CHATMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-01 published
Jerry MEYER, Horse Trainer 1927-2005
Hall of fame trainer had a photographic memory for horses and a soft spot for people down on their luck. He longed to be a jockey and instead ended up with a stable full of champions
By Beverly SMITH, Monday, August 1, 2005, Page S9
They don't make them like Jerry MEYER any more. The Hall of Fame thoroughbred horse trainer was indisputably an original. J.C., as they called him, was one of the old-school horse trainers, consumed by the sport more than by the business, with plenty of room in his heart for a fellow hardboot.
J.C. MEYER had a memory for horses that astonished his peers. He'd see a yearling once at a sale and years later would recognize it, like a familiar face. He knew all the pedigrees and racing records not only of his own horses, but those of every other trainer. "He had a photographic memory," said one of his closest Friends, Lou CAVALARIS, also a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. "It would take me five or six days to recognize a [new] horse I had."
Almost everything Mr. MEYER needed to know was inside his head. His mind was like an efficient computer, with some lively quirks, that was occasionally supplemented by a plastic shopping bag he toted everywhere. The bag was full of everything that wasn't contained in his brain yet still mattered: racing forms and programs, a notebook or two, this and that.
Jerry MEYER grew up in southwestern Ontario and, although most of his Friends and relatives don't know it, he was a ski champion at the Chicopee Ski Club near Kitchener, Ontario. "He must have done that before he was 14," Mr. CAVALARIS said. "I don't know how he would have fit it in." When he was in his teens, young Jerry used to hang around a stable on the outskirts of Kitchener and the racing-crazy Chris family "took him in like he was a little orphan guy," although he came from a fine, honest family of his own, said Helen CHRIS, mother of Woodbine racetrack veterinarian John CHRIS. "He was a handyman around the barn," she recalled. "He lived there practically. He was a wonderful exercise boy and he wanted to be a rider, but he got too big."
He won only one race as a jockey, with a horse called Hay Tip at Dufferin Park in Toronto, then became a trainer at age 20 in 1949. His accomplishments were legion. He was leading trainer in Canada in 1964, 1966, and 1969. The 152 winners that he saddled in 1969 placed him fourth among trainers in North America.
Over a span of five decades, Mr. MEYER won more than 2,500 races, more than 100 stakes races, and his horses won more than $19-million in purses. He was one of the first trainers to have a stable as large as 50 or 60 horses, all farmed out at two or three track locations all over North America, much like D. Wayne Lukas or Bobby Frankel today. It was not uncommon for Mr. MEYER to train a stable at Aqueduct in New York, jump in his jalopy, train a few more at The Meadowlands in New Jersey, and then head off to Philadelphia Park to saddle a few for the races. At times, he'd have horses running at different tracks on the same afternoon. "I used to call him the Iron Man," said John CARDELLA, a long-time trainer at Toronto's Woodbine track. Now he calls him an icon.
Mr. MEYER trained Classic Go Go to finish fourth in the 1981 Kentucky Derby, but he failed to win the Queen's Plate, although he had lively candidates like Good Old Mort, the 1977 champion filly Northernette, Pine Point, Gentleman Conn and Brilliant Sandy. He also trained top U.S. colt Verbatim.
He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1999. Statistics are one thing. But they don't tell the complete story of the man. J.C. MEYER had an unusual sense of humour. He'd stir the pot at every opportunity. He'd latch onto a word or a phrase, and use it in every sentence for a week or a month. His New York trainer Mike Miceli said whenever anybody would ask him how to use a medication, Mr. MEYER would reply: "Use it as indicated." The phrase became such a Mr. MEYER trademark that one of his Friends named a horse after him: As Indicated.
With outfits spread out all around the eastern states and provinces, Mr. MEYER tried to cut his mounting phone bills by making person-to-person calls to his employees, telling the operator that it was "J.C. MEYER calling for Atadandy (the name of one of his racehorses)" or for the weather bureau.
"Atadandy won by four," the employee would say, then decline the call. The puzzled operator might also hear that the weather was rainy and the race taken off the turf before the line went dead.
Mr. MEYER was like a father to his employees and the relationships were never mundane. He'd conduct lessons with his rookies every day after training. He'd pull every horse out of the stall and point out their foibles and problems to them.
"I'd always have my fingers crossed that he would ask me to take the lead shank," said Michael ROGERS, who Mr. MEYER hired at 14 as a hotwalker, shortly after the boy's father died.
One day he did ask Mr. ROGERS to grab a lead shank, and told him about an ailment the horse had. He then told him to show it to assistant trainer Chuck Penny. As soon as he did, Mr. MEYER leaned out of his office door, and with tongue in cheek, scolded Mr. Penny: "You need Rogers to show you these problems?" Mr. ROGERS now works as a financial officer for Frank Stronach.
Just as Mr. MEYER's stable was rising to power in the late 1950s, he hired on Joe BAKOS, a Hungarian jockey who escaped the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Mr. BAKOS arrived in Canada with no money and no idea how to speak English. Nobody would hire him until Mr. MEYER took him on. Mr. BAKOS became his right-hand man for many years and called him Daddy Jerry.
"He was a tough man to work for," Mr. BAKOS said. "He was straight, but you had to do it right."
Mr. MEYER bought Mr. BAKOS a 1961 Ford Falcon, but he hadn't driven it more than 20 miles when he was in an accident and the car was totalled. He spent the next several years paying Mr. MEYER back. Finally, Mr. BAKOS decided to get another car. Mr. MEYER warned him: "You're going to kill yourself." He bought him a 1964 Falcon anyway and hadn't been driving it for long when "some drunk ran into me." He paid Mr. MEYER off for that car, too, but gave it away and stopped driving for years.
"Jerry was a very kind-hearted person," Mr. BAKOS said.
"I used to get mad at him," said Mr. BAKOS' wife, Vera. "But I couldn't stay mad at him." Jokingly, Mr. MEYER had told Mr. BAKOS he'd pay him $1,000 if he'd ever get around to marrying Vera. "[Joe] was going to swim back to Hungary before he'd marry me," Vera said. When they finally did marry, the money arrived in the form of a cheque.
Ray SABOURIN, now one of the stalwarts of the Woodbine riding colony, showed up at Mr. MEYER's door when he was only 17 years old, looking for a job.
When he said he had ridden horses on a farm up north in Sudbury, he unwittingly hit a nerve. J.C. MEYER loved National Hockey League hockey and quickly rhymed off the names of four hockey players who had come from Sudbury. "You're not going to be a hockey player, are you, son?" he asked.
"He was like a second father to me," Mr. SABOURIN said. "He took me under his wing. He was hard on me, but he was fair. He taught me everything I needed to know from a work standpoint and of how to ride horses."
And he could put things into perspective for the youngster, too. Once, when Mr. SABOURIN and Mr. MEYER were both dining on tuna sandwiches and Cokes at Garden State Park in New Jersey, the trainer spotted the track's wealthy owner and president, Robert Brennan, at a nearby table. He was eating the same dishes they had ordered. "See, Ray?" Mr. MEYER said. "We're doing just as good as Mr. Brennan."
As it happened, fortune ended up shining less brightly on Mr. Brennan, who is now serving nine years in a New Jersey prison for bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.
Mr. MEYER also plucked another employee from Europe when he hired Dessy LUOKANOV, a World Cup show-jumping rider from Bulgaria in 2000. He'd been riding racehorses in Greece before being summoned to Canada. "I never found out how he found me, really," he said.
Although Mr. LUOKANOV had never been to Canada before, Mr. MEYER helped him in finding work, and with his finances. The Tuesday before J.C. MEYER died, Mr. LUOKANOV went to visit him in the hospital. They talked for an hour, with Mr. MEYER close to tears and holding his hand. "Don't forget I brought you to this country," he told him. "I know you're doing okay."
To the end, J.C. MEYER was enthralled by the racing game. Three weeks before he died, he called Mike Miceli and asked him to send him a horse. "I'm equipped to handle a few more," he told him.
Twice in his final 10 days, J.C. MEYER checked himself out of hospital and headed straight for the backstretch to muck out a few stalls.
"He always wanted to die with his boots on," Mr. CAVALARIS said. "He damned near did."
Jerry "J.C." MEYER was born in Kitchener, Ontario, on July 2, 1927. He died of cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto on July 15, 2005. He was 78. He was buried four days later with his binoculars and the notebook he carried everywhere. The last notebook entry was the phone number of Hugh CHATMAN, one of many kids he had taken under his wing decades ago and who is now assistant trainer for the mighty Sam-Son Farm.

