NEILL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-12-28 published
NEILL, William Ferguson “Bill&rdquo
Peacefully at Summit Place on Monday, December 26th, 2005. Bill NEILL of Owen Sound in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen (née SYMONDS.) Predeceased by two sisters Florence and Greta. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses: in Rockford on Sunday, January 8th, 2006 at 4 o'clock. Interment, Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Kingdom Hall would be appreciated and may be made through the Tannahill Funeral Home 376-3710.

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NEILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-19 published
NEILL, Kate " Kitty"
Peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 in her 84th year; loving wife of Arthur for 64 years cherished mother of David and his wife Margot, Rick and his wife Kristi; devoted grandmother of Paige and her husband Gavin, Stacy and her husband Manuel, Jon and his fiancée Jen, Laura and her husband Kevin, Katie, David, Andrew and Luke; great-grandmother of Heather, Graeme, Emily, Claire, Emma, and Julia. Kate will be remembered by her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law John and Jean NEILL and Connie NEILL and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Avenue, Brantford on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. Reverend L. Allan LYNK officiating. If wished memorial donations to the Brantford General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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NEILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-27 published
MICHIELSEN, Jaak " Jack" Jozef
"Having run with patience the race before him, looking always unto Jesus.... Jack lost the battle to cancer but has gained eternal life."
At his residence on Good Friday, March 25, 2005, Jaak "Jack" Jozef MICHIELSEN of Arkona and formerly of Parkhill in his 54th year. Beloved husband of Joanne (DE KONING) MICHIELSEN. Dear father of Tracy BALTESSEN of London, Carolyn and Eli GINGERICH of Kitchener, Lucas MICHIELSEN and Erica NEILL of Toronto, Jessica, Rachel and Laura MICHIELSEN of Waterloo, Hannah MICHIELSEN at home. Dear son of Joe and Louise MICHIELSEN of Parkhill. Dear brother of Maria and Harvey GAMBLE of Wallaceburg, Elizabeth MICHIELSEN and Frank RIGG of Courtenay, Patrick and Deborah MICHIELSEN of Sylvan, Nancy and Don ST HILAIRE of Edmonton, David MICHIELSEN and Kelly DEVER of Waterloo, Richard and Julie MICHIELSEN of Toronto. Dear son-in-law of Johanna DE KONING and the late Frank DE KONING of Strathroy. Also will be missed by his sisters and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Resting at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street Parkhill. Visitation at the funeral home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted at Grace Bible Chapel Parkhill on Tuesday, March 29th at 11: 00 a.m. Pastor Corey PICKENS will officiate. Interment in Parkhill Cemetery. Donations to A.C.W.A.M. Outreach Ministries, 429 Gillard Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario, N8A 1N7 or The Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario, N6A 9Z9 would be appreciated. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca M. Box and son will plant a tree in living memory of Mr. MICHIELSEN at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Parkhill.

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NEILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-12 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Alfred " Chippy" Alexander
At Woodstock General Hospital on Monday, April 11th, 2005. Alfred "Chippy" Alexander WHITE/WHYTE of Caressant Care, Woodstock in his 79th year. Longtime companion of Rhea K. BECKER. Dear father of Francis (Sheila) WHITE/WHYTE, Howard (Shelly) WHITE/WHYTE, Debbie WHITE/WHYTE, Lloyd (Nadia) WHITE/WHYTE all of Ottawa and beloved dad (step-father) of Debbie (Dave) FEATHERSTONE, Tom (Carolyn) NEILL, Terri BECKER, Debbie (Mike) REEVES, and Dawn BROWNSCOMBE. Loved grandfather of twenty six grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren. Dear brother of Vie, Carmen, Carlton, Bertie and Iris. Chippy tended duties at the Woodstock Shrine Club for several years. Friends and family will be received at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, 539-0004 on Wednesday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m., where the complete memorial service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. with Major Elaine BECKER officiating. Cremation. Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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NEILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-26 published
PATERSON, Robert Gordon Richard " Dick"
Died in London, on November 17th, 2005. His wife Margaret predeceased him on April 7th, 1998. Dick was born in Colombo, Ceylon on 11 September 1923. His father, Gordon, was born in Glasgow and was a Mercantile Accountant for his Great Uncle and Grandfather who were Tea planters. His mother Mary was born in Bogowantalawa, Ceylon of Irish parents. The family returned to Edinburgh in 1933. They emigrated to New Zealand in 1939 and Dick volunteered for service in the New Zealand Navy in 1942. He served as an Asdic operator on minesweepers in the South Pacific war zone. In 1946 he went to Dunedin, New Zealand to train as a radiographer. He served in hospitals in Westport, New Zealand, where he met and married Margaret; Thames, New Zealand, Ottawa Civic Hospital, London Victoria Hospital where he became Chief Technician, then Opotiki, New Zealand. He returned to Canada in 1973 when he accepted the position of Technical Director of Radiology at University Hospital, London, from where he retired in 1988. He is survived by his brother John and his wife Eleanor, Mangawai Heads, his sister Faith of Ngaurawahia and Margaret's cousin Dorothy NEILL of Westport, all in New Zealand. He will be fondly remembered by former colleagues and Friends in London, Ontario. Cremation has taken place and those who wish to send messages may do so care of Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, 641-1793 or by online condolences at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

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NEILL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-17 published
VALE, Gladys M. (née LECRAS)
At her residence on Friday, December 16, 2005. Gladys M. (nee LECRAS) VALE of Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock and formerly of Light Street, Woodstock in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Edward John VALE (1982.) Dear mother of Marjorie NEILL and her husband Bruce of Woodstock and mother-in-law of Bernice STUBBS and her husband John of Woodstock. Loved grandmother of Kevin NEILL and his wife Jennie, Jerry NEILL and his fiancee Donna WILLIAMS, Tim NEILL and his wife Sherri, Cindy WESLEY, Sharon McMULLIN and her husband Ron, Lori HUSK and her husband Harvey, Dianne CHAPMAN and her husband Mark, Kelly OSBORNE and her friend Aaron, Rick VALE and his wife Sue, David VALE and his friend Laura and will be remembered by her many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Irene STANLEY of Woodstock and sister-in-law of Audrey GREEN and Eleanor HANSON. Predeceased by her son Robert E. VALE (1988,) her great-granddaughter Dawn-Marie WESLEY, her brother Walter LECRAS, and by her sister Doris MOYER. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woostock, 539-0004 on Sunday December 18, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m, where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 11: 00. Interment later in the Anglincan Cemetery. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-01 published
NEILL- WACOWICH, Lorraine
After a valiant battle with cancer, Lorraine passed away at the age of 56 years. Lorraine is survived by her husband Rod WACOWICH along with the jewel of Lorraine's eye daughter Julie. Also surviving Lorraine are Geoff and Shannon WACOWICH; grandchildren: Matt and Molly, Bob WACOWICH and Susan WISHART, Mark and Carol STRILCHUK along with granddaughter Claire and grandchild soon to be born. Lorraine also leaves her brothers; George, Donald, Doug (Joanne) sister, Pam and Tom BOUCHARD and numerous nephews and nieces from both sides of the family. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents George and Dorothy and nephew Donald. Lorraine spent her life as a lawyer with Federal Justice and was involved in many major issues for Canada. She has Friends throughout the Federal Government and enjoyed working with them and the law. She sends her love to all. Lorraine was very committed to the advancement of social issues and right to the end was involved in spending her energy to make our community better. She has Friends across the world with her love and personality. Prayers will be held at Connelly McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street, Edmonton on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 8: 30 p.m. Reverend Martin CARROLL will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 7508-29 Avenue, Edmonton on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Friends who so wish may make memorial donations directly to the Cross Cancer Institute, c/o Alberta Cancer Foundation, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton Alberta T6G 1Z2 or the Edmonton General Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, c/o Caritas Hospitals Foundation, 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L4. A special thanks to all of the caregivers and staff at both the Cross Cancer Institute and the General Hospital and especially Dr. BUTTS. Connelly-McKinley Ltd., 10011-114th St.; (780) 422-2222, to send condolences: www.connelly-mckinley.com

