LAFONTAINE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-15 published
SIMKINS, Edward " Ted" Arthur
Edward "Ted" Arthur of Saint Thomas and formerly of Kitchener on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Carmel E. (LAFONTAINE) SIMKINS and dearly loved father of Dianne E. (SIMKINS) MARTIN and her husband Bruce of Saint Thomas. Dear brother of Josephine FACEY (Stanley) of R.R.#1 Saint Marys. Loved grandfather of Katherine (Shaun) SHIVERS, Susan (Rollie) CAMERON and John (Tracey) MARTIN and great-grandfather of Alyssa and Andrew MARTIN, Tyler and Grace CAMERON and Lindsey and Robert SHIVERS. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. Ted was born in Owen Sound on October 19, 1920, the son of the late Sydney and Grace (FITZGERALD) SIMKINS. He has lived in Saint Thomas the past 3 years and formerly of Kitchener. He was retired from the furniture industry. Ted was a member of Saint Anne's Church. He served 6 years in the military in Med. Field Regiment (Artillery). He was a member of the Canadian Legion Branch 6, Owen Sound and a member of the Kitchener Knights of Columbus Council 1505. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Friday morning and then to Saint Anne's Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Thursday at 4: 00 p.m. Visitation Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation or charity of choice.

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LAFONTAINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-13 published
KENNEDY, Elsie Mary
Peacefully, at Guelph General Hospital on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Orville KENNEDY (1984.) Loving mother of Margaret (Paul LAFONTAINE) of Burlington, Lynda (Ray GODWIN) of Guelph and Patricia (Murray BROWN) of Markham. Dear grandma of Nicole and Jason LAFONTAINE, Amanda OSTROWSKI (Matthew,) Nathan GODWIN, and Andrew and Matthew BROWN. Dear sister of Donald SLINGER, Alice WILSON, George SLINGER, Robert SLINGER, and the late Edna GILLEN, Stanley SLINGER and Jake SLINGER. Resting at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home, 1099 Gordon Street, Hart Chapel, Guelph where the family will receive Friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 14, 2005 in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11: 00 a.m. Reception to follow in the fellowship lounge. Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home or by email info@gilbertmacintyreandson.com).

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LAFORCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-10 published
LEFEBURE, Chris
Suddenly at her residence on Monday, August 8, 2005 Chris LEFEBURE of Dorchester, formerly of Woodstock in her 79th year. Beloved wife and best friend to Frank. Dear sister of Roger LAFORCE of Windsor and predeceased by a sister Georgette. Fondly remembered by her step-daughter Nicol JACKSON (husband Rob) and their children Katrina, Madison and Joshua all of Wardsville. Dear aunt of David, Danny, Gregory and Diane and their families. Sadly missed by her friend Mary McAULEY of London. Cremation. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester, on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to the Lung Association, London and Middlesex Branch grateful ly acknowledged. Chris was the proprietor of Golf Land in London for 32 years and Frank's Leather Goods in Woodstock for 21 years.

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LAFORCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-16 published
ORTON, Thelma
Passed away quietly, peacefully and with dignity on Wednesday, April 13, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Edward ORTON and dear mother of Nancy WALSH, Brian and his wife Marilyn, Grant and his wife Barbara, Stephen, Mark and his wife Wendy, and the late Bonnie. She will be fondly remembered by her 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Dear sister of Joyce LAFORCE. A family service was held at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket, followed by cremation. Memorial donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation (Cancer Care) would be appreciated by the family.

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LAFORET o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-22 published
PETRYNA, Thelma (LA DOUCEUR)
Age 76. Passed away January 7th, 2005. Mother of sons Chris, Mike, Jeff and their families. Loved sister of Douglas LA DOUCEUR (Gloria), Lexington, Michigan, Theresa LAFORET (Paul), Robert LA DOUCEUR, London, Barbara DOBSON, Eileen WARREN, Bonnie CALLUM (Dave) all of Windsor. Predeceased by parents Dieudonne LA DOUCEUR, Florence SCHOLEY, brother-in-law Bill DOBSON, Mike WARREN. Memorial service July 29th, 2005, 11 a.m., Saint John's Vianney with Father Tom BLONDIN.

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LAFORET o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-01-18 published
VAN DUN, Geraldine (née BENS)
Gerrie VAN DUN (née BENS) of Petrolia passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, in her 56th year at Blue Water Health Palliative Care, on Friday, January 14, 2005 with her family by her side. Cherished wife of Joseph for 36 years. Beloved mother of Joanne and Steven PERCY and Linda and Andrew CHWIECKO. Loving Oma to her grandchildren Cierra, Aidan, Jayna, Ryan, and our special angel in Heaven, Nathan. Geraldine was the proud owner and operator of 21 Shell and Variety of Petrolia for over 28 years. Gerrie was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, in 1949. She is also survived by her mother, Wilhemina and the late John BENS, sisters Nellie and Bill LERCH, Tina and Leo VERBERNE and brothers Henry and Janis BENS and John and Harriet BENS. Will be sadly missed by her father and mother-in-law John and Elizabeth VAN DUN and their family as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitors were received on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where parish prayers were offered at 8: 45 p.m. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Philips Church, Petrolia, on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Father Dan VERE as celebrant. Cremation followed, with interment in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. The pallbearers were Owen and Martin QUINN, Jason and Charlie FREER, David and Brian VERBERNE, and Rick SAUVE. The flower bearers were Nellie LURCH and Lorie LAFORET. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at St. Josephs Health Care Foundation, London, the Sarnia and District Humane Society or the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be left online at www.needhamjay.com

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LAFORGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-04 published
LAFORGE, Roy
In memory of Roy, April 4, 2000.
A life that touches the hearts of others, lives on forever.
Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by the LAFORGE family.

