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RACANELLI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-30 published
CURALLI, Luca
We regret the loss of a beloved husband, father and grandfather, peacefully, at Humber River Regional Hospital (Church site) on March 28, 2005, at the age of 64. Cherished husband of Isabella. Always remembered by his children Vito (Etelka), Graziano (Loredana), and Luca (Laura). Loving grandfather to Luca. Sadly missed by his brother Tony (Maria) from Toronto, Giacomo (Lucia) of Italy, and sisters Maria CURALLI (Nicola DEFRENZA) in Italy and Angela (Michele RACANELLI) in Italy. Friends and relatives will be received at Bernardo Funeral Homes, 2960 Dufferin Street, Toronto (2 streets south of Lawrence Ave.) on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Charles Church on Friday, April 1st at 9: 30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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RACCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-10 published
COMMISSO, Giuseppe
On February 9th, 2005 at the age of 83. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Marianna. He will be cherished by his dear children Maria (Domenico RACCO,) Mela (Joseph CANDIDO,) Rosa (Michele GIAMPAOLO), Rocco (Sylvia), and Frank. Proud grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 2. He will be held dear in the hearts of his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and many Friends. Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332) on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10: 00 a.m. from St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church (122 Rathburn Rd., at Kipling Ave.). Entombment to follow at the Glendale Memorial Gardens (on Albion Rd., at Hwy. 27). In lieu of flowers, the Commisso family will accept donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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RACCO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-16 published
LOMBARDO, Francesco
God called Francesco peacefully on July 14th, 2005. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maria. He will be cherished by his dear children Pietro (Jennifer), Stefano, Angelina, and Joseph. Proud grandfather of Sabrina and Luca. He will always be remembered by his brothers and sisters: Vincenzo (Isabella), Joseph (Tita), Maria (Domenico SGAMBELLURI,) Esterina (Filippo RACCO,) Rosa (Joe BORNINO.) Family will receive Friends at the Fratelli Vescio Funeral Homes Ltd. (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd., 905-850-3332), on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 9: 30 a.m. from Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church (on Ansley Grove Rd., north of Chancellor Dr., Woodbridge). Entombment to follow at the Glendale Memorial Gardens Cemetery (on Albion Rd. and Hwy. 27).

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RACE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-15 published
HAWMAN, Frances Mary (METCALFE)
At her home in Kingston on Monday, April 11, 2005, Frances METCALFE of Braemar Road, Kingston, in her 89th year. Beloved mother of Mary Gale RACE and her husband Doug of Port Elgin, Stewart of Caledon, Ellen of Kingston and Raymond of Caledon. Loving grandma of Scott, Race, Carrie and her partner Bert and Gary. Great-grandma of Jessica and Jenna. Dear sister of Winnifred PARKS and her husband Ken of Belleville, Leonard and his wife Joyce of Asphodel Township and the late Gerald, Carman, Flora and Marie. Sister-in-law of Rita METCALFE. Frances will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service was held at Brett "Havelock" Chapel (705-778-2231) on Thursday, April 14, 2005. Reverend Sue PATERSON officiated. Interment Norwood-Asphodel Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made (by cheque only) to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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RACE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-24 published
HARKER, Stephanie Anne (née MATTHEWS)
On Thursday, December 22, 2005, quietly and having just celebrated her 85th birthday. Born and raised in Hereford, England, Stephanie served with distinction in the British Army during World War 2. She joined up as a Private, but was chosen for officer training, and rose to the rank of Major. She served in England, India, Ceylon and Burma. She was on the General's staff of the British army in New Delhi and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Chief of Supply for the proposed invasion of Malaya. After the end of hostilities, she remained in Singapore to coordinate the repatriation of the Japanese prisoners of war. When she returned to England, she studied at Girton College, Cambridge. In 1948, newly wed, she immigrated to Ottawa, where she lived happily for the rest of her life. She was very involved in the creation of the new community of Manor Park, one of the earliest post-war suburbs in Canada, and remained an active volunteer to the end. She was predeceased in 1995 by her husband of 47 years, Dr. Peter HARKER, and will be sadly missed by her children: Paul and Mary, Jennifer, Angela and Terry JOYCE, Rosemary and Robert RACE, and her grandchildren: Peter, Alexandra, Graeme and Nigel. A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of St. Columba, 24 Sandridge Road, Ottawa on Wednesday, December 28 at 2 p.m. Grateful thanks to the emergency staff at the Montfort Hospital for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Organ Donation and Transplant Association of Canada, or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated.

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RACE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-27 published
HARKER, Stephanie Anne (née MATTHEWS)
On Thursday, December 22, 2005, quietly and having just celebrated her 85th birthday. Born and raised in Hereford, England, Stephanie served with distinction in the British Army during World War 2. She joined up as a Private, but was chosen for officer training, and rose to the rank of Major. She served in England, India, Ceylon and Burma. She was on the General's staff of the British army in New Delhi and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Chief of Supply for the proposed invasion of Malaya. After the end of hostilities, she remained in Singapore to coordinate the repatriation of the Japanese prisoners of war. When she returned to England, she studied at Girton College, Cambridge. In 1948, newly wed, she immigrated to Ottawa, where she lived happily for the rest of her life. She was very involved in the creation of the new community of Manor Park, one of the earliest post-war suburbs in Canada, and remained an active volunteer to the end. She was predeceased in 1995 by her husband of 47 years, Dr. Peter HARKER, and will be sadly missed by her children: Paul and Mary, Jennifer, Angela and Terry JOYCE, Rosemary and Robert RACE, and her grandchildren: Peter, Alexandra, Graeme and Nigel. A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of St. Columba, 24 Sandridge Road, Ottawa on Wednesday, December 28 at 2 p.m. Grateful thanks to the emergency staff at the Montfort Hospital for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Organ Donation and Transplant Association of Canada, or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated.

