GERRETSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-18 published
GERRETSEN, Peter (1939-2005)
Director, Producer, Writer, Cameraman and University Educator in "Cinema" Proud of his Dutch heritage, Peter settled in Canada at the age of 14 with his parents, his sister Sr. Marijke GERRETSEN, C.N.D., his brother The Hon. John GERRETSEN, and was soon joined by his youngest sister Evelyn LA SARGE. Peter declined a career in banking to pursue filmmaking, an endeavour in which he excelled. He met his wife Patricia in the industry and together they worked on many projects until "Trish" suffered a debilitating stroke. Thereafter he joined the film faculty at Ryerson where he inspired many students. He did this all whilst caring for Trish and supporting his children: Philip, Rebecca and Mary. Peter was "La Rock" that kept us laughing and secure through the tough times including his battle with cancer. Peter left all of us way too soon. He had so much more to give. "Opa, we will miss you greatly", his grandchildren Conor, Rowan, Aidan, Sofia and Abigail. Friends may call at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Friday, August 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Monica's on Saturday, August 20th at 11 a.m. Donations in Peter's name can be made to Lung Cancer Canada, 416-785-3439.

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GERRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-24 published
NICHOLLS, Olive Bernice
Peacefully, at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto on Wednesday, February 23, 2005, in her 93rd year. Former volunteer for numerous organizations. Beloved wife of Edward NICHOLLS (longtime residents of Thorncrest Village, Etobicoke where they spent many happy years creating many lasting Friendships). Dearly loved mother of Diane TROUT and loving grandmother of Erin and Laura TROUT. Dear sister of Ferne BARRETT and Beryl LOGAN and the late Shirley GERRIE. Also lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews. In accordance to her family's wishes, a private cremation has been arranged by the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes, 63 Mimico Ave., Etobicoke. If desired, a memorial contribution to a charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Condolences and donations may be made at: www.hoglefuneralhomes.com

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GERRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-28 published
BARRETT, Ferne M.
Passed away peacefully, at Victoria Manor, Lindsay, on Friday, February 25, 2005, in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late David (Tiny) BARRETT of Mississauga. Loving mother of Karen and her husband David BROOKS. Cherished grandmother of Lisa HATT and Sheri BROOKS. Great-grandmother of Jacob HATT. Survived by her sister Beryl LOGAN. Predeceased by sisters Shirley GERRIE and Bernice NICHOLLS. Ferne will be sadly missed by her nephew and many nieces. Cremation has taken place; there will be a memorial service at a later date. Fern's family would like to thank the staff of Victoria Manor, Lindsay, and The Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, for their kindness and care. If desired, in memoriam donations to Victoria Manor or The Ross Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family, and can be made through Wise Choice Cremation and Funeral Services, 276 Kent St. West, Lindsay, Ontario K9V 2Z6, 705-324-1988.

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GERRIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
ALLEN, Margaret
Suddenly on Sunday, November 6, 2005 at Toronto East General Hospital at the age of 84 years. Margaret, loving wife of the late Edward ALLEN. Dear mother of Gordon. Dear sister of Violet ADAM/ADAMS, Shirley BALL, Gail GERRIE and brother-in-law Frank ALLEN. Predeceased by her brothers Norman and Albert GERRIE. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Complete Funeral Service in the chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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GERRIT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-11 published
DE BOER, Zwaantina (née KOK)
Peacefully with family at her side, at Grace Manor - Holland Christian Homes on Monday October 10th, 2005 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Anne DE BOER (2004.) Loving mother of John and his wife Nell, Elizabeth and her husband Ross, Bruce Anne GERRIT and his wife Christine, Gerrit and his wife Nancy, Theodore Rijnder Jan JACOB and his wife Marija, and Margret and her husband Harry. Loving grandmother of 18 grandchildren and 20 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by her brother Jan. Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Memorial Service will be held at the Holland Christian Homes, 7900 McLaughlin Road South, Brampton on Thursday October 13th, 2005 at 10 o'clock. Condolences-www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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GERRIT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-11 published
DE BOER, Zwaantina Elizabeth (née KOK)
Peacefully with family at her side, at Grace Manor - Holland Christian Homes on Monday, October 10th, 2005 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Anne DE BOER (2004.) Loving mother of John and his wife Nell, Elizabeth and her husband Ross, Bruce Anne GERRIT and his wife Christine, Gerrit and his wife Nancy, Theodore Rijnder Jan JACOB and his wife Marija, and Margret and her husband Harry. Loving grandmother of 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her brother Jan. Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Memorial Service will be held at the Holland Christian Homes, 7900 McLaughlin Road South, Brampton on Thursday, October 13th, 2005 at 10 o'clock. Condolences - www.rskane.ca