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LAFORGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-16 published
NESBITT, Jack Calvin
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, August 14, 2005. Jack Calvin NESBITT of R.R.#7, Aylmer in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Ruth (WILKINS) NESBITT. Loving father of Linda LAFORGE and husband Jim of R.R.#7, Aylmer, Kathy NESBITT of Saint Thomas, Ken NESBITT and wife Laura of R.R.#4, Aylmer, Tom NESBITT and wife Pam of Aylmer, Dan NESBITT and wife Lorrie of Aylmer, Judy FASSEEL and husband Larry of R.R.#2, Pt. Burwell, Tim NESBITT and wife Julia of R.R.#1, Aylmer and Ron NESBITT of Toronto. Father-in-law of Sandra NESBITT. Grandfather of Greg, Lindsay, Stephanie, Kendra, Ryan, Rachel, Rebecca, Steven, Michael, Scott, Jackie, Jennifer, Tanner and Madison. Also survived by a sister-in-law Opal NESBITT and a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Velma CARROLL, Leona OSLACH, Marion WILSON and a brother Sam NESBITT.
Born in Saint Thomas, Ontario on December 16, 1930 son of the late Harvey LEWIS and Inez (DAUGHARTY) NESBITT. Jack worked at Carnation Milk for many years and he was a farmer. He was a former member of the Port Burwell Legion #524. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Reverend Donald GRAHAM, officiating. Donations to the Palliative Care of Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital would be appreciated.

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LAFORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-25 published
Bill LAFORGE, Hockey Coach: 1951-2005
He was a coach with good intentions, but his 'goon hockey' Ontario Hockey League methods were not suited to the National Hockey League. He lasted only 20 games behind the Vancouver bench
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Saturday, June 25, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- If you played for Bill LAFORGE, you loved him. If you were an opposing player or coach, you hated him. If you were a league commissioner or president, you would wince at his methods to win games.
His legacy is mayhem hockey. More often than not in any game in which he was involved, the gloves came off and the penalty minutes soared. It was a successful tactic that won games in the Canadian major junior ranks. The bad-boy coach extraordinaire of his era, Bill LAFORGE and his boys were fabled for physical play, brawling and instilling fear in the opposition. It was called goon hockey.
Yet, his coaching also produced explosive offensive talent. Among his proteges were such future National Hockey League players as Keith Primeau, Mark Habscheid, Gary Leeman, Garth Butcher, Brad May, Tony Tanti, Rob Brown, Lyndon Byers, Shayne Corson, Ken Daneyko and Doug Bodger -- not to mention Barry Trotz, who has been head coach of the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators since their inception.
Mr. LAFORGE's success at the junior level led to a failed experiment as head coach of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. That, however, is not his legacy.
"His legacy is his success in junior hockey and how he loved his players and how his players loved him back," said Garth Butcher.
As a teenager growing up in Edmonton, Bill LAFORGE was like a lot of youngsters and enjoyed playing all sports. What made him different was that he excelled at hockey and football -- with a decided preference for the latter. As a bruising fullback, he starred for both Archbishop MacDonald High School and the Edmonton Huskies of the Prairie Junior Football League. He dreamed of suiting up in the Canadian Football League. In 1974, he seemed set to join the Calgary Stampeders. But he failed a physical at training camp.
"Bill had gotten hurt not long before while working on a construction site when he was hit in the head with a piece of concrete," said his cousin, Pat LAFORGE, the president of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers. "That's why he didn't pass the physical."
His playing career over before it had really begun, Mr. LAFORGE plunged, instead, into coaching recreational hockey in Edmonton and at nearby Enoch, a Cree reserve where he was sports director. He must have been doing something right because a few years later, Sherry BASSIN, general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals, came calling. Mr. BASSIN had been searching for someone to replace Paul THERIAULT as coach for the 1980-81 season and knew something about a junior coach from Alberta who possessed winning ways. He returned home to Ontario and announced he had hired a no-name coach, something unheard of in the junior hockey world. Thus began Mr. LAFORGE's tumultuous career behind the bench.
"It was great perception on Sherry's part to see something in Bill," said Stew MacDONALD, who at the time was working for the Generals as an intern and as assistant to Mr. BASSIN.
"I had never heard of Bill until he sent us a letter with a resumé that wasn't that fancy," Mr. BASSIN said. "The resumé was half blotted out. So I met him in Vancouver when I was on business. His team had won a junior C championship somewhere in Alberta and I found him to be extremely enthusiastic."
All things considered, with an unknown calling the shots, no one expected the Generals to make the playoffs. To everyone's surprise, they did -- largely because of Mr. LAFORGE's tough-guy tactics. As the regular season wore on, his aggressive strategy earned a number of short suspensions for him and his players. But nothing compared to what happened one night in March of 1981 during the first round of the playoffs against the Peterborough Petes. It was in that series, one game specifically, that the LAFORGE legend began to take shape. In the pre-game warm-up, a shoving match developed on centre ice between Oshawa and Peterborough players. Dave DRYDEN, the Petes coach, tried to restore order. Mr. LAFORGE shot out of his office to investigate and discovered his opposite number among the players.
"Keep your hands off my players," he bellowed at Mr. DRYDEN. Within seconds, the two men were poking at each other's chest and screeching back and forth like two roosters at a cockfight. Not surprisingly, their behaviour did nothing to cool the players' tempers. Mr. LAFORGE was later reported to have had an altercation with Peterborough player Doug EVANS; but, as Mr. MacDONALD tells the story, the two coaches never actually traded blows.

