SPEICHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-10 published
RICHARDS, Verdun " Verd" (née BEATON)
Passed away Sunday May 8, 2005 at Sunnyside Home, Kitchener at the age of 89 years. Formerly of 90 St. Clair Ave. Kitchener.
Beloved wife of the late Gilbert RICHARDS (1990.) Loving mother of Paul of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Jo-Anne (Randy) METZLOFF of Kitchener. Nana will be lovingly remembered by her cherished grandchildren, Barb and Michelle RICHARDS, Jennifer, Ashley, and Michael METZLOFF, and great-grand_son, Hayden RICHARDS. Mom will also be missed by Cathy RICHARDS of Kelowna.
Predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Caroline BEATON and her sister, Doris SPEICHER.
Verd was a long time member of The Rockway Golf Club, an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and enjoyed many years of curling and bridge.
The RICHARDS family will receive relatives and Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (519-749-8467) Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday May 13, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment in Chesley Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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SPEICHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-25 published
BEAUCHESNE, Michael
Passed away peacefully with his family and Friends by his side. Michael went to be with his Lord on January 21, 2005 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, in his 42nd year. Michael, beloved husband of Debra SPEICHER. Loving father of Nicholas Grassio. Much loved son of Jean BEAUCHESNE and his mother Dolores BOUFFARD. Lovingly missed by his brothers Daniel and Luc and his sisters Carmen, Micheline and Diane. His extended family, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and Friends will miss him. Visitation at the W.J. Cavill Funeral Home, 215-1 Bay St. in Gravenhurst 705-687-3242 on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 from 3 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service in Celebration of His Life at 4: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, the family would appreciate your contribution to be donated to Debra SPEICHER in support of Michael BEAUCHESNE's life through the W.J. Cavill Funeral Home.

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SPEICHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-15 published
STAHLS, Elma Louise (née RUTTAN)
Passed away at the Leisureworld Muskoka Nursing Home in Gravenhurst, with her daughter Lynda at her side, on Monday, February 14, 2005, at the age of 91 years. Beloved wife of the late Carl Leonard STAHLS (1983.) Survived by her "sister" Lottie RUTTAN and by her brother-in-law Frank COX; her children Fred STAHLS (Helena,) Louise SPEICHER (Ivan,) Lynda LANGUAY (Gary;) her grandchildren Carl STAHLS, Michelle EVERINGHAM (Mike), Leonard SPEICHER (Tina), Campbell and Kevin BROWN, and great-grandchildren Julia and Katerina, Irvine and Ada, Shannon, Tanner, Lucas and Cody. Predeceased by her beloved granddaughter Donna, and great-grand_son Ivan sisters Lilly and Sadie and brothers Abe, Jack and Ernie. The family will receive Friends at the W.J. Cavill Funeral Home in Gravenhurst, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 2 p.m. Spring Interment Mickle Memorial Cemetery. In memory donations to a charity of your choice is appreciated.

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SPEICHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-10 published
RICHARDS, Verdun " Verd" (née BEATON)
Passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005 at Sunnyside Home, Kitchener at the age of 89 years. Formerly of 90 St. Clair Ave., Kitchener. Beloved wife of the late Gilbert RICHARDS (1990.) Loving mother of Paul of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Jo-Anne (Randy) METZLOFF of Kitchener. Nana will be lovingly remembered by her cherished grandchildren, Barb and Michelle RICHARDS, Jennifer, Ashley, and Michael METZLOFF, and great-grand_son, Hayden RICHARDS. Mom will also be missed by Cathy RICHARDS of Kelowna. Predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Caroline BEATON and her sister, Doris SPEICHER. Verd was a long time member of The Rockway Golf Club, an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and enjoyed many years of curling and bridge. The RICHARDS family will receive relatives and Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519-749-8467), Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 13, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment in Chesley Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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SPEIGELBERG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-30 published
CAMPBELL, Donald Allan
At Alexandria Marine and General Hospital on Saturday, May 28, 2005. Donald Allan CAMPBELL of Goderich in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Elaine (Johnston) CAMPBELL. Dear father of Cynthia MacNEILL of Ottawa, Louise and Richard GRAHAM, Larry and Michele GAYNOR, Kevin CAMPBELL and Dianne FOSTER all of Goderich. Loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren. Also survived by brother Ken CAMPBELL of Elmvale and sister Jean ABEL of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by daughter Donelda and sister Marjorie SPEIGELBERG. Friends will be received at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East Street, Goderich on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 1 p.m. Interment Ball's Cemetery. Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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SPEIGHT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-19 published
CROWE, Richard " Dick" Clare
Richard "Dick" Clare of Saint Thomas, on Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Marion (SPEIGHT) CROWE (June 11, 1992) and dearly loved father of Mike and his wife Rosemary CROWE of Seattle, Washington and Stephen CROWE and his wife Karen of Windsor. Loved grandfather of Michelle and Matthew. Dear brother of Agnes FEARN and her husband the late Chuck FEARN (Dec. 5, 2004) of Saint Thomas and the late Frank and Murray CROWE and the late Mary WOONTON. Dear brother-in-law of Rena SPEIGHT, Saint Thomas, Jean CROWE of Newmarket and Isabelle CROWE of Ancaster. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews.
Dick was born in Saint Thomas on September 9, 1920, the son of the late Frank and Sarah (ROURKE) CROWE. He was retired from Sun Life Assurance Company and formerly lived in Windsor and London. Dick was a member of Holy Angels' Church and was a member of Saint Thomas Golf and Country Club, the Saint Thomas Curling Club and formerly the Windsor Curling Club. He was Past President and one of the Founders of the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club, Saint Thomas. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Tuesday morning and then to Holy Angels' Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home Monday at 8 o'clock. Remembrances may be made to the Holy Angels' Church Restoration Fund or charity of choice.

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SPEIGHT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-20 published
CROWE, Richard " Dick" Clare
Richard "Dick" Clare of Saint Thomas, on Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Marion (SPEIGHT) CROWE (June 11, 1992) and dearly loved father of Mike and his wife Rosemary CROWE of Seattle, Washington and Stephen CROWE and his wife Karen of Windsor. Loved grandfather of Michelle and Matthew. Dear brother of Agnes FEARN and her husband the late Chuck FEARN (Dec. 5, 2004) of Saint Thomas and the late Frank and Murray CROWE and the late Mary WOONTON. Dear brother-in-law of Rena SPEIGHT, Saint Thomas, Jean CROWE of Newmarket and Isabelle CROWE of Ancaster, good friend of Marie SCHROEDER of Port Stanley. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews.
Dick was born in Saint Thomas on September 9, 1920, the son of the late Frank and Sarah (ROURKE) CROWE. He was retired from Sun Life Assurance Company and formerly lived in Windsor and London. Dick was a member of Holy Angels' Church and was a member of Saint Thomas Golf and Country Club, the Saint Thomas Curling Club and formerly the Windsor Curling Club. He was Past President and one of the Founders of the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club, Saint Thomas. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Tuesday morning and then to Holy Angels' Church where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels' Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home Monday at 8 o'clock. Remembrances may be made to the Holy Angels' Church Restoration Fund or charity of choice.

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SPEIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-10 published
BRUNTON, Pearl Lettittia (VARTY)
At the Community Nursing Home, Port Hope, on Thursday, September 8, 2005. Pearl VARTY, formerly of Campbellford, in her 95th year. Wife of the late Angus BRUNTON. Dear mother of Carol Ann SPEIGHT and her husband Paul of Toronto, and the late Keith. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren Keith IRVINE of Toronto, and Cindy LANEVILLE of Ottawa. Also survived by six great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Mrs. Edna RODGERS, Gordon, Mrs. Doreen STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Mrs. Alma STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, and the late Rose, Verna, Golden, Glenn, Hazel and Louella. Resting at the Brett "Havelock" Chapel 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Service Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Ronald CAMPBELL officiating. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Campbellford. If desired, donations may be made (by cheque only) to the Gideons or the Campbellford Memorial Hospital.

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SPEIGHT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-08 published
ROSA, Ollie
Peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, November 6, 2005. She will always be remembered by her husband Paul. Dear sister of the late Ann (late John SHARPE,) the late Kay (late Peter KINGER), the late Peter LYCK (Marie), Rose (Andy BILIK) and the late Millie (late Daniel SPEIGHT.) Cherished aunt to Dan SPEIGHT (and his fiancee, Jan CRANE and sons Jeremy and Danny,) Frank SPEIGHT (and his wife Judy,) Paula (Danny and sons Joey and Riley) and Dave SPEIGHT. Visitation will take place at Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Boulevard, (416-423-1000) on Wednesday, November 9 from 4-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel at 11: 00 a.m. Thursday, November 10. Interment to follow at York Cemetery.