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GERRITS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-08 published
NEUTEL, Pauline (née ZYLSTRA)
Gone to be with her Lord on Monday, February 7, 2005, Pauline NEUTEL (née ZYLSTRA) of Canterbury Street Woodstock and formerly of R. R. #4 Woodstock in her 89th year. Beloved wife of 59 years to Harm NEUTEL. Dear mother of Hilda GERRITS and her husband Don of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Robert and his wife Gerry of Woodstock, Harry and his wife Flo of Victoria, British Columbia, John and his wife Mary Ann of Clinton, Diane ZAVITZ and her husband Wayne of Ingersoll, Pauline CAWOOD and her husband Martyn of Georgetown and Walter and his wife Sonya of Woodstock. Dear mother-in-law of Jane NEUTEL of Woodstock. Loved grandmother of 26 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also survived by four sisters, five brothers and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Albert (2001,) grandchildren Laura NEUTEL (1987,) Kevin ZAVITZ (2004). Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (539-0004) Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 577 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, Thursday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dirk MIEDEMA officiating. Interment later Pleasantview Cemetery, Curries. Contributions to the Victorian Order of Nurses would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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GERRITS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-25 published
LAURENCE, Jeanne Marie
Surrounded by her family, peacefully at Parkwood Hospital on Tuesday, May 24th, 2005, Jeanne Marie LAURENCE in her 73rd year. Beloved wife of the late Paul Lionel LAURENCE (1985.) Loving mother of Claude LAURENCE (Judy), Françoise LAURENCE, Fern LAURENCE (Karen,) Richard LAURENCE and Denise GERRITS (John,) all of London. Dear grandmother of Jean-Paul, Jamie, Steven, Amanda, Mitchell, Paul, Leah and Dillon. Survived by her brothers and sisters Jean Louis LAFRANCE, Simone BEJIN, Therese HENRI, Cecile BEAULE, Andre LAFRANCE, Berthe ROUSSEAU and Hélène SAINT_AMOUR. Predeceased by her siblings Armand LAFRANCE, Edgar LAFRANCE, Pauline REOBERGE, Roger LAFRANCE and Paul LAFRANCE. Visitors will be received on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. (Between King and York). Funeral Mass on Friday at 10: 30 a.m. in St. Michael's Church (Cheapside at Maitland), Rev. Charles ZICHELLA officiating. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Thursday evening at 7: 30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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GERRITS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-26 published
LAURENCE, Jeannie Marie
Surrounded by her family, peacefully at Parkwood Hospital on Tuesday, May 24th, 2005, Jeannie Marie LAURENCE in her 73rd year. Beloved wife of the late Paul Lionel LAURENCE (1985.) Loving mother of Claude LAURENCE (Judy), Françoise LAURENCE, Fern LAURENCE (Karen,) Richard LAURENCE and Denise GERRITS (John,) all of London. Dear grandmother of Jean-Paul, Jamie, Steven, Amanda, Mitchell, Paul, Leah and Dillon. Survived by her brothers and sisters Jean Louis LAFRANCE, Simone BEJIN, Therese HENRI, Cecile BEAULE, Andre LAFRANCE, Berthe ROUSSEAU and Hélène SAINT_AMOUR. Predeceased by her siblings Armand LAFRANCE, Edgar LAFRANCE, Pauline REOBERGE, Roger LAFRANCE and Paul LAFRANCE. Visitors will be received on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. (Between King and York). Funeral Mass on Friday at 10: 30 a.m. in St. Michael's Church (Cheapside at Maitland), Rev. Charles ZICHELLA officiating. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Thursday evening at 7: 30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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GERRITS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-21 published
SCHOORMANS, Johanna
At University Hospital on Sunday, June 19th, 2005, Mrs. Johanna SCHOORMANS of London in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late John SCHOORMANS. Dear mother of Henry CORNELISSEN, Lia GERRITS (Hans,) Annie FLEISCHMANS (Fred,) Yvonne FINKENZELLER (Fred.) Lovingly remembered by 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 23rd at 2043 Mountbatten Place at 1 p.m. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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GERRITZEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-25 published
PEAVOY, Orma Edith
Passed away peacefully at Brant Centre, Burlington on Friday, June 17th, 2005 in her 88th year. Predeceased by her sister Yvonne ROBSON and brothers Don, Harold and Allan PEAVOY. Dear aunt of Sharon, Chenhall (Bill) and Kathy GERRITZEN (Arnold). Great-aunt of Laurie BOOKER (Stephen,) Jolene GERRITZEN and great-great-aunt of Sydney, Nolan and Leigha. A private interment took place at Park Lawn Cemetery.

