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BOC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-18 published
BLACKWELL, William " Joe"
At the Windsor Regional Hospital on Tuesday May 17th, 2005, William "Joe" BLACKWELL of Windsor and formerly of Saint Thomas, in his 63rd year. Beloved husband of Diane (RODRIGUE) BLACKWELL and dearly loved step-father of Patrick and his wife Kari RAINVILLE, Iona; Alice and her husband Dave ELFORD, Saint Thomas and Linda FREELE and her partner Ron MARISSEN, Woodstock. Loved grandfather of Michael, Anthony, Shelby, Dakota and Connor. Dear step-son of Margaret BLACKWELL. Joe was born in Aylmer on February 19th, 1943 to the late Joe and Gertrude (ROLISON) BLACKWELL. He worked at BOC Gases in Windsor and was a member of Branch #41 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow in London. Visitation Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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BOC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-24 published
WALKER, Sylvia Diana (née BOC)
Peacefully, with her family, at her bedside, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sylvia Diana WALKER, of Tillsonburg on Sunday, May 22, 2005, in her 67th year. Born in Welland, Ontario, September 2, 1938. Dear daughter of the late John BOC Sr., and the late former Lily KOUCAR. Resident of Tillsonburg, since 1951. Member of Saint Marys Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg and the C.W.L. Dear wife and best friend for 49 years to Jimmy WALKER. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Tammy HICKS - London, Jamie WALKER - Tillsonburg, J.D. WALKER and his wife Tanya - Timmins. Dear sister of John BOC - Tillsonburg, Beverley WALKER - Eden. Proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren Brandon HICKS, Katlyn HICKS, Elliot WALKER, Paitra WALKER and by several cousins, aunts. A special thank you for your kindness through the years to Vicky LUKI, Sarie OVERBEEK, Pat and Gina with C.M.H.A. Resting at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway Tillsonburg (519-842-4238). Funeral Mass of Christian Burial, to be said on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint Marys Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg, by Reverend Fr. Michael LANGAN. Interment to follow at Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations (by cheque only) to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association or choice. Visitation Tuesday 2-4: 30 p.m., 7-9:00 p.m. C.W.L. Prayers Tuesday at 4 p.m. Parish Prayers Tuesday at 8: 00 p.m.

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BOCCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-18 published
FIORINI, Sante
Passed away at Humber River Regional Hospital (Church Street Site) on Sunday, January 16, 2005, surrounded by family, at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Attilia (née BOCCIA) of almost fifty years. He will be sadly missed by his loving children Alida (Nick) CUNSOLO, Nancy (John) TRENDOFF and Julie (Barry) FIORINI. Proud grandfather of five: Frank (Leslie,) Sandy and Connie CUNSOLO, Jeremy and Aaron TRENDOFF. Dear brother of Emilia CORDASCO, Assunta FERRANTE, Nazareno (Gioia) and Domenico (Marisa) FIORINI. Predeceased by brothers Alessandro, Gerardo, Giovanni and Pietro and sisters Giuseppina and Costanza. Sante will be dearly remembered by his extended family and close Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the DeMarco Funeral Home (Keele Chapel), 3725 Keele Street, North York, on Tuesday, January 18th from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, 33 Connie Street, North York, on Wednesday, January 19th at 9: 30 a.m. Interment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens, 1810 Albion Road, Etobicoke. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

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BOCCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-19 published
BOCCIA, John
God called John suddenly on December 17th, 2005 from the Trillium Health Centre at the age of 73. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Rose BOCCIA née STEIGER. He will be reunited in heaven with his first wife Rose BOCCIA née ROSSETTO and his parents. He will be cherished by his dear children Debbie, Donna, John and his wife Shirley. Proud grandfather of Marcella, Deanna, Courtney and Michael. He will always be remembered by his brother Joe and his wife Jean. He will be held dear in the hearts of his nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and many Friends. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332) on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. from St. Wilfrid Roman Catholic Church (1675 Finch Avenue West, at Sentinel). Burial to follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (on Yonge Street, south of Hwy. 7). In lieu of flowers, the Boccia family will accept donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Villa Forum Nursing Home.

