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L'ERARIO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-16 published
IANNELLI, Raffaele
On Friday, October 14, 2005 at Toronto Hospital - General Division. Raffaele will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Carmela (née LOMBARDI) of 52 years, his children Emily (Paul MORAN,) Toni COLBOURN, Joe (Roz), Lina (Mark VELLA); his grandchildren Jeffrey, Laura, Sarah, Stephanie, Amanda, Danielle, Sarina and also by his sisters Rose L'ERARIO, Maria (Leonardo GALLUCCI,) Lucia (Domenic PETTITTI) and Dina (Gino PESCRILLI of Italy.) Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home (4671 Hwy. 7, Woodbridge, 905-851-9100) on Saturday, October 15, 2005 from 7-9 and Sunday, October 16, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Airways Roman Catholic Church (7411 Darcel Avenue, Mississauga) on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 10 a.m. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In Raffaele's memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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LERCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-15 published
VANDUN, Geraldine " Gerrie" (née BENS)
Geraldine "Gerrie" VANDUN (née BENS) of Petrolia passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in her 56th year at Blue Water Health Palliative Care, on Friday, January 14, 2005 with her family by her side. Cherished wife of Joseph for 36 years. Beloved mother of Joanne and Steven PERCY and Linda and Andrew CHWIECKO. Loving Oma to her grandchildren Cierra, Aidan, Jayna, Ryan and our special angel in Heaven Nathan. Geraldine was the proud owner and operator of "21 Shell and Variety" of Petrolia for over 28 years. Born in Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1949. Parents Wilhemina and the late John BENS. Sisters Nellie and Bill LERCH, Tina and Leo VERBERNE and brothers Henry and Janis BENS and John and Harriet BENS. Will be sadly missed by her father and mother-in-law John and Elizabeth VANDUN and their family as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitors will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where parish prayers will be offered at 8: 45 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Philips Church, Petrolia on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. Father Dan VERE as celebrant. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph Health Care Foundation, London, Sarnia and District Humane Society, and C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and Condolences may be left online at www.needhamjay.com

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LERCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-23 published
LERCH, Wilhelm " Bill"
Suddenly surrounded by family on Monday, February 21, 2005, Wilhelm (Bill,) beloved husband of Renate (née WOTSCHKE) LERCH, in his 78th year. Proud and cherished father of Birgitta GUY- HAZEL and her husband Jim HAZEL of Kentville, Nova Scotia and Norbert and his wife Anna LERCH of London. Cherished Opa of Willi, Luise, and Erin Guy of Kentville, Nova Scotia and Matthew, Benjamin and Emily LERCH of London. Dear brother of Hilda BRUCKER (Adolph) and Mina BAUER (Adolph) all of Akron, Ohio. Also survived by 3 sisters-in-law in Germany and several nieces and nephews in the U.S.A. and Germany. Predeceased by his parents Theodor (1966) and Eugenia (1955) LERCH and his 3 sisters and 5 brothers. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Martin of Tours Church, 46 Cathcart Street, on Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Friday evening at 7: 30 o'clock. Donations to the Kidney Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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LERCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-12 published
ASTLES, Margaret
Peacefully at Mount Hope Centre, London on Friday, April 8, 2005. Margaret ASTLES in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Charles ASTLES of London. Dear mother of Janette LERCH (Clifford GLASIER,) John (Rita), Jim (Jennifer) all of London. Loving grandmother of Ryan LERCH (Gabriela,) Dayna LERCH, Brooke and Monica. Sister of Elsie CASEY (Tom) of Zurich, Harry IRISH and Eva HUNTER of Brantford, Edna HOLLIER (Bill) of Michigan and Jim IRISH (Joyce) of Burlington. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Michael 's And All Angels Anglican Church, 397 Springbank Drive, London on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 2 p.m. Expressions of sympathy and donations (Heart and Stroke Foundation) would be appreciated and may be made through London Cremation Services 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com.

