PITBLADO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-19 published
WILSON, Phyllis Roberta (PERRY)
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus on Wednesday, August 17, 2005, Phyllis Roberta (PERRY) WILSON in her 82nd year. Sadly missed by her husband, Ronald Charles WILSON, children David (Jenny) WILSON, Nancy (Art) MacKAY, Barb (Doug) WHITE/WHYTE, Carol (Rick) STEVENSON, Sue (Scott) CLIFFORD, Sandy (Rich) WHITTINGTON and Linda (Jonathan) PITBLADO. Loving grandmother to Jamie WILSON, Shawn (Sherry) MacKAY, Heather (Keith) HERMANN, Neil MacKAY, Sarah and Darryl WHITE/WHYTE, Matthew and Daniel STEVENSON, Jason and Michelle CLIFFORD, Jeff, Mike and Shannon HICKS, Katie WHITTINGTON, Rob HOLTOM, and Andrew and Mark PITBLADO. Loving great grandmother to Marlayna MacKAY, Shae and Jessie BOYER, Dustin CLIFFORD and Nicole TALBOT. Predeceased by one son, Douglas Ronald WILSON, a sister, Helen WILLIS and a brother Elroy PERRY. Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.) on Thursday, August 18, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2005 at 1 p.m. Donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mrs. WILSON.

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PITBLADO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-01 published
PITBLADO, Wendell "Pit" (Pit's Barber Shop)
After a life filled with love and laughter, Pit joined his beloved wife Barbara on Saturday, January 29, 2005. He will be forever cherished by his children Wendy, Tracey, Kim, Scot, Kurt and Brett, and their families, including 11 grandchildren. Dearly loved and missed by Vel and her family, his sisters and the Brandon's. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, 905-844-3221 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. from St. John's United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville. Cremation. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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PITBLADO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-23 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Bradda Teresa Pauline (née MILNER)
Suddenly in peace at home with her daughter and grandchildren, on Wednesday, June 22, 2005. Bradda MILNER, daughter of the late Hugh and Gladys MILNER. Dearly beloved wife of the late Bruce H. TAILOR/TAYLOR and special friend of David PITBLADO. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Frances and David GAUTHIER, Dorothy TAILOR/TAYLOR, Fred and Wendy TAILOR/TAYLOR, Charles and Cheryl TAILOR/TAYLOR, Tim and Jane TAILOR/TAYLOR, Pauline and Peter FREW, and Philip and Shannon TAILOR/TAYLOR. Loving Gramma of 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Ian MILNER, Tean BARRICK, Douglas MILNER, Tom MILNER, Carol COYNE and the late Charles MILNER. Bradda was a past employee of Canada Packers, Status of Women's Council of Canada, Liberal Riding Association of Etobicoke North of which she was a past president, television Ontario and numerous legal firms. In addition to a very active career, she was very active and passionate about her needlework and crafts. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from 7 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Saturday, leaving the funeral home 9 a.m. for Funeral Mass from St. Benedict's Church, 2194 Kipling Ave. at 9: 30 a.m., followed by cremation. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (The family will receive their Friends in the funeral home Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m and Friday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

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PITCAIRN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-27 published
PITCAIRN, Muriel Aileen (née BATEMAN)
(March 25th, 1920-December 25th, 2005)
On Christmas Day after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of the late James (2003) and devoted, loving mother to Sandra and her husband Freeman. She will be fondly remembered by all her Friends and family. Mom wished to thank everyone for their love and support especially during her illness. She was truly blessed to have such wonderful Friends and family. A celebration of her life is being planned for the Spring. The family would like to acknowledge the Oncology staff at Credit Valley Hospital for their care and compassion and respectfully requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be directed to the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation in Muriel's memory. In tears we saw you sinking We watched you fade away Our hearts were almost broken You fought so hard to stay But when we saw you sleeping So peacefully free from pain We could not wish you back To suffer that again

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PITCHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-08 published
STEPHENS, Janie (PITCHER)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre - South Street Campus on Monday, February 7th, 2005, Janie (PITCHER) STEPHENS of London, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of W. Jack STEPHENS for over 64 years. Dear mother of John STEPHENS and his wife Helen of Ottawa. Predeceased by her daughter Catherine (STEPHENS) COUSINS. Loving grandmother of Michael STEPHENS of Lindsay and Sara STEPHENS of Kingston. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Janie's life, will be held at a later date. A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London entrusted with arrangements (433-5184). As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 617 Wellington Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3R6.

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PITCHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-09 published
STEPHENS, Janie (PITCHER)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre - South Street Campus on Monday, February 7th, 2005, Janie (PITCHER) STEPHENS of London in her 90th year. Beloved wife of W. Jack STEPHENS for over 64 years. Dear mother of John STEPHENS and his wife Helen of Ottawa. Predeceased by her daughter Catherine (STEPHENS) COUSINS. Loving grandmother of Michael STEPHENS of Lindsay and Sara STEPHENS of Kingston. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Janie's life will be held on Friday, February 11th, 2005, at 11: 00 am. at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street, London. A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London entrusted with arrangements (519-433-5184). As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 617 Wellington Street, London, Ontario N6A 3R6.

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PITCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-08 published
HERZOG, William " Bill Joseph," M C.A. (1939-2005)
At the age of 66, after an inspiring and brave battle with a brain tumour, Bill died at Freeport Hospital on Sunday, August 7, 2005. Beloved husband of Patricia (NIX) for over 40 years. Proud and loving father of daughters Wendy and her husband Mike KELLY and Lori and her husband Tom MADDEN. Adoring and adored Papa to Kristin and Liam KELLY and Brynne and Ben MADDEN. Bill is survived by his mother, Claire HERZOG and father-in-law Robert NIX and his wife Ellen. Bill was a loving brother to Shirley (Charlie) DAUB, Karen (Dave) KOWALSKI and Ron HERZOG and his wife Jan. Also survived by sisters-in-law Wendy NIX and Barbara PITCHER and brother-in-law Ken NIX and his wife Cathy. His many nieces, nephews, cousins and surviving aunts and uncles, will lovingly remember Bill. Predeceased by his father Anthony HERZOG and his mother-in-law Helen NIX. Bill had a long and revered career with both Zehrs Markets and Loblaw Companies, retiring from the position of Senior Vice President of Finance with Loblaw Companies East at the end of 2000. Bill's name conveys many things to so many people. He was a proud man who loved his life, his family and his Friends. He valued his community and worked hard to support the causes he was so passionate about. Bill was past President of the KW Racquet Club, Westmount Golf and Country Club and the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club, where he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Upon his retirement in 2000, he put his many talents to volunteering in the community and has served on many committees and boards including the Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation, Kids Ability Foundation, President's Choice Children's Charity and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation in Toronto. Bill took advantage of everything that life could offer him. He loved to travel and share his adventures and 'finds' with those close to him. He was an athlete who excelled at every sport he tried and who followed sports with passion and enthusiasm. Bill loved to spend time with his Friends and embraced the opportunity to meet new people. He was an avid supporter of the Stratford Festival and enjoyed relaxing with dear Friends over a wonderful bottle of wine. Bill will be warmly remembered for his clipping and sharing of newspaper and magazine articles. To receive an envelope of clippings from Bill was to know that this incredibly special man was thinking of you. For many, those envelopes will be sadly missed. Visitation will be held at Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral mass to remember and celebrate Bill's life will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 53 Allen Street East, Waterloo, with Reverend Bernie HAYNES, CR, as celebrant. Following cremation, a private family committal will take place at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener. Following the mass, Friends and relatives are invited to Westmount Golf and Country Club for refreshments and an opportunity to visit with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kids Ability Foundation to establish the Bill Herzog Endowment Fund which will help children with special needs. Donations can be arranged through the funeral home. Special thanks to the staff and physicians at Freeport Hospital, to Dr. David MacDONALD and Dr. Joseph MEGYESI and their wonderful teams at London University Hospital and to Dr. Charlie IRWIN of Waterloo. Donations/Condolences/Flowers www.edwardrgood.com 519-745-8445