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GERROIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-05 published
GERROIR, David
Passed away peacefully in Scarborough on Sunday, October 2nd, 2005 at the age of 60 years. Predeceased by his first wife Dianne GERROIR and survived by his spouse Joanne GERROIR. Dear father of Margaret (John), Sherry (Doug), Jason (Teresa), Steven and Kevin (Carole). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Mathieu, Marc-André, Cameron and Taylor. Also survived by his brother Ronnie. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 2005 at St. Peter the Apostle Church, North Bay at 10: 30 a.m. Reverend Father Peter MOHER officiating. Donations in memory of David to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged by his family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hillside Funeral Services, North Bay (705-474-7655).

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GERRY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-24 published
GERRY, Robert James and Edith "Jean"
Robert James - December 27th, 1997.
Edith "Jean" - August 24th, 2002.
"Love will keep us together"
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GERSHMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-12 published
GERSHMAN, Helen (née BALSKY)
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, September 10, 2005. Helen leaves her devoted husband Bernie, her loving children Janis GERSHMAN and husband Bryon CZARNIK, Paula LEDERMAN and husband Karl, Harold GERSHMAN and wife Susan, and her cherished grandchildren Natalie, Andrew, and Michael LEDERMAN; and Jennifer, and Rachel GERSHMAN. She will be sadly missed by Bess and Sonny FRIEDMAN and all of her other relatives and Friends. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, September 12th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Kiever Synagogue section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva Monday to Friday from 1: 00 p.m. daily, at 173 Coldstream Avenue. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Helen Gershman Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, M6A 2C3, 416- 780-0324, to be directed to her favourite charities.

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GERSHMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-12 published
GERSHMAN, Helen (née BALSKY)
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, September 10, 2005. Helen leaves her devoted husband Bernie, her loving children Janis GERSHMAN and husband Bryon CZARNIK, Paula LEDERMAN and husband Karl, Harold GERSHMAN and wife Susan, and her cherished grandchildren Natalie, Andrew, and Michael LEDERMAN; and Jennifer, and Rachel GERSHMAN. She will be sadly missed by Bess and Sonny FRIEDMAN and all of her other relatives and Friends. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W. (three lights west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, September 12th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Kiever Synagogue section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva Monday to Friday from 1: 00 p.m. daily, at 173 Coldstream Avenue. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Helen Gershman Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324, to be directed to her favourite charities.

