STEPHENSON o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-05-11 published
HAWTHORNE, Nila Elizabeth Caroline (née STEPHENSON)
Passed away peacefully, in her sleep, in Golden Dawn Senior Citizen's Centre, in Lion's Head, on Friday, May 6th, at the age of 82. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Douglas. Much loved as mother to Carolyn (Bob) SING of Hawaii, Neil of Miller Lake and Louise of Toronto. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Buster, Bertram, Stacee, Keli'ikai and Kanoelani of Hawaii and Christopher of Toronto; also by her great-grandchildren in Hawaii: Kawika, Loreen, Ke'ala'oku'ualoha and Kana'i. Nila is survived by her sisters, Gwen STEPHENSON and Vera CLAYTON, of Burlington, and her many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at Saint Margaret's Chapel, Lion's Head, on Sunday, May 15th at 4: 00 p.m., followed by a celebration of her life in her home. For more information, call 519-795-7825. Second Memorial Service will be held at the Grace Anglican Church, in Waterdown, at 1: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18th. Refreshments to follow at Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home. At Nila's request, memorial contributions to Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation (Lion's head Hospital) (519-534-5856) would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-27 published
TEEPLE, Gorton J. " Gord"
Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Parkwood Hospital, Gorton J. " Gord" TEEPLE, died on Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of Gladys I. TEEPLE and the late Irene M. (Morton) TEEPLE. Loving father of Marleen (Charles) WILTON, special niece Carol (Ed) HEALY; stepdaughters, Patricia A. (Bill) STEPHENSON, and Donna HARRIS. Survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Charles Jr. and Sandra WILTON, Byron and Sharon, Dana and Kate; Deborah and Thomas WILSON, Ashley, Tyler and Lindsay; Howard and Donna WILTON, Taylor and Jayme Elizabeth and Terry BROWN, Chantel and Lanny; Lynda and Gary BRACE, Kevin, Aleah and Nathan; Christopher and Wendy WALCH, Jordan, Kristin and Joshua; Gregory and Suzanne HARRIS, Jonathan and Jason; Mark and Susan HARRIS, Jessica, Travis and Nicholas Geoffrey and Lisa HARRIS, Gillian, Adam, Saxon and Madison. Predeceased by brothers William and Clifford TEEPLE and by his sister Evelyn PEARCE.
Gord was a gentleman of quality and great integrity. He was the founder and owner of Strathroy Glass Company for many years which flourished under his guidance. Gord was a Past President and life member of the Strathoca Shrine Club, Strathroy; involved with Meals on Wheels for 10 years, and a longstanding member of the United Church of Canada. He will be greatly missed by all. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, (2 blocks north of Oxford), where the funeral service will be conducted on Friday, January 28th, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. David CARROTHERS officiating. Interment will take place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gord are asked to consider the Brain Tumour Foundation.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-23 published
McCAW, Marguerite M. (née MOORE)
Suddenly at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, March 21st, 2005. Marguerite M. McCAW (MOORE,) formerly of Metcalfe Township in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Laverne McCAW formerly of Metcalfe Township and dear mother of Thompson of Strathroy, Ronald and Joan McCAW of London, Karl and Karen McCAW of Poplar Hill and Alice and Henry KANTERS of Elmwood, Ontario. Also loving grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren. Also survived by her sister Frances HUTTON and sisters-inlaw Audrey McCAW and Mae HOUSTON. Predeceased by her parents Earl and Mary MOORE (STEPHENSON) and sisters Verna HARDY, and Kathleen HARDY. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, where Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, March 23rd at 11 a.m. with Rev. David CLEMENTS officiating. Interment to follow at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Marguerite.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-24 published
McCAW, Marguerite M. (née MOORE)
Suddenly at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, March 21st, 2005. Marguerite M. McCAW (MOORE,) formerly of Metcalfe Township in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Laverne McCAW formerly of Metcalfe Township and dear mother of Marie and David CLEMENTS of Goderich, Marjorie and Don THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Strathroy, Ronald and Joan McCAW of London, Karl and Karen McCAW of Poplar Hill and Alice and Henry KANTERS of Elmwood, Ontario. Also loving grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren. Also survived by her sister Frances HUTTON and sisters-in-law Audrey McCAW and Mae HOUSTON. Predeceased by her parents Earl and Mary MOORE (STEPHENSON) and sisters Verna HARDY, and Kathleen HARDY. Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 22nd at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, where Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, March 23rd at 11 a.m. with Reverend David CLEMENTS officiating. Interment Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Marguerite.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-12 published
DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS- DIEROFF, Marilyn
Peacefully at her home called “The Doves”, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, April 10th, 2005, Marilyn DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS- DIEROFF of London in her 49th year. Beloved wife of Robert DIEROFF. Devoted mother to Billy DESABRAIS (Carla,) Jamie DESABRAIS (Tina,) Bobbie-Jean CORNISH (Jimmy), Trevor DIEROFF, and Saffron DIEROFF. Guiding light to her 7 grandchildren, Samantha, Tiffany, Jamie-Lyn, Julie-Ann, Darren, Dustin, and Mercedes. Loving daughter to Doreen DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and Ivan and Laura DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS all of London. Loving daughter-in-law of Rena Dieroff (Harvey) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of London. Inspirational sister of Murray DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (Sharon) of Kincardine, Don DOUGLAS and Shirley DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, both of London, Glen DOUGLAS of British Columbia, Nancy VANDEBEEK (Ed) of Belmont and Brenda LAYDEN (Andrew) of Toronto. Dear step-sister of Janet JOHNSON, Darrell MacLEOD and Nancy McWEBB (Randy.) Predeceased by her stepbrother Ronnie MacLEOD. Dear sister-in-law of Kathy McGINNIS (Gary) of London, Gord Dieroff (Pam) GIBSONS of British Columbia, Dave DIEROFF (Ana) of London. Dear niece of Grant STEPHENSON of Strathroy, Delmar DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (Muriel) of Strathroy, and Edwin DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS of New Mexico.