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CHATTERLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-28 published
MASKELL, Marion Blair (née MEYERS)
Peacefully and with grace in Halifax on May 24, 2005, with her daughters at her side. Born June 23, 1918 in Quebec. Predeceased by her parents, George and Isobel MEYERS, brothers Carl and John, and husband Peter. She is survived by her daughters Paddy MUIR (Ford DOOLITTLE,) Kathryn CARTER (Ronald) and Sally CHATTERLEY (Brian); grandchildren Tamie, Amy, Katie and Evan; great-grandchildren Samantha, Derrick, Steven and Lauren; brothers Herbert and David MEYERS, sister Ruth TESSIER and many nieces and nephews. Courageous, capable and always resourceful, Marion was Peter's constant support until his death in 1985. She found great pleasure in books, cats, fishing and in all birds, but especially loons. She wrestled and coaxed several beautiful gardens out of unpromising patches of land and inspired a love of flowers in all her daughters. For decades her prodigious knitting needles helped support the sheep farming industry. Her recipe for macaroni and cheese was in a class by itself. We will miss her. In keeping with Marion's wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment in Quebec will follow at a later date. If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Marion's memory to one of her favourite causes, the Canadian Wildlife Federation or the Salvation Army, or a charity of choice.

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CHATTERSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-22 published
JACKMAN, Winnifred " Ruth" (née McCAIN)
Winnifred "Ruth" (McCAIN) formerly of Thamesville passed away at the Blue Water Health, C.E.E. Site, Petrolia, on Sunday, February 20, 2005 at the age of 87. Born in Ridgetown, daughter of the late Michael and Lena (CHATTERSON) McCAIN. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Cecil JACKMAN (1987.) Loving mother of Karyn and Don MOORHOUSE, Katherine and Lyall TRENHOLM, Ruth and George STALLARD, Robert "Bob" JACKMAN and Jayne DICKIESON, Gordon and Rhonda JACKMAN. Cherished grandmother of Jennifer SCOLLARD, Jim TRENHOLM, Brad and Craig MOORHOUSE, Angela, Jason, Adam and Danica JACKMAN and Sharon MATTHEWS. Sadly missed by great-grandchildren Nicholas, Danica, Celia, Avery, Samuel, Cody, Kylie, Jamie, Zoe, Hunter, Zoe and Ethan. Predeceased by sisters Florence HARVEY, Willene BARKER and Audrey ROE. The JACKMAN Family will receive Friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria Street, Thamesville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Sherman Cemetery, Thamesville. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Arthritis Society or the Lupus Foundation. "God saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb. He gently closed your eyes And whispered "Peace Be Thine". A tree will be planted in memory of Ruth JACKMAN in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp.

