MULLINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-05 published
MULLINS, Elsie (née THOMAS)
At her residence on Friday, March 4, 2005, Elsie MULLINS (nee THOMAS) of Caressant Care Nursing Centre, Woodstock, born in Wallaceburg, Ontario, and formerly of R.R.#7, Woodstock, in her 67th year. Beloved wife of Ronald "Ron" D. MULLINS for over 45 years. Dear mother of Randy MULLINS of North Bay, David MULLINS and his wife Tanya of Woodstock and Lori GRATTON and her husband Kim of Woodstock. Loved grandmother of Kari, Reece, Jamie and Terry. Dear sister of Gerald THOMAS and his wife Betty and Wilfred THOMAS and his wife Anna, all of Wallaceburg. Predeceased by three sisters and one brother. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, 539-0004, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Contributions to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Canadian Diabetes Association or the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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MULLINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-04 published
KAVANAGH, Virginia Mary (née MULLINS)
Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 3, 2005. Beloved wife and best friend of Thomas for 52 years. Loving mother of Tim and wife Debra of London, Shannon and husband Rick LABONTE. Dearest daughter of the late Loretta and William MULLINS. Devoted and loving Grandma "M&M's" of Darrell, Keith, Sandra and Lauren. Predeceased by brothers John, Harry and William. Dear sister of Trudy. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Special friend to Tom and Clara ROBSON.
Virginia was retired after 32 years of service with Canada Customs and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #594, Moose Lodge and the Catholic Woman's League. If you so desire, donations to the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers Sunday 7 p.m. at Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre (1-519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave., Windsor. On Monday, family and Friends are invited to meet at Christ the King Church (2930 Dominion Blvd., Windsor) after 9 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Private interment of cremated remains at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to Shari-Lyn and Lisa of Comcare and the staff of Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital. You may leave your cherished memories online at www.familiesfirst.net

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MULLINS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-14 published
MATZ, Leo John
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital London on Monday, September 12, 2005 Leo John MATZ. Beloved husband of Mary MATZ (née WALZAK) for over 65 years. Worlds' greatest dad to Ron (Marie) MATZ, Lorraine (Colin) KELLY, and Diane (Casey) WOLFE. Cherished grandfather of Traci (Pat) MULLINS, Cyndi KELLY and Aimee (Aaron) FOLK. Loving great-grandpa to Liam and Luke MULLINS. Survived by his sisters Genevive RICHMOND, Wanda TRAKALO, and Josephine (Clarence) WILHELM. Predeceased by his sister Valeria LINDBERG. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Thursday, September 15th from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Prayers Thursday evening at 7: 00 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, on Friday morning, September 16th at 10 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery following the Funeral Mass. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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MULLINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-17 published
MULLINS, Florence
On Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at Ajax Pickering Hospital. Florence, beloved wife of the late Donald. Dear mother of Wayne and his fiancée Carol and Brent and his wife Denyse. Loved grandmother of Kaytlynn, Collyne and Madalynn. Survived by brother Donald CLEARY. Friends and family may visit at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering (south of 401) 905-686-5589 on Saturday, March 19, 2005 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Funeral service to follow in our chapel at 12 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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MULLINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-07 published
MULLINS, Lawrence Isadore
Peacefully in the presence of his family on Friday, August 5, 2005. Will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary. Remembered forever by his nine children, sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Lawrence was a member of the Cape Breton Highlanders, wounded on Mount Cassino, Italy, in 1944 during World War 2. Lawrence was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be missed dearly. Friends may visit Sunday, August 7, 2005 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave W. (1 block east of Dufferin). Funeral Mass to be held Monday, August 8, 2005 at 10 a.m. at St. Clare's Catholic Church (1118 St. Clair Ave. W.). Prayers and memories, in lieu of flowers.

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MULLINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-05 published
DEROUIN, Judith Ann (née OPALEYCHUK)
Suddenly on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 surrounded by her family, at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Beloved wife of Gerry of Sutton. Loving and cherished mother of Mark DEROUIN (Jill) of Dundas, Laura THERRIEN (Chris) of Pefferlaw, Kevin, Traci, Pamella, and Matthew at home. Cherished sister of Dr. Clyde OPALEYCHUK of Alban, Michael OPALEYCHUK (Gail) of Toronto, and Lyn MULLINS (Greg) of Thunder Bay. Loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Mike and Pauline OPALEYCHUK of Sudbury. Wife, mother and friend, Judy was an extraordinary woman with many talents. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. Visitation at the Taylor Funeral Home, Sutton, on Thursday, October 6, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 20916 Dalton Road, Sutton, Friday, October 7, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Church of Immaculate Conception would be appreciated by the family.

