MERRIMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-20 published
HAYES, Patrick Francis, M.O.M.
Superintendent Ottawa Police Service
Pipe Major Ottawa Police Pipe Band
In Ottawa, Sunday, September 18, 2005, Patrick Francis HAYES, age 55. Beloved son of the late Mary HOGAN and Vincent HAYES and stepson of Ruby (WATTIE.) Beloved husband of Brenda (née MERRIMAN.) Devoted father of Andrew (Katherine VAN HEUGTEN) and Shannon HAYES (Marko LARABIE.) Pat will be dearly missed by his trusted friend, Piper. Loving brother of Michael (Paulette), Robert (Shirley), Shirley (Mike FLYNN), Sharon (Paul KELLY), Janet (Jim McAULEY) and Brian WATTIE (Sheila.) Loving brother-in-law of Jill and Dennis WEITZEL, Kim and John PULLEN, Tim and Anne MERRIMAN and Tammy and Jon HOPKINS. Lovingly remembered by his 22 special nieces and nephews. Pat will also be fondly remembered by the dedicated men and women he worked with in the Ottawa Police Service. The family wants to sincerely thank the very professional and caring doctors and nurses of the Intensive Care Unit of the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus and Dr. FORGIE for her dedicated care. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 3000 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday after 9 a.m. Funeral Thursday to Notre Dame Cathedral, Sussex Drive, Ottawa for Mass of Christian Funeral at 10: 30. In Memoriam donations to the Ottawa Civic Police Pipe Band who will be preparing a Pat HAYES Memorial.
Kelly Funeral Homes (613) 235-6712

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MERRIMEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-12 published
TITLEY, Georgina Linton
At the age of 92, went to be with the Lord on the Lord's day April 10th, 2005. Beloved wife of Clarence. Cherished mother of Brenda THISTLE. Dearly missed by in-laws Milly COYLE, Lillian COYLE, Pansy STOKER, Emily SMALLWOOD, Jean SCOTT, Ada MERRIMEN, Betty TITLEY, Edward TITLEY and their families. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Roncesvalles Chapel, 436 Roncesvalles Ave. (at Howard Park) on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 from 11: 00 a.m.-1: 00 p.m. Followed by the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1: 00 p.m. If desired, remembrances made in Georgina's memory to a charity or mission of your choice would be appreciated by the family. The family wishes to send their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Elmgrove Living Centre and the St. Joseph's Hospital for their loving care during Georgina's time with them.

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MERRIOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-25 published
BRIDGER, Freda " Tops" Elsie (née MERRIOTT)
In her 97th year, at Seven Oaks Nursing Home, on Tuesday, November 22, 2005. She was born in Arundel, England and she emigrated to Canada in 1927 as a 17-year-old bride. Predeceased by her dear husband Lawrence (1969), her beloved son Richard (2000), and all her brothers and sisters. Mourned by her Bridger great-nieces and nephews and the "little ones": Denis (Sylvia and their daughters Thea and Maya), Robert (Penny), Mary-Lynne (Peter and their daughter Danielle-Mara), James (Sue and their sons Cody and Scott), Peggy (Patrick and their children Christopher, Shannon and Lexi), Jackie (Tony and their daughters Madison and Bronte). Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 12 noon Saturday, November 26, 2005 until the time of the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1 o'clock. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations to Seven Oaks Nursing Home or the Toronto Humane Society would be appreciated. Race with the Angels

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MERRIT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-05 published
GUNNING, Hedwig Elizabeth (née EWERD)
Peacefully at the Courtyard - Trillium Health Centre - Queensway on June 2, 2005 in her 93rd year. Born Hedwig Elizabeth EWERD on Novemeber 12, 1912 in Danzig, Germany, the youngest of 4 sisters and 1 brother. Loving wife of John Patrick GUNNING. Dear mother of Pauline RENAUD and husband Armand, and the late Linda QUERBACH and Siegfried REIN. Lovingly remembered by her Grandchildren: Michael BROOKS, Wolfgang QUERBACH, Andrew QUERBACH, Heidi Laurin and husband Roger, Lorraine STANTON, Kim ANANJEVS, Debbie ANANJEVS, and Norbert REIN (of Germany) and her Great-grandchildren: Candice BROOKS, Zachary BROOKS, Jason COLEMAN, Anne Katerina REIN, Drew MERRIT, Blake HACHE, Skylar STANTON, Braedan STANTON, Miranda ROUSSEAU and Natasha PATRIE. Dear sister-in-law to James GUNNING and Isabella CLEVER in England and loved mother-in-law of Theresia REIN of Germany. A Funeral Mass for Mrs. GUNNING will be held at St. Leo's Catholic Church 277 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke on Monday at 10 a.m. with Cremation to follow. Arrangements entrusted to the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes, 63 Mimico Ave., Etobicoke. Online condolences may be made at www.hoglefuneralhomes.com

