STARKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-06 published
KERN, Hans
At London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Hospital) on Sunday, December 4, 2005 Hans KERN of Belmont in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Frieda (née RUBINKE.) Loving father of Wolfgang KERN (wife Debbie) of Coldbrook and Margot BAILEY of London. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Jason (wife Brandy), Shayne, Tim, Joe (wife Melissa) and Ben all of London and Michael (wife Niki) of Waterloo and six great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his sister Elizabeth STARKE of Germany (1986.) A funeral service will be held at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Andrea McINTYRE officiating (visitation 2 hours prior). Interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice gratefully acknowledged.

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STARKEBAUM o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-05-28 published
GRAY/GREY, Melba Jean (née HOCKEN)
Of Mildmay, passed away peacefully at Walkerton Hospital on Thursday, May 26th, 2005 in her 78th year. Melba was a past Kinette, district co-ordinator and a Kinette national convenor. Survived by her best friend and husband of 57 years, Russel Alliston (Al) GRAY/GREY. Loving mother of Cindy and Bob BINKLEY, George, Peter and Tina GRAY/GREY of Mildmay, and Nancy and Mark STARKEBAUM of Vancouver. Cherished grandmother of Rob, Kristy, Christopher, Alison, Russel, Ryan, Taylor, Zack, Ian and Mack; and great-grandmother of Brennan and Julia. Predeceased by her parents Wallance and Florence HOCKEN, and her sisters Kathleen and Grace; and brothers Roy and Gordon. Visitation at the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay, on Monday from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. Paul's United Church, Mildmay, on Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Cystic Fibrosis.
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STARKEBAUM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-27 published
GRAY/GREY, Melba Jean (née HOCKEN)
Of Mildmay, passed away peacefully, at Walkerton Hospital, on Thursday, May 26, 2005, in her 78th year. Melba was a past Kinette, district co-ordinator and a Kinette national convenor. Survived by her best friend and husband of 57 years, Russell Alliston (Al) GRAY/GREY. Loving mother of Cindy and Bob BINKLEY, George, Peter and Tina GRAY/GREY of Mildmay, and Nancy and Mark STARKEBAUM of Vancouver. Cherished grandmother of Rob, Kristy, Christopher, Alison, Russell, Ryan, Taylor, Zack, Ian, and Mack; and great-grandmother of Brennan and Julia. Predeceased by her parents Wallace and Florence HOCKEN her sisters Kathleen and Grace; and brothers Roy and Gordon. Visitation at the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay, on Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in St. Paul's United Church, Mildmay, on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Cystic Fibrosis.

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STARKEWSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-22 published
WATERS, Karen Louise (formerly WATERS, née LEWIS)
Courageously, after a difficult illness, Karen died in Henderson Hospital, Hamilton, on October 19, 2005, at age 54. She was the cherished long-time friend and partner of Marg RENAUD. Beloved eldest daughter of Jack and Helen LEWIS of Sarnia, and mother of Lena MINERS (Jason) of Halifax; Jacqueline STARKEWSKI (Austin) of Calgary; and Kayte WATERS of Toronto. Karen was the former wife of John WATERS of Strathroy; their first grandchild, Alexander (Xander) Stanley MINERS is almost a month old. Karen was the sister of Dan LEWIS (Kim) of Chatham, Heather LEWIS (Roger HIGHT) of London and Sandra DE BELLEVAl (Marc) of Charing Cross. An avid golfer and sports enthusiast, Karen taught and coached at North Middlesex District High School in Parkhill for 27 years, before moving to Hamilton and starting her own business. She will also be sadly missed by nieces, nephews, cousins, Friends and acquaintances, both old and new. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Monday, October 24, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Blackwell Cemetery, Sarnia. Visitation will be at Smith Funeral Home in Sarnia on Sunday, October 23, 2005 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will also be held at Centenary United Church in Hamilton on Tuesday October 25th at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Cancer Society, The M.S. Society or Centenary United Church in Hamilton would be greatly appreciated. Visit www.smithfuneralhome.ca for further information or directions to the funeral home. E-mail messages for the family can be directed to smithfuneralhome@cogeco.net

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

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STARKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-23 published
STARKEY, Gwen Annie
On Monday, April 18, 2005, while in Las Vegas, Nevada, in her 75th year. Beloved wife of William (Bill) STARKEY. Dear mother of Steven and his wife Sue, Mark and his wife Jill, Barry STARKEY and his partner Leanne, Shelley STARKEY, Kerry and her husband Jamie ABBOTT. She will be sadly missed by all her 12 grandchildren. Visitation will take place at The Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 53 Division St. N., Bowmanville from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2005. Funeral Service will be held in our Chapel at 11 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2005. Cremation. Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by Gwen's family.www.northcuttelliott.com

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STARKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-27 published
STARKEY, William " Bill"
Age 76 years. Retired Postal Service and Veteran. Peacefully after a brief battle with cancer at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville, on Thursday, August 25, 2005. Beloved husband of the late Gwen STARKEY. Dear father of Steven and his wife Sue, Mark and his wife Jill, Barry STARKEY and his partner Leanne, Shelley STARKEY, Kerry and her husband Jamie ABBOTT. He will be sadly missed by his 12 grandchildren. Survived by his brothers Ted and Nancy STARKEY; Ron and Teri STARKEY and sister Barb and Vern HOPPS. Predeceased by his sister Shirley LAMB. Visitation will take place at The Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 53 Division St. North Bowmanville, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, August 28th, 2005. Funeral Service will be held in our Chapel 11 a.m. Monday, August 29th. Cremation. Memorial donations made to the Cancer Society would be appreciated by Bill's family.

