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RIJAVEC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-31 published
RIJAVEC, Silvano
In found memory of my dear husband Silvano, who passed away December Ten years have gone by since you left me, and I still love and miss you very much. God knows that I pray every night and day for your guidance and protection for your wife and children.
Remembered by your wife Marcella, children Michael and Lidia, grandchildren, your sisters and all your Friends. Ciao mio amore

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RIJN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-12 published
VAN RYN, Gerardus " Gerry" Johannus
Suddenly at London Health Science Centre - University Hospital on Saturday, September 10, 2005, Gerardus (Gerry) Johannus VAN RYN, devoted husband of Beatrix (née LITJENS) VAN RYN, in his 84th year. Dedicated father of Jack and his wife Mary of Toronto, Jerry of Ottawa, Ted and his wife Cathy of London, Betty and her husband Neville of Christchurch, New Zealand, John of Toronto, Herman and his wife Karen of London, Dorothy and her husband Fred of London, Joe and his wife Nora of Ottawa and Leny and her husband Chris of Ottawa. Dear brother of Leny VAN RIJN, Jan VAN RIJN and Lien YSBRANDY- VAN RIJN all of the Netherlands. Predeceased by his 2 sisters Grad VEGTER-VAN RIJN and Bep VAN RATINGEN- VAN RIJN. Also survived by 18 grandchildren. Visitors will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, London on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Martin of Tours Church, 46 Cathcart Street at Duchess Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, September 14, 2005 at 1 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Tuesday evening, September 13, 2005 at 7 o'clock. Donations to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated.

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RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-24 published
VAN RIJN, Kiran
An athlete and scholar, Kiran died suddenly, of cardiac arrhythmia, while training for the sport he loved most - rowing - on Burnaby Lake, British Columbia, on September 21, 2005, at the age of 29. Kiran was the beloved only son of Carol and Dr. Theo VAN RIJN of Vancouver. He also leaves his devoted younger sister Catriana, of Vancouver and his grandmother Katherine (Stevens) HICKEY, of London, Ontario. He was predeceased by his grandparents Mary and Arie VAN RIJN, who adored Kiran. He never knew his maternal grandfather, Stewart STEVENS, who died before Kiran was born. He will be sorely missed by his aunts and uncles, Susan (VAN RIJN) and Duncan GOW of Kingston, Ontario, and Lin and Geoffrey STEVENS, of Cambridge, Ontario. A brilliant student on the cusp of life, Kiran graduated from St. George's School in Vancouver and earned his B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia, his B.A. at the University of Victoria and his master's degree at the University of Toronto, where he was working toward his Ph.D. in the history of science and technology. If academic life was to be Kiran's future, his passion was rowing, a sport in which he excelled and in which he competed at an elite level in Canada and abroad. Formerly a member of Canada's national rowing team, he was a finalist in the senior men's singles sculls at the Canadian Henley Regatta in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, this past summer. A memorial service will be held later at St. George's School. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a rowing scholarship in Kiran's name at St. George's (4175 W. 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6S 1V1) or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-28 published
Kiran VAN RIJN, Graduate Student And Athlete (1975-2005)
B.C. rower who competed for Canada had devoted himself to the sport since boyhood
By Tom HAWTHORN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, September 28, 2005, Page S9
Victoria -- The first sign of trouble was the sculler rolling from his shell into the lake. Kiran VAN RIJN, a former national team member, was rowing in an ordinary training session on Burnaby Lake last Wednesday when he collapsed.
Mr. VAN RIJN managed to haul himself from water into a powerboat operated by Dick McCLURE, a hall-of-fame coach who won a silver medal for Canada in the eights at the 1956 Olympics.
Mr. VAN RIJN complained of giddiness and lightheadedness. As his statements became nonsensical, Mr. McCLURE raced to shore. The rower collapsed again in the boat and stopped breathing. He was lifted from the boat and placed on the dock where a lifejacket was used to support his head.