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MULLINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-13 published
MEYRICK, Raymond
With great courage, dignity and sense of humour to the end, Ray passed away, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Beloved husband of June. Dedicated and loving Dad of Joanne MEYRICK and Erich ZIRNHELT, Phil and Cheryl MEYRICK, Karen and Mark MULLINS. Proud Grandad of Gwenna, Vivien, Shayne, Wayde, Daniel and David. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2005 from 10: 00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 11: 00 a.m. at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, (905-844-2600). A reception to follow at the Bronte Harbour Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, P.O. Box 693, Oakville, Ontario L6J 5C1 would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Email condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place MEYRICK on the subject line. "We will miss you"

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MULLIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-30 published
HUNTLEY, Jack Raymond
Jack Raymond HUNTLEY passed away suddenly on Monday, August 29, 2005 at the Blue Water Health Care Centre, Sarnia, Ontario. Beloved husband of Marian HUNTLEY (née AMEY) for 50 years. Loving father of Lynda (Bob) MULLIS and Brenda (Bob) JACKSON. Cherished grandfather of Rob (Laura) MULLIS, Todd (Becky) JACKSON, Jeff MULLIS, Scott JACKSON and great-grandchildren Tiana, Jonathan and Kristen MULLIS, Cody and Carter JACKSON. Dear brother of Shirley TURBERVILLE, Lorraine (Bob) TORDOFF, Bert (Gladys) HUNTLEY and the late Doris GAUDIO, Robert HUNTLEY. Loved brother-in-law of Len and Ruby AMEY, Marie and Jim WYATT. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London for a service of remembrance on Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 3 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home 652-2020.

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MULLIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-15 published
GRANT, Robert Vernon
Beloved husband of 64 years to Margaret Jane GRANT of Straffordville. He was predeceased by his parents Anna Eola GRANT (Nanny) and Asel Bartlett GRANT of Straffordville, also by his brother George GRANT and his wife Marion GRANT of Delhi, his brother-in-law Harold HOSHAL of Pt. Burwell, and also by his sister-in-law Pauline EMERSON of Vienna. He is survived by his loving sister-in-law Marion HOSHAL of Pt. Burwell and his brother-in-law Ken EMERSON of Vienna and by his aunt Marge GRANT of Aylmer. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and by the people of Straffordville. He was a member of the Straffordville United Church and the postmaster in Straffordville for over forty years. He never wanted to be anywhere else but Straffordville. In spite of this he served in the Canadian Army during the second world war and landed with Americans on Omaha Beach on D-day plus one. He always claimed that he was not a hero, but he is our hero. He is loved and will be very sadly missed by his children Perry GRANT and his wife Pauline of Straffordville and Elizabeth and her husband The Rev. William CRAVEN of Brampton. He is survived by his dearly loved grandchildren Daniel GRANT of Straffordville, Kerry CRAVEN of Courtice, Scott CRAVEN and Christy ARMAND of Cambridge, Kelly and Michael KAWABE of Brampton, Douglas and Brenda CRAVEN of Whitby, Suzanne CRAVEN of Toronto, Michael and Sarah CAREY and Ruth and Adam MULLIS of Ingersoll. He will be remembered and missed dearly and sadly by his great-grandchildren who like nothing better than to ride with grampa in the wagon behind his John Deere tractor; Morgaine and Grant CRAVEN; Mariko, Kimiko, Kazuya and Toshi KAWABE; Jack and Jordan CRAVEN; Lauren CRAVEN- ARMAND and Tyler ARMAND; Hannah CAREY and Robert MULLIS. Visitation will be held at the Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Friday, September 16, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Saturday September 17, 2005 at 1 p.m. with The Reverend William CRAVEN presiding assisted by The Reverend Peter McNAUGHTON. Interment in the Straffordville Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Straffordville United Church. Memorial donations to the Straffordville United Church, the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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MULLIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-28 published
MULLIS, Roy (February 20, 1926-September 28, 2004)
In loving memory of my dear husband Roy. We had 57 wonderful years together. I miss you very much. Till we meet again. Your Beloved Wife Flossie.

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MULLIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-28 published
MULLIS, Roy Albert (February 20, 1926-September 28, 2004)
It's so hard to believe it's been a year Since we lost you, father, papa dear You told us you heard the angels voice Now was the time to make a choice Your only concern was to spare us all You said you were ready for Heaven's Hall We treasure every memory of you Though it's so hard to not be blue Belief and bravery made you strong A great man you were, who knew no wrong Your spirit is with us every night and day Our thoughts and memories help to ease the gray To some you may just be part of the past But for us the memories will always last. Deeply Love and Missed By Kim, Raymond and Justin (Papa's Boy)

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MULLIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-28 published
MULLIS, Roy
In loving memory of Roy MULLIS who passed away September 28, 2004. Sad are the hearts that love you Silent the tears that fall Living ours lives without you Is the hardest part of all. As angels keep their watch up there Please God just let him know That we down here do not forget We love and miss him so. Forever in our hearts and always in our minds, Carole, John, Dianne, Jim and grandchildren Carrie, Steve, Matt and Ashley.

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MULLIS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-18 published
MULLIS, Virginia " Betty"
In loving memory of a dear mother and grandmother, Virginia (Betty) MULLIS, who passed away December 18, 1995. Forever in our hearts, your family.