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PITCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-19 published
WARMAN, Maryanne
Peacefully at Sherwood Court Long Term Care Centre with her family by her side on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at the age of 89 years. Maryanne is predeceased by her husband Douglas. Beloved mother of Carole (the late Hugh PITCHER,) Shirley (Patrick FERRIS,) Brenda (Nick EBEN) and Gerry (Carmel.) She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren: Michael, Sean, Mark, Paul, Maryanne, Kevin, Sarah, Melissa, Douglas, Colleen and Adrienne. She will be fondly remembered by her 11 great-grandchildren. She is survived by 2 sisters Elsie and Irene. Friends may gather at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. W. (1 block east of Runnymede), on Thursday, May 19, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gregory's Parish on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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PITCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-12 published
BUDGELL, Hedley
On December 10, 2005, Hedley beloved husband of June. Dear father and father-in-law of Victor and his wife Carol of Halifax, Debbie and Kim and her husband Loue CONSTANTINOU. Brother of Robert of Newfoundland, Wallace of British Columbia, Gerald and Cyril both of Toronto and Leone, Buela, Doreen, Ruoda, Linda, and Paulett all of Ontario and Iris PITCHER of Newfoundland. Fondly remembered by grandchildren Tanya, Katie, Taylor, Matthew, and Cameron as well as many Friends and relatives. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York (two lights south of Steeles) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service Tuesday at 1 p.m. Interment Highland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scarborough General Hospital or Sheppard Manor.

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PITCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
BROWN, Jean Helen
Peacefully passed away at Huron Lodge, Windsor on Friday, December 16, 2005 in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Stuart BROWN. Loving mother of Mary Ellen McKEE and her husband James of Cornwall and Gerry BROWN of Windsor. Dear grandmother of Alicia and Michael and great-grandmother of Rheanna and Jazmine. Predeceased by her sister Lillian PITCHER, survived by sisters-in-law Loretto WHEELER (Gus,) Betty FLYNN (Joe,) and predeceased by sisters-in-law Velma MARTIN (Hank), Carmel GALLAGHER (Al) and Alma SHEEHAN (Jim). Jean will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 480 Rathburn Rd., Etobicoke. Interment Assumption Cemetery.

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PITCHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-14 published
Speeding scrutinized after trio of fatalities
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
Ontario Provincial Police yesterday identified two men who died in separate crashes that killed three people Friday.
Karl NOBLE, 44, of Middlesex Centre was killed when a pickup truck collided with his vehicle in the intersection of Ilderton and Denfield roads about 4 p.m.
The pickup carrying welding gear was driving erratically on Denfield Road before it clipped a station wagon, went through a stop sign and collided with NOBLE's vehicle travelling west on Ilderton Road, police said.
The impact caused the welding truck to explode, starting a fire.
NOBLE and the truck driver died at the scene. Police hadn't confirm the identity of the truck driver yesterday.
The driver of the station wagon, a 63-year-old Strathroy man, and his two passengers were not hurt.
The station wagon had been heading south on Denfield Road when its driver noticed the pickup truck behind it closing in quickly. The station wagon pulled over to the shoulder but was struck and spun around by the truck.
"Every driver has to remember to watch out for other drivers and drive defensively," Ontario Provincial Police Const. Jennifer WILKS said yesterday.
"It does merit coming up to an intersection carefully, even if you do have the right of way."
Police are still investigating whether speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, she said.
Investigators are also probing what caused a car travelling south on Shaw Road in Thames Centre to crash into a hydro pole on Friday about 7: 20 p.m.
Steven PITCHERS, 30, of London lost control of the car he was driving when it crossed into the north lane, veered back into the south shoulder and struck a utility pole, breaking it.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate PITCHERS but he died on scene.
WILKS said a family member was following behind and came upon the crash.
She said alcohol was not a factor.
Police are still investigating whether speed may have been a factor in the crash.

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PITCHERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-15 published
PITCHERS, Steven " Steve" Thomas
Suddenly on Friday, August 12, 2005, Steven "Steve" Thomas PITCHERS in his 31st year. Beloved son of David C. PITCHERS (Diane) and the late Ann (TUCKER) PITCHERS (2000.) Also survived by a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends. Visitors will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street, where the Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel on Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation and Entombment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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PITCHUCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-14 published
VANDERHOEK, Gerry Sr.
Peacefully at his home on Saturday June 11, 2005, Gerry VANDERHOEK Sr. in his 73rd year. Dear father of Bob, Debbie (Vince) MANCARI, Darlene (Don Rex) BRAITHWAITE, Diana (Rick) PITCHUCK, Denise (Steven) WARD and Gerry (Christine.) Dear grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren. Also survived by Shirley VANDERHOEK and Dad's loyalist friend "Cheers". Dear brother of Betty (Fred) HALLOWS of Ostrander. Predeceased by a brother Harry and a sister Corrie. Friends and family will be received at Saint Martins of Tours Church (corner of Cathcart and Duchess) London on Wednesday June 15, 2005 for a Memorial Mass at 12 p.m. with visitation 10 a.m., officiated by Father Fred HOWARD- SMITH. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the London Humane Society, 624 Clarke Road London, Ontario, N5V 3K5. Forest City Cremation Services. "May he soar with the angels"

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PITKANEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-11 published
SOUTHGATE, Hilda Lillian
On October 4, 2005, Hilda SOUTHGATE, in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her brother Harold, and sister Marguerite (Kerr). Dear sister-in-law of James KERR. Loving aunt of Sheila (Stephen FENNELL,) Frances (Veikko PITKANEN,) and Bruce KERR (Renee.) Fondly remembered by her many great-nieces and nephews. A private family service was held.