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CHATTERSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-26 published
CLARK, Marion (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART)
A resident of Ridgetown and formerly of McKay's Corners, Marion CLARK passed away at home on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at the age of 88. Born in Orford Township, daughter of the late Ralph and Mildred (CHATTERSON) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Beloved wife of the late Alexander CLARK (1990.) Dear mother of Beth and Don PICKERING of Ridgetown, John A. and Joyce CLARK of R.R.#2 Ridgetown, Loraine and Andy LOW/LOWE/LOUGH of London, Sandy and Laurie CLARK of R.R.#2 Ridgetown, and the late Eileen CLARK (1978.) Grandmother of Dave and Su PICKERING, Becky and Scott TURNER, Cindy and Ken VALLEY, Stephanie and Vince DEBROUWER, Shawn CLARK, Erica and Shawn FUNNEL, and Holly and Phil HOLDEN. Great-grandmother of Lauren and Rachel TURNER, Allison and Hannah VALLEY, Dylan DEBROUWER, Jake, Chloe and Sydney FUNNEL, and Tyler HOLDEN. Sister of Doris and George HOOPER of Ridgetown, Clare STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of British Columbia, and the late Lillian PFRIMMER and Glen STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Sister-in-law of Catherine DORSEY of Chatham and Rita CLARK of Ridgetown. A Family Funeral Service will be held at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main St. East, Ridgetown on Wednesday, April 27, 2005. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown. Donations by cheque to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or Epilepsy Canada would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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CHATTERSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-29 published
MILLSON, George David
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, George David MILLSON, of Ingersoll, in his 90th year. Husband of the late Betty (CHATTERSON) MILLSON (1979.) Dear father of Larry and his wife Donna of Ingersoll, Gail and her husband Gerry McLENNAN of Mossley and Ron and his wife Frances of Ingersoll. Dear brother of Glen MILLSON, Noreen HALE and Jean MILLSON all of Woodstock, Violet CLARKE of Truro, Nova Scotia and Shirley (Fred) DAWDRY of Ingersoll. Also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. Street, Ingersoll on Friday, September 30, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. There will be no funeral service. Interment of ashes at Harris Street Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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CHATTERSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-30 published
MILLSON, George David
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, George David MILLSON, of Ingersoll, in his 90th year. Husband of the late Betty (CHATTERSON) MILLSON (1979.) Dear father of Larry and his wife Donna of Ingersoll, Gail and her husband Gerry McLENNAN of Mossley and Ron and his wife Frances of Ingersoll. Dear brother of Glen MILLSON, Noreen HALE and Jean MILLSON all of Woodstock, Violet CLARKE of Truro, Nova Scotia and Shirley (Fred) DAWDRY of Ingersoll. Also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by three sons, Paul, Stanley and Wayne and two brothers Ken and Gordon. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. Street, Ingersoll on Friday, September 30, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. There will be no funeral service. Interment of ashes at Harris Street Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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CHATTERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-08 published
CHATTERSON, Harvey Reece
Born on a farm outside Wolseley Saskatchewan, died peacefully September 22, 2005 in North Vancouver at the age of 83. Harvey lived a full, varied and interesting life that included childhood on a prairie farm, military service as a navigator and instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2, a B.Comm. from University of British Columbia in 1949, and a career in the electrical utilities industry that culminated with an appointment as a Commissioner on the Ontario Energy Board in 1975. After serving on the Board for 10 years, Harvey retired to Vancouver. Throughout his life Harvey was a social activist and he was very involved for 40 years in the Unitarian Church. His social philosophy was formed on the prairies, an area he left at an early age but one that never was far from his heart. Survived by his children Susan (Steve), David (Mizuho) and Clifford, his grandchildren - Sean, Spencer and Seth, his sisters and sister-in-law - Nora, Lois and Dorothy, and many nephews, nieces and Friends. Memorial Services will be held at the North Shore Unitarian Church at 1: 00 p.m. on October 15th and in Wolseley on October 29th.

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CHATTERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-07 published
CHATTERSON, Grace Irene (née GILPIN)
Passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 3, 2005. Dear sister of Margaret (Fred) GRANT, Walter (Marg) and John (Mary) GILPIN. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews. Private family arrangements under the direction of Turner and Porter Butler Chapel.

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CHATTERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-16 published
COUTTS, Mary Estella (née CHATTERSON)
Formerly of Goodwood Park Court. Peacefully at her home in Cobourg on Thursday, September 15th, 2005, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late William (Bill, 1998). Predeceased by her sisters Sadie, Hazel, Violet, Ruth, and her brother Walter. Dear aunt of Mary SLADE, Harwood HOLMES, Sandra PANZINI, James CHATTERSON, Mary (Bunny) DUNCAN, Elaine BUCHANAN, Barbara PLUMMER, and Rodger CAYEN. Loved godmother of Bonnie SLADE. Also survived by her many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Dear friend of Jackie GLOVER, and David WYLIE. Friends may call at the Giffen-Mack 'Danforth' Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave., (at Main Street Subway) 416-698-3121, on Saturday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel Sunday morning at 10: 30 o'clock. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. If desired, a remembrance may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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CHATTERTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-03 published
PRIEST, Marjorie A. (PIERCE)
At Strathroy-Middlesex General Hospital on Wednesday, June 1st, 2005, Marjorie A. (PIERCE) PRIEST of London, and formerly of Vancouver and Toronto, in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late James Wilkinson PRIEST (1999.) Dear mother of Vicki MURPHY of Toronto and Sandra TAILOR/TAYLOR of London. Dear sister of Don PIERCE of London, Morgan PIERCE of Kitchener, Audrey WEBB of Kilworth, Dorothy MANN and Mary MONK both of London, and Barbara CHATTERTON of Wallaceburg. Dear sister-in-law of Elizabeth SAINT_JOHN of Ottawa, and Irene MAIN and Gladys DADSON both of London. Predeceased by her parents Duncan and Lila PIERCE and by her brother Wes PIERCE. Survived also by her many nieces, nephews, Friends and neighbours. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184) where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday, June 4th at 1 p.m. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the charity of your choice. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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CHATTERTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-12 published
MIGUS, Ronald P. (October 24, 1929-May 10, 2005)
After a long struggle with PICK's Disease, Ron died peacefully at Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre in Burlington, with his loving wife of 52 years, Lucy (née YAREMKO,) sister-in-law Ann and family friend Eileen all by his side. Ron was born in 1929 in Montreal to Kornel and Paraskeva MIGUS. Ron lived in Montreal until 1946 when he and his family moved to a farm in Beamsville where he attended Beamsville High School graduating with honours in 1948. Ron graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1953) and a Master of Commerce (1955). Ron's 38 year career with General Motors began in St. Catharines (McKinnon, Indiana) as a student. He held various positions until 1974 when, he became Plant Manager of the Oshawa Fabrication Plant. In 1978, Ron returned to St. Catharines as Regional Manager and remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1990. During his tenure at General Motors, Ron was an avid supporter of the Saint John's Ambulance and was honoured to be both a Serving Brother and Officer of the Order of Saint John. In 1979, Ron was appointed to the Board of Governors of the St. Catharines General Hospital and served as Chairman of the Board, from 1989 to 1995. During his time as Chairman, the hospital acquired Niagara's first Connecticut scanner and redeveloped its emergency department. Ron was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. George and the St. Catharines Gyro Club. Ron leaves Lucy, his loving wife, son David and his wife Michele and two beautiful grandchildren, Samantha and Thomas. Ron was predeceased by his parents Kornel and Paraskeva and his brother Joe. He is survived by his sisters Mary CHATTERTON (late Keith,) Anne SHEILS (Robert) and brothers Morris (Helen) and Steve (Luciene). He will also be greatly missed by his family by marriage: Anne HOLOTA (late Dennis,) Gilberte YAREMKO (late Michael,) Peter YAREMKO (Frances,) Mike HISH (late Lena,) Fred YAREMKO (Joyce,) Jeanette COOKE (late Bob,) Rosalie YAREMKO, Robert YAREMKO (Pam,) and Hon. John YAREMKO (late Mary,) and his nieces, nephews and their families. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Friday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimir, 855 Barton Street East, Hamilton on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 9 a.m. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Panachyda for Ron Friday 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. A special thank you to the staff of Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre and St. Joseph's Mountain Health Care for their tender care and compassion.

