HAMLETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-01 published
COLLINS, Dorothy Eilleen
Dorothy Eilleen, a resident of Blenheim since 1977, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2005 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Born in Pardoville 89 years ago, daughter of the late Fred Pilon and Ella May HAMLETT. Her husband Bill died in 1977. She is survived by two daughters; Sheila and Rick TIEDEMAN of Grand Bend, Margaret and Richard McILROY of R.R.#3 Blenheim, four sons; Albert and Evelyn of Cedar Springs, Jack and Marcella of Amherstburg, Jim and Donna of Blenheim, Larry and Betty Ann of Erieau, son-in-law Robert MAYNARD of Blenheim. Dear grandmother of thirty grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren. Also survived by nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Barbara MAYNARD in 2004 and is the last surviving member of her family being predeceased by four brothers and nine sisters. Resting at the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim for visitation on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10: 30 a.m. with Reverend Bruce COOK of Blenheim United Church officiating. Cremation will follow with burial of the urn to take place later in Pardoville Union Cemetery. Memorials to the Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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HAMLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-22 published
NEWTON, Joan Frances, R.N. (previously COATES)
Joan Frances NEWTON passed away peacefully at home, on Saturday, March 19, 2005 surrounded by her family. Much loved daughter of the late Jack and Winsome NEWTON.
Loving mother of Julie DENYES (Rick), Sherri WEBSTER (Oren) and Susie HAMLEY (Morgan.)
Cherished Nanni of Caleb, Jacob, Tyler, Chaderick, Samantha, Elizabeth, Russell and Michayla.
Treasured and much loved sister of Susan ELMS (John,) John NEWTON (Pam) and Nancy NEWTON- VENTRESS (Ken.)
Through her courage, strength, and love of life, Joan was an inspiration to all. She will be in our hearts forever.
Visitation to be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville, on Wednesday, March 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints's Anglican Church, 30 High Street, Huntsville on Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall.
A special thank you to Doctor's McLINDEN and GERMOND and nurses Lizette, Jody and Norma for their kindness, care and support to our mom and family. In lieu of flowers, a donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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HAMLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-22 published
NEWTON, Joan Frances, R.N. (previously COATES)
Joan Frances NEWTON passed away peacefully at home, on Saturday, March 19, 2005, surrounded by her family. Much loved daughter of the late Jack and Winsome NEWTON. Loving mother of Julie DENYES (Rick,) Sherri WEBER (Oren) and Susie HAMLEY (Morgan.) Cherished Nanni of Caleb, Jacob, Tyler, Chaderick, Samantha, Elizabeth, Russell and Michayla. Treasured and much loved sister of Susan ELMS (John), John NEWTON (Pam) and Nancy NEWTON- VENTRESS (Ken). Through her courage, strength, and love of life, Joan was an inspiration to all. She will be in our hearts forever. Visitation to be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville, on Wednesday, March 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints' Anglican Church, 30 High Street, Huntsville on Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. A special thank you to Doctors McLINDEN and GERMOND and nurses Lizette, Jody and Norma for their kindness, care and support to our mom and family. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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HAMLIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-05 published
TERPSTRA, Mary Cecelia (née NICHOLLS)
Surrounded by her family at Woodstock General Hospital on Tuesday, January 4, 2005, Mary Cecelia TERPSTRA (née NICHOLLS) of Woodstock, in her 74th year. Beloved wife of John. Dear mother of Mary Ellen READY of Dewart, Anne Marie LENTZ (Karl) of Paris, Margaret CEREGHINI (Jim) of London, Daniel QUIGLEY of London, John TERPSTRA (Sharman) of Woodstock, James TERPSTRA of Woodstock, Miriam HAMLIN (Brian) of London, and the late Michael QUIGLEY and Martin QUIGLEY. Also lovingly remembered by her nine grandchildren. Dear sister of Maurice NICHOLLS (Ruth) of St. Joseph's, Andy OBBEMA (Cindy) of Dorchester and the late Gordon NICHOLLS and William NICHOLLS. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews. Longtime member of the Catholic Women's League and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 55 and dedicated volunteer with Operation Sharing. Friends will be received at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 904 Dundas Street, Woodstock, on Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Parish prayers at the church on Thursday evening at 7: 00 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Rita's Catholic Church on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 10: 00 am. Interment at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or the Woodstock Hospital Foundation -- Building Fund would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 537-3611

