CHENG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-15 published
HYDE, Margaret E. " Peggy" (McLEAN)
At her residence on Friday, July 14, 2006, Margaret E. "Peggy" (McLEAN) HYDE of London in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Gerald B. HYDE. Dear mother of Gerald B. (Jerry) HYDE Jr. and his wife Sandra of Summerside, Prince Edward Island; J. Gordon HYDE and his wife Michelle and Joan HYDE and her husband Ian CHENG of London. Also loved by her 4 grandchildren Jennifer and Andrew HYDE and Kristen and Tyler CHENG. Predeceased by her 2 sisters Mrs. Marjorie EDWARDS and Mrs. Dorothy WARD. The family will receive Friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Monday, July 17th at 10: 30 a.m. Interment in Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Ontario on Tuesday, July 18th at 10: 30 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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CHENG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-31 published
McCORMICK, Marguerite " Rita"
The family of the late Marguerite "Rita" McCORMICK would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to Father Ernest DESLIPPE for his kindly prayers and ministrations, the Resurrection choir, altar servers and the Catholic Women's League for acting as Honour Guard. Thanks to those who gave tokens of remembrance or sent flowers, to those who called at the funeral home to extend their sympathy and to her many Friends and neighbours for the many acts of kindness. Special thanks to Doctor John HOFHUIS, Dr. Michael CHENG, the Victorian Order of Nurses nurses, Red Cross Home Care Workers, fourth floor staff and the Palliative Care Staff at the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital for their care and compassion for Mom. Thank you to the Catholic Women's League of Saint Anne's Parish for the beautiful luncheon and to Saint Anne's Centre for the use of the hall for the reception.

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CHENG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-04 published
CHENG, Mary
By Winfred JHU, Page A20
Family woman, career woman. Born July 14, 1926, in Shanghai. Died October 6, 2005, in Toronto, of respiratory failure, aged Within the extended family, Mary was known as "Maha." We teasingly named her after a character from the Three Stooges films; it stuck for 40 years. To make up a set, her husband became "Baha."
Maha was sixth of seven children of Z.T. and Lily TAO. Growing up between successful older siblings and a pampered baby brother gave her an understandable, if somewhat exaggerated, sense of being overlooked; it made her an enduring supporter of the underdog. Her childhood world was first the colourful heyday of Shanghai, then later the cruel period of Japanese occupation. Through those times, the family lived in a state of "genteel non-affluence." Maha attended a prestigious girls' school, then she went to university to study pharmacy, unusual for a woman in China in those days.
The Chinese civil war interrupted her plans. The family moved to Hong Kong, where she joined a small investment brokerage firm as Girl Friday. Working in a windowless office with her cigar-chomping English boss, her go-go attitude and razor-sharp mind quickly made her a recognized star. Clients, from corporate executives to "barefoot millionaires" implicitly trusted her skills and integrity. One old-school gentleman would bring her quantities of cash for his account, rolled inside a newspaper. As the company grew, she managed its day-to-day operations.
In 1955, she married K.D. CHENG, from an acquainted family. It was a perfect match: while he was reserved and frustratingly stoic, she was lively, bossy and could sometimes be a pest. They had three children in quick succession. The nephews and nieces who grew up around them were very much their children, too. While still courting, they caused great amusement at his club's Christmas party by bringing five kids. With the next generation, they would have a similarly expanded group of grandchildren.
But the hectic, high-pressure lifestyle began to take its toll on Maha's heart, already damaged by childhood scarlet fever. She made changes, including becoming a vegetarian and teetotaller. And she began to devote serious attention to Buddhism.
This phase of Maha's story ended in the late 1960s when political unrest hit Hong Kong. At the prime of their careers, she and Baha gave it all up and came to Canada, to give a secure and healthy future to their children. In Toronto, her previous achievements counted for little. Although she quickly passed her professional exams, she once again became a clerk in an investment firm. With neither the opportunity nor any real desire for advancement, she worked enthusiastically at her job and was a popular and highly valued employee. Her family thrived and became thoroughly Canadianized. In the 1980s, she postponed retirement to support two nephews through university.
In 1993, Maha underwent a heart-valve replacement. The life-saving operation gave her 12 more years of zestful living. There were frequent jolly gatherings at her house, where Baha indulged his hobby of cooking and baking, while she merrily "yakked." In early 2005, they reached 50 years of marriage; we gave them a banquet with some 75 relatives from around the world as guests. She was ecstatic.
Maha was a person of great generosity and loyalty. However, she could be contemptuous of those who fell too far short of her values. Through her life, she helped numerous people with quiet acts of kindness and material support. She made Friends easily, but her closest relationships were reserved for her family in which she was always a favourite central character. She loved her family, she loved her work, and she loved life.
Winfred JHU is Mary CHENG's nephew.