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BOCCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-22 published
BOCCIA, Rose (née STEIGER)
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on December 21, 2005. Daughter of the late Martin and Annie STEIGER. Loving wife and mother of the late John BOCCIA and his children Debbie, Donna and John (Shirley). Nana Rose to Marcella, Deanna, Courtney and Michael. Rose is survived by her brothers and sisters: Ann (John), Betty (Dave), Marty (Mary-Lynn), John (Pam) and Eva as well as many nieces and nephews. Since Rose's diagnosis in 2003 she has lived her life with courage, strength and faith surrounded by the love of Ann and John, their children and grandchildren, her guardian angel Mugs and her many Friends. Special thanks to Dr. L. MARK, Sue Kelly FAULKNER, R.N., Community Care Access Centre, Dr. M. MILOSEVIC, the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. N. MERROW, the Southlake Palliative Care Team and especially the Palliative Care volunteers. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Saint John Chrysostom Church on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose's memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Community Bread Program at Saint John Chrysostom Church. "Mary, my Mother, I placed everything in your hands." (I.34)

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BOCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-17 published
SLESSOR, Ivan
Peacefully, on Friday, April 15, 2005. Ivan SLESSOR of Milton, in his 96th year. Beloved husband of Monica (née BARNARD.) Loving father of Bev SLESSOR and Connie NIELSON. Greatly missed by his grandchildren Kim (Adam NESBIT,) David SLESSOR, Tim NIELSON (Ana,) Julie (Kevin Black,) Kevin NIELSON and great-grandchildren Jacob, Nathan and Shane BLACK. Dearly remembered by his sisters Alberta STOREY, Alma JOHNSTONE, Mary (Elwood OLIVER) and brother Robert L. SLESSOR (Miriam.) Survived by his sisters-in-law Sheila ORR, Dorothy BARNARD and Maureen BOCH. Predeceased by his first wife Laurene (née CLARKE,) his son Frederick SLESSOR and his son-in-law Martin NIELSON. Friends will be received from the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton, (905) 878-2669, on Monday, April 18th, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held from Milton Baptist Church, 900 Nipissing Rd., Milton on Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Gideons International or the charity of one's choice.

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BOCHAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-26 published
BOCHAR, Mary (WORONIAK)
Peacefully in her sleep, at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre on Tuesday, January 25, 2005. Mary WORONIAK, a longtime active member of the U.C.W.L.C. and greatly involved in her church. Dearly beloved wife of the late Tony BOCHAR. Beloved mother of Father Bill and his wife Helen, Paul and his wife Claire and the late Kathryn. Loving Baba of Aaron BOCHAR, Maara and her husband Michael LA ROSA, Martin BOCHAR and Yvette BOCHAR. Prababa of Katherine LA ROSA. Dear sister of the late Anne, Emily, John, Michael, Paul and Alexander. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from 7 p.m. Wednesday. Panakhyda 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday. Divine Liturgy Thursday from the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre, 60 Richview Rd. at 10 a.m. Interment Prospect Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre would be appreciated by the family. (The family will receive their Friends in the funeral home Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and in the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of Divine Liturgy). The family would like to thank the staff of the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre for the special loving care and attention they provided to our mother for the last 2 years.

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BOCHAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
BOCHAR, Rt. Reverend Father Bill
Peacefully in his sleep on Friday, October 28th, 2005. Father Bill, the Chancellor of Toronto and Eastern Canada for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy, former Associate Pastor of St. Demetrius Church and retired 33 year teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Dearly beloved husband for 38 years to Helen BOCHAR. Beloved father of Wolfgang-Aaron and his wife Laura and Maara and her husband Michael LA ROSA. Loving Dido of Katherine and Gabrielle. Dear son-in-law of Rosalia LACIUK. Dear brother of Paul and his wife Claire BOCHAR and brother-in-law of Stella and Hal STEADMAN. Uncle of Martin, Yvette, Matthew and Sue. Cousin of Marvin and Stella CHOMIAK and their children Robert and Stefan. Fondly remembered by his family in Western Canada and his many Friends. Resting at St. Demetrius Church, 135 La Rose Ave., Toronto, from 6 p.m. Monday. Panakhyda Monday and Tuesday 7: 30 p.m. Divine Liturgy Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 at 10 a.m. from St. Demetrius Church, 135 La Rose Ave. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre would be greatly appreciated by the family (the family will receive their Friends at St. Demetrius Church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 416-745-7555.

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BOCHNA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-22 published
ROMANOFF, Kathleen " Caroline" " Kay" (née BOCHNA)
Peacefully at Rouge Valley Health System on April 21st, 2005 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late John, loving mother of Kathleen ROMANOFF- PATCHELL and her husband Brien, cherished grandmother of Nicholas (Nick) and Victoria (Tori), dear sister of Stephanie (Sally) DIX and Victoria SHELDON and the late Joseph BOCHNA, Peter ATMAN, Pauline RISELEY, and Mary INESON. Kay will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of her family, Friends and neighbours. No formal funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Coronary Care Unit at Rouge Valley Health System would be appreciated. A celebration of Kay's life will follow at a later date. "Kay always had the right recipe for Life"

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BOCHNA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-05 published
DIX, Stefanie (née BOCHNA)
Sally died peacefully in her sleep on August 1st, 2005 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Helmut FRENCHY, she will be greatly missed by her children - Walter DIX, Nancy JANITSCH, Richard DIX and Linda DIX- GIBSON, and her grandchildren - Emily, Sarah, Heather, Billy, Jessica, Hailee, Andrew and Carolyn. Sally's two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Fiona, also brought joy into her last difficult years. She was the dear sister of Victoria SHELDON and the late Joseph BOCHNA, Peter ATMAN, Pauline RISELEY, Mary INESON and Kay ROMANOFF. Sally will be fondly remembered by her extended family, old Friends, fellow antique collectors and her caregiver, Svyatoslav LOBODA. There will be no formal funeral service. A celebration of Sally's love, strength, and long life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre.