To symbolize Marilyn's love, affection, strength and compassion, please wear a red rose in memory of Marilyn's love of nature. Marilyn dedicated 25 years service to her customers, fellow workers and management at Canada Post. She will be missed dearly by all. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, April 14th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Kevin RUTLEDGE officiating. Cremation to follow. Private family interment of ashes at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution in memory of this special angel on earth are asked to donate their energy to one act of kindness.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-11 published
STEPHENSON, Robert " Bob" Earl
At Woodstock General Hospital on Monday, May 9, 2005. Robert "Bob" Earl STEPHENSON of Canterbury Street and formerly of Curries in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Nellie (WARKENTIN) and the late Dorothy STEPHENSON (née LIVESEY) (1999.) Dear father and grandfather of Jim and his wife Ruth and their children Nancy (Nathan) and David (Michelle); Tom and his wife Kathy and their children Julie (Jeff), Jane (Christopher) and Jill, all of Curries. Jean and her husband John LUCENTE and their children Michael, Virginia, Christina and Paul of St. Catherines; Bill and his wife Mollyann and their children Sarah and Bryce of Tillsonburg and father-in-law of Brenda STEPHENSON and her husband Peter BALLAM and her children Katie, Ryan and Brent of Belmont. Dear step-father of Linda and Dave HEATHER, Lorna and Dana SHIELDS, Clarence and Sandra ASPDEN and their families. Predeceased by his son Mark (1991) and a brother Dean STEPHENSON (2003.) Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (539-0004), Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Curries United Church on Thursday at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Heather WEAVER- OROSZ officiating. Interment Pleasantview Cemetery, Curries. Contributions to Curries United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. A Masonic Lodge service will be held Wednesday at 6: 30 p.m. at the funeral home under auspices Blenheim Lodge #108. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-18 published
STEPHANIUK, Reverend Archdeacon Paul
Reverend Archdeacon Paul STEPHANIUK. At home in Egmondville on Thursday, June 16, 2005 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Zena STEPHANIUK, wife of 59 years. Cherished father of William and Connie (Vancouver,) Mary and David LONGSTAFF (Egmondville,) Anne STEPHANIUK and fiancé Dennis MANSOUR (Halifax,) Tim and Darcy STEPHENSON (Vancouver) and Roma STEPHANIUK (Edmonton.) Fondly remembered by his nine grandchildren, two greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews, including special relatives, brother-in-law Reverend Deacon Mal McERLAIN and nephew Michael McERLAIN. Predeceased by one son, Lloyd; siblings, Mike, John, Stephen, William, Mary, and Sonia (McERLAIN.) The family will receive Friends at Whitney Ribey Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West in Seaforth, on Saturday, June 18, 2005 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer service and visitation will be held at St. James Roman Catholic Church (Seaforth) on Sunday 7 to 9 p.m. and Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 20, 2005 at St. James Church at 11 a.m.; Father Lance MAGDZIAK and Reverend Deacon Mal McERLAIN to officiate. Interment at St. James Cemetery, Seaforth. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Seaforth Lions Park and Pool of the charity of your choice. Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-16 published
McCONKEY, David Rutherford
David Rutherford McCONKEY age 50. Beloved son of Mary and the late John McCONKEY. Survived by his two daughters Carley and Meg and their mother Suzanne CALLON. Loving sisters Ann ROBERTS (Paul) and Jane STEPHENSON (Dave.) " Big D" to nieces Katie, Kelly and Abby. Sadly missed by his loving friend Bev MOORE. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A family service will follow at a later date. Those who wish to remember David could please make a donation to the Canadian Liver Foundation. Westview Funeral Chapel Entrusted with arrangements 641-1793.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-04 published
VANDEN- BERGHE, Alfonse
Suddenly at his residence in North Bay, on Friday, September 2, 2005. Alfonse was in his 49th year. Sadly missed by his loving daughters Jennifer VANDEN- BERGHE (fiancée Mike) of Saint Thomas and Natasha VANDEN- BERGHE of North Bay. Dear brother of Terry VANDEN-BERGHE, Audrey BOYCE (husband Douglas,) Maurice VANDEN- BERGHE, Wayne VANDEN- BERGHE (wife Debbie) all of London, Margaret WICKWIRE (husband Rodger) of Saint Thomas, Gary SCHLINTNER, Monika SCHLINTNER (husband John HINES) both of Woodstock, and Sisiy (husband Paul MEADOWS) of Ingersoll. Predeceased by his brother Johnathen STEPHENSON and by his mother May SCHLINTNER. Also sadly missed by his grand_son Logan McCOOMBS and by several nieces, nephews and Friends. Alfonse family will receive Friends in the Martyn Funeral Home on Monday from 1: 00 until time of Funeral service at 3:00 p.m. The service will be conducted by Major Carletta THORNHILL of the Salvation Army. Cremation to follow the service. If desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetic Association or to a Charity of Choice will be gratefully acknowledged as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the Martyn Funeral Home, 464 Wyld Street, North Bay, P1B 1Z5 705-472-8810.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-18 published
STEPHENSON, Fran (March 5, 1930-October 18, 2003)
In loving memory of Fran STEPHENSON, wife, mom and grandma. When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do, You mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears, But be thankful we had so many good years. I gave you my love, and you can only guess, how much you've given me in happiness. I thank you for the love that you have shown, but now it is time I traveled on alone. So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must then let your grief be comforted by trust. So treasure the memories within your heart. I won't be far away for life goes on. And if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see me or touch me, I will be near. And if you listen with your heart, You'll hear all my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile, And a "Welcome Home". Missed by husband Sam and family.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-15 published
STEPHENSON, Barbara Lucille (HERRINGTON)
Peacefully at her residence in Arkona on November 14, 2005, Barbara Lucille (HERRINGTON) STEPHENSON passed away in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Donald E. STEPHENSON. Loving mother to Janet and Art RODER. Dearly missed grandmother to Melanie and David GOERTZ, Jeremy RODER, and 2 great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister Jean LOOMIS. Predeceased by siblings Josephine GREEN (1987) and Marjorie LIPSIT (2001.) Funeral service will be held at the Gilpin Funeral Chapel, Forest, on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with visitation 2 hours prior to service. Interment at Arkona Cemetery with Reverend Kenji MARUI officiating. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation greatly acknowledged.

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

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-02 published
KIMBALL, Jacqueline " Jackie" F. (née WELSH)
At Bluewater Health - Mitton Site on Wednesday, November 30, 2005, Jacqueline (Jackie) F. (WELSH) KIMBALL, age 69, of Sarnia, beloved wife of William J. KIMBALL and dear mother of Lesley KIMBALL- STEPHENSON and her husband Jeff of London and Jim KIMBALL of Kitchener. Loving grandmother of Vicky and Sarah STEPHENSON. Dear brother of Gary WELSH and his wife Gail of Sarnia. Also survived by a brother-in-law Ted CHAPMAN and a sister-in-law Kay McPHAIL both of Sarnia as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her parents May and Andy WELSH. Mrs. KIMBALL was a lifelong Sarnia area resident. She was a member of Dunlop United Church and the Lambton Lung Association. She was an active member of the Conservative Party. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of the D.J. Robb Funeral Home on Saturday, December 3rd at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Gary SHUTTLEWORTH of Dunlop United Church officiating. Interment of ashes to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home on Friday afternoon and evening from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Lambton Lung Association or Charity of Choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through djrobbfh@ebtech.net

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-24 published
STEPHENSON, Nora Evelyn
Peacefully at Marian Villa on December 21, 2005 Mrs. Nora Evelyn STEPHENSON of London in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late William Earl STEPHENSON. Nora will be sadly missed by Carol Anne and Don MAHAR of Ottawa, Tom (2004) and Agnes WESTRAN of Ottawa, and by many other relatives and Friends in Ottawa, Toronto, and Windsor. Dear friend and mother for life of Eva SITAROVA. Donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be greatly appreciated. Tributes may be left a www.mem.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-28 published
STEPHENSON, Rhena