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CHENG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-21 published
CHENG, Patrick
Suddenly on Monday, June 19, 2006, at Scarborough General Hospital, in his 70th year. Beloved husband for over 40 years to Nelida. Loving father of Gus (Yasmin), Ben (Bonny) and Ephrem. Dear Yeh-yeh to Jenna, Kiara, Julia and Elissa. Youngest brother to Nai Kin LEUNG and Nina POOLSAWAT. Step-son to Cecilia CHENG. Patrick was retired from Ontario Hydro, after 25 years of service. Friends will be received by the family at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, (east of Kennedy Rd.), Agincourt, on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 2234 Ellesmere Road, (east of Markham Rd.) on Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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CHENG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-15 published
CHENG, Yan Wai Tony
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Tony on Friday, February 10, 2006 at York Central Hospital. He left us peacefully at the age of 60 with his family and Friends by his side, never losing hope. Tony was the beloved husband of Rita for 24 years. He was undeniably the most devoted, understanding and tenderhearted father to Karmen. He was the adored grandfather to Alexis "Deebus", who misses her gung gung dearly. Tony will be truly missed by all of his family, Friends and acquaintances. Friends may call Friday, February 17, 2006 from 6-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2006. Condolences - www.rskane.ca May your soul rest in peace forever.

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CHENG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-18 published
Landlord found dead in his building
Gave homes to shelter residents
Body discovered in boiler room
By Betsy POWELL, Crime Reporter
Tenants in a low-rise east-end apartment building say the city's latest homicide victim, whose body was discovered yesterday morning in the basement boiler room, was the building's owner.
Homicide Det. Wayne FOWLER would only confirm the deceased was a man who had suffered trauma to his body.
But residents of 40 Craigton Dr., near Eglinton and Pharmacy Aves., identified the victim as Albert WING. Property documents list Albert Yee Kwan CHENG, among others, as one of the directors of Wing Shing Co. Ltd., the company that owned the property. They are believed to be the same man.
Some of the building's residents -- several of whom came from shelters -- painted a conflicting image of a man who offered them a place to live but who could also be cantankerous and rude. Several said the building had maintenance problems.
Marion BRILLIANT said when she was looking for an apartment for herself and children, a housing worker at the women's shelter where she was staying "called Albert."
BRILLIANT said he was good to her, but she recalled that he was "rude" to others. "He pissed off enough people in the building, but he's good to all the single moms.
"The building had to be run the way he liked it." But BRILLIANT said that didn't mean things were up to snuff.
She gave a mini-tour of her second-floor apartment, pointing to floors that weren't sanded, doors loose on their hinges and a bathroom with plaster peeling from the ceiling. She pointed to the windows, which lack the screens that are needed for her grandchildren to visit.
Still, BRILLIANT said, "If I called Albert myself, he came."
In an apartment below, Chris WYATT described the owner in a similar fashion -- as someone with good and bad qualities. He could sometimes be "ignorant," accusing tenants of things others had done, WYATT said.
He was someone who "didn't know how to talk to people," and WYATT said he didn't appreciate that his dog was blamed for urinating when it turned out to be teens who were evicted.
WYATT said before the owner "gave me a place to live" six months ago, he was living in a shelter with his two daughters.
"Don't get me wrong. I feel bad for Albert. There's no excuse for somebody to do that to somebody for whatever reason."
Det. FOWLER said police were appealing for any witnesses: who may have seen a man entering the boiler room either Monday night or yesterday morning.
WYATT said a window in the laundry room has been broken for some time, allowing easy entry from the outside.

