TRUPP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
KOVAC, Hedy A.
Suddenly at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Sunday, November 6, 2005. Beloved wife of the late John. Dear mother of Pat, Judy, David and son-in-law David. Loving grandmother of Ryan, Rachel, Danni and Kerry. Sister of Richard TRUPP (Lynn.) Sister-in-law of Mary LUKACHKO. She will be remembered by her nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. For further arrangements, please contact the funeral home 905-884-1062.

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TRUS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-16 published
FUREWYCZ, Michael
At London Health Sciences Centre on Monday, February 14, 2005, Michael FUREWYCZ in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Maria (PAULIW) FUREWYCZ. Dear father of Andrew FUREWYCZ (Cathy), Jerry FUREWYCZ and Michael FUREWYCZ (Janet) all of London. Loving grandfather of Christopher, Katrina, Michael and Nicole. Brother-in-law of Hrynko MATCHYSHYN in Ukraine. Predeceased by his wife Maria (TRUS) FUREWICZ (1996,) his sister Anna and his brother Mikola. Visitors will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O, Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street. Funeral Mass in Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church (707 Nelson Street) on Thursday at 11 a.m. Entombment St. Peter's Cemetery. Panchyda Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

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TRUSCOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-22 published
STANTON, Violet (née KEHLER)
With grace and dignity on June 20, 2005, Vi joined her beloved husband Jimmy. Loving mother to Anne (Roger RIVET,) Debbie (Brian HANCOCK,) and Jan (David HENRY.) She is survived by her younger sister Elsie (Stanley TRUSCOTT) and sister-in-law Mary KEHLER. Violet will be lovingly remembered by her six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Her sweet smile and pleasant manner will be missed by all who knew her. The family offers its deepest appreciation to the staff at Shepherd Lodge for their care and kindness. A special expression of gratitude is offered to Vi's longtime caregiver and friend, Geri HUNTER. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Friday from 10-11 a.m. Funeral Service to follow in the Ogden Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Broken Wings Missions will be grealy appreciated. Cards are available at the Ogden Funeral Home.

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TRUSCOTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-05 published
McMAHON, Mary Christina
At Peel Memorial Hospital, Brampton on Monday, July 4, 2005, Mary Christina McMAHON, in her 87th year, beloved wife of the late John Henry McMAHON, Brampton. Dear mother of Norman and Barbara McMAHON, Calgary, Alberta; Ron and Nancy McMAHON, Consecon Marilyn and Garry KELLARD, Brampton; Nancy and Larry NICHOLLS, Caledon. Will be missed by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sister of Eva and Kensey GILMORE, Walkerton; Lillian and the late William DENNIS, LaHabra, California; Pte. Charles TRUSCOTT, of the Irish Regiment killed in action in Holland, May 2, 1945, at the age of 21 years; June and Bill GIBSON, Owen Sound. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Wednesday evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday morning, July 7 at 11 o'clock. Interment Morningside Cemetery, Palgrave. Reception to follow at Palgrave United Church. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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TRUSCZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-29 published
'Kind family' mourned at service
Mom, two kids and niece killed
Driving back from son's hockey game
By Peter EDWARDS, Staff Reporter
Hamilton -- Mourners filled the 800 seats in Saint Margaret Mary Church on Hamilton Mountain almost an hour before yesterday's funeral began for four family members killed in an accident on their way home from a hockey game.
There were an estimated 1,450 mourners by the time the service began for Vivian PORTO, 43; two of her children, Francesco, 13, and Azzadine, 10; and her niece, Emily PORTO, 10.
Some of the people who couldn't find a seat lined the walls of the Roman Catholic church for the two-hour service. Others listened through speakers in an adjoining church meeting room. A few who couldn't find room in the church stood outside in the rain.
Inside, members of the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs team stood as an honour guard, wearing white hockey jerseys with Francesco's Number 11 stitched on the left shoulder.
"This is a tragedy," Bishop Gerard BOURGIE told the congregation. "We cannot make sense of it. All we can do is trust in God and support one another."