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MULLROONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-24 published
PICKLES, Jonathan Francis C.A.
Unexpectedly, after the 'Hard as Nails' fight of his life, from complications of leukemia/stem cell transplant, Jonathan, 52, left us peacefully early on the morning of September 23, 2005. His spirit, energy, and passion for life will always be fondly treasured by family and Friends. His courage lives on through his devoted wife and best friend, Maureen MULLROONEY. Proud and dedicated father to their children, Christy, Kevin, and Sean. Loving son of Joan and the late Bernard PICKLES and brother to Christopher (Liza), and Paul (Lynda). Son-in-law of Rita and Tom MULLROONEY, and brother-in-law of Kathleen, Pat (Rhoda) and Mike (Pat). Hard working and committed Chief Financial Officer to Sunnybrook and Women's Health Sciences Centre. He was a fierce competitor and tenacious athlete who is now gracing the soccer fields of heaven. Ever thankful to caring staff of 3C at S&W, and the angels of 14B at P.M. for their endless hopeful compassion. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, September 26. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 27th at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church (1 MacNaughton Road at Millwood). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, donations in Jonathan's memory can be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation for Leukemia Research, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9.

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MULLROONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-07 published
SLATTERY, John McCurley
Peacefully, with his family by his side at Scarborough Grace Hospital, on Thursday, January 6th, 2005. John, beloved husband of the late Phyllis Marie DAVIEAU. Loving father of Carolyn MULLROONEY, Susan McGRATH (Brendan), Patricia GRIFFIN (Brian), Maureen PELLETIER (Brian) and John (Barbara). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kathryn, Thomas, John and Mark MULLROONEY, Jeffrey (Paula,) Steven and Robert McGRATH, David, Carolyn and Jennifer GRIFFIN, Michael, David, John, Victor and Louise PELLETIER, Kevin, James and Andrea SLATTERY. Dear brother of Mary PHELAN, Ralph SLATTERY and the late Janet RIKER. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Rd.), Markham on Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Patrick, 5633 Highway 7 (east of McCowan), Markham on Monday at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. Cremation.

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MULLROONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-08 published
BRYCE, Marion Josephine (née MULLROONEY)
It is with sadness that our family announces the passing of Mary on Sunday, February 6, 2005, at the age of 87. Loving mother of Marion-Clare HORVAT and mother-in-law of Perry. Proud Grandma of Rachel and Steven. Marion will be missed by her brother Tom and his wife Rita as well as her many nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be clebrated at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church (2100 Jane St.) on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at marion.bryce@wardfh.com

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MULLROONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-24 published
PICKLES, Jonathan Francis, C.A.
Unexpectedly, after the "Hard as Nails" fight of his life, from complications of leukemia/stem cell transplant, Jonathan, 52, left us peacefully early on the morning of September 23, 2005. His spirit, energy, and passion for life will always be fondly treasured by family and Friends. His courage lives on through his devoted wife and best friend, Maureen MULLROONEY. Proud and dedicated father to their children, Christy, Kevin, and Sean. Loving son of Joan and the late Bernard PICKLES and brother to Christopher (Liza), and Paul (Lynda). Son-in-law of Rita and Tom MULLROONEY, and brother-in-law of Kathleen, Pat (Rhoda) and Mike (Pat). Hard working and committed Chief Financial Officer to Sunnybrook and Women's Health Sciences Centre. He was a fierce competitor and tenacious athlete who is now gracing the soccer fields of Heaven. Ever thankful to caring staff of 3C at S&W, and the angels of 14B at p.m. for their endless hopeful compassion. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, September 26. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday September 27th at 10: 30 a.m. St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church (1 MacNaughton Road at Millwood). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, donations in Jonathan's memory can be made to the Princess Margaret Foundation for Leukemia Research, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9.

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MULOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-30 published
MULOCK, Julyan Mab (née NAPIER)
Crossed the threshold peacefully, on June 29th, the morning after her 83rd birthday, surrounded by family and Friends following a brief illness at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket. Julyan was the beloved wife of the late Cawthra MULOCK, mother of Richard, Julian (Andrea), Mark (Miranda), and Nigel, and grandmother of Jonathan and Geoffrey. Service, followed by a reception, to be held at The Christian Community, (905.709.4544) 901 Rutherford Road, (just west of Bathurst Street), Vaughan at 2 pm, Saturday, July 2nd.

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MULOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-25 published
STRAUGHAN, Marjorie Gwendolyn (née MULOCK)
Peacefully, at Bon Air Nursing Home in Cannington on Tuesday, May 24th, 2005. In her 93rd year. Marjorie (née MULOCK,) beloved wife of the late Frank STRAUGHAN. Dear mother of Kenneth and his wife Donna, Darlene and her partner Tom and Mike STRAUGHAN. Loving grandmother of eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Survived by her sister Audrey LEE and late husband Bill, Elsie HOUGHTON and late husband Wilf and James MULOCK and his wife Alice. Resting at the Low and Low Funeral Home, 23 Main Street South, Uxbridge (905-852-3073), for service in the chapel on Thursday, May 26th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until service time. Interment Goodwood Cemetery. Donations to Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Special thank-you to all the staff at Bon Air Nursing Home for their love and care.