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CHENIER/CHENÉ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-30 published
PAUL, E. Malcolm " MAC" (August 5, 1919-December 26, 2006)
Mac, beloved husband of the late Thelma (BATTYE,) passed away peacefully at Sunset Manor in Collingwood. He will be sadly missed by his sister Marg ATTRIDGE of Calgary, daughters Sharie (Duncan) HAWKINS of Collingwood and Laurie (Stephen) FISHLEIGH of Calgary and son-in-law Peter LEGGETT of Mt. Tremblant. Mac was predeceased by daughter Wendy. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Jodi (Dave) GRANT, Mary-Lynn LEGGETT (Bert CHARTRAND,) Robin LEGGETT (Dani CHENIER/CHENÉ), Lesley HAWKINS (John TRAFANANKO), and Adam FISHLEIGH. MAC was blessed with six great-grandchildren Jake and Sam CHARTRAND, Lia and Georgia LEGGETT, and Nicole and Alison GRANT. MAC will be sadly missed by special friend Hazel Currie of Namur. Mac had a successful career at Leach Textiles in Montreal. He was an avid curler at Lachine Curling Club, an avid golfer at Summerlea G. and C.C. and he loved to fish. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd at 11: 00 a.m. at Lakeshore Cardinal Funeral Home, 560 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval Québec. 514-631-1511. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated. Friends may leave on-line condolences for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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CHEONG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-14 published
POLLOCK, Keith
Surrounded by love of family on November 12th, 2006 at the age of 63, Keith ended his courageous battle with leukemia. Beloved husband and soul mate of 42 years to Lynda. Loving father of Kelly (Susie) of Brampton, Karrie SCHERBA (Mark) of Strathroy, Kathleen of Sarnia, Ken (Krista) of Sarnia. Adoring grandfather of Stacy, Sascha, Aaran, Laura, Ava, and James-Keith. Predeceased by his mother Marion and sister Betty. Survived by sisters Barbara (Walter) MEADOWS and Beverly (Barry) ARMSTRONG both of Woodstock, and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Keith was an employee of Sears (furniture department) for more than 20 years. Longtime member of the Sarnia Elks Lodge, and an avid golfer. Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Wednesday, November 15th afternoon from 2 to 4 and evening from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 16th at 11: 00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. Memorial donations may be made to Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile, or the Canadian Blood Services. Those who wish to make a donation of blood or Platelets in Keith's memory are invited to do so. Special thanks to Doctor Richard CHEONG, Doctor Kenneth YOSHIDA and all the nurses of the Palliative Care Unit as well as the Chemotherapy Unit for their compassion and loving care. He's now golfing with Friends where the sun's always shining and the birdies are gimmees. Memories and condolences may be sent online to www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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CHEOROS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-03 published
CHEOROS, Robert John " Bob"
65, of Mitchell passed away at Stratford General Hospital on Saturday, July 1, 2006. Beloved husband of Sharron (McGILLIVRAY) CHEOROS. Dear father of Jody RUTLEDGE and husband Marv of Kilworth loving grandfather of Curtis and Matthew RUTLEDGE; dear brother of Marjorie IRVING and husband Edgar of Burlington; dear brother-in-law of Marlene and Roger PAULI of Mitchell. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents John and Norma (STONEMAN) CHEOROS and sister Barbara Ann Bailey. Bob was a member or the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 128, Mitchell and the Mitchell Golf and Country Club. Friends will be received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, 109 Montreal Street, Mitchell on Monday 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 2: 00 p.m. with Rev. Camillia LAROUCHE officiating. Interment in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Mitchell. Memorial donations to the Mitchell Legion Building Fund, Mitchell and District Arena Building Fund, Ritz Villa Missing Link or charity of one's choice would be appreciated. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 128, Mitchell will hold a service at the funeral home Monday evening at 9: 15 p.m. Online condolences at www.lockhartfuneralhome.com.

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CHEPEKA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-30 published
SUITOR, Lulu (née HAMILTON)
At the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday, May 28th, 2006, Mrs. Lulu SUITOR of Chatham in her 84th year. Loving daughter of the late Spencer and Edna HAMILTON. Loving companion of Vincent MARCHAND. Loving mother of Joanne NEVIN of Blenheim, Linda STREET, Sandra ROOKE and her husband Brian, Brenda SAINT_JOHN and John BARYLEWICZ, and Greg SAINT_JOHN, all of Chatham. Loving step-mother of Ken and Lana HINDLEY of Union, Lynda SUITOR of Saint Thomas, Paul and Jeannie SUITOR of Grand Bend, and Angie and Raymond BILLARD of Chatham. Survived by her dear sisters Hazel GLENDENNING of Blenheim, Dorothy CHEPEKA of Chatham, Barbara PAVELSON of Alberta, and Doris LEESK of Texas, and brothers Pat HAMILTON of Thunder Bay, Tom HAMILTON and his wife Donna of St. Lukes Bay, John HAMILTON and his wife Sharron of Chatham, Beverly HAMILTON and his wife Kelly of Wallaceburg. Also survived by her sister-in-law Anne HAMILTON of Nova Scotia. She will be fondly remembered by her seventeen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Mrs. SUITOR is predeceased by her late husband Percy SUITOR (1990,) her sister Mary McAULEY, and brothers Richard and James HAMILTON. Lulu was a bridal consultant at Artistic Ladies Wear, a member of the Women of the Moose, and an Avon representative for over 40 years -- Presidents Club. Family and Friends are invited to the Alexander Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham (519) 352-2710 on Wednesday, May 31st from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral for Mrs. SUITOR will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Thursday, June 1st, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Michael BROOKS of St. Andrew's United Church officiating. Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer Society. Family and Friends may send on-line condolences at www.alexanderfuneralhome.ca

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CHEPEKA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-26 published
O'MEARA, Gail Noreen
At Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham-Kent, on Saturday December 23, 2006, Gail Noreen O'MEARA, age 65, of Chatham, beloved wife of the late Victor CHEPEKA (1981.) Born in Chatham in 1941, daughter of the late Ann EVOY and Michael O'MEARA, Gail worked for Para-Med and was a member of St. Agnes Church. Loving mother of Ann MURRAY of London, Shannon GRIFFITH of Stratford, Carrie DIBBLEY and husband Joe of Cambridge, Mark SKINNER and wife Paula of Chatham, Brian SKINNER and wife Tina of London and by 2 step-sons; Victor CHEPEKA of Amherstburg and Dana CHEPEKA of Peterborough. Sadly missed by 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Carol O'MEARA of Mississauga, Brian O'MEARA of Nova Scotia and Patrick O'MEARA of Chatham. She is predeceased by a brother Michael O'MEARA. Friends and relatives may call at the Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday December 26, 2006. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday December 27, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. in St. Agnes' Church. Cremation will follow. Donations to the Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.peseski.com

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CHERCOVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-11 published
Ray ARSENAULT: Producer And Director (1929-2006)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television pioneer who shaped Hockey Night in Canada into what it is today tackled anything. 'You name it, he did it'
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
Toronto -- There wasn't much that Ray ARSENAULT didn't do in the early years of television in Canada. The first few years of his career ranged from working at one of the first private television stations in Canada to figuring out how to run ads on the early Hockey Night in Canada. He worked for every network in the country as well as for many independent companies.
