BENSTEAD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-15 published
BENSTEAD, Mary Jane (LENEHAN)
In memory of a special mother, a great mother-in-law, a terrific grandma, sister and aunt, Mary Jane BENSTEAD (LENEHAN) who went to be with her other loved ones one year ago, March 15, 2005. Sadly missed and never forgotten by Mike, Jeanette, brother Pat and families.

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BENSTEAD o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-01-24 published
BENSTEAD, Maude
In loving memory of our dear mother, Maude, who passed away January Mom, in our hearts you are treasured
You are loved, you are remembered.
Too dearly loved to ever be forgotten, by Beatrice (Judy) and Bill; Dorothy and Helmut; Bill and Bonnie; and grandchildren

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BENSTEAD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-02 published
DWERRYHOUSE, Kenneth Richard
Peacefully at the Post Inn Village in Oakville, Ontario on September 30, 2006 following a lengthy illness which he courageously endured. Devoted and loving husband of Jean DWERRYHOUSE (née WATTERS.) Dear father of Peter, Pamela and Diana DWERRYHOUSE. Proud grandfather of John, Kirsten and Christopher DWERRYHOUSE, Melanie and Olivia KABELIN. Survived by his sister Diana BENSTEAD and his brother David in the United Kingdom, and predeceased by his brother Geoffrey. Born in London, England on April 9, 1923, he joined the Royal Air Force during World War 2, flying Spitfire and Mosquito fighter aircraft and attaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He was transferred to the Royal Navy (Air Branch) and was assigned in Canada training new Royal Canadian Air Force pilots. Following his discharge from the Royal Navy as Lieutenant Commander after the war, he returned to Canada to study law and commerce in Montreal, where he met his bride-to-be of 57 years. Throughout his professional career he was located in France, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. He acted as the International Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators where he contributed greatly to the growth and success of that organization. He was also a Freeman of Swansea. Ken will be remembered with great fondness as a loving father and husband, and as a loyal friend known for his integrity, strength, courage and determination. The funeral service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, 141 Bronte Road, Oakville, at 2: 00 p.m. Tuesday, October 3rd with visitation from 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Email condolences may be sent to kopriva@eol.ca; please place DWERRYHOUSE on the subject line.