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RACE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-29 published
BIRRELL, Jennifer Eileen
Passed away peacefully surrounded by family and Friends on October 26th, 2005 at Etobicoke General Hospital, at the age of 40. Beloved wife of the late Billy BIRRELL. Loving mother of Shelby and Haley. Daughter of Bonnie RACE and Phil ARNOLD and his wife Mary. Sister of Andrea and her husband Gary and their children Morgan and Ashlee, Gail and her husband Kyle, Glen, and Chris. Also missed by many other relatives and Friends. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton (905-451-2124) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Ward Chapel on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. A reception to follow. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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RACEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-03-27 published
MANSON, Edna L.
Peacefully at Country Terrace Nursing Home, Komoka, on Friday March 25th, 2005 Edna L. MANSON of London in her 98th year. Predeceased by husband Lorne (1946.) Dear mother of Murray (Kathryn) MANSON of Komoka. Loving grandmother of Kate MANSON of London. Remembered fondly by nieces Eleanor VARGO of Sarnia and Edna (Art) RACEY of London as well as many other nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Elliott-Madill Komoka Chapel (22568 Komoka Road) on Monday, March 28th, from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to follow from the chapel on Tuesday, commencing at 11 a.m. with Reverend Robert WILSON officiating. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London. Donations to the Ark Aid Mission (661-0280) or the S.A.R.I. (666-1123) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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RACHAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-11 published
RACHAR, Allan George
At the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Friday June 10, 2005. Allan George RACHAR of R.R.#1 Otterville in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of the late Phyllis RACHAR, (2002.) Loving mother of Cher BRATHWAITE and husband Keith of Toronto, Sandra ROWE and Stan SZATROWSKI, of R.R.#1 Otterville, Mark RACHAR of Otterville. Dear grandfather of Nikki and Tiffany ROWE, Derrick SILK, Candice, Karen and Matthew RACHAR. Predeceased by a sister Olive and brother Doug. Friends will be received at The Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, 45 Main St. W. Norwich on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to commemorate Allan's life will be held at the funeral home on Monday June 13th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Zena ATTWOOD officiating. Interment Milldale Burial Ground. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arn-Lockie 863-3020.

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RACHAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-26 published
BARTLETT, Ivan
Peacefully, into the arms of his Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Ivan BARTLETT of Tillsonburg, in his 76th year. (Member of the North Broadway Baptist Church, Tillsonburg). Best friend and loving husband of Mary (HELSDON) BARTLETT. Much loved father and father-in-law of: Cheryl and Barry HOSNER (Tillsonburg,) Dan and Anne BARTLETT (of P.E.I.,) Kathy and David RACHAR (Tillsonburg.) Cherished grandfather of Angela and James MUIR; Joshua, Amanda and Nicholas BARTLETT; David, Matthew and John RACHAR. Proud great-grandfather of: Jacob and Kalen MUIR. Predeceased by a grand_son James HOSNER (2003.) Survived by sister and brother-in-laws: Jack and Mary HELSDON, Margaret JENKINS and friend Howard VANNATTER, Dorothy and Art FULLER Sr. Also survived by an aunt Audrey TALBOT. Predeceased by a brother-in-law George JENKINS. Also predeceased by his parents: William and Hazel GAINES. Friends and relatives are welcome to meet with the BARTLETT family on Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (842-4238). Funeral Service to be conducted on Monday, August 29th, 2005 at 1: 30 p.m. at the North Broadway Baptist Church by Pastor Alan SILVESTER and Pastor Bill BALL. Interment to follow in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the "Gideons", "Teen Challenge Farm" or the "Heart & Stroke Fund" would be gratefully appreciated by the family.

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RACHAR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-01 published
DESUTTER, Danny
After a courageous battle with cancer, Danny DeSutter passed away at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at the age of 46 years, surrounded by his family. Stubborn but very loving husband and best friend to Helene. Wonderful father to Cheryl and Brandon DESUTTER. "G-Pa" to Keegan DESUTTER. "Always First" son to his parents Holly and Garry CARSON of Tillsonburg. Loving and very supportive brother to Robert DESUTTER and his wife Kimm of Vienna, Jamie RACHAR and her husband Mel of Thamesford. Danny was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces as a Warrant Officer for 20 years. Family will receive Friends and family at Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Thursday, December 1 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Richard JONES of Saint John's Anglican Church officiating. Interment at Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations "In trust for Brandon DESUTTER" or the Terry Fox Foundation (payable by cheque only) would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostranderfuneralhome.com

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RACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-31 published
SARARAS, Grace B. (MacDONALD)
Peacefully at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Monday, May 30, 2005 Grace B. (MacDONALD) SARARAS of Exeter in her 74th year. Dear mother of Karen SARARAS of Kitchener, Allan SARARAS of Windsor, Gary and Gail SARARAS of Exeter, Dianne and Don POULIN of Stratford, Don and Connie SARARAS of London, Steve and Joan SARARAS of Exeter and Jodi and Dwayne OVERHOLT of Exeter. Dear grandmother of Chris SARARAS and his wife Adrienne RACHER, Jill SARARAS and her fiance Jeff KERSLAKE, Jeff SARARAS and friend Chiung LIN, Laura SARARAS and friend Derek TEASELL, and Joseph SARARAS; Lisa, Tina and Valerie POULIN; Hilary and Amy SARARAS; Emily and Brett SARARAS and Tyler and Nicholas OVERHOLT and greatgrandmother of Owen. Dear sister of Ross MacDONALD of Seaforth. Predeceased by sisters Mary SHOBBROOK, Jean JOHNSON and Edna TREMEER and a brother Gordon MacDONALD. Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 1st at 2 p.m. with Reverend Paul ROSS officiating. Inurnment Exeter Cemetery, Exeter. Donations to London Regional Cancer Centre or South Huron Hospital-Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com.

