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LAY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-11 published
ARTHUR, Doris E. (BRADBURY)
Suddenly on Wednesday, March 9th, 2005. The former Doris BRADBURY, wife of the late George Wesley ARTHUR, of Thornbury, in her 87th year. Loved mother of Lois and her husband Paul TOME of Mississauga, Dr. Laverne ARTHUR and his wife Anne of Windsor and David and his wife Nancy of Wasaga Beach. Sadly missed by ten grandchildren. Dear sister of Ruth and her husband Murray BRILLINGER of Collingwood. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Friday from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services, officiated by Pastor Bob LAY, will be conducted at The Blue Mountains Community Church (formerly Free Methodist Church), in Thornbury on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. Committal services and interment will follow at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy donations to Gideons International or a charity of choice would be appreciated.
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LAY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-30 published
RASMUSSEN, Kai O.
Kai O., born in Holte Denmark October 23, 1939 passed away suddenly May 28th, 2005 at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Kai will be lovingly remembered by his wife Wilma (HOLMES) and his children Pennie RASMUSSEN (Saint Thomas), Kim and Rob BAUM, Kristen LAY, Brian and Erik BAUM (Iona,) Bob and Jennifer RASMUSSEN, Megen, Brooklen and Madisen (Saint Thomas). Kai will be sadly missed by his mother Winien (Bea) RASMUSSEN of London, and his sisters Beckey and Brian JACKSON of Grand Bend, Benthe BALICKI, Susan RASMUSSEN and his Aunt Lizzie MICHEELSEN all of London. Kai leaves several aunts and uncles living in Denmark. Also missing him are brothers-in-law John and Carolyn HOLMES of Peterborough, Bob and Joyce HOLMES of Cambridge, Don and Linda HOLMES of St. Thomas and Ken HOLMES of Saint Thomas and sister-in-law Laura and Dave DOHNT of Aylmer and many nieces and nephews on both sides of the ocean. Kai is predeceased by his father Carl RASMUSSEN and sister Angel RASMUSSEN of London.
Kai made many Friends over the decades through every endeavour he embarked upon, from stock car racing in the seventies, trailer camping in the eighties and venturing into his business of Diamond Concrete Services in the nineties. He was also deeply committed to Motorcycle Toys for Tots Fundraiser and the Motorcycle Awareness and You Program which is now active across Canada and the U.S.A. Kai was very proud to be a part of the realization of the Port Stanley Skate Park Dream. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Talbot Street, Aylmer from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 on Tuesday. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 1st at 1: 00 p.m. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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LAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-19 published
THORNTON, Joy
At Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay on Tuesday, May 17, 2005, Joy THORNTON of Bobcaygeon, formerly of Stouffville, at the age of 66. Loving wife of Derek THORNTON. Sister of June (John) BARNES of Cambray. Loving cousin of Lynda (Robert) LAY of England, Steve (Elaine) EADES of England, Vi CLYDESDALE of Stouffville and Thelma (Clarence) POWELL of Stouffville. Family and Friends will be received at the Monk Funeral Home, 6 Helen Street, Bobcaygeon (1-866-393-0063) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service in the Monk Chapel on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough at a later date. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Messages of condolence and donations may be made at www.monkfuneralhome.com

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LAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-04 published
HAM, Lloyd William
Who passed away peacefully during holidays on the French River on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005, at the age of 63. Beloved husband of Joanne HAM of Toronto. Loving father of Penny HAM; and step-father of Eileen, John, Andrew, Erwin and Shirley "Stacey". Cherished Opa of Melissa, Carol-Anne, Tommy, Christine, Cody and Jenny-Jo. Dear brother of Wayne HAM, Beverly HILLYARD and Shirley LAY. Lloyd will be missed by many nieces, nephews and Friends. At Lloyd's request there will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. (Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home, 252 Regent Street, Sudbury).

