METCHUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-14 published
METCHUK, Anna " Betty"
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Betty, on Thursday, October 13, 2005, after a brave battle with cancer. Loving wife to Jack, and devoted mother to William, Catherine (Phillip), Joseph, James (Sharon), and Andrew. Beloved grandmother to Leanne, Eric, Matthew, Victoria, and Ashley. She will be remembered fondly and missed always. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.), on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with complete Funeral Service in the Chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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METE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-26 published
METE, Maria
God called Maria peacefully, on February 24, 2005, from her residence, at the age of 92. Maria will be reunited in heaven with her loving husband Antonio (1990). She will be cherished by her dear children Frank (Giuseppina,) Teresa (Mike TROPEA, predeceased,) Sam (predeceased 1992), Ralph (Rosa), Jimmy (predeceased 1993), Rosa (predeceased 1953), and Pat. Proud grandmother of Tony, Marie, Teresa, Emilia, Gabe, Rose, Teresa (predeceased), Cathy, Frank (predeceased), Tony, Michael, Tony, Frank, Jimmy, Rose, Pat, Sam, Ralph and Tony. She will be held dear in the hearts of her great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and many Friends. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332), on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 12: 00 p.m. from All Saints Roman Catholic Church (1415 Royal York Rd. and Eglinton Ave). Entombment to follow at the Glendale Memorial Gardens (on Albion Rd., at Hwy. 27). In lieu of flowers, the Mete family will accept donations to the Parkinson Society of Canada.

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METH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-30 published
CALDWELL, Helen Bonar (née SHEARER)
Helen Bonar CALDWELL, at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Friday, January 28, 2005, age 91. Loving mother of Lynn FISCHER (Tom,) wonderful grandmother of Erin METH (Robert,) of London, Alyson FISCHER of Toronto and Anne-Marie FISCHER of Waterloo. Proud and devoted great-grandmother of Ryan and Zoe METH, to whom she was and will always be “Geeky Grandma”. Helen's weekly outings with her granddaughter Erin and the two little ones were a source of great joy to her. Fondly remembered by her niece, Heather NOGRADY and her husband Tom of Kingston, and nephews Bruce, Blair and Ross SHEARER and their families. Sister-in-law of Ann CALDWELL of Nepean. Predeceased by her husband, John C. CALDWELL, (1991,) parents, Peter (1966) and Mary SHEARER (1975,) and brother John B. SHEARER (1988.)
Helen CALDWELL was a lady of tremendous grace and love, who lived her years on this earth well. She was, until just recently, an active member of New St. James Presbyterian Church in London, and was a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society. She was generous with her time, talents and treasure during her long and fulfilling life. She confronted her own mortality with courage, strength and deep peace. She enjoyed wonderful memories of 35 summers spend at the cottage in Vermont, and for the past three years, loved her one-week vacations with Lynn and Tom in the area, absorbing the Vermont sunshine on the shores of Lake Champlain. She will be greatly missed, and remembered with the deepest affection and love by all who knew her. Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street, at Richmond, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, February 1 at 11: 00 a.m. by Rev. Donald G. MCINNES/MCINNIS. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged.

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METHERAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-03 published
RYE, Velma Irene (née METHERAL)
Passed away peacefully with Friends by her side, on November 1st, 2005, in her 95th year, at the Community Nursing Home, Pickering, Ontario. Loving and devoted wife of the late Bernard RYE. Precious and special mother of Marlene RYE (of Ajax,) and Phyllis YORKE (of Keswick). Grandmother of Paul, Linda, Sharon and Brenda and great-grandmother of Heather and Hollie. Velma is survived by her sister Sara CROSIER (of Chesley) and she is predeceased by her parents William and Elizabeth METHERAL and her sister Almeda MORNING, her brothers John, William (Sam,) Howard (Buddy) and Peter. Friends will be received at the Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finley Ave., Ajax (905-428-9090) on Friday, November 4th, 2005 from 12 noon until the time of the Newmarket Chapter 282 Order of the Eastern Star Memorial Service at 2 p.m. in the chapel, followed by a Celebration of her life. To the end, Velma was very eloquent, brave and kind, as the aging process took its toll. A very special thanks to Ms. J.B. WALLACE, Administrator and friend to the end, to the staff and to Dr. Hans WEBER. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children's Wish Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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METHERELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-10 published
MONTEITH, Nelson T.L.
Suddenly at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Friday, December 9, 2005 Nelson T.L. MONTEITH of Exeter in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Joanne (TAILOR/TAYLOR) (METHERELL) MONTEITH and the late Joyce MURRAY (1977.) Dear father to a niece Brenda and Ed PELLETTIER of Brampton, Julie and Kyle HARRISON of Grand Bend, Wendy TAILOR/TAYLOR of London, Joanne and Fred ROBINSON of Toronto and Mike TAILOR/TAYLOR of Clinton. Dear grandfather of Kristen and Danielle; Lyndsay, Michelle and Alicia; Scott and Michael; Paul and TAILOR/TAYLOR; and Brittany and Leesa. Dear brother of Orville and Marilyn MONTEITH of Thorndale. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Nelson was the former owner of N.T. Monteith Limited. Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday, December 12, at 11 a.m. at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, Main Street, Exeter with The Reverend Father Bill WARD officiating. Cremation with interment Robin's Hill Cemetery, Thorndale. Donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. There will be an Oddfellows Service in the funeral home Sunday evening at 6: 30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com.