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BENTEAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-30 published
DACKS, Phyllis May (formerly Phyllis BOYNTON, née GREER/GRIER)
Peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at Hastings Centennial Manor in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late William BOYNTON and her second husband Samuel DACKS. Loving mother of Bill BOYNTON and his wife Elaine, Pat and her husband Cliff GRAHAM, and Doreen and her husband Gerry BENTEAU. Cherished grandmother of Susan, Jim, Diane, Gary, Clifford, Donna, Joan, Janet and John, and 16 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Walter GREER/GRIER. Phyllis will be sadly missed by her nieces, relatives and Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E., Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.), on Saturday at 12 noon, with the memorial service to follow in the Ogden Chapel at 1 p.m. Interment York Cemetery. Reception to follow the interment at the Ogden Funeral Home. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BENTHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-17 published
Bill WATERTON, Test Pilot (1916-2006)
Former Royal Air Force flier was Canada's most internationally famous and accomplished test pilot, yet, 'to this day, he remains virtually unrecognized in this country'
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Page S8
Ottawa -- Diving over the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Élysées just 15 metres above the pavement, Bill WATERTON thrilled a huge French crowd gazing in admiration at his Gloster Meteor IV jet, then the world's fastest aircraft.
Flying more than 1,000 kilometres an hour over Paris on January 15, 1947, in a publicity stunt staged by his employer, the Gloster Aircraft Company, Mr. WATERTON, one of the world's top test pilots, added some upward rolls and inverted climbs for good measure.
There was no margin for error, wrote Mr. WATERTON in his 1956 autobiography, The Quick and the Dead. "The slightest error could mean the slaughter of spectators as the Meteor fell among them. Timing and precision were essential. The row must have been frightful as the Meteor shrieked over the city. For blurred split seconds I glimpsed upturned faces."
Flying around the Eiffel Tower, Mr. WATERTON, a Canadian who flew with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, was close enough to see people waving at him. "But with an icy stab of fear I suddenly saw the sloping, almost invisible steel cables which guy the tower. In dropping my height to fly around the tower, I had missed one by no more than 12 feet. A bit closer and the steel rope would have sheared off a wing as easily as a hot knife slices butter."
The next morning, Mr. WATERTON climbed back into his twin-engine Meteor. "As I left the ground, things fell into their usual pattern: as though I had been given a powerful shot in the arm, tiredness and tenseness vanished, my brain was clear and my hand steady, and only one solitary butterfly flapped in my stomach -- the worry of possible failure."
He didn't fail, though. In just 20 minutes and 11 seconds, Mr. WATERTON established a new Paris-to-London speed record. His boss congratulated him with typical English understatement. "[He] shook my hand and said, 'Jolly good show, WATERTON.' I went to the pictures."
Bill WATERTON saw his first aircraft when he was 3. "I heard a noise. I looked up and there was an airplane. It was silver and blue, a Stinson biplane," he said in 2003. When he was 16, he paid two dollars in Camrose, Alberta., to take his first flight. He was hooked.
After two years at the Royal Military College of Canada, Mr. WATERTON went to Britain, took flying lessons and joined the Royal Air Force on June 10, 1939. Three months later, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany.
Posted to No. 242 (Canadian) Squadron, Mr. WATERTON flew in the Battle of France until he suffered severe head injuries on May 25, 1940, when he crash landed his Hurricane fighter near Dover. While instructing pilot trainees in Canada in 1942, he was awarded the Air Force Cross for "acts of gallantry for fighting with the Royal Air Force."
Things took off for Mr. WATERTON in 1946 when he was posted to the Royal Air Force's High Speed Flight, a group that was determined to keep the world's speed record in Britain. On September 7, despite an attempt by Royal Aero Club officials to disqualify him because he was Canadian, Mr. WATERTON flew his Meteor at an average speed of 988 km/h.
A defective port aileron forced him to "jam my left arm like a rod between the side of the cockpit and the stick. As long as my palm, wrist and arm held out, the 'plane could not alter course to the left. At 605 miles an hour, the agony was indescribable. It seemed as though every bone from the tip of my elbow to the palm of my hand was in the grip of a giant, remorseless nutcracker: this in addition to the spine-jarring bounce of the bucking aircraft."
He was awarded a second Air Force Cross. Five weeks later, he joined the Gloster Aircraft Company as a test pilot. Over the next seven years, Mr. WATERTON, the picture of a fighter pilot with his huge, upswept mustache, flew into aviation history by setting speed records and making the first flights of several new aircraft. The jet era was just getting airborne and test pilots quickly became heroes to a British public looking for excitement.
The tiny fraternity, which included Mr. WATERTON, John Derry, Neville Duke and John Cunningham, had all been war-time Royal Air Force pilots. They appeared almost daily in newspapers and newsreels and became household names.
"The sounds were different, the speeds were different, the rate of climb -- it was absolutely new. People just never experienced it before. The stars of the new jet age were the test pilots. Thousands flocked to see them and their records grabbed the headlines. Their achievements shaped the modern world of aviation," said a 1998 British Broadcasting Corporation documentary.
Test piloting, described by Mr. WATERTON as 'suck it and see,' required "a good pair of hands and you had to use all your senses sound, vision, feel, like the old days of flying by the seat of your pants. There was always an unknown with a new airplane," he once told the British Broadcasting Corporation. "You never knew what the hell was going to happen next. Hydraulic failure meant you had to belly land the thing at 150 mph, you got engine failure, you got high temperature, it was new ground you were breaking."
On June 2, 1952, Mr. WATERTON survived a spectacular crash of the prototype Javelin, the world's first twin-engine delta wing fighter. He found himself trapped in the cockpit as his fuel tanks exploded. "I banged around like a man gone mad. I cursed, pressed buttons, pulled, tugged and heaved -- but nothing would yield. Neither the jettison handle nor the canopy would give a fraction of an inch."
Nevertheless, he got out and managed to rescue the aircraft's data package, for which he was awarded a George Medal on July 29, "for exemplary behaviour and outstanding courage beyond the call of duty." He was one of only 30 Canadians to receive the medal.
But Mr. WATERTON's fierce integrity made him many enemies in the aircraft industry, both in Britain and in Canada, where he returned in 1949 after an absence of 11 years to fly the prototype Avro CF-100 Canuck all-weather interceptor, the first fighter designed and built in Canada.
Some Avro employees disliked the flamboyant Mr. WATERTON. He found he couldn't win on either side of the Atlantic. "In postwar Britain, he could never be more than an energetic, temporarily useful colonial. To Canadian eyes and ears he also seemed foreign more British than the British," wrote author Sean Rossiter.
Fellow test pilot Richard BENTHAM, of Flesherton, Ontario, believes that Mr. WATERTON "set the bar for human courage. His career was marked by his turbulent personality. Tact was not his strong suit. He did not play the game… he told it like it was."
While some aviation colleagues disliked his outspoken manner, he was Canada's most internationally famous and accomplished test pilot, Mr. BENTHAM added. "No one else even approached his record of achievement. To this day, he remains virtually unrecognized in this country."
In 1954, Mr. WATERTON quit Gloster after seven years as its chief test pilot. He felt underpaid and was disillusioned with the Javelin and the British aircraft industry. For the next three years, he reported on aviation for the Daily Express, but the newspaper fired him after his controversial autobiography was published. The aircraft companies had stopped buying ad space.
Mr. WATERTON's son, William, believes his father was brought up to be honourable and honest, and that he tried to apply the same standards to the air industry.
"I think he never really realized, when he left the Royal Air Force and went to private industry, that he was working for big business, where money many times overrides safety," he said. "He refused to compromise the safety of the aircraft."
He said his father also treated everyone equally, "from the factory sweeper, to the barons of industry, which didn't make him Friends."
After returning to Canada in 1957, Mr. WATERTON spent the rest of his life near Owen Sound, Ontario He never forgot the thrill of flight, though -- just himself and his aircraft. "One of the great things of flying is just looking at the countryside in the evening when the air is calm."
William Arthur WATERTON was born on March 18, 1916, in Edmonton, Alberta. He died of natural causes on April 17 in Owen Sound, Ontario He was 90. He leaves his wife Marjorie, sons William and John and stepdaughter Karen.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-09-29 published
GIFFIN, Gladys
Peacefully at Lee Manor Nursing Home, Owen Sound, On Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Orville GIFFIN, on their 59th Wedding Anniversary. Beloved mother of Ina (Howard) BENTLEY, Owen Sound, Daryl (Debbie) GIFFIN, Barrie, Valerie (Wolfgang) SCHMUDE, St. Catharines. Beloved grandmother of Scott and Jeremy BENTLEY, Seann and Kyle GIFFIN, Bryanna McMANUS, Aaron and Andrew SALIBA. Also survived by her sister Grace HILDRETH, Hamilton. Predeceased by her brothers Ed and Lorne ENOS, sister Vera MOUNTAIN and granddaughter Taryn GIFFIN. Friends will be received at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, 36 Lake Avenue Drive, Stoney Creek, on Sunday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, October 2nd at 11: 00 a.m. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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BENTLEY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-20 published
GIFFIN
The family of the late Gladys GIFFIN wish to express their heartfelt thanks for all the expressions of sympathy shown to our family during the loss of our loving wife, mother and grandmother. Your support means so much to us. All the flowers, cards, gifts, visits and calls to our family are very much appreciated. We extend our sincere thanks to the staff of the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home in Stoney Creek. Thank you so much to Rev. David SHEPHERD for his comforting words. We will never forget them. A very special thank you to Lee Manors first floor staff who provided such wonderful, loving care for Gladys, and for our family the last few days, you will never know how it was appreciated. Thank you to Bethel Gospel Tabernacle to the lovely luncheon. Everyone's kindnesses and support will always be remembered.
- Orville GIFFIN, Ina BENTLEY, Daryl GIFFIN, Valerie SCHMUDE and families
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BENTLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-14 published
WHITE/WHYTE, Betty Cordelia (née GARDENER)
Peacefully at Woodstock General Hospital on Monday, March 13, 2006 Betty Cordelia WHITE/WHYTE (née GARDENER) of Woodstock in her 78th year. Daughter of the late William GARDENER and Winnifred BENTLEY. Beloved wife for 58 years of Alfred. Dear mother of Deborah JACKSON (Cliff LANGFORD) of Woodstock and Karen LEMON (Dave TINLINE) of Cambridge. Loving "Nana" of Sean JACKSON, Jeremy JACKSON (Melissa LANGDON), Nicholas LEMON and Jordan LEMON (Kyle JACKSON) and "G-Nan" of Jaylen JACKSON. Dear sister of Audrey GIROLDI (Victor), Lillian PARK (Frank) and Roberta HENDERSON (Dan,) all of Woodstock and sister-in-law of Arthur WHITE/WHYTE (Barbara,) Doreen HOUSEWORTH (John,) all of Woodstock and Laura SAPWELL (George) and Nora MAJOR, all of Stratford. Also lovingly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock on Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Anglican, 1023 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. with Rev. Eleanor CARUANA officiating. Interment later at the Anglican Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Arthritis Society would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-10 published
SAUVE, Anne Rebecca (formerly BRANDSTETTER, née WELTON)
Passed away peacefully at the Carpenter Hospice, Burlington on Friday, April 7, 2006, Anne, formerly of London, at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Raymond SAUVÉ and the late Donald BRANDSTETTER. Loving mother of Don and his wife Joan BRANDSTETTER of Ajax, and the late Geraldine BENTLEY and mother-in-law of Bob BENTLEY. Cherished grandma of her grandchildren: Laura, Steven, Wayne, Robert and Linda and many great-grandchildren. Dear sister of June RICE (late Eddie), Mavis COCKBURN (Philip), Terry WELTON (Marilyn) all of London. Predeceased by her sisters Florence DICKSON/DIXON, Eileen SWIFT and Kathleen BUCKLEY. Cremation has taken place. Private Family Interment. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated. (Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333)