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LAYARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-04 published
LAYARD, Camville
Peacefully, after a brief illness, on July 31, 2005 at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington in his 82nd year. Loving husband to Grace LAYARD. Dear father to Susan and Scott (Faith.) Devoted grandfather to Hayley and Briana. Predeceased by his first wife Joan. Cam was a wonderful step-father to Margie CLIPSHAM, and Rob and Greg McCREA; he will be fondly remembered by their families. Cam will be sadly missed by the Schofield family as well as his many Friends. Born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1924, Cam attended Shawnigan Lake School and then University of British Columbia where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a dedicated employee for the Steel Co. of Canada for many years until his retirement in 1989. Cam always cherished the special times spent with both family and Friends. A funeral service to celebrate Cam's life will take place on Friday, August 5, 2005 at the St. Christopher's Anglican Church (662 Guelph Line) in Burlington. Friends may gather for a period of visiting from 9: 45 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. and are invited to remain for a reception after ward. A private family burial will take place following the reception. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entr usted to Dodsworth and Brown - Burlington Chapel (905) 637-5233.

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LAYARD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-05 published
LAYARD, Camville
Peacefully, after a brief illness, on July 31, 2005 at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington in his 82nd year. Loving husband to Grace LAYARD. Dear father to Susan and Scott (Faith.) Devoted grandfather to Hayley and Briana. Predeceased by his first wife Joan. Cam was a wonderful step-father to Margie CLIPSHAM, and Rob and Greg McCREA; he will be fondly remembered by their families. Cam will be sadly missed by the Schofield family as well as his many Friends. Born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1924, Cam attended Shawnigan Lake School and then University of British Columbia where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a dedicated employee for the Steel Co. of Canada for many years until his retirement in 1989. Cam always cherished the special times spent with both family and Friends. A funeral service to celebrate Cam's life will take place on Friday, August 5, 2005 at the St. Christopher's Anglican Church (662 Guelph Line) in Burlington. Friends may gather for a period of visiting from 9: 45 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. and are invited to remain for a reception afterward. A private family burial will take place following the reception. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth and Brown - Burlington Chapel (905) 637-5233.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-09-28 published
CLUGSTON, Ezra Stewart
Passed away at Errinrung Nursing Home, Tuesday, September 27th, 2005. Ezra CLUGSTON, in his 91st year. Loving husband of Marion (LAYCOCK,) of Meaford, dear father of Stuart and his wife Penny Sue, of Duntroon, grandfather of Katie and her husband Michael KEMP, of Bradford, Susan and her husband Eugene TAN, of Arlington, Massachusetts, David and Stuart, of Collingwood and a very special great-grandpa as well. Predeceased by his parents John and Ida CLUGSTON and sisters Lillian BOWES and May SMITH. Visitation at the Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, Meaford on Thursday evening from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 30th at 2: 00 p.m. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. As your expression of sympathy donations to the First Baptist Church, Meaford or The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-12 published
LAYCOCK, Iva Marie
Passed away peacefully at Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge, on January 11, 2005, in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Earl Russell LAYCOCK, originally of Radisson, Saskatchewan. Survived by her sister Mary GRAHAM of Locust Hill, Ontario. Beloved mother of Edwin THACKERAY and his wife Sondra, Larry Earl LAYCOCK and his wife Ilona, Faye Virginia MILES and her husband Robert, Eric Paul LAYCOCK and his wife Brigitte. Beloved grandmother of Kimberly, Christopher, Lynette, Erin, Larson, Kathryn, Tristan, Larissa, Kevin, Jay, Kelly, Mark, Lee and Adam. Great-grandmother of Taylor, Maxwell, Nikki, Lauren, Jade, Kaela, Kelsea, Audrey, Evan and Kate. She will be fondly remembered by many relatives and Friends. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall & Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Avenue East), on Thursday, January 13, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-12 published
LAYCOCK, Iva Marie
