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FABBRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-14 published
O'FLAHERTY, Fr. Thomas C.
Born in Cork, Ireland on January 21, 1923, he earned a B.A. Degree in Philosophy in 1944 from University College Cork. He received his first Master's Degree from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and later, did further post-graduate work at Boston College. It was there he earned his second Master's of Arts Degree in 1952. He was ordained as Society of Missionaries to Africa priest on June 8, 1948 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. As a member of Mensa and a lifetime scholar he deligently pursued his studies and at the age of 82 he received his Doctorate Degree in Medieval Latin. Fr. Tom's first assignment was to the Soceity's Queen of Apostles seminary in Dedham, Massachusetts. He had a number of assignments in Augusta, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California until he was elected to the Society of Missionaries to Africa Provincial Coucil serving in Tenafly, New Jersey. He then was assigned to the Bahamas until his arrival in London. Upon arrival in the London Diocese, Fr. Tom ministered at St. Michael's Parish, London as Associate Pastor until 1978. Fr. Tom was officially incardinated into the Diocese of London on January 19, 1978 and was appointed Chaplain to the Department of Veteran's Affairs and remained at that post until his retirement. After a rather short retirement, he left Canada and became the Associate Pastor at Saint Anne's Catholic Church in Pensacola, Florida in 1996. He remained at that position until his untimely death on March 19, 2005.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeremiah and Margaret O'FLAHERTY and siblings, Patricia, Declan and Delma. He is survived by his brother, Bill and his sister, Betty (Sr. Dympna), both residing in Ireland. He will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends in Ireland and North America. He was a man who lived his life day by day with devotion to his religion, family and service to his fellow man and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held n Monday, May 16th, 2005 at 7: 00 p.m. at St. Michael's Parish, London with the Most Reverend Bishop Ronald P. FABBRO officiating.