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-12 published
UNDERHILL, Barbara Jane (née LILLIE)
Of Saint Thomas, at the London Health Sciences Centre (University Campus), on Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in her 78th year. Beloved wife of the late William Joseph UNDERHILL (1996) and dearly loved mother of Susan UNDERHILL of London, Lorraine and her husband Gerry CLOUTIER/CLOUTHIER of Ottawa and the late William D. UNDERHILL (2000.) Dear sister of John and his wife Mary Ellen LILLIE of London, late Alan LILLIE and his wife Sylvia LILLIE of Ottawa and the late Helen PARRISH and the late Ruth E. LILLIE. Loved grandmother of Michael and Joseph FLOYD and Lorraine PRITCHARD and William and Frances UNDERHILL. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Barbara was born in Wallaceburg on March 16, 1929, the daughter of the late John Ashton and Annie Elizabeth BENTLEY) LILLIE. She has lived in Saint Thomas most of her life in Saint Thomas. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family service will be held on Monday morning. Interment to follow at Elmdale Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Parkinson Foundation or the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-08 published
BENTLEY, Jack
Passed away peacefully at the Fairhaven Home, Peterborough, on Tuesday, June 6, 2006. Jack BENTLEY of Ennismore, formerly of Saint Thomas, in his 71st year. Jack owned and operated Jack Bentley Insurance for over 35 years in Saint Thomas and Peterborough and was a member of the Peterborough Barbershop Chorus and the Dukes of Harmony. Beloved husband of the late Carol Jean BENTLEY (1999.) Loving father of Lisa SINCLAIR (Dave FERGUSON) of Peterborough and Laura and her husband Nicky THENG of Indonesia. Grandfather of Ryan, Joel, Adam, Tony and Tasha. Survived by his brother Bruce and his wife Shirley of Saint Thomas and his sister Donna OREN and her husband Steve of Idaho, U.S.A. Predeceased by his parents and his sister Gloria. Friends and relatives may call at the Hendren Funeral Home, Lakefield, on Saturday, June 10, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. and on Sunday June 11, 2006 from 1-4 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the Hendren Chapel on Monday June 12, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Lakefield Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society as expressions of sympathy. Friends may send condolences or make donations at www.hendrenfuneralhome. com