An ambulance was called, but despite the efforts of paramedics Mr. VAN RIJN died. He was 29.
On August 7, he had finished fifth as a finalist in the senior men's single sculls at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta at Port Dalhousie, Ontario
In 2001, he rowed for Canada in the double sculls at the Princeton World Cup. Mr. VAN RIJN, paired with Brian Siebert of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta., finished fourth on Mercer Lake in Princeton, N.J. The same pair won the men's senior double sculls at the Henley in In recent years, Mr. VAN RIJN rowed for the varsity team at the University of Toronto, where he was completing his doctorate. He teamed with Ming-Chang TSAI to win the Ontario University Athletics gold in the men's doubles earlier this year. He also won men's singles titles at consecutive regattas for the Blues in the 2003 season.
"Rowing is a sport that can reward those who keep at it for a long time," he told the Varsity student newspaper two years ago. "Getting to where I am now was a very gradual process, achieving little bit by little bit."
In 1998, Mr. VAN RIJN won four gold medals at the Central Ontario Rowing Championships on Martindale Pond at St. Catharines, Ontario He took the intermediate heavyweight single title and belonged to Ridley Grad Boat Club crews that won the men's double, quad and eights.
He had taken up rowing at the suggestion of his Grade 9 teacher. A graduate of St. George's School in Vancouver, Mr. VAN RIJN later earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of British Columbia, followed by a bachelor of arts in English and history at the University of Victoria.
He completed a master's degree at Toronto and had been working on a doctorate at the university's Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. He was examining the marketing to hospitals of expensive medical-imaging technologies such as ultrasound in the latter half of the last century.
On the death of his 90-year-old paternal grandmother two years ago, Mr. VAN RIJN wrote an obituary for the Globe and Mail's Lives Lived column. He noted how in her years of travel she had presciently left Berlin in 1939, Japan in 1941, and China on the evening of the bloody crackdown at Tiananmen Square.
On Saturday morning, 75 members of the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club gathered at lakeside to observe a moment of silence. Mr. McCLURE spoke a few words. Flowers and petals were scattered on the placid waters. So many attended the brief service, the floating wooden dock began to sink, so the mourners retreated to the concrete wharf, their ankles wet and their hearts heavy.
Kiran VAN RIJN was born in Vancouver on December 18, 1975. He died of cardiac arrhythmia on September 21, 2005. He was 29. He leaves his parents, Carol and Dr. Theo VAN RIJN, and a younger sister, Catriana, as well as a grandmother, Katherine HICKEY, of London, Ontario

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RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-28 published
VAN RIJN, Kiran
An athlete and scholar, Kiran died suddenly, of cardiac arrhythmia, while training for the sport he loved most - rowing - on Burnaby Lake, British Columbia, on September 21, 2005, at the age of 29. Kiran was the beloved only son of Carol and Dr. Theo VAN RIJN of Vancouver. He also leaves his devoted younger sister Catriana, of Vancouver and his grandmother Katherine (STEVENS) HICKEY, of London, Ontario He was predeceased by his grandparents Mary and Arie VAN RIJN, who adored Kiran. He never knew his maternal grandfather, Stewart STEVENS, who died before Kiran was born. He will be sorely missed by his aunts and uncles, Susan (VAN RIJN) and Duncan GOW of Kingston, Ontario, and Lin and Geoffrey STEVENS, of Cambridge, Ontario. A brilliant student on the cusp of life, Kiran graduated from St. George's School in Vancouver and earned his B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia, his B.A. at the University of Victoria and his master's degree at the University of Toronto, where he was working toward his Ph.D. in the history of science and technology. If academic life was to be Kiran's future, his passion was rowing, a sport in which he excelled and in which he competed at an elite level in Canada and abroad. Formerly a member of Canada's national rowing team, he was a finalist in the senior men's singles sculls at the Canadian Henley Regatta in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, this past summer. A memorial service will be held later at St. George's School. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a rowing scholarship in Kiran's name at St. George's (4175 W. 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6S 1V1) or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-01 published