"He always believed good television had nothing to do with technological advances and all you ever needed and still do is teamwork, timing and a good yarn. He was a great storyteller and a playful soul," said his daughter Adrienne ARSENAULT, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News foreign correspondent.
Ray ARSENAULT produced one of the first live television events in Canada in September of 1954 after the 16-year-old swimmer Marilyn BELL was feted at city hall in Hamilton. The television station was CHCH and it had only started broadcasting in June of that year, less than two years after Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-television had gone on the air.
Mr. ARSENAULT was in charge of working out how to do something that would have been easy in radio but was so far untried in television. City hall was too far from the station to run a cable so they used a microwave dish. "I remember setting up the microwave dish in the clock tower and pointing it back at the station," said Bill LAWRENCE, then a technician at CHCH who went on to become a well-known weatherman. "Ray was the one who directed the entire thing."
Mr. ARSENAULT had been one of three men with American experience hired to produce the first programs at CHCH. He had arrived from Detroit to find a primitive operation with two cameras.
"Someone would say we want to do this, or cover that, and Ray would be the one to figure out how to do it," Mr. LAWRENCE said. "We were all pupils of his and he was an educator in the early days of television in Canada."
A month after the Marilyn BELL program, Mr. ARSENAULT had to work out the logistics of a special broadcast on hurricane Hazel.
Later, at Hockey Night in Canada, he worked for MacLaren Advertising, which owned the rights to the series. One of his colleagues recalled how they came up with a see-through logo for advertisers that could be superimposed over the picture. They would place it in front of the camera lens, then switch to it for a shot of the beer company or service station.
The hockey games were live but so, too, were the commercials. Holed up in a small studio in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, Mr. ARSENAULT would direct Murray WESTGATE, who played the friendly Esso gas station owner, to give his trademark salute, "Happy Motoring." When a break in the play occurred, they would cut away to an ad. It had to be perfect, since it was live.
Perhaps one of Mr. ARSENAULT's toughest jobs was producing a daily situation comedy for CTV. It was called The Trouble with Tracy and could be best described as a kind of I Love Lucy knock-off. It was a co-production of CTV and an American studio to see whether it was possible to produce a daily sitcom.
"It was the first Canadian-produced sitcom, and I played the ditsy blonde," said Diane Nyland PROCTOR. "He was really good with actors, in spite of all the pressure. There was never an angry word between cast, directors and crew."
In spite of the Quebec name, Ray ARSENAULT was from Detroit. His father was part of a generation of Quebeckers who found work in the auto plants of Detroit. Ray went to local schools and learned television at Wayne State University. He joined the U.S. Marines in the late 1940s and remained until just before the start of the Korean War.
After returning home, he started working at WWJ, a television station in Detroit. It was an era in television when everyone who worked in it seemed to do everything. Mr. ARSENAULT learned a lot in a hurry. He quickly became a studio director, a job that demands the ability to run several things at once and yet remain calm. If a director is nervous, it soon shows in the face of the actor or television announcer.
For all that, one of the biggest things to happen to him at CHCH was to meet a young woman named Bette, who worked on the technical side of things. They married about two years later. He soon took his directing skills to MacLaren Advertising where he worked on Hockey Night in Canada but it wasn't long before he moved back to television.
In 1961, Mr. ARSENAULT was hired as executive producer at CFTO, Toronto's first private television station. He was in charge of ensuring things got on the air, trained new studio workers and produced daily programs.
"He was very skilled with live television in the days before we could edit videotape," said Murray CHERCOVER, who was Mr. ARSENAULT's boss at CFTO and then hired him for many projects when he was head of the CTV network. "Ray could go into a studio or live event with five or six cameras and edit by cutting and dissolving from camera to camera as he went along, and keeping to time.
