RANDO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-29 published
RANDO, Salvatore " Sam"
Peacefully passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 with his loving wife Antonia by his side. Loving father to Linda and Caterina. Proud Nonno to Catherine Jean. Remembered by his brother Domenic and sisters Rita, Rose, Grace, Lucy and their families. Family and Friends may visit the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (one block east of Dufferin) on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 30, 2005 at St. Anthony's Church, 1041 Bloor St. W. at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Prospect Cemetery.

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RANDOLPH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-13 published
RANDOLPH, Olive (née CUMMINS)
Of Bedford, England, formerly of Downsview, Ontario, peacefully at age 92 on May 6, 2005 at Steppingly Hospital, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. Beloved mother of Stephanie and David and grandmother of Jennifer. Predeceased by husband William. Funeral in Bedford on May 13, 2005. Condolences to david.randolph@btinternet.com

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RANDS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-04 published
GILLIS, Hugh A. " Hughie"
Peacefully at Marian Villa on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 Capt. Hugh A. (Hughie) GILLIS Ret., C.D.3 passed away surrounded by his family. Loving husband of Hughette (Gidget) née PELLETIER of 48 years. Beloved father of Shirley BABSTOCK (Bob,) Debbie JORDAN (Doug,) and Gary GILLIS. Proud grandfather of Brad, Crystal, Shannon, Bryan BABSTOCK and Teri-Lynn JORDAN and great-grandfather of Mackenzie RANDS. Also survived by brothers and sisters in the Maritimes. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, for visitation on Monday from 1-2 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 7, 2005 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church immediately following at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow, with burial of cremated remains in Ottawa at Beachwood Military Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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RANDS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-07 published
DEVINE, Florence (née RANDS)
On Wednesday, January 5, 2005 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Richard A. DEVINE. Loving mother to Rosemary and husband Jim JEWELL. Dear grandmother to Annelise and husband Alex TAILOR/TAYLOR, Marilyn and husband Sean RUSSELL, and Charles and wife Anetta. Loving great-grandmother to Jason, Michael, Holly, Brendan, Megan and Max. Dear sister to Richard and wife Vi RANDS, Gerry and wife Mary Ellen RANDS, and Ron and his wife Olive RANDS. Sister-in-law to Murray MacKENZIE. Predeceased by sister Jean MacKENZIE. Will be sadly missed by nieces, nephews and their families. Mrs. DEVINE will be resting at the "Wignall Chapel" of the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes, 62 Long Branch Ave., Etobicoke on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 10 a.m. in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 782 Brown's Line. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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RANELLI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-10 published
NUNN, Kathleen Laura
After a brief illness on Monday, March 7, 2005 at the age of 89. Kathleen, beioved wife and best friend of Eric (predeceased). Loving mother of Carol RANELLI and her husband Ben, Philip and his wife Judy, and Ken. Proud grandmother of Jennifer, Lori and Bradley, Lisa DECARIES and her husband Dean, Julie MINAKAKIS and her husband Dean and great-grandmother of Nicholas, Ashley and Christopher. Kathleen will also be fondly remembered by other Friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Society. Friends and family will be received at Saint John's Norway Cemetery Chapel (256 Kingston Road, at Woodbine Ave.), on Thursday, March 10, 2005 from 2: 30-3:00 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. Funeral arrangements entrusted to McDougall and Brown Funeral Home "Scarborough Chapel", 416-267-4656.

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RANEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-23 published
BECKNER, Nelson Edward
(World War 2 Veteran)
Retired longtime employee of Northern Telecom and 1st member of the Brampton Chapter of the Gideon Bible Society. Called home to be with the Lord from his residence at the Brampton Meadows Long Term Care, on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 at the age of 83 years. Nelson, beloved husband of Isabel BECKNER (née CLARK.) Loving father of Nancy and her husband Gary RANEY, Carolyn and her husband Richard JOLLY, Margaret and her husband Kevin OATES, and Bill and his wife Darlene. He will be missed by his grandchildren David (Jennifer), Suzanne (Glenn), Brian, Leanne (Wayne), Dan (Brenda), Doug (Karen), Karen (Richard), Jennifer, Martha, Heather (Steve), Amy and Tim, and by 9 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother Gerald and surviving wife Margaret. Special thanks to the staff at Brampton Meadows Long Term Care for their wonderful care and support. The family will receive Friends at the Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 289 Main St. N., Brampton (905-451-1100) on Thursday, February 24th, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Friday (friends are requested to meet at the church) Maple Avenue Baptist Church, Georgetown for Service at 11 a.m. Interment Brampton Memorial Gardens. In memory of Nelson, donations to the Gideon Bible Society or to Muskoka Baptist Conference would be appreciated. Sign a book of condolence at www.obituariestoday.com

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RANGALLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-08 published
RANGALLA, Sunil
After a brief illness on Sunday February 6th, 2005 at the William Osler Health Centre, Brampton. Sunil in his 60th year. Beloved husband of Ishani. He will be sadly missed by his children Sushani and Virosh. Will be fondly remembered by many relatives and Friends both in Canada and Sri Lanka. Friends may call at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre and Chapel, 8190 Dixie Rd. (North of Steeles), on Wednesday from 3 until 9 pm. Cremation will follow.

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RANGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-19 published
RANGER, Jeremiah
(Former Taxi Driver, 28 years). Peacefully at his residence with his family by his side on Sunday, January 16, 2005 at age 62. Jerry, beloved father of Faye, Donna, Karlene, Karen, Marjorie, Krystal, Matthew, Terry and Elaine and will be sadly missed by his 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and his brothers, sisters and their families. Resting at the Scott Funeral Home, 1273 Weston Road, Toronto on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Beechwood Cemetery.

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RANGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-02 published
RANGER, Helen
Died peacefully on Monday, February 28, 2005. Loving sister of Mabel RANGER. Long time member of the Shrine of Jerusalem and the Order of the Eastern Star. Friends may call at the Giffen-Mack "Danforth" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. subway), 416-698-3121, on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Service in the funeral home chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m. Reception to follow service in the funeral home, then interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

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RANGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-16 published
HARRISON, William James " Jim"
Suddenly but peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Saturday, May 14, 2005. Jim HARRISON of R.R.#3 Mt. Albert at 83 years of age. Beloved husband of Dorothy. Dear father of Bill, Ron and Suzanne (Jack) RANGER. Dear grandfather of Jennifer and Cory HARRISON; Lynn and Merrill HARRISON. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 19153 Centre Street, Mount Albert (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Mount Albert United Church, 41 Alice Street, on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 2 p.m. Interment Mount Albert Cemetery. Donations to the Mount Albert United Church would be appreciated.

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RANGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-03 published
MacKLEM, Marjorie Mildred
Peacefully at Lakeridge Health Centre - Whitby Site on August 2, 2005 in her 94th year. Marjorie beloved wife of the late William. Loving mother of Gordon and his wife Teresa and the late Edna and her husband the late Norman RANGER. Dear sister of June BOWEN and Ruth PRINCE and husband Fred. Cherished grandma of Bill and Debbie RANGER, Carrol Ann and Neil SELLERS, Julie and Mike MERRICK, Steven and Linda RANGER, Elaine and Craig DEMPSTER and Will MacKLEM. She will be sadly missed by her 9 great-grandchildren. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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RANGHINO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-14 published
RANGHINO, Claudine " Frenchie"
Suddenly at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich on Thursday June 9, 2005. Claudine "Frenchie" RANGHINO. She will be missed tremendously by brother Pierre and wife Ginette and by nieces Cathy and family, Isabelle and family all of France, special Friends Doug and Marg ADAM/ADAMS and their daughters Lynette, Leanne and Lorri all of London, Ontario. Predeceased by her parents and her cherished God Mother. Cremation. A Memorial Service will be held at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Road at East Street, Goderich, on Saturday June 18, 2005 at 1 p.m. Donations to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Auxilary gratefully acknowledged.

