SEARAY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-12 published
OLDHAM, Arthur
Arthur of Saint Thomas, on Monday, January 10, 2005, at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, in his 82nd year. With him, loving him, as he gave up his courageous battle with declining health was his wife Helen (SIMS) OLDHAM, their children Lee OLDHAM, April and Joe MOREAU and Joy and Rob CHARON. Grandchildren Terri, Michael, Melissa and Brian, Jay, Matthew, Andy, Natasha, Nicole, Joshua, Dylan and Reilly and great-grandchildren Stephannie and Brianna.
Arthur was born in Southwold on November 27, 1923, the son of the late Henry and Bessie (CURRIE) OLDHAM. Brother of Ilene SEARAY (John) of Shedden and Forbes OLDHAM of Saint Thomas. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins and special uncle to Judy SEARAY of Hamilton. Predeceased by brothers Currie, James and Gordon OLDHAM and sister Effie SMITH. Arthur farmed all his life until 12½ years ago at R.R.#1, Southwold. He drove school bus for the late Clarence Morrow and was security guard at the Elgin Mall for several years. Art played baseball (first base) for Shedden and enjoyed bowling, family activities and many happy hours were spent playing his Gibson in the presence of old Friends bringing to a close the varying chapters of his life. He was a past member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows Shedden. Arthur shall be greatly missed by all who knew him. Resting at the Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Friday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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SEARING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-24 published
HICKLING, James F.
Jim died of natural causes on May 21, 2005 in his 85th year. Loving husband of Ruth for 55 years until her death in 1999. Beloved father of Catherine, Patricia and Sara. Grandfather of Allison, Alexander, Keith and Tom. Father-in-law to William GAZZARD and James SEARING. Survived by his sister, Joyce BRINK and brother, Dr. Clifford HICKLING. Jim attended Jarvis Collegiate and Victoria College, University of Toronto where he received his Masters degree in psychology. He served overseas in World War 2 as an infantry officer with the Irish Regiment of Canada. In 1952 he founded James F. Hickling Consultants Ltd. which was the original executive search firm in Canada. Later he started Hickling-Johnson Inc. and Hickling Corporation an international management consulting firm. Jim believed that life was a feast to be savoured and enjoyed. He filled our lives with love, humour and a sense of adventure. We will miss him forever. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto. Interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Victoria College, University of Toronto would be appreciated.

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SEARL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-13 published
WRIGHT, June Isabel (BADMAN)
At Alexandra Marine and General Hospital on Sunday September 11, 2005. June Isabel (BADMAN) WRIGHT of Goderich in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Albert WRIGHT. Dear mother of Larry WRIGHT (Cathy) of Calgary, Linda MYERS (Terry) of Fullarton, Kathleen DUMIGAN (Joe) of Sheparton. Loving grandmother of Frank and Shane WRIGHT, Heather SEARL and Tracy STOTT, Gary DUMIGAN and many great grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Lorne BADMAN. Friends will be received at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East Street, Goderich, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday September 15, 2005 at 1 p.m. Interment Dungannon Cemetery. Donations to the Parkinson Foundation or Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation.

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SEARLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-23 published
KEYZER, Marie (née KLAVER)
Passed away peacefully, at the Trillium Manor, Orillia, on Thursday, September 22, 2005, in her 96th year. Marie KEYZER, of Orillia, beloved wife of the late Nicolaas KEYZER. Dearly loved mother of Marianne KEYZER- ALLEMANG of Dunnville, Sister Josephine KEYZER, C.S.M. of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Jack and his wife Fran of Orillia, Rita SEARLE and her husband Robin of Toronto, Pauline BELL and her husband Craig of Gravenhurst, Anne MacDONALD and her late husband Niel of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nicolette KEYZER of Aurora, Nick of Orillia, and her late son Hildebrand. Dear mother-in-law of Barbara of Wasaga. Loving grandmother of Kelly, Scott, Sean, Nicole, Mark, Adrienne, Korine, Kristina, Jennifer, Andrea, Kim, Denise, Jaclyn, Jeffrey, David, Edward, Matthew, Elizabeth, Danielle, Lawrence, John, Evan, Shannon, Stephen and 7 great-grandchildren. Will also be missed by family in the Netherlands. Family and Friends will be received at the L. Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes, 54 Coldwater Street East, Orillia (705) 326-3595, on Friday, September 23rd from 6-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at The Church of the Guardian Angel (115 West St. N., Orillia), on Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 11 o'clock. Interment at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orillia, to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. "We believe and entrust Marie into God's eternal embrace of love. Her dawn has come. We rejoice. Amen, Alleluia!" Parish Prayers will be said in the Doolittle Chapel Friday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Online messages of condolence are welcome at www.carsonfuneralhomes.com