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-24 published
BEAUMONT, Richard William
Passed away, with his loving family by his side, Richard William BEAUMONT, a lifelong resident of Tillsonburg, on Thursday, November 23rd, 2006 at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, at the age of 58 years. (Coached in the Tillsonburg Minor Hockey Association). Beloved son of Orton BEAUMONT and the former Alice BEATTIE) BEAUMONT of R.R.#5 Langton. Family minded, he had great love for his kids: Shawn (Bridget), Tillsonburg; Robert (Vicky), London Brian (Maggie Mae,) Tillsonburg; Crystal BEAUMONT of London. Survived by his siblings: Audrey ARMSTRONG, Calgary; Thomas (Barbara,) Toronto; Alex (Eleanor), Tillsonburg; Elizabeth BREEN, Tillsonburg Fred, R.R.#5 Langton; Kathy (Rick BROUGHTON,) Langton; Mary (Ross WARD), Tillsonburg; Patricia (Patty) (Goldy WINKWORTH), Langton Bill (Carol), Tillsonburg; and Bonnie BENTLEY, Calgary and nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard will be missed by three exceptional Friends: Albert VERZYL, Frank LOBSINGER and Allen ROUTTILIFFE. Friends and relatives are welcome to meet with the Beaumont family on Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238). Funeral service to celebrate the life and memory of Richard to be conducted in the Verhoeve Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Jonathan TIMLIN of the Bethel Temple assisted by Rev. Dr. John CROZIER of the Houghton Brethren-In-Christ Community Church, Frogmore. Interment to follow in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations (by cheque) payable to the "L.R.C.C. -- Research" would be gratefully acknowledged by the Beaumont family.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-08 published
ELLISON, Aileen Isobel (née BENTLEY)
Peacefully at Elgin Manor, Saint Thomas, on Thursday, December 7, 2006 in her 78th year. Beloved wife of the late William Richard ELLISON. Dear mother of Marie JANNSENS and her husband Ray and Edward ELLISON and his wife Laurie. Loving grandmother of Randy, Ben and Karlie. Dear sister of Jean BENTLEY and Donna McLEAN and sister-in-law of Bob McLEAN. Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 Saint_James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted on Monday, December 11 at 11: 00 a.m. at the Church of Saint_John the Divine, 21557 Richmond St. N. at Medway Rd., Arva by the Rev. Wendy MURRAY. Interment Saint_John's Cemetery, Arva. Memorial contributions to the Elgin Manor Gentle Care Program, R.R.#1, 29262 Fingal Line, Saint Thomas, Ontario N5P 3S5 would be gratefully acknowledged.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-08 published
SCARLETT, Audrey Jennett (née KING)
The Angels took Audrey to Heaven Thursday April 6, 2006 after a valiant battle with cancer. Her indomitable spirit was not diminished. She remained steadfast and true to her nature throughout. Fiercely loyal to her Friends and family, she will be sorely missed by: her children Anne-Marie and Elee SCARLETT, her grandchildren Taylor, Ryan and Melanie and her surviving siblings; Marie WATTS, Marjorie EVANS, Gordon KING, Reginald KING and Violet BENTLEY. Visitation will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive), on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 1 p.m. Flowers or memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Easter Seal Society, or The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully accepted by the family.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-25 published
GAYFER, Margaret Isabel (December 25, 1925-April 20, 2006)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret on April 20, 2006 at the Toronto General Hospital. Margaret, Loving sister of the late James M. GAYFER and the late Elizabeth "Betty" SHORT. Dear sister-in-law of Sheila GAYFER of Lindsday. "Aunt Marg" to Jim and John GAYFER, Deidre (BOUTILIER), Vivian and late David SHORT. Great aunt of Jordan BILLINGHURST, David and John BOUTILIER, Sarah GAYFER, Devon (Davies), David, James and Daniel GAYFER, Kachina and Awna TEXEIRA, Shannon (BENTLEY,) Erin (McNAMARA) and Katie SHORT. Great-great aunt of Destiny and Ethan BILLINGHURST and Oliver WELLS. Margaret served as Editor of two Maclean-Hunter publications, and in doing so was one of the first female editors with the publisher. Her career also included stints at the Star Weekly Magazine, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Council for Adult Education. Margaret's love of traveling and her passion for learning made her a tireless promotor of literacy and education around the world, particularly where it concerned women's issues. Margaret will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Friends will be received at The Cardinal Funeral Home "Earle Elliott" Chapel, 715 Dovercourt Road (Ossington Subway - Delaware exit) on Friday, April 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor Street W. at Avenue Road) on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Canada (1-800-616-8816) would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-26 published
GAYFER, Margaret Isabel (December 25, 1925-April 20, 2006)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret on April 20, 2006 at the Toronto General Hospital. Margaret, Loving sister of the late James M. GAYFER and the late Elizabeth "Betty" SHORT. Dear sister-in-law of Sheila GAYFER of Lindsday. "Aunt Marg" to Jim and John GAYFER, Deidre (BOUTILIER), Vivian and late David SHORT. Great aunt of Jordan BILLINGHURST, David and John BOUTILIER, Sarah GAYFER, Devon (Davies), David, James and Daniel GAYFER, Kachina and Awna TEXEIRA, Shannon (BENTLEY,) Erin (McNAMARA) and Katie SHORT. Great-great aunt of Destiny and Ethan BILLINGHURST and Oliver WELLS. Margaret served as Editor of two Maclean-Hunter publications, and in doing so was one of the first female editors with the publisher. Her career also included stints at the Star Weekly Magazine, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Council for Adult Education. Margaret's love of traveling and her passion for learning made her a tireless promotor of literacy and education around the world, particularly where it concerned women's issues. Margaret will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Friends will be received at The Cardinal Funeral Home "Earle Elliott" Chapel, 715 Dovercourt Road (Ossington Subway - Delaware exit) on Friday, April 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor Street W. at Avenue Road) on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Canada (1-800-616-8816) would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-27 published
THOMAS, Jean Isobel (née SCOTT) R.N. Hospital For Sick Children
Born in 1913 in Coldwater, Ontario, daughter of the late George and May SCOTT, passed away at Pinecrest Nursing Home, Bobcaygeon, on November 25, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Doctor W.D. (Doug) THOMAS. Predeceased by twin brother John SCOTT and survived by sister Marion BAILEY. Devoted mother of Altamae EBERLEE, Judith BURGESS (Kerry) and Frances FISHER. She will be sadly missed by her eight grandchildren: Jennifer BENTLEY (Jeff,) Douglas EBERLEE (Kate); Scott (Louisa), Matthew (Susan) and Jonathon BURGESS; Paula, Tom and Dan FISHER; and her twelve great-grandchildren: Nich, Joe, Emily, Will, Sam, Ellie, Anna, Erin, Danielle, Steven, Peter and Timothy. Family and Friends will be received at Trinity United Church, Bobcaygeon, on Thursday, November 30th, 2006 from 1: 30 until service time at 3 p.m. If desired, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements by Monk Funeral Home, Bobcaygeon (866-393-0063). Messages of condolence and donations may be placed at www.monkfuneralhome.com