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RANIERI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-02 published
DE THOMASIS, Annina Nicola
God called Nicoletta suddenly, on July 31st, 2005, at the age of 76. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Sante. She will be cherished by her dear children Antonietta (Angelo LOMBARDI,) and Nadia (Michael RANIERI.) Proud grandmother of David, Christina, Adrian, and Laura. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332), on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 10 a.m. from St. Augustine of Canterbury Church (80 Shoreham Dr., Jane and Finch). Entombment to follow at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery (on Hwy. 27, south of Hwy. 7.) The DE THOMASIS family will accept donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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RANIERI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-16 published
CICCOCIOPPI, Lucia (née RANIERI)
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on October 14, 2005 in Toronto. Loving mother of Guido and Pia, Domenic and his wife Connie. Cherished Nonna of Nicky, Lucianna, William, Audrey, and great-grandmother of Peter, Nicholas, Ilaria and Sophie. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (1 block East of Dufferin) on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church (354 St. Clair Ave. W). Entombment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens (Hwy. 27 and Albion Road).

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RANIERI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-25 published
MacARIO, Melina (née NUNNARI)
After a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, October 23, 2005 at her home surrounded by her family in her 62nd year. She will be greatly missed by her beloved husband, Enzo. Melina, loving mother of Pat (Rizni) and Mary (Emanuele). Proud Nonna of Alberto. Sister of Maria (Angelo), Teresa (Dominico), Clemenza (Carlo), Silvio (Heather), and the late Stefano (Maria). Sister-in-law of Concetta (Vincenzo) and France RANIERI (Pat.) She will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street (2 lights south of Steeles), North York, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Church (92 Steeles Ave. West). Entombment to follow at Westminster Mausoleum. In memory of Melina, donations directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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RANIERI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-04 published
RANIERI, Louise Marie (née McNICOL)
After a short illness, on December 3, 2005, in her 71st year. Loving wife of 51 years to Philip, dearest Mom of Cindy RANIERI- ATKINSON, Philip, Brent, Lauralea SPINA (Larry) and Lynnanne. Loving Nana to Jennifer, William, Jenessa, Taylor, Nicole, Michael, Jade, Carley and Carson. Private family service. If you wish, donations to Hill House Hospice. Nana, we love you!

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RANK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-28 published
KERR, Lloyd
It is with great sorrow that the family of Lloyd KERR announce his passing on July 27, 2005, after a brief battle with cancer. Lloyd was predeceased by his beloved wife Joan in 1995. He will be sadly missed by his children Bonnie and David BURRELL, Randy and Val KERR, Chris and Harold RANK, Bill KERR, Tracy and Janice KERR, all of Dorchester and by his grandchildren Jennifer and Joe JOHNSTON, Stacey and Matt DOWNING, Nick and Jordan RANK, Shawna and Jessica KERR and Brody and Brittany KERR as well as his great grandchildren Grace and Abbey DOWNING and Leaha JOHNSTON. Predeceased by his parents Ann and Bill KERR, infant son Michael, his sister Pearl COOK, brothers John and Bill KERR, and cousin Bertie ROBINSON, Lloyd will be remembered by many extended family members and Friends.
Lloyd spent his entire business career with Wolverine Tube retiring after 48 years in 1993, as President and Chief Executive Officer. During those years, as he rose through various positions, he made it a priority to know every employee and to greet each one by name. Lloyd also served as president of the Purchasing Agents Association and the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association as well as Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating and the London Industrial Development Board. This self-made man truly left his mark in the business world. Lloyd's leisure passions were golf, baseball and hockey. He also enjoyed a game of gin with his buddies at Tony's or the company of his poker buddies, in Florida. In his younger years, he coached the Wolverine Tube hockey team in the Industrial Hockey League. Later on, he sponsored the Lloyd's Boys championship slo-pitch team and hockey team as well as minor sports in Dorchester. Whenever possible, he was in the stands cheering them on. When he wasn't out golfing himself, he was watching it on T.V. or cheering on the Blue Jays or the Maple Leafs. The family will greet Friends at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel for visitation on Friday July 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a celebration of Lloyd's life will be held on Saturday, July 30th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Victorian Order of Nurses or the charity of your choice. There will be a memory box on display for any favorite memories or acknowledgements that you may want to share.
Dad, they say it's not what you take when you leave, it's what you leave behind. You have left a close and devoted family who will miss you dearly. Give Mom a hug for us.

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RANK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-14 published
Lifelong learning a passion for KERR
By Sharon HO, Free Press Reporter
Throughout his life, Lloyd KERR believed in self-education and doing things himself.
"He wasn't afraid to learn anything," said his daughter, Bonnie BURRELL, of Dorchester. "He was never afraid to get a book, dive in and learn it himself."
KERR died on July 27 from cancer at the age of 75.
A testament to KERR's ability to teach himself is a ranch-style house he built on Commissioners Road west of Wharncliffe Road around 1958.
"He also did his own plumbing and electrical work in the house," BURRELL said.
KERR moved his family from London to outside of Dorchester in 1969 over fears Commissioners would be turned into a highway.
He then bought a hobby farm in Dorchester where he renovated its farm house.
Professionally, KERR was a longtime employee of Wolverine Tube, a copper tubing manufacturer.
KERR started working at the company in 1945 at age 15. Despite having only a Grade 11 education, he worked his way up to become president and chief executive in 1976. KERR retired from the company in 1993.
"When he moved up the ranks he continued to learn," BURRELL said.
"He was tremendously dedicated to Wolverine Tube. His job was his passion. As a child growing up, Wolverine Tube was constantly in our vocabulary."
KERR made it a point to meet all new employees at the company. Not only did he meet them, but he knew everyone's name.
"He was a down-to-earth person and he could talk to any person," said Ed ERVASTI, president of Wolverine Tube prior to KERR.
"There was no aloofness to him at all. All 300 people he knew intimately. He was out on the plant floor, so he talked to everybody."
Sports were another passion in KERR's life. He was an avid golfer and bought a house on a golf course in Florida after he retired.
KERR also enjoyed watching baseball and hockey.
KERR coached the Wolverine Tube hockey team in the Industrial Hockey League. He also sponsored the Lloyd's Boys slo-pitch and hockey teams as well as minor sports teams in Dorchester his grandchildren played on.
KERR is survived by his children Bonnie BURRELL, Randy KERR, Chris RANK, Bill KERR and Janice KERR who all live in Dorchester. KERR's wife Joan died in 1995.
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RANK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-06 published
RANK, Reta
Peacefully at Willow nursing home Aurora on Friday, June 3, 2005 in her 100th year. Reta loving wife of the late Marshall. Loving grandmother of Carol and her husband Glenn VOLBRACHT and Janet and her husband Bob RAYMOND. Great grandmother of Kyle, Ryan, Jean-Pierre, Philippe, Brady, Kaitlyn, Lindsay and Megan. Dear friend of Carol COOK and Noreen HASHEM. Predeceased by her son Ralph, daughter-in-law Ann and her grand_son Doug. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora, 905-727-5421. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 32 Mosley Street, Aurora. Memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.

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RANK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-05 published
RANK, Rita
Peacefully at Willows Nursing Home, Aurora on Friday, June 3, 2005 in her 100th year. Rita, loving wife of the late Marshall. Loving grandmother of Carol and her husband Glenn VOLBRACHT, and Janet and her husband Bob RAYMOND. Great-grandmother of Kyle, Ryan, Jean-Pierre, Philippe, Brady, Katelyn, Lindsay and Megan. Dear friend of Carol COOK and Noreen HASHEM. Predeceased by her son Ralph and daughter-in-law Ann and her grand_son Doug. Friends will be received at Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora (905-727-5421), on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 32 Mosley Street, Aurora. Memorial donations to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.

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RANK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-06 published
RANK, Reta
Peacefully at Willows Nursing Home, Aurora on Friday, June 3, 2005 in her 100th year. Rita, loving wife of the late Marshall. Loving grandmother of Carol and her husband Glenn VOLBRACHT, and Janet and her husband Bob RAYMOND. Great-grandmother of Kyle, Ryan, Jean-Pierre, Philippe, Brady, Kaitlyn, Lindsay and Megan. Dear friend of Carol COOK and Noreen HASHEM. Predeceased by her son Ralph and daughter-in-law Ann and her grand_son Doug. Friends will be received at Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora (905-727-5421), on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 32 Mosley Street, Aurora. Memorial donations to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.

