ROCCA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-05 published
KOHUT, Fred " Old Dad"
At Bluewater Health Norman St. Site on Sunday, September 4, 2005, Fred " Old Dad" KOHUT, age 82 of Sarnia. Fred was a retired Polysar/Bayer employee with 40 years service, he was also a member of St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Knight's of Columbus. Survived by his wife Mary (MADER) KOHUT, Sarnia. Loved father of Michael KOHUT and Melanie of Sarnia, Cathy and her husband Luigi ROCCA of Bright's Grove, and Mary STOLCH and her friend Rick VANBUSKIRK of Kitchener. Loving grandfather of Kelly, Lauren, Jay, Garrett, Chiara, Jordan, Adam and Dana. Dear brother of Mike KOHUT and his wife the late Kay of Sarnia, Pauline and her husband Bill RYAN of London, Margaret and her husband the late Terry BARBER of Victoria, British Columbia, Mary and her husband Leo PAQUETTE of Sarnia, Rose and her husband the late Roy LEWIS of Sarnia, Yaris KOHUT and his wife Joy of Sarnia, and Bohdan KOHUT and his wife Marie of Bright's Grove. Survived by brother-in-law Dr. Frank MADER and his wife Edna of London, and sister-in-law Sister Theresa MADER of Mount St. Joseph's, London. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1055 Rosedale, Sarnia on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation will follow. Family and Friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4 and evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be said at 7: 30 p.m. at the funeral home. Sympathy donations may be made to St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Memories and condolences may be sent on line to www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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ROCCA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-02 published
ROCCA, Alfonso
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alfonso, surrounded by family on Monday, February 28, 2005 at the age of 81. Loving husband of Altina for 59 years. Sadly missed by his children Frank (Suzette), Fred, Lillian and Mario (Giovanna). Proud Grandpa of Peter (Laurie), Joanne (David), Dianne, Daniel, Alfonso, Paul, Michael, Vera, Alex and Giuliana. Great-grandpa of Julianna and Lia. Alfonso will be missed by his relatives and Friends. We love you very much, may you rest in peace. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, (1415 Royal York Rd.) on Friday at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens.

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ROCCA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-29 published
DELLA ROCCA, Fausto
On March 28, 2005, in his 71st year surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness. Dear husband and best friend to Nelly. Beloved father of Lydia (Joe) and Gino (Sandy). Devoted and loving Grandpa to Rachel, Rebecca and Robin. Cherished brother to Maddalena, Pasquale, Costanzo, Carmela, Lilliana and George. Lovingly remembered by his in-laws, many nieces, nephews both in Canada and Italy. Fausto will be remembered for his kind heart and jovial demeanor. He will be missed by his family and Friends. Friends and family will be received at the Demarco Funeral Home "Keele Chapel", 3725 Keele St. (between Sheppard and Finch Aves. W.), 416-636-7027, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 10: 00 a.m. in St. Bernard de Clairveaux Catholic Church with cremation to follow. God bless you Fausto, may your smile shine down upon us always. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.

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ROCCAFORTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-10 published
ROCCAFORTE, Giovanna
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and Friends on May 9, 2005 at the age of 78. Beloved wife of Francesco. Loving mother of Alfonso and his wife Catherine and Tina and her husband Mathew. Cherished grandmother to Goanne, Patrick, Daniela and Vanessa. Loving sister to Joseph Perconti and his wife Diana, Vincenza Perconti and her husband the late Domenico, and to the late Gaetana PERZIA and the late Antonina GENTILE. Giovanna will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her extended family and Friends. Family and Friends will be received at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverly Hills Dr. (1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane Street, 416-249-4499), on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 from 2- 4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2005 from Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church. For funeral times, please contact Delmoro Funeral Home (416-249-4499). Entombment to follow at Prospect Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Michael's Hospital Palliative Care Foundation, or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

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ROCCHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-22 published
RYAN, Michael " Denis"
Passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in his 68th year. Denis, beloved friend and companion of Robert Francis LEGGATT of Collingwood. Cherished brother of Gertrude WOELLMER and her late husband Hans, Fran McLISTER, Hugh RYAN, Mary and her husband Richard BOCKRATH and Betty and her husband Bob MOYER. Predeceased by brothers John RYAN, Darcy and his late wife Sheila RYAN, Walter and his surviving wife Helen RYAN, sisters the late Winnifred and her surviving husband Paul JOHNSON and the late Catherine and her surviving husband Frank ROCCHI. Predeceased also by his parents Tom and Frances RYAN. Denis will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. At Denis's request no formal funeral services will take place. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Mr. Ryan's memory. Friends may leave comments for the family on line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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ROCCHIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-29 published
BALSAMO, Sophia Isabella
God Took Our Little Angel Too Soon, surrounded by family, suddenly on Sunday, November 27, 2005 at The Hospital for Sick Children at the age of 15 months. Beloved daughter of Casy and Tessie and sister to Julianna. Her sparkling eyes and beautiful smile will be sadly missed by grandparents Vincenzo and Giovanna BALSAMO and Doris and Frank SCICLUNA and great-grandfather Fedele SARAGOSA and great-grandmother Mary CRISTINA. Sadly missed by aunts and uncles Rick and Daniela BALSAMO, Maryanne and Guido DE ROCCHIS, Tim SCICLUNA, Anthony Papa and godparents Connie BALSAMO and Mario SCICLUNA. Friends will be received at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverly Hills Dr., (1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane St. 416-249-4499) on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday, November 30, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at Transfiguration of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church (45 Ludstone Drive, Etobicoke) on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 10: 15 a.m. Entombment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Neuroblastoma Research Fund would be appreciated by the Family.