Passed away peacefully at Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge, on January 11, 2005 in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Earl Russell LAYCOCK, originally of Radisson, Saskatchewan. Survived by her sister Mary GRAHAM of Locust Hill, Ontario. Beloved mother of Edwin THACKERAY and his wife Sondra, Larry Earl LAYCOCK and his wife Ilona, Faye Virginia MILES and her husband Robert, Eric Paul LAYCOCK and his wife Brigitte. Beloved grandmother of Kimberly, Christopher, Lynette, Erin, Larson, Kathryn, Tristan, Larissa, Kevin, Jay, Kelly, Mark, Lee and Adam. Great-grandmother of Taylor, Maxwell, Nikki, Lauren, Jade, Kaela, Kelsea, Audrey, Evan and Kate. She will be fondly remembered by many relatives and Friends. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall & Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Thursday, January 13, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-13 published
LAYCOCK, Iva Marie
Passed away peacefully at Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge, on January 11, 2005, in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Earl Russell LAYCOCK, originally of Radisson, Saskatchewan. Survived by her sister Mary GRAHAM of Locust Hill, Ontario. Beloved mother of Edwin THACKERAY and his wife Sondra, Larry Earl LAYCOCK, Faye Virginia MILES and her husband Robert, Eric Paul LAYCOCK and his wife Brigitte. Beloved grandmother of Kimberly, Christopher, Lynette, Erin, Larson, Kathryn, Tristan, Larissa, Kevin, Jay, Kelly, Mark, Lee and Adam. Great-grandmother of Taylor, Maxwell, Nikki, Lauren, Jade, Kaela, Kelsea, Audrey, Evan and Kate. She will be fondly remembered by many relatives and Friends. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Thursday, January 13, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-05 published
FLINK, Tauno " Tom" Johannes
Passed away peacefully, following a brief illness on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of Kerttu (Gertrude.) Dear father of Lois MIDGLEY (David,) Joan ELLIS (Edward,) Larry FLINK (Serey) and Eleanor LAYCOCK (John.) Dear grandfather of 10 grandchildren. Born in Toronto he lived there much of his life until retirement. When he left Continental Can Company he and his wife Gertrude moved to the Canning Lake property his parents had purchased in 1930 and enjoyed country living there the remainder of his life. Funeral Service was held at Lochlin United Church on Saturday, January 29.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-29 published
RITCHIE, Evelyn Amy
(Associate Member, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 356, Sutton and Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary) Peacefully at her home in Virginia, Ontario on Monday, March 28, 2005, at the age of 76 years. Evelyn RITCHIE (née HARRISON,) beloved companion and friend of Alex HAMILTON. Predeceased by her husband Kenneth RITCHIE. Beloved mother of Hugh (Francis) of Sault Ste. Marie, Bruce of Belleville, Robert (Sheri) of Pickering, Christine of Newmarket, Douglas (Verna) of Sutton, Margaret (Jim LAYCOCK) of Halifax, Kathleen KELLY (Randy) of Oshawa, Carol KEETCH (Robert) of Sutton and Lisa DRYDEN (Peter) of Calgary. Loving grandmother of Mary Anne, James, Ian, Michael, Brian, Cara, Shawn, Derek, Jake, Jorden, Jarred, Ryan, Donna Lea, Joshua, Rebecca and David. Great-grandmother of Kayla. Dear sister of Joyce (John FRASER,) Alice (Flo) PORTER and sister-in-law of Kit HARRISON. Predeceased by her brother Roy HARRISON. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton from 5: 00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday. Royal Canadian Legion Branch and Ladies Auxiliary Services will commence at 7: 00 p.m. in the chapel. Funeral Service in the Chapel Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 356 Building Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-19 published
HORAN, John Laverne
Passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, April 17, 2005, in his 77th year. Beloved husband of the late Isabel Gwendolyn TRACEY. Dear father of Paul and Fran HORAN, Dianne and Ed LAYCOCK, Barb and Dave MATSON, Terry and Shelley HORAN, Craig and Laura HORAN, Lori and Shannon HANSPIKER, and predeceased by Kevin HORAN. Lovngly remembered by his 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Eugene and Kathleen HORAN, and his brothers Leo and Donald HORAN. Resting at the W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria Street E., Alliston from 2: 30 - 5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2005. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 190 King Street S., Alliston on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment St. Paul's Cemetery, Alliston, Ontario.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-25 published
LAYCOCK, William Alexander " Bill"
At the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, on Thursday, June 23, 2005. William Alexander LAYCOCK, beloved husband to Inez May LAYCOCK (née DERMOTT) of Torrance. Beloved father to Sherry (Dan) COULSON of Oro Station and Andrew (Tammy) LAYCOCK of Newlowell. Predeceased by his son William Stephen LAYCOCK. Beloved brother to Betty HAYWARD, Martin LAYCOCK, Dorothy HENNING, Harold LAYCOCK, Lorna McCRACKEN, and Cathy SKELTON. Predeceased by his brothers Ted and Max LAYCOCK. Loving grandfather to William, Allison, Brett and Garret. The family will receive Friends at the W.J. Cavill Funeral Home in Gravenhurst on Monday, June 27, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. In memory donations to the Cancer Society or to Zion Presbyterian Church Building Fund would be appreciated.