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LERCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-08 published
SZUCSKO, Nicholas Stephen
Peacefully at Delhi Long Term Care on Thursday, October 6, 2005, Nicholas Stephen SZUCSKO, formerly of Tillsonburg, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Pearl SZUCSKO. Loving father of Stephen SZUCSKO of Tillsonburg and Irene PENCZ and her husband Frank of Turkey Point. Cherished grandfather of Carley LERCH of Tillsonburg, Wendy LATULIPPE and her husband Michael of Tillsonburg, Lorrie CORBETH and her husband Nevil of Oakville, Michael PENCZ and his wife Charlene of Belmont and five great-grand_sons. Also survived by several nephews. Predeceased by two brothers Bill and Vendel (Vern) SZUCSKO. Mr. SZUCSKO was a member of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus #3212 Tillsonburg and the Hungarian Hall in Delhi. Friends will be received at Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Father Matthew GEORGE officiating. Interment in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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LERCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-01-18 published
VAN DUN, Geraldine (née BENS)
Gerrie VAN DUN (née BENS) of Petrolia passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, in her 56th year at Blue Water Health Palliative Care, on Friday, January 14, 2005 with her family by her side. Cherished wife of Joseph for 36 years. Beloved mother of Joanne and Steven PERCY and Linda and Andrew CHWIECKO. Loving Oma to her grandchildren Cierra, Aidan, Jayna, Ryan, and our special angel in Heaven, Nathan. Geraldine was the proud owner and operator of 21 Shell and Variety of Petrolia for over 28 years. Gerrie was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, in 1949. She is also survived by her mother, Wilhemina and the late John BENS, sisters Nellie and Bill LERCH, Tina and Leo VERBERNE and brothers Henry and Janis BENS and John and Harriet BENS. Will be sadly missed by her father and mother-in-law John and Elizabeth VAN DUN and their family as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitors were received on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where parish prayers were offered at 8: 45 p.m. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Philips Church, Petrolia, on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Father Dan VERE as celebrant. Cremation followed, with interment in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. The pallbearers were Owen and Martin QUINN, Jason and Charlie FREER, David and Brian VERBERNE, and Rick SAUVE. The flower bearers were Nellie LURCH and Lorie LAFORET. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at St. Josephs Health Care Foundation, London, the Sarnia and District Humane Society or the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be left online at www.needhamjay.com

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LERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-16 published
LERMAN, Arthur
Died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, on Sunday, August 14, 2005. Arthur LERMAN beloved husband of Lillian. Loving father and father-in-law of Debby and Avery TEPLINSKY, Lisa LERMAN, and Millard LERMAN. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Anne GAZER of Philadelphia, Mel and Molly LERMAN and the late Jack MILLER. Devoted grandfather of Jeremy and David TEPLINSKY, Corey, and Jamie LITVAK. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel 2401 Steeles Ave W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, August 16 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 11 York Downs Dr. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Arthur Lerman Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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LERNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-07 published
LERNER, Albert

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LEROUX o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-18 published
NADON, Estelle (née TURFORD)
Mrs. Estelle NADON (née TURFORD) at the Versa Care Centre, Cornwall, on Saturday, January 15, 2005, at the age of 75 years. Beloved wife of Maurice Joseph NADON. Dear sister of Jack TURFORD (Nita) and Ted TURFORD (Marian) both of Stratford; Edith SAVELLE (late Harry) of Whitby. Dear sister-in-law of Claudette LECLAIR (Bernie LEROUX) of Cornwall and Lise VERDON of Orleans. Special aunt to Renelle and Dale SEGUIN of Cornwall. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two brothers William TURFORD and Lorne TURFORD and by one sister Sybil HOLMES. Resting at the Wilson Funeral Home, 822 Pitt Street, Cornwall from 9 a.m. Thursday, January 20th. (Funeral Services will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Wilson Funeral Home, on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m.) The Venerable Ross MOULTON of Trinity Anglican Church celebrant. Committal to follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, Cornwall. Visitation Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. If so desired contributions to the Alzheimer Society or to the Versa-Care Centre would be appreciated by the family.

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LEROUX o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-28 published
WOODEY, Patricia
Patricia WOODEY (volunteered as Mrs. Santa Clause to elementary schools, member of Horton Street Seniors and Tops for 15 year) passed away peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-South Street Campus on Thursday, May 26, 2005 in her 69th year. Beloved wife of Barrie WOODEY for 46½ years. Loving mother of Simon (Victoria EVANS) WOODEY and David (Gabrielle) WOODEY, all of England. Patricia will also be missed by other family members Olga BARRATT- SYDNEY, Susan (Jerry) LEROUX and their family. The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London, for a Memorial service on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 11 a.m. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment of cremation at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers. donations to the Boys and Girls Club of London, 184 Horton Street, London, Ontario N6B 1K8 would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements in care of McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home 652-2020.