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CHATTERTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-03 published
PRIEST, Marjorie A. (PIERCE)
At Strathroy-Middlesex General Hospital on Wednesday June 1st, 2005, of London, Ontario, and formerly of Vancouver and Toronto, in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late James Wilkinson PRIEST (1999.) Dear mother of Vicki MURPHY of Toronto and Sandra TAILOR/TAYLOR of London. Dear sister of Don PIERCE of London, Morgan PIERCE of Kitchener, Audrey WEBB of Kilworth, Dorothy MANN and Mary MONK both of London, and Barbara CHATTERTON of Wallaceburg. Dear sister-in-law of Elizabeth SAINT_JOHN of Ottawa, and Irene MAIN and Gladys DADSON both of London. Predeceased by her parents Duncan and Lila PIERCE and by her brother Wes PIERCE. Survived also by her many nieces, nephews, Friends and neighbours. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (1-877-246-7186), where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Saturday June 4th at 1 p.m. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the charity of your choice. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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CHATWELL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2005-02-09 published
Harry BONIFACE
In memory of Harry BONIFACE who passed away at the Mindemoya Health Centre on February 1, 2005 at the age of 60. He is survived by his mother, Mary and two sisters, Leola and Edna and one brother, Earl. Predeceased by sister Lestie and brother Ken. The family would like to express their thanks to the Cancer Centre, Mindemoya Health Centre and Daffodil Terrace as well as Doctor GREENE, Laura WATSON, Keith McALLISTER and the Palliative Care Unit. Many thanks also go to Perry CHATWELL and wife Barb for the loving care they provided, the CHATWELL Family, and loving brother-in-law Doug McMURRAY.
Mary, Edna, Leola and Earl.
Funeral arrangements in the spring, in care of Doug.

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CHATWIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-18 published
ANDREWS, Winnifred Amelia (formerly HEGGART, née CHATWIN)
Winnifred Amelia of People Care Nursing Home, Tavistock, on Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at her late residence in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Freeman ANDREWS (1958,) and the late Melville Stanley HEGGART (1951.) Cherished mother of Marguerite and her husband Dan BROMILOW of Kapuskasing, Bob and his wife Margaret HEGGART of Kapaskasing, Lloyd and his wife Helen HEGGART of Geraldton, Elizabeth TAILOR/TAYLOR of Woodstock, Ruth and her husband Ron FESTING of Woodstock, and Cathy SIMONS of Wallaceburg. Predeceased by a daughter Barbara EAKINS. Loved sister of Fred CHATWIN of England, Gladys CHATWIN of Toronto, and the late Walter CHATWIN. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Winnifred was born on June 7, 1913 in Elmvale, the daughter of the late Ernest and Winnifred CHATWIN. She has resided in St. Thomas since 1958. She was an employee at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, and was a member of the Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas, where funeral service will be held Monday at 3: 00 p.m. Visitation Monday from 12: 00-3:00 p.m. Burial will take place in Kapuskasing in the spring. Remembrances may be made to the charity of ones choice.

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CHATWIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-09 published
MOWRY, Marlene (DONALDSON)
After a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, February 7, 2005. Marlene, beloved wife of Don. Cherished mother of Heather and Mark HUGHES, Lynda and John CHATWIN, Cheryl and Joe MASTINSEK, and Shelly and Gareth WINDSOR. Devoted grandmother of Ryan, Jordan, Alicia, Riley, Allie, David, Luke, Madison, Joey, Sam, Meaghan. Lovingly remembered by her best friend Pam CANHAM. Marlene will be missed by her many family members in Stratford and Western Canada, and her cousin Patti THOMAS. Friends may call at the Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finley Ave., Ajax (905-428-9090) on Thursday, February 10, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. and on Friday, February 11, 2005 from 12 noon until the time of the celebration of Marlene's life in the chapel at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marlene's memory to the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, head and Neck Oncology Unit, 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5.

