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POEI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-25 published
Scarborough brothers killed in hit-run
Students were walking on Waterloo street; police might treat case as homicide
By Astrid POEI and Peter EDWARDS, Staff Reporters
Waterloo -- Police are considering laying homicide charges against the hit-and-run driver who killed two Scarborough brothers on an industrial street near the University of Waterloo.
Soumiyan, 19, and Chandrasegar (Chandru) NAGULASIGAMANY, 21, were pronounced dead in hospital after being run down early Friday morning; a 20-year-old Waterloo man who was walking with them has been released from hospital.
Autopsy results are expected from the coroner's office in Hamilton tomorrow. A police spokesman said those results could push investigators to treat the case as a homicide rather than an accident.
"It's very unusual," said Olaf HEINZEL, of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. "As a result of the circumstances, there's a team, including traffic and forensic officers and detectives from the homicide branch.
"It could potentially go to a homicide investigation if the information were to support it."
As police traffic experts studied the dead-end industrial street where the brothers were killed, Friends and family spoke of their enormous sense of loss and disbelief.
Their uncle, Path SITHAMPARANATHAN, said that Chandrasegar, a University of Waterloo student, felt a little homesick and invited his younger brother, who attended Centennial College in Scarborough, to visit.
"He always said that he missed his brother," SITHAMPARANATHAN said. "They were very good boys."
Abiraa BALENDRAN, 19, met Chandrasegar at the University of Waterloo Tamil Students' Association, where he was president, and said the young man will be remembered fondly by fellow students.
"He was so determined to fulfill his duties as president," she said. "We're in shock, in denial, we're all grieving."
BALENDRAN said she was struck by the love the brothers had for each other.
A makeshift memorial at their Scarborough high-rise apartment building reads, "We lost two brothers, death could not do them apart, our loss, heaven's gain."
"They were best Friends, pretty much. Chandru always looked out for his brother," she said.
"There's so much respect for him," she added. "He would never let anyone walk home alone if we were in a night class. If we were sick, he would call us up and ask if we needed medicine."
She said Chandrasegar had been a track-and-field athlete but was known by Friends as someone who was "all about community involvement."
"We are planning to raise money for their funeral, we're just doing whatever we can to help the family and helping with the funeral costs. (It) may not be a lot, but it is something."
Police said they were called to a disturbance on Dearborn Place at about 1 a.m. on Friday. HEINZEL of Waterloo Region police downplayed reports that they might have died as a result of an argument that began at the nearby Revolution Night Club on Marsland Dr.
"There is no information to specifically suggest where they were before this occurred and there are other commercial establishments nearby, so we are not pointing to one specific area," HEINZEL said.
Officers were on the scene yesterday taking measurements to prepare a model to reconstruct the hit-and-run scene.

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POEL 2005-02-17 published
Peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 15th, 2005, Frank TOONDERS, of Delaware, in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Mary TOONDERS (née DEGROOT.) Dear father of Dave (Holly) TOONDERS of Mississauga, Marg (Renaud) VANTYGHEM of Wardsville, Joan (Adriaan) SCHREUDER of the Netherlands, John (Janice) TOONDERS of Williamsburg, Jackie (Mike) ANNETT of Saint Thomas and Frank (Karen) TOONDERS of Campbellville. Dear grandfather of Jennifer (Braden), Nicole, Shawn, Shannon, Jason, Jessica, Jillian, Erin, Kelly, Caitlin, Jared, Paul, Marissa and Natasha. Predeceased by grand_son Mark (1999). Remembered by sister Tiny of South Mountain, Jack of Navan, Tony of Morrisburg and Ted of London. Predeceased by brother Chris (2003.) A special thank you to Shelly MOORE, our visiting nurse, for her care and kindness. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Komoka Chapel, (22568 Komoka Road) on Thursday, February 17th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers to be said in the afternoon at 2 p.m. A Lions service under the direction of the Delaware Lions Club will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Funeral mass to be celebrated on Friday from Sacred Heart Parish, Delaware, commencing at 11 a.m. with Father Peter POEL officiating. A private family graveside service to follow at Sacred Heart in the Fields Cemetery. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre or to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation-Palliative Care would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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POELARENDS 2005-07-08 published
STEEN, Geesje (née MARISSEN)
Peacefully with her family at her side at the London Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday, July 6, 2005. Geesje STEEN (née MARISSEN) of R.R.#1, Norwich in her 56th year. Beloved wife of Hermannus "Herman" STEEN. Loved mother of Marcel, Remko, Carolien and Dennis, all at home. Dear sister of Jan MARISSEN (Anneke,) Gerrit MARISSEN (Geke,) Geert MARISSEN (Joke,) Bertus MARISSEN (Gerda,) Henk MARISSEN (Alie) and Roel MARISSEN (Geertje,) all of the Netherlands, also survived by brothers-in-law Johan POELARENDS of the Netherlands, Hans STEEN (Erna) of Staffa and sisters-in-law Janneke WASSINK (late Peter) and Anja WINTERS (Klaas,) all of the Netherlands, and by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sister Alie. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on Monday, July 11, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Emmanuel Reformed Church, 170 Clarke Street, Woodstock on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 1 p.m. with Reverend Case KOOLHAAS officiating. Interment in the Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences at Those unable to attend the funeral service on Tuesday are welcome to call 519-537-7674 to listen directly from the church at 1 p.m.