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, on December 25th, 2005, Rhena STEPHENSON of Ancaster in her 81st year. Predeceased by her loving husband Gordon STEPHENSON. Rhena will be sadly missed by her loving children Michael STEPHENSON (Shirley,) Cynthia ROSS (Kevin) and Martin STEPHENSON. Lovingly remembered by her granddaughters Ashleigh ROSS, Shannon ROSS and Michelle STEPHENSON. Dear sister of May TOWLER, Paris, Ontario, predeceased by her sisters Lylla MOON, and Betty McDONALD. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held at Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Ancaster Chapel (Wilson St.) on Friday, December 30th, 2005 at 2 p.m. Friends will be received at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Hamilton. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Association gratefully acknowledged.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-02-01 published
TEEPLE, Gorton J. " Gord"
Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at Parkwood Hospital, Gorton J. Gord TEEPLE, died on Tuesday, January 25, 2005, in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of Gladys I. TEEPLE, and the late Irene M. (MORTON) TEEPLE. Loving father of Marleen (Charles) WILSON; special niece Carol (Ed) HEALY; step-daughters, Patricia A. (Bill) STEPHENSON, and Donna HARRIS. Survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Charles Jr. and Sandra WILTON, Byron and Sharon, Dana and Kate; Deborah and Thomas WILSON, Ashley, Tyler, and Lindsay; Howard and Donna WILTON, Taylor and Jayme Elizabeth and Terry BROWN, Chantel and Lanny; Lynda and Gary BRACE, Kevin, Aleah, and Nathan; Christopher and Wendy WALCH, Jordan, Kristen, and Joshua; Gregory and Suzanne HARRIS, Jonathan and Jason; Mark and Susan HARRIS, Jessica, Travis, and Nicholas Geoffrey and Lisa HARRIS, Gillian, Adam, Saxon, and Madison. Predeceased by brothers William and Clifford TEEPLE and by his sister Evelyn PEARCE. Gord was a gentleman of quality and great integrity. He was the founder and owner of Strathroy Glass Company for many years which flourished under his guidance. Gord was a past-president and life member of the Strathocha Shrine Club, Strathroy, involved with Meals on Wheels for 10 years, and a longstanding member of the United Church of Canada. He will be greatly missed by all. Visitation was held on Thursday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North (2 blocks north of Oxford), where the funeral service was conducted on Friday, January 28, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. David CARROTHERS officiating. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gord are asked to consider the Brain Tumour Foundation.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-03-22 published
McCAW, Marguerite M. (née MOORE)
Suddenly, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Monday, March 21, 2005, Marguerite M. McCAW (MOORE,) formerly of Metcalfe Township, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Laverne McCAW, formerly of Metcalfe Township, and dear mother of Marie and David CLEMENTS of Goderich, Marjorie and Don THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Strathroy, Ronald and Joan McCAW of London, Karl and Karen McCAW of Poplar Hill, and Alice and Henry KANTERS of Elmwood, Ontario. Also loving grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sister Frances HUTTON and sisters-in-law Audrey McCAW and Mae HOUSTON. Predeceased by her parents Earl and Mary MOORE (STEPHENSON) and sisters Verna HARDY and Kathleen HARDY. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, where funeral service will take place on Wednesday, March 23 at 11 a.m. with Reverend David CLEMENTS officiating. Interment to follow at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Alzheimers Society would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Marguerite.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-03 published
Earl ORSER, Business Leader: 1928-2004
He started out as a charted accountant and soon found he was most interested in building companies, writes Sandra MARTIN. Blessed with curiosity, intelligence and an ability to motivate subordinates, he not only switched jobs but successfully hopscotched his way across entire business sectors
By Sandra MARTIN, Monday, January 3, 2005 - Page S6
A poor boy from the Danforth in Toronto, Earl ORSER was a company executive, a mentor, a proud Canadian and an energetic and effective volunteer.
He began as a chartered accountant with Clarkson Gordon and ended his career as president and chief executive officer of London Life Insurance Company, raising the firm's assets during his 20-year tenure from $2.9 billion to $16.4 billion. He's also known for his rocky three-year ride at the T. Eaton family in the mid-1970s where he shut down the money-losing catalogue operations in the family owned retail empire. Many observers believe that had he stayed at the helm, the company might have survived.
"I always thought of him as the consummate manager," said Jim ETHERINGTON, who was hired by Mr. ORSER at London Life in 1982 as a vice-president and worked with him until they both retired in the mid 1990s. Being a good manager for Mr. ORSER meant caring deeply about your people, getting to know them well, helping them and challenging them.
"He never argued against an idea from anybody," said Mr. ETHERINGTON, who now runs his own communications company. "He came to the table with lots of ideas himself, but he was almost intuitive in encouraging the ideas of others at the same time. That made him a very special kind of a manager."
"He was grounded in a strong set of values and they never wavered," said Carol STEPHENSON, dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. "Earl was Earl. He was solid, he knew what he believed and he stuck to it no matter what he was doing."
Commenting on his acumen as a business leader, Ms. STEPHENSON pointed out that Mr. ORSER was unusual for his time in that he not only moved jobs, he changed sectors -- from accounting to retail to insurance. The reason he was so successful in so many different industries, she said, was because he was a great leader and that came from his curiosity, his intelligence and his "amazing" ability to motivate and empower people. "When I think back to my business career in the 1970s," she added, "the predominate style was command and control -- I'm the boss and you're not and I suspect Earl never had an ounce of that in him."
"He was a very good father," said Barbara ORSER, a business professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, and one of Mr. ORSER's four daughters. Saying her father was good at setting boundaries, she said her parents paid for one degree and one wedding and then you "were off the payroll."
Doing your best was a "well-understood point" in the ORSER family. So was speaking your mind. Mentioning that some business powerhouses can be "fairly patriarchal" at home, she said that her father had to fight for conversational space like everybody else. "We all had a voice and there was always a place for everyone at the table." she said. "There were lots of Friends who loved and cared for dad because they were part of the family as well."
Earl Herbert ORSER was born in Toronto, the year before the stock-market crash. His father was a telegraph operator and he had one sister. As a grade eight student at Earl Beattie School, Mr. ORSER was taught that "speed, neatness, politeness, industry and accuracy" were the keys to success in life and he passed on the message to his children and his grandchildren, all of whom could recite the list on command.
Mr. ORSER went to high school at Danforth Technical School and worked as a porter at Union Station at Christmas to help make ends meet. He was the first person in his family to attend university and was only able to register a the University of Toronto in 1946 because of a $200 bursary from the Leonard Foundation.
As with many smart boys, education was the route away from poverty. He never forgot the help he had been given and later in life he founded many scholarships and served actively as a fundraiser, benefactor and adviser to both the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. At Western, among many other activities, he chaired the Board of Governors and the Advisory Committee of the Ivey Business School
His father died when he was still in university and his mother moved to Edmonton. It was on a visit there that Mr. ORSER met a nurse from Moose Jaw named Marion QUEENIE. They corresponded after Mr. ORSER returned to Toronto, saw each other again that Christmas and married on August 4, 1951, a year after he graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1953, having done his articles with Clarkson Gordon, and was made a partner in the firm in 1958.
A lot of people would have settled down happily for the rest of their careers, but Mr. ORSER was interested in building companies.
His curriculum vitae is studded with high powered jobs at Molson Industries (apparently, his mother never let her teetotalling Friends know that her son was making his living in beer), Air Canada, Eaton's and London Life and directorships at places such as Spar Aerospace and Brascan.
All of these career moves meant that the entire family had to "embrace new challenges" by moving to new schools in different cities. That helped build a sense of family, said his daughter Barbara, because they had to rely on each other. She still remembers moving to Toronto when she was in grade 12, an uprooting that she wouldn't want to impose on her own daughter. But "with four kids we had a bit of a quorum, so we could support each other."
Mr. ORSER's most tumultuous job was as vice-president finance and then president and Chief Executive Officer of Eaton's from 1974-77. The famous Eaton catalogue was spewing money -- $17 million in 1974 with losses expected to more than double the next year. Mr. ORSER orchestrated its closing, but ran afoul of the Eaton family. He resigned in May, 1977, to the shock of many business observers, and was replaced by Frederik S. EATON.