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GERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-10 published
GERSON, Jacob " Jack" Joseph, Ph.D
Peacefully in Toronto on February 7, 2005. Retired Professor of Chinese History, University of Toronto and long time advocate for Asian students. Predeceased by his wife Elizabeth and survived by a niece Patricia HUDSON and a nephew Richard GARNER, both of the United States. Cremation has taken place as arranged by Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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GERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-14 published
Swim tragedy claims second child victim
Seven-year-old boy dies in hospital a day after his brother drowned
By Joe FRIESEN and Eric VANDEN BUSSCHE, Tuesday, June 14, 2005, Page A15
With reports from Jen GERSON and Ken KILPATRICK in Hamilton
Fergus -- Already reeling from the drowning of their nine-year-old boy, a Toronto family was faced with a mounting tragedy last night as their seven-year-old son died in a Toronto hospital.
Calvin LE had been in critical care at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto after a swimming accident that killed his brother Larry on Sunday.
The LE family spent the day shuttling between the Hospital for Sick Children and the McMaster Medical Centre in Hamilton, where a third son, eight-year-old Anthony, is being treated. Anthony's condition was upgraded to fair from serious yesterday.
The three children were involved in a horrifying incident at a beach in the Belwood Lake Conservation Area near Fergus on Sunday afternoon. The boys were swimming in the shallow water when someone noticed that Anthony was in trouble. He was pulled from the water and bystander Eddie RIVERA began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The boy's mother was apparently in such shock that she momentarily forgot about her two other sons who had also slipped under the water.
After a frantic 10-minute search, the two boys were pulled from the bottom by Mr. RIVERA of Kitchener, who had just finished reviving Anthony using cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Mr. RIVERA, 28, told the Guelph Mercury that he dove deep into the water and scooped the two boys from the lake bottom, carrying them to the surface.
"It was just cold and dark," he said yesterday. "I knew I was going to run into a face. I guess I was more or less scared."
The boys were swimming at a former quarry site that has been transformed into a bathing area. The designated swimming zone, which is about one metre deep, is roped off with a floating line of white buoys. Beyond that line, the bottom drops off sharply, reaching a depth of five metres in the centre.
There are no lifeguards on duty, nor is there any supervision. Large signs near the beach warn parents that the beach patrol service, which operated until 1996, has been discontinued and that the safety of their children is their responsibility.
Yesterday, the Grand River Conservation Authority, which is responsible for the area, said it would examine safety procedures at all of its beaches in the wake of this incident and another recent drowning near Cambridge, Ontario
Dave SCHULTZ, spokesman for the conservation authority, said the review would likely examine issues such as signage and emergency procedures and might consider the question of staffing.
He said the beach patrol was discontinued partly for financial reasons and partly because it was thought to provide parents with a false sense of security. Members of the beach patrol were not trained lifeguards but watched swimmers.
Mr. SCHULTZ said budget cuts that were accelerated under the government of Mike Harris reduced the conservation authority's funding by several million dollars. A 1996 report to the authority's planning committee recommended cutting the beach patrol service because it was being phased out in other areas of the province and because it would save about $50,000 a year.
At Sick Kids hospital yesterday, more than half a dozen family members, many fighting tears, crowded into a corner of the waiting room of the critical-care unit.
In Hamilton, Le LINH, an uncle from Guelph, was with the boys' parents as they sat at Anthony's bedside.
He said their mother is very upset, but added that he didn't know much more.
"They don't talk too much, so I don't know exactly what happened. I just know they've [the children] been drowned in the water," he said.
He added that he thinks Anthony's condition is improving.
"He's a little bit awake and then they are going to take the tube out," he said. "Once in a while, he is moving and trying to wake up, but he can hear."
At the boys' elementary school, St. Jane Frances Catholic School on Jane Street in North York, principal Maria CIOPPA said the community was shocked and saddened by the news.
Larry's Grade 4 teacher, Maria LA REGINA, said he was a creative child with a mischievous smile. He was so small he would often be confused for a Grade 1 pupil and was known for his funny dances.
Mary Jo DEIGHAN, a spokeswoman for the Catholic School Board, said counselling services will be provided at the school for the next several days.
"This shows how important it is to look after children," Ms. DEIGHAN said. "Never let them out of your sight, not even for a second."
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GERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-02 published
Brampton woman, 21, dies after severe beating
By Jen GERSON, Tuesday, August 2, 2005, Page A7
A 21-year-old woman from Brampton, Ontario, died shortly after police found her in her basement apartment suffering from a severe beating Sunday afternoon, and a 26-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder.
Peel Regional Police, responding to a call from a passerby, found a naked man wandering a street. southbound along Fletchers Creek Boulevard at about 1: 15 p.m. near Bovaird Drive and McLaughlin Boulevard.
"We have no idea what his state was at the time," Constable Jennifer BRYER of Peel Regional police said.
Police arrested the man and questioned him. Within a few minutes, they were told that a woman was injured in a nearby residence.
Police found Audrey CÔTÉ suffering from severe trauma. She was taken to a local hospital where she died at about 2: 30 p.m. Sunday.
Constable BRYER said that the victim and the accused are known to one another, though it did not look like the suspect lived in the apartment with Ms. COTE. She was renting the apartment at the time.
An autopsy is expected to be performed this week.
Ryan BUCKNOR appeared in Ontario Court in Brampton yesterday to face a charge of second-degree murder.
The investigation is continuing and police don't yet know what factors led to Ms. COTE's death.
This is Peel Region's fourth homicide of the year.