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

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STARKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-16 published
NELSON, Lois Vivian
At the Leacock Care Centre, Orillia, on Friday, October 14, 2005 in her 75th year. Lois NELSON (née JEWELL) of Big Cedar Estates, Hawkestone, beloved wife of Ralph NELSON. Dear mother of Allan and his wife Dawn of Ajax, Laura and her husband David STARKEY of Oshawa. Loving grandmother of Jonathan, Krista, Melanie, Terence, Sean, Jennifer and Kimberly. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street E., Orillia on Wednesday, October 19th at 1 p.m. A reception and time of visitation will follow. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of N.E. Simcoe County, would be appreciated.

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STARKIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-17 published
DEMELLO, Joseph
(Formerly of Dar-es-Salam, Tanganyika Packers). Passed away peacefully at Cawthra Gardens Nursing Home in Mississauga on Monday, May 16, 2005, surrounded by his loved ones. He shared 65 loving years with his devoted wife Matilda (Matty) by his side. Loving father and father-in-law of Norma and Eric STARKIE, Thelma and Steve D'SOUZA, Leslie and Teresa DEMELLO, and Oscar and Doris DEMELLO. Proud grandfather to Michael and Cathy, Sandra, Sidney and Desiree, Jeffrey and Sarah, Darren, Jamie, Jessica and Rebecca, and great-grandfather of Nicole, Kaitlin and Mitchell, and Matthew, Alexa and Brooklyn. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Cawthra Gardens for their wonderful care and dedication. Friends and relatives will be received at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 19th, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 4070 Central Pkwy. E. (N. of Burnhamthorpe) followed by interment at Assumption Cemetery (Tomken and Derry Rd.)

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-18 published
DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, Rose (née STARKMAN)
Passed away peacefully in Los Angeles on August 13, 2005 at age 94. Wife of the late Dave DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS. Survived by daughter, Myrna KOFFMAN (Morley,) and son, Lorne DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS; grandchildren Lori KOFFMAN (Ken ZIEBELMAN), Ted KOFFMAN (Debby), Robert KOFFMAN (Tara,) Elyse DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, Leslie PRUETT (Nicholas:) great-grandchildren Rachel, Alexis, Jamie, Nikki, Lindsey, Adin, Anna, Elleana, Sarah, and Ariel. Oldest sister of Morris STARKMAN, Mannie STARKMAN and the late Irving STARKMAN, the late Max STARKMAN, the late Jeanette KAPLANSKY and the late Cookie SIMON. Beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews. A warm, vibrant, joyful woman who delighted in others and whose warmth and caring were felt by all who knew her. The matriarch of the family will be greatly missed.
The funeral took place on August 17, 2005 at the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Myrna KOFFMAN in Vancouver.

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-30 published
TOPP, Jack
On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at his home. Jack TOPP, beloved husband of Helen. Loving father of Richard and Judy, Martin and Eugene. Dear brother Lilian STARKMAN, Daisy HARRIS, Connie LUBOTTA, and the late Abraham TOPP, and Issie TOPP. Devoted uncle to his many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park on Friday, September 30, 2005. Shiva 95 Ava Road. If desired, donations may be made to the Jack Topp Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-08 published
STARKMAN, Willy -- Dispatch:
By Paul CHOI, Saturday, October 8, 2005, Page M4
For 55 years, Willy STARKMAN stood tirelessly behind the counter at Sunnyside Hardware in Parkdale. And for 55 years, Mr. STARKMAN's booming laugh and generous spirit made him a local celebrity in the neighbourhood.
"He was a real character. He loved people, he really did," says his son, Randy.
Born in 1928 in Toronto, Mr. STARKMAN set up his small, old-fashioned hardware shop on Queen Street West in 1950 shortly before marrying his wife, Estelle, in 1956. Devoted to his business and supporting his family, Mr. STARKMAN worked six days a week, rising at 4 a.m. to take his daily one-hour walks even into his 70s.
Over the years, as looming big-box stores forced the closing of many small hardware shops, Mr. STARKMAN's local business continued to stay open. Sunnyside Hardware's longevity was a testament not to its relatively small inventory of nails and paint, but rather, to the man who owned it, his son says.
"He did all the little things for certain customers. He had a tiny little fridge in his store, and he'd keep a Pepsi just for one customer or he'd keep an apple juice for another customer," Randy says. "Sometimes he would get some little thing they needed and it would end up costing him money to get the thing, but just for customer service, he would go and do it. He loved what he did."
On top of his generosity, Mr. STARKMAN's sharp humour and blunt honesty helped him win many Friends among his customers. Randy recalls when his father would hold court in the store, talking with three or four people at a time about politics and other topics. He would always playfully joke with them, often giving customers nicknames such as "Big Shooter."
"Our dad could always put a smile on anybody's face," says Mr. STARKMAN's son, Laurie. "He was the kibitzing king, an Olympic champion at needling."

