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McBAIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-21 published
CAHOON, C. Harold
Peacefully at Exeter Villa, Monday, December 19, 2005, C. Harold CAHOON, formerly of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend and Montreal, age 90. Beloved husband of the late Margaret A. (MORRISON) CAHOON (1988.) Loved father of Margaret "Peggy" McBAIN of London. Predeceased by his brother Allen E. CAHOON (1996.) At Harold's request there will be neither visitation nor funeral service. Cremation, followed by interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. If desired, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated. Harold was employed with Air Canada as an Electronics Specialist for many years, retiring to Grand Bend in 1977. T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, entrusted with arrangements. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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McBAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-25 published
Harold STAFFORD, Lawyer 1921-2005
Lawyer who rode the Trudeaumania wave to hold onto a seat in Parliament later faced charges of fraud, theft and breach of trust
By Tom HAWTHORN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Friday, February 25, 2005 - Page S7
As a criminal defence lawyer, Harold STAFFORD anticipated spending much of his life in court. He could not have imagined in law school that he would be doing so as a defendant.
Mr. STAFFORD, who has died at age 83, was a prominent lawyer in Saint Thomas, Ontario, representing clients charged as petty thieves, failed killers and fraud artists.
His experiences with such a wide spectrum of citizenry perhaps prepared him for a career in politics, during which he served seven years as a Liberal member of Parliament.
In the years following his defeat at the polls, Mr. STAFFORD found himself dealing with a succession of personal legal troubles in cases serious, bizarre, and whimsical. Most seriously, he faced fraud charges in court for 4½ years before the matter was stayed.
In 1984, Mr. STAFFORD and another businessman were charged with fraud, theft and criminal breach of trust in the handling of more than $60,000 from the accounts of a cemetery in Woodstock, Ontario
As most of the money had been repaid by the time charges were brought, lawyers for Mr. STAFFORD and his co-accused sought to have the case dismissed for violating the fundamental justice provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. According to press reports, their application was rejected by a district court judge. That decision was upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
A stay of proceedings was at last ordered in June, 1988, after a Crown attorney told a district court judge that exhibits were missing. Earlier, court was told that the charges caused Mr. STAFFORD to lose clients, suffer depression, and endure the indignity of losing an election to become a delegate to the 1984 Liberal leadership convention.
The end of the matter did not complete his legal woes. In 1999, he signed an agreement to retire and not practice law as part of an undertaking in which a charge of obstruction of justice against him was dropped. Mr. STAFFORD had allegedly attempted to influence the testimony of a witness in a case in which he was acting as a defence lawyer. He continued to work as a paralegal, causing a ruckus when he appeared in a Chatham courtroom with a client the following year. Despite concerns raised by the Crown, he succeeded in getting charges of drinking and driving dropped.
A headline in the Chatham Daily News read: STAFFORD Shows Up And Gets Client Off.
In 1980, Mr. STAFFORD was acquitted of income-tax evasion in provincial court. The charge related to his Erie Properties Ltd., which failed to file a 1979 return. In 1978, a fraud and conspiracy case involving Brazilian gold, Dutch diamonds and Venezuelan fighter planes ended in a mistrial after Mr. STAFFORD alleged jury tampering. He also said an attempt had been made on his life, according to a copyright story in the Woodstock Sentinel-Review.
Mr. STAFFORD made the allegations after being fired as a defence lawyer by one of the accused men. Earlier in the trial, he had been accused of blackmail by a lawyer representing another of the defendants.
In contrast to those dramatic years in court, his political career was serene.
Mr. STAFFORD, a Liberal, needed to contest three elections in the riding of Elgin in Southwestern Ontario before wresting the seat from the Progressive Conservatives. He lost to Tory incumbent James McBAIN, a farmer, by just 78 votes of 27,618 cast in 1962. Mr. McBAIN was re-elected the following year, but in 1965 Mr. STAFFORD ended 20 years of Tory rule, winning by 1,047 votes.
Re-elected during the Trudeaumania campaign of 1968, Mr. STAFFORD lost the seat to dairy farmer John WISE four years later. Mr. WISE would serve as agriculture minister under prime ministers Joe CLARK and Brian MULRONEY.
Born in New Brunswick, Harold Edwin STAFFORD was a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He was stationed at Saint Thomas, where he taught Commonwealth pilots.
He graduated with a bachelor of science degree before earning a civil law degree in 1951 at the University of New Brunswick. A Lord Beaverbrook scholarship allowed him to study at the London School of Economics.
He began practising law in Ontario in 1953, being named Queen's Counsel in 1969.
At least one of his scrapes with the law had a humorous twist. He was on his way to court to represent three men charged with attempted murder in 1991 when he crashed his Cadillac into a pole. When he told police about the accident at the Woodstock courthouse, he was arrested and taken to the police station for a breathalyzer test. He was released without charge. However, his admission to having suffered a minor stroke three years earlier led police to deliver Mr. STAFFORD to hospital to have his blood pressure tested. A three-hour hospital wait after the day's events likely did not improve the reading.
Harold STAFFORD was born in Birdton, New Brunswick, near Fredericton, on April 20, 1921. He died on January 18 at Saint Thomas, Ontario He was 83.