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PITKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-22 published
PITKIN, Walter Raymond " Wally"

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PITMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-06 published
PITMAN, Kathleen
At Chelsey Park Nursing Home London on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 Kathleen PITMAN in her 88th year. Predeceased by her husband Harry PITMAN (2000.) Dear mother of Ann PREUSS. Loving grandmother of Tracy ROSAS (Rudy) and Larry PREUSS (Virginia.) Great-grandmother of Emily, Rachel, Micaela, Gabriel and Joshua. Cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy or donations (London Health Sciences Foundation) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com

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PITNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-05 published
PITNEY, Helen Catherine
On Wednesday, February 2, 2005, Helen passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord, at home surrounded by her family, at the age of 90 years. Dearly beloved wife of the late Philip PITNEY. Dear mother of Barbara and her husband Stuart HILL (Brampton,) Philip Bishop PITNEY (Barbara) (Cooksville,) Helena and her husband Michael WILLIAMS (Niagara Falls), Antoinette REID (Grant MacDONALD) (Collingwood,) Rita and her husband Ted WASKAWICH (Niagara Falls,) Cecilia PITNEY (Toronto,) Phyllis DAY (Edmonton) and Joseph and his wife Cindy (Port Colborne). Helen will be lovingly remembered by her twenty grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Helen is survived by her sister Violet FOXTON, sisters-in-law Betty PERKINS and Betty MALPASS and her cousin Hilda BARNETT, all of England. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews in Canada and England. Helen will be fondly remembered by Rev. David PURCELL, C.Ss.R. Helen is at the Morse and son Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes, 5917 Main Street. Following Helen's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 11 o'clock at Saint Thomas More Church, 6548 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls. Private interment will take place at St. Vincent De Paul Church Cemetery, Niagara-On-The-Lake. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the St. Vincent De Paul Society at Saint Thomas More Church. For Those I Love - For Those Who Love Me When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You musn't tie yourself to me with tears; Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love. You can only guess How much you gave me of happiness. I thank you for the love you all have shown, But know it's time I travelled on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for awhile that we must part. So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on; So if you need me, call and I will come, Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear, All of my love around you, soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home". On-line guest register at www.morganfuneral.com

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PITNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-28 published
STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Mary Marguerite (née SCOTT) (1910-2005)
At the Guildwood Extendicare on Friday, February 25, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Ray. Daughter of the late George and Stella SCOTT. Sister of Veronica PITNEY, Rita DAOUST (Scott) and her loving niece Jacqueline DAOUST and the late Muriel JEFFREY, George, Jack and Ed. Aunt Marg will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Funeral Home of O'Connor Bros., 1871 Danforth Ave., Toronto (2 blocks west of Woodbine subway station) on Tuesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass in Annunciation Church (Victoria Pk. Ave., S. of Ellesmere Rd., Toronto) on Wednesday at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. (Supervised parking at funeral home.)

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PITOSCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-21 published
Louis PITOSCIA, Wrestler And Actor (1928-2005)
King-size regular on The Wayne and Shuster Show first used his strength to deliver bananas around Toronto and then took up grappling. Later, he switched to acting but was, in truth, 'hired for his appearance. He didn't have to do anything. He'd just stand there'
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Monday, November 21, 2005, Page S11
Toronto -- Omnipresent, long cigars, fedoras, a booming voice, a hulking mass, wrestling and The Wayne and Shuster Show -- that was Louis PITOSCIA.
When his brother visited him in hospital in the waning days of his life, the person Mr. PITOSCIA most mentioned was Johnny Wayne. Together with Frank Shuster he had appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation comedy show until 1990 and along the way had provided a regular supporting roles for Mr. PITOSCIA.
Before he got into wrestling and acting, Mr. PITOSCIA was a blue-collar worker who had been employed for many years in the banana-export business with his brothers James and Tony and with their Italian-immigrant father, Carmen. After school and on weekends, he would help sell Central American bananas out of the family home in mid-town Toronto. After he finished school, he delivered the fruit to stores throughout the Toronto area. The business is still run by family members today.
When wrestling beckoned, Mr. PITOSCIA soon vacated the family business. For a few years in the 1940s and 1950s, he relished his new career and performed in such venues as Buffalo, Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and other spots in North America.
"Lou wrestled mostly in preliminary matches, not main bouts," recalled Canadian wrestling legend Gene KINISKI.
"Lou was a bad guy in the ring," his brother James PITOSCIA said, laughing.
"He took me a lot to his wrestling matches at Maple Leaf Gardens," his sister Lucy said. "He'd sit me in the front row all the time and tell me, 'Now, don't you move from there.' He was a wonderful guy. I miss him so much. He loved everybody and everybody loved him. He was good to everybody -- especially the kids at his matches."
The bad-guy image in the ring was one he milked to the maximum he also milked it in his career as an actor. With a 60-inch chest and 48-inch waist, he was a big, burly man of 6-foot 2-inches who reached close to 300 pounds in his heyday as a wrestler. It was a weight he carried to the end of his life. A predilection for long cigars and rum-and-coke drinks completed the picture.
The transition from wrestling to acting was a natural one because, for him, wrestling was like acting. His interest in acting got started in the early 1950s when American wrestler Mike Mazurki jumped to Hollywood and invited Mr. PITOSCIA along. Mr. PITOSCIA hung around California for only three weeks -- just long enough to land a small role in the Bob Hope movie My Favourite Spy.
"I was sort of a hood in My Favourite Spy. I got killed," Mr. PITOSCIA told the Toronto Star in 1960. "Anyhow, that experience gave me confidence in my hidden talents."
As it happened, however, he had no interest in remaining in Hollywood or in the U.S., for that matter. He wanted to stay in Canada and earn his trade as a Canadian -- just like Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster.
"Lou was a great actor on the Wayne and Shuster Show," Mr. KINISKI said. "If the producers were looking for a fairly big role for someone on the show, Lou pretty well had it sewn up. He had some wonderful roles."
Mr. PITOSCIA's tenure with the Wayne and Shuster Show included some appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show which required him to go to New York for tapings.
"The time I was on The Ed Sullivan Show, I had to get knocked through a lousy brick wall," Mr. PITOSCIA told the Toronto Star. "Out of my pay, they took 53 bucks, tax. Fifty-three bucks they charge to let you fall through a crummy wall."
Fellow Wayne and Shuster regular Don Cullen hailed Mr. PITOSCIA as the "Great Wall of China" and recalled the episode in which he had to lean his head on Big Lou's massive frame. "I'm a small man and I looked ridiculous leaning on him."
To Tom Harvey, another Wayne and Shuster Show regular, Mr. PITOSCIA was not always the menacing type that he was cracked up to be.
"He was a big, tough guy outside but he was very soft inside. He was a baby," Mr. Harvey said in an interview. "Not to be detrimental in the theatrical sense, Lou was not really an actor. He was hired for his appearance. He didn't have to do anything. He'd just stand there. He was untheatrical in reading a line but he was a funny, lovable guy."
Actor Alfie SCOPP recalled a rather threatening experience during which they taped an episode of the 1959 television series Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa and Mr. PITOSCIA took his role and strength a little too seriously.
"I was the derelict bum with a drinking problem and Lou was the muscle man for the mob," Mr. SCOPP recalled. "The script called for him to catch me and choke me. He was such a big man and he wasn't just acting in this scene."
Mr. SCOPP said his air was cut off and he began to choke. "I began to lose my grip on reality. The director finally noticed what was happening and two guys had to pull Lou off me. He apologized a lot to me afterward."
In 1990, Johnny Wayne died. The end of the Wayne and Shuster Show signalled a drop in work for Mr. PITOSCIA. He had just three film roles in the 1990s, one in the feature film Baby on Board. His last roles were as as Gato Ciccone in Snow on the Skeleton Key (2003) and as Calzino in Moss (2004).
Along the way, Mr. PITOSCIA played roles such as a thug, gangster and prisoner, when he wasn't involved in a side job in hotel security in Toronto. He posted semi-regular appearances in a number of television series, including Adderly, Robocop, SCTV Network 90 and Seeing Things. Perhaps his best-known movie was Moonstruck, the popular 1987 film by Canadian director Norman Jewison that starred Cher and Nicholas Cage. He was seen, too, in a number of commercials, notably for Shell Oil Co. He also made a United Way commercial -- as a wrestler.
Louis (Big Lou) PITOSCIA was born November 11, 1928, in Toronto. He died July 28, 2005, in Toronto of a lung ailment. He was 77. He was buried with some of his favourite cigars. He is survived by his brother James and sister Lucy.