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RANK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-22 published
RANK, Julie Anne
Suddenly as a result of an accident, on Friday, August 19, 2005, in her 20th year. Loving daughter of Rob and Chris RANK of R.R.#2 Hastings. Dear sister of Marshall RANK at home. Beloved granddaughter of Marg and the late Gord TAILOR/TAYLOR of Markham, the late Norm and Joyce RANK. Sadly missed by her boyfriend Josh RESAR of Peterborough. Lovingly remembered by aunts, uncles, cousins, and many Friends. Friends are invited to call at the Weaver Family Funeral Home, 77 Second Street, Campbellford, from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday. A Memorial Service will be held in the E.W. Al Weaver Chapel, on Thursday, August 25th at 11 a.m. Reverend Mark FEARNALL officiating. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Online guest book and condolences at www.weaverfuneralhomes.com

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RANKEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-27 published
SUL, Nellie (formerly SOLSKI)
Peacefully, on Thursday, February 24th, 2005 at St. Joseph's Health Centre in her 93rd year. Nellie, beloved wife of the late Andrew SUL (May 1980) and beloved wife of the late Walter SOLSKI (January 1956). She will be sadly missed by her children Albert SOLSKI and his wife Sheila (Brampton), Helen INGLESE and her husband Giorgio (Toronto,) Eddie SOLSKI and his wife Ruth (Napanee.) Beloved grandmother of Michael SOLSKI and his wife Tracy VERNELLI, Stephen SOLSKI and his wife Diana GRIESDORF, Marie RANKEL and her husband Peter, David SOLSKI and his wife Michelle HOLMES, Christopher DALY, Scott DALY and his wife Linda RANKEL, Lisa SOLSKI and her husband Jeff TURESKI and beloved great-grandmother of Cooper, Michael, Emma, Ben, Jack, Stephanie and Nadine. Family and Friends may visit at the Scarborough Chapel of The McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. East) 416-267-4656 from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of the service in the chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Special thanks to the staff of the St. Joseph's Health Centre and the Lakeside Nursing Home.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-06-24 published
RANKIN, Audrey Mabel (née SMITH)
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale, on Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, of Eugenia, in her 69th year. Beloved wife of Stan RANKIN and daughter of the late Ross and Jeannette SMITH. Loving mother of Michael (Catherine), of Stouffville, Paul (Marsha), of Feversham and Lynne BISCHOF, of Eugenia. She will be loved and remembered by her grandchildren, Caroline, Jason, Hannah and Timothy. Dear sister of Joyce WILLISON, of Wasaga Beach, Glenn (Barb) SMITH, of Milton and the late Wayne SMITH and Jackie MORGAN. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton, on Friday, June 24th from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, June 25 at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation followed by interment, Maxwell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.
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RANKIN o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-02-16 published
KUCHMY, Stanley G.
Stanley G. KUCHMY a resident of Wallaceburg passed away at the hospital in London on Thursday, February 10, 2005 in his 75th year. Stan farmed in the Howard Township, Ridgetown area for a number of years and had retired from I.C.I. as a maintenance pipefitter in 1993. Beloved husband of Lillian (RANKIN.) Loving father of Ed and Anne KUCHMY of Chatham and Janice and Gary PARADIS of Wallaceburg. Grandfather of Joshua, Justin, Rachael and Brittany. son of the late George and Pauline (SYDORCK) KUCHMY. Predeceased by brother Steve KUCHMY (1982) and daughter-in-law Liane (2001.) The family received relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin), in Wallaceburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. The funeral service was conducted in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown followed a time of fellowship and refreshment at the Cavanagh Reception Centre. If desired remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society may be left at the funeral home. 519-627-3231.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-02-23 published
KUCHMY, Stanley G.
Stanley G. KUCHMY a resident of Wallaceburg passed away at the hospital in London on Thursday, February 10, 2005 in his 75th year. Stan farmed in the Howard Township, Ridgetown area for a number of years and had retired from I.C.I. as a maintenance pipefitter in 1993. Beloved husband of Lillian (RANKIN.) Loving father of Ed and Anne KUCHMY of Chatham and Janice and Gary PARADIS of Wallaceburg. Grandfather of Joshua, Justin, Rachael and Brittany. son of the late George and Pauline (SYDORCK) KUCHMY. Predeceased by brother Steve KUCHMY (1982) and daughter-in-law Liane (2001.) The family received relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin), in Wallaceburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Reginald BABBEY in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Memories of Stan were shared by Dennis FIGUEIREDO. The pallbearers were Gary PARADIS, Alipio FIGUEIREDO, Dennis FIGUEIREDO, Gregory RANKIN, Steve RANKIN and Scott RANKIN. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown followed a time of fellowship and refreshment at the Cavanagh Reception Centre. If desired remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society may be left at the funeral home. 519-627-3231.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-03-23 published
PATTERSON, Mary Isabella
Mrs. Mary Isabella PATTERSON a long time resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2005 at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance "Sydenham Campus", in Wallaceburg, at the age of 85 years. She was born in Dover Township, Ontario and is predeceased by her father Joseph and her mother Beatrice. Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wallaceburg. Beloved wife of the late Richard (Dick) PATTERSON (1993.) Loving mother of the late Sandra LAURIN (1998.) Sadly missed by her grand_sons Darrin and his wife Stephanie LAURIN of Wallaceburg and David LAURIN of Alberta. Dear great grandmother of Tyler, Stephanie and Brandon. Kind sister and sister-in-law of Douglas and Anne THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Meaford, Nadine and the late Paul McDONALD of Mitchell's Bay, the late Donna Anne RANKIN and the late Maxine (THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON) WALDEN. The late Mrs. PATTERSON rested at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street in Wallaceburg until Monday, March 21, 2005 when the funeral service was held from the chapel of the funeral home at 10: 30 a.m. with Pastor Brian HORROBIN, Officiating. Pallbearers were Tony DAVIS, Dan FARR, Rob RICHARD, Jarrod JONES, Craig GRIFFORE and Rob GURD. Interment has taken place in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Mary PATTERSON.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-14 published
BEERNINK, Diny (née VANOS)
Peacefully at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, January 13, 2005 in her 72nd year, Diny (VANOS) BEERNINK of Arkona. Beloved wife of Harry. Loving mother of Jerry (Bev) BEERNINK, Debbie (Grant) CAMPBELL, Julie BURCH (John PHELAN), Cindy (Pete) AARTS, and Roger (Marilyn) BEERNINK. Cherished grandmother of Jamie (Jennifer), Ryan, Deborah, Chris, Jeb, Mike, Tim, Cam, Charlie, Jay, Jennifer, Kelly, Bonita and great-grandmother to Madison and Zachary. Dearly missed by siblings Bill, Pete, John, Harry, Ted, Anny and Nancy. Predeceased by parents John and Hendrika VANOS, brothers Tony and Martin. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church, 68 Union Street, Forest on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 14, 2005 at the Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment Arkona Cemetery with Fr. David RANKIN officiating. Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Building Fund greatly appreciated.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-12 published
KUCHMY, Stanley G.
Stanley G. KUCHMY a resident of Wallaceburg, passed away at the hospital in London on Thursday, February 10, 2005 in his 75th year. Stan farmed in the Howard Township, Ridgetown area for a number of years and had retired from I.C.I. as a maintenance pipe fitter in 1993. Beloved husband of Lillian (RANKIN.) Loving father of Ed and Anne KUCHMY of Chatham and Janice and Gary PARADIS of Wallaceburg. Grandfather of Joshua, Justin, Rachael and Brittany. son of the late George and Pauline (SYDORCK) KUCHMY. Predeceased by brother Steve KUCHMY (1982) and daughter-in-law Liane (2001.) The family will receive relatives and Friends at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin), in Wallaceburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday, February 14th at 11 o'clock. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown will follow time of fellowship and refreshment at the Cavanagh Reception Centre. If desired, remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society may be left at the funeral home. 519-627-3231.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-25 published
VANDERHEYDEN, Henricus Martinus " Harry"
Peacefully with his family at Victoria Hospital London on Wednesday February 23, 2005 Henricus Martinus (Harry) VANDERHEYDEN of Hickory Line Warwick. Beloved husband of Corry (GUICHELAAR) VANDERHEYDEN. Loving father of Michelle (Kevin) HOFFER of Dundas, Caroline (Adrian) ROMBOUTS of Warwick, Jennifer (Hassan) BEDEIR of St. Thomas, Krista (Colin) FELL of Shedden. Grandfather of Devon, Madison, Lucas, Aidan, Zac, Jabril and Julia. Dear brother of Joanne, Ed, John, Leo, Helen, Margaret and Frances. Predeceased by George. Aged 58 years. Resting at the Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, McFarlane Chapel, 9 James St. S. at Watt (Forest) Lambton Shores. Visitation Friday 2-4 and 7-9. Liturgy for a Christian Burial St. Christopher's Church Union St. Forest on Saturday February 26 at 11: 00 a.m. with Father David RANKIN Celebrant. Interment Beechwood Cemetery. Donations appreciated by family to St. Christopher's Church Building Fund. (cheques only received at the Funeral Home) A memorial tree will be planted in memory of "Harry" by the Dodge family.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-05 published
HAYWARD, Darwin Eugene
Darwin Eugene HAYWARD, in his 49th year, suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, March 2, 2005. Beloved husband of Katherine (RANKIN) HAYWARD of 28 years. Loving father of Maren HAYWARD and her husband Scott MEANPAA of London, Amy of Guelph and her friend Pat DIETRICH, Jeff of Montreal and his friend Mandy GINGRICH. Survived by his mother Maxine HAYWARD of Corunna, sister Dianne (Bill) TENNYSON of Brigden, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Peter HAYWARD (2004.) Darwin was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business in 1979. He attended the University of Western Law School and became a partner at "Harrison Pensa Law Firm" in London. A private family Funeral will be held at the Calvary United Church, R.R.#1 Courtright, on Monday, March 7th, 2005, with Reverend Gwyn TUCKER officiating. A memorial service will be held in London, at The John Labatt Center, Talbot Restaurant, London, Ontario, Thursday, March 10, 2005, at 7: 00 pm where the family and Friends will gather to celebrate Darwin's Life. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Steadman Brothers Funeral Home, Brigden, 864-1193. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family through sbrothersfuneral@hotmail.com