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CHAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-20 published
CHOW, Shui-Fong Wong
On March 18th, 2005, in her 94th year. Predeceased by her husband Kai-Sun CHOW. Loving mother to Cecilia ING (Jack,) King Sung CHAU, King Yiu CHOW (Rui Li), King Kai CHOW (deceased), Katherine HONG (George,) Diana AU- YEUNG (Fung Ying,) King Yin CHOW (Tai PING,) Ivy KWAN (Benjamin,) Maria CHOW. Proud grandmother to Sheila ING, Wayne ING, Billy CHAU, Thomas CHAU, Raymond CHOW, Wayne CHOW, Alan HONG, Eddie HONG, Winnie WONG, Victor AU- YEUNG, Randy CHOW, Edmond CHOW, Anita KWAN, Anthony KWAN, Lillie KWOK, Michael KWOK, Vincent KWOK, and great-grandmother to Charisse HONG and Kristen WONG. Predeceased by her parents Shun Kun CHAN and Git Nam WONG, and her brother Ping Fay WONG. Friends may call at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the chapel Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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CHAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-19 published
600 attend boys' funeral
Brothers, 9, and 7, killed in swimming tragedy
By Huang NAILI, Staff Reporter
When the two little golden caskets covered with flowers were lowered into the grave at noon yesterday, Truc LE collapsed to the ground.
She rested her head against a railing surrounding the grave and reached out her right hand as if to touch her sons one more time.
Again and again, she called out the names of her two lost boys, Larry and Calvin, her frail voice almost drowned out by sobbing relatives and Friends.
The two Toronto brothers whose lives were claimed by a family swimming tragedy last Sunday were put to rest side by side at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Thornhill.
More than 600 people, some of them classmates and their families, crowded into St. Jane Frances Church on Jane St. for the service, held in Vietnamese and English.
Truc LE, 40, sank to her knees right in front of the grave and prayed.
A family member said Truc was asking her sons to bless their brother Anthony, the only survivor of the tragedy at Guelph's Belwood Lake Conservation Area, who is recovering at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Soan Thi NGUYEN, 78, the boys' grandmother who helped raise the children, also threw herself onto the caskets. Family members said she has been crying since the accident and has lost her voice.
Larry, 9, died Sunday after he drowned in the lake. Calvin, 7, died Monday night at Sick Kids. His major organs were donated to help other children live.
Theresa NGUYEN, 9, and her brother, Anh Tuan NGUYEN, 12, listened to the mass in the foyer outside the overflowing chapel. She and the LE brothers attended St. Jane Frances Catholic School.
"I'll always remember him as a funny guy," she said.
"We are making cards for the boys. We painted pictures like two little boys in heaven and we wrote words like 'We miss you' and 'We hope you have a peaceful time in heaven.'"
Mimi CHAU, 45, cried quietly in a corner of the foyer. She doesn't know the family but said she came out of respect.
"I'm one of the Vietnamese boat people who made a long way to have a life here in Canada, just as the boys' father. I came because I feel so sad for the family," said CHAU.
She read the news in a local Vietnamese newspaper while at Sick Kids on Tuesday, where her 15-year-old daughter was receiving a kidney transplant.
Noting Toronto's Vietnamese community isn't that big, CHAU said "whenever something like this happens, everyone would go out to help."
When the priests were sprinkling the two caskets with holy water, Theresa TRAN, a Sunday school teacher at the church, cried out with the boys' aunt, Anh LE.
The three brothers attended TRAN's Vietnamese language class every Sunday and June 5 was the last day before summer vacation.
"That Sunday was the last time I saw them. They are charming boys," TRAN said.
TRAN was preparing a gift her students in the last class.
Because the three boys were always very active and occassionally naughty, she teased them, saying they wouldn't receive anything.
"They all begged, 'Oh, Miss TRAN, please, please give us a gift. We'll be good. We promise to behave in September.'"
TRAN finally gave the three kids a book, a pencil and a little bear.
At the cemetery, Sabrina CARD and Wladimir ROBLERO of Pickering, were special guests of the family. They were at the lake when tragedy struck."I was just fortunate to be there. I was able to grab Anthony and take him to the shore so we could start (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation)."
"We feel sorry, deeply sorry for the family," CARD said. "We were busy doing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on Anthony without knowing what was happening to Larry and Calvin." They were later found lying under water.
Yesterday, CARD gave the boys' mother, a kiss on the cheek. "I told her she has to stay strong for Anthony."
Anh LE, the boys' aunt who was supervising the children, "is having a very hard time," said a family member.
"The family is learning the lesson the hard way. But we should all learn and teach water safety to (kids).
"The government should bring back swimming lessons to schools," he said.
Another mass will be celebrated in Vietnamese at St. Jane Frances Catholic Church at 5: 30 p.m. today.
The Vietnamese community has set up a trust fund for the family at a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce branch, transit number 05522, account 2681439. Tax receipts are available.
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CHAULK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-06 published
KELLY, Denis
Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer on February 5, 2005 at Scarborough General Hospital, at age 79. Denis, beloved husband of Elsie. Loving father of June DRAPER and husband Eugene, Betty CHMELNITSKY. and husband Peter, Peggy SHALLOW and her husband Denis, Gladys JONES and her husband Don, Diane WALKER and her husband Tom, Patrick RICHARDS, Janet PETTIGREW, Michael RICHARDS and wife Darlene, John RICHARDS and wife Elsie, Theresa CHAULK and husband Wayne and Leo RICHARDS. Predeceased by daughter Marie GOLDRICH (John) and son James RICHARDS. Sadly missed by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his sister Catherine QUIGLEY and her husband Hugh of Scotland. Friends may visit the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.), on Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment Dufferin Meadows Cemetery.

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CHAUNCEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-12 published
McGOWAN, Ernest C.R. (1951-2005)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ernest C.R. "Ernie" McGOWAN, who ended a long battle with cancer early in the morning on Saturday, November 5th, 2005. The beloved husband of Michaela KORB, son of Bernice and the late Ernest T. McGOWAN, and brother-in-law of Kristin and Birgit KORB, Ernie was the father (with former spouse, Ann CHAUNCEY) of Rebecca and her husband Scott BAKER and Nathaniel and his fiancee Nikki WINSTON and expecting grandfather of Maya (Nathaniel and Nikki). A graduate of Yale University, Ernie received his Masters of Law from Queen's University and practiced real estate law in Muskoka for over 20 years. While former clients will attest to his skill at law, Ernie was also a master carpenter and adept fisherman. Two services will be held in honour and remembrance of this man who will be sorely missed by family and his many, many Friends. A private memorial will be held at Reynolds Funeral Home "Turner Chapel", Bracebridge followed by a private family interment at the St. Thomas Cemetery Columbarium in Bracebridge. Others will be contacted by the family to join in an upcoming gathering to celebrate Ernie's life. In lieu of flowers or food, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolence messages may be sent to www.reynoldsfuneral.com

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CHAUVEAU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-21 published
HANEMAN, Mary Magdalen (MacROBERTS)
Mary Magdalen (MacROBERTS) on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 81st year. Beloved wife of Emerson J. HANEMAN of Port Stanley, and loved mother of Patricia M. (BEECHEY) ERICKSON and her husband Richard of Detroit, Michigan, Valerie M. (BEECHEY) GREEN of Saint Thomas. Loved stepmother of Wayne and his wife Darcy HANEMAN of Kanata, and Joanne HANEMAN of Florida. Grandmother of Rick ERICKSON of Chelsea, Michigan, Lynn CHAUVEAU of France, Mark and Jamie GREEN of Saint Thomas, Tyler and Lucas HANEMAN of Kanata. Loved sister of Theresa ATKINSON of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Geri and her husband Sidney KIRSH of Toronto, Olive and her husband George HILL of Victoria, British Columbia, Eva GALLEY of Halifax, Donald and his wife Myrtle MacROBERTS of Porters Lake, Nova Scotia, Francis and his wife Karen MacROBERTS of Lawrence Town, Nova Scotia, Virginia and her husband Ian LAWTHER of Prince Edward Island, Thomas and his wife Norma MacROBERTS of Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, Louella and her husband Ian HART of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She will be sadly missed by many nephews, nieces, cousins and 9 great-grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by brothers Charles and Bernard MacROBERTS. She was born February 14, 1924, the daughter of the late William and Emily MacROBERTS of Nova Scotia. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas, until Monday morning and then to Holy Angels Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home Sunday at 4: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the London Regional Cancer Clinic.