Almost immediately Mr. ORSER was hired as a consultant by Brascan, who had acquired a large number of shares in London Life and wanted somebody they trusted to give them a report on the insurance business and London Life, then the largest insurance company in Canada, in particular. Mr. ORSER presented his report in 1978 and was then hired as executive vice-president and Chief Executive Officer, becoming president in 1980 and chairman of the board on his retirement from the company in 1989. In 1994 he began a three-year term as honorary chairman.
He was a meticulous planner and a detail man, according to Mt. ETHERINGTON. "We used to kid him about being a C.A. and he would smile and say 'You get to know the balance sheet and then you know where the problems are.' "
He changed London Life significantly from a largely family run firm to a public company called Trilon Financial Corporation, which then became the London Insurance Group, another publicly traded company which was eventually acquired by Great West. "He chuckled one day and said 'this is really neat,'" said Mr. ETHERINGTON. "I sold London Life for $125 million for Trilon and then I sold it again for $220 million to the London Insurance Group. That's a good deal."
He was interested in far more than the bottom line, however. People still talk about how he would take two or three days each Christmas to walk around the huge London Life offices visiting with employees, getting to know them and wishing them well for the holidays.
While Mr. ORSER was running London Life, his wife was quietly doing an undergraduate degree in theology, followed by a masters in divinity at University of Western Ontario. Her husband, who was then chair of the board at University of Western Ontario was able to grant his wife her degree at the graduation ceremony.
Mr. ORSER was almost as busy as a volunteer for the London Economic Development Corporation and his many other volunteer activities after he retired as when he was a full-time executive. And, as he had done, throughout his career, he continued to serve as a mentor. "He was a wonderful person in terms of being able to help you work through complex problems, not by preaching at you, but by making you think a problem through," says Ms. STEPHENSON who asked him for advice after she left the business world, a place where it is pretty clear what the bottom line is and who the clients are, to take on the more complex stakeholder issues of university administration. "He listened and then he helped me to discover the right answer by asking the right questions."
Four years ago, Mr. ORSER was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the common bile duct. He underwent major surgery and appeared to have recovered. The doctors were amazed, according to his daughter who says he was a "miracle man" until the cancer returned and he received a terminal diagnosis about three weeks ago.
"There were no tears, no complaints. It was a matter of fact," said his daughter Barbara. "He was a man of faith and he had a calm and a peace about him, but he was very pragmatic and he always had his humour. The legacy is that his grandchildren have watched this," she said. "His last and his greatest gift to his family is to show us how you can die with dignity."
Earl ORSER was born on July 5, 1928 in Toronto. He died of cancer at home in London, Ontario, on December 26, 2004. He was 76. He is survived by his wife Marion and four daughters and their families. A memorial service will be held at First-St. Andrew's United Church in London, Ontario, on January 8, 2004.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-08 published
ROBSON, Joan Sawyer
At Belmont house, on Friday, January 7, 2005, in her 85th year. Joan was the beloved wife of the late Charles J. ROBSON; dear mother of John (Esther,) the late Donald (Kathy) and Nancy HAMM (Richard); cherished grandmother of Michael and Jennifer, Geoffrey and Scott, Stephen, Peter and Patrick. She is survived by her brother Bill WOODCOCK (Babs) and her sister Mary MacMILLAN. Joan graduated from the University of Toronto at the age of 19. During World War 2 she worked for the Secret Service in New York under William STEPHENSON. She was a hardworking volunteer for many organizations including the National Ballet, the Toronto General Hospital, Metropolitan Nursery School, and the Royal Ontario Museum and was an avid Garden Club member. Beloved by and devoted to her family and her many Friends, she was an active participant in life, with a mischievous sense of humour. Gracious and kind, she maintained her beautiful smile to the end. The family is extremely grateful to those who cared so well for her during her illness, especially to Carol LOMBARD, her devoted caregiver for 10 years. A private family service will be held. To celebrate Joan's life, her family will welcome Friends at a reception on Tuesday, January 11th at the York Club (Bloor and St. George) from 4: 00 to 6:00 p.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Ave. East.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-31 published
STEPHENSON, Sir William, 1989
Monday, January 31, 2005 - Page S6
Inventor, businessman, and intelligencer expert born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on January 11, 1896 After serving as a pilot in the First World War, he went to the University of Manitoba were he invented the wirephoto, radio-telegraphic means of sending pictures. In 1921, he moved to Britain to promote his brainchild among Fleet Street newspapers and made both a fortune and a notebook full useful connections. Soon after the outbreak of the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made him responsible for counterespionage in the Western Hemisphere and had him set up an office in New York with the cable address INTREPID, later taken by some to mean his codename. His operation achieved notable success, not the least of which was the training of secret agents at Camp X, in Oshawa, Ontario

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-23 published
MORGAN, Reverend Dr. Ivan Clifford
Minister, theological educator, churchman and friend died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on February 22, 2005 in his 93rd year. Brought up in London, Ontario, Ivan graduated in arts and theology from McMaster, a university he was associated with for the rest of his life. After pastorates in Hamilton, Peterborough and Windsor, Ontario, where he was noted as a good shepherd, an outstanding preacher, a spiritual leader, and encourager of interchurch cooperation and community service, Ivan returned to McMaster Divinity College to teach. He was Principal of the college 1966-1978. He and his beloved wife Ruth created a home away from home for a generation of seminary students. Upon retirement, Ivan returned to the pastorate through many interim ministries in Baptist and United Churches of south-western Ontario In 1953-4 he was President of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. Ivan was predeceased by Ruth (RAITHBY) MORGAN, his life partner for 62 years in 2001, by his parents Henry and Sarah (BENEDICT) MORGAN, his brothers Frank and Don MORGAN, and brother-in- law Bill RAITHBY. He will be greatly missed as a father by Franklin and Esther (SENTESY) of Perth, Ontario, Mary and David McKNIGHT of Bobcaygeon, Ontario; as grandfather by Peter and Mary (DONALDSON) MORGAN; Sarah (MORGAN) and Brian DONALDSON; and Karen MORGAN- BOWYER and Robert BOWYER; as great-grandfather by Philip, Kyle, Cordelia and Adam. He is also fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law Ki MORGAN and Jewell RAITHBY. Stories of My Life: Ivan Clifford MORGAN, written together with his daughter Mary, was recently published by Trafford Publishing, Victoria, British Columbia. Family will receive Friends at the Cattel, Eaton and Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, Thursday, February 24th from 2-4 and 7-9. Following a private family burial, the funeral service for Ivan will be held at Dundas Baptist Church, 201 Governor's Rd. at 1: 00 p.m., Friday, February 25th. Reception to follow at the church. Thanks to Dundas Retirement Residence, Dr. Michael STEPHENSON, ParaMed and Bayshore Nursing. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Dundas Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-10 published
CAYLEY, Catherine Norma
Peacefully on Saturday, May 7th. Daughter of the late Alexander Stuart, Member of Provincial Parliament, and his wife Emma. Much loved wife of Edward Cartwright CAYLEY. Mother of Eric and Frank STEPHENSON. Stepmother of David CAYLEY, Susan LADIPO and Jane FOULDS. Grandmother and step-grandmother of twelve and step-great-grandmother of one. Loved and respected by all. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of St. James-the-Less, 635 Parliament St. (just south of Bloor St. E.) on Wednesday, May 11th at 1: 00 p.m.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-23 published
Bill HARCOURT, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Producer 1925-2005
Newspaper reporter who switched to broadcasting launched Newsmagazine, Ombudsman, Tuesday Night and Marketplace
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, August 23, 2005, Page S9
Bill HARCOURT pretty well invented the television documentary. An experienced reporter and editor who cut his teeth working for Canadian and British wire services, he helped develop two areas of television news: live specials and long features.