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-19 published
PATTERSON, Mary Isabella
Mrs. Mary Isabella PATTERSON, a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Sunday March 13, 2005 at the C.K.H.A. Sydenham Campus in Wallaceburg at the age of 85. Predeceased by her father Joseph and her mother Beatrice. Beloved wife of the late Richard (Dick) PATTERSON (1993.) Loving mother of the late Sandra LAURIN (1998.) Sadly missed by her grand_sons Darrin and his wife Stephanie LAURIN of Wallaceburg and David LAURIN of Alberta. Dear great-grandmother of Tyler, Stephanie and Brandon. Kind sister and sister-in-law of Douglas and Anne THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Meaford, Nadine and the late Paul McDONALD of Mitcheles Bay, the late Donna Anne RANKIN and the late Maxine (THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON) WALDEN. The late Mrs. PATTERSON is resting at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg. Visitation will be held, Sunday, March 20, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the chapel of the funeral home Monday at 10: 30 a.m. with Reverend Brian HORROBIN officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Mary PATTERSON.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-08 published
RANKIN, Joseph Robert
It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful yet sudden passing of Joseph Robert RANKIN at home after a short illness on Tuesday, June 7, 2005, in his 51st year. He is deeply loved by his wife Cheryl (BODALY,) son Sam and daughter Courtney. He is missed and loved by his family, Pat and Garry ROWCLIFFE of Exeter, Cathy and Don PEARSON, mom-in-law June BODALY, Judy GUILMETTE, Kevin and Cathy BODALY, Nancy and Don GATTEN, Brent and Shelley BODALY, Gwen and Steve STROM and Meleny and Sam BURAGINA, all of London. Also remembering their uncle Joe is Chris and Jayne, Carrie, Danielle and Dan, Rebecca, Jennifer, Heather, Ryan, Colin, Royce, Jessica, Katie, Tabitha and Jonathon, Merisa, Mirela and Cristian. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London for visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Royal View Pentecostal Church (218 Clarke Road) on Thursday, June 9, 2005 at 1 p.m. Family interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Arthritis Society would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770. "Honey we have a million memories"