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LAFORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-30 published
I Remember -- Bill LAFORGE
By Mark NEWMAN, Thursday, June 30, 2005, Page S11
Mark NEWMAN, a former sports reporter at CHML radio in Hamilton, Ontario, writes about Bill LAFORGE, whose obituary ran on June Wild Bill LAFORGE joined a long list of colourful sports characters when he arrived in town to coach the Ontario Hockey League's Steelhawks in the mid-1980s. Seldom do hockey fans buy tickets to watch a coach in action. Bill was an exception, and he loved every minute of it. The LAFORGE era lasted only a few years in Hamilton before the team was moved to Niagara Falls, where it was renamed the Thunder. At the time, I used to play pick-up hockey after Thunder games. One night, when Guelph was in town, I arrived to find Bill sitting alone on a bench and he mentioned how he had upset the Thunder management earlier in the evening. The Thunder had been embroiled in a dispute with the city over their lease at the arena. With a mischievous grin, he told me how he had questioned the lease concerns on the team's in-house television program before the game. "They're not paying any rent here," he said. "I should know, I negotiated the lease."

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LAFORGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-11 published
TURGEON, Sister Eva Marie "Gilbert", I.B.V.M.
Died peacefully, on December 10, 2005, at Loretto Infirmary. Sister was in her 79th year as a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters), daughter of the late Joseph Pierre Edmond TURGEON and Marie Agnes LAFORGE of Lafontaine, Quebec. Predeceased by her brothers Edward, Walter, Charles, Louis, Gilbert and Albert; sisters Valerie, Olive, Rosealba, and Mary. Survived by her youngest sister, Sister Blanche TURGEON, I.B.V.M., Wheaton, Illinois; niece Sister Dolores TURGEON, C.S.J., Thunder Bay; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Sister Eva Marie taught in Chicago and Wheaton, Illinois; in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph and Stratford schools. Friends may call at Loretto Abbey, 101 Mason Blvd., on Monday, December 12th from 6: 00-7:30 p.m., followed by prayers at 7: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Loretto Abbey Chapel on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. followed by interment at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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LAFORME o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-10 published
She saw hope in every street kid
Karen POSITANO a passionate and stubborn advocate
Worked to start training programs, needle exchange
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Perhaps this anecdote can best sum up the many parts of Karen POSITANO, a petite and driven dynamo, an original, as well as a world traveller, insomniac, wife, mother of three and champion of every street kid who came by Youthlink Inner City, the drop-in resource centre and outreach program where she worked for almost 16 years:
It was 1994 and POSITANO was in Amsterdam at a world A.I.D.S. conference. She had met up with Hélène LALONDE, her buddy since their teenaged days in Ottawa when they lived innocently but recklessly and knew everyone, including bikers and drug dealers. She and LALONDE, now a consultant often working for the Canadian International Development Agency in developing countries, were standing at a bus stop when a passerby shrieked: "Karen POSITANO!"
It was Gwendolyn, a stripper POSITANO knew from Toronto who was in Amsterdam working at a live sex show.
"Karen POSITANO?" echoed one of the other people at the stop.
Turns out this person was with the World Health Organization and had been seeking POSITANO to sign her up as a speaker at a Rio de Janeiro conference for street kids, and she'd been hard pressed to locate her, as POSITANO had spent much of the last two days marching on the street with prostitutes.
"Yeah, she left me at the hotel," said her youngest daughter, Jill ROCHON, with a laugh. She was 14 at the time. "I was safe there, she knew that."
POSITANO was well known internationally. She was invited to make presentations at another world A.I.D.S. conference in Vancouver as well as at various H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. prevention and hepatitis C gatherings throughout North America.
In Toronto she was a member of Councillor Olivia CHOW's children and youth committee.
What she was renowned for was her tenacity, her push and her passion. After her first marriage failed and she lost her bid to convince a court to change her children's surname to hers, she took the matter to the Supreme Court.
"When she decided to do something, you just got out of the way," said her second husband, Gerry ROCHON.
"She definitely had a stubborn streak," said her eldest child, Karyn, 31. It is why she and brother Cain, 30, have the surname POSITANO.
In the early '80s, POSITANO and ROCHON and the three kids moved to Ottawa from Vancouver where they had been living. There she worked full-time and went to school full-time, getting a degree in criminology plus her master of social work. She also organized and played in a women's baseball league, acted in university theatre, took dance classes and travelled to exotic destinations such as Thailand.
She began working with street youth at Youthlink Inner City as part of the job placement for her social work degree; she was so enthusiastic about the work that not only did she convince her family to move to Toronto, she also created her own full-time employment there.
"Inner City was the root of her work. It catered to youth no one else would, those with mental health problems, prostitutes, drug users," said Rebecca BASSEY, a friend and former employee.
POSITANO never let anything stand in the way of getting more programs or more program dollars for the youth she saw every day at her office. Her funding proposals were legendary -- succinct, persuasive and usually written a month before the deadline -- but her first work for Youthlink was the production of two very radical education videos for street youth.
STD Street Smarts and Street Wise Women came with a warning of "frank language and explicit imagery" because the penises in the videos were real.
"Some people might say her style was abrasive," said Liz GREAVES, Youthlink executive director, "but she shot straight from the hip."
In 1999, she blasted the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, of which GREAVES was a member, for ignoring the plight of homeless youth.
"She was absolutely right," GREAVES said. The task force subsequently commissioned a report.
Fearless and always on the cutting edge, POSITANO was an early advocate of Youthlink's work in harm reduction. The agency was the first in the city to run a needle exchange program.
In 1998, she was one of the organizers of a program for squeegee kids, a new headline-grabbing demographic that was unsettling if not scaring many people in the city. While police were cracking down on homeless people in public places and the provincial government was bringing in the Safe Streets Act, POSITANO was part of a group lobbying Toronto politicians for resources to help these youth. The result is a fully federally funded training program teaching computer skills called the Youth Skills Zone.
In 1995, POSITANO was promoted to supervisor, responsible for a staff of about nine at Youthlink Inner City's drop-in/resource and outreach program. She started the Sock Swap, gathering cast-offs from families and Friends to recycle to the street kids. Before the centre got its washer and dryer, she'd take all the dirty socks home to wash them. She also started a monthly supper club for street youth with hepatitis C.
An early proponent of the peer educator program, in which clients work 10 hours a week at the drop-in and do outreach with other street or addicted youth, she conceived and won funding for the advanced peer education program.
This is a year-long full-time staff position, "one of the most important positions we have," according to Inner City supervisor Diana WALKER. "I think Karen saw hope in everyone who walked through the door."
POSITANO raced through her life, taking each of her children on a coming-of-age trip to Europe, meeting up with LALONDE in Kenya, Brazil and Egypt, holidaying with BASSEY in Jamaica and with her husband in Morocco, and finding thrift stores wherever she went. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building houses in Fiji, Uganda and India, where she met Mother Teresa. Once a month, she spent her Saturday mornings working in the Big Sisters thrift shop at Lawrence Ave. W. and Avenue Rd. More than once she climbed the C.N. Tower stairs for the United Way.
For kicks, she was an extra in David Cronenberg's The Naked Lunch, stalked celebrities on the red carpet at all the Toronto Film Festivals, dragged family and Friends to rock concerts, and plundered furniture discarded in Forest Hill and Rosedale. She and ROCHON bought, renovated and sold nine houses together. She also loved organizing and decorating them.
"She packed a lot in," said ROCHON. "It was as if she almost knew she wouldn't have a long life."
She'd beaten cancer of the uterus 14 years earlier, so she was typically upbeat when she was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer.
"She had the kind of personality that you just thought she would beat it," said LALONDE.
"She always said it was no big deal," added BASSEY.
And they believed her even when she suffered a heart attack a year ago that almost ended her life. POSITANO rallied enough to sometimes make it back to work and to her office with the window that looked out on to the kitchen and eating area of the drop-in centre.
"I used to update her, make her feel at home because she didn't know a lot of the clients now," said John LAFORME, a crack addict and regular at Youthlink for four years. POSITANO always encouraged him to get the help he needed and last month he left for a detox facility in Quebec. "I'm doing it for me and for Karen," he said. "I've been in drop-ins and agencies across Canada and Karen was one of the best drop-in workers ever. She took the time to get to know you."
Ten days before she died, at her home on the afternoon of October 1 at the age 52, POSITANO attended a Youthlink managers' meeting. A day or so later, she sent Liz GREAVES an email saying she was going to lick cancer. "There was such a fierceness to her," GREAVES said.
POSITANO wanted to live long enough to see her first grandchild, and she did. Karyn named her newborn daughter Kalina, Hawaiian for Karen.