He started working in television news in 1960, only eight years after it came on the air in Canada and by 1969 he was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's main man on the biggest story of the year -- if not the decade. In late July of that year, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon and Bill HARCOURT spent 26 hours straight in a control room masterminding coverage for a captivated Canadian audience.
As the head of News Specials, he co-ordinated coverage from the United States and across Canada. It was a complex broadcast, hosted in Canada by the eccentric Gordon DONALDSON, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter with a thick Scottish brogue.
What Mr. HARCOURT was doing was, in fact, creating what is now called a long-form documentary, building excitement into the empty space when the astronauts were just travelling. He had experience with live television -- political conventions and elections -- still the most difficult form of broadcasting since mistakes can't be edited.
The documentary form of television was something he helped mould at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, first as a producer with Newsmagazine, travelling around the world with a cameraman, soundman and reporter, then with a weekly documentary series, Tuesday Night.
"He made a real contribution, in my book, to establishing the documentary on television. There was already the National Film Board of Canada form, but the television documentary had to be invented," said Michael MacLEAR, a television reporter and documentary maker who worked with Mr. HARCOURT in the 1960s.
"Bill HARCOURT is one of the great unsung heroes of news and current affairs," said Mr. MacLEAR. "And he was my favourite executive producer."
Well-read and confident, he let the reporter get on with telling the story -- all of which made him easy to work with. All his former colleagues mentioned his good manners and even temper. Ray HAZZAN, who was executive producer of Newsmagazine before Mr. HARCOURT took the job, said he was so polite and well dressed that others took to calling him The Senator.
Bill HARCOURT grew up in Guelph, Ontario, the son of doctor. He graduated from Guelph Collegiate Institute and went on to Loyola College in Montreal.
During summers Mr. HARCOURT worked on passenger ships on the Great Lakes. At that time, it was a popular form of travel from ports such as Toronto, Detroit and Duluth. He started as a cabin boy and worked his way up to chief purser.
One of the ships on which he was purser was The Noronic, known as the Queen of the Great Lakes. As it happened, a disastrous fire aboard the Noronic was also his first and only front-page story at the Kitchener Waterloo Record where he had taken a job as a junior reporter. The ship was moored overnight in Toronto when a little after 2 a.m. on September 15, 1949, fire raged through its five decks. Of the 571 passengers -- mostly Americans sailing from Detroit -- and 174 crew on board, 119 died.
As luck would have it, Bill HARCOURT was in Toronto that night and reported the tragedy back to his newspaper. "It was particularly tough for Bill," said his wife, Nada HARCOURT. "He knew many of the crew members on board the Noronic."
A short while later, Mr. HARCOURT went to work for Canadian Press in Toronto and almost right away moved to New York to cover two different beats: the United Nations and Broadway. For him, it was no trouble to juggle show business and international politics and that impressed his boss, Gil PURCELL, who wanted him to come home and report from across Canada. Instead, Mr. HARCOURT went to London and worked on the North American desk at Reuters.
After five years, he returned home to a job at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he was made a writer and line-up editor on The National, but soon moved to Newsmagazine, a weekly half-hour program that took an in-depth look at stories.
Michael MacLEAR recalled there were two types of stories that made it on Newsmagazine: longer-form news items on stories of the day, and features. During the 1960's and early 1970's, Mr. HARCOURT accompanied such Newsmagazine reporters as Mr. MacLEAR and William STEVENSON to cover stories in South Africa, Vietnam and Russia.
"He was much under-estimated," said Mr. STEVENSON, who went on to write A Man Called Intrepid, the story of the Canadian spymaster William STEPHENSON. " One of the reasons he was so easy to get on with was that he didn't need to bolster his importance as so many executive producers do."
In late 1969, after the success of the moon walk and Newsmagazine, Mr. HARCOURT became executive producer of Thursday Night, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's flagship documentary program. The show later changed its broadcast night and name to Tuesday Night.
In January of 1974, Mr. HARCOURT started the program, Ombudsman, with Robert COOPER, an unknown 28-year-old lawyer. With Mr. COOPER acting as a crusader for the little guy, Ombudsman was a first in Canadian broadcasting.
"He was very serious about his work and kept the program out of legal trouble," remembered Mr. COOPER. "I think I was nervous and difficult at first but he was patient."
After seven years on the program, Mr. COOPER went on to be a successful producer in Hollywood where he still works. "I learned from Bill how to take a subject that seems to be educational and earnest and turn it into compelling television."
In 1977, Mr. HARCOURT also took over as executive producer for Marketplace, the long-running consumer-affairs program. It was perhaps the only time one person was executive producer of two major network programs at the same time. He finished his Canadian Broadcasting Corporation career at The Journal, where he worked as a senior adviser.
William Vernon HARCOURT was born on January 23, 1925 in Guelph, Ontario. He died on August 7, 2005. He is survived by his wife Nada, daughter Shelagh and brother John.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-04 published
STEPHENSON, George Crawford
Passed away peacefully at his home in Dorset on October 2, 2005 at the age of 90.
George was born and raised in Omemee, Ontario. He graduated from the Omemee High School and Lindsay Collegiate. With his brothers, he operated Stephenson's Mill and later Omemee and Fraserville Elevators. He attended Christ Church Anglican, at one time acting as warden. He was a member of the Lorne Masonic Lodge working up to Master of that Lodge. He served for many years on the Omemee Village Council and was reeve for four years. After the loss of the mill by fire he turned his attention to developing and renovating real estate properties in the Haliburton and Bancroft areas. In retirement he lived in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Dorset, Ontario.
He is sadly mourned by Margaret, his wife of 55 years, and by his five children, Frederick of Haliburton, Ontario, Helen and Donald ROBERTSON of Westbank, British Columbia, Ruth of Boshkung Lake, Ontario, Douglas and Joann of Manotick, Ontario, Jennifer of Nelson, British Columbia. He will be greatly missed by his three grandchildren Grace, Cosette, and Eve. Brother of the late Arthur, Ethel, William and Charles. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, other family members and Friends.
Friends are invited to visit the family at the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., 127 Main Street, P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0 (1-888-588-5777) on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 from 1: 00 p.m. until the time of the Masonic and Funeral Services in our chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Interment at the St. Peter's Church Cemetery, Maple Lake. Reception to follow at the St. Peter's Church (downstairs).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation would be appreciated.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-20 published
MILNE, Maragret Frances (FOSTER)
At her home in Guelph, on Tuesday, October 18, 2005. Margaret Frances (FOSTER) MILNE, in her 87th year, was the beloved wife of Howard MILNE for 58 years. She was the loving mother of Charles and his wife Diane of Aberfoyle and Debbie and her husband Bruce CHRISTIAN of Guelph. Margaret was the proud grandmother of Austin, Kevin and Sandra. She was the dear sister of Cecil FOSTER of Sarnia. Margaret was past Regent at the George P. Vanier I.O.D.E. in Toronto.
Private cremation has taken place with interment of cremated remains at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph. A Celebration of Margaret's life is being planned for a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. (cards available at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph 519-822-4731 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com).
