BAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-28 published
SYRIE, Bonnie Lou (née JOHNSTON)
At Saint Thomas Elgin Hospital, on Friday, May 26, 2006, Bonnie Lou SYRIE, age 66, of Chatham, beloved wife of R. Murray SYRIE. Born in Dover Twp. in 1939, she was the daughter of the late Alvina (SSAINTERRE) and Lorne JOHNSTON. She will be sadly missed by: her children, Shelley BAS and her husband Blake of Chatham, Penny SYRIE and her companion Lucien LETOURNEAU of Merlin and Scott and his wife Mary-Beth of Chatham, and 7 grandchildren. Predeceased by a brother Kenneth JOHNSTON. Friends and relatives may call at the Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, May 29th. Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home chapel, on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Andrew MARTIN of Emmanuel Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will take place in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Donations to the Charity of Your Choice would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com

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BASAINT_G o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-19 published
POLLARD, George William (1913-2006)
Passed from death into life at Riverbend Place, Galt, September 17, 2006. Beloved husband for 69 years of May (née ROCHE,) also of Riverbend Place, Galt. Beloved father of Brian (Gail) of Ibiza, Spain, Judith (Rev. John SMITH), Hamilton, Ontario, and Janice (Robert ROWE,) Kingston, Ontario. Dear brother and brother-in-law of the late Ernest POLLARD and his wife Bessie, the late Gladys and the late Walter BASAINT_Grandfather and great-grandfather of Nieves POLLARD (Gaston DEZA) and their daughter Jazmin of Ibiza, Spain, Hayley Smith POST (Isaac) of Washington, D.C., Drew SMITH, Hamilton, Jock SMITH, Hamilton, Travis (Susan) ROWE and their sons Miles and Everett of Aurora, Ben (Colleen) ROWE and their daughters Peyton and Katie of Belleville, Olivia and Jeff OVENS of Kingston. George was born in Preston, Ontario in 1913 to Catherine (née GATEHOUSE) and George POLLARD. In his infancy, the family returned to England (Fenny Stratford, Bucks) and returned to Preston ten years later. He was well known as a middle distance runner in his young years in Waterloo County. He served with the Highland Light Infantry during World War 2 as an Officer (The Battle of the Scheldt). After the War, he joined the Ministry of Correctional Services. He served as one of Ontario's first Adult Probation Officers, then institutions in Galt, Guelph Reformatory and was Superintendent of Brookside School in Cobourg for 20 years. They retired in Preston. He was a lifelong member of King Street Baptist Church in Preston and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Cobourg for many years. His was a life well-lived. Our dad and grandfather will be greatly missed. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2nd Timothy 4.7 A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at Parklawn Cemetery, Cambridge, Ontario at 1 o'clock, with a reception to follow at Riverbend Place with May and her family. Memorial donations may be made to the King Street Baptist Church, 361 King Street East, Cambridge, Ontario. Arrangements entrusted to the Barthel Funeral Home (519) 653-3251. Tributes may be made online at www.mem.com.

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BASAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-30 published
DOLINAR, George
Peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday January 28, 2006 at the Ajax-Pickering Hospital. Loving husband of Lily for 49 years. Cherished father of John, Betty and her husband Terry WILSON and Frank. Proud Deda of Randy and Tanya. Dear brother of Mary LUKE and Barka BASAR in Canada and Katica BEG and Ana TROPCIC in Croatia. Predeceased by his brother Drago. George will be lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way), on Monday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Croatian Martyrs Church, 4605 Mississauga Rd. on Tuesday January 31, 2006. Time to be confirmed. Interment Assumption Cemetery.

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BASARABA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-03 published
BROOKS, Roy Edwin, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Surrounded by his family at his side, at the N.H.S., St. Catharines General Site on Monday, May 1, 2006 in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Margaret. Loving father of Catherine and her husband David KUCKYT, Barbara and her husband Ross BAINES, Bonnie BROOKS and her husband Budd HOBBS, George and his wife Suelyn and Jonathan and his partner Lisa BASARABA. The best grandpa ever to Margaret, Kathleen, Janet, Jonathan, Heather, Ian, Elizabeth, Isaiah and Jacob. Dear brother of Ross and Dorothy BROOKS and Jim and Pat BROOKS. Predeceased by his sister Catherine "Ine" STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. He served in World War 2 with the R.C.A.F. 436 Squadron. He was actively involved in the community with Knox Presbyterian Church and Saint_John Ambulance. Mr. BROOKS is at the Downtown Chapel of Butler Funeral Home, 33 Duke Street, St. Catharines where the family will receive Friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 53 Church St. on Friday, May 5 at 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Niagara Health Systems Foundation or Knox Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family. Butler 905-684-2334.