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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-18 published
LAFRAMBOISE, Leo
Leo a resident of Thamesville, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday May 16, 2005 at the age of 84. Leo taught school for 41 years, he was principal at St. Paul's Roman Catholic School, Thamesville and St. Ignatius Roman Catholic School in Bothwell retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Paul's Church, Thamesville, a member of the 4th Degree Father James Assembly and Knights of Columbus, Council #7251, Thamesville and had been financial secretary. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (GUBICA) LAFRAMBOISE (2004.) Loving father of Joanne LAFRAMBOISE- OTTO and her husband Bruce OTTO of High Springs, Florida, Charles LAFRAMBOISE of Thamesville. Sadly missed by grand_son Edmund OTTO. Dear brother of Evangeline STEPHENS of Harrow. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Leona, Marie, and brothers Clarence, Emile, Thomas, and Anthony. The LAFRAMBOISE family will receive Friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria Street, Thamesville on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul's Church, Thamesville on Friday May 20, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Fr. Andy DWYER as celebrant. Interment St. Paul's Cemetery, Thamesville. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Knights of Columbus Council #7251, Thamesville will hold prayers on Thursday evening 8: 00 p.m., parish prayers will be held at 8: 30 p.m. A tree will be planted in memory of Leo LAFRAMBOISE in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp.

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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-05 published
CHAPDELAINE, Jean (1914-2005)
Passed away peacefully in Québec City on February 1, 2005. Graduated with honours from Collège Ste-Marie, Montréal 1933, Rhodes Scholar 1934, joined External Affairs in 1937, Canadian Ambassador from 1956 to 1965, Délégué général du Québec in Paris from 1965 to 1976, Québec Department of Intergovernmental Affairs from 1976-1981. Awarded the Légion d'Honneur (Commandeur), the Ordre national du Québec (Officier) and the Ordre de la Pléiade (Officier).
Survived by his wife, Rita LAFRAMBOISE, his children: Claude of Ottawa (Joseph BRAY,) Annick of Montréal (Carlos FELICIATI) and Antoine of Québec City; his grand- daughter Clara FELICIATI his sister Louise MAYNARD of Montréal; his sisters and brothers-in-law: Marthe LAFRAMBOISE (Dr. Eugene BEAUCHAMP of Massachussets,) Louise LAFRAMBOISE (Robert GAULIN of Ottawa,) Esther LAFRAMBOISE (Fernand RENAULT of Ottawa) and several nieces and nephews Chapdelaine and Laframboise.
If desired, donations to La Maison Michel Sarrazin, 2101, chemin Saint-Louis, Sillery (Québec) G1P 1P5, tél.: 418-688-0878 would be appreciated.
A private funeral will be held in Ottawa at a later date.
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For information: (418) 529-3371
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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-12 published
CHAPDELAINE, Rita (née LAFRAMBOISE)
Passed away peacefully at Ottawa on March 6th, 2005, at the age of 84. She was predeceased on February 1st, 2005, by her husband of 64 years, Jean CHAPDELAINE. She is survived by her children: Claude (Joseph BRAY) of Ottawa, Annick (Carlos FELICIATI) of Montréal, and Antoine of Québec City; her granddaughter Clara FELICIATI; her sisters and brothers-in-law: Marthe LAFRAMBOISE (Dr. Eugene BEAUCHAMP) of Massachusetts, and Louise LAFRAMBOISE (Robert GAULIN) of Ottawa; her sisters-in-law, Esther Morin LAFRAMBOISE (Fernand RENAULT) of Ottawa, and Louise Chapdelaine MAYNARD of Montreal, and several nieces and nephews Laframboise and Chapdelaine.
If desired, donations to La Fondation de l'Hôpital Montfort, 713 Montreal Road, Ottawa Ontario K1K 0T2 would be appreciated.
A private funeral service will be held in Ottawa at a later date. Arrangements in care of the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K2A 3T9. For messages of condolence please e-mail to: claudechap@trytel.com

