FORTIER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-23 published
FORTIER, Stephanie Renee (Dec. 18, 1978-Apr. 21, 1997)
Thoughts of happy times together,
Are the memories that last forever.
Steph, your family and Friends feel a profound void in our lives without you during these past 8 years.
Thinking of you always,
Love Mom, Dad and Lindsay.

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FORTIER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-03 published
HARKNESS, Agnes Jean
With deep sorrow, I announce the passing of my mother, Agnes Jean HARKNESS, wife of the late Frank HARKNESS, on Friday, July 29, 2005. Mom faced these last difficult months with the same courage and spirit that she brought to her life's journey. She was loved and cherished by her family - son-in-law Louis FORTIER, grand_son David, her extended family in Montreal Marthe and Marie FORTIER, "her second daughter" Sandra PAPINEAU, her nieces Pam WYVILLE and Patty BARTLEY, and by Helen and Don BATEMAN, their children Mary Lee, Carol, and David, who opened their hearts and embraced us as members of their family. I will be forever grateful to Friends and neighbours for the compassion and tenderness extended to both my mother and me. As she reunites with my father, her spirit will live on in all of us whose lives she enriched. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of the Stewart Funeral Home, 254 George Street, Sarnia, on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please honor my mother's life through a donation to the Alzheimer Society.

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FORTIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-13 published
MacALLISTER, John Edward Murray
Peacefully, in his 80th year and after a brief illness, on Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Ian Anderson House in Oakville. John will be dearly missed by his loving wife Shirley. John was predeceased by his son, Timothy. John will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by Susan and Geoffrey MORAWETZ, Melanie and Pascal FORTIER and Annette and Kenneth PIPHER. John was the loving grandfather of Jack, Erin, and Colleen MORAWETZ, and Brett, Ryan, and Kenny PIPHER. John is survived by his sisters, Helen and her husband Rolf DOEHLER, and Irene and her husband Dr. Howard PIERPONT. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States: Murray DOEHLER, John DOEHLER, Christa LIGHTBURN, David PIERPONT, and Helen BURZUMATO. John served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War and then graduated from McGill University in Metallurgical Engineering. He successfully ran his own company in the converting industry. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's United Church, Oakville, on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. Private family interment at St. Jude's Cemetery, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ian Anderson House, P.O. Box 61034, 511 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6J 7P5 or Saint John's United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville L6J 1P9, would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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FORTIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-13 published
CRISOLOGO, Vincenza " Jenny" (née AGUECI)
Peacefully, at The Willows Estate Nursing Home on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 in her 96th year. Jenny, beloved wife of the late Peter for 48 years. Loving Mom of Nina and Philip RAPONI, and Tina and Bill ALLEN. Loving Nana of Carmine and Mari RAPONI, Peter and Janet RAPONI, Paula and Paul FORTIER, Laurie-Ann and Chris MARTIN, Billy and Corinne ALLEN, and Michael and Caty ALLEN. Great-grand-nana of Gilles and Jacques FORTIER, Tyler and Dalton RAPONI, and Robby and Rachel ALLEN. Jenny will be sadly missed by her sister Louise DITTA and brother Sam (Margaret) AGUECI. Predeceased by brothers Tony, Joe, Frank, Dom, Louie and sister Angeline CATANIA. Jenny was the true definition of Homemaker with her endless cooking, cleaning and entertaining. The generosity she showed her children, siblings and Friends was endless! She Was The True Meaning Of Love. The family wishes to express their thanks to a special group of people - Dr. Mike DAWSON and all the staff at The Willows for their compassion and love given to Mom (Nana) during her stay. We love you Mom. We love you Nana. We love you Jenny. We will miss you forever. Family and Friends may visit at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave. East (just west of Warden Ave.) 416-773-0933 from 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 3200 Pharmacy Ave. (north of Finch Ave.). Entombment Highland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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FORTIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-22 published
WOLSCHT, Mary Lou (née HEMING)
Passed away peacefully at home, on Thursday, January 20, 2005, in her 66th year, with her family by her side. MaryLou was devoted to her husband Paul of 44 years, and her children Monica (Brad McCARTNEY), Paul (Maria), Michael (Dawn), Eric and Robert (Shawnalee). Proud and loving Oma to sixteen grandchildren. She will also be sadly missed by her brothers and sisters-in-law Hans (Christl), Otto (Brigitte), Bernhard (Janet), and all of the nieces and nephews who have many fond memories of summers at the farm. Also, sadly missed by many Friends and relatives in Germany and Florida. Special thanks to Paula FORTIER for her tender loving care of our Mom. Family and Friends will be received at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 19153 Centre Street, Mount Albert for visitation on Sunday, January 23, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 17955 Leslie Street, Newmarket on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Mount Albert Cemetery. To send expressions of sympathy, please email mwolscht@juno.com God Bless You Mom