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BASE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-04 published
BASE, Debbie Lynn (née COUTTIE)
(September 6th, 1955-November 2nd, 2006)
Surrounded by her family at Credit Valley Hospital. Debbie was the loving mother of Jeffery and Mackenzie. She is survived by her father Roy COUTTIE and predeceased by her mother, Mary. Beloved sister of Terry (Elizabeth,) David (Lynn,) Sherry COUTTIE- GRIFFIN (Aidan GRIFFIN) and Cathy COUTTIE (Bernie KLASEN). Special Aunt to David, Matthew, Liam, Aidan, Michaela and Ella. It is with love that Debbie's family and Friends celebrate the end of her beautiful but too short a life. Debbie cherished her family, her work, and her many wonderful Friends. Debbie was a kind and gentle soul who made a lasting impact on all who knew her. She had a passion for adventure which included scuba diving, skiing, snorkeling and traveling. Friends and family were always welcome to her warm and caring home for a great meal or a game of cards. Debbie trained at St. Joseph's Hospital and loved her career as an Operating Room Nurse at St. Michael's and Trillium Health Centre. We would like to thank the kind and thoughtful staff at Credit Valley Hospital for her care. Friends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home -'Mississauga Chapel' 1981 Dundas St. W. (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy) on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. A complete Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday November 8, 2006 at 11 a.m. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer SocietyNon-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Neweduk Funeral Home 905-828-8000 www.neweduk.com

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BASE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-11 published
BASE, Joan Gwendolyn (née McNIECE)
Passed away on March 9, 2006, at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, at the age of 82. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Gerald BASE. Dear mother of Thomas (Gary SNOW,) Jennifer MELLALIEU, Rick, John (Casey), and the late Lindy BASE. Sister of Frances RADFORD, Eric McNIECE, and the late Elizabeth GRINDLAY. Grandmother of Jeffery, McKenzie, Mark, Jack and Mattie. Past President of Big Sisters International and Oakville Chapter. Graduate of Humberside Collegiate, Toronto. A memorial service will be held at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville (905-844-3221) on Friday March 17, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. A reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Renal Unit, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, or the Oakville Big Sisters.

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BASIC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-18 published
BASIC, Ferdo " Fred"
Peacefully, after a lengthy battle with cancer, with his family by his side at Victoria Hospital on Thursday March 16, 2006, Ferdo (Fred) BASIC passed away in his 64th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Sharon BASIC for 31 years. Survived by his son Fred BASIC and by his daughter Kathy BASIC both of London. Grandfather of C'regg BASIC. Dear brother of Blaga CUTURA and Mira BASIC of Yugoslavia, Dana GRBAVAC of Washington, U.S.A. Ferdo will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at St. Leopold Mandic Church, 2889 Westminster Drive, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. Donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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BASIL o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2006-03-15 published
WALTER " OZZIE" BASIL PELTIER
In loving memory of Walter "Ozzie" Basil Peltier who passed away at
Manitoulin Health Centre on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at the age of 61. Ozzie
was a bussing contractor who loved his cottage, boating and music. Beloved
husband of May of Wikwemikong. Cherished father of Blair and wife Cindy of
Wikwemikong, Aaron and friend Chrissy of Sault Ste. Marie, Maureen of North
Bay, Beverley of Wikwemikong, Bernie and Peggy and grand_son AshLee of
Wikwemikong. Predeceased by parents Robert and Elizabeth. He will be missed
by siblings Mary Agnes (Lor) Trudeau and friend Scotty, Evelyn Corbiere and
friend Ted, Jeanette Assinewai and husband Ron (Junior), Regina Lewis and
husband Glen and in-laws Ambrose and Angline Corbiere (both predeceased),
Rose Fraser (husband Bill predeceased), Eric and Rita Corbiere, Clifford
Corbiere (predeceased), Grace Corbiere. Will be always remembered by many
nieces, nephews, cousins, Friends and godchildren. Visitation was from 4 pm
Monday at Buzwah Church. Funeral Mass is at 11 am Wednesday, March 15, 2006
at Holy Cross Mission, Wikwemikong. Burial in Wikwemikong Cemetery.
Donations to Daffodil Terrace would be greatly appreciated in Walter's
memory. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

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BASILI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-02 published
BASILI, Lena
Suddenly on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at the Etobicoke General Hospital, in her 82nd year. Predeceased by her beloved parents Attanasio and Santa BASILI. Loving sister of Olvido, Domenic (Verda), Ron (Jackie), Josephine (Claude) DUMONTE, Ida FITZPATRICK, Gina (John) SECA, Annie (Jim) GOODERHAM and Dino. Lena will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. on Thursday. Service will be held in the Ward Chapel on Friday at 9: 30 a.m. Interment to follow at Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family.