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-12 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Cora Dolena (formerly McCUTCHEON, née KITTMER)
Suddenly and peacefully, at her residence, Thursday, February 10, 2005, Cora Dolena (KITTMER) (McCUTCHEON) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, 77, of Pineview Mobile Home Park, R.R.#2, Grand Bend, formerly of Lakeside. Beloved wife of the late Donald Allin William "Sparky" STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (2002) and Francis St. Clair McCUTCHEON (1947.) Loved mother of Jo-Anne SIEFFERT of Southhampton, Lee McCUTCHEON and wife Jan of North York, Robert STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and wife Mary of Toronto, Faye MERRITT and husband Bill of Brantford and the late Sylvia LEWIS (2001) of Burlington. Loving grandma of Michelle SIEFFERT, Mark McCUTCHEON and wife Heather, Holly CLUNE and husband Steven, Matthew McCUTCHEON, Judy GEORGE and husband Al, Sandra HILL and husband Daryl, Laura WRIGHT and husband Gary, Natalie MERRITT, Jim LONGLADE and wife Anita and great-grandchildren Arden McCUTCHEON, Dylan and Jake GEORGE, Johnathan and Jordan HILL, Noah and Rebekah WRIGHT, Allina and Mia LONGLADE. Dear sister of Effie SKIPPER of Saint Marys, Elva ALDERSON of Ingersoll and sister-in-law of Ron ALLEN of R.R.#2, Grand Bend. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brother Roy KITTMER, sisters Dorothy KITTMER and Jacqueleen ALLEN. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday afternoon and evening; where the funeral and committal service will be held on Monday, Febraury 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. Nephew Major Denis SKIPPER of the Salvation Army officiating. Cremation with spring interment Lakeside Cemetery, Lakeside. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-24 published
McMILLIN, Robert William
Robert William born in Saint Thomas, the son of the late George and Madeline (Connell) McMILLIN and husband of the late Eunice Stella (FOX) McMILLIN. Veteran of World War 2, serving overseas with the Elgin Regiment. He was a retired railway inspector and a life long member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Car Men. Robert passed away at Parkwood Hospital on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. Loving father of Susanne Edith MERRITT and her husband Gus and their children Victoria and Scott FELLOWS, Nelson MERRITT and Leigh-Anne MERRITT. Sadly missed by extended family Betty, Michelle, Roberta, Norm, Rob, Cindy, Carly and Ian. Predeceased by 2 brothers Donald and Wesley McMILLIN. Cremation has taken place. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas in charge of arrangements.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-18 published
McMILLIN, Robert William
Robert William born in Saint Thomas, the son of the late George and Madeline (CONNELL) McMILLIN and husband of the late Eunice Stella (FOX) McMILLIN. Veteran of World War 2, serving overseas with the Elgin Regiment. He was a retired railway inspector and a life long member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Car Men. Robert passed away at Parkwood Hospital, London on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. Loving father of Susanne Edith MERRITT and her husband Gus and their children Victoria and Scott FELLOWS, Nelson MERRITT and Leigh-Anne MERRITT. Sadly missed by extended family Betty, Michelle, Roberta, Norm, Rob, Cindy, Carly and Ian. Cremation has taken place. A Public Memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Saturday, March 19th, at 11: 00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-09 published
MERRITT
Mom, so many images come to mind when I speak your name. It seems without you in my life, things have never been the same. Mom some days I hear your voice and turn to see your face: yet in my turning it seems the sound has been erased.
Today Mom as you are listening in your home above please just know we send you all our love.
See you in my dreams. Daughter Pam, Martyn and family.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-16 published
STRONG, Audrey Isabel (née MERRITT)
Audrey Isabel of Extendicare, Port Stanley, formerly of Saint Thomas, on Thursday, April 14, 2005, at her late residence, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Arnold Franklin STRONG (February 3, 1996) and dearly loved mother of Sharon and her husband Herbert JOHNSTON of Saint Thomas and Janice and her husband William BEDARD of Huntsville. Predeceased by 6 brothers Wilbur, George, Lee, Eddie, Nelson and Albert Merritt and by 3 sisters Violet, Dorothy and Nellie. Sadly missed by 7 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren and 7 great-greatgrandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Audrey was born in Saint Thomas on February 24, 1921, the daughter of the late William and Sarah (BILTON) MERRITT. She worked at Memorial Hospital, Wonder Bread and Saint Thomas Metallic Signs. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-13 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Donna G. (née WATSON)
Donna G. of Saint Thomas, on Thursday, May 12, 2005, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in her 74th year. Dearly loved wife of Stanley B. TAILOR/TAYLOR and loved mother of Gehrig MERRITT of Vancouver, Leslie McCLURE of Saint Thomas, S. Wayne TAILOR/TAYLOR of Hamilton and Scott R. TAILOR/TAYLOR of Saint Thomas. Loved grandmother of Heather, Sarah, Andrew and James. Donna was born in Saint Thomas on March 28, 1932. She was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude WATSON. Donna worked for the Ontario Medical Association as secretary to the President. She was an avid Photographer and Photo Journalist. She also was a soloist at Knox Presbyterian Church and Trinity Anglican Church in past years. A Public Memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Monday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Remembrances may be made to the Adopt A Book program at the St. Thomas Public Library. Visitation Monday from 12: 00-1:00 p.m.