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FORTIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-18 published
GALLANDER, Albert Arnold
On Thursday, February 17, 2005 at the Mt. Sinai Hospital. Albert GALLANDER, beloved husband of the late Myra. Loving father and father-in-law of Martha and the late Howard TISHMAN, Elissa GALLANDER and Dennis WINTERS, Bette GALLANDER and Derryck SMITH, and Benjamin GALLANDER and Pascale FORTIER. Dear brother of the late Molly LYONS, Sarah ORENSTEIN, Beatrice WINTROB, Harold GALLANDER, Lillian GOLD, and Helen HARRIS. Devoted grandfather of Lee, Mark, Alexi, Haley, Meryn, Caellum, and Cristophe. At Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street (Bathurst, south of Eglinton) for service on Friday, February 18, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 32 Heathdale Road. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Albert and Myra Gallander Endowment Fund c/o The Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875 or the charity of your choice.

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FORTIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-13 published
MacALLISTER, John Edward Murray
Peacefully, in his 80th year and after a brief illness on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at the Ian Anderson House in Oakville. John will be dearly missed by his loving wife Shirley. John was predeceased by his son Timothy. John will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by Susan and Geoffrey MORAWETZ, Melanie and Pascal FORTIER, and Annette and Kenneth PIPHER. John was the loving grandfather of Jack, Erin, and Colleen MORAWETZ and Brett, Ryan, and Kenny PIPHER. John is survived by his sisters Helen and her husband Rolf DOEHLER and Irenë and her husband Dr. Howard PIERPONT. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States: Murray DOEHLER, John DOEHLER, Christa LIGHTBURN, David PIERPONT and Helen BURZUMATO. John served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War and then graduated from McGill University in Metallurgical Engineering. He successfully ran his own company in the converting industry. The funeral service will be held at Saint John's United Church, Oakville on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Private family interment at St. Jude's Cemetery, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ian Anderson House, P.O. Box 61034, 511 Maple Grove Dr., Oakville., Ontario L6J 7P5 or Saint John's United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville, Ontario L6J 1P9 would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-27 published
FRANCHE, Gerald
Mr. Gerald FRANCHE died peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Saint Thomas, at the age of 89 on Tuesday January 25, 2005. Survived by his son Bob and daughter-in-law Shirley. Dear grandfather of Donna and her husband Sam WATSON, Paul FRANCHE and his wife Lisa, Laura-Lee and her husband Trev TIMMS, Michele FOURNIER, Mark FOURNIER and Alison DOYLE. Great-grandfather of McKenzie, Coey, Emily, Jacob and Calvin. Survived by his sisters Cecile FORTIN, Bernie DECOSTE and his brother Gilles FRANCHE and his wife Evelyn. Special thanks to adopted family at Caressant Care. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London, on Thursday evening from 7-9 o'clock where the funeral service will take place on Friday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Remembrance donations to the Parkinson's Society would be appreciated.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-06 published
VANDEVENNE, Michael Jerome
Michael Jerome of Union on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at his late residence, in his 56th year. Beloved husband of Patricia (HEPBURN) VANDEVENNE and dearly loved father of Sarah and her husband Shawn PAUL of Saint Thomas, Caren and her partner Rich FORTIN of Mississauga and James VANDEVENNE of Union. Loved grandfather of Monica. Dear brother of Margaret SAMKO of Petrolia, David and his wife Paulette VANDEVENNE of Montreal, Johana and her husband Robert PRIMEAU of Appin and dear son-in-law of Anne HEPBURN of Saint Thomas and brother-in-law of Bev and her husband Terry SHARP of Saint Thomas. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Mike was born in Chatham on August 6, 1949, the son of the late Jerome and Mary (MASON) VANDEVENNE. He worked a number of years as a broker for Auto Haulway. He was a Union Rep with the Teamsters Union and was a member and former usher at Saint Anne's Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Saturday morning and then to Saint Anne's Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Friday evening at 7: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Elgin-Saint Thomas Chapter of the Alzheimer Society or the Bobier Villa, Dutton.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-26 published
BULL, Mary Ruth (née O'BRIEN)
