STRATIGEAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-02 published
LOMAS, Leonard Melville
Peacefully, at home, on June 29th, 2005, in his 73rd year after a courageous struggle with cancer. Leonard, loving and devoted husband of Jean (née HENLY.) Loving and supportive father of Caroline and Robert HUGHEY, Julia and Ashok BAGHEL, Mary LOMAS and Chris BARRETT, Ann Lomas and Tom STRATIGEAS, and Eileen and John GALLOWAY. Loving grandfather of Gina, Eisha and Rishan. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers, neighbours and Friends who made his few months more comfortable. Friends will be received at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora on Monday, July 4, 2005 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 noon. Memorial donations to L'Arche Daybreak, Progress Place or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral Home Aurora 905-727-5421.

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STRATIGEAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-02 published
LOMAS, Leonard Melville
Peacefully at home, on June 29, 2005, in his 73rd year, after a courageous struggle with cancer. Leonard, loving and devoted husband of Jean (née HENLY.) Loving and supportive father of Caroline and Robert HUGHEY, Julia and Ashok BAGHEL, Mary LOMAS and Chris BARRETT, Ann LOMAS and Tom STRATIGEAS, and Eileen and John GALLOWAY. Loving grandfather of Gina, Eisha and Rishan. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers, neighbours and Friends who made his last few months more comfortable. Friends will be received at the Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora on Monday, July 4th from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 noon. Memorial donations to L'Arche Daybreak, Progress Place or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora, 905-727-5421.

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STRATTEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-25 published
SELLORS, Bruce Edward
(Retired Captain - Toronto Fire Department, Lifetime member of the Friends of Fort George, Boy Scouts and longtime member of Scouts Canada) Passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, January 22, 2005, at the age of 67. Beloved son of the late George and Joan SELLORS. Loving brother of Lynn and her husband Gaye STRATTEN. Dear uncle of Todd of Yellowknife and Taryn of Australia. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. Private interment Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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STRATTEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-17 published
STRATTEN, Obed " Obe"
On Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at Humber River Regional Hospital - Church St. Site, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Cosy. Loving father of Gaye and his wife Lynn, Joy and her husband Randy DRYBURGH, and Merrily and her husband Steven CUDMORE. Dear Grandpa of Todd and Taryn. Obe will be lovingly remembered by his sisters-in-law Mary and Gladys STRATTEN and Effie WEBER, and brother-in-law Norman WEBER and his wife Ruth and many nieces and nephews. Obe operated Stratten Floor Company for over 50 years. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, August 19, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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STRATTO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-17 published
WOODS, Edna Iona Delphin (née FOX) (a.k.a. Dorcas, Tilly and Grannie Annie)
Passed away at St. Joseph's Villa in Dundas on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 at the age of 94. Loving wife of the late Walter WOODS and predeceased by brothers Cecil, and Russell Fox, sister Verna STRATTO and son-in-law Bruce WRIGHT. Dear mother of Sharon (Ancaster) and special Grannie to Shayna and Emma. Sister to Hazel GALES and Vel HUNT of London, Ontario and Betty of Arizona. Survived by many nieces and nephews in London and surrounding areas. Edna was a long time and active member of Saint Mary's Anglican Church, Bartonville; Lifetime member of A.C.W.; Member of Anglican Business Women and Hamilton East P.C. She dedicated her life to others (behind the scenes activities) and was well known for her catering at the church, choir mother duties and alter guild. She was a extraordinary volunteer. Special thanks to the Pine Grove staff at St. Joseph's Villa for their exceptional care. Visiting will be held ay Saint Mary's Anglican Church (1831 King Street East, Hamilton) on Friday, from 1-2 p.m. Service to follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Mary's Anglican Church or charity of choice would be appreciated. (Arrangements entrusted to Markey Dermody Funeral Home 1-905-547-1121). "Feisty 'til the end"

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STRATTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-30 published
HEPBURN, Alan
A resident of Grand Bend and formerly of Chatham, Alan HEPBURN passed away at his home on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the age of 86. Born in Melville, Saskatchewan, son of the late William and Rankin (LOCHART) HEPBURN. Beloved husband of Gladys (WILCOX) HEPBURN for 62 years. Dear father of Linda CATENAZZI and her husband Guido of Haliburton, and Lochart HEPBURN and his wife Toni of White Rock, British Columbia. Grandfather of David and Lili SCARROW of Calgary, Jenifer SCARROW of Calgary, Tyson HEPBURN of White Rock, British Columbia and Rory HEPBURN of White Rock, British Columbia. Brother of Gladys STRATTON of Brooks, Alberta and the late Elmer HEPBURN, Mel HEPBURN, Bill HEPBURN, Doris SEVIGNY and Joyce ABEL. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Sunday from 2: 00-4:30 p.m. and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service at the Funeral Home on Monday, May 2, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation with interment in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Victorian Order of Nurses Sarnia Lambton would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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STRATTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-23 published
MILLS, Mervin R.
At Bluewater Health C.E.E. Site, Petrolia on Monday, August 22, 2005. Mervin R. MILLS, 88 years, of Petrolia. Loving husband of the late Coralie MILLS (née CLEMENTS) (2004.) Loved Daddy to Beth and John KEWLEY and Bobbi MILLS all of Petrolia. Beloved grandfather of Tom and Terri KEWLEY, Lillis and Mike HUYBERS, Marion and Brian SIMPSON and Stuart KEWLEY, and eleven great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Marjorie MacDONALD of Windsor, Ada PIERCE, Lillie MINIELLY and Edna and Dave BROWN all of Petrolia, and the late Lena SYMINGTON, Mary LESTER, Viola MacDONALD, Frank MILLS and Clayton MILLS. Visitors will be received on Tuesday from 2: 30 to 4: 30 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where the funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 25, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Don STRATTON officiating. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the C.N.I.B. Memories and condolences may be left on-line at www.needhamjay.com

