CONNOR o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-01-18 published
SPRAGGE, Elva
Passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2005. A loving, caring mother, she is remembered always by her children; son, Jim SPRAGGE, of Chatsworth; daughter, Darlene WILSON (George,) of Elmira and daughter, Susan CONNOR (Ken,) of Chatsworth. Elva was dearly loved by grandchildren, Michael SPRAGGE (Jamie,) Todd WILSON (Lynda,) Tracey MacDONALD (Vaughan) and Troy WILSON. She treasured her visits with great-grandchildren, Kyah SPRAGGE, Jamie MacDONALD, Lydia and Amilya WILSON. Elva was predeceased by grand_son, Jimmy SPRAGGE and great-grand_son, Logan SPRAGGE. Thanks to Dr. HARADA for his excellent longtime care and Dr. Kumar and the Intensive Care Unit staff at the G.B.H.S, Owen Sound. Special thanks to Doug and Mernie, Sharon, Wendy and Mike, as well as the staff of Maple View. At Elva's wish, cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be made in lieu of flowers to Canadian Red Cross Community Health Services Home Health or the Salvation Army.
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CONNOR o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-03-16 published
DAWDY, Leonard Lloyd
Mr. Leonard Lloyd DAWDY a life long resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance "Sydenham Campus", in Wallaceburg at the age of 77 years. Lloyd was born in Wallaceburg and was a son of the late Harvey and Mary (CONNOR) DAWDY. Lloyd served his country and was a veteran of the Korean War (1950-1954) Regiment #SA2817. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #18 in Wallaceburg. Dear brother of Gord DAWDY of Wallaceburg, Hubert DAWDY of Port Lambton, James DAWDY of Toronto, Richard DAWDY of Wallaceburg, Wayne and Christine DAWDY of Saint Thomas and Barb and Ed TRAFANANKO of Wallaceburg. Predeceased by his brother Harvey and a sister Marjorie Jean. Kind friend of Betty HOLMES and her daughter Debbie of Wallaceburg. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. The late Lloyd DAWDY rested at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street in Wallaceburg. Cremation has taken place and the Interment of Ashes were in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Wallaceburg and District Community Living may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Lloyd DAWDY.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-26 published
CONNOR, Robert Allen " Alec"
Robert Allen ‘Alec' CONNOR, peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Dorothy, née RACKHAM. Dearly loved father of Robert John and his wife Lynn and Jeffrey Alan (Laura). Loving grandfather of Adam, Ashley, Jessica, Aimee, Tara and Christopher. Dear brother of Jean MORTON, Glen CONNOR and Clayton (Irene) CONNOR. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, and by Sandra HAMILL, Shann CONNOR, and Jaime.
Alec served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2. Active in his community, he was a member of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist; a former General Motors dealer member of the London Hunt and Country Club; a life member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; life member of St. David's Lodge #302, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, the Mocha Temple, the Royal Order of Jesters, Court 56; Scottish Rite, 32 Degree. Friends may call on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 29 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, by the Reverend Canon Donald R. FORD. Cremation and interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the London Health Sciences Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-12 published
CONNOR, Ralph
Peacefully at Grand Wood Park in London, in his 87th year, Ralph CONNOR joins his beloved wife Doris forever always on February 8, 2005. Dear father of Larnold CONNOR (Barbara.) Cherished stepfather/grandfather of Sondra HILTON, Faye STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Murray), Michelle GOULD (Chris), Janesse CONNOR, Cinnamon CONNOR, Seth STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Tracy,) and great-grandfather of 7. A private family service has been held. If desired, donations to a charity of your choice can be arranged by contacting Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg (842-5221). Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-14 published
EDMISON, Isabelle (née CONNOR)
Mrs. Isabelle (CONNOR) EDMISON of London, formerly of Saint Thomas, wife of Ken EDMISON, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, London on Sunday, February 13, 2005, in her 75th year. Mother of Joanne WOODWORTH and her husband Kevin, Trudy WINKWORTH and her husband Ed, all of Saint Thomas, John EDWARDS and his wife Denise of Georgetown and Jim EDWARDS of Lambeth. Sister of Ruby LEVERTON and her husband George of Saint Thomas, and the late Wilma LUSCOMBE (her husband Lary of Strathroy). Also survived by a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Born in New Sarum, Ontario, February 5, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Edward J. “Ted” CONNOR and the late Grace (STEPHENS) Connor MARTIN. Mrs. EDMISON was retired from Helix Couriers, London and was a member of the Horton Street Seniors Centre. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Tuesday from 3-4: 30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-23 published
CONNOR, Dr. James
In loving memory of a dear Doctor, James CONNOR who passed away one year ago, February 23, 2004.