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SPEIRAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-06 published
CLERC, Donna Marie (née MASON)
Donna Marie (MASON) CLERC, of London, age 66, passed away peacefully, at St. Joseph's Health Care London, on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005, surrounded by the love of her family. Loving mother and best friend of Tracey CLERC and her husband Chris SPEIRAN of Newmarket. Dear sister of Audrey and Bill BRADLEY, Jean and Cliff LAYE. Loved aunt of Kim (LAYE) and Ron SANDERSON, Kevin LAYE and Jenny STANFORD, Carol (Bradley) and Len VANDEWETERING and great-aunt of Cameron, Stephanie, Andrea, Vanessa, Brooke, and Callum. She will also be greatly missed by many Friends and those whose hearts she touched. Predeceased by her parents David Roy and Ellen Cecelia (CARLSON) MASON. Family will receive Friends at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Saturday, April 9, 2005 commencing at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 1 p.m. The Reverend Harry DISHER officiating. Interment Grand Bend Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations can be made to the Children's Aid Society, London. The family would like to thank the "everyday angels" at St. Joseph's Intensive Care Unit for the compassion, love and support throughout her journey. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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SPEIRAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-11 published
STODDART, Winnifred Lillian
Retired from Toronto Board of Education. Died peacefully at the Village of Taunton Mills Nursing Home in Whitby, Wednesday November 9, 2005. Loved wife of the late Burton T. STODDART. Dear mother of Shirley WALFORD, Jo-Ann (and her husband Tom GIVEN) and the late Nancy STODDART. Best grandmother of Wendy BOHN, Kelly and Scott GIVEN. Special great-grandmother of Krissy, Nikki and David BOHN. Dear sister of Pearl (and her husband George MATHERS,) Ivy SPEIRAN and Dorothy SCHELL. Family and Friends may call at the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mount Pleasant Road (South of Eglinton) on Friday, November 11, 2005, from 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Saturday at 2: 00 p.m. If desired, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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SPEIRS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-21 published
FULTON, John " Jake"
On Saturday, February 19, 2005 John (Jake) FULTON of Toronto (formerly of London), passed away in his 66th year. Dear father of Lesley READINGS (Gary), Dave FULTON (Charmain), Wendy FULTON, Chris FULTON (Teresa.) Loving grandfather of Drew, Ben, Holly, Sydney and Brooke. Survived by former wife Margaret DOBSON (SPEIRS) of Victoria, British Columbia. Brother of Diana NELSON of Carnoustie, Scotland, Jake's Scotish wit and sence of humour will be missed by many Friends in both London and Toronto. He was a true "Braveheart". At the family's request a private service will be held. Expression of sympathy and donations (Canadian Cancer Society) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services, 672-0459 or on line at www.londoncremation.com

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SPEIRS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-22 published
FULTON, John " Jake"
On Saturday, February 19, 2005 John (Jake) FULTON of Toronto (formerly of London), passed away in his 66th year. Dear father of Lesley READINGS (Gary), Dave FULTON (Charmain), Wendy FULTON, Chris FULTON (Teresa.) Loving grandfather of Drew, Ben, Holly, Sydney and Brooke. Survived by former wife Margaret DOBSON (SPEIRS) of Victoria, British Columbia. Brother of Diana NELSON of Carnoustie, Scotland, Jake's Scottish wit and sense of humour will be missed by many Friends in both London and Toronto. He was a true "Braveheart". At the family's request a private service will be held. Expression of sympathy and donations (Canadian Cancer Society) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services, 672-0459 or on line at www.londoncremation.com

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SPEIRS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-30 published
Christina McCALL, Journalist, Biographer: 1935-2005
She combined powerful analysis with insightful writing to produce a groundbreaking examination of the Liberals, writes Sandra MARTIN, and then topped that by collaborating on the definitive study of Pierre Trudeau
By Sandra MARTIN, Saturday, April 30, 2005, Page S9
My, how she could write. Her sentences were as sensuous as they were illuminating. Every word, every comma, was sculpted and buffed as though she were working on marble not paper. Married twice, first to writer Peter NEWMAN and then to political economist Stephen CLARKSON, Christina McCALL moved in powerful political, journalistic and academic circles, but in the past dozen years she was plagued with illnesses, from diabetes to cancer to Parkinson's, and suffered from chronic pain.
Mr. NEWMAN, who flew from London to attend her funeral yesterday in Toronto, compared her to a singer with perfect pitch. "It is not something you learn, You have it or you don't, and she had it." Assessing her importance as a writer, he said: "On the negative side, the quantity wasn't there and I have no explanation for that because she could have done anything and everything. On the positive side, she brought a whole new way of looking at the political world."
Prof. CLARKSON, with whom she collaborated on Trudeau and Our Times, a two-volume study of the late prime minister, said she "had a novelist's intuition," which she applied to political actors instead of imagined characters in a fictional plot. "She could understand their motivation, their psychology and where they came from," he said, explaining that when they did joint interviews, "she would come out understanding the person and I would come out knowing the issues."
Christina McCALL was the daughter of civil servant Christopher Warnock McCALL and Orlie Alma (FREEMAN,) a registered nurse he had married after the death of his first wife. Christina grew up with an older half-brother, Sam, an older sister, Orlie and a younger brother, Brian. She graduated from Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto at 17 and spent that summer working at Maclean's magazine to help earn her tuition at Victoria College in the University of Toronto.
Northrop FRYE was a tremendous influence and she "always talked about his lectures as the intellectual highlight of her life," according to Mr. NEWMAN. She wanted to go on to do graduate work, according to Prof. CLARKSON, but money was scarce. So, after graduating with an honours degree in 1956, she returned as an editorial assistant to Maclean's, which was then under the editorship of Ralph Allan.
He became the second major influence in her life as a writer. "He wasn't religious, but he had all the advantages of believing in goodness and practising it, which is rare for editors," said Mr. NEWMAN. "He was our role model and we became his Disciples and tried to emulate his qualities." Ms. McCALL's first book, Ralph Allan: The Man from Oxbow (1967), was an anthology she edited as a tribute to the legendary magazine editor.
It was at Maclean's that she met Mr. NEWMAN. " She was very junior," he said, "but I was blown away by her ability," not to mention her allure. "Beauty and intelligence are a potent combination and she had both in spades." They fell in love, but he was already married.
She shifted to Chatelaine magazine. "She came to me in the late 1950s," said Doris ANDERSON, then editor of Chatelaine. "She was wonderful," said Ms. ANDERSON. " She was a great writer, very insightful with an original eye and she used the language with great skill and grace." Ms. McCALL had two other qualities that appealed to Ms. ANDERSON: She generated lots of ideas for the magazine and underneath her demure appearance she was a dedicated feminist.
She was also a woman in love. After Mr. NEWMAN divorced, they married in October of 1959. Shortly afterward, they moved to Ottawa, where Mr. NEWMAN became Ottawa editor of Maclean's. These were the years when he was writing his book Renegade in Power: The Diefenbaker Years with her help and she was beginning her study of Lester Pearson and the Liberal Party.
Asked if she chose the Liberals because he was already working on the Progressive Conservatives, Mr. NEWMAN said no. "Any good journalist in this country knows the Liberals are a natural subject because they are such a force in this country. What gives them such continuity and strength? Analyzing that is the prime ambition of every political journalist." Besides, "the people who ran that party were our Friends and contacts."
The NEWMAN / McCALL marriage collapsed in the early 1970s. They divorced in 1977. By that time, they had long since returned to Toronto. Ms. McCALL had worked as a freelance writer and as a contributing editor and writer to Saturday Night and Maclean's.
She had also become friendly with Prof. CLARKSON. He knew her first through her writing, which he admired for its depth, insights and authority. "You believed what she wrote," he said, "because you knew she had thought about it and often her perceptions were novel."
Prof. CLARKSON and his broadcaster wife, Adrienne CLARKSON, now the Governor-General, split up in 1973. Some time later, he invited Ms. McCALL, who was then working as a national reporter for The Globe and Mail, to have lunch to discuss the federal election of 1974. He asked her to dinner a year later and they gradually began a relationship.
They were married in 1978, bought a new home "to start afresh" with the respective children from their first marriages. "We were the operative parents," Prof. CLARKSON said simply. Later, he and Ms. McCALL adopted each other's daughters. "It was the symbolism of being one family rather than a split family," he said. That tight arrangement led to painful estrangements from the other biological parents -- Mr. NEWMAN and Ms. CLARKSON -- that were only resolved after the passage of time and the birth of grandchildren.
Grits: An Intimate Portrait of the Liberal Party was finally published in 1982. It was dedicated "with love and admiration" to Stephen Hugh Elliott CLARKSON. The book, which caused a sensation, was unlike most political writing at the time. It was a biography of a party, not a person, but it was written as a series of profiles of key figures (Keith Davey, Pierre Trudeau, Jim Coutts, Michael Pitfield, John Turner and Marc Lalonde) from the Pearson years through the Trudeau era.
"Grits is not only a brilliant portrait of how an arthritic party, drenched in scandal, suddenly learned to dance again, but also a textbook on how easily a bunch of young political junkies could take over a party," said historian John ENGLISH. "It endures as one of the finest analyses of Canadian politics ever written." Journalist Robert FULFORD, who picked up Grits again after he heard about Ms. McCALL's death, said: "It is still fresh and full of terrific insights into the politics of the 1960s and 1970s."
Besides forging a tight family unit, Ms. McCALL and Prof. CLARKSON decided to collaborate as authors, she bringing her writing talent and political insights and he contributing his organizational skills and policy analysis to their study of Trudeau, which won the Governor-General's award for volume one, The Magnificent Obsession in 1990. Prof. CLARKSON said the process was agonizing because her method was to start with the introduction and polish it before moving on, an approach he thought akin to "building the front door before you've got the basement foundations in."
They wrote every sentence sitting side by side at the same keyboard. Every few pages, they would "print out" and "haggle" over the punctuation and the wording. "It was very, very slow," he said. Even he can't remember who actually wrote of Mr. Trudeau, "He haunts us still," saying that their editor Doug GIBSON at McClelland & Stewart also had a role in shaping the iconic sentence. Mr. GIBSON recalls that they had written, "He still haunts us," and he shifted the emphasis by moving the second word to the end of the sentence.
Writing wasn't the only agony that Ms. McCALL and Prof. CLARKSON shared. For most of their marriage, she was in severe physical pain and he was the gentle and loving caregiver. "In the mid-1970s, she had back pain and then arthritis, but the serious illnesses began in 1993," he said, "when she was diagnosed with diabetes, followed by breast cancer four years later." It wasn't so much the malignancy, but the treatment that caused many of her subsequent health problems.
The surgeon cut her brachial nerve during an operation to remove the tumour in her breast, leaving her left shoulder, arm and hand in chronic pain. "She was a very classy, elegant woman and writer," said broadcaster Eleanor WACHTEL, who became a friend in the late 1990s, "but she was also very private."
Ms. McCALL didn't want anybody to know that she had breast cancer, and didn't want to be seen looking frail and ill. Ms. McCALL's world shrank and she saw fewer and fewer people as her illnesses progressed. Managing her pain grew harder, although she continued to help her friend Rosemary SPEIRS strategize for the Equal Voice website (a movement to increase the number of women in elected office in Canada). The real downhill journey began about a year ago when she could no longer be cared for at home. Until almost the end, though, say the few Friends who visited her, she was a very astute, very witty and very engaging conversationalist.
It was a rough and frustrating passage for the woman many considered the best political writer and analyst of her generation.
Christina McCALL was born in Toronto on January 29, 1935. She died in Toronto of cancer on Wednesday. She was 70. She is survived by her husband, Stephen CLARKSON, three children and their families.