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RACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-29 published
PETTIT, Francis O.
Peacefully in the presence of his family at Bluewater Health, C.E.E. Site, Continuing Care Unit, Petrolia on Friday, August 26, 2005, Francis O. PETTIT of Brigden in his 94th year went on to be with the Lord. Survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Dorothy (FOURNIE) PETTIT; son Larry (Diane) of Corunna, Daughters Sandra (Vincent) of Toronto, Marny of Brigden, Jane (Brian) RACHER of Petrolia, and close family friend Betty KILBRIDE of Brigden. Grandfather to Ryan (Chrissy), Brad (friend Kathryn), Rachael, Cemoy, Austin, Katie and Cody. Great Grandfather to a new baby girl. Brother and brother-in-law to Florence (late Melvin) TRAXLER, Nylene (late Claude) PETTIT, Stewart and Ruby PETTIT, Helen and Romaine VANDEVENNE, Margaret and Howard GRAY/GREY and Judy (late Dick) GRANT. Predeceased by parents Alexander and Jane (SHAW) PETTIT, brothers Orvel, Delmar, Joel, Freeman (Margaret ROANE,) Charles, Claude and sister Katie (Bill) ARNOLD. Francis was born and raised on the family farm in Sombra Township. As a young man he attended Sarnia Business College. Later Francis operated the family farm and his own electrical business. He was active in the community through Bradshaw and Brigden United Churches, Moore Agricultural Society and was a 60 year member of Brigden Leopold Lodge #397. Dearly loved, and fondly remembered sitting at the head of the table to say "The Blessing". Friends will be received at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home, Brigden, on Monday August 29, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Brigden Leopold Lodge #397 will conduct a memorial service on Monday evening at 6: 45 p.m. from the Funeral Home. Funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, August 30th at 1 p.m. with Reverend Jacquie BURNIE officiating. Interment Black Creek Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Brigden United Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through sbrothersfuneral@hotmail.com. Steadman Brothers 864-1193. "A Life well lived is a gift to the future, a memory that time endears, and the light of that life will shine in our hearts and brighten the world through the years."

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RACHER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-14 published
McKOY, Vivian (née SMITH)
In Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, on Thursday, November 10, 2005. Vivian McKOY (née SMITH) 78 years, formerly of Petrolia. Beloved wife of the late Donald McKOY (1990.) Loving mother of Darlene JOLY and her husband Dennis of Fort Saskatchewan. Dear grandmother of Candace RACHER and her husband Tom of Petrolia and Catrina CLOUATRE of Sarnia. Dear great-grandmother of Rachel and Chris RACHER. Dear sister of George, Bob and Allan SMITH, Marty SIMCOE and the late Wes, Roy, Clarence and Cecil SMITH. Visitors will be received on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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RACHEVSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-23 published
SNELL, Eunice Dorothea (née MELVILLE)
Peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 22, 2005. Beloved mother of Wayne, Lori, and Cheryl; dear sister of Sandra RACHEVSKY and "brother" Walter Donovan; grandmother of Katrina KOSTER; loving aunt to Nick and Krista RACHEVSKY cherished mother-in-law to Ruth CRAWFORD and Hamish SNOOK, and sister-in-law to Victor RACHEVSKY. Predeceased by husband Ed. Family and Friends will be received at The Stone Church, 45 Davenport Road, Toronto on Friday, November 25. Visitation at 11 o'clock, followed by a service at 12: 30 p.m. Donations may be made to Shepherd Village.

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RACHIELE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-15 published
RACHIELE, Salvatore " Sam"
Suddenly on Sunday, February 13, 2005, at the age of 53. Beloved husband of 27 years to Filomena. Proud and loving father of Nadia, Roberto and Vanessa. Cherished son of Bruno and the late Teresina and stepmother Natalina. Son-in-law of Giovanni and Giuseppina CARDINALE. Sam will be missed by his brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, in-laws and Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Highway 7, Woodbridge (just west of Pine Valley Drive), 905-851-9100, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. from St. Peter's Catholic Church (100 Bainbridge Ave.). Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In memory of Sam, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent to Sam's family at salvatore.rachiele@wardfh.com

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RACHLINSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-03 published
RACHLINSKI, Mary
Peacefully, at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, on Tuesday, February 1, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Stanley. Dearly loved mother of Diane and Doug WILSON, Debbie and Ted SCOTT, Bob and Shirley, and Tom. Loving Nammy to Matt, Molly, Clay, Tyler, Malcolm, Danny, Jayson, Stephanie, Jagger and Melodie. Funeral Service will take place at the Glen Oaks Chapel, 3164 9th Line (at Dundas), Oakville, (905) 257-8822 on Friday, February 4, 2005 at 10: 00 a.m.

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RACHLIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-11 published
HILLOCK, Donald William
(T. Eaton Co. Ltd. Quarter Century Club) At home with his family by his side, in his 80th year, after a courageous battle with lung cancer, on Friday, June 10, 2005. Beloved husband for 52 years to Dora. Cherished father of Debbie and her husband Bill STONE and Diane and her husband Bill WILLCOCKS. Proud Grandpa of Jason, Michael, Sharon, Amanda, Lauren and Daniel. Predeceased by his sister Ruth NOYES. Thank you to Sunnybrook Cancer Centre, Dr. Val RACHLIS of the Freeman Centre Palliative Care, North York Community Care Access Centre Team. Friends may call at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles), on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Monday, June 13th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Cremation. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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RACICOT o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-17 published
RYAN, Judith Mona “Judy” (née RACICOT)
Suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Tuesday, November 15th, 2005. Judy RYAN (née RACICOT) of Owen Sound in her 57th year. Beloved wife of Ray RYAN. Dear mother of Cynthia RYAN and Dennis RYAN. Sadly missed by two grandchildren RYAN and Caitlyn BALL. Also survived by two brothers Richard RACICOT and his wife Joyce of Kamloops, British Columbia, and Donny RACICOT of Vancouver and three sisters Linda and her husband Tom DEAKINS of Owen Sound, Patsy and her husband Norm PLOURDE of Ajax and Susie SPARLING of Toronto. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home 376-3710 for visiting on Friday evening from 7: 00 to 9: 00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Church on Saturday morning at 10: 30 a.m. Memorial donations to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association would be appreciated. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com

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RACICOT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-01 published
ELY, Mildred Lois (née SMITH)
Peacefully at Christie Gardens Apartments and Care in Toronto on Sunday, August 28, 2005. Beloved wife of the late John Hart ELY. Loving mother of Peter (Margaret and the late Trudy,) Joan BOWKER and the late David (Carole.) Dear sister of Frances WALLACE. Lois was the dear grandmother of Peter (Karen), Alison, Jane and John (Wanda) ELY; John (Kristina) and Andrea (Peter) BOWKER Jennifer (Ian) SCOTT and Elizabeth (Neil) LEDUKE. She was a special aunt to Stephanie (Jeremy) JOHNSTON, Elizabeth (Pierre) RACICOT, Adrian (Maurice) COOMBS and Alan (Marsha) ELY. Proud great-grandmother of Kiri, Olivia, Evan, Alexander, Sarah, Micah and Dessa. She led a full and giving life, touching Friends, family and colleagues with her energy, warmth, patience and wisdom. She will be fondly missed by her adoring family. The family wishes to express their appreciation of the continuing warm support of Christie Gardens. A private service was held with the help of Grace Church-on-the-Hill and Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, Toronto. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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RACICOT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-08 published
PAQUETTE, Therese (BEDARD)
Peacefully at the Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax site, on Thursday, October 6, 2005, Therese BEDARD, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Roland Sr. Loving mother of Claudette MASTROIACOVO, Ninon KNOWLES, Lisette and her husband Ron RACICOT, Roland and his wife Rose Marie, Renald, and the late Roger. Mother-in-law of the late Salvatore and Ken. Grandmother of 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 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. Sunday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Prayers will be held on Monday at 3: 00 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church (S.E. corner of Bayly St. and Harwood Ave., Ajax) on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Erskine Cemetery.