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-12 published
STARKMAN, Lillian
Peacefully, on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at the Baycrest Hospital, Lillian STARKMAN, beloved wife of the late Manning STARKMAN. Ever loving mother of Gail LIEBERTHAL and Harvey STARKMAN. Dear sister of Daisy HARRISS, Connie LUBOTTA, and the late Abraham TOPP and Jack TOPP. Sister-in-law of Helen TOPP and the late Herman HARRISS, Jack LUBOTTA, and Lil TOPP. Devoted grandmother of Marshall STARKMAN, Morgan, Lisanne, and Jesse LIEBERTHAL. Great-grandmother of Nyan and Dexter. Special thanks to the Baycrest Centre and their very special team. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Lillian Starkman Memorial Fund at the Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-18 published
SEATON, Micheline
On Friday, September 16, 2005 at Baycrest. Micheline, beloved wife of the late Albert. Loving mother and mother-in-law to Boris and Danielle WISEMAN, Renee and Gerry STARKMAN, Claire SEATON- MARKS, Meyer and Shelly SEATON, and Richard and Tari SEATON. Survived by brothers and sisters Nicholas, Antoine, François, Marie, Lucie and Anna. Grandmother to Lisa, Dafyyd and Andree, Brandon, Stephen and Stephanie, Alexandra, Sean, Samantha, Joshua, Jessica and Jamison. For time and place, call Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 416-663-9060. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Micheline Seaton Memorial Fund, c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 416-780-0324.

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-23 published
STARKMAN, Willy (1928-2005)
Willy would have just one thing to say right about now, and it would be pretty loud: "What are you making such a fuss about?" We have to make a fuss, Willy. You were an original. An adoring husband, incredible father, wonderful Zaidy - and the man behind the counter at Sunnyside Hardware for 55 years. Willy died in his sleep Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at age 76, leaving an unimaginable void in a great many lives. He was well-known for his honesty, generosity, sense of humour, bluntness and integrity. Most of all, though, Willy was known for his devotion to Estelle, whom he called "the love of my life." They would have been married 50 years next June. Willy was still working six days a week, rising at 4 a.m. every day to go for a brisk one-hour walk before going down to the store. He was in his element at Sunnyside Hardware, kibbitzing with customers and always going the extra mile to take care of them. As more than one customer has mentioned: "I miss the abuse already. Nobody could give you the gears like Willy." Willy was such a loving father and father-in-law to Laurie and Nancy, Randy and Mary, and Fern and Scott. He was dearly loved by the grandchildren he adored: Megan, Courtney, Jesse, Ella, Bryce and Kennedy. Willy will also be greatly missed by all his Friends, customers and fellow shop-keepers on Queen Street West. Parkdale may never be the same. Sorry about the fuss, big shooter. We'll love you forever. Funeral will be today at 11: 30 a.m. at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel at 2401 Steeles Ave. West.

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-24 published
STARKMAN, Willy (1928-2005)
Willy would have just one thing to say right about now, and it would be pretty loud: "What are you making such a fuss about?" We have to make a fuss, Willy. You were an original. An adoring husband, incredible father, wonderful Zaidy - and the man behind the counter at Sunnyside Hardware for 55 years. Willy died in his sleep Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at age 76, leaving an unimaginable void in a great many lives. He was well-known for his honesty, generosity, sense of humour, bluntness and integrity. Most of all, though, Willy was known for his devotion to Estelle, whom he called "the love of my life." They would have been married 50 years next June. Willy was still working six days a week, rising at 4 a.m. every day to go for a brisk one-hour walk before going down to the store. He was in his element at Sunnyside Hardware, kibbitzing with customers and always going the extra mile to take care of them. As more than one customer has mentioned: "I miss the abuse already. Nobody could give you the gears like Willy." Willy was such a loving father and father-in-law to Laurie and Nancy, Randy and Mary, and Fern and Scott. He was dearly loved by the grandchildren he adored: Megan, Courtney, Jesse, Ella, Bryce and Kennedy. Willy will also be greatly missed by all his Friends, customers and fellow shop-keepers on Queen Street West. Parkdale may never be the same. Sorry about the fuss, big shooter. We'll love you forever. Funeral was held Friday at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel at 2401 Steeles Ave. West.