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MERRITT 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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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-10 published
Respected doctor most proud of his musical achievements
By Sarah FRALEY, Free Press Reporter
He was a Middlesex County coroner for almost four decades, a dedicated doctor and father to three children who all went into health care.
But John (Ozzie) MERRITT also will be remembered as a talented musician and a man who loved a good game of golf.
"(It) was a passion of his. He had three holes-in-one," said Rick MERRITT, his oldest son.
"His biggest passion and what I would say was his biggest success, was he was an accomplished musician."
MERRITT, who battled Alzheimer's disease in his final years, died June 10 at 89.
A talented piano player, MERRITT played with the Morgan Thomas Dance Band on radio shows broadcast coast-to-coast in the 1930s.
He also played at Port Stanley's Stork Club, which attracted such big-name musicians as Louis Armstrong and Guy Lombardo.
"What he achieved at piano most people never achieve," son Rick MERRITT said. "He had his teaching certificate by the time he was 16."
Born in Grimsby, MERRITT graduated from medical school at the University of Western Ontario in 1943. He began practising in Delaware after serving in the army until 1946.
After seven years, he moved to Lambeth and served as a coroner for London and Middlesex County for 39 years.
He retired from that job at 70 but practised medicine for seven more years, completely retiring in 1994.
Rick MERRITT, founder of the Dove Dental Centres, said he doesn't see the kind of dedication that his father had in the medical field today. A good work ethic was something his father inherited from his mother Ethel, he said.
"She always said 'If a job is worth doing, it is a job worth doing well, to the best of one's ability or it's a job not worth doing at all,' " he recalls.
MERRITT made that his life's philosophy.
Friends and colleagues remember him as an excellent physician.
"He was a solid practitioner and his patients loved him," said Howard CAMERON, an orthopedic surgeon in London. "He was always a perfect gentleman."
"He was a good friend and a good family man," added Don MacKENZIE, a London surgeon who attended medical school with MERRITT.
As a father, "he was always preparing you for being an adult," said his son. "He was a good all-around fellow but very strict. There wasn't a lot of compromise in his life."
As a child, Rick MERRITT said he learned valuable lessons -- such as the consequences of dangerous driving -- when he went with his father on house calls or to vehicle crashes.
MERRITT was proud all three of his children pursued medical professions. Rick and Robert MERRITT both went into dentistry, and daughter Linda BRAY is a registered nurse.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-04 published
RICE, Donald Ellis
Of Saint Thomas on Saturday, September 3, 2005 at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 76th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (MERRITT) RICE and dear father of David and his wife Cindy RICE of Calgary, Mark and his wife Tracy REEVES of Port Stanley and Donalda and her husband Pete LAYTE of Kitchener. Special dad to Judy and her husband Ken CORNFOOT of Saint Thomas and Deby LIGHTELL and her partner Gary COOPER of Mitchell's Bay. Dear brother of Muriel RUSSELL of Chatham. Predeceased by 2 brothers Marvin and Douglas RICE. Loved grandfather of Eric, Brandon and Alexis RICE, Jon and his wife Jessica MARKS and their children Kimberley and Brodie, Stacey and her husband Jim BRIGHT and great-grandfather of Erika MARKS. Dear brother-in-law of Helen MERRITT and Frances RICE both of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by 2 brothers-in-law Edward MERRITT and Harold RUSSELL. Sadly missed by a number of nieces, nephews. cousins and his dog "Tiny". Don worked for the City of Saint Thomas over 25 years and retired after 25 years as a foreman and prior worked for Silverwood Dairy. He was a volunteer a number of years for the Canadian Red Cross and assisted with Christmas Care and the Fantasy of Lights. He was a member of Centre Street Baptist Church and was an avid camper and fisherman. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross or charity of choice.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-19 published
MERRITT, Helen Marie
Of Saint Thomas on Saturday, September 17, 2005, peacefully, after a short illness with cancer, at her late residence, in her 74th year. Helen was born in Saint Thomas on February 27, 1933 to the late Edward (1961) and Hazel (TRIGGER) MERRITT (1969.) She had lived all her life in Saint Thomas and was a resident at the Elgin Association for Community Living for many years. Loving sister of Dorothy RICE of Saint Thomas and her late husband Donald RICE (September 3, 2005.) Special aunt to Judy (Ken) CORNFOOT and Deby LIGHTELL (Gary COOPER) and great-aunt to Jon (Jessica) MARKS and Stacy (Jim) BRIGHT and great-great aunt to Erika MARKS. Predeceased by her brother Thomas Edward MERRITT (1994.) Helen will be sadly missed by her room mates Nancy, Mary and Karen and all her support staff, her many Friends at A.D.C., Valleyview and twin Streams Equestrian Centre, Saint Thomas Bowling Alley and the Friendship Group at First Christian Reformed Church and by a number of cousins. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. Interment to follow at Union Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Elgin Association for Community Living or the charity of choice.

