PAQUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-26 published
THOMAS, Harriet " Hallie" (née TOMPKINS)
Died peacefully with her family at her bedside, on Monday, April 25th, 2005, at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Hallie was born in New York City on December 4th, 1913, the daughter of Leslie Jay TOMPKINS, a noted law professor, and Jean Edgar BURNET, a well-known suffragette. Hallie graduated from The Brearley and from Vassar, where she was the editor of the college newspaper. After graduation she went to Paris as a free-lance journalist for the New York Herald Tribune. There she met John Kempster (J.K.) THOMAS, a brilliant philosophy student who later became a respected editor and psychologist. They were married in 1937 and moved to Toronto where, as a member of the Junior League, she put together the children's radio program 'Sounds Fun'. She was also very involved with the National Ballet of Canada, serving on its first Board of Directors and as the editor of the Ballet News. Saturday nights were spent in rowdy stimulating conversation with her long time Friends Morley and Loretto CALLAGHAN, Mary Lowrey ROSS, film Critic for Saturday Night magazine, and Eustace ROSS, the symbolist poet. When Hallie's husband died, she took up a new career, Real Estate, at the age of 55. After her retirement, she travelled widely across the continent in her red convertible with Molly, her beloved Irish setter. Always game for new challenges, in her latter years she became a prize-winning duplicate bridge player.
She is survived by four children: Mary FARRAR (Edward) and John THOMAS (Liz WHELPDALE) of Kingston, Ontario, and Jeannie Thomas PARKER and Christie Thomas POTTS of Toronto. She was also loved by her late brother James B. TOMPKINS, her sister-in-law, Patty, her niece Teri, and her late nephews, Leslie J. and James B. TOMPKINS, all of Toronto. She was the loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren: Ross, Scott and Andrew FARRAR, Jean PAQUIN (Andy,) Hannah CARLSEN (Angelo), Deepamala and Stephen THOMAS, Tony PARKER, Lisa NORTH (Chris,) Trevor and Joanna POTTS and the late Gavin and Jason POTTS. She was the caring great-grandmother of Meghan and Caitlyn NORTH, Mika CARLSEN and Sarah PAQUIN.
She loved: Friends and Friendship, canoeing in the evenings, helping out in small ways, scotch, genealogy, poolside afternoons, mysteries, crosswords, heady conversation, jokes and laughter, elegance, Gershwin, the Toronto Maple Leafs, French cooking, the New Yorker, scrabble and bridge, parties, bargains, swimming the breast stroke, sunsets, yoga, poetry, and the open road. But most of all, she loved family. We will all miss her enormously.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in tomorrow's paper.

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PAQUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-27 published
THOMAS, Harriet " Hallie" (née TOMPKINS)
Died peacefully with her family at her bedside, on Monday, April 25th, 2005, at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Hallie was born in New York City on December 4th, 1913, the daughter of Leslie Jay TOMPKINS, a noted law professor, and Jean Edgar BURNET, a well-known suffragette. Hallie graduated from The Brearley and from Vassar, where she was the editor of the college newspaper. After graduation she went to Paris as a freelance journalist for the New York Herald Tribune. There she met John Kempster (J.K.) THOMAS, a brilliant philosophy student who later became a respected editor and psychologist. They were married in 1937 and moved to Toronto where, as a member of the Junior League, she put together the children's radio program 'Sounds Fun'. She was also very involved with the National Ballet of Canada, serving on its first Board of Directors and as the editor of the Ballet News. Saturday nights were spent in rowdy stimulating conversation with her long time Friends Morley and Loretto CALLAGHAN, Mary Lowrey ROSS, film Critic for Saturday Night magazine, and Eustace ROSS, the symbolist poet. When Hallie's husband died, she took up a new career, Real Estate, at the age of 55. After her retirement, she travelled widely across the continent in her red convertible with Molly, her beloved Irish setter. Always game for new challenges, in her latter years she became a prize-winning duplicate bridge player. She is survived by four children: Mary FARRAR (Edward) and John THOMAS (Liz WHELPDALE) of Kingston, Ontario, and Jeannie Thomas PARKER and Christie Thomas POTTS of Toronto. She was also loved by her late brother James B. TOMPKINS, her sister-in-law, Patty, her niece Teri, and her late nephews, Leslie J. and James B. TOMPKINS, all of Toronto. She was the loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren: Ross, Scott and Andrew FARRAR, Jean PAQUIN (Andy,) Hannah CARLSEN (Angelo,) Deepamala and Stephen THOMAS, Tony PARKER, Lisa NORTH (Chris), Trevor and Joanna POTTS and the late Gavin and Jason POTTS. She was the caring great-grandmother of Meghan and Caitlyn NORTH, Mika CARLSEN and Sarah PAQUIN. She loved: Friends and Friendship, canoeing in the evenings, helping out in small ways, scotch, genealogy, poolside afternoons, mysteries, crosswords, heady conversation, jokes and laughter, elegance, Gershwin, the Toronto Maple Leafs, French cooking, the New Yorker, scrabble and bridge, parties, bargains, swimming the breast stroke, sunsets, yoga, poetry, and the open road. But most of all, she loved family. We will all miss her enormously. Service to take place at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive at Glenn Road on Thursday, April 28 at 2 o'clock. All are welcome. Reception at the church to follow.