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RACINE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-15 published
BROWN, George Bruce
At Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, on Monday, June 13, 2005. Mr. George Bruce BROWN of Clinton in his 82nd year. George was born and raised at McConnell's Nursery at Port Burwell. Beloved husband for 60 years to Betty BROWN. Loving father of Sandra and John TIMPANY of Woodstock, Judith and Claude RACINE of Montreal, Shelley and Louie HARTMAN of Port Albert, and Wendy and Wayne HOY of Goderich. Cherished grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Marian and Ken MAINPRIZE of Saint Marys, Muriel and Pete WALKER of London, and Dorothy BROWN of Barrie. Also loved by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 2 brothers Max and Allin BROWN. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes, 153 High Street, Clinton, on Thursday from 6-8: 30 p.m. and on Friday, June 17, 2005 from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Cremation with interment of ashes in Aylmer Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140 Clinton or the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140 Clinton Service Thursday evening at 8: 30 p.m.

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RACINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-12 published
Frank CLAIR, Football Coach: 1917-2005
Ottawa Rough Riders' coach and general manager did not always remember his players' names but he knew what it took to win the Grey Cup
By Danny GALLAGHER, Special to the Globe and Mail, Tuesday, April 12, 2005, Page S7
Toronto -- He was known as the absent-minded professor whose players' names sometimes beat him but Frank CLAIR was an innovative Canadian Football League institution. Once, when injury forced a halfback out of an Ottawa Rough Riders' game, coach CLAIR shouted frantically for backup Billy Kline to replace him. It was too late -- he had been traded two years before.
While general manager with the Riders, Mr. CLAIR signed a player by the name of Paul Moses and was telexing the move to the Canadian Football League's Toronto offices. Mr. CLAIR started typing Paul Abraham and coach George BRANCATO, who was beside him, noticed the error and told his boss: "No, it's Paul Moses."
"Oh," Mr. CLAIR answered, "I knew it was some guy from the Bible."
Whenever Montreal Alouettes' star running back George Dixon came to Ottawa, Mr. CLAIR referred to him not by name, but by number. "Gotta watch that No. 28," Mr. CLAIR would say. If the player was Calgary Stampeders' linebacker Wayne Harris, it was, "Have to watch that No. 55." Even after star Ottawa quarterback Russ JACKSON had won a host of awards, he was still "No. 12" to Mr. CLAIR.
"On occasion, he would call me Russ but usually he called me by my number. That was one of his idiosyncrasies. He didn't remember names," Mr. JACKSON recalled.
"Frank was so excited he didn't know what was going on in a game," said Dave THELEN, a former Rider and Toronto Argonaut fullback.
Mr. CLAIR was a pioneer in the Canadian Football League, introducing the short-trap play in 1950 and in the same year introducing films as a key method of assessing plays and personnel. He also had a habit of turning around moribund teams and winning a host of Grey Cup titles.
Wouldn't you know it -- in 1950, with the help of that short-trap play and his game movies, Mr. CLAIR's Argos won the Grey Cup. Two years later, they did it again. Mr. CLAIR also coached the Riders to three Grey Cups -- in 1960, 1968 and 1969, and was general manager when they won again in 1973 and 1976. He was Canadian Football League coach of the year in 1966 and 1969. All told, he compiled a won-lost-tied record of 174-125-7 and his teams finished out of the playoffs only twice in 19 seasons.
Mr. CLAIR was born in small-town Ohio, graduated from Ohio State University and gained some playing time with the National Football League's Washington Redskins. Along the way, in the field house connecting the football and basketball fields at Purdue University, Mr. CLAIR met his wife Pat and they married in December of 1948.
Mr. CLAIR was the head coach at the University of Buffalo in 1949 when he was persuaded to go to Toronto and coach the Argonauts. "Al Dekdebrun, who was a Toronto quarterback and an All-American at Cornell, dropped by our training camp in Buffalo and said I should come to Toronto and coach," Mr. CLAIR recalled in 1980. "I had never seen an Argos' game but I was enthused about the spirit of the football people in Toronto."
Yet, when he looked at film Clips of the Argo games in 1949, he was appalled. "They had a terrible team, a bad program and the physical conditioning was bad," Mr. CLAIR said. "Recruiting was virtually non-existent. I put more emphasis on films and got the owners to do films of every game."
The result was the short-trap play. "I think that's what won the Grey Cup for us in 1950," he once said. "Billy Bass was the fullback and time and time again, the holes would open. It was something the other teams hadn't seen."
It was a simple play and one he always enjoyed describing. "It looked like a sweep, with both guards pulling. There was a lot of quick hitting. One guard would pull to trap the tackle and our tackle would block their linebacker, clearing a hole in the line."
Mr. CLAIR left Toronto after the 1954 season and worked for a spell at the University of Cincinnati only to be lured back to the Canadian Football League to take over the head-coaching duties in Ottawa in 1956. "Ottawa had a terrible team in 1955 -- terribly disorganized," he once said. "I told the Ottawa directors that it would take five years to build a championship team. And it was five years, right on the nose, in 1960 when we won the Grey Cup."
Over the years, Mr. CLAIR witnessed scores of talented Canadian Football League players such as Dave THELEN, Ron STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Vic WASHINGTON, Bo SCOTT, Margene ADKINS, Whit TUCKER, Moe RACINE, Mike NELMS and Tony GABRIEL, but Russ JACKSON stood out as the "best ever."
"When he [ JACKSON] moved up behind the centre, he took command," Mr. CLAIR said. "He had a good voice... he made you think he was an army sergeant. We felt like we were going somewhere with him."
Mr. JACKSON and many others contend that one of the best offences ever assembled in Canadian Football League history was the late-1960s combo in Ottawa consisting of himself, Whit TUCKER, Mr. ADKINS, Mr. WASHINGTON and Mr. SCOTT.
"I spent some 12 seasons in Ottawa, all with Frank," Mr. JACKSON said. "The biggest memory I have of my time there was that he gave me a chance to play as a Canadian. He was very innovative in his offensive preparation when we practised Monday through Friday for a game on the weekend. We used the short-trap play in games some, but we also had the option play... in those days, I liked to run a lot."
Mr. CLAIR, a genius at snagging import talent, pulled off one of the greatest coups in the Canadian game by persuading two top-flight U.S. quarterbacks -- Condredge HOLLOWAY and Tom CLEMENTS to sign with the Riders on April 23, 1975. It was coincidence that they signed on the same day. Mr. CLAIR signed Mr. CLEMENTS in Pittsburgh and Mr. BRANCATO signed Mr. HOLLOWAY in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Frank CLAIR's run with the Riders lasted 25 years, a tenure that had its tenuous moments of rough waters, especially in the last two years when ownership wanted him out as general manager.
In 1978, in one of the stormiest controversies in Canadian Football League history, Mr. CLAIR was replaced as general manager by Jake DUNLAP. To compensate, he was offered a job as vice-president and director of player personnel with a $10,000 pay increase. Even so, Mr. CLAIR saw it as a demotion and quit. All he could understand was that he was losing his general manager's job and he wasn't being told why. Football fans were on Mr. CLAIR's side throughout the drama and club owner Alan WATERS and executive vice-president Terry KIELTY were seen as villains. The Rough Riders initiated new talks and Mr. CLAIR wound up with about $50,000 a season and the job the club had offered in the first place.
However, it was not the end of the affair. Several weeks before Christmas in 1980, the Riders said they wouldn't be renewing his contract. "I was disappointed, but I signed," Mr. CLAIR said at the time. "All I wanted to do was help the club."
All the same, he did not rule out the possibility that he would move to another Canadian Football League club. Indeed, he returned to the Argos in 1981 as a scout, tapping Canadian and U.S. college talent for seven years before heart surgery meant he finally had to pack in his football career.
Ottawa remained dear to the CLAIRs and for a time they kept their home in the Billings Bridge area and spent winters in Florida. In 1993, they moved permanently to Sarasota, Florida
That same year, Ottawa named the arena at Lansdowne Park arena the Frank Clair Stadium. Sadly, it hasn't done a thing for the city's football prospects. Ottawa hasn't come close to a Grey Cup since 1976 when Mr. CLAIR led his squad to a 23-20 victory over Saskatchewan.
Frank CLAIR was born May 12, 1917 in Hamilton, Ohio. He died March 27, 2005, in Sarasota, Florida, of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife and by a daughter.