Sadly missed and always in our memories. May he rest in peace! Martha MURPHY and family, Elizabeth, Roseann and Gerard.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-27 published
CONNOR, Leo Donald " Lee"
At the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Grimsby, on Monday, April 25, 2005, in his 73rd year. Loving husband and best friend of Dorothy. Cherished father of Deborah LOCKEY and her husband Kelvin, Derek CONNOR and his wife Michelle, Sharyde LOMBARD and her husband Michael, Seraya KIRKPATRICK and her husband Kent, Aida TANNYAN and her husband Gary and brother-in-law Errol HANNIBAL. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Lisa, Jason, Lauren, Nicole, Nathan, Matthew, Davin, Shai, David, Dylan, Jacob, Jordan, Christian and Stephen. Dear brother of Bob and his wife Evelyn, Jean and Shirley. Lee is predeceased by his parents Harry and Violet CONNOR and his brothers and sisters Stanley, Clarence, Norman, Stella, Raymond, Cecil, Ruth, Mervin, Ralph and Kenneth. Visitation at the Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home, 11 Mountain Street, Grimsby (905-945-2755) on Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Saint John's Presbyterian Church, 10 Mountain Street, Grimsby on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Queens Lawn Cemetery, Grimsby. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A special thank you to Dr. TAILOR/TAYLOR, Dr. LAM, Dr. MARSHALL, Dr. WINEMAKER, the entire Palliative care team, the Community Care Access Centre team and all the nurses and staff at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital for their tender care and compassion.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-11 published
BLANCHER, Mary Iva (née BABCOCK)
At her residence on Tuesday, August 9, 2005. Mary Iva BLANCHER of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer in her 84th year. Wife of the late Harrison BLANCHER (1997.) Dear mother of Bud and his wife Heather of Nanimo, British Columbia, Garry and his wife Nancy of Pincher Creek, Alberta, Patsy BARTLETT and her husband Jim of Gravenhurst, Joyce CONNOR of London, Molly MARTIN of R.R.#1, Aylmer and Kathy DAVEY and her husband Larry of Sparta. Mother-in-law to Danny MARTIN of Springfield. Also survived by 16 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Predeceased by sisters Beulah SCRIVER and Winnie HOWEY. Born in South Dorchester Twp. on December 21, 1921 daughter of the late Lloyd and May (GRINSTED) BABCOCK. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held at the Dorchester Cemetery. Donations to the Diabetes Association can be made at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer 773-8400.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-19 published
CONNOR, John Thomas
Died peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Saturday, September 17, 2005, in his 59th year. Beloved husband for 32 years of Mary. Loving father of Christopher and Courtney. Dear son of Christina and the late William CONNOR and brother of Christine, all of Scotland. The family wish to thank the staff at the Palliative Care Unit of Victoria Hospital for their care and compassion. Friends may call during the hour preceding the funeral service which will be conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond on Monday, September 19 at 2: 00 p.m. by Father Murray SAMPLE.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-12 published
WILSON, Violet " Jean" (CONNOR)
Peacefully at Woodingford Lodge, Ingersoll with her family by her side, on Thursday, November 10, 2005, Violet (Jean) (CONNOR) WILSON, in her 83rd year. Jean formerly lived at R.R.#1, Salford and was the wife of the late Francis (Frank) WILSON (1993.) She is survived and will be sadly missed by her son Blayne and his wife Brenda and her grandchildren Kelly and Brad WILSON all of Ingersoll. She is also survived by her sister Shirley WILSON of Salford, her brother Robert CONNOR of Ingersoll as well as sisters-in-law Janet CONNOR and Mary CONNOR of Ingersoll and Dorothy CONNOR of Grimsby. She was predeceased by brothers Clarence, Raymond, Cecil, Ralph, Kenneth, Leo, Mervyn, Stanley and Norman and by sisters Stella THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Ruth ROBINSON. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll, Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Keith SUTHERLAND officiating. Interment Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-29 published
MORLEY, Moira Jesse (BARKER)
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, on Sunday November 27th 2005, Moira Jesse (BARKER) MORLEY of London in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Charles MORLEY (2004.) Dear mother of William "Bill" MORLEY, Jocelyn " Lynn" ROWLEY and her husband John, and Roderick "Rod" MORLEY and his wife Ruth Ann all of London. Dear sister of Doris ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Wisconsin, U.S.A. Dear grandmother of Danielle, Demi, Timothy, Codie and Amber. Loved great-grandmother of Anastasia and survived also by Carter. Dear aunt to Donna, Janet, Carol and Patty. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184). The funeral service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Road North, London, on Wednesday November 30th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Dr. Timothy G. CONNOR officiating. Cremation with interment of cremated remains in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London N6A 3A1. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-03 published
CARMODY, Helen Elaine (CRATE) (1913-2005)
Passed away peacefully at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care on Friday, December 2nd, 2005. Lovingly remembered by her children Michael CARMODY of Los Angeles, California and Kathy (Roland) HAINES of London. Loving grandmother of David HAINES of London, Heather (Tom) NOWAK of Rockwood, Lauren HAINES of Oakville and Deborah HAINES (James SUTHERLAND) of London. Dearest great-grandma of (G.G.) of Nicholas and Victoria NOWAK. Also survived by cousin Annabelle (Andrew) DOMAN of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Sadly missed by special Friends, Jennifer Foster and Daisy. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to a funeral service being conducted at St. George's Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Road North, London on Monday, December 5th, at 10: 30 a.m. with Reverend Dr. Timothy G. CONNOR presiding. Interment of cremated remains in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The family invite Friends to a reception at the Grosvenor Club, 1 Grosvenor Street, London immediately after the funeral service. (A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London entrusted with arrangements, 433-5184)