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LEROUX o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-06 published
LANGILLE, Marianne "Maria Johanna" (née STEVENS)
Peacefully with her family by her side at her residence R.R.#2 Harley on Monday September 5, 2005. Marianne (Maria Johanna) LANGILLE (née STEVENS) in her 60th year. Loving wife of Wayne LANGILLE, mother of Angeline LANGILLE of Paris, and William LANGILLE (Stacey) of Harley. Dear grandmother of Ashley (John) TUCK and Alicia TUCK and great-grandmother of Kassidy. Loving sister of John (Trudy) STEVENS of Ipperwash and Wilhelmina (John) VAN LIESHOUT of Granton. Predeceased by her father, William STEVENS (1968) and mother Johanna STEVENS (1993.) Sister-in-law of Hilda (Wray) MISENER, Shirley (Tom) POOLER, Betty (Doug) MARTIN, Alice MUNRO, Grace (Judd) EMMETT, Norma (Ken) DAVIDSON, Charlie (Donna) LANGILLE, Terry (Edna) LANGILLE, Eric (Linda) LANGILLE. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and also several cousins in Holland. Marianne was a member of the Good Neighbours Club of New Durham, enjoyed quilting and spending time with family and Friends and working in her garden. Friends will be received at the Keith Ovington Funeral Home, 134 King Street, Burford on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday September 8, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. with Father Frank MANNO officiating. As expression of sympathy donations in Marianne's memory may be made to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the Community Care Access Centre of Brantford. Special thanks to Alice MUNRO for the love and caring given to Marianne during her illness, together with Dorothy BURTON, Bev HEENEY and Mary LEROUX for their assistance, Tammy COOKE of Community Care Access Centre and the staff and the Victorian Order of Nurses of Brantford for their compassionate care. Keith OVINGTON 449-1112.

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LEROUX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-15 published
Harold RENOUF, Ottawa Mandarin: 1917-2005
Plucked from a successful Halifax accounting firm by Pierre Trudeau, he tackled inflation with the Anti-Inflation Board and the oil industry through the National Energy Program, then made VIA's trains run on time
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, July 15, 2005, Page S7
Harold RENOUF was an accountant and company director from Halifax who left corporate life at the peak of his career for a stint in public service and ended up running two of the most controversial agencies of the Trudeau era: the Anti-Inflation Board and the Petroleum Monitoring Agency.
Rising prices and wages were a hot topic of the 1970s. One of the critics of the government at the time was Mr. RENOUF, then president of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
In the federal election of 1974, Tory leader Robert Stanfield ran on a platform of bringing in wage-and-price controls to control inflation. The prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, mocked him with the throwaway line: "Zap, you're frozen."
It was one of the issues that won Mr. Trudeau a majority government. But, by the following year, inflation was far from frozen. It was running at an annual rate of 10.6 per cent. Mr. Trudeau changed his mind and introduced wage-and-price controls in the fall of At the time, the Anti-Inflation Board was headed by Jean Luc Pepin, a defeated Liberal candidate and former cabinet minister. Mr. Trudeau wanted to make a change, but there was a matter of regional representation to be considered. In the end, the man the prime minister wanted was from Atlantic Canada. He was Harold RENOUF, an accountant with Liberal Party connections who had criticized government policy on inflation.
"When Trudeau called him on Thanksgiving weekend of 1975, Dad said to us: 'I guess I've got to put my energy where my mouth is.' And he accepted," said Janet RENOUF, his daughter. He retired as chairman of H.R. Doane, the accounting firm where he had worked since 1938, and moved to Ottawa.
When Mr. Pepin left as head of the Anti-Inflation Board, Mr. RENOUF took over as its second chairman. There was much debate at the time whether the government's anti-inflation policies had any effect or whether the natural slowdown of the economy would have produced the same results.
The policy was not popular. Business did not like controls on its prices and profits, and unions didn't like caps on pay increases. Stewart Cooke, head of the United Steelworkers union, said all the controls did was bring in a recession.
Mr. RENOUF defended the Anti-Inflation Board's policies, pointing out that the average wage increase in 1975 was 21 per cent but, by early 1978, pay hikes were down to 7.5 per cent. And furthermore, the Anti-Inflation Board had rolled back $370-million in corporate dividends. The Liberal government gradually wound down the Anti-Inflation Board. In 1978, 27 months after they were brought in, the controls were lifted. Then, in March of 1979, the finance minister, Jean CHRÉTIEN, renamed the body the National Commission on Inflation. Mr. RENOUF was made chairman of the new organization, but, by then, its powers were sharply reduced.
