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OSTACHUK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-03 published
HAMILTON, Robert Alexander
At Bluewater Health - Norman Site on Thursday, December 1, 2005, Robert Alexander HAMILTON, age 72, of Sarnia, loving husband of Patricia (Pat) HAMILTON and dear son of Gladys HAMILTON of Corunna. Brother of Beverley STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Kincardine and Marilyn OSTACHUK and her husband Joe of Corunna and brother-in-law of Reverend Gary PARKER and his wife Joan of Meaford and Harold BRUNTON and his wife Mary of Sarnia. Loving uncle of several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father James HAMILTON (1968) and brother-in-law Jim STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Bob retired from Bayer in 1990 after 40 years of service. He was past president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #447 of Corunna and was a member of the Liberty Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Lambton Shrine Club. He was also a member of the Lambton Shrine Motor Corps. Funeral services will be held from the Chapel of the D.J. Robb Funeral Home, 102 North Victoria Street, Sarnia, on Monday, December 5th at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon and evening from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. The Liberty Lodge will conduct a memorial service at the funeral home on Sunday evening at 6: 45 p.m. sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through djrobbfh@ebtech.net

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OSTAPEIC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-31 published
YODZIS, Peter Paul
Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Ecology.
It is with great sadness that the family of Peter YODZIS announces that Peter passed away peacefully on Easter Monday the 28th of March, 2005 in Guelph, Ontario with his wife Susan, and sons Hans and Michael by his side.
When he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, Peter faced each challenge with integrity and courage. Peter celebrated life every day by sharing his love of music, art, history and his love of good food with his family and Friends. After retiring, Peter continued to work on his research until the end of his life. He was an inspiration to us all. His generous spirit, patience, understanding and intellectual insights shall be missed by his family, Friends, colleagues and students.
Peter was a Professor of Theoretical Ecology, in the Department of Zoology, at the University of Guelph for 25 years. In recognition of his contributions to science, the University of Guelph honoured Peter with the first annual Peter Yodzis Colloquium in 2004, which brought together world renowned scientists.
Peter's undergraduate degree was in Theoretical Physics from Duke University and he received his PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of New Mexico. After two years of postdoctural work at the Institute of Physics in Dublin, Ireland and in Hamburg, Germany, Peter joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Bern, Switzerland. While he was in Switzerland, he became interested in Theoretical Ecology. He entered this field because he truly wanted to change the world. Thirty years later, his insights and ideas have helped us to better understand the world in which we live, and will continue to cast its' light for many years to come.
Peter was a gentle and loving husband to Susan. He was predeceased by his first wife, Karin HENKE. He was a loving father to Hans and Michael. Peter was the son of Florence YODZIS, and the late Peter YODZIS of Maryland. He was the dear brother of Melanie PATRINICOLA of Maryland. Peter was greatly admired by his inlaws, Paul and Vera OSTAPEIC of Toronto. His many nieces and nephews will miss him dearly. A memorial celebrating Peter's life will take place in late spring. Friends may call at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home "Dublin Chapel" 252, Dublin St. N., Guelph, on Friday April 1. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The University of Guelph for The Peter Yodzis Colloquium Series, to be sent to Alumni Affairs and Development @ University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 or send condolences to www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com

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OSTAPEIC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-01 published
YODZIS, Peter Paul
Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Ecology
It is with great sadness that the family of Peter YODZIS announces that Peter passed away peacefully on Easter Monday the 28th of March, 2005 in Guelph, Ontario with his wife Susan, and sons Hans and Michael by his side.
Peter was a Professor of Theoretical Ecology, in the Department of Zoology, at the University of Guelph for 25 years. In recognition of his contributions to science, the University of Guelph honoured Peter with the first annual Peter Yodzis Colloquium in 2004, which brought together world renowned scientists.
Peter's undergraduate degree was in Theoretical Physics from Duke University and he received his PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of New Mexico. After two years of postdoctural work at the Institute of Physics in Dublin, Ireland and in Hamburg, Germany, Peter joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Bern, Switzerland. While he was in Switzerland, he became interested in Theoretical Ecology. He entered this field because he truly wanted to change the world. Thirty years later, his insights and ideas have helped us to better understand the world in which we live, and will continue to cast their lights for many years to come.
Peter was a gentle and loving husband to Susan. He was predeceased by his first wife, Karin HENKE. He was a loving father to Hans and Michael. Peter was the son of Florence YODZIS, and the late Peter YODZIS of Maryland. He was the dear brother of Melanie PATRINICOLA of Maryland. Peter was greatly admired by his inlaws, Paul and Vera OSTAPEIC of Toronto. His many nieces and nephews will miss him dearly. A memorial celebrating Peter's life will take place in late spring. Friends may call at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home "Dublin Chapel" 252, Dublin St. N., Guelph, on Friday April 1. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The University of Guelph for The Peter Yodzis Colloquium Series, to be sent to Alumni Affairs and Development @ University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 or send condolences to www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com

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OSTEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-22 published
OSTEN, Fay
On November 20, 2005 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Fay OSTEN beloved wife of the late Aaron MAX. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Geri and the late Joe WALTMAN, Jack and Cheryl and Ruby. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Bernice and the late Bill SPEER, the late Betty and Al ROSS, and the late Harry SPEER. Devoted grandmother of Robbie, Adam and Taly, Brandon and Tara, Eve and Mark, Mark and Lisa, Andrew and Kerry, Ruth, and Ryan. Devoted great-grandmother of Devon, Mark, Zachary, Alyssa, Samara, Alexa, Joshua, and Jordan. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel 2401 Steeles Ave., W., (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday November 23, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Community Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva at 466 Spadina Road, concluding Friday, November 25 at 2: 00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society of Ontario 416-967- 5900.

