BLAINEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-13 published
RICHARDSON, Howard William
Bill RICHARDSON died peacefully in Ottawa on July 7, 2006, his 92nd birthday, after a short illness. He was born in Montreal and grew up in Montreal West, spending summers at Lake Macdonald in the Laurentians. After graduation from Montreal West High, he joined Williams and Wilson, Ltd., a leading distributor of production machinery, where his father also worked. A keen hockey player, he played semi-pro, until sidelined by a knee injury. In 1943, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, completing officer training at King's College in Halifax. Later in the same year, he married Grace Edith (Peggy) TEES, also of Montreal. Stationed in Halifax, he served as a Sub-Lieutenant on board corvettes doing convoy duty on the North Atlantic Ocean. After demobilization, Bill re-joined Williams and Wilson and in 1951, took up residence in Hudson, Quebec. Bill and Peggy curled in the winters and with four young children, the family was active in the yacht club and the golf club, as well as horseback riding. Each fall, Bill went duck hunting with Friends and business colleagues on the lower St. Lawrence River. In 1962, he joined the fledgling Toronto industrial distributor, Wainbee Tools Ltd., as a partner. Together with Jean-Paul Trudeau, he established a successful branch in Montreal, serving Quebec and the Maritimes. In 1974, he retired and he and Peggy moved to West Hawkesbury, Ontario, where he converted a ramshackle barn on a farm property to a welcoming family home. He led a very active life at Granary Farm, growing nursery stock, flowers and vegetables and making honey. He was a partner in a near-by Christmas tree farm. He enjoyed bass fishing at the North Lake Fish and Game Club's Lac Commandant, as well as salmon fishing in Labrador. On visits from his grandchildren, he entertained them with rides in the tractor bucket, feeding the steers and many practical jokes. He knew where to find the best corn on the cob in every place he lived. Bill and Peggy wintered in Vero Beach, Florida for over 25 years, developing many close Friendships. Bill especially enjoyed fishing and was a dedicated fan of the Dodgers at their spring training camps. In 1997, he and Peggy moved to Bath, Ontario and then, in declining health, to a retirement residence in Ottawa in 2005. Bill was predeceased by his sisters, Jean Laurie and Ruth Empey. He is survived by Peggy, his wife of 63 years, his son, Blair RICHARDSON of Oakville, daughters Sheila BLAINEY of Cobourg, Diana CARR of Ottawa and Pamela RICHARDSON of Hudson, Quebec along with son-in-law Jim BLAINEY, daughter-inlaw Sharon RICHARDSON, brother-in-law Ronald LAURIE, nephew Bill EMPEY, niece Anne GILLESPIE, cousin Frances COULL, and grandchildren Evan and Tori (BLAINEY,) Matthew and Katherine (CARR) and Graham and Gillian (RICHARDSON.) Following a private funeral, he will be interred at the Saint_James Anglican Church cemetery in Hudson, Quebec. He will long be remembered for living according to a strongly-held sense of duty; to his country, his wife and family, his employees, and his Friends. He will be sadly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ducks Unlimited Canada, P.O. Box 1160, Stonewall, Manitoba R0C 2Z0 would be appreciated. A special thanks goes to the Alzheimer Society of Kingston, for their support to the family.

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BLAINEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-22 published
EVANS, Colin James "C.J."
Born August 2, 1927 in Peterborough, England. Immigrated to Canada in 1950. Colin lived most of his life in Markham, then retired to the Little Britain area and then to Lindsay where he passed away at the Ross Memorial Hospital, on Thursday, April 20, 2006. Colin, in his 79th year, was the loving husband of the late Doreen (née BLAINEY.) Much loved father of Debbie MYERS of Markham, Mark (Gerry) of Lindsay, Laura KAVANAGH (Jeff) of Markham, Barb COXWORTH (Bryan) of Midland, Bruce (Angie) of Markham, and Derek (Natalie) of Mississauga. Dear grandfather of Lindsay, Anna, Danny, Stephanie, Jill, Spencer, Jackie, Callie-Rae, Sam, Amanda, Megan, Eric, Colin, and Sean. Friends and family are invited to call at the Stoddart Funeral Home, 24 Mill Street, Lindsay (toll free 1-877-427-8434), on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Funeral and Committal Services will be held in the Chapel on Monday, April 24 at 3: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. A reception will follow at the Moose Lodge, Lindsay. In memory of Colin, donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association would be appreciated by the family.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-10 published
BLAIR, Ella Eunice (HENDERSON)
Passed away peacefully at Longworth Long Term Care, London, Ontario on Wednesday, February 8, 2006. Ella Eunice (HENDERSON) BLAIR, formerly of Strathroy, in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack BLAIR (1988.) Dear aunt of R.J. CREIGHTON (Karen) of Walkerton, Ontario, Joan McFARLAND (the late Don) of Cookstown, Ontario, John HENDERSON (Joyce) of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Rudi AKSIM (Martha) of Carp, Ontario and John ALLAN (Cherrie) of Courtice, Ontario. Fondly remembered by many great nieces and nephews. Ella was a well known teacher and she taught school in Lobo and Watford, Ontario for many years. Friends may call at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe Street West, Strathroy on Friday, February 10th from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, February 11th at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Fred LUDOLPH officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Ella.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-30 published
BLAIR, James P.M.