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SEARLES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-01-25 published
ROBISON, June (née SIEGRIST)
Peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday, January 24th, 2005. June ROBISON of Owen Sound in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Lorne. Dear mother of Patricia SEWELL of Collingwood, Elizabeth and her husband Mac MORRISON of Chatsworth, Tom SANDERSON and his wife Noni of Brampton, Alf SANDERSON and his wife Alecia of Vancouver, British Columbia, Jim SANDERSON and his wife Pat of Owen Sound, Bill SANDERSON and his wife Betty of Georgetown and Mike SANDERSON and his wife Joan of Brampton. Lovingly remembered by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sister of May BRUBACHER of Collingwood. Predeceased by her parents, Oliver and May SIEGRIST and three brothers Russ, Howard and Alf SIEGRIST. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home, 376-3710 for visiting on Wednesday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, January 27th at 11: 00 a.m. with Leslie SEARLES officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com
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SEARLES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-04-11 published
WILKINSON, Albert Walker
Peacefully at Central Place on Saturday, April 9, 2005. Albert WILKINSON of Kilsyth in his 88th year. Husband of the late Amy (née MILLER.) Dear father of Wayne and his wife Ann of Toronto, Steve and his wife Eduarda of Mississauga, Bill and Kathy of Etobicoke, Gary and his wife Florence of Owen Sound and Sharon and her husband Norman PETTIFER of Guelph. Sadly missed by 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Also survived by a sister Jean and her husband Jim JOHNSTON of Markdale and a sister-in-law Grace of Calgary. Predeceased by his parents John and Maud, 2 brothers Wilbert and Steve and a sister Rita. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home (376-3710) for visiting on Monday evening from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at Kilsyth United Church on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock with Reverend Leslie SEARLES officiating. Interment, Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. Memorial donations to Kilsyth United Church or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.tannahill.com
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SEARLES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-05-27 published
GRANT, Gordon " Duke"
Suddenly, at his home, on Wednesday, May 25th, 2005. Gordon Wayne GRANT, of R.R.#3, Owen Sound, in his 61st year. Beloved husband on Carol GRANT (née LUNAU.) Dear brother of Andy GRANT and his wife, Pat, of Durham, Ruth MARTIN and her husband, Wes, of Sauble Beach, Garry GRANT and his wife, Ina, of Stouffville, Lorne GRANT and his wife, Patti, of Los Angeles, David GRANT and his wife, Merle, and Kim GRANT and his wife, Bett, both of Owen Sound. Dear brother-in-law of Gary and Rosemary LUNAU, of Windsor, David and Sharon LUNAU and Alan and Donalda FISHER, both of Allenford. Gordon will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, David and Anna GRANT and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Barbara LUNAU. A Service of Remembrance for Gordon GRANT will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel of the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (376-7492) on Saturday, May 28th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Leslie SEARLES officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to service. If so desired, the family would appreicate donations to the Grey Bruce Health Services, M.R.I. Foundation as your expression of sympathy.
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SEARLES o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-08-30 published
JOHNSTON, Hazel G. (RADBOURNE)
Suddenly, at the Grey Bruce Health Services, in Owen Sound, Saturday evening August 27th, 2005. The former Hazel RADBOURNE, of Owen Sound, formerly of Alvanley, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert JOHNSTON. Loving mother of Carl and his wife, Helen, of Kitchener, Bill, of R.R.#1, Hepworth and Janice and her husband, Dave PATCHELL, of R.R.#5, Owen Sound. Lovingly remembered by her nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Len, Vic and his wife, Ida, Bruce and his wife, Beatrice, and Gerald and his wife, Mary, all of Owen Sound. Dear sister-in-law of Mae ANGELOS, of Owen Sound, Shirley LARSON, of London, Barbara JOHNSTON, of Etobicoke, and Jack MONAHAN, of Owen Sound. Predeceased by a brother, Harry RADBOURNE, a sister, Dorothy MONAHAN, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy RADBOURNE. Hazel and her husband, Bob, operated Johnston Service Station in Alvanley for forty years. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home. Hepworth. Monday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Funeral Home Tuesday morning, at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Leslie SEARLES officiating. Interment, Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Association or the North Derby United Church would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Hazel by the Downs and son Funeral Home.
