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REKAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-15 published
GRZESZCZUK, Bruno
Peacefully on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at the White Eagle Nursing Home at the age of 90. Predeceased by his wife Michalina. Loving uncle of Janek and Mary REKAS, and Wieslaw and Wieslawa JANKOWSKI, and great uncle to Joanne, Karol, Stan and Piotr. Bruno will be dearly missed by his family and Friends in Poland and Canada. The family would like to thank the staff at White Eagle Nursing Home for their loving care and compassion. Funeral Mass will be held today, Friday, July 15, 2005 at 10: 15 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Turner and Porter Roncesvalles Chapel, 416-533-7954.

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REKKER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-27 published
SOUTHGATE, Margaret (née KANE)
At Saint Mary's Hospital in Kitchener on Monday, April 25th, 2005, Margaret SOUTHGATE (née KANE) of Woodstock in her 77th year went to be with her love, Earl HEISER. Beloved mother of Wayne KANE (Jeanne) of Waterloo, Cheryl GROEN (Norm) of Woodstock, Patsy REKKER of London, Kelly KOZUCH (Gary) of Woodstock and Lisa NICHOLLS (Chad) of London. Also lovingly remembered by her 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Donald KANE (Joyce) of Stratford and the late Earl KANE (Ilene.) Friends may call at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Thursday, April 28, 2005 from 12: 00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for a funeral service in the chapel at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Eleanor CARUANA officiating. Cremation, followed by interment later in Woodstock. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Lung Association would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611

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REKRUTIAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-25 published
GODARD, Hugh Phillips, PhD (October 19, 1914-November 10, 2005)
Hugh (91 years of age) passed away peacefully on November 10th. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by Carol, his wife and best friend of 14 years, son Scott, daughter-in-law Sharon, grandchildren Craig and Michelle, great grandchildren Madison and Cassidy, half sister Shirley, nephew Hugh REID, cousins Richard SHIER and Alison HANSON, Carol's family Judy and Ken REKRUTIAK and their sons, Don and Jan BRISTER, the Campbell family and many lifelong Friends. He was predeceased by wife Nina of 49 yrs, Dorothy CAMPBELL wife of a year and half brother Neil. Born in Montreal, Hugh moved to Vancouver in 1921. He graduated from University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. and M.Sc., Chemical Engineering in 1937. He earned a PhD in Industrial and Cellulose Chemistry at McGill University in 1941. Hugh served as Chief Chemist and Chief Explosives Inspector for the Canadian and United Kingdom Governments during World War 2. In 1945 Hugh joined Alcan in Kingston, Ontario as head of Aluminium Research progressing to Deputy Director of Research. After retiring in 1973 he remained active as an Independent Corrosion Consultant. A member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers from 1947 to 1983, he served as it's first North American President in 1959-60 and editor of its technical journal from 1973. Hugh was a pioneer in aluminium corrosion, authoring a book on this subject and receiving extensive recognition from peers around the globe. Hugh returned to the Vancouver area in 1987. He had a zest for life, adventure and travel. His career afforded him opportunities to travel the globe and establish Friends in many countries. He enjoyed relating these experiences to all of his family. We will especially remember Hugh for his great intellect and his lifelong love of learning, his generosity, compassion and wit. Memorial Services will be held November 28, 2005 at 2: 00 p.m. in the Boal Chapel at 1505 Lillooet Rd. North Vancouver. His final resting place will be at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Kingston, Ontario. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to University of British Columbia Brain Research Center, 6253 N.W. Marine Dr., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 2B5 (604) 822-0374.

