archie ESSELTINE. Mother of Joan KING and her husband Bill of Camlachie, Barbara BIRDSEY and her husband Charlie of Saint Thomas and Robert ESSELTINE and his wife Elizabeth of R.R.#3, Saint Thomas. Sister of David A. CROSSETT and his partner Lois NEAL of Saint Thomas. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Born in Yarmouth Twp., Ontario, October 31, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Thomas CROSSETT and the late Clara (FINCH) INGRAM and step-daughter of the late Charles H. INGRAM. The funeral service will be conducted at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Tuesday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Union Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the charity of one's choice gratefully acknowledged.

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BIRELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-24 published
MYLET, Gordon
On Saturday, January 22, 2005, at his home with his family present. Gordon MYLET, beloved husband of the late Marjorie (AYERS.) Dear father of Susan (Michael), and Ian (Alexandra). Loving grampa of Jennifer and Ross. Cherished friend of Mary BIRELL. A service to celebrate the life of Gordon will be held 1: 00 p.m. Thursday, January 27, 2005 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 89 Dunn Street, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, Oakville.

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BIRGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-28 published
BIRGE, William Pentland (1933-2005)
Passed away peacefully on February 25, 2005, at Victoria Hospice. Survived by his loving wife, Arlene; his children, Cam (Paola), Sue, and Carol (Colin); five grandchildren, Conor, Emma, Sarah, Sam and Dani; nieces Lindsey and Gaby; nephews, Alex and Dani.
Bill was born in Toronto to Charlie and Sarah, grew up in Oakville and graduated from Appleby College. He attended the University of Toronto, where he met his future wife, a budding opera singer.
In 1965, Bill, Arlene and kids moved to North Vancouver, where an early mid-life epiphany saw Bill at Simon Fraser University. He quickly became involved in the student movement and sat as a member of the Board of Governors. His time at Simon Fraser University cemented his interest in politics and his lifelong commitment to social justice and learning.
Bill was Vice-president, Administration, at Athabasca University in Alberta, until early retirement allowed him and Arlene to move to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they lived for several years. In 1999 they moved to Victoria to be closer to family. It was from there they were able to pursue their great passion of travelling the world.
Early retirement enabled Bill to immerse himself in his many interests: classical history, duplicate bridge, English literature, cryptic crosswords and his grandchildren (not necessarily in that order).
Bill had an impact on everyone he met. His sharp mind and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of his life will take place at First Memorial, 1155 Fort Street, Victoria, British Columbia, on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation would be most appreciated
(www.victoriahospice.org/ vh_foundation.html). We thank them for their support during this difficult time.

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BIRGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-05 published
BIRGE, William Pentland (1933-2005)
Passed away peacefully on February 25, 2005, at Victoria Hospice. Survived by his loving wife, Arlene; his children, Cam (Paola), Sue, and Carol (Colin); five grandchildren, Conor, Emma, Sarah, Sam and Dani; nieces Lindsey and Gaby; nephews, Alex and Dani.
Bill was born in Toronto to Charlie and Sarah, grew up in Oakville and graduated from Appleby College. He attended the University of Toronto, where he met his future wife, a budding opera singer.
In 1965, Bill, Arlene and kids moved to North Vancouver, where an early mid-life epiphany saw Bill at Simon Fraser University. He quickly became involved in the student movement and sat as a member of the Board of Governors. His time at Simon Fraser University cemented his interest in politics and his lifelong commitment to social justice and learning.
Bill was Vice-president, Administration, at Athabasca University in Alberta, until early retirement allowed him and Arlene to move to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they lived for several years. In 1999 they moved to Victoria to be closer to family. It was from there they were able to pursue their great passion of travelling the world.
Early retirement enabled Bill to immerse himself in his many interests: classical history, duplicate bridge, English literature, cryptic crosswords and his grandchildren (not necessarily in that order).
Bill had an impact on everyone he met. His sharp mind and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him.

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BIRGIOLAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-05 published
IVANAUSKAS, Anele (formerly BIRGIOLAS)
Passed away at Toronto Grace Hospital on Saturday, December 3, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by her husband Kazys IVANAUSKAS and predeceased by her first husband John BIRGIOLAS. Loving mother of Nijole CAMPBELL and her husband John of Mississauga, Dr. John BIRGIOLAS and his wife Rita of Toronto and Tom IVANAUSKAS and his wife Anita of Toronto. Cherished grandmother of Janette and her husband Ted MORANDIN, Lynn and her husband Lewis VAN KAMP, John, Angie and Andrew BIRGIOLAS, Kristin and Justine IVANAUSKAS. Cherished great-grandmother of Catherine, Teddy, Leah and John. Survived by her brothers Jurgis JAKAITIS of Lithuania and Pranas JAKAITIS of Miami. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., prayers 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Lithuanian Martyrs Church, 2185 Stavebank Road, Mississauga on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment Saint John's Lithuanian Cemetery. Forthose who wish, donations may be made to Toronto Grace Hospital.