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OSTEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-22 published
OSTEN, Fay
On November 20, 2005 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Fay OSTEN, beloved wife of the late Aaron MAX. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Geri and the late Joe WALTMAN, Jack and Cheryl, and Ruby. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Bernice and the late Bill SPEER, the late Betty and Al ROSS, and the late Harry SPEER. Devoted grandmother of Robbie, Adam and Taly, Brandon and Tara, Eve and Mark, Mark and Lisa, Andrew and Kerry, Ruth, and Ryan. Devoted great-grandmother of Devon, Mark, Zachary, Alyssa, Samara, Alexa, Joshua, and Jordan. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment Community Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva at 466 Spadina Road, concluding Friday, November 25 at 2: 00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, 416-967-5900.

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OSTER o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-04-13 published
FREEBURN, John
Mr. John FREEBURN a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at his residence at the age of 69. John was a son of the late John and Diane (LAUZON) FREEBURN and was a lifelong resident of Wallaceburg. He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Wallaceburg, as well as a member of Knights of Columbus Council 2102. John was a retired employee of Dominion Glass Co., in Wallaceburg. Beloved husband of Theresa (HINNEGAN) FREEBURN of 51 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Erin FREEBURN of Hamilton, Joseph FREEBURN, Carl OSTER of Vancouver, British Columbia, Edward and Michelle FREEBURN of Wallaceburg, Shannon FREEBURN and Todd CELOTTO of Mississauga, Jack FREEBURN of Toronto and Liz FREEBURN of Niagara Falls. Beloved Poppy of Lauren, Meghan, Jamison, Brennan, Lucas and Reilly and Ava. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Pat and Monique FREEBURN of Bracebridge, Irene MALLETTE of Wallaceburg, Mary VAN MEENEN of Wallaceburg, Kathleen and Emile GOGLIA of Wallaceburg, Mary Anne TROIAN of Orillia, Deanna FORGIE of Wallaceburg, Doreen and Jerry LUCIER of Wallaceburg, Beth MYERS and Garbett of Mitchell's Bay and Pamela & Dr. Jack OSTRANDER of Owen Sound. The late John FREEBURN rested at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg, until Saturday, April 9, 2005 when the concelebrated funeral mass was celebrated at Our Lady Help of Christians Church at 10: 30 a.m. with Fr. John JASICA, Celebrant and Fr. Greg BONIN, Co-Celebrant. The gifts were brought to the altar by his loved grandchildren. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Pall bearers were: Bernie ARMSTRONG, Steve HITCHCOCK, Doug CATTON, Orm MASON, Ralph CARR, Bill KNIGHT and Brennan CONRY. Flower bearers were Lauren FREEBURN, Meghan FREEBURN, Jamison FREEBURN, Lucas Freeburn HING, Reilly CELOTTO and Ava CELOTTO. As an expresson of sympathy, donations to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of John FREEBURN.

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OSTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-08 published
FREEBURN, John
Mr. John FREEBURN, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at his residence at the age of 69. John was a son of the late John and Diane (LAUZON) FREEBURN and was a lifelong resident of Wallaceburg. He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, in Wallaceburg, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2102. John was a retired employee of the Dominion Glass Company in Wallaceburg.
Beloved husband of 51 years to Theresa (HINNEGAN) FREEBURN. Loving father and father-in-law of: Erin (FREEBURN) CONERY of Hamilton, Joseph FREEBURN and Carl OSTER of Vancouver, British Columbia, Edward and Michelle FREEBURN of Wallaceburg, Shannon FREEBURN and Todd CELOTTO of Mississauga, Jack FREEBURN of Toronto, and Liz FREEBURN of Niagara Falls. Beloved Poppy of Lauren, Meghan, Jamison, Brennan, Lucas, Reilly and Ava. Dear brother and brother-in-law of: Pat and Monique of Bracebridge, Irene MALLETTE of Wallaceburg, Mary VANMEENEN of Wallaceburg, Kathleen and Emile GOGLIA of Wallaceburg, Mary Anne TROIAN of Orillia, Deanna FORGIE of Wallaceburg, and Doreen and Jerry LUCIER of Wallaceburg. Friends will be received at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg, on Friday, April 8, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, at 10: 30 a.m. on Saturday April 9, 2005. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Parish Prayers will be offered at the funeral home on Friday at 7 p.m., and Knights of Columbus Prayers will be offered at the funeral home on Friday at 8 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto may be left at the funeral home.

