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ALMAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-04 published
BROWN, Bertha (née MUXLOW)
Bertha (MUXLOW,) a resident of Bothwell, passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham on Monday, May 2, 2005 at the age of 95. Born in York Twp., daughter of the late William and Mary Grace (HART) MUXLOW. Beloved wife of the late Carl BROWN (1993.) Bertha is survived by a grand_son Garry (Katherine) ALMAS of Oxford House, Manitoba and a greatgrand_son Matthew (Christine) JOHNSTON of Tecumseh. Predeceased by a daughter Sylvia ALMAS (2001) and a brother Joseph MUXLOW. Family and Friends will be received at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, May 6, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend Annalee KERR of the Bothwell United Church officiating. Interment Fansher Cemetery. Donations may be made by cheque at the funeral home to the Fansher Cemetery. "A Tree will be planted in memory of Bertha Brown in the Badder & Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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ALMAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-07 published
ALMAS, Eva Elizabeth (BACKWELL)
Peacefully at home on July 7, 2005, in Yuma, Arizona, with family at her side, Eva Elizabeth ALMAS (BACKWELL) in her 67th year. Beloved partner of Tom Gibbs, Arizona. Dear mother of Tom ALMAS (Donna), London; Tim ALMAS, Arizona; Tami MEILLER (Rene) of Glencoe. Dear grandmother of Steven, Stacey, Tyler and Levi. Great-grandmother of Kaylyn and Hanna of London. Eva will also be fondly remembered by her brother Ernest of Barrie and sister Mia of London and many nieces and nephews. Eva came to Canada from Germany at age 15. She lived in London and worked at 3M for many years before moving to Lake Havasu City, Arizona in 1977. Family will receive Friends at St. Peter's Cemetery on Saturday, September 10 at 10: 45 a.m. in the Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charity of choice.