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BIRIKORANG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-14 published
HOWE, William Franklin
At the St. Catharines General Hospital, on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at the age of 71. Beloved husband of 49 years to Diane (YATES) HOWE. Loving father of Lori (Mark) MARCIN. Grandpa will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Eric and Kelsey KOWALCHUK, by his step grandchildren Justin (Marisol,) Kyle and William and by his step great grandchildren Owen and Kirsten. Dear brother of Donna (Robert) PARSONS and Charlene HOWE. Predeceased by parents Charles and Gladys HOWE. Special friend and father-in-law to David KOWALCHUK. Survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Friends Susan DOMINEY, Ellen HERRING, Valerie and Don WOLFE, Warren and Dee YATES and Robin BROCK for all their help and support during Bill 's last days. Thank you also to Dr. YANI and Dr. HOOSEN and all the nurses and staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the St. Catharines General Hospital.
Bill "The Window Guy" worked for Master Seal Windows for 30 years. Bill was a very active member of Trinity United Church, Thorold. Bill's family will receive their family and Friends at the Lamb-Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, 2 Regent Street, Thorold on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Family will gather on Tuesday at Trinity United Church, 15 Pine St. S., Thorold from 10 a.m. until Funeral Service time at 11 a.m. Reverend Martin ASUMANG- BIRIKORANG officiating. Interment, Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, Fonthill. Memorial donations in memory of Bill to the Window Restoration of Trinity United Church, the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Oncology Unit at St. Catharines General Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

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BIRK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-12 published
KUHL- WHITE/WHYTE, Elga Marietta
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London on Sunday, January 9th, 2005 Elga Marietta KUHL- WHITE/WHYTE of London in her 76th year. Dearly loved mother of Barbara BIRK- OLSEN and her husband Torben of Denmark; Michael WHITE/WHYTE and his wife Carol of England. Dear sister of Waltraudt CHISWELL- SMITH of England. Predeceased by her son Gordon SPECHT (1984.) Loving grandmother of Kirsten-Maria BIRK- OLSEN and Lauren WHITE/WHYTE. Dear friend of Frances CLARKE of London. Cremation. Friends will be received by the family from 2: 00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 14th, 2005 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where a service to celebrate Elga's life will be held in the chapel at 3: 00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the A.I.D.S. Committee of London, 388 Dundas Street, Unit 120, London, Ontario, N3B 1V7.

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BIRKENHEUER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-04 published
BIRKENHEUER, Katharina

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BIRKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-03 published
BIRKS, John Peter
Beloved father of Michael, son of the late John and Helen BIRKS, brother of Sally BONGARD and Barbara WYBAR, Peter was born September 17, 1947 in Montreal, and died suddenly at his home in Sydney, Australia of a heart attack on July 23, 2005. Private funeral was held in Brisbane, Australia on August 2, 2005. Memorial service will be held in Metis Beach, Quebec on August 12, 2005. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Little Metis Presbyterian Church, c/o Trustee Mary Williams, 4444 Sherbrooke St. W., Apt. 508, Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1E4

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BIRMINGHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-31 published
COKER, Mrs. Edith (née WILLIAMS)
Beloved wife, best friend and companion of John COKER for over 58 years, passed away at Belmont House on May 28, 2005. She was predeceased by her four brothers and two sisters. During World War 2, after serving as an ambulance driver during the London Blitz, she transferred to the O.S.S. and, thereafter, served as a Cadet Ensign in the Women's Transport Service (F.A.N.Y.) in the Far East, where she met John in Macassar, Dutch East Indies. She and he began married life in 1947 in London (England), later moving successively to New York, Kingston (Jamaica), New York again, Oakville, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Toronto, Munich, London again, Montreal and finally Toronto again. Whilst resident in Jamaica she served actively on Lady Foot's Committee to improve the lot of local women. Edith was always keenly interested in sports (pre War she played country tennis and field hockey), and was a lifelong lover of animals, especially horses, dogs and cats. Cremation arrangements by Trull Funeral Home (Yonge Street.) Appreciation of palliative care by Dr. B. BIRMINGHAM (Medical Director, Belmont House) and others concerned therewith is hereby recorded as is the devoted care, over the years, of Aki and Cora. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may please be made to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Toronto Humane Society. Friends may call at the Trull 'North Toronto' Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence), (416) 488-1101, on Tuesday, June 7th for a memorial service that will be held in the chapel at 3 p.m.

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BIRMINGHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-02 published
BIRMINGHAM, Helen (née MIDDLETON)
Peacefully at the Heritage Green Nursing Home on Wednesday June 29, 2005 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of Bruce and his wife Betty, Susan and her husband Bill LOHNES. Dear grandmother of Jeffery and his wife Joann, and Jennifer BIRMINGHAM, Kelly and her husband Dan EASTON and Scott GRUNAU and his fiancée Kelly LORD, and Great grandmother of Jonathan BIRMINGHAM. A private family service was held at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, Stoney Creek, followed by interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Stoney Creek, Ontario.

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BIRMINGHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-29 published
TUPPER, Rennie Joy
Rennie was born in Calgary, Alberta, October 31, 1956 and passed away in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, following a sudden illness. She is survived by a loving family, her parents Dora and Errold; her sisters Laurie, Jill and Devon; her brother Shawn and brothers-in-law Kevin FIRKUS and Michael BIRMINGHAM; her nephews Brae and Cole and her niece Dakota. Rennie has also left behind many relatives and Friends across Canada who loved her dearly and her colleagues at Natural Resources Canada who will remember her with fondness. Those of us lucky enough to know Rennie will remember unbending love, abundant kindness, a shy but disarming personality, and simply the biggest heart in the world. Most of all, she will be missed by Shadow, her unfailing companion these last seven years. A special thanks to the team in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ottawa Civic Hospital for all they did for Rennie and the sensitivity and kindness shown to her family. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry. 315 McLeod Street on Monday, August 1, 2005 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Rennie's life will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, August 2 at 11: 30 a.m. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's United Church, 128 1st Street East, Cochrane, Alberta on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 2 p.m. If desired, memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society.
Condolences/Donations/Tributes at: mcgarryfamily.ca 613-233-1143

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BIRMINGHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-25 published
BIRMINGHAM, Agnes (née WILLIAMS)
Died suddenly at the age of 68 on Sunday, May 22, 2005. Survived by her husband Michael of 44 years, and her five children Chris (Faye), Darlene (Herb), Michelle (Jack), Michael (Mary), and Roger (Suzy), and her 7 grandchildren Matthew, Christopher, Brandon, Emily, Michael, Nicholas, and Michelle. Also survived by her brothers and sisters of the Goulds, Newfoundland. Agnes was predeceased by her parents George and Florence WILLIAMS. Friends will be received at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre, 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton (North of Steeles Ave.) 905-456-8190 on Friday, May 27, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at Saint John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, 300 Balmoral Drive, Brampton. Interment at Assumption Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, flowers and donations in her name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Hospital for Sick Children would be appreciated by the family.