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SEARLES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-17 published
TURNER, Gertrude " Gertie"
Peacefully at Woostock General Hospital on December 15, 2005. Gertrude TURNER (Gertie,) of London, in her 77th year. Loving wife of the late Norman TURNER (1981.) Gertie will be sadly missed by her siblings Ellen and the later Wray HAYLOCK, John (Jack) and the late Pansy SEARLES, the late Beatrice and Lorne HAYLOCK, Twin brother Gordon (Gord) and Mary SEARLES, William (Bill) and Marion SEARLES, Reginald (Reg) and Peggy SEARLES, Robert (Bob) and Brenda SEARLES. Cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews, as well as her loving companions Baxter and Bridgett. Visitation will be held at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m, where the service will be conducted on Monday December 19, 2005 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Tributes may be left at Mem.com

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SEARLES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-08 published
BROWNE, Armintha
Peacefully at Toronto East General Hospital on March 5, 2005, in her 85th year. Armintha beloved wife of the late Grenville. Loving mother of Patsy ROACH (Geoffrey), Aubrey (Steve) YEARWOOD (Brenda), Gloria (Jean) REINBERGS, Ouida FORDE- HARNUM (Richard), Carl WEEKES (Vadney), Cynthia BROWNE (George), Michael BROWNE, Wendy BROWNE (John) and Jimmy BROWNE (Lisa.) Cherished sister of the late Livingston and Cleveland SEARLES and Eileen SMALL. Dear aunt to Vere, Jeffrey and Michael SMALL. She will be sadly missed by her 16 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and many other nieces, nephews and relatives. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 700 Kennedy Road. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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SEARS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-27 published
SHELTON, V. Lloyd
At Woodstock General Hospital on Tuesday, January 25, 2005. V. Lloyd SHELTON of Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Elsie M. SHELTON (née GEE.) Dear father of Sharon VIVIAN and her husband Glynn of Fort Erie and Helen FRIEND and her husband Andrew of Calhoun, Georgia. Loved grandfather of Mark SEARS; Monique (Rich) HOOYENGA and Rhonda WILTON and great-grandfather of Jordan BROUILLARD and Matthew HOOYENGA. Dear brother of Winnifred RUSH of Tillsonburg, Norman of Clifford, and Jean GLENCROSS of Lachine, Quebec. Predeceased by his granddaughter Michele SEARS, sister Helen SHELTON, brothers Earl, Harold, Frank and Lorne.
Lloyd served in World War 2 with the Algonquin Regiment and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55, Woodstock. He was also a member of the Mercer Wilson Masonic Lodge #678 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite, Rose Croix, Moore Sovereign Consistory, Mocha Temple Shrine Club and Eastern Star. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock (539-0004) on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Megan COLLINGS- MOORE officiating. Interment in the Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions to the Shriner's Hospital (Burn Unit) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com. A Masonic Service under the auspices of Mercer Wilson Lodge #678 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 6: 00 p.m. and a Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55 Woodstock service at 6: 30 p.m.

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SEARS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-03 published
YEAMAN, William Charles
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London, on Tuesday, February 2, 2005, (Bill) William Charles YEAMAN in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Janice Marie YEAMAN (SEARS) of London. Dear father of Bill YEAMAN of Cambridge, Karen DAUB (Matthew) of Dorchester and Krista WHITE/WHYTE (Justin FOSTER) of Burford. Loving grandfather of Theresa YEAMAN of Woodstock, and Bill YEAMAN of Cambridge, Taylor ARMSTRONG and Griffin DAUB. Brother of Beverley NASI (Bill) of Perth, Margaret GAUS (Ron) of Kitchener and Diane HYMERS (Gord) of Listowel. Much loved son-in-law of Zita Marie SEARS of Tillsonburg. He will be dearly missed by all of his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Jack and his sister Shirley. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held at St. Peter's Cemetery Mausoleum on Saturday, February 5th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Expressions of sympathy and donations (Parkwood Hospital, Palliative Care, or the London Regional Cancer Centre) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services 672-0459 or on line at www.londoncremation.com

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SEARS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-28 published
CHAMBERS, George D.