"He did everything in television from documentaries to situation comedy. You name it, he did it"
As an independent producer and director, he also worked on the popular King of Kensington series. He was a founding member of the Director's Guild of Canada.
Raymond ARSENAULT was born in Detroit on December 28, 1929. He died of a pulmonary embolism in Toronto on August 27, 2006. He leaves his wife, Bette, and daughter, Adrienne, and sister, Mary.

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CHERITON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-02 published
Paul MAYER, Soldier And Civil Servant (1916-2006)
He survived the Second World War and the wrath of King George to almost lose his life to a Congolese rebel
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Page S9
Ottawa -- On January 27, 1964, Paul MAYER thought he was a dead man. Surrounded by Congolese rebels intent on slaughtering as many whites as possible in Kwilu Province, he was clubbed unconscious for trying to arrange the release of eight missionary nuns and a priest. As a lieutenant-colonel in the Regiment of Canadian Guards serving with the United Nations, he had already rescued two nuns and three priests.
When he regained consciousness, Mr. MAYER found a native council arguing the case for killing him on the spot. A member of the Jeunesse, a fanatical rebel army, stuck a pistol in his stomach and pulled the trigger. Click. There was no round in the chamber. Enraged, the fanatic pulled the trigger again. Another click. "He looked at the pistol, spat on it then slammed it against the side of my head. My ears rang like cathedral bells. Finally, he threw it on the ground. I could not believe my luck; there were another nine rounds in the magazine of the pistol, but he did not know how to work the slide," Mr. MAYER wrote in his 2006 autobiography I've Had a Good Innings.
But his ordeal wasn't over yet. Walking toward his helicopter, Mr. MAYER was struck from behind and knocked to the ground. A religious man, he called to God for help. "I had no one else to turn to. I said as loud as I could, 'Dear Lord, please help me,' and oh boy, did I ever mean it. I will swear to my dying day that I felt a friendly hand touch my shoulder and grip it as if to say, 'Go on, get up, it's going to be all right.' "
Mr. MAYER climbed into his helicopter and took off. He was safe and so were the missionaries. He was just doing his job. Sent to Congo in 1963 after rebellion broke out, he commanded the United Nations Airborne Rescue Force of 900 men. For saving more than 100 teachers and missionaries, plus almost 500 children, he was later decorated with the George Medal.
Paul MAYER, a scion of a family that first served the Crown in 1689, grew up a privileged member of the English upper-middle classes. His father was a colonel in the Royal Field Artillery and his mother was a French countess and "tempestuous diva" who could sing 32 operas in five languages. Destined for the British army, Mr. MAYER was forced to change his plans when at 17 he fell seriously ill. Advised to seek a better climate, he moved to Ontario and worked on a dairy farm, soon regaining his health.
In 1938, sensing that war with Germany was certain, Mr. MAYER joined the Algonquin Regiment. Seven days after Canada declared war on Germany on September 10, 1939, he was commissioned as an officer. He was later sent to England.
Training for war was serious, but there were a few light moments. On September 9, 1943, Mr. MAYER wrote, he drove his jeep onto a beautifully manicured lawn, where it got stuck. A group of men standing nearby shook their heads sadly. One of them was King George VI. Mr. MAYER had driven his jeep onto the King's croquet lawn at Sandringham. "Well, yyyoung man, you've bbbuggered up my croquet lawn," said the King in his well-known stutter.
After the Allies invaded Europe on June 6, 1944, Mr. MAYER commanded a company of the Algonquin Regiment in action in France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany.
Mr. MAYER remained in the army after the war, serving in Korea with the 1st Commonwealth Division and the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade. He was made a member of the Order of the British Empire for his work in intelligence, one of 17 decorations and medals he received from Canada, Britain, France and Belgium.
Mr. MAYER transferred to the Canadian Guards when that short-lived regiment was founded on October 16, 1953. One of his fellow officers, retired major-general G.R. CHERITON of Ottawa, remembers him well. "He was an unusual man, something of a lone wolf. He gave a lot of attention to protocol; always understood the proper thing to do. He was always impeccably dressed."
In 1959, Mr. MAYER was sent to Indochina as a military adviser with the International Truce Commission, and once thwarted North Vietnamese soldiers who tried to confiscate a Canadian diplomatic bag. President Ho Chi Minh was sympathetic, but advised him to leave the country. As a parting gift, the president, who confided "I am only 15 per cent Communist," gave Mr. MAYER a bronze statue that had been in his family for 150 years.
By 1965, Mr. MAYER was a military adviser to the United Nations Secretary General. He was sent to the Dominican Republic as an observer. During a golf game, he recalled in his memoir, he was tipped off that an assassin was waiting for him on the second green. After a 36-minute trial held that afternoon, Mr. MAYER was invited to the luckless assassin's execution an hour later. He declined the opportunity to deliver the traditional coup-de-grace to the head.