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FABBRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-09 published
Arthur TOWNEND, Architect (1924-2005)
Sudbury practitioner's designs included the stunning Revenue Canada Taxation Data Centre and brought the city into the 21st century
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, September 9, 2005, Page S9
Toronto -- Not long after Arthur TOWNEND had designed and erected the first, flat-roofed house in Sudbury, Ontario in 1953, his son Gordon came home from school a little perplexed after his teacher had asked him to produce a drawing of their family home.
Gordon asked his father why he wanted a flat-roofed house erected and his father replied, "So Santa Claus and his reindeer can land safely with their sleigh on Christmas Eve." Whether it was flat roofs or other projects, Arthur TOWNEND's work as an architect was unique, contemporary and modern -- all characteristics that arose from his empathy for the famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Thanks to Mr. TOWNEND, the stereotype image of Sudbury as a depressing, rough, transient, mining town built on unforgiving Cambrian Shield rock was dramatically swept aside. His imaginative approach to architecture changed the cityscape, whether it was the Civic Square municipal government office project, the huge Revenue Canada Taxation Data Centre, the original Laurentian Hospital, or St. Andrew's Place (a combined United Church and senior citizens' complex). He also designed hospitals in the Ontario communities of Sault Ste. Marie, Smooth Rock Falls and Thunder Bay, and fashioned a nautical-themed look with a multi-curved roof for the Canadian Coast Guard building in Parry Sound, Ontario
He is also responsible for 17 rather spiffy houses, most of them built in the tony Ramsay Lake section of the city. They are desirable, prized and elegant properties. "Anything designed by Arthur is a very classical home, compared to the modern bungalows." said Blaine NICHOLLS, one of Mr. TOWNEND's former partners.
"Arthur took Sudbury into the 21st century," said Janna Ramsay BEST, who is an acknowledged TOWNEND expert. "It's a mining town that has become a sophisticated regional capital and a Northern Ontario hub for education, health and government, and Arthur played a big part in that.
"Sudburians were very accepting of Arthur's cosmopolitan vision which brought pleasing contemporary architecture to Sudbury that was synonymous with progress," said Ms. BEST, who, as an M.A. student at Laurentian University, wrote a 160-page thesis titled The Architectural Imagination of S. Arthur TOWNEND. "He helped bring the latest styles and techniques to a city on the verge of change and expansion."
Sidney Arthur TOWNEND was born under a table in Banes, Cuba, during a hurricane. He spent his first three years on the Caribbean island where his parents operated United Food Company. Later, his parents moved to Union Hill, Jamaica, where he was raised on a family-owned plantation that employed 150 workers.
He left home as a young man to attend McGill University in Montreal where he first studied engineering and then switched to architecture. In the fall of 1942, he answered a wartime call for students to help the farmers of Western Canada bring in that year's harvest. He was placed on a squalid farm near Regina where he soon came down with polio. He spent a month in hospital in Regina until McGill officials arranged for him to be transported back to Montreal. Most of the next year was spent recuperating in Jamaica and he did not return to McGill until the fall of 1943.
Mr. TOWNEND graduated in 1948 and found a job with the Sudbury architect Louis FABBRO, who, three years before, had given him a summer internship. He fell in love with Sudbury and the North, resisting the pleas of family and Friends who tried to persuade him to return to Jamaica. He also fell in love with a girl. Soon after joining Mr. FABBRO, he and a draftsman from the firm were riding a bus when they noticed a pretty young lady standing on the sidewalk. "I'm going to marry that girl," Mr. TOWNEND told the draftsman.
Sure enough, he did. After meeting Evelyn SHEAHAN several days later at a dance, he proposed on their first date.
Meanwhile, building projects piled up at the firm. Mr. FABBRO was one of the few Sudbury architects to receive contracts during a time when most of the new buildings in town were designed by big-city firms that sent plans up North without studying the sites or understanding the climate and environment of Northeastern Ontario.
After a number of years in partnership with Mr. FABBRO, Mr. TOWNEND broke away to freelance. As a result of intuition, aggressiveness and the pressing demands of a growing family, he landed a job in 1964 to design the new Laurentian Hospital.
"It was risky for Arthur to leave Mr. FABBRO because he had eight mouths to feed so he was very happy to get the hospital project," Evelyn TOWNEND said.
It was also the beginning of a partnership involving Mr. TOWNEND, John STEFURA, Corky BALESHTA and Mr. NICHOLLS.
"Laurentian Hospital is very modern-looking considering it's over 30 years old," Mr. NICHOLLS said. "Hospitals are very complex inside, especially from a functional perspective... not just for staff, but visitors. Arthur was able to do something great with it. It was supposed to be a whitish colour on the outside but the hospital people wanted to save $50,000 so it became a brown colour."
The Civic Square building (now called Tom Davies Square) also boasted a distinct TOWNEND flavour. It wasn't a stock approach to a government building. Instead, Mr. TOWNEND designed a four-level building and all the levels open to a common public space and atrium.
"Arthur broke away from the typical departmentalized approach to an office building," Mr. NICHOLLS said.
He applied the same approach in the early 1970s when he designed the federal taxation centre, the place where thousands of Canadians send their tax returns. Once the site of Sudbury Stadium, which housed several baseball fields, the taxation centre was designed to open up two main levels to an open atrium space that doubled as a dining area. He designed it in such a way as to produce natural light into a lobby area, making it attractive for staff and visitors. To blend buildings in harmony with nature, he gave the exterior a light-coloured skin of pre-cast cement.
"Arthur looked at the site to see how the site would do for the building not what the building would do for the site," Mr. STEFURA said.
In 1986, Mr. TOWNEND's firm obtained the contract for the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre (located at Laurentian Hospital) and he retired two years later.
Over the years, he won two national design awards but chose not to write about his projects. He acknowledged that while many of his fellow architects were very good at writing about architecture, he chose not to do it himself. "I'd rather the buildings speak for themselves," he said.
Sidney Arthur TOWNEND was born in Banes, Cuba on November 8, 1924. He died in Sudbury, Ontario on July 9, 2005 after several years of frail health. He is survived by his wife Evelyn and children Gordon, Arthur, Deborah, Mary, Barbara, John and Jane.