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BIRNBAUM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-17 published
Leonard GERTLER, Urban Planner (1923-2005)
University of Waterloo teacher was a founding father of town planning in Canada, writes Sandra MARTIN. His environment-first strategy 'made a difference to the quality of our lives and our communities'
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, December 17, 2005, Page S11
A holistic and strategic thinker, Leonard (Len) GERTLER was one of the founding fathers of urban planning in this country. He became interested in cities as a researcher and scriptwriter for the National Film Board in the late 1940s and went on to write a landmark report on protecting Ontario's Niagara Escarpment and to serve as a policy adviser to Pierre Trudeau's Ministry of Urban Affairs. A pioneer in co-operative and sustainable development abroad, he involved his students, beginning in 1970, in projects in Indonesia, Jamaica, India, Japan and Uzbekistan.
Historically, planning in Canada was undertaken and taught by people trained in Britain or the United States. Prof. GERTLER, who worked as a planner in Edmonton, Toronto and the Saint John River Valley in New Brunswick before he became the founding director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo, brought a Canadian perspective to the classroom.
"Len was Canada's guru of environment-first planning for broad geographic regions. He wanted our cities to be cities [and to work for people's well-being] and he wanted the countryside -- the farmlands, woodlands and wetlands -- to stay countryside," said Linda PIM, a conservation policy analyst with Ontario Nature.
"He was able to connect the key elements of planning theory and practice in a way that resonated with me [and many other students] and stayed with me throughout my career," said David WITTY, who studied with Prof. GERTLER at U of W in the early 1970s and is now dean of architecture at the University of Manitoba. Prof. GERTLER "brought social, ecological, economic and physical components" to planning in a way "that demanded respect."
Mark SEASONS, who was a doctoral student in the mid 1980s and is now an associate professor of planning and associate dean at the U of W, described him as "a man of few but very carefully chosen words," with "a keen intellect and insights." He did not "suffer fools gladly," but "if you gained his respect, he became a loyal friend and life-long supporter."
Prof. GERTLER's passion for planning infected not only his students, but one of his own sons. "Len never cajoled or coaxed me," Meric GERTLER, now professor of geography and planning at the University of Toronto, said in a eulogy at his father's funeral. Instead, he felt an "inexorable pull" toward planning because his father's work was "so damned interesting." It made "a difference to the quality of our lives and our communities at a time when public interest in 'the environment' and all things 'urban' was enjoying its first real flowering in this country."
Leonard Oscar (Len) GERTLER was the youngest of three children of Carl Hiam GERTLER and his wife Gertrude (SLOVER). The GERTLERs and the SLOVERs had immigrated before the First World War from what was then Austro-Hungary, with the SLOVERs settling in Ottawa and the GERTLERs working on farms in an Irish settlement outside Montreal.
Gertrude and her brother had opened a store in the market in Ottawa and Hiam and his brothers started a furniture manufacturing company called Atlas Bedding in Montreal. Mr. GERTLER always hoped one of his sons would join in the family business, but it didn't work out that way.
His eldest son, Maynard GERTLER, a Roosevelt New Dealer, studied and taught economic history in the United States and Britain before returning to Canada and founding Harvest House, a Montreal publishing firm that specialized in translating the fiction of Québécois writers (such as Jacques Ferron, Anne Hébert and Yves Thériault) and in producing books on social and economic topics.
Len was seven years younger. Still, he was "my best friend from the time he was 12 years old," said Maynard GERTLER in a telephone conversation from his home in Montreal. Len was both artistic and athletic. He wrote plays, but he also played baseball and football, skied and trained as a long-distance swimmer.
Like his older brother, Len went to Queen's University to study economics and political science. In his third year, he became the founding editor of a publication called Public Affairs, soon renamed the Queen's Commentator. He emerged with an honour's degree in 1946 and an active interest in socio-economic and political issues.
During summers he found work (through a Montreal friend) with John GRIERSON at the National Film Board, which was then headquartered in Ottawa. After graduation, he joined the staff of the World in Action unit directed by Mr. GRIERSON's Disciple, Stuart LEGGE. He was researcher and scriptwriter for The Challenge of Housing and another film on the evolving National Capital Plan for Ottawa. His script was too outspoken for the National Capital Commission and he was banished from the project.
Dejected, he headed back to Montreal, where fate changed his future both romantically and professionally. In his parents' house, he met Anicka (Anita) BIRNBAUM, a Holocaust survivor from the tiny town of Svalava, Slovakia. In early teens she had been incarcerated in Auschwitz with the rest of her family. Anita and one sister were all that was left of their family when the Russians liberated the camp. She made her way to England, where she worked as a dental technician and used leftover bits of medical modelling clay to make sculptures.
Len's father, who was on the board of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society, sponsored her to come to Canada. "She only weighed about 60 pounds," recalled Maynard GERTLER. "My family sent her to l'École des métiers du meuble, which was the famous art school in Montreal. She studied sculpture and graduated at the top of the class and went on to be an excellent sculptor."
Anita and Len were married in the summer of 1948. The following year, discouraged by the National Capital Commission debacle at the film board, Len GERTLER went back to school and enrolled in a master's program in economics at the University of Toronto, studying under Harold INNIS and Tom EASTERBROOK. He was thinking of going further in his studies, but his older brother said: "Don't go into economics, that's theology. Go into planning."
Coincidentally, McGill had opened its graduate department of planning in 1950, the year he graduated from the University of Toronto. Encouraged by a friend who was already in the program, he enrolled and graduated with a diploma in 1951 and went on to a job in Edmonton as a senior planner (1951), and then as director of the Edmonton District Planning Commission (from 1952 to 1957), one of Canada's first regional planning agencies. He helped develop a workable concept of regional development during the exploration/development boom of the 1950s.
Next stop was Toronto, where he was senior planner and then deputy commissioner of planning from 1957 to 1964, working on a waterfront development plan among other projects. He left municipal government to establish a planning consultancy practice for Acres Research and Planning Ltd. in Niagara Falls.
Two years later, he was invited to help establish the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo and became its founding director. The university administration decided that he couldn't be a full professor because he lacked a doctorate, "the magic ticket," as Len GERTLER described it. If he were good enough to be the founding director of the school, he should be qualified enough to deserve a full professorship, he wrote in his memoir Radical Rumblings: Confessions of a Peripatetic Planner (2005). "Now I know that this betrayed ignorance of the ways of academia," he wrote. "But that very ignorance stiffened my back and the University conceded."
In 1967, the Ontario government of John Robarts, worried about the effects of urban sprawl, mining and recreational skiing on the natural habitat, asked him to carry out a study of the Niagara escarpment. A year later, Prof. GERTLER produced a "seminal report," according to the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, that "not only laid out a plan for a continuous undeveloped corridor along the escarpment, but also shifted the emphasis from recreation to conservation... prompted provincial legislation to restrict quarry development and, later, to regulate all land uses." The study led to the passage of the Niagara Escarpment Act, the formation of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, and the designation of the escarpment as a World Biosphere Reserve by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1990. Now, if you look at a satellite photograph of southern Ontario, you can see a green ribbon of natural habitats running from Niagara Falls to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
Prof. GERTLER took a two-year leave (from 1972 to 1974) to serve as director general of research and policy for prime minister Trudeau's Ministry of State for Urban Affairs. "His breadth of practice and involvement spoke to the notion that the national government should have an interest in the well-being of cities, because as cities go, so goes the country, and he saw that so early on," said Prof. WITTY. "He had the ability to see ahead of his time, but I never came to appreciate it until I was out and gone from the university [of Waterloo]."
Prof. GERTLER loved to work and continued writing the second volume of his memoirs even when his health was failing precipitously. In hospital, only days before he died, he reacted with pleasure when his son Kim brought him a book on international development for which he had written the foreword.
Leonard Oscar (Len) GERTLER was born in Montreal on October 10, 1923. He died in Toronto of throat cancer on December 9, 2005. He was 82. His wife, Anita, predeceased him in June of 2004. He is survived by four sons, a daughter, four grandchildren and his brother Maynard.