The inflation watchdog soon died altogether when the government switched its attentions to a new bugbear: high oil prices. Mr. RENOUF was at the forefront of that policy, too, and, in 1980, was named head of the Petroleum Monitoring Agency. Its job was to collect information on the oil and gas industry, including measuring what percentage of it was Canadian owned.
The agency was the operating arm of the government's national energy program, brought in by energy minister Marc Lalonde. That policy created an even more virulent reaction from the public than had wage-and-price controls. In Western Canada, it was detested. Later, the National Energy Program would be blamed for reducing Alberta's share of the overall Canadian economy from 14 per cent to a little more than 10 per cent, though the plummeting price of oil -- from $40 (U.S.) in 1980 to $11 in 1986 -- was also responsible.
A diminutive man, Mr. RENOUF was a capitalist at heart, and the criticism of his fellow business leaders upset him. But he was also a man who, once on a mission, did what he set out to do. In this case, it was to increase Canadian ownership in the oil and gas industry.
"He was shocked at the reaction [in Western Canada] and he felt badly about it," said Ms. RENOUF. " But he had a sense of doing what was right for the greater good."
Mr. RENOUF found out about the oil industry's reaction early on. In October of 1980, he went to Calgary to speak to certain business executives who looked on the government's policies as a form of nationalization. The accountant from Halifax tried to reassure them.
"I cannot state that we will always agree with industry on substantive matters, but I can promise co-operation, independence in our actions and attitudes," Mr. RENOUF told that skeptical Alberta audience. "Although I cannot be out front of my minister on the substance of Canadianization programs, it should be obvious that an accurate assessment of ownership levels will be essential."
His audience did not find that obvious at all, and never came round to Ottawa's way of thinking on energy.
After the energy posting, his last major government job was in Montreal as chairman of Via Rail. There, he used to say he was proudest of a small achievement, saving the murals by famous Canadian artists painted on the inner walls of some long-distance rail cars. When he and the president of Via heard they were going to be destroyed, they moved quickly to preserve them.
His family joked that he kept trying to retire, and did so five times before finally returning to Halifax and his beloved cottage at Pictou Landing.
Harold RENOUF was the son of a sea captain, a master mariner named John RENOUF, who gave him a lifelong love of boats and the ocean. He was born in Sandy Point, a tiny community on Newfoundland's southwest coast that no longer exists but whose dunes and salt marshes remain such a favourite location for migrating birds that there is now a movement to turn it into a nature preserve.
There was a lot of French in his background. His mother's maiden name was LEROUX, and RENOUF was originally a French name. The family traces its lineage to Jersey, the largest of Britain's Channel Islands off the French coast. Young Harold's line of the RENOUF family left Newfoundland around 1920 and moved to Halifax. He later studied commerce at Dalhousie University.
In 1938, he joined the accounting firm of H.R. Doane and became a partner in 1942. He was chairman of the firm from 1967 to 1975, when he left for the Anti-Inflation Board. Even before then, he had been involved with government commissions and studies, among them the royal commission on gasoline and diesel pricing in Nova Scotia and the royal commission on the milk industry. The latter was partly responsible for setting up a marketing-board system for dairy farmers in Canada.
Mr. RENOUF was on the board of a number of private companies, including two British insurance firms. An anglophile, Mr. RENOUF enjoyed travelling to directors' meetings in London. A devoted family man, he often extended his visits to private vacations (a scrupulous number cruncher, he always paid his own way) in which he brought along his wife or met some of his children already in London.
When they were growing up, he tried to introduce his children to as much theatre and music as possible. The family would travel to Boston, New York City and Stratford for museums, theatre and plays. At home, he funded a trust to endow part of the New Glasgow Music Festival, an annual event to encourage young musicians from northern Nova Scotia. The winner of the festival receives a silver bowl and a cash prize from the Rose Bowl Trust funded by Mr. RENOUF.
Mr. RENOUF liked to fish for trout on Lawlor's Lake in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, and read mysteries and adventures -- in particular, the swashbuckling sea stories of Patrick O'Brian.
In 1979, he was made an officer of the Order of Canada and, in 1981, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie.
Harold Augustus RENOUF was born on June 15, 1917, in Sandy Point, Newfoundland. He died in Halifax on July 4, 2005, after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and his four children, Janet, Ann, Robert and Susan. A memorial service is planned for Monday at St. Andrew's United Church in Halifax.