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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-22 published
DENT, Heather Wendy (née BIDGOOD)
Died suddenly, as a result of an automobile accident on Friday, November 18, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Eric DENT. Loving grandmother of Jennifer Dent HADDON (David,) and their children Benjamin and Timothy, Ashley DENT and Rebecca DENT. Loving stepmother of Dr. Peter Boris DENT and his wife Diane. Loving aunt to Jacqueline Mae BIDGOOD- CAMPBELL (Wayne), and Mary Lee MOYNAN (Robert). Heather DENT was predeceased by her parents Frederick and Alice BIDGOOD of the Bidgood Gold Mine and her sisters Blanche Agnes ORR, Audrey and Kathleen BIDGOOD and brothers Stanley, Kenneth, Chick and Nelson BIDGOOD. Lovingly remembered by Richard LAFRAMBOISE (Linda,) David AARON (Vicky), Michael LAFRAMBOISE and Zachary Angus BIDGOOD- ROSE. Friends may call at the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (south of Eglinton) (416) 489-8811. Visitation Friday, November 25, 2005 at 1 p.m. followed by a chapel service at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-03 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Katherine " Kate" Jean, B.A. (Queen's,) B.Com. (Guelph)
On Wednesday, November 30, 2005, a life too short, but one filled with a fierce enthusiasm for living, came to an end. Kate died at home in the arms of her beloved husband Michael AZULAY, surrounded by her loving family. Her passing will leave an unspeakable void in the hearts and lives of her cherished children, Isaac, Naomi and Isabelle, her parents Sandra and Don TAILOR/TAYLOR of Kingston, her sister and best friend Susan TAILOR/TAYLOR and husband Rob MURPHY of Toronto, her loved brother Geoff TAILOR/TAYLOR and his wife Meriel of Colebrook, Ontario. She will also be greatly missed by her mother-in-law Jean AZULAY of Dunrobin, Ontario and all of Michael's brothers and sisters and their spouses - Kim, Karen, Gina MULVIE and John WATSON, Tracy and Luigi PORCARI, Curtis and Elaine and Tara and Mark RIGLEY. Kate also leaves 18 nieces and nephews. Kate was a tremendously positive force in every facet of life. She was passionate in life as a wife, as a mother and as a friend. She was incredibly beautiful, bright, strong-willed, witty, soft and warm. We are better people today, more complete, because Kate was integral and an influential part of our lives. We will miss her terribly - we already do. During times of darkness, great light and support were provided by a tremendous network of Friends, neighbours, colleagues, everyone at Anthem and most importantly Kate's healthcare team. Special thanks to Doctors Stephanie LAFRAMBOISE, Ian QUIRT, Helen PYLE, Lynn BENJAMIN and to her palliative care nurse specialist Sharilee COX- ARSNEAULT. A private family service will be held in Kate's honour with a celebration of life to follow in the new year for many people whose lives she touched. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request donations to Wellspring of Halton Peel or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-06 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Katherine " Kate" Jean, B.A. (Queen's,) B.Com. (Guelph)
On Wednesday, November 30, 2005, a life too short, but one filled with a fierce enthusiasm for living, came to an end. Kate died at home in the arms of her beloved husband Michael AZULAY, surrounded by her loving family. Her passing will leave an unspeakable void in the hearts and lives of her cherished children, Isaac, Naomi and Isabelle, her parents Sandra and Don TAILOR/TAYLOR of Kingston, her sister and best friend Susan TAILOR/TAYLOR and husband Rob MURPHY of Toronto, her loved brother Geoff TAILOR/TAYLOR and his wife Meriel of Colebrook, Ontario. She will also be greatly missed by her mother-in-law Jean AZULAY of Dunrobin, Ontario and all of Michael's brothers and sisters and their spouses - Kim, Karen, Gina MULVIE and John WATSON, Tracy and Luigi PORCARI, Curtis and Elaine and Tara and Mark RIGLEY. Kate also leaves 18 nieces and nephews. Kate was a tremendously positive force in every facet of life. She was passionate in love as a wife, as a mother and as a friend. She was incredibly beautiful, bright, strong-willed, witty, soft and warm. We are better people today, more complete, because Kate was an integral and an influential part of our lives. We will miss her terribly - we already do. During times of darkness, great light and support were provided by a tremendous network of Friends, neighbours, colleagues, everyone at Anthem and most importantly Kate's healthcare team. Special thanks to Doctors Stephanie LAFRAMBOISE, Ian QUIRT, Helen PYLE, Lynn BENJAMIN and to her palliative care nurse specialist Sharilee COX- ARSNEAULT. A private family service will be held in Kate's honour with a celebration of life to follow in the new year for many people whose lives she touched. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request donations to Wellspring of Halton Peel or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-17 published
MORIN, Yves E. (1938-2005)
Yves E. MORIN California, Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional of Nun's Island, Montreal, son of the late Dr. J. Edouard MORIN and the late Rachel DAGNEAU, has died of cancer at the age of 67 surrounded by his immediate family on December 14, 2005 at the Montreal General Hospital. He has left peacefully his wife Suzanne DUFRESNE, his children François MORIN (Véronique GARNEAU) and Karine MORIN (Marie-Josée PROULX,) his grandchildren Vincent, Jean-François and Laurence, his sister and brothers Esther LAFRAMBOISE (Fernand RENAULT), Dr. Jean E. MORIN (Michèle LANGLOIS), Louis (Frick) MORIN, Eng. (Claude CARON) and his sister-in-law Francine DUFRESNE, his nephews and nieces, cousins and Friends and joins his sister the late Lucie MORIN and his brother-in-law Jacques DUFRESNE, Eng. The funeral will be held on Monday December 19 at 1: 30 pm at St-Léon-de-Westmount, 4311 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Westmount. Visitation will take place at the Mount-Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Ch. de la Forêt, Outremont, (514) 279-6540, www.mountroyalcem.com, Sunday December 18 between 3: 00 and 9:00 pm as well as one hour before the funeral at the church. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, 1650 Cedar Ave., Montreal, Québec, H3G 1A4, (514) 934-8230, www.cusm.ca/about/foundations/ or at Fondation de l'Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, 5345 Assomption Blvd., Suite 270, Montreal, Qc, H1T 4B3, (514) 252-3435, www.maisonneuverosemont.org or at the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund, P.O. Box 491, Station 'P', Toronto, Ont, M5S 2T1, www.firesoffriendship.com/bursary.htm.