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-28 published
McDONALD, Gerald Carson
At St. Joseph's Lifecare Centre on Monday, June 27, 2005. Memories of Gerry will be shared by Christina, his adored wife for more than 60 years and their children, Catherine FORBES and her daughter, Margot; Ian and his daughters Christine, Jennifer, and Katie Margot and David NEILL and their children Paige (Gavin,) Stacy (Manuel), Jon (Jennifer), David, and Andrew; Graeme and Kim and their children Ali MARCELLA, Cale, and Paris. Gerry will be missed by his sister Doris GOOD, his brother Lyle (Patti;) sisters-in-law Catherine CHOWN, and Betty WHITE/WHYTE (Jim,) and brother-in-law Leonard OLIVER (Lois.) He was the loved Papa of five great-grandchildren and the respected uncle of many nieces and nephews; predeceased by his sister-in-law Kay OLIVER, and brothers-in-law Bill GOOD, Gordon CHOWN, and Ted BARTON. Gerry will also be greatly missed by his special Friends Jack BRAGG (and the late Marion,) Don LUDLOW, and Maria REBELO. Born in Brandon and raised in Regina, Gerry came to Brantford as an Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Instructor during the war and adopted Brantford as his home. A respected business leader, Gerry was the founding President of G.C. McDonald Supply. Gerry provided leadership to a number of volunteer and charitable organizations, some of which include, Chairman of the Brantford Airport Commission, President of the Brantford Flying Club, and President of the Royal Canadian Flying Clubs Association, Clerk-of-Session and Trustee of Zion (St. Andrew's) United Church, President of the Rotary Club of Brantford (a Paul Harris Fellow), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brantford General Hospital, and a member of the Loon Lake Hunting Club. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 519-752-4331. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at St. Andrew's United Church on Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew's United Church, Brantford or the Brantford General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. A Tree will be planted in memory of Gerry in the Beckett - Glaves Memorial Forest. www.beckettglaves.com

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-03 published
McCURDY, Elsie Muriel (née NEILL)
At Sunrise Retirement Residence, Mississauga on Wednesday November 2, 2005, in her 92nd year. Elise McCURDY (née NEILL) beloved wife of the late Wilbert. Loving mother of Laurene PAYNE, Gwenda McCURDY, Leonard McCURDY and his wife Jane and Eleanor and her husband Richard WAY. Loving grandmother of Doug, Donna, Kristina, Kevin, Nicole and Duncan. Dear Great grandmother of Laurell, Amanda, Danielle, Darryl, Emma, Amelia, Becket, Jackson, Katie and Megan. Survived by her sister Alma and her husband Russell McKEE and predeceased by 2 sisters and 8 brothers. Friends may call at the Lee Funeral Home Limited 258 Queen Street South, Streetsville (Mississauga Road South of 401), on Friday November 4, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held from Streetsville United Church, 274 Queen Street South, Streetsville on Saturday November 5, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Streetsville Cemetery.

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
OSTRANDER, Howard " Howie"
Peacefully, after a brief illness, went home to be with his Lord and Friend Jesus Christ, on Sunday, March 20, 2005, at the age of 76. Howard was born in Craighurst, Ontario in 1929. He moved to Toronto in 1943 and from there to Elmira in 1994. Beloved husband of Ena (née NEILL,) loving father of JoAnne (David) FRIES of Greenville, Wisconsin, and Neil (Yvonne) OSTRANDER of Elmira, and cherished grandfather of Brian, Jonathan, Michael, Brett, and Jennifer. Howard will also be remembered by his sister Kathleen (John) ROSS. Howard was predeceased by his parents Harvey and Annie OSTRANDER, sister Irene CONNELLY, and brother Ray OSTRANDER. Friends are invited to share their memories of Howard with his family during visitation at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Howard's life and faith will be held at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church, 245 Lexington Road, Waterloo, on Wednesday, March 23 at 2: 00 p.m., with Pastor Paul McLLWRAITH officiating. A reception will follow in the lower auditorium of the church. Cremation and private interment will follow at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made in Howard's memory to International Teams of Canada and may be arranged by calling the Edward R. Good Funeral Home. Condolences/Donations/Flowers www.edwardrgood.com 519-745-8445

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-06 published
NEILL, Helen
At Wyndham Manor, Oakville, on Monday, April 4, 2005, in her 91st year. Beloved aunt of Ian SMILLIE, Colin WATSON and Heather AYCAN and her husband Ara; great-aunt of David and Robyn AYCAN and Rowan WILSON- SMILLIE. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, (6150 Yonge St. at Goulding, south of Steeles) Thursday, 2 p.m. until time of complete service Thursday at 3 p.m. Cremation.

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-16 published
NEILL, Samuel
After a long illness on Friday, April 15, 2005. Beloved husband to wife Eva. Dear father to daughter Pat and her husband Harold, son Robert and his wife Anita. Loving grandfather of James, Jennifer, Evan and Patrick. Stepson of Allan and his wife Diana, Janice and her husband Bill and their children Jeremy, Jason and his wife Kim, Jackie Lee and Alex. Sadly missed by family and Friends. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Sunday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service and committal in the chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. followed by cremation.

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-02 published
NEILL, Robert
Peacefully, at his home in Jackson's Point, on Thursday, June 30, 2005, at the age of 78 years. Robert (Bob) NEILL, beloved husband of Kathaleen (Kay) (née NORTON.) Dear father of Dawn FRENCH of Bolsover, Joan MOASE of Keswick, and Joseph NEILL and his wife Gillian of Kenora. Loving Grandfather of Nicholas, Galen, Emily, April, Katie, and Austin. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral Service in the Chapel Tuesday at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow.