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BIRNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-20 published
HARRIS, Standish Alan (1901-2005)
On August 14th, 2005 Alan passed away peacefully at his country home in Caledon, in his 105th year. Adoring husband of the late Naomi Francis (PICK) and stepfather to her son the late Robert Sholto DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS. Loving 'Pappy' to Margot CURRY and family and Michael DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and family. Uncle Alan to Alan HODGINS, Mel HODGINS, Betty McWHINNIE, Jim HARRIS, Aldine BEAUMONT and their families. After leaving his home in Kilmallock, County Limerick and graduating from Trinity College in Dublin Alan made his way to Toronto. He had a brief job with the T. Eaton Co. and then landed the job he wanted, to teach. He became a teacher at Upper Canada College and was there from 1925-1965. Alan was a most admired and respected teacher. He loved the challenge of teaching Mathematics and was at his best when dealing with those who found the subject difficult. He was the head of the Mathematics Department for 30 years. Upper Canada College's property in Norval was a great love of Alan's and he personally supervised and assisted with the planting of thousands of trees there, results of his efforts are remembered as the 'Harris Arboretum'. After his wife's death Alan moved to his property in Caledon with his dog Rheba. He maintained a first-rate vegetable garden and wonderful flowerbeds. He also spent many years reforesting this property. He fed countless birds each winter and took great joy in his last years observing them with his binoculars on the bird feeder outside his living room. Much to the delight of many visitors Alan had the chickadees feeding from their hands. Alan had wonderful loving care over the last few years from Margot and Shane CURRY, Wendy DARROW, Thierry FOURNIER, Nancy WENGLEWICK, Evelyn BUNKER, Nancy SINCLAIR and Diane McKENZIE and her Victorian Order of Nurses team. Also Dr. Stuart BIRNIE and Elizabeth BIRNIE. A private family funeral service was held at the Egan Funeral Home, Bolton on Wednesday, August 17. Interment of cremated remains at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