At Woodstock General Hospital on Friday, November 25, 2005, Mary Ruth BULL (née O'BRIEN) of R.R.#5 Woodstock (Creditville,) in her 68th year. Beloved wife for 33 years of Ivan. Dear mother of Donna DUBOIS (Andre,) Al GARLAND, Robin GALKOWSKI (Ed,) Audrey TOTH (Joe), Fred GARLAND (Kim), Bob GARLAND (Heather), Carl GARLAND (Melissa), Bev GARLAND, Karen SMITH (Tim), David GARLAND (Cheryl Lynn) and Laura PERRY (Mark.) Dear sister of Gerry O'BRIEN (Kay,) Donna LANG, Eva FORTIN (Pat), Lillian O'BRIEN, Sharon TAILOR/TAYLOR (Dave,) Barb STONE (Don,) Wayne O'BRIEN (Dale) and sister-in-law of Dorothy O'BRIEN. Predeceased by her brother Peter O'BRIEN and her sister Marjorie BOOMER (late Mervin.) Also lovingly remembered by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the chapel on Monday, November 28, 2005 at 11: 00 am with Reverend Dave SNIHUR officiating. Interment at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Lung Association or the Woodstock Hospital Foundation -- Building Fund would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-24 published
AUDETTE, Judith Gail (née SMITH)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Judy at the McMaster Medical Centre on May 22nd, 2005. Judy celebrated her 60th birthday with family and Friends on May 5th. Dearly loved wife of Craig, mother of son John and Martine FORTIN, daughter Jennifer and Matthew WILKINS and grand_son Owen, son Matthew (deceased) and Stephanie KELLY. Daughter of the late John and Jean SMITH of Woodstock, New Brunswick. Beloved sister of Joyce and Keith BAILEY, John SMITH and Paula, Jim SMITH and Sandra, Jeffrey SMITH and Helene, Janet and Angelo FALVO, Jerry SMITH and Sherry. Sister-in-law of Sharon (deceased) and Paul WATT, Wayne AUDETTE and Ginnette, Valerie and Mike WILLIAMS, Janice and Phil LARIVIERE, Marcia and Jim SEYMOUR, Pamela and Jacques BOUGIE. Sincere thanks to Dr. Graham JONES as well as the nursing and medical staff of the C.C.R.U. Friends may call at the Dodsworth And Brown Funeral Home, 2241 New Street, Burlington (at Drury Lane) (905-637-5233), on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. from St. Raphael's Church, 4072 New Street, Burlington. Funeral prayers Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-25 published
AUDETTE, Judith Gail (née SMITH)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Judy at the McMaster Medical Centre on May 22nd, 2005. Judy celebrated her 60th birthday with family and Friends on May 5th. Dearly loved wife of Craig, mother of son John and Martine FORTIN, daughter Jennifer and Matthew WILKINS and grand_son Owen, son Matthew (deceased) and Stephanie KELLY. Daughter of the late John and Jean SMITH of Woodstock, New Brunswick. Beloved sister of Joyce and Keith BAILEY, John SMITH and Paula, Jim SMITH and Sandra, Jeffrey SMITH and Helene, Janet and Angelo FALVO, Jerry SMITH and Sherry. Sister-in-law of Sharon (deceased) and Paul WATT, Wayne AUDETTE and Ginnette, Valerie and Mike WILLIAMS, Janice and Phil LARIVIERE, Marcia and Jim SEYMOUR, Pamela and Jacques BOUGIE. Sincere thanks to Dr. Graham JONES as well as the nursing and medical staff of the C.C.R.U. Friends may call at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, 2241 New Street, Burlington (at Drury Lane) (905-637-5233), on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. from St. Raphael's Church, 4072 New Street, Burlington. Funeral prayers Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-06 published
BEISSWENGER, Peter
It is with great sadness the family announces the death of Peter E. BEISSWENGER in Toronto on June 2, 2005. Loving husband of Lynne (née ROBERTS.) Beloved father of Emma (Bachar MOURAD,) Arlene (Guy FORTIN) and Richard (Angela YEARWOOD.) Cherished grandfather to his 4 grandchildren, Ned and Lily MOURAD of Houston, Texas and Hendrik and Constance FORTIN of Saguenay, Quebec. Peter was a Queen's B.Sc. '63 graduate and had a long and successful engineering career with both Union Carbide and Stone and Webster. He was keenly interested in his community, music, gardening and the great outdoors - ever a loyal and tireless worker. He will be greatly missed. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. A service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, June 9 at one o'clock. If desired, donations in Peter's memory may be made to The Distress Centre or a charity of your choice.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-13 published
CSILLAG, Ferenc (June 24, 1955-June 10, 2005)
Ferko passed away June 10, 2005 at 9: 10 a.m. after a courageous battle with cancer. Through it, he was surrounded and supported by his family, Friends, colleagues, students and staff. Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Ferko was an exceptional scholar internationally renowned. He was a leader and trained several generations of students and graduate students. He liked people and his Friends are many and all over the world. Above all he was a family person loved dearly at home. He is survived by his devoted mother Eva VERTES, his beloved wife Marie-Josee FORTIN, his three children Balint CSILLAG, Bori CSILLAG and Julia CSILLAG and his stepson Ian MERRILL- FORTIN. The family will receive Friends at Cardinal Funeral Homes (92 Annette Street; 416-762-8141; www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com) Tuesday, June 14, 2005, from 16: 00 to 21:00. A remembrance ceremony will be held at 19: 00. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed by donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca).