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-22 published
FLOWERS, May (née McNABNEY)
Formerly of 70 Hinton Rd., Etobicoke. May passed away quietly at her home, Lansing Residence on Saturday, August 20, 2005, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her husband Wes (formerly of New Carlisle, Quebec), their daughter Susan, sisters Elsie McNABNEY, Agnes EAGLESON, Margaret LONEY, Frances NEILL, Sally NEILSON and brothers Bobby and Jimmy McNABNEY. She is survived by her sister Isobel KERR and husband George, brother Sammy McNABNEY and wife Ivy, brother Hugh McNABNEY and wife Ness and brother John and wife Stella and numerous nieces, nephews and Friends. May's life presented numerous and difficult challenges which she always met with her inner strength and determination. She spent her last two years at Lansing Residence where she was loved and cared for by the exceptional staff who enjoyed her sense of humour, her independence and her positive outlook on life as they helped her accept the difficulties and challenges of aging. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave. (2 blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Monday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at Rexdale Presbyterian Church, 2314 Islington Ave., Etobicoke. For funeral time please contact the funeral home 416-745-7555. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-23 published
FLOWERS, May (née McNABNEY)
Formerly of 70 Hinton Rd., Etobicoke. May passed away quietly at her home, Lansing Residence on Saturday, August 20, 2005, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her husband Wes (formerly of New Carlisle, Quebec), their daughter Susan, sisters Elsie McNABNEY, Agnes EAGLESON, Margaret LONEY, Frances NEILL, Sally NEILSON and brothers Bobby and Jimmy McNABNEY. She is survived by her sister Isobel KERR and husband George, brother Sammy McNABNEY and wife Ivy, brother Hugh McNABNEY and wife Ness and brother John and wife Stella and numerous nieces, nephews and Friends. May's life presented numerous and difficult challenges which she always met with her inner strength and determination. She spent her last two years at Lansing Residence where she was loved and cared for by the exceptional staff who enjoyed her sense of humour, her independence and her positive outlook on life as they helped her accept the difficulties and challenges of aging. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave. (2 blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Rexdale Presbyterian Church, 2314 Islington Ave., Etobicoke. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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NEILL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
NEILL, Marjorie " Bernice"
At North York General Hospital on Friday, December 16, 2005 at the age of 76. Beloved daughter of the late Frank and Marjorie NEILL. She will be missed by her family, Betty, Norm and Gary COLLINS, Christine, Jim, Lorie, Leslie and Michael LEGGE and Irene and Michael RAINEY. Also remembered by her Friends. A Committal Service will be held at Rosemount Memorial Gardens on Monday, December 19, 2005 at 1 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Nisbett Funeral Home and Chapel (600 Monaghan Rd. S., Peterborough).

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NEILLY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-18 published
STALKER, Russell
Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family in their home, on Thursday, February 17, 2005, Russell STALKER, formerly of Collingwood, Ontario passed away in his 92nd year. Predeceased in 1999 by his beloved wife, Beryl STALKER. Dear father of Elaine STALKER (Jack NORMAN) of London and Vanda NEILLY (David) of Oakville. Loving grandfather of Jamie, Cindy (Dean), Marissa and Erika. Visitors will be received at Chatterson-Long Funeral Home in Collingwood between 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, February 20th. Funeral service will be held at the Christ Church Batteau in Nottawa on February 21st at 1 p.m. with Reverend Ray DOBSON officiating. At his family's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McCormick Home Foundation, 230 Victoria Street, London or the Victorian Order of Nurses Middlesex-Elgin, 200-1151 Florence Street, London.

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NEILS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-26 published
NEIL, Arthur " Art" Easton
At the Woodstock General Hospital, on Thursday, March 17, 2005. Arthur " Art" Easton NEIL of R.R.#5 Woodstock, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Emma NEIL (née MILLER.) Dear father of Linda DALEY and her husband Doug of Orillia and Jim NEILS and his partner Nancy DEVITT of Stratford. Loved Papa of Brendan (Kristina) of Denmark and Meghan (Jeff) of New Zealand and great grandfather of Iben and Sonnich both of Denmark. Dear brother of Donald NEIL (Dorothy) of Kingston and Clare NEIL (Elsie) of Woodstock. Art had been a longtime member of College Avenue United Church, and enjoyed both his participation in the Men's Club at College Avenue United Church, Woodstock, as well as meetings with Friends and colleagues of Truck Engineering. A memorial service to commemorate Art's life will be held at College Avenue United Church, 22 Wilson Street, Monday, March 28, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend David DUNCAN officiating. Interment later in the Hillview Cemetery. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital-Palliative Care Unit, Canadian Cancer Society or the College Avenue United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated and may be arranged through the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, Woodstock, 539-0004. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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NEILSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-18 published
REYNOLDS, Beatrice Grace (née VARLEY)
Peacefully at Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, on April 15, 2005, in her 97th year. Predeceased by her husband Murray (1974), and her parents William and Edith. Sister of Mary NEILSEN and the late Ina CHAPPLE, Fred, James, William and Harvey VARLEY. Loving mother of Barry (Susan) of Sault Ste. Marie and Marilyn DOYLE (David) of Lindsay. Grandmother of John REYNOLDS, Robert REYNOLDS (Lisa), Gary DOYLE (Kellie), Richard DOYLE (Lisa), Barbara HILLION (Stephen,) and Bryan DOYLE (Kyra.) Great-grandmother to 11 and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Grace graduated from nursing at Women's College Hospital in 1931 and was an active member of their Alumni Association for many years. She was a longtime member of Westminster United Church, Weston. Family and Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, from 11 a.m. Tuesday until time of funeral service in the chapel at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Westminster United Church or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences may be sent to beatrice.reynolds@wardfh.com

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NEILSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-01 published
NEILSEN, Raymond Milward
After a brief illness at the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at the age of 86. Survived by loving wife of 60 years Carrie. Predeceased by brothers Mel and Mac. Dear brother to Ellen MANTON, Mae BINKLEY and Gavin NEILSEN. Loving father to Donna REIMER and Myrna CORBETT. Will be missed by his grandchildren Jennifer, Scott, Erica and Mandy and great-grandchildren Marcus and Mya. To follow Ray's wishes, no service will be held. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-16 published
LEE, Lloyd Andrew
Peacefully, at his residence, Thursday evening, April 14, 2005, Lloyd Andrew LEE, of Dashwood, age 71. Beloved husband of Debra Ann (RAYMOND) LEE. Loved father of Guy and Margaret Marian LEE, Sandra LEE, all of Seaforth and Dale LEE of Arkona. Remembered by Elfrieda's children, David and Brenda NEILSON of Alberta, Norma and Peter RUMBALL of London. Loved by his many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Ron and Kay LEE of Windsor, June and Wally ODZAKA of Livonia, Michigan, Marj LEE of Windsor, Martha FONGER and Anna WISSING, both of London. Remembered also by Debra's father Daryl RAYMOND Sr., nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his former wife Elfrieda (MESSNER) LEE, her son James "Jimmy" NEILSON, sister Doreen BURTON and brother Stan LEE. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; where Funeral Service will be held Monday, April 18, 2005 at 1 p.m. The Reverend John E. TREMBULAK III officiating. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations to the Lung Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. Lloyd served with the Royal Canadian Regiment as a Medic for over 20 years and was a longtime employee of Blackstone-Valeo in Stratford. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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NEILSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-18 published
CHILDS, Harold William
Harold William age 84 of Dresden passed away at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Public General Campus on Sunday April 17, 2005. He was born in Dawn Township son of the late Clinton and Mary (DAVIDSON) CHILDS. He was a member of the Dresden-Camden Volunteer Fire Dept. for 25 years. Surviving is his loving wife Mary (NEILSON) CHILDS; daughters: Linda and Ken MATHEWSON of R.R.#6 Dresden, Bonnie and John THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Kitchener; sons: Glen and Shirley CHILDS of R.R.#2 Tupperville, Allan and Tracey CHILDS of Dresden 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; sisters: Evelyn EVES of Alvinston, Helen and Gerald BABCOCK of Dresden, Marion and James SMITH of Cedar Springs; brothers Ernest and Mildred CHILDS of R.R.#2 Tupperville, Don and Bernieda CHILDS of Wallaceburg, Gordon and Frances CHILDS of Wallaceburg; sister-in-law Helen HESS of Wallaceburg. Predeceased by a son Paul and a brother Morris. Visitors will be received at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross Street, Dresden on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday April 19, 2005 with Reverend Terry CLYNE officiating. Interment in Dresden Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Canadian Cancer Society or Zion Free Methodist Church may be made by cheque at the funeral home