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BASILIJ o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-29 published
DAVENPORT, Fred
The family of the late Fred DAVENPORT would like to thank family, Friends and neighbours for the kindness shown in the sudden passing of our father, Fred DAVENPORT. A special heartfelt thank you is extended to Doctors BASILIJ, MONTAG, MacNAB and the Hanover and District Hospital for the excellent care. We also would like to thank the staff of Spruceridge Court Retirement Lodge, Hanover for the understanding and support extended to Dad. We sincerely appreciate Pastor David WUNDERLICH of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ayton for the many visits and kind words at Dad's funeral. To Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home we thank you for your guidance, expertise and professionalism. Your thoughtfulness extended to us will always be remembered.
- Keith, Murray, Joyce, Audrey, Lloyd, Brian and families.
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BASILIO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-27 published
TRAUB, Simon
On Saturday, March 25, 2006 in his 97th year at his home. Simon TRAUB beloved husband of Frieda. Cherished father and father-in-law of Ronald and Sandy TRAUB, Victoria REVZEN, Debi TRAUB and Steven SHEFFER. Cherished Zaidy to Stacy TRAUB and John HIMELSTEIN, Samantha TRAUB and Darren GLUCKMAN, Seri and Mandy REVZEN, Jayme, Cory and Jesse SILVERMAN. Loving Great Zaidy to Stevie Jane GLUCKMAN and Hazel HIMELSTEIN. Dear brother-in-law of Mark and Ester GOLDENBERG. Special thanks to both his extraordinary physician Doctor Sidney NUSINOWITZ and his caregiver Alma BASILIO for their love, compassion and tenderness. At Beth Torah Synagogue, 47 Glenbrook Avenue for service on Monday, March 27, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. Interment Palmerston Synagogue Section at Mount Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 515 Melrose Avenue, Toronto. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Simon Traub Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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BASINGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-22 published
BASINGER, Elizabeth Marie
Age 53 years, passed away peacefully at home in London, January 20, 2006 following a valiant battle with cancer. Beloved life partner of John BROEZE. Cherished friend of Darlene LOYST and family. Survived by her son, Jean-Paul LESPERANCE of Vancouver, British Columbia. Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service being conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Monday, January 23rd at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Baird's Cemetery, Stanley Township (Brucefield). As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario N6A 3A1 or the London Health Science Centre Foundation, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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BASIRI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-27 published
KING, Brian Douglas
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of family and Friends on April 25, 2006, after a courageous and inspirational battle with cancer. For 21 years, the loving husband and best friend of Elena KING (SOLDERA,) he will be deeply missed and forever in her heart. Predeceased by his parents, the late Margaret KING and George Robert "Bob" KING of Kincardine, Ontario and devoted son-in-law of Nicola SOLDERA and the late Alma SOLDERA. Brian, who was 58 years young, will be sadly missed by his sister Cathy STRIKE and her husband Jim, sister Ruth and her partner Eric, and brother-in-law Lidio SOLDERA and his wife Netti. A proud uncle to all his nieces and nephews, Stephen STRIKE (Tracy,) Christine STRIKE, Joanne HERRIMAN (T.R.,) Carolyn SKINNER (Don,) Sabrina STRONG, and Ashley, Sandra and Nicholas SOLDERA. Brian also had many wonderful Friends and in particular his long time Friends of 40 years, Craig "Hutch" HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON and Elizabeth SMEDEMA who were always there for him and Elena through this sometimes difficult journey. Brian was also extremely grateful for the love and support of special and dear Friends Sue BILLING, Maria PIASENTIN, Lucy and Mike LANGSTAFF, Frank and Marie PERRI and the members of the Greater Toronto Area Prowler Club. Brian truly enjoyed and was always thankful for the simple pleasures in life, family, Friends, good food, and a Sunday drive in his Prowler visiting Friends. He worked for Nortel Networks for 34 years before retiring in 2000 and enjoyed spending time on a variety of remodelling projects and travelling. Very special thanks to Dr. David HEDLEY and Shahnaz BASIRI of Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctor Vincent MAIDA of Etobicoke General Hospital whose wonderful care and compassion will always be remembered. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Highway 7 (west of Pine Valley Dr.), Woodbridge, Ontario, 905-851-9100, on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 between 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Church in Woodbridge, Ontario on Monday, May 1st at 10: 00 a.m. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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BASKERVILLE o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-30 published
BASKERVILLE, Irene
In loving memory of a dear and loving wife, mother and friend who passed away December 30, 2003.
In a quiet Whitby cemetery where gentle breezes blow, lies the one we love so dearly, we lost a long time ago.
Your resting place we visit, put flowers there with care, but no one knows the heartache when we turn and leave you there.
Our thoughts are always with you, your place no one can fill, in life we loved you dearly and in death we love you still.
They say time heals all sorrows and helps us to forget, but time so far has only proven, how much we miss you yet.
We'll hold you close within our arms and there you will remain, to walk with us throughout our lives, until we meet again.
Lovingly remembered by Charles, Gail, Gary, Laurie and their families and by the grandchildren and Friends.

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BASLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-16 published
HOLLINGWORTH- BASLER, Michelle (1949-2006)
Unexpectedly but peacefully, on Wednesday 13 December 2006, at her home in Calgary. Survived by her dearly beloved husband Curtis BASLER. Beloved eldest daughter of Veronica and the late Mr. Justice HOLLINGWORTH (2005,) and sister of Roxanne, all of Toronto. Michelle was born and educated in Toronto, and took her B.A. at Eisenhower University in Syracuse, New York. At Michelle's request there will be no service; cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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BASNAK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-06 published
SOJAK, Joseph " Joe"
A resident of Ridgetown, Joseph 'Joe' SOJAK, died at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at the age of 66. Born in Woodlands, Manitoba, son of the late John and Justina (BASNAK) SOJAK. Beloved husband of Bonnie SOJAK of Ridgetown. Loving father of Lonnie and Lyn SOJAK of Ridgetown, Paul and Jennifer SOJAK of Chatham, and Matt and Stacy SOJAK of Ridgetown. Cherished grandfather of Coady, Hunter, Calin, Garrett and Layne. Brother of John and Mary SOJAK, Milan and Geri SOJAK, Jerry and Jean SOJAK, Mary DINGA, and Bessie KOMINEK, all of Ridgetown, Frances and Stan KOMINEK of Dresden, and Martha and Al KOVAR of Chatham. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Louis and Stanley SOJAK, sister Pat CIKATRICIS and her husband Joe, and brother-in-law Steve DINGA and Frank KOMINEK. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Friday 2: 00-4:30 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Parish Prayers at the Funeral Home on Friday at 2: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Ridgetown on Saturday January 7, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Joseph SAGAYARAJ Celebrant. Cremation with interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim at a later date. Donations made by cheque to Canadian Cancer Society or Diabetes Association appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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BASS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-08 published
BASS, Roger
Suddenly on Sunday night Rog was called away to his maker. Will always be missed by me (Dad), Chris, Marilyn and Angela, families and Friends. Services at a later date.