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-25 published
COMSTOCK, William Maxwell " Max"
Peacefully at his cottage on Saturday, July 23, 2005, in his 91st year. Max COMSTOCK was the former owner of Comstock Funeral Home, Past Chair of the Board of Funeral Services of Ontario and involved with many clubs like Peterborough Rotary (recipient of Paul Harris Award), Masonic Lodge, Peterborough Sales and Ad and had a passion for Camp Kawartha. Beloved husband of Gertrude HAMILTON for 64 years. Loving father of Beverley OFFIERSKI and her husband Christopher of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Christine FORTIN and her husband Mike of Lindsay and the late Lynn (1989). Proud grandpa of his 5 grandchildren's accomplishments; Andrew, David and Jennifer OFFIERSKI, Nicole and Marc FORTIN. Brother of the late Mary MERVIN and Arleigh RISHOR. son of the late William COMSTOCK and Eva COWIE. He will be fondly remembered by sister-in-law Marjorie McMILLAN (McNEILL,) brother-in-law George (Bubs) RISHOR, nieces, nephews and their families. Friends will be received at the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. The service will be held at Saint John's Anglican Church, 99 Brock Street, on Wednesday July 27 at 2: 00 p.m. The Venerable Gordon FINNEY and the Reverend Canon Ronald DAVIDSON will be officiating. Interment Little Lake Cemetery. In memory of Mr. COMSTOCK donations to Camp Kawartha, 5 Counties Children's Centre Foundation, or Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-07 published
BENK, Veronique, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
Dr. Veronique BENK passed away on October 4, 2005 in Toronto with her loving and devoted husband by her side after a courageous fight against breast cancer and leukemia.
She leaves her husband of 13 years, Dr. Paul FORTIN and their two beautiful children Aude (age 6) and Hadrien (age 7). In France she leaves her parents Andree and Jean-Marie BENK and her brother Jerome, his wife (Celine) and their six children. She also leaves her mother-in-law (Pauline PAQUIN) and her husband (Andre COTE,) her sister-in-law (Lucie FORTIN) and partner (Pierre PARENT) and their three children.
Dr. BENK was a radiation oncologist at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre where she specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. She was also an Adjunct Scientist at I.C.E.S. where she studied this same condition. Her patients and colleagues will remember her as an extremely caring and committed physician.
Veronique was born in St.-Quentin (Aisne), France. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Lille in France, did her specialty training in oncology at the prestigious Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During her training, she found time to volunteer for one year as a physician and teacher in Burma.
It was in Boston where she met Paul, the love of her life, at the first hockey game that she had ever attended. They were married in France and moved to Canada where they were on faculty at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Toronto.
After her initial diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, she returned to work with a renewed interest in finding ways to improve the quality of life for persons living with cancer. As part of this work, and after her diagnosis of leukemia, she became involved in Wellspring, a centre that supports individuals and their families living with cancer.
Veronique's boundless curiosity spanned the history of ancient civilizations, to romanesque cathedrals, to baroque music, to the diversity of cultures in the modern world. Her healing journey was accompanied by a desire to grow in her spiritual journey and to train as a cancer guide.
Veronique's accomplishments are many but the one she valued most was her countless Friendships and her familial life with Paul and her two "Amours". Despite her recurrent illnesses, Veronique took every opportunity to enjoy her precious time with her family. She was totally devoted to Aude, Hadrien and Paul.
We are grateful for the network of Friends and supporters in Toronto, in Canada and abroad. Special thanks to Dr. Eugenia PILIOTIS, Dr. Mary VACHON, Annette VATTER, Lorraine PAQUIN, Terry SEID and Sister Daniela and the Carmelite Missionary Sisters who provided Friendship, material and spiritual support.
The visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto (416) 489-8733, on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The celebration mass of Veronique's life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West (at Bathurst) on Thanksgiving Monday at 2: 30 p.m. Another service is being planned on Saturday, October 15 in Quebec City - details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Veronique's name can be sent to Wellspring, 81 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y-1H6, website: www.wellspring.ca.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-08 published
BENK, Veronique, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
Dr. Veronique BENK passed away on October 4, 2005 in Toronto with her loving and devoted husband by her side after a courageous fight against breast cancer and leukemia.
She leaves her husband of 13 years, Dr. Paul FORTIN and their two beautiful children Aude (age 6) and Hadrien (age 7). In France she leaves her parents Andree and Jean-Marie BENK and her brother Jerome, his wife (Celine) and their six children. She also leaves her mother-in-law (Pauline PAQUIN) and her husband (Andre COTE,) her sister-in-law (Lucie FORTIN) and partner (Pierre PARENT) and their three children.
Dr. BENK was a radiation oncologist at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre where she specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. She was also an Adjunct Scientist at I.C.E.S. where she studied this same condition. Her patients and colleagues will remember her as an extremely caring and committed physician.