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NEILSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-19 published
CHILDS, Harold William
Harold William age 84 of Dresden passed away at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Public General Campus on Sunday April 17, 2005. He was born in Dawn Township son of the late Clinton and Mary (DAVIDSON) CHILDS. He was a member of the Dresden-Camden Volunteer Fire Dept. for 25 years. Surviving is his loving wife Mary (NEILSON) CHILDS; daughters: Linda and Ken MATHEWSON of R.R.#6 Dresden, Bonnie and John THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Kitchener; sons: Glen and Shirley CHILDS of R.R.#2 Tupperville, Allan and Tracey CHILDS of Dresden 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; sisters: Evelyn EVES of Alvinston, Helen and Gerald BABCOCK of Dresden, Marion and James SMITH of Cedar Springs; brothers Ernest and Mildred CHILDS of R.R.#2 Tupperville, Don and Bernieda CHILDS of Wallaceburg, Gordon and Frances CHILDS of Wallaceburg; sister-in-law Helen HESS of Wallaceburg. Predeceased by a son Paul and a brother Morris. Visitors will be received at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross Street, Dresden on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday April 19, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Terry CLYNE officiating. Interment in Dresden Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Canadian Cancer Society or Zion Free Methodist Church may be made by cheque at the funeral home

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NEILSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-14 published
DAWSON, Mabel Elizabeth (née JENNINGS)
Mabel Elizabeth age 94 of R.R.#2 Tupperville passed away on Sunday June 12, 2005 at Albany Retirement Residence, Petrolia. She was born in Dawn Twp. daughter of the late Fred and Fannie NEILSON) JENNINGS. She was a member of Zion Free Methodist Church and the Womens Missionary Society. She taught Sunday School for many years. Her husband Neil DAWSON predeceased in 1997. Surviving are one daughter Elizabeth DAWSON; two sons Gordon and Neta DAWSON of Corunna, Glen and Ila DAWSON of Corunna; six grandchildren: Jodi (Joel), Jill (Dave), Davina (Mike), Deanna (Mark), Greg, Ossie; seven great grandchildren: Maxwell and Molly, Grace, Laura and Carolyn, Erin and Matthew; 3 sisters: Dorcas and Carman HARRIS, Marguerite and John SIGSWORTH, Helen HESS; sister-in-law Grace DAWSON. Predeceased by a brother Harold and Ethel JENNINGS, sisters Esther and Charles LEWIS, Nellie JENNINGS, Gertrude JENNINGS 2 brothers-in-law Morris CHILDS and Harry ANNETT, son-in-law Brian MICHELIN. Visitors will be received at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross Street, Dresden on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday June 15, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Terry CLYNE officiating. Interment in Dresden Cemetery. Memorial donations to Zion Free Methodist Church or charity of choice.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-08 published
TULLETT, Gilbert, " Gil"
With quiet dignity Gilbert, "Gil" TULLETT passed away at Victoria Hospital, on Saturday, August 6, 2005. Gil was born in Droitwich, England on 26th of June, 1915 and was the beloved husband of Vera " Viv" (2003.) Dear father of Ann and Murray NEILSON of London, Ontario and Anthony and Heather TULLETT of Oromocto, New Brunswick. "Grandpa" was loved by six grandchildren, Jamie and Mark NEILSON, Christopher and Joshua TULLETT and Nicole and Laura MURPHY. He will be missed by his sisters-in-law Ruby ATTWOOD of Romford, England and Pat BAXTER of London, Ontario, and their families. Friends will be received on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 from 10: 00-11:00 a.m. where a memorial service will be conducted immediately following the visitation at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, at 11: 00 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gil are asked to consider the Parkwood Hospital Palliative Care Unit.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-15 published
SHAW, Leala Vivian (formerly NEILSON, née HUGHSON)
Age 88 of Dresden passed away Monday November 14, 2005 at Thamesview Lodge Chatham. She was born in Chatham Township daughter of the late William and Louise HUGHSON. She was a member of Dresden Quilting Club and a member and Past District Deputy Grand President of Rebekah Lodge #322 Dresden. She is predeceased by her first husband William NEILSON in 1969. Surviving is her second husband Clayton SHAW; step-daughters: Judy and Bev BODKIN of Thamesville, Joanne and Dawson BROOKS of LaRonge, Saskatchewan., Mary Jane and Rick BANKES of Port Colborne and Patricia McGOWAN of R.R.#7 Dresden 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; a sister Dorothy GOW of Blenheim; several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two brothers Alvin and Garnet HUGHSON and a step-daughter Janice SMITH. Visitors will be received at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home, 620 Cross Street, Dresden on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 12 p.m. until service time. The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Sandra FOGARTY officiating. Interment in Dresden Cemetery. Rebekah Lodge #322 will conduct a memorial service at the funeral home on Tuesday at 7: 00 p.m. Memorial contributions to Canadian Cancer Society or Chatham-Kent Lung Association may be made by cheque and left at the funeral home.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-18 published
SAGER, Jack L.
Of Mitchell, formerly of Saint Marys, at the age of 75 passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket with his loving wife Verna by his side. Dear son of the late Ethel and Frank SEGER of Saint Marys. Survived by his stepchildren David and Kerina ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Robert ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, Murray ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and Paul and Suzanne ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Loving brother of Dorothy NEILSON of Stratford and brother-in-law of Fay SAGER of Saint Marys, Roy and Bernice PEARN, Auleen PEARN, Annie and Ken JORDAN, Jean and Gerald BEUERMANN, Ruby and Ivan FELTZ, Jeanette CLARKE and friend Bob UPSHALL, all of Mitchell and Shirley and Roy RUSSELL of Russeldale. Proud grandfather of Jeremy, Jeffery, Kerri, Jesslyn and Larissa. He will be remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brothers Bill, Roy, Bob, Ernie, sister Pansy and her husband Pete GREGORY and nephews Douglas and William GREGORY. Jack was a member of the Planning Board for Saint Marys and Mitchell, Executive member of the first Saint Marys' Lincolns Hockey Team and a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy. Family and Friends will be received at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington Street South, Saint Marys (519-284-2820) on Friday, November 18, from 1-5 p.m. and on Saturday November 19, 2005 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m., to be conducted at the funeral home. Interment in Saint Marys Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of choice.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-02 published
NEILSON, Dr. John W. " Jack"