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GERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-05 published
3 reservists charged in transient's death
Autopsy of homeless Toronto man reveals injuries consistent with beating
By Jen GERSON, Monday, September 5, 2005, Page A9
Toronto -- Paul CROUTCH, a homeless man who Friends say was harmless and avoided trouble, spent the last night of his life in a sleeping bag in a downtown Toronto park, weathering the wet remnants of hurricane Katrina.
The 59-year-old had spent the past three years sleeping on the streets, or sometimes in shelters. Until recently, Mr. CROUTCH spent a lot of his time on a traffic island two blocks from where he was killed. But, worried about drug dealers, he picked up his meagre possessions and began sleeping in Moss Park, an area frequented by transients and close to the Moss Park Armoury, home to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada regiment.
He told Friends he felt he would be safer there.
But in the pre-dawn hours last Wednesday, he was beaten to death, allegedly by three part-time members of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves now charged with second-degree murder.
Shortly before 5 a.m., after receiving two 911 calls, police arrived at Moss Park and found Mr. CROUTCH unconscious in his sleeping bag. He was taken to nearby St. Michael's Hospital, where he died with his case workers from a local hostel at his bedside, said Dion OXFORD, of the Salvation Army's Gateway Shelter.
"He didn't cause trouble, he didn't cause fights, he was harmless," said Mr. OXFORD, who had known Mr. CROUTCH since he started going to the hostel in December of 2002.
Mr. CROUTCH usually slept outdoors but periodically stayed at the shelter, Mr. OXFORD said. The Armoury is often used as a shelter for the homeless, for example during this summer's extreme heat alerts.
Toronto homicide Detective Wayne FOWLER said there was no sign that Mr. CROUCH put up much of a fight when he was attacked.
An autopsy showed that his injuries were consistent with being punched, kicked or stomped upon, police said.
Det. FOWLER credited people in the area with coming forward "with any information they had," which led to the arrests on Friday.
Jeffery HALL, 21, Mountaz IBRAHIM, 23, and Brian DEGANIS, 21, all of Toronto and all members of the Queen's Own Rifles, have been charged with second-degree murder and assault causing bodily harm. The three appeared in court on Saturday and are expected to be back in court later this week.
Captain Mark GILES, spokesman for the National Investigation Service with the Canadian Armed Forces, said that each of the three accused had at least two years experience with the forces, and that all were trained for combat.
"This is a tragic situation, it's a very serious matter," he said in a telephone interview from Ottawa yesterday.
Capt. GILES said that the case is now before the courts, and so he could offer no further details about the accused. Toronto police and the National Investigation Service were involved in the investigation.
Army officials confirmed that a regimental social event took place at Moss Park Armoury last Tuesday night, but could not confirm whether the accused men attended the party.
Police said a woman who tried to intervene on behalf of Mr. CROUTCH suffered bruising. The woman lives in shelters and was prompted by members of the community to contact police, Det. FOWLER said.
"She sought her own medical treatment," he added. "She's sore, but she's going to be okay."
Mr. CROUTCH spent every day at the Good Neighbours' Club, a day centre for homeless senior men located in a nondescript white building near the Moss Park Armoury.
Mr. OXFORD said Mr. CROUTCH was in good physical health, adding that he last saw him at a softball game in Moss Park last Monday.
Bob SEGUIN, a support-care worker with the Good Neighbours' Club, said Mr. CROUTCH was essentially a good man but suffered from paranoia and could sometimes be a bit of a handful.
He had been barred from most of the local shelters and so slept outside most of the year, only sleeping indoors during severe weather. Mr. CROUTCH came by the club to shower, do his laundry and sleep.
"He slept a lot here because he didn't sleep a lot at night," Mr. SEGUIN said.
Mr. SEGUIN said he believed Mr. CROUTCH ran a newspaper in a small town in British Columbia some years ago, but fell on hard times and suffered mental problems.
"He kept to himself," Mr. SEGUIN added. "He had a good sense of humour, a witty, intellectual, dry type of humour."
The Gateway Shelter will hold a memorial service for Mr. CROUTCH next week.