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METIL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-10 published
GOLEMBA, Natalia
Peacefully on October 8, 2005, at the age of 92. Predeceased by loving husband Bohdan. Survived by sister Pauline BARYLAK, sister-in-law Mary SHPIKULA and their families. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Cherished friend of Peter METIL. Visitation will be held at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street (near Keele) on Monday and Tuesday 7-9 p.m. Panakhyda Tuesday 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Service Wednesday 9:15 a.m. then to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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METIVIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-19 published
Paul Antonio METIVIER
By Richard OSBORN, Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - Page A20
Soldier, map maker. Born July 6, 1900, in Montreal. Died December 23, 2004, peacefully in his sleep in Ottawa, aged 104.
In March of 1917, at the age of 16, my grandfather lied about his age and volunteered to go to war. He served in England, Belgium and France with the 4th Division Ammunition Column before his true age was discovered and he was brought home in October 1918. After returning from the war, Paul was hired in the map-making division of the Department of the Interior in Ottawa, a post from which he retired 45 years later as the chief of reproduction, a title of great amusement to his large family. In 1921, he proposed to Flore TOUPIN, literally the girl from next door in Montreal whom he'd known since he was 10 years old. They married in 1921 and had celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary before she passed away in 1993 at 92. Together Flore and Paul had five children: Roland, Jean-Paul, Jeanne, Pierre and Monique. The two lived their entire married lives in the Ottawa region.
After Flore's passing in 1993, Paul's youngest daughter Monique made contact with Veterans' Affairs and mentioned her father who was a Great War veteran. Bilingual, gracious, with a keen sense of humour, Paul quickly became a media favourite and was a regular in print and on television and radio. Until he became an official veterans' representative, all his stories of the war had been humorous, self-deprecating and upbeat. It is only in recent years that we learned of the horrors he had experienced: rivers of blood in the streets, soldiers blown apart by shells, lice and rats in the trenches.
Paul went to Vimy Ridge as part of a Veterans Affairs pilgrimage to France in 1998, on the 80th anniversary of the war's end, where he received the French Legion of Honour. He spoke in front of tens of thousands there and at numerous Ottawa Remembrance Day ceremonies. Paul also accompanied Canada's unknown soldier on his return from France to Canada in 2000. This ceremony had particular significance for Paul as his oldest son Roland, an Royal Canadian Air Force tail gunner in the Second World War, went missing on a mission off the coast of Spain, his body never recovered.
During various events and ceremonies, Paul took every opportunity to offer various dignitaries his personal views on the issues of the day. To then-Prime Minister Jean CHRÉTIEN he stated, "I think you're doing the right thing in not going to Iraq," and to Governor-General Adrienne CLARKSON (one of his favourites,) "You know, whenever any article criticizes you, I don't pay it any attention. You're doing a wonderful job." With these and other dignitaries, including the Queen (whom he reminded that he was the same age as her mother; we joked later maybe he had been looking to be set up), his forthright manner and kind words always provoked warm reactions.
My own memories of my grandfather are of a loving, doting Grandpapa one who would play songs for me (he could play any song on the piano just by hearing it once), make me our favourite peanut butter and banana sandwiches; who taught me to swim on trips to Florida and in his Ottawa pool; who shared and passed along lifelong interests in science and technology (I remember him explaining Stephen Hawking's theories to me when he was in his 90s).
The joy he had when surrounded by his family was remarkable. I remember him saying to me once, very quietly, with his hands on mine: "Always love and treasure your family. There is absolutely nothing more important for a man to do."
Of his many accolades, one of the most touching for Paul was receiving a standing ovation when introduced in the House of Commons. He said afterward, "I never thought to receive such an honour. What did I do to deserve that?"
Richard is Paul METIVIER's grand_son.