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CHAUVIN o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-07-20 published
FREWING, Douglas Frederick
Douglas Frederick FREWING a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (SMITH.) Loving father and father-in-law of Margaret and Mark FRALEIGH. Dear grandfather of Tina FRALEIGH and Erin and her husband Daryl BRAYSHAW. Great grandfather of Mitchel CHAUVIN, Brandon and Emma FRALEIGH and the late Mark. Brother and brother-in-law of Marion FOX and the late Jack, Betty ADKIN and the late Gerald, Alfred and Marguerite DUBEAU, Melissa SHEPLEY and the late Fred, Donna and Keith MEREDITH, Rita SMITH and the late Walter, Ellen SMITH and the late John and the late Stewart and Betty SMITH, Douglas SMITH, Jean and William LAPRISE, Marian and John THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Annie and Earl RAYMOND. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Doug was born in Fort Myers, Florida, the son of Albert and Maude (McPHAIL) FREWING and came to Canada when he was very young. He became a Canadian citizen in his early 60's. Doug was a member of Saint Johns Ambulance and taught first aid to hundreds of industrial workers and citizens of Wallaceburg, surrounding communities and Boy Scout camps including the Scout Jamboree in Wilkesport. He was a member of the United Auto Workers and Past Elder with Knox Presbyterian Church. The family received relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg. The funeral service was conducted by Reverend David HEATH on Saturday, July 16, 2005 in the chapel of the funeral home at 2 p.m. The interment followed at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to Saint John's Ambulance may be left at the funeral home. 519-627-3231.

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CHAUVIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-28 published
CHAUVIN, Marguerite (née BELLEMORE)
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London, on Tuesday December 27, 2005, Marguerite CHAUVIN, age 89 formerly of Chatham, beloved wife of the late Ernest CHAUVIN (1994.) Born in Stoney Pointe in 1916, daughter of the late Ida (DUFRENE) and Edward BELLEMORE, Marguerite once worked at Steadman's Department Store and was a member of Le Club d'age d'or in Grande Pointe. Dear mother of Theresa ARTHUR and her husband Ken of London, Lawrence CHAUVIN and his wife Marilyn of Thamesville and Kenneth CHAUVIN and his wife Sandy of Cedar Springs. Mother-in-law of Art PROVOST of Chatham. Sister-in-law of Kay BELLEMORE of Windsor. Sadly missed by grandchildren: Diane DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, Raymond PROVOST, Debbie BALASIN, Nancy LABADIE, Cheryl FRYSCOK, Dan CHAUVIN, Rick CHAUVIN, Justine CHAUVIN, Taylor CHAUVIN and Jennifer SHUFELT. Great-grandmother of Raymond, Brandie, Rachelle, Michelle, Lisa (Steve NORDIN,) Jill, Cassandra, Katrina, Erik, Ethan, Avery, Alicia, Devin, Hope, Kyle, Lennon, Colin, Jenna and Terry and great-grandmother of Adam, Makai, Serenity and Tyler JOSEPH. Also sadly missed by Cecile CHAUVIN of Chatham, Keith SHUFELT of London and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a daughter Delores PROVOST and an infant son of Lawrence and Marilyn's, Dan CHAUVIN. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William Street South, Chatham from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday December 29, 2005 where Parish Prayers will be offered at 3: 00 pm on Thursday. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday December 30, 2005 at 10: 00 am in St. Ursula's Church. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Donations to The Diabetes Association or The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com

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CHAVES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-23 published
CHAVES, Aldora Veronica
Peacefully, on Thursday morning, September 22, 2005. Cherished wife of Gerald. Loving mother of Sharon (Carlo TRULLI,) Audrey (Victor BAPTISTA,) Richard, Steven, and Michael CHAVES. Devoted grandmother of 13. Aldora will be sadly missed by her family and Friends. Friends will be received at the "Woodbridge Chapel" of Scott Funeral Home, 7776 Kipling Avenue (at Hwy. 7), on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Funeral Service to follow in the Chapel at 12 p.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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CHAVES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-27 published
CHAVES, Eduino da Silva (April 16, 1931-November 25, 2005)
Of Rogers Road. Visitation 4-9 p.m. today at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 11 a.m. Monday at Saint John Bosco Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mr. CHAVES is survived by: wife Maria; son Frank Manuel CHAVES (Marie); 2 grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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CHAVEZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-29 published
Police treating death of boy as 'suspicious'
By Jered STUFFCO With a report from Oliver MOORE, Saturday, October 29, 2005, Page A22
Screams echoed through a quiet east-end neighbourhood early yesterday after the body of a 12-year-old boy was discovered in the basement of his family home.
An autopsy failed to reveal the cause of death. Although homicide officers were leading the investigation last night, the death is being treated officially as "suspicious."
Family Friends identified the boy as Jaimie CHAVEZ, a Grade 7 pupil at St. Joseph Elementary School.
While neighbours close to the family said Jaimie was found inside a large bin with foam on his mouth, coroner Trevor GILLMORE would not speculate on what killed the boy.
When asked why the death was being treated as suspicious, Dr. GILLMORE said, "Any death of this nature, involving a young person, we will treat it as a suspicious death."
Around 1: 40 a.m. yesterday, police at 55 Division received a call about a missing boy, police spokeswoman Isabelle COTTON said.
Less than two hours later, officers found Jaimie's body in the basement of the Coady Avenue house he lived in with his mother, Karen, and three siblings: Veronica, 14, Vanessa, 16, and Abel, who neighbours said turned 18 yesterday.
"We were wakened by screams and shouts," said Mark HENRY, who lives across the street and saw the boy's family gathering outside his window. "It was terrible. They were out in the street, screaming and crying. It was like nothing else I've ever heard."
Neighbour Louise COLE said she received a frantic phone call from the boy's mother late Thursday. "She says, 'Louise, have you seen Jaimie?' "
Later that night, Ms. COLE told Abel CHAVEZ to check his family's back shed and see whether the boy was hiding inside.
The shed was locked, and when Abel CHAVEZ went to his basement to get a screwdriver so he could crack open the latch on the shed's door, he made the grisly discovery, Ms. COLE said.
That's when Abel spotted the bin.
"He gave it a kick, opened the bin, and there was his brother."
Then, Ms. COLE heard what she described as an "ungodly scream."
"He was a sweet little boy with dark hair," she said, speaking to reporters on her front porch near Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue yesterday.
Neighbours said the family had been living on the street for about five years.
Ms. COLE said that the boy's father, who drives a souped-up white Cadillac, runs a mechanic's shop on Sinnott Road in Scarborough and does not live with the rest of the family.
Yesterday afternoon, teachers and students from Jaimie's school gathered at St. Joseph's Church to mourn his death at a one-hour ceremony.
Father Frank WAGNER led the service and said, "It was a real shock. We're trying to help the students and staff cope with this loss."