Peacefully at the Wildwood Care Centre, Saint Marys on Sunday, June 26, 2005, George D. CHAMBERS formerly of Water Street South, Saint Marys in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Thelma (JAMES) CHAMBERS. Dear father of Norman CHAMBERS of London, Edwin and Lynda CHAMBERS of Guelph, Kelvin and Brenda CHAMBERS, Diana and David YOUNGSON all of Saint Marys. Proud grandfather of David, Tammy, Andrea, Michelle, Kevin, Michael and Nicole and sadly missed by 6 greatgrandchildren. Dear brother of Vina OTIS of Woodstock, Ed and Hazel KNIGHTS of Mt. Forest, Janette and Ed SEARS of Barrie. Dear son-in-law of Irene JAMES of Toronto. Resting at the L.A. Ball Funeral Chapel, 7 Water Street North, Saint Marys on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 1.30 p.m. with Pastor Paul VAN KESTEREN officiating. Cremation to follow. In his memory donations to the Alzheimer Society or the activity fund of Wildwood Care Centre would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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SEARS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-29 published
VERVOORDELDONK, Antonius
Peacefully at Kensington Village in London on Thursday, October 27th, 2005, Antonius VERVOORDELDONK of London in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Henrica VERVOORDELDONK. Loving father of Joanne HOURD (Don), Petra BARRETT (Reed), Mary An SCHERDER (Adrian), Henrietta OKA (Ron), Lena SEARS, John VERVOORDELDONK (Elise), and Elizabeth BALDASSARRE (John.) Dear grandfather of Nicholas, Christopher, Robert, Mandia, Michael, Adam, Wriley, Anastasia, Nicole, Tyler, Jessica, Andrea, Anthony, Jeffery, Trevor, Matthew, Daniel, Marcus and Monica. Survived by his brothers and sisters Henrica, Catharina, Antonia, Martina, Martinus, Petronella, Johanna and Johnnes. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters Huberdina, Alouisa, Hubertus and Henricus. Visitors will be received on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. (Between King and York). Funeral Mass on Monday at 2: 00 p.m. in St. Andrew the Apostle Church (Fallon Lane at Huron). Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Sunday 8: 00 p.m.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-15 published
GREENBLATT, Luke Tobias Lushington
Luke Tobias Lushington GREENBLATT, 15, of Borden Street, Toronto, drowned Wednesday, August 10, 2005, near Matagami, Quebec. Luke was the cherished son of Kate LUSHINGTON and Richard GREENBLATT, adored brother of Natasha Grace and William Pavel, beloved nephew of Lewis FUREY, Carole Laure and Mark LUSHINGTON, dear cousin of Clara, Tomas and Jake, loving grand_son to Stephen LUSHINGTON, Sonia LUSHINGTON (deceased,) John and Selma GREENBLATT (deceased,) a delight to his godparents Dorian CLARK, Nicky GUADAGNI, Joyce MASON, Monique MOJICA, Colin NAPTHINE and Djanet SEARS, and an admired and treasured friend to many extraordinary young people. Luke loved music, especially jamming with his brother and Friends. He played piano and clarinet with heart and soul, as well as alto and soprano sax and guitar. He was a drummer in the rock band Abbott. Luke was entering Grade 10 at Oakwood Collegiate. He played forward for the Parkdale Flames and Amesbury Avalanche hockey teams, pitched for the Tigers at Christie Pits and enjoyed soccer, skateboarding, boxing, chess and his dog Bella. Luke felt a deep affinity to Buddhism and philosophy and was Bar Mitzvahed on May 22, 2004 at the Beaches Hebrew Institute. Luke was a steady shining presence in our lives, his tragic accident is a wrenching loss to an entire community.
Begin, and cease and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), for service on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Shiva 63 Borden Street. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation 416-533-9292.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-09 published
Beland HONDERICH, Newspaper Publisher (1918-2005)
Micromanager changed the Toronto Star from a scoop-an-edition news sheet into an information-based vehicle for an emerging middle class, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Wednesday, November 9, 2005, Page S9
An outsider who joined the Toronto Star as a "wartime replacement," Beland (Bee) HONDERICH worked his way up through the newsroom to become editor, publisher and ultimately chairman of the board of the country's largest and most colourful city newspaper. Its archives can boast staff bylines belonging to Ernest Hemingway (he likened it to "serving in the Prussian army under a bad general"), Pierre Berton, Gordon Sinclair and Peter Newman.
A micromanager and a curmudgeon who was feared more than he was loved, he transformed and modernized the Star, built a legendary newsroom in the late 1950s and 1960s, fought and won a newspaper war with the now defunct Toronto Telegram, bought up its circulation lists and its fleet of community newspapers, crusaded in support of diversity, national unity and cultural nationalism, and acquired Harlequin Enterprises, for many years a substantial cash cow for Torstar Corp.
"He took a paper that mattered and turned it into a great newspaper. I think his impact on Canadian journalism and his craft was huge," said his son, John HONDERICH, himself a former editor and publisher of the Toronto Star and now a member of the board of directors of Torstar Corp.
He was hard to love, but easy to respect, said Peter NEWMAN, editor-in-chief from 1969 to 1971. "I was always impressed by his wisdom, his determination and his optimistic view of the Canadian future. Unlike most publishers, his ideology went way beyond the bottom line. He never really understood the Canada that stretched beyond the shadow of the C.N. Tower, but he loved the idea of this country."
Beland (Bee) Hugh HONDERICH was born in Baden (near Kitchener,) Ontario, one of six children of John William HONDERICH, a Mennonite postmaster and railway agent, and Rae Laura (ARMSTRONG,) a Presbyterian. Religion was a contentious and omnipresent factor, according to Mr. HONDERICH's youngest brother, philosopher Edgar (Ted) HONDERICH. His father liked unusual names. He called his eldest son Loine and he named his second son after a physician named Béland in Montreal.
During the Depression, the family home was sold at auction when the mortgage holder foreclosed. Beland left school after Grade 8 to help support the family and began working as the Baden correspondent for the Kitchener Record (now The Record) in 1935 at the age of 17.