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LEROUX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-02 published
SHORE, M. Elizabeth (née ARMSTRONG)
Her soul entered eternal rest July 31st, 2005, at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. She was the beloved wife and dear friend of Harry H. SHORE, Burlington, Ontario. Cherished by her devoted children and family: John SHORE, his wife Deirdre PRINGLE, Marnie SHERK and her husband Bob SHERK, Ted SHORE and his partner Roger LEROUX. She was the proud and loving grandmother of Andrew SHERK, Heather VAN LUVEN and her husband Kyle, Emily SHERK and Trevor SHERK. Family and Friends were her first joys and she will be deeply missed. Elizabeth spent many hours in church-affiliated activities and other volunteer organizations. If you wish, you may make a donation in Elizabeth's memory to Knox Presbyterian Church, Burlington, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church at 461 Elizabeth Street, Burlington, on Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m. (Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington 905-632-3333).

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LEROUX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-05 published
HARVEY, Allan John
Passed away peacefully, on Thursday, December 30, 2004, at his home in White Rock, British Columbia, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Allan was born in Stanley, New Brunswick, on November 8, 1948 to the late John and Betty (BIRD) HARVEY. Allan spent most of his school years in Ottawa, Ontario, where he graduated from Algonquin Business College. After college, Allan moved to Toronto and spent many successful years as a senior executive in the telecommunications industry. During these years he also completed the Executive M.B.A. Program at Western University in London, Ontario. In the years following, Allan and his wife of 23 years settled in White Rock, British Columbia. He spent many years in business consulting as well as helping his wife operate Cyclone Taylor Figure Skating in Vancouver. Allan will be greatly missed for his outstanding enthusiasm, passion for life, his family, his animals and of course.... Golf! He is survived by his loving wife Deborah TAILOR/TAYLOR and his 2 daughters, Tarrah HARVEY of White Rock and Julie STAHLE (Mark) of Brampton, as well as his son John HARVEY (Andria) of Mississauga. He will also be greatly missed by his 2 sisters, Carol DICKSON/DIXON (Ron) and Joan HARVEY (Paul LEROUX) of Ottawa and Montreal, and many relatives living in British Columbia, New Brunswick, and across Canada. A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 6th from 7-9 p.m. at Victory Memorial Park on 2977 King George Highway in South Surrey, British Columbia The Funeral Service will be held at the same location on Friday, January 7th at 2 p.m. with refreshments and memory sharing to follow in the reception hall. In lieu of flowers, Allan has requested donations be made to the Cancer Society of British Columbia, which can be arranged through Victory Memorial Park at 604-536-6522.

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LEROUX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-10 published
Norm KELLY,62: Teacher, friend, actor
Norm KELLY: educator, amateur thespian, 'good best friend'
Despite debilitating illness, he retained his interest in others
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
In the late summer afternoons, Norm KELLY was always on the pretty front porch of his flag-strewn house atop a little hill on Linnsmore Cr. in Toronto's east end. He'd be smiling and waving to the people streaming up from or toward the Greenwood subway station, and usually they'd be smiling and waving back.
Many of them stopped to talk to the friendly man in the power wheelchair, probably because it was hard to miss the notice printed on hot pink or neon green or orange computer paper pinned to both sides of the garden pergola right at the sidewalk.
"Norm on the porch says hello," it read. "Please say hello back."
On Fridays, he changed the signs. These ones read: "Please join us for tea and cookies on the porch."
Admittedly most of the people who did join them there were neighbours, but as one of them told KELLY and his wife, Barbara DATLEN- KELLY, they hadn't known one another before the couple moved onto the street in 1996. KELLY and DATLEN- KELLY invited all their neighbours over for a barbecue the minute they finished their renovations that year. After that, everyone would gather at their home every Christmas for their open house as well as for their annual barbecues.
In 2003, when the barbecues were becoming too big for DATLEN- KELLY to handle, they decided to have a dinner party every Saturday night from late June until the Saturday after Labour Day for a rotating cast of 12 to 16 people from all aspects of their busy and varied lives.
"Norm was just a very friendly guy," said DATLEN- KELLY.
He was more than that.
He was a community builder who not only organized his own funeral, he attended it.
He died at 62 on September 4 of multiple system atrophy, a crippling Parkinson's Plus disorder of relatively late onset, which robs people of their mobility and ultimately of their speech.
KELLY was 54 and a year away from retiring when he noticed he was having difficulty working the computer mouse.
It was a particularly devastating illness for KELLY, who had been a guidance counsellor with the Toronto Catholic District School Board and a real presence at Jean Vanier secondary school where he, 6-foot tall and 250 pounds, danced "The Sugar Plum Fairy" in a tutu at the annual Christmas assembly to cheers and howls from students.
"He was the highlight of the show," said KELLY's friend, former school principal Mike LEROUX. " But he also had the total respect of the kids."
KELLY also performed in 21 Broadway shows put on by Staff Arts, a group of talented and musical teachers and Catholic school board employees. His first show was Fiddler on the Roof; his favourite show was Guys and Dolls, where he was Nicely Nicely Johnson and got to sing "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat."
He had never been a star; "Norm would say he was first on right, back row," said DATLEN- KELLY. He was too sick to be in this year's Beauty and the Beast, but he was in the four shows before that in his wheelchair. For Oliver in 2003, DATLEN- KELLY managed to find an antique wheelchair for him to appear in.
"He loved being on stage, everything off stage and everything backstage," said his friend Mary Jane McKEEN, who was part of his set painting crew. "I think the theatre gave him focus and kept him going."
He grew up in the Dundas/Dufferin area of Toronto in an apartment over the bakery run by his Scottish parents and began teaching after a one-year post-high school course. He studied at nights, earning a B.A. and eventually a masters' degree in education.
In 1972, he and his then wife, Mary Ellen, and daughter Sheila moved to University City, one of many young families attracted to the innovative townhouse and apartment complex south of Finch Ave., one of the city's first planned communities.
The developers had designed the complex with a vehicle-free promenade to encourage a feel of community, but it was KELLY who made that a reality. For 17 years he was head of the condo board, earning him his nickname the Mayor of University City.
It used to take him an hour to fetch a jug of milk from the store that was five minutes away because he stopped to talk to everyone.
He was always organizing something -- winter carnivals, dances and huge Canada Day celebrations. More than 5,000 people used to turn out, recalled former neighbour Terri HOPE, making it the second largest July 1 celebration in Ontario, if not Canada.
"Norm was the epicentre. He ran the best all-candidates meetings I've ever been to," she said.
He spearheaded the community's political fight to keep nearby lands for parkland and, with DATLEN- KELLY, helped run the Four Winds Sentinel, the longest running community-operated newspaper in North York until it folded after 17 years in 1993.
Married in 1995, he and DATLEN- KELLY had been together since 1979 and had just really moved into their new east-end neighbourhood when he began noticing symptoms. In the winter of 2000-01, he and HOPE wrote a letter to 50 Friends -- "Norm came up with the initial 50 or so names. Who the hell else could do that?" HOPE exclaimed -- asking for volunteers for a circle of support helping him with speech therapy.
For four years, they kept up that circle. "I probably got more out of it than Norm did," said his friend LEROUX. They'd vary the speech exercises by riffing about George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice to the tempo of "Who's On First." And Terri HOPE's husband Bob searched out naughty limericks for KELLY's exercises.
"Norm KELLY had this amazing group of Friends because he was such a good best friend," said Bonnie BERESKIN, the Baycrest Centre's speech therapist who helped coordinate the Circle of Support. "It was sort of like putting money in the bank. He had given a lot over the years."
BERESKIN said she'd been worried that people might drop out when KELLY's condition inevitably worsened. "I thought they would be afraid, but instead they devised new ways of helping him and started doing other things that were needed."
They organized cleaning crews for the house, brought over casseroles, took him places, and continued the therapy sessions even during the last two months of his life when KELLY finally lost his ability to speak.
"I would say Norm dealt with this in a state of grace," said DATLEN- KELLY. "He was determined to do everything he possibly could."
But last year, he decided it was time to move into a nursing home. He put up a sign on the pergola -- "I have chosen to go into a beautiful nursing home because I can no longer stay safely at home" -- and people were upset when they read it.
But KELLY always knew he would be coming back to the neighbourhood. For his funeral he specified he wanted a street party, the music he had loved to sing, and he wanted the hearse containing his remains to stop by and stay awhile. And that's exactly what happened.
"As we turned the corner, I could see the tables and chairs on all the driveways. Someone had put big plastic flowers out and I thought Norm would get such a kick out of it," said DATLEN- KELLY. "It was like he was welcomed back home. It was beautiful."