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RACINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-30 published
Peter BACHENSKIE, Cobbler: 1914-2005
For 65 years, he operated a shoemaker's shop in an Ottawa neighbourhood
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Saturday, July 30, 2005, Page S9
Ottawa -- Peter BACHENSKIE wasn't much interested in making a lot of money over the eight decades he practised his craft as a shoemaker in Ottawa. Sure, it came in handy for supporting his family, but he had more important things on his mind.
Day after day, for 65 years in all, Mr. BACHENSKIE opened his shop bright and early at 8 a.m. in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood. He didn't have to travel far to go to work, since his workbench was in the front of his tiny, two-storey house.
Ten hours later, around 6 p.m., he called it a day and went for supper. Of course, if you needed a quick repair job, you could always knock on the door and hope for the best -- and get it, too.
Starting in 1936, through the tail end of the Depression, the Second World War and the postwar boom, the people of working-class Hintonburg could look in the Wellington Street window of P. Bachenskie Shoe Repair and see the proprietor bent over his bench.
Richard RACINE first went there in 1955. People wore leather shoes back then, he said, and paid good money to get them repaired. He kept going back for the next 46 years. "I bought a leather belt [once] and he charged me $7. The buckle probably cost him $3.50. You couldn't get that quality for under $25 now."
That was the thing about Peter BACHENSKIE. For the past 20 years or so, he charged ridiculously low prices -- Depression-era prices, really. Five minutes of stitching a pair of shoes or a purse would cost you all of 25 cents. After years of argument from his family, Mr. BACHENSKIE finally gave in during the 1980s and doubled his price to 50 cents.
"I told him, 'It's ridiculous, Dad, you're working for nothing,' said his son, Richard BACHENSKIE. "He was losing money at the end. For the last five years, he used his old-age pension to support the business."
Mr. BACHENSKIE could fix just about anything, from shoes to saddles to police gun holsters. His craftsmanship so impressed Armstrong and Richardson, a big shoe chain, that it filmed Mr. BACHENSKIE in 1964 for a television commercial. It aired for a year, to the delight of Hintonburg.
Mr. BACHENSKIE was also a good teacher, eager to pass on his knowledge. Vassili NETCHAEV first went to the shop in 1996 to get some stitching done. Twice a week, for more than a year, the master taught Mr. NETCHAEV how to use the big stitcher, which attaches an outsole to a shoe.
"He was a very good teacher, very patient, a very open-hearted person," said Mr. NETCHAEV. "He treated everyone as a friend, no matter if you were a customer or subcontractor. Even if you made a mistake, he wouldn't yell at you or make you feel bad. He'd say, 'Let me show you again.' "
Mr. BACHENSKIE, who left school after the third grade, worked briefly as a lumberjack after growing up on the family farm near Otter Lake, Quebec After serving a short apprenticeship, he set up on his own and never looked back. Business was good during the Second World War, despite a shortage of thread. In 1943, Mr. BACHENSKIE married his sweetheart, Loraine, and bought $5,000 in war bonds. After war-time restrictions were lifted, business boomed despite that fact that the shop had five competitors within a three-block radius.
When each of his children turned 4, he would allow them into his shop. That was the age when he thought they could be relied on not to stick their fingers in the machines. "I remember the noise of the finisher, the bustle of Wellington, the good smell of leather," said his son.
People also dropped by to shoot the breeze, although Mr. BACHENSKIE himself never said much. All the same, you could count on him when you were in trouble.
"Peter had a soft spot for a certain kind of downtrodden individual. He would regularly let [them] stay in his shop to sober up, get out of the summer heat, or warm up in winter. There were three in particular: Skippy, Victor and Joe."
Mr. BACHENSKIE also fed them, clothed them and gave them money. "The only condition he gave them is that they don't get drunk again. They got drunk again and the cycle was repeated. He even tried to apprentice them into the business. He kept trying to help them."
During the 1970s, the shoemaking business started to decline, partly because of the growing popularity of running shoes and because of throwaway consumerism. "People wanted new and shiny versus old and repaired. [Also] new synthetic materials did not lend themselves to be repaired easily," said his son.
In 1989, when he was 75, Mr. BACHENSKIE decided that he needed to retool and bought several new machines. That cost him $50,000, despite his shrinking client base. He kept doing what he did best, even after suffering two mild strokes, and finally retired on January 13, 2001.
Peter Paul BACHENSKIE was born on June 13, 1914, in Otter Lake, Quebec He died of liver failure on May 16, 2005, in Ottawa. He was 90. He is survived by son Richard and daughters Dianne, Carol and Rose-Mary. He was predeceased by his wife, Loraine.