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BASS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-13 published
BASS, Roger Francis
Suddenly at his home on Monday, November 6, 2006. Roger BASS of Owen Sound in his 46th year. Beloved son of Henry and the late Maureen BASS. Dear brother of Marilyn; Angela and her husband Brad BORKRISTL all of Calgary, Chris BASS and his friend Karen of Owen Sound and the late Michael BASS. Also survived by his many aunts and uncles “over ome”, nieces nephews and Friends. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home 519-376-3710 for visiting on Thursday from 1 o'clock until service time. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Cremation, Flesherton Crematorium. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BASS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-18 published
KERRIGAN, James
Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Bluewater Health - C.E.E. Site, Petrolia, James KERRIGAN, 92 years of Wyoming, went to be home with the Lord, on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Beloved husband of Margaret (WRIGHT) (née FISHER.) Dear father of Teresa HANNON of Grand Bend, Jerry KERRIGAN of Edmonton, Danny and Phylis KERRIGAN of Wyoming and Mary Lee and Bob MacDOUGALL of Inwood. Dear step-father of June and Gerald ROBINSON of Sarnia, Shirley and Bill MINIELLY of Wyoming, Karen and Bob BARNES of Camlachie, Ken and Debbie WRIGHT of Sarnia, Bob WRIGHT of Sarnia, Debbie and Kevin BASS of Camlachie, Dianne and Keith BARBER of Bright's Grove and Terry WRIGHT of Camlachie. Also survived by 36 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Mr. KERRIGAN was predeceased by his first wife, Vera (née WILCOX) (1975,) a daughter, Veronica MacDOUGALL (1983,) son-in-law Floyd HANNON (2006,) brothers, Philip, Leo, Jack and Dennis KERRIGAN and sisters, Marie LOWED, Margaret McGILL, Eleanor FISHER, Sister Joan KERRIGAN and Jean RUTH. Visitors will be received on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Wyoming Chapel, Broadway Street, Wyoming, where prayers will be offered at 3: 45 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church, Wyoming, on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wyoming. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.needhamjay.com.

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BASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-07 published
BASS, Jack " Jake"

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BASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-28 published
BASS, Joan
Suddenly, on Thursday, January 26, 2006, at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital. Joan, in her 81st year, beloved wife of the late William. Loving mother of Bill and his wife Karen, Steve and his wife Gail. Dear grandmother of John, Shawn, Grant, David, and Tara. Special aunt to Marilyn. Friends may call Giffen-Mack "Scarborough" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Avenue East (just west of Kingston Road), West Hill, 416-281-6800, for visitation on Sunday, January 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment St. Margaret's In-The-Pines Cemetery.

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BASSANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
SANELLI, Joan Dorothy
Suddenly, at home, on Wednesday, February 15, 2006. Loving mother of Rick, Phil, and Teresa and her husband Al. Dear grandmother of Alison and Megan. Will be sadly missed by her mother Daisy BENNETT, sisters Sally GAVERLUK, Anne BASSANO and nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at the Aftercare Funeral Centre, 1097 O'Connor Drive (north of St. Clair), on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-14 published
O'BRIEN, Lyla Mae (née MATTHEWS)
A resident of Wallaceburg passed away at the Sydenham Campus on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas O'BRIEN (1971.) Long time companion of Jim RIEDL (2006.) Loving mother of Marilyn and Philip GARDNER of Tecumseh and Barbara and Gerry Stewart of Windsor. Cherished grandmother of Hannah, Elliott, Libby, Tess, Bridgett, Alex and Gaby. Loving sister of Marcelline and Bert HUEY and the late Charles, Marjorie, Helen, Valley and Clayton. Lyla was the daughter of the late Lee and Dora (BASSETT) MATTHEWS. Friends may call at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street, in Wallaceburg from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 1 o'clock on Thursday, June 15, 2006 in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to C.K.H.A. -- Sydenham Campus may be left at the funeral home 519-627-3231. Online condolences may be left at lyla.obrien@cavanaghfuneralhome.ca

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BASSETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-15 published
O'BRIEN, Lyla Mae (née MATTHEWS)
A resident of Wallaceburg passed away at the Sydenham Campus on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas O'BRIEN (1971.) Long time companion of Jim RIEDL (2006.) Loving mother of Marilyn and Philip GARDNER of Tecumseh and Barbara and Gerry STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Windsor. Cherished grandmother of Jody and Jim WICKENHEISER, Joel GARDNER, Jeffrey and Lucy STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Great-Grandmother of Hannah, Elliott, Libby, Tess, Bridgett, Alex and Gaby. Loving sister of Marcelline and Bert HUEY and the late Charles, Marjorie, Helen, Valley and Clayton. Lyla was the daughter of the late Lee and Dora (BASSETT) MATTHEWS. Friends may call at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street, in Wallaceburg from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 1 o'clock on Thursday, June 15, 2006 in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to C.K.H.A. -- Sydenham Campus may be left at the funeral home 519-627-3231. Online condolences may be left at lyla.obrien@cavanaghfuneralhome.ca