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MULOIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-27 published
MULOIN, Wallace Frances

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MULRONEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-30 published
HARRIS built steel empire
Milton HARRIS, a London native, died after a battle with cancer. He was 77.
By Marissa NELSON, Free Press Reporter
From his father's London scrap metal business, he built an empire. Milton HARRIS, 77, died Saturday after a short battle with cancer.
The London native, who launched his business in 1954, was the founder, chairperson and chief executive officer of Harris Steel Group.
The Toronto-based steel maker -- the largest manufacturer of concrete reinforcing steel in North America -- has annual sales of more than $600 million
Ellis-Don Construction co-founder Don SMITH was the Harris company's first customer.
Yesterday, SMITH remembered HARRIS as a close friend.
He recalled a time the steel wasn't correct and he called HARRIS to complain.
"He said, 'Fix it and send me the bill. If you say it's wrong, it's wrong,' SMITH recalled. "Any time I needed help with a charity, I'd call him."
HARRIS was a local Liberal, a former member of the London board of education and a prominent member of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
SMITH said there were few people he'd rave about like HARRIS.
"He'd stick up for the underdog," he said. "I only have two photos in my office -- one of my family and one of me and Milt (HARRIS.)"
In 2003, HARRIS gave $200,000 to the London Young Men's Christian Association to make sure less fortunate children could have the camp experience he cherished.
He saw first-hand, he told The Free Press in 2003, how the experience turned around the lives of many Depression-era children in the Forest City.
HARRIS went to the Silver Beach Camp, a one-time camp on Lake Erie.
"He had some great memories from the 1930s," Shaun ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, chief executive of the London Young Men's Christian Association, said yesterday.
"He was very generous and always remembered he got his start in London."
All HARRIS -- who came from a humble background -- wanted from the Y for his donation was a list of the children who had been helped -- a list now numbering more than 200.
Elliott said he spoke of how, even back then when he faced anti-Semitism in many places, the Young Men's Christian Association was a welcoming, non-discriminatory place.
"He was a very direct man. He wouldn't suffer fools gladly."
The Young Men's Christian Association tried to hold an event to recognize HARRIS for his generosity but he wouldn't allow it.
A news release from the company said HARRIS was diagnosed with cancer recently. His nephew John HARRIS has been appointed chief executive officer of the firm.
"Milt was a modern-day renaissance man with a special genius for commerce. I believe his greatest talent in business was to empower and mentor so many of us," John HARRIS said in the release.
Geno FRANCOLINI, a Londoner and director of the company for 12 years, said his longtime friend was heavily involved in the local Liberal scene, drawn to it by his belief in Canada and desire for it to excel.
HARRIS was part of a group of local Liberals who helped Judd BUCHANAN capture the Conservative stronghold of London West. BUCHANAN was another director for the company that went public in 1967.
"I respected him very, very much. I loved him very, very much," FRANCOLINI said.
Both HARRIS and FRANCOLINI sat at one point as directors of Air Canada -- fired when Brian MULRONEY came to power.
HARRIS was educated at St. George's school and Central collegiate in London before going to the University of Toronto. He served on the University of Western Ontario's senate.
He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1986. He is survived by his wife Ethel and children Judith, Naomi and David.