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ALMEGAARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-02 published
ALMEGAARD, Fred
Peacefully on Tuesday, June 28th, 2005, at Trinity Village Care Centre. Fred ALMEGAARD, beloved husband of the late Cecilie, loving father of Benny, Susanne, and Linda, devoted grandfather of Montana. Fred will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his courage, warmth and sense of humour. Fred was a Radio and T.V. electrician and was of help to many Friends. He ended his career at the Etobicoke School Board in 1991. He developed a talent for painting landscapes in his retirement years. Memorial Service will be held at the Danish Lutheran Church of Toronto, 72 Finch Ave., West of Yonge, on Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Danish Lutheran Church.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-22 published
MARTINS, Manuel
At London Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, January 20, 2005, Manuel MARTINS in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the late Elvira MARTINS (2004.) Loving father of Fatima FURTADO (Frank) of London. Dear grandfather of Eunice (Patrick) DEMELO, Michelle (Chet) GRAHAM, Cassandra FURTADO, Anita (Moises) SIMOES, Sandra (Jeremy) ALMEIDA, and Alex ALMEIDA. Also loved by great-grandchildren Monique, Nathan, Ethan, Jessica, Michael, Vanessa, Sara and Adriano. Predeceased by his daughters Irene Maria, Isaura and Auxiliadora, his son Manuel Antonio, and his sister Gilda SOUSA. Visitors will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. The Funeral Mass will be held in Holy Cross Church (Elm St. at Hamilton Rd) on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Monday evening at 7: 30 p.m.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-21 published
COOPER, Margaret Roseanna (formerly WILSON, SUTTON, née LEWIS)
Unexpectedly but peacefully at her residence surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 19, 2005, Margaret Roseanna COOPER (formerly WILSON, SUTTON, née LEWIS) in her 76th year. Survived and already deeply missed by her children Bob WILSON (Lynda,) Marlene FEWSTER (Al) and Debbie SUTHERLAND (Greg TONKIN.) We were proud to call this beautiful, gentle woman our Mom. She was adored and will be so missed by her grandchildren Joseph WILSON, Michael WILSON, Jessica FEWSTER (Chris PEPPER), Tiffany FEWSTER, Kelly ALMEIDA (John,) Corey SUTHERLAND and Hillary SUTHERLAND (Dan DESMOND.)
Being one of 18 siblings was a point of pride for Margaret (Maggie) because despite the numbers there was always enough love and laughter to go around. Of the 18 children, 14 grew to have families of their own but there always remained a very close connection between each and every one of them. Surviving brothers and sisters include: William LEWIS (Hildred,) Florence ASHFORD (Claude,) Bernice SAMPSON/SAMSON (Charlie), Hector LEWIS (Eileen), Sadie JOYES (Ray), Hazel MacSWEEN, George LEWIS (Susie), Joyce STANDING (Bobby), Daniel LEWIS (Anna) and Shirley MURRAY. "Aunt Marg" was considered a "favorite" to many, many nieces and nephews. Also survived by exhusband and good friend Bob WILSON Sr. of Owen Sound. There is probably a kitchen in heaven right now with a tea pot on the stove and some good Cape Breton fiddle music playing and love, laughter and memories being shared between Marg and her predeceased parents Maude (HINKS) and John Henry LEWIS, brothers Jim and Stan LEWIS and sister Mary BAKER. She was also predeceased by two great men who came into her life and brightened it in their own loving ways, husband Raymond SUTTON, husband Kenneth COOPER. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue Woodstock (539-0004) on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 1: 30 p.m. with Reverend John FURRY officiating. Interment in Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions to the Alzheimer Society or Woodstock General Hospital (Palliative Care) would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-20 published
KOCHYLEMA, Albert
September 20, 2004 Our hearts are full of memories We treasure them with care The way you had to leave us Will always seem unfair. Never to be forgotten and truly missed. Irene, Jenny, Aimee, Ron and Goddaughter Hailey. Special thanks for the support during and after a difficult time to Maria BEADLE, R.N., St. Joseph's Health Centre Palliative Care, Don and Linda RILEY, Paul and Kathy SSAINTERRE, Carl and Rosalie DANIELSEN, Ken and Mike at Lee Valley Tools for installing the memorial plaque, Barry NELLIGAN, and Jacinta ALMEIDA. The picture was taken just weeks before Al became sick. He had gone West to spend a happy time with brothers Tony, Ernie, Donald, Danny and their families. Pro Patria.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-18 published
Pair's death in car deepens distress at school
Students already split over sex-assault, harassment charges against 16 youths
By Unnati GANDHI and Joe FRIESEN, Friday, November 18, 2005, Page A13
A school stunned by the arrest of 16 young people on charges of sexual assault and harassment was rocked again yesterday by the death of one of its students.
Police found the bodies of 17-year-old Anna ZARNOCH, a Grade 12 student at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, and William RODRIGUEZ, 22, just after 6 a.m., yesterday in Mr. RODRIGUEZ's garage in the city's west end.
Police called the deaths accidental, saying the two probably died of carbon-monoxide inhalation after the old Cadillac they were sitting in had been running for hours overnight with the heater on and the garage door closed.
A police spokeswoman said Ms. ZARNOCH's death is not related to the criminal investigation at the school.
"She went to the school, but she was in no way connected to the sexual-harassment case," Constable Wendy DRUMMOND said, adding that Ms. ZARNOCH was not a witness in the case. "At this point, we're ruling it an accidental death from carbon-monoxide poisoning,"
The teen's death plunged a divided school further into disarray. Many senior students, some of them facing charges, are waiting for the court case to begin as well as mourning a classmate's death. For a school with slightly more than 600 students from Grades 9 through 12, the effect will likely be significant.