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FABBRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-04 published
FABBRO, Mario
Passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at Sunnybrook Hospital, on February 2, 2005. Mario, devoted husband to Giovanna. Beloved father to Sergio (Jacqueline), Iris and Frank (Antonietta). Cherished grandfather to Matthew, Anthony, and Karina. Survived by his brothers in Montreal, Gianni and Ernesto. Sadly missed by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and Friends. Family and Friends will be received at Delmoro Funeral Home, 61 Beverly Hills Dr. (1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane Street, 416-249-4499) on Friday, February 4, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2005 at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church at 10: 00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family.

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FABBRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-29 published
D'ANGELA, Nella (née FABBRO)
Peacefully on Sunday, March 27, 2005 at Villa Leonardo Gambin Nursing Home, at the age of 83. Beloved wife of Luigi for 56 years. Loving aunt of Walter (Guida), Benjamin (Kathy), Rosemarie HALL (Gord,) and the late Daniela MAZZUCCO. Adored " Auntie" of Liana, Daniel, Amanda, Christopher, James, Daniela and Ian. Dear sister of Carmen COLLE (Franco,) Angelo (Luigia,) and the late Lucia CLOZZA (Domenico.) Sadly missed by many family and Friends in Canada and Italy. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 N of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Dominic's Church, 625 Atwater Ave., Mississauga, Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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FABBRO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-08 published
CORNACCHIA, " Jake" Giaocchino
Born in Foggia, Puglia, Italy, on June 4, 1957 to his loving parents Francesco and Teresa (MORRA) CORNACCHIA. Entered into rest at Toronto on Wednesday, July 6, 2005. Jake, dear husband of Susan (Leszczuk) CORNACCHIA. Cherished father of Jake and Jamie. Brother of Philomena (Carmelo) SANTOCONO, Antonietta (Frank) FABBRO, Pasquale (Franca) CORNACCHIA, Angelina (Bruno) PERCIBALLI, Rocco (Gina) CORNACCHIA, Ralph (Tina) CORNACCHIA, and Joe CORNACCHIA. Son-in-law of Walter and Mary LESZCZUK. Brother-in-law of Diane (George) STAHL, Jerry (Ophelia) LESZCZUK, and Helen LESZCZUK. Sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Trull "East Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1111 Danforth Ave. (one block east of Donlands Subway), from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Mass of the Resurrection will be held in St. Catherine of Siena Church (1099 Danforth Ave.), on Saturday, July 9, 2005 at Ten Thirty O'Clock. Final resting place Highland Memory Gardens. "Peace, Perfect Peace"

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FABER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-16 published
HOEKSTRA, Sytske (née FABER)
At Dearness Home, London on Monday, February 14, 2005 Sytske HOEKSTRA (née FABER) of London in her 86th year. Predeceased by her husband Gosse (2001.) Dear mother of Klasina VAN HEES (husband Tony) of Freelton, Andrew HOEKSTRA (wife Doreen) of Hamilton and John HOEKSTRA of London. Dear grandmother of six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her sister Renske DRAAISMA. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. (visitation one hour prior to service). Interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society gratefully acknowledged.