The family wish to express their thanks to Dr. Susan STEPHENSON and to the nurses and staff at the Henderson Health Centre, Hamilton and the Guelph General Hospital.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-05 published
HARRIS, S. Alan
Passed away peacefully at his home in Caledon on August 14, 2005 - age 104.
Friends and former students are invited to a gathering on Thursday, December 15 at 5: 30 p.m. to celebrate his life and teaching career. It will take place at Weston Hall, Preparatory School, Upper Canada College.
For further information contact either Ted STEPHENSON (416) 488-2602 or Chip COOMBS (416) 483-2343.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-08 published
HARRIS, S. Alan
Passed away peacefully at his home in Caledon on August 14, 2005 - age 104.
Friends and former students are invited to a gathering on Thursday, December 15 at 5: 30 p.m. to celebrate his life and teaching career. It will take place at Weston Hall, Preparatory School, Upper Canada College.
For further information contact either Ted STEPHENSON (416) 488-2602 or Chip COOMBS (416) 483-2343.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-28 published
CALLAN, Eileen Frances (née LAVER)
Peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Thursday, January 27, 2005, at the age of 80. Beloved wife of nearly 60 years to the late William. Loving mother of Donna, Doug and his wife Marie, Dale and her husband Ian STEPHENSON and Debbie BERTRAND and her husband Pete JOHANNES. Proud Nanny of 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Jim, Buck, Ina and Marion. She will be missed by her sisters-in-law Norma and Chris as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. A Candlelight Service will be held in the Ward Chapel on Saturday at 7 p.m. Cremation. If desired, donations made in memory of Eileen to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences to the family may be directed to eileen.callan@wardfh.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-11 published
STEPHENSON, Viola

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-23 published
STEPHENSON, Ivor Emile
Passed away at Providence Villa, Toronto, on Monday, February 21st, 2005, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Maisie. Loving father of Paula WILLIAMS, Robert, Sandra WITLARGE, Mark and Mario. Grandfather of fourteen and great-grandfather of two. Sadly missed by his brothers and sisters, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear Friends. Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.), on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Ogden Chapel on Friday at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Elgin Mills Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-27 published
STEPHENSON, Jim
Suddenly on February 25, 2005 at the Humber River Regional Hospital Church Site in his 84th year. Jim, loving husband of Dorothy for 61 years. Cherished father of Sharon and her husband Grant WILKINSON, and Sheila STEPHENSON. Loving Grandad of Jeffrey TRIPP and his wife Sandra, and Heather TRIPP. Devoted Great-Grandad of Keegan TRIPP. Survived by his sister Nancy ALEXANDER. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters Jack, Chuck, Alf, Geordie, Kitty, Norah, Hilda and Tom. Served in World War 2 in the Royal Canadian Navy. Jim was an employee of Kodak Canada for 42 years and a founding member of the Camera Heights Credit Union. He loved his family, the race track and golfing with his Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston, on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel on Monday at 4 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital For Sick Children would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to jim.stephenson@wardfh.com. "Dad, we had hoped for many more years. You will be missed everyday."

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-05 published
MILNER, Elnora " Tiny" (née PENDER)
Peacefully, on March 3, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Charles MILNER. Dear mother of Tom (Sue STEPHENSON,) and Jane MacKINNON (Tony), and predeceased by infant son Michael. Loving grandmother of Michelle JENKINS (Jeff,) and great-grandmother of Matthew and Katie. Sadly missed by her good friend Dorothy MacKINNON, and brother-in-law Doug MILNER. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel," 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton, on Sunday, March 6, 2005 from 1-3: 30 p.m. with a Service to follow in the Chapel at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-07 published
WARD- FORREST, Olive Mae
Peacefully at her home at Extendicare, Oshawa on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, in her 104th year. Olive Mae WARD- FORREST, beloved wife of the late Roy WARD and the late Wilfred FORREST. Loving mother of Jack and his wife Bernice, daughter-in-law Marean and her husband the late Richard, and the late Robert and his wife Gloria. Dear grandmother of 11 grandchildren and survived by her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Dear sister of the late Viola STEPHENSON and Lewis JONES. Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Claremont United Church, Old Brock Road, Claremont. Donations made to the Claremont United Church Memorial Fund or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the McEachnie Funeral Home, 905-428-8488.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-12 published
WATSON, Catherine (née STEPHENSON)
Passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital, on April 10, 2005, in her 51st year. Beloved wife of Eric, treasured mother of Tara Marie, and devoted daughter to Fran. Loving aunt to Erin, Alex, Maggie, Michelle, Cheryl, and Rachel. Cathy is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law Linda, Wendy (Peter), Jean (Jeff), Joan (Paul), Doug, and Richard, her dear Friends Joe and Lynn, and her brother Tom and his wife Sophie. Cathy is predeceased by her daddy, Simon. She will be greatly missed by all family and Friends who were touched by her kind warmth, compassion, and generosity. Cathy has begun her journey to a better and happier place. Eric always called Cathy his little Mini Mouse. He loved her with every ounce of his soul. Tara wishes Mom has found the angels she has always dreamed about. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street, (south of Steeles, at Goulding) on Thursday April 14, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. until time of service at 2: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of Ontario, 294 Ridge Road North, P.O. Box 687, Ridgeway, Ontario, L0S 1N0, 1-800-368-8377. Condolences - www.rskane.ca

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-15 published
WILCE, Gary
After a short illness, on Thursday, April 14, 2005, at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 67. Gary WILCE of Port Perry, beloved husband of Sandra (née WHALLEY.) Loving father of Kim WILCE of Brampton, and Tracey and her husband Bill GRAHAM of Manila. Loved grandfather of Shannon, Jenn, Amy, and Todd. Dear brother of Howard WILCE and his wife Ivy of Barry, and Betty and her husband Don STEPHENSON of Sarnia. The family of Gary WILCE will receive Friends at the Wagg Funeral Home, "McDermott-Panabaker Chapel", 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Saturday, April 16th from 10-11 a.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Chapel at 11 a.m. with Michelle HOFMAN officiating. Private interment Mount Lawn Cemetery, Whitby. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be left at: www.waggfuneralhome.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-23 published
STEPHENSON, William " Bill"
Formerly of Toronto, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 10th, 2005, at Lakeview Manor in Beaverton. In keeping with his wishes there was no service. Bill was predeceased by his wife of twenty-two years Rosemary WALLACE. He is survived by his step-daughter Pamela HARLE (Peter,) his step-granddaughter Melanie PAYANT of Ottawa, his sister Joan BRUCE and her husband Milton of Lively, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was also predeceased by his brother Robert (Robbie) of Espanola and his sister Olive MEISENHEIMER of Seagrave. Bill was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, on October 21st, 1920, the second son of Robert (Bob) STEPHENSON and Edith Jane STEPHENSON (née PARKER.) The family immigrated to Canada in 1926 and settled in Creighton, near Sudbury. When Bill was fifteen, he left home to attend Queen's University. After graduating, Bill wrote for both McLeans and Star Weekly magazines for many years, travelling much of the world in the process. The Governor General's Board of Canada awarded him the President's Medal in 1954 for the best article written by a Canadian anywhere in the world for that year. Bill was also a published author with many fine books to his credit. His talents also included screen writing, he was on the production staff of the National Film Board and his involvement with Frontier College spanned many years. In his later years he continued to contribute an occasional column or article to the Toronto Star while focusing most of his energies on researching and writing his books and an occasional play or film. Bill had a full and interesting life, and will be missed by his family, and by the many Friends he acquired during his travels through life. If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, the Canadian Council on Hyperbaric Medicine, or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-19 published
DICKSON/DIXON, Brian J.