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LAYCOX o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-06-10 published
KIRK, Irene (née BAKER)
Mrs. Irene KIRK, age 74, of Cedarcroft Place, 260 Church Street, Stratford, passed away peacefully, at her residence, on Thursday, June 9th, 2005. She was born in Owen Sound, daughter of the late Russell and Annie BAKER and had lived in Sebringville, Clinton, Kitchener and Blind River, moving to Stratford in 2000. Irene was an avid artist in oils and later in water colours. She loved to read and had always enjoyed gardening and sewing. Beloved wife of the late Murray Wesley KIRK, who predeceased her on June 6th, 1967. Loving mother of Robert and wife Susan, Shakespeare Barry and wife Donna, Cambridge; Bradley, Sault Ste. Marie; William and wife Suzanne, Stratford. Dear grandmother of Holly and husband Jason McLEAN, Heather and husband Jean-Guy POIRIER, Darren KIRK, Heidi KIRK, Luke KIRK and wife, Jennifer, Adam KIRK, Daniel KIRK, William KIRK. Great-grandmother to James and Nolan McLEAN. Sister of Ted BAKER, Ruth McCARTNEY, Doris (Dolly) LAYCOX. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and their families. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, William and George BAKER. There will be no funeral home visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, on Sunday, June 12th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of one's choice through the funeral home.
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LAYDEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-12 published
DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS- DIEROFF, Marilyn
Peacefully at her home called “The Doves”, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, April 10th, 2005, Marilyn DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS- DIEROFF of London in her 49th year. Beloved wife of Robert DIEROFF. Devoted mother to Billy DESABRAIS (Carla,) Jamie DESABRAIS (Tina,) Bobbie-Jean CORNISH (Jimmy), Trevor DIEROFF, and Saffron DIEROFF. Guiding light to her 7 grandchildren, Samantha, Tiffany, Jamie-Lyn, Julie-Ann, Darren, Dustin, and Mercedes. Loving daughter to Doreen DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS and Ivan and Laura DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS all of London. Loving daughter-in-law of Rena Dieroff (Harvey) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of London. Inspirational sister of Murray DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (Sharon) of Kincardine, Don DOUGLAS and Shirley DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS, both of London, Glen DOUGLAS of British Columbia, Nancy VANDEBEEK (Ed) of Belmont and Brenda LAYDEN (Andrew) of Toronto. Dear step-sister of Janet JOHNSON, Darrell MacLEOD and Nancy McWEBB (Randy.) Predeceased by her stepbrother Ronnie MacLEOD. Dear sister-in-law of Kathy McGINNIS (Gary) of London, Gord Dieroff (Pam) GIBSONS of British Columbia, Dave DIEROFF (Ana) of London. Dear niece of Grant STEPHENSON of Strathroy, Delmar DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (Muriel) of Strathroy, and Edwin DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS of New Mexico.
To symbolize Marilyn's love, affection, strength and compassion, please wear a red rose in memory of Marilyn's love of nature. Marilyn dedicated 25 years service to her customers, fellow workers and management at Canada Post. She will be missed dearly by all. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, April 14th, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Kevin RUTLEDGE officiating. Cremation to follow. Private family interment of ashes at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution in memory of this special angel on earth are asked to donate their energy to one act of kindness.

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LAYDEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-23 published
McDONALD- DUCHARME
Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre - University Campus, on Friday, April 22, 2005, Janette McDONALD- DUCHARME, of London, in her 65th year. Loving mother to Andrew LAYDEN (Brenda) and Janice MURPHY (Joe.) Cherished grandmother of Barbara, Jaimie, Christopher and Meagan. Dear sister of Nan PRESTON, Frank McDONALD, the late Agnes HAMILTON and the late Margaret INCHES, all of Scotland. Lovingly remembered by Ray DUCHARME and by her niece Anne BAXTER and her family. Janette will also be sadly missed by extended family and numerous Friends in both Ontario and Scotland. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Sunday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Monday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. with prayers being conducted Monday at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. George's Parish, 1164 Commissioners Rd. W, on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Janette are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation -Multi Organ Transplant Unit.