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FABER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-20 published
CHESTER, Molly
On Thursday, May 19, 2005 at Leisure World Nursing Home. Molly CHESTER, beloved wife of the late Irving CHESTER. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Sharyl and Jerry KATES, Janice and Morrie GOLDSMITH, and Arlene and Fred FABER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Claire MANDEL, Nicki and Lou SHER, and the late Ida EDISON. Devoted Bubby of Shawn and Elise KATES, Marnie and Mark WAXMAN, Shelbi GOLDSMITH and Donavan INNISS, Dana and J. MANSOOR, David FABER, and the late Wendy KATES. Great Bubby of Mandy, Justin, Courtney, and Deborah. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Grand Order of Israel section of Pardes Shalom. Shiva 8 Livingstone Road, Thornhill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Wendy Kates Memorial Fund, 416-978-0811 or the Perinatal Bereavement Services of Ontario, 905-472-1807.

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FABER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-22 published
ALLAN, Kenneth Earl
Suddenly at his home in Georgetown on December 20, 2005, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie (McENERY) for 53 years. Dear father of Connie (David) McMENEMY of Georgetown, Larry (Yolanda) ALLAN of Oakville, Gayle ALLAN (Robert) of Georgetown and Gwen (Hessel) FABER of Acton. Will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Jill COULING, Heather DEFOREST, Michael McMENEMY, Dianne ALLAN, Cameron ALLAN, Abygaile ALLAN, Elizabeth ALLAN, Richard FABER and Lindsay FABER. Dear great-granddad of Matthew, Mikayla and Rylan DEFOREST and Andrew, Ben and Curtis COULING. Loving brother of Betty WARE and Joyce FLEWELLING. Ken will be fondly remembered by many business associates, nieces and nephews, lifelong Friends and his golf and curling Friends from North Halton Golf and Country Club. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Road, north of Maple Ave., Georgetown, (905) 877-3631 on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, December 23rd at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Georgetown. In memory contributions to the Georgetown Hospital or Saint John's United Church would be appreciated. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com

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FABIAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-14 published
BAUMAN/BOWMAN, Mary " May" (née McAVOY)
Peacefully at Forest Hill Nursing Home, Ottawa, on Thursday, March 10, 2005 in her 81st year. Dear wife of John G. BAUMAN/BOWMAN for 58 years. Cherished mother of Diane WALOFF (Gino TOTTI,) of Ottawa; Nancy FABIAN (Jeff) of Newmarket and Joanne ALGIE (John) of Ottawa. Loving grandmother of Katie GIBBONS (Ryan,) Paul and Alex FABIAN all of Newmarket and Iain and Malcolm ALGIE, both of Ottawa. Sister of Ed McAVOY of Hamilton, Margaret KERR of Vienna, Austria. Born and raised in Hamilton, May spent many years there, followed by retirement years, cottaging in Huntsville, wintering in Florida and finally 7 years under health care in Ottawa. May was a legal secretary for a number of years in Hamilton. From 1980 until retirement, she worked as a medical secretary in the Rehab Division of Chedoke Hospital, Hamilton. Throughout her life, May enjoyed socializing with many dear Friends in Hamilton and also at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida. Near and dear to her heart, were the many happy outings with the "Kat Klub" ladies in Hamilton, ladies bridge groups in Hamilton, OxBow Lake and Venice, Florida, and the 9-hole ladies Golf Group in Florida. Always a strong lady who smiled and rarely complained in the face of adversity, she will be missed and remembered in our hearts. The family extends sincerest appreciation for the compassionate and dedicated care given by the wonderful staff at Forest Hill Nursing Home. Warm gratitude and thanks for their wonderful care and treatment are also extended to neurologist Dr. C.R. SKINNER, speech pathologist Sally LEES, and Physio-therapist Wendy SARSONS.
For dear to me as light and life
Was my sweet Highland Mary...
But still within my bosom's core
Shall live my Highland Mary.
(Robert Burns)
There will be no visitation or memorial service. Donations in her memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at
www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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FABIAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-17 published
KALIAS, Klara
Suddenly at home on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, in her 67th year, beloved wife of the late Michael (2002). Dear sister to Eugene FABIAN, Irena GABCO, Joseph FABIAN, Emily FABIAN, Rudolph FABIAN and their families. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lakeshore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service in the Chapel Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment Saint John's Dixie Cemetery, Mississauga. Messages of condolence may be placed at www. RidleyFuneralHome.com.