Veronique was born in St.-Quentin (Aisne), France. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Lille in France, did her specialty training in oncology at the prestigious Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During her training, she found time to volunteer for one year as a physician and teacher in Burma.
It was in Boston where she met Paul, the love of her life, at the first hockey game that she had ever attended. They were married in France and moved to Canada where they were on faculty at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Toronto.
After her initial diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, she returned to work with a renewed interest in finding ways to improve the quality of life for persons living with cancer. As part of this work, and after her diagnosis of leukemia, she became involved in Wellspring, a centre that supports individuals and their families living with cancer.
Veronique's boundless curiosity spanned the history of ancient civilizations, to romanesque cathedrals, to baroque music, to the diversity of cultures in the modern world. Her healing journey was accompanied by a desire to grow in her spiritual journey and to train as a cancer guide.
Veronique's accomplishments are many but the one she valued most was her countless Friendships and her familial life with Paul and her two "Amours". Despite her recurrent illnesses, Veronique took every opportunity to enjoy her precious time with her family. She was totally devoted to Aude, Hadrien and Paul.
We are grateful for the network of Friends and supporters in Toronto, in Canada and abroad. Special thanks to Dr. Eugenia PILIOTIS, Dr. Mary VACHON, Annette VATTER, Lorraine PAQUIN, Terry SEID and Sister Daniela and the Carmelite Missionary Sisters who provided Friendship, material and spiritual support.
The visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto (416) 489-8733, on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The celebration mass of Veronique's life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West (at Bathurst) on Thanksgiving Monday at 2: 30 p.m. Another service is being planned on Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the church of Saint-Benoit, 3420 Rochambeau, Ste-Foy, (418) 653-8842, in Quebec City. The family will receive condolences starting at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Veronique's name can be sent to Wellspring, 81 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y-1H6, website: www.wellspring.ca.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-07 published
PETELKO, Leon
Passed away at home in the evening of March 3, 2005 in the company of his daughter, after a 3 year struggle with lung cancer. Born April 4, 1941 in Winnipeg and predeceased by his parents Paul and Minnie PETELKO and brother Robert. Leon had been passionate and dedicated to his careers as a singer, corporate sales manager and in his last 20 years, a landscaper. He loved nature, the outdoors and his siberian huskies, Shasta and Junior. Leon will be greatly missed by his daughter Laura Jane and his family Sarah PETELKO, Margaret, Jim, Harry and Wesley PASCOE, Amelia KEIST, Adeline, Clevis and Simon BALLARD, Michca, Louie, Zoe and Ronan FORTIN, and Jonathan HALL. He was also loved by his many dear Friends in Winnipeg and Toronto. A Memorial will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Conservatory at noon on Friday, March 18, 2005.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-24 published
AUDETTE, Judith Gail (née SMITH)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Judy at the McMaster Medical Centre on May 22nd, 2005. Judy celebrated her 60th birthday with family and Friends on May 5th. Dearly loved wife of Craig, mother of son John and Martine FORTIN, daughter Jennifer and Matthew WILKINS and grand_son Owen, son Matthew (deceased) and Stephanie KELLY. Daughter of the late John and Jean SMITH of Woodstock, New Brunswick. Beloved sister of Joyce and Keith BAILEY, John SMITH and Paula, Jim SMITH and Sandra, Jeffrey SMITH and Helene, Janet and Angelo FALVO, Jerry SMITH and Sherry. Sister-in-law of Sharon (deceased) and Paul WATT, Wayne AUDETTE and Ginnette, Valerie and Mike WILLIAMS, Janice and Phil LARIVIERE, Marcia and Jim SEYMOUR, Pamela and Jacques BOUGIE. Sincere thanks to Dr. Graham JONES as well as the nursing and medical staff of the C.C.R.U. Friends may call at the Dodsworth And Brown Funeral Home, 2241 New Street, Burlington (at Drury Lane) (905-637-5233), on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. from St. Raphael's Church, 4072 New Street, Burlington. Funeral prayers Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-13 published
CSILLAG, Ferenc (June 24, 1955-June 10, 2005)
Ferko passed away June 10, 2005 at 9: 10 a.m. after a courageous battle with cancer. Through it, he was surrounded and supported by his family, Friends, colleagues, students and staff. Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Ferko was an exceptional scholar internationally renowned. He was a leader and trained several generations of students and graduate students. He liked people and his Friends are many and all over the world. Above all, he was a family person loved dearly at home. He is survived by his devoted mother Eva VERTES, his beloved wife Marie-Josee FORTIN, his three children Balint CSILLAG, Bori CSILLAG and Julia CSILLAG and his stepson Ian MERRILL- FORTIN. The family will receive Friends at Cardinal Funeral Homes, 92 Annette Street, 416-762-8141, (www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com), Tuesday, June 14, 2005 from 16: 00 to 21:00. A remembrance ceremony will be held at 19: 00. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed by donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca).