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CHAVEZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
Body of boy, 12, found in basement
Family engulfed in pre-dawn horror
By Scott SIMMIE and Dale Anne FREED, Staff Reporters, Page A1
It was shortly before 3 a.m. yesterday when residents at the north end of Coady Ave. in Leslieville awoke to a horrifying sound: Guttural, almost feral, screams of shock and grief.
"Mommy, Mommy, Mommeeee," wailed a distraught girl in her teens, lying collapsed on the sidewalk. "No, Mommy, nooo!" she cried, lit both by the streetlight and the flashing red from the first police cruiser on the scene.
Inside 96 Coady Ave., the body of a 12-year-old boy had just been discovered in the basement, the body of her brother, Jamie CHAVEZ.
The cause of his death has not yet been determined. An autopsy yesterday was inconclusive.
"Information collected at this point has not given us a conclusive cause of death," coroner Dr. Trevor GILLMORE said last night.
"Further testing and investigation will be required."
Homicide detectives were monitoring the case pending definitive autopsy results, police spokesperson George CHRISTOPOULOS said last night.
Neighbour Louise COLE, who lives several houses down the block, said she heard the dead boy's older brother, Abel, 18, yell to his mother, Karen CHAVEZ, from the basement of 96 Coady: "Mom, I found him."
COLE said Abel told her he noticed a "bin" in the basement. "He gave it a kick and opened the lid and there was his brother."
The mother called police as soon as Abel found the body, COLE said. It was the second time she called police in the early-morning hours, COLE said. CHAVEZ had called police about 1: 30 a.m. when she found Jamie missing after she got home from work, COLE said. Police searched the house but found no trace of the boy, the neighbour said.
CHAVEZ had phoned COLE before she called police the first time, hoping he might be at her home, where he often visited. But she hadn't seen him.
When police left after finding nothing on the first call, COLE said, she told Abel to "go look in the (backyard) shed."
The shed was locked, and Abel went to the basement to find a screwdriver to break the lock. That's when he found his brother.
In addition to Abel, Jamie's sisters, Vanessa, 16, and Veronica, 14, two teenage cousins and an 18-year-old friend of Abel who has been living in the house for six months were also in the house Thursday night.
Another friend of Abel said he knew Jamie made it home from school. "I saw him at about 7 p.m. He was washing dishes in the kitchen," said the friend, Jermaine, who wouldn't give his last name. "He was by himself. They were in the living room. It was all cool.
"I left at about 7: 30 p.m. They were just eating chocolate cake."
CHAVEZ had separated from her husband, Alex, about two months ago and was working nights at a packaging and labelling factory to support her family, said COLE's husband, Ronald.
A mass for Jamie, a Grade 7 student at St. Joseph's Catholic school, was held yesterday at the neighbouring Catholic church. His classmates presented poems and memories, principal Anthony TACOMA said after the mass as grieving students walked by, some holding a remembrance poster about Jamie, one holding a candle. Grief counsellors, a social worker and a school psychologist were called in to help students and staff deal with the death, he said.
"He was a very well-liked boy (and) a hard-working student," said TACOMA, who had tossed a football with Jamie and his Friends the day before he died.
It was a long and difficult day on Coady Ave. yesterday.
The screams of the sister who had collapsed on the sidewalk became part of a disturbing chorus as at least two teenage boys and the mother, in utter panic, ran shrieking up and down the sidewalk.
Helter-skelter they ran, bolting frantically back and forth in any direction except toward the house from which they'd come. Within minutes, five police cars and two ambulances had arrived, along with a paramedic supervisor vehicle.
"My baby, my baby," screamed the mother with such anguish that one neighbour who heard her said she got goosebumps.
Officers quickly began cordoning off the area with yellow police tape, asking a freelance television cameraman who was videotaping on a porch across from the home to move to the far end of the one-way street.
One of the teen boys who'd been running finally stopped, exhausted and numb, and buried his head against an officer's shoulder. The policeman wrapped his arm around the boy, gently patting his back.
Another teen emerged from the neighbouring half of the semi-detached home.
"How are you doing tonight?" asked another officer, placing a hand on the boy's shoulder.
As night began to fall, police took out more yellow tape and began marking off the front yard of the home.
Asked if it was now a crime scene, an officer replied: "It always was."
Across the street, three teenage girls stood silently holding a photocopy of what appeared to be a school photo of Jamie.
"When I first heard the news I started bursting out crying," said Shaneika BECKFORD, 15. "It's really sad. I don't know why it had to happen.
"I need to know why he died. I just saw him yesterday."