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MULRONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-25 published
Harold STAFFORD, Lawyer 1921-2005
Lawyer who rode the Trudeaumania wave to hold onto a seat in Parliament later faced charges of fraud, theft and breach of trust
By Tom HAWTHORN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, February 25, 2005 - Page S7
As a criminal defence lawyer, Harold STAFFORD anticipated spending much of his life in court. He could not have imagined in law school that he would be doing so as a defendant.
Mr. STAFFORD, who has died at age 83, was a prominent lawyer in Saint Thomas, Ontario, representing clients charged as petty thieves, failed killers and fraud artists.
His experiences with such a wide spectrum of citizenry perhaps prepared him for a career in politics, during which he served seven years as a Liberal member of Parliament.
In the years following his defeat at the polls, Mr. STAFFORD found himself dealing with a succession of personal legal troubles in cases serious, bizarre, and whimsical. Most seriously, he faced fraud charges in court for 4½ years before the matter was stayed.
In 1984, Mr. STAFFORD and another businessman were charged with fraud, theft and criminal breach of trust in the handling of more than $60,000 from the accounts of a cemetery in Woodstock, Ontario
As most of the money had been repaid by the time charges were brought, lawyers for Mr. STAFFORD and his co-accused sought to have the case dismissed for violating the fundamental justice provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. According to press reports, their application was rejected by a district court judge. That decision was upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
A stay of proceedings was at last ordered in June, 1988, after a Crown attorney told a district court judge that exhibits were missing. Earlier, court was told that the charges caused Mr. STAFFORD to lose clients, suffer depression, and endure the indignity of losing an election to become a delegate to the 1984 Liberal leadership convention.
The end of the matter did not complete his legal woes. In 1999, he signed an agreement to retire and not practice law as part of an undertaking in which a charge of obstruction of justice against him was dropped. Mr. STAFFORD had allegedly attempted to influence the testimony of a witness in a case in which he was acting as a defence lawyer. He continued to work as a paralegal, causing a ruckus when he appeared in a Chatham courtroom with a client the following year. Despite concerns raised by the Crown, he succeeded in getting charges of drinking and driving dropped.
A headline in the Chatham Daily News read: STAFFORD Shows Up And Gets Client Off.
In 1980, Mr. STAFFORD was acquitted of income-tax evasion in provincial court. The charge related to his Erie Properties Ltd., which failed to file a 1979 return. In 1978, a fraud and conspiracy case involving Brazilian gold, Dutch diamonds and Venezuelan fighter planes ended in a mistrial after Mr. STAFFORD alleged jury tampering. He also said an attempt had been made on his life, according to a copyright story in the Woodstock Sentinel-Review.
Mr. STAFFORD made the allegations after being fired as a defence lawyer by one of the accused men. Earlier in the trial, he had been accused of blackmail by a lawyer representing another of the defendants.
In contrast to those dramatic years in court, his political career was serene.
Mr. STAFFORD, a Liberal, needed to contest three elections in the riding of Elgin in Southwestern Ontario before wresting the seat from the Progressive Conservatives. He lost to Tory incumbent James McBAIN, a farmer, by just 78 votes of 27,618 cast in 1962. Mr. McBAIN was re-elected the following year, but in 1965 Mr. STAFFORD ended 20 years of Tory rule, winning by 1,047 votes.
Re-elected during the Trudeaumania campaign of 1968, Mr. STAFFORD lost the seat to dairy farmer John WISE four years later. Mr. WISE would serve as agriculture minister under prime ministers Joe CLARK and Brian MULRONEY.
Born in New Brunswick, Harold Edwin STAFFORD was a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He was stationed at Saint Thomas, where he taught Commonwealth pilots.
He graduated with a bachelor of science degree before earning a civil law degree in 1951 at the University of New Brunswick. A Lord Beaverbrook scholarship allowed him to study at the London School of Economics.
He began practising law in Ontario in 1953, being named Queen's Counsel in 1969.
At least one of his scrapes with the law had a humorous twist. He was on his way to court to represent three men charged with attempted murder in 1991 when he crashed his Cadillac into a pole. When he told police about the accident at the Woodstock courthouse, he was arrested and taken to the police station for a breathalyzer test. He was released without charge. However, his admission to having suffered a minor stroke three years earlier led police to deliver Mr. STAFFORD to hospital to have his blood pressure tested. A three-hour hospital wait after the day's events likely did not improve the reading.
Harold STAFFORD was born in Birdton, New Brunswick, near Fredericton, on April 20, 1921. He died on January 18 at Saint Thomas, Ontario He was 83.

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MULRONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-19 published
Royce FRITH, 81
High commissioner fought fish wars
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, March 19, 2005 Page S9
Toronto -- Diplomat, senator and proudly partisan Liberal, Royce FRITH was Canadian high commissioner to Britain during the fabled fish wars of the mid-1990s. Appointed to the Senate in 1977 by Pierre TRUDEAU, he sat in the Upper Chamber as government deputy leader (1980-84) and then as opposition leader (1991-93) during the Brian MULRONEY era. In his political prime he was known as the man who could always deliver Ontario for the Liberals. Before that he served as on the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism.
He was born November 12, 1923 in Lachine, Quebec, and trained as a lawyer at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. He practised on Bay Street with the firm Magwood, Frith and Pocock.
Mr. FRITH died at home in Vancouver of pneumonia on March 17. He was 81. He is survived by his daughter Valerie FRITH and by his friend Hillary HAGGEN.