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RACINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-25 published
RACINE, Philip Ernest " Phil"
68, of Gardners Mill, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, died Tuesday November 22nd, 2005, while on vacation in Florida. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 26, 1937, to Sarah and Ernest RACINE, Phil joined The Royal Bank of Canada in 1954 where part of his career took him to Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and New York. He returned to Canada in 1992 where he was a Vice President with Royal Bank until illness caused him to retire in 1993. He is survived by his wife Amy (née JEFFREY,) three sons, Andrew Ernest RACINE of Gardners Mill, Nova Scotia, Dr. Jeffrey Scott RACINE of Dundas, Ontario, Dr. Timothy Philip RACINE of Winnipeg, Manitoba, sister Diann JENSEN of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, six grandchildren, Jody, Ashleigh, Jamie, Adam, Ellis, and Thea, and great-grand_son Isaac. A cremation has taken place according to his wishes. Donations can be made in his memory to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, or a charity of your choice.

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RACIOPPA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-11 published
CONTINI, George
On Sunday, January 9, 2005. George, beloved husband of Lena. Loving father of Michael and his wife Liisa and Anna and her husband Don. Loving Nono of Laura, Emily, Cody and Genevieve. Brother of Mary DAQUANO, Victor, Lisa RACIOPPA, Silda FIORE and the late Eugene. Brother-in-law of Yola CORNACCHIA. Resting at the Paul O'Conner Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. East (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. in Precious Blood Church (Lawrence, east of Victoria Park). Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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RACIOPPA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-19 published
RACIOPPA, Michael
Unexpectedly at St. Michael's Hospital on Monday, February 14, 2005, Michael, dear son of Edward and his wife Glenda. Predeceased by his mother Mary. Beloved brother of Lynn (Audie), Diane (Guy), Natalie (Nigel), Erin (Mark) and Simon. Loving uncle of Megan, Melissa and Nathan. Michael will be sadly missed and will continue to live on in our hearts and minds. A private burial has taken place at York Cemetery.

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RACIOPPO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-02 published
COLANGELO, Addolorata (née RACIOPPO)
Courageously after a lengthy illness, surrounded by family, peacefully in her 73rd year, passed and joined her cherished husband the late Leonardo on Monday August 1, 2005 at St. Michael's Hospital. Loving and devoted mother to Christina and husband Dino, Pat and wife Lena, and Rocco and wife Julie. Beloved Nonna to Luciano, Antonio, Marco, Laura, Anthony, Lenny, and Jenna. Predeceased by brothers Giovanni, Francesco, and Michele, will be lovingly missed by siblings Giuseppe, Raffaela, Immacolato and the whole Racioppo family. Sadly missed by the Colangelos, Maria, Michelina, Giovanni, and their families. Special heartfelt thanks to her extended family, the hemodialysis staff and everyone at St. Michael's Hospital and the staff at Tendercare Living Centre. Friends may gather with the family at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave. E. (just west of Warden) on Tuesday August 2nd, 2005, from 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday August 3rd from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Aidan's Roman Catholic Church, 3501 Finch Ave. E. on Thursday August 4th at 10: 30 a.m. Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.

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RACIOPPO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-16 published
VISCONTI, Giuseppe
(Retired employee of Woods Canada) Born in Monteleone, Di Puglia, Foggia, Italy to his dear late parents Carmelo and Anna (RACIOPPO) VISCONTI. Entered into rest at the Chester Village Nursing Home on Thursday, September 15, 2005 in loving care of his family. Giuseppe, dearly loved husband of Rigoletta (COLANGELO) VISCONTI. Cherished father of Rocco (Assunta), Carmelo (Kelly), John (Marlen) and Tony. Devoted nonno of Angela, Giuseppe, Joseph, Claudia and great-nonno of Samantha. Friends may call at the Trull "East Toronto" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 1111 Danforth Ave. (one block east of Donlands Subway) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Mass of the Resurrection will be held in St. Catherine of Siena Church (1099 Danforth Ave.) on Monday, September 19th at ten thirty o'clock. Entombment Highland Memory Gardens.

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RACIOPPO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-30 published
DIFLAVIANO, Thelma
Peacefully at the Gibson Residence on Monday, November 28, 2005. Thelma, beloved wife of the late Cory. Loving mother of Richard Cory and his wife Julie, Gina and her husband Tony RACIOPPO. Fondly remembered by her two grandchildren Nicole and Cory RACIOPPO. Friends may visit at Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York (2 lights south of Steeles Ave.) from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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RACKHAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-01-26 published
CONNOR, Robert Allen " Alec"
Robert Allen ‘Alec' CONNOR, peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Dorothy, née RACKHAM. Dearly loved father of Robert John and his wife Lynn and Jeffrey Alan (Laura). Loving grandfather of Adam, Ashley, Jessica, Aimee, Tara and Christopher. Dear brother of Jean MORTON, Glen CONNOR and Clayton (Irene) CONNOR. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, and by Sandra HAMILL, Shann CONNOR, and Jaime.
Alec served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2. Active in his community, he was a member of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist; a former General Motors dealer member of the London Hunt and Country Club; a life member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; life member of St. David's Lodge #302, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, the Mocha Temple, the Royal Order of Jesters, Court 56; Scottish Rite, 32 Degree. Friends may call on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 29 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, by the Reverend Canon Donald R. FORD. Cremation and interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the London Health Sciences Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged.