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PITOSCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-02 published
'Big Lou' played hoods to the hilt
Comedian became familiar face on Canadian television
'Always a cigar in his mouth, like a gangster': Brother
By Patrick EVANS, Staff Reporter
As a professional wrestler, he made his opponents scream in pain. As a comedian with Wayne and Shuster, he made Canada scream with laughter.
Louis " Big Lou" PITOSCIA, the ultimate cigar-chomping bruiser, died peacefully last Thursday at the age of 76. His career saw him move from professional wrestling in the Maple Leaf Gardens of the 1940s to playing tough-guy roles in movies and television.
But he's best remembered for decades of sketch comedy send-ups of gangsters, hoods and prison inmates as a regular on Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster's Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television show.
With his trademark fedora and cigar, PITOSCIA lived his bully image to the fullest. "Oh, big cigars he smoked. Always a cigar in his mouth, like a gangster," said his brother James, 78.
But PITOSCIA had no problem playing against type if it got a laugh. The men on Wayne and Shuster's show used to dress up in drag as an all-female band. The camera would cut to PITOSCIA on the piano, wearing a black dress with a frilly collar and brooch, a grey wig tied back in a bun -- and, of course, a cigar in his mouth.
At the funeral home yesterday, he lay in the casket with a rosary and a fresh cigar in his hands.
PITOSCIA was born to Italian immigrant parents in Toronto on November 11, 1928, one of five children. When he hit his teens, he was, as James put it, "a lot of trouble. He didn't take crap from anybody."
PITOSCIA figured out at a young age how to land a punch.
"I know at school he used to beat the kids up," James said. "Then the schoolteacher gave him a strapping. He stopped after that. He turned out to be a good guy."
During his wrestling career, PITOSCIA adopted a bad-guy persona in the ring. It was a good rehearsal for the series of hoods and gangsters he would play in his four decades as an actor.
When he retired from wrestling in the early 1950s, he weighed 280 pounds, had a 60-inch chest, a 48-inch waist, and a 19.5-inch shirt collar.
In a 1960 interview with the Toronto Star, PITOSCIA said his inspiration for leaving wrestling for show business was Mike Mazurki, a wrestler who jumped ship for Hollywood. In 1951, Mazurki invited PITOSCIA to Los Angeles. On that visit, PITOSCIA landed a bit part in the movie My Favorite Spy, starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr.
For Big Lou, there was no turning back. "I was sort of a hood in it. I got killed," he told the Star. "Anyhow, that experience gave me confidence in my hidden talents, see."
But Hollywood couldn't seduce PITOSCIA. His family says he was determined to make it as an actor with Canada as his home base. It was something he had in common with Wayne and Shuster, who turned down offers in the United States, remaining defiantly Canadian throughout their careers.
PITOSCIA's work with Wayne and Shuster, including some appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, led to more roles on television and commercials.
"The time I was on The Ed Sullivan Show," he said in 1960, "I had to get knocked through a lousy brick wall. Out of my pay, they took 53 bucks tax. Fifty-three bucks they charge to let you fall through a crummy wall."
PITOSCIA never worried about being typecast. "He was happiest when playing the godfather roles," said his niece, Rosemary CORRENTE.
It was a role he loved to play, even when the cameras stopped rolling. CORRENTE remembers as a young woman bringing a date over for dinner. She laughs at the memory of Uncle Lou sitting down with the young man and pulling out a switchblade.
"He started cleaning his nails with the switchblade and said, 'So, what are your intentions with my niece'?" CORRENTE said. "He never came back for dinner, that guy."
Relatives remember PITOSCIA for his hulking mass, booming voice and devotion to family. "As tough as he was, he had a big, soft heart," CORRENTE said.
Rosanna PICCININNI- FERRONI, another niece, said as a little girl she was always excited when Uncle Lou visited. "He would pick me up with one hand," he said. She would perch there on his giant open palm.
"He never had kids," she said, explaining why PITOSCIA showered a father's love on his nieces and nephews. "We always knew if we were in a bind, we could go to Uncle Lou."
PITOSCIA married in the 1960s. His wife Jill died about 30 years later. After she was gone, he wouldn't let anybody use her rocking chair. "Anybody who sat in it, he would say, 'Hey, that's my wife's chair,'" James said.
Back in 1960, when he finished that interview with the Star, PITOSCIA ordered the reporter back for one more word.
"You newspaper guys are always spelling my name wrong," he said. "It's P-I-T-O-S-C-I-A. It ain't Pistachio like you're always writing. That's a nut."
In addition to his brother James, PITOSCIA leaves a sister, Lucy PICCININNI. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of The Simple Alternative Centre, 1535 South Gateway Rd., in Mississauga.