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-30 published
BENTLEY, Ernest Oscar (June 19, 1922-November 22, 2006)
Ernie passed away suddenly at home on the evening of November 22. A competitive golfer since the age of ten, and an avid square dancer for over 35 years, he enjoyed both of these fully during his retirement in Qualicum Beach. Survived by his loving wife Muriel, predeceased by Emily his wife of 47 years, he will be sadly missed by daughter Catherine, sons John and Walter (Lisa), grandchildren Therese, Kelly, Kendra, and Lauren, and great-granddaughter Ava. A memorial was attended by many on Sunday November 26 at the Bentley residence in Qualicum Beach. At Ernie's request there was no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or towards a memorial bench in a place special to him by contacting: w.l.bentley@sympatico.ca or (905) 822-9064

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-04 published
BENTLEY, Mary " Maimie"
Went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006. Maimie, beloved wife of the late Fred. Loving mother of David, Brian and his wife Hazel and the late Ronald. Mother-in-law of Renate BENTLEY. Grandmother of Susan, Sharon, Sandra, Petra and Andy. She will be sadly missed by 6 great-grandchildren. Sister of Lena SCOTT (Scotland.) A memorial service will beheld at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, 1070 Tynegrove Road (Burnhamthorpe Rd. and Dixie Rd.) on Tuesday, February 7th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Spirit Anglican Church. Arrangements entrusted to The Simple Alternative - Mississauga.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-06 published
BENTLEY, Mary " Maimie"
Went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006. Maimie, beloved wife of the late Fred. Loving mother of David, Brian and his wife Hazel and the late Ronald. Mother-in-law of Renate BENTLEY. Grandmother of Susan, Sharon, Sandra, James, Petra, Andy and William. She will be sadly missed by 6 great-grandchildren. Sister of Lena SCOTT (Scotland.) A memorial service will beheld at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, 1070 Tynegrove Road (Burnhamthorpe Rd. and Dixie Rd.) on Tuesday, February 7th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Spirit Anglican Church. Arrangements entrusted to The Simple Alternative - Mississauga.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-13 published
BENTLEY, Walter Harold
(Retired from Elgin Mills Cemetery)
Peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, February 12, 2006. Walter, dear son of Ruth and the late Roy BENTLEY. Loving brother of Carole, Anne, Barb, Ellen and Steve. Also survived by his many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. At Walter's request, a funeral service will not be held and a private cremation will take place.

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BENTLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-08 published
SCARLETT, Audrey Jennett (née KING)
The Angels took Audrey to Heaven, Thursday, April 6, 2006 after a valiant battle with cancer. Her indomitable spirit was not diminished. She remained steadfast and true to her nature throughout. Fiercely loyal to her Friends and family, she will be sorely missed by: her children Anne-Marie and Elee SCARLETT, her grandchildren: Taylor, Ryan and Melanie and her surviving siblings: Marie WATTS, Marjorie EVANS, Gordon KING, Reginald KING and Violet BENTLEY. Visitation will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Dr.) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Flowers or memorial donations to The Canadian Cancer Society, The Easter Seal Society, or The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully accepted by the family.

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BENTO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-27 published
PACHECO, Maria Trindade (MacHADO)
Suddenly, on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, Maria Trindade (MacHADO) PACHECO in her 67th year. Beloved wife of the late Joao Luis "John" PACHECO (August 31, 2005.) Dear mother of Elizabeth BENTO and her husband Fernando of Sarnia, Joyce PACHECO, and John PACHECO and his wife Diana of London. Loving grandmother of Jacob and Jason. Sister of Tony MacHADO (Almizinda), Mario MacHADO (Vivian) and Mike MacHADO (Mary) all of London. Visitors will be received on Friday from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Cross Church (Hamilton Rd. at Elm) on Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Memorial donatoins may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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BENTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-14 published
MARTINS, Maria Da Encarnacao (August 4, 1921-April 12, 2006)
Of Marygrace Court, Mississauga. Visitation 12 noon-9 p.m. today at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin, Toronto. Service 8: 30 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen's Church to Prospect Cemetery. Mrs. MARTINS, who died at Saint_Joseph's Hospital, was predeceased by husband Germano Borges MARTINS, and is survived by children (in Canada) Eva MELO (Francisco,) Ines BENTO (Jose,) Fatima MENDONCA (Jose), Diamantina COSTA, Alvaro MARTINS, Tiago MARTINS (Maura,) children (in Portugal) Neves COELHO (Jose,) Aurora AMORIN (Marculino,) Izabel FURTADO (Jose,) Encarnacao SILVA (Adelino), Filomena LIMA (Jose), Luisa FERNANDES (Vitor) 30 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Parking is no problem - simply enter from Dufferin, just north of Dundas.