On Monday, 14 students were taken from their classes, arrested and handcuffed. They joined two others accused in a case that has sent shockwaves throughout the city. Police allege that a 16-year-old student was sexually assaulted and harassed both inside and outside the high school for more than a year. In one incident, police say, the girl was dragged from a school hallway and assaulted in a stairwell before being taken to a bathroom and assaulted again.
Staff convened an emergency meeting with students, parents and police Wednesday night to discuss the impact of the alleged assaults and the arrests of the 16 students. The event apparently did little to calm frayed nerves.
Some parents said they were considering removing their children from the school, while others said their children were afraid to return. A few students said they were ashamed to wear their school uniforms in public.
Many students are upset with the way the case was handled.
They say their classmates shouldn't have been arrested at school.
They have accused police and school officials of racism and of being heavy-handed in dealing with the accused, all of whom are black. Some have stayed away from school since they attended a bail hearing for their jailed Friends on Tuesday.
Ms. ZARNOCH lived in a high-rise building just south of the school near Keele and Finch Avenues.
Mr. RODRIGUEZ, who was her boyfriend, according to family members, lived in the Lansdowne house near St. Clair Avenue with his mother, sister and brother-in-law.
The brother-in-law, Al BARBOZA, said at the home yesterday that the pair had gone into the garage about 7: 30 p.m. on Wednesday. Mr. RODRIGUEZ's mother checked on them at about 1 a.m. and thought they were asleep.
"They stayed in the car the whole night," Mr. BARBOZA said. "I can't believe they were out there sleeping, it's so cold."
When the mother found them without any vital signs at about 6 a.m., she called police.
Mr. BARBOZA said he didn't know Ms. ZARNOCH very well, but knew that she had been reported missing by her family on Wednesday.
"Whenever he gets a girlfriend, I don't know what he does. He brings them over here all the time."
While Mr. BARBOZA said that the Cadillac parked in the garage rarely gets driven, upstairs tenant Anabela ALMEIDA said that she had seen Ms. ZARNOCH several times before and knew that Mr. RODRIGUEZ often went to listen to the radio in the car.
"The girl stays at the house sometimes," said Ms. ALMEIDA, who had been living on the second floor of the two-storey home for the past seven months.
The bodies have been taken to the coroner's office for autopsies scheduled for today.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-11 published
CURRY, Richard Grant " Rick" (Toronto Firefighter)
Suddenly on Sunday, January 9, 2005 at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket. Richard CURRY of Bradford in his 50th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (VAN ECK.) Dear father of Heather CURRY (Jorge ALMEIDA), Grant CURRY and William CURRY. Dear Grandpa of Ethan CURRY. Dear son of Waldy and the late Edward CURRIE. Dear brother of Brian (Claudette) CURRY. Dear son-in-law of Gwen and the late William VAN ECK. Dear brother-in-law of Peter VAN ECK, Connie VAN ECK and Ernie (Jessica) VAN ECK. Dear uncle of David CURRY and Braydon VAN ECK. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Holland Marsh Christian Reformed Church, 18935 Dufferin Street, R.R.#2, Newmarket on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-09 published
ROCHA, Maria I.
Peacefully at Kennedy Lodge, Scarborough, on Monday, March 7, 2005. Maria, beloved wife of the late Antonio (1958). Loved mother of Maria (Norberto ALMEIDA), Antonio (Maria), Joaquim (Maria), Gus (Serafina) and Jose (Osvalda) and the late Francisco and Maria (Carlos). She leaves her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Friends and family may call at the Pine Hills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 625 Birchmount Rd. (north of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 from 3-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 717 Kennedy Rd., Scarborough on Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment and reception to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-03 published
FERNANDES, Matilde (ALMEIDA) (February 15, 1915-July 1, 2005)
Of Dunn Avenue. Visitation 2-9 p.m. Monday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W. at Dufferin, Toronto. Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Mary's Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mrs. FERNANDES died at Toronto Western Hospital. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin just north of Dundas.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-09 published
ALMEIDA, Mabel
An Irish gift to her many Friends and family. Mabel ALMEIDA died of breast cancer on July 7, 2005 at age 66. She will be greatly missed and always remembered by her daughter, husband, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and many Friends. Mabel will be remembered for her constant care and compassion for others, and her optimism, as she always said "tomorrow's another day - the sun will be shining". Family and Friends will be received at the Benisasia Funeral Home, 3263 Derry Rd. East, Mississauga on Sunday, July 10, 2005, from 2: 00 to 5:00 p.m. Prayers to commence at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on Monday, July 11, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church, Brampton. Interment to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-25 published
BURROWS, Robert " Bob"
(World War 2 Veteran, member Royal Canadian Legion No. 442, Erin retired employee Toronto Star and Honorary Life Member Graphic Communications International Union) Peacefully surrounded by his family at Peel Memorial Hospital, Brampton on Monday, October 24, 2005 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Myrtle. Loving father of Bob Jr. and his wife Mary Ann, Dawn Almeida, and Kathy and her husband Keith VRIJ. Dear brother of Ruth SMITH, Norman (Pete) and brother-in-law of Ruth BURROWS. Proud and loving grandfather of Ian, Bridgette, Adam and Colin. Predeceased by son-in-law Ed ALMEIDA, three sisters and one brother. Sadly missed by nieces, nephews, cousins and their families, here and abroad. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy.10), Brampton, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Complete service in the chapel on Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be deeply appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to robert.burrows@wardfh.com