VAN RIJN, Kiran
An athlete and scholar, Kiran died suddenly, of cardiac arrhythmia, while training for the sport he loved most - rowing - on Burnaby Lake, British Columbia, on September 21, 2005, at the age of 29. Kiran was the beloved only son of Carol and Dr. Theo VAN RIJN of Vancouver. He also leaves his devoted younger sister Catriana, of Vancouver and his grandmother Katherine (STEVENS) HICKEY, of London, Ontario. He was predeceased by his grandparents Mary and Arie VAN RIJN, who adored Kiran. He never knew his maternal grandfather, Stewart STEVENS, who died before Kiran was born. He will be sorely missed by his aunts and uncles, Susan (VAN RIJN) and Duncan GOW of Kingston, Ontario, and Lin and Geoffrey STEVENS, of Cambridge, Ontario. A brilliant student on the cusp of life, Kiran graduated from St. George's School in Vancouver and earned his B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia, his B.A. at the University of Victoria and his master's degree at the University of Toronto, where he was working toward his Ph.D. in the history of science and technology. If academic life was to be Kiran's future, his passion was rowing, a sport in which he excelled and in which he competed at an elite level in Canada and abroad. Formerly a member of Canada's national rowing team, he was a finalist in the senior men's singles sculls at the Canadian Henley Regatta in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, this past summer. A memorial service will be held at 4: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, at St. George's School. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a rowing scholarship in Kiran's name would be greatly appreciated by the family. Cheques may be directed to The St. George's Foundation (a registered charity) and sent to 4175 W. 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6S 1V1. If you prefer, donations could be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-14 published
Shot man died shielding brothers
By Emily MATHIEU and Nicolaas VAN RIJN, Staff Reporters
A 22-year-old man shot dead in an Etobicoke apartment Saturday afternoon was killed defending his two young brothers, his grief-stricken mother said yesterday.
Toronto police say Orlando GRUNDY was killed after "a number of persons" entered his 13th-floor apartment at 2777 Kipling Ave. and began shooting at about 5 p.m. Saturday.
Residents in neighbouring apartments talked of hearing shotgun blasts coming from apartment 1308 where GRUNDY, of Jane Street, had gathered with his brothers and several other people.
GRUNDY's mother Sydney is in no doubt about her son's bravery.
"He dove in front of his brothers," she said yesterday as the family gathered to discuss what little they knew about Saturday's events. "He took the bullet for the other two."
The two younger boys, both injured in the gunfire, "were holding their brother in their arms" when police arrived on the chaotic scene, she said.
"His brother was laying in their arms, and they handcuffed them."
Two other men were injured in the attack, which GRUNDY's family said occurred when "people came in and started shooting at everything." They were taken to Sunnybrook hospital, where one victim remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his face, while the other is out of intensive care and expected to make a full recovery.
GRUNDY's mother said she was beginning to hear details from her two younger boys, who were later released from custody and gathered with family members yesterday.
"We all loved him," she said softly as she reflected on her dead son, whom she called a "soldier of love.
"He's my oldest son."
The gunmen fled the building and, despite a massive search by police and members of the Emergency Task Force, managed to elude capture.
Toronto police yesterday appealed for the public's assistance in tracking down the shooters responsible for Toronto's seventh homicide this year, but investigators have so far not released a description of the wanted men.
The GRUNDY family's grief capped a violent weekend in Toronto, one that also saw Szilvia VERES, 35, of Toronto killed in a Friday night shooting and 50-year-old Donald Andrew LATREMOUILLE die of unknown causes during an argument with roommate Christopher Gordon PHILLIPS at their Davenport Rd. residence Friday. PHILLIPS, 27, has been charged with manslaughter.
Saturday's violence included an early-morning shooting at the Flamingo Bar on College St. that left a man and a woman slightly injured.