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STRATTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-04 published
DUNLOP, James Baird
Of Saint Thomas, on Tuesday, November 2, 2005, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, peacefully, after a courageous battle, in his 67th year. Dearly loved companion of Marie (WHITE/WHYTE) MARSH and loved father of David and Sherri. Dear step-father of Heather WEIR and Gord MARSH. Dear brother of Pauline and loved "Pa" of Kayla. Fishing buddy of Dan SCHARFF and friend of Helen STRATTON. Jim was born in Scotland on October 14, 1939 the son of the late James Nichol and Davina (BAIRD) DUNLOP. He came to Canada in 1952 and was a painter decorator. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Visitation Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined, with remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-17 published
STRATTON, William James
Passed away peacefully at Oceanside, California with his family at his side on Friday November 25, 2005 in his 91st year. Jim STRATTON of Vista, California and formerly of Nilestown, Ontario will be missed by his children John, Jean and Bill, by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his loving wife Annie Bertha (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART,) brothers Leonard and Jack. Survived by sisters Mildred DAWSON and Ila HAIGHT. Private interment took place on December 5th, at Oceanside, California.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-19 published
STRATTON, Helen (FISHLEIGH)
Suddenly at her residence in Avon on Saturday, December 17, 2005, Helen (FISHLEIGH) STRATTON, in her 87th year. Wife of the late George E. STRATTON (1988.) Dear mother of Rod and his wife Shari, Bill and his wife Linda, Chuck and his partner Sandy and Barry and his wife Verna. Also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Jean COLE of London and Frank FISHLEIGH of Saint Thomas. Dear friend of Jean BERGMAN. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Andrew HAWKINS officiating. Interment Avon Cemetery. Memorial donations to the London Regional Cancer Program would be appreciated.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-28 published
BELL, G. William B.
At Bluewater Health - C.E.E. Site, Petrolia, on Monday, December 26, 2005. G. William B. BELL, 103 years, of Petrolia. Mr. BELL is survived by his son, John BELL of Petrolia and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris (née WILLIAMSON) (1991,) a brother, John BELL and sisters, Lena THROWER, Irene BELL, Elizabeth STORING, Rita VANDERBURG and Rosie BAINES. Visitors will be received on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m., with Rev. Donald STRATTON officiating. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the First Baptist Church, Petrolia or the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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STRATTON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2005-06-24 published
VAN SLYKE, Richard " Rick"
He came up against a problem only God could solve. He passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 58 years of age. His passing leaves behind his Loving wife Ramona and devoted daughter Theresa Lyn (Terri) and his devoted brother Robert and his wife Donna. Also mourning his passing are Ramona's parents and sisters and brothers; Kent and Shirley MANUEL (Newfoundland) sister Wanda and husband Brian STRATTON, sister Jean and husband Gary BLACK, brother Keith and wife Lynda MANUEL and brother Wade and wife Amanda MANUEL plus numerous nieces and nephews and friend. At Rick's request cremation has taken place. A private family Memorial Service will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Chatterson-Long Funeral Home, 404 Hurontano Street, Collingwood.
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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-07 published
PESKUN, Deanna Lynn (née STASIUK)
Passed away peacefully in her 57th year with her husband and children by her side on the evening of Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at Sunnybrook Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Devoted wife of Peter and loving mother of Nadean and husband Douglas, and Christopher and partner Colleen. Caring sister of Gloria, brother-in-law of Danny HARDYCHUK, and dear sister-in-law of Sonia STRATTON. Cherished auntie of nieces and nephew, Lisa, Kathy and husband Peter, Michael and Laura. Sadly missed by her family and Friends, Deanna touched many hearts and will be remembered always. Her strength, compassion and love for life will remain an inspiration to us all. Friends are invited to share their memories of Deanna with her family during visitation at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere just east of Jane subway, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate her life will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 12 noon. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-14 published
AYLESWORTH, Mac, Q.C. (1912-2005)
Painlessly and peacefully in Toronto, March 29, 2005 at 92. By his request, private ceremonies were held in Toronto and Trenton. Predeceased: in 1991 by his dear wife Patricia Joan (née McFAYDEN, of Fort Francis,) dear friend Alec McFAYDEN and by his dear sister Patricia JOAN (Langdon.) Lovingly missed by daughter Ara Joan AYLESWORTH, son-in-law Jeff HEMMINGS and granddaughter Leela Aylesworth HEMMINGS. Much loved by, and father figure to, Jeanne ANDREWS. Lovingly missed by sisters-in-law Bonnie and Marg and nephews and nieces: dear Michael STRATTON and Margaret and Dave BURDICK, Sandy, Judy, Tommy, Kenneth LANGDON and Linda, Brian LANGDON and Julie, Ellie, Sharon and Heather, Dix, Terry, Bev, Dixie, Diane, Jack and Danny, Carla, Sherri and Rick, Raymond and Ellen and his last surviving friend from the flight crew shot down over Germany, Neil KNIGHT, Wireless Air Gunner, 415 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force Bomber Command, and friend from the P.O.W. camp, Chet SWIER. In 1992 retired to Toronto - Bayview Cummer Nursing Home Thanks to great staff, recovered in 1999 to independent residence. Heartfelt thanks to so many great staff at the Harold and Grace Baker Centre. We will miss his photography and funny, inventive letters and cards this Christmas. Born in Vancouver, happy childhood in Trenton, Ontario - Canada's King's Scout to the 1929 World Jamboree, basketball captain, quarterback, Victoria College B.A., homeless depression-era rail rider through U.S., food mission organizer in Phoenix, cotton picker, Texas boxer, Timmins Ontario - miner, goalie, bareknuckles prize fighter, Toronto - law at Osgoode, crapshooter, gambler, World War 2: Quebec - Air Force navigation math teacher, Flying Officer, England - navigator (Halifax Club), boxer, parachuter (Caterpillar Club), P.O.W. escapee, Toronto - Queens Counsel, partier, after Pearson asked him to run as Liberal M.P. and M.P.P. publicly announced voting C.C.F. (N.D.P.), Ottawa - pool player, Advisor to the Veterans Land Act, Director of Legal Services, Department of Veterans Affairs. As Negotiator and Consultant on task forces for the Department of Justice, writing contracts, for pensions, unions, improved wages and working conditions for hospital workers, enforcing labour laws and retroactive wages and benefits for waitresses, the disabled, and veterans, a passionate and effective advocate. 'Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
CHRISTIE, Nicholas Earl (CHRUSZCZ)
(Soldier and Officer of the First Polish Armoured Division during World War 2 and employee of Mutual of Omaha for over a quarter century) Passed away suddenly in his 88th year at the Milton District Hospital on Saturday, March 19, 2005. Predeceased by his loving wife Marianna. Devoted father of Isabel (Brian) STRATTON, Peter (Karen) CHRISTIE and George CHRISTIE. Beloved grandfather of Michael CHRISTIE, David CHRISTIE, Laura STRATTON and Matthew STRATTON. Friends will be received from the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton (905) 878-2669 on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7-9 p.m. Vigil Prayers will be prayed at 8: 30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Holy Rosary Church, 139 Martin Street, Milton, on Wednesday, March 23rd at 10 a.m. Private interment to occur on a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Parkinson Society of Canada, or to the charity of one's choice.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-07 published
PESKUN, Deanna Lynn (née STASIUK)
Passed away peacefully in her 57th year with her husband and children by her side on the evening of Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at Sunnybrook Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Devoted wife of Peter and loving mother of Nadean and husband Douglas, and Christopher and partner Colleen. Caring sister of Gloria, brother-in-law Danny HARDYCHUK, and dear sister-in-law of Sonia STRATTON. Cherished auntie of nieces and nephew, Lisa, Kathy and husband Peter, Michael and Laura. Sadly missed by her family and Friends, Deanna touched many hearts and will be remembered always. Her strength, compassion and love for life will remain an inspiration to us all. Friends are invited to share their memories of Deanna with her family during visitation at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, just east of Jane subway, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate her life will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 12 noon. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-07 published
AYLESWORTH, Mac, Q.C. (1912-2005)
Painlessly and peacefully in Toronto, March 29, 2005 at 92½. By his request, private ceremonies were held in Toronto and Trenton. Predeceased: in 1991 by his dear wife Patricia Joan (née McFAYDEN, of Fort Francis,) dear friend Alec McFAYDEN and by his dear sister Patricia JOAN (Langdon.) Lovingly missed by daughter Ara Joan AYLESWORTH, son-in-law Jeff HEMMINGS and granddaughter Leela Aylesworth HEMMINGS. Much loved by, and father figure to, Jeanne ANDREWS. Lovingly missed by sister-in-law Bonnie and nephews and nieces: Michael STRATTON and Margaret and Dave BURDICK, Sandy, Judy, Tommy, Kenneth and Linda, Brian, Julie and Ellie, Dix, Terry, Bev, Dixie, Diane, Jack and Danny, Carla, Sherri and Rick, Raymond and Ellen and his last surviving friend from the flight crew shot down over Germany, Neil KNIGHT, Wireless Air Gunner, 415 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force Bomber Command, and friend from the P.O.W. camp, Chet SWIER. In 1992 retired to Toronto - Bayview-Cummer Nursing Home; thanks to great staff, recovered in 1999 to independent residence. Heartfelt thanks to so many great staff at the Harold and Grace Baker Centre. We will miss his photography and funny, inventive letters and cards this Christmas. Born in Vancouver, happy childhood in Trenton, Ontario - Canada's King's Scout to the 1929 World Jamboree, basketball captain, quarterback, Victoria College B.A., homeless depression-era rail rider through U.S., food mission organizer in Phoenix, cotton picker, Texas boxer, Timmins, Ontario - miner, goalie, bareknuckles prize fighter, Toronto - law at Osgoode, crapshooter, gambler, World War 2: Quebec - Air Force navigation math teacher, Flying Officer, England - navigator (Halifax Club), boxer, parachuter (Caterpillar Club), P.O.W. escapee, Toronto - partier, Queen's Counsel, after Pearson asked him to run as Liberal M.P.P. and M.P. publicly announced voting C.C.F. (N.D.P.), Ottawa - pool player, Advisor to the Veterans Land Act, Director of Legal Services, Department of Veterans Affairs. As Negotiator and Consultant on task forces for the Department of Justice, writing contracts for: pensions, unions, improved wages and working conditions for hospital workers, enforcing labour laws and retroactive wages and benefits for waitresses, the disabled, and veterans, a passionate and effective advocate. "Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-12 published
SCHELL, Thomas John
At his residence, after a lengthy battle with cancer, on Sunday, July 10, 2005, age 67 years. John SCHELL of Brighton and formerly of Willowdale, son of the late Thomas SCHELL and the late Clara (SOPHER.) Loving husband of Marilynn Loretta (EINARSON.) Loving father of Paula, father-in-law of Frank and cherished grandfather of Joeleen of Toronto, also survived by his son Donald. Dear brother of Lillian SMITH of Parry Sound and brother-in-law of Paul EINARSON and his wife Nan of Oshawa. Dear uncle of Esther, Heather, Kristen, Markham and Jeff. Predeceased by a nephew Rodney. The family will receive Friends at the Walas Funeral Home, 130 Main Street, Brighton on Thursday from 12 noon, followed by a service in the funeral home on Thursday, July 14 at 1 o'clock. The Reverend Donald STRATTON officiating. Cremation with interment in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Toronto. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice, care of Box 96, Brighton, Ontario, K0K 1H0 would be appreciated by the family www.walasfuneralhome.com