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BASSETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-16 published
HAYES, Joyce Madeline Ellen (née SMITH)
Of Spruce Lodge, Stratford and formerly of Mitchell and London passed away peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, in her 75th year. Born in Essex, England, she was the daughter of the late William and Lottie (BASSETT) SMITH. Beloved wife of Robert (Bob) Charles HAYES whom she married at Essex, England on December 26th, 1951. Dear mother of Victor SMITH of Lambeth and Irene SCHUBERT and husband Heinz of Sauble Beach. Cherished grandmother of Janine, Jeffrey and Bradley SMITH of Lambeth, Robin SCHUBERT and wife Pauline of Woodstock and Malinda COLLINS and husband Marty of Owen Sound. Dear sister of Peter SMITH, Bill SMITH both of London, Len SMITH and wife May and Sheila PYM and husband Reg all of Essex, England. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Maureen SMITH. Cremation has taken place. Relatives and Friends may call at the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert Street, Stratford on Friday, November 17, 2006 from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. Rev. Cheryl-Ann STADELBAUER- SAMPA will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made as expressions of sympathy to the Alzheimer Society through the funeral home at 1-519-271-5062.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-31 published
BASSETT, William Grant (June 17, 1956-March 27, 2006)
Bill passed away suddenly after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Beloved son of Barbara and Ray BASSETT. His sister Jane (Saul) BERLIN and brother John (Louise) together with their respective children will also miss him greatly. Bill had a keen interest in Canadian politics, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a growing Christian faith. Visitation will take place at Morley Bedford Funeral Home at 159 Eglinton Avenue West on Saturday April 1st from 2: 00 till 4:00 p.m. with a short memorial service at 4: 00. A private burial will be held in Cannington, Ontario on Monday. In memory of Bill, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-02 published
McKenzie PORTER, Journalist (1911-2006)
Deliberately outrageous or outrageously deliberate, he was a Toronto Sun columnist who loved to upset sacred cows and apple carts. 'He had a forked tongue in both cheeks simultaneously'
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- Erudite windbag. Pontificating right-wing snob. Upper-class Brit-twit monarchist loudmouth. Racist and misogynist. He'd heard them all, and they all rolled right off his tweeded back. Whatever else was said of him -- some of it unprintable -- McKenzie PORTER was either a fearless pricker of balloons who shot from the lip, or he was putting us on.
Turns out it was healthy dollops of both. In any case, he was the very personification of political incorrectness decades before the term was coined.
An incorrigible columnist for 19 years at the Toronto Sun -- whose 35th anniversary yesterday the Globe herewith graciously acknowledges -- and for its predecessor, the storied Toronto Telegram, Mr. PORTER was the master of elegant invective and purple phraseology. To say he was irrepressible or irreverent would be clichéd folderol, the kind he abhorred. A small sampling (with apologies all around):
Most feminists were "deservedly cast-off wives, pseudo-intellectual frumps and incurable lesbians, a vociferous motley of shrews, viragos, prudes and charlatans."
Many homosexuals "no longer are satisfied with acceptance and freedom from prosecution. They now seek approval, acclaim and authority."
All his "known enemies" were "pseudo-intellectuals, artistic charlatans and specious socialists with cunning eyes, avaricious inclinations, flaccid bodies, theatrical garments and ignoble records of service to Queen and country."
Any man who avoids household duties as "women's work" and cannot sew a button, boil an egg, operate a vacuum or scour a saucepan was "a sexist despot."
Was that last one the proverbial pot calling the kettle black? Who knows?
"One could never be sure whether PORTER was spoofing or serious, writing for real or effect," recalled his some-time boss at the Sun, Peter WORTHINGTON, in a 1999 column of his own. "Whatever, indisputably, he was the most graceful and stylish writer in the business."
One contemporary ended an interview some 30 years ago by wondering whether Mr. PORTER was being deliberately outrageous or outrageously deliberate. He finally decided that being preposterous was "a way of life" for the columnist… "even when PORTER is kidding, he's not kidding."
As in a column under the headline "Body Hygiene," in which he fulminated that defecating in the men's room at the office, while reading a newspaper, was "not merely theft of one's employer's time but often, an offence to the eyes, ears and nose of one's colleagues." It was vintage stuff and became a collector's item. The Sun later ran a photo of a regal Mr. PORTER, enjoying that day's edition while ensconced on a commode. The picture was republished in the American humour magazine, National Lampoon.
Mr. WORTHINGTON recalled a man who revered good manners, was unfailingly courteous and gentlemanly, and fiercely denied being a snob ("There are few flavours I enjoy more than snob blood," Mr. PORTER insisted.) The closer he got to the truth, the more outrageous he seemed. And accusations of racism were false, Mr. WORTHINGTON felt; they merely reflected Mr. PORTER's elitism.
"He was a cartoonist who used words," said his son, Tim, a one-time reporter and public relations man. "People thought he was snooty, but he was sending up people he thought were snooty. He had a forked tongue in both cheeks simultaneously. He kicked uphill."
Born into a mercantile family in England, Mr. PORTER was smitten by journalism when he encountered a reporter who was boarding at the clan's 20-room house. A cub reporter's job at the Manchester Evening Chronicle lasted two years, followed by a stint at the northern edition of the Daily Express, where he covered Hitler's early stirrings and the Spanish Civil War. Then came Fleet Street and the Daily Mirror, where, at 25, Mr. PORTER became news editor with 75 reporters under him, and where he helped break the story of Edward VIII's abdication. He would later concede that he had been spoiled by his quick success.