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PITOSCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-13 published
PITOSCIA, Carlo
Passed away after an extended illness on Saturday, September 10th, 2005 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Antonietta; loving father of Clara, Lydia and Mario and cherished nonno of Adrian. He will be deeply missed by his family and Friends. The family will receive Friends at the J.H. Lynn Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes, 290 First Street, Midland (705-526-6551) on Wednesday, September 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Private family funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Huronia Hospitals Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at www.carsonfuneralhomes.com A Memorial Tree will be planted by the J.H. Lynn Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes.

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PITOSCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-09 published
D'AMELIO, Donald
Suddenly on Monday, November 7, 2005 at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga at age 78. Devoted husband to Mary PITOSCIA for 53 years. Loving father of Rosanne and John MATEFF, Donna and Andrew DOBELL and Marianne. Cherished grandpa of Jason and Ian MATEFF. Brother of Anthony (Rosemarie) of Alcona Beach and Josephine DEFILIPPI (Quinto) of Etobicoke. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews and family. Long time member and dedicated usher at St. Ambrose Church. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ambrose Church, 782 Browns Line, Toronto on Friday, November 11, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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PITRE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-06 published
WARD, Olga (née MacKEY)
Olga (NOON- WARD) of Saint Thomas, on Monday, April 4, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. Beloved wife of Ron WARD and dearly loved mother of Gordon and his wife Cheryl of London, David and his wife Kim of Bowen Island, British Columbia and Brian and his wife Patricia of Squamish, British Columbia. Dear mother-in-law of Margaret and her husband Bob. Dear sister of Richard and his wife Edith MacKEY of Ottawa and Jim MacKEY of Verdun, Quebec. Predeceased by 3 sisters Molly, Peggy and Alexa. Loved grandmother of Jennifer, Sarah, Melissa, Danny, Ryan, Nathan and Natalie and great-grandmother of Abigail, Morgan and Connor. Dear sister-in-law of Helen PITRE and Edith MacKEY. Olga was born in Verdun, Quebec, the daughter of the late Richard Sellers and Isabella (LOVE) MacKEY. She has lived in Saint Thomas since 1980 and was formerly of Dorval, Quebec. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held on Friday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow, with interment of the ashes in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Remebrances may be made to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation.

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PITRE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-18 published
COUTURE, Gerald Edward “Cooch&rdquo
At his father's residence on Monday, May 16, 2005, Gerald Edward “Cooch” COUTURE, age 54 of Sarnia, formerly of London. Gerald was a tool mechanic at Glendale RV's in Strathroy for several years and was an avid guitarist. Loving son of Leo (Pat) and his friend Margaret IMHOFF and the late Gladys. Dear brother of Denis, Mark and his fiancée Cathy MAYCHOS, Lynn COUTURE and her fiancé Jerry GIBSON. Uncle of Ryan, Shawn and Teagan PITRE and Robert, Trevor and Tyler COUTURE. Nephew of Aline COUTURE of Vancouver. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. from Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Cremation will follow. Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and evening from 7 to 9 p.m.. Sympathy through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Memories and condolences may be sent online to www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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PITRE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-11 published
WICKENS, William Stanley " Bill"
Of Sarnia passed away at the Bluewater Health - Palliative Care, Sarnia on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at the age of 82 years. Bill was born and raised in Dresden prior to moving to Chatham where he married and was employed with Western Freight. Beloved husband of Helen (BOWYER) WICKENS. Dear father of William Brian and wife Shirley of Sarnia, Garth Lindsay and companion Kim PITRE of Saint Thomas and Mavis WICKENS and companion James HURST of Sarnia. Brother of Jack and Ann WICKENS of Sarnia. Loving grandfather to Jeff WICKENS and Miranda WICKENS and great-grandfather of Cayden WICKENS. Predeceased by 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Friends will be received at the Stewart Funeral Home, 254 George Street, Sarnia, Saturday from 1: 00 p.m. followed with a Funeral Service in the Chapel on Saturday at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Rob MINER of Burlington officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Bluewater Health Foundation - Palliative Care, Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lambton Lung Association.

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PITRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-25 published
MELANSON, Minnie Marie
Passed away on September 22, 2005 at Bridgepoint Health Centre. Beloved sister of Corinne of Scarborough and her husband the late Fred BELLIVEAU, Edna and her husband Ivan LE BLANC of Brantford, Doris and her husband Adrien LE BLANC of Scarborough, Aline of Sarnia and her husband the late Bob PITRE, Norma and her husband Gerald BARRON of Toronto, the late Alyre MELANSON and his wife Mathilda of British Columbia, the late Art MELANSON and his wife Cathy of West Hill, and the late Laurie MELANSON and his wife Lydia of New Brunswick. Minnie will always remain in the hearts and in the memories of her family members and Friends. Visitation will take place at the Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Blvd. 416-423-1000 on Monday, September 26th from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, September 27th at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church at 10: 00 a.m. Interment of cremated remains to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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PITRE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-28 published
CASSIDY, " Queenie" Helen May (née OLSEN)
Former employee of Canadian General Electric. Peacefully at Humber River Regional Hospital - Finch Site with family by her side, on Tuesday, September 27, 2005, in her 87th year. Queenie (OLSEN,) beloved wife of the late Murray. Dear sister of Jessie (Mrs. Edgar PITRE,) Bob and Ross, and the late Jean, Florence, Don and James. Daughter of the late Bernard and Bessie OLSEN. Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews, other relatives and Friends. Visitors will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston on Thursday, September 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Friday at 11 a.m., followed by cremation. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-15 published
PITT, David Allan
With his family at his side at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Thursday, January 13, 2005. Beloved husband of Carey. Loving father of Jacob and Nathan. Dear brother of Dianne FORTNEY and Michelle PITT- HYDE (Gord.) Cherished uncle of Jessica. Brother-in-law of Brian, Janice and Leanne. son of the late Alice and Dr. Allan PITT. He will be sadly missed by his aunts, uncles, Friends and colleagues at work. David touched many people throughout his life but always had a special place in his heart for his two sons. Friends may attend a memorial gathering at the Central Chapel of Hulse Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 from 7 to 9 p.m. with words of remembrance at 8 p.m. In memory of David the family asks that you take some time, play with your children and tell your family you love them.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-05 published
THODY, Emily Margaret and Jessica Catherine
At birth, Emily and Jessica were suddenly called away to watch over us on February 24 - 25, 2005. Precious little twin daughters of Karen and Don THODY of Waterloo. Granddaughters of Jean and Elliott PITT of Mississauga and Marie and David THODY of Komoka. Dear nieces of Cathy and Jeff COLCLOUGH of Burlington and Denise and Daren RAOUX of London. Cousins to Reece and Ryan COLCLOUGH and Emma and Kate RAOUX. A small private service is to be held by the immediate family. A very special thank you to Dr. Valerie MUELLER and the staff at McMaster University Medical Centre for their exemplary care and compassion during this time. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Thames Valley District School Board/Parkview Public School (10008 Oxbow Drive, Komoka, Ontario N0L 1R0) Emily and Jessica Thody Memorial Award Fund or the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations can be arranged through Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo. Condolences/Donations/Flowers www.edwardrgood.com 519-745-8445

