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OTONICAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-07 published
HESS, Mathias Christian " Chris"
Mathias Christian (Chris) HESS. Peacefully surrounded with family at Bluewater Health, Norman Site, Sarnia on July 3, 2005. Beloved husband of Sandra (WEAVER) HESS. Loving father of Elizabeth (Mark) OTONICAR. Stepfather of Leslie (Mark) RAMAGE and Geoffrey and Marguerita WEAVER. Grampa of Joshua and Kurtis, Joseph, Emma and William. Aged 65 years. Chris was the long time owner and operator of the Hopper Foundry, Forest. A celebration of his life with family and Friends will be held at the Forest Golf & Country Hotel, Main Street, Forest Friday July 8, 2005 at 7-9 p.m. Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home Forest. Private family interment Beechwood Cemetery. Donations to The Canadian Cancer, the Victorian Order of Nurses or charity of choice appreciated. A memorial tree will be planted in memory of "Chris" by the Dodge family.

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OTOO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-22 published
HALL, Shirley
With sadness we announce that Shirley passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, in Toronto, with her family by her side. Predeceased by her loving husband Jack in 1987, she is survived by her good friend and partner, Angus MARTIN. Loving mother of Jack and his wife Arlene, Randy and his wife Janet, Sheryl PEDERSEN and her husband John, Bruce and his wife Alexa, and Sandy COLDWELL and her husband Bill. Dear grandmother of Kristi, Jenni, Jackie, Matthew, Jonathan and Megan. She will be greatly missed by her sisters, Bernice GRUENKE of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Marian MOHNS and her husband Earl of Victoria, British Columbia, her many nieces and nephews, and cherished Friends. Special thanks to Dr. OTOO, Dorothy and the amazing team at Craiglee Nursing Home for their compassionate care and kindness. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Ave.), Toronto (416-698-2861), on Sunday, April 24, 2005 from 6-8 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held at Saint John's (Norway) Anglican Church on Monday, April 25, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Thunder Bay, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Hospital for Sick Children would be appreciated by the family.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-19 published
O.J. VIDLER's legacy lives on in Erieau
By Megan O'TOOLE, Free Press Reporter
O.J. VIDLER loved spending time with his spaniel, enjoyed a good baloney sandwich as much as fine dining and wanted to join the navy so badly, he lied about his age to enlist.
He also owned an impressive collection of paintings by D.L. Rust of a clown named Emmett Kelly. An entire room of Molly and O.J.'s Restaurant-Tavern and Motel in Erieau -- a business developed from the ground up, and expanded over the years by the VIDLER clan -- is dedicated to Kelly, with portrait after portrait of the sad clown staring at diners.
VIDLER died June 4 following a heart attack, but left a remarkable legacy. It resounds most significantly in Erieau, along Lake Erie south of Blenheim in Chatham-Kent.
O.J.'s sons, Tom, 44, Dana, 53, and Jim, 56, recall their father as a compassionate and energetic businessperson.
"He would never retire," Tom said. "His business was like his child. He'd come out for two or three hours every day and just talk to people... he always had his finger on the pulse of the restaurant. It was the personal touch."
"He mingled, walked around -- that's what people like," Jim said. "He'd sit down and talk to you, buy you a drink; if you had a special occasion, an anniversary, he'd buy you a bottle of wine."
Born Oliver James VIDLER in 1927, O.J. lived in Erieau for most of his life. On a quick stop-over in Belfast, Ireland, he met and married the woman who would become his wife of 57 years, Molly McCOY.
The couple soon moved back to Erieau and established a small fish shop, which evolved into a larger grocery store, then a coffee shop and finally, the operation it is today, encompassed by the Vidlers' hotel and campgrounds.
The business earned Molly and O.J. the Blenheim Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year award in April.
"Dad was pretty proud," Jim said. "They had a big awards banquet... the whole family went out and had a great time."