Father William TRUSCZ noted that hundreds of Friends of the family have visited the PORTOs since the two-car accident last Thursday night on Highway 6, north of Highway 5, as the PORTOs returned from Francesco's AAA game in Guelph.
Police blamed bad weather for the accident. Some area residents have urged snow barriers be erected along a 24-kilometre stretch of Highway 6 between Highways 401 and 403 that has claimed at least 20 lives in the past 15 years.
"Your kind presence is a silent testimony that this kind family is being held in the community's embrace," TRUSCZ said, asking mourners to remember to continue to show their love for surviving PORTO family members.
Emily PORTO's aunt, Lisa ULRICH, recalled in a eulogy the 10-year-old's gentle, one-dimpled smile. "Her inclination was to heal hurt, never to inflict it," ULRICH said.
Family friend Joe MANCINELLI told the congregation he considered Vivian PORTO to be a "supermom" who worked at a family store in the daytime and spent her evenings helping her children with schoolwork or taking them to soccer or hockey games or family functions.
"She loved family and loved everything that family stood for," MANCINELLI said. "... She was devoted to her children's activities. Never missed a game and loved every minute of it."
MANCINELLI recalled Francesco as an honours student with a special ability in math, and a love of soccer as well as hockey. Azzadine had an uncanny resemblance to her mother, both physically and in spirit, MANCINELLI said. "She was a determined young lady, with bright eyes and an angelic smile," MANCINELLI told the congregation.
Vivian PORTO and her high-school sweetheart, Sam PORTO, also had two older teenaged boys, both also members of the Junior Bulldogs organization. Sam PORTO is a manager with the Bulldogs.
Emily PORTO had a 3-year-old brother, Gabriel.
MANCINELLI, who knew Vivian PORTO for more than three decades, told the church service he was sure she could appreciate the outpouring of support. However, he said she would urge her Friends and family to go on enjoying life.
"I think that she would say, 'That's enough (grieving) now. We're all in heaven.'"

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TRUSHINSKI o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-24 published
DOERR, Norman Harold
Of Walkerton, passed away at South Bruce Grey health Centre, Walkerton, on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005, surrounded by the love of his family, after a courageous battle with cancer, in his 67th year. Norm was a partner/owner of Doerr Bros. Construction for thirty years (1973-2003). Survived by sons, Mike and Sharon, of Elora, Greg and Holly, of Barrie; daughters, Cathy and Randy LEMON, of R.R.#2, Kincardine, Sandy MARTIN and Charlie PORTER, of Walkerton, Patti and Denis GRUBB, of R.R.#3, Mildmay and Sharon INGLIS and Glen KUNTZ, of Mildmay; grandchildren, Stacy, Amanda, Jordan, Becca, Kurtis, Alyssa, Cody, Breana, Erica and Matthew and step-grandchildren, Jayme, Jessica, Alex and Jarrett; brothers, Clare and Melinda, Bob and Ann Marie and Carl and Paula, all of Walkerton; sister, Geraldine and Richard CARID, of Georgetown brothers-in-law, Frank TRUSHINSKI, of Walkerton and Keith VOLLAND, of Zurich, sister-in-law, Irene DOERR, of Chepstow and former wife, Betty DOERR, of Walkerton. Predeceased by sisters, Dorothy VOLLAND and Betty TRUSHINSKI; brother, Jim and parents, Clare and Laura (KROEPLIN) DOERR. Visitation at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton, on Saturday from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with parich prayers Sunday, at 2: 00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 28th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Church, Walkerton. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton. Memorial donations to the Walkerton & District Health Services Foundation or the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
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TRUSHINSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-26 published
TRUSHINSKI, Daniel John " Dan"
Passed away peacefully at home, in the loving arms of his wife Annette and sons Brad and Brian, Monday, January 24, 2005, Daniel John "Dan" TRUSHINSKI, 66, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, formerly of Burlington. Beloved husband of Annette Louise (WEILER) TRUSHINSKI. Loved father and father-in-law of Brian and Tamar TRUSHINSKI of Thousand Oaks, California, Brad and Ann TRUSHINSKI of Fonthill. Adored grandpa of Joel, Rachel, Austin and Dillon. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Rita JAGELEWSKI, Mary TOVEY, Doug TRUSHINSKI, Pauline REIDT, Gene and Barb TRUSHINSKI, Frank TRUSHINSKI and Til TRUSHINSKI. Also lovingly remembered by the WEILER family, many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brother Leonard TRUSHINSKI, sister Joan TRUSHINSKI, parents Len and Ann (SCHNARR) TRUSHINSKI. The Funeral Mass for family and Friends will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, Friday, January 28, 2005 at 11 a.m. The Reverend Father Ray LAWHEAD Celebrant. Cremation. Following the mass Friends are invited to a reception at the Grand Cove Estates Clubhouse. If desired, memorial donations to London Health Sciences Centre, Thameswood Lodge or charity of choice would be appreciated. T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, entrusted with arrangements. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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TRUSLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-22 published
WARD, Bruce F.G.