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-15 published
TORRAVILLE, Harvey
Peacefully on Wednesday July 15, 2005 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, at the age of 85. Predeceased by his first wife Shirley (née STRATTON,) his second wife Dorothy and daughter Ruth LLOYD. Harvey is survived by his daughters Betty and her husband Dave MacARTHUR, and Beverly, grandchildren Cheryl (Aldo) ARGENTO, Candy (Glen) DEIBERT, Lori-Ann (Reno) ROMANO and Jeffrey (Crista) MacARTHUR, great-grandchildren Jacob and Jayden ROMANO, Mark and Francis ARGENTO and Anna and Lauren DEIBERT. Always loved and sadly missed by family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), Mississauga on Friday July 15, 2005 from 10 a.m. until the time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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STRATTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-17 published
STRATTON, Theresa Mary (SAUTNER)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother, at the age of 81, on Thursday, September 15, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Stephen George STRATTON. Loving mother of Bill (Chris) of Oshawa and Rick of Scarborough. Dear grandmother of Paul and Scott STRATTON and Erin (David) FILLION. Predeceased by her parents, John and Cecilia SAUTNER and her loving sister Cecilia. Lovingly remembered by her brothers Mike and John, her brother-in-law Derek McCABE and her many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave. E. (just west of Warden Ave.) Scarborough, on Sunday, September 18, 2005, from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 4: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