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SPEIRS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-13 published
WELSH, Albert W.
Passed away peacefully at home in Milton after a hard fought battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 10th 2005 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Margaret J. WELSH (née SPEIRS) of 51 years. Loving father of Kevin and his wife Lori and John and his wife Maureen. Dad will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Michele and her husband Glenn, Sean, Jennifer and great grandchild Chanel. Dad will lovingly be remembered for his never ending devotion to his wife and family, for his tireless efforts to always help others before himself and for always putting others needs first. A private family service was held at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main St. Milton 905-878-4452 followed by cremation. In memory of Albert (Joe), donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. May our Lord open His arms and give our dad the love and happiness he so rightly deserves.

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SPEIRS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-25 published
HEATHFIELD, Howard William
Suddenly, but peacefully, at his home in Burlington, on Thursday, June 23, 2005, at the age of 70. Beloved husband and best friend of Shirley. Loving father of Laurie HEATHFIELD of Toronto, David HEATHFIELD and his wife Liz of Brampton, Donald HEATHFIELD (predeceased) and Sandra HEATHFIELD of Burlington. Cherished grandfather of Chloé and Madison. Dear brother of Myrtle McCLOSKEY (Robert) of Montreal and brother-in-law of Art and Bev SPEIRS of Alberta. He will also be missed by his dogs MacGyver and Molly. Howie was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #60 for over twenty-four years. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of the Queen Elizabeth Way,) BURLINGTON (905-632-3333,) on Monday, June 27, 2005 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Cancer Research Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family. "I will be waiting at the pearly gatesto greet you." www.smithsfh.com

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SPEIRS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-10 published
HANCOX, Bette Bernice (née CASE)
Born on March 1, 1921 in Strathroy, Ontario, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 5, 2005 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Health Centre of the Grand River Hospital, Kitchener. Dear mother of Beth HANCOX of Waterloo and Vicie and her husband Jonathon HOBBS of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Marshall, Cameron and Connor HOBBS, Scott and Laura MONTEITH and their partners Kezia SPEIRS and Rob DANIELS. Predeceased by her husband George HANCOX in 1990 and by her daughter Mary Ellen in 1978. A private graveside service will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2005 at the Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, 40 William Street, Plattsville, 519-684-7409.

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SPEIRS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-17 published
SPEIRS, Eunice (née ALEXANDER) (1934-2005)
It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of a devoted wife, daughter, and sister. Our cherished Eunice lost her courageous battle with cancer on September 15, 2005 at Trillium Health Care Centre in Mississauga. Eunice had a sharp wit and a great sense of humour. A long time employee of Nortel. She leaves to mourn her loving husband and best friend John and her mother Nora, Mascouche, Québec. Predeceased by her father Newton ALEXANDER. Cherished sister of Caroline (late Herbert DICKINSON,) Richard (Ethel MAITLAND), Norma (Michel MARTIN), Leslie (Shirley GREEN), Alvin (Bud) (Lilliane SSAINTUIS), Allan (Bill) (Linda VEZINA), Douglas (Karen CHABOT.) Fondly remembered by the Speirs family (Margaret), Arthur (Beverly), Wayne, Fred, Brian, David, Stephen (Noreen,) Joan WHITE/WHYTE, Rose, Delores ROBERTSON (Bruce,) Carol KINMOND (Graham.) Predeceased by Robert, Diane, and Don. Sadly missed by a host of nieces, nephews and many Friends. The family will receive Friends at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line (at Dundas), Oakville on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family. We would like to express our profound thanks to a dear friend, Anne CORCORAN, for her devoted care and support. Looking back with memories Upon the path she trod We bless the years we had her And leave the rest to God

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SPELLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-15 published
SPELLER, Nicole Anne
Remembering My only daughter - Nicole Anne SPELLER
Suddenly at University Hospital on November 15, 2004
In the rising of the sun and its going down I will remember you
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, I will remember you.
So long as I live, you too shall remain
For you are now a part of me
As I remember you

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SPELLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-15 published
SPELLER, Nicole Anne
November 15, 2004 In remembrance of my only daughter Nicole Anne SPELLER Today recalls sad memories Of a dear Daughter gone to rest And the one who thinks of her today Is the one who loves her best. To some you are forgotten Others part of the past For I who loved and lost you The memory will always last. To me you were very special What more is there to say Except to wish with all my heart That you were here today There is nothing so hard and forever as the death of one's child. A sadness without end. I was told that the crying would eventually stop, but the pain would never go away. This is a true statement, however the crying hasn't stopped yet. As long as I live, you too shall remain, for you are now a part of me as I remember you. A tree was planted in Nicole's memory. The Bell at St. Paul's Cathedral will ring at 12 Noon in memory of Nicole.

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SPELLMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-24 published
ROSENBERG, Morris
After a valiant struggle at York Central Hospital, with his family at his side, on January 23, 2005, in his 87th year. Moishe, beloved husband of Doris for 57 years. Loving father of Judy SPELLMAN, Paula and Martin WINTRAUB, Karen and Herb WILLER, Steven ROSENBERG and Beverly ROSENBERG. Dear grandfather (Zaida) of Jeffrey, Suzanne, Andrew, Stacey, Kaley, Kyle, Russell, Kevin and Melissa. Sadly missed by his sister and brother-in-law Jean and Sam SANDLER, his sister Ethel GOLDMAN and his sister-in-law Ethel ROSENBERG. Predeceased by his sister Toby SHEMEN and brother Max ROSENBERG and loved by his many nieces and nephews. Well respected and liked by thousands of employees, suppliers and customers who dealt with his companies, D and M Building Supplies Limited and Rosebank Wholesale Lumber, for the last 55 years. His life was full of love and kindness for others. Funeral service will be held on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill. Interment at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Labour Zionist (Farband) section. Shiva to be observed at 26 King's Cross Avenue, Richmond Hill. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (905) 709-4899 or the Jewish National Fund (416) 638-7200.

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SPELLMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-24 published
ROSENBERG, Morris
After a valiant struggle at York Central Hospital with his family at his side on January 23, 2005 in his 87th year. Moishe, beloved husband of Doris for 57 years. Loving father of Judy SPELLMAN, Paula and Martin WINTRAUB, Karen and Herb WILLER, Steven ROSENBERG and Beverly ROSENBERG. Dear grandfather (Zaida) of Jeffrey, Suzanne, Andrew, Stacey, Kaley, Kyle, Russell, Kevin and Melissa. Sadly missed by his sister and brother-in-law Jean and Sam SANDLER, his sister Ethel GOLDMAN and his sister-in-law Ethel ROSENBERG. Predeceased by his sister Toby SHEMEN and brother Max ROSENBERG and loved by his many nieces and nephews. Well respected and liked by thousands of employees, suppliers and customers who dealt with his companies, D and M Building Supplies Limited and Rosebank Wholesale Lumber for the last 55 years. His life was full of love and kindness for others. Funeral service will be held on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. at Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. West, Thornhill. Interment at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Labour Zionist (Farband) section. Shiva to be observed at 26 King's Cross Ave., Richmond Hill. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 905-709-4899 or the Jewish National Fund 416-638-7200.