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-30 published
CULL, Harriet Louisa
In her 98th year of serving our Lord, Harriet Louisa CULL was called home on Thursday, December 29th, 2005. Predeceased by her husband Alex, granddaughter Caroline, and son-in-law Neil WILLIAMSON. Dear mother of Lily WILLIAMSON, Fred CULL (Cathy) and Barbara CONNOR. Loving grandmother to Shannon McGUGAN (Mark,) Heidi CULL (Jason CAPSTICK), Jeff LEWIS, Greg LEWIS (Dawn), Brad LEWIS (Joan), Tim LEWIS (Denise), Deborah BRADFORD and Rob BRADFORD. Devoted Nana to Alec, Tim, Brian, Karen, Kristen, Scott and Monique. Loving sister to Lily GORMAN. The visitation will be held on Friday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road, North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, December 31st, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Harriet, are asked to consider World Vision. Harriet's family would like to thank the staff of Longworth Long Term Care Facility for their kind and compassionate care.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-31 published
DAVIS, Jeff
We would like to sincerely thank all our Friends, relatives and neighbours for the care and kindness shown as we deal with the tragic loss of our son and brother. We are grateful for all the cards, food, condolences, donations, flowers, drives, other assistance we have received and offers of help that have been extended. We also want to thank those who stood in the long line at the funeral home to pay their respects and all those who packed the church at Jeff's funeral. Thank you also to Economical Insurance for sponsoring the reception following the funeral. We want to especially thank Reverend Timothy CONNOR and Reverend Timothy DOBBIN of St. George's Anglican Church for rushing to our side, helping us through some of our most difficult moments and for the meaningful Funeral Service. We want to thank the London Police for the compassionate way they have dealt with us. A special thanks to Jeff's Aunt Marion and Uncle Al for all they have done to assist us and for being there when we needed them. We also want to thank Jeff's Aunt Bev and his cousin Chris for trying to salvage our first Christmas without Jeff. The kindness of our close Friends, who have been there for us throughout this ordeal will always be remembered.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-26 published
CONNOR, Robert Allen " Alec"
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Dorothy, née RACKHAM. Dearly loved father of Robert John and his wife Lynn and Jeffrey Alan (Laura). Loving grandfather of Adam, Ashley, Jessica, Aimee, Tara and Christopher. Dear brother of Jean MORTON, Glen CONNOR and Clayton (Irene) CONNOR. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, and by Sandra HAMILL, Shann CONNOR, and Jaime. Alec served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2. Active in his community, he was a member of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist; a former General Motors dealer; member of the London Hunt and Country Club; a life member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; life member of St. David's Lodge #302, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, the Mocha Temple, the Royal Order of Jesters, Court 56; Scottish Rite, 32 Degree. Friends may call on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 29 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, London, by the Reverend Canon Donald R. FORD. Cremation and interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the London Health Sciences Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-02 published
Chuck RATHGEB, Businessman, Sportsman (1921-2005)
Multi-millionaire raced cars, flew hot-air balloons set transatlantic records in a Tutor jet, hunted big game and led four Canadian bobsledders to Olympic gold
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, September 2, 2005, Page S7
Toronto -- You could say that Chuck RATHGEB did it all. He (a) raced a balloon across the Alps; (b) drove in the 24 Hours of Le Mans; (c) flew a single-engine jet across the Atlantic; (d) gained an international Explorers Club award for hunting and bagging the "big six" (a lion, a leopard, an elephant, a buffalo, a rhino and a tiger); and (e) coached the Canadian bobsledding team to a gold medal at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics.
Along the way, he was also a Mountie, a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Canadian Navy and, lastly, a multi-millionaire who led the family firm of Comstock International to global success.
From building mega projects to piloting balloons to his orchestration of Canada's gold-medal bobsledding win, Mr. RATHGEB's role in shaping the country is undeniable.
"He did everything for the Canadian flag," said his wife, Rosemary. "He always had a project to look forward to, to organize and to be in."
It all started in 1939 when Charles RATHGEB, a Quebec lad of German-Swiss heritage, graduated from Toronto's Upper Canada College. His dream was to join the Royal Canadian Navy, except that he wasn't old enough. Instead, he signed up with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, serving in Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. It was while he was training in Regina that he learned the ropes of harsh discipline. One night, with the lights turned off in a cold building while his supervisor was not around, Mr. RATHGEB and his fellow recruits pulled down the window blinds to create warmth. When the supervisor returned to find out what had happened, he smashed all the windows; the trainees spent the rest of the night in the building in the fierce Saskatchewan cold.
When he became eligible for the navy, Mr. RATHGEB quit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served in the Battle of the Atlantic, in the Bay of Biscay, on three Murmansk convoys and the invasion of Europe.
In 1946, he left the navy with the rank of lieutenant-commander and joined his father's company, Comstock International Ltd. Around that time, he met Rosemary CLARKE of Quebec City at a resort on the St. Lawrence River and proposed on their first date. Within months, they were married.
As chairman of the board of Comstock, he turned the engineering and construction company into a global powerhouse. In one of the largest electrical contracts undertaken in Canada, he was involved in Comstock's 25-to-60-cycle conversion contract for Ontario Hydro.