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LAFRAMBOISE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-20 published
BINGHAM, Diane (née DESJARDINS)
Passed away peacefully, at her home in West Vancouver, Tuesday, January 18, 2005, with her family by her side, after a short, but determined and courageous battle with cancer. Diane was born January 13, 1957 in Sudbury, Ontario. She will be sadly missed by all of her Friends and family in Aurora, Sudbury and British Columbia. Diane had a great passion for golf and was extensively involved as a volunteer in community sports organizations throughout her children's lives. Diane was a dedicated person to all of her family and Friends, and was always there to help others with a beautiful smile on her face. Diane's passion for life was an inspiration as she overcame numerous setbacks in her battle and she would never lose her hope and faith. Beloved wife of Wayne, and loving mother of Lisa and Mark. Dear daughter of Edward and Jeanne (BIGRAS) DESJARDINS, predeceased. Dear sister of Joyce JOHNSON (husband Sterling,) Jeanet CRESSWELL (husband Brian,) Gordon (wife Rosanna), Mark (wife Kim), Richard (wife Carol-Ann), Dennis (wife Glenda), Louis (wife Marion) and the late Maurice, predeceased. Dear daughter-in-law of Donna BINGHAM and the late Jim BINGHAM, predeceased, sister-in-law of Reid BINGHAM (wife Monica). Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Sandra Wiebe, Dr. Paul Klimo, Lion's Gate Chemotherapy Staff, Lion's Gate Palliative Care Unit Staff, North Shore Health Services and Dr. S. LAFRAMBOISE of Princess Margaret Hospital. Resting at Lougheed's Funeral Home, 252 Regent Street South (at Hazel St.), Sudbury, Ontario. Funeral Mass in St. Paul The Apostle Church, Coniston, Monday, January 24, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation at the Park Lawn Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada. (Friends may call 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday).

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LAFRANCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-07 published
MARTIN, Ora (KILGOUR)
On Wednesday January 5, 2005, Ora (KILGOUR) MARTIN of Goderich in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Obed MARTIN. Dear mother of the late Glan MARTIN (Christine,) Linda KELLEDJIAN (Kelly) of London, Dale MARTIN (Nancy LINKLATER) of Kincardine, Dennis MARTIN (Kathy MASON) of Hensall. Loving grandmother of 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grand_sons. Sister of Hazel WILSON and Gladys LAFRANCE of Kincardine. Predeceased by one grand_son, sister Ivy SHOPE and brother Roy KILGOUR. The family will receive Friends at the McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East St. Goderich on Saturday 2-4 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon at 2: 00 o'clock. Cremation. Donations to the Heart and Stroke foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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LAFRANCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-05 published
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LAFRANCE 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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LAFRANCE 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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LAFRANCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-02 published
ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Geraldine " Gerry" Louise
A resident of Chatham, Geraldine (Gerry) Louise ELLIOT/ELLIOTT died at Copper Terrace Nursing Home, Chatham on Sunday, July 31, 2005 in her 88th year. Born in Exeter, daughter of the late George and Helen (CREWS) ARMSTRONG. Beloved wife of Howard (Sandy) James ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Loving mother of son John and his wife Gloria ELLIOT of London; grandmother of Shannon EDWARDS of London and greatgrandmother of Grace Janay EDWARDS; daughter Jane and her husband John CABUCHE of Port Stanley; their children Michelle YEO and her husband Bill of Zion, Illinois, Suzanne CULLEY of London, and grandchildren Billy YEO and Alexandra CULLEY. Sister of Frances (Fran) LAFRANCE of Moncton, New Brunswick, William (Bill) and Marion ARMSTRONG of Exeter and the late Ned ARMSTRONG and Wallace ARMSTRONG. Sister-in-law of Vera ARMSTRONG of Exeter.
Gerry taught school early in her working life after graduating from Teacher's College in Toronto. She also worked for the Department of National Defense in Kingston during World War 2 before moving to Chatham and raising her family. Gerry had been an active member of the Maycourt Club of Chatham for many years and had been a co-convenor of the Bargain Box. She was also a member of Park Street United Church for over 50 years. Family will receive Friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Sunday, August 7, 2005 from 2: 00-3:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 3: 00 p.m. from the Funeral Home with Reverend Ross WILLIAMS officiating. Private family interment of cremated remains in Maple Leaf Cemetery. Donations, made by cheque, to Alzheimer Society or Charity of Choice appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com. A special thank-you to Dr. Aidan BRADY and Staff of Copper Terrace for three years of tender loving care. McKinlay Funeral Home 459 St. Clair Street Chatham, Ontario (519) 351-2040