At the Toronto Western Hospital on August 20th, 2005, loving husband of Eleanor (STRANG.) Proud father of David (Katie TRUSLER) of Toronto and Susan (Tim MATSELL) of Banff. Doting "Poppa" to Connor, Scottie, and Evan WARD who gave him much joy. Caring brother of Barbara SEYMOUR of St. Catharines and admired Uncle to her children Carolyn, Ward, Marion, and Rick; Brother-in-Law and dear friend of Dr. William STRANG and his wife Pat of Chattanooga, Tennessee and close Uncle to their sons Mark, Paul, John and Drew. A special brother of Ardith RALPH of Vancouver.
An H.B.A. and M.B.A. graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business, Bruce enjoyed a very long and successful career as a senior partner with Woods Gordon (now Ernst and Young) as head of their Executive Search Practice and as National Director of Human Resources Consulting. He then joined Heidrick and Struggles Inc., a top tier international search firm, as Partner and an Elected Director. Considered by many to be the "Dean of Recruiters", Bruce served as a mentor to many in that discipline.
Bruce was a devoted sports fan -- whether as a participant or spectator. A Mustang alumnus in Football and Wrestling, Bruce loved to play golf at the London Hunt and Country Club, and play doubles tennis with "Gutsy" at the Badminton and Racquet Club. His true passion, however, was skiing with Friends and family at Devil's Glen Ski Club in Collingwood.
Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at Fawcett Funeral Homes -- Collingwood Chapel, 82 Pine Street, from 2-4 and 7-9 in the evening. A Celebration of Bruce's life will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at All Saints' Anglican Church, 32 Elgin Street, at 2: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to Smart Risk or the Charity of the Donor's choice. Friends may also leave messages for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com.
Although Bruce will be profoundly missed by all who loved him, we take comfort in the fact that he will be enjoying the odd martini with Jimmy Fisher and playing golf on the fairways above.

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TRUSLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-03 published
McLEAN, Donald Norman, CLU, Ch.F.C. (1938-2005)
Retired, Manulife Financial Formerly of Georgetown. Unexpectedly in Kingston, while walking his dog Kola, on Tuesday, February 1, 2005. Much loved husband of Janet. Cherished Daddy of Jennifer PIRIE (Neil) of Georgetown, Andrea McLean DOWNS (Peter) of Acton and Gary McLEAN of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Proud Papa of Letitia, Cameron, Charlotte, Victoria, Emma, Caleb and Brodie. Dear son of Frances McLEAN of lslington and the late Norman McLEAN. Loving brother of Sharon TRUSLER (Murray) of Moose Factory, Ontario. Also fondly remembered by his aunts Lillian and Nellie, as well as his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many Friends. Friends may visit at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Boulevard) Kingston, on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday, February 5, 2005 for service in the chapel of the funeral home at 2 p.m., with Deacon Robert McDONALD officiating. Cremation with a private inurnment in the spring. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. James Reid Cataraqui Chapel Kingston, 613-544-3411 www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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TRUSSLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-14 published
WHITEHEAD, Alan Frederick (November 27, 1916-June 12, 2005)
Passed away peacefully at Versa Care in Lambeth of an age related illness. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Alan had the passion of his generation for the novetly of aviation. As a teenager he earned a dollar per day working along the railway lines and used it to pay for five dollar per hour flying lessons at the London Airfield. He had already logged solo flights when he volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939 and trained as a navigator. After the war, he joined Bell Canada and held many managerial positions during his 38 years of service.
