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ZHANG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-16 published
WONG, Kam Siu
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother/grandmother on Saturday, March 12, 2005. Devoted mother of HoyShen and his wife Tsui Ngam WONG and YukSim and her husband Shek Kiu LAM. She will be greatly missed and remembered by her cherished grandchildren Sherman LAM, Susan and husband John UKOS, Soo Yee WONG and fiancÚ Ken GREEN, Sau Looy WONG, and Soo Hang WONG. Proud great-granny of Marissa, Emily and Lillian UKOS. Dear sister of the late Qi Fu and his wife Yet Woo Zhang. Beloved aunt of Lisa and husband Ted SETO, Carmen and husband Ming LU, Sylvia ZHANG and Peter ZHANG. Great-aunt of Tommy SETO, Elvis and Esther LU. A special po-po of Jean de Leon. Many thanks to the caring and devoted staff of both The Heritage Nursing Home and Kennedy Lodge Nursing Home. The family will receive Friends at Pine Hills Chapel and Reception Centre, 625 Birchmount Road (north of St. Clair Ave.), Toronto, 416-267-8229, on Thursday March 17, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Pine Hills Chapel and Reception Centre on Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Heritage Nursing Home, 1195 Queen Street East, Toronto, M4M 1L6 or Kennedy Lodge Nursing Home, 1400 Kennedy Road, Toronto, M1P 4V6.
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ZHANG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-16 published
MANNING, Norma Joyce (BROWN)
Peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Shelburne, on Saturday, October 15, 2005, Norma Joyce BROWN, in her 72nd year, beloved wife of Don MANNING, Orangeville. Loving mother of Mike MANNING and his wife Bonnie ZHANG, Kevin MANNING and his wife Jessica DEVAAL. Dear sister of Don BROWN and his wife Sheila, George BROWN and his wife Heather. Dear sister-in-law of Ila MANNING, Aileen SPEERS, Bruce MANNING and Bessie FINES. Norma will be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, other relatives and many Friends. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home Baxter and Giles Chapel, 273 Broadway, Orangeville (519-941-2630) Monday evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, October 18 at 11 o'clock. Followed by cremation. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Headwaters Health Care Foundation, 100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville L9W 4X9 or the charity of your choice. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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ZHENG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-10 published
Accused in death released
Geun Chul LEE, 25, of Huron Street, is charged with manslaughter and is free on $5,000 bail.
By Kelly PEDRO, and Peter GEIGEN- MILLER, Free Press Reporters
A man charged with manslaughter following a fight Thursday that left a London man with fatal injuries was released on bail yesterday.
London police yesterday released the name of the 22-year-old man, Kai ZHENG, who died Thursday in hospital after he was injured outside his apartment building at 1128 Adelaide St. N.
Geun Chul LEE, 25, of Huron Street was held in custody after he was arrested at his home Thursday and charged with manslaughter in Zheng's death.
LEE and ZHENG knew of each other but had never met, police said.
LEE was released yesterday on $5,000 bail during an appearance in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Justice of the peace John CARROLL ordered LEE to surrender his passport before his release.
CARROLL said LEE must continue to live at his Huron Street residence, report to London police every Sunday and is not to go within a block of the Adelaide Street apartment building where the fight occurred.
While out of custody, he is banned from possessing weapons of any kind.
LEE replied with a soft-spoken "yes" when asked if he understood the conditions of his release.
LEE's lawyer, Antin JAREMCHUK, told CARROLL that LEE's family is in Korea and his mother is flying to Canada to be with her son.
LEE was ordered to return to court October 5.
ZHENG and a roommate moved into a sixth-floor apartment at 1128 Adelaide September 1.
Friends brought ZHENG to Victoria Hospital after he was seriously hurt in a fight with another person outside his apartment building.
Hospital staff then called police just before 6 a.m.
ZHENG later died of his injuries, making him the 12th homicide victim in London this year.
Police are still awaiting autopsy results to determine his cause of death.
ZHENG had applied to Fanshawe College, but hadn't completed registration and had not attended classes.

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ZHENG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-26 published
Homicide No. 13
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
A Toronto-area man faces a second-degree murder charge after one man was shot to death and another injured in a pub parking lot early yesterday.
