SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-10 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Deborah Ann
Peacefully with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, on Friday, April 8, 2005. Deborah Ann TAILOR/TAYLOR of Straffordville in her 44th year. Beloved wife of Joel TAILOR/TAYLOR and mother to Brittany and Braeden. Loving daughter of Evelyn (GOULD) MITCHELL of Lambeth. Daughter-in-law to Gerald and Wanda TAILOR/TAYLOR of Straffordville. Dear sister to Jean ABRAMSON and husband Brian of Brampton and Kevin MORRELL and wife Sue of Aylmer. Sister-in-law to Alan SPICER of New Market and Rick FLAVELLE of Elmsdale. Sister-in-law to Pam WILSON and husband Dennis of Mossley, Penny CLARKE and husband Rob of Straffordville. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Joan FLAVELLE and Marilyn SPICER and step-father Walter MITCHELL.
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick on March 8, 1962. She worked for the Town of Aylmer and formerly worked for Elgin Handles, St. Thomas. Deborah was a great support and inspiration to her family and Friends and to Taylor and Associates Insurance. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer, on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Straffordville United Church on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment, Straffordville Cemetery. Donations to the Straffordville United Church Organ Fund or the Palliative Care at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital would be appreciated.

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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-28 published
CHIPCHASE, William Thomas “Bill&rdquo
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, May 26, 2005. William Thomas “Bill” CHIPCHASE of Aylmer in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Eunice (Gavey) CHIPCHASE and dear father to David and wife Margaret and Lynda SHELLY and husband John all of Aylmer. Loving grandfather to Jonni-Lyn VANDEURSEN and husband Michael, Jackie WELCH and husband Gary, Christine SPICER and husband Troy and Michael CHIPCHASE and great grandfather to Morgan, Cole and Sydney. Brother to Dorothy DENOMY and husband Frank. Predeceased by his mother Nora (McCONNELL) CHIPCHASE who was a recipient of the Silver Cross, his father Joseph CHIPCHASE, brothers Jack, Gordon, Henry, Albert, Ernest, Eric, Walter and a sister Mary.
Born in London on February 2, 1920. Bill owned and operated Roberton's Furnishing for many years. In retirement, Bill was a valued member of the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home staff. In World War 2, Bill served overseas in England, Scotland, France, Italy, Sicily and North Africa from February 1940-1945 in the Royal Canadian Regiment. He was a member of the Aylmer Baptist Church, Col. Talbot Br.#81 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the R.C.R. Assoc. and a former member of the Aylmer Cemetery Board and the Aylmer Optimist Club. In 1964 he travelled to Italy as an ambassador for the R.C.R. In 1994 he travelled on behalf of the Dept. of Veteran Affairs representing the Royal Canadian Regiments' pilgrimage celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the battle of Sicily and Italy. In 1994 Bill was Aylmer Senior Citizen of the Year and Aylmer Rotarian Citizen of the year and in 2003 he received the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Saturday 7-9 and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Reverend Norman JONES, officiating. Donations to the Aylmer Baptist Church or the Legion Br.#81 would be appreciated. Legion Service Sunday at 7: 00 p.m.