Dearly missed by his beloved wife Helen Marjorie (McKIGGAN,) daughter Heather (John) TRUSSLER of Kitchener, son Alan John (Lucille) WHITEHEAD of Windsor and daughter Stephanie (Robert) INGALLS of Windsor. Grandfather of Bryan TRUSSLER of Kitchener, Scott (Corrie) INGALLS of Toronto, Sean INGALLS of British Columbia, Erin WHITEHEAD and Craig CHARNOCK of Toronto, and Meighen WHITEHEAD of Windsor. Great-grandfather of Nolan CHARNOCK. Predeceased by his parents Harry WHITEHEAD and Eliza SHERGOLD and by many siblings. Survived by a sister and brother. Friends will be received one half 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 Thursday June 16th at 11: 30 a.m. Entombment to follow in Woodland Cemetery Mausoleum, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Parkwood Hospital Foundation, 801 Commissioners Road East, London N6C 5J1. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca "Do not go gentle into that good night; Rage, rage against the dying of the Light."

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TRUSSLER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-30 published
RUTLEDGE, Dorothy Mildred
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre-Westminster Campus on August 25, 2005, Miss Dorothy Mildred RUTLEDGE of London in her 89th year. Loving sister of Madeline (2001) and William HILL of Ilderton, Harold (1995) and Marion RUTLEDGE of London, Ken (2003) and Rose-Marie RUTLEDGE of Sundrie Alberta, Bruce and Shirle RUTLEDGE of London, and Bob and Eva RUTLEDGE of Port Franks. Niece of Margaret and Murray TRUSSLER of London. Loving Aunt and Great Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a lifetime member of Trinity United Church. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 31st from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, where the service will take place Thursday, September 1st at 1 p.m. Reverend Paul BROWNING officiating. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Epilepsy Support Center or Trinity United Church would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com.

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TRUSTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-28 published
LEE, Elizabeth (née LAW)
At Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket on Monday, September 26, 2005. Elizabeth, in her 98th year, beloved wife of the late James Edward LEE, loved sister of Ella TRUSTY and the late Dorothy OWENS, George, Lewis, Harold and Thomas LAW. Loving Aunt to Dorothy SCHRODT and George SETO and the late Louis SETO. Great-Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Visitation at Trull "East Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre,, 1111 Danforth Avenue on Saturday, October 1st from 11: 00 a.m-1:00 p.m. at which time a service will take place in the Chapel. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation, 615 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 2R2. Reunited with Eddie at Iast

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TRUSZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-02 published
MAXWELL, Liz
It is with great sadness that the family of Liz MAXWELL announces her sudden and unexpected death in the early morning hours of July 30th, 2005. Liz was the loving wife of Mike TRUSZ and the mother of Graham, Jamie and Cameron WEBSTER. She was also a long-time teacher at both I.E. Weldon and Fenelon Falls Secondary Schools. Liz's sense of family, humour and zest for life will be missed by all who knew her. Liz was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 29th, 1948. The daughter of Bill MAXWELL, a naval commander in the Canadian Armed Forces and Margaret MAXWELL, a teacher, she spent the first years of her life moving between Ottawa and Halifax. She was an adventuresome, outgoing and athletic child, which led her to Queen's University where she studied Phys. Ed, eventually earning a Master in Education from the University of Toronto. She moved to Fenelon Falls with her first husband Jim WEBSTER and kept busy with local politics and coaching high school sports teams, taking a particular interest in basketball, volleyball and track and field. Despite being very active and health conscious, jogging every day long before it became fashionable, Liz suffered from some serious health afflictions in her middle years. In 1992 she gratefully received a liver transplant, which allowed her an additional thirteen years to nurture her family and marry her husband Mike. Together, with their