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FABIAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
FABIAN, Anne
At North York Seniors Centre, on Saturday, November 5, 2005, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late John. Dear mother of Eva BUCKLEY. Loving grandmother of Janette BUCKLEY. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Of Hungary Church, 432 Sheppard Avenue East, on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 10 o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society for Metropolitan Toronto, 2323 Yonge Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2C9.

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FABIO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-17 published
DI FABIO AQUILA, Lena
Most beloved wife, mother and friend passed away at her home on the evening of June 14th, 2005 after a prolonged and heroic battle with liver cancer. Her husband Dominic, and son Gregory, announce their loss with great love and sadness. Viewing will occur at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre at 275 Lesmill Rd. (401 and Leslie, 416-441-1580) on Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will take place at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 2210 Lawrence Avenue East (416-759-9359) at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 20th, 2005 with interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Charitable donations may be made to the Consolata Missionaries in lieu of flowers.

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FABIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-11 published
FABIS, Mieczyslaw " Mike"
Peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at the age of 68. Beloved husband of Wladyslawa KRYSTYNA. Loving father of Richard and Diane. Much loved uncle and he will be fondly remembered by his family in Canada and Poland. Friends may call at Turner and Porter Roncesvalles Chapel, 436 Roncesvalles Ave., on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday from 3-8 p.m. with Rosary Prayers Sunday at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave., on Monday, March 14, 2005 at 9: 00 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery.

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FABRI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-01 published
FRIEDMAN, Steve
On Monday, February 28, 2005 at Princess Margaret Hospital. Beloved husband of Susan FRIEDMAN. Loving father and father-in-law of Andy and Bey, George and Lynda, Peter and David and Carol and Steve. Devoted grandfather of Michael, Jennifer, and Harris, Gabriel, Solomon, Yonina, and Aviva. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Tibi and Diane FABRI. A proud and strong man who valued family above all. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave W. (2 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, March 2 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Agudas Achem Section of Roselawn Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society 1-888-939-3333.

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FABRIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-17 published
FABRIS, Fenenna
Passed away peacefully on Friday, April 15, 2005 at the age of 70. Fenenna, beloved wife of the late Natale FABRIS. Loving mother of Anna Marie and her fiancé Denis, GREGORIO and Michele. Dear sister of the late Salvatore and sister-in-law of Antonietta and their children Margaret, Mike, Nadia, Nella and Nina and brother Frank. Also will be missed by her nephew Ivan and his wife Roberta of Edmonton. Friends will be received at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 715 Dovercourt Rd., on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be held at St. Anthony's Church (1041 Bloor St. W.) on Monday at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment Prospect Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony's Church.

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FABRIZI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-19 published
FABRIZI, Joseph
Peacefully, passed away, on Thursday, February 17, 2005, at the age of 81 years. Lovingly remembered by his sister Margaret (Frank), and his brother Gene (Barbara). Joseph will be sadly missed. A service will be held at the Demarco Funeral Home "Etobicoke Chapel," 2058 Kipling Ave. 416-740-8454, on Monday at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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FABRIZI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-25 published
D'AMICO, Ulderico
Peacefully at home in his sleep on Monday, October 24, 2005 in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Maria for 45 wonderful years. Loving father of Luigi (Monica) and Enrico (Maria). Devoted Nonno of Natalie, Jessica, Christina, John and Matteo. Dear brother of Ercole (Filomena,) Anna (Americo) ONORATI, Paola (Mario) FABRIZI, Michele (Marisa) and Franco (Isabela); and brother-in-law of Germano (Carmela) LISI, Franca (Vittorio) GUILIANI, Letizia LISI and Nancy LISI. Ulderico will be deeply missed by all his family, Friends and neighbours. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Jane Frances Church, 2747 Jane St. Entombment Beechwood Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to ulderico.damico@wardfh.com