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MULRONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-26 published
Royce FRITH, Lawyer, Politician, Diplomat 1923-2005
As canny as he was charming, he never seriously ran for office and instead horse-traded his way into the Senate before being sent to London as High Commissioner, writes Sandra MARTIN. An enthusiastic amateur thespian, he above all relished the drama of the 1995 turbot wars against Spanish fishermen
Saturday, March 26, 2005, Page S9
Tall, patrician, and impeccably dressed, Royce FRITH was a natural communicator who moved through life with charm and grace. A lawyer by training, a Liberal by avocation, and a performer by instinct, he had the potential to be either chief justice of the Supreme Court or prime minister. That he was neither was a mystery to many, but the most likely explanation was fourfold: He was intensely private; his many talents, which included acting and singing, tempted him to enjoy life in the broadest sense; he needed to make a living; and, although he relished influence, he wasn't hungry enough to seek real power.
Mr. FRITH suffered two great tragedies in his life -- the breakdown of his marriage followed by his estranged wife's premature death in 1976, and the death four years later of his son Greg from malignant melanoma at age 25 -- but he kept his anguish to himself and never really spoke about these losses even with his closest Friends. He maintained the same strict privacy in the last few years about his own struggle with cancer. Even many of his closest Friends did not know the extent of his illness.
He served his country as a member of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, as a Senator during the Trudeau and Mulroney eras, and perhaps most famously as the High Commissioner to England and Northern Ireland who saved Canada House and who rallied British fishermen to the Canadian cause during the "turbot war" with the Spanish in the mid-1990s.
Earlier this week, senators from all sides of the Upper Chamber rose to pay tribute to Mr. FRITH. Liberal Joyce FAIRBURN noted that he had "cut a swath through this place with a potent mix of intellect, talent, humour, stubbornness, skill and commitment that challenged the rest of us to think and act well beyond the boundaries of this chamber." Conservative Lowell MURRAY, who had often "crossed swords" with Mr. FRITH, especially during the 1990 G.S.T. filibuster, praised him as "a model of bilingualism," and an "enjoyable, engaging and interesting companion and a great raconteur." Long-time political strategist Dorothy DAVEY, speaking on behalf of herself and her husband, former Senator Keith DAVEY, said, "he brought intelligence and élan to every position he held and joy and warmth to every Friendship he graced and every room he entered,"
Royce Herbert FRITH was born in Lachine, Quebec, the only son of George Harry FIRTH and Annie Beatrice ROYCE. He was educated at Lachine High School and transferred to Parkdale Collegiate after the family moved to Toronto in the mid-1930s. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1946 and Osgoode Hall in 1949 and then did a Diplôme d' études supérieures (droit) at the University of Ottawa. By then, he had married Elizabeth DAVISON, a professional singer whom he had met through The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Back in Toronto, the FRITHs lived in Leaside and Mr. FRITH practised law on his own for nearly two years before joining two colleagues to form the firm of Magwood, Frith and Pocock. He made his political affiliation to the Liberal party early, serving as national treasurer of the Young Liberal Association in 1949. He got involved in local politics by sitting on Leaside town council in 1951 and 1952 and serving as reeve in 1953. He won the nomination as the provincial Liberal candidate for York East in 1955, but lost by more than 7,000 votes to Hollis BECKETT, the Conservative candidate.
He never ran for public office again. Former Senator John NICHOL thinks of Mr. FRITH as a Renaissance man. He speculates that he didn't actively pursue a career in elected politics because "his interests were so broad, in the arts and music, that I don't think he wanted to limit himself to the treadmill existence of an member of Parliament, or worse, a cabinet minister."
Instead he became a strategist and an organizer, becoming president of the Ontario Liberal Association in 1960, a position he held until 1962. By then, he was one of the key members of Cell 13, a group organized by Keith DAVEY, then national director of the Liberal Party, to build up electoral support for Lester PEARSON and his brand of reform liberalism throughout the country after the party's disastrous showings in the 1957 and 1958 federal elections. One of Cell 13's key activities, as described by Christina McCall-Newman in her book Grits, was "travelling show-and tell demonstrations of canvassing, speaking, and advertising methods" for novice candidates, collected under the rubric of the School of Practical Politics. Mr. FRITH, was a key trainer in these "campaign colleges."
Before the 1963 election that gave Mr. PEARSON his first minority government, the perfectly bilingual Mr. FRITH was a practising lawyer, the host of a television program called Telepoll on the newly formed CTV network, and an applicant before the Board of Broadcast Governors for a licence to establish a private radio station in Windsor, close to the border with the United States.
He got the licence, much to the annoyance of Windsor member of Parliament Paul MARTIN, who thought it should go to a local, and four months later relinquished it in favour of his silent partner, media czar Geoffrey STIRLING.
Mr. DAVEY was not pleased at these public rufflings of Liberal party solidarity, which provided John DIEFENBAKER with fuel for his scathing wit. In his 1986 book, The Rainmaker, he wrote: "Though never quite a dilettante, Royce was not prepared to commit totally to anything, least of all a political career." He went on to say that he regarded Mr. FRITH as "a squandered political resource" who might even have been prime minister. "Too often, however, he slid by on his remarkable personality."
Mr. PEARSON did not share that view. One of his first acts as Prime Minister was to establish the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, with Mr. FRITH as one of ten commissioners. He served the Commission faithfully and well, saying at one point in the hearings that: "If one section of the country sees it as consisting of a majority and a minority while the other sees it as an equal partnership, this does not provide a fertile ground for the exchange of culture. Until we can find ways to change these attitudes, the present conflict will continue."
Earlier this week, Keith SPICER, who was appointed Canada's first Commissioner of Official Languages by Pierre TRUDEAU in 1970, paid tribute to Mr. FRITH who served as his legal adviser. "Royce's advice, in those days when language was still a minefield of anger, misunderstanding and prejudice, was fundamental to the success of the Official Languages Act."
As canny as he was charming, Mr. FRITH struck himself an advantageous deal when the Liberals wanted him to be Ontario campaign manager in the late 1970s. Perhaps Mr. FRITH knew how hard it would be to deliver Ontario to the Liberals in the wake of Mr. TRUDEAU's imposition of the War Measures Act and wage and price controls. He was willing to give up his lucrative law practice to serve the party but he asked for, and received, an appointment to the Senate in 1977. He then took on running the Ontario campaign in the 1979 election, the election that saw Mr. TRUDEAU trounced by Joe CLARK's Progressive Conservatives.
In the Senate, Mr. FRITH was an active and gifted debater and served as deputy leader of the government from 1980 to 1984, deputy leader of the Opposition from 1984 to 1991 and leader of the Opposition from 1991. Working in Ottawa gave him the opportunity to spend more time in nearby Perth, his mother's ancestral home in the Ottawa Valley, and to indulge his passion for amateur theatricals, including playing Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. "Quite frankly," said Senator David SMITH, "he was better looking than Rex Harrison and he had a real polish and flair."
He resigned his Senate seat in 1994, five years before mandatory retirement at age 75, to become High Commissioner to London, his final and most triumphant period of public life. He waged two major campaigns. Under his predecessor Fredrik EATON, appointed by Brian MULRONEY, there was a serious danger that the lease on Canada House in its flagship location in Trafalgar Square in London, was going to be allowed to lapse. Mr. FRITH was appalled and did his utmost to point out that losing Canada House was going to be a blow to Canadian tradition and prestige. He also discovered that under the terms of the lease, Canada had to restore the building to its original condition before handing it back to the Crown. Instead of saving money, giving up Canada House was going to cost a great deal. That proved a winning argument in those cost-conscious days.
Former Liberal Cabinet minister Brian Tobin, now a lawyer in the private sector, had trained as a young candidate with Mr. FRITH in one of the many campaign colleges. He appreciated Mr. FRITH's brand of Liberalism. "He understood the private sector very well, but he also had a huge heart and understood that not only did you have to produce wealth in this society, you have to be fair to those who have fewer advantages."
But what really endeared Mr. FRITH to him was the role he played in the turbot wars when Mr. Tobin was federal minister of fisheries. Members of the fishing community in Cornwall started flying Canadian flags because they were upset by the over-fishing that they themselves were seeing by the Spanish and the Portuguese and they sympathized with Canada's position. Mr. FRITH went to visit them to say thank you. "He did a marvellous job," said Mr. Tobin. "He was such an articulate, persuasive personality that he could walk into a community he had never been in before in his life at a time like that and really embody Canada in the most positive sense of the word."
When asked if he had a favourite memory of Mr. FRITH, he said, "I see this big tall guy in a bow tie with chiselled features, big grin, flashing eyes looking for the next big cause, bare knuckles and all, to embrace. And that's Royce."
If Mr. FRITH was disappointed when he was recalled in 1996 to make way for former Cabinet minister Roy MacLaren to succeed him in London, he kept it to himself.
The Vancouver law firm now called Borden Ladner Gervais invited him to join them as a consultant on British and European affairs. The climate was better than in Ottawa and he had Friends there, especially former Senators John Nichol and George Van Roggen. He quickly became the centre of a social circle that revolved around the Vancouver Symphony, the board of Pearson College and the Vancouver Club. "Royce would walk in every day," said David Smith, "looking like he had just come off Jermyn Street, tailored by Savile Row. I never needed to book anything [when I went to Vancouver], all I had to do was go to the Vancouver Club and there he would be looking like a million dollars."
Mr. FRITH's daughter Valerie also moved to Vancouver where she taught for a number of years in the publishing program at Simon Fraser University. He never remarried, although he had many close women Friends, most notably Hillary Haggan in recent years.
Royce Herbert FRITH was born in Lachine, Quebec, on November 12, 1923. He died of pneumonia as a complication of malignant myeloma at home in Vancouver on March 17, 2005. He was 81. He is survived by his daughter Valerie and her family.