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BIRNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-06 published
ALLEN, Robert John
Passed away suddenly at the Collingwood and General Marine Hospital on Thursday, December 23rd, 2004. Beloved husband and best friend of Margaret ALLEN (née DUNBAR) of Collingwood and the late Judith (née MORRIS) of Niagara Falls. Beloved father of Donna and partner Ken, Robert and partner Sue, Debra and husband Norman, Kathy and husband John. Loving son of Dorothy ALLEN of Niagara Falls, and the late Charles ALLEN of Collingwood. Dear brother of the late Shirley BIRNIE, sister Joan and husband Lowell, sister Dianne of Niagara Falls, and brother Jerry and wife Karin of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Dear grandfather of nine grandchildren. At Robert's request, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In the hearts of all who knew him, his smile and sense of humour warms, his memory lives and his love endures. Margaret ALLEN and family. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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BIRNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
SKINNER, Macroy
(World War 2 Artillery Veteran and retired 33 year employee of the T. Eaton Co.) Surrounded by family at the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Friday, February 4, 2005, in his 86th year. Mac SKINNER, beloved husband of Ivy (née FORD) and dear father of Philip and his wife Linda and Pamela and her husband Bryan BLACKERT. Proud grandfather of Matthew and Jeffrey SKINNER and Melissa and Alison BIRNIE. Brother of Jack SKINNER and his wife Ruth. Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. A Newmarket Veterans Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday followed by a Memorial Service in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

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BIRNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-17 published
KOSALLE, Joseph Francis
At St. Joseph's Health Centre, Guelph, on Wednesday, February 16, 2005. Joseph Francis KOSALLE, in his 86th year, was the beloved husband of Ruth (BIRNIE) KOSALLE of Guelph and the late Kathleen (Kay) (COSTELLO) KOSALLE. He was the loving father of Joseph KOSALLE and his wife Judy of Waterloo, and Richard (Rick) KOSALLE of Toronto, and step-father of Jeannie MIKLOS and her husband Bob of Kitchener, Doug PYZER and his partner Sandy of Florida, and Linda ADAM/ADAMS and her husband Tom of Kitchener. Joseph was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by 1 grand_son William Jamie and also by 3 sisters and 1 brother. Resting at the Gilbert Maclntyre and son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph. where a private family service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2005 followed by cremation. Interment of cremated remains in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society or to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family. (Cards available at the funeral home (519-822-4731) or by email info@glbertmacintyreandson.com).

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BIRNIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-18 published
MALYNYK, Walter
Suddenly at Centenary Hospital on Saturday, April 16, 2005 in his 71st year. Dear husband of 51 years to Marion MALYNYK (nee TOMPKINS.) Loving Dad to Chris CASSELMAN and her husband Dave and to Cheryl BIRNIE. Dear Grampy of Andrew Jr., Karen, Jessica and Julie. Walter is predeceased by his parents Andrew and Helen MALYNYK. He is survived by his twin brother Maurice and his wife Lillian and by his sisters Mary and her husband George FORTINO, Olga and her husband the late Harold TRIBE, and Annie and her husband the late John TYCHOLIZ. Walter will be missed by his loving companions Sheena and Spooky. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.), on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Ogden Chapel Tuesday at 11: 30 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter's name to Centenary Hospital would be appreciated.

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BIRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-23 published
McELHINEY, Rosemary (BARRETT)
Peacefully at her residence on Monday, February 21st, 2005 Rosemary (BARRETT) McELHINEY of London in her 80th year. Dear mother of Wendy WILLARD and her husband Ted of Calgary, Alberta: Brian McELHINEY and Irene BIRO of London and Jim McELHINEY and his wife Jennifer BARNABY of Monaco. Dear sister of Marion FARRELL of London. Predeceased by her son Douglas McELHINEY (1990) and her brother George BARRETT (2001.) Loving grandma of Robert WILLARD and his wife Krista of Lethbridge, Alberta: Christina WILLARD- STEPAN and her husband Jim of Calgary, Alberta and Karen FROESE of Calgary, Alberta. Great-grandma "Mac" of Kimberly, Dustin, Zachary, Maya, Mace, Brooke and Alyssa. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service which will be conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Friday, February 25th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Thomas D. HISCOCK officiating. Interment of cremated remains in Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Rosemary and her son Douglas to the A.I.D.S. Committee of London, 388 Dundas Street, Unit 120, London, Ontario N6B 1V7. (On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca).

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BIRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-24 published
McELHINEY, Rosemary (BARRETT)
Peacefully at her residence on Monday, February 21st, 2005 Rosemary (BARRETT) McELHINEY of London in her 80th year. Dear mother of Wendy WILLARD and her husband Ted of Calgary, Alberta: Brian McELHINEY and Irene BIRO of London and Jim McELHINEY and his wife Jennifer BARNABY of Monaco. Dear sister of Marion FARRELL of London. Predeceased by her son Douglas McELHINEY (1990) and her brother George BARRETT (2001.) Loving grandma of Robert WILLARD and his wife Krista of Lethbridge, Alberta: Christina WILLARD- STEPAN and her husband Jim of Calgary, Alberta and Karen FROESE of Calgary, Alberta. Great-grandma "Mac" of Kimberly, Dustin, Zachary, Maya, Mace, Brooke and Alyssa. Rosemary served with the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service of the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service which will be conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Friday, February 25th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Thomas D. HISCOCK officiating. Interment of cremated remains in Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Rosemary and her son Douglas to the A.I.D.S. Committee of London, 388 Dundas Street, Unit 120, London, Ontario N6B 1V7. (On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca).

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BIRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-10 published
BIRO, Michael
At Kensington Village on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, Mr. Michael BIRO of London and formerly of Tillsonburg in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Goldie. Much loved dad of Susan OHLER and her husband Mike, and David all of London, and Mike Jr. of Barrie. Dear brother of Louie BIRO, Bill BIRO and Helen VAMOS. Grandpa to Michael, Adam, Daniel, Ashley and Grace. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to the funeral service being conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, November 11th, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Michael are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex.