In loving memory of James P.M. BLAIR who passed away March 30, We are sad within our memory,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the one we loved so dearly,
Has forever been called away.
Always in our hearts and thoughts, Dad, Dez and Kieran.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-03 published
FISHER, Thomas Bennett " Ben"
Of Exeter passed away quietly at home with his family by his side on Sunday, April 2, 2006, in his 73rd year. Beloved husband for 46 years of Marie (JOHNS) FISHER. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Randy and Janice FISHER of Talbotville, Cindy (FISHER) COUSINEAU of Lucan and Jerry COUSINEAU of Lucan. Cherished grandfather of Thomas, Adam and Meredith FISHER; and Ryan, Graham, Marc and Chloe COUSINEAU. Dear brother of Belva (late Harold) ROWE and Iva (late Bob) BLAIR both of Exeter, Ferrol (late Amos) WARWICK of Port Huron, Michigan, the late Glenn (Mary FISHER of Exeter,) the late Wallace (Bud) (Marilyn DENSTEDT of London,) and the late infant brother Bob. Beloved brother-in-law of Jean (late Norman) JOHNS of Saint Marys, Gordon and Evelyn JOHNS of Woodham, Marj and Howard HODGE of Exeter, and Kay (late Ford) STARK of Saint Marys. Uncle Bennie will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Born January 16, 1934, son of the late Clark and late Ella (BAKER) FISHER. Ben was retired from the trucking industry and in his earlier career worked for the railroad. Ben was recording secretary of the Exeter Oddfellows Lodge #67, a member of Exeter United Church, and he enjoyed playing golf, watching his grand_sons play hockey, and having breakfast with the gang. Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter on Tuesday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Paul ROSS officiating. Cremation with interment at Exeter Cemetery. Donations to Exeter United Church, the Canadian Cancer Society, or Saint Elizabeth Health Care would be appreciated by the family. There will be an Oddfellows Service at the funeral home Tuesday evening at 6: 30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-26 published
WILLIAMS, John Thomas, P.Eng.
Died peacefully on Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 at age 91, having lived a good and full life. Predeceased by his soul mate and wife of 55 years, Inez, good friend Beth HASKETT, and cherished daughter, Lynn. Fondly remembered by son Eric WILLIAMS and his wife Anne; daughter Debbie BARRETT and her husband, Bill; sister-in-law Hazel WILLIAMS; son-in-law, Art ALLEN; grandchildren Denise ALLEN and Glen MARTINS, Julie and Michael BLAIR, Shayne WILLIAMS, Chad WILLIAMS and a treasured great-grandchild Leah-Lynn BLAIR. A graduate of Queen's, John volunteered and served from 1939 to 1945 in the Royal Canadian Engineers in England and France and later commanded a reserve regiment based in London. A long-time employee of Imperial Oil in Sarnia, John's special engineering achievement was the construction of Cat Crackers in Sarnia, Bombay, Buenos Aires, and Vancouver. Most importantly John loved his family, his cottage at Berford Lake, and fishing. Special thanks to the staff at Longworth who enjoyed his humour and offered kindness and respect. A memorial service will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thursday, April 27th, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation with interment of ashes in Saint_James Cemetery, Clandeboye. Donations in John's memory may be made to the Lynn Allen Memorial Fund at the University of Western Ontario.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-06 published
BANDEEN, Betty Isobelle, Honours B.A. Western Ontario, M.A., PhD. Harvard
Born March 10, 1929 in Aldborough Township, Ontario. Died June 2, 2006 in London, Ontario. Daughter of the late John Robert BANDEEN and Jessie Marie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Betty is survived by her sister Jessie Catherine BANDEEN and her partner Donna ROURKE. She was predeceased by her youngest brother John Drummond BANDEEN and his wife Virginia SHORTT. She is survived by their three children; Barbara BANDEEN and her husband Miles TOOMER and their daughter Jessica; Brad BANDEEN and his wife Sue HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON and their daughters Emily and Kimberly; and Janice BANDEEN and her husband David EALES and their children Julia and Philip. She is survived by her brother Robert Angus BANDEEN and his wife Mona BLAIR and by their four sons; Ian Blair BANDEEN and his wife Karen Elizabeth ARMITAGE and their children Ridge, Grace, Spencer and Darcy; Mark Everett BANDEEN and his children, Bradford and Blair; Robert Derek BANDEEN and his wife Bonnie MAIO and their children Kelsey, Jesse, Jeffrey and Luke; and Adam Drummond BANDEEN and his wife Elizabeth O'CONNOR and their children Kismet, Cassius and Duvessa. She is survived by her cousin Janice BROWN who spent many hours playing Scrabble with her. Betty's ancestors came to Canada in the mid 1800s from Scotland. She went to school in Duart, Rodney and Ridgetown where she excelled academically. She attended the University of Western Ontario on full scholarship from 1945-1949 and on graduating won two gold medals. She continued on to Harvard on full scholarship receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. She taught at Smith College while completing her graduate degree. She then returned to Canada and taught at Western Ontario as a professor of Old English. Betty had an insatiable love of reading. She had an extensive personal library and her greatest pleasure was spending time in the Widner Library at Harvard. She loved to cook and prepared many exotic dinners for her Friends. Betty enjoyed her nieces and nephews - never missing a birthday or Christmas with unusual gifts, often books. In later years she enjoyed traveling internationally with her niece Barbara TOOMER. Betty grew up on the farm in Southern Ontario and through her aggressive reading and pursuit of knowledge became a respected teacher. Her sister Catherine became a medical doctor (Gynecology and Obstetrics, Western Ontario), her brother John (B.Sc. and M.Sc. Guelph, Ph.D. Wisconsin) was a Professor at Guelph, and her brother Robert (Ph.d. Duke) a business man. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Thursday, June 8th, 2006 from 2-4 p.m. Thence to Duart cemetery for a graveside service at 4: 30 p.m. Rev. T. GODFREY officiating. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or Four Counties Health Service would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more" Shakespeare, Macbeth Act V Scene V

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-23 published
BECK, Velma Jeanne (formerly BLAIR, née WATSON)
Peacefully at the London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital on Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, Velma Jeanne (WATSON, BLAIR) BECK of London in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Reverend Donald Robert BECK (2005) and the late Lionel BLAIR (1967.) Dear mother of Don BLAIR (Leslee) of Strathroy and Marilyn PLOTZKE (Lutz) of Chatham. Also loved by her grandchildren Carrie CLEGHORN (Ian), Kristopher PLOTZKE (Michelle), Kyle BLAIR and Brett BLAIR. Loving sister of Reverend Norman WATSON (Yvonne.) Predeceased by her brother Reverend Arthur WATSON. Dear sister-in-law of Grant and Margaret BLAIR, Terry BLAIR, Ivy WATSON, Bill and Margaret BECK. Dear step-mother of Michael, Jeffrey (Heather,) Topher (Kim) and Susan BECK and their children. Predeceased by her step-son Brian. Loved by her nieces, nephews and many Friends. Velma was a long time servant of the United Church of Canada and a founding member of P.E.O. Chapter M. Friends will be received by the family from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Sunday, June 25th, 2006 at 3 p.m. with Reverend Doctor David McKANE officiating. Cremation with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 617 Wellington Street, London, Ontario N6A 3R6 or to the charity of choice. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-20 published
ROWE, Belva Doreen (née FISHER)
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 Belva Doreen (FISHER) ROWE of Exeter in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold ROWE (1992.) Dear mother of Bill and Audrey ROWE of Exeter, Wayne and Jo Ann ROWE of R.R.#1 Woodham, Ross and Shirley ROWE of London, Ann Marie and Howard RANNIE of Sarnia, Janet and Brian WEDLAKE of Exeter and Dennis and Sandra ROWE of R.R.#1 Woodham. Dear grandmother of Larry ROWE, Karen and Ed WILLIS; Jeff ROWE, Jayne and Chris ROWCLIFFE, Jo-Dee and Steve HERN; Laura and Bryan TUCKER; Brenda and Rick HUGHES, Todd and Barb RANNIE, Derek and Tara RANNIE, Cheri WEDLAKE and fiancé Miro BRACIC, Scott and Alison WEDLAKE Shawna and Chad DALRYMPLE and Matthew ROWE. Also survived by 16 great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ferrol WARWICK of Port Huron, Iva BLAIR, Mary FISHER and Marie FISHER all of Exeter, Marilyn DENSTEDT of London and Geneva ROWE of Exeter. Predeceased by infant daughter Mary, grand_son Chris ROWE, brothers Bobby, Glenn, Ben and Wallace (Bud) FISHER and brothers and sisters-in-law Amos WARWICK, Bob BLAIR, Elmer ROWE and Helen and Bert BROWN and her parents Clark and Ella FISHER. Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, September 22nd at 1: 30 p.m. with Bob HEYWOOD officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Exeter United Church or the Exeter Villa would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-21 published
RUSHTON, Vera May (FREDIN)
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, on Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, Mrs. Vera May (FREDIN) RUSHTON of London in her 85th year. Predeceased by her husband Harold in 1998. Loving mother of Diana and her husband Ross MAY of Lucknow and Ruby and her husband Jim WITHINGTON of Tillsonburg. Proud and caring Grandma of David GRANGER and his wife Shari of London, Pamela GRANGER of Windsor and Lisa BOULIANNE and her husband Neb of London. Great-Grandma to Richard BLAIR and Megan GRANGER. Survived by loving sisters, Wilma and Grace and brother Les. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. She will be fondly missed by many relatives and Friends. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Friday, September 22nd, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Vera are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation-Cancer Centre or the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex. Email condolences may be sent to mail@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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BLAIR o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-27 published
ROBINSON, Flora (née YACKS)
A resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Ewart "Buck" Wesley ROBINSON. Dear mother and mother-in-law of Audrey and Dan BLAIR of Wallaceburg, Pat and Fred STERLING of Oil Springs and Dan and Sheila ROBINSON of Lindsay. Loving grandmother of Kelley BLAIR, Connie BLAIR, Peter BLAIR, Dean and Jennifer STERLING, Dwight and Lisa STERLING and Robbie and Terina ROBINSON, and great-grandmother of Alexandrea, Aaron, Nick, Justin and Teiya. Kind sister of Floreda RITCHIE of Thamesville and Rita "Tine" CHALCRAFT of Miller Lake. Also survived by many nieces, nephews. Predeceased by her parents Joseph and Julia (DUBUQUE) YACKS, three sisters Marie, Freda, Lillian and three brothers Clarence, Gordon and Joseph. Visitation will be held at Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin St. Wallaceburg, on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the funeral home on Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Donations to Fairfield Park Memorial Garden or Fairfield Park Palliative Care may be left at the funeral home.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-03 published
WILLIAMSON, Alan Gerald
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Alan WILLIAMSON of Holland Landing, beloved husband of Elizabeth (née BLAIR.) Dear brother of Joan (Mrs. Frank SANDERSON) and Jane (Mrs. Don BULLOCK) and brother-in-law of Margaret (Mrs. Robbie SHAW) of Scotland. He will be lovingly remembered by his nephews Bret SANDERSON and Chris BULLOCK, niece Terri Lynn (Mrs. Tony WILSON) and other nieces and nephews in Scotland and England, great-nephew, Gage and great-nieces, Descyara, Tara and Sarah. He will also be sadly missed by Gordie, Iain and Duncan in Australia. Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S., Newmarket from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 840 Gorham Street, Newmarket on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Newmarket Cemetery.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-22 published
GUTHRIE, Donald Charles "O'Charlie"
(World War 2 Veteran)
Passed away on March 20, 2006 at Springdale Country Manor (formerly of Millbrook) at age 90. Beloved son of the late John and Olga (Sandy) GUTHRIE. Loving companion of the late Marjorie HAWKINS. Dear dad of Carol MANLEY and husband Max, George HAWKINS and wife Ethel, Mel HAWKINS and wife Barb, and the late Alice WOODWARD and husband Bill. Proud granddad of seven grandchildren. Pre-deceased by sisters Edna SLOAN, Lyn KINSMAN, Rena BLAIR and brothers Robert, Oscar and Orville GUTHRIE. Beloved brother-in-law of Edna GUTHRIE and Marion GUTHRIE. Friends and family may call at the Comstock Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough from 9: 00-9:45 a.m. on Friday, March 24th. Following the visitation, a Legion Service will be held in the chapel at 9: 45 a.m., with a funeral service taking place in the chapel at 10: 00 a.m. Interment of the urn at a later date at Gardiner's Cemetery, Millbrook. If so desired, donations in memory of Charlie may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-18 published
VIDMAR, Karl
Passed away in Toronto at Humber River Regional Hospital, on May 17, 2006. Survived by his sister Christine CURRAN, brother-in-law Lyle CURRAN, nieces Debbie CURRAN (Paul BLAIR), Hilary Curran ALLEN (Paul), Lisa Curran RAPONE (Costanzo) and Laurel MURRAY (Mark). Karl was a retired school teacher in the Toronto area. He loved life, travelled and was close to his Friends and relatives, particularly the Slovenian Community. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. (Prayers Friday). A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. from Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (739 Brown's Line). Interment Assumption Cemetery. Contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Dom Lipa would be appreciated. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-06 published
BANDEEN, Betty Isobelle, Honours B.A. Western Ontario, M.A., PhD. Harvard
Born March 10, 1929 in Aldborough Township, Ontario. Died June 2, 2006 in London, Ontario. Daughter of the late John Robert BANDEEN and Jessie Marie THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Betty is survived by her sister Jessie Catherine BANDEEN and her partner Donna ROURKE. She was predeceased by her youngest brother John Drummond BANDEEN and his wife Virginia SHORTT. She is survived by their three children; Barbara BANDEEN and her husband Miles TOOMER and their daughter Jessica; Brad BANDEEN and his wife Sue HUTCHINSON/HUTCHISON and their daughters Emily and Kimberly; and Janice BANDEEN and her husband David EALES and their children Julia and Philip. She is survived by her brother Robert Angus BANDEEN and his wife Mona BLAIR and by their four sons; Ian Blair BANDEEN and his wife Karen Elizabeth ARMITAGE and their children Ridge, Grace, Spencer and Darcy; Mark Everett BANDEEN and his children, Bradford and Blair; Robert Derek BANDEEN and his wife Bonnie MAIO and their children Kelsey, Jesse, Jeffrey and Luke; and Adam Drummond BANDEEN and his wife Elizabeth O'CONNOR and their children Kismet, Cassius and Duvessa. She is survived by her cousin Janice BROWN who spent many hours playing Scrabble with her. Betty's ancestors came to Canada in the mid 1800s from Scotland. She went to school in Duart, Rodney and Ridgetown where she excelled academically. She attended the University of Western Ontario on full scholarship from 1945-1949 and on graduating won two gold medals. She continued on to Harvard on full scholarship receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. She taught at Smith College while completing her graduate degree. She then returned to Canada and taught at Western Ontario as a professor of Old English. Betty had an insatiable love of reading. She had an extensive personal library and her greatest pleasure was spending time in the Widner Library at Harvard. She loved to cook and prepared many exotic dinners for her Friends. Betty enjoyed her nieces and nephews - never missing a birthday or Christmas with unusual gifts, often books. In later years she enjoyed traveling internationally with her niece Barbara TOOMER. Betty grew up on the farm in Southern Ontario and through her aggressive reading and pursuit of knowledge became a respected teacher. Her sister Catherine became a medical doctor (Gynecology and Obstetrics, Western Ontario), her brother John (B.Sc. and M.Sc. Guelph, Ph.D. Wisconsin) was a Professor at Guelph, and her brother Robert (Ph.d. Duke) a business man. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Thursday, June 8th, 2006 from 2-4 p.m. Thence to Duart cemetery for a graveside service at 4: 30 p.m. Rev. T. GODFREY officiating. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or Four Counties Health Service would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangementd entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more" Shakespeare, Macbeth Act V Scene V

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-17 published
BLAIR, Hon. D. Gordon, C.M., Q.C., Irish Regiment of Canada
Peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on June 14, 2006 at the age of 86 with family at his side. Beloved husband of Sarah Margaret BLAIR for 60 years this month. Dear father of David (Lisa) and Stephen (Jennifer). Cherished grandfather of Sarah (Jay), Fraser, Erin Jane, Alecsa and Lindsay, great-grandfather of Liam. Throughout his life, he was kind, humble and caring. Born in Regina, he attended the University of Saskatchewan and was gold medallist in his graduating year. He served in the Canadian Army and was severely wounded in Italy in 1943. After the war, he attended Oxford University (Exeter College) on a Rhodes Scholarship. He practised law in Saskatoon and Ottawa. He was a Member of Canada's 28th Parliament, 1968-72. He was a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario from 1976 until his retirement in 1994. He served as Grand President of the Royal Canadian Legion, 1994-99 and received the Order of Canada in 1998. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario on Monday June 19 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. with reception to follow. Private interment at the National Military Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute or Alzheimer Society or to your favorite charity would be most appreciated.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-23 published
DAWSON, Margaret Dawn (née CAUGHLAN)
(June 4, 1922-June 14, 2006)
Dawn passed way knowing that she was much loved by all her family. Predeceased by her husband Jim and sister Susanne. Dawn drew strength from her remaining sisters, Dale (Bubby) BLAIR and Carole LEWIS. She is survived by her four children, Rob DAWSON (Bonna,) Lynda ROWLAND (Scott), Karen LE NOBEL (John) and Brian DAWSON (Nellie) and twelve beloved grandchildren. Through all life's challenges Dawn remained imbued with a love of beauty, a gentleness and a strong sense of spirituality. The loss of her sight was met with grace and determination. Dawn's life will be remembered at the Keremeos Ecumenical Church, Keremeos, British Columbia on Friday June 30th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Operations Eyesight (2-252 E 1st Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7L 1B3) or www.operationeyesight.ca. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, 250 493-4112.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-20 published
VERWAY, Nicolaas Joseph Ignatius
It is with great sadness that the family of Nick Verway announce his passing on October 18, 2006. Nick passed peacefully with his family at his side. Beloved husband of the late Marry VERWAY (2006), he is survived and will be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters Henk (Marcella) VERWEY, Jos (Kate) VERWEIJ, Mieke (Steve) FLECK and Iet "Tracy" (Bill) STRONG. He will be forever loved and remembered by his children and close family; Garnet (Helene) VERHOOG, Rosemary (Jack) MESLEY, Karin (Steve) BLAIR, Jan (Sonja) VERWAY, Nick (Ellen) TAILOR/TAYLOR, Hélène (Dwayne) EDWARDS, Arthur VERWAY and his many close Friends and family members here and in Holland. He will be missed by his 10 grandchildren. The family would like to extend special thanks and gratitude to Doctor V. BAYLEY, Doctor B. KERLEY and the nursing team at the St. Catharines General Hospital, Moore 2 for their superb care and devotion to Dad's comfort. The family will receive Friends at the Hulse and English Funeral Home and Chapel, 75 Church St. St. Catharines, Ontario (905-684-6346) on Saturday, October 21 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Sunday, October 22 from 12: 30-3:30 p.m. Nick's funeral service will follow in the Chapel. Private inurnment to take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the St. Catharines General Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-20 published
WHITNEY, Eileen Mary
By Fearon BLAIR, Page A22
Veteran, war bride, seamstress, volunteer, Mom. Born November 22, 1920, in Chester, England. Died April 24 in Vernon, British Columbia, of Alzheimer's disease, aged 85.
Eileen was always up for a challenge, which is what she got when she married Canadian fighter pilot, Ross WHITNEY, and moved to Canada. The challenge was not in living with Ross, as they were soulmates, but with the huge cultural change that followed the marriage. After a middle-class upbringing in the genteel environment of Chester, marriage took her, in 1946, to Chapleau, a small town on the Canadian Pacific rail line in Northern Ontario, with harsh winters, black flies and mosquitoes. It was a rough-hewn town and hardly "genteel."