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METIVIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-12 published
ROY, J. Lionel (1915-2005)
Lionel died peacefully on Saturday February 5, 2005 at his home in Copper Cliff, Ontario in the company of Aileen (FILTEAU,) his beloved wife of 60 years and his eldest son John.
Lionel was the eldest child of the late Adelard Pierre ROY and Marie Louise ROY (METIVIER.) He was predeceased by his brothers Art and Bob and is survived by his brother Tom and sister Velma (FALLON.)
Lionel leaves his loving children John and his partner Pikun Peter and his fiancé Catherine J. EPLETT; Jennifer (SMITH) and her husband Tom; and Diane; and his grandchildren Thomas and Emily SMITH and Katherine MARK.
Lionel served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2. Lionel and Aileen were married in 1945. He attained his degree in Business Administration from U.C.L.A Following his retirement from Inco in 1974, Lionel spent many years working as a volunteer with Canadian Executive Services Overseas consulting in the field of computer based information for business and government. Lionel's volunteer work took him and Aileen to Malaysia, Borneo, Ecuador, Colombia, Zimbabwe and China.
In accordance with Lionel's wishes, no service will be held and there will be a private interment.

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METIVIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-04 published
METIVIER, Jill
Unexpectedly, at home in Toronto, on May 2, 2005, in her 74th year. Devoted mother of Nicholas (Boxer) and Michelle; mother-in-law of Ingrid and Mike. Cherished 'Grandma Jill' to Charlotte and Emma; Dear younger sister of John 'Pat' IRWIN. Jill will be deeply missed by her many Friends in England and Canada. Friends are invited to join Jill's family for a celebration of her life at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th. Private cremation and interment at the Toronto Necropolis. Donations in Jill's memory may be made to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation where Jill was a dedicated volunteer.

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MÉTIVIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-17 published
Jill MÉTIVIER
By Susan CRAIG, Monday, October 17, 2005, Page A16
Mother, grandmother, friend, grande dame. Born May 21, 1931, in Toronto. Died May 2 in Toronto of complications from hemachromatosis, aged 73.
They called Jill the Monarch of Geneva Avenue. She'd lived on the small Cabbagetown street in Toronto for 30 years and had become its anchor point. When Jill's neighbours noticed that her Globe and Mail was still lying on her doorstep at 9 a.m. on the morning of May 2, they knew something was terribly wrong. During the night, Jill had died in her sleep.
The street responded as she would have liked, with a block party that night in her memory, where the wine and the stories flowed.
Jill's last decade had been tough. She suffered from a catalogue of ailments, which left her in chronic pain. But she never let dodgy knees, crippling arthritis or even the debilitating blood disorder hemachromatosis take the edge off her flamboyant spirit. She prized the "crip" sign (as she called it) on her car and the privileges it allowed her as well as the Mt. Sinai aquatics class that kept her mobile. On the day of her death she'd been busy organizing a big birthday party for her older brother.
Born Jill IRWIN to a family that traces its roots back to the fur trade, she grew up in Toronto and Ottawa. Her mother was a scholar and her father a newspaperman on the old Toronto Telegram. Jill liked to brag about her grandfather's rum running expertise on Lake Erie during prohibition.
At the age of 22, Jill, a tall, beautiful blonde, went to Trinidad and Tobago with her parents and did not return home. There she met Hugh MÉTIVIER, a dashing veterinarian, and married him within months. The couple led a privileged life in the old British Colony and later on a cattle ranch in Venezuela.
However, when they moved to Sussex in rural southern England, Jill was now simply the wife of a country vet and there was never enough money to go around. But Jill took charge and ran the business end of the practice. She mastered cordon bleu cooking and became a chef and caterer to the gentry, keeping the family afloat even when her marriage disintegrated.
Jill doted on her daughter Michelle and her son Nicholas who was also called Boxer. Determined that they would never look less than stylish, she taught herself to sew and made beautiful garments for them. She also saw to it that they had the best education and their many gifts were nurtured. Jill was enormously proud of her children's accomplishments, delighting in Michelle's success as a filmmaker and Nicholas's beautiful art gallery.
Returning to Toronto, Jill settled on her beloved Geneva Avenue, and built a successful career selling high-end office furniture. She later consulted in physician recruitment.
She put her bright, analytical mind and polished social skills to work. Her curiosity seemed endless and so were her occasionally strong opinions.
Jill loved being a grandmother to Charlotte and Emma and never missing a school play or concert. Emma kept a list of the things that Jill loved. It included: Miss Dior fragrance, pearls, cashmere, Ferragamo shoes, dinner parties, Christmas pantomimes, boxer dogs and the television show Pingu. Another friend had her own list of some of the things Jill hated: people feeling sorry for themselves, losing her independence as her health began to fail, the nuns who schooled her, Barbie dolls and U.S. President George W. Bush.
Everyone Jill met got the time they needed, her granddaughters in particular. "Grandma made us feel like the most special people on earth," Emma said at the memorial service.
Jill made us all feel that way.
Susan is Jill's friend.

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METIVIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-04 published
METIVIER, Jill
Unexpectedly, at home in Toronto, on May 2, 2005, in her 74th year. Devoted mother of Nicholas (Boxer) and Michelle; mother-in-law of Ingrid and Mike. Cherished 'Grandma Jill' to Charlotte and Emma; dear younger sister of John "Pat" IRWIN. Jill will be deeply missed by her many Friends in England and Canada. Friends are invited to join Jill's family for a celebration of her life at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th. Private cremation and interment at the Toronto Necropolis. Donations in Jill's memory may be made to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation where Jill was a dedicated volunteer.