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SPICER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-08 published
SWEENEY, Jeannette
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother on Friday, October 7, 2005 Jeannette SWEENEY, beloved wife of the late Francis Xavier SWEENEY. Dearly loved mother of John and his wife Karen, Mike and his wife Laudwina, Suzanne and her husband David SPICER, Francis and his wife Denise, Peter and his wife Laura, Mary Jo and her husband Trevin TROY, Jamie, Joan and her husband Ron MARSH, Philip and his partner Julie and Patrick SWEENEY. Loving granny to 15 grandchildren. Jeannette is also survived by her sister Stephanie ROBINSON. Jeannette was born in Saint John, New Brunswick on May 23, 1923 and grew up in London, Ontario. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-26 published
Royce FRITH, Lawyer, Politician, Diplomat 1923-2005
As canny as he was charming, he never seriously ran for office and instead horse-traded his way into the Senate before being sent to London as High Commissioner, writes Sandra MARTIN. An enthusiastic amateur thespian, he above all relished the drama of the 1995 turbot wars against Spanish fishermen
Saturday, March 26, 2005, Page S9
Tall, patrician, and impeccably dressed, Royce FRITH was a natural communicator who moved through life with charm and grace. A lawyer by training, a Liberal by avocation, and a performer by instinct, he had the potential to be either chief justice of the Supreme Court or prime minister. That he was neither was a mystery to many, but the most likely explanation was fourfold: He was intensely private; his many talents, which included acting and singing, tempted him to enjoy life in the broadest sense; he needed to make a living; and, although he relished influence, he wasn't hungry enough to seek real power.
Mr. FRITH suffered two great tragedies in his life -- the breakdown of his marriage followed by his estranged wife's premature death in 1976, and the death four years later of his son Greg from malignant melanoma at age 25 -- but he kept his anguish to himself and never really spoke about these losses even with his closest Friends. He maintained the same strict privacy in the last few years about his own struggle with cancer. Even many of his closest Friends did not know the extent of his illness.
He served his country as a member of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, as a Senator during the Trudeau and Mulroney eras, and perhaps most famously as the High Commissioner to England and Northern Ireland who saved Canada House and who rallied British fishermen to the Canadian cause during the "turbot war" with the Spanish in the mid-1990s.
Earlier this week, senators from all sides of the Upper Chamber rose to pay tribute to Mr. FRITH. Liberal Joyce FAIRBURN noted that he had "cut a swath through this place with a potent mix of intellect, talent, humour, stubbornness, skill and commitment that challenged the rest of us to think and act well beyond the boundaries of this chamber." Conservative Lowell MURRAY, who had often "crossed swords" with Mr. FRITH, especially during the 1990 G.S.T. filibuster, praised him as "a model of bilingualism," and an "enjoyable, engaging and interesting companion and a great raconteur." Long-time political strategist Dorothy DAVEY, speaking on behalf of herself and her husband, former Senator Keith DAVEY, said, "he brought intelligence and élan to every position he held and joy and warmth to every Friendship he graced and every room he entered,"
Royce Herbert FRITH was born in Lachine, Quebec, the only son of George Harry FIRTH and Annie Beatrice ROYCE. He was educated at Lachine High School and transferred to Parkdale Collegiate after the family moved to Toronto in the mid-1930s. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1946 and Osgoode Hall in 1949 and then did a Diplôme d' études supérieures (droit) at the University of Ottawa. By then, he had married Elizabeth DAVISON, a professional singer whom he had met through The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Back in Toronto, the FRITHs lived in Leaside and Mr. FRITH practised law on his own for nearly two years before joining two colleagues to form the firm of Magwood, Frith and Pocock. He made his political affiliation to the Liberal party early, serving as national treasurer of the Young Liberal Association in 1949. He got involved in local politics by sitting on Leaside town council in 1951 and 1952 and serving as reeve in 1953. He won the nomination as the provincial Liberal candidate for York East in 1955, but lost by more than 7,000 votes to Hollis BECKETT, the Conservative candidate.
He never ran for public office again. Former Senator John NICHOL thinks of Mr. FRITH as a Renaissance man. He speculates that he didn't actively pursue a career in elected politics because "his interests were so broad, in the arts and music, that I don't think he wanted to limit himself to the treadmill existence of an member of Parliament, or worse, a cabinet minister."
Instead he became a strategist and an organizer, becoming president of the Ontario Liberal Association in 1960, a position he held until 1962. By then, he was one of the key members of Cell 13, a group organized by Keith DAVEY, then national director of the Liberal Party, to build up electoral support for Lester PEARSON and his brand of reform liberalism throughout the country after the party's disastrous showings in the 1957 and 1958 federal elections. One of Cell 13's key activities, as described by Christina McCall-Newman in her book Grits, was "travelling show-and tell demonstrations of canvassing, speaking, and advertising methods" for novice candidates, collected under the rubric of the School of Practical Politics. Mr. FRITH, was a key trainer in these "campaign colleges."
Before the 1963 election that gave Mr. PEARSON his first minority government, the perfectly bilingual Mr. FRITH was a practising lawyer, the host of a television program called Telepoll on the newly formed CTV network, and an applicant before the Board of Broadcast Governors for a licence to establish a private radio station in Windsor, close to the border with the United States.
He got the licence, much to the annoyance of Windsor member of Parliament Paul MARTIN, who thought it should go to a local, and four months later relinquished it in favour of his silent partner, media czar Geoffrey STIRLING.
Mr. DAVEY was not pleased at these public rufflings of Liberal party solidarity, which provided John DIEFENBAKER with fuel for his scathing wit. In his 1986 book, The Rainmaker, he wrote: "Though never quite a dilettante, Royce was not prepared to commit totally to anything, least of all a political career." He went on to say that he regarded Mr. FRITH as "a squandered political resource" who might even have been prime minister. "Too often, however, he slid by on his remarkable personality."
Mr. PEARSON did not share that view. One of his first acts as Prime Minister was to establish the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, with Mr. FRITH as one of ten commissioners. He served the Commission faithfully and well, saying at one point in the hearings that: "If one section of the country sees it as consisting of a majority and a minority while the other sees it as an equal partnership, this does not provide a fertile ground for the exchange of culture. Until we can find ways to change these attitudes, the present conflict will continue."
Earlier this week, Keith SPICER, who was appointed Canada's first Commissioner of Official Languages by Pierre TRUDEAU in 1970, paid tribute to Mr. FRITH who served as his legal adviser. "Royce's advice, in those days when language was still a minefield of anger, misunderstanding and prejudice, was fundamental to the success of the Official Languages Act."
As canny as he was charming, Mr. FRITH struck himself an advantageous deal when the Liberals wanted him to be Ontario campaign manager in the late 1970s. Perhaps Mr. FRITH knew how hard it would be to deliver Ontario to the Liberals in the wake of Mr. TRUDEAU's imposition of the War Measures Act and wage and price controls. He was willing to give up his lucrative law practice to serve the party but he asked for, and received, an appointment to the Senate in 1977. He then took on running the Ontario campaign in the 1979 election, the election that saw Mr. TRUDEAU trounced by Joe CLARK's Progressive Conservatives.
In the Senate, Mr. FRITH was an active and gifted debater and served as deputy leader of the government from 1980 to 1984, deputy leader of the Opposition from 1984 to 1991 and leader of the Opposition from 1991. Working in Ottawa gave him the opportunity to spend more time in nearby Perth, his mother's ancestral home in the Ottawa Valley, and to indulge his passion for amateur theatricals, including playing Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. "Quite frankly," said Senator David SMITH, "he was better looking than Rex Harrison and he had a real polish and flair."