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HAMLIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-20 published
HAMLIN, Frederick John
Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at University Hospital, London, Ontario, on May 18, 2005 Frederick John HAMLIN, at the age of 65. Beloved husband of Avalon for 36 years. Devoted father of Jennifer (Allan IRVINE) of Sudbury and Craig (Laura MAXWELL) of Halifax. Proud grandpa of Maria HAMLIN. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Hanna HAMLIN, Toronto, and sister Carol, Georgetown. Sadly mourned by his nieces and nephews, and other family and Friends.
Born in Toronto, Fred was a long time resident of Sarnia, Ontario. Graduated with a B.A.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Toronto in 1962 where he played hockey for the Varsity Blues, a sport which he loved, and passed this love on to his son. Retired from an over 30-year career with Dow Chemical as a Chemical Engineer. An avid fisherman, golfer, and squash player, he also restored antique jukeboxes and pinball machines from the 50's and 60's, a joy in his retirement years. His time spent at the cottage was a special joy, particularly his Finnish sauna. A private pilot, his love of flying he passed on to his daughter. Admired by all who knew him for his calm and thoughtful manner and strong work ethic. He will be honored in death by his donation of his organs to help preserve the lives of others. A memorial service will be held at the Sarnia Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Lane, Sarnia this Friday, May 20, 2005 from 7 to 11 p.m. A private funeral service with interment will be held in Ingoldsby (near Minden, Ontario) on Monday, May 23, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Sarnia Humane Society or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7H2 (519) 542-5541 www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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HAMLIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-07 published
MURRAY, Gladys Lillian (BOADWAY)
Peacefully at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday, April 6, 2005. Gladys BOADWAY, beloved wife of the late Robert James. Dear mother of Mary Ann WHITEBREAD (Jack) and Bob (Lillian.) Loving grandmother of Robin HAMLIN (Gord,) Lynne CHATFIELD (Paul), Linda BRANIDIS (Nick) and Gillian WHITEBREAD. Great-grandmother of five. Sister of the late Verna DOBSON, Ray and Cecil BOADWAY. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), 1 hour prior to the funeral service in the chapel on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 11 o'clock. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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HAMLIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-07 published
MURRAY, Gladys Lillian (BOADWAY)
Peacefully at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, Gladys BOADWAY, beloved wife of the late Robert James. Dear mother of Mary Ann WHITEBREAD (Jack) and Bob (Lillian.) Loving grandmother of Robin HAMLIN (Gord,) Lynne CHATFIELD (Paul,) Linda BRANIDIS (Nick) and Gillian WHITEBREAD. Great-grandmother of five. Sister of the late Verna DOBSON, Ray and Cecil BOADWAY. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), 1 hour prior to the funeral service in the chapel on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 11 o'clock. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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HAMLIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-05 published
CURRIE, John
It is with deep sadness that the family of John CURRIE announces his passing on October 4, 2005 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Audrey (BOYD) for 56 years. Loving father to Candi TUCKER (Dermot,) Jackie CURRIE (Tom HAMLIN) and Sandy CURRIE. Proud grandfather of Bob and Sean TUCKER, and Michael ZOLIS. Missed by his faithful dog Duke. Cherished brother of Anne MILLER, Susan COOK, Catherine RONDINA and the late Joan SCOTT. He will be missed by many nephews and nieces, their families, the whole Currie clan, and his many Friends and neighbours. John was a long time employee of the Federal Government (Old Age Security). John was known for his quick wit and his amazing ability to make people laugh. He was a familiar person in the neighbourhood, sitting on his verandah speaking to, and making Friends with, anyone walking by with a dog. The family wishes to thank all the nurses and staff at 3 West North York General Hospital for their kind care and concern above and beyond the call of duty. Friends may call at R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the chapel on Friday at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Condolences - www.rskane.ca.

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HAMLY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-14 published
HAMLY, Gene Alfred
(Former Ontario Sales Manager for Maple Leaf Mills). Passed away quietly on Thursday, October 13, 2005 at the Ajax-Pickering Hospital at the age of 80. Predeceased by his loving wife Louise. Father to Linda SLOAN, Daniel, and Ellen ARMSTRONG. Father-in-law to Donald SLOAN (deceased,) Maria, and Frank ARMSTRONG. Grandpa to Kathleen, Jocelyn, Spencer, Alexandra, and Taylor. Brother to Betty Hood SCRIVEN (deceased,) Marilyn AUSTEN, and Noreen PYZER. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Sunday, October 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Saint Margaret in the Pines Anglican Church, 4130 Lawrence Ave. E. (west of Kingston Road) on Tuesday, October 18 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations made to the Salvation Army would be appreciated. You were the greatest Dad.