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OSTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-20 published
OSTER, William Allan
Passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, February 18, 2005. Bill, loving husband of Shirley OSTER. son of Allan and Hattie OSTER, formerly of Concord. Beloved father of Darlene MADILL, Diane MADILL (the late Dale MADILL) and Gary WHITE/WHYTE, Mike and Iris OSTER, Tom and Clare OSTER, Lorraine OSTER, Lorne and Sheila OSTER, and the late Allan OSTER. Cherished grandfather of Allan MADILL and Claire WATERS, Gary MADILL, Laurie-Ann MADILL and Brett MARTIN, Jason MADILL and Courtney TRACEY, Bradley and Scott OSTER and great-grandfather of Zachary MADILL and Korrissa MARTIN. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2005 at Fawcett Funeral Home - Creemore Chapel, 182 Mill Street, Creemore, from 2-4 and 7-9 in the evening. A Funeral Service will take place in the Chapel on Monday, February 21, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Avening Sunday School, Avening Hall or the Canadian Cancer Society in Bill's memory. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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OSTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-13 published
OSTER, Ric (November 18, 1947-March 11, 2005)
No words could ever express the great sadness we feel as a family to announce the unexpected, sudden death of our loved one, Ric, at age 57. Every day he told his wife Rita that he loved her, and his children were his pride and joy whom he adored. Ric was an avid golfer, but he only golfed on days that ended with a "y". Rita has lost the love of her life, and David and Nicole their much loved Dad. son of the late Amy and Joe OSTER, dear brother of Terry OSTER (Pat) and Peggy MARCUS (Dave;) brother-in-law ot Mary VEITCH (Archie) and Rose LEWIS (Ray.) He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and great-nephews. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass on Monday morning, March 14th, 2005 in Annunciation of Our Lady Church (Victoria Park south of Ellesmere). Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice in his name would be appreciated. A special thanks to Cathy KERR for staying, and to the staff from his office who came to the hospital.

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OSTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-06 published
YOUNG, " Gerrie" Geraldine (née KIRKEY)
Passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2005 at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Joseph YOUNG and loving mother to David and Tina (Mrs. Gregory LAUGHLAN) and dearest Nanny to Lindsay and Cameron. Lovingly remembered by her sister Jacqueline (Mrs. David MERRIFIELD,) her cousin Veronica OSTER and her aunt Margaret CREAMER, and by many cousins. Blessed with many wonderful Friends, especially her life-long friend Veronica Harris and her family, she will be greatly missed. Friends may call at the Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Prayer Vigil at 4 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 715 Centre Rd., Waterdown on Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Building Funds for Saint Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 715 Centre Rd., Waterdown, L0R 2H0 or St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, 125 Watford Street, Brooklin, Ontario, L1M 1H2.

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OSTERCHRIST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-24 published
CAZERS, Margit
Peacefully at the Toronto East General Hospital on Tuesday, December 20, 2005, in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert and loving mother of Benita DECHERT and her husband Ivan. Dear aunt to Gunda OSTERCHRIST, Arno HENCKE and Heidi RADAVICS. A memorial reception will be held at the Latvian Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive, on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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OSTERLOO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-19 published
VANDERMEY, Willem " Bill"
On March 18th, 2005 at the age of 81, passed away peacefully, he went to be with Christ Jesus, his Saviour. Beloved husband of Ina VANDERMEY (née OSTERLOO.) Husband of the late Nel VANDERMEY. Loving father of Bert VANDERMEY (wife Linda), Margaret VANSPRONSEN (husband Art). Step-father to Bill (wife Percy), Hank (wife Janet). Cherished Opa to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dearly missed by his brother and sister, in-laws, nieces, nephews and Friends in Canada and Holland. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel," 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service to be held on Monday, March 21st, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Holland Christian Homes - Heritage Hall, 7900 McLaughlin Rd. S., Brampton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Grace Manor, Holland Christian Homes would be appreciated.