Dr. John W. (Jack) NEILSON passed away peacefully in Vernon, British Columbia on February 25, 2005. Jack was born in Saskatoon on February 13, 1918, the cherished only child of the late Dean James and Mrs. Hattie NEILSON. A loyal Saskatchewan native throughout his life, he left that province to pursue dental training at the University of Alberta, graduating with his D.D.S. in 1941. He enlisted in the Canadian Dental Corps, and served overseas from 1942-45. On his return, he obtained a Masters degree in Periodontology from the University of Michigan. In 1947, he married Beth SOVEREIGN, and was welcomed into the Sovereign/Ellison clan. Jack and Beth initially lived in Edmonton, where Jack pursued a career in dental education and dental practice as a faculty member of the Dental School at the University of Alberta. In 1953, the family moved to Seattle, where Jack joined the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Washington. In 1957 he was recruited by the University of Manitoba to be the first Dean of its newly established Faculty of Dentistry in Winnipeg. He held that position for 20 years, overseeing the construction and the operation of the dental school, which is referred to by his early students as "the house that Jack built". After stepping down as Dean, he remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1983. Jack's career in dentistry was recognized both nationally and internationally, in various offices he held and awards he received. While he was honoured by these, nothing in his professional career brought him as much pleasure as the lasting Friendships he formed with his students and dental colleagues across the country. Jack's compassion for others was reflected in his commitment to community service. In Winnipeg, he continued his long association with the Rotary Club, serving as President in 1970-71. He was also a director of the Children's Aid Society, the Knowles School for Boys, and Meals on Wheels. His enjoyment of sports was reflected in his membership in St. Charles Golf and Country Club, and the Winnipeg Winter Club. On retirement, Jack and Beth moved to Vernon, British Columbia. There, Jack's gregarious nature and diversity of interests provided an active retirement and new and valued Friendships. He served as a member of the Board of the United Way, and was a director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Okanagan Symphony, and the Vernon and District Home Support Society. He was also a member of the Vernon Golf Club and the Vernon Curling Club. The Rotary Club remained a focus of his community life. He was a member for 58 years, and his last evening was spent in the company of good Friends at a Rotary Club function. Jack was a proud and supportive husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Beth; his three children and their partners, Kathy (Bill) of Vancouver, John (Pat) of Vernon, and Barbara (Jim) of Revelstoke; his four grand-daughters, Christine, Monica, Riley and Ellie; and his extended family and many Friends. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2005 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205-27th Street, Vernon, British Columbia The family gratefully decline flowers, and suggest that Jack would be pleased to be remembered instead by a donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 3100-28th Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia V1T 1X8, or to the Rotary Club of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home. (250) 542-0155.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-14 published
KERTLAND, June Muriel (née NEILSON) R.N.
Died at Toronto on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 after a brief illness. Born December 1, 1933 in Regina, Saskatchewan, she was raised in Orono, Ontario and lived most of her life in Thornhill. Much loved wife of the late Hartley KERTLAND and mother of Pam, Heather (Tom) and Scott (Cherie). Sister of Victor and the late Joanne. June was known to many as a caring nurse and former Executive Director of the North York Seniors Centre. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 5-8 pm on Friday. Service in the chapel on Saturday, April 16 at 11 o'clock. If desired, donations to the Woodgreen Red Door Shelter, 875 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1J2 or The McMichael Canadian Art Gallery Foundation, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario, L0J 1C0 would be appreciated.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-19 published
Agnes JACKS, Ringette Promoter: 1923-2005
As a champion of a sport known as the little sister of hockey, she took up the banner from Sam JACKS, its inventor
By Allison LAWLOR, Special to The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, April 19, 2005, Page S9
In the early days, enthusiastic young girls and women flooded onto outdoor rinks in northern Ontario, wearing discarded hockey skates and clutching broken hockey sticks. Up and down the ice they skated, chasing a ring. Most of the players didn't wear uniforms, and some preferred pink sweaters and matching pink sticks to keep the neighbourhood boys away from the rink.
It was 1963, and ringette was born. Agnes JACKS was there watching the emergence of the game her husband had invented to give girls and women their own winter team sport. Over the next 40 years, she saw it grow from a handful of young women in northern Ontario to a presence in half a dozen countries around the world. In Canada alone, it counts more than 25,000 players competing on nearly 2,000 teams. Even today, the sport is primarily for women and girls.
Over the years, Ms. JACKS became known as the ringette ambassador for Canada. She tirelessly travelled the world to boost the sport that Mr. JACKS invented in North Bay when he was the city's parks and recreation director. When he died of cancer in 1975 at 59, she continued her husband's legacy.
"In the early 1960s, there was a great need for girls' and women's sports," Ms. JACKS told the Kitchener-Waterloo Record in 2003. "Sam could see the need."
Mr. JACKS patched together hockey and basketball rules to create a fluid, non-contact game that soon became one of the fastest team sports on ice. Six years after he invented ringette, which has been called the little sister to hockey, the Ontario Ringette Association was founded with a government grant of $229.27. At the time, it numbered 1,500 players in 14 communities.
The sport boomed after the mid-1970s when the other provinces took an interest and formed ringette associations. In particular, it gained a firm footing in Quebec and first appeared there in Mount Royal where it was introduced by Herb LINDER, a good friend of the JACKS. In the late 1970s, the United States also started leagues. By all accounts, former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Roger NEILSON used ringette during the late 1970s to vary routines at practice. That got the attention of the then coach of the Czechoslovak national hockey team, who took home information on the game and adopted it in training and for his country's universities.
Ms. JACKS, who became honorary president of the International Ringette Association, didn't play the game herself but sponsored trophies and scholarships for outstanding players, coaches and officials and faithfully attended as many ringette tournaments and championship events as she could. In March, she was at the Ontario provincial AA championships in Ottawa. Young athletes flocked to her to ask for autographs and for words of encouragement.