A few months later, Mr. MAYER was shot at, at point-blank range, only to have his cap badge deflect the round. "It took a piece of my forehead with it and left a dent in my head above my right eye." In April, 1966, he and his second wife, Ruth, survived another assassination attempt.
After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 1968, he spent 10 years with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. In 1987, he married Pamela McDOUGALL, Canada's ambassador to Poland from 1968 to 1971.
Paul Augustus MAYER was born on December 17, 1916, in Santiago, Chile. He died of natural causes on July 5 in Ottawa. He was 89. He leaves his wife, Pamela, his sister Laura, his granddaughter Crystal and his grand_son David. His son Owen predeceased him.

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CHERKAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-01 published
MOWCHKO, Eva
Peacefully at Ivan Franko Home on Thursday, March 30, 2006. Eva MOWCHKO, dearly beloved wife of the late Peter MOWCHKO. Dear aunt of the late Anne and her husband Walter PRYCHITKO and cousin of Ostap and his wife Stephanie CHERKAS. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) on Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Panakyhda Sunday 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Monday, leaving the funeral home 9: 30 a.m. to St. Demetrius Church, 135 La Rose Ave. for Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Interment Prospect Cemetery.

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CHERNETS o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-03-18 published
DICKEY, Lorne, B.Sc.
At his residence on Friday, March 10, 2006 in his 53rd year. Loving father of Jennifer DICKEY and step father of Michael CHERNETS, both of Ottawa. Loving son of Robert and the late Anne. Brother of Joanne CROSSMAN of Hamilton. Dear friend of Maggie HOLTON. Will be sadly missed by his uncle and aunt, Ralph and Mary LLOYD and his other aunts, uncles, his nephew and cousins. Friends will be received at the Nisbett Funeral Home and Chapel, 600 Monaghan Rd S., Peterborough on Thursday, March 23, 2006 from 11-12 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow in the Nisbett Chapel at 12 p.m. Reverend Doctor Robert J. ROOT officiating. Reception to follow in the Nisbett Reception Centre. In memory of Lorne donations may be made to the Peterborough Humane Society or the Rotary Greenway Trail. Lord in your mercy, grant Lorne your peace.

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CHERNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-08 published
GOLDFARB, Julia
It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Julia GOLDFARB, devoted wife of the late Leo GOLDFARB. Cherished mother and mother-in-law to Hyla, and the late Aaron GOLDFARB, Howard and Marlene, and Ellen and Mel LITTLE. Adoring bubbie to Lori and Jordan, Janna, Adam and Rena, Lorne, Gillian and Onofrio, Josh, and Michael. Great bubbie to Rachel. Dear sister of the late Murray NESKEL, Jack NESKEL, Goldie NESKEL, Dolly SILVERSTEIN, Mary CHERNEY, and Sylvia KIRSH. A special thank-you to Jackie LORRAINE, who was Julia's loving companion, caregiver and special friend. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, April 9th at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Stashover Young Mens Section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva 78 Fairleigh Cres. if desired, donations may be made to The Julia Goldfarb Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto, Ontario M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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CHERNIAK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-13 published
Storm topples tree on woman
By Jennifer O'BRIEN and Kate DUBINSKI, Free Press Reporters, Fri., October 13, 2006
Filomena PALMEIRI shelters herself with a blanket from a howling snow squall yesterday. She was watching her son's football team from Mother Teresa high school battling the Saint Thomas Aquinas high school team at Aquinas's field in London. (Dave CHIDLEY, The London Free Press)
Yesterday's unexpected snowsqualls and wind gusts broke a large tree that fell on and seriously injured an elderly woman.
It was just one of many calls paramedics faced yesterday because of slick roads and weather-related injuries.
The elderly woman was walking along Central Avenue near Wellington Street when the tree fell.
"She sustained extensive internal injuries," said Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services duty manager Chris DARBY.
"She was not trapped under the tree, but she was under a branch. Paramedics were able to immobilize her and treat her before transporting her" to hospital.
The woman was simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time," DARBY said.
Accidents occurred throughout the day, including one at Adelaide and Oxford streets, where a vehicle crashed into a former bank building, DARBY said.
The injuries in that crash were not serious.
A car crash southeast of London that claimed the life of a 27-year-old Langton woman also was blamed on slick and snow-covered roads.
Norfolk County Ontario Provincial Police said the driver of a minivan that slid into oncoming traffic on Concession Road 2 in the former Houghton Township near Tillsonburg died from her injuries.
Jaclyn SZALKAI, 27, of Langton, was pronounced dead in a Tillsonburg hospital after the 2 p.m. crash. Ontario Provincial Police said snow and slush-covered roads contributed to the crash.