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BOCHNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-08 published
MORRIS, Estelle
On Monday, June 6, 2005 at St. Michael's Hospital. Estelle MORRIS, beloved wife of Jack MORRIS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Ellen, Paul and Jane, and Laurie and Rena. Dear sister of Loretta PAPE, Helen BOCHNER and the late Louis YOLLES. Devoted grandmother of Jill, Diane, Jonah, and Erin. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, June 9, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 66 Collier Street #12D. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Estelle Morris Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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BOCHNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-23 published
BOCHNER, Helen Marion (née YOLLES)
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Marion BOCHNER (née YOLLES) peacefully on June 20, 2005. Helen, in her 88th year, was the beloved wife of the late Moïse Frederick BOCHNER. She was the daughter of Joseph YOLLES and Elizabeth Pifko YOLLES and the sister of the late Louis YOLLES and Estelle MORRIS. She is survived by her sister Loretta PAPE, her son Brian and his wife Judy of College Station, Texas, her son Rick and his wife Burma of Vienna, Virginia, her most devoted son, Larry of Toronto, and her grandchildren Alison of Austin, Texas and Eric of Tucson, Arizona. Aside from being a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother, Helen worked in the family antique business, Joseph Yolles Antiques, and lived in Arizona for twelve years due to her son Larry's health. A memorial service was scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at her home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation; Stn K-Toronto P.O. Box 460; Toronto, Ontario M4P 2G9 or on line at www.heartandstroke.ca