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HAMLYN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-13 published
MERRITT, Dr. John " Ozzie"
At his residence on Friday, June 10th, 2005, Dr. John "Ozzie" MERRITT, of London, at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Gloria (HAMLYN) MERRITT. Dear father of Dr. John Richard MERRITT, and his wife Heather, of Parkhill, Dr. Robert MERRITT and his wife Sheree-Ann, of London, and Linda Darlene BRAY and her husband Gary, of Aurora. Loving grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by his sister Vivian. Dr. "Ozzie" MERRITT was a family physician in Lambeth and area, and coroner for Middlesex County for over 50 years. The memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Saturday June 18th, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. (www.westviewfuneralchapel.com)

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HAMLYN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-14 published
MERRITT, Gloria Eileen (née HAMLYN)
At London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital, on Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, Mrs. Gloria Eileen (HAMLYN) MERRITT of London at the age of 80. Daughter of the late Clifford HAMLYN and Ileen (FRANK) HAMLYN of London. Loved wife of the late Dr. John O. MERRITT (June 10th, 2005.) Dear mother of Dr. John Richard MERRITT and his wife Heather, of Fourteen Mile Road, R.R.#4, Denfield, Dr. Robert D. MERRITT and his wife Sheree-Ann, of London, and Linda Darlene BRAY and her husband Gary, of Aurora. Loving grandmother of 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gloria are asked to consider the McCormick Home Foundation. Westview Funeral Chapel, 641-1793 entrusted with arrangements.

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HAMLYN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-17 published
MERRITT, Gloria Eileen (née HAMLYN)
At London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital, on Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, Mrs. Gloria Eileen (HAMLYN) MERRITT of London at the age of 80. Daughter of the late Clifford HAMLYN and Eileen (FRANK) HAMLYN of London. Loved wife of the late Dr. John O. MERRITT (June 10th, 2005.) Dear mother of Dr. John Richard MERRITT and his wife Heather, of Denfield (formerly Parkhill), Dr. Robert D. MERRITT and his wife Sheree-Ann, of London, and Linda Darlene BRAY and her husband Gary, of Aurora. Loving grandmother of 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Saturday, January 14th, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gloria are asked to consider the McCormick Home Foundation.

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HAMLYN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-29 published
SCHEMBRI, Edward
Peacefully on November 28, 2005 at Soldier's Memorial Hospital, Orillia. Edward, in his 86th year, beloved husband of Jane for 62 years. Loving father of Carmen MARRIER and husband Paul FITZPATRICK, Tony SCHEMBRI and Mary Ann SCHEMBRI and Rick LARKINS, all of Orillia. Predeceased by his daughter Dorothy and son David. Nannu to Lori Ann MARRIER and Rich BELL, Thunder Bay, Tracey and Erick JOHNSON, Tampa, Florida, Cheryl and Jason WHALEN, Brampton, Shanna TOZER and David HAMLYN and Billy TOZER and Heidi WILHELM. Great-grandfather of Chase, Cole, Kyla, Maddox, Matthew and Emma. Survived by his sister Carmen MIFSUD and brother Tony SCHEMBRI. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Special thank you to the staff of Oak Terrace Nursing Home and Soldier's Memorial Hospital. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. West (one block east of Runnymede) on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 9: 15 a.m. at St. Paul The Apostle Church, 3224 Dundas St. West. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Alzhemier Society.