"They went into every home in Ontario and changed every appliance from 25 cycles to 60 cycles," Mrs. RATHGEB said.
Other Comstock projects included the Trans Mountain oil pipeline in Western Canada, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Distant Early Warning radar system in the Far North, the Toronto subway system, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space facility at Cape Kennedy, Florida, the trans-Sahara Algerian gas pipeline and the Okosombo dam in Ghana.
Other men would have been overwhelmed by the work, but not Chuck RATHGEB. Nothing stopped him from taking on new sports and new horizons. The 6-foot-3, bluff and cheery sportsman responded to every siren call of adventure. He was once a member of Canada's Commonwealth cricket team, and he was a fanatic about hot-air ballooning, mountain climbing and big-game hunting. He shot the last legal tiger in India. In 1982, he and Vladimir Kavan, a Czech-Canadian businessman, trekked through Mongolia to hunt the Siberian ibex, the world's biggest mountain goat. It's a tough shot because the ibex has excellent vision. "If you were at King Street, the ibex could see you from Bloor Street," Mr. RATHGEB told The Globe on his return. "We were camped at 10,000 feet, and climbing after them at 12,000. The height affects you, but ibex just keep climbing." He and Mr. Kavan bagged four.
The pair became the first Canadians to balloon over the Alps in their personal Canadian centennial project of 1967. A year later, Mr. RATHGEB and then Ontario premier John ROBARTS experienced a misadventure near London, Ontario, when their balloon went out of control in inclement weather and wandered seriously off course. The police were called in, but, no problem: Mr. RATHGEB safely guided the balloon into a field.
Mr. RATHGEB managed Comstock's car-racing team and, in many instances, he would jump into the car himself to compete in such races as the 24-hour Le Mans, the 12-hour Sebring, the 24-hour Daytona, the London-to-Sydney rally, the Trans-Sahara rally and the 15,000-kilometre London-to-Peking Motor Challenge.
The Sahara trek proved to be a barnburner because his car broke down in the desert and he was reduced to drinking water from the radiator to survive. Eventually, the car was towed by camels to the nearest town. The car's undercarriage had been ruined by rocks and other debris. So, using his unlimited financial resources, Mr. RATHGEB had a four-wheel-drive Jeep Comanche pickup specially built in Toronto for the 1990 London-to-Peking trip. The overhaul of the truck included doubling the shocks and steel-plating its undersides.
"The London-Peking race was an endurance test," Mrs. RATHGEB said. "It lasted 56 days. Chuck spent many nights sleeping under the stars. It took him a few weeks to get over it."
Mr. RATHGEB was a member of the board of directors for about a dozen major Canadian companies over the years, and it was while he was with Canadair (now Bombardier) that he talked company officials into training him as a pilot. Participating in the British Columbia Centennial air race from London to Vancouver, he set a record for the smallest single-engine jet -- a CL41 Tutor -- to cross the Atlantic. "We landed in Iceland," he told The Globe. "Turning around on the runway, suddenly all the lights came on in the cockpit. We were out of gas."
For years, he was also the only Canadian to own an international offshore powerboat-racing licence. In a sport in which speeds exceed 180 kilometres an hour, he was the only Canadian entrant in the London-to-Monte Carlo and Miami-Nassau powerboat events.
On the side, Mr. RATHGEB ran a small thoroughbred-racing stable that experienced some success. He also ventured into show business to produce the Rex Harrison Broadway play Staircase and to promote a Doors rock concert.
But, in what may have been his most defining moment, he was first coach and then manager of Canada's bobsled team. As it happened, it was one sport he had never tried. The suggestion that he become involved came out of the blue at a cocktail party in Toronto in 1959. A friend, Doug CONNOR, asked him: "Chuck, how'd you like to represent your country in a world championship?"
"What game?" he asked.
"Take a guess."
"Hmm, do I have to train?"
"Nope."
"Do I have to quit drinking?"
"Nope."
Thus began an Olympic saga and a team made up of four Quebeckers: driver Vic Emery, his brother Dr. John Emery, Doug Anakin, and brakeman Peter Kirby.
Their first event was a world championship in St. Moritz, where they did much of their early training. "We arrived by train at night, so we weren't aware what we were in for," Mr. RATHGEB said. "See, everywhere else, you arrive at the bottom of the hill; in St. Moritz, you're at the top. You can look down a bit and it looks fine and then it curves off. But, in the morning, I walked down 100 yards and suddenly, my God, it's like falling off a 10-storey building."
Early in the going, Mr. RATHGEB occupied a spot on the sled. "It was enormously exhilarating to rush down a mountain at 150 kilometres an hour, pulling six Gs on the curves."
There were 20 teams that first year. "We won the Spanish-Canadian Cup.... It went to the team that wasn't last. The Spaniards crashed three times and we crashed three times, but our time was faster, so we were 19th."
Gradually, the team improved, moving up from 19th to 11th to fourth in successive world championships. By the 1964 Olympics, Mr. RATHGEB had become the team manager.
"The night before their run, they didn't seem too confident," he recalled in 1984, "so I gave the young woman on the switchboard a box of chocolates to fake a cable from the prime minister. 'All Canada rides with you today! Signed, Lester B. Pearson.'"