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ROCCI o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2005-12-21 published
ROCCI, Piero
On Thursday December 6th, 2005 at General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood in his 29th year. Loving husband of Lisa (ALBINO) ROCCI of Wasaga Beach. Dear dad to Liana. Dear son of Donato & Paula ROCCI of Wasaga Beach. Brother to Catia and Renato. Visitation was held at the Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 132 River Road East, Wasaga Beach on Thursday December 8th, 2005, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Noel's Roman Catholic Church, Wasaga Beach on Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment in Wasaga Beach Cemetery.
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ROCCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-15 published
DI ROCCO, Rosario
Peacefully at Belleville General Hospital, on Sunday February 13, 2005, in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of Angiolina. Loving father of Grace D'ANGELO, Dan and his wife Silvana and Father Louis DI ROCCO. Dear grandfather of Rosanne, Angela, Rocco, Claudia, Cristina and Cristian, Gianluca, Adrian, Melissa, Andrea and Vanessa. Lovingly remembered by his many great-grandchildren. Brother of Rolando, Maria, Fioralba and the late Anna. He will be fondly remembered by the rest of his family and Friends. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Rd.), Markham on Tuesday 7-9 p.m., and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of St. Patrick, 5633 Hwy. 7 (east of McCowan) on Thursday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Campaign Life Coalition would be appreciated.

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ROCCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-25 published
MASTRANGELO, Angelina
God called Angelina peacefully on Sunday, April 24th, 2005, from Villa Colombo in Toronto at the age of 87. She will reunite with her loving husband Antonio (predeceased 1995). She will always be cherished by her dear children: Josie (Mimmo ROCCO,) Peter (Theresa), Lina (Joseph MELE), Tony (Shelly), Pompeo (Lidia), and Carmen (Filomena). Proud grandmother of: Salvatore, Maria, David, AnnMarie, Angela, Anthony, Daniela, Salvatore, Julia, Jessie, Amanda, Anthony Michael, David, Robert, Daniel, Nicola, Anthony, and Carmen. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 27th, 2005, at 9: 30 a.m. in The St. Clare of The Assisi Roman Catholic Church (North of Rutherford Rd., just West of Weston Rd.). Entombment to follow at the Highland Memory Gardens (off Don Mills Rd., just South of Steeles Ave.). In lieu of flowers, the Mastrangelo family will accept donations to the Parkinson Foundation.

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ROCCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-17 published
ROTA, Silvio
Peacefully on June 16th, 2005 from the Humber River Regional Hospital - Finch Site, at the age of 91. Reunited in Heaven with his loving wife Anna (predeceased 2003). He will be cherished by his dear children Vanda (Bruno ROCCO,) and Diego (Beverley.) Proud grandfather of Ivy, Daniela, Manuela, Yvonne, and Annalee. He will always be remembered by his five great-grandchildren. He will be held dear in the hearts of his relatives, and many Friends. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescia Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 9: 00 a.m. from Saint Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church (on Islington Ave., south of Langstaff Rd.). Burial to follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (on Bayview Ave., south of Hwy. 7.) In lieu of flowers, the ROTA family will accept donations to the Friuli Benevolent Centre.

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ROCCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-03 published
DI ROCCO, Ettore
Peacefully on Thursday, December 1, 2005, in his 93rd year, doing what he loved - sitting at the dinner table. Predeceased by his loving wife Laura (ROTONDO,) all his brothers, sisters and gentle and thoughtful grand_son Drew. May he be reunited with them in Heaven. He will be dearly missed by his four daughters and their husbands Connie and the late Gianni LAMANNA, Maria and Alberto BOZZO, Dora and Larry SMITH and Gilda and Joey FERRONE. Devoted grandfather to Francesco (Stephanie PELLICIER,) Rosaria (Scott DAVIES), Elena (Enzo SALLESE), Gianni, Adamo, Christina, Adrian, Stefano, Laura, Joanna and David. His great-grandchildren who always put a twinkle in his eyes, Gianni, Davide, Luca, Massimiliano and Alessia. Special thanks to all nursing and support staff on the 2nd Floor at Villa Leonard Gambin for their dedication and gentle manner. He will always be remembered for being candid, good humoured and dignified. Friends will be received at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverly Hills Dr. (1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane St. - 416-249-4499) on Saturday, December 3, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 5, 2005 at 10: 15 a.m. in St. Bernard de Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church (1789 Lawrence Ave., east of Jane St.). Entombment to follow at Prospect Cemetery.

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ROCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-31 published
SWACKHAMMER, Frank
Born February 3, 1911, Aylmer, Ontario, died October 28, 2005, Burlington, Ontario. Ordained clergyman of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec for 65 years. Predeceased in 1979 by wife Hazel Jean McBETH and in 2005, by second wife Mary ROCH. Leaving two children Jane BENNETT (George) and Mac SWACKHAMMER (Cheryl RAY,) four granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. Pastor in Town of Mount Royal Baptist Church, Montreal; Centre St. Baptist Church, Saint Thomas; Temple Baptist Church, Toronto; First Baptist Church, Oshawa; Sarnia Baptist Church and many interim placements after his retirement. He received an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster University for his work on the Senate and the Board of Governors of McMaster Divinity School. Remaining strong in the Spirit until the end. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A service to commemorate his life is planned for spring.

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ROCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-31 published
SWACKHAMMER, Frank
Born 3 February, 1911, Aylmer, Ontario, died 28 October, 2005, Burlington, Ontario. Ordained clergyman of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec for 65 years. Predeceased in 1979 by wife Hazel Jean McBETH and in 2005, by second wife Mary ROCH. Leaving two children Jane BENNETT (George) and Mac SWACKHAMMER (Cheryl RAY,) four granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. Pastor in Town of Mount Royal Montreal, Centre St. Baptist Church, St. Thomas Church, Temple Baptist Church, Toronto, First Baptist Church, Oshawa, Sarnia Baptist Church and many interim placements after his retirement. He received an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster University for his work on the Senate and the Board of Governors for McMaster Divinity School. Remaining strong in the Spirit until the end, in keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A service to commemorate his life is planned for spring.