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-04 published
PITT, Donald
Suddenly on Friday, April 1st, 2005, Donald PITT of London passed away in his 68th year. Beloved husband of Marilyn. Loving Father of Debbie and Pete FISHER of Dresden, Don and Brenda PITT of London, Sandra SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER and her friend Jason MILLER of London and Steve SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER of London. Sadly missed by grandchildren Elizabeth, P.J., Ryan, Krista, Derek, Brittany, Alyson, Pamela and Jennifer. He will be missed by his mother Edna PITT. Dear brother of Jean and Bob and Ross and Betty. Predeceased by his father Wallis PITT and brother Bill PITT. Family and Friends will be received at the Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London for a memorial service on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Inurnment to follow. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-16 published
DUCKWORTH, John Henry " Jack"
At Alexandra Marine and General Hospital on Friday, May 13, 2005. John Henry " Jack" DUCKWORTH of Goderich in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Shirley (TURNER) DUCKWORTH. Dear father of Jackie and Ed HARRISON of Goderich, Susan and Frank HUBBS of London. Loving grandfather of Tim and Trish HARRISON, Becky and Nathan PITT, Kelly and Darren HEWITT, Mike and Angie MUIR, Laura and Rebecca HUBBS and great-grandfather of Payton, Brett, Jordyn, Byron and Emma. Friends will be received at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East Street, Goderich on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. Donations to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #109 will hold a service Tuesday evening at 6: 45 p.m.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-17 published
DUCKWORTH, John Henry " Jack"
At Alexandra Marine and General Hospital on Friday, May 13, 2005. John Henry " Jack" DUCKWORTH of Goderich in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Shirley (TURNER) DUCKWORTH. Dear father of Jackie and Ed HARRISON of Goderich, Susan and Frank HUBBS of London. Loving grandfather of Tim and Trish HARRISON, Becky and Nathan PITT, Kelly and Darren HEWITT, Mike and Angie MUIR, Laura and Rebecca HUBBS and great-grandfather of Payton, Brett, Jordyn, Byron and Emma. Friends will be received at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East Street, Goderich on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. Donations to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #109 will hold a service Monday evening at 6: 45 p.m.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-17 published
MAGOVERN, Anne (née PITT)
Anne MAGOVERN (PITT) died May 12th at the age of 102, at St. Joseph's Home in Richmond, Virginia with family and the Little Sisters of the Poor at her side. Anne was born in London, Ontario in 1902, the daughter of Sylvester and Mary Jane PITT. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's School of Nursing in London, Ontario. Predeceased by her loving husband Dr. Malcolm MAGOVERN in Saratoga Springs, New York. She was the beloved mother of Dr. Tom and Bruni MAGOVERN of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Dr. Malcolm and Linda MAGOVERN of Ashland, Virginia, Mary Anne and Dr. James O'NEILL of Naragansett, R.I. and Jane and Sam HANFORD of Brookline, Massachusetts. Anne is the sister of Fred and Mona PITT of London, Ontario. She was predeceased by her sister Helen and Dr. E. LOUGHLIN of London, sister Connie and Andy McGUIRE and Luke BRODERICK of Windsor, Ontario, Margaret and Roger DES ROSIERS of Windsor and London. Sister of Syl and Madeline PITT of London, Ontario. Sister of Jack and Mickey PITT of Windsor, Ontario. A funeral mass was celebrated in the chapel of St. Joseph's Home in Richmond with the family and the Little Sisters of the Poor in attendance. The Little Sisters of the Poor operate many nursing homes in the U.S.A. and Canada. Burial will take place at a later date in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-18 published
MARLATT, Steven
Steven MARLATT of Scarborough, Ontario, passed away at the Scarborough Hospital, General Campus on Thursday, June 16, 2005, in his 57th year.
Born in Saint Thomas, January 27, 1949, son of C.E. "Ted" and Evelyn (PITT) MARLATT of R.R.#1, Union. He was a welder with MSP Wire Display, Scarborough and a member of the Halton County Radial Railway. Brother of Louise WHITE/WHYTE and her partner Charlie of London, Fred MARLATT and his wife Joanne of Calgary, Alberta, John MARLATT and his wife Deb of R.R.#1, Union and Edy Marlatt GOODREAU and her husband Jim of Blenheim. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation or funeral service at the funeral home. A public graveside service will be conducted at Elmdale Memorial Park, Saint Thomas on Tuesday, June 21st at 3: 30 p.m. Memorial donations to the Halton County Radial Railway gratefully acknowledged. The Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas entrusted with arrangements.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-13 published
MacKICHAN, Jean Lillias (MacLEAN)
Peacefully at Chateau Gardens Nursing Home, London Ontario on Monday, October 10th, 2005 Jean Lillias (MacLEAN) MacKICHAN, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of Dr. Gerald (Jerry) MacKICHAN. Dear mother of James and Maria MacKICHAN of London, Ian and Jan MacKICHAN of Calgary, Alberta and Nancy MacKICHAN of Cold Lake, Alberta. Dearly loved grandmother of Gerald, J.D., Gordon, Shane and Carson. Sister-in-law of Audrey MacKICHAN and Walter PITT. Predeceased by sister Karen PITT, brother Archie MacLEAN and brother-in-law Jack MacKICHAN. A memorial service will be held at Oakridge Presbyterian Church, 863 Freele St. London on Saturday October 15, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Sabrina CALDWELL officiating. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers donations to Compassion Canada, 985 Adelaide St. South, London, Ontario N6E 4A3 would be appreciated. T. Stephenson and son Funeral Home, Ailsa Craig Entrusted with arrangements, 519-293-3331. A tree will be planted in memory of Mrs. Jean MacKICHAN.