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STRATYCHUK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-31 published
TILBURG, Katie (formerly HAMILTON, née STRATYCHUK)
Peacefully at Spruce Lodge, Stratford, on Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, Katie (STRATYCHUK) (HAMILTON) TILBURG of Stratford and formerly of London. Beloved wife of Peter TILBURG. Dear mother of William HAMILTON and his wife Donna of South Mountain, Joyce WAKEM and her husband Jack of Saint Marys, Joan McLEAN and her husband John of London and Barbara DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and her husband Fred of Milton. Dear sister of William STRATYCHUK and his wife Florence of Listowel, Nellie LITOWSKI of Mississauga and predeceased by her 4 sisters Albina GULUZEN, Mary MATICHUK, Lena CARDIFF and Anne BALLANTYNE. Also loved by her 11 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received 1 hour prior to the funeral service being conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, (433-5184) on Friday, April 1st at 1 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to Teen Challenge Farm, P.O. Box 777, London, N6P 1R6. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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STRAUB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-25 published
KEE- GEORGE, Edward
Peacefully, at the Kingston General Hospital on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at the age of 74. Predeceased by his parents William and Georgina (BOWERS,) sister Loa and brothers Howarth and Donald. Lovingly remembered by sisters Yvonne, Mississauga; Bessie and Hazel, Georgetown; Edna, Brampton and brother Gordon, Port Credit. Beloved father of Bill (Lois) BOLTON; Deanna (Jeff) WHITE/WHYTE, Orangeville and Karen (Hans) STRAUB, Clearwater, British Columbia. Cherished friend of Joyce, Samanatha, Shauna, and caregiver Janet. A private cremation has taken place and the Memorial Service will be held April 22, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Saint John's Dixie Cemetery, 737 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, Ontario.

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STRAUBER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-14 published
HERINGER, Joseph
Succumbed on December 11th 2005 following a long and debilitating brain disease. Will be dearly missed by his wife Agnes, daughters Monica and Naomi, son-in-laws Roy and Corey, and his six grandchildren. Joe was born in 1934 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1956, when the Soviets invaded, Joe escaped to Vienna the story of which became family lore. While at the refugee camp in Vienna, he met and fell in love with Agnes STRAUBER, who would become his wife and life-long soul mate. Together they journeyed to Venezuela, one of the few countries that would accept Hungarian immigrants. Joe and Agnes arrived in Caracas with no money, few possessions, no Spanish and without Friends or family. From such humble beginnings Joe and Agnes started their lives together. Daughter Monica was born several years later and in 1963 Joe's dream was realized when they moved to Canada. Starting over again they settled in Montreal, gave birth to another daughter Naomi, and raised their young family. In 1977 the family relocated once again, this time to Toronto. During their almost 30 years in Toronto they would see both daughters marry and give them grandchildren. They would also purchase a cottage on Anstruther Lake, which gave them many years of pleasure. Joe was his happiest while at the cottage, puttering around fixing things, going for canoe rides and hikes in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter. Joe, who never learned how to cook, became a master at the barbeque. He was a voracious reader, opera lover and enjoyed making his own wine. He took an active interest in current events, played a mean game of bridge and scrabble, and completed the chess and bridge newspaper puzzles daily. He was a passionate traveler who loved pouring over maps and guidebooks. When Joe was only 58 and looking forward to an early retirement spent at the cottage, he was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia that would ultimately take his life 13 years later. The family would like to express their gratitude to Cummer Lodge, whose nurses and staff cared for Joe during the last 8 years of his life. A private memorial service will be held for family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cummer Lodge at 205 Cummer Avenue, North York Ontario, M2M 2E8, 416-392-9500.

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STRAUBER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-14 published
HERINGER, Joseph
Succumbed on December 11th, 2005 following a long and debilitating brain disease. Will be dearly missed by his wife Agnes, daughters Monica and Naomi, sons-in-law Roy and Corey, and his six grandchildren. Joe was born in 1934 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1956, when the Soviets invaded, Joe escaped to Vienna, the story of which became family lore. While at the refugee camp in Vienna, he met and fell in love with Agnes STRAUBER, who would become his wife and life-long soul mate. Together they journeyed to Venezuela, one of the few countries that would accept Hungarian immigrants. Joe and Agnes arrived in Caracas with no money, few possessions, no Spanish and without Friends or family. From such humble beginnings Joe and Agnes started their lives together. Daughter Monica was born several years later and in 1963 Joe's dream was realized when they moved to Canada. Starting over again they settled in Montreal, gave birth to another daughter Naomi, and raised their young family. In 1977 the family relocated once again, this time to Toronto. During their almost 30 years in Toronto they would see both daughters marry and give them grandchildren. They would also purchase a cottage on Anstruther Lake, which gave them many years of pleasure. Joe was his happiest while at the cottage, puttering around fixing things, going for canoe rides and hikes in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter. Joe, who never learned how to cook, became a master at the barbeque. He was a voracious reader, opera lover and enjoyed making his own wine. He took an active interest in current events, played a mean game of bridge and scrabble, and completed the chess and bridge newspaper puzzles daily. He was a passionate traveller who loved pouring over maps and guidebooks. When Joe was only 58 and looking forward to an early retirement spent at the cottage, he was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia that would ultimately take his life 13 years later. The family would like to express their gratitude to Cummer Lodge, whose nurses and staff cared for Joe during the last 8 years of his life. A private memorial service will be held for family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cummer Lodge at 205 Cummer Avenue, North York, Ontario M2M 2E8, 416-392-9500.