He resigned his Senate seat in 1994, five years before mandatory retirement at age 75, to become High Commissioner to London, his final and most triumphant period of public life. He waged two major campaigns. Under his predecessor Fredrik EATON, appointed by Brian MULRONEY, there was a serious danger that the lease on Canada House in its flagship location in Trafalgar Square in London, was going to be allowed to lapse. Mr. FRITH was appalled and did his utmost to point out that losing Canada House was going to be a blow to Canadian tradition and prestige. He also discovered that under the terms of the lease, Canada had to restore the building to its original condition before handing it back to the Crown. Instead of saving money, giving up Canada House was going to cost a great deal. That proved a winning argument in those cost-conscious days.
Former Liberal Cabinet minister Brian Tobin, now a lawyer in the private sector, had trained as a young candidate with Mr. FRITH in one of the many campaign colleges. He appreciated Mr. FRITH's brand of Liberalism. "He understood the private sector very well, but he also had a huge heart and understood that not only did you have to produce wealth in this society, you have to be fair to those who have fewer advantages."
But what really endeared Mr. FRITH to him was the role he played in the turbot wars when Mr. Tobin was federal minister of fisheries. Members of the fishing community in Cornwall started flying Canadian flags because they were upset by the over-fishing that they themselves were seeing by the Spanish and the Portuguese and they sympathized with Canada's position. Mr. FRITH went to visit them to say thank you. "He did a marvellous job," said Mr. Tobin. "He was such an articulate, persuasive personality that he could walk into a community he had never been in before in his life at a time like that and really embody Canada in the most positive sense of the word."
When asked if he had a favourite memory of Mr. FRITH, he said, "I see this big tall guy in a bow tie with chiselled features, big grin, flashing eyes looking for the next big cause, bare knuckles and all, to embrace. And that's Royce."
If Mr. FRITH was disappointed when he was recalled in 1996 to make way for former Cabinet minister Roy MacLaren to succeed him in London, he kept it to himself.
The Vancouver law firm now called Borden Ladner Gervais invited him to join them as a consultant on British and European affairs. The climate was better than in Ottawa and he had Friends there, especially former Senators John Nichol and George Van Roggen. He quickly became the centre of a social circle that revolved around the Vancouver Symphony, the board of Pearson College and the Vancouver Club. "Royce would walk in every day," said David Smith, "looking like he had just come off Jermyn Street, tailored by Savile Row. I never needed to book anything [when I went to Vancouver], all I had to do was go to the Vancouver Club and there he would be looking like a million dollars."
Mr. FRITH's daughter Valerie also moved to Vancouver where she taught for a number of years in the publishing program at Simon Fraser University. He never remarried, although he had many close women Friends, most notably Hillary Haggan in recent years.
Royce Herbert FRITH was born in Lachine, Quebec, on November 12, 1923. He died of pneumonia as a complication of malignant myeloma at home in Vancouver on March 17, 2005. He was 81. He is survived by his daughter Valerie and her family.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-09 published
NICHOLLS, Dorothy H.
Passed away peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, on Friday, January 7, 2005 in her 73rd year. Dearly loved wife of Bill NICHOLLS of Toronto. Loving Mother of David PARKINSON (Cathy,) Rick PENDOCK (Kelly), Steve PENDOCK (Barb) and Lisa LAPIERRE (Simon). Cherished grandmother of 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Willie SPICER. Dorothy will be greatly missed by many Friends and relatives. Predeceased by one son, Paul PENDOCK. Cremation. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway South, Keswick, 1-888-884-4486 on Tuesday, January 11, 2004 at 1: 30 p.m. The family will receive Friends from 1: 00 p.m. until time of service. If desired, donations made to the Red Cross, Tsunami Relief Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-07 published
SPICER, Elizabeth Aitken
On Saturday, February 5, 2005, in her 93rd year, at York Central Hospital Long Term Care Facility. Dear wife of the late Bernard Frederick SPICER, loving mother of Florence HUMPHRIES and Alexander SPICER. Grandmother of Margo LEDUC, Robert HUMPHRIES, Gregory SPICER, Christine VAN HUIS, great-grandmother of Jason, Jeffrey and Jamie LAWLEY, Chelsea and Connor HUMPHRIES, Brittany, Amber and Tamara SPICER, Catherine, Erika, Grace and Cameron VAN HUIS. Private family interment. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army Red Shield would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-21 published
SPICER, Michael John
Died peacefully, at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, on Saturday, February 19, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 90. Dearly loved husband and best friend of 37 years to Doreen (née McGUIRK.) Father of Lynda RAINFORD and her husband Garth of Bolton, and Gary and his wife Joanne of Kitchener. Grandpa to Jennifer, Emily, Chris, Kelly, and the late George. Mike served for five years in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Navy during World War 2. He retired from Bell Canada in Toronto in 1979, after thirty-three years of service. After retirement, Mike and Doreen travelled each year between Ontario and Florida. A special thank you to Dr. John REA of Huntsville for his compassionate care. In keeping with Mike's wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at the Reynolds Funeral Home "Turner Chapel" in Bracebridge, on Friday, February 25, 2005 from 12: 00 noon until time of Service at 1: 00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations in Mike's memory may be made to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-17 published
SPICER, Dorothy May (née GLOVER)
Of Midland passed away at the Huronia District Hospital, Midland on Monday, March 14th, 2005. Beloved wife of Robert Bruce SPICER. Dear mother of Margaret and her husband Bill JENNINGS. Loving grandma of Bob and Michael JENNINGS. Friends may call at the Nicholls Funeral Home, 330 Midland Ave., Midland on Friday, March 18th from 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, March 19th at 1 p.m. Interment later at Lakeview Cemetery, Midland. If desired, memorial donations to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated. Special thanks to Dr. Helt, staff on 2 East Huronia District Hospital and staff at the Villa Care Centre for their kindness and caring.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-29 published
KNOWLES, Ruth (née CLARKSON)
Peacefully at Centennial Place Millbrook, Ontario with family at her side, on Good Friday, March 25, 2005 in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Paul of Aurora, Ontario. Dear sister of the late Irene ADAM/ADAMS and the late June PUMA. Loving mother to Sandra and Gordon SCOTT (Bancroft,) Brian KNOWLES and Penny KOCHANOWSKI (Aurora), David and Pat KNOWLES (Souris, Prince Edward Island) and Roger and Gail KNOWLES (Oshawa.) Dear grandmother of Kelly (SCOTT) and Jim MacKENZIE (Peterborough), Brian SCOTT (Georgetown,) Jeff and Leigh (SPICER) SCOTT (Orangeville,) Chris and Alison (TANNER) KNOWLES (Whitby), Scott KNOWLES (Newmarket), Jonathan KNOWLES (Halifax), Timothy KNOWLES (Oshawa), Adam KOCHANOWSKI- KNOWLES (Aurora,) Melanie and Karl VAARTJES (Mississauga,) and Jennifer KNOWLES (Souris, Prince Edward Island). Great-grandmother to Willow, Brianne, and Madison MacKENZIE, Keara SCOTT, Aaron and Rachel VAARTJES and Ashley KNOWLES. Remembered by Hildergard Storr KNOWLES and Lynnda McLay WELLS. We love you very much. May you rest in Peace! No funeral services planned, but a private family memorial will be held and Ruth's remains will be laid to rest alongside Paul's in the family plot at Aurora Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Kaye Funeral Home "Memorial Chapel", Peterborough, Ontario.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-12 published
SPICER, Alan George
(World War 2 Veteran) Peacefully on Monday, April 11, 2005 at Allendale Long Term Care Facility, Alan SPICER, in his 83rd year. Loving husband of Betty SPICER for 60 years. Beloved father of Robert (Ellen) SPICER, Joanne (Jon) SUTMAN and Gary (Carolyn) SPICER. Survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton (905-878-2669) on Friday, April 15th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held from the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 16th at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Meadowvale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family.