Dwayne PITTER, 23, of Vaughan, was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with London's record 13th homicide.
PITTER is to appear in a London court today.
Joshua Kenneth WILLIAMS, 22, of the London area, was shot in the torso outside the Roxbury Pub and Grill at 1165 Oxford St. E. at 2: 20 a.m.
He died later.
Three people, including PITTER, were taken into custody. The other two were released, police said last night.
Detectives scoured the lot yesterday as they wrestled with a skyrocketing number of homicides this year.
Neighbours said they saw a crowd leave the bar about 2: 30 a.m., then heard screaming.
"I heard the gunshots and I saw someone go down. I thought it was firecrackers," said a woman who was standing outside the Roxbury near a variety store at the time. She did want to give her name.
"I heard two shots and I ran into the (variety) store."
Police said a dispute outside the bar led to the shooting.
Police and paramedics arrived to find WILLIAMS seriously hurt and another man shot in the arm. The second man was treated and released from hospital.
Police have recovered a handgun and are not looking for any more weapons, said Det. Andrew WHITFORD.
It's unclear whether WILLIAMS, the injured man and the three people in custody had just left the Roxbury when the shooting happened, WHITFORD said.
But there were about 40 people in the parking lot when a disagreement broke out, he said. Police are still probing the cause of the dispute.
WHITFORD said many witnesses: have come forward and bar staff have co-operated.
Roxbury staff declined comment yesterday.
Neighbours have complained of fights and loud noise after the bar's closing time.
"It's scary," said Brenda PARSONS, who lives in a nearby townhouse complex. "You don't need television to live in this neighbourhood. There's enough entertainment outside."
PARSONS said she thinks police should patrol the area more regularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
The parking lot is the same one in which Ryan VLAAD, 26, died after being punched in the head during an early morning brawl in July 2002.
Ward 3 Coun. Bernie MacDONALD said he's fielded complaints from neighbours who have had beer bottles thrown at their houses and on their property after 2 a.m. and have heard fights breaking out.
"This has been an ongoing thing with the residents," he said.
The concerns were passed on to police and MacDONALD thought the problems had been quelled until he heard about yesterday's shooting.
But MacDONALD said he thinks drugs are the "root evil" behind violence and shootings in the city this year.
"Until we cut the flow of drugs, we're going to see this and it's going to continue to rise," he said.
Police said they don't know whether drugs were involved in the fatal shooting.
Officers blocked off a large section of the strip mall, which also houses a Sport Mart, Goodwill, variety store, karate school and Tim Hortons.
A green Jeep and a black car also were taped off, though police wouldn't say why.
A shell casing and knife were visible at the scene.
A green camouflage hat, grey T-shirt, plastic beer cups, a cigarette pack and a lighter were strewn near what appeared to be a bloody stain near the black car.
Forensic detectives picked through the evidence and used a fire department aerial truck to photograph and videotape the lot.
An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the cause of death.
Other London Slayings This Year
- January 9: Laura WILSON, 20, was found stabbed on Thistledown Way. Her ex-boyfriend is charged with first-degree murder.
- February 14: Kenneth Michael BANNON, 41, was found dead in an Albert Street apartment. Brenda JOHN, 43, is charged with manslaughter.
- March 30: James BLAIR, 20, was stabbed outside an Oakville Avenue apartment building. Mwangi GETHIGA, 18, is charged with second-degree murder.
- April 22: Wilford BEBEE, 65, was stabbed outside his McNay Street home. His stepson is charged with second-degree murder.
- May 2: An infant was found dead in a home on Four Oaks Crescent. Katherine PECKHAM, 25, is charged with manslaughter.
- June 23: John MARYS, 71, was stabbed in his William Street apartment. Godwin GRIXTI, 53, is charged first-degree murder.
- June 27: Halina CZUBA, 37, her daughter, Julia, 13, and son, Michal, 5, were stabbed in their 682 Princess Ave. home. Frank GREDA, 40, was also found dead in the house from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- June 28: Yorn MEY was slain in her Chippewa Drive home. Her husband is charged with second-degree murder.