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REKTOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-07 published
Canoe victim called avid angler with a big heart
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
A Parkhill man who drowned in a weekend boating accident was an avid angler with a big heart, his spouse's sister said yesterday.
"He was a caring and fun-loving guy," Mary SMITH said of her brother-in-law, John WATSON, 43, whose body was found in the Parkhill Conservation Area yesterday morning.
"He had a big heart and would do anything for anyone. He loved his family and Friends."
WATSON and his partner, Sharron WIECHOWSKI, both of Parkhill, were canoeing in five metres of water Saturday about 11 a.m. when their boat capsized.
WIECHOWSKI tried to save WATSON, but couldn't, police said. It was all she could do to swim to shore in the icy water and yell for help.
A passerby heard her and called police.
The canoe carried life-jackets, but police said WATSON and WIECHOWSKI weren't wearing them when they were thrown into the water.
Though police said WATSON couldn't swim, he was an avid angler, SMITH said.
"This is why we're all blown away," she said.
Ontario Provincial Police are still trying to pinpoint why the canoe capsized, said Sgt. Dave REKTOR.
"With a canoe, they're so tippy, and if you're not an experienced boater and you're not comfortable on the water, it can make someone very nervous in a boat that size and the chances of capsizing are enhanced," he said yesterday.
WIECHOWSKI, who would have celebrated her two-year anniversary with WATSON next weekend, is devastated, police and her sister said.
WATSON was excited about the anniversary and making big plans for it, said SMITH.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of WATSON's death, REKTOR said.
Ontario Provincial Police divers searched for WATSON late Saturday and all day Sunday before finding his body just before 10 a.m. yesterday.
Recovery efforts were hampered by murky water and the fact that the reservoir -- which used to be farmland before it was flooded has many trees and stumps on its bottom.
REKTOR encouraged anyone using a boat to wear a life-jacket at all times.
"All it takes is a second for someone to slip and fall and hit their head on the boat before they go over," he said.
"If you're conscious and you're a swimmer, great. But if you're unconscious, then you've got some problems. The only thing that's going to save you is a personal flotation device that will keep your head above water."

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REKTOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-07 published
Fatality victim identified
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
A woman struck by at least three cars and killed while walking on Highway 401 early yesterday was from British Columbia but had been living in London, provincial police say.
Police don't know how long Angela Dawn HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, 26, was living in London with a roommate or how she got on the busy highway after midnight Sunday.
Drugs or alcohol may have played a factor, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave REKTOR said.
Several drivers called police after spotting the woman walking in the middle of the east lanes of the 401 east of Highway 73.
While police were responding, they received another call saying the woman had been struck by at least three cars on the highway.
Police said HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON was killed instantly.
They used forensic techniques to identify HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON, who had been wearing a dark knapsack but whose clothing had been torn away
Police are investigating how she got on the highway and are asking anyone with information to call them at 1-888-310-1122.

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REKTOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-23 published
One driver dead, second hurt as two trucks collide head-on
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Reporter
One man is dead and another was clinging to life yesterday after two vehicles collided head-on near Strathroy on Tuesday night.
Provincial police said a flatbed truck travelling east on Egremont Drive around 11 p.m. crossed into the path of a westbound pickup about a kilometre west of Highway 81. The impact sent both vehicles into the north ditch.
John Brenten PETERS, 23, of Adelaide Metcalfe, identified as the pickup driver, was killed.
The driver of the flatbed, Cameron RUSSELL, 20, of Nairn, was taken to Strathroy hospital and transferred to a London hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
"We have no indication at this point what happened," said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave REKTOR.
REKTOR said the road was straight and flat and weather was not a factor.
Traffic investigators are waiting to speak to Russell to uncover more details.
Police are trying to determine whether speed was a factor. REKTOR said it doesn't appear that alcohol played a part.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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REKTOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-10-30 published
Collision with tour bus kills man from Wisconsin
The bus was taking seniors to the Stratford Festival.
By Norman DE BONO, Free Press Reporter, Sun., October 30, 2005
A Wisconsin man was killed yesterday when his car was struck by a tour bus filled with senior citizens on their way to the Stratford Festival.
Arthur WARD was driving west on Egremont Drive north of Strathroy about 10 a.m. when he ran a red light and was hit broadside by the bus travelling north on Centre Road, Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police said.
"All indications are, at this point, the driver of the car was at fault," Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. David REKTOR said.
"He went though the intersection in broad daylight and failed to negotiate the red light."
Police believe WARD died instantly, REKTOR said.
The tour bus was carrying 43 seniors from Michigan. They were taken to Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital where four were treated for minor injuries and released.
"They were mostly just bumps and bruises and were released. They handled things pretty well," said a nursing supervisor who declined to give her name.
Ontario Provincial Police ensured a school bus was contracted to drive the seniors to the festival. The hospital contacted victims services and had them speak to the seniors about the crash, the nursing supervisor said.
"They went right on the bus and spoke to them, we gave them sandwiches and refreshments and sent them on their way."
Ontario Provincial Police also wanted to make certain the seniors were not traumatized by the crash, REKTOR said.
"We wanted to make sure they were able to deal with the trauma. Some were very distraught at the scene. There was a lot of damage. The car was annihilated."
WARD, from Gay Mills, Wisc., was in Middlesex to visit his son, who lives in the region.
Charles GELBARD, Emergency Medical Services acting duty manager for the ambulance service Thames Emergency Medical Services Middlesex-London, was at the scene helping seniors after the crash.
"They were really very appreciative of the bus driver, of the fact he kept the bus on the road after the accident."