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HAMM o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-09-14 published
HAMM, Alma
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, September 12th, 2005. Alma HAMM of Owen Sound in her 59th year. Mother of Richard, Debbie, Leslie and Sam (Earl). Former common law wife of Rick HOWE of Owen Sound. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Please call the Tannahill Funeral Home 376-3710.
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HAMM o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-09-15 published
HAMM, Alma
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, September 12th, 2005. Alma HAMM of Owen Sound in her 59th year. Mother of Richard, Debbie, Leslie and Sam (Earl). Former common law wife of Rick HOWE of Owen Sound. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of Tannahill Funeral Home, 376-3710 on Thursday, September 15th at 11: 00 a.m. with Doctor Brad CLARK officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the charity of your choice.
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HAMM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-08 published
ROBSON, Joan Sawyer
At Belmont house, on Friday, January 7, 2005, in her 85th year. Joan was the beloved wife of the late Charles J. ROBSON; dear mother of John (Esther,) the late Donald (Kathy) and Nancy HAMM (Richard); cherished grandmother of Michael and Jennifer, Geoffrey and Scott, Stephen, Peter and Patrick. She is survived by her brother Bill WOODCOCK (Babs) and her sister Mary MacMILLAN. Joan graduated from the University of Toronto at the age of 19. During World War 2 she worked for the Secret Service in New York under William STEPHENSON. She was a hardworking volunteer for many organizations including the National Ballet, the Toronto General Hospital, Metropolitan Nursery School, and the Royal Ontario Museum and was an avid Garden Club member. Beloved by and devoted to her family and her many Friends, she was an active participant in life, with a mischievous sense of humour. Gracious and kind, she maintained her beautiful smile to the end. The family is extremely grateful to those who cared so well for her during her illness, especially to Carol LOMBARD, her devoted caregiver for 10 years. A private family service will be held. To celebrate Joan's life, her family will welcome Friends at a reception on Tuesday, January 11th at the York Club (Bloor and St. George) from 4: 00 to 6:00 p.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Ave. East.

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HAMMACOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-10 published
PARADIS, James 'Jim'
Passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, May 8, 2005 at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Betty for 46 years. Much loved father of Carolin and her husband Mike HWOZDYK, and David and his wife Dorothée. Loving 'Poppie' of James, Emma and Sarah. Dear brother of Paul and his wife Beryl, Harriett and her husband Bill HAMMACOTT, Donny and his wife Betty. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel, on Thursday, May 12th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Private interment Meadowvale Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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HAMMACOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-10 published
PARADIS, James " Jim"
Passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, May 8, 2005 at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Betty for 46 years. Much loved father of Carolin and her husband Mike HWOZDYK, and David and his wife Dorothée. Loving "Poppie" of James, Emma and Sarah. Dear brother of Paul and his wife Beryl, Harriett and her husband Bill HAMMACOTT, Donny and his wife Betty. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Thursday, May 12th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Private interment Meadowvale Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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HAMMANS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-12 published
HAMMANS, Agnes
Born February 28, 1920, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 10, 2005, with daughter Rosemary and son-in-law John by her side. She will be remembered and loved by her grandchildren Domenic RAGNO, Rick RAGNO and his wife Joanne and Ralph LUBNER and great-grandchildren Tiana and Philipp. She will also be missed by the German Community in Mississauga. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Fenelon Court Long Term Facility. A service will be held at Monk Funeral Home, 6 Helen Street, Bobcaygeon (1-866-393-0063) on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 2 p.m. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.monkfuneralhome.com

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HAMME o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-27 published
VAN HAMME, Kenneth Peter, C.A.
(retired professor Seneca College)
After a brief illness, Ken passed away at Sunnybrook and Women's Health Science Centre on Monday, July 25, 2005 in his 68th year. Survived by his loving wife Gwen; daughter Jennifer ANDERSON and husband Ross; daughter Sharon FERRIES and husband Steve brother Doug VAN HAMME and wife Margaret; sister Barb KESHEN and husband Richard. Proud grandpa of Kevin and Matthew SANGWINE and Samantha and Stephanie FERRIES. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. A service in celebration of Ken's life will take place on Friday, July 29 at 11 o'clock in the Donway Covenant United Church, 230 The Donway West. If desired, donations in Ken's memory may be made to the Sunnybrook Cancer Research Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 or to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, Neurology Unit, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8.