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SPELMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-24 published
McERLAIN, James Barry
Surrounded by loved ones, Barry passed away peacefully, on Monday, May 23, 2005, at Mount Sinai Hospital, after a lengthy and courageous battle with Crohn's disease. Beloved son of Jim and Georgina McERLAIN. Devoted husband and best friend of Donna (née CUTHILL) McERLAIN and caring step-father to Michelle McPHAIL (Brad SCHANCK) and Rob McPHAIL (Sue.) Dear brother of Glen McERLAIN, Sue McERLAIN, Dianne GORE (Steve,) and Elaine McERLAIN (Jason SPELMER.) Papa Bare was adored and will be greatly missed by his four grand_sons. Barry's gentle nature and genuine interest in others will be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, colleagues and many dear Friends. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive), for visitation on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 from 4-8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday 11 a.m., followed by cremation. Donations to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-24 published
SPENCE, Lloyd M.
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday afternoon, November 23rd, 2005. In his 86th year, Lloyd M. SPENCE the loving husband of Eleanor B. SPENCE (née BENEDICT.) Loving father of Laurie and her husband Robert WRIGHT, Sheilla and her husband Keith MIDDLETON , Patricia and her husband Tom WALLER, and Janice and her husband Allan WILCOX. The loved grandfather of ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Kenneth SPENCE. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Helen. (Mrs. Tom MORRIS,) and by three brothers Alex, Gordon and Earl. Lloyd and Eleanor farmed in Syndenham for over forty-three years. Lloyd served as the Sydenham Treasurer for twenty-three years before retiring. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Saturday from 7: 00 to 9:00 and Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend David STEAD officiating. Interment in Annan Cemetery, Annan. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-25 published
SPENCE, Lloyd M.
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday afternoon, November 23rd, 2005. In his 86th year, Lloyd M. SPENCE the loving husband of Eleanor B. SPENCE (née BENEDICT.) Loving father of Laurie and her husband Robert WRIGHT, Sheilla and her husband Keith MIDDLETON , Patricia and her husband Tom WALLER, and Janice and her husband Allan WILCOX. The loved grandfather of ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Kenneth SPENCE. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Helen. (Mrs. Tom MORRIS,) and by three brothers Alex, Gordon and Earl. Lloyd and Eleanor farmed in Syndenham for over forty-three years. Lloyd served as the Sydenham Treasurer for twenty-three years before retiring. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Saturday from 7: 00 to 9:00 and Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend David STEAD officiating. Interment in Annan Cemetery, Annan. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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SPENCE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-28 published
SPENCE, Lloyd
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Wednesday afternoon, November 23rd, 2005. In his 86th year, Lloyd M. SPENCE the loving husband of Eleanor B. SPENCE (née BENEDICT.) Loving father of Laurie and her husband Robert WRIGHT, Sheilla and her husband Keith MIDDLETON , Patricia and her husband Tom WALLER, and Janice and her husband Allan WILCOX. The loved grandfather of ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Kenneth SPENCE. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Helen. (Mrs. John MORRIS,) and by three brothers Alex, Gordon and Earl. Lloyd and Eleanor farmed in Syndenham for over forty-three years. Lloyd served as the Sydenham Treasurer for twenty-three years before retiring. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Saturday from 7: 00 to 9:00 and Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend David STEAD officiating. Interment in Annan Cemetery, Annan. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-20 published
KEATING, Blair Louis
With family by his side at Parkwood Hospital Palliative Care, on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, Blair Louis KEATING of London in his 77th year passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with God. Beloved husband of Edith L. KEATING for 54 years. Loving father of Brenda ZADORSKY and her husband Bill, Wally and his wife Carol, Belinda KEATING- CORCORAN and companion Daryl McLEOD, Bevan and his wife Kira, Brent and his wife Tara, and Beth Denise KEATING; honourary father of Doreen McDONALD and her husband Mark. Cherished grandfather of Bill ZADORSKY Jr. and his wife Sarah, Katie SPENCE and her husband Jack, Rebecca and Justin ZADORSKY, Blair KEATING, III and his girlfriend Joanne HOYLES, Ryan KEATING and fiancée Jeannette MATTHEWS, Jason KEATING, Sean, Sarah and Stephanie CORCORAN, Lauren, Danielle and Leah KEATING and Paige and Keanna KEATING; great-grandfather of Amy and Julianna SPENCE and Thomas ZADORSKY; honourary grandfather of Tiffany and Travis McDONALD. Beloved son of the late Ralph and Jessie KEATING. Dear brother of the late Myles KEATING and his wife Bernice, Doris BAILES and her late husband John, Ralph KEATING and his wife Donna, Connie and her husband Carl SIMPSON, and Wilf KEATING and his wife Donna. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and extended family. We welcome family and Friends to celebrate Blair, a man whose life's greatest success centred around his beloved wife and family, at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North (2 blocks north of Oxford), on Friday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at St. Paul's Cathedral, 472 Richmond Street, on Saturday, January 22nd, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Blair are asked to consider the Daily Bread Program at St. Paul's Cathedral, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Palliative Care Units at both the London Health Sciences Centre and the St. Joseph's Health Centre. We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the loving care given to Blair by Dr. John Swift and the Palliative Care Unit Staff. They were remarkable.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-25 published
SPENCE, Catherine (née McDONALD)
A resident of Ridgetown and formerly of Muirkirk, Catherine SPENCE died at the Village Rest Home, Ridgetown on Sunday, January 23, 2005 at the age of 90. Born in Aldborough Township, daughter of the late John A. and Euphemia A. (GRAHAM) McDONALD. Beloved wife of the late Clayton A. SPENCE (1977.) Dear mother of Olive MOLDOVAN and her husband Joe of Paisley, Florida, Bob SPENCE and his wife Marie of Muirkirk, Linda PARNEY and her husband Will of Ridgetown and the late Betty SPENCE (1933) and Eldon SPENCE (1964.) Grandmother of 9, great-grandmother of 22, great-great-grandmother of 3. Predeceased by granddaughter Lori Ann PARNEY (1967.) Sister of the late William McDONALD, Borden McDONALD, Geraldine PATTERSON and Jean Ann HUTTON. Also survived by daughter-in-law Eileen BROWN of Chatham and several nieces and nephews. The Spence Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 main St. E., Ridgetown on Wednesday from 2: 00 - 4:30 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Robert SINASAC officiating. Interment in McLean Cemetery, Aldborough Township. Donations by cheque to Canadian Cancer Society or Kintyre Presbyterian Church would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-24 published
BURGESS, Charles " Charlie"
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Charles (Charlie) BURGESS in his 78th year, on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, South Street Campus. Dearly beloved husband for 54 years to Edith Randi (née ROSENLUND.) Cherished father of Julia Edith MARCINKEVICIUS, Lois Irene BURGESS, Shelley Dianne BURGESS, Christine Rose GARROW and sons-in-law, Randy GARROW and Egidijus MARCINKEVICIUS. He was much loved and will be missed by his granddaughters, Emily, Katie, Jennifer, and Nicole. He joins grand_son, Jake in Heaven. He is survived by his sister Ethel ECKERSLY in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Kaye ROSENLUND and Bob and Sandra SAULT of Sarnia, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Charlie was an adventurous soul who spent his life as a self made entrepreneur ranging from driving taxi in Kenora as a kid, a veteran of the Korean War, and many years raising his family in the Zurich, Bayfield and Clinton areas through farming and retail businesses he owned and operated before he retired to Sarnia and London. He was tougher than the average bear. Many thanks from his family for the wonderful care he received during his illness, from all the staff at the London Health Sciences Centre, including his nurses, Linda, Cathy, Suki, Dave and Tammy, and his wonderful doctors, Dr. HARRIS, Dr. SPENCE, Dr. JENSEN, Dr. HOUSE, Dr. DIAZ and Dr. WILSON. Visitation will be on Friday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North (2 blocks north of Oxford), where the funeral and committal services will be conducted on Saturday, February 26th, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, Edith has requested that donations be given to the London Health Sciences Centre - Critical Care Unit.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-30 published
Volunteer, business 'pillar' LOCKYER dies
By Debora VAN BRENK, Free Press Reporter
As a corporate lawyer, Peter LOCKYER used his expertise and entrepreneurial skills to start a financial services company and serve as chairperson of a London-based bank. As a community member, LOCKYER gave his time to help the Anglican Church, Huron University College and other causes.
"He was the kind of guy who said, 'Something should be done -- let's do it,' Peter SPENCE, LOCKYER's law partner, said yesterday.
"If I had to use a phrase to describe Peter, it would be 'energetic enthusiasm,' " he added.
LOCKYER, 61, collapsed and died suddenly Monday while running with his wife, Gail.
A corporate lawyer with Lockyer Spence in London, LOCKYER was chairperson of Pacific and Western Bank of Canada, a London-based institution with more than $1 billion in assets.
He also was founder of Oak Trust Co. financial services.
LOCKYER's latest venture was a bid, with his Friends Andy SPRIET and Bob SISKIND, to buy the former central library on Queens Avenue and convert it to offices.
Yesterday, Friends described LOCKYER as energetic and athletic, committed to enterprise and volunteerism.
"London has lost a pillar in the business community," said Pacific and Western president David R. TAILOR/TAYLOR, who for 20 years has counted LOCKYER as a friend and colleague.
"He was enthusiastic, passionate, highly motivated."
And publicly low-key, said Bishop Bruce HOWE of the Anglican diocese of Huron.
"He wasn't standing up looking for accolades. But those of us who have the privilege of working with him in some of his volunteer activities knew he was there and was committed."