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-12 published
EAGLESON, Hugh Wilson
Hugh Wilson at the Exeter Villa, Exeter, Ontario on Friday, June 10, 2005 Hugh W. EAGLESON formerly of McGillivray Twp. in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Velma J. (ALLEN) EAGLESON (2001.) Dear father and father-in-law of Marlene and Allan RUNDLE, of Exeter, and Sharon and the late Ronald LATTA (1998) of Grand Bend. Special grandpa to Scott RUNDLE and friend Lana, Lisa RUNDLE and friend Darryl, Karen and husband Cameron RANKIN, Janet and husband Paul PANAGIOTOU. Great grandfather to Megan, Iain, Lauren and Callum. Brother and brother-in-law of Graham and Anna EAGLESON and Vivian EAGLESON of Parkhill. Predeceased by sister Ilene ROCK and her husband Ennis, and brother Stanley EAGLESON. Mr. EAGLESON resided all his life on the farm in McGillivray Township, until retiring to the Exeter Villa in October 2004. Resting at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill, Ontario where the funeral service will be conducted on Monday June 13th at 1: 00 p.m. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Donations South Huron Hospital Exeter, or the London Cancer Clinic would be appreciated. Interment in Parkhill Cemetery. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome. ca. M. Box and son will plant a tree in living memory of Mr. EAGLESON at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Parkhill.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-27 published
McPHAIL, Marion (née SMITH)
A resident of Highgate, Marion McPHAIL passed away at University Hospital, London on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at the age of 92. Born in Orford Township, daughter of the late David and Alexena (McWILLIAMS) SMITH. Beloved wife of the late Stanley W. McPHAIL (1970.) Dear mother of Dorothy COVE of Chatham, Donna GOSNELL and her husband Ted of R.R.#1 Highgate, Marlene TREES of Bellevue, Washington and her late husband Jim, and Audrey McPHAIL of Highgate. Grandmother of 3 and great-grandmother of 7. Sister of Ruth RANKIN of Highgate, John and Carolyn SMITH of Ridgetown, and the late Elizabeth GEDDIS and Isobel GOSNELL. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mrs. McPHAIL was a member of Highgate United Church and U.C.W., and Tru-Ki-Lo. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment in Duart Cemetery. Donations by cheque to Highgate United Church or charity of choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-04 published
WOODLEY, J. Mark
A resident of the Ridgetown area, died at his residence on Friday, July 1, 2005 at the age of 48 years. Born in Chatham, son of Mildred G. (HELLYER) of Ridgetown and the late E.L. (Ted) WOODLEY (1984.) Loved husband and best friend of Becky A. (KNIGHT) WOODLEY. Loving father of Noah, Owen, Tonya, Beth and her husband A.J. and Kyle. Brother of Judy and Ken WARD of Toronto and their family, Bryn WARD and Meagan and Jamie McINTYRE and their children Quinn and Evan; Dick WOODLEY of Ridgetown and Bill and Debbie WOODLEY of Markham and their family Dan, Ian and Kyle. Also surviving are Becky's parents, Vic and Carol KNIGHT of R.R.#1 Morpeth, and their family Chris, Carl and Kate KNIGHT and Kim CIKATRICIS and her sons Andrew and Joe; all of Ridgetown. Also surviving is Grandma Ruby RANKIN. Mark was the former owner-operator of Brown's Sports Store in Ridgetown. A private family service will be conducted by Reverend Sheryle STEADMAN of New Scotland United Church. Mark's family will receive Friends at their residence anytime between 4: 00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 to celebrate and recognize Mark's life. Donations made by cheque to the Ridgetown Library or the New Scotland United Church Building Fund appreciated and may be made at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-01 published
RANKIN, Joe
I just want to say thank you once again, to my family, for everything you've done while Joe was ill and since his passing. My sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and their families have been there for me every step of the way, with their support, meals, flowers, prayers, etc. I will never forget that. Mom, what would I have done without you? Knowing that you've already gone through it made it easier for me, but I know it was a lot harder on you. Last, but certainly not least, to my precious children, Sam and Courtney. I can't thank you enough for what you both did for Dad and me. You were a tower of strength for me. I know you love your dad and that you will never forget what a great person he was! You will have all the years of memories tucked deep in your hearts, forever. I love you all. Cheryl.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-05 published
MARCUS, Lewis
Peacefully at Country Terrace Nursing Home in Komoka on Thursday, November 3, 2005. Lewis MARCUS formerly of R.R.#2, Wallacetown in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Jean (ELLIS) MARCUS. Dear father of Frances and the late Tom DEACTIS of Peterborough, Barbara and William WESTON of Wallacetown, Richard and Donna MARCUS of Komoka, the late Bonnia (2004) and Brian COUTTS of Saint Thomas. Loving grandfather of Jamie, Lynn, Chris, Deborah, Sandra, Colleen, Paul, Michael, Kevin, Justin and Rosie and 16 great-grandchildren. Loved brother of Jean ASHTON, Harold and Vera MARCUS, Elizabeth (Betty) and Ross BEAMISH all of Bothwell, Doris PRICE of Clachan, Eva RANKIN of Sombra. Predeceased by sons Stanley (1946) and Louis (1983,) his parents Andrew and Maude MARCUS and sister Alta MARCUS (1985.) Relatives and Friends will be received at the Arn Funeral Home, 193 Shackleton St. Dutton on Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 where the funeral service will be held on Monday, November 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-31 published
RANKIN, John Alexander
It is with great sadness the family announces that John Alexander RANKIN, age 59, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 23, 2005, in the presence of his family after a long struggle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (PUDDISTER,) and his mother-in-law, Pauline PUDDISTER. Loving father, of Jennifer, Andreina, Barry, Sara and son-in-law Terry. Papa of Joshua, Kyle, Emily and Taylor. Dearly missed by his sisters Betty MELZER, Jo-Anne (Maurice) LAKE, and Marilyn (David) THAIN. John was predeceased by his parents Mina (2000) and John (1987). Born in London, he attended Princess Elizabeth Public School and G.A. Wheable Secondary. He lived in Pickering, Ontario for most of his adult life. Funeral service was held at The Simple Alternative Funeral Home, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering on Tuesday December 27, 2005. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-06 published
HOPE, Monica " Philomena"
Born October 23, 1928. Peacefully on May 4, 2005 at home at the age of 76. Predeceased by her loving siblings Mary CLARKE, Joan RANKIN, Dorothy SHORTELL, Charles and Michael. Beloved sister of Teresa O'HANLON, Nancy REID and Margaret "Bunny" WILLIAMS and sister-in-law of Marion HOPE. Lifelong friend of Joe SHERWIN. Fondly remembered by all her nieces and nephews and also by her grand nieces and nephews. She was a dedicated teacher for the Toronto Separate School Board for 23 years. Generously involved with charitable works. Friends and family may call at Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (West of Victoria Park Avenue), Toronto (416-698-2861) on Friday, May 6, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint John's Roman Catholic Church (794 Kingston Road) on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Lung Association.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-09 published
RANKIN, John Walter (July 2, 1936-July 8, 2005)
After a short illness, at the William Osler Health Centre, Georgetown Campus, Ontario. son of the late Colin and Marie RANKIN, brother of the late Colin RANKIN of Montreal. Retired insurance and risk management executive. Beloved husband of Catherine, loving father of Suzanne RANKIN- MAGNANTE (David), West Lafayette, Indiana and Timothy RANKIN, Oakville, Ontario. He will be remembered by his cherished grandchildren, Christopher, Alexandra and Sonja along with Sonja's mother, Ulrika RANKIN (WOBER.) Following his retirement from the Royal Bank of Canada, John pursued his many diverse interests, including golf, curling, and Canadian history. He had always been a volunteer in the community; the Anglican Church, Literacy and Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills were his foremost concerns in retirement. Greatly missed by his many RANKIN and Luther cousins from across Canada, three nieces, Jennifer, Fiona and Andrea, he had a profound impact on many and all of us who knew him. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Road, north of Maple Avenue, Georgetown (905) 877-3631, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, (60 Guelph Street, Georgetown), on Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to the Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills (222 Mountainview Road North, Georgetown, Ontario L7G 3R2) and St. George's Anglican Church (60 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario L7G 3Z5). To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-13 published
RANKIN, Ruth Irene (née HAWKE)
With a "Song in her Heart", contentment in her voice and a poem up her sleeve, Ruth Irene RANKIN, in her 83rd year, passed away after a brief illness at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario on Friday, January 7, 2005. Predeceased by husband Harley. Special mother of only child Pat SOBEL, best friend of only grandchild Brandon SOBEL, and son-in-law Steve. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will follow at a later date.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-05 published
KENNELLY, John Leo
(Formerly of Whitby and Centreville, Ontario)(Member of the Whitby Legion Branch #112, Member of the Knights of Columbus Third Degree, St. Leo's Council #11528, Brooklin, Fourth Degree, Father Leo J. Austin Assembly #2287, Whitby, and was a very active volunteer in the Town of Whitby.) Suddenly at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on Sunday April 3, 2005 in his 66th year. Leo, beloved husband of Rita (LYNCH.) Dear stepfather of Diane HAYES of New Orleans, Linda (Paul) RANKIN of Brooklin, Michael (Tami) LYNCH of Saint Thomas. Fondly remembered by his brother Donald (Margaret) KENNELLY of Lindsay, Ontario, and by his nephews Bernard, Raymond, Michael, and Patrick KELLY and their families, by his sisters-in-law Mary Ellen (Alex) MUIR of Oshawa, Aileen (Don) SMITH of Campbellford, Kathryn (John) HAMILTON of Colborne, and their families. Predeceased by his parents John and Mary Kennelly, his brother Michael, and his sister Bernadette Kelly. The family will receive Friends at the W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby (905-668-3410) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday with prayers at 7: 30 p.m. Mass of the Christian burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 903 Giffard Street, Whitby, on Wednesday April 6, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment, St. Anthony's Cemetery, Centreville, Ontario. In memoriam, donations may be made to Holy Angels Parish Building Fund, Saint Thomas, Ontario or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-21 published
WITHERS, Norah Anne (née RANKIN)
Peacefully, on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Toronto East General Hospital, in her 90th year. Norah, beloved wife of the late Clarence M. WITHERS. Loving and devoted mother of John and his wife Rose. Survived by her dear sisters Sheilagh BYLES of Toronto, Aileen SIVELL of Burlington, and brother Eamonn RANKIN of Vancouver, British Columbia. Friends may call on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Margaret Queen of Scotland Roman Catholic Church (222 Ridley Blvd.) on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 1 o'clock. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Providence Healthcare Centre. Condolences - www.rskane.ca

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-06 published
HOPE, Monica " Philomena"
Born October 23, 1928. Peacefully, on May 4, 2005, at home, at the age of 76. Predeceased by her loving siblings Mary CLARKE, Joan RANKIN, Dorothy SHORTELL, Charles and Michael. Beloved sister of Teresa O'HANLON, Nancy REID and Margaret "Bunny" WILLIAMS and sister-in-law of Marion HOPE. Lifelong friend of Joe SHERWIN. Fondly remembered by all her nieces and nephews and also by her grandnieces and nephews. She was a dedicated Teacher for the Toronto Separate School Board for 23 years. Generously involved with charitable works. Friends and family may call at Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Avenue), Toronto (416-698-2861), on Friday, May 6, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint John's Roman Catholic Church (794 Kingston Road), on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Lung Association.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-24 published
RANKIN, Audrey Mabel
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Thursday, June 23, 2005 of Eugenia in her 69th year. Beloved wife of Stan RANKIN and daughter of the late Ross and Jeannette SMITH. Loving mother of Michael (Catherine) of Stouffville, Paul (Marsha) of Feversham and Lynne BISCHOF of Eugenia. She will be loved and remembered by her grandchildren Caroline, Jason, Hannah and Timothy. Dear sister of Joyce WILLISON of Wasaga Beach, Glenn (Barb) SMITH of Milton and the late Wayne SMITH and Jackie MORGAN. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Friday, June 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, June 25 at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation followed by interment in Maxwell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-26 published
Grenadan refugee gunned down
By Jim RANKIN, Staff Reporter
There had been gunplay in the highrises to the north, and more to the south, according to police blotters. Until Friday evening, the residents of York Square North Townhouses -- where small front yards are neatly groomed and sidewalk chalk is used to let everyone know when someone is having a birthday -- had been spared.
Yesterday, in the heat of an afternoon where the mercury topped 33°C, a dozen members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church gathered at a townhome where the chalk outside that doorstep said, "Welcome." Inside, there were tears and attempts to comfort.
Jason Thomas JOSEPH, 26, a refugee claimant from Grenada, was gunned down Friday near an archway in the complex, not far from his home. Two others were also struck by bullets in the incident but not seriously injured.
According to church members who had come to be with his adoptive "auntie," Joseph stepped out sometime after 9 p.m. to deliver a Compact Disk he had copied for a friend.
Residents heard four to six shots ring out not long after that. Most thought it was fireworks. Shootings just don't happen in the complex near Jane St. and Shoreham Dr., south of Steeles Ave. W., which has over the years become populated by a mix of York University students and families.
Joseph, who was to be an emcee at a close friend's wedding yesterday, was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital, but died six hours later.
"He was an angel in disguise," said Joseph's girlfriend, Nicole, who did not want to give her last name. "He was too good for Earth. Trust me, he was."
Joseph came to Canada two years ago, Nicole said. Soon after, the two met on a Caribana cruise in Toronto harbour and had recently made plans to marry. It's not clear if Joseph will be buried here or in Grenada, where his parents, two sisters and a brother still live.
"He'd always make you laugh," Nicole said. "He was a loving, very caring person. He'd give you his last dollar."
They last spoke on the phone at about 6 p.m. Friday. Nicole had spent the day looking for a dress to wear to the wedding and had other things to do. Joseph had just had his hair braided for the occasion, and he told her, "When you're finished running your errands, just give me a call back. Love you, babe. Bye."
Nicole said she arrived home in Mississauga at about 11 p.m. and got the news in a phone call that Joseph had been shot. "It was just, like, out of nowhere -- lightning. I would more so accept a car accident, a freak accident. But this?"
An autopsy yesterday determined Joseph, who had no history with the police, died of two gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Police have spoken to the other two men who were wounded, one of whom returned home to Gosford Blvd. yesterday with his right back bandaged up.
"I don't know if (Joseph) was the intended victim or if the other two were the intended victim," said homicide Det. Randy CARTER. "They're giving us some information.... This is a starting point and something to work with."
Police are looking into reports earlier that night of shots fired a block south of the townhouse complex, CARTER said.