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-03 published
MINOVSKI, Christina
With great sadness the family announces the passing of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, suddenly on December 2, 2005. Cherished wife of 56 years to Nick. Adored mother of Jim and his wife Venka, Sophie and Michko LUKOVICH, Violetta and Victor ALMEIDA. Devoted baba of Nick and Kathy, Paul and Allana, Christina, Jovan, Daniel and Catherine. Great-grandmother of Kailey, Daelyn and Lucas. She will be sadly missed by her many Friends and relatives. Visitation will be held at The Heritage Funeral Centre 50 Overlea Blvd., Toronto on Saturday, December 3, 2005 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral (76 Overlea Blvd.) on Monday, December 5, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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ALMEIDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-28 published
ALMEIDA, Odette
Suddenly on Monday, December 26, 2005 at her home at the age of 63. Beloved wife of Armando. Cherished mother of Yolande and Paul and his fiancée Audrey. Loving grandmother of Alisha, Chanel, Alexandra and Jayson. Odette will be sadly missed by her family members in Portugal and Friends here in Canada. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. Funeral service to be held in the Ogden Chapel on Thursday at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Highland Memory Gardens.

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ALMEYDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-28 published
ALMEYDA, Stephen L.
Passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2005 at the age of 60. Beloved husband of Lia. Loving father of Andrew (wife Megan), Michael and Steven. For funeral details, please contact the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 905-257-8822.

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ALMEYDA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-02 published
ALMEYDA, Stephen L.
Passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2005 at the age of 60. Beloved husband of Lia. Loving father of Andrew (wife Megan), Michael and Steven. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 811 Lawrence Ave. W., Toronto on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 12 p.m. Interment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens in Oakville. Reception to follow at the family home. For funeral details, contact Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel 905-257-8822.

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ALMIRANTEARENA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-13 published
ALMIRANTEARENA, Adriana
Peacefully, with her loving family at her side on Monday, July 11, 2005 at Baycrest Hospital, in her 72nd year. Adriana, beloved wife of the late Cecilio ALMIRANTEARENA. Loving sister of Carmen PUNTARELLI. Adriana will be missed dearly by her close friend Maria WHITELEGG. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel on Thursday, July 14th, 2005 at 1 o'clock. Cremation. Interment York Cemetery at a later date.

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ALMON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-08 published
SEIXAS, Dorothy Kopper " Dot"
Peacefully at home, Wednesday July 6, 2005, days before her 88th birthday. Daughter of the late Dorothy ALMON and Edward Fairgrieve SEIXAS, beloved sister of the late Margaret McLEOD (Jack) and Edith BROWNE of Florida. Part of the Hamilton family for over 50 years, especially dear friend of Ruth Hamilton UPJOHN. Cherished aunt, great aunt, and honorary aunt to many families. Known as Miss Sneezepickle, Dot taught kindergarten and played piano at Branksome Hall for 60 years. Together with Ruth, she encouraged and promoted many Canadian artists. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sharon House, 24 Montgomery Rd., Toronto M8X 1Z4 would be greatly appreciated. At Dot's request, there will be no funeral service. Dot's positive character and wonderful sense of humour will always be remembered.

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ALMOND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-11 published
MONTGOMERY, Lloyd George
86 years, passed away Friday, October 7, 2005 after a brief illness at London Health Sciences - Victoria Hospital with his wife by his side. Beloved husband of Dorothy (née FISHER) with whom he celebrated 54 years of marriage. Loving father to Cheryl and husband Brian HALLMAN, Kerry and wife Liz, Sandra, Dwayne and wife Barbara, Valery and Cory all of Windsor. Cherished grandfather to Derek, Ashley, Ricky, Andrew, Thomas, Stacey, Gary, and Steven. Great-grandfather to Joshua, Brandy, Jessica, Nathan, Haley and Mckenzie. Survived by brothers Bill and wife Frona (Sault Ste Marie), Clifford (Sudbury) sister Vivian (Sault Ste Marie). Predeceased by his parents George and Jessie MONTGOMERY. Dear brother of the late Archie, Mae and Merle. Lloyd was retired from Industrial Tool and Engineering in Detroit, Michigan where he worked for 20 years. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge. Visitation will be held at the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1969 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor, Ontario on Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Reverend Paul ALMOND officiating. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Special thanks to staff and doctors of Victoria Hospital 4th floor section C vascular unit for their exceptional care and understanding over the past two weeks. Lloyd will be sadly missed.