LOCKYER headed the diocese's investment committee and was past chairperson of the executive board of Huron University College. He served both groups "with distinction," HOWE said.
LOCKYER's sudden death shocked all who knew him.
"Peter was one of those fellows you'd think would live to 100 easily. He was the epitome of health," TAILOR/TAYLOR said.
LOCKYER was an exceptional tennis player and an avid skier who also worked out regularly in his home gym.
He was proud of a recent series of routine medical tests that showed he was in tip-top shape: "He was like a kid with a straight-A report card," SPENCE said.
He was a teen when he first met LOCKYER 31 years ago and asked the lawyer for career advice. LOCKYER became a mentor and a friend.
"We had more of a brother relationship than anything," SPENCE said of the man he described as a visionary.
"He wasn't in the spotlight a lot," SPENCE said, "but he had a lot of influence, positive influence, in the city. I don't think we or the community will fully appreciate the loss for a while."
LOCKYER also was past-president of the London Hunt and Country Club and past chairperson of the National Seniors Tennis Championships.
LOCKYER is survived by his wife, three daughters and his father. Visitation is tomorrow at the James A. Harris Funeral home, with the funeral to be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-28 published
BERTRAND, Dora Alice Lenore (née CRAWFORD)
Peacefully at the Woodstock General Hospital on Thursday, May 26, 2005, Dora Alice Lenore BERTRAND (née CRAWFORD) of Woodstock in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Wilfred BERTRAND (1997.) Dear sister-in-law and companion of Mel BERTRAND. Dear mother and grandmother of Glen and Elaine BERTRAND of Woostock and their children Marjorie, Dan (Ilene), Susan (predeceased), David (Antoniette), Julie (Chris,) Susan, Brenda (Alan,) Bob an Jo-Anne SPENCE of Marten River and their children Bobbie (Denise), Cheri (John), Shawn (Tina,) Enos and Linda EVANS of Bruce Mines and Roy and Vaira of Saint Mary's and their children Glenn (Lee Anne) and Katrina (John), 24 great-grandchildren (and 1 predeceased) and 2 great-greatgrandchildrend. Remembered fondly by sisters-in-law Henrietta CRAWFORD and Margaret KENNY and predeceased by 8 siblings. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, (539-0004) on Monday May 30th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate Dora's life will be held at The Christ Church, Oxford Centre on Tuesday May 31th at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Marian J. HAGGERTY officiating. Interment to follow service in the Oxford Centre Cemetery. Contributions to Christ Church, Oxford Centre, or to the Woodstock General Hospital Building Fund. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-04 published
BAWDEN, Mollie Eleanor (née ROYLE)
Mollie Eleanor, peacefully, at home on Saturday, April 30, 2005, with her family by her side. Mrs. Mollie Eleanor BAWDEN (nee ROYLE) of Kingston and formerly of Saint Thomas, in her 87th year, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of 61 years to Walter BAWDEN. Loving mother of William and his wife Denise. Cherished gramma to Sean. Loving sister of Amy SPENCE (the late Walter) of Toronto. Predeceased by a sister Florence MURRAY and a brother Jack ROYLE. A public memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at 11: 00 a.m. Memorial donations would be appreciated to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-14 published
PRIEUR, Raymond
At Longworth Retirement Home on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 Raymond PRIEUR, dear husband of the late Florence Mary PRIEUR, in his 84th year. Loving father of Shirley GLISZCZYNSKI and her husband Henry of London, Philip PRIEUR of London, Susan PRIEUR and Desmond SPENCE of London, and Helen MacDONALD and her husband Roddie of Fall River, Nova Scotia. Dear grandfather of Gregory, Mark, Peter, Jennifer, Sharon, Stephen, and Murray. Great-grandfather of Grace and Nicholas. Dear brother of Guy PRIEUR, and Monique THEORET. Predeceased by brothers Gilbert, Lucien and Jacque. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick Church, 377 Oakland Avenue, on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Friday evening at 7 o'clock. Donations to the London Health Sciences Centre Foundation Dialysis Department or the Kidney Foundation. Many special thanks to the Staff of Longworth Retirement Home for their care and compassion.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-05 published
McCOLL, Donald Alexander " Alex"
The family of the late Donald Alexander ("Alex") McCOLL (1925-2005) would like to express our profound gratitude to all of those who eased our burdens before, during and after Dad's death: those who offered expressions of condolence, food or flowers; those who attended, participated in, or helped prepare for the visitations, funeral service, or reception, especially staff of the Van Heck Funeral Home, Glencoe, and the A. Millard George Funeral Home, London, the organist, the pallbearers, the honourary pallbearers, Elbert ROBBINS of Salisbury, Maryland, who performed the service, and the Busy Bees of Appin, who prepared the reception; those who offered such wonderful care in recent years, not only Drs. C. KORTAS, D. SPENCE, T. FORBES, J. IZAWA, A. TOKAREWICZ, S. LUKE and C. PAVAN, and Ursula of Comcare, but also, at the last, Emergency Room staff of London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital, especially Dr. THEAKSTON and nurse Cate, and London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Hospital staff, especially Dr. HARRIS and staff of 7c, nurses Irene, Carolyn and Nikki; our families, neighbours, workmates and Friends; and, above all, the Great Physician, who keeps us from falling. Luke 2: 25-33.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-08 published
NEWCOMBE, Alvin Frederick
Peacefully, at his residence on Saturday, November 5, 2005, Alvin Frederick NEWCOMBE, departed this world with grace, courage and dignity, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Wilma Lynn NEWCOMBE. Proud father of Rita DAY and her husband Jeffrey. Cherished Papa of Autumn and Noël DAY all of London. Much loved brother of June (Bunny) SPENCE of Boston, Massachusetts. Predeceased by sisters Carolyn NEWCOMBE and Fern RUSHTON, Nova Scotia and step-sons Eric and Anthony CHAMBERS. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, for visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A legion service will be conducted under the auspices of Canadian Corps. and the Victory Branch Legion #317 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Al was a member of the Moose Lodge in Punta Gorda, Florida for a number of years. Al was born in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and at an early age secured a summer job on the Western Head, a British ship registered in Nassau. Being wartime, Al volunteered to stay aboard and became a Merchant Marine serving in Havana, Cuba. Twenty days after his sixteen birthday, in the Gulf of Mexico the ship was torpedoed several times within seconds by a German U-Boat there were only five survivors out of sixty. Al spent several months in Guatonamo Naval Base Hospital and several weeks in Havana Naval Hospital due to injuries suffered as the result of the explosions. After moving to London, Al worked at Central Ordinance Depot for the Department of National Defense for 20 years and was a member of the Aqua Roamers (a scuba diving club in the late fifties). Al had many interesting hobbies, one of which was the raising and showing of limousine cattle. Al was a true, honest friend and mentor to many. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated. Please sign the Book of Condolence at www.obituariestoday.com Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home 452-3770.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-09 published
SPENCE, Orpha Lorraine (née McLAY)
Of Edmonton and formerly of Saint Thomas, on Sunday, November 6, 2005, at Edmonton, in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late James SPENCE (1973) and William LANG (1994.) Dearly loved mother of Judy and her husband Rick PAPE and their children Kathy, Nina and Rob of Edmonton, Mary LYNN and her husband Glen of Saint Thomas, Debbie SPENCE and her son Tyler of Edmonton, Gary and his wife Joyce SPENCE and their children Angela, Aimee, Jennifer and Jeffrey of Saint Thomas, John and his wife Sue LANG and their son Chad of Welland, Brian and his wife Teresa and their children Christine and Jamie of Midland and Bill LANG and his daughter Jessica of Edmonton. Predeceased by a son Neil SPENCE (1966.) She was the last of her family. Predeceased by 3 sisters Verda DURHAM, Jean HASSEN and Mary WARNER. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Orpha was born in Southwold Station on February 9, 1927, the daughter of the late George and Hazel McLAY. A public Memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Saturday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation has taken place, with private spring interment in McArthur Cemetery. Visitation Saturday from 12-1: 00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-29 published
RICHARD, Martin A.
At Parkwood Hospital on Sunday, November 27th, 2005, Martin A. RICHARD in his 82nd year. Loving father of Debbie (Jim) SPENCE of London, Dianne RICHARD of Calgary and Donna STEPHENSON of London. Grandfather of Shawn (Sabrina), Ryan (Wendy), Joe, Mark, CoraLee (Neal), Tyler and Tonya. Great grandfather of 4 precious girls. Predeceased by Edna and Dorothy. Special friend of Marjorie. "Marty" was born in Nova Scotia and after World War 2, made his home in London where he worked for General Motors Diesel. Friends may call at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Service from the chapel on Thursday at 1 p.m. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-28 published
MUEGGE, Marie Rose (née HOEGY)
Lovingly surrounded by family, Marie Rose MUEGGE (HOEGY) at University Hospital, London on Sunday, December 25, 2005 in her 85th year. Wife of the late Gordon MUEGGE (1978.) Mother of Betty (Bob) BEUTTENMILLER of Seaforth, Don (Eileen) of R.R.#4 Walkerton, Bob of Calgary, Richard (JoAnne) of Windsor, Judy (Doug) DALRYMPLE of Exeter, Linda (Bill) SOLDAN of Exeter, Lois (Bill) BROWN of London, Len (Jane) of Clinton, Yvonne (Rick) HULLEY of London, Patti (Dave) SPENCE of Exeter. Also survived by twenty-four grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren and brother Louis HOEGY of Cambridge and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was predeceased by parents William and Anna HOEGY, grand_son Brandon HULLEY (2002) and daughter-in-law Joanne (Bob) MUEGGE (2005.) Resting at the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth where visitation will take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. on Friday December 30, 2005 with Pastor Stephen HILDEBRAND officiating. Spring interment at Maitlandbank Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Marie's memory to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice. Condolences/donations at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.on.ca