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RANKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-26 published
son hides as mother of 3 slain
Female suspect seen fleeing after stabbing
By Alejandro BUSTOS and Jim RANKIN, Staff Reporters
In the stale midday heat, a woman stepped from a townhouse on Dorney Ct. and broke into a run. She urged the three young children with her to do the same, yelling at them to keep up. Inside, another woman -- a best friend, say neighbours -- was in the process of bleeding out from a stab wound to the chest.
That is how Toronto's 29th homicide of 2005 began yesterday.
Following a search of a nearby home, led by the Emergency Task Force, police last night were still piecing together what happened, and weren't ready to name a suspect in the killing of a single mother with three children, whom neighbours identified as Susan CAMPBELL.
At least one of the slain woman's children, a young boy, was home at the time of the stabbing, said neighbours in the townhouse complex near Lawrence Ave. W. and Allen Rd.
The boy was hiding upstairs when the first two officers arrived on the scene, said Nicola, a neighbour who donned a pair of gloves and tried to help police stop the flow of blood from a wound 4 centimetres wide in the middle of CAMPBELL's chest.
"The boy told police who did it," said Nicola, who did not give her last name.
The two women were close, neighbours said.
"They were best Friends," said Veniece MORGAN, who lives next door to CAMPBELL. " They were together all the time." Neighbours said both women had three children and the children often played together.
CAMPBELL, in her early 30s, also had knife wounds on an arm, and was struggling to get up as Nicola and the police tried to control the bleeding. She was also talking. "Give me some water. I need to get up," Nicola recalled her saying.
There were also signs of a struggle, splatters of blood in the kitchen and smears on the wall, she said. "She bled out a lot," Nicola said. "You could tell that she was struggling."
Another next-door neighbour, who arrived before Nicola, said she could hear her "neighbour fighting with someone."
"They were cussing each other," said the neighbour, who didn't want to be named. "And I heard the walls banging and then heard someone fall down the stairs."
She then saw a second woman with three young kids -- two girls and one boy -- run out of the victim's home. At this point, the neighbour went outside and peered into the home through the open front door. "I saw blood on the walls and I saw her lying on the floor and she was screaming for help," she said.
A young boy who was with the woman running away from the townhouse asked to use a neighbour's phone but was told to keep on running, said Tina, another neighbour, who did not want her last name published.
Another resident of Dorney Ct. said she saw a woman with three young kids flee the area.
"They (the children) couldn't catch up with her because they were slow," said the resident, who also did not want to give her name.
"The little boy was saying, 'Mommy,' and he was crying."
CAMPBELL was rushed to hospital but later died.
Homicide Det. Stephen RYAN arrived at the scene last night and could only confirm that there had been a death.