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BIRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-02-08 published
TOTHFALUSI, Alexander Alex
Peacefully, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, Alexander Alex TOTHFALUSI, of Mt. Brydges, in his 73rd year. Beloved husband of 47 years to Elizabeth Maria (née BRAUN.) Dear father of Alexander of Strathroy and Katharine (Anthony) PEPE of Komoka. Loved grandfather of Kristina and Nicole PEPE. Survived by sisters Emily (Daniel) FAW of Lambeth, Isabelle (Steve) ANGYAL of Strathroy, and Mary (Nick) BRAUNSCH of London. Also survived by mother and father-in-law Anna and Steve BRAUN of London; brothers-in-law Steve (Edith) BRAUN, Joe (Diane) BRAUN, all of London, and sister-in-law Elvera DYMUS of London. Will be sadly missed by many nephews, nieces, and cousins, as well as numerous relatives in Hungary and Germany. Alex was born in Chippewa, Niagara Falls. He lived, and was an active member, in the Mt. Brydges area for 53 years. He was a member of the North Caradoc-St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, the Hungarian Service Community, and was a 44-year member of the Independent Order of Foresters. Friends called at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mt. Brydges on Thursday, February 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service followed from the funeral home on Friday, commencing at 2 p.m. with Reverend Kathy FRASER officiating, assisted by Rev. Ferenc SZATMARI. Interment Mt. Brydges Cemetery. Special thanks to pallbearers Nick BRAUNsch, Donald ANGYAL, Dennis ANGYAL, Bill GONZO, Bob FAW, and Steven BRAUN Jr.; flower bearers Peter BRAUN, Steven RHEAULT, Joe BRAUN Jr., Tyler ANGYAL, and Jason HAYDT and honourary pallbearers Frank KOVACS, Harry BURKO, John BIRO, Wm. PANDOR, Anthony PANDOR, and Steve KAVINSKY. Donations to the Leukemia Foundation or to North Caradoc-St. Andrews Presbyterian Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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BIRON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-23 published
PECKHAM, Barbara Patricia
(Born November 30, 1955 Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) Passed away peacefully, at her home, with her daughters Tracy and Sonya at her side, on Thursday, September 22, 2005. Beloved daughter of Eileen PENNEY and her husband Stanley of Cape Breton. Predeceased by her father John Charles PECKHAM. Loving mother of Tracy MARINUCCI and her husband John and Sonya MacKINNON and her partner Eric CARDILLO. Special grandmother "mamma" of Tianna Caylyn MARINUCCI. Predeceased by Lawrence FARDY, her companion for eternity. Barbara will be sadly missed by her special Friends Ronnie and Kathryn BIRON, by her aunts, and Friends at I.R.C.O. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral in the Chapel on Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. For those whot wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BIRRELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-21 published
DEAR, Ian Gordon
Age 52. It is with the deepest sorrow that the family announces Ian's death at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 18, 2005, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Patricia (BIRRELL) and cherished father of Matthew. son of John and Helen DEAR and brother of Alan DEAR of Cobourg. Brother of Pamela DEAR of Richmond Hill. Loving uncle of Erin BIRRELL- CONTANT and Sarah BIRRELL of Toronto. Ian was a graduate of the University of Toronto and former employee of both the Bank of Montreal and the Bank of America Canada. The family expresses their deep felt thanks to the nurses of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital 4 East and 4 West for their professional care and kindness to Ian and his family. A very special thank you to Yolanda VANDERLAAN, who was consistently a safe port in the gathering storm. Ian lived his life as a dignified, kind and congenial man and he will be remembered as such by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line (at Dundas), in Oakville, (905) 257-8822, on Wednesday, the 23rd day of March, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to the service. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated.
"Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight sweet prince, and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

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BIRRELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
DEAR, Ian Gordon
Age 52. It is with the deepest sorrow that the family announces Ian's death at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 18, 2005, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Patricia (BIRRELL) and cherished father of Matthew. son of John and Helen DEAR and brother of Alan DEAR of Cobourg. Brother of Pamela DEAR of Richmond Hill. Loving uncle of Erin BIRRELL- CONTANT and Sarah BIRRELL of Toronto. Ian was a graduate of the University of Toronto and former employee of both the Bank of Montreal and the Bank of America Canada. The family expresses their deep felt thanks to the nurses of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital 4 East and 4 West for their professional care and kindness to Ian and his family. A very special thank you to Yolanda VANDERLAAN, who was consistently a safe port in the gathering storm. Ian lived his life as a dignified, kind and congenial man and he will be remembered as such by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line, (at Dundas) in Oakville, (905) 257-8822 on Wednesday, the 23rd day of March, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to the service. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated. "Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight sweet prince, and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"

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BIRRELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-18 published
DRUMM, Joseph William
(Flight Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Air Force, retired C.D.) With family present, Joseph passed away peacefully, at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital, on Saturday, July 16, 2005. Joseph was a friend, mentor, and father to Diane and husband Tom BIRRELL of Bobcaygeon, Warren and wife Debbie DRUMM of Orillia, Laurie and husband Dr. Alan CLIFFORD of Chatham. An active part of his grandchildren's lives, he will be kept in the hearts of Joe-Ann McCUE, Tracy CRESSWELL, Leslie MOTZ, Carolyn DUNN, Michael DRUMM, Christopher DRUMM, Scott CLIFFORD, Aimee CLIFFORD, as well as eight great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com.

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BIRRELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-12 published
BIRRELL, William Thomas " Bill"
Suddenly, quietly in his sleep on August 8th, 2005. Loving husband of Jennifer. Cherished father of Haley and Shelby. son of Margaret and Thomas BIRRELL. Step-son to Diane. Beloved brother to Patricia (Michael.) Son-in-law to Phil (Mary) ARNOLD and Bonnie. Brother-in-law to Andrea (Gary) and uncle to Morgan. Will be sadly missed by his extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins and many Friends. Bill will be remembered for his love of golf, baseball, his vending machine company and his beautifully landscaped backyard. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Asthma Foundation would be appreciated.