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-30 published
TOPP, Jack
On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at his home. Jack TOPP, beloved husband of Helen. Loving father of Richard and Judy, Martin and Eugene. Dear brother of Lilian STARKMAN, Daisy HARRIS, Connie LUBOTTA, and the late Abraham TOPP, and Issie TOPP. Devoted uncle to his many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park on Friday, September 30, 2005. Shiva 95 Ava Road. If desired, donations may be made to the Jack Topp Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-12 published
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STARKMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-15 published
COHEN MEGHORY, Sarah
On Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at York Central Hospital. Sarah COHEN MEGHORY beloved wife of the late Moshe COHEN MEGHORY. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Avi and Jerry BJMOLT, Yehiel and Maria COHEN MEGHORY, Drora and Julius BATORI, Ophra and Donnie STARKMAN, and Danny and Cindy COHEN MEGHORY. Devoted grandmother of Alan and Adrienne, Larry, Ronnie and Lauren, Dale and Michael, David, Naomi, David and Lindsey, Jodi and Jason, Jordan and Tammy, Elana and Jordie, Michael, Matthew, and Julian, great-grandmother of Jordan, Kaleigh, Ari, Yoni, Nehama, Lauren, Adam, Charlie, Jake, Kylie, Logan, Dara, and Jamie. A special thanks to Ida for her loving dedication. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 20 Alcaine Court, Thornhill. If desired, donations may be made to The Sarah Cohen Meghory Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M6A 2C3 416-780-0324.

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STARKS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-24 published
PINEL, Lois Jane Irene (née STARKS)
Peacefully, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (Hospital Drive Site), on Thursday, June 23, 2005, at the age of 77. Beloved wife of Lawrence PINEL. Loving mother to Jeffrey of Ennismore, and Paul (Diana) of Pickering. Grandmother to Christina, Michael, Daniel, Cheyenne, and Samantha, and great-grandmother to Coby. Dear sister to John (Alice) STARKS of Smith Falls and Bob (Dixie) STARKS of U.S.A. A Memorial Service will take place at Nisbett Funeral Home and Chapel (600 Monaghan Rd. S., Peterborough), on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 2 p.m. Inurnment to take place at a later date. In memory of Lois, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society.

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STARLING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-01 published
SINKEY, Wilmer
Suddenly in Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, December 30, 2004, Wilmer SINKEY of Watford. Beloved husband of Wanda CHAMBERS, in his 74th year. Dear father of: Pat and Neil BOLTON of Kerwood, Kevin and Debbie SINKEY of Watford, Debbie THORPE and friend Mike of Strathroy. Four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Brother of Raylene and Doug STARLING of Trenton. Brother-in-law of Stanley WELSH of Old Castle, Lydia SINKEY and Betty SINKEY of Strathroy, Edith KINGSTON of New Castle and Ruby WARD of Max Meadows, Virginia. Predeceased by one sister, Doreen WELSH, two brothers, George and Don SINKEY and two brothers-in-law, Williamson WARD and George KINGSTON. There will be no visitation. Cremation with burial at a later date.

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STARLING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-19 published
MUIRHEAD, Amelia “Ivy” (formerly AYRES, née STARLING)
Amelia “Ivy” MUIRHEAD passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 in Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock, Ontario, at the age of 99. Amelia was the widow of Gavin Stuart MUIRHEAD and Wilfrid Maxwell AYRES. Amelia (née STARLING) was born in 1906 in Cheveley, England. Lovingly called “Nanny” by those close to her, Amelia worked as a governess for the family of an English country gentleman and then for a prominent family in Denmark. Her service afforded her a unique opportunity to travel throughout Europe. She married her first husband Wilfrid AYRES in Cheveley in 1929 before immigrating to Canada in 1930 on the Empress of Scotland. The young couple settled in Montreal, Quebec where they raised two daughters and a son. Wilfrid passed away in 1965 following a battle with lung cancer. Amelia volunteered her time as president of the Cancer Society at Saint Mark's Church in St. Laurent, Quebec. She married her second husband Gavin MUIRHEAD in 1968 in St. Laurent and then moved with him to Woodstock in 1977. Amelia soon became an active member of Old St. Paul's Anglican Church and was involved in numerous church endeavours. She was accomplished in many arts and crafts and was especially adept at crochet and knitting. Her garden afforded her countless hours of enjoyment and she enjoyed walks and new learning experiences. Amelia remained active for many years after Gavin passed on in 1985 but when her own health started to fail she moved into a retirement residence before settling into the Caressant Care nursing home.
She leaves behind her son John AYRES and his wife Eliane Leclerc AYRES and two daughters Brenda MAVER (née AYRES) and Sheila WALKER (née AYRES) and daughter-in-law Elaine AYRES (née FAHRNER:) grandchildren Robin AYRES, Rand AYRES, Ken MAVER, Kathryn BROWNE (née MAVER), Robert WALKER, Tobin WALKER and Joanne TATRO (née WALKER); great grandchildren Robert MAVER, Michael MAVER, Andrew BROWNE, Sean BROWNE, Jaime WALKER, Kevin WALKER, and Keliann WALKER. She is survived by her sister-in-law Vi MUIRHEAD, daughter-in-law Alice BRAY (née MUIRHEAD,) step son-in-law Harold “Al” LOCKHART: step grandchildren Bruce LOCKHART, Joan COX (née LOCKHART,) Julie GRANT (née LOCKHART), Lynne WHEADON (née LOCKHART), Keith BRAY and Gail BRAY- GUY; numerous step greatgrandchildren and two step greatgreat-grandchildren. Brother-in-laws Clyde MUIRHEAD, Gordon MUIRHEAD and sister-in-laws Marge MUIRHEAD and Marguerite LOCKHART (née MUIRHEAD) predecease her. Amelia leaves behind her cousin Eileen HALLIDAY now residing in Port Washington, U.S.A., and sister-in-law Lily HOOD in England. Surviving nephews and nieces from England and Scotland are Richard STARLING, Sylvia Williams SWANN (née STARLING), David STARLING, Michael STARLING, Roy ANDERSON, Robin HOWE, Trevor HOWE, Sylvia HOOD, as well as many great and great-great nephews and nieces. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, if desired memorial donations may be made to the Old St. Paul's Anglican Church Restoration Fund or to local affiliations of the Canadian Cancer Society. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com.