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RANKIN, Sheila Winifred
Suddenly but peacefully at her home in Oakville on Saturday, June 25, 2005 after a courageous battle. Beloved wife of the late William RANKIN. Loving mother of daughter Deborah and her husband John NIEDZWIECKI of Toronto, and daughter Anne and her husband Andy WALTON of Sandford, Ontario. Adored Nana of grandchildren Leanne and Kevin WALTON. Cherished fiancee of Wallace NISBET of Oakville. Her Loving memory will remain in our hearts forever. Family and Friends may visit at The Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Rd. West on Tuesday, June 28th from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service Wednesday, June 29th at 1 p.m. in the Oakview Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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PATTERSON, A. Russel (1937-2005)
All too soon, on Saturday, November 26th, 2005 at Saint Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Kingston, in the comforting presence of a gracious God and a family whose love knows no limit. Russ was the beloved husband of Sharon Marie (née CLARK) and the cherished father and mentor of Timothy and his wife Christine of Apsley, and Christopher of Toronto. He was the proud grandfather of Carly and Hailey. Ross will be sadly missed by Sharon's family: Mom, Jean Clark, Carol and Maurice RANKIN, Faith CLARK, Laurie and Diana CLARK, Sylvia and Dennis MILLS, Jim and Brenda CLARK and their families. His cousins Jim and the late Agnes CUMMINGS, Raymond and the late David PATTERSON, Robert and Sandra PATTERSON, Don and Nora SMITH, Margaret and Wally REVELL and Lorne and Wendy McBRIDE are also a treasured part of his family. He was predeceased by his parents Mamie and Russel Sr. Russ received his education at Trent and Queen's Universities. After 15 years as a draftsman and with the loving support of his family, he began his teaching career at Fenelon Falls. A new adventure began in 1983 when Sharon was ordained by The United Church of Canada and the family moved to Arcola, Saskatchewan. Russ taught in five schools and directed the band program for the school division. He finished out a rewarding career at Dunbarton High School in Pickering. Russ and Sharon returned to Kingston in 1997. He has derived much pleasure in preparing family histories and playing music. He appreciated the love and support of his family and Friends throughout his life. His family would like to thank Judith of All-Care; all of the medical personnel who assisted during his illness, and the wonderful staff at Saint Mary's of the Lake for their care and kindness. Resting at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Boulevard), Kingston, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, November 29, 2005 for service at Queen Street United Church (Clergy and Queen Streets), Kingston, at 2 p.m., with cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada (390 Bay Street, Suite 2000, Toronto, M5H 2Y2), the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital or to Amnesty International would be appreciated by tbe family. James Reid Cataraqui Chapel Kingston, 613-544-3411 www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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MARBLE, Rosemary Helen
Passed away at her home after a courageous battle with cancer, on Wednesday, December 14, 2005, in her 70th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert MARBLE. Loved mother of Catherine MARTEL (Roger) of Hamilton, Alison DEIBERT of Burlington, Andrew BEGG (Anne ROSS) of Mississauga and Alastair BEGG (Janice CULLUM) of Burlington. Cherished grandmother of Danielle, Michael, Scott, Nicholas and Jackson. Dear sister of Elizabeth RANKIN of Montreal, Tom MacMILLAN (Mary) of Scotland, Eileen NELSON (Gordon) of Scotland and sister-in-law of Alma MacMILLAN of England. Sadly missed by her faithful companion Coquette and by all of her Friends at Burlington Golf and Country Club and Tyandaga Golf Club. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Agnes and by her brothers John and Joe. A very special thank-you to Dr. John MAZURKA and nurses Heidi and Betty Ann at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Comcare nurses: Bernadine, Sharon H., Barb and Evelyn and the staff of Brant Arts, especially Caroline, Linda and Ellen. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street, (one block north of City Hall) Burlington (905-632-3333) on Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., where Funeral Service will take place Saturday, December 17, 2005, at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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A loving mother's son
Andre BURNETT's five half-siblings all grew into the adults their mother hoped they would
So how did her sixth child end up on the most-wanted list and then in the morgue?
By Jim RANKIN, Staff Reporter, Page A22
Andre BURNETT began life as an independent boy, raised by a loving mother in a poor neighbourhood. At some point, for reasons this city must reckon with, he decided to live by the gun. He was murdered September 10 -- becoming Toronto's 54th homicide victim of the year, and the 36th to be killed by a gun.
His tall, thin frame was draped over a chair, and beneath the brim of a baseball cap, the lucky man's eyes were further obscured by wraparound sunglasses.
He had a criminal record for drug and firearms offences. Not reflected on that record was the fact he'd been accused (but not convicted) of pulling the trigger a couple of times in his 24 years. He'd also, in July 2003, taken a police hollow-point bullet between the shoulder blades, just left of his spine.
Although his left arm, damaged by that police shooting, would take time to heal, that was all in Andre BURNETT's past. He considered himself lucky. He could have found himself in jail -- or not sitting there at all.
On that day this past June when BURNETT sat down for an interview a lawyer to his left, and mother to his right -- there was big hope that his luck would continue.
"I'm going to get a place, my own place, with my girl," BURNETT said. "Stay out of trouble."
He also planned to stay away from Jane and Finch, the neighbourhood where he grew up, was schooled, and had made Friends and enemies.
Three months later, there were funeral plans. "He was slaughtered," says his mom, Cecile CASE HOLDER, in her late 50s.
Andre Malik BURNETT left behind a son, 6, a daughter, 4, and the mother of his children.
In a city hurting from a spate of other gun-and-gang-related killings this year, mostly of young black men, and numb from the shooting death this week of 15-year-old Jane CREBA caught in crossfire while holiday shopping, BURNETT's life and death also leaves behind a list of post-mortem questions.
Perhaps the most instructive is the question of how his four half-brothers and a half-sister grew into the adults CASE HOLDER had hoped they would, and her sixth child ended up in the morgue?
It is Black youth that is unemployed in excessive numbers, it is Black students who are being inappropriately streamed in schools, it is Black kids who are disproportionately dropping out, it is housing communities with large concentrations of Black residents where the sense of vulnerability and disadvantage is most acute, it is Black employees, professional and non-professional, on whom the doors of upward equity slam shut. Just as the soothing balm of "multiculturalism" cannot mask racism, so racism cannot mask its primary target -- Stephen Lewis, Report on Racism in Ontario, 1992
Under circumstances that are the subject of a Toronto Police Service homicide investigation, BURNETT, having just served a 60-day stint in jail for breaching parole conditions, wound up back home the afternoon of Saturday, September 10.
It's believed he was driven to Jane St. and Driftwood Ave., not far from his childhood home, his mother says. What is certain is that he was killed around 3 p.m. Witnesses: heard a loud argument, followed by gunfire. BURNETT was reportedly hit by eight bullets. He collapsed on a footbridge. He was, according to police, unarmed.
BURNETT was no angel when he left this world, and to that his mother attests. But on May 27, 1981, born at Toronto General Hospital, he began as one.
Cecile CASE HOLDER had come to Canada from Jamaica in the late 1970s, leaving behind four sons and a daughter from a previous marriage, with the hope of establishing a new home for them in Toronto. With the birth of Andre in 1981, fathered by a man CASE HOLDER likens to a "bad accident" who had very little to do with her son's life, she was done with having children.
Baby Andre, however, "was very sweet. He was my last of six."
BURNETT spent the first five years of his life growing up in an apartment near Bathurst St. and Lawrence Ave. W. -- a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood where one cannot walk a block without finding a bagel shop, and, today, bungalows are being torn down to make way for the occasional monster home.
He wasn't to go near the stove in their apartment, but on Saturdays, when CASE HOLDER was not working, her young son would show up at her bedside with a cup of tea.
"Here, mommy, is your tea," he would say.
"Sometimes he'd drink half of it before he got up there," says CASE HOLDER. "He was very independent. He would go to his drawer and, in the summer, take out a matching shorts and top. In the wintertime, he would match his clothes."
CASE HOLDER worked for a car parts manufacturer, and by 1985, had waded through the bureaucratic red tape required to sponsor her five children from Jamaica. They joined her in the two-bedroom apartment CASE HOLDER had been sharing with her youngest, and the elder five enrolled in local schools. The apartment would not do for long.
It was clear she had to move, but couldn't afford the rent for the kind of space she needed in that neighbourhood.
"So I went and I applied for the Metro Housing, and that's how I end up in Jane and Finch," says CASE HOLDER. " Didn't know I was going into the lion's den."
This reality of huge housing projects creating what many called "communities in distress" has to be dealt with. They're often under-serviced, and a persuasive case can be made for better transportation, for a Community College campus, for a thriving community centre, for some kind of outdoor recreational space. The list goes on. It all has relevance. -- Stephen Lewis, 1992 report
It may have been only a few kilometres away, but the move to Toronto Community Housing Corp., subsidized housing on Shoreham Dr., east of Jane St. and north of Finch Ave. W., might as well have been to another planet. A very small and concentrated one. Bordered by Black Creek Pioneer Village immediately to the north, and York University to the east, the low-rise brick buildings are home to some of the city's least well off, and historically, a place where gunfire is not unexpected.
In other areas of Jane and Finch, however, gunfire is not expected at all. And this is what Jane-Finch ratepayers not living in the pockets of public housing most susceptible to drug dealing, gangs and associated violence have taken great pains over the years to point out.
All that likely would have been lost on little Andre. He started school at Shoreham Public School, where he quickly fell in love with his kindergarten teacher. His siblings, however, continued to go to school in their old neighbourhood, where they had the kind of role models outside the family young Andre would find in short supply.
"All the older kids were seeing around them was positive things," says CASE HOLDER. " Andre was the baby who started school in the Jane and Finch area."
From the beginning, CASE HOLDER says she didn't like what she was seeing in the new area, and for that reason kept her children on a tight leash. There were curfews, and strict rules. "I started to observe how people live, and their kids running around. I was tough on my kids," she says, recalling one instance where she delivered a walloping to her daughter, at the time an A-student who was starting to cut school. "I busted her behind."
CASE HOLDER tried her best to ensure her work hours didn't interfere with her job of raising six children on her own, but when her youngest was 8 or 9, she took up a new job from midnight to 8 a.m. cleaning luxury boxes at the newly opened SkyDome.