Another crash south of London sent a minivan driver to hospital with minor injuries. The driver in that crash T-boned a dump truck, which slid into the opposite lane of traffic.
The truck driver steered his vehicle back into the southbound lane of Highbury Avenue near Westminster Drive and wasn't injured. He was on his way home because he'd been told Highway 401 was too slick to work on.
The fall blast of snow caused havoc elsewhere in London yesterday.
Blinded by the snow, University of Western Ontario students, many in T-shirts, raced for the nearest cover.
The first squall dismayed students taking part in a Bike for A.I.D.S. bike-athon outside Western's University Community Centre.
"Oh no, this was not supposed to happen," groaned organizer Samantha ROBERTSON, holding an arm over her face to block the wind as balloons danced behind her and jugs holding donations tipped over.
"What the hell is going on?" shrieked a woman, head down as she plowed through a white wall of snow.
"Um, Okay folks, we are just going to break for a few minutes here and reassess the situation," announced the lead singer of a band that had been playing on a stage.
While organizers did so, students ran in all directions, often bumping into one another in the scramble.
But not even wintry weather could break the spirit of the 150 people participating in the bike-athon, designed to raise money to buy bikes for workers with African A.I.D.S. agencies.
"Well, I guess it's a tradition," Jackie STRECKER said. "The first year we ran it in April and it snowed, so this year we moved it to October, and look at this."
Though the snow may have come as a surprise to most people, it isn't really out of the ordinary, an Environment Canada meteorologist said.
"This time of year, the air masses travel across the Great Lakes…. You're warm, then the next day you're cold. That's the way it goes," Andre Cyr said.
Yesterday's snowsqualls came to southern Ontario after crossing Lake Michigan and tossed about one centimetre of snow onto London.
That's far from the record, said Cyr, citing a 6.8-centimetre dump on October 12, 1988.
Flurries are expected to return tonight when the low dips to -2°C. Highs for the next few days will be in the high single digits, well below the normal high for this time of year of 14.9°C.
Analynda MIELKE and Bill CHERNIAK of University of Western Ontario's Triathlon Club were at the bottom of a hill when the snow hit.
"It was really, really intense," said MIELKE, her face wet.
Though wacky weather may have cut into on-site donations for the event, organizers of the bikeathon still hoped to reach their $10,000 goal, STRECKER said. Each of 14 teams paid $200 to take part and a charity party was planned for last night.
Last year the event raised $7,500, which bought about 32 bikes to be sent to A.I.D.S. workers in Africa.

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CHERNOFF o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-15 published
MELVILLE, Thelma Marion (née HOLLAND)
Of Chesley, passed away at Elgin Abbey, Chesley on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 in her 93rd year. Daughter of the late William C. HOLLAND and Catherine Rupert. Beloved wife of the late Percy D. MELVILLE. Survived by her daughter, Priscilla CHERNOFF, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Thelma will be missed by her sisters-in-law, Dorene HOLLAND, Margaret HOLLAND, and Helen MELVILLE. Predeceased by her brothers, Charles, Howard in infancy, Cecil and Clarence HOLLAND and sisters, Mabel NELCOSKEY and Eva BROWNSON. Visitation will be held at the Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley on Thursday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. An Eastern Star service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7: 00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 17th, 2006 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Chesley at 2: 00 p.m. Spring interment Chesley Cemetery. Memorial Donations to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church or the Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-02-15 published
CHERRY, " Jean" Kathleen Jeannette (WHITE/WHYTE)
Peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Durham, on Saturday February 11, 2006 in her 77th year. Jean WHITE/WHYTE of Markdale was the wife of the Arthur CHERRY. Loving mother of Stephen (Veda) CHERRY of Walters Falls, Marion (Dave) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Markdale, Brenda (Udo) DRESCHER of Durham, Tim (Catherine) CHERRY of Port Elgin and Kent of Quebec. She will always be loved and remembered by her grandchildren Ian (Lanna), Janet (Michael), Bob (Katy), Jason (Andrea), Adam, Trevor, Malika Vanessa and great grandchildren Amber-Lee, K.C., Austin, Jennifer, Andrew and Haley. Jean is survived by her brothers Harold (Marion) WHITE/WHYTE of Eugenia and Robert (Wrenell) of Kitchener. She is predeceased by seven siblings. The family received Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Monday, February 13. The service was held in the chapel on Tuesday, February 14 at 1 p.m. Cremation followed by spring interment at McNeil Cemetery, Priceville. Flesherton Legion Auxiliary Branch #333 members also held a service. Memorial contributions to the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children or the International Fund for Animal Welfare would be gratefully appreciated.