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BOCHNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-08 published
MORRIS, Estelle
On Monday, June 6, 2005 at St. Michael's Hospital. Estelle MORRIS, beloved wife of Jack MORRIS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Ellen, Paul and Jane, and Laurie and Rena. Dear sister of Loretta PAPE, Helen BOCHNER and the late Louis YOLLES. Devoted grandmother of Jill, Diane, Jonah, and Erin. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, June 9, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 66 Collier Street No. 12D. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Estelle Morris Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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BOCHOVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-14 published
George HISLOP, Gay Activist: (1927-2005)
He battled the government over pension benefits and became a role model for generations of young men, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Friday, October 14, 2005, Page S9
As a symbol, George HISLOP will go down in the statutes as the person who won survivor pension benefits for gays and lesbians. But, as a man, he will be remembered as a role model who showed generations of young men how to live openly and without shame.
"Before George was my client, he was my friend and, before he was my friend, he was my hero," lawyer George ELLIOT/ELLIOTT said yesterday. "He was the most famous gay activist in the country when I met him at Buddy's Bar in the late 1970s. To me it was like meeting Martin Luther King Jr."
As an activist, Mr. HISLOP was expert at the charm offensive. "He was very funny and a great raconteur," says Toronto city councillor Kyle RAE. "He was able to disarm those who were not prepared to listen, not prepared to understand, not prepared to be compassionate. He disarmed them with his humour."
George Robert HISLOP was born in Swansea (now in the western part of Toronto) on June 3, 1927, the youngest of three sons of John HISLOP and his wife Ada. He knew he was gay early on and his family always accepted him. "He always said, 'I never came out of the closet because I was never in it,'" said Mr. Elliott.
He studied theatre at the University of Toronto in the 1940s and then worked as an actor on stage in Toronto and in London, England, often working in bars to pay the rent. Back in Toronto, he acted in live television on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Among other bit parts, he performed as singer Robert Goulet's hands in a du Maurier cigarette commercial.
Riding the ferry from the city to the gay beach at Hanlon's Point on the Toronto Islands in 1958, he met Ronald (Ronnie) SHEARER. They became lovers, business partners and life companions. They were almost certainly the first openly gay couple in Canada.
Mr. SHEARER had a well-paying job as a partner in a company that did industrial design and displays for large trade shows. He earned enough money to support Mr. HISLOP's political activism and was the silent backer in many of the bars and restaurants that Mr. HISLOP operated over the decades.
Growing up without shame or stigma, combined with the outgoing nature of his personality and his love of performing, were key traits that made Mr. HISLOP a natural spokesperson for gays and lesbians. Nevertheless, he didn't become a public activist until after 1969, when amendments to the Criminal Code made sodomy legal between consenting adults (over the age of 21).
He supported the founding of the University of Toronto Homophile Association and took the cause from gown to town two years later by forming the Community Homophile Association in 1971. He then helped to organize the first gay rights demonstration on Parliament Hill.
The first openly gay candidate for public office in Canada, he beat out Jack LAYTON for a nomination for city councillor in the 1980 municipal elections. He was defeated, as was then-mayor John SEWELL, one of the first politicians to support gay rights. Although never elected, Mr. HISLOP played an active role in civic politics for the next 25 years as a member of various planning committees.
In 1981, he was charged as a "keeper" in a famous police raid on bath houses because he was part owner of one of the raided establishments. He led the protests against the ensuing prosecution and was active in the lobbying movements to include gays and lesbians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and protection for sexual orientation in the Ontario Human Rights Code.
After Mr. SHEARER died in 1986, Mr. HISLOP enquired about receiving pension benefits as Mr. SHEARER's survivor. They had been together for 28 years. "You are the wrong sex," he was told. And there the matter rested until lawyer Douglas ELLIOT/ELLIOTT asked Mr. HISLOP to be lead plaintiff in a class-action suit against the federal government for not giving Canada Pension Plan survivors' benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
In the landmark M v. H case in 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the word "spouse" applied to gays and lesbians and that they were entitled to apply for support after the breakdown of a conjugal relationship. Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and many others, including the Canadian A.I.D.S. Society, believed these rights should include pension benefits. (The government agreed in 2000 and started paying Canada Pension Plan survivor benefits, but only from January Mr. HISLOP, with Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT's help, officially applied for survivor's benefits and was rejected. Many trials and appeals later, Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT persuaded the federal government to give litigants a partial payment for arrears and to start paying a monthly Canada Pension Plan pension cheque, even though the Crown is still appealing the cutoff date to the Supreme Court.
Mr. HISLOP finally got a cheque for $14,000, in recognition of partial arrears, in August. "He was thrilled to bits and I was greatly relieved because I was concerned he wasn't going to live to see it," said Mr. ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. "He felt it was a tacit admission by the government that he was going to prevail in the Supreme Court."
Many of his Friends feel that fighting for pension rights was Mr. HISLOP's reason for living in the last couple of years as his health failed from the combined effects of Parkinson's, diabetes and esophageal cancer.
"Pension plans across the country have been riding on our backs," complained Councillor RAE. "We and our spouses have been paying money into pension plans and not able to benefit [from them] while the straight world is having a surplus riding on our backs. By the time George got the cheque he was bedridden."
A few weeks ago, Peter BOCHOVE, co-owner of the Spa Excess bathhouse in Toronto, asked Walter LEE, one of his employees, to clean Mr. HISLOP's home for him. "When he saw whose apartment he was cleaning, he was blown away. Walter did a wonderful job and when George tried to pay him, he waved the money away and produced the stub of his pension cheque," said Mr. BOCHOVE, explaining that Mr. LEE, 50, was one of the litigants in the class-action suit for survivor benefits.
George HISLOP was born in Toronto on June 3, 1927. He died of esophageal cancer in hospital in Toronto on October 8. He was 78. He is survived by several nieces and nephews and many Friends.