"She always told us that we were 'her girls' and you believed it," said Laura WARNER, ringette's Team Canada captain. The one bit of advice she repeatedly gave to the girls was "stay out of the penalty box." When she said this to you, said Ms. WARNER, you felt she was honestly encouraging you to play ringette in the true spirit of the game -- fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Like hockey, ringette is played on ice with skates and sticks and six players on each team -- a goalie and five skaters. But instead of a puck, the players pursue a rubber ring, which must be shot into a standard hockey net. The ring is passed to another player, rather than carried from zone to zone, all of which makes it a very team-oriented game. Wingers carry bladeless, red sticks so that an official can identify them if they illegally enter their own zone. Defence players have blue sticks and are not allowed in the attacking zone. The rules allow for fast play and little congestion in any zone. While hockey has become a game associated with body contact, ringette is not. A player receives a penalty for any body contact.
Like boys' hockey, ringette is divided into divisions: petite for girls 10 years and under, tweens for 12 and under, juniors for 14 and under, belles for 17 and under, debs for 18 and under and ladies for those over 20. It is not uncommon to find 25-year-old players who first took up the game at 6. Some dedicated veterans are in their mid-50s.
When they first take up the sport, young girls can be self-conscious about wearing boys' skates but soon stop worrying about it. Eventually, they give up wearing figure skates -- even for public skating and some abandon figure skating in favour of ringette.
Ms. WARNER remembers the first time she saw Ms. JACKS. She was just 14 years old and excited to be at the opening ceremony of the national ringette championships. Suddenly everyone around her stood and started cheering. She looked up and saw a petite, Scottish woman walking onto the stage.
"As soon as she started talking you couldn't not be drawn to her. "This [was] someone with an unparalleled love of the sport," Ms. WARNER said. "You could feel her love for the game."
In 2001, Ms. JACKS was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for her devotion to the sport. "She is an example of integrity, selflessness and devotion," the citation reads. "For over 30 years, she has promoted ringette as a medium for girls and women to benefit from the physical activity and personal growth derived from team sports... She has become a goodwill ambassador, imparting the importance of perseverance, good conduct and fair play to tens of thousands of young athletes."
Agnes MacKRELL was a Scottish lass who, during the Second World War, moved to England to work in a munitions plant. It was at a dance where she met Sam JACKS, a young Canadian soldier and recreation director in the army. After the war, he took her back home with him to Canada. They arrived in Halifax and made their way to Toronto and then in 1946 to North Bay. While Ms. JACKS didn't see her husband's dream of ringette becoming an Olympic sport fulfilled, she did see it inch closer to that goal. She remained faithful to the sport and its community until the end and had planned to attend the 2005 Canadian Ringette Championships that would up in Winnipeg on Saturday.
"I love the game," Ms. JACKS told a reporter in 2003. "It has everything a sport needs -- skill, speed, passion and no checking."
Agnes JACKS was born in Scotland on August 17, 1923. She died of heart failure on April 1, 2005, at the North Bay General Hospital. She was 81. She leaves her sons Barry, Bruce and Brian; three brothers and two sisters; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-10 published
HARVIE, Helen Agnes (née NEILSON)
On August 1, 2005 peacefully with her family by her side, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. She is survived by her loving husband David; brother Murray; sister Nona; her children, David Jr., Barbara, John, Joan, Ellie and their families. Born June 30, 1927 in Huntsville, Ontario, Helen graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. then served as an officer in the Air Force in Langar, England. There she met and married David and their first son was born. They moved to Ontario, eventually settling in Belleville with five children. It was then that Helen decided to become a teacher. She drove 50 miles each day to Kingston to take courses in order to accomplish this goal. She taught in many places, Belleville, Thompson, Manitoba, the Prince Albert jail, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. She ended her teaching career in Winnipeg, where she taught at Edmund Partridge Junior High and West Kildonan Collegiate. She cared deeply for all her students and many continued to visit her for several years. Helen was a gifted artist. Her oil paintings appeared in several art shows and gave her great pleasure. She was a very creative person and instilled her passion for ideas, art and literature in all her children. Helen was an avid gardener and reader. But most of all Helen loved her family. Her strength, energy and praise inspired us all and we shall never forget her. I have lived and accomplished the task that destiny gave me and now I shall pass beneath the earth no common shade. A service was held August 5, at the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock, British Columbia. Donations in Helen's memory to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be much appreciated.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-30 published
HALWIG, John Arthur
Died suddenly at his residence in Port Carling, Ontario on Wednesday, December 28th, 2005 at the age of 57. Much loved son of Betty NEILSON (née DARLING) of Toronto. Predeceased by his father Lloyd HALWIG and also his step-father Hugh NEILSON. Loving brother of Nancy MUMBY of London, Ontario., Peggy WHITTINGTON (Dick) of Quadra Island, British Columbia and David HALWIG (Fionagh) of Hockley Village, Ontario. Fondly remembered uncle to his nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Reynolds Funeral Home "Turner Chapel", 1 Mary Street, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 2B6, (877) 806-2257. As your expression of sympathy memorial gifts to the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-19 published
BOONSTRA, Bert
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Monday, January 17, 2005. Bert BOONSTRA of R.R.#4, Bradford, in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Anne (DYKIE.) Loving father of Leonard (Laurie), Michael (Susan), Katherine (John) and Barbara Ann. Cherished grandpa of Richard and Christopher BOONSTRA. Dear son of the late Theresa and late Lou BOONSTRA. Dear brother of Lydia (late John) GULDEMEESTER and predeceased by Marie BOONSTRA, Jim (Liz) BOONSTRA, Henry (Marg) BOONSTRA, and Anne (Bruce) NEILSON. Dear brother-in-law of the late Olga (late Mike) TERELECKY, Nettie (late Bill) SEREDUIK, Peter Sr. (Lillian) DYKIE, and Bill Sr. (Natalie) DYKIE. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford for visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 2 p.m. Interment Holy Martyrs Cemetery, Bradford. Donations to the Cancer Unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket would be appreciated.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-05 published
NEILSON, Charles