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STRAUCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-26 published
CARTER, Margaret Wilmot (née SWAISLAND)
Peacefully at home in Toronto on May 22, 2005 in her 97th year. Predeceased by her husband, Tullis Ninion; her sister, Helen Louise LEGGAT of Vancouver, British Columbia; her brother, John Wilmot SWAISLAND of Kelowna, British Columbia and her granddaughter, Margaret Diana COOPER. Loving mother of William SWAISLAND (Ursula STYLE) of Waterloo, Ontario; Julia Anne of Toronto, Ontario and Patricia Jane (Peter COOPER) of Denver, Colorado. Fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Born in Edmonton, Margaret lived in Vancouver and Windsor before moving to Toronto with Tullis in 1934. She was an active member of the Garden Club of Toronto, the Southern Ontario Unit of the Herb Society of America and Rosedale Golf Club. Mother enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and bridge and spending many hours in her garden at home and at the cottage. In 1989, Mother founded The Cloverleaf Foundation and enjoyed working with her family on charitable projects. She will always be remembered for the twinkle in her eye and the warm, beautiful smile that was with her to the very end. The family would like to thank Dr. Jocelyn CHARLES at Sunnybrook Family Practice for the warmth of her care and the generosity in her visits to our mother and to Liz STRAUCH, Nena, Emilia, Gloria and their colleagues at Care 2000, as well as Lorena LUTZ for their loving care which made it possible for our mother to live in her own home with humour, comfort, grace and dignity. A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto on Wednesday, June 1st at 4 o'clock. Donations may be made to The Cloverleaf Foundation, 56 Regina Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3A3.

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STRAUGHAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-10 published
STRANG, W.H. Gordon
Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his late residence on Friday, July 8, 2005 W.H. Gordon STRANG of Exeter and formerly of Usborne Township in his 63rd year. Beloved husband of Susanne (STRAUGHAN) STRANG. Dear father of Kristin STRANG of Exeter. Dear son-in-law of Helen STRAUGHAN of Goderich. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Marilyn and Keith CLARKE of Thorold, Bernice and Bill THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Exeter, Keith and Sandra STRANG of Hensall, Nancy and Bob ROSS of Saint Marys, Chrystal and Gary JEWITT of Clinton and Bill and Judi STRAUGHAN of Sudbury. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Margaret STRANG, his father-in-law Benson STRAUGHAN and nephews David and Peter CLARKE. Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Exeter United Church, 42 James Street, Exeter on Tuesday, July 12th at 2 p.m. with Reverend Paul ROSS officiating. Interment Hensall Union Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Ausable Bayfield Commemorative Woods/South Huron Trail or Exeter United Church would be appreciated by the family. There will be a Masonic Service in the funeral home Monday evening at 6: 30 p.m. under the auspices of Lebannon Forest Lodge #133 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com.

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STRAUGHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-25 published
STRAUGHAN, Marjorie Gwendolyn (née MULOCK)
Peacefully, at Bon Air Nursing Home in Cannington on Tuesday, May 24th, 2005. In her 93rd year. Marjorie (née MULOCK,) beloved wife of the late Frank STRAUGHAN. Dear mother of Kenneth and his wife Donna, Darlene and her partner Tom and Mike STRAUGHAN. Loving grandmother of eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Survived by her sister Audrey LEE and late husband Bill, Elsie HOUGHTON and late husband Wilf and James MULOCK and his wife Alice. Resting at the Low and Low Funeral Home, 23 Main Street South, Uxbridge (905-852-3073), for service in the chapel on Thursday, May 26th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until service time. Interment Goodwood Cemetery. Donations to Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Special thank-you to all the staff at Bon Air Nursing Home for their love and care.