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ALMOND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-14 published
MacDONALD, George Melbourne
Died peacefully May 12, 2005 at Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus, in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of 54 years to Mary (née HAMILTON.) Loving father of Reverend Elizabeth MacDONALD of Sydenham St. United Church, Kingston and Nan HUDSON and Gordon and Patti MacDONALD of North Vancouver. Grandfather of Caitlin, Emily, Allison and Sam. During World War 2, served as a Pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1940-1945 in Alaska, Great Britain and Northwest Europe. In 1948 he began a 30 year career in broadcasting across Canada, moving to Windsor in 1965 as General Manager of CKWW Radio. From 1970-1992 operated MacDonald Associates with Mary, serving such diverse clients as the United Way, Hilton International, the Willistead Restoration Campaign and Art in the Park. Community involvement included service as Chair of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, President of the Windsor District Council Boy Scouts of Canada, Director of the Windsor Essex-County Young Men's Christian Association, the Greater Windsor Foundation, the Greater Windsor Visitors and Convention Bureau, Junior Achievement of Windsor, Goodwill Industries, the Essex County Humane Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Association, St. Leonard's House, Northfields Youth Centre, Crossroads Human Growth Community, Co-Chair of the Windsor Traveling Youth Hostel and a Director of the Children's Regional Centre of Windsor Regional Hospital. Visiting at the Morris Sutton Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 68 Giles Blvd. E. (519-254-8633) on Monday, May 16th from 1: 00 p.m. until time of Memorial Service at 2: 00 p.m. with the Reverend Doctor Nan HUDSON and the Reverend Paul ALMOND officiating. Following cremation interment of ashes Rosehill Cemetery, Amherstburg. In lieu of flowers, gifts made to the United Way of Windsor or Windsor Regional Hospital would be greatly appreciated. You may share your online condolences on www.obituariestoday.com