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STARLING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-01 published
STARLING, Christian Luke
Born August 12, 1972 to Karen (ROBERTSON) STARLING and Richard STARLING. Died unexpectedly in his 33rd year on December 28, 2004. He is survived by his loving wife Ayesha FEDERICO and their 2 children Liam and Sarah, and by his former wife Brooke (BLISS) STARLING and their daughter Jade. He leaves behind his brothers Jeffrey STARLING and Blue BRENT and their families, and countless family members and Friends who loved him very much. Chris was an easy person to love and lived his life with fervour. He will truly leave an emptiness in all the lives he touched. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 2, 2005 at Andrews Community Funeral Centre, 8190 Dixie Road, (Brampton) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the the Chapel Monday, January 3 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either to the Renascent Foundation or in trust for his children.

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STARLING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-14 published
BRUNO, Mary Carmela
Peacefully, at Toronto Grace Hospital on Saturday, February 12, 2005 after a short illness with cancer. Mary, in her 78th year, beloved wife of 58 years to Nick. Loving mother of Stephen and his wife Jayne of Calgary, Debbie and her husband Tony BIANCHI of Mississauga, Linda and her husband Sam STARLING of Mississauga and predeceased by her son Larry. Dear grandmother of Frank, Daniella, Stephanie, Christopher, Nicole, Anthony, Nadine, Michelle, Ashley and Lucas. Great-grandmother of Lucas, Bailey and Matthew. Sister of Clare (Jim DUNCAN) of Scarborough, Carl of Fenelon Falls, Helen (Gerry MacCRACKEN) of Mississauga and Larry of Toronto. Predeceased by her sisters Jenny and Stella and brother Michael. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church, 122 Rathburn Rd., Etobicoke. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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STAROGIANIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-16 published
STAROGIANIE, Anastasia
In loving memory of Anastasia STAROGIANIE, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Ever loving, ever true,
To the task God set for you,
Grandmother dear, He knew ‘twas done,
So called you home, our dearest one.
Sadly missed, forever remembered and always loved by all those you touched.

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STAROWICZ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-13 published
CAMERON called 'classic journalist'
Canadian Press
Toronto -- Bill CAMERON, the intellectually challenging and erudite broadcast journalist who had a celebrated parting of the ways with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television in the wake of 1999 budget cuts, is dead. CAMERON died Friday of cancer of the esophagus which had moved into his brain and liver despite rounds of brutal chemotherapy, said a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation spokesperson.
He was 62.
"He was one of the last of the classic journalists," said Canadian Broadcasting Corporation senior executive documentary producer Mark STAROWICZ.
"The man was a terrific writer, a terrific correspondent, an anchor, a documentary writer and a documentary director," recalled STAROWICZ, who hired CAMERON in 1983 for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's news magazine program The Journal.
"A lot of people are good at one of those things. I can't think of anyone else that's good at all of those things."
CAMERON was born in Vancouver in 1943.
He got his first break in broadcasting at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in the 1960s as a freelance journalist. He later served as an editorial writer and columnist for the Toronto Star and as an associate editor at Maclean's magazine.
He appeared on Global television as host of Newsweek from 1978 to '83. He was also an anchor on Toronto's independent Citytv before joining The Journal as a reporter, producer and alternate host.
He spent nine years there and during his stint he journeyed to the United States and Britain, and to Jordan to cover the Persian Gulf crisis. He also reported from Mozambique and Nicaragua.
He was the show's final host when it signed off October 30, 1992.
"To me, he was a great interviewer," said Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The National anchor Peter MANSBRIDGE, who worked with CAMERON at The Journal.
"He had a skill that few can match in terms of drawing people out in an interview," MANSBRIDGE told Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Newsworld from Stratford, Ontario "It was just a treat to watch him do that."
His death, "leaves a giant hole in Canadian journalism," he said.
After The Journal, CAMERON joined CBLT, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Toronto flagship station where he anchored the evening newscast, and won a Gemini Award for his efforts.
In September 1995, he joined Newsworld in Halifax as host of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Morning News, replacing Henry Champ who was moving to Washington. In 1999, he moved back to Toronto to host Sunday Report and daily newscasts for Newsworld and Newsworld International.
He co-wrote The Real Poverty Report, a study of the plight of the poor in Canada.
"He lived the journalistic spectrum," said friend and fellow journalist Peter Kent.
CAMERON's extensive experience was passed on through his role as educator at Toronto's Ryerson School of Journalism.
"He shared it with the up-and-comers quite freely," said Kent. "He wasn't a turf protector at all. He's a loss to the younger generation of journalists."
CAMERON also wrote plays and poetry, having been published by Random House.
CAMERON is survived by his wife, Cheryl HAWKES, a freelance journalist, and their three children.