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RACKHAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-14 published
RACKHAM, Jonathan Robert Michael
Suddenly, in Tillsonburg on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, Jonathan Robert Michael RACKHAM, age 31 years. Beloved husband of 4 years to his wife Rachael Lynn RACKHAM (nee: HARRISON.) Dear father of Amber Alisha McLEOD; Sheyanne Melissa McLEOD and Matthew Robert RACKHAM, all at home. Dear son of Bob RACKHAM of London and Linda RACKHAM of Sault Saint Marie. Dear brother of Daniel (Chantiel) RACKHAM of Sault Saint Marie; Laura RACKHAM of Sault Saint Marie. Dear son-in-law of Pat and Larry HARRISON of Brantford and grand_son of Gwen and Patrick SHEPHARD of Sault Saint Marie; Rita RACKHAM of Norwich, England. Jon was predeceased by his grandfather Brian RACKHAM in England. Also, survived by his uncles, aunts, nieces, nephew, and cousins.
Jon enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and the sport of paintball games. Jon enjoyed his job at Titan Trailers as a welder on Courtland, The family will receive Friends at Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Saturday, April 16, 2005, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Complete funeral services for John will be held in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 1 p.m. Father David REILANDER of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Brantford officiating. Cremation to follow. Jon will be laid to rest at the edge of Lake Superior near his grandparents camp. At the family's request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to Big Brothers of Ontario. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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RACKHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-26 published
CONNOR, Robert Allen " Alec"
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Dorothy, née RACKHAM. Dearly loved father of Robert John and his wife Lynn and Jeffrey Alan (Laura). Loving grandfather of Adam, Ashley, Jessica, Aimee, Tara and Christopher. Dear brother of Jean MORTON, Glen CONNOR and Clayton (Irene) CONNOR. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, and by Sandra HAMILL, Shann CONNOR, and Jaime. Alec served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 2. Active in his community, he was a member of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist; a former General Motors dealer; member of the London Hunt and Country Club; a life member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; life member of St. David's Lodge #302, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, the Mocha Temple, the Royal Order of Jesters, Court 56; Scottish Rite, 32 Degree. Friends may call on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 29 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, London, by the Reverend Canon Donald R. FORD. Cremation and interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the London Health Sciences Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged.

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RACKHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-28 published
RACKHAM, Eileen
At home on Monday, June 26, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Reginald John RACKHAM. Loving mother of Nancy and her husband Ron HOAR, Bonnie and her husband Frank LUSTY, and Wendy and her husband Bill LAMACRAFT. Dear grandmother of Brett, Bryan and his wife Cheryl, Brandon, Tyler, Kim, Kaylea and the late Christine. Dear grandmother of great-grand_son Julian. Sister of the late Mary and Bert SYER, and sister-in-law of Doug and his wife Florence, and Edith and her husband the late Bruce HOGARTH. The family will receive Friends at Pickering Village United Church (300 Church St. N., Ajax) on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 from 10-11 a.m. Funeral Service to follow at 11: 00 a.m. Should family and Friends so desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to McEachnie Funeral Home, 905-428-8488.

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RACKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-07 published
GORDON, Laura
On Saturday, March 5, 2005 at her home. Laura GORDON, beloved wife of the late Aaron GORDON. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Lynn and Arthur FREEMAN, and the late Erica MELMED. Dear sister of Evelyn RACKI of Washington, D.C. Devoted grandmother of Evan, and Neil FREEMAN, and Gavin and Amy MELMED, and great-grandmother of Leah, and Ava MELMED. Services were held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel on Sunday, March 6, 2005. Shiva Monday at 6 Holsworthy Crescent, Thornhill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 416-979-7228.

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RACKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-12 published
GORDON, Laura
On Saturday March 5, 2005 at her home. Laura GORDON, beloved wife of the late Aaron GORDON, loving mother and mother-in-law of Lynn and Arthur FREEMAN, and the late Erica MELMED, dear sister of Evelyn RACKI of Washington D.C. Devoted grandmother of Evan and Neil FREEMAN, and Gavin and Amy MELMED, and great-grandmother of Leah and Ava MELMED. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 416-979-7228.

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RACO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-11 published
Man shot to death at plaza in Vaughan
By Timothy APPLEBY, Friday, February 11, 2005 - Page A9
York Regional Police are investigating the execution-style shooting of a Brampton man, found dead behind the wheel of his grey Ford van Wednesday night in a Vaughan plaza. Officers responding to reports of a shooting found the body of Vincenzo RACO, 58, at around 8 o'clock. Shortly before, a suspect was seen running across the plaza, on Islington Avenue near Woodbridge Avenue. The suspect is described as white, clean shaven, with a thin build, wearing a green winter hooded coat and a tuque. The slaying of Mr. RACO marked York Region's first homicide of the year.