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-07 published
BENK, Veronique, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
Dr. Veronique BENK passed away on October 4, 2005 in Toronto with her loving and devoted husband by her side after a courageous fight against breast cancer and leukemia. She leaves her husband of 13 years, Dr. Paul FORTIN and their two beautiful children Aude (age 6) and Hadrien (age 7). In France she leaves her parents Andree and Jean-Marie BENK and her brother Jerome, his wife (Celine) and their six children. She also leaves her mother-in-law (Pauline PAQUIN) and her husband (Andre COTE,) her sister-in-law (Lucie FORTIN) and partner (Pierre PARENT) and their three children. Dr. BENK was a radiation oncologist at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre where she specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. She was also an Adjunct Scientist at I.C.E.S. where she studied this same condition. Her patients and colleagues will remember her as an extremely caring and committed physician. Veronique was born in St.-Quentin (Aisne), France. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Lille in France, did her specialty training in oncology at the prestigious Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During her training, she found time to volunteer for one year as a physician and teacher in Burma. It was in Boston where she met Paul, the love of her life, at the first hockey game that she had ever attended. They were married in France and moved to Canada where they were on faculty at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Toronto. After her initial diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, she returned to work with a renewed interest in finding ways to improve the quality of life for persons living with cancer. As part of this work, and after her diagnosis of leukemia, she became involved in Wellspring, a centre that supports individuals and their families living with cancer. Veronique's boundless curiosity spanned the history of ancient civilizations, to romanesque cathedrals, to baroque music, to the diversity of cultures in the modern world. Her healing journey was accompanied by a desire to grow in her spiritual journey and to train as a cancer guide. Veronique's accomplishments are many but the one she valued most was her countless Friendships and her familial life with Paul and her two "Amours". Despite her recurrent illnesses, Veronique took every opportunity to enjoy her precious time with her family. She was totally devoted to Aude, Hadrien and Paul. We are grateful for the network of Friends and supporters in Toronto, in Canada and abroad. Special thanks to Dr. Eugenia PILIOTIS, Dr. Mary VACHON, Annette VATTER, Lorraine PAQUIN, Terry SEID and Sister Daniela and the Carmelite Missionary Sisters who provided Friendship, material and spiritual support. The visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-489-8733, on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration Mass of Veronique's life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West (at Bathurst) on Thanksgiving Monday at 2: 30 p.m. Another service is being planned on Saturday, October 15 in Quebec City - details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Veronique's name can be sent to Wellspring, 81 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1H6, website www.wellspring.ca.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
GIBSON, John (November 14, 1910-November 3, 2005)
Peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Brant Centre in Burlington, Ontario, on November 3, 2005, a few days before his 95th birthday, John left his family to join the love of his life, Viola COTE. Born in Bolton, England in 1910, John immigrated to Canada in 1912 with his parents, the late Francis GIBSON and the late Mary Ann QUEENAN. John will be sadly missed by his four daughters, Irene (the late Eugene GAUTHIER) of Montreal, Dawn (Bob FORTIN) of Ottawa, Joy (Tom CLANCY) of Burlington, and Gay Rose PAGE of Burlington. Loving grandfather to Patricia, Lisa, and Steven (GAUTHIER,) Serena and Samantha (FORTIN,) Samantha and Bob (CLANCY,) Jeffrey, Andrew, Brandon and Meggy (PAGE). Loving great-grandfather to Andrew, Jasmine, Stephen, Jane Eugenie, Faith, Blake, Gabrielle, Samuel, Mary-Anne and baby Carter. Our last 5 days with Dad, as he journeyed home, were filled with love, laughter and celebration of a long life well lived. Our heartfelt thanks to the Angels at the Brant Centre for their loving care. At John's request, the visitation will be private. Interment will take place in Montreal on November 12th. If you wish, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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FORTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-12 published
DESROCHERS, Georges Etienne
Born January 1, 1919 in Montreal, Quebec. A man of deep faith, he was called home to his Lord and Saviour on December 2, 2005. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War 2 from 1939 to 1945 and continued to serve as a reservist until 1964. He worked for the Canadian Post Office and then as an immigration officer with Canadian Customs and Immigration retiring in 1976. Loving husband and soulmate of Isabel. It was love at first sight and continued for over 60 years. He was a loving and devoted father to Diane BIRCH, his only child. He is survived by his brother Jean Charles DESROCHERS of Laval and sister Georgette Desrochers FORTIN of Quebec City. He will be missed and fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews and all those who knew him. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 921 Flagship Dr., Mississauga. Interment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens.