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BIRRELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
BIRRELL, Jennifer Eileen
Passed away peacefully surrounded by family and Friends on October 26th, 2005 at Etobicoke General Hospital, at the age of 40. Beloved wife of the late Billy BIRRELL. Loving mother of Shelby and Haley. Daughter of Bonnie RACE and Phil ARNOLD and his wife Mary. Sister of Andrea and her husband Gary and their children Morgan and Ashlee, Gail and her husband Kyle, Glen, and Chris. Also missed by many other relatives and Friends. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton (905-451-2124) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Ward Chapel on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. A reception to follow. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BIRRITTELLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-16 published
BELL, Robert Gordon, O.C., M.D., LL.D
Peacefully at home, on June 15, 2005, in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Mary Irene LAMPING, whom he married in 1938. Loving father of Bobbie (deceased,) Ronald (Katharine KIRKWOOD,) Janice (Walter HAMBLEY,) Linda (Louis ST- LAURENT,) Mary (Daniel PLOUFFE) and Brian (Lynn.) Cherished Grandpa to Kate (John BLICK,) Laura (Peter BHOI,) Carolyn (Sam BIRRITTELLA,) Jason, Jessie, Vicki, Christopher, Lisa, James, Elizabeth, Andrew and Sarah, and proud Great-Grandpa to Robert, James, Patrick, Daniel and Asha. Predeceased by his brother Oliver and his sister Jean. He will be missed by his dear sister-in-law Helen LAMPING, his cousin Mary WILSON, nieces, nephews, and Friends as well as his wonderful caregivers, Yolande, Matilda and Georgette. Born on a farm in Saint Mary's, Ontario in 1911, he grew up in a warm and caring home environment. Educated in Saint Mary's, he later attended Medical School, University of Toronto (Victoria College) and was a member of the Canadian Army Medical Corps in World War 2. A pioneer in addiction medicine, he and his wife Mary began working as a team treating patients in their own home in 1946, and subsequently established Glen Maple, Shadowbrook, Willowdale Hospital for Women, Alex G. Brown Clinic at Mimico Reformatory, and The Bell Clinic. He received international recognition for creating successful treatment and recovery programs and founded the first public hospital for addiction in Canada, The Donwood Institute. He then, at the age of 72, continued and expanded his work by opening Bellwood Health Services. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Royal Bank Award, an honorary Doctor of Laws (York University) and has received numerous other honours. Music played a big part in his life and he was an accomplished pianist. He loved gardening, dancing, reading, bridge and especially gatherings with family and Friends. Visitation will be held on Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday June 20, 2005 at St. Gabriel's Church (Sheppard Avenue) at 10 a.m. Private Interment in Saint Mary's, Ontario. Condolences www.rskane.ca. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Gordon Bell Foundation for the Prevention of Addiction. More than 40,000 families have benefited from his life's work. His dedication to his patients will be remembered by them and their subsequent generations. As he often said, 'It has been a privilege to have been of service.' R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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BIRSTOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-12 published
LAZER, Max
On Monday, April 11, 2005. Beloved husband of Mary MAIDENBERG, the late Rose LAZER and the late Anne LAZER. Loving father of Bess and Harold BIRSTOCK, Faygie WHITE/WHYTE and Elly and Spencer BLACK. Step-father to Bob (Jan) MAIDENBERG. Cherished grandfather of Karren (Michael) GLASER, Larry (Alex) BIRSTOCK, Joel LESTER, Dr. Michael (Eva) LESTER, Dr. Mark (Susan) BLACK, Dr. Jason (Dorit) BLACK, and Rachel (Blair) BROWN. Proud great-grandfather of eight. He will be sadly missed by all his family and Friends. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m., at Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. West, Thornhill. Interment at Mount Sinai Cemetery, Sunnyside section. Shiva at 37 Hammerstone Cres., Thornhill. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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BIRT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-17 published
BULL, Mary May (née ABREY)
Mary May BULL (née ABREY,) formerly of Karn Avenue, Woodstock passed away on Saturday, January 15th, 2005 at Woodstock General Hospital in her 84th year. Wife of the late George Parker BULL (1993). Loving mother of Gord of Whitby, Mary "Betty" of Fullarton, Ivan and his wife Mary of Eastwood, Don of Ingersoll, Art and Nancy, Cliff, and Jim, all of Woodstock. Predeceased by her son Edward George BULL (1957,) three grandchildren Grant, Janette, and Joseph, one great grandchild Dustin, two sisters Emily BARKER and Irene HILTON, and one brother Leslie ABREY. Survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Friends will be will received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday, January 19th, 2005 at 11: 00 am with Captains Phillip and Wavey BIRT officiating. Interment at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock. If desired, memorial donations to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy (519) 537-3611.