family, they embarked on a wide range of adventures including participating in the transplant games in Australia where Liz earned a Silver medal. She also sailed the Greek Islands, toured France and Portugal and travelled throughout North America visiting Friends and family from the Yukon to Newfoundland. When she wasn't travelling she was often found on the tennis court or expanding her fledgling writing career. Her love, energy and spirit will be missed by all. Along with her husband and sons, Liz is survived by her stepchildren Dave, Melanie and Josh TRUSZ, her Aunt Flora TABOR, her sister Barb DEAN and her brother Bob MAXWELL, her eight nieces and nephews and one great-niece. Friends and family will be received at the Jardine Funeral Home 'Illman-Platten Chapel', 8 Princes' Street West, Fenelon Falls, on Tuesday August 2nd from 2: 00 until 4: 00 p.m. and 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. A service celebrating her wonderful life will be held the following day, Wednesday August 3rd at 2: 00 p.m. at the Fenelon Falls United Church. As a remembrance, please consider a donation to the University Health Network liver transplant program. On-line condolences and donations can be made at www.jardinefuneralhomes.com.

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TRUSZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-05 published
A crusader for organ donation
Liz MAXWELL never forgot gift of life she received
Always positive vigorous dynamo forever on the go
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
A few years ago, Liz MAXWELL and her husband, Mike TRUSZ, sat down and made a list of things they wanted to do. Although MAXWELL always referred to it as a work in progress, they came up with 30 items, most of which were pretty adventurous: See the Yukon, the Galapagos, hit the South Pacific, sail the Greek Islands, sail their own boat to the Bahamas.
They did quite a lot on that list -- and many other things that weren't on it -- before MAXWELL died of internal hemorrhaging at Mount Sinai Hospital on July 30, two days after she had laughingly dragged TRUSZ down the main street of Collingwood during that town's annual Elvis festival, one day after becoming suddenly and seriously ill.
She was only 56, a dynamo, a vigorous, athletic, fit woman who jogged, skied, played tennis, and rode her bike 20 or 30 kilometres several times a week on the Trans Canada Trail outside her home. She volunteered with families of victims of violence and her local association for community living, and crusaded for the environment.
What many of her shocked neighbours and Friends in Fenelon Falls had forgotten was that MAXWELL had been living on what amounted to borrowed time since December 22, 1992, when she received a liver transplant.
MAXWELL never did forget.
Every year she wrote to the family who had authorized the donation of their loved one's liver to let them know their gift was being well used.
Two weeks before MAXWELL died, her article about competing in the 1997 World Transplant Games on the Olympic site in Sydney, Australia, appeared in The Globe and Mail, timed to promote the upcoming 2005 Games in London, Ontario
In it she relived her liver failure, the transplant, the long year before she could walk, run and work again. She described standing on the starting line massaging her transplant incision that connected her always with her donor, and how her tears began with the starter's gun.
It is a polished gem of a story, written with skill and heart.
"She couldn't express her gratitude enough," said her youngest son, Cameron WEBSTER, 19. "She would have written a whole book if she could."
And MAXWELL had been working on an anthology of interviews with transplant recipients and donors, one of several writing projects she shared with her writing group. For two years, she drove to Toronto every two weeks to meet with them.
"She wanted to be a good writer; it was so important to her," said Gwenlyn SETTERFIELD. She wrote about living in the country, her prom dresses and travels with her father, a naval commander, but most of all she wrote about her transplant.
"She'd warn us: 'It's another transplant piece,'" Rose ZGODSINSKI recalled. "It was definitely her main message."
In 2002, MAXWELL wrote about attending the funeral of a son's favourite sailing instructor whose family had donated his organs to others: "These gifts contribute to the collective unconscious the certainty that there is in the world, in the purest sense, charity and love."