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-09 published
SMITH, Laura S.
Peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, May 7th, 2005. Laura was the loving wife for 25 years to Dennis. Loving mother to Jason (Sue PROCTER) and Kimberly (Scott SPICER.) Step-mother to Michelle (Don), Lori (Karl) and Michael (Audrey). Sister to Donna (Robert), Michael and Jennifer (Ted). Nana to be sadly missed by her 8 grandchildren. Family and Friends may visit at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering (south of 401, 905-686-5589) from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service to celebrate Laura's life will be held in the chapel at 1 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Sheena' s Place or Weekend to End Breast Cancer would be appreciated. "The family would like to thank everyone who touched Laura".

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SPICER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-09 published
SWEENEY, Jeannette
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother on Friday, October 7, 2005, Jeannette SWEENEY, beloved wife of the late Francis Xavier SWEENEY. Dearly loved mother of John and his wife Karen, Mike and his wife Laudwina, Suzanne and her husband David SPICER, Francis and his wife Denise, Peter and his wife Laura, Mary Jo and her husband Trevin TROY, Jamie, Joan and her husband Ron MARSH, Philip and his partner Julie and Patrick SWEENEY. Loving granny to 15 grandchildren. Jeannette is also survived by her sister Stephanie ROBINSON. Jeannette was born in Saint John, New Brunswick an May 23, 1923 and grew up in London, Ontario. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Steet, London, Ontario on Monday, from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, London, Ontario on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery, London. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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SPICKNELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-16 published
TANNER, Ronald Merle
At Babcock Community Care Centre, Wardsville on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, Ronald Merle TANNER of Wardsville, formerly of West Lorne, London and California in his 88th year. son of the late Reginald and Margaret (BEATTIE) TANNER, he was predeceased by his wife Helen (2003). Survived by son Wayne of Alaska; daughter Susan of California; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren sister Gwen SPICKNELL of London and one nephew. Funeral service will be held at the West Lorne Chapel on Thursday, March 17th at 2: 00 pm. with The Reverend Canon Meurig P. LLOYD, L.T.H. officiating. Visiting two hours prior to the service. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Babcock Community Care Centre of the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Padfield Funeral Home (519-785-0810)