But it was an environment free of the stress of war. Eileen was a communications officer with the Royal Air Force; it had led her to Ross and some 45 years of marriage. The war left its memories, some good, some bad. The bad included the counting of the planes as they took off on the days when she knew that Ross was flying, followed by the counting as the planes returned, hoping -- and praying -- that he was among those returning.
Chapleau's welcome for Eileen and her first child, Beth, was warm, with many of the town's people, including the community's band, at the train station for her arrival. Chapleau was home for Eileen and Ross for 12 years, and the birthplace of two more of their daughters. But hope for a different career for Ross and more choices for their children saw them pack up and head west for a new start in Vernon, British Columbia, a community where two more children and a variety of pets were added to the family.
Eileen was a stay-at-home mom and grandmom, but she was not a dull woman. Her favourite fridge magnet stated "Dull women have immaculate homes." Our home was not always immaculate as she readily acknowledged, but it was a home full of creativity, warmth, love and humour. Luckily for us children, the humour part often came to the fore during our teen years when parties or other activities sometimes strained parental patience.
Mom was an accomplished, self-taught seamstress whose part-time job in a fabric store undoubtedly resulted in a negative cash flow as more fabric than money came back to the home from the store. "No" was not in her vocabulary when tempted by a particularly lovely fabric. The result was a flow of beautifully crafted clothes for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed keeping up to date with trends in home décor. Most of them worked, although she would have agreed that the purple bathroom left something to be desired.
Eileen spent hours volunteering for a wide variety of community organizations. She and Ross believed that it was important to give back to their community; they lived that belief and passed it on to their children.
After Ross died in 1989 she was lonely for him and sometimes wondered aloud why she was still here, but always perked up when reminded of her very important role as an involved and supportive grandmother to her 10 grandchildren, and often to their Friends, too. She wanted her community to include people of all ages, and welcomed young and old alike.
Eileen never knew her biological mother who died shortly after her birth, but she had a strong belief that her mother was her guardian angel, protecting and guiding her throughout her life. She and Dad had many good, happy and productive years together, so maybe that guardian angel did her job well.
To the end, Eileen was easy to get along with, and as long as she could be, was cheerful, giving, and always concerned for the welfare of others: the ultimate Mom.
FEARON is Eileen's daughter.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-11 published
SHORTISS, Thomas Kent
Passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2006, at the age of 67. Beloved son of the late Florence and Ted SHORTISS. Dear brother of Jane BLAIR (David.) Uncle to Jeanette (Lesley DURHAM,) and Graham (Emily HUNT,) and great-uncle to Simon. Tom will be fondly remembered by all of his family and Friends. A heartfelt thank you to Carefree Lodge and the Critical Care Unit at North York General Hospital for their love, support and care. Condolences www.rskane.ca

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-14 published
FITZGERALD, Janet Ewart (née GRUBBE)
After a heroic struggle with pneumonia, Janet FITZGERALD died at Scarborough Grace Hospital on February 11, 2006, age 87. Predeceased by her husband Dr. John D.L. FITZGERALD, brother David GRUBBE and sister Kay OUCHTERLONY, Janet leaves her three children, Shelagh FITZGERALD, James FITZGERALD (partner Katy PETRE) and Michael FITZGERALD. Extended family include nephew Dr. David OUCHTERLONY (Donna;) nephew Tom OUCHTERLONY (Mary;) niece Jane CRAIG (Jim;) nephew Patrick WHITLEY (Sally;) niece Anna WHITLEY (partner Fred BLAIR;) and grand-nieces and nephews Janet and Geordy OUCHTERLONY, Gordon and Cathy CRAIG, Amy and Andrew OUCHTERLONY, and Shelagh, Caitlin and Christopher WHITLEY. A special thanks to Dr. GROSSMAN and the palliative nursing staff at Scarborough Grace Hospital. A celebration of Janet's life will be held at the University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, on Tuesday, February 28 from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations in memory of Janet to the University College Alumni Office, University of Toronto, 15 King's College Circle, D-102, Toronto M5S 3H7. Donations will be folded into a newly created Janet FitzGerald Endowment Fund that will support ongoing alumni activities at University College. You may also direct donations to the charity of your choice. A separate family interment ceremony will be held in the spring in the churchyard of St. Philip's Anglican Church in Etobicoke.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-03 published
WILLIAMSON, Alan Gerald
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, on Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Alan WILLIAMSON of Holland Landing, beloved husband of Elizabeth (née BLAIR.) Dear brother of Joan (Mrs. Frank SANDERSON) and Jane (Mrs. Don BULLOCK) and brother-in-law of Margaret (Mrs. Robbie SHAW) of Scotland. He will be lovingly remembered by his nephews Bret SANDERSON and Chris BULLOCK, niece Terri Lynn (Mrs. Tony WILSON) and other nieces and nephews in Scotland and England, great-nephew Gage and great-nieces Descyara, Tara and Sarah. He will also be sadly missed by Gordie, Iain and Duncan in Australia. Friends may call at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 840 Gorham Street, Newmarket, on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Newmarket Cemetery.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-08 published