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McBAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-10 published
ISSERSTEDT, Mary Elizabeth (née McBAIN)
Quietly at her winter residence in Mexico on Thursday, May 5, 2005. Beloved wife of the late S. Gordon ISSERSTEDT. Loving stepmother of Robert K. and his wife Annette. Grandmother of Nicholas and Daniel. Sister of the late Alexander Laird "Mac" McBAIN. Dear daughter of the late Margaret and Alexander McDougall McBAIN. An ardent breeder of English Masters, longtime member of Toronto Golf Club, the Toronto Hunt Club and a graduate of Vassar College Poughkeepsie, New York. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Pleasant Road on Friday May 13th at eleven o'clock. Reception to follow. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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McBAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-17 published
KAY, John
Suddenly, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Wednesday, February 16, 2005, John KAY, 69, of Grand Bend, formerly of London and Toronto. Beloved husband of Wendy (GRILL) KAY. Loved father of Jackie and Don STRANGE of Port Perry, Glen GRILL of Oshawa and Lesley GRILL of Holland Landing. Loving granddad of Caitlyn STRANGE, Blaire STRANGE, Curtis, April and Emily GRILL. Dear brother of Doug and Jackie MacBAIN, Gord and Chris MacBAIN, Penny and Chuck WORTON, Harry and Lynn HELLIWELL. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood (519-237-3532), with visitation Saturday, February 19, 2005 commencing at 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 1: 30 p.m., Tracey WHITSON- BAHRO officiating. Cremation. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. John was the proud operator of Memory Lane Photography Studio in the G.T.A. for many years. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com.

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McBAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-10 published
ISSERSTEDT, Mary Elizabeth (née McBAIN)
Quietly at her winter residence in Mexico on Thursday, May 5, 2005. Beloved wife of the late S. Gordon ISSERSTEDT. Loving stepmother of Robert K. and his wife Annette. Grandmother of Nicholas and Daniel. Sister of the late Alexander Laird "Mac" McBAIN. Dear daughter of the late Margaret and Alexander McDougall McBAIN. An ardent breeder of English Masters, longtime member of Toronto Golf Club, the Toronto Hunt Club and a graduate of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Pleasant Road on Friday, May 13th at eleven o'clock. Reception to follow. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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McBAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-14 published
McGRATTEN, Howard
Peacefully at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at the age of 83. Howard is survived by his wife Betty, son Ken and his wife Rosmarie, grandchildren David and his wife Emily, and Karen, sister May McBAIN, and sister-in-law Barbara McGILVRAY. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere Ave., just east of Jane subway, from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2005. If desired, donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated.

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McBAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-09 published
BLOOM, Norman A.
(Retired Manager, Ford Motor Company Canada) Peacefully at Trillium Health Centre on Sunday, August 7, 2005. Loving father of Jennifer and Herbert. Norman will be sadly missed by Caroline (née McBAIN) and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2: 00 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2005, until the time of the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3: 00 p.m. If desired, donations to the Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated.

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McBAIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-27 published
McEACHERN, Margaret Lillian (née GRAY/GREY)
After a long and wonderful life our dear mother and friend Margaret passed away after a courageous journey with grace and dignity on December 24th, 2005 at Peel Manor, Brampton, in her 97th year. Loving mother of Ruth GROAT and her late husband Charles of Cheltenham, Ian and Marilyn McEACHERN of Bolton, and Hazel-Ellen and Dave ARMSTRONG of Georgetown. Margaret was the beloved wife of the late John McEACHERN (passed away in 1984.) A cherished grandmother who will be greatly missed by Karen and John GALLANT, Gayle and Kevin GORMAN, Marlene McEACHERN and Todd SMITH, Peter McEACHERN and Josee BARRETTE, Sheri and Reid McBAIN and Mark and Ashlynn McEACHERN. Great grandmother to Natalie and Blaise GALLANT, Hayden GORMAN, Madison SMITH, Hayley, Charlotte and Katrina McBAIN and Sydney McEACHERN. Mother was the eldest of her family and was predeceased by her parents Howard and Lizzie GRAY/GREY and brothers and sisters Godfrey, Hazel, Ivan and Ruth. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Peel Manor who provided eleven years of compassionate care. The family will receive Friends at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre - 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton (North of Steeles Ave.) 905-456-8190 on Thursday, December 29th, 2005 from 11: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place at the funeral home chapel at 1: 00 p.m. Interment at Brampton City Cemetery. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Peel Manor or the charity of your choice and would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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McBANE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-09 published
McKINNON, Grant Edward
After a courageous battle with respiratory illness at Saint Mary's Hospital, Kitchener on February 7th, 2005, Mr. Grant Edward McKINNON in his 77th year. Loving father of Mark McKINNON and his wife Joan, Tammy and her husband Bill McBANE and Cheryl and her husband Jim THORNBORROW of Hamilton. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Darrin THORNBORROW of Hamilton, Jaylene ROTHER of British Columbia, Braden and Tayne McKINNON and Katelyn and Bryden McBANE of London. Predeceased by his brother Royden McKINNON and sister Shirley McKINNON. Grant will be remembered by his many co-workers at Eatons in London and Hamilton where he worked for more than 25 years. A memorial service will be conducted at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street, London) on Friday, February 11th, 2005 at 3: 00pm with visitation for one hour prior to service time. In memory of Grant, contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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