It did the trick. On the big day, 10,000 people lined the course. In one of the most electrifying triumphs in Canadian Olympic history, Vic Emery and Co. guided a half-ton sled down the 14-curve course at speeds of close to 150 km/h to win the gold medal, besting the favoured Italians with a time of 4 minutes 14.46 seconds. It was Canada's only gold medal at the Innsbruck Olympiad, the first year bobsledding was an Olympic sport.
"It was the last event at the Olympics," Mr. RATHGEB recalled years later. "We were the final team to race and we came out of it with gold medals. The pressure was even greater than competing in a Stanley Cup because you only have one chance and it's a chance you get once in a lifetime."
In a telephone interview from his home in London, England, Vic Emery said: "Chuck was a damn good manager. We didn't ask him for any extra financial help and he didn't offer any. He got us the equipment needed to fine-tune the sled. He arranged to have spring-loaded handles installed on the sides of the sled. It was a little innovation."
Ten years ago, Mr. Emery flew to Toronto to visit Mr. RATHGEB after he wound up in hospital as a result of a mosquito bite that had turned almost deadly. "I would tell Chuck stories in hospital to try and jaw him up and, sometimes, I'd get a slight smile out of him because he was out of it for four or five months."
Mr. Emery says he will be forever indebted to Mr. RATHGEB. "He was one of the most instrumental people in my life. If it were not for him, we might never had gotten the gold medal."
For all that, the triumph at the Olympics was just one of Mr. RATHGEB's many roles in a life that was as large as they come. "There's a little Walter Mitty in everybody," Mr. RATHGEB once said. "Some just dream, some mean to but never get around to it, and some do it."
His personal credo, he liked to say, was: "Rather than going to see the Grand Prix, why not be in it?"
Charles (Chuck) RATHGEB was born on December 2, 1921, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec He died of cancer on June 24, 2005, at his home in Toronto. He was 84. He leaves his wife, Rosemary. At his request, 12 uniformed Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were pallbearers at his funeral.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-30 published
ARGUE, Marion (née GOMME)
At her home, on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at age 76. Daughter of the late Mary Olive RIBBLE (d. 1958) and Frederick GOMME (d. 1963). Born in London, Ontario January 27, 1929. Predeceased by her husband William Armstrong ARGUE (1998) and stillborn son (1969.) Survived by: loved daughter Mary Elizabeth ARGUE (Martin DENYES,) adored grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob and Anne DENYES. Also survived by twin brother Maurice GOMME, (Marilyn), St. Catharines, brothers, Edwin (Ted) GOMME (Paula), Toronto and Russell (Alma) GOMME, Agincourt. Predeceased by siblings, Evelyn and Ruth (both, October 1927) from Spinal Meningitis, prior to antibiotics and immunization. Survived by brother-in-law, Alan ARGUE (Joanne,) nieces, Catherine CONNOR and Barbara GOMME, nephews, Paul (Tatyana) GOMME and Andrew (Anne) GOMME and several nieces and nephews in the ARGUE family as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews in both the ARGUE and GOMME families. Words cannot adequately thank the many Friends and family who have been so helpful to Marion, during her illness. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at the Burke Funeral Home (613-968-6968) 150 Church Street, Belleville, Ontario on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial/ Celebration at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Church and Victoria Streets, on Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m, conducted by the Reverend Anne Marie JONES. Donations to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation would be very much appreciated.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-10 published
CONNOR, John " Jack" Joseph
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, January 8, 2005; Jack, beloved husband of Ruth for 63 years. Loving father of John, Sandy, Vicki, and Shelley. Fondly remembered grandfather and great-grandfather. Jack was a long-term dedicated employee of Kellogg - Salada for 47 years. Mr. CONNOR is resting at the funeral home of Skinner and Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (1 block west of Hurontario St.), Mississauga, on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Special thanks to the staff of Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-12 published
DRAKE, Doris Eleanor (née CONNOR)
After a long life, Doris passed away at the Hyland Crest Senior Citizens Home, Minden on Sunday, February 27, 2005, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Reg. Dear mother of Joan DRAKE of Minden and predeceased by Kathy DRAKE. Loving grandmother of Devon and Derek McALPINE of Breton, Alberta. Dear sister of the late Eric CONNOR and Kay LONGFIELD. Fondly remembered by Marie GATLEY, and by her cousins and Friends. Friends are invited to the Port Carling United Church, Port Carling for a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Hyland Crest Residents' Council or to the Breast Cancer Research would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, K0M 2K0 (1-888-588-5777).

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CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-17 published
MELBER, Klara
Peacefully, after a long illness, at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, on Tuesday, June 14, 2005. Beloved wife of Joseph. Loving mother of Tibor (Cyndy), and Tom (Debbie). Loving and devoted grandmother of Alison, Jack and Joseph CONNOR. Dear sister of Marianne and Rita. She will be greatly missed. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Rd.), Markham, on Sunday from 12: 30 p.m. until the time of Memorial Service in the Chapel at 1: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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CONNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-06 published
HABERMELL, Joan Darling (née TAILOR/TAYLOR)
After a hard-fought illness, Joan passed away in Hamilton on Friday, September 2, 2005 at the age of 77. Survived by her best friend and dear husband of 55 years, George. Beloved mother to Paul HABERMELL (Martha) of Whitby and Jane CONNOR (Kirby) of Caledonia. Cherished grandmother to Michael, John, Tim, Paul and Jennifer. Family was very important to Joan and, above all else, she loved spending quality time with them. At Joan's request, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home (2241 New Street, Burlington, Ontario, 905-637-8744).