He did well covering two big fires in his community and made the move to the Toronto Star as a wartime replacement in 1943, earning $35 a week. He had been rejected from the armed forces because he had poor eyesight and a bad ear. When he got to the Star, he was told "all the good men were away fighting" and warned that there wouldn't be a job for him when they came back.
Shy, private, and insecure -- the poorly educated country man in the big city -- he "always felt he had to work twice as hard," according to his son, John.
Mr. HONDERICH told the journalist Doug (now George) FETHERLING in a 1983 interview for Saturday Night magazine that "you produced or else," explaining that he covered two speeches a day, delivering a few facts and a couple of "punchy" quotes. "It left a deep impression on my mind... what people are interested in is information." This was a lesson he would apply when he had control of the paper.
Far from being dismissed when peace was declared, he was promoted to financial editor in 1945, named editor-in-chief a decade later and elected a director of the company in 1957.
The Toronto Star is a private business like other newspapers in Canada, but it is unusual in that it is owned by a group of families and it operates according to a set of principles established by the late Joseph ATKINSON Sr. He became editor in 1899, quickly turned the struggling newspaper around and soon acquired a controlling interest. In 1911, Harry C. HINDMARSH joined the paper. He became Mr. ATKINSON's lieutenant and his son-in-law. Together, they turned the newspaper into the home of "razzle-dazzle journalism," ordering saturation coverage of big stories and indulging in huge headlines, full-page pictures and wacky stunts. They also supported the Liberal Party and social-welfare issues such as mothers' allowances, unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, minimum wages and the rights of labour unions. The combination of Christian piety, free-wheeling Fabian socialism and popular journalism was good for circulation and advertising revenues. By 1913, the Star was Toronto's largest paper and Mr. ATKINSON was its controlling shareholder.
He died in 1948, leaving an estate of more than $8-million, putting the bulk of it, including the ownership of the paper, into the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, which he had established six years earlier. In his will, he directed that profits from the paper's operations were "for the promotion and maintenance of social, scientific and economic reforms which are charitable in nature, for the benefit of the people of the province of Ontario" and he stipulated that the paper could be sold only to people who shared his social views.
Mr. HINDMARSH became president of the five-person board established to govern the paper and carry out Mr. ATKINSON's wishes. However, the Ontario government, led by Conservative Leslie FROST, and rival newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Telegram, argued that the foundation was merely a device to avoid paying succession duties on Mr. ATKINSON's estate.
The FROST government passed a law forbidding charitable foundations from owning more than 10 per cent of a profit-making business. The Star was given seven years to sell its business interests, with the foundation's trustees, officers and directors allowed to buy them, subject to the approval of the Supreme Court of Canada.
While this wrangling was going on, Mr. HINDMARSH dropped dead of a heart attack on December 20, 1956. The new board of the Atkinson Foundation was made up of Joseph S. ATKINSON (son of the late Mr. ATKINSON,) his sister Ruth HINDMARSH (widow of Mr. HINDMARSH), Burnett THALL, William J. CAMPBELL and Mr. HONDERICH.
In 1958, after swearing before the Supreme Court that they would uphold the principles outlined in Mr. ATKINSON's will, they were allowed to buy the newspaper. They paid $25.5-million in a leveraged buyout, which Globe business columnist Eric REGULY has called "the steal of the century." They put down $1-million in cash and secured most of the rest by selling debt and preferred shares to the public.
Mr. HONDERICH, who had been editor for three years and on the board for one, had no family money or other resources to draw upon. He was living in a duplex with his wife and three children. "We had one couch and one chair," said his son John. "The Bank of Commerce virtually put up all the money, but the security was the shares of the largest newspaper in the country."
In addition, Mr. HONDERICH took a personal loan for his 15-per-cent share, helped by advice and references from accountant, cultural nationalist and later politician, Walter GORDON. Today, Torstar Corp., the media conglomerate that owns the Star, is worth about $1.7-billion.
As editor and then publisher, Mr. HONDERICH built the great Toronto Star newsroom of the late 1950s and 1960s. He transformed the paper from a flashy, scoop-an-edition news sheet into an information-based vehicle for columnists and critics. He quickly realized, according to journalist Val SEARS, that the real market in the postwar period lay in finding readers among the young middle class in the suburbs who were moving up through the social strata.
They wanted context and information, not just headlines. Ron HAGGART worked as a columnist for the Star in the sixties. Mr. HONDERICH had the right ideas about how to change the Star, which was a stodgy, old-fashioned paper, according to Mr. HAGGART. "It was still a paper that believed the most recent event deserved a headline because it had happened in the last hour."
Among the stable of writers and editors Mr. HONDERICH enlisted or celebrated were: Pierre Berton as a daily columnist, Charles Templeton as managing editor, Nathan Cohen as drama critic, Milt Dunnell on sports, Gwyn (Jocko) Thomas on crime and Peter NEWMAN as Ottawa editor and editor-in-chief.