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SPIDLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-21 published
REID, Ewart Percival
After a brief illness, Ewart REID passed away at the General Hospital in Ottawa on June 15, 2005, at age 94. He is survived by his son Malcolm and wife Réjeanne CYR of Quebec City, and by his son Ian and partner Andrea MURPHY, who were with him at the end.
Ewart was the son of John Addison REID and Alma (CRISPIN) REID. Born in 1910 in Regina, he grew up in Toronto and Montreal. He received his B.A. and M.A. in economics from McGill, studying with Stephen Leacock. His master's studies took him to a Doukhobor community in western Canada, and he recounted their lifeways in his thesis.
His early career was with the Department of Agriculture in Ottawa. A second career took shape with the U.N.'s World Food Program, in Rome, New Delhi and Ankara.
Ewart had two granddaughters, Nadine SPIDLA of Vancouver, and Joëlle REID of Toronto. Doing field work in Peru, Joëlle said: "Ewart had a sense of adventure, so he understood mine."
Ewart was a lifelong socialist and supported the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation from its beginnings. He was also a sports enthusiast, with a longstanding commitment to the Habs and Expos.
During his studies at McGill in the 1930s, Ewart met and married Charlotte CLARE of St. Andrews, Manitoba. They were together for 25 years, and separated in 1960. Afterwards, Ewart married Dorothy MOXLEY of Ottawa, who went with him on postings in India and Turkey. She died in 1975. Ewart later married Seval UNAN of Ankara, Turkey, who survives him. Ewart was predeceased by siblings Howard REID of Montreal, Margaret TALBOT of Lachine, and Eleanor GIBBARD of Morgantown, West Virginia.
Friends and colleagues are invited to remember Ewart on what would have been his 95th birthday, on Wed., July 6, at 2 p.m. at a gathering at Beechwood Cemetery, Sir Sandford Fleming Room in Ottawa.

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SPIDLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-01 published
MASON, Doreen Stewart " Bubbles Toomath"
With great sadness and sorrow, we announce the passing of Doreen on Tuesday, May 31, 2005. Beloved wife for over fifty wonderful years to the late Bob. Loving mother of Bob and his wife Neola, Bill and his wife Janice, and Bonnie and her husband Victor LEFEBVRE. Sadly missed by her five grandaughters, Monica and her husband Dana BABINEAU, Kimberley, Kelly, Yvonne and Elaine. Survived by her sisters, Marie HARRISON, Eileen SPIDLE and Sylvia WALKER. Predeceased by her brothers, Andy, John and Ernie and her sisters, Nan LUSCOMBE, Margaret WATERHOUSE and Ruby POLISK. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Service and Committal in our Chapel on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice.

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SPIEGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-27 published
SPIEGEL, Gerrie
At Baycrest Hospital, on Monday, September 26, 2005. Gerrie, beloved wife of the late Frank. Loving mother of Marna and Bernie SNITMAN, Gay SPIEGEL, Shelley SPIEGEL and Rob HERMAN. Cherished grandmother of Michael, Jonah, Daniel, Leah, Jenna. Very devoted companion Del GARCIA. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. from Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W. (between Bathurst and Yonge). Interment Lambton Cemetery, Lagover Society section. Memorial donations to Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation Family and Community Medicine Fund, 416-340-3935.