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STRAUSS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-30 published
Robert Gordon BELL, Physician: 1911-2005
Pioneering doctor who almost didn't make it through medical school turned a chance involvement with alcoholics into a life's calling to treat all manner of addictions
By Stephen STRAUSS, Special to The Globe and Mail, Thursday, June 30, 2005, Page S11
Toronto -- After word got out that Robert Gordon BELL, known to those who knew him as Gordon, had died at 93, an e-mail was sent to his family from a former patient. In it, the feelings of not just the writer but the tens of thousands of people whom Dr. BELL and his treatment had helped escape from addiction was summarized in a mental health koan.
"I learned from him that, yes, I was an alcoholic, but to be an alcoholic didn't mean I was a bad person," the man wrote.
It is something that the Ontario farmer's son, who turned a happenstance involvement with Toronto alcoholics in the 1940s into a life's calling to treat addictions of all sorts, would undoubtedly have relished. His personal motto, and one that he repeated daily to patients, was "it has been a privilege to have been of service."
What wasn't said, but implied, were the added words "when others find it such a privilege not to serve you."
The social context in which the ever-courtly Dr. BELL helped revolutionize the treatment of addiction in not just Canada but around the world was a medical disdain bordering on repulsion.
"He was a courageous pioneer, because he took on an area of medicine almost nobody at the time wanted to deal with," said Frank EVANS, long-time colleague and secretary of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. "Doctors were both revolted and disgusted at a problem which they saw as self-inflicted. In what he did, Dr. BELL was almost the addiction equivalent of Father Damien, who provided an understanding and haven for lepers on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai."
Dr. BELL would later write that part of his sympathy for an addict's personal failures came from his own difficulties in becoming a doctor in the first place.
Born into a Scots Presbyterian family in the Southern Ontario town of Saint Mary's, Dr. BELL was inspired by his industrious Uncle Charlie -- a doctor who once held the North American record for the number of babies delivered in a year -- to go into medicine. But he was an indifferent student, and he failed medical school after his third year at the University of Toronto. While working in a smelting plant, he experienced what he would later call a transcendental release from fear of failure while watching the sun rise over Lake Erie. "I lost my fear of not being able to succeed, and I acquired a sense of direction in personal fulfilment," he would write in an 1989 autobiography.
He might have become self-assured, but he also had to struggle mightily to convince the University of Toronto to readmit him after a dean bluntly informed him: "Can you not appreciate that you have neither the intelligence nor the emotional stability to graduate in medicine and succeed as a physician." In a way, that set the tone for his subsequent dealing with authority -- he refused to leave until a second opinion was obtained from someone who saw the good doctor lurking within the previous failure.
Dr. BELL's first entree into social-psychiatric medicine came during the Second World War when he worked in the Canadian Army with soldiers traumatized by their war experience. Having found this interesting, and sure that his lack of an obstetrics background would doom him in general practice, he opened up a clinic in his home for -- in his words -- the "emotionally disabled."
At the time, he assured his wife, who already had given birth to two of his five children, that "the worst we could expect would be three or four nervous old ladies as guests. I had no idea at the time our only patients would be alcoholics." Not only that, but among them would be one who returned to the house after going on a bend with the express purpose of beating Dr. BELL to a pulp.
Reflecting a Canada in which alcoholics were viewed as the bane of a medical practice, Dr. BELL quickly found that there was almost nothing in the medical literature describing how you dealt with people who drank too much. Out of the personality jumble of the patients who came to him -- business successes, failures, the violent, the passive, the neat, the messy -- grew the notion that, to treat addiction, you had to treat the whole person in a caring community. A singularly important feature of this, and one that went against the thinking of the time, was that an alcoholic was an alcoholic for life and there was no possibility of going back to social drinking.
To this was grafted what were, for the time, revolutionary alcoholism drug treatments, most notably Antabuse, a medication that made anyone sick who drank alcohol afterward. To ensure they would truly be of service to their patients, Dr. BELL and another physician first tried the substance on themselves. The result was a near overdose wherein Dr. BELL's blood pressure and pulse rate fell to almost zero and he came close to dying. Later, he and a fellow doctor would invent and again self-test Temposil, an anti-drinking drug with fewer side effects. They also came up with a body-weight scale that allowed you to estimate how much you could drink without getting drunk.
Dr. BELL's interest in addiction -- he had soon learned that many of his alcoholic patients were addicted to barbiturates and other drugs -- led him to found a number of clinics and hospitals in the Toronto area. The establishment of these facilities was viewed by the authorities of the day with considerable suspicion. Indeed, so wary was the Ontario Medical Association of his activities that it secretly sent a couple of doctors to check out his clinic. In the words of one of the investigators, the Ontario Medical Association suspected that Dr. BELL was "some kind of medical racketeer out to make a fortune by sobering up wealthy drunks."
Making money would have surprised both his bank managers and his family. "He always paid himself last," said Ron BELL, one of his sons.
Soon, Bell clinics in their various incarnations were seen as the best places in North America for people to have a chance at least to stop being alcoholics. And rich Americans, notably Henry Clay Ford, grand_son of Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone Jr., of the Firestone tire family, soon arrived for treatment. They both ended up sitting on the board and contributing money toward the operation of the Donwood Institute, the first public hospital in North America specifically designed to treat addictions.
Of particular pride to Dr. BELL was the more than half-a-million dollars contributed by former patients -- the "hopeless characters," according to those who turned them away -- to the Donwood. The success in Canada spurred the development of similar institutions in the United States, one of which treated Betty Ford, the wife of former U.S. president Gerald Ford. It became the template for the Betty Ford Center in California.
But life's accomplishments don't always capture the character of a man. Dr. BELL was, say those who knew him, someone who transcended his background. The child of the old Protestant Ontario embraced in his practice the multiplicity of the multiculturalism of its present. "He was very ecumenical," said University of Toronto professor Harold KALANT, who had known him since medical school.
As an example, Toby LEVINSON, a psychologist who worked with him since the 1960s, reported the reaction of a native woman when Dr. BELL took his family on a tour of the Donwood. "Dr. BELL was here with his family; he came right over and talked to me. Can you imagine Dr. BELL talking to a drunken Indian?" she asked in amazement.
His final accomplishment may have been the incorporation of his children in his vision of a caring community for addicts. Both his daughter Janice and his daughter Linda ended up working at Bellwood Health Services, a residential centre he helped found to treat not only drug and alcohol addictions but also gambling, sexual manias and eating disorders.
In the end, Gordon BELL's life finished in a full circle. He was buried in the graveyard of the church in Saint Mary's where he had worshipped as a child, and where his childhood minister had emphasized the need for lifelong learning. What killed him was a heart attack, which he diagnosed to a caregiver even as he was dying. "A good clinician to the last," said Ron BELL.
Robert Gordon BELL was born in Saint Mary's, Ontario, on November 11, 1911. He died of a heart attack in Toronto on June 15, 2005. He was 93. He is survived by daughters Janice HAMBLE, Linda BELL and Mary BELL- PLOUFFE and by sons Ronald and Brian. His wife, Mary, died in January of 1994.