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POELS 2005-12-29 published
KELDERS, Huberdina " Dina" W. (née HESEN)
Peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of her family, Wednesday, December 28, 2005, Huberdina "Dina" W. (HESEN) KELDERS, age 81, of R.R.#2 Grand Bend. Beloved wife of John A. KELDERS for over 54 years. Loving mother of Mary Ella and Jim MEADOWS of Arkona, Martin and Debbie KELDERS, Bernie and Cheryl KELDERS and Joe KELDERS, all of R.R.#2, Grand Bend. Loving grandma of Johnathan, Jason, Michael and his wife Letty, Maegan, Ashley, Courtney, Brandon, Jill and Mark. Dear sister of Cobie and Martin POELS of Barrie, Fien, Tony, Mie, Joseph, Peit and Ben all of Holland, sister-in-law of Theo and Jean KELDERS of R.R.#2, Grand Bend and Anna DEBRUYN of Ridgetown. Remembered by many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Bernard and Marie (VERVOORT) HESEN, two brothers and two sisters. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Thursday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. C.W.L. Prayers at the Funeral Home, Thursday at 6: 45 p.m. and Parish prayers at 8:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Grand Bend, Friday, December 30, 2005 at 11 a.m. The Reverend Father Francis THEKKUMKATTIL, C.S.T. Celebrant. Interment Pinery Cemetery, Grand Bend. If desired, memorial donations to the Cancer Society or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at

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POELZL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-06 published
POELZL, Elizabeth
Passed away peacefully at home on September 2, 2005, at the age of 71. Dear wife of the late Friedrich for 45 years. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Henriette, Diethard and his wife Paola, Eberhard and his wife Giuditta, Andrea, Bettina and her husband Martin WITTEMEIER. Grandmother of Stephanie, Andrew, Patricia, Alexandra, Claudio, Katerina and Isabella. Sister-in-law of Peter and his wife Bernice and Paul and his wife Mary. Aunt of Christine, Derek and Michael. Cousin of Krika and her husband Eberhard POLLMANN and their sons Christoph and Eckard. Family and Friends will be received at Pine Hills Cemetery, Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre, 625 Birchmount Road (north of St. Clair Ave. East). 416-267-8229, Wednesday, September 7 from 5: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service Thursday, September 8, 2: 30 p.m. in the Chapel.

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POEMS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-02 published
Winston Lee COLLINS
By Andrew SMITH, Friday, September 2, 2005, Page A18
Teacher, journalist, epicure. Born August 18, 1937, in Wisconsin. Died February 20, in Toronto, from POEMS syndrome, aged 67.
The clapboard farmhouse in rural Wisconsin where Winston was born sits a stone's throw from a country road on a rise of ragged grass. "It hasn't been very well-maintained," Winston's sister Vergeane said. "Our mother always kept a nice yard."
Winston often talked of his mother's gardening expertise. He also spoke of his love of cows. An old snapshot portrays a youthful Winston wearing denim pants too short in the leg, holding the halter of a Holstein calf standing by his side. Winston's familiar smile, which disarmed strangers and welcomed Friends, beams with an intensity made more startling by the obvious impermanence of the bent and ragged photo.
The Collins farm lay on the fringes of Mount Horeb (pop. 1,000). Because of the biblical root of its name, or perhaps because of the strong Norwegian traditions in which Winston's family and the town are steeped, Mount Horeb became a somewhat mythic place in the minds of Winston's Toronto Friends. School yearbooks that sister Vergeane (keeper of the family history) has carry pictures of a teenaged Winston engaged in academic pursuits. There's no evidence of Winston's interest in sports, but he was never as much a participant as an avid fan (although he played an impressive game of tennis).
In the mid-1950s Winston left Mount Horeb for the University of Michigan to pursue his interest in poetry and literature. His curiosity about the world led him to various summer jobs: a deck hand on a Mississippi barge; a barman at a resort in upstate New York (where Groucho Marx nicknamed him "Henry James" after Winston settled a bet in Groucho's favour as to who wrote Washington Square).
In 1959 he began studies at the University of Toronto, where he later acquired a PhD. He attended Massey College in its inaugural year. Winston taught at the University of Cincinnati and at Princeton before returning to the University of Toronto as a teacher in the late 1960s. When I met Winston in London in 1973, he had a habit of reading poetry aloud in his sonorous voice. It seemed ironic that this unpretentious North American could so effortlessly bring to life English poetry that, until then, had seemed stuffy and old-fashioned. It was a talent that was much appreciated by his students at University College.
In 1977, Winston took up journalism. A lover of good food, Winston wrote a weekly restaurant review for the Toronto Star. He was an excellent cook whose maxim was that "it need not take long to make good food." He had the same unaffected approach to his appearance. A friend said that Winston "put himself into a shabby corduroy jacket, a work shirt and denims and looked like he stepped from a Ralph Lauren catalogue. That great hair, long dramatic face and self-effacing air made us envious." Winston was asked to write about the racehorse Northern Dancer, a subject that combined his passion for sport and his appreciation of quality livestock. His awe and admiration for the sheer beauty of the thoroughbred horse seemed to combine the urbane and sophisticated man that Winston had become with the kind humility and gentle disposition of the boy who grew up on a Holstein dairy farm in rural Wisconsin.
Winston was diagnosed with the rare and crippling multisystemic disease called POEMS syndrome in 1994. For more than a decade his travails were more than most people could bear, but Winston managed to sustain his peaceful mien and his lively curiosity. Under the most trying of circumstances he maintained unwavering dignity and astonishing good humour.
Andrew is the partner of Winston COLLINS.

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