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MERRITT 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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MERRITT 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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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-14 published
MacHUM, Lawrence Merritt, Q.C. (August 02, 1929-March 10, 2005)
After a short but fierce struggle with pulmonary fibrosis, Larry died peacefully at the Saint John Regional Hospital on March 10th, 2005. He was a son of the late Donald Wilfred MacHUM and Mary Gibson (MERRITT) MacHUM. He is survived by his wife, Judith BRANNEN, by four children -- Greg MacHUM (Ann) of Fredericton, Lauren COSMAN (Mike) of Saint John, Geoff MacHUM of Halifax and Grant MacHUM (Jane) of Halifax, as well as by three step children Lisa ALWARD (John BALL) of Fredericton, Peter ALWARD of Lethbridge and Gavin ALWARD (Mary) of Halifax. In addition, he is survived by 13 grandchildren (Melissa, Michael, Emily, David and Heather MacHUM, Jonathan and Justin COSMAN, Andrew and Matthew MacHUM, Henry, Alexander, Amelia and Mary MacHUM) and by five step grandchildren (Hilary, Jack and Peter BALL and Olivia and Emily ALWARD.) His sister, Kathryn GILLESPIE of Calgary, and brother, Donald (Sandy) MacHUM of Edmonton, along with five nieces and one nephew also survive. At Larry's request there will be no visitation or funeral service. A family celebration of his life will take place at a later date. His remains have been cremated and his ashes will be scattered, as he wished them to be, over the Bay of Fundy. He loved his wife, his children, his beautiful garden and walking through the Yorkshire Dales. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, New Brunswick (506) 634-7424. Remembrances may be made to Romero House or a charity of the donor's choice. www.brenansfh.com