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PITT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-18 published
PAYNE, Frank
"Those we love live forever in our hearts" Peacefully, at his home on Wamplers Lake, Michigan, Frank PAYNE passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 in his 72nd year, after a courageous battle with cancer. Husband of the late Betty PAYNE (2004,) loving father of Debbie BALOG and the late Cathryn PAYNE (1990,) beloved grandfather of Sophie BALOG, age 6, and father-in-law Paul BALOG. Brother of Keith PAYNE and Sylvia CLARK and brother-in-law of Priscilla PAYNE of Bristol, England. Stepfather of Peggy DAMMAN and Bobby WILSON of Ohio. Frank was born in Bristol, England in 1934. He married Shirley PITT in 1957, and moved to Montreal, Canada, to work for Dominion Engineering. He returned to England in 1958, where he began his career as an Engineer with Ford Motor Company in Dagenham in 1961. Frank and Shirley raised their 2 daughters in England until returning to Canada in 1967, to London, Ontario, where he was one of the initial team members involved in the new Ford Plant in Talbotville, Ontario. He worked there until 1977 as a Materials Handling Engineer. Frank became a Canadian Citizen in 1976. In 1978, Frank moved to Michigan to continue his career with Ford, at the Research and Engineering Division in Dearborn. He married Betty WILSON in 1987 and became a U.S. Citizen in 1989. Over the next years Frank travelled and worked extensively for Ford Divisions in Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Germany. He retired in 2001, after 40 years of dedicated service to Ford Motor Company. Frank was a kind, generous and dignified man, who will be sadly missed, but whose memory will always live on, in the hearts of those who love him. Frank leaves behind many Friends in America, Canada, Germany and around the world. Debbie and Paul would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Frank's good Friends Lisa and Mike Bodman, Tom Hawkins and Bob Bourg, as well as to the exceptional team at Ann Arbor Hospice and Home Care Centre and to Mae Hanneman. With their care and support, Frank was able to spend his last months at his home by the lake. Visitation at the Couture Handler Funeral Home, 313 W. Pottanatamie Street, Tecumseh, Michigan 49286, on Friday, November 18th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral Service at the Tecumseh Church of Christ, Chicago Ave. on November 19th, at 11 a.m. Donations to the Cancer Society in Frank's memory gratefully appreciated.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-17 published
GODSOE, Margaret (COWPERTHWAITE)
Passed away peacefully Saturday, Januar y 15, 2005 in her Toronto home, age 93. So deeply beloved mother of Valerie Godsoe JENNINGS, Peter (Shelagh,) Jane (Tony FERREIRA) and sadly predeceased Gerald Jr. (Dale,) and the devoted wife of J. Gerald GODSOE, LL.D; CBE (deceased). She was also the loving and cherished grandmother of Craig (Charles MELANSON), Eden (Jim KING), Cynthia (Eric PITT), Suzanne, Stacey (Leif HELMER), Laura, and Derek DELOST and the proud greatgrandmother of Jonas PITT and Rowan HELMER. Margaret GODSOE and her family are deeply grateful to all others who cared for and supported her - especially Hyacinth POWELL, with her for 24 years. 'Marg' GODSOE will forever be loved and remembered for her generous heart, incredible strength, enthusiasm, wit and brilliant mind. Such an inspiration to ever yone she met, she graduated with highest honors from Dalhousie University at age 18, then taught Mathematics in Sydney, Nova Scotia and was later awarded an LL.D. by Dalhousie. In 1932 she married her one and only love, 'Gerry' GODSOE and soon after they moved to Toronto and raised their four children. With an intense passion for life and art, she was highly respected as a promoter, collector and philanthropist for Canadian Art. She was a founding member of the Art Gallery of Ontario Women's Committee and a Trustee and also an early catalyst and President of Toronto's Junior League. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Art Gallery of Ontario (Attention: Development Office, 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, M5T 1G4) or a charity of your choice.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-30 published
NALLANAYAGAM, Bertha -- Dispatch:
By Oliver MOORE, Saturday, July 30, 2005, Page M4
She caught the eye of Paul NALLANAYAGAM and ruined his family's plans for an arranged marriage. Leaving the other prospective brides in her wake, she helped build a 51-year marriage.
Bertha Swarnam NALLANAYAGAM knew how to blaze an independent-minded trail. Before she died of cancer on July 15, after also suffering from heart disease and diabetes, she specified that her body be used for medical research. It is, her eldest daughter said, something rarely done in Canada's Sri Lankan community.
"She felt that whatever she could do to help, she would do," said Nimmi PITT, the oldest of three daughters the couple brought from Colombo when they emigrated in 1972.
They came to Canada, Ms. PITT said, because ethnic tensions were rising in Sri Lanka and because her parents, both of whom were university graduates, wanted to give their daughters the best possible education prospects.
The couple were forced to take less prominent jobs than they'd had in Sri Lanka -- she had been a private-school teacher and he a senior administrator -- but they persevered, working increasingly suitable jobs and making sure their children were educated.
The family found North York a pretty Waspy place when they arrived curry powder was impossible to find and there were few other Sri Lankans for the daughters to date.
In part because of this lack, their parents eventually accepted the idea of the girls marrying outside their culture, which all three ultimately did.
Ms. NALLANAYAGAM eventually returned to teaching, helping other emigrés learn English. She was proud of the students, her daughter said, and especially pleased with one who went on to get his masters degree.
The couple moved to a co-op in the Bloor and Landsdowne area as they aged, and it was there that Ms. NALLANAYAGAM spent her last years. At home until almost the end, she was hospitalized for three days before dying peacefully. She was 79.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-22 published
BARRICK, Ishbel Mary (HOLMAN)
Raised in Toronto, the eldest of two, Ishbel spent many a summer at Wasaga Beach as well as winters in Collingwood. Through a chance meeting on a neighbourhood tennis court, she met Frank BARRICK, her husband-to-be. Following his air force service, Frank's career took them west to Winnipeg, Vancouver and finally they settled in Victoria where they built their own home in 1958.
Ishbel, or "Ish", her close Friends called her at times, was an avid camper, square-dancing belle, bowling champion, sewing wizard, and more. She was a sport fanatic - baseball, golf, football - but especially hockey - the Leafs could do no wrong! Ishbel was an optimist and an adventurer. There was nothing she wouldn't attempt except riding horses.
A mentor, listener and advice-giver only when asked, Ishbel was always firm but caring. Vivacious and joyful, she lived with the full colour palette and saw beauty everywhere. She was a voracious reader, geranium growing guru, crossword puzzle addict, bridge genius, homemaker extraordinaire, generous hostess and a stickler for being on time.
She cultivated Friends everywhere. She spent many happy hours at the Monterey Centre with the "ladies of the round table." But she also accumulated losses. She lost her brother, David HOLMAN, husband, Frank and many close relatives and Friends. Curious, open-minded and compassionate, Ishbel was engaged with world events and ideas until the past six months. She was born in Parkhill, Ontario, on June 30, 1919. September 14, 2005, our lives all changed with her death, but she did not depart. Ishbel still lives among us; she resides in our hearts.