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STAROWICZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-14 published
Bill CAMERON, Journalist And Teacher 1943-2005
'Thinking-man's anchor' who was one of public broadcasting's true believers seemed destined for greatness until 1999 when he was among Canadian Broadcasting Corporation staffers cut by corporation number crunching, writes Joe FRIESEN
By Joe FRIESEN, Monday, March 14, 2005 Page S9
On the day he had brain surgery, Bill CAMERON, ever the consummate newsman, roused himself from the anesthetic to set the record straight. He had already started an argument with the nurses for taking his books away, and wasn't supposed to be reading or doing anything strenuous. But as he lay there, his head bandaged, listening to his neurosurgeon discuss the day's news, he couldn't help but interject to fill in the missing details.
"They were discussing something that had happened that day, and Bill seemed to know all about it," his wife Cheryl HAWKES said yesterday. "I said, you've been under anesthetic all day. How did you do that? How do you keep up like that?
"Somehow, he must have read the paper."
Originally from British Columbia, Mr. CAMERON spent his high-school years in Ottawa. His father was a prominent oceanographer and his mother died of cancer when he was a teenager. He attended the University of Toronto from 1962 to 1965, and spent much of his energy as a young man trying to forge a career as an actor and writer.
He got his start in journalism doing freelance work for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio, and at 25 was on the editorial board of the Toronto Star. In 1970, he was part of a breakaway group that wrote the Real Poverty Report in response to what they felt was a misreading of the situation by the Senate Committee on Poverty.
He moved to Maclean's magazine before eventually being hired by Global television in Toronto. Bill CUNNINGHAM, who was vice-president of television and current affairs at Global, said Mr. CAMERON came highly recommended. "I've often wondered if by taking him into television I didn't do him a bit of a disservice."
"It's not the kind of thing you win Pulitzer prizes for, turning out copy for an anchor, but he sure did it better than almost anyone I've ever seen," he said. "He could really turn a phrase."
By the mid-1970s, Mr. CAMERON had established himself in television, becoming a reporter and anchor for Global at a time of ambitious expansion at the station.
In 1978, Moses ZNAIMER at the upstart CityTV was looking to add some intellectual weight to his newscast. He leapt at the chance to hire Mr. CAMERON, who brought a natural gravitas with his Walter Cronkite-like delivery.
"Because we had the only 10 o'clock newscast [in Toronto], I wanted to make it more dignified, and Bill was perfect," Mr. ZNAIMER said. "Bill was a guy who believed that ideas matter and who believed that wrapping up the day's events in a pithy and elegant way was worthwhile."
It was not long after that Mr. CAMERON met Ms. HAWKES, a freelance journalist. It was August 15, 1980. She had been assigned to write a profile of the handsome, broad-shouldered anchor.
They met at the Blue Angel restaurant, and as she left at the end of the interview, Mr. CAMERON chased after her and said "I don't need a profile written about me. I need to marry you."
Later, he told her that he knew from the moment they first spoke on the telephone that he would ask her to marry him.
A few days after the interview, she watched him on television, looking for material for her story. She remembers seeing one of the short editorials he used to do at the end of the newscast. That night, he talked about his experiences at summer camp.
"I thought he was handsome, smart and really weird," she said. "I was just intrigued, I guess. He represented everything I thought I wanted in a partner."
It was a whirlwind romance. They were married four months later in December, 1980. The profile Ms. HAWKES submitted was published in Star Week the day of their wedding.
Mr. CAMERON left CityTV in 1983, after station executives decided his formal style was no longer a good fit for the hip urban market they coveted.
He was snapped up almost immediately by Mark STAROWICZ, executive producer of The Journal, and worked there during the heady days when the show was at the forefront of international current-affairs reporting.
He travelled to war zones in Mozambique, Croatia and the Persian Gulf with The Journal, producing work that colleagues said ranked with the best ever done at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Robin BENGER was a producer at The Journal who worked with Mr. CAMERON on a report on the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. He said Mr. CAMERON exuded a sense of calm even-handedness that allowed him to connect with people from all sides.
"He could interview a peasant in a potato field with the same equanimity and fairness as the president of a country," Mr. BENGER said. At one point, as shelling broke out around them while Mr. CAMERON was taping a direct-to-camera piece, he calmly worked his way into an ad lib, describing the shell bursts as the sound of giants dropping sandbags.
Away from the camera, Mr. CAMERON was a shy and private person who didn't covet the spotlight. He was a voracious reader who constantly had three or four books on the go. His wife said he would often roll out of bed clutching a book, ready to start the day.
"We have a picture of him floating on the Dead Sea, when he was on assignment with The Journal, reading. He could read in the most extraordinary circumstances," she said. "I think he had a great fear of getting caught somewhere without a book in his hand."
She said Mr. CAMERON felt he always had to be prepared for any kind of assignment, and so tried to know as much about everything as he possibly could. "It was like being married to my own Google search engine," she said.