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BOCHOVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-10 published
'Canada's official homosexual' George HISLOP dies at age 78
Always available to gay people in trouble
Founded country's first gay rights organization
By Christian COTRONEO, Staff Reporter
George HISLOP's phone number was always in the book.
And he paid a steep price for it.
There were the 3 a.m. phone calls, death threats, even a call from a man who had just murdered a 12-year-old boy.
But even at a time when being gay was illegal, HISLOP wanted his name in the phone book.
"I said to George, 'Why don't you get your number unlisted?'" recalled longtime friend Peter BOCHOVE. "He said, 'Well, what if someone needs to reach me?'"
And I said, 'Who?'"
"He said, 'I never met him yet. It might be somebody who needs to talk.'"
That lifeline ended yesterday at Toronto Grace Hospital, where Hislop succumbed to a long illness at age 78.
A 35-year activist for gay rights, Friends say he never came out of the closet -- because he had never spent any time there.
"George had a wonderful advantage over a lot of gay men," BOCHOVE said. "He grew up in a family environment where he was treated like the person he was. His sexuality was never an issue."
And HISLOP knew what to do with his advantage.
"He had a finely honed sense of injustice and when that was offended in any way shape or form, he had to do something about it."
That quality, however, could also be a trial in a world where homosexuality was illegal. And the threat of a beating loomed ever large.
"He was Canada's official homosexual for many years," recalled friend and lawyer Doug ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. "He really felt that, despite all the hate calls and things like that, he always felt that it was important that he be available to gay people in trouble."
After homosexual acts between consenting adults were finally removed from the Criminal Code in 1969, HISLOP wasted little time in founding the city's first gay rights group -- "which was really the first gay rights organization in the country," ELLIOT/ELLIOTT said.
He founded Gay Day in 1970, which would eventually evolve into the massive celebration known as Pride Week. He helped rally thousands to protest police raids on bathhouses in 1981. HISLOP also helped organize legal help for those convicted.
One night in 1977, Saul BETESH, one of three men convicted of murdering 12-year-old Emmanuel JACQUES, took advantage of HISLOP's open-telephone policy.
"He called George and told George he had killed this boy, and where the body was hidden," BOCHOVE recalled. "So George had to deal with all of that -- and did so. He arranged for him to get a lawyer, he called the police, got him to turn himself in."
The discovery that HISLOP had esophageal cancer came after he learned he had Parkinson's disease, diabetes and an extremely weak heart.
But even during his long illness, HISLOP led a campaign against the federal government for survivor benefits for widowed same-sex partners. His own partner of 28 years, art director Ron SHEARER, died in 1986.
True to character, HISLOP emerged victorious, receiving a cheque in the mail just six weeks ago. But he never managed to take the cruise he had planned.
Indeed, HISLOP's final days were spent in hospital surrounded by a steady stream of Friends and supporters, including one-time political rival and longtime friend New Democratic Party Leader Jack LAYTON.
HISLOP often held court in a bathhouse on Maitland Ave., regaling listeners with tales about the gay community.
But even his legendary fondness for bathhouses came in handy.
In 1988, when BOCHOVE learned the city wasn't renewing leases for bathhouses, he sued the City of Toronto.
"George HISLOP was accepted by the court as an expert witness," BOCHOVE recalled, with a chuckle. "In fact, Judge Harold referred to him in his decision as a habitué of gay bathhouses for the past four and a half decades -- which tickled George. But his very expert testimony won us the case. There's no doubt in my mind. When George sat down to talk, people would listen."
Visitation hours at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home (467 Sherbourne St.) are from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday. There will be no funeral at HISLOP's request.

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BOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-11 published
BOCK, Hans Frederich Karl
Hans Frederich Karl of Saint Thomas, on Friday, April 8, 2005, at the London Health Sciences Centre (University Campus), in his 55th year. Dearly loved husband of Evelyn (Mayer) BOCK and loved father of Patrick BOCK, Sarina and her husband Richard GALL, Jennifer and Marie BOCK, all of Saint Thomas. Dear brother of Willie and his wife Phyllis KNOST of Dorchester, Chris and her husband Larry SHELTON and Gabe and her husband Ken WAITE, all of Saint Thomas. Sadly missed by 2 grandchildren Kylee and Jade. Also survived by a number of niece and nephews. Hans lived in Saint Thomas most of his life and worked at Thermo-disc. He was the son of the late Ernest and Ann KNOST. He was born in Germany, May 24th, 1950. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Wednesday morning and then to the Holy Angels' Church where funeral service will be held at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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BOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-31 published
CALLADINE, Thomas John
At Craigwell Gardens, Ailsa Craig, on Sunday, May 29, 2005 Thomas John CALLADINE of London in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Florence CALLADINE. Loving father of Susan and her husband Graham BOCK of London. Proud grandfather of Nick of Toronto, Ted and Leslie, both of Barrie. Dear brother of Roy and Mary. Predeceased by his sisters Ruth, Hazel and Muriel and brothers Norman, Patrick, Andrew, Ernest and Noel. At Tom's request there will be no visitation. A Celebration of Tom's Life will be held at Craigwell Gardens, Ailsa Craig on Friday, June 3, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Robert RIPLEY officiating. Cremation with interment Saint John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Toronto at a later date. Donations to the charity of your choice gratefully acknowledged. McFarlane & Roberts Funeral Home 652-2020 in care of arrangements. Please sign the Family Book of Condolence at www.obituariestoday.com

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BOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-28 published
VAN GORP, Maria Johanna Elisa (OONINCX)
On Tuesday, July 26, 2005 Maria (OONINCX) VAN GORP of R.R.#4, Parkhill in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of Andre VAN GORP. Dear Mother of Marlies (Harry) KOOLEN of Watford, Elly (Mark) JAMIESON of Parkhill, Adrian VAN GORP and his friend Lois of London, Margaret (Otto) BOCK of Lucan, Tony (Nora) VAN GORP of Wyoming, Rita (Danny) SOETEMANS of Forest and Anita VAN GORP of Parkhill. Also survived by 18 grandchildren and 5 greatgrandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Annie and Toon OOMEN, Toos and (the late Kees) VER HOEF, Mien and Bertus SCHOUVEN, Agnes and the late Jan OONICX, Eileen and the late Adrie OONICX, Joanna and Ad SCHIPPER. Resting at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill. Funeral Mass will be conducted at the Sacred Heart Church on Friday, July 29th at 11: 00 a.m. Reverend Father Michael RYAN will officiate. Visitation Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers at the funeral home 5: 00 p.m. Thursday. Donations to the charity of choice. Share a memory or send condolences to www.boxfuneralhome.ca M. Box and son will plant a tree in living memory of Mrs. VAN GORP at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Parkhill.