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METLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-05 published
REGAN, Marion Isobel (NEALE)
Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital after a lengthy illness, Sunday April 3, 2005 with her family at her side, Marion Isobel REGAN (NEALE.) Beloved wife of 54 years of Kenneth J. REGAN. Cherished mother to Shelley MacKenzie (Bill), Susan, Peter (Lissa), Judy HANNIVAN (John), John, Mark, (Tracy,) Jeff (Suzanne BERNIER) and Shannon. Loving grandmother of Amy, Leah, Mary and Sarah REGAN, Ryan and Jessica HANNIVAN, Mark and Mike MacKENZIE and Danielle and Melissa METLER. Survived by her sister Beatrice AMBROSE (John) of Saint Thomas, and by many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her sister Catharine BAILEY, and by her brother Keith NEALE.
Marion was a 53 year member of the Catholic Women's League, a key contributor to the annual St. Pius X Parish Bazaar, an avid Bridge player, and a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Friends and relatives will be received by the family at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Tuesday evening from 7-9 o'clock and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Pius X Church, 777 Valetta Street, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Father Bob REMARK officiating. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Marion's family would like to sincerely thank the Transplant Unit and Emergency Room staff of University Hospital for their tremendous care. Though Marion was not a transplant recipient, she was placed in the transplant Unit and received the utmost compassion. Donations to the Marion Regan Endowment Fund at King's University College Foundation (U.W.O), 266 Epworth Avenue, London, Ontario, N6A 2M3 or the University Hospital Transplant Unit, Ms. Deanna SHAXON 4-TU37, Multi-Organ Transplant Program, London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, 339 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5A5, would be greatly appreciated.

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METLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-06 published
REGAN, Marion Isobel (NEALE)
Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital after a lengthy illness, Sunday April 3, 2005 with her family at her side, Marion Isobel REGAN (NEALE.) Beloved wife of 54 years of Kenneth J. REGAN. Cherished mother to Shelley MacKENZIE (Bill), Susan, Peter (Lissa), Judy HANNIVAN (John), John, Mark (Tracy,) Jeff (Suzanne BERNIER) and Shannon. Loving grandmother of Amy, Leah, Mary and Sarah REGAN, Ryan and Jessica HANNIVAN, Mark and Mike MacKENZIE and Danielle and Melissa METLER. Survived by her sister Beatrice AMBROSE (John) of Saint Thomas, and by many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her sister Catharine BAILEY, and by her brother Keith NEALE.
Marion was a 53 year member of the Catholic Women's League, a key contributor to the annual St. Pius X Parish Bazaar, an avid Bridge player, and a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Friends and relatives will be received by the family at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Tuesday evening from 7-9 o'clock and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Pius X Church, 777 Valetta Street, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Father Bob REMARK officiating. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Marion's family would like to sincerely thank the Transplant Unit and Emergency Room staff of University Hospital for their tremendous care. Though Marion was not a transplant recipient, she was placed in the Transplant Unit and received the utmost compassion. Donations to the Marion Regan Endowment Fund at King's University College Foundation (U.W.O), 266 Epworth Avenue, London, Ontario, N6A 2M3 or the University Hospital Transplant Unit, Ms. Deanna SHAXON 4-TU37, Multi-Organ Transplant Program, London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, 339 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5A5, would be greatly appreciated.

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METRAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-05 published
SOULSBY, Edith Jeanette " Jan" (née ELLIOT/ELLIOTT)
Born in 1906, Blackpool, England, to Frederick Alexander ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and Evelyn Annie NESBIT- HILL. Died Thursday, August 25th, 2005, at Meaford General Hospital, in her 100th year. Kindness and dignity were the touchstones of a life lived with enthusiasm and an irrepressible sense of humour. Fiercely independent to the end of her life, she was a role model and friend to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by family and Friends. Beloved wife of the late Robert James SOULSBY (d. 1963.) Predeceased by brother Arnold Alfred ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Much loved mother of Jocelyn McCONNELL (Bruce), Shiela METRAS (John) and Jean DOWNER (Wallace). Loved grandmother of Beth BROWN (Jeff), James McCONNELL, Susan LIPPERT (Ronald), John METRAS, Justin METRAS (Sara) and Jane METRAS- SMITH (Christopher), Robert DOWNER and Michael DOWNER. Fun-loving G.G. to Greg and Stephanie BROWN, Jimmy and Lydia McCONNELL, Kate, Madeline and Allison METRAS, Ericka and Justin DOWNER and Frazer SMITH. Visitation was held at Fawcett Funeral Home "Collingwood Chapel" 82 Pine Street, (705) 445-2651, on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Services and a Celebration of her life took place at St. George's Anglican Church, Clarksburg at 11 a.m., Monday, August 29th, 2005. Interment followed at All Saints' Anglican Cemetery, Collingwood. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be most appreciated. Friends may leave condolences for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com.