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

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FORTIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-08 published
Mother remembers ROSS as an inspiration to others
Hundreds gather in a Toronto synagogue to say goodbye to the slain 25-year-old.
By Tara BRAUTIGAM, Canadian Press, Sat., October 8, 2005
Toronto -- Friends, family members and strangers moved by the tragic death of Alicia ROSS came together yesterday to remember the slain 25-year-old as a bright, bubbly and generous person with the power to touch the lives of nearly everyone she met.
More than 500 people jammed into a Toronto synagogue to show their sympathy and lend moral support as ROSS's adoptive mother, Sharon FORTIS, tearfully described a little girl who grew into a loving, caring and compassionate daughter.
"She was an adorable baby, a precocious toddler, a blossoming preteen and a terrible, terrible teenager," Fortis said during a poignant and emotional eulogy that was marked with equal parts humour and tears.
"Goodnight, our love, our dove."
ROSS's remains were discovered in two different wooded areas northeast of Toronto late last month, five weeks after she vanished without a trace from outside the home she shared with her family in the north Toronto suburb of Markham.
Daniel SYLVESTER, a 31-year-old next-door neighbour who turned himself in to police September 21, faces a charge of second-degree murder.
As she spoke, the diminutive FORTIS reminisced about how ROSS loved the outdoors, strumming her guitar and watching the popular reality television show The Amazing Race with her mom, "always saying, 'We could do that.' "
She also spoke of the impression ROSS left with people during a life she described as brief but full, citing as an example the time her daughter helped to encourage a grateful co-worker who was struggling through a bout of depression.
FORTIS thanked ROSS's Friends -- "pillars of strength," she called them -- as well as the media, the community and York Region police, whom she referred to as her "Linus blanket throughout this ordeal" for their help in the search for her missing daughter.
It wasn't until SYLVESTER contacted police that ROSS's body was recovered from two locations: wooded areas near Manilla, northeast of Toronto, and Coboconk, where the SYLVESTER family kept a weekend retreat.

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FORTIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-23 published
ROSS, Alicia
Tragically on Wednesday, August 17, 2005. Alicia ROSS, beloved daughter of Sharon and Julius FORTIS, and Anna and the late Marvin ROSS. Dear sister of Jamie, Trisha, Randi, Andrew and Tammy, Shawn, Adam, and Stefan. Devoted granddaughter of Helen ROSENZWEIG, and the late Morris ROSENZWEIG, and Bertha and Albert WEITZMAN. Please note that time and place of the funeral will be announced at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the Alicia Ross Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto. M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.
"Our Lily among the thorns."

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FORTIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-04 published
ROSS, Alicia
Tragically on Wednesday, August 17, 2005. Alicia ROSS, beloved daughter of Sharon and Julius FORTIS, and Anna and the late Marvin ROSS. Dear sister of Jamie, Trisha, Randi, Andrew and Tammy, Shawn, Adam, and Stefan. Devoted granddaughter of Helen ROSENZWEIG, and the late Morris ROSENZWEIG, and Bertha and Albert WEITZMAN. At Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, 100 Elder Street for service on Friday, October 7, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Har Zion Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Alicia Ross Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto. M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.
"Our Lily among the thorns."