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SPENCE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-07-26 published
CARRUTHERS, Donna Jean (née PATTERSON)
Suddenly, in Caledon East, on Tuesday, July 19, 2005, Donna Jean CARRUTHERS (née PATTERSON) of R.R.#1, Mt. Brydges in her 79th year. Predeceased by her husband Leonard CARRUTHERS (2003.) Dear mother of Jim and Raymonde of Espanola, Don and Cheryl of Caledon East, and Cheryl and Scott OLIVER of Melbourne. Loving grandmother of David, Jennifer, Brian, Ian, Mora, Dan, and Derek. Great-grandmother of Sophie. Dear sister of Ivan (deceased) and Marg PATTERSON, Lois and Lorne (deceased) CARROLL, Bill and Marjorie PATTERSON, Margie and David ROSS, Isabel and Don FORSYTH, Ena DAVIS, and Marion (deceased) and John SPENCE. Sister-in-law of Harry (deceased) and Ruth CARRUTHERS and John and Emma CARRUTHERS. Friends called at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mt. Brydges, on Friday, July 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service followed on Saturday, July 23 at Melbourne United Church, commencing at 11 a.m. Interment Longwoods Cemetery, Melbourne. Donations to Melbourne United Church or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2005-12-21 published
SPENCE, Betty (née EVANS)
Passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 12th, 2005, at the age of 53. Beloved wife of Bob and mother of Tim. Lovingly remembered by her mother Jean EVANS (Stayner) and siblings Shirley and Currie PHILIPS and family (Elmvale,) Murray and Brenda EVANS and family (Abbotsford, British Columbia,) Brenda and Rob TROTTER and family (Waterloo) and sister-in-law Janice EVANS and family (Stouffville.) Predeceased by father Lorne EVANS and brother Graham EVANS. Also lovingly remembered. by father-in-law and mother-in-law Russel and Margaret SPENCE (Cambridge) and their entire family. Betty loved the Lord Jesus Christ with a calm, settled faith that never wavered and served Him wholeheartedly. The funeral service for Betty was held at Hespeler Baptist Church, Cambridge on Friday, December 16th at 1: 00 p.m. A private family interment followed at New Hope Cemetery. Memorial donations to Focus on the Family Canada and/or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would be greatly appreciated by the family. Condolences/donations/directions www.lounsburyfuneralhome.com (519) 658-9366
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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-13 published
SPENCE, William
Died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of Monday, July 11, 2005. Beloved husband of Jean. Loving father of Gary and Grant. Fondly remembered by his 8 grandchildren. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1400-522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2R5. Arrangements entrusted to the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-03 published
ERB, John Edwin (13 September 1932-31 July, 2005)
Reverend Canon, Executive Director, Anglican Foundation
"We have lots of love, Friendship, family; we are blessed." These were some of John's last words, given through a wonderful smile, as his magnificent brain was being ravaged by the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. John was born in Kitchener, Ontario, to the late Irvin and Sally ERB (née MEYSCHEIN.) He will always be missed by his adored children Nicholas and Katie, his wife Didy (née BRADISH) of 29 years, his loving sisters and brothers-in-law Cathie and John HOWARD, Hornby Island, British Columbia, and Margie and Bob CARR, Hamilton. 'John The Giant' was a special uncle to Stephen HOWARD and Rhonda SPENCE, Emily HOWARD and Alex LAVIGNE; Tom HOWARD and Landys KLYNE; Mary HOWARD, Stewart, Duncan, Will and Angus MURRAY; Sally HOWARD, Jim and Tommy HAMAGUCHI; Sarah CARR Tim CARR and Kate FEIGHTNER; Pat CARR, Nadine HEINTZ and Oliver CARR; and friend David HUGHES. His many ERB and Meyschein family cousins love him and will miss him.
A passionate Canadian, John was a leader, Anglican Priest, teacher, traveller, camper and actor. Until his late teens John was a member of Trinity United, the ERB family's church, where he grew up in the Sunday School. He attended 'Young People's' both there and at Saint John the Evangelist Anglican Church. When he returned after working for a year in England, he joined the confirmation class at Saint John. Thus began his journey to become an Anglican priest. Graduating from the Kitchener Public School system and Wilfred Laurier University, he received his early theological training from Trinity College. He continued graduate studies in later years in Boston, Virginia and Jerusalem.
John's ministry began at St. Aidan's in 1965. In 1967 his strong identification with young people led him to a truly successful period as Director of Youth for the Church of England, both in Guyana, S.A. and then in the United Kingdom..
John returned to Canada with Didy in December 1973 and continued his ministries, first at Grace Church on the Hill, then at St. Luke's East York. In 1981 he became Rector of St. Michael and All Angels, where he embraced all, and many saw him as more than a pastor. He retired from St. Michael's in 1997. For the past seven years John's energetic leadership has been devoted to the Anglican Foundation of Canada, a work he loved. It enabled him to travel the length and breadth of this country, often visiting parishes in small communities, and as in all of his previous work, met wonderful dedicated people and established lasting Friendships and respect everywhere.
Throughout his working life John participated on many Boards and Committees focusing on community outreach, and has helped develop programs such as Out Of The Cold, Street Haven for battered women and Christie Gardens, and has worked to encourage interfaith ministry. His robust leadership has been recognized and honoured in many ways including the 125th Anniversary Medal of Canada Member and former Chaplain, Order of Saint John Ambulance, Serving Brother - Saint John of Jerusalem; Chaplaincy appointments to The Royal Society of Physicians and Surgeons, The Canadian Club of Toronto, The Benchers and The Order of St. Lazarus.
His personal passions are his family, his ministry, the theatre, ballet, opera, the family cottage at Oliphant and the Taize Retreat in France.
During his hospital confinement John and his family were enormously moved by those many Friends, acquaintances and co-workers old and new, who visited during his last days. Literally, they came by the hundreds from all spectrums of society to reminisce, renew Friendships and offer their love and support. Nothing could have made more visible the lasting impact John had on so many lives.
We will always be grateful for the kindness and incredible care given to John and his family by all the caregivers in the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael's Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, please join John in his living legacy for theological education through his work at the Anglican Foundation of Canada (80 Hayden Street, Toronto, M4Y 3G2), or to the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto, between Yonge and Avenue Rd., 1: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, August 5th.
The funeral will be held at St. James Cathedral, King St. E. at Church Street, at 11: 00 a.m. Saturday, August 6th. A service preceding interment in Woodland Cemetery will be held in Kitchener at the Church of Saint John The Evangelist, Water Street, north of King Street, on Monday, August 8 at 11: 30 a.m. Reception at 10:30 a.m. in the Church Hall.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-16 published
KLINGER, Laura Jean (née SPENCE)
Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and Friends, on Thursday, September 15, 2005, in Toronto, after a courageous struggle with cancer. Loving wife of Witold, devoted mother of Sophie, Julia and Matthew. Daughter of Jean SPENCE and the late George SPENCE. She will be sadly missed by her brothers, Paul SPENCE and his wife Judy, Mark SPENCE and his wife Jean and their families.
Laura was born on March 30, 1952 and raised in the Beaches (Toronto). At the age of 22, she became a flight attendant and enjoyed her 30-year flying career to the fullest. Laura will be remembered for her humour, great style and enduring love. She will be sorely missed by her family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In Laura's memory, donations to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-17 published
DICKSON/DIXON, Brian, 1998 -- Died This Day
Monday, October 17, 2005, Page S8
Lawyer and jurist born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan., in 1916.
After studying law in Manitoba, he was called to the bar in 1940 only to have his career interrupted by the Second World War. He joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and was sent overseas. He was seriously wounded in the fighting and later had a leg amputated. After the war he practised law and lectured at the Manitoba Law School until he was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in Manitoba in 1963. Ten years later, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada and surprised many observers by becoming a vigorous defender of individual and minority rights. During the mid-1970s, he, Bora LASKIN and Wishart SPENCE formed a liberal troika on the court. He presided over a court that imposed strict limits on governments' ability to pass laws that interfered with people's rights. The top court demanded that Manitoba become legislatively bilingual, overturned Quebec laws restricting the use of English and upheld the education rights of francophones in Alberta. He was also part of decisions striking down religious bans on Sunday shopping, upholding historic native-treaty rights and wiping out a national abortion law as a violation of women's rights.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-03 published
SPENCE, Walter Percival
Peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital on November 17, 2005 after a short but courageous battle in his 89th year. He was predeceased (2000) by a very special lady, his wife Ruby and his brother Samuel. Left are his two nephews, John GILROY of Toronto, and John (Beth) SPENCE of Winnipeg. Walter was born and raised in Lakefield, Ontario. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queen's University, worked for General Motors, and was treasurer at the Canadian Red Cross Society until his retirement. Walter was a great supporter of all the Arts, along with his passion for baseball. But most of all, he loved traveling with Ruby, and they did see the world. Many thanks to Rosemary, Gene, Leslie, and Elaine for being special caring Friends to Walter. At Walter's request, cremation has taken place with no service. A gathering of Walter's relatives and Friends will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Remembrances and condolences may be sent to Mr. John SPENCE, 13 Marston Dr., Headingley, Manitoba R4H 1J6. Thanks Walter and Ruby for all the special times and memories.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-17 published
CARSCALLEN, M. Audrey (née SPENCE)
In her 101st year, after a protracted battle with osteoporosis, on Thursday, December 15, 2005. Loving wife of the late H. Morley, Q.C. (1959.) Dear mother of Miriam (Mrs. Charles FICK,) Morleen (Mrs. John BOUSFIELD) and Claire (McINTOSH.) Beloved grandmother to Carolyn (Mrs. David CAMPBELL), Erin (Mrs. Jon GILL), Allison (Mrs. Craig HUNTER,) Andrew and Joel BOUSFIELD, Cailin and Matthew McINTOSH, and nine great-grandchildren. Sister of Eldon and his wife Frieda SPENCE of Sarnia, Dr. Bennett and his wife Mabel SPENCE of Burlington, the late Earl and Madge WHITEWOOD, and Maude and Charles BARRIE. Loving aunt and dear friend of Kay SMITH of Calgary. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Service in the chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to the Complex Continuing Care Program, c/o York Central Hospital, 10 Trench Street, Richmond Hill L4C 4Z3.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-11 published
DARCY, Flora (née SPENCE)
Suddenly at the Toronto East General Hospital on Sunday, January 9, 2005, in her 63rd year. Flora, beloved wife of Jeremiah. Loving mother of Gerald and Michelle. Flora will be dearly missed by her sister, brothers and relatives in Canada, Scotland and Ireland. Friends will be received at the Ingram Funeral Home, 1055 Gerrard Street East (at Jones) on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Boniface Church, 21 Markanna Drive (Markham Rd. south of Eglinton Rd.) on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Parking adjacent to the funeral home.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
DERAGON, Phyllis Mae (née SPENCE)
Peacefully, at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, on Friday, February 4, 2005, Phyllis DERAGON of Vankleek Hill, in her 86th year. Daughter of the late Irene Eleanor CHARTRAND and the late Edward Reginald SPENCE. Dear wife of 65 years to John Verdin DERAGON of Vankleek Hill. Cherished mother of Susan Frances BAILEY (George) of Vankleek Hill and Roberta Lynne MOORE (Frank) of Scarborough. Predeceased by her infant daughter Lorna Mae DERAGON. Loving grandmother of Jon Erik JOANISSE of Montreal, Andrew David JOANISSE of Bella Coola, British Columbia, Melissa Claire MOORE and Joanna Irene MOORE, both of Scarborough. Sister of Doris Irene LAFLEUR of Montreal, and predeceased by her brother Lorne Stephen SPENCE of Kitchener. Friends may pay their respects at the Hillcrest Funeral Home, 151 Bond Street (corner of Stanley Street), Vankleek Hill, on Thursday, February 10 from 1 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the funeral home. Spring inurnment Barb Cemetery, St. Eugene. In memoriam donations to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Foundation, c/o Palliative Care Unit, 1111 Ghislain Street, Hawkesbury, Ontario K6A 3G5 or the Alzheimer Society, 55 Water Street West, Suite 220, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 6N6 would be appreciated by the family. For expressions of sympathy to the family, by fax: (613) 678-2045 or by e-mail: hillcrest.fh@sympatico.ca Often...a passing word or thought in kindly vein Is like a bud that blossoms overnight Into a wealth of beauty... Like roses after rain...