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LAFRANCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-18 published
KNIGHTS, William Thomas " Bill"
(Crossing Guard at Simcoe Street and Highway 7A in Port Perry) Peacefully, on Thursday, February 17, 2005, at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 67. Bill KNIGHTS of Port Perry and formerly of Richmond Hill, loved husband of Gail (nee SMITH.) Loved father of Jeff KNIGHTS and his wife Alison of Cookstown, Bill KNIGHTS of Aurora, Greg KNIGHTS and his wife Marianna of Collingwood, Shawna WATSON of Grande Prairie, Alberta, and step-father of Kathy LAFRANCE and Bruce BARNETT of Beaverton. He will also be missed by his nine grandchildren, his brother Doug KNIGHTS and his sisters Marilyn COWAN and Carole GORILL. The family of Bill KNIGHTS will receive Friends at the Wagg Funeral Home, "McDermott-Panabaker Chapel," 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171), on Saturday, February 19th from 10-11 a.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Chapel at 11 a.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society. On-line condolences may be left at www.waggfuneralhome.com

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LAFRANCOIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-16 published
COMO, Valentine Armande (née LEFRANCOIS)
At Thamesview Lodge, Chatham, on Saturday, May 14, 2005, Valentine Armande COMO, age 93, of Chatham, wife of Orville F. COMO who died April 29, 2005. They had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in September 2004. Born in Stoney Point, on February 16, 1912, daughter of the late Melina (DUPUIS) and Joseph LEFRANCOIS, she was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church. She will be sadly missed by: a son Raymond and his wife Doreen of Winchester, 3 daughters, Jeannette GERVAIS and her husband Robert of Thamesville, Edna CUDNEY and her husband Jim of Thamesville and Eileen COMO of London; 16 grand, 24 great-grand and 4 great-great grandchildren and a brother Alphonse LEFRANCOIS of Stoney Point. She will also be fondly remembered by Robert GARD of London and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a daughter Doreen (May 12, 1951). 5 brothers, Adelard, Ulric, Aymard, Ernest and Bernard LAFRANCOIS and 5 sisters Lillie DENNIS, Blanche MASSE, Alida KELLER, Ella GOULET and Isabelle PATTERSON. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William Street, South, Chatham from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2005. Funeral Service will be conducted in The Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Joseph NEVETT of Blessed Sacrament Church, officiating. Burial will take place in the family plot in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Chatham. Donations to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com

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LAFRAUGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-19 published
LAFRAUGH, Bryan Keith
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17th, 2005, in his 61st year, at Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Orillia. Bryan Keith LAFRAUGH, beloved husband of Heather THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Fondly missed by stepchildren Leah and her husband Neil CHEW of Mississauga, Derek DEMPSEY of Orillia, and grand_son Ethan CHEW. Predeceased by parents Keith and Evelyn. Dear brother of Linda, Bill and his wife Debbie, Stan and his wife Lyn, all of Orillia. Uncle of Bryan and Kim, Marni and Michelle, Stephen, Allison (predeceased), Lindsay and Daniel and his great-nieces and nephews. Lovingly remembered by Lauren LAFRAUGH of Orillia. Visitation will be held at the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street East, Orillia on Friday, August 19th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, August 20th at 1 p.m. Interment St. George's Anglican Cemetery, Fairvalley. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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LAFRENIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-28 published
PETERSEN, Niels Forrester (1912-2005)
On November 25th, at his home in Toronto, Niels taught us how to die with as much panache as he had taught us how to live. He passed away peacefully at 10.30 p.m., surrounded by family and Friends, amid, laughter and tears, stories and songs. Niels was predeceased by his beloved wife Betty, his parents Niels and Amelia, and his sisters Irene and Thora. He will be deeply missed by his son Charles, daughter-in-law Riki TUROFSKY, daughter Jane and much loved grandchildren Corbett, Niels and James (Lara) PETERSEN, and Miranda, Jennifer and Katie BURFIELD. He will be greatly missed by his niece Victoria (Ken SPARKS,) and by many Friends including Else KILDEGAARD, and Niels Kildegaard PEDERSEN of Denmark, Doris LAFRENIER, Gordon FOOTE, David and Cathy WILKES, Saturday morning coffee klatch Friends Marie and Jim McGORMAN, Tessa BUCHAN, Julie and Mike PARKER and their wonderful daughter Katelyn, by Garry HANRAHAN, Oksana CHUYKO and also by long-time business associates and Friends Ted TREMAIN and Jim McMYN, and by Brenda WHITE/WHYTE who cared for him and made him laugh to his last hours. Niels was born July 3, 1912 in Ansdell, Lancashire. He was educated in Lytham Saint Annes and in Copenhagen, Denmark, before emigrating to Canada in 1929. Niels began a more than 70-year association with the Young Men's Christian Association of Canada when he joined West End Young Men's Christian Association, becoming Chairman of the National Board of Canada, and Chair of the International Finance Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. He was awarded the Fellowship of Honour by the Young Men's Christian Association in 1982. Niels met his beloved wife, Betty BAUCKHAM, at Young Men's Christian Association Geneva Park in 1938, and managed to engage her interest by disabling her boyfriend with a rigourous course of gymnastics. They were married in Toronto in 1942, shortly before Niels joined the Queens Own Rifles. Flat feet kept Niels from serving overseas. During his service career he trained new recruits in physical fitness, including one grateful Officer who told him 50 years later that his training kept him alive on the beaches of Normandy. While in the army, Niels completed a three-year business correspondence course from Queens University in one year, leading to a 60-year career in business. Niels was President and Chairman of the Board of Sterling Trust, and Chairman of Wellington Trust. He guided Investors Finance Corporation Limited and Commercial Financial for many decades. Niels' passion for boating, begun at 50 when his son, Charles, taught him how to sail, led to hours of peace and challenge in his much loved Nonsuch sailboats both in Florida and Ontario. He enjoyed photography, travel, classical music, and walking. A more recent hobby was following sailing races and reading newspapers from around the world on his computer. He particularly enjoyed listening to Rev. Dr. Andrew STIRLING, broadcast on the internet from Timothy Eaton Church, on the Sundays he was not able to get to service. Saturday morning coffee with Friends at the St. Lawrence Market demonstrated his lifelong gift, an ability to talk with anyone, about anything, at anytime, with laughter and zest. The family wishes to thank Dr. Vincent CHIEN and the A Team at St. Michael's Hospital, for their remarkable care during his final month, and Dr. David GREENBERG for his special kindness. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, at Windermere, East of the Jane Subway, on Tuesday, November 29, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 p.m. A service in celebration of his life will take place at Timothy Eaton Church on Wednesday, November 30 at 3.00 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to a favorite charity. It is not often that a man can live for most of a century, can experience life before telephones, cars or airplanes were common, and can enjoy the fun of WiFi on an IMac, lucid to the end. He will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed.