She was always willing to speak at schools and meetings about the organ donor program.
"She was a big advocate," said Dr. Les LILLY, a surgeon with the transplant program at Toronto General Hospital, where MAXWELL was one of 65 people who received new livers in 1992.
With one of the largest liver transplant programs in Canada, the hospital now performs more than 300 adult transplants a year with increasingly better results. In 1992, only about 70 per cent of recipients were expected to live more than a year. It's now about 90 per cent.
"The only thing holding us back is getting more donors," said LILLY. Canada has one of the worst rates of organ donations in the western world. And Toronto has the lowest rate of any Canadian city. "The fact that one-third of liver transplants use living donors shows you how desperate we're getting."
People like MAXWELL who promote the donor program are crucial to its success, he said.
"We have patients pushing 20 years. We expect indeterminate longevity," said Dr. Greg PAUL, who operated on MAXWELL. " Liver transplants are one of the most successful transplant procedures. Liz MAXWELL would be a testament to that."
She always lived full out. An athlete in high school and at Queen's University, she began her teaching career as a physical education instructor and was aware of nutrition and the benefits of jogging long before either became fashionable, according to TRUSZ, a retired high school principal.
Raised in Ottawa, she moved to Fenelon Falls with her first husband, Jim WEBSTER, 28 years ago.
When she and TRUSZ were starting to become involved, MAXWELL told him that she had a serious liver problem and that there would be no hard feelings should he want to leave. He stayed and they sailed together in the British Virgin Islands two years running and took what TRUSZ calls "a trip of a lifetime" to Newfoundland in 1991.
But early in 1992, her liver failed and she was in a coma for five days. "There were medical people who thought she wouldn't survive," said TRUSZ. She was put on the transplant list, taken off it and put back on when she had a setback that September. On December 21, she was making gingerbread houses with sons Graham, Jamie and Cameron when the phone rang
TRUSZ remembers it vividly. He was frozen on the stairs knowing it was a call from Risa CASHMORE, then the transplant co-ordinator at Toronto General Hospital.
An hour later they were driving to Toronto; 10 hours later, MAXWELL was being wheeled into the operating room. "It was amazing to see her progression after the transplant," said TRUSZ. " She struggled to walk to the washroom, but she set goals. Walk to the mailbox, then walk two blocks and back. She was very disciplined."
A year later she and TRUSZ married, she was back teaching and riding the trail bike TRUSZ had given her for Christmas. The family skied every winter; summers they sailed Georgian Bay in the Resolute, the 27-foot sailboat TRUSZ built. They travelled to Portugal and took the two youngest boys out of school to spend almost three months in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, when she won a silver medal in the three-mile race at the World Transplant Games.
Back home, she attacked life every day, taking her medication load twice daily but always living well, making sure her life was rich, balanced and complete, but never cutting herself any slack. "She'd always pick up her own tennis balls," Cameron said, recalling the time shortly after her transplant when a nurse was looking after her at home as her middle son, Jamie, began to choke on a sandwich.
"My mom was one month out of the hospital with a transplant, but she was up so fast and had him in the Heimlich manoeuvre. It was her nature. She was always there for us."
When a neighbour and fellow teacher also needed a liver transplant almost a year ago, MAXWELL counselled him on what to expect. "The only thing Liz had difficulty talking with me about were the dark moments," said Rowland BAXENDALE. "It was indicative of how she lived her life. Liz's days didn't have dark moments. She was a very positive person."
He never knew until her funeral that MAXWELL had visited him in intensive care right after his transplant, but he was always aware that she was showing him how to live by her own example.
"She is still teaching me a lot," he said. "I'm constantly reminding myself to deal with matters more enjoyably, to relish every moment as they happen."
MAXWELL lived up to her credo. Two years ago, she wrote each member of her family a note "expressing feelings that aren't often enough expressed," said TRUSZ. " She didn't take her good fortune lightly or for granted."