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BOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-08 published
BROERE, Richard Maurice
At London Health Sciences Centre University Campus on Wednesday, September 7th, 2005, Richard Maurice BROERE of Parkhill in his 51st year. Beloved son of Marinus (RIES) and Elizabeth (Bep) BROERE of London. Sadly missed by his sister Betty BOCK and Ted PETERS of Parkhill and brothers Ron of London and Paul of Woodstock. Sweet uncle of Jordan and Candace of Parkhill. Dear nephew, cousin and friend to many in Ontario, Holland, Florida and Illinois (his home for 25 years). At Richards request there will be no visitation or Funeral Service. Private family gathering. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Denning Bros. Funeral Home in Strathroy. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Richard.

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BOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-08-04 published
VAN GORP, Maria Johanna Elisa (OONINCX)
On Tuesday, July 26, 2005, Maria (OONINCX) VAN GORP of R.R.#4, Parkhill in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of Andre VAN GORP. Dear mother of Marlies (Harry) KOOLEN of Watford, Elly (Mark) JAMIESON of Parkhill, Adrian VAN GORP and his friend Lois of London, Margaret (Otto) BOCK of Lucan, Tony (Nora) VAN GORP of Wyoming, Rita (Danny) SOETEMANS of Forest and Anita VAN GORP of Parkhill. Also survived by 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Annie and Toon OOMEN, Toos and (the late Kees) VER HOEF, Mien and Bertus SCHOUVEN, Agnes and the late Jan OONINCX, Eileen and the late Adrie OONINCX, Joanne and Ad SCHIPPER. Rested at the M. Box and son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street, Parkhill. Funeral mass was conducted at the Sacred Heart Church on Friday, July 29 at 11 a.m. Reverend Father Michael RYAN officiated. Visitation was held Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers were held at the funeral home at 5 p.m. Donations to the charity of choice. Share a memory or send condolences to www.mboxfuneralhome.ca. M. Box and son will plant a tree in living memory of Mrs. VAN GORP at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation, Parkhill.

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BOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-01 published
BOCK, John Carson
Passed away surrounded by his six children on August 30, 2005. He joins his beloved wife Helen (February 1998) and his recently deceased sister Mildred LEHMAN (August 2005.) He will be sadly missed by his children Susan (David), Barbara (Eric), John (Penny), Cathy, Larry (Jackie), and Carol and grandchildren Megan, Claire, Robyn, Daniel, Sarah, Tom, Jonah, Robert, great-grandchild Abby, his brother Ron and sister Edith.
Carson was born September 25, 1925 on the family farm on Manitoulin Island. Educated at the universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, he went on to enjoy a long and successful career as a registered psychologist. He did extensive work in the field of neuropsychology, was a pioneer in the field of pain management, and carried on a busy private practice.
Carson delighted his Friends and family with limericks, jokes long and short, shaggy dog stories and prestidigitation. He read voraciously and there was not a word in the English language he didn't know or a meaning he couldn't invent. His carpentry skills were legendary. His workshop produced jewellery boxes, furniture, toys, bird houses and finely crafted poker tables.
He will be sorely missed by so many but a rum and water awaits him at the Shortts Lake "conference table".
A memorial service will be held Tuesday September 6, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. at the Simple Alternative, 1535 South Gateway Rd., Mississauga, 905-602-1580.
Donations in his memory in lieu of flowers can be made to either the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Lung Association.

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BOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-05 published
BOCK, John Carson
Passed away surrounded by his six children on August 30, 2005. He joins his beloved wife Helen (February 1998) and his recently deceased sister Mildred LEHMAN (August 2005.) He will be sadly missed by his children Susan (David), Barbara (Eric), John (Penny), Cathy, Larry (Jackie), and Carol and grandchildren Megan, Claire, Robyn, Daniel, Sarah, Tom, Jonah, Robert, great-grandchild Abby, his brother Ron and sister Edith.
Carson was born September 25, 1925 on the family farm on Manitoulin Island. Educated at the universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, he went on to enjoy a long and successful career as a registered psychologist. He did extensive work in the field of neuropsychology, was a pioneer in the field of pain management, and carried on a busy private practice.
Carson delighted his Friends and family with limericks, jokes long and short, shaggy dog stories and prestidigitation. He read voraciously and there was not a word in the English language he didn't know or a meaning he couldn't invent. His carpentry skills were legendary. His workshop produced jewellery boxes, furniture, toys, bird houses and finely crafted poker tables.
He will be sorely missed by so many but a rum and water awaits him at the Shortts Lake "conference table".
A memorial service will be held Tuesday September 6, 2005 at 2: 00 pm at the Simple Alternative, 1535 South Gateway Rd., Mississauga, Donations in his memory in lieu of flowers can be made to either the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Lung Association.