He loved to hire people, said journalist Robert FULFORD, who worked for the Star twice (from 1958 to 1962 and from 1964 to 1968), but he quickly grew bored with them. Managing editors were a notoriously endangered species, according to Mr. FULFORD, who once joked that after more than two years on the job, managing editors took on the look of "hunted animals." When he was having trouble sleeping at night, police reporter Jocko Thomas was said to recite the names of the more than 40 city editors who served during his long career at the paper.
Mr. NEWMAN spent seven years at the Star, leaving in 1971 in "frustration because [Mr. HONDERICH] was always stone-cold certain about what he didn't want, but not good at suggesting practical options."
He could be a bully. "He wasn't a particularly big man, but he looked big to his employees. He tended to tower," said Mr. SEARS, who worked for Mr. HONDERICH for about 25 years in a number of capacities, including Ottawa bureau chief and Washington correspondent. "He spoke low, but he made his position very clear. On the other hand, he was certainly the best publisher I ever worked for because he knew what he wanted and he would back you up."
Saying that he and Mr. HONDERICH fought a lot, especially when he was editor of the editorial page, Mr. SEARS said he always thought it was a mistake to try to outguess his boss. Mr. HONDERICH seemed aware of his power. "He once said to me, 'If I walk through that newsroom and I say to someone it is a nice day, by the final edition I have two full pages on the weather," said Mr. SEARS.
Stories abound about Mr. HONDERICH's tendency to micromanage. When he was editor, he behaved as though he was the publisher and when he became publisher and president in 1966, "he acted as though he owned the paper outright," Mr. FULFORD said.
Staffers were obsessed with anticipating his wishes, often with bizarre results. Somebody heard that "Bee" believed that a colour photograph had to have red in it, so Star photographers took to stowing red jackets in their cars and asking people to put them on before snapping their pictures, or so the story goes.
"Bee had a phobia about accompanying each picture in his paper with explanatory cutlines," recalled Mr. NEWMAN. "I got hell once for running an illustration of Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian film star, standing beside a male dwarf, because I had left out the 'left' and 'right' identifications."
During his years at the newspaper, Mr. HONDERICH oversaw the introduction of colour, the shift from an afternoon to a morning paper, a Sunday edition and the appointment of the first ombudsman at any paper in Canada. He was also a driving force behind the establishment of the Ontario Press Council. In 1976, he was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Torstar Corp. He continued to serve as publisher until September, 1988.
Mr. HONDERICH married three times. His and his first wife Florence divorced in 1962. He married Agnes KING in 1968. Star legend has it that he called the paper from the airport as he and his bride were leaving on their honeymoon and asked for the front page to be read to him. She died of cancer in 1999 after a long and painful illness. "He was amazingly diligent in the way he cared for her," said his son John.
That same year he became engaged to Rina WHELAN, a widow he had met many years before (when both were married to other people) in the barbershop of the Hotel Vancouver, where she worked as a manicurist. "This is one of the great love stories," John HONDERICH said, "I have had the honour of standing up for him at two of his three weddings."
The HONDERICHs lived in the penthouse of La Carina (Rina's House,) a condominium she had developed and built on English Bay. "He was a wealthy man and she was a wealthy woman," commented Mr. HONDERICH's brother Ted, "and so both were under suspicion of being gold diggers."
Mr. HONDERICH became more left wing in his politics as he became older, said his brother. "All newspaper publishers are accused of being ruthless, but actually they are activists," he said. "They want to make things happen and they don't like things hanging on in an indecisive way."
Beland Hugh HONDERICH was born on November 25, 1918, in Baden, Ontario. He died yesterday in St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver after a massive stroke. He was 86. He is survived by his first wife Florence, his third wife Rina, three children, six grandchildren and one brother.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-07 published
COHEN, Edward Ezra
(Former Co-owner of Colonial Furniture)
Peacefully on Monday, December 5, 2005 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of 43 years to Fern COHEN. Loving father of Robin HARRIS (Robin SEARS), John (Deb) HARRIS, Wendy HARRIS (Neil McGILLIVRAY) and Michael (Minda LATOWSKY) COHEN. Cherished Zaidie to Mathew, Rachel, Alanna, Amelia, Noah, Kate, Ethan and Hannah. Dear brother of Erica CHERNEY and Ben (Rhona) CARNIOL. Devoted brother and business partner for 60 years of Sid (Barbara) COHEN. son of the late Max and Greta COHEN. Uncle Eddie will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service was held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 1771 Cuba Avenue on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 2 p.m. Interment Jewish Community Cemetery, Bank Street, Ottawa. Shiva to be observed 1201-40 Boteler Street, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers donations to the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation (798-4696 #274) would be appreciated. Arrangements in care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry. (613-233-1143).