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MULRONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-06 published
Alice MILNES
By Arthur Herbert MILNES, Monday, June 6, 2005, Page A16
Grandmother, mother, friend. Born August 26, 1906, in Toronto. Died May 11 in Pickering, Ontario, of old age, aged 98.
'Oh that's good."
Those were my 92-year-old Grandmother's words on Christmas Eve of 1999. She'd just taken a long drink of rye -- topped with a splash of soda water -- we'd handed her to celebrate the season. After that first sip, she looked out over my kitchen at three of her nine grandchildren, tipped her glass and tossed back another.
Nanny was born in Toronto in 1906 and spent almost all of her life living near the thoroughfare called The Danforth in Toronto. She vowed she'd never burden her children by moving in with them in old age. (Her mother-in-law had done that and it was an experience she said she wouldn't revisit on anyone.) She kept her vow, living on her own in her tidy apartment until old age forced her into a long-term care facility at age 96.
She and Grampa spent many years on Rhodes Avenue and her neighbours, Nel and Jack ARBUCKLE, became so close they even chose to have cottages side by side. In later years, Nel and Jack's daughter, Marge, and her husband, John, did so much to help allow Nanny to keep visiting her cottage, with countless gestures that personified Friendship.
While she never went past primary school, she read constantly throughout her life -- how she loved her mysteries -- and it was a matter of pride for her that all three of her children Bill, Joan and Herb Jr. -- became educators.
Nanny and Grampa -- Herbert MILNES, my grandfather, who died in 1983 -- had a cottage near Bluewater Beach, north of Toronto. As a child, I'd spend hours playing cards with her there and she'd tell me story after story of life in Toronto during days gone by. My favourite? Her account of the Royal Visit of 1939. I never got tired of hearing about the crowds and the flags and her description of the Queen; I must have heard a thousand times: "She was so beautiful, Art." In 1989, I happened to be working at Queen's Park when that beautiful Queen -- by now the beloved Queen Mum -- returned to Toronto to mark the 50th anniversary of that historic visit. I left my office and watched the Queen Mum from the crowd. When I returned home that night, the first thing I did was call to tell my grandmother where I'd gone and whom I'd seen.
"You know that flag," she said to me out of the blue one day in the late 1980s, while I was raising Canada's Maple Leaf for her at the cottage, "Your Grandfather always put it up but we used to call it 'Pearson's dish-rag.' "
That comment aside, I never heard her express many political views but I knew she followed the news and politics faithfully. Last summer we asked former Prime Minister Brian MULRONEY if he'd help us mark our matriarch's birthday. He did just that, sending Nanny a handwritten letter.
"I learned that you will be turning 98 this weekend," Mr. MULRONEY wrote. "What a marvellous milestone in life and Mila joins me in conveying our warmest congratulations and best wishes for many more. Have a rye and soda on me!"
She broke into a big smile as she sat surrounded by family as that letter was read to her.
"Who did you say that was from?" she asked.
And she just nodded and grinned in a way I'd never seen before. Above all else, my Nanny loved being the centre of attention and Mr. MULRONEY's letter was icing on the cake. I detected from her the belief that all former prime ministers should be honouring her. Why wouldn't they, she seemed to say by her grin.
She was Alice MILNES -- a feisty yet gentle Iron Lady -- and she knew it.
Arthur MILNES is the grand_son of Alice MILNES.