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OSTERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-26 published
MUNDAY, Margaret (née SCOTT)
Peacefully, on September 24th, 2005 in her 92nd year at Ajax-Pickering Health Centre. Beloved wife of the late William MUNDAY. Loving mother of Nikki SKINNER (Art) of Kitchener and George (Gena HAYES) of Ajax. Margaret will be missed by her sisters Betty HILLOCK, Muriel BAXTER, and Doris OSTERMAN. She will also be greatly missed by her 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, nieces and nephew. Predeceased by her late brother Ronald (Sonny) SCOTT. The family will receive Friends at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax (Pickering Village) 905-428-8488, from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, September 26th, 2005. A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, September 27th, at 11 a.m. in the McEachnie Funeral Home chapel. Should family and Friends so desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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OSTERMEIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-22 published
TOPPS, Sidney Rutherford " Sid"
At North York General Hospital on June 19, 2005 in his 90th year. Sid TOPPS, Flight Lieutenant Royal Canadian Air Force, World War 2 and retired Corporate Banking Manager, Bank of Montreal, head Office and beloved husband of the late Norma GULLISON (1990) and the late Sally MacLEAN (1996.) Survived and sadly missed by his son Alexander (Randall,) his daughters Sylvia (Vince PAUCHUK,) Ola (Theale) and Connie (Bill TIPPING,) his brother-in-law Wendell GULLISON, predeceased by his only sister Alice (OSTERMEIER, 1997,) survived by his nephew Bruce OSTERMEIER. Sid is also survived by his twelve grandchildren and his great-grandchildren as well as the sons and daughters of his late wife Sally: Peter, John and James MacLEAN, Sandra (HEIGHINGTON) and Sheila (GALLINGER) and their families. A Memorial Service will be held at the Elgin Mills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, 905-737-1720, on Tuesday, June 28th at 2: 00 p.m. with a Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Operation Eye Sight Universal (www.operationeyesight.ca) or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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OSTERTAG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-07 published
CLARK, Frank Allen
At the Trillium Hospital, Mississauga after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, November 5th, 2005 in his 61st year. Frank CLARK of Mississauga, formerly of Orillia. Much loved father of Steve and his wife Brenda of Guelph, Lee CLARK (Rob VENDITTI) of Guelph. Loving grandfather of Eryn CLARK. Dear brother of Shirley and her husband Jack MORRISON of Bobcaygeon, Joyce CLARK of Orillia, Earl CLARK and his wife Gloria of Orillia, Pearl and her husband Lloyd BENNETT of Ardtrea, Roger CLARK, Donna and her husband Tim BRETTLE, Wally CLARK and his wife Marg, June PYE, Ron OSTERTAG and his wife Tina, Bonnie and her husband Eric HEWITT, Marilyn CLARK, Pauline and her husband Rick PAYNE, Eric CLARK, Ken OSTERTAG and his wife Julie, all of Orillia. Frank was also lovingly remembered by his children's mother Sheila CLARK of Guelph. Frank was a proud employee of Cabano-Kinsway Trucking Co. for 37 years. Visitation will be held at the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street East, Orillia on Tuesday, November 8th, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 9th, from 11: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the chapel on Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment St. Andrew - St. James Cemetery, Orillia. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Children's Wish Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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OSTFIELD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-01 published
STALL, Gertrude (née BRAUNSTEIN)
Peacefully, on September 12, 2005, surrounded by her family, Gert passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. She was married to her loving husband of 48 years, Nathan STALL, who sadly predeceased her in 1986. Gertrude was born on May 17, 1917 to Annie and Leo BRAUNSTEIN. She had one brother, Morton, who died at age 16 in 1941. Gert and Nathan had 4 children, Shelley, Morton, Phyllis and Richard. They enjoyed living on McAdam Avenue, travelling the world, summers at Winnipeg Beach, dancing on the Moonlight train, golf, bridge and winters in Palm Springs. They were blessed with a loving and close group of Friends that lasted throughout Gert's lifetime. Gert was an accomplished pianist, golfer and bridge player. She attained her diploma from the Toronto Conservatory of Music (ATCM.) She was a life member of Hadassah-Wizo, and her Jewish heritage played a central role throughout her life. She was the heart of our Shabbat dinners, traditions and holidays. We will always remember her wonderful smile, her delicious meals, her emphasis on family gatherings and we will always cherish the times spent together. Gert will always be remembered with great love and much affection by her children, Aubie RUSEN, Phyllis and Marvin SHENKAROW, Richard STALL and Lisa BERGER; her grandchildren, Sara and Howie, Janis and Jeff, Marnie, Lori and Jeff, Michelle and Laurence, Morris and Rana, Nathan, Jacob, Benjamin, and Rosa her great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Hannah, Anna, Noah, Matthew, Natasha, Gillian, Sydney, Samuel, Tyler, Samantha and Abbie. Tragically, she was predeceased by two of her children, her son Morton in 1963, and her daughter Shelley RUSEN in May, 2005. Throughout her life, her dignity, strength and courage were an inspiration to her family. Her values will live in our hearts forever. The family greatly appreciates the care and support extended to her by her caregivers who enabled her to remain at home and enjoy the last years of her life. A special thank you to Dr. Jack RUSEN for his care and compassion. In addition, we are grateful to CancerCare Manitoba for their many acts of kindness. Funeral ser vices were held on Thursday, September 15. Pallbearers were her grand_sons: Howie FOGEL, Laurence GILMAN, Jeff BROWN, Morris SHENKAROW, Nathan STALL, Jacob STALL, Benjamin STALL, and great-grand_son, Benjamin FOGEL. Honorary Pallbearers were Anna HECHTER, Jackie SIMKIN, Jack RUSEN, Arnold OSTFIELD, Michael OSTFIELD, Terry BRAUNSTEIN and Barry CAPLAN. Should you wish to make a donation, please contact the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, Gertrude and Nathan Stall Fund, or Breast Cancer Research at CancerCare Manitoba. Upon reflection, we realize our Mom had just enough - - Enough trials to make her strong Enough sorrow to keep her human And enough hope to sustain her happiness.

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OSTRAND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-19 published
GILLESPIE, Michael Todd
Suddenly at Parkwood Hospital, on Thursday, November 17th, 2005, Michael Todd GILLESPIE of Saint Thomas in his 38th year. Loving husband and best friend of Chantelle (JACKSON) GILLESPIE. Loving dad of Kathryn and Brenden. Precious son of Nancy and David GILLESPIE. Loving son-in-law of Florence JACKSON. Caring brother of Connie GILLESPIE of Halifax and brother-in-law of Debbie and Gerald PELLERIN, Murray MURRELL, Myrna and Chris VAN OSTRAND, Kim and Rhett McCLENAGHAN. Lovingly remembered by many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Sunday and Monday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1139 Riverside Drive, on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Bishop Richard HANNAH officiating. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Michael are asked to consider the Princess Elizabeth Public School-Sports Program.