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FABRIZIO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-07 published
DI FABRIZIO, Francesca
Peacefully at Elmwood Place Nursing Home, London, on Friday, March 4, 2005, Francesca, beloved wife of the late Filippo DI FABRIZIO (1982,) in her 104th year. Loving Mother of Josephine DI GUGLIELMO and her husband Tony, Rosa FICCA and her late husband Vince (2002) and Anna PICCOLI and her husband Aldo. Dear Nonna of Joe FICCA and his wife Nicolina, Tony FICCA and his wife Carol, Adelina BOZEK and her husband Jeff, Franca SMITH and her husband Jeff and Maria ZIMMERMANN and her husband Dean. Cherished Great-Nonna of Gabriel and Daniel FICCA, Chad and Brooke FICCA, Steven, Curtis and Eric BOZEK and Jason and Beth-Ann SMITH. Also survived by many nieces and nephews in Australia, France, Italy and U.S.A. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint John the Divine Church, 390 Baseline Rd. W., on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Donations to the Saint John the Divine Church Building Fund or and charity of choice would be appreciated.

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FABRIZIO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-13 published
100 years of memories
The area has lost five centenarians in the last few weeks, but they all left loving legacies.
By Debora VAN BRENK, Free Press Reporter
Carmela Maria FARRUGIA never had many material possessions but, in raising her 10 children, she had all the riches of the world. By the light of kerosene lamps she would knit, play piano and cook for her family in Malta. If any young ones fussed, she would pop a chocolate sweet into their mouths.
She loved chocolate all her life, eldest son Frank says. Eating it or sharing it, she took equal pleasure from both.
Last week, her family opened boxes of chocolates for those who paid their respects to the family matriarch at London's Donohue Funeral Home. "I knew she would do the same," Frank says.
When FARRUGIA died March 6 at the age of 106, she was likely the oldest person in the region.
In the last 10 days, Southwestern Ontario has lost the collective wisdom and guidance of five centenarians.
They were born before radio, automobiles and airplanes.
They grew up without electricity, raised families when cars were a luxury and retired as colour televisions became commonplace.
And they lived long enough to glimpse the future -- animal cloning, cellphones, climate change -- though their great-grandchildren's eyes.
Until this month, they were among the 3,795 Canadians to have lived 100 years or more.
Census data show a Canadian baby born today can expect to live 78 years.
The life expectancy for a Canadian child born in 1898 isn't known because it wasn't tracked then.
But if U.S. data have any parallel here, consider this: the life expectancy for an American baby born in 1900 was 46 years.
Here, then, a glimpse into some local lives lived well:
The pace of her last 51 years never quite matched that of Anna MISHCHENKO's first half-century.
And that was just fine with her, says her youngest son, Tony MISHCHENKO.
Born in Russia in 1903, MISHCHENKO survived the horrors of the First World War.
Then, when the 1917 Russian Revolution turned the country upside-down, she and her husband were on the "wrong" side; they lived under assumed names in a new regime with a long memory.
Then came famine. Then the Second World War.
They fled Russia with their three sons and, after a five-year stopover in Belgium, arrived in Canada in 1951.
"Canada is where they found peace, freedom. But on the other hand, they were lonely" to be so far from home.
But MISHCHENKO says there was larger purpose in all his mother did: "All her life was to preserve her family.
"This was her life," he says.
She found comfort in church and in the Bible: The epic film The 10 Commandments was her favourite movie.
And the world stopped whenever the western Bonanza came on television. "She would say, 'Boy, these guys are just like the (Ukrainian) Cossacks. They're tough and they're brave.' "
She doted on all the generations that followed hers.
"Her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her joy."
Carmela FARRUGIA
Francesca DI FABRIZIO, born in Italy in 1901, was the glue that kept her family strong.
Sometimes she would tell stories of her childhood, when 20 family members would live in the same home, daughter Anna PICCOLI says.