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LEROUX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-28 published
NORTON, Michael " Gerry"
Peacefully, on Tuesday, December 27th, 2005 at Gibson House - Long Term Care, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Yvette NORTON (1993.) Loving father of Jacqueline KALYN, Theresa (Louis) VERDONI, Michael (Liisa), Jean (Jack) MacDONALD, and John (Donna). Cherished grandfather of eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Survived by his brother John NORTON and predeceased by his sister Mary LEROUX. Friends may call on Thursday, December 29th, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church (75 Churchill Avenue, North York) on Friday at 9: 30 a.m. Interment to follow at York Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences www.rskane.ca.

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LEROY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-25 published
GREGORY, Jennifer " Jen" (1950-2005)
Jennifer passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Monday March 14, 2005. She is survived by her brother Gilbert and predeceased by her twin brother Paul and parents Adele LEROY and Courtney GREGORY. Jennifer taught for 20 years with the Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary Boards of Education; her love of travel and adventurous spirit led her on many journeys worldwide. Jennifer thanks Dr. Sandi Patterson, Dr. Barb Walley and the amazing staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre; as well as her two healers Bonnie Scarborough and Carol Poon who showed her how to balance her life. She also wanted to thank her dear friend Darci and all her many Friends and family in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary for all their love and support. Special thanks to the Dragonboat Organization and The Best Group.
"Where it feels there is an emptiness...
I have left you some of our very best memories to fill that place.
And I won't forget about you.
I have taken a little piece of each of you on my journey
And when we see each other again, we will have so much to talk about....
Until then, be good to yourselves.
And remember how I loved you..."
Memorial Services will be held at Islington United Church, 25 Burnamthorpe Road, Etobicoke on Monday April 4, 2005 (Please note change of time) at 7: 30 p.m. At Jennifer's request please make donations to The Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331-29 Street N.W. Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2. Heritage Family Funeral Services "Heritage Funeral Home" Telephone 403-299-0100.