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ROCHA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-09 published
ROCHA, Maria I.
Peacefully at Kennedy Lodge, Scarborough, on Monday, March 7, 2005. Maria, beloved wife of the late Antonio (1958). Loved mother of Maria (Norberto ALMEIDA), Antonio (Maria), Joaquim (Maria), Gus (Serafina) and Jose (Osvalda) and the late Francisco and Maria (Carlos). She leaves her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Friends and family may call at the Pine Hills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 625 Birchmount Rd. (north of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 from 3-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 717 Kennedy Rd., Scarborough on Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment and reception to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery.

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ROCHA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-02 published
ROCHA, Antonio (April 1, 1931-March 24, 2005)
Of Dovercourt Road. Mass 9 a.m. today at St. Sebastian's Church to Prospect Cemetery.

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ROCHA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-06 published
MAGANI, Doris (HOUGHTON)
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Monday, April 4, 2005. Doris (HOUGHTON) MAGANI of Bradford in her 81st year. Beloved mom of Susan (Dan) DODDS, Denise GASKO and Wendy VISSER (Victor ROCHA.) Loving grandma and nana of Todd, Michael, Taya, Jodi and predeceased by Starr. Cherished great-grandma of Adrianna, Kaylee and Joseph. Doris will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Doris will be sadly missed by Charlie. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 1 p.m. until the time of a Memorial Service in the Chapel at 2 p.m. In Doris' memory, donations to the Ontario Humane Society or to the A.L.S. Society would be appreciated.