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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-07 published
Bud CULLEN, Politician And Judge: 1927-2005
Liberal loyalist served in Pierre Trudeau's first cabinet only to be dumped when the party returned to power in 1980. A self-described 'front-bench backbencher,' he was later named to the Federal Court
Canadian Press; Globe and Mail archives; staff, Thursday, July 7, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- Affable, likeable and reliable, he was a Trudeau man to the last. Even when dumped from cabinet, former immigration minister Bud CULLEN, was a loyalist.
"Bud was a good and decent man who always fought the good fight with decency and civility," his friend Mike BRADLEY and former campaign manager said Tuesday. Now the mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, Mr. BRADLEY once served as executive assistant to Mr. CULLEN, who represented the Sarnia-Lambton riding in southwestern Ontario from 1968 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1984.
Mr. CULLEN was first appointed to the Trudeau cabinet in 1974 initially, as Minister of National Revenue and, then, as Minister of Employment and Immigration from 1976 to 1979.
As minister, he helped introduce the Immigration Act of 1976 which, for the first time, included a provision for private sponsorship of refugees. He also presided over amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act in 1977 to increase work incentives and fairness among different economic regions.
Then disaster struck both the Liberal Party in general and Mr. CULLEN personally. In the May, 1979 general election, he was among about 10 Liberal cabinet ministers from Southern Ontario to lose their seats to the Tories led by Joe CLARK. Mr. CULLEN's Sarnia riding was something of a bellwether. Earlier on election night, as results dribbled in, the defeat of Mr. CULLEN had been seen as an indicator that the Liberal's were in trouble. Until that time, Sarnia was a stronghold that had, for years, withstood Tory onslaughts.
In the postmortems that followed, it was evident that the defeat of Mr. CULLEN and his cabinet colleagues could only mean one thing: As a referendum on Trudeau's leadership, Ontario had voted a resounding No.
Bud CULLEN was born in a northern Ontario village where he went to elementary school. He attended high school in Sudbury, Ontario, and went from there to the University of Toronto and to Osgoode Hall Law School.
As a young lawyer, he set up practice in Sarnia, Ontario, where he also developed an active interest in politics. It was also where he retreated after his 1979 electoral defeat. He went back to his law practice and waited and watched. It was, after all, however, a minority government that had replaced the Liberals and only time would tell how long it would survive.
While he waited, Mr. CULLEN did a most curious thing for someone in the public eye: He changed his name. Familiar to Canadians as Bud, he applied under the Change of Name Act to have his name officially switched from Jack Sydney George to Bud, a nickname his mother had given him when he was a young boy. The change, he said, came about because of his renewed role as a lawyer.
"While I was in politics I had no trouble using the name Bud but now that I am back practising law the name Bud could not legally be used," he said in October of 1979. "I cleared the name change with my mother first."
For all that, he was not to be Bud CULLEN the lawyer for long. The Progressive Conservative government of Joe CLARK was soon defeated in the Commons and a new general election was called. In February of 1980, Mr. Trudeau became Prime Minister with a parliamentary majority that included Mr. CULLEN. That, however, was as close as Mr. CULLEN would get to the inner circles of power. The man who had once served as parliamentary secretary to John TURNER when he was finance minister under Lester PEARSON, Mr. CULLEN was not invited back into cabinet.
At 52, he was one of three former Trudeau ministers (the others were Judd Buchanan and Bryce Mackasey) who came back from personal defeat to gain seats in the 1980 election, and he could not, at the time, restrain his feelings. His first reaction at not being reappointed, he said, was of "disappointment that I didn't make [Cabinet] myself. Having been there once it would have been nice to get back."
The 24-hour period before the swearing-in of the new Cabinet, he explained, had been a particularly tense period. It was a time during which each time the telephone rang he wondered if it was the Prime Minister calling about a Cabinet posting. What made it worse was that many Friends from Ottawa had telephoned his Sarnia home to inquire.
All the same, Mr. CULLEN appeared not to feel shortchanged and bitter. "When you play in politics, you play by the rules of the game," he said with characteristic philosophy. "Sometimes you get squeezed by geography, and sometimes it's personality. If you can't accept it, you don't last very long."
As it turned out, neither he nor Mr. Trudeau had much time left in politics. By August of 1983, the Ottawa rumour mills signalled Mr. Trudeau would quit by Christmas.
A Canadian Press survey had quoted six Liberal members of Parliament as saying Mr. Trudeau should step down while others were less declarative. Ever the loyalist, Mr. CULLEN criticized his fellow caucus members and accused his colleagues of having "flapping tongues... That's not the way Liberals conduct their business."
In the end, the rumours turned out to be fairly accurate. Two months after the predicted date, Mr. Trudeau announced he would step down. Mr. TURNER took over the leadership of the Liberal Party and suddenly the country was in the grips of a summer election campaign. As far as Mr. CULLEN was concerned, however, the campaign could go on without him. In June of 1984, he announced he would not seek re-election. Recently remarried, he chose instead to spend more time with his wife Nicole and their young son.
And that was not all. He confided that he had contemplated resigning the previous year but was reluctant at a time of low Liberal support. Once again, he had felt bound by loyalty. As a former Cabinet minister and chairman of the Commons justice committee he had remained seated on the Liberals' front bench. "I was called a front-bench backbencher," he once joked.
Then the polls began to show a resurgence in party support and he knew the time was right. A Gallup poll in May of 1984 pegged Liberal popularity at 46 per cent, six percentage points above the Tories. It was to be his exit cue.
To the last, he never divulged why he was dropped from cabinet but did admit the fall had hurt. All the same, he stayed loyal to Mr. Trudeau since the demotion. "I have never had a bad thought about him in 16 years," he said in 1984.
A month later, his fidelity paid off. In July of 1984, newly minted prime minister John TURNER announced he had been forced by constitutional circumstances to agree to appointments for 17 retiring Liberal members of Parliament. Among them was Bud CULLEN, who was made a judge of Federal Court of Canada, trial division, at a salary of $89,100 plus $2,000 allowance for robes and wigs, not including a generous House of Commons pension.
His appointment, and those of his colleagues, caused bitter complaints of patronage -- including a roasting by the Canadian Bar Association that said it was too open to political considerations and did not guarantee that the best people would be named to the bench.
For all that, Mr. CULLEN took happily to his new role and survived criticism. From time to time, he continued to make headlines, the last occasion, in late 2001, just weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Although under pressure by lawyers from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, Mr. Justice CULLEN kept his head and denied the agency's attempts to detain an Egyptian immigrant it suspected was involved in terrorism. He criticized Canadian Security and Intelligence Service interrogation techniques and said they were more suited to a police shakedown of potential criminal informants than an agency trying to extract information in a sensitive cross-cultural situation.
Judge CULLEN left the bench soon after and retired to Ottawa.
Prime Minister Paul MARTIN yesterday issued a press release that was, perhaps, a last reward for loyal service. Mr. MARTIN, who is also leader of the Liberal Party, paid tribute to Mr. CULLEN and extended to his family "our deepest condolences on his passing and our profound appreciation for what he gave to his country."
Bud CULLEN was born Jack Sydney George CULLEN on April 20, 1927 in Creighton Mine, near Sudbury, Ontario He died in Ottawa on July 5, 2006. He was 78. Cause of death was not disclosed. He is survived by his wife Nicole and by six children, three of whom are from an earlier marriage to Marion Ann Hawley.
MERRITT, William Hamilton, 1862 -- Died This Day
Thursday, July 7, 2005, Page S9
Businessman, politician and visionary born on July 3, 1793, at Bedford, N.Y.
The son of Loyalist settlers who found refuge at what later became St. Catharines, Ontario, he operated a number of mills on his property and first conceived of building a canal that would service them. The idea was seized on by others with the result that it developed into a ship canal that linked Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, thus solving the obstacle caused to navigation by the Niagara Falls. In 1824, he formed the Welland Canal Co. and five years later it opened for business. In 1832, he became a member of the Legislative Assembly and was chief commissioner of public works from 1850 to 1851. He campaigned for the St. Lawrence River to be altered and turned into a canal and argued the case for more railways. He died in Cornwall, Ontario, while a passenger on board a ship.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-12 published
WIMPRESS, James F. Sr.
81, of Ft. Myers, Florida, passed away on Friday. He was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. He later in life moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 1985. James was an avid golfer and was very involved in St. Andrew's Catholic Church as a Lector an Eucharistic Minister. He was a perfect husband, father and grandfather. James is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Patricia; daughter Janet PRIMUTH of Loves Park, Illinois; son Jim (Elizabeth) of Dallas, Texas grandchildren James III, Chloe, Chris PRIMUTH and many loving foster children. He was preceded in death by his parents Sidney and Pearl; sisters Pat LOBOMBARDE, Marie and her husband Doug MERRITT; grand_son Bradley PRIMUTH. A Funeral Mass will be held at the St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Cape Coral, Florida on Monday, September 12, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to: Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Myers, Florida 33908.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-13 published
GILLESPIE, John Ross Wilson " Bill"
Peacefully at Ajax Hospital on Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of the late Marion MERRITT and the late Dorothy LEWIS. Loving father of Janet RADMAN (Anton) of Ajax, Ross of Whitby and Lewis (Nancy) of Peterborough. Dear grandfather of Zachary and Caitlin and great-grandfather of Joseph and Christian. Brother of Anne TERWILLEGAR of Oshawa. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences received at www.maccoubrey.com.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-13 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Donna G. (née WATSON)
Of Saint Thomas, on Thursday, May 12, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in her 74th year. Dearly loved wife of Stanley B. TAILOR/TAYLOR and loved mother of Gehrig MERRITT of Vancouver, Leslie McCLURE of Saint Thomas, S. Wayne TAILOR/TAYLOR of Hamilton and Scott R. TAILOR/TAYLOR of Saint Thomas. Loved grandmother of Heather, Sarah, Andrew and James. Donna was born in Saint Thomas on March 28, 1932. She was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude WATSON. Donna worked for the Ontario Medical Association as secretary to the President. She was an avid Photographer and Photo Journalist. She also was a soloist at Knox Presbyterian Church and Trinity Anglican Church in past years. A Public Memorial Service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Monday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Remembrances may be made to the Adopt a Book Program of the Saint Thomas Public Library. Visitation Monday from 12: 00-1:00 p.m.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-16 published
PEREIRA, Angelo Joseph
Peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2005, at Scarborough General Hospital, Angelo in his 79th year. Loving husband of Anne for 53 years. Dear father of Helen, Freda and her husband Richard MERRITT- GAMBRILL, Yvette and her husband Kumar JOTSINGHANI. Dear Grandpa of Frederick, Malcolm, Victoria, Rishi, Alexandra and Nikhita. Survived by his brother Dominic and his wife Maxine (United Kingdom), sisters Sr. Clarissa Mary (Pakistan) and Vera and her husband Cowas IRANI (B.C..) Angelo will be sadly missed by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and Friends. Predeceased by his parents Louis and Rufina PEREIRA. Family and Friends will be received at Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East, on Tuesday, August 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, August 17 at 10: 30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 265 Alton Towers Circle. Burial to follow at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery. Donations made to the Canadian Diabetes Association and/or Kidney Foundation will be appreciated by the family.