And even with all the travelling his job required, he was always very close to his family. Mr. BENGER remembers his colleague, in the middle of a war zone, being anxious to get back to the hotel to hear how his son had fared on a math test that day.
Mr. CAMERON once described a 1983 documentary he did on the civil war in Mozambique as his best work. But it also raised doubts for him, which he expressed in an essay for the book The Newsmakers: Behind the Cameras with Canada's Top television Journalists.
He wrote about feeling the dreadful suspicion "that we dip into the surface of deep events, paddle with our feet, guard our comforts, patronize our contacts, exploit great tragedies for the good of our careers, and get the story wrong.... Maybe the real reporter is not necessarily the most talented but the one who can survive all this guilt, doubt, shame and suspicion, and get at least some part of the story home."
Mr. CAMERON was also one of the alternate anchors of The Journal who shared time with the late Barbara FRUM. But while Ms. FRUM was given glamorous interviews with the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Mr. CAMERON would be relegated to grilling Alan MacEachen in the show's second half.
Mr. STAROWICZ described him as the "thinking-man's anchor." And he was even given the chance to share his sense of humour in the Journal Diary segments, which Mr. STAROWICZ describes as "a cynical tour d'horizon, or Michael Moore before there was a Michael Moore."
Mr. CAMERON had been chosen to succeed Ms. FRUM as host after her death in 1992, Mr. STAROWICZ said, but the show was cancelled as a result of a power struggle at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr. STAROWICZ remembers the Journal staff gathering at a pool hall in Queen Street in Toronto and crowding around the television to hear Mr. CAMERON utter the show's final words: "Thank you for letting us serve you."
Mr. CAMERON considered himself one of public broadcasting's true believers, and was bitterly disappointed when he was eventually pushed out of the network in 1999 by a take-it-or-leave-it contract offer that promised a massive pay cut.
After having accepted assignments to host Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's local news in Toronto, where he won a Gemini award, and for a spell as Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Newsworld's morning anchor, he left the corporation for a short-lived public-relations job with American Gem Corp.
Friends say it's a shame that Mr. CAMERON never got the recognition, or the high-profile anchor job, that he deserved. "If he had a problem, it was that he was very bright, and appeared that way on camera," one former Journal staffer said.
In 2003, Mr. CAMERON became the media ethics chair at Ryerson University in Toronto. It was a good fit, Friends said, for he always took seriously his responsibility to his subjects.
Mr. HENDERSON remembers that Mr. CAMERON, before every televised interview, carefully warned his subjects that the tape was rolling and whatever they said could now be used against them. "He was a guy who was always in search of fairness. He was inquisitive, as every good journalist should be. But if he thought somebody was treated unfairly, it really hurt him."
His latter years were spent mainly on his writing, including a column in the National Post.
He was known as the best documentary writer in the country, and was called in to rescue scripts on some of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's highest-profile successes.
"His writing was just superb. It lifted up anything you were working on," Mr. HENDERSON, a senior producer for Canada: A People's History, said. In 2002, Mr. CAMERON directed his own documentary The Season, chronicling the harvest in Biggar, Saskatchewan.
He also published a novel, Cat's Crossing, a dark, literary portrait of Toronto, and before he died had finished a draft of his second novel, which centres around a freelance travel writer.
Mr. CAMERON, 62, died at his home in Toronto on Saturday, March 12, of esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family.
Bill CAMERON was born in Vancouver on January 23, 1943. He died of esophageal cancer at his home in Toronto in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was 62. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl HAWKES, and their children Patrick, 22, Rachel, 21, and Nick A Teacher Full Of Insight And Curiosity
When I walked into Bill CAMERON's class at Ryersen for the first time in the fall of 2003, I was shocked to see that my ethics teacher wasn't just the Mr. B. CAMERON listed on the timetable, but a genuine star of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More astonishing, was that he lacked the celebrity attitude we've all come to expect from a star. Instead, what we got was a teacher full of insight and curiosity.
He didn't seek the spotlight; he was respectful; and he cared about what his students had to say. And when his class discussed the media business, he was never condescending, despite his wealth of experience. For someone who had been around the world and covered many of the great conflicts of the late 20th century, he was surprisingly interested in what a group of aspirants thought.
Of course, there was plenty of his own wisdom as well. In a discussion of the ethical implications of journalists carrying weapons in war zones, he casually mentioned that he had never thought it was a good idea. In Africa, it had once came up as an option but he dismissed it. He thought that any interview conducted by someone holding a lethal weapon was probably compromised.
I once approached him to ask about the ethics of going undercover to expose a professional essay-writing service used by university students. Bill discussed how it could be done in the most honest, straightforward way. He was adamant that the owners of the service could be persuaded to tell their side of the story, and eventually they did.
On the morning the story was published, Bill had already carefully read the student paper by the time I arrived. He said he thought we had got the ethics just right.
It was a compliment I will always treasure. -- Joe FRIESEN