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ROCHA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-14 published
CAMERON, Mary Kathleen (née McDOUGALL)
(February 13, 1925-August 12, 2005)
Of Fairview Nursing Home/Cross Street. Visitation 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Helen's Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mrs. CAMERON is survived by: husband George CAMERON; daughters Janet ACCETOLA (Aldo,) Gayle MORELLI (Mike McDONALD,) Marlene CONSTANTINO (Reno;) sons Norman DAVIS, Wayne DAVIS (Cheryl), Jimmy DAVIS (Ilda ROCHA), Billy DAVIS (Mae;) 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2005-01-19 published
GERMAINE (née BOIS) SAINT_PIERRE
In loving memory of Germaine (née BOIS) SAINT_PIERRE, 89 years, who passed away Sunday, January 16th, 2005 at the Sudbury Regional Hospital - St. Joseph Health Centre. Beloved wife of Ernest SAINT_PIERRE, predeceased 1998. Loving daughter of Napoleon and Eva BOIS, both predeceased. Loving mother of Gene (wife Coni) of Garson and Conrad, predeceased (wife Lorna of Espanola). Cherished grandmother of Christopher (wife Chantal) of Sudbury, Jason of Toronto, Jeff (wife Cathy) of Sault Ste. Marie, Dean (wife Leanne,) Lori (husband Neil WEIST) and Tara, all of Espanola, great grandchildren Joshua, Bryce, Peyton, Julien and Jacob. Dear sister of Noella WINN, Romea PICHE, Georgette COTE, Jeanne BEAUDOIN, Velma SHANK, Glenora ROCHE, Rose RIVET, Majella COLLINS, Roma and Charles all predeceased. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Funeral Prayers were held in the Lougheed Funeral Home, 252 Regent St. at Hazel Street, Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 at 1 pm. Cremation at the Parklawn Crematorium. Friends called after 12 noon, Tuesday.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2005-03-09 published
Lloyd Albert Nelson MOGGY
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lloyd MOGGY of Rocky Mountain House on Saturday, February 26, 2005.
Lloyd was born on April 8, 1963 in Little Current, Ontario. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his loving wife Tracy-Lynne, his two young daughters Alyssa and Anita and step-daughter Angelina all of Rocky Mountain House, mother Sue ROCHE of Rocky Mountain House, father Arthur (Winnie) MOGGY of Manitowaning, Ont., sister Pam (Andy) JONES of Essex, Ont., brothers Dean (Tanya) and Jasper Alan (Tracey) both of Rocky Mountain House, extended family of in-laws Darrel (Sharon) MILLER of Norman Wells, N.W.T., Michelle (Ed) JAHNKE of Innisfil, Colleen MILLER of Calgary, Kathy (Steve) KASZAS of Calgary, as well as many nieces and nephews. Lloyd was predeceased by his step-dad John ROCHE, father-in-law Len MILLER, and mother-in-law Beverly MILLER. Lloyd served in the Militia in the Canadian Armed Forces, his duty placed him in Iran and Cyprus. Lloyd worked for Doran Stewart for 18 years. He was a member of Rocky Search and Rescue as well as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8 where he was an avid dart player. Lloyd also loved to watch and play baseball. Funeral services for the late Mr. Lloyd MOGGY were held at the Chapel of the Rocky Funeral Home on Friday, March 4, 2005 at 3 pm.
Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium. Rocky Lake and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-22 published
MacDONALD, Norienne (née RANAHAN)
(February 24, 1915-September 20, 2005)
The old legs, have gotten weary and I felt it was time to join Mac. After all, it's been 3 years since he left my side after 60 years together. John and I were blessed with 3 wonderful children and their families, Mary and Dennis (STARKEY,) in Durham, John and Debra (recently deceased), in Goderich and Rick and Barbara (BIGGAR) in Tecumseh. I was privileged to watch my grandchildren, Brianne, Kyle and Sean grow into young adults. We moved from London to Saint Thomas where we lived for close to 55 years and the majority of those years were in our home we built in Lynhurst. My life was a fulfilling one, raising our 3 children and embarking on a teaching career when they were older, teaching at Holy Angels Elementary School and at St. Joseph's High School. Being elected as a trustee for the Elgin County Roman Catholic Separate School Board and being the only woman on the Board was quite an experience. Three years ago, I moved to Windsor, a sudden move with little time for goodbyes. So it was quite a treat to return to Saint Thomas to celebrate my 90th birthday with all my old Friends in February. Thanks to the "pot luck" group who kept in touch and a special thanks to my close friend, Norma ROCHE, who sent me weekly notes keeping me up on the news in Saint Thomas. Mom was very active in the community over the years with a long standing involvement in the Cancer Society, (serving two terms as president of the Elgin County Unit), the Saint Thomas Golf and Country Club both as a golfer (serving a term as President of the Ladies Division) and as a Bridge Club member. She was a committed volunteer for the Rotary Music Festival for decades, and served a term as President of the local chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. One of Mom's favourite activities was the bike ride for cancer, which she did into her 80's. For her commitment to the community, she received the "Saint Thomas Citizen of the year award" with Dad, an unexpected but well deserved honour. She was an amazing mother and we will miss her terribly. Thanks to those care workers at Sunrise Assisted Living who went beyond the call of duty and a special thanks to the staff at Extendicare Tecumseh and Dr. Ian McLEOD, who took such terrific care of mom and allowed her to keep her dignity as her health failed over the past 9 months. The family will receive their Friends at the R.E. Allen Funeral Chapel, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday afternoon and evening. Funeral service will be held at Holy Angels Church, 502 Talbot Street, Saint Thomas, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. After cremation, interment will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery, London. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ontario Heart Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-11 published
Vaughn WHELAN, Advertising Executive: 1960-2005
Brilliant copywriter who combined a wicked sense of humour with bold new marketing strategies launched an audacious ad agency famous for airing an unauthorized Molson commercial, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Friday, March 11, 2005 Page S7
A creative renegade with an irreverent sense of humour, Vaughn WHELAN was a talented copywriter who loved devising controversial advertising campaigns that grabbed headlines for his clients. His innovative and aggressive approach earned him both awards and barbs, with some advertising veterans applauding his daring and others decrying his notoriety.
"It's a big loss to advertising," said his friend Simon BILLINGS of the Naked Creative Consultancy. "His company [Vaughn Whelan & Partners] wasn't big, but it was a presence. He was always thinking, always trying to find better ways to do things and always trying to shake the larger agencies out of their torpor."
"He did shake things up, but it always seemed to be for his reasons, as opposed to his clients," said Dick HADDEN, president and creative director of Cossette Communication Group West in Vancouver. "There is a certain style of humour or audacity that some people aspire to in advertising that is more a reflection of the writer than the client. For certain clients, that is a good thing, but the number of those clients is fewer than more traditional ones and it doesn't always fall in line with what most larger clients see as a brand-building approach."
Vaughn WHELAN was born in Newfoundland in 1960. His father died in a car accident when he and his younger brother, Gerard, were very small. Eventually, his widowed mother, Maudie, married John WHELAN and the family moved to Kelowna, B.C.