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-13 published
STEPHENS, John Stephen
On Monday, December 12, 2005 at age 97, just short of his 98th birthday. Beloved husband of the late Betty MOLSON, loving father of Diana, Mary Pat (Georges HEBERT,) Caroline (Scott MARSHALL) and the late Ian. Grandfather of eleven and great-grandfather of six and a half. Good friend of Pete SEARS and Danielle VIGER. Many thanks to Chateau Westmount Residence for their excellent care. Resting at Wray Walton Wray Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Québec Tel. (514) 483-1870. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Donations in his memory to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-06 published
SEARS, Ronald
On January 2nd, 2005 in Toronto. A complete funeral service will be held at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St. (near Dundas) on Friday, January 7th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-09 published
LAPLANTE, Bibiane Cecille
Peacefully at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, on Friday, January 7th, 2005, Bibiane Laplante (née Bruneau) at 78 years of age. Dear mother of Carmelle HORTH (Eric LAING,) Edward LAPLANTE (Glenys), Claire (Louis BRUNO), Gill LAPLANTE (Debbie PHILLIPS), Marie LAMB, Louise (Glen SEARS,) and Peter LAPLANTE (Maureen.) Cherished grandmother of numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sister of Gabriel BRUNEAU and predeceased by many brothers and sisters. Special friend of Gus McNEIL. A Funeral Service will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E. in Cobourg on Monday, January lOth, 2005 at 2 p.m. Interment at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Grafton. Visitation to be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, January 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Condolences received at www.maccoubrey.com

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-19 published
SEARS, Henry F.
After a lengthy illness, in London on Monday, May 16th, 2005, Henry F. SEARS, in his 81st year. Dear father of Russell (Donna) SEARS of Mt. Brydges, Howard SEARS of Welland, Paula (John) SMITH of Peterborough, Glenn SEARS of Toronto, Susan SEARS of Peterborough, and Michael SEARS of Bowmanville. Predeceased by daughter-in-law Elizabeth SEARS. Also predeceased by son Robert and survived by his wife Marilisa of Bond Head. Fondly remembered by sister Lenore HICKEY of Omemee as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Interment of ashes to take place at Prospect Cemetery, . Toronto, on Saturday, May 21st at 1 p.m. Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mt. Brydges (519-264-1100) entrusted with arrangements.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-15 published
GREENBLATT, Luke Tobias Lushington
Luke Tobias Lushington GREENBLATT, 15, of Borden Street, Toronto, drowned Wednesday, August 10, 2005, near Matagami, Quebec. Luke was the cherished son of Kate LUSHINGTON and Richard GREENBLATT, adored brother of Natasha Grace and William PAVEL, beloved nephew of Lewis FUREY, Carole LAURE and Mark LUSHINGTON, dear cousin of Clara, Tomas and Jake, loving grand_son to Stephen LUSHINGTON, Sonia LUSHINGTON (deceased,) John and Selma GREENBLATT (deceased,) a delight to his godparents Dorian CLARK, Nicky GUADAGNI, Joyce MASON, Monique MOJICA, Colin NAPTHINE and Djanet SEARS, and an admired and treasured friend to many extraordinary young people. Luke loved music, especially jamming with his brother and Friends. He played piano and clarinet with heart and soul, as well as alto and soprano sax and guitar. He was a drummer in the rock band Abbott. Luke was entering Grade 10 at Oakwood Collegiate. He played forward for the Parkdale Flames and Amesbury Avalanche hockey teams, pitched for the Tigers at Christie Pits and enjoyed soccer, skateboarding, boxing, chess and his dog Bella. Luke felt a deep affinity to Buddhism and philosophy and was Bar Mitzvahed on May 22, 2004 at the Beaches Hebrew Institute. Luke was a steady shining presence in our lives, his tragic accident is a wrenching loss to an entire community. Begin, and cease and then again begin, With tremulous cadence slow, and bring The eternal note of sadness in. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Shiva 63 Borden St. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, 416-533-9292.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-18 published
SEARS, Micheline " Mickey" (née PEPE)
After a long and courageous battle with cancer she left this world in her 71st year on August 17, 2005. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband Paul and daughter Bonnie as well as her siblings Ida, Mary, Regina, Jeanine, Rita, Linda, Leonard and Jonnie. Loved by her many nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered for her selfless devotion to her family and Friends. Visitation will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Saturday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Flowers will be greatly appreciated or, if desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-06 published
DA COSTA, Jose Maria (October 10, 1931-November 3, 2005)
Visitation 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. today at Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 11 a.m. Monday at St. Helen's Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mr. DA COSTA is survived by: wife Berta; daughters Mary COSTA- SEARS (Brian,) Roberta RITCHIE; son Tony COSTA (Nancy JARDIM;) 9 grandchildren. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-08 published