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PAQUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-07 published
BENK, Veronique, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
Dr. Veronique BENK passed away on October 4, 2005 in Toronto with her loving and devoted husband by her side after a courageous fight against breast cancer and leukemia.
She leaves her husband of 13 years, Dr. Paul FORTIN and their two beautiful children Aude (age 6) and Hadrien (age 7). In France she leaves her parents Andree and Jean-Marie BENK and her brother Jerome, his wife (Celine) and their six children. She also leaves her mother-in-law (Pauline PAQUIN) and her husband (Andre COTE,) her sister-in-law (Lucie FORTIN) and partner (Pierre PARENT) and their three children.
Dr. BENK was a radiation oncologist at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre where she specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. She was also an Adjunct Scientist at I.C.E.S. where she studied this same condition. Her patients and colleagues will remember her as an extremely caring and committed physician.
Veronique was born in St.-Quentin (Aisne), France. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Lille in France, did her specialty training in oncology at the prestigious Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During her training, she found time to volunteer for one year as a physician and teacher in Burma.
It was in Boston where she met Paul, the love of her life, at the first hockey game that she had ever attended. They were married in France and moved to Canada where they were on faculty at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Toronto.
After her initial diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, she returned to work with a renewed interest in finding ways to improve the quality of life for persons living with cancer. As part of this work, and after her diagnosis of leukemia, she became involved in Wellspring, a centre that supports individuals and their families living with cancer.
Veronique's boundless curiosity spanned the history of ancient civilizations, to romanesque cathedrals, to baroque music, to the diversity of cultures in the modern world. Her healing journey was accompanied by a desire to grow in her spiritual journey and to train as a cancer guide.
Veronique's accomplishments are many but the one she valued most was her countless Friendships and her familial life with Paul and her two "Amours". Despite her recurrent illnesses, Veronique took every opportunity to enjoy her precious time with her family. She was totally devoted to Aude, Hadrien and Paul.
We are grateful for the network of Friends and supporters in Toronto, in Canada and abroad. Special thanks to Dr. Eugenia PILIOTIS, Dr. Mary VACHON, Annette VATTER, Lorraine PAQUIN, Terry SEID and Sister Daniela and the Carmelite Missionary Sisters who provided Friendship, material and spiritual support.
The visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto (416) 489-8733, on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The celebration mass of Veronique's life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West (at Bathurst) on Thanksgiving Monday at 2: 30 p.m. Another service is being planned on Saturday, October 15 in Quebec City - details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Veronique's name can be sent to Wellspring, 81 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y-1H6, website: www.wellspring.ca.