A short, heavyset man who loved film and music, he was reputed to have written lyrics for the Vancouver rock band Loverboy. He could have a tough bristly manner, but people who knew him well said that was armour to camouflage a sensitive and caring nature.
Mr. WHELAN began his advertising career in Vancouver before moving to Toronto in the 1980s. "He was a spark plug, a little undisciplined in his thinking, but incredibly energetic and enthusiastic," said Mr. HADDEN, who hired him as a junior copywriter at McCann Erickson in Vancouver in the mid-1980s. "He was trying to do things very differently and he aspired to great heights, which is the sort of thing you look for at that level."
Less than two years later, Mr. WHELAN moved to Toronto, where he was hired as a copywriter by Scali, McCabe and Sloves. Geoffrey ROCHE, now creative director of Lowe Roche, was working at the agency when Mr. WHELAN arrived. "I thought this guy was a ball of fire. He loved what he did and he crafted the stuff as well as he could."
Scali is also where Brian SEMKULEY met him -- as a client rather than a colleague. He remembers Mr. WHELAN being part of the creative team that pitched the campaign for Labatt Blue.
"He had a unique way of looking at a communication problem and coming up with technical and strategic solutions," said Mr. SEMKULEY, who is now global marketing director for the beer conglomerate InBev. The two men became Friends after Mr. WHELAN won the advertising account in the early 1990s for Blue Star, a Labatt brand that was only available in Newfoundland. There wasn't a large advertising budget, so Mr. WHELAN advised Labatt to forget television and do a radio campaign, instead. Then he "sat down and pumped out 40 or so radio scripts," said Mr. SEMKULEY, with the tagline "Blue Star: The Shining Star of the Granite Planet."
"It was absolutely the right decision," said Mr. SEMKULEY. " Vaughn was one of the best radio writers I have ever worked with and probably one of the best radio writers in the country." The campaign doubled the beer's regional market share by promoting its Newfoundland identity and by running a contest offering a summer job with the brewery. "Originally, first prize was going to be 10 weeks of work and second prize would be 20 weeks," Mr. WHELAN told The Globe in 1992. That was too ironic for Labatt, which changed second prize to a case of Blue Star every week for a year.
With unemployment in Newfoundland running at 21 per cent compared to a national average of 11 per cent, Mr. WHELAN's humour offended Winston BAKER, then the chair of the provincial Treasury Board. "He may have been born here," he said of Mr. WHELAN, "but he's obviously forgotten what it's like to live here."
Saying the contest was "totally disgusting," Mr. BAKER complained that "they were poking fun at a very serious situation and we told them we wanted it stopped immediately." The beer company agreed to change the first prize to a postsecondary scholarship for $7,000, the value of the employment contract. Despite the political opposition, the Blue Star campaign eventually won Mr. WHELAN a Cassie award for advertising effectiveness.
"He was an unsung hero of our business because he wrote some of the best work that this country has ever seen," said Mr. ROCHE. "If you can write radio, you can write anything and, believe me, he could write like a mad demon."
In many ways, he was too much of a maverick to work in a traditional agency, Mr. ROCHE suggested. "That is probably why he went out on his own." The risk of going out on your own, however, is not being able to create enough business to keep your staff working.
On that score, he appeared to be succeeding. As president and creative director of Vaughn Whelan and Partners, his long-term clients included Radio Shack and Leon's Furniture. For Radio Shack, he had broadcaster Ralph Benmergui joking with nerdy Radio Shack managers across the country. For Leon's, he created a series of television spots showing upscale customers getting Leon's furniture dropped off at night in a ploy to hide the fact that they shopped at a discount store, only to see their truck stuck in a traffic jam with other Leon's vehicles delivering to their neighbours.
Mr. WHELAN's most recent controversy involved two unsolicited television ads that he created and aired for the Molson Canadian brand. He wasn't a big enough agency to be in the serious running for the Molson account last October, so he got the beer company's attention (and everybody else's) by shooting a commercial and running it on television without the brewer's approval. The 60-second commercial showed a bike courier persuading the Canada Revenue Agency to let him classify his daily food as "fuel" and deduct it as an expense on his income tax. The spot ended with the line: "Respect. It's a Canadian thing."
There's nothing unusual about producing an advertisement on spec, but nobody had ever bought the air time to broadcast it. After the commercial aired in Toronto and Burlington, Vermont., Molson sent Mr. WHELAN a frosty lawyer's letter. He didn't get Molson's business, but the press netted lots of attention.
Mr. SEMKULEY, who works for Beck's, one of Molson's rivals, said: "I give him a ton of credit for taking the personal and financial risk of trying to put his name forward as being the best option for the client to choose. I would have looked at his agency differently."
"It was spectacular," said Mr. ROCHE. "A lot of the people in the industry dismissed it, but that epitomized the kind of guy he was. He had balls and I had great respect for him."
Mr. BILLINGS said: "That was a classic Vaughn stunt -- something right out of the box that would generate good and bad press and get you noticed. He certainly got a lot of calls from other companies who wanted to talk to him."
All of that is for naught now. Vaughn Whelan and Partners is folding. "The creative component of the agency was Vaughn and there really isn't a company without him," said Mr. BILLINGS.
Vaughn WHELAN was born in Saint John's on April 3, 1960. He died at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on March 3, 2005, from complications from chronic anemia. He was 44. He is survived by his wife, Eileen STEWARD/STEWART/STUART; his mother, Maudie WHELAN; one brother; and four half-brothers.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-10 published
ROCHE, Elizabeth (née McMULLAN)
Known to her family and Friends as Betsy. Left us reluctantly on Tuesday September 6, 2005. Born Febuary 11, 1925 in Yentai (Chefoo) North China to Bob McMULLAN and Winifred ANGELL. Married Bob ROCHE (dec December 25, 1988) of Toronto. Produced Iain of London, England, Peter of Sudbury, Geoffrey, Michael and Lesley all of Toronto. They produced Bess and Tom; Jeremy and Aaron Alexandre, Nicholas, Marie France and Christian; Taylor and Conor. Will be terribly missed by her daughter-in-laws Caroline, Gail and Marie Claire, her brother Bob McMULLAN and his long time companion Cecile. Betsy also leaves many dear Friends - most notably Ann TOWNLEY. Active with Abbeyfield Houses Toronto (senior assisted living residences) and Goodwill Volunteer Services for many years.
Private cremation and interment arrangements have been made. At Betsy's request, Friends are invited to attend a reception in her memory hosted by her family at the Estates of Sunnybrook in the Vaughan Estates (on the grounds of Sunnybrook Hospital) in the Courtyard Ballroom on Thursday, September 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Betsy's memory to either Abbeyfield Houses Toronto (Box 1, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7) or The Gerry Ruby Fund at Princess Margaret Hospital (610 University Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9) would be most appreciated.
R.S. KANE 416-221-1159