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GERSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-02 published
GERSON, Jacob " Jack" Joseph, PhD
Passed away peacefully, in Toronto, on February 7, 2005. Retired Professor of Chinese History, University of Toronto, and longtime advocate for Asian students. Memorial Reception to be held Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 3 p.m. at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks Street. Donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Canadian Friends Service Committee.

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GERSTENZANG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-12 published
GERSTENZANG, Leon
Peacefully, on Monday, January 10, 2005. Leon GERSTENZANG, beloved husband of Lili. He will be greatly missed by his Friends and relatives here and abroad. A private service will follow.

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GERSTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-03 published
CHALMERS, Mary Catherine
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Thursday December 1, 2005 at the age of 92 years. Mary Catherine CHALMERS of Sutton, daughter of the late Walter and Martha CHALMERS. Predeceased by her sisters Anne CLARKE and Margaret CHALMERS and her brother Bill CHALMERS. Lovingly remembered by her niece Shirley GERSTER and her husband Fred of Sutton, her nephew Paul CLARKE of Brockville, and niece Mary DOYLE and her husband John of Florida, her great niece Bridgetanne and her husband David THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and her great nephew John Paul DOYLE. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton from 1: 00 p.m. Saturday until time of the Funeral Mass in the Church of Immaculate Conception, 20916 Dalton Road at 3: 00 p.m. Saturday. Interment Briar Hill Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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GERSTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-25 published
BERGMAN, Jack
Peacefully, on Thursday, November 24, 2005. Jack BERGMAN, beloved husband of the late Libby BERGMAN. Loving father and father-in-law of Joseph and Robin. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Bettye and the late Harold GERSTON, Louis and Ruth, and Cecil and Zelma. Devoted grandfather of Anthony, and Troy. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, November 25th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. If desired, donations may be made to the Jack and Libby Bergman Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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GERSTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-25 published
BERGMAN, Jack
Peacefully, on Thursday, November 24, 2005. Jack BERGMAN, beloved husband of the late Libby BERGMAN. Loving father and father-in-law of Joseph and Robin. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Bettye and the late Harold GERSTON, Louis and Ruth, and Cecil and Zelma. Devoted grandfather of Anthony, and Troy. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Friday, November 25, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. If desired, donations may be made to the Jack and Libby Bergman Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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GERTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-11 published
BERGER, Bennie
Peacefully and with great dignity in Montreal, on Friday, June 10, 2005. Devoted husband of Sheila ROTH and the late Anita LANDA. Beloved father and father-in-law of Ilana BERGER and Pierre TRUDEAU, Reena BERGER, Shoshana and Mark JAMIESON. Loving step-father of Mitchell and Naomi MOSS, Laurie and Daniel TURNER, Cindy and Michael GERTIN. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Minnie BERGER, Sol and Marilyn BERGER, and brother-in-law of Marion and Michael WILANSKY, Arthur LANDA. Cherished grandfather of Alexandre TRUDEAU Matthew, Kaylie and Sydney MOSS; Carly and Rebecca TURNER; Joshua and Emily GERTIN. He will be sadly missed by his family and Friends. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal, on Sunday, June 12 at 10: 45 a.m. Burial in Montreal. Due to the festival of Shavuot, shiva at his home on Sunday only. Contributions in his memory may be made to the "Bennie Berger Memorial Fund" c/o Jewish General Hospital Foundation (514) 340-8251, or to Quebec Cancer Foundation (514) 527-2194.