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-14 published
KERTLAND, June Muriel (née NEILSON) R.N.
Died at Toronto on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 after a brief illness. Born December 1, 1933 in Regina, Saskatchewan, she was raised in Orono, Ontario and lived most of her life in Thornhill. Much loved wife of the late Hartley KERTLAND and mother of Pam, Heather (Tom) and Scott (Cherie). Sister of Victor and the late Joanne. June was known to many as a caring nurse and former Executive Director of the North York Seniors Centre. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 5-8 p.m. on Friday. Service in the chapel on Saturday, April 16 at 11 o'clock. If desired, donations to the Woodgreen Red Door Shelter, 875 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1J2 or The McMichael Canadian Art Gallery Foundation, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario, L0J 1C0 would be appreciated.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-21 published
NEILSON, John Allen
Peacefully on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at Meadowcroft Place Retirement Home in Mississauga in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Irene. Loving father to Sharon and Robert and grandfather to Richelle, Tamara and Kristian. Sadly missed by Denise. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lakeshore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. Service in the Chapel Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www. RidleyFuneralHome.com

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-03 published
NEILSON, Raymond " Ray"
Peacefully at the Toronto Grace Hospital on Sunday, July 31, 2005, in his 62nd year. Beloved son of Paula and the late Carl NEILSON. Lovingly remembered by his extended family and many Friends. Ray's career and labour of love involved the producing of video documentaries of public transportation systems. This legacy will be appreciated by transit enthusiasts throughout North America. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 6 at 11 o'clock at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those attending are asked to gather prior to the service at the cemetery office on the east side of Mount Pleasant Road. If desired, donations in Ray's memory may be made to the Halton County Radial Railway Museum, P.O. Box 578, Milton, Ontario L9T 5A2.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-22 published
FLOWERS, May (née McNABNEY)
Formerly of 70 Hinton Rd., Etobicoke. May passed away quietly at her home, Lansing Residence on Saturday, August 20, 2005, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her husband Wes (formerly of New Carlisle, Quebec), their daughter Susan, sisters Elsie McNABNEY, Agnes EAGLESON, Margaret LONEY, Frances NEILL, Sally NEILSON and brothers Bobby and Jimmy McNABNEY. She is survived by her sister Isobel KERR and husband George, brother Sammy McNABNEY and wife Ivy, brother Hugh McNABNEY and wife Ness and brother John and wife Stella and numerous nieces, nephews and Friends. May's life presented numerous and difficult challenges which she always met with her inner strength and determination. She spent her last two years at Lansing Residence where she was loved and cared for by the exceptional staff who enjoyed her sense of humour, her independence and her positive outlook on life as they helped her accept the difficulties and challenges of aging. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave. (2 blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Monday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at Rexdale Presbyterian Church, 2314 Islington Ave., Etobicoke. For funeral time please contact the funeral home 416-745-7555. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-23 published
FLOWERS, May (née McNABNEY)
Formerly of 70 Hinton Rd., Etobicoke. May passed away quietly at her home, Lansing Residence on Saturday, August 20, 2005, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her husband Wes (formerly of New Carlisle, Quebec), their daughter Susan, sisters Elsie McNABNEY, Agnes EAGLESON, Margaret LONEY, Frances NEILL, Sally NEILSON and brothers Bobby and Jimmy McNABNEY. She is survived by her sister Isobel KERR and husband George, brother Sammy McNABNEY and wife Ivy, brother Hugh McNABNEY and wife Ness and brother John and wife Stella and numerous nieces, nephews and Friends. May's life presented numerous and difficult challenges which she always met with her inner strength and determination. She spent her last two years at Lansing Residence where she was loved and cared for by the exceptional staff who enjoyed her sense of humour, her independence and her positive outlook on life as they helped her accept the difficulties and challenges of aging. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave. (2 blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Rexdale Presbyterian Church, 2314 Islington Ave., Etobicoke. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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NEILSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
SCOTT, W. Philip
Peacefully passed away on December 4th, 2005 at the Evergreen House in North Vancouver, at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 25 days. Beloved husband of Frances PANTING. Loving father of Liz NEILSON- FORWARD, and Warren P.G. SCOTT. Father-in-law of Keith FORWARD. Loving grandfather to Ken, Stacey, Ian, Guila, Krista, Priscilla, and great-grandfather to Danielle. Always in the hearts of his sisters: Dora GLOS (Martin,) Muriel BLANEY, and Mary WESTON. Predeceased by his first wife Eva (née CARNEGIE,) brothers Robert and Arthur, and parents Walter and Winifred SCOTT. A Memorial Service is to be held on Sunday, December 18th at 3: 00 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 346 Strathmore Blvd. (at Coxwell Ave.), Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to the Toronto Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

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NEILY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-25 published
Marianne BLUGER, Poet: (1945-2005)
A victim of breast cancer, she died the day she published her 10th volume of poetry, titled The Eternities
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, November 25, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- Marianne BLUGER wrote poetry because, as she once said, it was all she was ever good at. Only those very close to her know whether that bit of characteristic modesty was really true. The rest of us just know that she was a very, very good poet.
Although not a household name, Ms. BLUGER published 10 volumes of clean, precise, evocative verse ranging from intense lyrical poems to delicate, spare examples of haiku and tanka (traditionally, 31 syllables in five lines). She was among Canada's leading and most respected practitioners of Japanese poetic traditions, admittedly not a big community, but her work won a Canada Council Arts Award and the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry. She had a strong following in the United States, where she won first prize in the annual Tanka Splendor contest, and in Japan, which honoured her with the Hoshito-Mori Prize.
She worked until the breast cancer, first diagnosed 13 years ago, claimed her, correcting her poems by ear as her husband read them at her bedside. She died on the day her 10th volume was launched in Toronto. It is titled The Eternities.
A deeply religious, even mystical Anglican, Ms. BLUGER also drew on her Jewish heritage, a long experience with Zen meditation, and western political activism. Her haikus and tanka have been likened to photographs or paintings, providing quick snapshots, but in three dimensions. Known for their Zen-like simplicity and grace, they describe mundane events such as highway driving and the onset of winter as things of beauty. As one critic said, they are about how to see.
"There was absolutely no B.S. in her work, no pretense at all," said Richard Stevenson, an old friend of Ms. BLUGER's who teaches poetry at Lethbridge Community College. "It was all stripped down to the barest elements. She made it look easy."
She wasn't published until 1981, when a collection titled The Thumbless Man is at the Piano made its appearance. She was 36 at the time. Other volumes included Gathering Wild (1987), Tamarack & Clearcut (1997), a book of haiku illustrated with photographs by Rudi Haas, and Scissor, Paper, Woman (2000). A 1998 volume, Gusts, was the first book-length collection of tanka published in Canada, and inspired a journal by the same name devoted entirely to the form.
"Hats off to you, Marianne, for showing the rest of us untutored louts how it's done," enthused Mr. Stevenson in reviewing this year's publication of Ms. BLUGER's book of tanka, Zen Mercies/Small Satoris. "This book, rightfully, should inspire generations of poets interested in the unvarnished, real McCoy."
Like this lean offering from Gusts:
In a ruined orchard
among drenched leaves
I found you these
mist-silvered
fat blue plums.
Mr. BLUGER's poems reflect a deep spirituality and connectedness to nature, notes Marilyn ROSE, a Brock University expert on 20th-century Canadian women poets. While John McCrae's In Flanders Fields has become a kind of anthem for these occasions, consider Ms. BLUGER's cut-to-the-bone haiku, Remembrance Day, from Early Evening Pieces (2003).
bagpipes wheeze
through the cenotaph mist
a thin line of vets
As Prof. ROSE points out, loss is conveyed in just three lines, 11 words and a single image. Economical? More than any editor would dare dream.
Don't be fooled, though. That sort of austerity takes passion, the same kind that drove her love for "that poor radical, Jeshua, the Christ" in The Eternities, which is mostly a homage to her father, Walter Vladimir BLUGER. A mathematician who died in 1986, her father was a convert to his wife's Anglicanism but did not divulge that he had been a Jewish Holocaust survivor until his daughter was an adult. Born in Berlin to parents who had fled Russian pogroms, he escaped to Britain but was interned in a prison camp. Two ships later took the inmates to safety, one vessel going to Canada and the other to Australia. The latter was sunk, with all aboard.
For a German Jew's daughter
how exactly was she to conduct the
business of life
when sipping a soda at the mall
she would feel fraught happiness
as some kind of criminal failure
of consciousness
Add Zen to the mix. In the late 1960s, Ms. BLUGER dropped out of medical school to marry a Korean refugee and Zen master. That was after she had turned down an offer to study philosophy at Oxford following her graduation from McGill University, where she befriended the poet Louis Dudek.
Though meditation and Zen's stillness appealed to her and influenced her work, the troubled marriage didn't last. Her poem, The Zen Master's Wife, hinted at the trauma.
On the other hand, a robust personality seemed to become even fuller:
On my personal
Jewish Zen Christian
Calendar
every day Pesah
every day Easter
As for making a living, Ms. BLUGER spent 25 years administering the Ottawa-based Canadian Writers' Foundation, which provides assistance to authors in financial need.
It was only in her late 30s that she came to see her talent as God-given.
"Poetry moves me to a kind of reverence," she once wrote. "When I engage with poetry, I become contemplative and mystically transported to a deeper awareness, to a kind of enlivened, prayerful consciousness and to gratitude...
"Poetry soothes and heals me... all I am any good at is poems."
In 1991, she married Larry NEILY, an avid birder and fellow nature lover whose on-line updates on his wife's failing health during her last two months moved readers to tears.
Ms. BLUGER co-founded Christians Against Apartheid and the Tabitha Foundation, which brings humanitarian aid to Cambodia and has helped thousands of women there set up small businesses. She ran her Ottawa church's Sunday school for years, and visited the sick and elderly.
Not much frightened her, says Mr. NEILY, "but she was often bought to tears by the meanness of other people."
She did, however, see mostly good in people, recalls fellow Ottawa poet Ronnie R. BROWN. " She was happiest to acknowledge people and tell them she cared for them. I never saw anyone face death with such radiance. She profoundly believed she would meet with us later and that her work would live on. And it will."
Indeed, a posthumous volume, Nude With Scar -- the manuscript she edited on her deathbed -- is due out next year.
Marianne Sasha Bluger NEILY was born in Ottawa on August 28, 1945, and died there of cancer on October 29, 2005. She was 60. She leaves her husband, her mother, two children, one grandchild and three siblings.