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-14 published
ROCHE, Elizabeth McMULLAN
Known to her family and Friends as Betsy. Left us reluctantly on Tuesday September 6, 2005. Born February 11, 1925 in Yentai (Chefoo) North China to Bobs McMULLAN and Winifred ANGELL. Married Bob ROCHE (dec December 25, 1988) of Toronto. Produced Iain of London, England, Peter of Sudbury, Geoffrey, Michael and Lesley all of Toronto. They produced Bess and Tom; Jeremy and Aaron Alexandre, Nicholas, Marie France and Christian; Taylor and Conor. Will be terribly missed by her daughters-in-law Caroline, Gail and Marie Claire, her brother Bob McMULLAN and her long time companion Cecile. Betsy also leaves many dear Friends - most notably Ann TOWNLEY. Active with Abbeyfield Houses Toronto (senior assisted living residences) and Goodwill Volunteer Services for many years.
Private cremation and interment arrangements have been made. At Betsy's request, Friends are invited to attend a reception in her memory hosted by her family at the Estates of Sunnybrook in the Vaughan Estates (on the grounds of Sunnybrook Hospital) in the Courtyard Ballroom on Thursday, September 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Betsy's memory to either Abbeyfield Houses Toronto (Box 1, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7) or The Gerry Ruby Fund at Princess Margaret Hospital (610 University Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9) would be most appreciated.
R.S. KANE 416-221-1159