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METRAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-20 published
DOWNER, Roberta Jean " Jeanne" (née SOULSBY)
Born 1943, Collingwood, Ontario to Robert James SOULSBY and Edith Jeannette ELLIOT/ELLIOTT (d. 2005.) Died, December 18th, 2005 at Collingwood G and M Hospital. After a gallant and courageous battle, the centre of our family has gone. To her husband Wallace Edward DOWNER, she was a beloved wife and life long best friend, whose wit and counsel will be daily missed. To her sons, Robert Wallace and Michael Edward, she was a fiercely loyal and loving mother. To her sisters, Jocelyn McCONNELL and Shiela METRAS, she was a support, a confidante and a girlfriend. For her grandchildren, Erica and Justin, she was a devoted and indulgent grandma. To her mother-in-law, Phyllis DOWNER, she offered love and generosity which was returned in full measure. Her attachment to family and Friends; her sense of humour, her joy in life and her unfailing loyalty endeared her to all and she will be missed by her many Friends. Her sense of caring and compassion served her admirably throughout her 38 year career as a nurse and administrator in Toronto area hospitals. Her former colleagues will also share in her loss. Memorial Visitation will be held at the Fawcett Funeral Home - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20th, 2005.
Services and a celebration of her life will take place at All Saints Anglican Church, 32 Elgin Street, Collingwood on Wednesday, December 21st, at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Friends may leave condolences for the family on line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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METRAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-20 published
DOWNER, Roberta Jean " Jeanne" (née SOULSBY)
Born 1943, Collingwood, Ontario to Robert James SOULSBY and Edith Jeannette ELLIOT/ELLIOTT (deceased 2005.) Died, December 18th, 2005 at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. After a gallant and courageous battle, the centre of our family has gone. To her husband Wallace Edward DOWNER, she was a beloved wife and life long best friend, whose wit and counsel will be daily missed. To her sons, Robert Wallace and Michael Edward, she was a fiercely loyal and loving mother. To her sisters, Jocelyn McCONNELL and Shiela METRAS, she was a support, a confidante and a girlfriend. For her grandchildren, Erica and Justin, she was a devoted and indulgent grandma. To her mother-in-law, Phyllis DOWNER, she offered love and generosity which was returned in full measure. Her attachment to family and Friends, her sense of humour, her joy in life and her unfailing loyalty endeared her to all and she will be missed by her many Friends. Her sense of caring and compassion served her admirably throughout her 38 year career as a nurse and administrator in Toronto area hospitals. Her former colleagues will also share in her loss. Memorial visitation will be held at the Fawcett Funeral Home - Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20th, 2005. Services and a celebration of her life will take place at All Saints Anglican Church, 32 Elgin Street, Collingwood on Wednesday, December 21st, at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Friends may leave condolences for the family on-line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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METSELAAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-11 published
ADAMSON, Bruce
Peacefully, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, May 10th, 2005, Bruce ADAMSON of Dereham Centre (R.R.#1, Mount Elgin) in his 76th year. Lifelong resident of the Dereham Centre area, son of the late George H. ADAMSON and the late former Myrtle (ELDER) ADAMSON. Beloved husband of N. Doreen ELLERY. Much loved father and father-in-law of: Robert Bruce ADAMSON and his wife Risa of Aylmer, Debra Ann and her husband David METSELAAR and Randall John ADAMSON, all of Tillsonburg. Proud and loving grandfather of eight grandchildren and one great-grand_son. Survived by a brother Donald F. ADAMSON and his wife Joan of Dereham Centre and nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and relatives are welcome to share memories of Bruce with the family on Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (519) 842-4238. Cremation. Inurnment in the ADAMSON Family Plot in the Mount Elgin Cemetery. Memorial donations (by cheque) payable to the "Heart and Stroke Foundation" would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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METTLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-19 published
METTLER, Ann Philomena (née KRETZ)
Surrounded by her family Ann passed away peacefully on Sunday April 17, 2005, at her home, at Henley House, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Conrad METTLER (2003) and grandmother of the late Sabrina FORD (2005.) Loving mother of Mary METTLER, C.S.J., Bob (Dolly,) Margaret (Brian) FORD, Joan SIM (Greg HALL) and Jim METTLER. Cherished grandmother of Stephen (Lynn) and Colin SIM, Kathryn, Rachel, Sarah, David and Christine METTLER. Great grandmother of Brad and Jeff COUTU. Loving sister of Alois (Norma), Tony (Kitty), Frank (Betty), Alphonse (Margaret), Agnes, Bert, John and Theresa (Hartley) and sister in- law of Helen METTLER. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers John, Joe, Conrad, Walther, and her sister Mary FLORENTINA. Mom's life will be celebrated during our visitation at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St. St. Catharines on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in St. Alfred's Church on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Rite of committal in Victoria Lawn Cemetery. Vigil prayers will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 7: 30 p.m. Memorial remembrances to the Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Mom's devoted brothers and sisters for their daily visits and loving support, and to the exceptional, caring staff of the 2nd floor Centennial Wing of the Henley House. On-Line Guest Book - www.dartefuneralhome.com