Peacefully, at the Lakeridge Health Centre, Oshawa, with his family by his side, on Monday, May, 16, 2005, in his 79th year. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Florrie for 51 years. Cherished father of David, Pam, and Catrina STEPHENSON (John.) Brian will be fondly remembered by his sister Pat MIDDLETON (Andrew,) brother-in-law Ken BAIN, also predeceased by brothers Eric and his wife Chris, Ian and his wife Susan and sister Dorothy BAIN. He will be missed by his faithful Friends Logan and Angus, nieces, nephews, and extended family in Inverness, Scotland. Friends are invited to Glendale Memorial Gardens Chapel, 1810 Albion Road (Albion Rd. and Hwy. 27), for a celebration of Brian's life on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Scott Funeral Home, "Woodbridge Chapel", 7776 Kipling Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 1Z2, 905-851-2229.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-20 published
STEPHENSON, Donald Murray
(Retired employee of Color Your World) Peacefully on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 at Trillium Health Centre - Queensway Site, at the age of 84. Don, beloved husband of the late Ellen. Loving father of Guy, Brian and his wife Carreen and Ian and his wife Dale. Proud grandfather of Courtney and Zachary. Brother of Allan (Alberta) and the late Ross, Doug, Ruth and Vickie. Don will be fondly remembered by family and Friends from his working days, golfing and the cottage on Loon Bay in Parry Sound. Family and Friends will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre - Mississauga, 1535 South Gateway Road (Dixie Road, 2 blocks south of Eglinton), 905-602-1580 on Tuesday, May 24th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment Meadowvale Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-24 published
DOMERECKI, Frances
Peacefully, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, on Saturday, May 21, 2005. Frances DOMERECKI of Barrie, formerly of Etobicoke, in her 93rd year. Predeceased by husband Walter DOMERECKI. Cherished mother of Adele GLASSFORD, Bernice THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Wanda STEPHENSON, and Leonard DOMERECKI (Harriet.) Loving grandmother of 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Albert JARSKI. Friends may call at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home (Clapperton and Worsley Streets), Barrie, on Tuesday from 12: 00 p.m. until time of service in the chapel on Tuesday, May 24th, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-30 published
STEPHENSON, Brenda Grace (née LEIGH)
Peacefully, at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville, on Saturday, May 28, 2005. Brenda Grace LEIGH, in her 64th year loving mother of Mark STEPHENSON and Laura and her husband Peter DANIELS; cherished grandmother of Jordan and Olivia; dear daughter of Grace LEIGH and the late Reginald LEIGH (1997.) Brenda will be sadly missed by her loving pets Belle and C.P., relatives and many Friends. The family will receive Friends at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville (519-941-1392), on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Saint Mark's Anglican Church, 5 First Ave., Orangeville, on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Private family interment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Orangeville. Memorial donations in memory of Brenda may be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada or Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Orangeville and District Branch.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-20 published
Kay SNELGROVE, 84: Intrepid spy and courier
Part of legendary spy operation
Kept quiet about her wartime work throughout life
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Every family has its secrets. And had the 1976 bestseller A Man Called Intrepid, not been written, Kay SNELGROVE's family might never have learned of hers.
As a teenaged schoolgirl attending Emerson College in Boston and regularly going back home to Saint John, New Brunswick, to visit Friends and family in the early years of World War 2, she helped deliver dozens of covert messages from Britain's war offices that ultimately went to those of American president Franklin D. Roosevelt.
She was part of the largest intelligence operation in history run by Canadian Sir William STEPHENSON, secret envoy for British prime minister Winston Churchill and the man code-named Intrepid.
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, catapulting the Americans into the war, she was pulled out of school and brought home. Like many women, she went to work for the war effort; unlike many women, she was a code runner, a young woman with war knowledge considered so vital, she was assigned an Royal Canadian Mounted Police undercover officer to accompany her to and from her work at the naval yards.
She had taken an oath of secrecy and she kept it until author William STEVENSON's book was published. It described what is generally believed to be a masterful campaign by Britain to draw the U.S. out of its isolationist policy into the war effort to defeat the Nazis. STEPHENSON ran it out of the British Security Co-ordination Office in Rockefeller Center. Its cable address was Intrepid. But SNELGROVE took no joy in telling her children about what she did in the war.
It was the late '70s and by then she was a single mom living in Brampton raising June, her youngest and the only child still at home. Her country club and cocktail-party lifestyle had ended in 1969 when her husband, Don, left her and she became one of the first women of her set to divorce and downsize to a lifestyle that came without the backyard pool.
She'd picked up the pieces and applied for her first job since she was married, as a receptionist at the Brampton Daily Times, a now defunct Thomson newspaper. SNELGROVE had stunned her boss when she had put down the name of Ken Thomson himself as a reference. She went on to head the paper's classified ad section until she retired in 1986.
Reading STEVENSON's bestseller was "bittersweet" for her, her daughter Mary NORWOOD said.
According to her son, David SNELGROVE, when the book came out she realized she could finally talk about what she did -- but the only person she wanted to talk to about it had died in 1972.
"She always said she regretted never talking to her father about it," he said.
Because she always believed -- but never knew for sure -- that it was her father who volunteered her for the secret agent job.
Thomas MARTIN was a successful consultant working for the federal government rescuing foundering companies in the Dirty Thirties.
Although a lifelong Tory, he was a close colleague of and often on call to Liberal prime minister Mackenzie KING, whom his only child took to calling "Uncle Mac."
Her mother, Rose, an opera singer in Britain, made sure her daughter had every lesson imaginable: jazz, piano, ballet, tap, even acrobatic dance. She grew up in increasingly comfortable and influential homes in the West, then Montreal, where she became Friends with a young man named Pierre Elliott Trudeau whom she always called Elliott, and on to Saint John, where the family lived two blocks from the home of K.S. Irving and where she pitched on the same baseball team as two of his sons.
Talented, athletic and a whiz with numbers like her father, Kay MARTIN graduated from high school at 15. She never understood why her father insisted she attend Emerson College in Boston, where she studied dance and theatre with a great-grand_son of Davy Crockett.
She was in her second year when she was taken to the basement of a museum in Saint John where a man swore her to secrecy, told it had been cleared with her father, and conscripted her to serve her country.
That's how a tiny (she was 5-foot-1 and 99 pounds) convent-educated college girl became a King's Courier, blithely carrying white envelopes across the border. She knew only what she had to do she never knew who else was involved or what purposes the documents she was delivering served.
From her home in Saint John, she'd call a particular cab to drive her to the train station. When it arrived she would say to the driver, "Do you have something for me?" He would reach back over the seat and hand her a sealed envelope she'd put in her school papers.
She never told her children how she knew which Boston cabbie to hail, but once in the cab she had merely to say, "Take me to my dorm," and the driver would ask if she had something for him. And so it went, for two years, until 1941, her senior year, when she got a call demanding she come home for American Thanksgiving.
In Saint John, she again went to the museum basement where she was given another white envelope but this time told what message it contained, and then given different instructions and a combination of numbers and letters to memorize. She never forgot the message: It stated a large flotilla of Japanese battleships was heading for either Pearl Harbor or San Francisco, estimated time of arrival was December 6 or 7.