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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-04 published
HARRISON, Stanley Roy
At the Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale, on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005, of Markdale, formerly of Proton, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Martha OSTRANDER. Loving father of Marilyn (Bill) GIBBS, of Burlington, Wayne (Donna) HARRISON, of Brampton and Linda (John) LAVALLEE, of Markdale. He will be loved and remembered by his grandchildren, Trudy (Scott) OVERELL, Dwayne (Jenn) HOOD, Sean (Stacey) GIBBS, Janel (Colin) NEWMAN, Craig HARRISON and seven great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Isabelle OSTRANDER, of Priceville, Joyce ROBINSON, of New Brunswick, the late Hilda NICHOLSON, Jones and Ralph HARRISON. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton, on Friday, March 4th, from 3: 30 to 5:30 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, March 5th at 11: 00 a.m. Spring interment, Salem Cemetery, Proton. Memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.
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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2005-04-13 published
FREEBURN, John
Mr. John FREEBURN a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at his residence at the age of 69. John was a son of the late John and Diane (LAUZON) FREEBURN and was a lifelong resident of Wallaceburg. He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Wallaceburg, as well as a member of Knights of Columbus Council 2102. John was a retired employee of Dominion Glass Co., in Wallaceburg. Beloved husband of Theresa (HINNEGAN) FREEBURN of 51 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Erin FREEBURN of Hamilton, Joseph FREEBURN, Carl OSTER of Vancouver, British Columbia, Edward and Michelle FREEBURN of Wallaceburg, Shannon FREEBURN and Todd CELOTTO of Mississauga, Jack FREEBURN of Toronto and Liz FREEBURN of Niagara Falls. Beloved Poppy of Lauren, Meghan, Jamison, Brennan, Lucas and Reilly and Ava. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Pat and Monique FREEBURN of Bracebridge, Irene MALLETTE of Wallaceburg, Mary VAN MEENEN of Wallaceburg, Kathleen and Emile GOGLIA of Wallaceburg, Mary Anne TROIAN of Orillia, Deanna FORGIE of Wallaceburg, Doreen and Jerry LUCIER of Wallaceburg, Beth MYERS and Garbett of Mitchell's Bay and Pamela & Dr. Jack OSTRANDER of Owen Sound. The late John FREEBURN rested at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg, until Saturday, April 9, 2005 when the concelebrated funeral mass was celebrated at Our Lady Help of Christians Church at 10: 30 a.m. with Fr. John JASICA, Celebrant and Fr. Greg BONIN, Co-Celebrant. The gifts were brought to the altar by his loved grandchildren. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Pall bearers were: Bernie ARMSTRONG, Steve HITCHCOCK, Doug CATTON, Orm MASON, Ralph CARR, Bill KNIGHT and Brennan CONRY. Flower bearers were Lauren FREEBURN, Meghan FREEBURN, Jamison FREEBURN, Lucas Freeburn HING, Reilly CELOTTO and Ava CELOTTO. As an expresson of sympathy, donations to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of John FREEBURN.

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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-28 published
OSTRANDER, Arthur Edgar
Arthur Edgar OSTRANDER, a resident of Maple Manor Nursing Home, Tillsonburg, passed away at the Nursing Home on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at the age of 98 years. Born in Brantford, Ontario, he was a son of the late George and Emmeline (GILLIS) OSTRANDER. Beloved husband of the late Gladys Marie (KETCHABAW) OSTRANDER (1983.) Loving father of James OSTRANDER and wife Beatrice of Dundas and Mary Ellen ENGLISH and husband Stan of Woodstock. He will be sadly missed by his 6 grandchildren as well as 9 great-granchildren. Mr. OSTRANDER's family will receive Friends at Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Saturday, January 29, 2005 from 1-3 p.m., followed by Funeral Serviced for Arthur in Ostrander's Chapel at 3 p.m. with Pastor Bryan BUTCHER officiating. Interment later in the spring in the Eden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Maple Manor Nursing Home, Tillsonburg. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-18 published
OSTRANDER, Betty
Peacefully with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, April 17, 2005. Betty OSTRANDER of Pt. Burwell in her 58th year. Loving mother of Kim OSTRANDER and husband Richard BRADT of Pt. Burwell and Darren OSTRANDER and wife Tanya of Springfield and grandmother to Jessie and Josh EPPLE and Hayley OSTRANDER. Dear daughter of Mary DECOSTER of Aylmer and the late Julien DECOSTER (1979.) Special niece to Simone MARCHANT and Isidoor DECOSTER and wife Hilda. Daughter-in-law to Vern and Gertrude OSTRANDER. She will be sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews.
Born in Tielt, Belgium on November 22, 1947, Betty worked for H and R Block and was a former insurance broker/partner of Stan Smith Insurance in Aylmer. Betty was a strong supporter of youth sports in Aylmer including minor hockey, soccer and figure skating. She was an avid golfer and a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be held on Tuesday at 8: 00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Queen of Peace Cemetery. Father Gilbert SIMARD, officiating. Donations to the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital Palliative Care would be appreciated.