Greatly missed by daughter Irene (PITT,) son Bruce (Diane,) grandchildren Bryan and Teresa PITT, and Michael BARRICK; the HOLMAN and BARRICK families of Ontario, cousins, nieces, nephews, Jody GRAINGER, Iain ROSE, Stuart PITT, many good Friends, and staff of Beacon Hill Villa.
Ishbel was an outstanding example of all that Friendship represents. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend, Grandmother, neighbour, and mentor - the list has no end!
If so desired, donations in Ishbel's honour may be made to the Canadian Red Cross Society, 909 Fairfield Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8V 3A3 (250) 382-2043.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-17 published
GODSOE, Margaret (COWPERTHWAITE)
Passed away peacefully Saturday, January 15, 2005 in her Toronto home, age 93. So deeply beloved mother of Valerie Godsoe JENNINGS, Peter (Shelagh,) Jane (Tony FERREIRA) and sadly predeceased Gerald Jr. (Dale,) and the devoted wife of J. Gerald GODSOE, LL.D; CBE (deceased). She was also the loving and cherished grandmother of Craig (Charles MELANSON), Eden (Jim KING), Cynthia (Eric PITT), Suzanne, Stacey (Leif HELMER), Laura, and Derek DELOST and the proud great-grandmother of Jonas PITT and Rowan HELMER. Margaret GODSOE and her family are deeply grateful to all others who cared for and supported her - especially Hyacinth POWELL, with her for 24 years. "Marg" GODSOE will forever be loved and remembered for her generous heart, incredible strength, enthusiasm, wit and brilliant mind. Such an inspiration to everyone she met, she graduated with highest honours from Dalhousie University at age 18, then taught Mathematics in Sydney, Nova Scotia and was later awarded an LL.D. by Dalhousie. In 1932 she married her one and only love, "Gerry" GODSOE and soon after they moved to Toronto and raised their four children. With an intense passion for life and art, she was highly respected as a promoter, collector and philanthropist for Canadian Art. She was a founding member of the Art Gallery of Ontario Women's Committee and a Trustee and also an early catalyst and President of Toronto's Junior League. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Art Gallery of Ontario (Attention: Development Office, 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, M5T 1G4) or a charity of your choice.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-26 published
MELIA, Ramona Marion (née PITT)
(Born in North Bay, February 16th, 1930) Entered into rest at the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at the age of 75. Daughter of the late Edward PITT and his wife Mary ROMAIN. Beloved wife of Anthony (Tony) MELIA. Loving mother of Karl, Dale and his wife Donna, Wendy, Edward (Neddy) and David. Grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Special grandmother to Christopher. Loving sister of Edith COOK, Melvin and his wife Sheila, Garry, Fred, Judy STANLEY, Sheila VACHON. Predeceased by her sister Lillian CHASSIE and by brothers William, August and Ray. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and sister-in-law Joyce PITT. Friends are invited to call at the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Monday, March 28th at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the War Amps of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-21 published
BARRICK, Ishbel Mary (HOLMAN)
Raised in Toronto, the eldest of two, Ishbel spent many a summer at Wasaga Beach as well as winters in Collingwood. Through a chance meeting on a neighbourhood tennis court, she met Frank BARRICK, her husband-to-be. Following his air force service, Frank's career took them west to Winnipeg, Vancouver and finally they settled in Victoria where they built their own home in 1958. Ishbel, or "Ish", her close Friends called her at times, was an avid camper, square-dancing belle, bowling champion, sewing wizard, and more. She was a sport fanatic - baseball, golf, football - but especially hockey - the Leafs could do no wrong! Ishbel was an optimist and an adventurer. There was nothing she wouldn't attempt except riding horses. A mentor, listener and advice-giver only when asked, Ishbel was always firm but caring. Vivacious and joyful, she lived with the full colour palette and saw beauty everywhere. She was a voracious reader, geranium growing guru, crossword puzzle addict, bridge genius, homemaker extraordinaire, generous hostess and a stickler for being on time. She cultivated Friends everywhere. She spent many happy hours at the Monterey Centre with the ladies of the round table. But she also accumulated losses. She lost her brother, David Holman, husband, Frank and many close relatives and Friends. Curious, open-minded and compassionate, Ishbel was engaged with world events and ideas until the past six months. She was born in Parkhill, Ontario, on June 30, 1919. September 14, 2005, our lives all changed with her death, but she did not depart. Ishbel still lives among us; she resides in our hearts. Greatly missed by daughter Irene (PITT,) son Bruce (Diane,) grandchildren Bryan and Teresa PITT, and Michael BARRICK the HOLMAN and BARRICK families of Ontario, cousins, nieces, nephews, Jody GRAINGER, Iain ROSE, Stuart PITT, many good Friends, and staff of Beacon Hill Villa. Ishbel was an outstanding exampleof all that Friendship represents. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend, Grandmother, neighbour, and mentor - the list has no end!If so desired, donations in Ishbel's honour may be made to the Canadian Red Cross Society, 909 Fairfield Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8V 3A3 (250) 382-2043.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-27 published
COTTRELL, Joan
Passed away peacefully at IanAnderson House on Saturday, September 24, 2005 at the age of 80. Beloved wife for 56 years of David. Loving mother of Rick and his wife Colleen, Beth and her husband Bob PATON, Debbie, Carolyn, and Pam and her husband Colin SPENCER. Dear grandmother of Shannon and her husband Steve PITT, Kelly, Derek and Matthew, Hailey, Owen and Jessica. Joan was a dedicated Registered Nurse for many years, retiring in 1990 from the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, September 30 at 3 o'clock. Cremation to follow. For those who wish, donations may be made to Ian Anderson House.

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PITT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-25 published
RUTHERFORD, Harold Boyd
Passed away peacefully at Listowel Memorial Hospital on November 24, 2005. He resided in Listowel and was born 94 years ago in Toronto, a son of the late John and Rebecca (BOYD) RUTHERFORD. Dear husband of the late Goldie (Audrey BRUCE) RUTHERFORD who predeceased him in 2003. Cherished by his children Bruce and Patti RUTHERFORD, Marian and Gary PERRETT, all of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Murray RUTHERFORD of Monkton. Loving grandfather of six grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by his sister Marian ARMSTRONG of Unionville and his brother George RUTHERFORD of Toronto. Predeceased by his brother Jack RUTHERFORD and sister-in-law Dorothy of Scarborough and brother-in-law Lloyd ARMSTRONG. Harold's family invites relatives and Friends to share their memories at Peebles Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Monkton United Church on Monday, November 28, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Val PITT officiating. Spring interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Monkton United Church, Listowel Memorial Hospital or a charity of one's choice can be made by calling the funeral home at 519-356-2382.

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