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LEROY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-13 published
HUGILL, Ettie Elizabeth
At Seaforth Manor, Seaforth, on Sunday September 11, 2005 Mrs. Ettie Elizabeth HUGILL of Seaforth in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Elmer HUGILL (1989.) Loving mother of Donald and Marjorie HUGILL of Lucan, Benjamin LEROY and Barbara HUGILL of Perkinsfield, Larry and Bonnie HUGILL of Seaforth. Cherished grandmother of 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Bob and Mary RILEY of Seaforth. Predeceased by her parents Benjamin and Selina RILEY, and 8 siblings. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., 153 High St. Clinton, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday September 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment Clinton Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-17 published
GREGORY, Jennifer " Jen" (1950-2005)
Jennifer passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Monday, March 14, 2005. She is survived by her brother Gilbert and predeceased by her twin brother Paul and parents Adele LEROY and Courtney GREGORY. Jennifer taught for 20 years with the Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary Boards of Education; her love of travel and adventurous spirit led her on many journeys worldwide. Jennifer thanks Dr. Sandi Patterson, Dr. Barb Walley and the amazing staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre; as well as her two healers Bonnie Scarborough and Carol Poon who showed her how to balance her life. She also wanted to thank her dear friend Darci and all her many Friends and family in Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary for all their love and support. Special thanks to the Dragonboat. Organization and The Best Group. 'Where it feels there is an emptiness... I have left you some of our very best memories to fill that place. And I won't forget about you. I have taken a little piece of each of you on my journey. And when we see each other again, we will have so much to talk about... Until then, be good to yourselves. And remember how I loved you...' Memorial Services will be held at Islington United Church, 25 Burnamthorpe Road, Etobicoke on Monday, April 4, 2005 at 3: 30 p.m. At Jennifer's request please make donations to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre 1331 - 29 Street N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2. Heritage Family Funeral Services 'Heritage Funeral Home' Telephone 403-299-0100

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-16 published
ETCHES, Roy Donald
(General Operating Superintendent Robert Simpson Company, St. Lawrence Yacht Club, Montreal; Club St. Denis, Montreal; Rotary Club; Past Chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Canada Oakville Lawn Bowling and Probus Oakville)
Peacefully after a brief illness at Oakville on Friday April 15, 2005. Roy, beloved husband of the late Susan (SNOW.) Dear father of Diane LEROY and her husband Ronald. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, (905-844-2600) on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 from 2: 00 p.m. with a Funeral Service in the Kopriva Chapel at 3: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. E-mail condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place ETCHES on the subject line.

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-18 published
ETCHES, Roy Donald
(General Operating Superintendent Robert Simpson Company, St. Lawrence Yacht Club, Montreal; Club St. Denis, Montreal; Rotary Club; Past Chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Canada Oakville Lawn Bowling and Probus Oakville)
Peacefully after a brief illness at Oakville on Friday April 15, 2005. Roy, beloved husband of the late Susan (SNOW.) Dear father of Diane LEROY and her husband Ronald. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, (905-844-2600) on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 from 2: 00 p.m. with a Funeral Service in the Kopriva Chapel at 3: 00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. E-mail condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place ETCHES on the subject line.

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-10 published
LEROY, Ruth
On Tuesday August 9, 2005 at Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Whitby. Ruth LEROY, beloved wife of Max. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Candace and Edward LEWIS, and Dr. Mark and Ellen LEROY. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Betty and Albert GURLAND, and the late Irving and Fern SONNER. Devoted grandmother of Mavis, Jeremy, and Megan. Devoted great-grandmother of Jaden, Cheyenne, and Aaron. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday August 10, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Beth David Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1: 00 p.m. to 4: 00 p.m. at 3800 Yonge St. # 614. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Society 416-227-9700 or Na'amat Canada 416-636-5425.

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-11 published
LEROY, Ruth
On Tuesday August 9, 2005 at Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Whitby. Ruth LEROY, beloved wife of Max. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Candace and Edward Lewis, and Dr. Mark and Ellen LEROY. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Betty and Albert GURLAND, and the late Irving and Fern SONNER. Devoted grandmother of Mavis, Jeremy, and Megan. Devoted great-grandmother of Jaden, Cheyenne, and Aaron. Services were held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel on Wednesday August 10, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Beth David Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 3800 Yonge St. # 614. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Society 416-227-9700 or Na'amat Canada 416-636-5425.