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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-09 published
STARK, Elizabeth (née WELLINGTON)
Of London, age 55, on December 6, 2005 while battling cancer. Long-time partner of Michael OSTRANDER. Beloved mother of Christopher BURGESS of Edmonton and Matthew BURGESS of Vancouver. Dear sister of William WELLINGTON of Windsor and the late Patricia McQUIGGAN (2005) of London. Beloved daughter of the late William and Dorothy WELLINGTON of London. Cremation has occured. Visiting at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London from 12: 00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, followed by recitations at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the London Reginal Cancer Centre, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-25 published
OSTRANDER, Lilian Catherine (née CONROY)
Suddenly, yet peacefully, at Humber River Regional Hospital, on Monday, January 24, 2005, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Harry S. OSTRANDER. Dear mother of Elaine GEORGE and her husband Christopher, Lindsay SALE and her husband Jeremy, and Paul and his wife Jean Lam. Loving grandmother of Harry SALE. Predeceased by her brother Bill CONROY and survived by his wife Rose. Lilian will be sadly missed by all of her relatives and her Friends from the Mimico and Clarkson neighbourhoods. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Avenues), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 3 p.m. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-25 published
OSTRANDER, Lilian Catherine (née CONROY)
Suddenly yet peacefully at the Humber River Regional Hospital on Monday, January 24, 2005 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Harry S. OSTRANDER. Dear mother of Elaine GEORGE and her husband Christopher, Lindsay SALE and her husband Jeremy, and Paul and his wife Jean LAM. Loving grandmother of Harry SALE. Predeceased by her brother Bill CONROY and survived by his wife Rose. Lilian will be sadly missed by all of her relatives and her Friends from the Mimico and Clarkson neighbourhoods. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 3 p.m. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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OSTRANDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-21 published
OSTRANDER, Howard " Howie"
Peacefully, after a brief illness, went home to be with his Lord and Friend Jesus Christ, on Sunday, March 20, 2005, at the age of 76. Howard was born in Craighurst, Ontario in 1929. He moved to Toronto in 1943 and from there to Elmira in 1994. Beloved husband of Ena (née NEILL,) loving father of JoAnne (David) FRIES of Greenville, Wisconsin, and Neil (Yvonne) OSTRANDER of Elmira, and cherished grandfather of Brian, Jonathan, Michael, Brett, and Jennifer. Howard will also be remembered by his sister Kathleen (John) ROSS. Howard was predeceased by his parents Harvey and Annie OSTRANDER, sister Irene CONNELLY, and brother Ray OSTRANDER. Friends are invited to share their memories of Howard with his family during visitation at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Howard's life and faith will be held at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church, 245 Lexington Road, Waterloo, on Wednesday, March 23 at 2: 00 p.m., with Pastor Paul McLLWRAITH officiating. A reception will follow in the lower auditorium of the church. Cremation and private interment will follow at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made in Howard's memory to International Teams of Canada and may be arranged by calling the Edward R. Good Funeral Home. Condolences/Donations/Flowers www.edwardrgood.com 519-745-8445

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OSTROM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-01 published
BOYLE, Patrick
Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at the Guelph General Hospital on Monday, January 31, 2005. Patrick BOYLE, in his 77th year, was the beloved husband of Kathleen (FEENAN) BOYLE of Guelph. He was the loving father of Gretta and her husband Gary KILPATRICK of Kitchener, Anne and her husband Bill SCOTT of Guelph, Michael BOYLE and his wife Brenda of Guelph, Helen and her husband Robert SABGA of Ottawa, Peter BOYLE of Burlington, Karen and her husband John OSTROM of Mississauga, and Charlene and her husband Steve BRADY of Guelph. Patrick was the proud grandfather of Kelly-Ann, Ann Marie, Jennifer, Christina, Stephanie, Shane, Matthew, Rudy, Natasha, Justine, Donovan, John, Kyle, Brittany, Nolan, Magen and Brianne. He was the dear brother of John, Tony, Thomas, Kathleen, Maureen, Betty, and Phyllis. Patrick is survived by many nieces and nephews. Resting at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, where the family will receive Friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Vigil for Patrick will be held on Wednesday at 3: 30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph's Church, 409 Paisley Rd., Guelph on Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 12 noon. Interment Marymount Cemetery, Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Guelph Wish Fund for Children would be appreciated by the family. (Cards are available at the funeral home, 519-821-5077 or by e-mail info@gilbertmacintyreandson.com)

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OSTROM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-08 published
KIRK, Coyla Marie
Peacefully at Wynfield Nursing Home on Thursday, July 7, 2005, in her 92nd year. Coyla, beloved wife of the late Albert Edward KIRK. Dear sister of the late Darvin OSTROM. Dear aunt of Herbert OSTROM (Norma), Joy GILBERT, Lorraine NEAL (Victor), Deanna SMITH, and great-aunt of Paul OSTROM (Linda,) Joan PACIONE (Vic,) and Glenn OSTROM, and their families Teresa, Stephanie, Andrew, Marie, Danielle, David, Angeline, Lisa, Lindsay and Christopher. Dear sister-in-law of Mary OSTROM, Ken and Dorothy KIRK, and Emily KIRK. Friends may call at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa on Friday, July 8th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the funeral home on Saturday, July 9th at 10 a.m. Interment Thornton Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family.

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OSTROSSER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-08 published
HIGGINS, Edith Marjorie
Peacefully at Watford Quality Care Nursing Home in Watford on Sunday, November 6th, 2005, in her 95th year. Edith Marjorie HIGGINS of Watford, predeceased by husband Gordon in 1974, parents Alfred and Mary, brother Doug WEIGHT (Betty) and sisters Nora, Bessie and Esther. Also predeceased by nieces Marjorie, Audrey and nephew Earl. Survived by sons Doug (Sandra) HIGGINS, Wayne (Ginni) of Watford and daughter Arlene (Dennis) OSTROSSER of Edmonton, Alberta. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren Gary, Ronald and Raymond HIGGINS, Nathan, Warren, Heidi and Hilary HIGGINS, and Robin, Jeff and Ted OSTROSSER. Also survived by 16 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 8th, 2005 at the Harper Funeral Home in Watford from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 at 1 p.m. at the Harper Funeral Home with Reverend Peter LEONARD and Rev. Kendall REIMER officiating. Interment to follow at St. James Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated by the family.