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ALMOND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-17 published
Robert ALLEN, Playwright And Producer (1917-2005)
Self-taught playwright who submitted his first manuscript while in the army went on to run the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation drama department in the golden years of both radio and television
By F.F. Langan, Special to The Globe and Mail, Saturday, September 17, 2005, Page S9
Robert ALLEN ran the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation drama department in the early days of television, putting on some of the most ambitious television ever performed in the country. It was a time when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had the airwaves all to itself in the 1950s, and when Mr. ALLEN and the network could afford to produce what he considered the best.
"He represents the golden age of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of the 1950s and '60s," said Eric KOCH, a retired Canadian Broadcasting Corporation producer and executive. "The dramas and opera he produced were far superior to anything done in the United States. There were questions in Parliament about the cost. Nowadays, it would be described as hopelessly elitist."
Mr. KOCH said that under Bob ALLEN, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation produced 17 operas. Since opera had never been done for television, Mr. ALLEN and his producer-director Franz KRAMER had to invent ways to shoot them. There could be no mistakes. Almost all were done before the era of videotape, so the shows were all live broadcasts.
"Now, you would need the resources and organization of D-Day to do an opera for television," said Mr. KOCH. "In Europe, countries join forces just to mount one opera."
Robert ALLEN grew up in Toronto and lived in a house on Winchester, one of the more respectable streets in what then the mixed neighbourhood of Cabbagetown. His father died when he was just 11 and he was brought up by his mother and an aunt. He went to the University of Toronto Schools and then to Trinity College at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with a degree in literature.
After graduation, he worked as an accountant until the Second World War intervened and he was drafted into the army in late 1941. But how did an accountant end up as a giant of Canadian television drama? He was in Halifax, waiting to be sent overseas to the war, and at something of a loose end. By that time, Mr. ALLEN was married and he his wife, Rita, liked to sit about and listen to the radio. It was then that he made his decision.
"At the end of one radio program, Bob was excited and said, 'That's what we're going to do,' " says Rita. " 'Write radio plays.'"
And that is exactly was he did for the rest of his long career. As an exercise, Bob and Rita ALLEN wrote something for Andrew ALLAN, the head of drama at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and sent it off in the mail. Mr. ALLAN liked what he saw and that was the start of a long working relationship.
At the same time, a change had occurred in the army's plans for young Robert ALLEN. It discovered his education. He was pulled out of the overseas contingent and sent to Kingston, Ontario, where he trained in radar and was made an instructor.
Eventually, he did go overseas and stayed on in Germany after the end of the war. He wrote a piece for Reading Magazine in February of 1946 in which he showed empathy for the German civilian population. He described the scene in a Berlin railway station as refugees arrived in late 1945: "They were all exhausted and starved and miserable.... A child only half-alive... a woman in the most terrible picture of despair I've seen.... Even when you see it, it's impossible to believe."
Not long after that, he was sent home to be demobbed among thousands of other young returning servicemen and women. To make ends meet, he worked in a bank but all the while wrote radio plays. Soon, he was in demand as a writer and producer of dramas and landed a full-time job at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
However, in the same way he had confidently embraced radio as a media, he could see a new and glittering shape on the broadcast horizon -- television. While many of his radio colleagues were dismissive of early television shows, he was one of the few Canadian Broadcasting Corporation employees to go out and buy a television set to see for himself what all the fuss was about. His first glimpse of a broadcast had occurred in a store in Vancouver. He stood in front of the showroom window watching a program being beamed across the border from the United States and said, "I can do that."
And he did. In 1952, the year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation expanded into television, he was asked to be head of television drama. He was soon producing such major series as Festival, which was considered to be one of the finest cultural series ever done in North America. The series produced modern drama by playwrights such as Harold Pinter, as well as ballet and Shakespeare.
Some of the other programs he was closely involved with included Sunshine Sketches, the dramatization of Stephen Leacock's short stories about small town Ontario. The Great Detective, which ran from 1979 to 1982, was the story of a 19th-century detective played by Douglas Campbell. In addition, he also had a part in such ambitious dramatic series as Folio, which in many ways translated radio plays to Fifties television. It was followed by Festival, which ran 60- to 90-minute dramas from 1961-69 and offered more sophisticated productions. Opening Night was a series of 90-minute dramas produced in the early 1970's. One of them, Freedom of the City, dealt with the Londonderry riots in Ulster in 1970.
"Robert ALLEN was a pioneer in the days when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation spent more money on drama than it did on news," said Desmond SMITH, who also worked at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television when it started. Being a pioneer meant inventing just about every technique now know to television.
It seems everyone who was anyone in the world of theatre and film in Canada worked for Robert ALLEN at one time or another. He even discovered Sean Connery, then 31 years old, to play the title role of Macbeth in 1961, a year before the unknown Scottish actor first played James Bond in Dr. No.
Macbeth was directed by Paul ALMOND, then 30, who went on to a successful career in film. He said it couldn't have been done without "a drama department run by someone like Robert ALLEN."
While Mr. ALLEN loved to mount lavish productions, his accountant's training meant he was careful with a buck, and also a good negotiator. Mr. ALMOND, who got his start at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, liked to tell the story of how Mr. ALLEN, who was an early riser, was fond of waking actors at daybreak -- or worse. One well-known actor told Mr. ALMOND that Mr. ALLEN had awakened him at 6: 30 in the morning "to negotiate my contract. I was so bleary-eyed I didn't know what he was saying. But I wanted the part, so I said yes. Later, over coffee at breakfast, I would say to myself, what have I done? What has he done?"
Mr. ALLEN worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for more than 40 years, producing such popular series as Seeing Things, a program starring Louis Del Grande about a newspaper reporter who has visions that help him solve crimes. Mr. ALLEN himself had an extraordinary ability to look at a script and see how it would be translated into television. His colleagues say he nurtured a lot of young talent, and taught many future directors the basics of their craft.
Robert ALLEN was a modest man and never boasted of his accomplishments or angled for awards. He lived a quiet life and his main passion away from work was tennis, which he played at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club near his house. He also had the air of the absentminded artistic type.
"One of the odd things I remember about ALLEN is that he biked everywhere," said Desmond SMITH. "It seemed eccentric at the time. He would ride to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation dressed in a business suit."
His nephew, Jamie WEYMAN, says Mr. ALLEN did indeed drive a car and he loved sporty models -- including one Buick Skylark convertible.
Mr. ALLEN lived in Rosedale, as did the likes of such Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stalwarts as reporter Norman DEPOE and the announcer Max FERGUSON. Now the byword for an up-market city district, Rosedale was then more affordable, since many of its houses had been broken into apartments during a wartime housing shortage. He and his wife lived in the house until his death.
Robert Greer ALLEN was born in Toronto on October 19, 1917. He died of cancer on August 20, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Rita.

