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GEIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-21 published
GEIER, HansPeter (September 6, 1937-May 17, 2005)
Passed away peacefully at Ottawa General Hospital from cancer. Will be sadly missed and always remembered by wife Doris, the Geier and Tremblay families.

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GEIGEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-21 published
DOWNS filled life with music
The musician, who died Saturday, built the local music scene.
By Peter GEIGEN- MILLER, Free Press Reporter
Band leader, owner of a popular restaurant, recording company entrepreneur. Johnny DOWNS made his mark on London in many ways but probably will best be remembered as leader of the Johnny Downs Orchestra, a band that played sweet sounds for decades of dancers.
DOWNS died Saturday at Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. He was 83.
"It was a privilege playing with Johnny," says Londoner George LANGFORD, a trumpet player.
LANGFORD has fond memories of playing with the DOWNS orchestra for several years.
One of their venues was the downtown Holiday Inn, now the Hilton London.
"We'd go into the ballroom and set up and start blowing," he remembers. "It was fun. Music is so much fun."
DOWNS started out playing the violin but switched to the saxophone in the 1930s.
Soon he had formed his own band and at age 17 he and his group landed a summer gig at the Kincardine Pavilion.
The band, billed as Canada's leading college band, played on campuses and at such big-time dance pavilions as the Summer Garden in Port Dover, Wonderland Gardens in London and the legendary Stork Club in Port Stanley.
LANGFORD remembers being a bit nervous about playing with DOWNS.
"When you're playing with a good brass section, you have to be right on, note for note. I'd stand up and take the odd solo. I just had a great time."
LANGFORD says DOWNS had great style as a band leader. "He was very smooth at the microphone."
Another claim to fame for DOWNS was his Latin Quarter restaurant, on what was then Maple Street, now part of Dufferin Avenue.
DOWNS ran the popular eatery and watering hole with his wife, Dorothy, for nearly 40 years. It closed in 1990 and the building was demolished.
The place attracted legions of loyal customers, an eclectic crowd that included university students, lawyers, the theatre crowd and musicians.
And DOWNS had running a restaurant down to an art, said singer-songwriter Mike MULHERN, who worked at the Latin Quarter for a short time in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"It was a great place to work at the time because he was such a well respected musican and he would give you a lot of tips," said MULHERN. "And he had the whole night planned out for his diners...."
The first hour, bands were expected to play softly, without inciting patrons into applause -- which would interrupt their dinner.
As the night went on, bands would pick up the tempo to entice diners to stick around for dancing and drinks. By closing time, the place would be hopping with lively music, said MULHERN.
"It was very interesting and a helpful place to be," he said. "The Latin Quarter was pretty much the top of the game."
One attraction was the yard of ale, a tall glass of brew. Downing one was an initiation rite.
Downing one in a single sitting earned customers a commemorative card.
DOWNS also helped make London the headquarters for Capitol Records Canada.
Starting in 1949, the fabled label's recordings were manufactured in London, with DOWNS handling cross-Canada sales. The plant produced five million discs before the operation moved to Toronto in 1954.
DOWNS is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy, son Tom of New Hampshire and daughter, Jayne, of Port Stanley.
A memorial service will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd.

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GEIGEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-27 published
Joe GRIGAS: a 'natural soldier'
'International Joe' had a love of travel, a love of action and the respect of his Friends.
By Jael WONG, and Peter GEIGEN- MILLER, Free Press Reporter
Before he died, Joseph (International Joe) GRIGAS had his favourite dish -- sardines. The decorated war veteran developed a liking for the fish more than 60 years ago after he was taken prisoner during the Spanish Civil War.
He and his fellow prisoners -- 150 Americans in all -- were given nothing to eat for 13 months but sardines and beans.
"Joe was a survivor, so Joe learned to like sardines and beans and he ate them with relish. For the rest of his life, sardines and beans were his favourite dishes," said retired Capt. Robert WALSH.
He met GRIGAS two years ago through the Royal Canadian Regiment Association.
GRIGAS -- dubbed International Joe because he had been to many countries -- died March 8 at Parkwood Hospital in London at age An American, he fought in the Second World War as part of the London-based Royal Canadian Regiment.
He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal -- one level below the Victoria Cross -- for leading a group of soldiers in capturing two enemy machine-gun nests in Sicily in 1943.
But no one at the Royal Canadian Regiment knew what happened to GRIGAS for 58 years after the war and it was thought he was dead. In fact, there's a gold brick at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London in his memory, said Capt. Duncan McMILLAN.
So McMILLAN was intrigued when he learned GRIGAS was in a veterans' shelter in the United States and wanted to come back to Canada.
McMILLAN and two veterans went to see GRIGAS on Veterans' Day in 2000 and confirmed his identity. The Royal Canadian Regiment arranged to have GRIGAS moved to Parkwood Hospital in June 2003, where he lived for the past two years.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts., with Lithuanian roots, GRIGAS was "a natural soldier at heart," said WALSH, going wherever the action was.
"He liked to travel a lot and he liked adventure and when he didn't have that, he didn't have much of a life."
Tara O'CONNOR, who befriended GRIGAS at the Worcester veterans shelter in 1994, said he lived a vagabond existence, spending most of the year "in the weeds," a term explained as "anywhere you lay your head at night."
Once age finally caught up with GRIGAS, O'CONNOR helped him find an apartment in a complex for the elderly.
It was not an easy adjustment.
"He wouldn't sleep in his new bed, telling me it was too civilized," said O'CONNOR. "And on more than one occasion, I found him cooking a can of beans directly on the electric stove top."
After his release from the Spanish prison camp in 1939, he returned to the U.S., but didn't stay long. In 1940, he went to Montreal to enlist in the Canadian Army because the U.S. was not yet involved in the Second World War. He joined Canadian troops in England.
He served until he was injured in 1944 and returned to the U.S. For the next 50 years, he worked at odd jobs.
GRIGAS never married and didn't make Friends easily.
"But once he accepted you as a friend, he was a very good friend," said WALSH.
McMILLAN agrees, noting he has heard praises for GRIGAS's character from veterans of the Spanish Civil War.
"When he was held in captivity by the Nationalists, by the Fascists, he was regarded as someone who was trustworthy," said McMILLAN. "You didn't have to watch your back with him."