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SPIEGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-03 published
CUGELMAN, Anne
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Anne CUGELMAN, in her 91st year at North York General Hospital, on July 2, 2005. Wife of the late Sam CUGELMAN. Mother to Florene and Ubby SPIEGEL, Ena and the late Stanley CORD and Susan BRAMON. Devoted grandmother to Jana SPIEGEL, Risa and Shane EMER, Michael and Simone SPIEGEL, Stephen CORD and Jordanna BERNSTEIN and Bonnie and Jeffrey WELLS. Loving great-grandmother to Jonathan, Aaron, Robyn, Elana, Sammy, Zoe, Nicole and Sage. Survived by her sister Gitel GORDON. Funeral to be held Sunday, July 3, 2005. Call Steeles Memorial for time, 905-881-6003. Shiva at 54 Reiber Crescent, Toronto.

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SPIEGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-08 published
GINSBERG, Karen (née SPIEGEL)
Peacefully, at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 6, 2005. Loving daughter of Michael and Shirley SPIEGEL. Beloved wife of Brian HAWLEY. Loving mother of Jordan, Daniel, and Zachary GINSBERG, Elise, and Micheline HAWLEY. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Dee Dee and Don MOSCOE, and Neil SPIEGEL and Ann SHIN. Daughter-in-law of the late Ken and Phyllis HAWLEY. Karen, artist and teacher will be deeply missed by the many lives she touched. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Community Section. Shiva 6 Chipstead Road, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen's memory may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 416-946-6560.

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SPIERENBURG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-15 published
McGURK, John Francis " Frank" (1914-2005)
Peacefully at Queen's Garden Hamilton after a life well lived, on Friday, August 12, 2005, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Nellie FLYNN (1989,) and the late Sandra Della SIEGA (2004.) Cherished father of Diane CULLEN and her husband Jim, and Donna McGUINNESS of Toronto. Proud grandfather of Gerry (Linda,) Michael (Julie), Pat (Colleen), and Peggy CULLEN, Cindy BINGHAM (Mike) and Patricia WIEMER (Kevin.) Doting great-grandfather of Meaghan, Kathleen, Molly, Rachael, and Abbey CULLEN and Brittany, Meaghan and Jesse WIEMER. Survived by his sister Theresia McCAFFREY, and by his sisters-in-law Bea McGURK, Joan GALLAGHER, Esther OLMOND, Jean DRAKE, Ann SUTTON, and Helen SPIERENBURG, and brothers-in-law Dan OLMOND and Dan GALLAGHER. Also lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Frank retired from the Otis Elevator Co. with 35 years of service, which included production of Bofur guns during the war. He served many years on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Community Credit Union, and also on the Board of the Victoria Curling Club to which he was granted a lifetime membership. He was also a faithful usher at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church. The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the staff at Queen's Garden for their loving care. The family will receive Friends at the P.X. Dermody Funeral Home, 7 East Avenue South, Hamilton, (905-572-7900) on Monday, August 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Vigil Prayers at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church, (Hughson Ave., South at Augusta), Hamilton, on Tuesday, August 16 at 11 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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SPIERING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-31 published
SALES, René A.
At the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, on Saturday, December 24, 2005, René SALES, in his 73rd year. Dearly loved husband of Beverley (ROBERTS) (LARSON) SALES. Dear father of Anthony SALES, and Stephanie RYAN of Saint Thomas. Loved grandfather of Ilyra WHITE/WHYTE, Talen SALES, Taya SALES, Micheal SPIERING and Mathew SPIERING all of Saint Thomas. Born in Marseilles, France, January 23, 1933, he was the son of the late Louise SALES and Maria D'HARO) SALES. He lived in Montreal and Windsor, before moving to St. Thomas in 1965. René had worked as a metal worker and welder at Erie Iron Industries for 27 years. Cremation took place at Woodland Crematorium, London. The family will receive their Friends at the R.E. Allen Funeral Chapel, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas Tuesday evening January 3, 2006, from 7 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Donations to the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation, for the Rotary Chemotherapy Unit, would be appreciated by the family.

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SPIERING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-16 published
SMITH, William David Russell " Digger"
Peacefully at the Brant Centre in Burlington, on August 14, 2005 in his 71st year. Beloved husband for 46 years of Barbara Joan SMITH (née WILKINSON.) Loving father of Diana SMITH of Oshawa, Jennifer SMITH and her husband Alex NIKOLAJEVICH of Toronto, and Carolyn SOLBY and her husband Marc of Etobicoke. Cherished grandfather of Maggie and Hannah. son of the late W.F.R. SMITH and Honor GROUT and step mother Diana. Dear brother of Susan WOOD and her husband Dick of Cambridge, Trevor SMITH of Elliot Lake, Patricia DEWEY and her husband Dean of Collingwood, Brenda SPIERING and her husband Rick of Etobicoke, and predeceased by his sister Frances. David leaves behind a loving extended family. He was a graduate of Trinity College (University of Toronto). David was a teacher, coach and housemaster during his 40 year career at Appleby College in Oakville. At David's request cremation has taken place. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street, (one block north of City Hall) Burlington (905-632-3333) on Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p. m. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Appleby College, John Bell Chapel, #540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville on Friday, August 19, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Appleby College Bursary Fund or the Victorian Order of Nurses, Halton Branch (Alzheimer Services).