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FORTIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-23 published
ROSS, Alicia
Tragically on Wednesday, August 17, 2005. Alicia ROSS, beloved daughter of Sharon and Julius FORTIS, and Anna and the late Marvin ROSS. Dear sister of Jamie, Trisha, Randi, Andrew and Tammy, Shawn, Adam, and Stefan. Devoted granddaughter of Helen ROSENZWEIG, and the late Morris ROSENZWEIG, and Bertha and Albert WEITZMAN. Please note that time and place of the funeral will be announced at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the Alicia Ross Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324. "Our Lily among the thorns."

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FORTIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-04 published
ROSS, Alicia
Tragically on Wednesday, August 17, 2005. Alicia ROSS, beloved daughter of Sharon and Julius FORTIS, and Anna and the late Marvin ROSS. Dear sister of Jamie, Trisha, Randi, Andrew and Tammy, Shawn, Adam, and Stefan. Devoted granddaughter of Helen ROSENZWEIG, and the late Morris ROSENZWEIG, and Bertha and Albert WEITZMAN. At Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, 100 Elder Street for service on Friday, October 7, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Har Zion Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Alicia Ross Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324. "Our Lily among the thorns."

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FORTNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-27 published
MESSENGER, Florence (WALLACE)
At Oxford Regional Nursing Home, Ingersoll on Tuesday, January 25, 2005, Florence (WALLACE) MESSENGER, of Ingersoll, in her 87th year. Wife of the late William MESSENGER (1986.) Dear mother of Larry of Woodstock, Ruth and her husband Howard FORTNER of Ingersoll, David of Port Loring and Marlene and her husband Judd KENNEDY of London. Dear sister of Gertrude and her husband Gail CROCKER of Calgary and Jeanette JACKSON of Woodstock. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by three sisters Irene McGINNIS, Margaret SMITH and Anne MacMILLAN and one granddaughter Wanda Jean MESSENGER. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll (425-1600) Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where complete service will be held on Friday, January 28, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Jim CARR officiating. Interment later Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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FORTNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-28 published
MESSENGER, Florence M. (WALLACE)
At Oxford Regional Nursing Home, Ingersoll on Tuesday, January 25, 2005, Florence M. (WALLACE) MESSENGER, of Ingersoll, in her 87th year. Wife of the late William MESSENGER (1986.) Dear mother of Larry of Woodstock, Ruth and her husband Howard FORTNER of Ingersoll, David of Port Loring and Marlene and her husband Judd KENNEDY of London. Dear sister of Gertrude and her husband Gail CROKER of Calgary and Jeanette JACKSON of Woodstock. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by three sisters Irene McGINNIS, Margaret SMITH and Anne MacMILLAN and two brothers J.J. WALLACE and Rupert WALLACE and one granddaughter Wanda Jean MESSENGER. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll (425-1600) where the funeral service will be held on Friday, January 28, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Jim CARR officiating. Interment later, Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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FORTNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-25 published
CURCIO, Anthonina " Nina"
At Marian Villa Retirement Home, on Sunday, May 22, 2005, Anthonina (Nina) CURCIO, in her 75th year. Dear mother of John CURCIO, Nanette and Maureen FORTNER and her husband Dave. Dear grandmother of Cara, Laura, Derek, Michael, Amber, Garrett and John and greatgrandmother of many. Dear sister of Mary DURNING and her husband Patrick and Reverend Joseph CURCIO, S.F.M. Predeceased by her sister Lucy BATTALGIA and her brother Sam CURCIO. Dear friend of Paul LEFEBVRE. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock, where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 12 noon. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated.

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FORTNER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-03 published
FORTNER, Colin " Mike"
Colin (Mike) FORTNER, on Thursday, September 1, 2005, former teenage foster child of Don and Joan Smith, at the age of 53. Mike spent almost 30 years in the care of Edna and George GRANT and their sons Fred and Garfield LYNCH and their daughter Lynn CARTER. Also survived by his sister Cathy and his brothers Jack and Tim. Predeceased by his sister Judy. A service will be held at the home of Don and Joan SMITH, 1400 Corley Drive on Tuesday, September 6th at 1 p.m. (John T. Donohue Funeral Home).

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FORTNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-20 published
SPENCLEY, Terrace " Terry"
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at North York General Hospital. Beloved husband of 36 years to Maralee (née FORTNER.) Loving father of Todd, Adam, and Laurie. Dear brother of George SPENCLEY and his wife Joan. Will be sadly missed by his extended family, many Friends and colleagues at Toronto Emergency Medical Services. Family and Friends will be received on Saturday, January 22, 2005 from 12-1 p.m. at the York Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 160 Beecroft Road (416-221-3404). Memorial Service to follow at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Kidney Foundation.

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