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-12 published
SPENCE, Charles " Chuck"
Passed away peacefully, at Roberta Place in Barrie, on February 10, 2005, in his 76th year. Beloved husband of Laurette. Dear father to Alan, Janet, Richard, and Drew. Also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at Elgin Mills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, 905-737-1720, on Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. Public visitation will take place one hour prior to service. Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-14 published
SPENCE, Jean
At the Southlake Regional Health Centre on Friday, February 11, 2005 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold SPENCE. Loving mother of Don and his wife Terri, and Jim. Mother-in-law of Lorice. She will be fondly missed and lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Duncan, Cameron and Corri, and great-grandchildren Ashley, Kassidy and Brandon. Predeceased by her grandchildren Kelli and Kimmi. Friends will be received at Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora (905-727-5421), on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-08 published
SPENCE, Shirley Merle
Suddenly on March 6, 2005 at home. Predeceased by husband Ross. Survived by sons Donald Douglas (Susan), David Robert (Leona), grandchildren Jennifer, Alex, Danny and Rick and step-grandchildren Luke, Josh, Laura and Jesse. Visitation on Wednesday, March 9 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. Service on Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at Monk Funeral Home, 6 Helen Street, Bobcaygeon, 1-866-393-0063.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-10 published
LINDSAY, June Myrtle (BENNETT)
Peacefully at Toronto on Sunday, May 8, 2005. June (BENNETT) LINDSAY of Beaverton was the beloved wife of Joseph R. LINDSAY. Dear mother of the late Joseph P.R. LINDSAY and his late wife Dianne (MORRISON) LINDSAY. Loved grandmother of Joseph E. LINDSAY and Erin HARRIS, Susan and Patrick SPENCE and Paul LINDSAY, all of Toronto. Sister of Doris Eileen JONES of Ingersoll. Special aunt to Judith SIPES and Boyd SIPES, Paula JONES and Brian BRANTON, David JONES and Debbie JONES. A celebration of life service will be held at the Presbyterian Church, 413 Simcoe Street (Durham Region Road, No. 15), Beaverton on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The family would appreciate memorial donations to the Ladies Auxiliary of Lakeview Manor or the charity of your choice.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-13 published
ALLPORT, Patricia Francis (formerly SPENCE)
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12th, 2005 at age 83. Predeceased by her beloved husbands John SPENCE and Eric ALLPORT. Loving mother of David and his wife Anne, Elizabeth and her husband William; step-mother of Barbara ALLPORT. Loving grandmother to Kelly, Kevin, Michelle, Kristina and Stephanie. Great-grandmother to Kiara. Survived by her sister Wendy. Funeral Service to be held on Saturday, May 14th at 11: 00 a.m. (visitation from 10:00 a.m.) at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). Interment Saint John's York Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-22 published
SPENCE- WESSILBY, Shirley Anne
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Friday, May 20, 2005, in her 70th year. Dear companion of Michael WESSILBY. Dear mother of Scott, Todd and Doug WEST, and Robert SPENCE. Dear sister of Helen BOOTZ and Joan GAMMER. Dear sister-in-law of Bev GRAHAM, Audrey WEST, Marg WEST, Debbie WEST, and Heather WEST. Shirley will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford for visitation on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Lathangue Chapel on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 2 p.m. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford. Donations to the Palliative Care Unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-25 published
LASKIN was Supreme
The late Supreme Court chief justice Bora LASKIN went where no Canadian had gone before A non-conformist, he reinvented a stuffy bench while appealing to the layman, writes Tracey TYLER, Page F3
Canada's great chief justice of the 20th century had a word for his successes in life: accidentalism. If true, Bora LASKIN's arrival at the Supreme Court in the spring of 1970 might have been one of the best-timed accidents in Canadian history.
To the south, the United States Supreme Court was coming off a series of star turns with its history-making decisions on civil rights, from an end to school segregation to the Miranda ruling on the right to remain silent.
Life at Canada's top court had little of the same electricity.
Caught in a straitjacket of English law, never daring to take the pulse of the public, its nine male judges saw their job as correcting errors of courts below rather than developing a body of Canadian-made law, an approach that earned the court no profile internationally and little respect at home. Lawyers bemoaned its hidebound style.
Within a decade, however, an unassuming former law professor delivered the shock treatment many felt it needed.
LASKIN's appointment was the legal equivalent of Pierre Elliott Trudeau sweeping into office, Supreme Court Justice Ian BINNIE told a recent Toronto symposium that examined LASKIN's legacy and his enduring appeal -- 35 years after his appointment to the court, as its first Jewish judge, and 40 years after his appointment to the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Many judges have served on the Supreme Court longer, but LASKIN had an indelible impact.
The court that captured the country's attention this month with a landmark ruling on health care was essentially one he created. He took a court that banned lawyers from citing works by living authors and "reinvented" it -- opening its doors to interveners and narrowing its focus to issues of national importance, BINNIE said.
LASKIN, who died in 1984 at age 71, never lived to see the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But as they assess his place in history, many legal scholars credit him with paving the way for the Charter by pushing judges to look beyond the letter of the law and consider social realities.
There's something more.
"He was the only serious, intellectual, non-conformist disturber to serve as chief justice," BINNIE said.
It seems Canadians liked what they saw.
"In my research, everyone knew Bora LASKIN... but no one who was not a lawyer could ever identify any chief justice after him," said Philip GIRARD, an associate dean at Dalhousie Law School and author of Bora LASKIN: Bringing Law to Life, a new book out this fall.
"LASKIN had a certain spark and he was associated with a lay person's idea of justice. He sort of helped convince them the court was on their side."
It helped that he appealed to notions of what a chief justice should be. Looking every inch a part of the establishment, LASKIN fit perfectly with his mutton-chopped predecessors pictured around the Supreme Court, BINNIE said.
In truth, he was the justice system's most trenchant critic and an anti-establishment figure, a trait sometimes discernible through an "armour-piercing gaze" that would put former Montreal Canadien Rocket Richard to shame, he said.
LASKIN enjoyed the oyster special at Ottawa's Rideau Club, but his favourite snack was a sardine and onion sandwich. He once pinch-hit for the governor general by delivering the throne speech (coached in French by daughter Barbara) but considered his proudest achievement belting the longest home run out of the ballpark in his hometown of Fort William, now part of Thunder Bay.
Frequently parting company with fellow judges on the law, he earned a reputation, some say undeservedly, as a "great dissenter" and some detractors.
"There were many lower court judges who hated him. They thought he was totally crazy," GIRARD said.
LASKIN dissented in no less than 108 cases in his 14 years on the court and many of his opinions, considered radical at the time, did become law, including a groundbreaking 1975 ruling that Iris Murdoch was entitled to an equal share of the family's Alberta ranch after separation.
He most famously broke rank in the politically charged 1981 patriation reference. True to his belief in strong central government, LASKIN found it would not defy convention to bring the Constitution home from England and entrench a Charter without consent from the provinces. The majority view forced a first ministers' conference and a deal that alienated Quebec.
BINNIE said LASKIN's independent streak is why he remains intriguing. Trudeau's decision to name him chief justice in 1974 would have been like making Martin Luther the Pope, he added.
It couldn't have helped that he leapfrogged over other judges with more seniority.
A chilly atmosphere predated his arrival at the court and may explain why he felt one of his great contributions had nothing to do with law. It was building a lunchroom, said his son, John, a judge on the Ontario Court of Appeal.
"At times, I think my dad found the Supreme Court of Canada to be a pretty isolated place. Judges tended to go their own ways."
LASKIN said he's not sure what his father would have thought of the symposium. He preferred to look to the future, not the past. But the irony of the Law Society of Upper Canada hosting the event in Osgoode Hall would have brought a smile to his face, he said.
The law society snubbed LASKIN and two fellow professors, Caesar WRIGHT and John WILLIS, by refusing to recognize the faculty of law they created at the University of Toronto after they quit their Osgoode Hall teaching jobs in 1949.
LASKIN studied undergraduate law at U of T, then completed a master's and his legal articles before heading to Harvard University to study for a master of law under future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in 1936-37.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal was in full swing and people like Frankfurter were challenging conventional legal thinking. A similar skepticism permeated LASKIN's academic writings.
"His basic message was the courts are really out of touch. They don't understand modern conditions and are living in a nostalgic dream world," GIRARD said.
LASKIN was born in Fort William on October 5, 1912, to Russian immigrants whose priority was a good education for their sons and who helped pay for it by renting out their home.
LASKIN's father moved into a hotel and ran the family's furniture store, while LASKIN's mother went to work as a housekeeper in Toronto. LASKIN and his brothers followed.
The academic credentials he racked up at Harvard weren't enough to get him a job after graduation.
Shut out of Toronto law firms by restrictions on Jewish lawyers, he wrote case summaries at 50 cents each for law reports. In 1940, he took over for his former teacher at University of Toronto and became a "workhorse" later at the law school, teaching more courses than anyone else, said former student and retired judge Horace KREVER. LASKIN's children say he would have happily stayed a professor.
"I think he enjoyed his work more than anyone I have known," said his son. "He also had a capacity to work extremely long hours and a tremendous ability to survive on very little sleep, which I don't have."
Two and 3 a.m. bedtimes were common, said daughter, Barbara, who recalls her father coming down the hall late at night, rubbing his hands "in glee" after knocking off another judgment.
LASKIN worked in a basement office his children called "the dungeon" but always had dinner with his children and wife, Peggy.
There were many family vacations by car. Though not a good swimmer, LASKIN liked being near water and found it soothing. When they were together, he rarely talked shop.
"My dad had two great loves in his life. One was law. The other was his family," his son said. "He watched me play basketball he watched Barbara dance."
"The LASKINs had a hoop in their driveway and it got a lot of use from the neighbourhood," said Justice Stephen GOUDGE of the Ontario Court of Appeal, who got to know LASKIN as the father of his nursery school friend John.
Later, he came to appreciate LASKIN's role in shaping the country's postwar labour law.
Courts were hostile to administrative tribunals, such as labour relations boards, but LASKIN argued they should be left to do their work. He was also in high demand as a labour arbitrator and GIRARD considers LASKIN's arbitration rulings among his most significant.
They include his decision during a 1958 strike at a Scarborough plant that arbitrators could award damages for breach of a collective agreement.
On the Supreme Court, LASKIN was in the minority in siding with Sophie Carswell's right to picket her employer's business at a Winnipeg shopping centre, considered off limits as private property. LASKIN likened malls to modern-day town squares.
As a judge, LASKIN liked nothing more than having former law students appear before him. But nothing "peeved" him more than sloppy English, Barbara said. A lawyer who uttered the words "at this point in time" was likely to be met with a stern stare, followed by the question, "You mean, 'today?'"
He was proud when a former English teacher called to say she used one of his judgments as an example of good writing. He always wrote in longhand, said his son, who does the same.
As he settled in on the court, LASKIN churned out more judgments every year, said symposium organizer Neil FINKELSTEIN. He dissented less often. When he did, Justices Wishart SPENCE and Brian DICKSON/DIXON often joined him. They were known as the " LSD gang."
And the others? LASKIN rarely spoke candidly of those who disagreed with him, but former law clerk John McCAMUS, now an Osgoode Hall Law School professor, recalls him letting down his guard just once. When he arrived at the chief justice's office, LASKIN, with a twinkle in his eye, handed him a dissenting judgment.
Then, he dusted off an apocalyptic phrase, one used by reporters to describe conservative judges who blocked progressive U.S. legislation in the 1930s. "I wonder," he said, "what the Four Horsemen will think."