WALLACE, Florence
Passed away on Saturday, November 5th, 2005 at 85 years. Predeceased by her husband Alec. Survived by daughters Debbie SEARS (Rob) and Adrianne GEHL (Butch,) grandchildren Gloria, Scott (Angeline,) Jamie, Stacey, Robbie, Sherri-Lynn and great-grandchildren Jason and Madisyn. A Memorial Service to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 11 Irwin Road, Rexdale, 416-741-5660, 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 9th. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-12 published
LARSEN, Rowena Pearl (née HENDRICKSEN)
(Retired employee of the Toronto Board of Education)
Born in New Denmark, New Brunswick, on August 3, 1931, to her dear late parents Hans and Ester (SEARS) HENDRICKSEN. Entered into eternal rest in the loving care of her family at Toronto East General Hospital, on Sunday December 11, 2005. "Boogie", beloved wife of the late William Bert LARSEN. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Doreen and her husband Al WILSON of Freelton, Ontario, Lynn and her husband Hank WITTEVEEN of Whitby, Ontario, Charlene LARSEN and Alton LARSEN, both of Toronto. Devoted grandmother of Dennis, Chana, Derek, Warren, Ryan and great-grandmother of Dylan and Savanna. Dear sister of Richard HENDRICKSEN of Toronto. Very sadly missed by her nieces, nephews and many other family members. Friends may call at the Trull "East Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1111 Danforth Ave. (one block east of Donlands Subway) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at eleven o'clock. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. By request, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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SEARSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-11 published
CLARK, Helen Elizabeth
Peacefully, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Sunday, July 10, 2005. Helen Elizabeth CLARK (O'HARA) of Watford in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Stan CLARK (2003.) Dear mother of Marilyn and Carlyle SEARSON of Watford, Ron and Sharon CLARK of Warwick Village, Gary CLARK of Sarnia, Craig CLARK and friend Shari of Warford and Carman CLARK of Forest. Special grandmother of Scott and Anne, Jason and Cindy, Tracy and Wayne, Mike and Brenda, Carla and Nick, Darlene and Tim and Tim. Loving great-grandmother of Jenna, Shannon, Kendall, Abby, Jesse, Amber, Owen and Taryn. Dear sister of Ruby McKAY of R.R.#6 Forest and Norma SCOTT of Forest. Dear sister-in-law of Marie O'HARA of Owen Sound and Gordon and Wilma CLARK of R.R.#8 Watford. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Bert and Eileen O'HARA of Forest and brother, Jack O'HARA of Forest and 2 grand_sons, Robert and Randy. At the request of Helen, Friends will be received at the Harper Funeral Home, Watford on Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. only and from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service on Wednesday July 13, at 2 p.m. at the Watford St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Reverend Dr. Christine O'REILLY will be celebrating the life of Helen CLARK. Interment to follow in Watford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Andrew's Church Building Fund, Watford-Warwick Medical Centre or Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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SEARSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-10 published
ZIMMERMAN, Lyle
At North Lambton Rest Home on October 8, 2005, Lyle ZIMMERMAN of Forest, Lambton Shores. Beloved husband of the late Irene (1990). Dear father of Gary (Rose) of Strathroy, Debra (Roy) SEARSON of Watford and Susan LANGFORD. Dear grandfather of Robert (Jen) SEARSON of Listowel, David (Rosanna) SEARSON of Alvinston, and Richard SEARSON of St. Catharines. Great grandfather of Michela, Benjamin, and Rebecca SEARSON. Aged 80 years. Resting at the Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, McFarlane Chapel, 9 James St. S. at Watt, Forest, where the funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 12 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Peter LEONARD officiating. Visitation Tuesday 2-4, 7-9. Interment Beechwood Cemetery, Forest. Donations appreciated to Cancer Society or Trinity Anglican Church, Watford. (Cheques only received at the Funeral Home). Memorial tree will be planted in memory of Lyle by the Dodge Family.

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SEARSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-10-18 published
ZIMMERMAN, Lyle
At North Lambton Rest Home on October 8, 2005, Lyle ZIMMERMAN, aged 80 years, of Forest, Lambton Shores. Beloved husband of the late Irene (1990). Dear father of Gary (Rose) of Strathroy, Debra (Roy) SEARSON of Watford, and Susan LANGFORD. Dear grandfather of Robert (Jen) SEARSON of Listowel, David (Rosanna) SEARSON of Alvinston, and Richard SEARSON of St. Catharines. Great-grandfather of Michela, Benjamin, and Rebecca SEARSON. Rested at the Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, McFarlane Chapel, 9 James St. South at Watt, Forest, where the funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. with Reverend Peter LEONARD officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment Beechwood Cemetery, Forest. Donations appreciated to the Cancer Society or Trinity Anglican Church, Watford. (Cheques only received at the funeral home.)A memorial tree will be planted in memory of Lyle by the Dodge family.

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