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ALMOND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-26 published
PURDY, Marilyn Ruth (née DUFTON)
Passed away suddenly on January 23, 2005, at the young age of 67, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Sudbury. Reunited with her mother Grace (1978), father Thomas (1985), brother Thomas E. (Ted) (1957), sister Margaret (2003) and daughter Susan (1996). Sister to Audrey Eileen SIMPSON of Windsor, Elsie and Jerry WALKER of Kingsville, Ila and Bernie COLOMBE of Amherstburg. Loving mother of Roderick and Helen PURDY of Belle River, Robert and Nancy PURDY of Manitoulin Island, and Ronold and Iris PURDY of Mississauga. Proud grandmother of Brian McMULLIN, Vicki McMULLIN, Robert PURDY, Michelle PURDY, Crystal PURDY, Stephanie PURDY, Jamie PURDY, Marc PURDY. Great-grandmother to Prescott McMULLIN. Survived by many nieces, nephews and family. Ruth was a partner in Darem Hardware, Windsor, Ontario. Her passing leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled. The one thing that we will always miss is her laughter and warming smile. Visiting at the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1969 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor, Ontario on Thursday and Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Paul ALMOND officiating. Cremation to follow. As your expression of sympathy, a donation to the Girl Guides of Canada, Canadian Liver Foundation or Hospice of Windsor would be greatly appreciated. www.walterdkellyfuneralhome.com

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ALMOND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-31 published
ALMOND, Jean M.
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at her home in Keswick in her 94th year. Predeceased by her husband Robert ALMOND (1984.) Loving mother of Robert and Maureen ALMOND of Dallas, Texas, Nancy CASIMIRI of Keswick, James ALMOND of Orillia, Thomas and Cindy ALMOND of Peterborough. Predeceased by her children Ralph ALMOND, Russell and Jeannie UNDERWOOD and sons-in-law Larry CASIMIRI and Norm UNDERWOOD. Jean will be greatly missed by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and Friends and relatives. Funeral Service from M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway South, Keswick, 1-888-884-4486 on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Family will receive Friends from 11: 00 a.m. until time of service. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations made to York Central Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit would be appreciated by the family.

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MAMER, Elizabeth Jean " Beth" (née McGRANDEL)
Peacefully on August 12, 2005 at the Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus at the age of 53 years. Cherished wife of Wayne. Predeceased by parents Stewart (1998) and Elsie (2004). Loving sister of Al McGRANDEL. Dear sister-in-law of Orval MAMER and wife Jane MONTGOMERY and Janis TERON and husband Jim. Survived by many cousins and nieces and nephews. Beth was a dedicated employee of McDonald's Restaurant (Teoumseh and Lauzon Rd.) for 20 years; and her involvements included Girl Guide's of Canada (avolunteer for 23 years); Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America (Bokhara Court 22); Daughter of the Nile and Oronto Temple 69 The Supreme Council Order of the Amaranth Inc. (Lily of the Valley Court 12). Visiting at The Windsor Chapel Funeral Home 1700 Tecumseh Road East on Monday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. in the Chapel. Rev. Paul ALMOND officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to "The Quiet Place at Camp Bryerswood Girl Guides of Canada." Online condolences may be shared with Beth's family at www.windsorchapel.com

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ALMOND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-20 published
SANDERS, Arthur Roy
Passed away at his home in Bewdley on Tuesday, October 15, 2005. A. Roy SANDERS in his 91st year, beloved husband of the late Phyllis SCOTT. Loving father of Rosaleen (Geoffrey ALMOND) of England, Julia MOSHER and the late Gloria GUY. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and his son-in-law Raymond GUY. Friends will be received at the Allison Funeral Home, 103 Mill Street North, Port Hope, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday 1 p.m. Interment, Rosemount Memorial Gardens, Peterborough. If desired, memorial contributions may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society. www.allisonfuneralhome.com

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ALMOST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-12 published
BROWN, Alma Pearl (WILCOX)
Formerly of R.R.#1 Inwood, passed away at the Blue Water Health C.E.E. Site, Petrolia on Friday, November 11, 2005 at the age of 84. Alma was a member of the Oakdale United Church. Beloved wife of the late Neil N. BROWN (1995.) Loving mother of Margaret CATROPPA of Amherstburg, Malcolm and Bonnie BROWN of R.R.#1 Inwood, Donald BROWN of Petrolia, Alan and Linda BROWN of R.R.#3 Florence, Peter and Claudia BROWN of Toronto, Kathleen BROWN and Jim ALMOST of London, Darlene and John CHARRETTE of London. Loving grandmother of Eugenia, Emily, Olivia CATROPPA, Robert, Joseph, Timothy, Harry, Benjamin, Adam, Sarah, Jerrod, and Pearl BROWN, Anna and Elizabeth ALMOST, Andrew, Geoffrey, and David CHARRETTE. Dear sister-in-law of Gerald WILSON, and Leola BROWN. Predeceased by a daughter Winifred BROWN (1963) and sisters Dorothy WILSON, Geraldine McGEORGE, and a brother Glen WILCOX. The Brown family will receive Friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria Street, Thamesville on Sunday evening 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Mrs. Bonnie HARVEY and Pastor Sharon Campbell RAYMENT officiating. Interment Shetland Cemetery. If desired donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Alzheimer's Society or the Oakdale United Church. A Tree will be planted in Memory of Alma BROWN in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Township.