And she was to deliver that message to the British consul.
On December 6 she was studying in her dorm when her frantic roommate burst in announcing the Japanese bombing. "Pearl Harbor or San Francisco?" MARTIN blurted. It was the first time she had let anything slip and she thought it had gone unnoticed. But a half-hour later, her roommate wanted to know how MARTIN knew where the bombing was. She thought fast and said, "There are only two American naval bases on the west coast," which satisfied her roommate.
Almost immediately, she got a phone call ordering her home. With four months to go before she completed her degree and being of an independent nature, she refused, but the next day discovered her bank account had been emptied and closed, and when she returned to her room, a train ticket had been left on her bed. She never did graduate but went to work ostensibly as a secretary back in Canada.
Again, she was told where she would be working: at the New Brunswick Captor II naval base. Her job description was as a civilian secretary, but it was a cover for her work as an intelligence officer decoding cipher machines for critical naval operations. Once, she was hauled back to the base to run some codes on a suspicious ship in the Bay of Fundy with an outdated code. She identified it as an American vessel that had crossed the international dateline, and saved it from being blown up.
Decades later, she went into therapy to help with her resurfacing nightmares about working triage -- boarding ships to document the human devastation of war -- but when the war ended, she re-entered civilian life with gusto. The '50s found her living a Leave It To Beaver kind of life with the executive husband and three kids.
"She became Mrs. Mom," said NORWOOD.
Her mother taught her how to serve hors d'oeuvres at their parties, but she also taught her how to do a mean cartwheel. When daughter June YOUNG wasn't going to be able to take a night school gym class because of low enrolment, Kay SNELGROVE signed on and took the course. "I got a 79 and she got 84," said YOUNG.
When YOUNG started dating, her mother mentioned that she had been taught how to kill a man with a hatpin. Once, she showed her son an old bullet and told him it had been given to her at the end of the war by a man who said, "This had your name on it, Katie. We got him."
David SNELGROVE did some research on the Internet and found the bullet is a type issued to many European World War 2 military officers. "It could have been a true story," he said. " It's a great story and I don't have any reason not to believe it."
His mother was parsimonious with her war stories, however, never mentioning names, and tight-lipped about identifying details, as she had been trained to be. She never saw her role in the war as heroic. "I would say Mom felt it was her duty," said NORWOOD. "She sure loved her country. She loved being a Canadian."
SNELGROVE died April 25 in Brampton. She was 84 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She used to say she should write her memoirs, but she never did, perhaps because she was true to her word and kept her secrets.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-02 published
SCOTT, Wade Escrofy Alexander " Scotty"
Passed away peacefully, in Brampton, on Monday, June 27, 2005, at the age of 69 years. Wade, beloved husband of Gwen (née STEPHENSON.) Loving father of Andrea and her husband Barry HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, Charmaine, and Mark and his wife Michelle. Cherished "Papa" of Brandon, Chynah, Myah, Nakeshia, Chante, Jahsiya, Mekaylah, and Micah. Dear brother of Norma, Vernon, Delrose, and of the late Monica. Wade will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. He was a kind, sincere and devoted husband, father and friend. His smiling face brought joy to those he touched. Visitation at Scott Funeral Home, 289 Main St. N. "Brampton Chapel," on Friday, July 8, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Bramalea Christian Fellowship Church, 11613 Bramalea Rd. N., Brampton, on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment Brampton Memorial Gardens. In memory of Wade, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. His family would be honoured if you would sign a book of condolences at www.obituariestoday.com

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-10 published
CALLON, Josephine A. (MARKEY)
Died peacefully at home, in her 88th year, on August 9, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Cyril J. CALLON (1974.) Cherished mother of Susan and Cindy, both of Oakville, Michael and Lil of London, David and Helen of Mississauga. Proud and devoted grandmother to Dean and Jane CALLON, Michele and Jeff MOORE, Tracy and Richard MURPHY, Kelly and Patrick McLEAN, Mark and Callie CALLON. Loving great-grandmother to Cacia, Callon, Sullivan, Kama, Enya, Amelia and Kate. Dear sister-in-law to Dolores STEPHENSON, Mary MARKEY and Thomas CALLON. Special aunt to many nieces and nephews. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, 905-844-3221, Thursday from 2-9 p.m. Mass to be celebrated at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, 47 Reynolds Street, Oakville on Friday, August 12, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-25 published
STEPHENSON, Sinclair Goffie (August 18, 1942-September 20, 2005)
Of Victory Crescent in Malton. Steve suddenly passed away at the Etobicoke General Hospital leaving his wife Lorraine (Pam), daughters Janice (Dwight), Tavia, sons Paul (Ann), Markie (Carol Ann), sisters Barbara (New York), Pauline (Brampton), Georgia (Jamaica), brothers Ewart and Norman (Jamaica), six grandchildren, nieces, nephews, special mother-in-law Rita (a.k.a. Mom), other families and countless close Friends. Predeceased by brother Lenny, mother Ida and father Gilbert. Family and Friends will be received at the Benisasia Funeral Home, 3263 Derry Rd. E., Mississauga for visitation on Monday and Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Interment to follow at the Glenview Cemetery.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-10 published
JACKLIN, Eric Duncan
(Member of Oshawa Sydenham Kiwanis, Centennial Albert United Church, G.M. Salaried Retirees) Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at The Wynfield, Oshawa, on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Margaret (née HARDING.) Loving father of Robert JACKLIN and his wife Lynn of Whitby and Beverley STEPHENSON and her husband Hugh of Manitoba. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Deric JACKLIN and his wife Karen, Kirk JACKLIN and his wife Ellyssa, Christine STEPHENSON and Obi NNADI, Scott STEPHENSON and his wife Lexine and great-grandchildren Bryce and Nathan STEPHENSON and Charlotte JACKLIN. Dear brother of the late Douglas JACKLIN. Relatives and Friends will be received at the McIntosh-Anderson Funeral Home Ltd., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Oshawa Union Cemetery. Donations made in memory of Eric to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or Centennial Albert United Church would be appreciated.

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STEPHENSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-07 published
MITCHELL, William George
Passed away peacefully at York Central Hospital on Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 after a brief illness, in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of the late Doreen MITCHELL, née STEPHENSON, his wife of 50 years. Lifelong resident of Oak Ridges and dairy farmer in King Township. Beloved son of the late Hugh Gordon MITCHELL and Bernice Stewart DURHAM. Loving father of Janet and John SHERMAN, Karen and William COUNTER, Hugh and Glenna MITCHELL, Marlene and John TITUS, William and Clare MITCHELL, Robert and Susan MITCHELL, Jeffrey and Jane MITCHELL and Mark and Maria MITCHELL. Proud grandfather of twenty-three grandchildren Jeremy and Justin SHERMAN, William, Rosemary, George and James COUNTER, Peter, Jason, Diane and David MITCHELL, Michelle, Steven, Michael and Mark TITUS, Jeffrey, John and William MITCHELL, Jennifer and Sarah MITCHELL, Gregory and Andrew MITCHELL and James and Julia MITCHELL. Friends may call at The Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Dr.) on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service Friday, December 9th, 2: 00 p.m. at Richmond Hill United Church, 10201 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill. Mr. MITCHELL will be resting in the Church 1 hour prior to the Service. Memorial donations made to the York Central Hospital Foundation or Temperanceville United Church would be appreciated by the family. Cremation. Interment at Aurora Cemetery at a later date.

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