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-09 published
SCHELL, Bradley Kyle
Suddenly on Thursday, July 7, 2005, in his 22nd year. Dearly loved son of Linda and Craig and beloved brother of Kelly. Cherished grand_son of Ken and Helen SCHELL and the late Mait and May SPENCE. Brad will be sadly missed by his girlfriend Melissa SMART, his many aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many Friends. Visitation will be held at Stouffville United Church (Main and Church St.) on Monday from 2-9 p.m. Service from the church Tuesday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to O'Neill Funeral Home (905-642-2855).

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-13 published
SPENCE, William
Died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of Monday, July 11, 2005. Beloved husband of Jean. Loving father of Gary and Grant. Fondly remembered by his 8 grandchildren. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1400-522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2R5. Arrangements entrusted to the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-21 published
McCONNELL, Margaret Elizabeth " Peggy" (née LEE)
With grace and courage, passed away peacefully on July 19th, 2005 at Scarborough Centenary Hospital in her 64th year. Beloved wife of Mike, loving mother of Diane (Keith SPENCE) and Joanne, proud grandmother of Amanda. Caring sister of Tim (Tanya), Fred (Doreen) and Sharron. Predeceased by parents Wilfred and Uldine LEE and brothers Murray and John. A wonderful aunt and devoted friend, Peggy will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched. Born and raised in Barrie, Ontario, Peggy moved to Scarborough in 1965 and married Mike in 1966. Peggy spent most of her career working for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. She retired in 2001 and was happy to be able to spend more time at the cottage and with her granddaughter Amanda. An avid bowler and enthusiastic shopper and a highly accomplished navigator Peggy's sunny and social disposition won her many Friends and made her the heart of every family gathering. Peggy will be remembered by her generosity, her lively spirit and her love for her husband and children. Friends may visit at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.), Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Saturday in the chapel at 3: 00 p.m. In memoriam donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by her family. She was the glue that held us together.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-03 published
ERB, John Edwin (13 September 1932-31 July, 2005)
Reverend Canon, Executive Director, Anglican Foundation
"We have lots of love, Friendship, family; we are blessed." These were some of John's last words, given through a wonderful smile, as his magnificent brain was being ravaged by the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. John was born in Kitchener, Ontario, to the late Irvin and Sally ERB (née MEYSCHEIN.) He will always be missed by his adored children Nicholas and Katie, his wife Didy (née BRADISH) of 29 years, his loving sisters and brothers-in-law Cathie and John HOWARD, Hornby Island, British Columbia, and Margie and Bob CARR, Hamilton. "John The Giant" was a special uncle to Stephen Howard and Rhonda SPENCE, Emily HOWARD and Alex LAVIGNE; Tom HOWARD and Landys KLYNE; Mary HOWARD, Stewart, Duncan, Will and Angus MURRAY; Sally HOWARD, Jim and Tommy HAMAGUCHI; Sarah CARR Tim CARR and Kate FEIGHTNER; Pat CARR, Nadine HEINTZ and Oliver CARR; and friend David HUGHES. His many ERB and Meyschein family cousins love him and will miss him. A passionate Canadian, John was a leader, Anglican Priest, teacher, traveller, camper and actor. Until his late teens John was a member of Trinity United, the ERB family's church, where he grew up in the Sunday School. He attended "Young People's" both there and at Saint John the Evangelist Anglican Church. When he returned after working for a year in England, he joined the confirmation class at Saint John. Thus began his journey to become an Anglican priest. Graduating from the Kitchener Public School system and Wilfred Laurier University, he received his early theological training from Trinity College. He continued graduate studies in later years in Boston, Virginia and Jerusalem. John's ministry began at St. Aidan's in 1965. In 1967 his strong identification with young people led him to a truly successful period as Director of Youth for the Church of England, both in Guyana, S.A. and then in the United Kingdom John returned to Canada with Didy in December 1973 and continued his ministries, first at Grace Church on the Hill, then at St. Luke's East York. In 1981 he became Rector of St. Michael and All Angels, where he embraced all, and many saw him as more than a pastor. He retired from St. Michael's in 1997. For the past seven years John's energetic leadership has been devoted to the Anglican Foundation of Canada, a work he loved. It enabled him to travel the length and breadth of this country, often visiting parishes in small communities, and as in all of his previous work, met wonderful dedicated people and established lasting Friendships and respect everywhere. Throughout his working life John participated on many Boards and Committees focusing on community outreach, and has helped develop programs such as Out Of The Cold, Street Haven for battered women and Christie Gardens, and has worked to encourage interfaith ministry. His robust leadership has been recognized and honoured in many ways including the 125th Anniversary Medal of Canada; Member and former Chaplain, Order of Saint John Ambulance, Serving Brother - Saint John of Jerusalem Chaplaincy appointments to The Royal Society of Physicians and Surgeons, The Canadian Club of Toronto, The Benchers and The Order of St. Lazarus. His personal passions are his family, his ministry, the theatre, ballet, opera, the family cottage at Oliphant and the Taize Retreat in France. During his hospital confinement John and his family were enormously moved by those many Friends, acquaintances and co-workers old and new, who visited during his last days. Literally, they came by the hundreds from all spectrums of society to reminisce, renew Friendships and offer their love and support. Nothing could have made more visible the lasting impact John had on so many lives. We will always be grateful for the kindness and incredible care given to John and his family by all the caregivers in the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael's Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please join John in his living leg

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-16 published
WEATHERALL, Shawn Martin
Tragically as a result of a trucking accident, due to no fault of his own on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at the age of 35. Shawn, cherished husband and best friend of Jenise WEATHERALL (née KAMINSKY.) Beloved son of Ria WEATHERALL and the late William WEATHERALL (1997.) Loved brother of Donna and her husband Ron WIERSMA, and Linda and her husband Adam SPENCE. Loved son-in-law of Daphne FINCH and Andrew FINCH. Loved brother-in-law of Preston and Kimberly KAMINSKY. Fun-loving uncle of Julia, Andrew, Michael, Justin, William, Nicholas and Amber. Dearest grand_son of Alice NIEUWLAND and the late John NIEUWLAND (1997.) Nephew of Kees and Rhoda NIEUWLAND. Very special friend of Pamela McGIBNEY. Shawn will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all Jenise's family, Shawn's family and his numerous Friends and fellow transport drivers. Friends may call at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa on Friday, September 16th from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 17th from 12 noon-1 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the funeral home on Saturday, September 17th at 1 p.m. Cremation. Memorial donations to Doctors Without Borders, or Durham Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-02 published
SPENCE, Walter Percival
Peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital on November 17, 2005 after a short but courageous battle in his 89th year. He was predeceased (2000) by a very special lady, his wife Ruby and his brother Samuel. Left are his two nephews, John GILROY of Toronto, and John (Beth) SPENCE of Winnipeg. Walter was born and raised in Lakefield, Ontario. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queen's University, worked for General Motors, and was treasurer at the Canadian Red Cross Society until his retirement. Walter was a great supporter of all the Arts, along with his passion for baseball. But most of all, he loved travelling with Ruby, and they did see the world. Many thanks to Rosemary, Gene, Leslie, and Elaine for being special caring Friends to Walter. At Walter's request, cremation has taken place with no service. A gathering of Walter's relatives and Friends will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Remembrances and condolences may be sent to Mr. John SPENCE, 13 Marston Dr., Headingley, Manitoba R4H 1J6. Thanks Walter and Ruby for all the special times and memories.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-15 published
SPENCE, Peter
Peacefully with family by his side, on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Predeceased by his loving wife Norah. Survived by his children Peter (Jill) and Roslyn (Bruce). He will also be missed by his loving grand_sons: William, Thomas, Geoffrey, Jake and Eric. Friends may be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Rd.), Markham on Saturday at 12: 00 p.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel. Following the service, please join the family for a Celebration of Peter's Life. In lieu of flowers, donations to Markham- Stouffville Hospital would be appreciated.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-17 published
CARSCALLEN, M. Audrey (née SPENCE)
In her 101st year, after a protracted battle with osteoporosis, on Thursday, December 15, 2005. Loving wife of the late H. Morley, Q.C. (1959.) Dear mother of Miriam (Mrs. Charles FICK,) Morleen (Mrs. John BOUSFIELD) and Claire (McINTOSH.) Beloved grandmother to Carolyn (Mrs. David CAMPBELL), Erin (Mrs. Jon GILL), Allison (Mrs. Craig HUNTER,) Andrew and Joel BOUSFIELD, Cailin and Matthew McINTOSH, and nine great-grandchildren. Sister of Eldon and his wife Frieda SPENCE of Sarnia, Dr. Bennett and his wife Mabel SPENCE of Burlington, the late Earl and Madge WHITEWOOD, and Maude and Charles BARRIE. Loving aunt and dear friend of Kay SMITH of Calgary. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Service in the chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to the Complex Continuing Care Program, c/o York Central Hospital, 10 Trench Street, Richmond Hill L4C 4Z3.

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