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BENTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-11 published
RONCERAY- COWELL
After a courageous battle at Victoria Hospital, London, on Saturday, September 9th, 2006, Therese "Terry" RONCERAY- COWELL, in her 80th year. Beloved wife of Ron and the late Henri (1972). Loving mom of Adele BENTON (Doug), Colette HANSON (Don), Gisele LINK (Mike,) Collin RONCERAY (Suzie.) Special "mom" to Randy, Ron (Deborah), Cathy, Scott (Chris). Special Nana/Grandma to 8, Great-Grandma to 3, Grandma Terry to 9. Terry will also be missed by her sister Aline, many family members and Friends. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church, 1164 Commissioners Road West, London. Interment in Saint Mary Cemetery, Woodstock, Ontario. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 617 Welling Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3R6. On-line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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BENTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-01 published
MacLACHLAN, Anna Matilda
Peacefully at Watford Quality Care Centre on Friday, September 29th, 2006, Anna Matilda MacLACHLAN of Watford in her 91st year. Anna is predeceased by her husband Malcolm MacLACHLAN (1978.) Survived by her children Margaret HOLLINGSWORTH (Jim, 1974) of Watford, Mac (Elverta) MacLACHLAN of Watford and Bob (Sherie) MacLACHLAN of Watford. Anna is predeceased by son Douglas (1974). Anna will be missed by 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Anna is also survived by sisters-in-law Eleanor CARRUTHERS, Lois MacLACHLAN, Elaine RICHARDSON and Kay BENTON. Predeceased by brothers Tom CARROLL, George CARROLL, Reg CARROLL and Clayton CARROLL and sisters Mabel BEDARD and Peg MORGAN. Visitation will be held at the Harper Funeral Home in Watford on Sunday, October 1st, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, October 2nd at 2 p.m. with Pastor Fred DARKE officiating. Interment to follow at Watford Cemetery. Donations to the Watford Quality Care Auxiliary or the Watford Medical Centre would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be left at www.harperfuneralhome.ca

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BENTSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-12 published
MILLEY, Rose (née BENTSEN)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rose, Grandma, Mum and wife on September 10, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Don MILLEY, and by her children and their partners: Scott and Vickie of Kincardine; Andrew and Mary of Guelph; Catherine and Ray of Ottawa and Lesley and Chris of Toronto. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Hannah and Erica MILLEY; Simon, Gordon and Grace MILLEY and Zoe, Ezra and Hazel PIERCE. Rose fought cancer for 20 years, but it did not deter her from traveling, studying, acting and enjoying her eight grandchildren. In the past few years she traveled to Norway, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Poland, Cuba and across Canada, sometimes hiking but more recently touring. Rose was a keen participant in Act II studio, taking many courses and acting and singing in plays and recitals. A lifelong supporter of the arts, she enjoyed the opera, symphony and theatre. Rose would never turn down a game of scrabble, including her last game three days before she died, which she won with a seven letter word. Rose grew up on the Queen Charlotte Islands and in Prince Rupert. She worked as a legal secretary in Vancouver before marrying and moving east as a young newlywed. She and Don spent three years in England before returning to Ontario to raise their family in Kincardine, Oakville, Deep River and Port Elgin. These were busy years filled with family and volunteering; any spare time was spent taking courses and studying, which culminated in English degree from the University of Ottawa. After two years in Atlanta, Rose and Don returned to Toronto, where Rose used her natural tenacity to re-enter the workforce after many years at home. Her work at cultural organizations, especially the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, was very important to her. The family will receive Friends for a reception gathering in the Leaside Room of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Sunday, October 1st at 2 o'clock. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite #101, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3B1 or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BENTSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-16 published
MILLEY, Rose (née BENTSEN)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rose, Grandma, Mum and wife on September 10, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Don MILLEY, and by her children and their partners: Scott and Vickie of Kincardine; Andrew and Mary of Guelph; Catherine and Ray of Ottawa and Lesley and Chris of Toronto. She is also survived by her mother Hilda BENTSEN and sister May COX, both of Richmond, British Columbia. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Hannah and Erica MILLEY Simon, Gordon and Grace MILLEY and Zoe, Ezra and Hazel PIERCE. Rose fought cancer for 20 years, but it did not deter her from traveling, studying, acting and enjoying her eight grandchildren. In the past few years she traveled to Norway, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Poland, Cuba and across Canada, sometimes hiking but more recently touring. Rose was a keen participant in ACT II studio, taking many courses and acting and singing in plays and recitals. A lifelong supporter of the arts, she enjoyed the opera, symphony and theatre. Rose would never turn down a game of scrabble, including her last game three days before she died, which she won with a seven letter word. Rose grew up on the Queen Charlotte Islands and in Prince Rupert. She worked as a legal secretary in Vancouver before marrying and moving east as a young newlywed. She and Don spent three years in England before returning to Ontario to raise their family in Kincardine, Oakville, Deep River and Port Elgin. These were busy years filled with family and volunteering; any spare time was spent taking courses and studying, which culminated in an English degree from the University of Ottawa. After two years in Atlanta, Rose and Don returned to Toronto, where Rose used her natural tenacity to re-enter the workforce after many years at home. Her work at cultural organizations, especially the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, was very important to her. The family will receive Friends for a reception gathering in the Leaside Room of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Sunday, October 1st at 2 o'clock. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 20 Holly Street, Suite #101, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3B1 or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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BENTUM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-02 published
MASSEO, Anthony " Tony" Phillip
We would like to express our sincere thanks to our families, Friends, neighbours and our co-workers for their constant support and many acts of kindness during our father's illness and since his passing. Thank you for your prayers, gifts, flowers, food, donations and beautiful cards of sympathy and support. A sincere thank you goes to Reverend Darrell SHAULE for his Friendship while our father was in Parkwood Hospital and also for his compassion, words of comfort and beautiful tribute at our father's memorial service. At this time, we would also like to thank Pat FRASER from Stephenson and son Funeral Home in Ailsa Craig for her guidance. A very special thank you goes to our mom, Beverly BENTUM for her never-ending love. Many thanks also to Maureen, Vic, Don, Karen and Lee for always being there; and also to David, your grandfather would have been proud. A special thank you to Carol and Doug for your Friendship and love you gave our father. A big thank you goes to Sarah WATKIN for her Friendship, delicious luncheon and beautiful floral arrangements. Last, but not least, a very deserving thank you goes to the Physicians, Support Staff and especially the Nursing Staff on 4B West at Parkwood Hospital. You gave our father exceptional professional care while providing Friendship, support and dignity. Thank you all so very much. Tony and Kim MASSEO