A longtime member of the Blenheim branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, VIDLER was also its president in 1961.
Though he spent most of his time at the restaurant, VIDLER -- who joined the navy at 17 -- never forgot his service days, nor his pals in the Legion.
"Every Remembrance Day, all the veterans and people on parade were welcomed into the restaurant," recalled Robert BURNS, 51, chief steward of Branch 185 in Blenheim. "O.J. would supply everyone with food and beverages.
"He wasn't a very big guy in stature, but he had a great sense of humour. He could turn a line with anyone, he spoke to everyone he treated everyone the same."
The VIDLER family will continue to operate Molly and O.J.'s.
"I've already had people say, 'What's happening, is the business going down?' " Dana said, with just a hint of indignation.
Pausing, he added, as if to be sure everyone else is sure: "Of course it ain't."

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-26 published
Woman dies in hospital after Wellington Road crash
By Megan O'TOOLE, Free Press Reporter
A 61-year-old Romanian woman died after a car skidded out of control, rolled and caught fire on Wellington Road north of St. Thomas yesterday morning.
Brandusa-Maria MOSNEAGU died in Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, while her 67-year-old husband, Niculae MOSNEAGU, is in critical condition at Victoria Hospital in London, Elgin Ontario Provincial Police said.
The couple was visiting from Romania, police said.
They were travelling in the back seat of a car driven by a 29-year-old man from North York, police said.
Shortly before noon yesterday, the car was heading south on Wellington Road in Southwold Township, just north of Saint Thomas.
As the driver was passing a vehicle, a northbound vehicle approached, police said.
The car, carrying the Romanian couple and one other passenger, swerved onto the shoulder of Wellington Road, crossed the road, hit a mailbox, rolled over and then caught fire, police said.
All four people inside got out of the car before the blaze began, police said.
No information about the driver and third passenger was released.
Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone who witnessed the crash, but has not yet spoken with investigators, to contact Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police at 631-2920.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-07 published
CULLEN helped put Sarnia on map
The former Sarnia-Lambton member of Parliament and federal judge died Tuesday at 78.
By Megan O'TOOLE, Free Press Reporter
Bud CULLEN, the man who introduced the Unemployment Insurance Act and helped establish Sarnia as a worldwide petrochemical centre, died Tuesday 78.
Yesterday, those who knew CULLEN remembered the integrity of the former Sarnia-Lambton member of Parliament and his life of public service.
CULLEN was accessible, laid-back, warm and friendly. He was a "people person" who genuinely cared about creating a more fair society, said Sarnia Mayor Mike BRADLEY, who served as CULLEN's campaign manager and executive assistant in the early 1980s.
"It was not his style to personalize politics," BRADLEY said yesterday.
CULLEN had been ill for some time.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1968, the year Pierre Trudeau became prime minister.
Ray CURRAN was vice-president of the Sarnia Liberal association at the time, and chaired the meeting at which CULLEN won his nomination.
"He was always one of the folks," CURRAN recalled. "He was very responsive to the needs of the community."
Trudeau named CULLEN to cabinet in 1974 as revenue minister. A year later, CULLEN was moved to Immigration, where he remained for four years.
His Liberal comrades and supporters recall a number of causes CULLEN pushed for that have had lasting impacts.
The Cullen-Couture Immigration Agreement, an initiative CULLEN spearheaded, gave Quebec the ability to select its own immigrants and became "a model for the federal government," BRADLEY said.
CULLEN was also instrumental in pushing for changes to the Immigration Act that allowed Vietnamese war refugees to more easily seek shelter in Canada.
"The changes he made... created an avenue for more good people to come to Canada and build it into the great nation it is today," said Jack FULLERTON, one of the founders of the weekly Sarnia Gazette.
During his tenure at the Gazette, FULLERTON, a longtime Liberal, endorsed CULLEN through his columns.
"He served his riding well," FULLERTON said.
CULLEN retired from Parliament in June 1984 and was named a judge to the Federal Court of Canada two months later.