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BOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-15 published
BOCK, Manfred
After a lengthy illness on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at Trillium Health Care Centre in Mississauga in his 61st year. Loving stepfather of Christine and her husband Grant PAYTON and Sherry GOODWIN and her husband Jerry. Cremation has taken place and no service will be held.

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BOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-31 published
CALLADINE, Thomas John
At Craigwell Gardens, Ailsa Craig, on Sunday, May 29, 2005. Thomas John CALLADINE of London, in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Florence CALLADINE. Loving father of Susan and her husband Graham BOCK of London. Proud grandfather of Nick of Toronto, Ted and Leslie, both of Barrie. Dear brother of Roy and Mary. Predeceased by his sisters Ruth, Hazel and Muriel and brothers Norman, Patrick, Andrew, Ernest and Noel. At Tom's request there will be no visitation. A Celebration of Tom's Life will be held at Craigwell Gardens, Ailsa Craig on Friday, June 3, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Reverend Robert RIPLEY officiating. Cremation with interment Saint John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Toronto at a later date. Donations to the charity of your choice gratefully acknowledged. McFarlane & Roberts Funeral Home (519-652-2020) in care of arrangements. Please sign the Family Book of Condolence at: www.obituariestoday.com

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BOCKING o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-18 published
ABERCROMBY, Ralph Duncan (1920-2005)
Passed away peacefully on Friday, September 16th, 2005 at the Sunshine Centre, Waterloo, with his family by his side. Ralph was born in Montreal on November 16, 1920. Beloved husband of the late Betty (JARVIS) ABERCROMBY for 47 years. Loving and devoted father of Carolyn BOCKING (Guelph,) Susan and Blaine CRUICKSHANK (Waterloo) and Bruce (London). Proud "Papa" of Kristen, Jennifer, Beth, Lauren, Melissa, Scott, David, Matthew and Blair. Great-Grandpa to Caleb. Will be missed by his special friend Dianne TERRY. Ralph had a career with London Life Insurance Company for 38 years. His career started in Montreal and he retired from head office in London as V.P. of Property Investments. He had an active life enjoying golf, tennis, lawn bowling and bridge. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184). The funeral service will be held at Saint Anne's Anglican Church (Byron) 1344 Commissioners Road West, London, on Tuesday, September 20th at 2 p.m. with Reverend Rachael WALKER officiating. Interment in the adjoining Saint Anne's Anglican Church Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Parkinson Society Canada, 4500 Blakie Road, Unit 117, London N6L 1G5, or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Sunshine Centre for their excellent care and support. On-line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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BOCKING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-28 published
ERSKINE, Commissioner James Laird
On May 22, 2005, age 84. Predeceased by his son Dan, Jim will be sadly missed by his wife Jan and his three sons, Barry (Robin), Bruce (Danuta) and Rick as well as his daughter-in-law Nancy and his grandchildren James, Erin, Jon Laird, Brent and Irene and Bonnie. He will be fondly remembered by his sister Betty FORD and his Guelph Family and by Mil BOCKING, Bill ROMAN and the rest of his Calgary family. Jim was a second generation Scottish Canadian, born in Guelph, who joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1945 - serving in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines - before being transferred to Toronto where he rose the top rank of Commissioner. Friends and police officers alike referred to him as 'Big Jim', not only because of his 6' 5' stature, but also because of his social and affable presence at police and social gatherings. Following his retirement, Jim organized the first Ontario Drinking and Driving Counter Measures Program - with civic committees in 53 Ontario municipalities. For the next ten years he served as the Honorary Lt. Col. and Col. of the 11th Field Artillery Regiment in Guelph. Prior to his 38 year police career, Jim served three-and-a-half years as a Flight Engineer on a Lancaster bomber with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the No. 405 1st Canadian Bomber Squadron where he was wounded during his last sortie over enemy territory. He was mentioned in dispatches for Devotion to Duty. He was also awarded several Royal Canadian Air Force medals as well as the French Volunteer Decoration, the Police Efficiency Medal, and was named an Officer of the Order of St. John, and C.D. Among highlights of his career, Jim was the founder of the Ontario Provincial Police's Anti-Rackets Branch which tackled white-collar crime, in particular the Great Canadian Art Fraud of Group-of-Seven art forgeries, which brought him into contact with famed artist A.J. CASSON, who became a lifelong friend. As Ontario's Director of Emergency Response, he was Senior Officer at the Mississauga train derailment and evacuation (largest peacetime evacuation in Canada). He was also Senior Officer investigating the crash of an Air Canada DC8 in Woodbridge which killed 109 people, and he successfully negotiated the release of a family kidnapped by a penitentiary escapee near London, Ontario. He was the Canadian de1egate at Interpol H.Q. in France in 1968, Chairman Ontario Chiefs of Police 1978-9, Chair, Ontario Traffic Safety Council, 1980-3; and President, Royal Canadian Military Institute. He served on the Board of Directors of Toronto Crime Stoppers and a Life Member of Ontario, Canadian and International Police Associations as well as the Royal Canadian Military Institute and Toronto Press Club. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Sunday May 29th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday May 30th at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel 4933 Dundas Street West (just west of Burnhamthorpe Rd.), Etobicoke (416231-2283). A service will be held at 10: 30 a.m. on Tuesday May 31st at St. Matthew's Anglican Church 3962 Bloor Street West (between Hwy 427 and Kipling Avenue, 416-231-4014). If desired, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BOCKING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-19 published
ABERCROMBY, Ralph Duncan (1920-2005)
Ralph Duncan ABERCROMBY passed away peacefully on Friday September 16th 2005 at the Sunshine Centre, Waterloo, with his family by his side. Ralph was born in Montreal on November 16, 1920. Beloved husband of the late Betty (JARVIS) ABERCROMBY for 47 years. Loving and devoted father of Carolyn BOCKING (Guelph,) Susan and Blaine CRUICKSHANK (Waterloo) and Bruce (London.) Proud 'Papa' of Kristen, Jennifer, Beth, Lauren, Melissa, Scott, David, Matthew and Blair. Great-Grandpa to Caleb. Will be missed by his special friend Dianne TERRY. Ralph had a career with London Life Insurance Company for 38 years. His career started in Montreal and he retired from head office in London as V.P. of Property Investments. He had an active life enjoying golf, tennis, lawn bowling and bridge. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (1-877-246-7186). The funeral service will be held at Saint Anne's Anglican Church (Byron), 1344 Commissioners Road West, London, on Tuesday September 20th at 2 p.m. with Reverend Rachael WALKER officiating. Interment in the adjoining Saint Anne's Anglican Church Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Parkinson Society Canada, 4500 Blakie Road, Unit 117, London N6L 1G5, or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Sunshine Centre for their excellent care and support. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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BOCKRATH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-22 published
RYAN, Michael " Denis"
Passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in his 68th year. Denis, beloved friend and companion of Robert Francis LEGGATT of Collingwood. Cherished brother of Gertrude WOELLMER and her late husband Hans, Fran McLISTER, Hugh RYAN, Mary and her husband Richard BOCKRATH and Betty and her husband Bob MOYER. Predeceased by brothers John RYAN, Darcy and his late wife Sheila RYAN, Walter and his surviving wife Helen RYAN, sisters the late Winnifred and her surviving husband Paul JOHNSON and the late Catherine and her surviving husband Frank ROCCHI. Predeceased also by his parents Tom and Frances RYAN. Denis will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. At Denis's request no formal funeral services will take place. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Mr. Ryan's memory. Friends may leave comments for the family on line by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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BOCZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-03 published
WILLATTS, Reginald
At Lakeridge Health Bowmanville on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, in his 68th year. Reg, loving father of Jill CURZON (David,) Kelley WILLATTS (Dave), Robert WILLATTS (Barb), Lee Anne BOCZ (Curt) and their mother Pauline. Dear grandfather of Jordon, Joshua, Hunter, Asher, Grace, Keenan, Brianna and Daniel. Fondly remembered by his sisters Gwen MASSEY, Muriel ALBIN and the late Kay FORSEY. Friends may call at the Morris Funeral Chapel, 4 Division Street, Bowmanville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service complete in the Morris Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. Cremation at Bowmanville Crematorium. Donations to Memorial Hospital Foundation Bowmanville in his memory would be appreciated. www.morrisfuneralchapel.ca

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BOCZYLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-26 published
BOCZYLO, Leon
Passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital, June 25, 2005. Beloved husband of sixty-two years of Olga, and father of Vera, Lena and Toni. Will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Aleksandr, Natasha, Andrushka, Allochka, Maximka, Simyonka and Calvin. Panihida at Christ the Saviour Cathedral, 823 Manning Avenue, Sunday at 6 p.m. Funeral service Monday 10 a.m. Interment at York Cemetery. Reception to follow at the church. Arrangements entrusted to the Cardinal Funeral Home, Bathurst Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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