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SPIERING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-22 published
SPIERING, Ernst
On December 20, 2005 at the age of 75, with his family by his side. Husband of Kathleen. Father of Karen (Bruce), Kerry (Will), Kane, and Mark (Janet). Grandpa of Valerie, Valentin, Andrea, Ken, Ryan and Kyle. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (5440 Durie Road, Streetsville) on Friday, December 23, 2005 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Research Foundation, would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Neweduk Funeral Home - "Mississauga Chapel" 905-828-8000, www.neweduk.com

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SPIERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-16 published
SPIERS, Ernest
Passed away at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, Monday, November 14th, 2005. Ernest Leslie SPIERS of Markdale in his 87th year. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he was the son of the late Reginald and Maud (WADE) SPIERS. Predeceased by his wife Ella (BULMER.) Survived by six sons: Daniel, David, Ronald, John, Michael, and Robert; and their families, including fourteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and companion Inez PLESTER. He was a veteran of the second world war serving in Ontario's Essex Scottish Regiment as a bandsman. In 1952 he reenlisted in The Royal Canadian Navy and was assigned to the aircraft carrier H.M.C.S. Magnificent as bandmaster. He attended The Royal Marine School of Music in England and earned the degree of Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music in military conducting. Returning to Canada he held various positions including bandmaster of Stadaconna band in Halifax and staff officer Royal Canadian Reserve bands based in Toronto. He retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1968 holding the rank of chief warrant officer. Upon retirement he completed a second career as instrumental music teacher in North York Junior High School, Toronto. He retired to the Markdale area in 1984 where he pursued his interests of hunting, fishing and especially gardening. He was a member of Virgin Lodge #3 Halifax, and Past Master of Hiram Lodge #490 Markdale Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons G.R.C. Friends may call at the May Funeral Home, Markdale, Thursday from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., where Hiram Lodge #490 will officiate at a funeral service on Friday November 18th, 2005 at 7: 00 p.m. Cremation followed by broadcast at sea. If desired, memorial donations to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Markdale would be appreciated.

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SPIERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-27 published
BUTZER, Mary Ethel
Mary Ethel BUTZER of Middlesex Terrace in Delaware, and formerly of Wallaceburg, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2005 at the age of 76. Beloved wife of Vic BUTZER. Loving mother and mother-in-law of John and Diane BUTZER of Chatham, Bonnie and Jim BROWN of Sarnia and Vicki and Terry SPIERS of London. Dear grandmother of Jennifer and Dave GOETZ, Brad and Candice BUTZER, Lisa BROWN and Jessica, Curt and Angie BROWN and Jessica and Shane SPIERS. Great-grandmother of Mackenzie. Sister of Bob and Lou WATSON of Ohio and Barb and the late Ken ARMITAGE of Sarnia. Family and Friends are invited to attend the graveside interment of Mary's cremated remains at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg at 11: 30 on Saturday, April 30. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow at 12 Noon at the Cavanagh Funeral Reception Centre, 416 Nelson Street (at Elgin) in Wallaceburg. If desired, remembrances to the Kidney Foundation may be left at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home 519-627-3231.

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SPIERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-06 published
BUTZER, Victor W.
Passed away at Middlesex Terrace in Delaware on October 5, 2005 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of the late Mary. Loving father of John and Diana BUTZER of Chatham, Bonnie and Jim BROWN of Sarnia and Vicki and Terry SPIERS of London. Grandfather of Jennifer and Dave GOETZ, Brad and Candice BUTZER, Lisa BROWN and Jessica, Curt BROWN, Angela BROWN, Jessica SPIERS and Shane SPIERS. Great Grandfather of Mackenzie BUTZER. Brother of Irene (Mrs. Wm. WATSON) of Saint Thomas, Art BUTZER and the late Marie of Sarnia, Charlie BUTZER and Gladys of Mitchell's Bay, Ed and Marg BUTZER of Lindsay, Florence TRUDELL of Windsor, Doug and Annemarie BUTZER of Port Lambton and the late Bertha (Mrs. Spencer RUDDER) of Wallaceburg. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, October 8th at 11: 30 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery and will be followed by a time of refreshment and fellowship at the Cavanagh Reception Centre. If desired, remembrances to the Lung Association may be left at the funeral home. 519-627-3231. Arrangements entrusted to the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street, Wallaceburg.