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-28 published
MUGGERIDGE, John
He was called by God in his 73rd year with his loving family at his side. Born in Croydon, England, in 1933, John went to grammar school at Cranbrook College. After two years national service in Kenya, John graduated from Cambridge University, Jesus College, in history. Shortly after graduation, he immigrated to Canada where he landed a job teaching high school in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. There, he met his future wife Anne-Marie ROCHE, Catholic author and commentator. After an M.A. in history at the University of Toronto, John taught at Ridley College in St. Catharine's. He married Anne in 1960. For the next 25 years, he taught in Toronto and then at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. John was a devout Catholic. son of British journalist Malcolm MUGGERIDGE, John was also a writer and commentator. Beloved husband of Anne. Loving father of John, Charles, Peter, Matthew and Rosalind, and grandfather of 16 grandchildren. He is survived by his brother Leonard. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Avenue (at Howard Park), Toronto, on Monday, November 28, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with Prayers at 8: 00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 263 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto. If desired, donations can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Holy Family Conference, 1372 King Street West, Toronto, M6K 1H3.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-01 published
John MUGGERIDGE, Teacher And Writer: (1933-2005)
son of the famous British journalist and author carved out a life in Canada as a writer, educator and anti-abortion zealot who, in his way, introduced his father to Catholicism, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Thursday, December 1, 2005, Page S9
Teacher and writer John MUGGERIDGE was brought up "a mild boarding-school Anglican," according to his friend, the journalist David WARREN, but became an orthodox Catholic and fervent anti-abortionist under the influence of his wife, the Catholic writer and polemicist Anne ROCHE.
However public and political his stance as a "pro-life" campaigner, Mr. MUGGERIDGE never condoned or supported the homicidal activities of some anti-abortion campaigners, according to Mr. WARREN, himself a convert to Catholicism. "The whole point is that he was defending life, not psychopaths. He would be much more likely to shelter the woman who has had an abortion and realizes that she has done a terrible, terrible thing."
A gentle, self-effacing man with a wry wit, he never acknowledged how many people were touched by his faith in their essential goodness. Mr. MUGGERIDGE subsumed his own ambitions to his role as father and provider to a large family of four sons and a daughter. "He parked his academic career for his family," said his eldest son John Malcolm MUGGERIDGE. "He sacrificed his studies because he needed an income."
His nascent literary skills were called upon when George Orwell asked him to read the manuscript of Animal Farm before it was published in 1945. "Orwell and his father were worrying that the manuscript might suffer the same fate as Gulliver's Travels that is, become a children's book," said the writer Kildare DOBBS, who is related to the MUGGERIDGEs through his mother. John, at the age of 12, read Orwell's masterpiece and proclaimed it an adult book.
John MUGGERIDGE was born on the outskirts of London, England, the second of four children of journalist, writer and pundit Thomas Malcolm MUGGERIDGE and his wife Katherine " Kitty" DOBBS, a niece of Fabian socialist Beatrice WEBB. His older brother Leonard said he really didn't know John MUGGERIDGE as a child because they were "shipped off to boarding schools early on" because their famous father was "here, there and everywhere." The two brothers only became close in the past two decades.
Mr. MUGGERIDGE went to Cranbrook College and then did his then-obligatory two years of military service in Kenya. On his return to England, he studied history at Jesus College, Cambridge. After graduation, he immigrated to Canada in the mid-1950s "out of boredom," as he told one of his grandchildren who was writing a school essay on immigration.
"I think he wanted a change, said his son John Malcolm MUGGERIDGE. "His father was well known and he wanted to carve his own way and he wanted to teach." He looked in The Times of London and found two jobs advertised: one in Hong Kong and one in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
That's how he met his future wife Anne-Marie ROCHE. She had entered the Sisters of Presentation as a novitiate, but had left the order before taking her vows. The sisters had found her a teaching job at the local Catholic school in Corner Brook. Mr. MUGGERIDGE, who was teaching at the public school, met her at a teacher's union meeting.
A couple of years later, Mr. MUGGERIDGE left Corner Brook to study for a master's degree in Canadian history at the University of Toronto. "He and my mom courted by letter," said his son. They married in 1960 and his father converted to Catholicism about a year later. "Mom was the driving force there. She was very, very devout and she had a strong influence on people. She was the main reason for Dad's conversion and for granddad's [in 1982], although he was also influenced by Mother Teresa and the pope."
"My theory is that John came to Canada to get away from his father's notoriety and also perhaps to get away from opinionated people, but then he married an even more opinionated person," said Mr. DOBBS.
A traditional Catholic who disagreed vehemently with Vatican II and its attempts to modernize the Church, Ms. ROCHE is the author of The Gates of Hell: The Struggle for the Catholic Church (1975) and The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church (1986). "I didn't marry a Catholic, I married Catholicism," Mr. MUGGERIDGE used to say about his increasingly orthodox religious views and his strong anti-abortion stance.
"In Catholic teaching there can not be anything right about abortion," said Mr. WARREN, himself a Catholic convert. "The moral positions may be difficult to uphold in people's personal lives, but they are not difficult to understand."
Mr. MUGGERIDGE taught history and French at Ridley College in the early 1960s and then taught at Earl Haig High School in Toronto before moving with his growing family to Hamilton to pursue a doctorate at McMaster University.
For a time, the MUGGERIDGEs were involved in a conservative discussion group critical of the provisions of Vatican II. Called the St. Athanasius Society, it was led by Jim DALY, a McMaster professor, and by Sister Mary Alexander, a teacher. The group fell apart after Prof. DALY's early death from cancer.
Mr. MUGGERIDGE didn't finish his doctorate. He moved his family, which by then numbered three children, to Niagara College in Welland, Ontario, in 1969, where he taught English literature and composition and Canadian Studies. He retired in the early 1990s. A voracious reader, he read his wife to sleep every night with a selection from Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen, P.G. Wodehouse or John Donne and the Metaphysical poets.
As a writer, Mr. MUGGERIDGE frequently contributed book reviews to The Globe and Mail, wrote regularly for the now-defunct The Idler magazine and served as a contributing editor to the orthodox monthly magazine, Catholic Insight. "He was a Christian gentleman, very kindly disposed," said associate editor David DOOLEY, a retired English professor from St. Michael's College at the U of T.
Mr. MUGGERIDGE was not a quick writer, according to Mr. DOOLEY. "Give him a book review and the result would be slow in coming and very well thought out with a good sense of style."
Both he and his wife wrote regularly for The Idler in the 1980s and became close Friends with founding editor David WARREN. "He never really thought of himself as a writer," said Mr. WARREN, explaining that Mr. MUGGERIDGE mainly displayed his literary skills through old-fashioned letter writing. He could focus a cold, clear eye on his subject, however.
In "The Last Days of St. Muggs," an article he wrote in the January/February 1991 issue of The Idler, Mr. MUGGERIDGE wrote frankly about his father's youthful days as "an unfaithful, hard-drinking near-playboy," the progressive senility of his last months and summed him up as "a magnificent battle-axe of a Catholic controversialist with yet a wistful and forgiving, kindly heart."
Mr. MUGGERIDGE also contributed regularly to Human Life Review, a sectarian quarterly that William F. Buckley once praised as "the focus of civilized discussion of the abortion issue." He came to the journal through his father, who was good Friends with the founding editor, J.P. McFadden. "He brought clarity, humour, optimism, wisdom, patience and perseverance," to the publication, said senior editor Faith Abbott, the founder's widow.
Mr. MUGGERIDGE's wife Anne began evincing signs of dementia in the early 1990s, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and institutionalized in Toronto about five years ago. Mr. MUGGERIDGE moved to Toronto to be near his wife and went every day to feed her lunch. His own health began to fail about 2000. He suffered from multiple myeloma and underwent a strenuous bone-marrow transplant about three years ago. He survived the drastic treatment, but fell ill this autumn with a previously undiagnosed bowel cancer that had metastasized to his liver. His life was celebrated at a Latin mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Toronto on Tuesday.
John MUGGERIDGE was born in Croydon, near London, England, on February 28, 1933. He died in Toronto on Friday, November 25, of bowel cancer. He was 72. He is survived by his wife Anne, his sons John, Charles, Peter and Matthew, his daughter Rosalind, and his older brother Leonard.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-22 published
ROCHE, Julia Mary " Judy" (née DILLON)
Peacefully on Wednesday, December 21, 2005. Cherished wife of John. Loving mother of Maureen (Larry ROBINSON), Judy, Nancy (John MULVIHILL) and Michael. Dear Nanny to Jennifer, Ian, Krista, Ashley, John Paul, Jamie and Julia. Judy will be lovingly remembered by many family and Friends. Many thanks to the caring staff at Kipling Acres. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Thursday, December 22, 2005 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church, 3914 Bloor St. W on Friday, December 23, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-29 published
ROCHE, Molly
Peacefully, at home on Monday, December 26, 2005 in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Maurice for 42 years. Loving mum of Kevin (Marlene), Michael (Barbara) and Anne-Marie. Dear Mama of Robyn (Matt) and David (Diane.) A special thank you to Andrew DEMMERY and Mary TONUS for their constant help and support. Molly retired as a physiotherapist at the W.C.B. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home 2035 Weston Rd. (North of Lawrence Avenue) from 2-4 p.m and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, December 29. Evening prayers at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 30, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2100 Jane Street. If desired, donations to the C.N.I.B. would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to molly.roche@wardfh.com