A suspect in the Flamingo bar shooting turned himself in late Saturday.
Edwin VALASQUEZ, 20, turned himself in to 14 Division police around 9 p.m. Saturday; he faces numerous charges including attempted murder while using a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault. Faruth PORTOBANCO, 25, of Toronto was arrested earlier in the Flamingo incident.
Two off-duty paramedics, in the club when gunfire broke out at 2: 30 a.m. Saturday are being recommended for civilian citations after they tackled the gunman and disarmed him.
Gunfire continued to echo on Toronto streets just after noon yesterday, sending shoppers ducking for cover in the parking lot outside several stores in the Albion Rd. and Islington Ave. area of Rexdale.
Police said a man was sitting in his car in a plaza parking lot at 950 Albion Rd. when three suspects approached and "almost immediately opened fire with three guns."
Although a number of bullets hit his car, shattering the windows, the intended victim was able to flee without injury, Detective Debbie HARRIS said in a statement.
Police converged on the area and, with the assistance of heavily armed Emergency Task Force officers, arrested three suspects and recovered two handguns and a quantity of drugs.
Ali Nassir SHOWBEG, 23, faces charges including attempted murder and possession of cocaine for trafficking.
The other two suspects, Sean Conrad GRANT, 21, and Vanessa Charlene BAILEY, 19, are charged with possession of a restricted firearm and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
And police are continuing their search for the suspect in Friday's fatal shooting of VERES, who died instantly after a man opened fire as she and her husband, 46-year-old Kemenczy MIKLOS of Toronto, were in a parking lot at 15 Brookbanks Dr., in the York Mills Rd. and Don Valley Parkway area.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for John KOVACS, 52, of Etobicoke, who was last seen fleeing in a 1999 silver Honda with Ontario plates 149 WRX. KOVACS faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
With files from Jordan HEATH- RAWLINGS, Priya RAMANUJAM and Jim WILKES

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RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-07 published
FRYER, May Barbara
Resident of Rosewood Retirement Centre. Peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, March 5, 2005, in her 82nd year, at Kingston General Hospital. Predeceased by her loving husband Charles and son Larry. Beloved mother of Linda VAN RIJN and her husband Trevor, and loving mother-in-law of Gina. Beloved nanny of Melanie and Melissa WARD and Christina and Ashley FRYER. Survived by her sisters Kay LECLERC and Gertrude HUBBARD. Predeceased by her brothers Everett, Ernie, Rollie and Alan PARKER and her sister Alice ENGLEHART. Sadly missed by her nieces Marie SAVARIA and Kathy McMULLEN and family. The family received Friends at the Township Chapel of the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes, 435 Davis Drive (Waterloo Village) in Kingston on Sunday between the hours of 6-9 p.m. and will receive Friends on Monday between the hours of 6-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in our chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Reverend Bill WHISTON officiating. Interment will follow at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations for those wishing may be made to the Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In care of the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes Township Chapel, 435 Davis Drive, Kingston 613-546-5150. Relatives and Friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolence at www.gftompkins-township.ca

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RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-04 published
Boyfriend charged in toddler's death
Toddler found dead in wooded lot near Cambridge
Mother's boyfriend charged with first-degree murder
By Nicolaas VAN RIJN, Staff Reporter
The desperate search for a little boy just shy of his second birthday has ended with the discovery of his body in a wooded lot on the outskirts of Cambridge and the arrest of a man on a charge of first-degree murder.
Police found the body of 22-month-old Donny CLUBB in a wooded area between the Grand River and the Whistle Bear Golf Club early yesterday, but would not say what or who led them there.
"Those human remains we believe to be that of Donovan CLUBB," Waterloo regional police Insp. Bryan LARKIN told a news conference, adding an autopsy must still be done. "We're in the early hours of investigation at the crime scene."
The discovery left the little boy's parents devastated.