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STRAUSS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-15 published
William SOMERVILLE, Mover And Shaker 1921-2005
Poor farmer's son rose to the corporate boardroom and maintained a lifelong passion for politics
By Stephen STRAUSS, Special to The Globe and Mail, Monday, August 15, 2005, Page S11
Every summer when he went to the family cottage for a vacation, William SOMERVILLE would bring the same book to re-read. It was Dale Carnegie's classic self-improvement text: How To Make Friends And Influence People.
In retrospect, the book's central message -- work relentlessly at getting people to do what you want them to do by having them think it is what they want to do -- captures much of the reason for Mr. SOMERVILLE's highly successful forays into business, government and the voluntary sector.
"He understood, when you deal with government, you don't go and ask what you can do for me. You understand that they have problems and they want help in solving their problems," recalled Hal JACKMAN, the Toronto financier for whom he worked for 20 years.
That, an affable manner, a firm handshake and a photographic memory for names helped Mr. SOMERVILLE rise to chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Trust Co., chairman of the Ontario Pension Fund, and president of the Stratford Festival, among other things.
The work ethic came naturally to a poor farmer's son in Saint Marys, Ontario, whose poverty worsened when at 5, his father died.
The SOMERVILLE family's poverty meant that, unlike his brother, Mr. SOMERVILLE couldn't go on to any higher education after high school, but instead joined his brother's drug store. The two brothers then went into the wholesale drug trade until Mr. SOMERVILLE joined British Mortgage and Trust Co. in Saint Marys in 1965. The main reason seemingly was the challenge of doing something different, as he would joke afterward that it took him 20 years in the trust business to achieve his drug-business salary.
All the while he was indulging in his other favourite activity after work -- politics. Born into a big-L Liberal family, married to the daughter of another Liberal family, Mr. SOMERVILLE had grown up in a small-town Ontario atmosphere in which politics was not only discussed but so intensely scrutinized that everyone's probable vote was dissected after each election.
The political bent meant, first of all, that Mr. SOMERVILLE was elected mayor of Saint Marys in the 1960s. In 1963, a young John TURNER came to town to open a dam and the two hit it off immediately. The result was a 40-year Friendship with a man Mr. SOMERVILLE told his family was the most impressive politician he had ever met. The feeling was reciprocated.
"He had a dedicated work ethic, a fine sense of detail, a personal warmth for those of us he dealt with," is how former prime minister John TURNER summed up Mr. SOMERVILLE.
In 1968, Mr. SOMERVILLE tried to launch himself onto the national political stage by running for Parliament as part of Pierre Trudeau's election steamroller. While Mr. TRUDEAU swept the country, even Trudeaumania could not get Mr. SOMERVILLE elected in Conservative, rural, southwestern Ontario. However, after the election, Mr. TRUDEAU came to the SOMERVILLE house for a get-together and galvanized the neighbourhood.
"It was the biggest jam of people you ever saw," said his wife Jean. A picture of the time shows Mr. SOMERVILLE beside Mr. TRUDEAU beaming a characteristic cherubic smile.
Mr. SOMERVILLE found time to be the chairman of fundraising for both the Liberal Party of Ontario and the Liberal Party of Canada. His behind-the-scenes abilities led to him to be described as one of the most important people in Ontario politics who didn't hold a seat in Parliament.
According to Mrs. SOMERVILLE, while her husband always had high political aspirations for himself -- at his retirement he mused to a local newspaper that he always wanted to be prime minister his growing business interests meant he couldn't pursue full-time politics.
In mid-1965, Atlantic Acceptance Corp. collapsed with $150-million in uncollected debts. British Mortgage and Trust Co. was part of the same company, and Mr. SOMERVILLE feared he would lose his job. However, he wangled a supposed five-minute interview with Walter HARRIS, who had been the federal minister of finance in Louis SSAINTURENT's Liberal government, and who was the head of Victoria and Grey Trust, which had taken over British Mortgage after the debacle.
The two men immediately clicked, both professionally and politically, and after a three-hour interview, Mr. SOMERVILLE was offered the head of British Mortgage's office in Stratford, Ontario
In Stratford, he soon found himself involved in the promotion of the Stratford Festival, an organization of which he became chairman in 1985/86. His participation was more an example of his sense of what a public-spirited person should do than a result of his great love of theatre. "He was not necessarily a Shakespeare person," said his wife, dryly. But he was exactly what a festival that was running a million-dollar yearly deficit needed -- a sound businessman. Within a few years of his taking over, Stratford was turning a profit.
In 1970, Victoria and Grey was taken over by Mr. JACKMAN, who also found Mr. SOMERVILLE to be an astute businessman with a genius at making and keeping Friends. He was particularly impressed with the affinity for the small businessmen and farmers of rural Ontario that Mr. SOMERVILLE maintained while working on Bay Street.
The relationship with Mr. JACKMAN, a well-known supporter of the Conservative Party, underscored something about Mr. SOMERVILLE's Liberalism. He was what you might call a blue Liberal. "Dad liked the Liberals as a Tory party with a social conscience," said his son, John.
Eventually, Mr. SOMERVILLE became head of National Trust, Canada's third-largest trust company, when it merged with Victoria and Grey in the 1980s. Not only did the merger initially mean working 18-hour days and seven-day weeks, but he had to both cut staff and increase the workload. He was so cost-conscious at the time that the story floated about that he had cancelled the office Christmas party. No, no, he later told a journalist. He had given the job of organizing the party to one of his lieutenants who had become miffed with the post-merger politics of the workplace. "The guy... was planning to leave and he walked and did nothing about [the party]," he explained sadly.
For a man who often told his family that work was his hobby, his retirement from National Trust in 1989 was hardly a retirement at all. Two days later he was approached by David Peterson's Liberal government to become chairman of the Ontario Pension Board. He was so successful at this that he was reappointed both by Bob Rae's New Democratic Party government and Mike Harris's Conservative one after that.
He also served as chancellor of Windsor University and was honorary chancellor for life at Assumption University, a small Catholic school in Windsor.
At the end of his life the true-blue Liberal had become a simply blue Conservative. Upset with what he saw as Liberal arrogance in power, in the past few elections he had begun to vote Tory. He was a great admirer of Ontario premier Mike Harris, who he thought ran the government with business smarts, but in an even more right turn, the formerly blue Liberal was lavish in his praise for the federal Conservative Party's bluest of leaders Stephen Harper.
William Henry SOMERVILLE was born in Perth County, Ontario, on April 25, 1921. He died of the effects of Parkinson's disease in Stratford General Hospital on July 23. He was 84. He is survived by wife Jean, son John, daughter Karen and four grandchildren.