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RACO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-11 published
Sport utility vehicle driver shot in Woodbridge
By Morgan CAMPBELL, Staff Reporter
A man found shot to death in a car outside a Woodbridge optometrist's office Wednesday night has been identified as 58-year-old Vincenzo RACO of Brampton.
RACO was in the driver's seat of a Ford Freestyle sport utility vehicle at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, stopped in the parking lot of a medical professionals' building on Islington Ave., just north of Highway 7.
According to police, witnesses: saw a man approach RACO's car just before hearing gunshots.
The man then ran through the parking lot to a waiting car, a small dark Honda or Acura, which then sped north on Islington, said Det. Sgt. Bill SADLER of the York Region police.
Police wouldn't say whether the shooter was inside the car with RACO, but the car's windows didn't appear to have been damaged.
An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday afternoon.
Police planned to take RACO's car to their Newmarket headquarters for more examination.
RACO's slaying is York Region's first homicide of 2005. Although he lived in Brampton, RACO was known to York Region police, SADLER said, although he wouldn't elaborate.
A woman who answered the door at RACO's home said the family would not speak to the media.
Many of the building's businesses were still open when the shooting occurred.
Yesterday morning at least 15 vehicles still sat in the building's parking lot, stranded there overnight and sealed in with police crime scene tape.
Police had also blocked the parking lot of the church next door to the building.
Most offices in the building were closed yesterday morning. As patients arrived, building manager Natalie ERAMO greeted them and asked them to reschedule their appointments.
She has dropped by the building at least twice a day for the last five years and has never seen an incident like this one.
"Are you serious? This is a medical building," she said. "I've had someone slip before, but that's about it."
While ERAMO was speaking, investigators sifted through the snow for clues, shuffling along Willis Rd., and along the banks of the nearby East Humber River.
Minutes later Rosie SATILLE- MINELLI emerged from behind police lines. She knew nothing of the shooting until she arrived for her 8: 30 a.m. shift as a secretary at a physiotherapist's office.
Although the building was closed she said police let her in so she could phone patients and reschedule appointments.
"I didn't figure (a shooting) would happen here," said SATILLE- MINELLI, pointing out that the office building is just metres away from an apartment building for seniors. "It's a little too close to home."
Police are looking for a "person of interest" described as male, 5-foot-11 and clean-shaven. That night he wore a hooded winter coat and a dark toque.
They would also like to speak with anyone who had contact with RACO between 7: 15 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Police ask anyone with information to call the York Region Homicide Bureau at 1-866-287-5025 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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RACOVITZA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-03 published
PANTAZZI, Helena (née RACOVITZA)
On Thursday, January 20, 2005, in Toronto. Daughter of Prince and Princess Alexander RACOVITZA, of Romania, widow of Barbu Victor Gordon PANTAZZI. Survived by her son, Michael PANTAZZI. Memorial donations may be made to the Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, or the Toronto General Hospital, Toronto.

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RACYS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-24 published
RACYS, Martin
Peacefully on Friday, December 23, 2005 at Labdara Nursing Home in his 100th year. Predeceased by his loving wife Roze. Cherished father to Grazina, Jurate and Maryte and their families. Martin will be lovingly remembered by his six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Monday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass at Church of the Resurrection, 1 Resurrection Road, on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 10 o'clock. If desired, remembrances may be made to Labdara Nursing Home, 5 Resurrection Road, Toronto M9A 5G1.

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RACZ o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2005-01-26 published
Karoly (Charlie) SASVARI
In loving memory of Karoly (Charlie) SASVARI, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, who passed away unexpectedly at his home in Zebegeny, Hungary on Saturday, January 1, 2005 at the age of 68. Dearly beloved husband of Rebecca. Beloved father of Thomas of Gore Bay. Matthew and Stefani both of Zebegeny. Also survived by his mother, Terez, and his sister Mrs. Joseph RACZ (Terez) of Budapest. Charlie will be sadly missed by his many relatives and Friends both in Hungary and Canada. Funeral Mass and burial were held in Zebegeny on January 8, 2005. Condolences can be sent to the family at: Papp Fereno Ter 2, Zebegeny, Hungary 2627.

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RACZ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-28 published
VERFAILLIE, Laurent Constant
At London Health Science Centre-Westminster Campus on Wednesday, July 26, 2005. Laurent Constant VERFAILLIE of Aylmer in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of "Mady" Madeleine (KIGGEN) VERFAILLIE. Dear father and father-in-law of Darlene and Gary CASIER of Walsingham, Marlene HOOVER and Jim TURAK of Saint Thomas, Pierre and Julie (RACZ) VERFAILLIE of R.R.#6, Aylmer. Loving grandfather to Janice and Blair DAVIDSON, Brian CASIER, Candice HOOVER, Kevin and Roze HOOVER, Justin and Michael VERFAILLIE, Natalie and Stacy RACZ. Great-grandfather of Trent and Isabel DAVIDSON, Serena HOOVER, Mairah and Riley HOOVER. Predeceased by twin greatgranddaughters Lauren and Larissa DAVIDSON. Born in Oostkamp, Belgium on November 21, 1923 son of the late Justin and Maria (DELTOMBE) VERFAILLIE. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church and grew tobacco for many years. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Thursday at 8: 00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Friday, July 29, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Queen of Peace Cemetery. Father Gilbert SIMARD, officiating. Donations to Serenity House Hospice (P.O. Box 20172 Saint Thomas N5P 4H4) would be appreciated.

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RACZ o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-07 published
RACZ, Robert
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Wednesday, October 5th, 2005, Robert RACZ of R.R.#2 Innerkip in his 62nd year. Beloved son of the late Charles and Mary RACZ. Dear brother of Cathy RACZ of Innerkip. Also survived by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock (539-0004) Monday 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held in the chapel Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. with Father Chris GEVAERT of Holy Trinity Church officiating. Interment Innerkip Cemetery. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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RACZYCKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-02 published
RACZYCKI, Antonina
On Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto. Antonina (Toni), loving mother to Wieslaw (Sofia), Elizabeth VANDUSEN (Dennis) and Dr. Jan. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Justine, Tanya, Ivan, Scarlett and Alex. She will be missed by her relatives and Friends. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on Friday 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Poland Catholic Church, 625 Middlefield Rd. (north of Steeles). Interment Christ the King Cemetery.

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RACZYNSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-29 published
LEWIS, William " Bill"
At St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton on Thursday, July 28, 2005 William (Bill) LEWIS of Hamilton and formerly of London and Lucan in his 75th year. Dear son of the late Frank and Jessie LEWIS. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Shirley BRINLEY of Saint Thomas, Jerry LEWIS of Etobicoke and Margery LEWIS of London. Predeceased by sisters Marion JOHNSON and Barbara HARRISON and brother Malcolm “Bud” LEWIS. Bill will be sadly missed by his newfound family Patsy and Martin, Chris, Shayne and Chantel and Julie MacLEOD, their pets and fishing buddy Tom and his wife Kelly RACZYNSKI and daughter Kim, all of Hamilton. Special friend of Stephen TIMMONS and Kevin DOLITTLE and his wife Tammy. Friends may call at C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan 1 hour prior to the funeral service which will be held on Saturday, July 30th at 11 a.m. Interment St. James Cemetery, Clandeboye. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Humane Society) would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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