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LAYDEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-27 published
CRITCH, Mabel Olinda
Passed away peacefully at Brampton Woods Nursing Home on December 25th, 2005 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Lease CRITCH. Mother of Anne HARNUM, Donna BESON and her husband Harold and Granville CRITCH and his wife Mona. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Tammy WILKINSON, Kenneth FOWLER and his wife Helen, Christine HENDERSON and her husband Dale, Kimberly BATTERSHELL and her husband Trevor, Tammy BESON, and Jason BESON and his wife Laura. Greatly missed by her great-granddaughters Asia Anne ACKROYD- HARNUM and Alicha BESON, great-grand_sons Dalton HARNUM- WILKINSON, Hudson HENDERSON and Eric BESON. Also survived by siblings Elizabeth WHEELER, Irene ANDERSON, John LAYDEN and his wife Charlotte, Marion TUCKER and her husband Alfred, Grenville LAYDEN and his wife Rowella. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service to take place in the chapel on Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to mabel.critch@wardfh.com

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LAYE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-06 published
CLERC, Donna Marie (née MASON)
Donna Marie (MASON) CLERC, of London, age 66, passed away peacefully, at St. Joseph's Health Care London, on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005, surrounded by the love of her family. Loving mother and best friend of Tracey CLERC and her husband Chris SPEIRAN of Newmarket. Dear sister of Audrey and Bill BRADLEY, Jean and Cliff LAYE. Loved aunt of Kim (LAYE) and Ron SANDERSON, Kevin LAYE and Jenny STANFORD, Carol (Bradley) and Len VANDEWETERING and great-aunt of Cameron, Stephanie, Andrea, Vanessa, Brooke, and Callum. She will also be greatly missed by many Friends and those whose hearts she touched. Predeceased by her parents David Roy and Ellen Cecelia (CARLSON) MASON. Family will receive Friends at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Saturday, April 9, 2005 commencing at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 1 p.m. The Reverend Harry DISHER officiating. Interment Grand Bend Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations can be made to the Children's Aid Society, London. The family would like to thank the "everyday angels" at St. Joseph's Intensive Care Unit for the compassion, love and support throughout her journey. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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LAYE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-19 published
WILLIAMS, Rita June (née RUTHERFORD)
After a short illness at the Etobicoke General Hospital, on Tuesday, November 15, 2005. Rita WILLIAMS (née RUTHERFORD) wife of the late George WILLIAMS. Dear mother of Al and his wife Mary, Dave and his wife Donna, John and his wife Sue, June LAYE, Don and his wife Liette and Betty GRIFFITH. Rita will be lovingly remembered by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and Friends. Cremation has taken place. A memorial funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at Christ Church Anglican, 8045 Islington Ave., Woodbridge at 2 p.m. The family will receive their Friends in the church from 1 p.m. until service time. Interment of cremated remains Christ Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Christ Church Fabric Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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LAYEFSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-31 published
LAYEFSKY, Henry
On Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 at York Central Hospital. Henry LAYEFSKY, beloved husband of Rachel LAYEFSKY. Loving father and father-in-law of Paul and Anita, Steve and Sarah, and Dave and Kim. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Evelyn and the late Harold LAYEFSKY. Devoted grandfather of Michal, Alyssa, Miriam, Josh, and Sarah. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for Service on Thursday, March 31st at 12 noon. Interment Beth Emeth section of Fardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 7601 Bathurst St. Suite 1004. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Hospital for Sick Children at 416-813-5320.

