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GAFFNEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-18 published
JOHNSTON, Edmund Lowell
(Korean War Veteran), in Durham, on Thursday, March 17th, 2005. Ed JOHNSTON, of Durham, in his 73rd year. Beloved husband of Merle (née COOPER.) Loved father of Lowell (Karen,) of Victoria, British Columbia and Debbie (Bill) LILLIE and Denise (Philip) GROVE, all of Durham. Dear brother of Cedric (Jackie,) of Durham, Betty GAFFNEY, of Stratford and Luella (Jack) STURROCK, of Hopeville. Sadly missed and loved by grandchildren, Jasen GROVE and friend, Morgan HENDERSON., Marnie GROVE and friend, Andrew PINK and Brianne LILLIE and fiance, Steve QUESNEL; great-granddaughters, Alexandra and Justice QUESNEL; brother-in-law, Louis NIGH and sister-in-law, Helen APPLEBY. Predeceased by parents, Elizabeth and Lowell brother, Robert; brothers-in-law, Oliver GAFFNEY and Roy APPLEBY and sister-in-law, Jean NIGH. Cremation has taken place. Funeral Service will be held at the Fawcett-McEachern Funeral Home, Durham, at 11: 30 a.m. Monday, March 21st, 2005. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Durham Hospital would be appreciated.
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GAFFNEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-27 published
WEATHERSTONE, Robert Gordon
At Victoria Hospital, London on Friday, December 23, 2005. Robert Gordon WEATHERSTONE of London in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (TOUSEANT) WEATHERSTONE. Dear father of Robert WEATHERSTONE and his wife Alana, Wendy GAFFNEY, all of London and Jim WEATHERSTONE and his partner Tammy of Huntsville. Dear son of Lulu MARRIOTT of Petrolia. Dear brother of Shirley BLACKWELL of London. Also loved by his grandchildren, William, Rebecca, Caitlin, Shaylyn and Sophia. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Bob served with the City of London Police Force for 30 years, retiring as a Staff Sergeant, he was a member of Saint John's Lodge No. 20 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons (A. Millard George Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements 433-5184). On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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GAFFNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-14 published
Chris GAFFNEY
By Cynthia HARRIS, Thursday, July 14, 2005, Page A18
Priest, publisher, author, canon lawyer, husband, stepfather, fine Yorkshireman. Born November 18, 1946, in Bradford, Britain. Died February 13, in Ottawa, of cancer, aged 58.
Chris grew up in the north of England in a happy world filled with football, brass bands, childhood sweethearts, and tucking into such delicacies as Barnsley chops, bacon buttys and warm custards. For three summers as a young teenager, he worked as a lagger's assistant, replacing blue asbestos insulation on industrial boilers in the local mills -- a job that would later seal his fate.
He entered the seminary in the 1960s during the heady post-Vatican II days, when there was experimentation on all fronts, and the Beatles tune All You Need is Love was playing everywhere. He was ordained to the priesthood with the Redemptorist Congregation in 1970. At 27, he became their director of publications, a position he blamed for his immediate and nearly complete male-pattern baldness. He took immense risks but eventually carried out a huge automation of operations (in 1974!) and an international expansion. He held several roles with the "Reds" that took him to locations throughout England, Europe, and Africa. He was in high demand, giving missions and retreats. Always one to challenge, during one mission at a school in Perth, Scotland, and against his colleagues' better judgment, he taught the complex Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's Mass on the World to a class of 13-year-olds. They were captivated.
He did graduate studies at Fordham University in New York and subsequently came to Canada for further studies. In 1990, he was granted a civil doctorate in philosophy from University of Ottawa and a pontifical doctorate in canon law from Saint Paul University. While studying, he worked as a chaplain at Ottawa's Riverside Hospital. He left the priesthood and started both family life and a thriving career-consulting firm.
Chris was a consummate public speaker who loved a full room. And could he hold a room! In any given talk, he wove in such disparate elements as Gabriel Marcel, Somerset Maugham, Woody Allen, William Bridges, Ivan Illich, scripture, mystics, poets, Warren Buffet, Monty Python, The Velveteen Rabbit, Bernard Lonergan, and who only knew what else. He often surprised himself at what came to him in the moment. He would throw his voice, do funny walks, play the buffoon, then very subtly deliver a message so profound, you could hear a pin drop. He had an intriguing ability to be simultaneously light and profound in dealing with matters of life, love, purpose, and even tragedy.
As a career counsellor, he helped many individuals and corporate groups, often during turbulent times. He helped them uncover their charism -- their gift, their higher purpose, their evolving responsibility to the world. Privately, he called it wide-angle spirituality.
If his illness was harsh, his response was measured and brave. Chris mined his deeply held faith and philosophy of life. He used psychoneuroimmune techniques. He leaned on God and his family. Although he was quite short of breath, two days before he died when there were specialists and caregivers coming and going, he quipped that the house was like an English country castle. In the end he died, obviously not cured, but healed.
A priest colleague wrote of Chris: "I loved his magnanimity, no smallness or pettiness, at times hugely irritating, always challenging, forgiving to a fault, cheerfully oblivious and fun to be with." Chris loved a good wine and fine food -- he managed to find reason to celebrate at least twice a week. He had a huge joy and appetite for life. He created for himself and his circle, a rich and lovely tapestry.
Cynthia Harris is Chris's wife.

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