His mother, 21-year-old Courtney CATTON of Chatham, was in disbelief, her sister Britney said.
"It isn't real," Britney CATTON said. "It's one thing to lose your baby, but to lose him to murder is another thing. It's unexplainable. The only break that my sister had in so long was her kid. He's never gone from her side, ever."
Matt CLUBB, the boy's father, was in shock. "I can't believe this is happening," said CLUBB, 21. "It's like a bad dream and I'm waiting to wake up. But I can't.
"I don't want to believe that this has really happened, I just miss him so much."
CLUBB said police "won't tell us much... if he was buried or not... because they don't want it to interfere with their investigation."
Pam CLUBB, the boy's grandmother, was overcome with grief. "I have a picture of him in a bathtub, he looks so beautiful.... I've been looking at it and all I want to do is hold him, but I can't."
Donny, who had been the subject of a seldom-used province-wide Amber Alert after his mother reported him missing Thursday, was last seen a week ago, when his mother's 35-year-old boyfriend took him on what police believe was a fishing trip in Simcoe, where he has connections.
"Donny's mother was well aware that Donny was going to go away for a period of time," said Chatham-Kent Insp. George FLIKWEERT.
"What they did there, we're not 100 per cent sure, but they were there for several days."
Casey PETERS, who lives next door to the Kitchener house sometimes used by the boyfriend, said she saw a little boy she believes was Donny in a car with the man Monday.
"The kid looked content," PETERS said.
The fishing trip was to have ended Wednesday, and the boy's mother went to bed that night thinking he was back home.
When she found Donny missing Thursday morning, FLIKWEERT said, she called police, who began a missing person investigation at 10: 48 a.m.
Donny's mother told police her boyfriend returned home to their Chatham residence late Wednesday night, and told her that her son was sleeping in the basement of their home.
The man left at about 5: 30 a.m. Thursday, but when CATTON went to look for Donny later that morning she couldn't find him, and called police.
After the boyfriend was arrested in Kitchener on Canada Day, he was interviewed by detectives with the assistance of members of the Ontario Provincial Police's behavioural sciences unit.
"The investigation revealed the circumstances surrounding the death of Donny," Deputy Chief Jack CHAMBERS of Chatham-Kent police said.
Neighbours of CATTON said she had been living with Donny and her boyfriend on Edgar Ave., a quiet street on Chatham's south side.
Rosaire STERLING and his wife Ruth, who have lived on Edgar for 37 years, recalled seeing the energetic child playing in front of their home.
"He used to play right on the road, but my three granddaughters played in the back," Sterling said. "I used to holler at the mum to pull him in. It's a calm street, but there's still a bit of traffic.
"These people didn't cause any rumpus," STERLING added. "They were good people."
Neighbours and other well-wishers began placing flowers in front of CATTON's house, roped off with yellow police crime scene tape, shortly after the news of Donny's death broke yesterday.
Among those paying their respects were Brenda McKINLAY, her young son Zack and boyfriend Bob.
After she placed a single red rose and a small stuffed teddy bear in front of the house, her boyfriend paused and considered the little boy standing beside them.
"Zack's the same age as little Donovan," said Bob.
"It kind of hits home."
Donny's father, meanwhile, was struggling to cope with his loss.
"He was an energetic little boy, always moving, always smiling, always full of life," CLUBB said. "I'll never have the chance to see him grow up and be with him."
Donny's grandmother, too, thought of the good time that will never come again.
"When he would cry, I would take him to the kitchen window and he would look outside, and he would laugh, but that will never happen again," Pam CLUBB said.
Charged with first-degree murder is Shawn Tyler PALMER, who was arrested Canada Day on a warrant charging him with abduction.
He is to make an audio court appearance in Chatham on Wednesday.
With files from Amy BROWN- BOWERS, Patrick EVANS, Bob MITCHELL, Nick PAPARELLA, the Waterloo Region Record and Star wire services

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