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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-21 published
McKINNON, Gordon Donald
(World War 2 Veteran, Signal Corps) (Former Senior Pastor of Durham Full Gospel Church) Peacefully surrounded by the love of his family and God's presence at the Lakeridge Whitby Hospital on Monday, September 19th, 2005. Gordon, in his 84th year, dearly loved "handsome prince" to his late wife Ruby. Loving father and father-in-law to David and his wife Karen (of Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Gloria and her husband David (of Whitby, Ontario). A very special grandpa to his four grandchildren Ryan and Kristen McKINNON and Nathan and Aaron GARVIE. He is survived by his two brothers Jim and Robert along with his one sister Marjorie MERRITT. Predeceased by two brothers Jack and Walter. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the Durham Full Gospel Church, 419 Brock Street North, Whitby from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and 2: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday. All are welcomed to participate in a celebration of Gordon's life on Friday evening from 7: 00 to 9: 00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24th, 11: 00 a.m. at Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp Tabernacle, 1405 Pentecostal Road, Cobourg, Ontario (905-372-4388) with lunch and fellowship to follow. Interment will be held in Sunderland Cemetery. The family would appreciate donations to the mission work in Tortola, British Virgin Islands that Gordon and Ruby ministered in (1960-1970). Make cheques payable to Durham Full Gospel Church and they will be forwarded to Long Look Full Gospel Sunday School Ministries, Tortola, B.V.I. in memory of Gordon. Arrangements under the direction of Oshawa Funeral Service "Thornton Chapel", 847 King Street West (905-721-1234). Dad will be remembered by those who knew him as a man who was passionate in his love of studying and sharing God's Word having lived a full life of accomplishment and service in the name of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. "Christ in you the hope of Glory" Col.1: 27