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-08 published
CLARK, Brian Michael
Living life to the fullest, as he always did, Brian Michael CLARK died March 2, 2005 while snowmobiling in Golden, British Columbia. He was 29. Brian lived in Oshawa, Ontario, where he was born and raised. He worked in Pickering, Ontario for Apex Sound and Light, where he was Manager of Production Services. As such, he travelled North America installing equipment and managing live shows of all kinds. He met and worked with numerous musicians and technicians for more than a decade at Apex. He could make musicians sound great in any venue, from large concert halls to arenas to the most intimate of clubs. Brian is survived and mourned by his parents, Warren CLARK and Gail CLARK, and by his stepmother, Sharon CLARK, all of Oshawa. He also is survived and mourned by brother Adam CLARK and sister-in-law Teresa Lomax CLARK of Fort Mill, South Carolina. and by brother Christopher CLARK and sister-in-law Jeanine LEROY of London, Ontario. He also is survived by his uncle and step-aunt, Donald and Eileen CLARK of Sacramento, California and his aunt, Joanne CLARK of Calgary. Brian had two beautiful nieces. Abby CLARK was born last May to Adam and Teresa and will grow up hearing stories about her Uncle Brian and seeing pictures of him holding her. In her nine years, Emily CLARK, daughter of Christopher and Jeanine, grew to love Uncle Brian's sense of humour, caring nature and generosity. Brian graduated from O'Neill Collegiate in Oshawa, following in the footsteps of his father and brothers. He was very involved in the school's music program and also played baseball throughout his high school years. Brian will be remembered by family and Friends at a Memorial Celebration Saturday, March 12 at 3: 00 p.m. at the Tosca Banquet Hall and Conference Centre, 800 Champlain Ave., Oshawa, Ontario Call 905-404-9400 for directions. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay Street, Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 1S3, 1-877-746-4466.

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-17 published
GREGORY, Jennifer " Jen" (1950-2005)
Jennifer passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Monday, March 14, 2005. She is survived by her brother Gilbert and predeceased by her twin brother Paul and parents Adele LEROY and Courtney GREGORY. Jennifer taught for 20 years with the Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary Boards of Education; her love of travel and adventurous spirit led her on many journeys worldwide. Jennifer thanks Dr. Sandi Patterson, Dr. Barb Walley and the amazing staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre; as well as her two healers Bonnie Scarborough and Carol Poon who showed her how to balance her life. She also wanted to thank her dear friend Darci and all her many Friends and family in Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary for all their love and support. Special thanks to the Dragonboat Organization and The Best Group. "Where it feels there is an emptiness... I have left you some of our very best memories to fill that place. And I won't forget about you. I have taken a little piece of each of you on my journey. And when we see each other again, we will have so much to talk about... Until then, be good to yourselves. And remember how I loved you..." Memorial Services will be held at Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Road, Etobicoke on Monday, April 4, 2005 at 3: 30 p.m. At Jennifer's request, please make donations to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2. Heritage Family Funeral Services" Heritage Funeral Home" 403-299-0100

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-18 published
GREGORY, Jennifer " Jen" (1950-2005)
Jennifer passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Monday, March 14, 2005. She is survived by her brother Gilbert and predeceased by her twin brother Paul and parents Adele LEROY and Courtney GREGORY. Jennifer taught for 20 years with the Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary Boards of Education; her love of travel and adventurous spirit led her on many journeys worldwide. Jennifer thanks Dr. Sandi PATTERSON, Dr. Barb WALLEY and the amazing staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre; as well as her two healers Bonnie SCARBOROUGH and Carol POON who showed her how to balance her life. She also wanted to thank her dear friend Darci and all her many Friends and family in Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary for all their love and support. Special thanks to the Dragonboat Organization and The Best Group. "Where it feels there is an emptiness... I have left you some of our very best memories to fill that place. And I won't forget about you. I have taken a little piece of each of you on my journey. And when we see each other again, we will have so much to talk about... Until then, be good to yourselves. And remember how I loved you..." Memorial Services will be held at Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Road, Etobicoke on Monday, April 4, 2005 (Please Note: Change Of Time) at 7: 30 p.m. At Jennifer's request, please make donations to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2. Heritage Family Funeral Services"Heritage Funeral Home" 403-299-0100

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-16 published
ETCHES, Roy Donald
(General Operating Superintendent Robert Simpson Company, St. Lawrence Yacht Club, Montreal; Club St. Denis, Montreal; Rotary Club; Past Chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Canada Oakville Lawn Bowling and Probus Oakville) Peacefully after a brief illness, at Oakville, on Friday, April 15, 2005. Roy, beloved husband of the late Susan (SNOW.) Dear father of Diane LEROY and her husband Ronald. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville (905-844-2600) on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 from 2: 00 p.m with a Funeral Service in the Kopriva Chapel at 3: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. E-mail condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca please place ETCHES on the subject line.

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LEROY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-10 published
LEROY, Ruth
On Tuesday August 9, 2005 at Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Whitby. Ruth LEROY, beloved wife of Max. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Candace and Edward LEWIS, and Dr. Mark and Ellen LEROY. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Betty and Albert GURLAND, and the late Irving and Fern SONNER. Devoted grandmother of Mavis, Jeremy, and Megan. Devoted great-grandmother of Jaden, Cheyenne, and Aaron. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday August 10, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Beth David Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1: 00 p.m. to 4: 00 p.m. at 3800 Yonge St. no. 614. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Society 416-227-9700 or Na'amat Canada 416-636-5425.

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