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CHAVEZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-30 published
Boy's home drew noise complaints
East-end home where body was found drew noise complaints
By Debra BLACK, Staff Reporter With files from Dale Anne FREED
Neighbours of 12-year-old Jamie CHAVEZ, whose body was discovered in the basement by his brother, had lodged a number of complaints with the city's housing agency about noise, rowdiness and lack of adult supervision at his east-end home.
Complaints had been made to Cityhome, Toronto's non-profit housing agency, in May and June, said a complainant who asked not to be identified.
"I called many times," he said, adding three households complained.
They were told nothing could be done. "We were concerned about the noise, the carrying on, kids not going to school, the lack of respect for the standards of the neighbourhood, those standards simply being quiet.
"Nobody gets upset with kids playing, but basketball in the street at midnight is ridiculous. And a gang of 10 kids on the porch being loud. If my door is shut and my television is on and I can still hear them across the street, it's too loud."
And now, he said with a quaver in his voice, one of the street's children is dead. It's too awful to contemplate, he said. "It's one of our kids. One of our children on our street. Dead."
Jamie CHAVEZ was found dead early Friday morning in a bin or barrel in the basement of his family's Coady Ave. home. Cause of death has not yet been determined. An autopsy was inconclusive.
"We're still in the process of pursuing further testing," said coroner Dr. Trevor GILLMORE.
Neighbour Louise COLE said Jamie had been reported missing to police at about 1: 30 a.m. by his mother Karen CHAVEZ after she found him missing when she got home from work. CHAVEZ had first called COLE and asked if Jamie was there. COLE said he wasn't.
When police arrived the first time they searched the house and found no sign of the boy.
After they left, COLE told Jamie's brother, Abel, 18, to check the shed in the backyard. He went to the basement for a screwdriver to break the lock on the shed and found his brother's body, COLE said.
CHAVEZ then called the police again, she said.
Yesterday, the family home appeared virtually abandoned except for a couple of bicycles locked to the porch railing and a pumpkin propped on a white plastic chair.
Neighbours say CHAVEZ lived there with her eldest son Abel, Jamie, two sisters -- Vanessa, 16, and Veronica, 14 -- and two teenage cousins. An 18-year-old friend of Abel's had also been living there for six months. CHAVEZ had recently separated from her husband, Alex, and was working nights at a packaging and labelling factory, said COLE's husband, Ronald.
But not everyone on the street had complaints about the family or noise. Other neighbours described the family as "nice" and weren't concerned about the loud music or late-night gatherings on the front porch.
"The kids were not bad," said Helen CULLEN, a pensioner who lives down the street. Often she would see the children playing road hockey, she said.
"They're just like other kids... they were a bunch of teenagers. What do you expect? (Jamie) was polite. He was not a bad kid. He never sassed you or anything. The mother did a good job with them."
Elise PARENT, who also lives nearby, didn't know the family well, but said she wasn't bothered by the teens hanging out.
"You could see a family, a single mother and a lot of kids, not flowing in money," said PARENT. "It was a hangout for kids in the neighbourhood. They would hang out until 1 in the morning. They were good people. They never made any trouble."
Throughout the day, police officers came and went from the house, continuing their probe.
Flowers and cards of condolences were placed lovingly behind the police tape at the foot of the lawn.
One card read: "Sorry for your loss. But he will still live on in our hearts. From Matthew, Daniel and Sarah."
A mother and son brought red roses and a cross with the Lord's Prayer written on it.
They placed it on the lawn and then stopped to look at the other bouquets, cards and candles. The boy had attended school with Jamie -- they were in some classes together, his mother said.
Later, a former employer of Jamie's father, Alex, came by to pay his respects.
He placed a bouquet of flowers on the lawn and shook his head in dismay.
"I didn't know the kids or the family," said Cam YOUNG, adding Alex worked for him as a mechanic for a number of years. They haven't been in touch recently, but he felt moved to do something.
"Alex is a nice, nice man. Very soft-spoken.... I just read about it in the paper. It's a tragedy."

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CHAYER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-18 published
MORRIS, Lucie M.
Peacefully at Country Terrace, Komoka on Monday, May 16, 2005 Lucie M. MORRIS, formerly of Delaware went to be with her Lord in her 92nd. year. Beloved wife of the Late Gordon MORRIS (1974.) Dear mother of the Late Larry MORRIS (2001) and Peter and his wife Chris MORRIS of Mount Brydges. Proud grandmother of Cheryl CHAYER, Scott and Cori MORRIS, Brad and his fiancé Erin, Shawn, Josh and 3 greatgrandchildren, Matthew, Sydney and Jake. Loved by her daughter-in-law Lois PACKER and brother-in-law Bill RUSKEY. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Dearly loved by her niece Judy RUSKEY. Predeceased by her 2 brothers Wilfred and Ronald SPRAGUE and 2 sisters May POOLE and Doris RUSKEY. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home (2240 Wharncliffe Rd. S., Lambeth) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Mount Brydges Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the Alzheimers Society gratefully acknowledged. The family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Country Terrace for their care and compassion.

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CHAYER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-16 published
MOORE, James Patrick
(J.P.) B64464 D-Day Assault Veteran of World War 2, Q.O.R. and later R.S.M. of the Regiment. Long time member of the Q.O.R. Branch No. 344 of the Royal Canadian Legion. On Monday, February 14th, 2005 in his 84th year it is with much love and grateful hearts we will remember a life well lived. Our handsome Jimmy MOORE a man of great kindness, courage and family hero has left us. Dearly beloved husband for 53 years of Florence. Loving father of Donald (deceased,) Marian READ and her husband Larry, Barbara and his granddaughters Deanna and Daniela. Loving brother of John. J.P. will be fondly remembered by many family members, Friends and his little granddog Dawson. He will live in our hearts forever as we are in his. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.)from Thursday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass Friday, February 18, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, 45 Ludstone Dr. Entombment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. The family wishes to extend their thanks to Dr. CHAYER and the wonderful nurses and staff at Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay for their kindness and care.

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CHAYKOWSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-28 published
CHAYKOWSKY, Terrence Dennis
Peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2005, at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Terry passed away in his 58th year. Beloved husband of Doris (née ROSSLER.) Loving son of the late Peter Patrick and Mary Margaret. Dear father of Tyson and his wife Tanya. Proud grandfather of Nicholas Dean and Megan Olivia. Brother of Jerry and Jean and uncle of Darren and his wife Dawn and their children Hailey and Mitchell. Friends will be received at the Taylor Funeral Home 'Newmarket Chapel' (524 Davis Drive, Newmarket, 905-898-2100), on Wednesday, June 29th, 2005, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in our chapel on Thursday, June 30th, at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow. For those who wish memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Southlake Regional Cancer Centre.

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CHAYTOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-08 published
CHAYTOR, Constance Roberta
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Constance Roberta CHAYTOR at St. Joseph's Health Centre on Friday, January 7, 2005, in her 87th year. The Lord saw that she was suffering and took her in His arms to ease her pain and reunite her with her loving husband Bill and son Robert. Connie was blessed with many Friends, as she was the kindest, most giving person who asked no questions from people in need. Her grand_son Damien was her pride and joy, and she was the best grandmother anyone could have. Many thanks to all the neighbours of Swansea who always helped Connie. She will be sorrowfully missed. 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 to be held at Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Ave., on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 2 p.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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