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GEIGEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-10 published
Accused in death released
Geun Chul LEE, 25, of Huron Street, is charged with manslaughter and is free on $5,000 bail.
By Kelly PEDRO, and Peter GEIGEN- MILLER, Free Press Reporters
A man charged with manslaughter following a fight Thursday that left a London man with fatal injuries was released on bail yesterday.
London police yesterday released the name of the 22-year-old man, Kai ZHENG, who died Thursday in hospital after he was injured outside his apartment building at 1128 Adelaide St. N.
Geun Chul LEE, 25, of Huron Street was held in custody after he was arrested at his home Thursday and charged with manslaughter in Zheng's death.
LEE and ZHENG knew of each other but had never met, police said.
LEE was released yesterday on $5,000 bail during an appearance in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Justice of the peace John CARROLL ordered LEE to surrender his passport before his release.
CARROLL said LEE must continue to live at his Huron Street residence, report to London police every Sunday and is not to go within a block of the Adelaide Street apartment building where the fight occurred.
While out of custody, he is banned from possessing weapons of any kind.
LEE replied with a soft-spoken "yes" when asked if he understood the conditions of his release.
LEE's lawyer, Antin JAREMCHUK, told CARROLL that LEE's family is in Korea and his mother is flying to Canada to be with her son.
LEE was ordered to return to court October 5.
ZHENG and a roommate moved into a sixth-floor apartment at 1128 Adelaide September 1.
Friends brought ZHENG to Victoria Hospital after he was seriously hurt in a fight with another person outside his apartment building.
Hospital staff then called police just before 6 a.m.
ZHENG later died of his injuries, making him the 12th homicide victim in London this year.
Police are still awaiting autopsy results to determine his cause of death.
ZHENG had applied to Fanshawe College, but hadn't completed registration and had not attended classes.

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GEIGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-07 published
STADE, Melvin Christian
Peacefully, at Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich, Friday, February 4, 2005, Melvin Christian STADE, 88, formerly of R.R.#3, Dashwood. Beloved husband husband of Gertrude "Gertie" (BIESENTHAL) STADE for 47 years. Loved father of Sherrie EDWARDS of R.R.#3 Dashwood and the late Oliver "Ollie" EDWARDS (2003.) Dear brother-in-law of Eleanore and Clarence MILLER, Frieda WILSON, Margaret KLEIN, Alma KLISCH, Elda FREER, Scharlotte and Philip LOWENBERG, Herb and Delores BIESENTHAL, Russell MILLER, Bert and Clara MOLZAN and Elsie BIESENTHAL. Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, parents William (1955) and Flossie (GEIGER) (1965) STADE. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood, Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 11 a.m. The Reverend John E. TREMBULAK III officiating. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Blue Water Rest Home, Zion Lutheran Church, Lung Association or charity of choice would be appreciated. Melvin was born on the STADE homestead, farmed all his life and was a former member of the Dashwood-Seaforth Band, Huronia Male Chorus and Zion Lutheran Church Choir for many years. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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GEIGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-04 published
GEIGER, Hildegard
Peacefully and with dignity on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at her home in Toronto, at the age of 84. Hildegard, beloved wife of the late Franz GEIGER. Dearly loved mother of Karen RENDLE of Toronto and Ilona KOPRIVA of Oakville. Dear sister of Frederich BIEDERMANN of Austria and Otto BIEDERMANN of France. Private Family Service will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, Oakville. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Arthritis Society or to the Oakville Humane Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. Email condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place GEIGER on the subject line.