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LAYFIELD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-08 published
O'LEARY, Patrick Timothy (May 25, 1953-June 5, 2005)
Suddenly, on June 5th 2005, Patrick peacefully passed away in his 53rd year. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: James, Samantha and Sarah and his former wife Briony O'LEARY (LAYFIELD.) Pat's mother, Rita O'LEARY (MORKIN,) brother Dan (Langley, British Columbia,) sisters Maureen (Tom PICKARD) and Shelagh (Andrea ONGARO, Newmarket, Ontario,) will fondly remember the twinkle in his eye and his quiet but heartfelt laughter. His niece Carleigh and his many nephews: Dan, Brent, Shawn, Chris, Ryan and Zachary, will greatly miss their gentle uncle. Pat was predeceased by his loving father Hugh J. O'LEARY just last fall. Patrick was loved and will be missed by his numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends.
Some of Patrick's many interests included gourmet cooking, music of all genres and all things Irish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Diabetes Association. There will be a family memorial service held at the St. Peter's Cemetery Holy Family Chapel Thursday, June 9th at 11 a.m. Pat, you will live on in our hearts forever. Rest in peace.

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LAYMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-14 published
PATTERSON, Florence Harriett Agnes (CAMPBELL)
Peacefully, at Babcock Community Care, Wardsville on Sunday, March 13th, 2005. Florence Harriett Agnes PATTERSON (CAMPBELL) of Wardsville and formerly of R.R.#2 Rodney in her 82nd year. Born in Aldborough Township a daughter of Daniel CAMPBELL and Agnes (LAYMAN,) Florence was predeceased by her husband John (Jack) PATTERSON (1992.) Lovingly remembered by her daughter Jackie WOODS and her husband Leonard of Kingston and her son Dan and his wife Barb of R.R.#1 Wallacetown. Florence is the dear grandmother of Christopher McKEOWN, Tanya ALCOCK, Brent PATTERSON, Melissa MOORE and Nikki PATTERSON and great-grandmother of Kayla, Jessica, Molly, Keira, Caedan and Leyla. Survived by her brother Floyd CAMPBELL and his wife Alice and sisters Betty PATTERSON and husband Stuart and Jean HURD and husband Everit and sisters-in-law Grace CAMPBELL and Lena CAMPBELL. Predeceased by her brothers Jack CAMPBELL (2004) Bill CAMPBELL (1983) and her sister Rena PATTERSON (1981.) Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Monday, March 14th, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted from the chapel on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor S. PATTERSON officiating. Interment Rodney Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Rodney Christian Mission or Babcock Community Care Centre would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519) 785-0810.

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LAYNG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-03 published
BERTRAND, Norris R. (1924-2005) M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.O.G.
Early Wednesday March 2, passed away peacefully at the Starwood Nursing Home in Ottawa. He is survived by his wife, Jean, four daughters Jane (Larry), Penny, Pamela (Hans), and Margie, six grandchildren -- Emily, Mischa, Alex, Zack, Joel and Joshua brother Ross (Fran) and their four children and sister Marilyn and her four children. Born to May and Victor BERTRAND in Milo, Alberta, Norris grew up in a farming community. He attended the University of Alberta graduating in medicine in 1948. He interned at the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton and married Jean LAYNG from Regina, Saskatchewan in 1950. He practiced family medicine in Calgary for seven years and then returned to the University of Alberta to complete a specialty in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1960. Norris, Jean and their four daughters returned to Calgary where Norris practiced obstetrics and gynaecology for 36 years. He was an associate professor in the new medical school at the Foothills Hospital, University of Calgary. Upon his retirement in 1987, he had delivered over 5000 babies. Jean and Norris moved to Ottawa in 1987 to be nearer to their daughters and grandchildren. Known as Grandpere to his grandchildren, Norris took great delight in watching them grow up. His only granddaughter Emily lived in Ottawa and was very special to him. The family expresses gratitude to the caring staff of the Starwood Nursing Home. A Memorial Service will be held a the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 2: 30 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

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LAYNG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-27 published
BROWN, Kenneth Stanley
(Founding member of Garrard Road Volunteer Firefighters, founding member of Westminster United Church, World War 2 Veteran-Hamilton Light Infantry, retired 30 year employee of General Motors) Passed away peacefully at home with his family on Monday, April 25th, 2005. Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Grace and their children Chris and Sharon BROWN, Dave and Clarene BROWN, Tim and Corrie BROWN and Nancy BROWN. Survived by grandchildren Michael BROWN and his wife Melissa, Reagan and Matthew BROWN, Kendal and Lynsey BROWN. Survived by his sister Helen HUMPHREYS and brother Claire BROWN and predeceased by his sister Thelma LAYNG. Friends may call at Oshawa Funeral Service "Thornton Chapel", 847 King St. West (905-721-1234) for visitation on Wednesday, April 27th from 2 4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Westminster United Church, 1850 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby on Thursday, April 28th at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Westminster United Church would be appreciated.