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STAROWICZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-13 published
Cancer battle claims admired journalist
By Antonia ZERBISIAS, Media Columnist
The wonder is, Bill CAMERON did not author his own obituary.
For here was a man who is acknowledged as the greatest writer of his generation of Canadian journalists, whose words graced the page, the stage, the screen, the classroom and, of course, the airwaves.
CAMERON, 62, died at his Toronto home just after midnight yesterday, after a 20-month struggle with esophageal cancer, surrounded by his wife, Cheryl HAWKES, and his children Patrick, 22, Rachel, 21, and Nick 15.
"He was trying to hold us in his arms," said HAWKES yesterday. "But he was too weak."
Respected, admired, and loved, CAMERON was, what friend and former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation colleague Fred LANGAN called yesterday, "a triple threat," the consummate anchor, journalist and writer.
But he was more than that.
From his start as a freelance entertainment critic for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CTV, to penning an editorial column at the Toronto Star at the age of 25, to editing for the nascent Global news, to anchoring at Citytv in the 1970s, to covering foreign assignments and co-hosting for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's nightly newsmagazine The Journal, to anchoring Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-television's local news, to fronting Newsworld's morning show, to writing novels and ghosting documentary scripts for others, to playing the anchor on the Comedy Network's Puppets Who Kill, there was no journalism job CAMERON could not do -- and do well.
"Who the hell is good at all those things?" asked Mark STAROWICZ, the producer who hired CAMERON in 1983 to report and fill in as an anchor on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Journal and Midday.
Which is why, when the Journal went off the air in 1992, it was CAMERON, tapped to succeed the late Barbara FRUM as host, who delivered the eloquent goodbye to viewers: "I'd like to leave you with the words you find on the back of the cheque you get at any coffee shop in Canada. Thank you for letting us serve you."
What CAMERON had was a voice, and even at the end, when he could barely use it, he still slapped on his make-up to host his i-channel talk show, as well as act as fill-in interviewer on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio's As It Happens.
His last big interview was with the Dalai Lama, for the documentary The Dalai Lama: The Power of Compassion that aired last week on i-channel.
"He was a master of the interview," said Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Peter MANSBRIDGE, who recalled CAMERON giving him some pointers last fall at a party in his honour.
About 200 Friends and colleagues, from all the networks and the print media where CAMERON had worked, gathered at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to show their support.
"He really kept his sense of humour," said Global's Peter KENT. "He'd go through the chemo sessions -- and was brutalized by them -- but then he'd come up for air and talk to Friends and inquire about others."
"Everybody has this idea that he was such a serious guy," said Valerie PRINGLE, with whom he worked on Midday. "But I remember when the opportunity came up to interview Big Bird, he wrestled me to the ground and said, 'It's mine.'
"I can remember he was doing an interview, with a cop or something, and he said, 'Well, I've shoplifted, I've smoked dope,'" PRINGLE laughed. "We all just dropped our coffees."
What CAMERON cared about was his family and journalism.
"He worshipped his wife and children," said PRINGLE, describing a Valentine's Day tribute that CAMERON had published. "It just made you cry. I thought this guy was so madly in love with Cheryl, I can't even stand it."
In fact, it was love at first sight.
HAWKES met him in 1980, when she was doing a freelance profile on him for Star Week magazine.
"He followed me out of the restaurant and tried to talk me out of writing the story," she said yesterday. "He said 'I don't need publicity; I need to marry you.'"
They were wed four months later. But he would leave her often to take on dangerous assignments for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, flying in and out of the hellholes of the world.
STAROWICZ described one assignment in which CAMERON was talking to the camera, with bombs exploding around him, but he barely flinched.
In fact, "he was talking in perfect paragraphs."
But it seems that CAMERON, who has held the journalism ethics chair at Ryerson University, also worried about the ethical hazards of war reporting.
As he wrote in 1990, "That's the dreadful suspicion: That we dip into the surface of deep events, paddle with our feet, guard our comforts, patronize our contacts, exploit great tragedies for the good of our careers, and get the story wrong."
CAMERON wanted to get the story not only right, but also exactly, perfectly, precisely right.
"He had one of the most discerning ears," said Citytv's Mark DAILEY, who worked with CAMERON when he was the anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. "He was a very important part of our early conscience at Citypulse."
MANSBRIDGE remembered one evening co-hosting with CAMERON on the Journal. It was a time of intense rivalries between the National and the newsmagazine and few people expected the pairing to go well.
But, said MANSBRIDGE, in the middle of a technical interview on a financial story, CAMERON slipped him an idea, which improved the segment.
"That underlined that this was a guy who cared about the product, who cared about how we did things," MANSBRIDGE said.
"He studied acting which is one of the reasons he could be a little arch on television," LANGAN said. "He knew how to manipulate words more than the average announcer."
A journalist to the end, CAMERON documented his battle with his cancer for an upcoming feature in Walrus magazine. His most recent piece was a witty look... at caskets.
That's why it is so surprising he didn't leave some notes for the occasion of the death, one he knew was coming much too fast and too soon.

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