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HAMME o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-18 published
Beach's 'guardian angel' difficult, beloved
Street person would have lineup waiting to talk
Customers took care of the scrappy Steve Whale
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
For years he was there, outside the Beach ValuMart on Queen St. E., perched on a canvas stool someone had given him, wrapped in multiple layers of donated clothing and hand-knit scarves no matter what the weather, the copies of the Outreach newspaper he was selling carefully encased in plastic, the coins from his sales filling up a battered coffee cup.
"God bless," he'd say if you stopped to say hello, even if you didn't buy a paper.
And though this was the Beach, putatively an epicentre of smug yuppiedom, and even though he was a street person, a recovering alcoholic and binge crack user, Steve WHALE belonged there and was beloved there. There was always somebody talking to him heck, sometimes there was a lineup to talk to him.
"I considered him my brother; we would talk about everything," said Michael SOMERS, an insurance broker. "I'd sit for hours with him, me cross-legged on the sidewalk, like a little kid."
Still, one or two people complained to the grocery store management during the six or seven years WHALE was outside the store most afternoons and early evenings.
"Some people felt Steve was sitting there begging, which he really wasn't," said Elaine ROBERTS, the front-end store manager.
He used to carry home the groceries of an elderly blind woman he was always good for a quarter for the pay phone.
"You don't have to do that," he'd say to bicyclists about to lock their bikes to a post. "I'll watch 'em for you."
And then there were the dogs. He loved them, knew them all by name, and took care of them when their owners ducked into the store.
He was a quirky guy: a diabetic who liked his coffee with 14 packets of sweetener, a big hockey fan who almost swooned the day one of his customers gave him a signed Maple Leaf sweater and two tickets to a game.
He made sure everyone knew he worked a full day, selling the street newspaper at Yonge and Charles Sts. most mornings, often visiting Sanctuary, a drop-in for street people and the homeless, before taking the streetcar almost to the end of the Queen St. line.
And he made sure people were up to date on the declining state of his health; he had throat cancer, though there was never any point in lecturing him about his chain-smoking. He was living in the New Edwin Hotel -- and his Beach Friends learned not to get him going on what he thought about shelters or men's hostels, or the Mike Harris government, for that matter -- but when he was hospitalized four years ago with a serious bout of pneumonia, he lost his chance at government housing.
Back at his post, still coughing, still smoking, he would tell anyone who asked what had happened. He wasn't complaining, but a couple of Beach residents who understood how social services worked lobbied on his behalf and got WHALE a subsidized bachelor apartment in a handsome development almost kitty-corner from where he worked.
WHALE was overjoyed. "I've got my own bathroom and kitchen," he would say. Soon he had so many pots, pans, appliances and furnishings from his Beach Friends, he had to beg people to stop giving him things. He slept on a pile of blankets on the floor, because he wanted to.
Some of his customers used to take him to the movies at the local Fox Cinema. Others made a point of doing the annual Beaches Jazz Festival with him.
About three years ago, WHALE needed radiation treatment. Every day for five weeks, retired educators and Beach neighbours Doug VAN HAMME and Ken LAUDER drove him down to Princess Margaret Hospital where they waited with him, and then drove him back to the Beach again. LAUDER's 92-year-old mother knit WHALE a scarf and toque every year, and LAUDER often delivered WHALE home-cooked meals.
"He was a difficult guy, but every story he told about his life all ended with him acknowledging his fault and his mistakes, which all had to do with drinking and drugs," LAUDER said. "It was never anybody else's fault. How could you not like and respect someone like that?"
WHALE told LAUDER he grew up in the east end of Toronto, the son of a butcher who never made it through Grade 8 because he played hooky from school. He had a lot of jobs: he might have been a postman and he might have once worked at the former Greenwood racetrack. He told LAUDER his favourite job was driving a truck up to northern Ontario. He was a scrapper, the kind of guy who never walked away from a fight, and he got fired a lot.
He told some he was alone in the world; to others, he admitted he had a family. LAUDER discovered WHALE's son and namesake when he once accidentally called the wrong hotel looking for Steve WHALE.
When his cancer returned in 2003, WHALE moved back to the New Edwin. "He said the people there knew him and would take care of him," LAUDER recalled.
He cussed more than one nurse right out of his room, said Jim PAPADACOS, the owner and operator of the New Edwin. But PAPADACOS and his staff were protective of WHALE, as LAUDER and VAN HAMME discovered one day when they tried to visit him. "Three very big, very tough guys blocked us until we convinced them we were his Friends," VAN HAMME said.
WHALE's tongue had thickened and he was having trouble speaking, though he kept coming out to his spot on the sidewalk on some of the coldest and cruellest days this past winter. But in early April, he was rushed from the New Edwin Hotel to Mount Sinai Hospital.
"He refused St. Mike's Hospital -- that was typical Steve," LAUDER said with a laugh.
The last time he and VAN HAMME saw WHALE, he was excited about the impending visit of his long-estranged son. He said he wouldn't speak to him whenever they bumped into each other at the Good Shepherd Refuge.
WHALE died soon afterward. LAUDER doesn't know the exact date because none of WHALE's Friends from the Beach qualify as family and therefore they can't access that information. Nor does anyone know where WHALE is buried, though the city buries unclaimed bodies in unmarked graves in cemeteries throughout the city. No one is even sure how old he was; some think 56, others 64.
On the last day of spring, people gathered outside the ValuMart for a memorial service. The store donated 50 long-stemmed snapdragons to give to the participants, but there weren't nearly enough. The passing streetcars slowed and people stared at the growing circle of families, dogs, cyclists and shoppers around the spot where WHALE always sat.
Amanda JACKSON had tears running down her face remembering the man with whom she traded paperbacks and who helped her cope when a member of her own family was battling drugs. He was the first person she told when she decided to leave her marriage.
"All he said was 'Are you happy?'" she recalled. "He made me think of a little angel in the Beach. A guardian angel."
But it was Greg PAUL from Sanctuary who reconciled this Steve WHALE with the querulous shut-in who gambled on the ponies and could never completely kick his crack habit.
"Steve told me when he moved out to the Beach, he had found a community," he said. "He died knowing he was embraced by this community."