A fight with his editor resulted in a move to the Beaverbrook-owned Evening Standard as a film Critic. It didn't last. Lord Beaverbrook, the Canadian-born Max Aitken, loved corny movies and expected Mr. PORTER to share his tastes. A 1978 Sun profile of Mr. PORTER related that the end came when the press baron's valet called to say his master had enjoyed the latest Ritz Brothers comedy. Mr. PORTER buttonholed an editor and gave precise directions as to where His Lordship could put the movie.
Briefly, he wrote for the Daily Sketch, and was upbraided by an executive for beginning a story, "If all the civil servants in Lytham Saint Annes were laid end to end, I would be surprised."
When war came, Mr. PORTER could have signed up to flak for the armed services, as many reporters did. After all, the job was safe and it paid well. Instead, he enlisted as a private and gave up a salary of £1,500 a year for two shillings a day.
He began as a rifleman in the London Irish Rifles and after being commissioned, served with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Along the way, he won a commission and in Calabria, Italy, in 1943, led a charge against a Nazi position. "As my platoon piper ceased his blood-curdling, enemy-demoralizing overture to hand-to-hand combat, we trotted into the final assault," he wrote in his inimitable style, years later. "Firing rifles and submachine guns from the hip and yelling and bawling like barbarians on the threshold of ancient Rome, we noticed that the cheeks of the Panzers became almost as pale as the whites of their eyes.
"Of course, the Panzers ran away. Who wouldn't in the circumstances? And they left behind on army cookers a sizzling array of mouth-watering breakfast sausages, new black bread, fresh figs and real coffee."
He took four bullets in the Battle for Cassino, and was awarded the Military Cross from King George VI. He ended the war as a major and then spent three years as a Paris correspondent for English newspapers, one of them under Ian Fleming of James Bond fame ("a very poor journalist," he said.) Fed up with post-war rationing, he arrived in Canada in 1948.
A self-confessed "remorselessly gluttonous carnivore," he insisted that the following happened: While sharing a drink with a public relations man, the latter inquired why Mr. PORTER had chosen Canada. " Well," Mr. PORTER replied, not entirely in jest, "it was mainly because of the meat." The result was a long-running advertising slogan for the Dominion supermarket chain.
Soon after his arrival, Mr. PORTER began writing for Maclean's magazine. June Callwood, at the time a fresh freelancer, recalled, with noticeable warmth in her voice, a man who was "openly racist, sexist [and] snobbish both intellectually and socially. He was just atrocious, to a point where you weren't sure he wasn't doing a caricature."
Which he probably was, Ms. Callwood allowed. "He really did have a heart of gold. He was kind of adorable [and] had a huge amount of charm. I'll never forget the pomposity, but it had to be a joke."
Mr. PORTER authored a biography of Queen Victoria's father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. In 1962, he moved to the Toronto Telegram where he pounded out columns and arts criticism, and almost proved too hot for publisher John BASSETT. Editors killed about one of his columns a month, but when a libel suit was lost over one that slipped by, Mr. BASSETT could not bring himself to fire a decorated war veteran.
At the Tely, he crossed swords with fellow writer Pierre Berton, who never forgave him for openly mocking the "Sordman's Club," a group of high-profile men who took other men's wives to monthly lunches.
The late Charles Templeton, evangelist and one-time Toronto Star editor who referred to Mr. PORTER as "a professional Englishman," recalled in his memoirs that Mr. PORTER greeted him at their first meeting with: "Well, Templeton, how are things with God these days?"
In October of 1971, Mr. BASSETT decided to fold the Telegram, even though it remained profitable. In response, a group of employees, Mr. PORTER among them, hatched a plan to launch a tabloid replacement. On November 1 of that year, with Douglas CREIGHTON as publisher and Peter WORTHINGTON as editor, the first Toronto Sun hit the streets.
At the Sun, Mr. PORTER continued in his characteristic, immoderate manner. His file thickened over a 1989 column in which he wrote that Italian-Canadians were using methods "alien to British practice" to gain political power, and therefore, no Canadian citizen born outside Canada should be allowed to vote in any elections or stand for office. That earned him an acid rebuke in Ontario's legislature and the City of Toronto withdrew its advertising in the Sun, valued at $40,000 a year. Stung by accusations of censorship, the city lifted its ban two months later.
He retired, reluctantly, in 1990, and went about parodying himself better than anyone could in freelance travel articles, essays and commentaries for The Globe. Whether it was folding his lanky, vaguely David Niven-ish self under a Japanese dining table or losing a shoe in a raging English rainstorm or flying to London to get a new ferrule (cap) placed on the tip of his walking stick, the copy was always in Technicolor.
Journalism was good to him. "A millionaire's life on a beggar's income," he once boasted. His son confirmed a similar motto. "Scribbling: Sure beats working."
John McKenzie PORTER was born in Accrington, England, on October 21, 1911, and died of natural causes in Toronto on October 21, 2006, on his 95th birthday. His wife, Kathleen, died in 1985, He leaves a son, Tim, and two granddaughters. A family memorial is planned for a later date.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-18 published
Helen ALLEN, Journalist (1907-2006)
She laboured for decades to improve the lot of unwanted children, many of whom were better off because of her efforts, writes Sandra MARTIN. At the end of the Vietnam War she also helped rescue orphans in Saigon
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