BRAIDEN, Allan
Peacefully with his family by his side at Caressant Care Nursing Home in Arthur on Monday, March 6, 2006 at the age of 71. Reunited with his late wife Jean (née BEAUMONT.) Loving father of William (Lynn,) Brenda BOUCLAIR (Henry,) Glenn, and Jacqueline BLAIR (Ian). Dear grandfather of eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Survived by his sister Urla GILES (Milton.) Allan will be lovingly remembered by his family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Thursday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 11 o'clock. Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Arthritis Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-09 published
DESROCHES, Robert Wayne
Suddenly in Toronto on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in his 57th year. Dearly loved son of Anita and the late John ACORN of Newmarket. Father of Alan, Josh, Jody and Jamie. Loving brother and brother-in-law of Debbie and Bill LANG, Holly and Lou STRONGE, Ken ACORN, Julie CHAMBERS, Donna ROSS, Maxine COLLINS, Perry ACORN, Leona and Derek THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, and Terena BOND. Special nephew of Norma BLAIR. Bob will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and Friends. Visitation from the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway S., Keswick, 1-888-884-4486 on Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service from the chapel on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Queensville Cemetery. If desired, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
BLAIR, Jean (née HOWARD)
R.C.A.F. Veteran of World War 2; former resident of Wilmot Creek and the Carriage House in Oshawa
At Lakeridge Health Bowmanville on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in her 82nd year. Loving wife of the late John M. BLAIR. Dear mother of Ann-Marie and her husband Joseph SCHNURR of Toronto, and Lochlin John BLAIR and his wife Melissa SMITH of Stouffville. Devoted grandmother of Julia SCHNURR, and Nathan JAMES and Jessie Ann BLAIR- SMITH. Daughter of the late Jack and Elizabeth HOWARD. Sister of Pat MILLER (the late Ken,) Jack HOWARD, and the late Bud HOWARD (the late Mary.) Sister-in-law of Audrey PASK and husband Don. Sadly missed by special Friends Jocelyn and Carl STEVENS, who are family. Friends may call at the Newcastle Funeral Home, 386 Mill St. S. (exit 440, just north of 401, at the lights, 1-877-987-3964) on Tuesday, March 21, from 6: 00-8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 22, from 12 noon until 2: 00 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday at 2: 00 p.m., followed by a reception in the funeral home lounge. Donations in Jean's memory to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by her family. (Expressions of sympathy may be made on-line at www.newcastlefuneralhome.com)

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-27 published
BLAIR, William " Bill" (February 15, 1928-March 25, 2006)
Peacefully passed away at the Peel Memorial Hospital on March 25, 2006 with his family at his side. Loving husband of Tillie. Loving father of Colin and grandfather of Megan and Jake. Will be sadly missed by his family in Northern Ireland. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation would be appreciated.

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BLAIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-19 published
ANDERSON, Katherine Blair
(Member of Orillia Presbyterian Church St. Andrew's for more than 90 years) Peacefully, surrounded with love, a courageous and independent lady left her cherished home and family on Monday, April 17, 2006. We are saddened by our loss but very grateful that she embraced life to its fullest for so long. Beloved wife of the late George Alick, dearly loved mother of Kay-Anne BROGER of Orillia, Elizabeth GLYNN of Thornhill and Janet SCULLY of Bobcaygeon. Sadly missed by her sister Lillian CURRIE, her sons-in-law Eric BROGER and Barry SCULLY and her brother-in-law Frank KING. The best Grandma in the world to Kevin, Andrea and Elizabeth BROGER, Simon, Bronwen and Rebecca GLYNN, Tracey and Allison SCULLY. Loving and proud "G.G." to Alexandra, Logan, Darby and Aidan BROGER, Olivia GLYNN and Tyler FRICKER (Scully). Predeceased by her sister Jean Blair KING, her brothers Hugh and Robert BLAIR and her son-in-law Michael GLYNN. We will cherish forever our memories of Mom's gentle soul, her positive attitude and her appreciation of all that is beautiful in our world, from the sparkle of the snow to touching passages of poetry. Hers was a life well-lived, an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. The family will receive Friends at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia from 7-9 p.m. Thursday then from 12 noon Friday, April 21, 2006 until time of service at 1: 30 p.m. Interment St. Andrew's Saint_James Cemetery, Orillia. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Orillia Presbyterian Church (St. Andrew's), the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice in Mom's memory. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com

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BLAIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-07 published
600 mourn Woodbridge couple
Four employees of resort are now considered suspects
By Linda DIEBEL in Toronto with files from Gail SWAINSON and Jim WILKES
The victims can't speak for themselves and so, yesterday, the most poignant moment at the funeral of Dominic and Nancy IANIERO came when their niece spoke for them.
"At this time, you should not have to defend your name because you can rest proud behind (the name of) IANIERO," said Rosana IANIERO, standing before their coffins and struggling to hold back tears.
Her meaning was clear. There was an audible sigh among more than 600 mourners, packed into St. Clare of Assisi Catholic church in Woodbridge and spilling over from pews to standing room only.