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TRUSZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-26 published
Girl's gifts still sitting under tree
Two families devastated by deadly crash
Locals describe Highway 6 as 'Killer 6'
By Dana BORCEA and Meredith MacLEOD, Torstar News Services, Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton -- Emily PORTO's Christmas presents sat under the tree. Her broken-hearted parents don't know what to do with them.
The 10-year-old girl was one of four family members killed in a horrific car accident late Thursday night.
Emily's mother, Laurie, said she is overcome with grief, but grateful for the outpouring of support her family has received in the days following the tragedy.
"This reminds me what Christmas is all about," she said.
Emily's aunt, Vivian PORTO, was driving the van carrying her niece as well as two of her own children, Azzadine, 10, and Francesco, 13, back from a hockey game in Guelph when she hit a snowdrift on Highway 6 and spun out of control before being broadsided by an oncoming sport utility vehicle.
The highway is nicknamed "Killer 6" by some local residents. The 24-kilometre stretch of road from Highway 403 to the 401 has been the scene of at least 20 fatal accidents since the early 1990s.
Residents and police blame a lack of barriers between the north and southbound lanes as well as the absence of snow fences to block snowdrifts that blow in from surrounding open fields.
A high volume of traffic was also cited as a contributing factor in the crash.
In response to Thursday night's accident, Dr. David EDEN, the regional coroner, said he is considering calling an inquest into the safety of that stretch of Highway 6.
Police agree the highway can be hazardous.
"Highway 6 can be an unforgiving highway," said Sgt. Cam WOOLLEY of the Ontario Provincial Police highway safety division.
Flamborough Councillor Margaret McCARTHY said the highway falls under the jurisdiction of the province's ministry of transportation. After hearing about the fatal crash, her office forwarded a request to the ministry to erect snow fences along the highway.
McCARTHY said residents have expressed concerns about the highway for years.
"It's a complicated piece of road," she said. "To suggest that there is an easy fix would be negligent."
Gary MISNER, a Freelton resident who travels Highway 6 every day, said the stretch where the PORTOs were killed used to be protected by a snow fence. He happened upon the accident minutes after it happened and said the area was the only snow-covered spot on Highway 6 that night. Strong winds had been blowing for hours, MISNER said.
Sudden drifts on the road, combined with a looming stoplight, make for a dangerous combination, he said.
MISNER said snow fences should be installed to prevent drifting snow from piling up on the highway.
He also said the speed limit should be reduced to 70 km/h and strictly enforced.
"There will be other big accidents along there," MISNER warned.
Emily's aunt, Lisa ULRICH, estimated that close to 200 people had come through the home to offer their condolences to both families. She expects about 1,000 people to attend visitation and funeral services early this week.
Among them will be members of Hamilton's Italian community, minor-hockey families, and family colleagues from the textile, development and hospital industries.
"They've been coming out in droves," ULRICH said on the weekend, pointing to the line of parked cars spilling out of the driveway and down the street.
"To have a quiet, empty house -- especially at this time of the year -- would have made this even harder," she said.
On Saturday, family gathered at the home of Vivian's parents, Anna and Adriano SPALLACCI, with Father Bill TRUSZ, a pastor at Saint Margaret Mary Church.
"They prayed for those that died and for those who survived," said TRUSZ. " They are deeply stricken and just taking it one hour at a time."
Visitation for Vivian, Francesco, Azzadine and Emily PORTO will be held today and tomorrow from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Friscolanti Funeral Chapel on 43 Barton St. E., Hamilton.
The funeral for all four will be held at 10: 30 a.m. on Wednesday at Saint Margaret Mary Church at 20 Idlewood Ave., Hamilton.

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FRIESEN, Emily (née TRUSZINSKI)
Peacefully on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at the age of 84. Beloved former wife and friend of Henry FRIESEN. Loving sister to Alma BARTELS of Germany. Cherished aunt of Stefanie (Brad) ORAMA and Hans KRUEGER. Emily will be greatly missed by many other family members and Friends who are too numerous to mention. Friends may visit at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.), Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Erskine Cemetery. In memoriam donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated by her family.

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