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STRAUSS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-08 published
Paul ROAZEN, Scholar And Writer: (1936-2005)
York University professor chronicled the development of psychoanalysis and explored Sigmund Freud's complex relationships with Friends, family and followers
By Stephen STRAUSS, Special to The Globe and Mail, Thursday, December 8, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- Of the many accomplishments that could be attributed to York University professor Paul ROAZEN, perhaps the most lasting may be that he created a field of study that had never existed meta-psychotherapy.
Over the course of a long and extraordinarily productive career, the teacher of social and political science deconstructed the many different relationships that existed within the world of psychotherapy, particularly those that wove in and around its iconic founder, Sigmund Freud.
"He was not involved in psychotherapy itself, but he was involved in the analysis of psychoanalysis," says Cyril GREENLAND, a former professor of social work at McMaster University and a friend of Dr. ROAZEN.
The bedrock of his work were lengthy interviews that Dr. ROAZEN conducted in the early 1960s with 70 of Freud's patients and colleagues -- interviews that uncovered quirks and diversions in the techniques that eventually turned into psychoanalytic orthodoxy. Among the striking findings was the revelation that the classic position of a psychoanalyst and his patient -- patient verbalizing on couch, doctor sitting behind him silently taking notes -- wasn't how the process originally began.
Freud was initially quite chatty and spoke directly to his patients until surgery for mouth-and-throat cancer made him so self-conscious about his appearance that he preferred to interview without being seen.
Dr. ROAZEN also revealed that Freud had broken what might be thought of as the sacrosanct boundary between patient and parent by psychoanalyzing his daughter Anna. His deconstruction of Freud and his methods infuriated the psychoanalytic community in general and Anna FREUD in particular. So much so that she subsequently wrote in a letter: "Everything Paul ROAZEN writes is a menace." But illustrative of how much Dr. ROAZEN saw his duty to speak the truth as he saw it, the remark was something he quoted proudly.
Another classic among his other 22 books was Brother Animal, in which Dr. ROAZEN (pronounced Roe-zuhn) unravelled the relationship between Freud and Viktor TAUSK -- a student who became a brilliant but troubled colleague, was the lover of one early woman psychiatrist and the patient of another, and eventually committed suicide. A reviewer in The New York Times called the book "an altogether compelling excursion into psychoanalytic history that develops like an intellectual mystery story."
Following in the path of Freud, who co-wrote a psychoanalytic history of Woodrow Wilson, Dr. ROAZEN published in 1998 a study of Mackenzie KING, Canada's King: An Essay in Political Psychology. In 1916, after King fell into a deep depression, he went to Johns Hopkins University for treatment by a psychiatrist. Using notes and letters in the Johns Hopkins archives, Dr. ROAZEN produced a vivid picture of a man so mentally disturbed he believed other people were influencing him through electrical currents and, conversely, that he could influence them back with currents he generated himself.
In a review of the book, Paul ADAM/ADAMS, a former Globe and Mail Middle East correspondent, wrote that Dr. ROAZEN's "cautious, knowledgeable and sympathetic approach cuts quite a contrast to the half-baked psychologizing we read all the time about everyone from Saddam Hussein to Lucien Bouchard."
Part of what ensured Dr. ROAZEN's even-handedness was his phenomenal memory for detail -- particularly when it came to Freud.
"If you would ask him what Freud did on September 2, 1916, he would ask back, 'In the morning or afternoon?' -- that's how detailed his memory was," recounts Hans MOHR, a friend of 40 years and a former colleague of Dr. ROAZEN's at York.
But, like the subject matter he pursued, it was difficult to encapsulate Dr. ROAZEN in a single frame.
He was born in Massachusetts and attended Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in 1965. He soon joined the faculty and stayed until 1971, when he moved to Toronto's York University as part of a stream of new professors joining a quickly growing institution full of multi-disciplinary energy. "His persona was his work; his life was his work," his son Jules said about his father's central passion.
As a teacher, Dr. ROAZEN was, in equal parts, brilliant, daunting and acidulously dismissive. While open to students on many levels, "Paul often overwhelmed undergraduates with the breadth and diversity of his historical allusions and references, expecting a depth and sophistication... that many graduate students do not yet possess," recalls Daniel BURSTON, a former graduate student of Dr. ROAZEN who now teaches at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
As an individual, he also was -- the word is used repeatedly by people who knew him -- irascible. "He could be very bad tempered and very demanding," says Prof. GREENLAND. "On the other hand, he could be very wise and very generous and very helpful. On any given day, it was difficult to predict which Paul ROAZEN you would get."
Author John Robert COLOMBO, who was a friend, recounts attending a presentation by a graduate student to a small group of people where Dr. ROAZEN exploded because "it was not up to the master's level, and, oh, it was appalling. He later followed and phoned everyone and didn't apologize but gave reason for his attack, as though there was no moral culpability there."
Nonetheless, the energy that he put into analyzing psychoanalysis produced works so instructive both to the therapy community and to those wishing to understand the effect of the psychotherapy world view on the intellectual zeitgeist of the 20th century that any personal flaws were overlooked by those who came after.
"I think Paul's greatest contribution to psychotherapy was his willingness to confront legends and, in the process, to reveal truth," said Deirdre Bair, the British author of a much-praised biography of psychotherapist Carl Jung. "He did not hesitate to go where angels fear to tread and, in the process, he trampled... many iconic images.
"His gift to the discipline was to seek out the truth, no matter how unpleasant it might have been for the entrenched 'authorities' to read it," says Ms. Bair, who had been encouraged by Dr. ROAZEN to write the Jung book.
"Whether they know it or not, everyone working in this field today is directly or indirectly in his debt," says Prof. BURSTON.
After taking early retirement from York, Dr. ROAZEN moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts., and continued writing. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1993 and made an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2004.
Paul ROAZEN was born in Boston in 1936. He died of complications from Crohn's disease at his home in Cambridge on November 3. He was 69. He leaves his sons Daniel HELLER- ROAZEN, a professor of comparative literature at Princeton University, and Jules ROAZEN, a banker in New York; a brother, Dr. Bernard ROAZEN, of San Francisco; and a sister, Sheila WEISS, of Westport, Connecticut.
His marriage to Deborah HELLER, now a professor of English at York University, ended in divorce.

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STRAUSS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-10 published
ROGERS, Ida
On Thursday December 8, 2005 at Baycrest. Ida ROGERS, beloved wife of the late Ben ROGERS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Harvey and Sharon, and Rose and Perry COHEN. Dear sister of the late Sam STRAUSS, Nathan STRAUSS, and Harry STRAUSS. Devoted grandmother of Jonathan and Rebecca, Deborah, Ellie and Nathan FIGHEL, and great-grandmother of Brooke. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday December 11, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Workmen's Circle Section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 56 Ridgevale Drive. If desired, donations may be made to the Ida Rogers Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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