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BENTZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-22 published
CLARK, Mavis Audrey (née BAIN)
Passed away peacefully at Marion Hopsice Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday, March 19, 2006. She was surrounded by those she loved dearly. She is survived by her brother Doctor Stanley BAIN from Ontario and her children John, Bruce, Jennifer and Christy. She is predeceased by their father, Jim CLARK. All of her grandchildren, Huxley and Eliot BENTZ, Hamish MARISSEN- CLARK and James CLARK will miss her generous, whimsical presence. She will also be sorely missed by her dearest friend Gerry CARTER, whose life she enlarged and enriched. Mavis was born on February 8, 1931 in Glasgow, Scotland where her dear parents Doctor Theodore and Audrey BAIN made their home for five years. Later she travelled Canada with her family, living in many communities including William Head, then a quarantine station, Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa and Vancouver. She graduated in Sciences from University of British Columbia in 1953 with a degree in home economics. This led to a short career as a dietician at the Royal Columbian Hospital in the early years of her marriage. Mavis made many life long Friends at University of British Columbia as a sorority girl in Alpha Gamma Delta. Mavis and Jim married in 1955. They raised their children in Burnaby where she made a significant contribution as a volunteer. She founded the first non-profit daycare in the city at Saint_John the Divine church. Mavis was justifiably proud of her role as co-founder of the Burnaby Family Life Institute, an organization dedicated to strengthening families - a cause to which she remained devoted. Mavis earned a graduate degree in human behaviour from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington in 1980. She then established herself in practice as a marriage and family therapist in Vancouver. At the end of her career, she was honoured by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (British Columbia) for her role in helping to establish the profession in British Columbia. Mavis loved people. She loved listening and she loved talking. She was eloquent and true in her words and emotions. She was curious, intelligent and brimming with feeling. She was a free spirit. She painted, created and wrote. She pursued art studies for many years while she raised her four children. And she painted at her studio on Galiano every year until this one. Mavis and Jim bought their property on Galiano Island in 1969. After her children had grown, that property on the island's magnificent south end, became her home for many months of every year. Mavis developed a deep love of Galiano's natural beauty. She spent thousands of hours wandering its woods, swimming in its ocean and reflecting on nature's gift to us. She expressed her passion for the place through her work as a director of the Galiano Conservancy Association. Mavis fiercely defended the island from threats including development, pollution and non-native species. She will be lovingly remembered by many, many Friends on Galiano for her contributions as a member of that close knit community. A service to remember Mavis will be held at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral (690 Burrard St. Vancouver) on Friday, March 24 at 3 p.m. Another celebration of her life will be held on Galiano Island at a later date. Mavis would have been grateful if, instead of flowers, her Friends made a donation in her name to the Galiano Conservancy Association.

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BENUSIK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
BENUSIK, Dusan
At Bluewater Health - C.E.E. Site, Petrolia, on Monday, October 9, 2006. Dusan BENUSIK, 41 years, of Petrolia. Beloved son of Peter and Anna BENUSIK of Petrolia. Dear brother of Peter and Karen of Petrolia and Paul and Jennifer of Charlton, Ontario. Dear uncle to Iain, Jason, Sabrina, Maggie, Matthew and Joseph. Visitors will be received on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where a prayer vigal will be held at 8: 45 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Philip's Church, Petrolia, on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Memories and condolences may be sent on line at www.needhamjay.com

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BENVENUTO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-13 published
BENVENUTO, Eleanor Taylor
February 13, 2001
Sadly missed And always in my thoughts and prayers.
Husband - Lew BENVENUTO.