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LAYTE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-04 published
RICE, Donald Ellis
Of Saint Thomas on Saturday, September 3, 2005 at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 76th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (MERRITT) RICE and dear father of David and his wife Cindy RICE of Calgary, Mark and his wife Tracy REEVES of Port Stanley and Donalda and her husband Pete LAYTE of Kitchener. Special dad to Judy and her husband Ken CORNFOOT of Saint Thomas and Deby LIGHTELL and her partner Gary COOPER of Mitchell's Bay. Dear brother of Muriel RUSSELL of Chatham. Predeceased by 2 brothers Marvin and Douglas RICE. Loved grandfather of Eric, Brandon and Alexis RICE, Jon and his wife Jessica MARKS and their children Kimberley and Brodie, Stacey and her husband Jim BRIGHT and great-grandfather of Erika MARKS. Dear brother-in-law of Helen MERRITT and Frances RICE both of Saint Thomas. Predeceased by 2 brothers-in-law Edward MERRITT and Harold RUSSELL. Sadly missed by a number of nieces, nephews. cousins and his dog "Tiny". Don worked for the City of Saint Thomas over 25 years and retired after 25 years as a foreman and prior worked for Silverwood Dairy. He was a volunteer a number of years for the Canadian Red Cross and assisted with Christmas Care and the Fantasy of Lights. He was a member of Centre Street Baptist Church and was an avid camper and fisherman. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross or charity of choice.

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LAYTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-14 published
GELTINK, Michelle Alyshea
Suddenly on Wednesday, May 11, 2005, as the result of a car accident, Michelle Alyshea GELTINK, of Salford, in her 22nd year. Beloved daughter of Kathy and Henry (Jerry) GELTINK. Especially loved her fiance Chris LAYTON. Much loved sister of Mark and his wife Clarice, Darlene FAHRBACH and her husband Kai, Chris, Kathleen and her fiance Mike SZVETECZ. Dear granddaughter of Joanne HALL. Cherished aunt of Ron, Amber, Patricia, Brandon, Brooklyn, Keanu, Timo and Kira. Michelle is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins and Roxy. Predeceased by her nephew Chase. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Ingersoll Christian Reformed Church, 429 King St. W. on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Case KOOLHAAS officiating. Interment Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario would be appreciated.

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LAYTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-28 published
LAYTON, Marion (née QUINN)
At Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Tuesday, September 27, 2005, Marion (QUINN) LAYTON, of Ingersoll, in her 85th year. Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George QUINN. Beloved wife for 63 years of Raymond LAYTON. Dear mother of Jack and his wife Barbara of Ingersoll and Brenda and her husband Robert BARTHELMES of Mississauga. Dear sister of Marguerite SLATER of Ailsa Craig and June QUINN of Salford. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by three brothers Harley, Burton and Gordon QUINN and one sister Ella Mae STERLING. Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll Wednesday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. where service will by held on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Reverend Bill MAYOROS of Trinity United Church, Ingersoll officiating. Interment Harris Street Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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LAYTON 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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LAYTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-09 published
HEWITT, Harriett A. (née GILBERT)
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Harriett HEWITT, in her 91st year, at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, on Monday, March 7th, 2005. Harriett (née GILBERT,) predeceased by her loving husband Beverley HEWITT. Dearly loved mother of Sheila and husband Jack ROBERTSON of Hamilton. Cherished always by her grandchildren Andrea (Mike) MITCHELL of Oakville and Scott of Hamilton. Survived by her sister Helen (Betty) GERGEL of Michigan and sister-in-law Betty LAYTON of Toronto and predeceased by her siblings Grace, Bill, Harry, Bertha and Jack. The late Mrs. Harriett HEWITT will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday morning, March 11th at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital-Oncology Dept. would be appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com