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GERTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-26 published
GERTLER, Jeffrey Lee
January 18, 2005
After a recurrence of brain cancer, despite the best of care at the Clinique de Genolier, Switzerland, and the constant support of family, colleagues and Friends, his courage and morale undiminished, on January 18, 2005 he was taken from his wife, Ann Stewart GERTLER their sons Marin (fiancée Rocio LASTRAS) and Joshua; his parents, Maynard and Ann Straus GERTLER; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael (JoAnn JAFFE,) Alfred (Kathryn MacRAE,) Franklin (Catherine OLIVER) and Edward (Mary-Jo LOW/LOWE/LOUGH;) sisters-in-law, Cynthia VON MAERESTETTEN and Rowena STEWARD/STEWART/STUART; mother-in-law, Thisbe STEWARD/STEWART/STUART nieces, Lisa and Jardena; nephews, Mark, Maxim, Will, Leo, Nicholas, John Nathaniel and Theo; beloved family member, Doris WINKLER and his extended family in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, California, England and Scotland who survive him to celebrate his 51 productive years. He was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, among the Plain People, where his college-teaching parents chose to farm. But his education was to begin at Darwin House, Cambridge, England (when they resumed research interrupted by service in the wartime administrations and army (Maynard) of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman) -- to be continued largely at St. George's School, Montreal. His further development was associated with training institutes in non-violence and peace research, fostered by the Canadian Peace Research Institute and sponsored by the Canadian Friends Service Committee and the Canadian National Commission of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He was a "resource person" for the 1970 and 1971 high school peace workshops which took place at Grindstone Island on Big Rideau Lake, Portland, Ontario, the former summer home of Admiral Sir Charles Edmund KINGSMILL (first director of the Royal Canadian Navy) and his family, and loaned by his heirs for that purpose. Jeffrey's professional skills were acquired at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, by a B.A., with emphasis on contemporary political economy, history and French (Université de Grenoble), by study at the Institute of Comparative International Law, Paris, on Regulation of International Business Transactions, by a J.D. at the University of San Diego, California, an LLM from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and by work with the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, among others. A member of the California and District of Columbia bars and of the American Society for International Law, he entered his latest field of activity through applications to United Nations and United Nations-affiliated agencies. Invited to Geneva by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, he was employed by them in 1988, and stayed on when the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade evolved into the World Trade Organization in 1995. As Senior Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division, he was active in the elaboration of dispute settlement procedures, in panels pertaining to the admission of countries, such as China, to the World Trade Organization, in work, duty travel and conferences on four continents, including university-sponsored speaking engagements on various aspects of globalization: human rights, labour, environment and living conditions, as well as trade. Jeffrey gravitated toward work in the public interest by an early internship with the Environmental Defense Fund of Washington, D.C., and by a spell as Special Assistant to the Rector of the United Nations University of Tokyo. Not incidentally, his two non-professional affiliations in 1988 at the time of joining the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade were with the Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control, and Friends of the Earth. He delighted in sailing off Norfolk, England, on Lakes Ontario and Champlain, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Chesapeake with his wife Ann and boys, from their first home at Shady Side, near Annapolis, Maryland, and Lake Geneva (Léman). He loved life and knew well what to do with it, was an enthusiastic skiier and swimmer, an accomplished photographer, a keen gardener and family farmer, in Ontario, and an excellent cook. At various times he played the recorder, violin and guitar. Family meant the world to him, and his children were his greatest joy. Facing final illness, his supreme regret was the prospect that he might not be around to share in their lives, to support them, and to help celebrate their accomplishments. The warmest of farewells were given him at the Temple de Genolier above Lake Geneva, January 24, on a sunny day, emblazoned by fresh snow and invigorated by the mountain air. In addition to his wife, sons and brothers, some 150 Friends and colleagues were in attendance, many from the World Trade Organization, the United Nations family, the International School of Geneva, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Femmes Pour la Paix, and the International Peace Bureau. Following cremation, Jeffrey's remains will be interred near his home in Divonne les Bains, France. Contact with the family in Montreal may be had through Franklin GERTLER, at Aldred Building, 507 Place d'Armes, Suite 1200, Montreal, Québec, Canada H2Y 2W8; telephone (514) 842-0748; e-mail: franklin@gertlerlex.ca, or Maynard and Ann GERTLER, at 482 Strathcona Avenue, Westmount, Québec, Canada H3Y 2X1; telephone (514) 933-7913; fax (514) 933-1702 e-mail: ann.maynard.gertler@videotron.ca (and Box #58, Williamstown, Ontario, Canada K0C 2J0; telephone (613) 347-3505.