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ALMSTADT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-17 published
HINTZ, Laura Ethel (formerly BAUMAN/BOWMAN, née WILLERT)
Mrs. Laura Ethel (née WILLERT) HINTZ passed away on March 15, 2005, in her 95th year. Ethel has resided at the Village of East Harbour Senior Living Community, New Baltimore (formerly known as the Presbyterian Village East) for the past 10 years. Ethel was born November 21, 1910 in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of the late George WILLERT (1947) and Laura GREB (1978.) She was raised in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada where she trained to be a nurse. Ethel Laura WILLERT married Albert Edward BAUMAN/BOWMAN in Indiana on August 4, 1934 and was very proud to become a U.S. citizen on July 5, 1939. They resided for many years on Stapleton Street in Mount Clemens where Ethel tended to her rose gardens. Ethel's husband, Al predeceased her in 1954 and she remained a widow for 32 years. At age 76, Ethel married Arthur George HINTZ on April 12, 1986 at Zion United Church of Christ, Mount Clemens. They resided in Art's home on North Avenue, Macomb Township. Sadly, Art passed away 2 years later on July 28, 1988.
Ethel is survived by her sister-in-law, Nora WILLERT; nephew, Bob (Cheryl) WILLERT and their daughters, Sarah and Terri all of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; Sister Rose Carmel BURGESS of Detroit, Janet (Mark) DAVISON of Oakland, Michigan, John ALMSTADT of Orion, Michigan, Bev WILLERT's family from Windsor, Ontario, and many cousins and Friends. A funeral service will be held at 12: 30 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2005 at Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 New Brunswick Gratiot, Mount Clemens with the Reverend Barbara Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township. Visiting hours from 10: 30 a.m. until the service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Although Ethel will be deeply missed our hearts give thanks for her life and 94 years of love, compassion, Friendship and patience she extended to everyone throughout her life. Her smile, kindness, generosity and sense of humour will sustain her family and Friends forever.

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ALMSTADT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-18 published
HINTZ, Ethel Laura (formerly BAUMAN/BOWMAN, née WILLERT)
Mrs. Ethel Laura (née WILLERT) HINTZ passed away on March 15, 2005, in her 95th year. Ethel has resided at the Village of East Harbour Senior Living Community, New Baltimore (formerly known as the Presbyterian Village East) for the past 10 years. Ethel was born November 21, 1910 in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of the late George WILLERT (1947) and Laura GREB (1978.) She was raised in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada where she trained to be a nurse. Ethel Laura WILLERT married Albert Edward BAUMAN/BOWMAN in Indiana on August 4, 1934 and was very proud to become a U.S. citizen on July 5, 1939. They resided for many years on Stapleton Street in Mount Clemens where Ethel tended to her rose gardens. Ethel's husband, Al predeceased her in 1954 and she remained a widow for 32 years. At age 76, Ethel married Arthur George HINTZ on April 12, 1986 at Zion United Church of Christ, Mount Clemens. They resided in Art's home on North Avenue, Macomb Township. Sadly, Art passed away 2 years later on July 28, 1988.
Ethel is survived by her sister-in-law, Nora WILLERT; nephew, Bob (Cheryl) WILLERT and their daughters, Sarah and Terri all of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; Sister Rose Carmel BURGESS of Detroit, Janet (Mark) DAVISON of Oakland, Michigan, John ALMSTADT of Orion, Michigan, Bev WILLERT's family from Windsor, Ontario, and many cousins and Friends. A funeral service will be held at 12: 30 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2005 at Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 New Brunswick Gratiot, Mount Clemens with the Reverend Barbara Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township. Visiting hours from 10: 30 a.m. until the service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Although Ethel will be deeply missed our hearts give thanks for her life and 94 years of love, compassion, Friendship and patience she extended to everyone throughout her life. Her smile, kindness, generosity and sense of humour will sustain her family and Friends forever.

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