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NEILY, Mary Belle
Our mother, Mary, passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 11, 2005 at home in King City, Ontario at the age of 87. Mary, beloved wife of Lloyd (passed away 1984). Dear and loving mother of Richard (passed away 1967,) Shelagh (Shukry) MARZOUK, Harold (Nancy) NEILY. Nana will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Amani, Jehanne, Jason, Aaron and Ryan. Dear sister of Rebecca GERRARD (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Howard ROMKEY (Burnaby, British Columbia) and predeceased by Lillian, Alexander, Pauline and John. Born in Mitchell's Bay, Nova Scotia and resided in Middleton, Nova Scotia for 65 years before moving to Ontario in 2001 to be closer to her family. Friends may call at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South (at Yonge Street) in Aurora, 905-727-5421, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and then at the Warren T. Roop Funeral Home, Middleton, Nova Scotia from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Interment Old Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery.

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NEIMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-10 published
QUINNELL, John
Peacefully, with family at his side, on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 at Versa-Care Centre, Uxbridge, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Marion QUINNELL (1988.) Loving father of Vera (Kurt NEIMAN), Jacquie, and Robert (David KEELER). Cherished "Grampa/Poppa" to Sean, Matthew, Jessica and Trevor. John will be missed dearly by his beloved close companion Ms. Pumpkin. Friends may call on Thursday, November 10th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel on Friday, November 11th, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment, York Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian National Institute for the Blind - Blind and Deaf Services and the Canadian Hearing Society. Condolences - www.rskane.ca

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VANAGS, Franciska " Frances"
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, Franciska (Frances) VANAGS in her 95th year. Wife of the late Alex VANAGS. Dear mother of Marguerite NEIMANIS (Elmer) and John VANAGS all of London. Loving grandmother of Suszane KLUG (Jeff) of London, Julia NEIMANIS, Anita CAVE, Neil CAVE and Rodrik CAVE (Irina.) Great grandmother of Sophie CAVE and Mara KLUG. Predeceased by her daughter Anna CAVE (2003.) Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy and donations (McCormick Home Building Fund) would be greatly appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services 672-0459. Or online at www.londoncremation.com

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NEIMI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-09 published
FERRANDO, John Anthony
At his home in Brampton on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at the age of 56 years. John, beloved husband of Katherine (née HYLANDS.) Loving father of Carrie-Ann WILSON of Toronto. Dear brother of Josephine of Alabama, Carol-Ann (Donald MacUMBER) of Brampton, Grace HENRY of Whitby and of the late Clora NEIMI and adopted sister of Elle-Marie HANLON. The family will receive Friends at the Scott Funeral Home, 289 Main St. N. "Brampton Chapel" 905-451-1100 on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, February 10, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Friday. Service will be held in the chapel at 10 a.m. Interment Brampton Memorial Gardens. Sign a book of condolences at www.obituariestoday.com

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NEISH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-19 published
NEISH, Ruby
In loving memory of Ruby NEISH who passed away 20 years ago, April 19, 1985.
In our home she is fondly remembered,
Sweet memories cling to her name,
Those who loved her in life sincerely
Still love her in death just the same.
Forever loved Lynn, Connie, Pete, Drew and grandchildren

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NEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-14 published
MAURICE, Gilbert Alexander
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Gil passed away with his family by his side at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in his 78th year. Always remembered by his devoted and loving wife, Mary NEISH of Burlington. Step-father of Marlene (Joe) PAYNE of Woodbridge and Eddie (Bonnie) NEISH of Oakville. Survived by his sister Theresa CHENIER/CHENÉ of Mont Laurier, Quebec and Eugene MAURICE of Ottawa, Ontario, sisters-in-law Ella (Jim) of Bramalea and Gina of Glasgow, Scotland and brother-in-law James GORDON of Edinburgh, Scotland. Predeceased by 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Cherished always by his nephew Bob PATE and his wife Pat of Burlington and their children Rachel of Whitby and Sarah of Burlington. Gil is also survived by his grandchildren Jacqueline, James, Tracy and Alex and his great-grandchildren Milena and Jadyn. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Friday, October 14, 2005 from 12: 30 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel. Cremation to follow. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Doctors JANSZ and KNIGHT, the palliative care team and the staff on 5 South at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion.

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NEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-06 published
NEISH, Gordon
Suddenly, on Friday, February 4, 2005. Gordon, beloved husband to Kay (née SIMONE.) Loving brother of the late Bruce NEISH. Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Family and Friends may gather at the Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Blvd., 416-423-1000, on Monday, February 7, 2005 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Heritage Funeral Centre. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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NEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-15 published
SIMONE, Gus
Peacefully at the Elgin Woods Long Term Care on Monday, November 14, 2005. Gus, dear husband of the late Betty (née SCIANIMANICO.) Loving father to Sandy and her husband Pat NICASTRO, and Mary and her husband Murray THORIMBERT. Cherished Grandad to Angela (Patrick), Patrick (Kathy), Mark, Joseph, James and Jay. Great-Grandpa to Daniel, Nathan, William and Alexander. Also survived by his sister Kay NEISH. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass Thursday 10 a.m. in Saint Mary Immaculate Church, 10295 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In Gus' memory, donations may be made to the Lung Association.

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