The concept may seem bizarre today, but in its era, the Toronto newspaper column Today's Child was an innovative force intended to improve the lives of thousands of emotionally needy and often physically damaged children. In the early 1960s, back in the days when having a child "out of wedlock" was socially unacceptable and before reliable contraception or abortions were generally available, many young women gave their unplanned babies up for adoption. The ranks of healthy infants were swelled by older children who had been abandoned by parents unable or unwilling to raise their own offspring or who had been removed from dangerous situations. Many of these "hard-to-place" children trundled from one foster home to another or marked birthday after birthday in orphanages and other residential institutions.
Helen ALLEN, a journalist who became a crusader for adoption, believed that all children deserved parents and a home to call their own. For nearly 20 years, she devoted her energies to the task through her column Today's Child in The Telegram in Toronto and the long-running television program Family Finder. Although, nobody knows for certain how many of these adoptions were successful, there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that many, many children were happier and healthier because of Ms. ALLEN's actions.
"Some social workers were very reluctant at the thought of exposing children to the public in this way, because it was an invasion of privacy, but I was all for it," recalled Victoria LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, a former social worker and adoption supervisor who knew first-hand the dire circumstances of these children's lives. She and Ms. ALLEN became colleagues and good Friends, sharing the same dedication and sense of humour.
The late media mogul John BASSETT, who was the last publisher of The Telegram, considered Ms. ALLEN's long-running adoption column "her real life's work." Ms. ALLEN "has helped this country enormously by giving new hope and new opportunities to the nation's richest resource, our children," he wrote in a tribute to her in 1982, and "nothing has given me greater pride than being associated with her in this task."
Helen Kathleen ALLEN was born near Saskatoon, the only child of a Presbyterian minister and a school teacher. The family eventually settled in Aurora, north of Toronto, as her father moved from one congregation to another. He died of meningitis when Helen was five and her mother worked as a supply teacher to support them both. Ms. ALLEN later described her childhood as happy, although she regretted that there was never enough money to buy her a bicycle. It was only much later that she looked back as an adult and realized that "it's too bad to be an only child, too bad not to have a Dad."
After graduating from high school in 1925, Ms. ALLEN moved to Toronto to do a four-year degree in modern languages (French and German) at University College at the University of Toronto. By then, her widowed mother had married a man named PALMER, so Ms. ALLEN boarded with a family named GRIFFITHS while she attended university, financed with $2000 from her mother's savings. That's how she met the GRIFFITHS' daughter, Phyllis, who became a classmate, then a journalism colleague and a dear friend and housemate until she died more than 50 years later in 1978.
At U of T, Ms. ALLEN joined the German club, which turned out to be a lively collection of people, including professors Geoffrey HOLT and Barker FAIRLEY, who got together on a weekly basis to sing German songs. An older cousin, who worked on the student newspaper, The Varsity, introduced Ms. ALLEN to the editor, a young man named Charles STACEY. (A year older, he was destined for a stellar career as a military historian and became very well known as a biographer of Prime Minister Mackenzie King.) "Somehow I found myself accepting an assignment to cover a freshie tea that first week. It showed up on the front page, without a word changed, and I was hooked," she presciently told Judith ADAM/ADAMS, the author of the 1982 Ontario government publication, Today's Child and Helen ALLEN.
After graduating in 1929, Ms. ALLEN went to work as a reporter for The Telegram, a newspaper founded in 1876 by John Ross ROBERTSON as a vehicle to promote British and Imperial sentiments. For the next three decades, Ms. ALLEN did general assignment reporting, reviewed movies, covered political events and criminal trials, and edited the women's pages. In covering the 1939 Royal Tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth she wrote: "Everyone who has seen her is talking about the Queen. The Queen's smile. The Queen's charm. The Queen's beauty. The Queen's lovely gowns."
What made her name, however, was an assignment that she took on reluctantly in 1964 to write an adoption column for the paper. Instead of being the brainchild of one person, the idea came about as a confluence of incidents, experience and inspiration dating back to the early 1960s when The Telegram ran a front-page story about a young boy being publicly beaten by his father on a downtown street corner. Publisher John BASSETT assigned reporter Andrew MacFARLANE to investigate and write an article on child abuse.
Mr. MacFARLANE contacted the office of Doctor James BAND, the deputy minister of welfare in Ontario, who supplied huge amounts of information on child protection services and took Mr. MacFARLANE to visit an orphanage which housed dozens of children three years of age and under. Mr. MacFARLANE quickly realized that many of these children had short attention spans, played aggressively, and, despite being "cuddled" by volunteers, appeared lacking in warmth and curiosity. Both men believed these children needed families and permanent homes, if they were to have any chance of growing up emotionally healthy.
In 1964, Doctor BAND sought out Mr. MacFARLANE, who by then was The Telegram's managing editor, and suggested he run an "advertising" feature to make the public aware of the plight of these forgotten children. Both Mr. MacFARLANE and Mr. BASSETT took up the idea enthusiastically and assigned the column to Ms. ALLEN, telling her to contact the more than 50 regional Children's Aid Societies that operated in Ontario under the Child Welfare Act, find some children who were waiting for families, and run their pictures and write about them in the paper. The plan was to run Today's Child for a few weeks and check the response.