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LAFRENIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-28 published
PETERSEN, Niels Forrester (1912-2005)
On November 25th, at his home in Toronto, Niels taught us how to die with as much panache as he had taught us how to live. He passed away peacefully at 10: 30 p.m., surrounded by family and Friends, amid, laughter and tears, stories and songs. Niels was predeceased by his beloved wife Betty, his parents Niels and Amelia, and his sisters Irene and Thora. He will be deeply missed by his son Charles, daughter-in-law Riki TUROFSKY, daughter Jane and much loved grandchildren Corbett, Niels and James (Lara) PETERSEN, and Miranda, Jennifer and Katie BURFIELD. He will be greatly missed by his niece Victoria (Ken SPARKS,) and by many Friends including Else KILDEGAARD, and Niels Kildegaard PEDERSEN of Denmark, Doris LAFRENIER, Gordon FOOTE, David and Cathy WILKES, Saturday morning coffee klatch Friends Marie and Jim McGORMAN, Tessa BUCHAN, Julie and Mike PARKER and their wonderful daughter Katelyn, by Garry HANRAHAN, Oksana CHUYKO and also by long-time business associates and Friends Ted TREMAIN and Jim McMYN, and by Brenda WHITE/WHYTE who cared for him and made him laugh to his last hours. Niels was born July 3, 1912 in Ansdell, Lancashire. He was educated in Lytham Saint Annes and in Copenhagen, Denmark, before emigrating to Canada in 1929. Niels began a more than 70-year association with the Young Men's Christian Association of Canada when he joined West End Young Men's Christian Association, becoming Chairman of the National Board of Canada, and Chair of the International Finance Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. He was awarded the Fellowship of Honour by the Young Men's Christian Association in 1982. Niels met his beloved wife, Betty BAUCKHAM, at Young Men's Christian Association Geneva Park in 1938, and managed to engage her interest by disabling her boyfriend with a rigourous course of gymnastics. They were married in Toronto in 1942, shortly before Niels joined the Queen's Own Rifles. Flat feet kept Niels from serving overseas. During his service career he trained new recruits in physical fitness, including one grateful Officer who told him 50 years later that his training kept him alive on the beaches of Normandy. While in the army, Niels completed a three-year business correspondence course from Queen's University in one year, leading to a 60-year career in business. Niels was President and Chairman of the Board of Sterling Trust, and Chairman of Wellington Trust. He guided Investors Finance Corporation Limited and Commercial Financial for many decades. Niels' passion for boating, begun at 50 when his son, Charles, taught him how to sail, led to hours of peace and challenge in his much loved Nonsuch sailboats both in Florida and Ontario. He enjoyed photography, travel, classical music, and walking. A more recent hobby was following sailing races and reading newspapers from around the world on his computer. He particularly enjoyed listening to Rev. Dr. Andrew STIRLING, broadcast on the internet from Timothy Eaton Church, on the Sundays he was not able to get to service. Saturday morning coffee with Friends at the St. Lawrence Market demonstrated his lifelong gift, an ability to talk with anyone, about anything, at anytime, with laughter and zest. The family wishes to thank Dr. Vincent CHIEN and the A Team at St. Michael's Hospital, for their remarkable care during his final month, and Dr. David GREENBERG for his special kindness. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday, November 29, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A service in celebration of his life will take place at Timothy Eaton Church on Wednesday, November 30 at 3: 00 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to a favourite charity. It is not often that a man can live for most of a century, can experience life before telephones, cars or airplanes were common, and can enjoy the fun of WiFi on an IMac, lucid to the end. He will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed.

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LAFRENIERE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-13 published
LAFRENIERE, Don
Suddenly at Toronto General Hospital, on Wednesday, October 12th, 2005, Don LAFRENIERE of London in his 54th year. Beloved husband of Gail (MURCHISON) LAFRENIERE. Loving father of Jessica, Michael and his fiance Bojana, and Matthew. Dear brother of Philip, Rosanne HALL, Diane LESAK and Lisa, and brother-in-law of Liz CHURCHILL and Alex MURCHISON. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 15th, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Don are asked to consider The Lung Association. 'Your road may seem lonely ahead, And distant horizons look gray, You won't be walking alone. I'm only a whisper away'

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