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HAMMELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-02 published
CRAIG, Sybil Joy
Peacefully in her sleep at North York General Hospital on Monday, January 31, 2005, at the age of 79. Loving mother of Bill, Cindy and Sue. Will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Ron HAMMELL, family and Friends. A gathering in celebration of Sybil's life will be held at 2112 Lumberman Lane, Oakville on Saturday, February 5, 2005 from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nellie's Hostels For Women.

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HAMMELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-02 published
MURCHIE, Henry James
Peacefully in his sleep, at the Toronto East General Hospital, on November 1, 2005, in his 80th year. Henry, beloved husband and best friend of the late Helen Mary MURCHIE (née REED.) Much loved dad of Sylvia HAMMELL, Malcolm MURCHIE, and Mel MURCHIE. Cherished grandfather of Gene (Liseanne) HAMMELL, and Sheri HAMMELL and great-grandfather of Ashley, Stephanie and Kaeli. Sadly missed son of Eva MURCHIE and brother of Arlene. Henry will be fondly remembered by his many Friends and relatives. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Ave.), Toronto (416-698-2861) on Friday, November 4, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations in memory of Henry may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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HAMMELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
WILSTON, Anson Meed
Peacefully, at the age of 92, on December 17, 2005 at the Muskoka Landing Nursing Home in Huntsville, Ontario. Beloved husband of Edna May WILSTON (née HAMMELL.) Loving brother of Harry WILSTON and Marion QUINTON. Will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and many other family members. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 20, at 10 a.m. with a funeral service to be held at 11 a.m. from the Addison Chapel of the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville, P1H 1N9 (705) 789-5252. If desired, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka would be appreciated.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-16 published
McMILLAN, John Alexander " Jack"
Peacefully, at Rubidge Retirement Residence in Peterborough on January 14, 2005, Mr. John Alexander "Jack" McMILLAN in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Ruth (NAYLOR.) Dear father of Judy CLIMENHAGE (David). Proud grandfather of John CLIMENHAGE (Claire SYMINGTON), Christy CLIMENHAGE (Todd KUIACK), Kate CLIMENHAGE (David WILHELM) and delighted great-grandfather of Anwyn and Rhys CLIMENHAGE and Zoe KUIACK. Predeceased by his parents, Archie and Emma McMILLAN and his sisters Helen SHAVER (1990,) Jessie HOLTON (2000) and Esther HAMMER (2004.) Jack was a founding partner of McKerlie Automotive (now Carquest). He will be missed by his family and Friends. Visitation will be held on Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London where the funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Expressions of sympathy to the Lung Association or the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-24 published
SCHAEFER, Vera (née KROPF)
Passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at Stratford General Hospital. Vera resided at Country Meadows, Brunner and was formerly of Milverton. She was born 90 years ago in Mornington Township and was the daughter of the late David and Lydia (HAMMER) KROPF. Vera was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Milverton. Beloved wife of the late Gordon SCHAEFER who predeceased her July 28, 2004. Dear father of William and wife Rosemary SCHAEFER of Kirkton. Loving grandmother of Debbie and husband Richard CRACKNELL of London and Susan SCHAEFER of Toronto and great-grandmother of Warren and Brett CRACKNELL. Also missed by her sister Mildred McAULAY of Toronto and brother David KROPF of Milverton. Vera was predeceased by brother-in-law Clayton McAULAY and sister-in-law Florence KROPF, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Milton and Clara SCHAEFER, John and Nina SCHAEFER, Bertha and Chris WITT, Edna and Herman MANK, Martha and Albert HAMMER. Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 7 Spencer Street, Milverton on Sunday, February 27, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Vera's life will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 28, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. where Pastor Christie MORROW will officiate. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Milverton. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Milverton or charity of one's choice.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-05 published
HAMMER, Sylvia Ellen (née VANDERHOEK)
