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O'BYRNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-06 published
O'BYRNE, Gerard -- Dispatch:
By Oliver MOORE, Saturday, August 6, 2005, Page M4
Doctors who were worried about his family's history of bone disease warned Gerard O'BYRNE not to have children. He listened to them, aware that his grandmother, mother and cousin had all become disabled later in life.
Instead, Mr. O'BYRNE lived a bachelor life, maintaining a close relationship with his unmarried sister for decades.
They were the last of the family, and 80-year-old Rita now admits that, with her brother gone, she is "very lonely."
"He was my hero on the white horse," she said.
Although Ms. O'BYRNE was too young to remember, she has been told many times the story of how her nine-year-old brother was half-cut as she entered the world. "I was born at home, Christmas Eve," she said. "And my brother and his dog Dinty got into momma's Christmas wine."
The two children enjoyed a childhood playing in High Park and coming home for roast beef dinners cooked by their mom, who didn't let a wheelchair stop her from being a mother.
The Depression forced Mr. O'BYRNE to quit university and go to work.
He went back to school in his late 20s to become a teacher of math and science, working at Malvern Collegiate Institute and in Kitchener, Ontario
Mr. O'BYRNE took a slightly early retirement in the late 1980s to help support his sister through cancer. They lived at their home north of the Beaches until he had a fall in mid-June. He died days short of his 91st birthday.
"We've always looked after each other," Ms. O'BYRNE said. "When my mom died, she said on her deathbed, 'Take care of Rita.' And he did."

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O'BYRNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-06 published
McKAY, Betty
In her 83rd year, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 21, 2005 at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Betty will be sadly missed by her nephew Les POXON (Dee) of Bradford and her niece Karen O'BYRNE of Burlington and by her great-nephews and nieces, Adam, Jessica and Kate. Betty leaves behind her many Friends with whom she enjoyed public speaking and dancing. Cremation has taken place. Friends and relatives are invited to visit at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville (905-844-2600) on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 from 10: 00 a.m. with a Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place McKAY on the subject line.

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O'BYRNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-03 published
PRESTON, Rose Ellen (née FORD)
On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 in her 87th year, peacefully at Kingsway Retirement Residence. Rose PRESTON (née FORD), predeceased by her husband Fred. Beloved mother of Wayne (Lynne), Bryan, Kim PRESTON (Larry KUNKA,) Garry (Lee) and predeceased by her beloved daughter Patricia. Loving grandmother of Jodie NOWAK (Shane O'BYRNE), Debra BOLL (Ron), Sharon BURGESS (David), Christine PRESTON, Steven PRESTON (Kelly), Lucas PRESTON, Erin PRESTON, Robert KUNKA and Kristen KUNKA. Great-grandmother of Ryan, Mattison and Gavin. Our "Wild Iris Rose" will be greatly missed by her many Friends, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 12: 45 p.m. Interment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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O'BYRNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-21 published
DENAULT, Edward Vincent
World War 2 Veteran Passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 20, 2005 at the age of 88, leaving behind his loving wife Marguerite of 66 years, daughters Dianne (John AZZOPARDI,) Theresa BOVAIR and Susan (Rod MacNEIL,) 6 grandchildren David (Debbie,) Paul (Darlene), Stephen (Jean), Christopher, Heather and Christina and 3 great grandchildren Heather, Dilyn and Mason and siblings Malvina, Helen and Fred. Ed was 30 years retired from Canada Post, Toronto, Ontario. The family wishes to extend many thanks to staff at Medex and Doctor O'BYRNE for their loving care. Many thanks also to the staff of the Ottawa-Carleton Dialysis Clinic and Dr. MORAN and Dr. VAN DER JAGT for their excellent care and support. Friends may visit at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 235 Kent Street Ottawa, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Basil's Church on Saturday, November 26th at 10: 30 a.m. In memoriam donations to the Ottawa-Carleton Dialysis Clinic or to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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O'BYRNE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-03 published
McLEAN, Jeanette Mae
At Fosterbrooke Long Term Care, Newcastle on Wednesday, November 30, 2005, in her 73rd year. Jeanette, former wife of much loved Colonel Peter G. McLEAN. Beloved mother of Sandra LEUTY- SMITH, JoAnn McHARDY and Suzanne MINNS, and loved by their father, the late William D. LEUTY. Dear sister of Bob BREWSTER, William SOMERVILLE, Catharine SOMERVILLE- WILSON and Diane SOMERVILLE- O'BYRNE. Adored grandmother of Michael and Katherine SMITH, Matthew and Heather McHARDY, Jennifer and Bradley MINNS. A Memorial Service to celebrate Mom's life will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2005 at Orono United Church at 2 p.m. Donations to the Children's Wish Foundation in her memory would be gratefully appreciated. For information on service location or to make a donation please call the Morris Funeral Chapel at 905-623-5480 or at www.morrisfuneralchapel.ca or sandraleuty@look.ca

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