Her three daughters grew up and married and moved to Canada. They persuaded Francesca and her husband, Filippo -- "the only man for me," she always said -- to come here in 1968.
Though she couldn't speak much English, she easily made Friends and earned strangers' respect.
"Nonna," as the children and grandchildren called her, stayed with her daughters and their families until moving to a nursing home 15 months ago.
Maria ZIMMERMANN says her grandmother loved to dress up, prayed for everyone and never failed to stash chocolates in her room for the grandchildren.
"She had a sparkle in her eye and she exuded love."
Harvey MILLER
Whether teaching young farm kids or volunteering with the Rodney Kiwanis Club, where he was a charter member, Harvey MILLER was a gentleman and a scholar, says daughter Marilyn RUMBLE.
"His life was helping people."
MILLER was born on a farm near Rodney in 1902. He taught in a rural school, then became principal, for two decades, of Rodney public school.
Rumble recalls how music was always part of their lives -- MILLER played piano and organ in two churches, starting at age 12 -- and how she once sang at a political nomination meeting for Paul Martin, Sr.
MILLER "had a real nice way with people," from his Friendship with Martin to his mediation help with immigrant families, she recalls.
He was married for more than 70 years to Wilden, who died in 1997, and helped raise three daughters.
RUMBLE planned to sing Promise of Joy at the funeral: "Now we celebrate his life."
Carmela FARRUGIA
In 1946, Carmela FARRUGIA's husband, John died, leaving her to raise 10 children alone. The youngest was six.
But where others might have despaired, she filled their home in Malta with music, hope and learning, son Frank recalls.
She made sure all her children -- eight remain -- had the chance to attend private schools.
"She was a very proud woman that she could raise 10 children without a father," Frank says.
And in 1958, at 60, she left Malta for Canada, where Frank had found work.
"She loved it here," with the flowers and the space, Frank recalls.
Of the many world changes that took place in her life, airplanes fascinated FARRUGIA most.
And even when hip problems forced a move into Marian Villa, she kept a protective eye on her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
And always, her faith and family -- and her chocolates -- sustained her.
"She was a very happy lady," Frank says.
Century Club
Five London-area residents older than 100 have died this month:
- Carmela Maria FARRUGIA- SANTANGELO, 106, died March 6 in London.
- Francesca DI FABRIZIO was 103 when she died in London on March - Harvey MILLER of Rodney died a week ago, age 102.
- Idella DEMERS, 102, died last Thursday in Wallaceburg.
- Anna MISHCHENKO, 101, died last Monday in London.

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FABRO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-21 published
LANGAN, Reverend Father Michael
Entered into the joyful presence of our God of the Galaxies, December 19, 2005, Reverend Father Michael LANGAN, 72, of Tillsonburg, Ontario. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, February 17, 1933. He was ordained to the priesthood, May 30, 1959. Survived by his sister, Maureen and her husband James O'DRISCOLL, Burlington. Beloved uncle of Patricia MONTPETIT, Naughton: Kathleen O'DRISCOLL, Picton; Timothy O'DRISCOLL, Burlington and Daniel O'DRISCOLL, Kitchener. Predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. LANGAN, Sarnia and by his brother Rev. R. Jerome LANGAN, (1982.) Fr. Mike will be lying in state at Saint Mary's R.C. Church, 51 Venison Street West, Tillsonburg on Thursday, December 22, 2005. You are invited to pay your respects from 10: 00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. Funeral Mass of a Christian Burial on Friday, December 23, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg. Bishop Ronald P. FABRO, Diocese of London, Celebrant. C.W.L. Prayers on Thursday at 3: 00 p.m. Parish Prayers on Thursday at 7: 00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Prayers on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Father Langan Parish Centre or Saint Mary's Youth Ministry. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238) in charge of arrangements.

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