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GERTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-12 published
GERTLER, Leonard
Peacefully, on Friday evening, December 9, 2005, Len passed away in his sleep following a determined fight with cancer and pneumonia. Born in Montreal in 1923, Len led a remarkable life full of love and accomplishment. Len was perhaps best known as one of the founders of urban planning in Canada, including the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo; and as author of a study of the Niagara Escarpment, which opened the way for its protection under the Niagara Escarpment Act, and its designation by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Biosphere Reserve. He is an inspiration to his family: his sons Denis (Maryjean), Meric (Joanna), Kim (Catherine), and Neil; his daughter Jasmin; and his grandchildren Evan, Willa, Isabel and Miles. We take comfort that he has rejoined his beloved Anita, but we miss him terribly. A celebration of Len's life and work will be held early in the New Year. Donations to The Len Gertler Scholarship, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, are gratefully accepted.

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

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GERTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-29 published
GERTLER, Len -- I Remember
By Linda PIM, Thursday, December 29, 2005, Page S9
Montreal -- Conservationist Linda PIM of Montreal writes about Len GERTLER, whose obituary ran on December 17.
Len's 1968 Niagara Escarpment study is so legendary in conservation circles that it is referred to simply as "the Gertler report."
A few years ago, a citizens group I work with was fighting a development proposal on the escarpment and sought the influence that Len could bring to bear. I asked him to write a letter to an Ontario cabinet minister, and from that contact emerged our Friendship. A pacifist, humanist and environmentalist, Len cared deeply about the fate of the Earth and about the welfare of the world's people. He was well-read, had eclectic tastes in music, and had a mischievous sense of humour. At the same time, he was often an enigma -- a great friend, yet also cautious about how much of himself he revealed.
Intriguingly, Len also wrote about a dozen unpublished short stories of fiction on the theme of socially progressive international development. Richly descriptive of people and environments, they were all set in Indonesia and drew on his experiences with United Nations assignments there.

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GERTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-29 published
GERTLER, Len -- I Remember
By Skye MORRISON, Thursday, December 29, 2005, Page S9
Hastings, Ontario -- Folklorist and designer Skye MORRISON of Hastings, Ontario, also writes about Len GERTLER.
Len was a consummate thinker and traveller. In recent years, his travels were closer to home, especially to his beloved Niagara Escarpment, where he enjoyed everything from the theatre at the Shaw Festival to the wineries that now bless the plan he helped to create. A modern form of travel for Len was the Internet. From his home in Toronto, he was able to relate all the details of 20 years of experience in Indonesia, from receiving a batik shirt as a gift from the Sultan of Yogjakarta to the sight of the rising sun at an ancient Buddhist site in Java he had helped to restore for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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