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SPIERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-22 published
PERIGOE, Kenneth Leslie
On Friday, October 14, 2005, in his 81st year, at the Palliative Care Unit of York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Predeceased by his parents Thomas Byron PERIGOE and Mary Jane Garfield (nee SPIERS.) Survived by sister Win (Charles) SOUTHMAYD; predeceased by brothers Clark (Pat), Ross (Myrtle), Rae (Elsie), Del (Ardeth) and Herb (Betty).
Beloved husband of Marjorie Alberta (née NIXEY.) Dear father of Thomas Arthur and Barbara Elizabeth HOWE (Mark.) Proud grandfather of Grant, Blake and Kent. Ken will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Ken grew up on Alberta Avenue, attended McMurrich Public School and Oakwood Collegiate Institute. Ken volunteered, in 1943, for active service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1950 Ken graduated from the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts). Always a competitive athlete, Ken was a member of London, Ontario city championship teams: Football - South Collegiate Institute 1941; Softball - Somerville 1948 and London Life 1952.
Ken's business career commenced with London Life at head Office achievements included, in 1959, installation of the original Univac system followed by conversion to System 360. His career concluded at North American Life as Staff Counsellor helping others. Both roles were new at the time and each required Ken's innovative and organizational abilities resulting in many accomplishments.
No words can adequately express the thanks due to Doctor Len KRYSTOLOVICH and the remarkable nursing team of compassionate professionals at the Palliative Care Unit of York Central Hospital. The family also wishes to extend their appreciation to all of those who offered their support during this most difficult time.
A Memorial Service will be held at Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive), on Saturday, November 19, 2005, commencing at 2: 00 p.m.; reception to follow. Private interment.
Remembrances, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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SPIERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-25 published
O'LEARY, Betty Aileen (née GRAHAM)
Born in Lindsay, Ontario on October 4, 1929. Died October 23, 2005, peacefully, after a courageous battle with Cancer, at her home on Lake Street, Southampton, Ontario, surrounded by her children Dennis, Lisanne, Bridget and Sean, by her son-in-law and daughters-in-law, Stephen GLEAVE, Bente O'LEARY and Karen SPIERS, by her grandchildren, Alexandra GLEAVE, Patrick and Brenna O'LEARY and by her former husband Dennis O'LEARY. She will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren, her sister Audrey POGUE and her family, by her many cousins and by her dear Friends in Hamilton, Toronto, Southampton and elsewhere in Ontario. At Betty's request Cremation will have taken place. Visitation from the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton, on Friday, October 28, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday October 29, 2005 at the Southampton United Church from 11: 30 a.m. until the Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. A Reception will follow at the family cottage. Interment of Ashes, St Patrick's Cemetery Southampton, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Southampton, Ontario. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.eaglesonfuneralhome.com.

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SPIERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-27 published
ROBERTSON, Mildred Jane (née ARMSTRONG)
Surrounded by her family, in her 91st year, went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 at Chelsey Park Streetsville Nursing Home. Beloved wife of the late John ROBERTSON. Dear mother of Norman (Kathy) and Susan (Don) MUNRO. Precious Grandmother of Heather (Kevin) WOODSIDE, Scott MUNRO, Jim MUNRO, Rob (Kerry) ROBERTSON, Renee (Martyn) JOHANNS, Deb (John) BALD, and Sarah ROBERTSON (predeceased.) Loving Great-grandmother of Hayley, Emma, Alex, Josh, Matthew, Mitchell, Ryan, Ethan and Nicole. Sister of Edythe (Eddie) SPIERS and Florence HILTS (predeceased.) Predeceased by her parents Henry ARMSTRONG and Florence ARMSTRONG- JOBIN. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home {ndash} "Mississauga Chapel," 1981 Dundas St. W. (1 block East of Erin Mills Pkwy.) from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at Christ Our King Lutheran Church (2150 Dundas St. W.) at 1 p.m., which will be immediately followed by a Celebration of Milly's Life at 2 p.m., January 29, 2005. Interment Springcreek Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. In Memory of Milly, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Peel or to Christ Our King Church School Ministry. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000 www.neweduk.com

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SPIERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-12 published
COLLICT, James Henry " Jim"
Passed away peacefully, at the Scarborough Hospital General Division, on February 10, 2005, in his 88th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Eleanor (1968). Dear brother of Joy. Predeceased by his sisters Dorothy MacTAGGART, Marjorie HEATH, Marion SPIERS, and Hazel INGWERSEN, and his brother Stanley COLLICT. Missed by his many nieces and nephews and their families. Friends will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge St. (2 lights south of Steeles), for one hour prior to a Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Prospect Cemetery. In memory of Jim, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Scarborough Hospital General Division would be appreciated by the family.

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SPIERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-16 published
SPIERS, Ruth Ellen (1924-2005)
Passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at Allendale Nursing Home in Milton, Ontario on Tuesday, February 15, 2005. Loving wife of Gordon, cherished mother of Gary and wife Wendy, loving Grandmother of Samantha and Jessica. Member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 46 years in Vancouver and Florida. Active in Boy Scouts of Canada for 20 years in Mississauga. Retired 20 year employee at Queensway General Hospital, Etobicoke. Her family members and Friends from England to Australia, Vancouver to Florida, will sadly miss Ruth. Special thanks to all the staff at Halton House at Allendale Nursing Home. Memorial Services to be held on Friday, February 18th, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street, Milton, 905-878-4452.

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