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CONNORS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-07 published
DEZIEL, Isabel Mildred Mary (JEAN- MARIE)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Saturday, February 5, 2005 Isabel Mildred Mary (JEAN- MARIE) DEZIEL, in her 72nd year. Beloved wife of the late Frederick DEZIEL (1980.) Isabel will be missed by her children, Marianne Martin (Doug,) Terance (Dawn,) Wade (Donna,) Roxanne CONNORS (Barry), Renee MARTIN (Jim), Michele ROSS (Glen), Thomas (Lucy), Corinne WONNACOTT (Andy), Jacqueline, Marc (Ann) and Lee Anne BRIGHTON. Loved by her 24 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Junior JEAN- MARIE of Strathroy, Gloria COPELAND of Wardsville and Jeannette MEEKS of London. Predeceased by her parents Thelma Georgina (BOWHEY) JEAN- MARIE (1980) and Wilfred JEAN- MARIE (1983.) Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Martin of Tours Church, 46 Cathcart Street on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Cremation. Prayers Monday evening at 7 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Grand Theatre or the London Symphony Orchestra Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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CONNORS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-02 published
NIGHTINGALE, Ted
Suddenly at Victoria Hospital - South Street Campus on Saturday, April 30th, 2005, Ted NIGHTINGALE of London in his 77th year. Beloved father of Ellen EGAN. Dear grandfather of Conrad and Connie EGAN. Great-grandfather of Jacob, Brett and Jordyn EGAN. Also survived by brothers George (Velma) and Russell (Bernice) NIGHTINGALE of London, Bob (Peggy) NIGHTINGALE of Ottawa; nephews John of Ottawa, Randy of Saint Marys, Peter of Calgary, and Gary NIGHTINGALE of Barrie; nieces Lynn CONNORS, Brenda THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Ottawa, Linda WOODHOUSE of Pickering, and Mary Anne HATHERELL of London. Family will receive Friends at the Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E. (East of Highbury) on Tuesday, May 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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CONNORS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-22 published
PIGGOTT, Mary Louise (GADSBY)
Mary Louise (GADSBY) PIGGOTT, age 76, of R.R.#1 Brigden, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Bluewater Health, C.E.E. Campus, Petrolia on Monday, June 20, 2005. Beloved wife of Ross PIGGOTT for 54 years. Loving mother of Gary (Lori) PIGGOTT and their children Denika and Brigetta; Grant (Dianne) PIGGOTT and their children Joelyn, Kimberly and Julie; Connie (Jeff) CLASSEN and their children Bobbi (Jeff) FOURNIE and their children Kassidy and Robbie FOURNIE, Kristina GARRETT and Dean CONNORS, Nicole CLASSEN, Bryan (Chris) PIGGOTT and their children Steven, Stefany and Scott. Survived by her mother Gertrude GADSBY, sisters Aldene (Ken) SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER, of the Yukon, and Nancy GADSBY; sister-in-law Marion PIGGOTT, Rae (Joyce) PIGGOTT, Doug (Pat) PIGGOTT as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her father Watson GADSBY (1977,) sister Phyllis GADSBY (1943,) brother (infant) Charles GADSBY (1948,) in-laws Clarence (1978) and Viola (1976) PIGGOTT, brother-in-law Bev PIGGOTT (2005.)

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CONNORS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-15 published
CONNORS, Carol Lois (December 22, 1963-November 15, 1986)
To have met you- Is to remember you To know you- Was to love you. Loved and remembered every day. Mom, Dad, sisters and brother. The recipient of the Carol Connors Award for the Performing Arts 2005 is Amanda WINLAW, Woodstock S.S. Congratulations Amanda.

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CONNORS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-26 published
CONNORS, Verner
It is with deep sadness that the family of Verner CONNORS of London announce his passing at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, on Friday, December 23rd, 2005, in his 69th year. Much loved husband of Bette (NOVA) CONNORS. Dear father of Aaron CONNORS of Taiwan, and Adam CONNORS and his wife Malia of London. Verner is survived by his brothers Wayne CONNORS and his wife Joan, David CONNORS and his wife Debbie, his sister Judy Roberts and her husband Mike all of New Waterford, Nova Scotia, and his sister Glenna HILBORN and her husband John of Toronto. Verner is predeceased by his father Jack CONNORS (1986,) his mother Alice CONNORS (1977,) his sister Beverley MacKAY (1976,) his father-in-law Nick NOVA (1991) and his brother-in-law Dave MacKAY (2000.) Verner will be fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Elsie NOVA, his sister-in-law Leona BOLIN, and his brother-in-law Geoff NOVA and his wife Mary-Ann. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews and many good Friends. Verner was a kind man with a gentle spirit who touched the lives of many. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184). The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 377 Oakland Avenue, London, on Thursday, December 29th at 10: 30 a.m. with Reverend Ron TROJCAK officiating. Prayers will be said at the Funeral Home Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock. Memorial donations may be made to the Victoria Order of Nurses, 1151 Florence Street, London, N5W 2M7, the Parkwood Hospital Foundation Complex Care Program (3BW 3AE), c/o St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, 268 Grosvenor Street, London, N6A 4V2, or the London Food Bank, 926 Leathorne Street, London, N5Z 3M5.