"He made a number of landmark decisions, standing up for human rights and protecting Canadians through the Charter," BRADLEY said.
He pointed specifically to a controversial decision CULLEN made in 1999, quashing a certificate that allowed a man to be detained without explanation for "security reasons."
Most of all, though, BRADLEY recalls CULLEN as a kind and generous friend. "He was like a second father to me."
CULLEN's funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday in Ottawa.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-25 published
Trucker dies of crash injuries
By Megan O'TOOLE, Free Press Reporter
The death toll from two pileups on Highway 401 near London Friday rose to three yesterday after a trucker badly hurt in one crash died.
William SCHULTZ, 50, from Michigan, was taken to a Woodstock hospital with critical injuries after his transport truck smashed into the back of a flatbed transport truck parked along the highway about 4 a.m. Friday.
He was later transferred to Victoria Hospital in London, where he died of his injuries.
SCHULTZ had been hauling a load of beer at the time of the crash. The impact sent beer, truck parts and wreckage flying across the highway.
The parked truck was an empty flatbed rig whose driver had pulled onto the shoulder for an equipment check, police said.
The collision occurred just west of the Highway 403 cutoff.
SCHULTZ's truck was ripped apart and his cab demolished.
All three west lanes of the 401 near Woodstock were shut down for six hours, causing a severe traffic jam that had cars backed up onto the 403.
Oxford Ontario Provincial Police were continuing to investigate the crash yesterday.
An unrelated collision just hours earlier on the 401 near Chatham left two teenage women dead.
About 2 a.m. Friday, Sarah MOULAND, 19, and Sara LEILI, 18, of Leamington were crushed and killed when an sport utility vehicle crashed into the back end of their car.
The force of the crash propelled the car forward, where it smashed into another stopped sport utility vehicle and crumpled, crushing both girls.
Edward ROBINSON, 32, of Brooklyn, New York is charged with two counts of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-04 published
Cystic fibrosis nips promising young life in bud
By Megan O'TOOLE, Free Press Reporter
Stacey McFARLANE had an unusual birthday wish for her sweet 16th.
The Sarnia girl, who loved to shop and adored the colour pink, didn't want a new bike, or a stereo or cool clothes.
She wanted new lungs.
She got them, but they failed her and she died August 20, just three days before she would have turned 16.
"It was the hardest decision she ever made," Stacey's mother, Kelly McFARLANE, said of her daughter's decision to go ahead with the transplant.
"But she wanted to be able to live a normal existence."
Stacey was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the respiratory and digestive systems.
For the last few years, she'd struggled with not being able to do things her Friends did -- play sports, go to parties or hang out at the mall. Much of her time was spent sick or in hospital.
"No matter what we did she was continually getting infections," Kelly said.
"It was taking a real toll on her lungs; she was continually sick and unwell.
"But she never complained a day in her life," Kelly said.
"She took it all in stride. She knew she had to work really hard to stay well."
Stacey waited 22 months for a double lung transplant and finally received it July 17.
But serious complications arose, and despite valiant efforts by hospital staff, Stacey died at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.
She didn't go without a fight. She spent her spare time helping to raise awareness about organ donation and canvassed for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation every year she was able.
Because of her strong advocacy, Stacey was made an honorary member of the Sarnia Kinsmen Club.
"She had a sparkling personality. She was a wonderful girl," said Marg McFARLANE, Stacey's grandmother.
"She lived life to the fullest. She had a short life, but she really did a lot."
Stacey got a chance to meet many high-profile stars, her grandmother said, including pop-punk princess Avril LAVIGNE, Canadian Idol Kalan Porter and several Toronto Raptors basketball players.
She even saw Britney Spears at a Toronto concert, but needed paramedics in case of an emergency, Marg said.
Stacey's family moved to Pickering this year, where she made lots of Friends at school. She even had her own page on an online network linking Friends worldwide.