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MERRITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-22 published
KOPMAN, Alfred
On Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at Bayview Extendicare. Alfie KOPMAN, beloved husband of the late Eva KOPMAN. Loving father and father-in-law of Larry and Barbara, David, and Gail LEVINE. Devoted grandfather of Shayne, and Emily. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jules and Toby, Jean and the late Ralph MALACH, and the late Helen and Ernie MERRITT, and Joseph KOPMAN. A graveside service will take place in the Pride of Israel Synagogue section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park on Thursday, September 22nd, at 12: 00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation (416) 813-5320.

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MERROW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-06 published
STANGA, Mikelis
Passed peacefully at Mount Hope Long Term Care, London on Monday, October 3, 2005 in his 94th year. Beloved husband of Valija Elizabete (SPUROVS) STANGA. Dear father of Janis (Sam) STANGA and his wife Pauline of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Dace (Deana) and her husband Randy PRINGLE of Ilderton, and Ildze (Ilsa) RICHMAN and her husband Wayne MERROW of London. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren, Robert (Rob) RICHMAN and his wife Kara, Dana PRINGLE, Michael and Samantha STANGA. Loving great-grandfather of Bailiegh and Dillon RICHMAN. Also survived by relatives in his native Latvia. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the long time excellent care provided by the Third Floor Staff at Mount Hope. A special appreciation is extended to Dr. M. EDELS for many years of outstanding care. Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service being conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Saturday, October 8th at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Aina AVOTINS officiating. Interment to follow the service at Woodland Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Latvian Relief Fund. Online condolences at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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MERROW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-02 published
JACKSON, Ann, R.N.
Peacefully, with her family by her side, at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Sunday, May 1, 2005, beloved wife for 49 years of Dr. Harold JACKSON. Lovingly remembered by her son Dr. Chris JACKSON and his wife Dr. Rose JACKSON and their children, Sarah and Michelle of Lindsay, her son Stephen and his wife Carolyn and their children Ryan, Johanna, Shaun, and Julia of Orangeville, her daughter Sandy and her husband Brad ROGERS and their children Laura, Cameron, Andrew, and Amy of Newmarket, and her daughter Cathy and her husband Jim CAREY and their children Scott and Jackson of Newmarket. The family wish to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. CAMPBELL, Dr. MERROW, and Dr. GABOR, and special thanks to the wonderful palliative care staff at Southlake. Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket, for visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service at Trinity United Church, Newmarket, on Wednesday at 1 p.m., followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre - Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated.