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CONNORS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-28 published
VALLANCE, Hugh
Peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 26, 2005. Hugh, beloved husband of the late Jean. He will be missed by his children, Steffie Lawrance and Leo CONNORS, Frankie and Keith LIBERTY, Dick and Elaine VALLANCE, Susie VALLANCE and Luis GARCIA, and his grandchildren Michael, Laura, Jason, Heather, Stephanie and great-grandchild Alexis. Friends and family may visit at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering (south of 401) 905-686-5589 on Sunday, January 30, 2005 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Cremation. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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CONNORS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-08 published
CERESER- MARTIN, Antonio
Peacefully, in his 83rd year, on February 7, 2005, at Humber River Regional Hospital - Church Site. He was surrounded by his loving family, and is now reunited with his beloved son Claudio. Antonio, beloved husband and friend of Rina for 59 years. Loving father of Frank, Maria HORNBY (Daniel,) Rita CONNORS (Gerald.) Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Laura (Terry), Michael (Meagan), Tracey (Jack), Lorraine, Jennifer, Aimee, Kathryn, Nichol and Ryan and his 8 great-grandchildren, Kaila, Christian, Kaitlyn, Brandon, Cameron, Kirsten, Justin and Kyle. A special Thank you to Dr. David FISHBEIN and the nursing staff at 3T for their care and compassion. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Bernardo Funeral Homes, 2960 Dufferin Street (2 blocks south of Lawrence) on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Matthew's Church (Old Weston Rd. at Rogers) on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Entombment in Prospect Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society as an expression of sympathy.

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CONNORS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-18 published
CONNORS, Augustine " Gus"
Formerly of Bell Island, Newfoundland. Passed away at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Friday, September 16, 2005 at the age of 77 years. Gus was a longtime employee of Scarborough Public Utilities where he retired in 1993. Survived by his sisters Margaret CONNORS "Peg" of Cambridge, Elizabeth EBERE " Betty" of California, and 11 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Isabel and Augustine CONNORS, sisters Bernardine BLACKMORE and Isabel HURLEY. Friends will be received at Little's Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 223 Main St. E., Cambridge (519-623-1290) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Parish Prayers being recited at 3: 00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Cambridge on Monday, September 19, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Parklawn Cemetery, Cambridge. In memory of Gus, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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CONNORS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-12 published
CONNORS, Ann Elizabeth
Passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 10, 2005. (Former employee at Bell Canada). Devoted mother to Cindy. Proud grandmother to Trista. Dear friend to Marie EICHENBERGER and Agnes BOATMAN. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Monday November 14 from 1-2 p.m. Funeral service to follow in the Ogden Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery.

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CONNOY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-09 published
CONNOY, James " Jim"
Peacefully, at the Toronto East General Hospital, on Thursday, December 8, 2005, in his 74th year. Beloved husband of the late Audrey. Cherished father of Ed (Patty), Lee (Brenda), Keith (Val), Barbara and Brenda. Much loved "Poppa" of Teresa, David, Kenny, Christine, Stephan, Lynn, Jessica, Kurtis, Matthew, Kayley and "Great Poppa" of Robert, Ben, Zachary, Alfred, Amber and Dylan. Dear brother of Bill (Ruth) and Marg WILSON. Predeceased by his brother Gord and sister Helen REID. James will be fondly remembered by his many relatives and Friends. Visitation will be held at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Ave.), Toronto (416-698-2861), on Friday, December 9, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. Memorial donations to The Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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CONOCCHIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-26 published
CONOCCHIA, Gina
Passed away on Friday, June 24, 2005 at Humber River Regional Hospital - Finch Site. Gina, beloved wife of Luigi "Gino" CONOCCHIA for over 63 years. Loving mother of Mary Grace. Dear sister of Antonietta SIMBOLA and sister-in-law of Milena DE GASPERIS. She will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, family and Friends in Italy and in Canada. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Sunday, June 26, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. and Monday, June 27, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pascale Baylon Church (92 Steeles Ave. W.) on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Westminster Cemetery. Condolences to www.rskane.ca.

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CONRAD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-06 published
GUNESCH, Andrew
Suddenly, at Versa Care Nursing Home, Delaware, on Friday, February 4th, 2005, Mr. Andrew GUNESCH in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Minnie GUNESCH. Dear mother of Susan PRISACARU and her husband Manfred. Loving grandfather of Melissa, Elizabeth and Krista. He will be sadly missed by his sister Helen CONRAD and her husband Rudi and his sister-in-law Doris GUNESCH. Also survived by many family members and Friends in Canada and Germany. Predeceased by brothers John, Fred and Mike. Friends will be received at the Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Road (east of Highbury) on Sunday, February 6, 2005 from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted in the chapel on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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CONRAD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-19 published
NISBET, Ronald Nicol
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Ronald (Nick) NISBET in his 79th year on Thursday February 17th, 2005.