Since the couple was murdered at a deluxe resort on the Mayan Riviera two weeks ago, the case has been mired in speculation in Mexico about ties to organized crime. The top prosecutor in the state of Quintana Roo leapt to the early conclusion that the double murder was a "professional hit" by Canadian women, his investigation has seemed disorganized and leaks have flowed almost daily from his office.
But maybe Bello Melchor Rodriguez, attorney-general of Quintana Roo, has changed his mind. Although he told a state legislative committee Friday that two Thunder Bay women remain his prime suspects, other leads appear to be surfacing.
Yesterday, a Quintana Roo newspaper reported that police now consider four hotel employees as suspects because they haven't shown up for work at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort since February 20, the day the IANIEROs were found in their room, their throats slashed.
Rodriguez had quickly ruled out robbery as a motive, saying their room was in disarray but nothing was stolen. Over the past week, however, several tourists and a travel agent have contacted the Toronto Star to cite problems with security at the Barcelo Maya and to ask why Rodriguez was so sure that Mexicans, including hotel employees, were not involved.
Reports posted on a travellers' website described a broken lock on terrace doors at the hotel, problems with safes and one room key that turned out to be a master key for the entire resort. Wrote one reader: "Has it occurred to anybody that this was a robbery gone wrong?"
Whatever the outcome of the shifting police investigation, the damage has been done to the grieving family and its name.
And there is more stress to come.
The IANIEROs had travelled to Mexico, along with 16 family members and Friends, for the planned beachside nuptials of their daughter, Lily. While York Region police officers allowed breathing space for the funeral, Insp. Les YOUNG said police will begin today to talk with members of the wedding party who, by all accounts, were not questioned before leaving Mexico by Quintana Roo state police.
YOUNG declined to say what police are looking for in wedding party interviews, saying "it's a little soon for that. But we will deal with the facts and reality, not rumours and speculation, as we do in any investigation."
He attended the funeral, while 12 York police officers made up a security detail and honour guard. He added that the family has information it wants to share with Canadian police but he didn't elaborate.
York police had been asked to join the investigation by Interpol, acting at the request of Mexican authorities. York Police Chief Armand LA BARGE said two detectives were in Ottawa yesterday, gathering information to help focus their probe.
But yesterday at St. Clare's church, it was a time to remember Nancy, 55, and her husband, Dominic, 59. Born in Italy, they met and courted in Canada and would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on July 13 with their four adult children Rosina, Anthony and twins Lily and Nancy -- and their grandchildren.
At the funeral, with the couple lying in dark and gleaming caskets, Rosana IANIERO talked about "how special they were, how very loved by so many." She added that "we can all cherish the way Dominic and Nancy touched our lives."
She described her aunt and uncle as a "wonderful, kind couple" who "dedicated their lives" to their children.
The four IANIERO children sat with heads bowed. Before the service, they had followed the long, slow wheeling of the caskets down an aisle, Anthony carrying a single photograph. One friend described him as "completely destroyed" by his parents' murder.
"Everybody says we lost an angel," said Rosana about her aunt. She said of her uncle: "I will never forget how you loved us all."
In his sermon, Father John BOREAN sought to offer peace. Death always brings sorrow, he said, and then referring to the couple by their Italian names, he added, "and especially death as tragic as this one for Dominico and Annunziata."
However, he stressed that they had been baptized in their faith and would, on the Day of Resurrection, be restored to eternal life. He urged the family not to think that God had forsaken them. "Over and over again, God has told us, 'You are my creation. You are special.'"
Although "we are all crying," he urged people to "have forgiveness for the people who have committed such a crime." And he told the IANIERO family to "take care of each other and love each other."
As the funeral procession made its way to the cemetery, politicians in Vaughan (which includes Woodbridge) passed a motion yesterday, calling on Ottawa and Queen's Park to "play an active role" in the investigation in Mexico.
Quintana Roo authorities passed on a request for assistance in the investigation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police last week, through Interpol. However, it's still unclear how involved Canadian police officers will be on the ground.
LA BARGE said it hasn't been decided if any of his detectives will go to Mexico. And the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hasn't determined whether more Mounties will be dispatched to help the single liaison officer already in Mexico.
"It's an active investigation in Canada right now but I can't say more than that," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Martin BLAIS.
In Quintana Roo, Gov. Felex Gonzalez Canto told reporters the case must be resolved "quickly, efficiently and with transparency." Denying there has been a cover-up to protect tourism, he added: "Our tourist image is important but, above all, we have to signal to the world that, in Quintana Roo, no crime against tourists will go unpunished."
That's the hope of Vaughan Region Councillor Joyce FRUSTAGLIO, who sees it as a "moral obligation" to push the federal and provincial governments to get involved. "We need to let the IANIERO family know we are here to support them."

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BLAIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-26 published
BOURGET, Ghislaine
At the Toronto Grace Hospital on Friday, March 24, 2006 in her 63rd year. Lovingly remembered by her sister Paulette BOURGET and her nieces Roxanne DUPONT and her husband Yordan and their children Shanice, Chantal and Yelena; Sylvie BLAIS and her daughters Lan-Emmanuelle and Danielle BLAIS. Cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.hoglefuneralhome.com

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