On her very first shift, the police came calling to her townhome. CASE HOLDER says they were looking for a neighbour who had sold cocaine to an undercover officer, but ended up arresting one of Andre's half-brothers. During the nighttime raid, police searched the house with guns drawn, including Andre's room, while he was in bed.
"My house was like five hurricanes passed through it," she says. "They didn't even apologize," she says, "and later they arrested the guy who they wanted."
The charges against her son were eventually dismissed, but the raid left her youngest with an indelible impression of police, and white people. Young Andre soon began seeing a therapist, who happened to be white. His mother remembers he was wary. "The white people are bad," she recalls him saying, "because, why would they put a gun into my head?"
Of all Jamaican children under 19 years of age, 62.7 percent live in lone parent families, as do 54.8 percent of children who are African and Black and 52.1 percent of children from "other Caribbean nations." In these three groups, respectively, 64.5, 63.2, and 57.8 percent of children are below the poverty line Ethno-Racial Inequality in Toronto: Analysis of the 1996 Census, by Michael Ornstein, 2000
When Andre BURNETT was in his mid-teens, CASE HOLDER discovered a gun outside their townhome. That, she says, was "the reason why I took my baby and left Jane and Finch one morning."
She moved right out of Canada, to a city in the northeastern U.S., where she lives to this day and works as a caregiver in a hospital. She enrolled BURNETT in a high school there, but he soon was asking to go home, back to Toronto, to finish his schooling.
Another reason he wanted to go home, says his mother, was tight security at his new high school. He didn't like getting wanded every day. He didn't feel the school was safe. CASE HOLDER, deciding he was old enough at 17 to make his own decisions, let him go home to Jane and Finch.
While violent crime in Toronto has been declining, young people's involvement in, and victimization by crime has been trending upwards over the past eight years. The number of youth is projected to grow by 21 per cent in five years -- Toronto's Vital Signs 2005: The City's Annual Check-up
BURNETT initially moved in with a girlfriend of CASE HOLDER's, then with one of his half-brothers. He had arrived back home with thoughts of going to York University, as one of his brothers had. He was bright, into computers, and also looking at a possible career in music, says his mother.
"He liked to write music. He wanted to be a record producer," she says. "He had some stuff that he wrote, but I don't know where they are, and most of the things that he used to write was against, like, the brutality of police. He used to write heavy stuff, like Tupac Shakur."
CASE HOLDER admits she doted on her youngest, particularly after the others had left home. "The other kids used to say I spoil him, but he was the only one that I had to support. So he used to wear Polo, Tommy Hilfiger, stuff like that.
"Then he started wearing black, and clothes that I didn't like to see him in. He started wearing his pants down, and when I see him I would tell him, 'Pull your pants up.'"
At some point, the independent young boy CASE HOLDER had raised became a follower. Just when, she is not sure, but says her son's life changed some time after he went back home and enrolled at Westview Centennial Secondary School, southwest of Jane and Finch.
"That was the doom. That's when all hell broke loose," she says, blaming the school and poor choices in Friends for what followed. (A vice-principal there, responding to a Star inquiry about BURNETT's days, said senior staff had moved on, and there was little she could say other than he had attended the school.)
With the birth of a son, BURNETT became a father before his 20th birthday. He and his girlfriend later had a daughter as well, and the two grandchildren remain an important part of CASE HOLDER's life. She would come back to Toronto to visit, but she no longer had a strong hold on her son. She did try, though.
She remembers one occasion when the half-brother BURNETT had been staying with called her to say he had taken to coming home at 4 a.m. "And so I asked my son to drive him over to me. I remember very clearly, I was in the kitchen, and (Andre) was talking to me, and I had a mop like that in the corner, and I pulled him up and I beat him, and was beating his ass with the mop.
"And he was, like, 'Mommy, Mommy.' He would never say a word to make me upset. He would never, no matter what I do, and I would rap him, and he would never open his mouth.
"He was never a disrespectful child, never."
He started racking up an adult criminal record, which included drug and firearms offences. He was also fingered in a 2002 non-fatal shooting but later saw charges dropped because of identification problems. In connection with that shooting, he made the Toronto Crime Stoppers 10-most-wanted list.
By then, he looked little like the boy CASE HOLDER had raised. Nor like the young man wearing the red gown in his middle-school graduation picture. In one particular police mugshot, he wears a beard. His eyes look dead.
On July 10, 2003, in a police operation aimed at flushing out a wanted gunman in a park near Jane St. and Driftwood Ave., BURNETT was shot once in the back by police, who alleged BURNETT had fired first. Police found a 9 mm handgun at the scene, but, following a thorough search of the area by the province's civilian Special Investigations Unit, no forensic evidence was found to indicate the gun had been fired that night -- no residue, no shell and no bullet could be found. The Special Investigations Unit found the shooting to be justified, and cleared the two officers who opened fire of any wrongdoing.
BURNETT, badly wounded by the police bullet, found himself charged with attempting to kill the two officers.
One dramatic reversal in policy concerned the equity policies enacted by the Liberal and New Democratic Party governments. The Conservatives shut down an Anti-Racism Secretariat created by the New Democratic Party, and its counterpart in the Ministry of Education, abandoned policies aimed at increasing gender equity in administrative posts in education, and deleted references to pro-equity goals -- Stephen E. Anderson and Sonia Ben Jaafar, Policy Trends in Ontario Education, 2003
On most days, Winston LAROSE of the Jane-Finch Concerned Citizens Organization can be found in a cluttered second-floor office at Yorkgate Mall, a rejuvenated shopping centre on the northwest corner of Jane and Finch. Over the years, LAROSE, a trained psychiatric nurse, has watched and lived the hurt of young black men in the neighbourhood.
He never knew BURNETT, but he knows the story.
"Somewhere along the line, we have failed them as a society," says LAROSE. "We are a particularly impoverished area, in terms of social, cultural values and economics and the whole thing. Single mothers raising children, without the means to do it properly, absent fathers, inadequate material things in the home, hardly can pay the rent, distressed mother, Children's Aid having ready access to their children, police officers coming and knocking on the doors.
"It's not treated in the same way as a kid who goes to Upper Canada College, for instance. They're growing up in different worlds."
Generally, he says, this has all translated into a loss of a proper sense of self-esteem and humanity.
"What's been critically important for our community has been the devaluation of social life -- all together, the devaluation of our sense of humanity. I think it's stepped away from strong traditional values that are critical to developing human beings that respect each other."
Those who choose to pull the trigger and take a life, he says, are detached from that reality. "All that happens is an emotional response to, 'You're wearing my colours,' and bam, you're gone."
Extra police alone, as has been pointed out by many this past year in Toronto, is not the answer, he says. "All we're going to have is like Harlem in the old days, or Chicago, where police with guns are patrolling certain neighbourhoods and other neighbourhoods don't have that experience, and this is where we're heading right now."
The warning signs have been long been there, he points out, dating back decades, and perhaps most ominously as laid out in Stephen Lewis's 1992 report on anti-black racism in Ontario, which was ordered up by Bob Rae, the New Democratic Party premier of the day, following the "Yonge St. riots" that stemmed from the verdict in the police beating case of motorist Rodney King in Los Angeles.
Things have not much improved in Ontario, says LAROSE, who cites funding decisions made during the years of the Mike Harris Progressive Conservative government as one of the root causes behind the trouble many of Toronto's most impoverished youth, and black youth in particular, are in today.
"What he did is he restructured schools, and the schools in this area suffered from that. It reduced the number of teachers in the schools. It removed the schools from the domains of the community itself, where they had access, ready access for things like after-school programs, recreational programs and activities.
"A lot of community activities were conducted in those schools and people literally saw those schools as being some place where they could go. That's gone.
"There's kind of a general disrespect for the black community at large that seems to be acceptable," says LAROSE. " That is still very much in existence, and we need to do something to alter that, to change that.
"It has to start with the children we have right now, that are at the age of 5 and 6 and 7," he says -- and then pauses.
"Many of these kids that are committing all these murders, these are Harris's children, because they were 5 and 6 years old (in 1995), and these were the kids that got neglected."
Following the police shooting, BURNETT spent most of his recovery in jail, where he remained until this past summer, when the most serious charges against him were suddenly dropped after one of the two police officers he was accused of trying to kill, on the eve of BURNETT's trial, changed his story. In a last-minute deal, BURNETT pleaded guilty to possessing the handgun, and walked out of court a free man.
Upon his release from jail, CASE HOLDER noticed changes in her son. His head, in her words, wasn't "right." Still, he was a lucky man, and talked of settling down and perhaps getting back to his education. When he came to the Star to tell his story, he did it with the intention of filing a potential lawsuit against police. He said little, but claimed he never had a gun the night police shot him.
Despite the subsequent launch of an internal police investigation into police testimony and note-taking in the case, the two officers were lauded for their actions the night BURNETT was shot by police. The officers received their awards at police headquarters September 20. By then, Andre BURNETT had been dead for all of 10 days, having been gunned down near his old home, becoming Toronto's 54th homicide victim of the year.
There is no indication BURNETT was in a gang. Nor have police indicated what they think might be a motive for his killing.
To this day, his mother is incensed that police would hand out an award so close to his death. But she is hopeful that she will one day attend the trial of whoever took her son's life.
She says she has an idea who did it -- "Friends," she says, from his high school days. And she blames them, and the old neighbourhood, for his demise. She makes no specific mention of any government policy. BURNETT was 14 in 1995 when the Harris government ushered in its Common Sense Revolution platform. All of his older half-brothers and half-sister, the closest of whom was 21 at the time, were out of the secondary school system by then.
Today, one of his half-brothers is an accountant, studying journalism. Another is an Ontario government worker. The remaining two are a house painter and a self-employed electronics technician. BURNETT's half-sister is a bank supervisor.
Andre BURNETT went home this summer, and lies buried in the most expensive coffin his family could afford.
"I know he's in a better place. You should see him. He looked so peaceful," she says. "The funeral home did a good job by him. It was like the day I gave birth to him. He was that perfect child."

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