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OSTROWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-19 published
MATHESON, Wilhillmine Nevett
Born in Glasgow at 6 am April 2, 1914 died at 7 pm on Monday February 7, 2005. She was the last surviving child of Charles Joseph Keith MATHESON and Isa Keith ROSS and at the age of 90 lived the longest of her four brothers; Charles, John, William and Norman and her two sisters Gladys SCLATER and Phyllis MEREDITH. They are survived by Bud MEREDITH, Mary MATHESON and Lucienne MATHESON, the spouses of Phyllis, Billy, and Norm.
Her nieces, Joan GUTZEIT, Marsha GREENBAUM, Barbara WARREN, Pamela HARRISON, Lynda FEENAN, Nikki MATHESON, and Janice MATHESON and nephews Robbie MEREDITH, Ian MATHESON and Bryan MATHESON all have fond memories of her visits. Whether dancing, singing or telling stories, our Auntie Winnie always made each of us feel unique in this world. We will all miss that special quality.
Sadly she lost three young people she was especially close to Lynda's husband Mike OSTROWSKI who died at 44, her nephew Scot MATHESON, Billy's son who died at 38 and nephew Donald MATHESON, Charlie's son who died at 28.
Her oldest brother Charlie (age 19) arrived in Toronto, Canada in the fall of 1928 and was followed by their parents and Gladys (17), John (16), Winnie (14), Phyllis (11), Billy (8) and Norm (6). Winnie started working shortly after she arrived and a year later was employed by General Electric Canada where she worked for 50 years. Quite an achievement, fifty years with one company! She was well liked there and respected for the good job she did in the accounting department. They didn't want her to leave and she agreed to stay for a few months after her 65th birthday.
In her retirement years she enjoyed living in Dunedin, Florida in the winter months and in Toronto at 33 Rosehill Ave. for the remainder of the year. When her health failed she moved to the Laughlin Centre which she enjoyed. With a twinkle in her eye, she remarked that they kept her so busy she might as well be working. She loved the people, companionship, the games and the outings. Later she moved to Belmont House. Her nieces Janice and Marsha who spent time with her during her last two days were impressed by how well she was liked and cared for there during her final days.
A private burial will be held. At a later date this spring, the family has planned a reception to celebrate the lives of Winnie and her brothers and sisters. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.

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OSTROWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-13 published
KENNEDY, Elsie Mary
Peacefully, at Guelph General Hospital on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Orville KENNEDY (1984.) Loving mother of Margaret (Paul LAFONTAINE) of Burlington, Lynda (Ray GODWIN) of Guelph and Patricia (Murray BROWN) of Markham. Dear grandma of Nicole and Jason LAFONTAINE, Amanda OSTROWSKI (Matthew,) Nathan GODWIN, and Andrew and Matthew BROWN. Dear sister of Donald SLINGER, Alice WILSON, George SLINGER, Robert SLINGER, and the late Edna GILLEN, Stanley SLINGER and Jake SLINGER. Resting at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home, 1099 Gordon Street, Hart Chapel, Guelph where the family will receive Friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 14, 2005 in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11: 00 a.m. Reception to follow in the fellowship lounge. Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home or by email info@gilbertmacintyreandson.com).

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OSTROWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-23 published
MEREDITH, Robert F. " Bud"
The family sadly announces the peaceful passing of Robert MEREDITH. He was born September 7, 1917 in Georgetown, raised and married in Toronto and resided in St. Catharines for over 60 years. Loving husband of the late Phyllis MEREDITH (née MATHESON.) Beloved father of Rob MEREDITH and his wife Jane and Lynda FEENAN and her husband Ron. Predeceased by his son-in-law Mike OSTROWSKI. Affectionately known as Baba to his grandchildren Deborah ADAM/ADAMS (Bruce,) Scott MEREDITH (Christina,) Daphne FREILL (Peter.) Cherished great-grandfather to Meredith, Paige, Chase, Sydney and Morgan. Loving brother to Lloyd MEREDITH (Ann) and predeceased by his brother Charles MEREDITH (Phyllis.) Will be missed by Christine, John, Jack, and Callie SHANNON and Carolyn and Mike LAMB. He is a former District Commissioner of the St. Catharines and District Boy Scouts of Canada and devoted over 75 years to the scouting movement. Former longtime employee of Lord and Burnam. A special thanks to his Friends and caregivers at the Oakville Senior Citizens Residence and more recently to all the Friends and staff who cared for him so deeply at the Post Inn Village. Following cremation, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. "Forever in our hearts"