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REKTOR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-17 published
Ontario Provincial Police officer dies while refereeing game
By April KEMICK, Free Press Reporter, Sat., December 17, 2005
A charity hockey game between Ontario Provincial Police officers and Glencoe District high school students took a tragic turn yesterday when a veteran officer refereeing the game collapsed and later died.
Const. Dale WAGAR, 55, of Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police, was refereeing the game at Glencoe Arena when he left the ice feeling ill.
The 31-year Ontario Provincial Police veteran collapsed in the dressing room about 2 p.m.
"He was a wonderful man," Sgt. Dave REKTOR of Western Region Ontario Provincial Police said last night.
"He was just full of life and such a great guy... Dale was loved by all of us."
WAGAR, who is survived by his wife, was pronounced dead at Four Counties Hospital in Newbury. It's unclear exactly what caused his sudden death.
Colleagues of the dedicated officer -- some of whom responded to the 911 call for medical assistance at the arena -- were stunned by the sudden death of one of their own, REKTOR said.
"Everybody is in shock," he said.
"They're devastated. Some of them are in tears, some of them are very angry.
"They're dealing with a whole host of emotions that people go through when there's a death of a loved one."
WAGAR, who joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1974 and served at the Downsview and Kingston detachments before coming to Middlesex, was an "exemplary officer who will be greatly missed by everyone his life touched," said Insp. John STEPHENS, commander of the Middlesex detachment.
"This is a huge loss for the Ontario Provincial Police and the communities we serve," he said.
WAGAR, a Londoner, was a long-serving hockey referee who "died doing everything he loved doing," STEPHENS said.
In a 2001 Free Press column, WAGAR described his affinity for hockey and his reasons for donning the stripes.
"A referee is only there for one reason and it surely isn't the money," he wrote. "They do it for the love of the game."
In his long policing career, WAGAR was a member of the prestigious Golden Helmets precision motorcycle team and served in drug enforcement.
WAGAR also helped with the V.I.P. security unit and assisted when the Queen, the Queen Mother and Pope John Paul II visited Canada.
"He was a heck of a guy," REKTOR said.
He said it's not often officers have to respond to an emergency call involving a colleague, but when it happens it's "a terrible, terrible thing."
"Some people forget that we're humans, too," he said.
The game between the Glencoe students and Western Region Ontario Provincial Police officers was a benefit for the Glencoe Food Bank, REKTOR said.
Play was halted after WAGAR collapsed, he said.

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REKUNYK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-06 published
SACHARKO, William
Peacefully surrounded by his family at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on June 5th, 2005. Bill SACHARKO of Barrie and formerly of Willowdale in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Silvia (nee KOTYLUK) SACHARKO. Loving father of Debbie McLEAN, Diane LUSCH, both of Barrie and Marie COLBY of Newmarket. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Lisa, Brad, Carly, Dana, Chris, Tyler and Christine. Dear brother of Nellie BLACHER, Sam (Alice) and Evangeline REKUNYK (Nester.) Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. Friends may call at Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home (201 Minet's Point Road, at Yonge Street), Barrie on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday morning June 8th at 11 o'clock. Cremation. In memory of Bill, donations to the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Care Centre would be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.steckleygooderham.com

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