Children's Aid Societies, which are protective by definition, were largely horrified at the idea of parading children, along with their physical and emotional problems, in a public newspaper. To them, the column reeked of "freak shows" at carnivals. Only three were willing to participate -- Hamilton, Kenora and Toronto. Although disappointing, the response was strong enough to give Ms. ALLEN enough children to produce a daily column for three weeks.
The first child was a 15-month-old girl of mixed race named Hope, a difficult placement in those homogeneous days before the immigration rules relaxed and Canada had an official multiculturalism policy. Nevertheless, 40 prospective adoptive parents wrote in response to the story about Hope. Their letters were passed along to the Children's Aid Society for screening, assessing and processing. "I wrote abut 23 children in those first Today's Child columns that summer," Ms. ALLEN recalled years later, "and when the results were finally assessed, 18 of those youngsters found homes."
After three years of daily columns, Today's Child expanded to other daily and weekly papers throughout Ontario. The following year, Ms. ALLEN proposed doing a television version of the column based on the daily Ben Hunter Program in California, which delivered commercials for a variety of products, saving one day a week for children wanting to be adopted. Armed with a tape of the American show, Ms. ALLEN and Victoria LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, then Ontario Adoption Co-ordinator, approached CFTO, the Toronto television station that was part-owned by Mr. BASSETT. "It took them all of 15 minutes to make up their minds," Ms. ALLEN reported later. Family Finder, which ran commercial-free, debuted in the fall of 1968 and for years was the longest-running program on the channel.
When The Telegram folded in 1971, the Ontario government hired Ms. ALLEN as an information officer in the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She continued to write the column three times a week (which was syndicated by the government to more than 20 daily newspapers including The Toronto Star), do the television program and speak about adoption to community and service groups.
In the early 1970s, television and newspaper reporting from Vietnam publicized the plight of many of the children who had become victims of the continuing conflict. The orphanages in Saigon were overflowing with abandoned or parentless children. Social changes, including a declining birth rate, had put an end to the baby surplus of a decade before. That fact, plus the human desire to help needy children, had lots of North Americans flying to Vietnam and trying to pick up babies in exchange for cash or services.
The local adoption agencies were floundering, so the Ontario Ministry of Social and Community Services sent Victoria LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and Ms. ALLEN to Saigon to work with the Vietnamese. As the Viet Cong advanced and the Americans pulled out, the two women rescued close to 60 children, brought them to Canada and found homes for them. "The deputy minister told me, 'if we are going to do this, we will give it the same service we give our own children,' Ms. LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH said.
Ms. ALLEN received many honours, including being named to the Order of Canada and an honorary doctorate from York University and the Award of Merit from the City of Toronto. In the late 1970s, she was at an Order of Canada reception when she encountered fellow laureate and University of Toronto military historian Charles STACEY. " When I was at college, I dated Charles, who was then editor of the Varsity. He was in fourth year and I was in second," she told Ms. ADAM/ADAMS. "He went off to Oxford and then Princeton; I went on to the Tely as a reporter."
Ms. ALLEN and Colonel STACEY, a widower, renewed their Friendship and their affection for each other and were married in a small wedding at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Toronto on October 3, 1980. The bride was 73, and the groom 74. A little more than a year later, she officially retired from Today's Child (Judith ADAM/ADAMS took over the column for another seven years) and Family Finder, but continued to spend two days a week answering mail and writing Adoption Bulletins while her husband wrote his books.
The STACEYs were a very companionable couple. They loved to entertain at small dinner parties at Massey College, to read Jane Austen novels aloud to each other and to travel. Col. STACEY died suddenly of a heart attack in November of 1989, after nearly a decade of marriage. She continued to live in their Rosedale apartment until she suffered a heart attack and a fall late in 2002, and moved into the Leaside Retirement Residence.
Helen Kathleen ALLEN was born in Dundurn, Saskatchewan., on August 16, 1907. She died in Toronto of congestive heart failure on November 9. She was 99. Predeceased by her husband Charles STACEY and by her dear friend Phyllis GRIFFITHS, she is survived by her god-daughter Nadine BELL and her family.

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BASSETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-30 published
BASSETT, William Grant (June 17, 1956-March 27, 2006)
Bill passed away suddenly after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Beloved son of Barbara and Ray BASSETT. His sister Jane (Saul) BERLIN and brother John (Louise) together with their respective children will also miss him greatly. Bill had a keen interest in Canadian politics, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a growing Christian faith. Visitation will take place at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West on Saturday April 1st from 2: 00 till 4:00 p.m. with a short memorial service at 4:00. A private burial will be held in Cannington, Ontario on Monday. In memory of Bill, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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