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MULRONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-21 published
SOPINKA, John, 1997 -- Died This Day
Monday, November 21, 2005, Page S11
Lawyer and judge was born in Broderick, Saskatchewan., on March After growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, he graduated from the University of Toronto, where he was a star halfback with the Varsity Blues. He later played with the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes. His folksy manner and easy wit cloaked a sharp intellect that made him one of the country's top trial lawyers for nearly three decades. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1988 by prime minister Brian MULRONEY, who pulled him out of private practice. Among his celebrated cases as a lawyer was that of Susan NELLES, a nurse charged in the deaths of several infants at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. She retained him to represent her in a civil action against the Ontario Attorney-General and Toronto police, alleging malicious prosecution. The Nelles suit was his most satisfying case. "A lawyer often gets well paid, but it is not every case where you feel you have really done something good for a human being."

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MULRONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-20 published
LAING, Florence " Marg"
At Centenary Health Centre, on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Hyatt "Bob" LAING. Loving mother of Florence "Mike" and her husband John HOLMES, Faith and her husband George JOEL, and David and his wife Shirley MULRONEY. Proud grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. The family will receive Friends at the St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Road, Toronto (West Hill) from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday. The Funeral Service will be held in the church on Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to the McEachnie Funeral Home, 905-428-8488.

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MULROONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-24 published
MULROONEY, Dr. Ray, D.D.S., B.Sc.D., F.I.C.C.M.O.
Passed away after a valiant fight with cancer on March 22nd, 2005, at Scarborough General Hospital, Ray, loving husband of Vera. Beloved father of Michael and his wife Karen, Sean, Joseph and his wife Caroline and daughter Siobhan. Cherished grandpa of Evan, Janeh, Anne, Sheila, Raymond and Fiona. Sorely missed by his brother Frank and sister Joyce. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (between Warden and Pharmacy), from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 28. Funeral mass Tuesday morning, March 29th at 10: 30 a.m. in Annunciation Church (Victoria Park south of Ellesmere). Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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MULROONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-24 published
MULROONEY, Dr. Ray, D.D.S., B.Sc.D., F.I.C.C.M.O.
Passed away after a valiant fight with cancer on March 22nd, 2005 at Scarborough General Hospital, Ray loving husband of Vera. Beloved father of Michael and his wife Karen, Sean, Joseph and his wife Caroline and daughter Siobhan. Cherished grandpa of Evan, Janeh, Anne, Sheila, Raymond and Fiona. Sorely missed by his brother Frank and sister Joyce. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 28th. Funeral Mass Tuesday morning, March 29th, at 10: 30 a.m. in Annunciation Church (Victoria Park south of Ellesmere). Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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MULROONEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-07 published
CHAIKOFF, Dr. Ronald Hugh, B.A., M.D., (F.R.C.P.C)
Passed away on Tuesday, October 4th, 2005 in his 75th year. Loving husband of Patricia. Beloved and devoted father of Suzy and her husband Sam MULROONEY, Ellen and her husband Dave LODER. Admired grandfather of Ryan, Cameron, Kyle, Jessica and Lucas. Dear brother of Richard and his wife Joan. To honour his wish, there will be no public service. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences www.rskane.ca

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