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LAYTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-24 published
Accountant 'a man of vision'
Helped develop Little India
Work benefited small businesses
By Hicham SAFIEDDINE, Staff Reporter
In 1968, Bhupendra DHABLIWALLA had been in Canada just a year, but he was already making headlines in his fight for the rights of immigrants.
That was just the beginning. The young chartered accountant, who had left Bombay (now called Mumbai) for Toronto, would become a community leader who transformed small-business practices in Toronto and devoted his life to making the city a better place.
DHABLIWALLA died May 5 in Toronto at the age of 66 after a long illness.
Politicians, business leaders, family and Friends all acknowledged what federal New Democratic Party Leader Jack LAYTON described as the "legendary" contribution DHABLIWALLA made to the Toronto community.
"He was a man of vision all his life," said LAYTON, who worked with DHABLIWALLA on many social and political issues as a city councillor in the 1990s.
"He was so gregarious, just instantly warm and welcoming... and he built a network of business associations across the whole of Toronto that has become stronger by the day," LAYTON said.
DHABLIWALLA's sense of community led him to conduct, along with five other volunteers, a pioneering survey of unemployment among immigrant professionals in 1968.
The study, which he paid for, revealed the difficulties newcomers faced in finding jobs in their fields. The report, which received widespread coverage in the media, urged the federal government to conduct a study of the employment situation of immigrants in Canada.
In the years that followed and throughout the 1970s and '80s, DHABLIWALLA turned his attention to finding creative ways for small businesses to thrive amid the growing popularity of shopping malls.
In the '80s, he served as president of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, a non-profit organization representing the city's 50 business improvement areas.
"He really helped to form early on this notion that if small business got together, they could learn from each other's practices," LAYTON said.
DHABLIWALLA was also instrumental in developing Toronto's Little India on Gerrard St. E. The marketplace has grown into a multicultural trading and meeting place for the South Asian community and a tourist attraction in Toronto.
DHABLIWALLA's commitment to religious tolerance and multicultural discourse saw him participate in more than a dozen community and interfaith organizations.
He was a member of the memorial fund committee formed in the wake of the 1985 bombing of Air-India Flight 182 and a member of the South Asian committee of the United Way of Greater Toronto. He also served on the Council on Race Relations and Policing.
DHABLIWALLA inspired his daughter to follow in his footsteps.
"He was a role model to me and a hero," said his only child Sonal, a chartered accountant in Chicago who is involved in community work.
"Although we are Hindu, he wanted me to go to a Catholic school so I could better learn other religions." Sonal graduated in 1985 from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, where her father chaired the parent-teacher association.
"He went out of his way for people, no matter what time of the day or night it was," Sonal said. "He was a fighter who would go and try to achieve all he can with whatever it takes... and he was very passionate about issues till the end."
DHABLIWALLA also leaves his wife Kanak.

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LAYTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-29 published
HATTO, Gerald " Gerry"
Passed away peacefully, at his home in Beeton, Ontario, on Saturday, May 28, 2005, in his 60th year. Beloved husband of Sharon HOGAN. Dear father of Donna HATTO and Christopher HATTO. Loved Poppa of Samuel, Mathew, Timothy and Daniel. Dear brother of Gary, David, Robert HATTO, and the late James HATTO. Dear son-in-law of Bernice HOGAN. Dear brother-in-law of Wanetta and Ed LAYTON, Sandra and Don GATES, Stephen and Karyn HOGAN, Michael and Joan HOGAN and Mark HOGAN. Lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews and Friends. Resting at the W. John Thomas Funeral Home, 244 Victoria St. E., Alliston, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m., followed by cremation. If so desired, memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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LAYTON 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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LAYZELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-25 published
KASTRIS, Vassili " Bill"
Passed away peacefully, on Saturday, January 22, 2005, in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Celia, and sister Villie VLACHOS. Loving father of son George and daughter-in-law Vivien, and son Christopher and daughter Demetra LAYZELL. He will be missed by his sister Patricia CHRISOMALIS, and grandchildren Kristin and Kimberly KASTRIS, and Barrett LAYZELL. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Rd. (east of St. Clair Ave. E.), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2005. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 10 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rotary Club of Scarborough. Special thanks to Dr. PRICE and the staff at Bay Ridges Long Term Care Centre, Pickering.

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