- August 5: Stephen CORMACK, 45, was stabbed after a botched robbery in a Huron Street apartment. Dameon LODGE, 24, is charged with manslaughter.
- September 8: A fight involving two men left Kai ZHENG, 22, dead outside 1128 Adelaide St. N. Geun Chul LEE, 25, is charged with manslaughter.

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ZHENG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-01 published
MATHERS, Herbert Sloane
Passed away peacefully in his home, on Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, in his 93rd year. Born in Montreal on December 8th, 1912 to William MATHERS and Elizabeth SLOANE. Beloved husband of the late Madeleine PICHE. Loving father of Bev MATHERS- HALL and her husband Doug HALL. Loved by his two grandchildren Tyler and Trever. Predeceased by his younger brother Bill MATHERS. Survived by his two younger sisters Helen PARKER and Ruth TRENHOLME. Uncle to Lynda RICHARDSON, Barbara EVANS, William MATHERS and Robert MATHERS. During his 68 year career Dad was very well known in the Canadian motion picture industry. The family wish to thank Marika PERLMAN for her devotion, great companionship and exceptional care she gave to Dad over the last 5 years. Sincere thanks are also extended to the We Care Staff: Pam, Karen, Andrew, Shiv; Stephanie from St. Elizabeth's and Dr. ZHENG for their care and compassion. Family and Friends will miss Dad and he will always be in our hearts. Private family burial. A celebration in honour of Dad's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Picture Pioneers (the Movie Industry Charity) and may be made by phoning 416-368-1139. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Trull Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 416-488-1101.

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ZHI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-11 published
Jim FERGUSON, 65: 'Dad' to 200 kids
Household of five off spring enriched with foster kids
Jim FERGUSON 'always had time for us'
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Jim FERGUSON was an ordinary guy with a passion for soccer -- but because he was from Scotland he called it football -- a love of and pocket full of chocolate buttons, a particular Scottish brand of sweets, and a hobby involving the building and maintenance of a backyard fish pond at his Ajax home. In other words, nothing special.
But try telling that to the more than 200 children to whom he and his wife Audrey were foster parents.
Ken ZHI, 21, adored the man he called "Bond" after the James Bond movies both loved watching together. Now a student at Humber College taking architectural technology, he was 13 and his brother 8 when the two came to live with the FERGUSONs. Neither boy could speak a word of English when they arrived, but the FERGUSONs made them feel like family.
"He was more than a dad to me," ZHI said. "He kept his promises to me more than my father, who was too busy with business for me. Bond always had time for us."
FERGUSON died June 1 of cancer. He was 65. At the time of his death, there were four foster children -- boys -- living with them. There still are.
"The kids have been wonderful," Audrey FERGUSON said. "They've taken over watering plants, emptying the dishwasher, the little things."
ZHI was still living in the FERGUSON home when Jim FERGUSON was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago. At one point they all believed he had only 24 hours to live. "We never considered stopping having foster children," Audrey said. "Ken was wonderful; he was here then and he took over."
It was 1977 and the youngest of the FERGUSONs' five biological children -- Karen, Kim, Keith, Kirsty and Karl -- was 8 when one of the kids came home from school with a pamphlet calling for people to become foster parents.
"I didn't know at that point that you got paid for it -- about $5 or $7 a day at the time, I think," Audrey said. "We were very poor, but I thought our kids aren't that bad, maybe we can take another."
The family was living then in a rented four-bedroom Agincourt townhouse. A house painter by trade in his native Edinburgh as well as a onetime semi-pro soccer player, Jim FERGUSON had succumbed to his wanderlust and immigrated to Canada in 1969, where he went to work in the factory of a large engineering firm here. (Later he worked 25 years for General Motors until his retirement 14 years ago.) The family had no car and FERGUSON kept in shape by running to and from his job.
For three years the FERGUSONs had lived in a four-bedroom Ontario Housing unit.
"Jim was very old-fashioned. He wouldn't let me work," his wife said, until she insisted the family move from what she considered to be a bad environment for her children to the Agincourt apartment and then to their first home in Markham. Audrey FERGUSON worked part-time in the morning or afternoon, and all five kids worked after school at a local pizzeria at one time or another to get what they needed.