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Wednesday, March 2nd, Sylvia Ellen HAMMER (VANDERHOEK) of Alvinston, Ontario, in her 45th year, went to be with the Lord and Saviour. Beloved wife of Koop (Ken) HAMMER of Alvinston and dear mother of Brianna HAMMER. Also survived by her parents Gerry and Grace (VANDERMOLEN) VANDERHOEK of Strathroy and sisters Greta and Mark OVERGAAUW of Erieau and Wilma and Peter OVERGAAUW of Beachville and mother in law Ann HAMMER of Holland, Also survived by many brothers and sisters in law and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her father in law Helmich HAMMER of Holland. Visitation will be held at the Providence United Reformed Church, Second Street, Strathroy on Sunday, March 6th, 2005, from 5: 30 until 9 pm. Funeral Service will be held from the church on Monday, March 7th, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Harry ZEKVELD officiating. Interment to follow at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Transplant Unit at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy, (519-245-1023). A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Sylvia.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-30 published
BYSTREK, Martin W.
At Woodstock General Hospital on Sunday, August 28th, 2005. Martin W. BYSTREK of Fifth Ave, Woodstock, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Inge W. BYSTREK (née VITZ.) Dear father of Mark of Toronto, Tracy HAMMER and her husband Clyde and their son Christopher of Prince Albert. Survived by a sister and a niece and their family in Germany. Friends are welcome to meet with the family in the lounge of the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (539-0004) on Thursday, September 1, 2005 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a time of remembering and reflecting on a life well lived. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-06 published
MacKENZIE, Betty
At Maitland Manor, Goderich on Sunday, September 4, 2005. Betty MacKENZIE in her 94th year. Predeceased by her mother and seven brothers and sisters and a loving niece Sharon NIENHUIS. She is remembered by her nieces, nephews and families Barbara MacDONALD (the late Jim,) of Hamilton, Viola SABOURIN (Gerry) of Burlington, Brenda CATTERSON (Bob) of Hamilton, Carol MULLEN of Toronto, Kenneth HAMMER (Lucille) of Bloomfield, Michigan, Donald MacKENZIE (Jennifer) of Toronto. Friends will be received at the McCallum & Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Road at East Street, Goderich on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Maitland Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice gratefully acknowledged.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-03-08 published
HAMMER, Sylvia Ellen (née VANDERHOEK)
At London Health Sciences Centre University Campus on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, Sylvia Ellen HAMMER (VANDERHOEK) of Alvinston, Ontario, in her 45th year, went to be with the Lord and Saviour. Beloved wife of Koop (Ken) HAMMER of Alvinston and dear mother of Brianna HAMMER. Also survived by her parents, Gerry and Grace (VANDERMOLEN) VANDERHOEK of Strathroy, and sisters Greta and Mark OVERGAAUW of Erieau and Wilma and Peter OVERGAAUW of Beachville, and mother-in-law Ann HAMMER of Holland. Also survived by many brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her father-in-law Helmich HAMMER of Holland. Visitation was held at Providence United Reformed Church, on March 6, 2005 from 5: 30-9 p.m. Funeral service was held from the church on Monday, March 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Harry ZEKVELD officiating. Interment followed at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Transplant Unit at London Health Sciences Centre University Campus would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy, 519-245-1023. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Sylvia.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-14 published
ROSENBERG, Ruth
On February 12, 2005 at the Toronto General Hospital. Ruth ROSENBERG beloved wife of the late Joseph ROSENBERG. Loving mother of Howard and Arlene (DUFFLET) ROSENBERG, and Martin KOHN. Dear sister of Miriam HAMMER. Devoted grandmother of Julia, and Ben. At Temple Sinai Synagogue, 210 Wilson Ave. (east of Bathurst), for service on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment the Temple Sinai Section of Dawes Road Cemetery. Shiva at 438 Glengrove. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made to the Ruth Rosenberg memorial fund c/o the Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. (416) 780-0324.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-08 published
LYONS, Bruce Arthur
Following a brief illness, Bruce Arthur Lyons of Campbellville passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 6, 2005 at the Milton District Hospital. Beloved husband of Mae LYONS (née HAMMER). Much loved father of Bob LYONS of Calgary, Marilyn (Peter) CSEFKO of Cobourg, Linda RYAN of Oakville, Bill (Cheryl) LYONS of Morriston, Victoria TODD (late Warren) of Waterdown and John (Lisa) LYONS of Waterdown. Loving grandfather of Gregory, Jennifer, Samantha, Michael, Jessica, Dylan and Kevin. Loved brother of Bernice BARLOW of Dunnville. Arrangements entrusted to the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton, 905-878-2669. Many people will remember Bruce from the many truck shows he attended with his grand_son Michael and others will remember him from working around the campground he and his wife, Mae, have owned for 33 years. Special thanks to Dr. CHUNG. Family and Friends are invited to join us for a celebration of Bruce's life on Saturday, February 19th at 1: 00 p.m. held at the Bohemian Banquet Centre, 215 Dundas St. E., Waterdown.