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-13 published
KOCZOROWSKI, Stanislawa
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Stanislawa KOCZOROWSKI, in her eighty-first year, on Monday, July 11th, 2005. Surrounded by loved ones, she succumbed to a brief illness at the Trillium Healthcare Facility in Mississauga, Ontario. The beloved wife of Janusz, and treasured mother to son Casimir (Evi) and five daughters: Janine (Joe SZYMCZAK,) Barbara (Wes PACIOREK), Beatrice (Barry ROCHE), Eve (John PEREIRA), and Isabelle; a sister to Henryk (nephew and niece), as well as a cherished grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. Stanislawa dedicated her years to her family with relentless devotion, strength, love and compassion. Her life was her family... and her family was her life. She will be sincerely missed by the fortunate individuals whose lives she touched. Visitation will be held at Scott Funeral Home, Mississauga Chapel, 420 Dundas St. E., Mississauga (west of Cawthra Road, at Hensall Circle, 905-272-4040) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 4260 Cawthra Rd. (at Meadows Blvd.), Mississauga on Saturday, July 16 at 8: 00 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200 - 235 Yorkland Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M2J 4Y8 as expressions of sympathy. Thank you to the conscientious and hard working staff of CSICU, and a special thank you to Amrit for all your support.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-10 published
ROCHE, Elizabeth (née McMULLAN)
Known to her family and Friends as Betsy. Left us reluctantly on Tuesday, September 6, 2005. Born Febuary 11, 1925 in Yentai (Chefoo), North China to Bob McMULLAN and Winifred ANGELL. Married Bob ROCHE (deceased, December 25, 1988) of Toronto. Produced Iain of London, England, Peter of Sudbury, Geoffrey, Michael and Lesley, all of Toronto. They produced Bess and Tom; Jeremy and Aaron; Alexandre, Nicholas, Marie France and Christian; Taylor and Conor. Will be terribly missed by her daughters-in-law Caroline, Gail and Marie Claire, her brother Bob McMULLAN and his longtime companion Cecile. Betsy also leaves many dear Friends - most notably Ann TOWNLEY. Active with Abbeyfield Houses Toronto (senior assisted living residences) and Goodwill Volunteer Services for many years. Private cremation and interment arrangements have been made. At Betsy's request, Friends are invited to attend a reception in her memory hosted by her family at the Estates of Sunnybrook in the Vaughan Estates (on the grounds of Sunnybrook Hospital) in the Courtyard Ballroom on Thursday, September 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Betsy's memory to either Abbeyfield Houses Toronto (Box 1, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7) or The Gerry Ruby Fund at Princess Margaret Hospital (610 University Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9) would be most appreciated.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-18 published
MAGNUS, Peggy (formerly PHILIPS)
(28 year member of Communication Energy and Paperworkers Retiree Club) Peacefully at home on Friday, September 16, 2005 in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Ken MAGNUS and the late Robert PHILIPS. Cherished mother of Yvonne and husband Joseph BLAIN and Robert and wife Lynda PHILIPS. Devoted " Nana" to Joseph, Jason, and Ryan BLAIN, Lesley and husband Garth WICHSTROM, Alison and husband Geoff PULEY, Ian PHILIPS and devoted "Great Nana" to Connor, Lauren and Aiden. Dear sister of William and wife Valerie WHITE/WHYTE and the late Kenneth WHITE/WHYTE and sister-in-law of Marge WHITE/WHYTE and Thelma ROCHE. Friends will be received at McIntosh-Anderson Funeral Home, 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 after 12 noon with memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. Donations in memory of Peggy to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-22 published
MacDONALD, Norienne (née RANAHAN)
(February 24, 1915-September 20, 2005)
The old legs have gotten weary and I felt it was time to join Mac. After all, it's been 3 years since he left my side after 60 years together. John and I were blessed with 3 wonderful children and their families, Mary and Dennis (STARKEY,) in Durham, John, and Debra (recently deceased), in Goderich and Rick and Barbara (BIGGAR,) in Tecumseh. I was privileged to watch my grandchildren, Brianne, Kyle and Sean grow into young adults. We moved from London to Saint Thomas where we lived for close to 55 years and the majority of those years were in our home we built in Lynhurst. My life was a fulfilling one, raising our 3 children and embarking on a teaching career when they were older, teaching at Holy Angels Elementary School and at St. Joseph's High School. Being elected as a trustee for the Eight County Roman Catholic Separate School Board and being the only woman on the Board was quite an experience. Three years ago, I moved to Windsor, a sudden move with litte time for goodbyes. So it was quite a treat to return to Saint Thomas to celebrate my 90th birthday with all my old Friends in February. Thanks to the "pot luck" group who kept in touch and a special thanks to my close friend, Norma ROCHE, who sent me weekly notes keeping me up on the news in Saint Thomas. Mom was very active in the community over the years with a long standing involvement in the Cancer Society (serving two terms as President of the Elgin County Unit), the Saint Thomas Golf and Country Club both as a golfer (serving a term as President of the Ladies Division) and as a Bridge Club member. She was a committed volunteer for the Rotary Music Festival for decades, and served a term as President of the local chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. One of Mom's favourite activities was the bike ride for cancer, which she did into her 80's. For her commitment to the community, she received the "Saint Thomas Citizen of the Year Award" with Dad, an unexpected but well deserved honour. She was an amazing mother and we will miss her terribly. Thanks to those care workers at Sunrise Assisted Living who went beyond the call of duty and a special thanks to the staff at Extendicare Tecumseh and Dr. Ian McLEOD, who took such terrific care of Mom and allowed her to keep her dignity as her health failed over the past 9 months. The family will receive their Friends at the R.E. Allen Funeral Chapel, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday afternoon and evening. Funeral service will be held at Holy Angels Church, 502 Talbot Street, Saint Thomas, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. After cremation, interment will be made in St. Peter Cemetery, London. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-05 published
NORTHEIM, Helen (née GARDINER)
Suddenly at Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax on Monday, October 3, 2005, at the age of 77. Beloved wife of Allan NORTHEIM. Loving mother of Nancy (Jerry VANDERWERFF,) Donald (Jacquie,) Janice (Allan SNETSINGER,) Susan (George MacLEOD.) Cherished Gramma and Nana of Michael, David, Baily, Jeremy and Kevin. Beloved sister of Joan (Gord ROACH) of Oshawa; and predeceased by Dorothy (Lou ROCHE,) and Ken. Helen will be sadly missed by all of her nieces, nephews, family and Friends. The family will receive Friends at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax (Pickering Village) 905-428-8488, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service in the chapel on Friday, October 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-20 published
BEESLEY, Stephen Wesley
Suddenly, at home, on Friday, October 14, 2005, in his 55th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Bonnie (BRAY.) Dear dad of Kerri and Holli (Steven ROCHE.) Lovingly devoted "Poppie" to Ashley and Paige. He predeceased his mother Norma McCHESNEY and sisters, Karen URCHAK (Judith PRICE,) Noreen McDONOUGH (Brian,) Lorraine TOMCHISHEN (Gary.) He will be greatly missed by his large extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by Doreen and Glenn BRAY (Lynda ALLEN.) Sadly missed by his Friends who are scattered near and far. Steve BEESLEY was a proud member of the 21st Mississippi Regiment, and counted all its members and spouses as close comrades in arms, and felt honoured by their fellowship. Friends my call at Bay Gardens Funeral Centre, 1010 Botanical Drive, Burlington, 905-527-0405, on Saturday, October 22, 2005 from 2-3 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m. Followed by a reception at Bay Gardens reception room. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. www.baygardens.ca

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ROCHE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-22 published
ROCHE, Julia Mary " Judy" (née DILLON)
Peacefully on Wednesday, December 21, 2005. Cherished wife of John. Loving mother of Maureen (Larry ROBINSON), Judy, Nancy (John MULVIHILL) and Michael. Dear Nanny to Jennifer, Ian, Krista, Ashley, John Paul, Jamie and Julia. Judy will be lovingly remembered by many family and Friends. Many thanks to the caring staff at Kipling Acres. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Thursday, December 22, 2005 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Peace, 3914 Bloor St. W. on Friday, December 23, 2005 at 10: 30 a.m. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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