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BIRT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-06 published
LONSBERRY, Freda M.
At Woodstock General Hospital on Friday, February 4, 2005. Freda M. LONSBERRY of Old Wellington St. Woodstock in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Earl LONSBERRY (2002.) Dear mother of Reg and his wife Josie of Curries, Janice WHITE/WHYTE and her friend Yves DUFAULT and Elaine CLARK and her friend LeRoy STALEY all of Woodstock. Loved grandmother of Shelley, Donny, Dwayne, Lorrie, Leanne, David and Jeff and great-grandmother to Brittany, Cody, Dallas and Tyler. Predeceased by her sister Alma LIGHTFOOT. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock (539-0004) on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. with Capt. Phillip BIRT officiating. Interment in the Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions to the Salvation Army or the Oxford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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BIRT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-12 published
YOUNG, Sheila Carmen (née O'GORMAN) (1914-2005) Registered Nurse
Passed away peacefully, Thursday, December 8, 2005, at the Villa Mount Royal Nursing Home, Mount Royal, Quebec. Loving wife of sixty-two years to Harry F. YOUNG. Loving mother of the late baby Michael, and the late Patricia BODINGTON (Gerald.) Proud grandmother of Jason and Christina BODINGTON. She was predeceased by her sisters, Maureen RICHARDSON (the late Kenneth,) Rita BERTRAM (the late Robert,) baby Mary Rose Cecilia O'GORMAN, and by her brother John Ronald O'GORMAN (Grace.) She has left behind to mourn, Robert O'GORMAN (Isobel) of Peterborough, Ontario, Joan HOOPER (Bud) of Toronto, Ontario, Margery BIRT (William) of Oshawa, Ontario, and William O'GORMAN (Joan) of Cambridge, Ontario. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Armstrong-Rideau Funeral Home, 1640 Cote-Vertu, Ville St. Laurent, 514-331-1104. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Church, 11775 Filion Street, Montréal, on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Rideau Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family wishes to express our sincere thanks to all the medical staff of third floor east wing at the Mount Royal Nursing Home, for their compassion and dedication towards their patients.

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BIRTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-08 published
JONES, Irene
Passed away peacefully at Scarborough Centenary Hospital, at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late George JONES, mother of Sandra DEERE (Raymond), Dianne BIRTA (Atilla), Susan IRELAND (Ronald.) Dear sister of Pearl MEADOWS and sister-in-law Olive ROBINSON. Sadly missed by her 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Shepherd Village (Sheppard Ave. and Kennedy Rd.) on Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted with the Giffen-Mack Funeral Home and Cremation Centre (416-698-3121). In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BIRTCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-14 published
MONACO, Therese Ann " Billie"
On October 6, 2005 at Temiskaming Hospital, New Liskeard, Ontario after a valiant battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- Lou Gehrig's Disease.) Therese Ann "Billie" MONACO of Cobalt, beloved wife of Eli "Pete". Devoted mother of James, Jude, Anne (Ed KENNEDY), Peter (Noella) and Mary. Loving grandmother of Anna and Eli ISAAC, Sarah and Emily MONACO, Mark HOGGARTH, Colin and Catherine KENNEDY and Remi MONACO. Survived by siblings Eileen LIPINSKI, Kate WHITE/WHYTE, Brian and Joan WHITE/WHYTE. Predeceased by her siblings: Molly WHITE/WHYTE, Peggy KING, Betty ANDERSON and John WHITE/WHYTE. A memorial service was held at the Buffam Léveillé Funeral Home, Haileybury, Ontario (705-672-3122), Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment followed at the Cobalt Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the A.L.S. Society of Canada or the Temiskaming Diabetes Program will be gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks to Dr. HARDIE, Mary BIRTCH and C.C.A.C.

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BIRTWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-05 published
WESTGATE, Evelyn
Entered into rest peacefully at Parkwood Mennonite Home, Waterloo, on Thursday, February 3, 2005. Loving sister of Harry WESTGATE of Guelph. Loving aunt of Diane and Martin McDONALD of Guelph, Patricia and Eli STUTZMAN of Straffordville, and Mary Lou WESTGATE of Cardiff. Beloved great-aunt of John, Joel, Paul, and Luke McDONALD, Stephen and Sherri Schmidt STUTZMAN, Mark STUTZMAN, and Joe and Amanda BIRTWELL. She is also survived by other relatives and dear Friends. The family will receive visitors at Dunbarton Fairport United Church, 1066 Dunbarton Road, Pickering, Ontario at 1: 00 p.m. Sunday, February 6, 2005. Funeral service will follow at 2: 00 p.m. in the church. Should family and Friends so desire, donations to Dunbarton Fairport United Church or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the McEachnie Funeral Home (905-428-8488).

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BIRTZU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-20 published
BIRTZU, Maria
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2005. Beloved wife of Constantin. Loving and caring mother of Julian (Lynne), Valentin (Linda DENEAULT) and Constance (Harry McCRON.) She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Gregory, Michael, Nicole, Rebecca, Ashley, Andra, Alyssa, Thomas and great-grand_son Anthony, who all greatly enjoyed her zest for life. Dear sister of Mischa (predeceased), Franz, George, Katie and Anna (predeceased). Maria was born in Hungary on April 14, 1931 and arrived in Canada from Germany in 1956. She created a wonderful life full of richness, love and caring for her family. She will be sadly missed by Friends and family, especially her life long Friends Klara and Karl SCHWIND. The family would like to express special thanks to the staff and administration of the Guildwood - Extendicare Facility for their loving care and guidance during Maria's illness. Family will receive Friends at the McDougall and Brown Funeral Home (2900 Kingston Rd., Toronto), 416-267-4656, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Chapel Service will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with 1 hour visitation prior. Cremation. If so desired, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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BIRZE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-07 published
BIRZE, Harry Ilmars
Suddenly passed away in Toronto May 2, 2005. Born in Riga Latvia, May 12, 1924. Came to Montreal from England after the war. Joined Bechtel Canada Ltd. as metallurgical plant design specialist where he had many good years. Survived by Austra his wife and faithful companion of 55 years, son Peter and daughter-in-law Iris, son Martin and daughter-in-law Celeste, and grandchildren Natasha and Shane. He will be greatly missed by relatives in Canada and Latvia.

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