A stream of messages left by Friends on her page tells the impact she made on others.
"R.I.P. my baby. I miss you, I love you, I'll never forget you. Can't wait until we meet again," wrote Ashley.
"I will never forget your beautiful face because I know you're our angel watching over us. I'll love you forever," wrote Erica.
Stacey's family encourages support through donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Sarnia Organ Donation Awareness Society and the Hospital for Sick Children.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-07 published
O'TOOLE, Christopher
It is with great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Christopher (Christie) O'TOOLE on Tuesday, April 5th 2005. Born in Wicklow Town June 14, 1927 to Bartholomew and Esther O'TOOLE. Beloved husband of Eileen (GODKIN,) loving father to Bridget (Michael), Esther, Eileen, Chris (Caroline) and Joe (Orosolya). Missed by his in-laws and grandchildren Travis, Petra, Liam, Keenan, Ruairi and Niamh. Passionate about all sports, in particular the Argos, lacrosse, the G.A.A. and his beloved Maple Leafs who he thought each season would win the Cup! Regretted by his many Friends from his days as founder/leader/ drummer of the Carlton Showband. Past President of the Pioneer Association. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. W. (W. of Royal York Rd.), Etobicoke on Saturday, April 9th, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-27 published
HARDING, Reverend Thomas R. "Dave", B.A., M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
(Founding Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, Agincourt, 1956-1970). Passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 26th, 2005 at Scarborough General Hospital, in his 87th year. Loving son of the late David HARDING and Mary Eva SULLIVAN. Dear brother of the late Jack, the late Reverend William F. "Bill," Reverend Thomas O'TOOLE and his sister Jane (O'TOOLE) BOWEN. Father Dave will be dearly missed by his family and his many close Friends who loved him and whom he cherished. Visitation will be held at St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church, 44 Broadway Ave., Toronto (north of Eglinton Ave., east of Yonge St.) on Monday from 3-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Monica's Church on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations in Father Dave's name may be made to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ogden Funeral Home, 416-293-5211.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-06 published
O'TOOLE, Christopher
It is with great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Christopher (Christie) O'TOOLE on Tuesday, April 5th, 2005. Born in Wicklow Town June 14, 1927 to Bartholomew and Esther O'TOOLE. Beloved husband of Eileen (GODKIN,) loving father to Bridget (Michael), Esther, Eileen, Chris (Caroline) and Joe (Orosolya). Missed by his in-laws and grandchildren Travis, Petra, Liam, Keenan, Ruairi and Niamh. Passionate about all sports, in particular the Argos, lacrosse, the G.A.A. and his beloved Maple Leafs who he thought each season would win the cup! Regretted by his many Friends from his days as founder/leader/drummer of the Carlton Showband. Past President of the Pioneer Association. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. W. (west of Royal York Rd.), Etobicoke on Saturday, April 9th, 2005 at 11: 30 a.m.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-04 published
O'TOOLE, John
Passed away unexpectedly in Kingston on Sunday, May 1, 2005, in his 78th year. Dear son of the late Michael and Mary O'TOOLE. Dear nephew of Madeline BROOKS, lovingly remembered by Liz HENRY. Dear cousin of Donna BROOKS, Barbara and Tom BERNECHE, Bonnie and Barry CAPPELL, Heather and Walker McKAY and uncle to Andrew and Angie McKAY, Barbara and Jim CLARK, Zackary CLARK, Dawn and Craig VINES, Amanda CAPPELL and Sean DECOURCY. Friends are invited to visit the family at the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., 127 Main Street, P.O. Box 427, Minden K0M 2K0 (1-888-588-5777) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Then to the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kinmount for a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, May 6, 2005 at 3: 00 p.m. Interment at the St. Patrick's Cemetery, Kinmount. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-24 published
HAMMOND, William " Bill"