"We all played competitive hockey and soccer," said daughter Kim FERGUSON, recalling how her parents were at all of their tournaments in the United States.
Their first foster child was a 10-year-old named Tanya, who became Friends with the FERGUSONs' biological daughter Kirsty. After Tanya came baby Michael, who was very sickly. "I thought he'd never live," Audrey said.
"He was crying, crying, crying," said Kim, now a social worker. "Dad took him and soon both of them fell asleep in the chair."
Jim and Audrey FERGUSON had to team feed one pair of very weak twins who required an ounce of formula per hour; she would feed and he would take them in turn to burp them, even after he had warned his wife against taking in babies, telling her he knew she would have trouble giving them up when they were adopted.
He was right.
"It was heartbreaking when they left," Audrey recalled. She used to take a pill and go to her bedroom, where she would "cry it out" cradling the child's pyjamas or some other item she'd deliberately kept as a memento. Her husband was also upset, but he was the one who "got on with it," cooking one of his everything-in-the-pot spaghetti dinners for the other children and running the house.
"Jim handled it better, but he felt it with a lot of the kids," she said.
They fought to keep Jessie, who had come to them as a 4-day-old newborn. "I just loved this child. We tried to cancel the meeting. It was pure panic," Audrey recalled, but when they met her prospective adoptive parents, they had to admit she was going to a fine home. Jessie's mother has made a point of keeping in touch with the FERGUSONs, recently inviting Audrey to Jessie's Grade 8 graduation.
But not all of the children were compliant and loving. There have been temper tantrums, punching, screaming and spitting in their home. At one point Audrey was black and blue from her knees to her toes because of being kicked. One child stole all of Audrey's rings -- Jim gave her a diamond at the birth of each of their children -- and gave them to his father, who then pawned them.
"They lost all the jewellery, but they kept those kids," said daughter Karen KETTUNEN, herself a foster mother.
"It's a difficult time for a lot of the kids; they miss their parents," Audrey said. "All you can do is sit and comfort them."
And that is what Jim FERGUSON did.
Unassuming, laid-back and accepting of who they were, he would watch television with the children, quietly and inevitably winning their trust.
son Keith remembered his father lying on the floor in their television room, holding the family's pet budgies. "The kids loved that."
In recent years, the family stopped taking in babies and had been fostering older children, all boys. They took to calling the FERGUSONs, who have 10 biological grandchildren, Grandpa and Grandma as well.
FERGUSON often took them golfing. After retirement, he returned to Scotland for visits twice a year and transformed the living room of the house into what he called the Edinburgh room, with photos and memorabilia from his hometown. But he spent most of his time in the kids' television room or downstairs playing pool with them.
They'd just do normal, family-type things together.
Ken ZHI remembered buying fish for the fish pond and chasing out a bat that was trapped in the basement, laughing but scared at the same time, too, then being thrilled when he and his brother were the ones who caught it.
"He used to say to me that we were more than a family to them," he said.
Jim FERGUSON was buried wearing a watch ZHI gave him at his first Christmas with the family.
His death hit the FERGUSONs' foster kids hard. One of the boys living with them stopped eating, another was visibly upset.
"Poor wee soul," said Audrey, who wants to continue being a foster parent for at least a few more years. "I assured them nothing will change."

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ZHU o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-22 published
PITTS, Donald Travis
Donald Travis PITTS passed away Saturday, February 19, 2005, at Lakeridge Hospital in Oshawa, after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Cherished husband of Jenny ZHU. Much loved son of Don PITTS, Lynne and Pat PSIHOGIOS. Brother of Lucas PITTS (Lisa.) Grandson of Lydia and the late Lloyd KENNEDY, and Alice and the late Maurice PITTS. A very special thanks to Auntie Sharon and Uncle Terry, Auntie Helen and Uncle Jeff for being there for the past year. Travis' strength and sense of humour kept us all going. A celebration of Travis' life will be held at 359 Harmony Rd. S., in Oshawa, on Saturday, February 26, 2005, at 2: 00pm. Travis-See you on the other side.

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