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METZ o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2005-05-18 published
HOWCHIN, Thomas Richard
Thomas Richard HOWCHIN passed away at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 in his 80th year. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (DYNES) and dear father of Dianne (Alex) DEAN, Wayne (Tammy) HOWCHIN and Gwen (Thomas) FISCHER, brother of Audrey (Bob) ROBERTSON and Norm, and brother-in-law of Muriel BURGER. He was predeceased by infant granddaughter Leah Joy, parents Henry Richard and Mabel HOWCHIN and sister-in-law Shirley.
Tom served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1944-46. On June 17, 1950 he married Mildred (DYNES) in Redickville United Church and they resided on their farm on 30 Sideroad Amaranth Township for 29 years.
Tom was employed by Art McConnell Apiaries prior to his marriage and later by Gerald McConnell. He was employed at Robinson's Sawmill and received a gold watch in recognition of the years worked there.
In 1979 he sold the farm to Dave BESLEY and bought a farm on the Melancthon Mulmer townline. He worked at the Shelburne Golf course and in 1988 Sam YOUNG purchased the farm with Tom and Mildred retaining one acre. In 1990 Ted METZ constructed a house in which he lived until the time of his passing on to his permanent home.
He enjoyed many trips across Canada and the United States and for three months helped at a New Tribes Mission school in Brazil. Over the years Tom taught Sunday School, helped with Vacation Bible School, assisted at Pioneer Clubs and served on the Youth for Christ executive in the '50s and '60s.
The funeral service was held at the Doney Funeral Home on April 1. Following the service a luncheon was served at the Dufferin Oaks.
Several beautiful flower arrangements and numerous donations were received from family and Friends.
Interment took place in Shelburne Cemetery.
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METZ o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-14 published
SIEGRIST, Alan
Suddenly, at his home in South Carolina, on Wednesday, April 13, 2005. Alan Douglas SIEGRIST, formerly of Owen Sound, in his 53rd year. Beloved husband of Joan. Loving father of Deena SIEGRIST (Shane) and Tannis SIEGRIST (Cliff,) and also survived by their mother, Brenda, all of Owen Sound. Dearly beloved son of Dolly SIEGRIST and the late Irvin SIEGRIST. Proud grandfather of Claissa. Dear stepfather of Jessie, Kaitlyn and Christian. Alan will be deeply missed by his sister, Pat (Don) METZ, of Winnipeg and Dave (Maureen) SIEGRIST, of Owen Sound; his nephews, aunts and uncles. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. For further information, please contact the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (376-7492).
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METZGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-08 published
MARTIN, Gladys Eileen (née GOOD)
On Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at home two days after celebrating her 77th Birthday. Beloved wife of Lloyd S. and loving mother of Ron and Sharon, Darrel and Sharon. Lovingly remembered by son-in-law Eugene and daughter-in-law, Karen. Grandmother of Robyn (Maurits) DAGELINCKX, Ryan (Leanne) UTTLEY, Tonya and Jonathan MARTIN, Hillary and Evan SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER and great-grandmother of Mikaela and Nathan DAGELINCKX and Benjamin UTTLEY. Daughter of the late Abner and Mary Ann GOOD. Survived by brother Willard (Joyce) GOOD and sister Margaret (Peter) METZGER and sister-in-law Polly GOOD. Also survived by sisters-in-law Florence WIDEMAN, Viola (George) WALLACE, Ellen (Carson) MOYER, Laura (Milo) SHANTZ and brother-in-law Abner (Shirley) MARTIN. Gladys will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by brother Howard GOOD and brother-in-law Aaron WIDEMAN and sister-in-law Almeda MARTIN. Gladys was active in her church, St. Jacobs Mennonite, past-president of the Women's Missionary Sewing Circle, taught Sunday School and served in many capacities. She also partnered with Lloyd in all their business ventures including farming, Martin's Tax Service and a recreation facility in Grand Bend. The family will receive Friends and relatives at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. At 9 a.m. on Friday, December 9th, transfer will be made to St. Jacobs Mennonite Church for funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mark Diller HARDER and Pastor Barb SMITH- MORRISON officiating followed by interment in St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery. In her memory, donations to Mennonite Central Committee or St. Mary's Hospital Cardiac Care Unit would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy.