Unexpectedly on Monday, September 19th, 2005 at the Brampton Memorial Hospital, at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Edna HAMMOND. Loving father of Linda SMITH and Bob DOYLE, Beverley and her husband Brian O'TOOLE, Bob HOWDEN, Ken HOWDEN and his wife Jill, Brenda and her husband Mike WEDGEWOOD, Jill and Darrel PENDRITH, and Peter HAMMOND. Cherished grandfather of ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Greatly missed by his step-mother Marjorie HAINES of Peterborough, his brother Fred and his wife Peggy. Predeceased by his father Charles HAMMOND. Bill will be remembered by his family and Friends. At Bill's request a private family service will take place. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel". If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-24 published
OLAR, Rick " Richard" Walter Louis
At the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, at the age of 53 years, of Sault Ste. Marie. Rick passed away after a courageous battle on Friday, October 21, 2005 with his family by his side. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife and best friend Donna. Devoted father of Richard OLAR (friend Sue,) Mike OLAR (friend Jenna,) Scott OLAR (Amy,) Jamie DEVOE (Tania,) Kevin DEVOE (fiancée Trish,) and Lisa DEVOE. Special Pappa of Bruce DEVOE. Loving son of Isabell OLAR and the late Walter OLAR. Son-in-law of Fred and Muriel MARQUIS. Grandson of the late Fred and Maria OLAR and the late Louis and Nellie PREMO. Dear brother of Randy OLAR (Donna,) RoseMary BORTON (Pat,) RuthAnn O'TOOLE (Richard,) Rusty OLAR (Sylvia,) late Roberta TATASCIORE (Pat,) and Ronnie OLAR (Bonnie). Rick will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and all of his buddies at Algoma Steel. Friends may call at the Northwood Funeral Home (942 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 705-945-7758) on Monday, October 24, 2005 from 6: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service in the Chapel on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Bruce McLEISH officiating. Interment Goulais River Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Southlake Regional Health Centre Cancer Unit would be appreciated by the family. A special thanks to Dr. ZIBDAWI, all the nurses and staff of the Cancer Care Unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario for all their loving care given to Rick, also to Alex and Rin for all the special visits and prayers. www.northwoodfuneral.com

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O'TOOLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-23 published
BRENTON, Cecil " Red" Victor Wilson
World War II D-Day Veteran, member, 14th Field Regiment Association R.C.A.
Peacefully at age 89, with his sense of humour intact, at William Osler Health Centre Brampton Memorial Campus. Predeceased by his loving wife Catherine (Kitty). Devoted father to Bernadette (Kevin O'TOOLE), Bernard, Cecile, Theresa, Mark, Maryanne (Alan STONE) and Mark CHILDS. Beloved grandad to Shane, Brent, Julian and Emily. Loving brother to Ruby, Lloyd and the late Edith. Dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. Cecil, a loving, kind and honest man, will be remembered as the "Christian Mechanic", and will be greatly missed by his family and many Friends. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Extendicare Brampton and the Palliative Care Unit at William Osler, and acknowledgement to his children's employers for the support and understanding they extended during our father's many difficult periods. For those who wish, donations may be made in Cecil's memory to the charity of choice. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 52 Main St. S., Brampton, 905-451-2124 on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Eulogies will be held at 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. Burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery at 3 p.m. Condolences to the family may be sent to cecil.brenton@wardfh.com

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O'TOWADJIWAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2005-01-12 published
LEWIS
--In loving memory of John LEWIS (O'TOWADJIWAN,) a Great Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, who passed away January 16, 2003.
Beautiful memories are wonderful things
They last till the longest day.
They never wear out; they never get lost
And can never be given away.
To some you may be forgotten
To others a part of the past.
But to us who loved you and lost you
Your memory will always last.
We cannot bring the old days back,
When we were all together,
But the laughter we shared and loving thoughts,
Will live with us forever.
Missed too much to ever be forgotten, by Thecla and John TURCO, Patricia, Henry and Family, Jason, Steve.

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