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HAMMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-14 published
ROSENBERG, Ruth
On February 12, 2005 at the Toronto General Hospital. Ruth ROSENBERG beloved wife of the late Joseph ROSENBERG. Loving mother of Howard and Arlene (DUFFLET) ROSENBERG, and Martin KOHN. Dear sister of Miriam HAMMER. Devoted grandmother of Julia, and Ben. At Temple Sinai Synagogue, 210 Wilson Ave. (east of Bathurst), for service on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment the Temple Sinai Section of Dawes Road Cemetery. Shiva at 438 Glengrove. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made to the Ruth Rosenberg Memorial Fund c/o the Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. 416-780-0324.

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HAMMERSLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-17 published
HAMMERSLEY- MILLER, Sue
In loving memory of my daughter Sue who was killed May 17, 1989 by their 3 doberman dogs.
Remembrance is a golden chain,
Death tried to break,
But all in vain,
To have, to love and then to part
Is the greatest sorrow of ones heart.
Always loved and remembered, your loving mother, Helen.

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HAMMERSLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-05 published
BLAXALL, Margaret Evelyn
Margaret Evelyn of Saint Thomas on Sunday July 3, 2005, at the Caressant Care Nursing Home, Saint Thomas, in her 91st year. Dearly loved mother of Patricia and her husband Kenneth MUNROE of St. Thomas and loved grandmother of Kristine and her husband Dave VANDENBURG of Saint Thomas and Shelley and her husband Rob EATON of Sparta and dear great grandmother of Brielle, Matthew, Drew and David. Predeceased by her husband Kenneth BLAXALL and a sister Jean MORRIS. Dear sister-in-law of Jack BLAXALL, Phyllis BLAXALL, Lee WILSIE, Helen HAMMERSLEY and Shirley PAUL. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Margaret was born in Norwich on March 16, 1915, the daughter of the late Reverend Dr. John and Helen (HORNAL) BARNETT. She was a Registered Nurse and worked at the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital. She was formerly of R.R.#1 Eden (Red Oaks Trailer Park). A public Memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Visitation Wednesday from 12-1: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Breast Cancer Research through the funeral home.

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HAMMERSLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-12 published
BLAXALL, Margaret Evelyn " Barney"
Margaret Evelyn "Barney" of Saint Thomas, on Sunday, July 3, 2005, at the Caressant Care Nursing Home, Saint Thomas, in her 91st year. Dearly loved mother of Patricia and her husband Kenneth MUNROE of Saint Thomas and loved grandmother of Kristine and her husband Dave VANDENBURG of Saint Thomas and Shelley and her husband Rob EATON of Sparta and dear greatgrandmother of Brielle, Matthew, Drew and David. Predeceased by her husband Kenneth BLAXALL and by a sister Jean MORRIS, and sister-in-law Donna MARSHALL and brother-in-law Louis BLAXALL. Dear sister-in-law of Jack BLAXALL, Phyllis BLAXALL, Lee WILSIE, Helen HAMMERSLEY and Shirley PAUL. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews.
Margaret was born in Norwich on March 16, 1915, the daughter of the late Reverend Dr John and Helen (HORNAL) BARNETT. She was a registered Nurse and worked at the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital. She was formerly of R.R.#1 Eden (Red Oaks Trailer Park). A public Memorial service was held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Wednesday, July 6th. Cremation has taken place. She will be laid to rest in her parents family plot in Maitland Cemetery, Goderich. Remembrances may be made to Breast Cancer Research through the funeral home.

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