Dearly beloved husband for 54 years of Vera (née MARTIN.) Cherished father of Vivian (John) EMERY and Gary (Maureen) NISBET all of London. He was much loved and will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Jeff (Rhonda), Heather (Kris), Jenny, Connor and Spencer. Ronnie is survived by his brother George (Audrey) NISBET of Burlington and many nieces and nephews.
Ron retired from Bell Canada in 1983 after 37 years of service. He spent many years volunteering with the Children's Miracle Network Telethon where he was fondly known as “Mr. Wear Your Bear.” Many thanks from his family for the wonderful medical care he received during his long illness. Special thanks to all the staff at the Cancer Clinic, Victorian Order of Nurses and Community Care Access Centre. A very special thanks to Victorian Order of Nurses Barb CONRAD, Ron's faithful friend.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Bob RIPLEY officiating. The family will receive Friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers Ronnie has requested a donation be given to Children's Health Foundation -- “Ashley's Backyard”, 345 Westminster Ave., London, Ontario N6C 4V3.(Westview Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements, 641-1793)

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CONRAD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-12 published
CONRAD, Robert Allan
At Westminster Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, on Wednesday May 11, 2005. Robert Allan CONRAD, at the age of 38 years. Loving husband of Jennifer CONRAD (HALL.) Dear father of Richelle and Mary. Brother of Stephen, Berle, Debbie and Donna. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and Friends. Friends will be received at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd. (1 block east of Egerton), on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Evans Chapel on Saturday, May 14, 2005, at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Robert.

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CONRAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-12 published
BENVIE, Victor John
(Retired Employee, Gulf Oil-Clarkson) Peacefully at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Monday, January 10, 2005. Vic BENVIE, in his 85th year, beloved husband of Reta BENVIE and dear father of John and his wife Patricia of Mississauga and Mary COOK of Huntsville. Loving grandfather of Brandon and Kimberly COOK and Katherine and David BENVIE. Brother of Arthur BENVIE and Marion CONRAD. Predeceased by brothers Douglas BENVIE, Ted SNAIR and Lewis BENVIE. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at Trinity United Church, Huntsville on Friday, January 14 at 2 o'clock. If desired, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made by contacting the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville P1H 1N9 (705) 789-5252. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca

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CONRAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-28 published
GUNESCH, Norma (née CALDWELL) (1907-2005)
After a lengthy illness, Toronto. A longtime resident of Windsor, Ontario for 50 years. Predeceased by her husband John (1980). Norma is survived by her sister Bernice COOKE of Etobicoke. Also survived by in-laws Helen (Rudi) CONRAD, Andrew GUNESCH, and Doris GUNESCH all of London, Ontario. Also missed by nieces and their families. A Memorial Service will be held at the Ward Funeral Home Chapel, 2035 Weston Rd., Weston (416-241-4618) on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 3: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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CONRAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-17 published
STEVENS, Mary Joan
After a lengthy battle with cancer, on Friday, April 15, 2005. Joan STEVENS, formerly of Barrie, in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Alton Bryson STEVENS. Devoted mother of Sheila NOURSE of Regina, Saskatchewan, Jane GARRETT (Marcel BELLINGHAM) of Stayner, Audrey STEVENS (John RICHARDSON) of Whitby, Jim STEVENS of Stayner, and Teresa HACON (Michael) of Wasaga Beach. Cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Paul KENNY, Margaret CONRAD, and Patricia MacNEIL. Predeceased by her sisters Mary CLOUTIER/CLOUTHIER, Monica ZIMAK, and Teresa KENNY. Friends may call at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home, Clapperton and Worsley Streets, Barrie, on Sunday from 2: 00 to 4: 00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held from St. Mary's Church, Barrie on Monday, April 18, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Saint Mary's Cemetery, Barrie. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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CONRAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-22 published
CONRAD, Clara (née FORD)
Peacefully, on Wednesday, April 20, 2005. Predeceased by her loving husband Ivan. Loving mother of Willa (Frank), Janet (Ross), Julia (Michael), Brenda (Lindsay) and Andrew (Barb). Loving grandmother of Jennifer (Armando), Matthew, Christine, Michael, Christopher, Jessica and A.J. Friends will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre - Mississauga, 1535 South Gateway Road (Dixie Road, 2 lights south of Eglinton), 905-602-1580 on Saturday, April 23 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Funeral Service will follow in the Chapel at 3 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lung Association would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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CONRAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-14 published
JOUDREY, Frederick " Fred"
Born, Blockhouse, Nova Scotia, passed away suddenly in Peterborough, Ontario on May 6, 2005 in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Nancy (née HAROLD) for 33 years. Dear step-father of James COOK (Tracey SMYTH) of Toronto and Cynthia COOK (Rene HELLENDOORN) of Port Perry. Proud grandfather of Matt, Jill, and Stephen COOK and Bram HELLENDOORN. Brother of Jean CONRAD (Gerald) and Lucille GOSWELL, both of Nova Scotia, and Marie WHITTAKER (Alan) of Duncan, British Columbia. Fred will be missed by his great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later time. If so desired, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, Ontario.

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