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OSTROWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-30 published
TUCKER, Walter William
Passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2005, at age 93. Beloved husband of Kathleen Nora TUCKER. Brother to Doris TUCKER and Marjorie INCE (both deceased.) Father to Kathleen WOLFE, Doreen OSTROWSKI and Diane TUCKER. Grandfather and great-grandfather to Deborah, Stacey, Jessie, Morgan, Alexander, Natasha, Connor and Emily. A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 30th at 3: 00 p.m. with visitation from 2:00 p.m. at McDougall & Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Rd., Scarborough (between McCowan and St. Clair). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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OSTRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-13 published
Dorothy THOMAS stormed city hall
One of reformer group elected to council in 1972
She started poop and scoop program in Toronto
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Once upon a time, when Toronto was younger and believed in itself much, much more, a group of urban idealists stormed city hall. They called themselves reformers and they got into the council chamber by getting themselves elected. David CROMBIE was their leader, a man dubbed Toronto's "tiny perfect mayor" by the media of the day, and great things were expected and sometimes even delivered.
Now, these reformers were feisty and forward-thinking -- they were people like the late Colin VAUGHAN, an architect turned activist, lawyers Dale MARTIN and Karl JAFFARY, renegade thinker John SEWELL. And three of the newly minted aldermen -- for that was the job title of councillor in those days -- were women.
But only two -- Anne JOHNSTON and Dorothy THOMAS -- made it through the first term of office. JOHNSTON, who retired from municipal politics at the time of the last election, says that was only because they learned to be tough and because they had each other.
"I met her December 4, 1972, the night we were all elected. There was a spontaneous gathering of all the reformers at city hall and I remember Dorothy was wearing a hat and she came up to me and said: 'You and I are going to be Friends,'" she said.
They were a gang of citizen politicians who believed they were going to create a livable, even lovable city, but THOMAS was right about at least one thing that night: she and JOHNSTON were Friends until May 9 this year, when THOMAS died of cancer at Dorothy MIKOS was the proud daughter of very proud Hungarians. Her father, a tailor, and her mother, a talented seamstress, came to Canada in the 1930s. Theirs was the classic immigrant story, according to THOMAS's only child, Nye THOMAS, a lawyer and policy director of the Ipperwash provincial inquiry. His grandparents worked hard in Spadina Ave. sweatshops so their children would never have to and were thrilled when their daughter went to the University of Toronto.
THOMAS discovered journalism there -- it was the heyday of the varsity press -- as well as Ralph THOMAS, another journalist who would become a well-known Canadian filmmaker. Now living in California, he is best known here for Ticket To Heaven and The Terry Fox Story. Dorothy THOMAS left university before she graduated to work at the Toronto Star, where she was an arts reporter under the watch of the legendary entertainment editor Nathan COHEN.
She was a stay-at-home mom living in a fourplex on Wineva Ave. in the Beach when she joined up with a group of residents to successfully fight the construction of the Scarborough Expressway, which would have cut right through her neighbourhood.
THOMAS served two terms on Toronto council, from 1972 to 1976 and from 1981 to 1985, representing the old Ward 9 until ousted by a tag team of Paul CHRISTIE and Tom JAKOBEK. She had been one of the founders of the City of Toronto's Person's Day Award and had headed the Mayor's Task Force on the Status of Women.
"She was an excellent politician," said Barbara CAPLAN, a former Toronto city clerk. "She could build consensus across political ties."
JOHNSTON said her friend initiated Toronto's poop and scoop program, an achievement not among those noted on the condolence motion passed by council 10 days after THOMAS died, but not without its significance.
"She owned the public works committee," said JOHNSTON. " She was always the chair. She liked it because it was working on neighbour stuff."
Attractive and articulate, THOMAS was also blunt. "There was no filter with her, ever," her son said.
She made headlines when she and Alderman Dale MARTIN visited Calgary in 1985 for the 48th annual convention of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. "The whole of downtown Calgary shows an amazing lack of planning," she said. Ralph KLEIN was the mayor then and he summoned photographers to record him standing in front of Calgary City Hall wearing boxing gloves and dissing the smug politicians from the East.
THOMAS didn't back down. "It's very ugly in Calgary," she told the Star. "It even makes (Metro planners) look good."
By then a single mom working punishing hours, THOMAS still made a point of being home every night to have dinner with her son. When she quit politics the first time, it was to spend time with Nye. When she left municipal politics for good, she moved to Euclid Ave. and got a job heading and helping clean up the Metro Licensing Commission, serving on the subsequent Toronto Licensing Tribunal until 2003.
A spectacular cook and a stylish hostess, she was often asked to donate her talents to fundraising events. A dinner party for four catered by Dorothy THOMAS was always a hot ticket at silent and not-so-silent auctions for the New Democratic Party. She was generous with her money as well as time, donating to 60 charities, including the Canadian Marmot Foundation (because she thought no one else would, her son said).
Her dinner table was a natural gathering place for Friends and their families. For 10 years she met one Wednesday night every other month with a group of powerful women such as June CALLWOOD, Doris ANDERSON and Sylvia OSTRY, and for twice as long as that, she was part of a poker player gang of Friends that included fellow activist Ethel TEITELBAUM, who often travelled with THOMAS.
"She was a complicated woman who attacked a lot of people who loved her. But we hung in there because she was loyal and wonderful company -- witty, generous. I always thought she was beautiful," said TEITELBAUM.
Last fall they had travelled to Sicily, one of THOMAS's must-see destinations. "We had a ball," said TEITELBAUM.
But THOMAS, who disliked doctors, was in pain and in fact had been suffering for some time. When she was finally diagnosed with cancer at Christmas, it was too late. THOMAS was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital, where she had hundreds of visitors. "They said they had never seen anything like it," said CAPLAN, who was soon sending out regular emails about THOMAS to 125 recipients.
In recent years, THOMAS had moved to Port Hope and had been immersed in developing the Port Hope Ecology Garden.
THOMAS never got home again: she spent 17 weeks in hospital, latterly at the Toronto Grace where she celebrated her 67th birthday with Friends. She wasn't in pain, but she was unable to read or watch much television, and every morning she would wake up and be angry that she was still around. "She wanted to leave the arena," CAPLAN said.
She insisted both Nye and his wife, Karen, go to China on a long-awaited trip to bring home Mei Leigh, their adopted daughter and her first grandchild. She died two days after they left Canada.
Her many Friends are gathering tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel for her memorial. There will be good food, wine, Friends reuniting, laughter and only four speeches. Her son says it is where and how she would have wanted it.

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OSTVIK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-28 published
OSTVIK, Eric David
Suddenly, at his home, on Monday, September 26, 2005 at the age of 56. Predeceased by his parents East and Peggy OSTVIK. Dear brother of Neil and his wife Pam McROBERTS, Christine, Susan and her husband Oliver ANDERSON. Loving uncle of Alanna, Brynn and Carly. Cherished nephew of Kathleen HEYES, Marion and Bill NAYLOR. Eric will be sadly missed by his colleagues at York University where he worked in computer operations for over 30 years. Eric enjoyed his leisure time, much of that time spent on the golf course. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 1 p.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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