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METZGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-03 published
HODGSON, Effie
The death occurred peacefully at Rowanwood Retirement Lodge, Utterson on Tuesday, March 1, 2005. Effie HODGSON of Novar in her 102nd year was the beloved wife of the late Elgin HODGSON and dear mother of Kendrick (Kay) and his wife Marilyn of Mississauga and Allen and his wife Wendy of Ballantrae. Loving grandmother of Robert (Audrey), Tom (Kathy), Lisa (Philip); and Catherine (Ian), Sherry (Richard) and Anne (Rob) and 13 great-grandchildren. Aunt of Alice McCLOY, Bill METZGER, Helen GUTHRIE, Effie GAMMON and Myrtle FAWCETT. Effie was a long time resident of Novar, dedicated organist and choir leader of Novar United Church and tireless United Church Women worker. Visitation for Mrs. Effie HODGSON will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville, P1H 1N9 705-789-5252 on Friday, March 4, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and Saturday from 12: 30 to 1:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the Addison Chapel of the Mitchell Funeral Home on Saturday, March 5 at 1: 30 p.m. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice, would be appreciated.

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METZLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-30 published
Ted ATKINSON, Jockey: 1916-2005
Canadian-born rider unfairly known as The Slasher was the first rider in the United States whose mounts won more than $1 million in a year of racing
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Monday, May 30, 2005, Page S9
As one of the glamour jockeys of his generation, Ted ATKINSON was undeservedly known as The Slasher. For a rider who never got on a horse until he was 18, it was a sobriquet he rejected but one which emerged out of a signature whipping style and a knack for getting the most out of his mounts.
Mr. ATKINSON was a token Canadian, born in Toronto, but he didn't hang around for long -- three years to be exact. His father Fred had moved to Canada from his native England to work as a glass blower in a Toronto factory and then in 1919, moved again when recruited by Corning Glass in Corning, N.Y.
Ted ATKINSON was gifted academically and was valedictorian of his graduating class in high school at Corning Free Academy and his desire was to enter Annapolis Naval Academy in Maryland, but at 5-foot-3, he didn't meet the height requirements. He faced the same sobering rejection when he tried to become a forester.
During the Depression, he toiled at different jobs, including tree planting as part of a U.S. federal program that emphasized work in national parks. He also worked for $8-per-week loading and labelling bottles at a chemical plant. It was there that a truck driver remarked, "With your build and size, I'd get a job as a jockey" and gave him the name of a contact at Greentree Stable in New Jersey. Even though he had never ridden a horse, the introduction led to a job as an exercise rider. By all accounts, he practised mounting by swinging his legs over bales of hay. Later, he served an apprenticeship as a rider in both Cuba and England and by the time he finally mounted a horse in an actual race he was 21 -- mature for a jockey.
Mr. ATKINSON rode his first winner at Beulah Park in Columbus, Ohio, on May 18, 1938. A trainer had asked him to ride a horse called Musical Jack. The jockey, who was known as The Professor, for his fondness for reading between races, set aside his copy of Hamlet long enough to take the 2-1 favourite to a first-place finish.
By the time Mr. ATKINSON returned from Ohio, the big stables in New York were pursuing him, especially after he rode his first stakes winner in the Governor's Handicap at Suffolk Downs in Boston aboard Dunade. But it was in 1941 that a long-shot renegade named War Relic nudged Mr. ATKINSON into the limelight by capturing the Massachusetts Handicap and the Narragansett Special.
War Relic had a reputation for being arrogant and nasty. In fact, he had even killed one of his handlers. Yet, Mr. ATKINSON's patience, diplomacy and penchant for working with long shots, enabled him to make a winner out of the horse. "My dad never expected any problems with War Relic and he had no problems with War Relic," said his son Mark ATKINSON. The mount proved to be Ted ATKINSON's all-time favourite horse.
In 1944, Mr. ATKINSON led U.S. jockeys with 287 wins and, after sorting through a maze of big-stable offers, returned to Greentree Stable as a contract rider. In 1946, he was leader again when he became the first jockey to ride horses that earned more than $1-million in a year.
Mr. ATKINSON was known by the U.S. media as "the great Canadian rider" who returned home to compete in the King's Plate in Toronto on May 24, 1948. He rode All British, a bay gelding, finishing 13th in a field of 16 that saw Last Mark win. All British had won the Plate Trial Stakes the week before and went off at odds of $3.30 to $1 and was second favourite in the field.
The race chart said All British ran close to the lead but faltered badly in the backstretch when the pace quickened. In an article in the June of 1948 issue of Canadian Horse, Mr. ATKINSON said All British "just stopped." That same year, Capot, with Mr. ATKINSON aboard, almost won the U.S. Triple Crown. Capot finished second in the Kentucky Derby and then captured the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
Mr. ATKINSON was the leading rider in New York 11 times, a record that still stands, and much of his success came in the 1950s when his mounts included superstar Tom's Fool. He was also atop such champions as Hall of Fame superstar Bold Ruler, Coaltown, Devil Diver, Misty Morn, Gallorette and Nashua but Tom's Fool was the best. "None of the other horses I ever rode, on their best days, could measure up with him," he once told Blood Horse magazine.
Mr. ATKINSON's whipping style provided fodder for debate and criticism in the media. The belief was that because he held the whip straight-armed and high above him, the horses were hit in an unduly abusive manner. Thus, the moniker The Slasher, was something he detested.
"There was no sting," he told the London Evening Standard in 1993. "I never hit a horse just to beat it out of him, but merely to impress on him the urgency of the situation. I can't ever recall leaving a welt, and I never had a trainer complain that I had abused his horse."
In fact, the end of his whips were always feathered.
"He won on horses that hadn't won in the past and the reputation is that he had to hit horses harder than usual," his son Mark said. "He held the whip high up and brought it down and there was a popping noise. He loved horses and all animals. He had a reputation that he never gave up on a horse. If the horse wasn't going to win, he'd try to get second or third and that made him popular with the fans."
H. Allen Jerkens, a trainer who was inducted in the Hall of Fame and who knew Mr. ATKINSON told the New York Times the nickname was unfortunate. "He never put a mark on a horse. He had a different way of whipping."'
Jim Gaffney, an exercise rider who knew Mr. ATKINSON in his racing days, told Blood Horse magazine that Mr. ATKINSON was a "very smart, intelligent rider... He could gauge the way a horse was running and was a good judge of pace."
Two years before he retired at age 43, Mr. ATKINSON was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga, New York He was inducted into the Canadian equivalent in 2002 and was, indeed, the first, great jockey in Canada's history. Mr. ATKINSON was held in such esteem that a story in Blood Horse in 1954 went like this, "Theodore Francis ATKINSON, the Lord Chesterfield of the jockey ranks, came under the wire first aboard the heavily favoured Devastation in the third race at Aqueduct, N.Y."
When he finally retired, his accomplishments included 3,795 victories in 23,661 mounts, collecting what was considered an excellent win percentage of 16. He later became a racing official and steward in both New York and Illinois ovals. "He was proud of that job, probably more proud of that than when he was a jockey," his son said.
Ted ATKINSON was born June 17, 1916 in Toronto. He died in his sleep May 5 in Beaverdam, Va., after a long illness related to cancer and a series of strokes. He was 88. He leaves his wife Martha, sons Mark and John and daughter Cathie METZLER.