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GEISBERGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-09 published
MASON, William
It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Bill, in his 43rd year, on Thursday, April 7, 2005, with his family by his side. Bill faced his cancer with grace and dignity and never complained. He made it easy for all his family and Friends to share in his struggle. His smile always lit up a room. Peacefully taken from us; he fought his cancer with hope, faith, strength and courage. Beloved husband of Diane, who will love and cherish the life they shared always. Loving and proud father of Colin who will treasure him deep in his heart forever. Cherished brother to Joyce (Lon) FITTANTE, Bob MASON and Nancy HEWSON. Special uncle to Shawn, Ryan, Jonathon, Elyse, Tyler, Gordy, Corey, Sean, Lindsay and Kayla. Loved son-in-law to "Ma and Pa." Bill will be sadly missed by his many family members and Friends. Friends may call at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, 2241 New St. (at Drury Lane), Burlington (905-637-5233), on Sunday, April 10, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. from St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 44 Flamboro Street, Waterdown. Cremation to follow. The family would like to express its appreciation to Dr. NAIDOO, Dr. KNIGHT, Dr. CHRIS, Lee GEISBERGER and all the staff at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital for their care, understanding and warmth provided to Bill during his illness, and most importantly to all his Friends and co-workers at Zenon Environmental for making his "Magical Journey" come true. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Thomas the Apostle Building Fund and would be appreciated by the family. "Bill will never be forgotten, we will all carry a piece of his love forever..."

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GEISER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-05 published
GOFF, Harry William
Suddenly and peacefully at the Victoria Hospital, London on Wednesday August 3, 2005. Harry William GOFF of Woodstock in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Frances Elinor GOFF (née COPELAND.) Loved father of Shirley MARTIN and her husband Judson of Toronto. Cherished uncle of Janice BROOKS and her husband Thomas of Woodstock. Dear cousin of Marlene GEISER of Toronto. Survived by his sister Edna BEAMER of Drumbo. Predeceased by several brothers and sisters. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock (519-539-0004) on Saturday August 6, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home on Sunday August 7, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Don LINKLETTER officiating and Reverend Ruth BUTT assisting. A private family interment will take place in the Innerkip Cemetery. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Building Fund or Chalmers United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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GEISER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-01-04 published
SALISBURY, Arlington Keith
Mr. Arlington Keith SALISBURY of Goderich passed away peacefully at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, on Thursday, December 30, 2004, in his 86th year. Survived by his son Ross GEISER and his wife Maria of Strathroy. He will be deeply missed by his niece Norinne BRINDLEY of Goderich, as well as several other nieces and nephews. At Arlingtons request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place, with interment in Woodland Cemetery, London, at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the North Street United Church would be appreciated and can be made through the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., Bluewater Chapel, Goderich, (519) 524-1221.

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GEISLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-08 published
GEISLER, Brenda Carol (née JONES)
Born May 10, 1945, Brenda passed away peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital on December 27, 2004. Beautiful and cherished wife of Richard, beloved mother to Karen, Christina, Tanya and Greg, grandmother to Lauren, sister to Norma and Bill BENNETTS and family. A lifelong devotee of reading, gardening, crosswords and bridge, Brenda will forever live in our hearts. Thanks to Dr. AITKEN, and the Nursing staff under Sue, Yvonne and Carlene at Scarborough General Hospital. As per Brenda's wishes, the memorial service will be held for family only and will be officiated by Reverend D. McKANE. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in support of a memorial tree and bench in Brenda's honour. Please contact the family for details.

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GEISLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-10 published
BOYD, Murray Ellis
After a lengthy illness, at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 in his 63rd year. Murray BOYD, beloved husband of Elaine (née GOYER.) Loving father of Stephanie and her husband Paul, Jason and his wife Laura and Christopher and friend Lindsay. Loving Poppa of Kate, Maggie and Adam. Dear brother of Gordon and Ron and their families. Will be missed by his friend and business partner Tim and his wife Bonnie. Resting at the Lee Funeral Home Limited, 258 Queen Street South, (Mississauga Road South of 401), Streetsville where Friends may call on Thursday, February 10 from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, February 11 from 2-4 and 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held from St. Peter's Church Erindale, 1745 Dundas Street West, Mississauga (Corner of Dundas and Mississauga Roads) on Saturday, February 12th at 11 a.m. Interment in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto would be appreciated. The BOYD family would like to say a special thanks to Dr. Peter FINDLAY and the nurses of the palliative care unit. A very special thank you to Ted and Dorothy GEISLER who were a huge support to the family.

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GEISSBERGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-19 published
HUG, Aline (née GEISSBERGER)
At the Bethany Lodge West on Tuesday, September 27, 2005. Aline, wife of the late Fred. Born in Switzerland in 1909. She is survived by her many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Dr.) on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Visitation 1 hour prior to service time.

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GEIST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-22 published
KRONENBERG, Blanka
Passed away suddenly as the result of a car accident on Thursday, October 20, 2005. Devoted wife of the late Chaim. Loving mother of Rene and Sam GEIST, and Marilyn and Rynaldo FEDORENKO. Beloved grandmother of Michael and Allison GEIST, Aaron and Sara GEIST, Rebecca and Jacobo SCHATZ, and Josh and Liane GEIST. Doting great-grandmother of Jordan, Ethan, and Gabrielle, Mimi, Ilana and Shoshana, and Orly and Tamar. Service at Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W. on Sunday, October 23, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Donations may be made to Beth Radom Congregation or Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

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