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BENYIK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-16 published
BOND, Jean Catherine (formerly SPENCE, née FERRIS)
Peacefully at River Glen Haven Nursing Home, Sutton, on Saturday, January 14, 2006 at the age of 93 years. Jean BOND, beloved wife of the late Leo Francis BOND and the late Robert Gerald (Gerry) SPENCE. Dear mother of Patricia REDDICK of Keswick and mother-in-law of Delaine BOND of Sutton. Predeceased by her son Leo William (Bill) BOND and her son-in-law Ken REDDICK. Loving grandmother of Terry Michael O'SHAY/SHEA of Don Mills, Lori Lynn VINSKAS of Keswick, Kenneth William REDDICK (Milica) of Toronto, Julie Elizabeth BENYIK (John) of Sutton, and Dana Leigh POSTE (David) of Keswick. Predeceased by her granddaughter Linda Jean O'SHAY/SHEA. Great-grandmother of Lukas, Kelly, Brittany, Alissa, Olivia, and William. Dear sister-in-law of Evelyn FERRIS of Chesley and Margaret BOND of Toronto. Lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and dear friend Mary CHAPELLE. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Service in the chapel, Wednesday at 2: 00 p.m. Interment, Briar Hill Cemetery, Sutton. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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BENZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-14 published
BENZ, Erna
Passed away peacefully on April 11, 2006 at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Beloved wife of her late husband Helmut. Dear mother of Wolfgang and wife Rita, Ricky and wife Susan, Ernie and wife Judy and Anthony. Cherished Oma of Karl, Matthew, Mark, Kristina, Brandon, and Briana. Dear sister of Ruth and husband Tony. Visitation will take place on Monday, April 17, 2006 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Blvd. 416-423-1000. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

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BENZIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-11 published
Esteemed lawyer, former Attorney General dies at 72
Talented orator suffered stroke
Introduced pay-equity law
By Tracey TYLER, Legal Affairs Reporter with files from Robert BENZIE
Ian SCOTT was a brilliant, charming, supremely confident overachiever who captivated the courtroom with his eloquence and wit. In his next act, as Ontario's reform-minded attorney general, he redefined the qualities expected from the person who holds that job.
But in one of life's cruel twists, at the prime of his life, a debilitating stroke robbed SCOTT of his ability to speak. And for the next 12 years, the man considered one of the country's most gifted lawyers and orators battled back, drawing on the same studious determination that characterized his legal career.
"He was a remarkable person, a tortured guy in some ways, but a beautiful human being," said former Ontario premier David PETERSON.
SCOTT, 72, died at his Toronto home early yesterday. He'd battled a variety of ailments in recent weeks, but after an extended stay in hospital he returned home. True to form, SCOTT, a voracious reader his whole life, insisted during his dying days that his sister read him excerpts from a recent memoir written by Eddie Goldenberg, political adviser to former prime minister Jean Chrétien.
SCOTT considered his time as Ontario's attorney general, between 1985 and 1990, the best job he ever had. As usual, he was centre stage.
"He was a real busy bee around government," PETERSON said yesterday. "I very much valued his judgment and he was a very, very, very powerful minister."
At Queen's Park, Premier Dalton McGuinty interrupted proceedings to announce SCOTT's death. Attorney General Michael Bryant said Canada has lost a legal legend.
"Everybody was in gobsmacked awe of the man.
Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory, who worked with SCOTT as a young lawyer, paid tribute to his friend as a "wonderful, courageous, funny, smart, dedicated man."
There were high expectations riding on SCOTT when he sailed into office.
But the lustre quickly tarnished when PETERSON's Liberal government, in one of its first acts in office, announced plans to abolish the honorary designation of Queen's Counsel, long considered a form of patronage.
The initial huffing and puffing gave way to mixed reviews of SCOTT's performance. There were notable successes. He took steps to rid the judicial appointments process of patronage, setting up an independent advisory committee to screen candidates.
SCOTT introduced pay-equity legislation and waged a successful battle over full funding to separate schools.
But Ontario was rapidly acquiring a reputation for the longest trial delays on the continent. SCOTT was convinced the solution wasn't more money and judges, but a restructuring of the entire system. He locked horns with the judiciary over a move that merged three court levels into two.
"He was a reformer at heart and he wanted to make a contribution," said Toronto lawyer Chris PALIARE, one of SCOTT's former articling students and law partners. "If that meant merging the courts and offending some superior court judges, so be it."
SCOTT had a privileged Ottawa upbringing and seemed destined for a career in law. His father, Cuthbert SCOTT, was a leading intellectual-property lawyer. His great-grandfather, Sir Richard SCOTT, a member of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's cabinet, was responsible for the Scott Act, a temperance law.
The eldest of six, SCOTT displayed first-born, overachieving tendencies from the start, said his younger sister, Martha.
In high school, SCOTT joined a debating league in an effort to overcome a childhood stammer. That, in turn, revealed a natural talent for oral advocacy.
"He was the most persuasive communicator I've ever encountered," said lawyer Linda ROTHSTEIN, who worked with SCOTT as an articling student.
But he was often so nervous before a case that he had to go and have a cigarette to calm down, PALIARE said.
Measured against that backdrop, SCOTT's stroke seemed particularly cruel, said Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry, who considers SCOTT's death "the end of an era."
SCOTT recently remarked that he worked his "ass off" to regain some ability to speak, his sister said.
"In 12 years, he did make a life for himself," she said. "And he taught me that communication has nothing to do with speech, because he was able, with a raised eyebrow or a hand gesture or a single word, to be every bit as eloquent as he had been before."

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