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METZLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-17 published
JAFFARY, Joyce (née BARBEAU)
Peacefully on Saturday, October 15, 2005 at Toronto in her 79th year. Beloved mother of Lynn METZLER, Helen JAMES, Chris JAFFARY and Barbara PARTRIDGE. Loving grandmother of Jules and the late Amber. Dear sister of Reta. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by numerous family members. Memorial Service to follow at a later date in her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. "You're home Mom" "We love you"

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METZLOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-10 published
RICHARDS, Verdun " Verd" (née BEATON)
Passed away Sunday May 8, 2005 at Sunnyside Home, Kitchener at the age of 89 years. Formerly of 90 St. Clair Ave. Kitchener.
Beloved wife of the late Gilbert RICHARDS (1990.) Loving mother of Paul of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Jo-Anne (Randy) METZLOFF of Kitchener. Nana will be lovingly remembered by her cherished grandchildren, Barb and Michelle RICHARDS, Jennifer, Ashley, and Michael METZLOFF, and great-grand_son, Hayden RICHARDS. Mom will also be missed by Cathy RICHARDS of Kelowna.
Predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Caroline BEATON and her sister, Doris SPEICHER.
Verd was a long time member of The Rockway Golf Club, an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and enjoyed many years of curling and bridge.
The RICHARDS family will receive relatives and Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (519-749-8467) Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday May 13, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment in Chesley Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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METZLOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-10 published
RICHARDS, Verdun " Verd" (née BEATON)
Passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005 at Sunnyside Home, Kitchener at the age of 89 years. Formerly of 90 St. Clair Ave., Kitchener. Beloved wife of the late Gilbert RICHARDS (1990.) Loving mother of Paul of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Jo-Anne (Randy) METZLOFF of Kitchener. Nana will be lovingly remembered by her cherished grandchildren, Barb and Michelle RICHARDS, Jennifer, Ashley, and Michael METZLOFF, and great-grand_son, Hayden RICHARDS. Mom will also be missed by Cathy RICHARDS of Kelowna. Predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Caroline BEATON and her sister, Doris SPEICHER. Verd was a long time member of The Rockway Golf Club, an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and enjoyed many years of curling and bridge. The RICHARDS family will receive relatives and Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519-749-8467), Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 13, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment in Chesley Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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