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PAQUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-08 published
BENK, Veronique, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
Dr. Veronique BENK passed away on October 4, 2005 in Toronto with her loving and devoted husband by her side after a courageous fight against breast cancer and leukemia.
She leaves her husband of 13 years, Dr. Paul FORTIN and their two beautiful children Aude (age 6) and Hadrien (age 7). In France she leaves her parents Andree and Jean-Marie BENK and her brother Jerome, his wife (Celine) and their six children. She also leaves her mother-in-law (Pauline PAQUIN) and her husband (Andre COTE,) her sister-in-law (Lucie FORTIN) and partner (Pierre PARENT) and their three children.
Dr. BENK was a radiation oncologist at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre where she specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. She was also an Adjunct Scientist at I.C.E.S. where she studied this same condition. Her patients and colleagues will remember her as an extremely caring and committed physician.
Veronique was born in St.-Quentin (Aisne), France. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Lille in France, did her specialty training in oncology at the prestigious Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During her training, she found time to volunteer for one year as a physician and teacher in Burma.
It was in Boston where she met Paul, the love of her life, at the first hockey game that she had ever attended. They were married in France and moved to Canada where they were on faculty at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Toronto.
After her initial diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, she returned to work with a renewed interest in finding ways to improve the quality of life for persons living with cancer. As part of this work, and after her diagnosis of leukemia, she became involved in Wellspring, a centre that supports individuals and their families living with cancer.
Veronique's boundless curiosity spanned the history of ancient civilizations, to romanesque cathedrals, to baroque music, to the diversity of cultures in the modern world. Her healing journey was accompanied by a desire to grow in her spiritual journey and to train as a cancer guide.
Veronique's accomplishments are many but the one she valued most was her countless Friendships and her familial life with Paul and her two "Amours". Despite her recurrent illnesses, Veronique took every opportunity to enjoy her precious time with her family. She was totally devoted to Aude, Hadrien and Paul.
We are grateful for the network of Friends and supporters in Toronto, in Canada and abroad. Special thanks to Dr. Eugenia PILIOTIS, Dr. Mary VACHON, Annette VATTER, Lorraine PAQUIN, Terry SEID and Sister Daniela and the Carmelite Missionary Sisters who provided Friendship, material and spiritual support.
The visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto (416) 489-8733, on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The celebration mass of Veronique's life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West (at Bathurst) on Thanksgiving Monday at 2: 30 p.m. Another service is being planned on Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the church of Saint-Benoit, 3420 Rochambeau, Ste-Foy, (418) 653-8842, in Quebec City. The family will receive condolences starting at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Veronique's name can be sent to Wellspring, 81 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y-1H6, website: www.wellspring.ca.

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PAQUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-07 published
BENK, Veronique, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
Dr. Veronique BENK passed away on October 4, 2005 in Toronto with her loving and devoted husband by her side after a courageous fight against breast cancer and leukemia. She leaves her husband of 13 years, Dr. Paul FORTIN and their two beautiful children Aude (age 6) and Hadrien (age 7). In France she leaves her parents Andree and Jean-Marie BENK and her brother Jerome, his wife (Celine) and their six children. She also leaves her mother-in-law (Pauline PAQUIN) and her husband (Andre COTE,) her sister-in-law (Lucie FORTIN) and partner (Pierre PARENT) and their three children. Dr. BENK was a radiation oncologist at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre where she specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. She was also an Adjunct Scientist at I.C.E.S. where she studied this same condition. Her patients and colleagues will remember her as an extremely caring and committed physician. Veronique was born in St.-Quentin (Aisne), France. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Lille in France, did her specialty training in oncology at the prestigious Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During her training, she found time to volunteer for one year as a physician and teacher in Burma. It was in Boston where she met Paul, the love of her life, at the first hockey game that she had ever attended. They were married in France and moved to Canada where they were on faculty at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Toronto. After her initial diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, she returned to work with a renewed interest in finding ways to improve the quality of life for persons living with cancer. As part of this work, and after her diagnosis of leukemia, she became involved in Wellspring, a centre that supports individuals and their families living with cancer. Veronique's boundless curiosity spanned the history of ancient civilizations, to romanesque cathedrals, to baroque music, to the diversity of cultures in the modern world. Her healing journey was accompanied by a desire to grow in her spiritual journey and to train as a cancer guide. Veronique's accomplishments are many but the one she valued most was her countless Friendships and her familial life with Paul and her two "Amours". Despite her recurrent illnesses, Veronique took every opportunity to enjoy her precious time with her family. She was totally devoted to Aude, Hadrien and Paul. We are grateful for the network of Friends and supporters in Toronto, in Canada and abroad. Special thanks to Dr. Eugenia PILIOTIS, Dr. Mary VACHON, Annette VATTER, Lorraine PAQUIN, Terry SEID and Sister Daniela and the Carmelite Missionary Sisters who provided Friendship, material and spiritual support. The visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-489-8733, on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration Mass of Veronique's life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West (at Bathurst) on Thanksgiving Monday at 2: 30 p.m. Another service is being planned on Saturday, October 15 in Quebec City - details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Veronique's name can be sent to Wellspring, 81 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1H6, website www.wellspring.ca.

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PAQUIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
DIONISI, Lidia
Suddenly, but peacefully at home on Sunday, December 4th, 2005. Beloved wife of Antonio. Loving mother of Sandra (James MORRIS) and Anthony (Janet PAQUIN.) Devoted Nonna of Luca MORRIS. Dear sister of Gina SORAMEL, Mary (George) DUSO, Frank MARCHETTI and sister-in-law of Maria (Eugene) SILVERSTRONE, Dino (Leda) DIONISI and Anna MacGILLVRAY. Lidia will be deeply missed by all her family and many Friends. A heartfelt thank you to Ted and Gail MORRIS for their support. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. A service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 9: 30 a.m. on Wednesday. Interment Assumption Cemetery. If desired, donations to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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