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MERROW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-28 published
SINGER, Robert N., Hon. B.Sc., LLB
Peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, September 26, 2005 after a valiant battle with cancer. Bob, beloved husband of Mary of Newmarket. Proud and loving father of Ryan, Roland and Raymond of Newmarket. Also survived by his brother Richard of Barrie, sister Margaret HOLDER of Glencoe and brother Ralph of Comoka. Bob will be deeply missed by his extended family and many Friends. Friends may call at at Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora (905-727-5421), on Thursday, September 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora on Friday at 11 a.m. Cremation. Donations to Hill House Hospice or Southlake Regional Health Centre Cancer Care Clinic would be appreciated by the family. A special thank you to Dr. Nancy MERROW and her staff at Southlake Cancer Clinic and Anne-Marie DEAN and her staff at Hill House Hospice.

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MERROW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
MOSSMAN, Steven Gary
It is with great sadness that we announce that, after a valiant struggle with cancer, Steve died on Saturday, December 17, 2005. Beloved son of Ronald and Patricia MOSSMAN, loving father to Patrick, Markham and Derek (Tanya), Unionville. Dear brother to Sharon WILSON, Beeton. Steve will be sadly missed by his fiancée Sharon LAFLEUR, Sturgeon Falls and his lifetime friend, Earle SCOTT, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia and many aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews from Nova Scotia and Ontario. Interment will be held privately at Newmarket Cemetery. In accordance with Steve's wishes, family and Friends are invited to gather at his home to celebrate his life and renew ties of Friendship on Sunday, January 1, 2006 between 2: 00 and 5:00 p.m. A special thanks to Doctors and Nurses at Southlake Cancer Centre and the Nurses from Community Care Access who aided Steve so vigorously in his battle with cancer. Grateful thanks to Dr. Nancy MERROW and her Pal Care Unit, an especially fond thank you to Anita BUGNO, R.N. for her kindness and patience in helping Steven through his difficult journey. If desired, donations may be made to the Southlake Regional Health Centre - Cancer Clinic. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Taylor Funeral Home "Newmarket Chapel", 905-898-2100.

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MERROW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-22 published
BOCCIA, Rose (née STEIGER)
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on December 21, 2005. Daughter of the late Martin and Annie STEIGER. Loving wife and mother of the late John BOCCIA and his children Debbie, Donna and John (Shirley). Nana Rose to Marcella, Deanna, Courtney and Michael. Rose is survived by her brothers and sisters: Ann (John), Betty (Dave), Marty (Mary-Lynn), John (Pam) and Eva as well as many nieces and nephews. Since Rose's diagnosis in 2003 she has lived her life with courage, strength and faith surrounded by the love of Ann and John, their children and grandchildren, her guardian angel Mugs and her many Friends. Special thanks to Dr. L. MARK, Sue Kelly FAULKNER, R.N., Community Care Access Centre, Dr. M. MILOSEVIC, the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. N. MERROW, the Southlake Palliative Care Team and especially the Palliative Care volunteers. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Saint John Chrysostom Church on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose's memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Community Bread Program at Saint John Chrysostom Church. "Mary, my Mother, I placed everything in your hands." (I.34)

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MERROW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-28 published
NICKLESON, John " Jack"
After a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, December 27th, 2005 in his 49th year. Fiancé and friend to Christina PIROLI. Survived by his son Connor. Beloved son of Luba NICKLESON and the late Douglas NICKLESON. Predeceased by his brother Jim. Jack will be sadly missed by many Friends and relatives. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence) on Friday, January 20th, 2006 at 7 o'clock. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Southlake Regional Health Centre/Cancer Care Unit, 615 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 2R2 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3B1. The Family wish to thank Dr. Nancy MERROW and all the staff at Southlake Regional Health Centre, and Sherry and Heather from S.R.T. Medstaff for their care and support.

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