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CHERRY o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-02-13 published
CHERRY, “Jean“ Kathleen Jeannette (WHITE/WHYTE)
Peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Durham, on Saturday February 11, 2006 in her 77th year. Jean WHITE/WHYTE of Markdale was the wife of the late Arthur CHERRY. Loving mother of Stephen (Veda) CHERRY of Walters Falls, Marion (Dave) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Markdale, Brenda (Udo) DRESCHER of Durham, Tim (Chatherine) CHERRY of Port Elgin and Kent of Quebec. She will always be loved and remembered by her grandchildren Ian (Lanna), Janet (Michael), Bob (Katy), Jason (Andrea), Adam, Trevor, Malika, Vanessa, and great grandchildren Amber-Lee, K.C., Austin, Jennifer, Andrew and Haley. Jean is survived by her brothers Harold (Marion) WHITE/WHYTE of Eugenia and Robert (Wrenell) of Kitchener. She is predeceased by 7 siblings. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Monday February 13, from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. Service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday February 14, at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation followed by spring interment at McNeil Cemetery, Priceville. Flesherton Legion Auxillary Branch #333 members are asked to assemble for service Tuesday at 6: 45 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children or the International Fund for Animal Welfare would be gratefully appreciated.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-23 published
EVANS, Alice (née SCOTT)
A resident of Blenheim, formerly of Ridgetown, died at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at the age of 76. Born in Detroit, Michigan daughter of the late William and Gladys (UFFORD) SCOTT. Beloved wife of the late William EVANS (1991.) Loving mother of Sally AINSWORTH and husband John of Lakefield, Lonnie JOHNSON and husband Tom of Ridgetown, Cheryl BULCKAERT and husband Leonard of Ridgetown, Nancy CHERRY and husband David of Jacksonville, Florida, Ron EVANS and wife Debra of Ridgetown and the late James Corley (1989). Grandmother of 16 and great grandmother of 11 and 1 great-grandchild predeceased in (1991.) Sister of Mrs. Marjorie ENGEL of Michigan and the late Arnold SCOTT. Alice was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #185 Blenheim. The EVANS family will receive family and Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main St. E. Ridgetown on Sunday September 24, 2006 from 2: 00-4:30 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Legion Service will held Sunday at 7: 00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday September 25, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. with Pastor Al McINTYRE officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. Donations made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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CHERRY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-13 published
CHERRY, Harold J.
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital in London, Ontario, Harold J. CHERRY passed away peacefully on 11-December 2006 in his 87th year with his family by his side, after a brief but courageous battle with pneumonia. Beloved husband of Dulcia (DELL) CHERRY for 58 years. Dearly loved father of John and his wife Nancy CHERRY of Waterloo, and cherished grandfather of Erin, Brent and Alden CHERRY, also of Waterloo. Dear brother of Isabel DOUPE of Guelph, Ontario. Predeceased by his parents Samuel J. (December 1939) and Eva H. CHERRY (September 1989) and brother-in-law Kirk DOUPE (September 2005.) Born in North Bay, Ontario on 6-July-1920, Harold spent summers and weekends working at his father's' Northern Ontario Dodge dealership and garages. In 1940 he entered civil engineering at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1944 and held a membership in the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario for 62 years. Harold enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces (then, the Canadian Army) upon graduating university, and held posts in Chilliwack, British Columbia and the British Columbia interior, the former teaching bridge construction at the officers training corps. At the end of the Second World War, he signed on with the Canadian National Railway and was initially posted in Hornpayne, Ontario as a track and bridges engineer. In 1948 Harold and Dell married in North Bay, and briefly returned to Hornpayne until taking the position of area engineer in Capreol, Ontario. Successive moves with C.N. took Harold and Dell to Montreal and Toronto, and in 1965 he accepted a secondment to the Detroit offices of Grand Trunk Railway, living in Windsor, Ontario. In 1971 Harold joined a team of Canadian National Railway specialists posted to Lagos, Nigeria for a year, taking his family, to assist with the redevelopment of the Nigerian railway system at the end of the Biafran civil war. He returned to Grand Trunk in Detroit after this until 1976, when he took a position with Transport Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. Harold retired from the public service 1986 as a director, Railways Branch, and remained in Ottawa until 2000 when he and Dell moved to London, Ontario. Harold's retirement project was restoring classic Chriscraft wooden boats, as a member of the Manotick Boat Club. Restoring three such boats, his pride and joy was the Nemesis, a 1940 thirty-three foot cabin cruiser. He was a life long member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners throughout Ontario, active in many fundraising activities and marching bands. Friends will be received at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, December 14th, 2006 from 2: 30 until 4:30 p.m. with a memorial service commencing in the chapel at 4: 30 p.m. The family wishes to express deepest thanks to the University Hospital Intensive Care Unit staff for their outstanding care over the past few weeks. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association or the Shriner's Hospitals for Children (Montreal).

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-04 published
McEVENUE, William St. Clair
Passed away peacefully at Trillium Hospital Mississauga on January 2, 2006 after a brief illness. St. Clair ("Sinc") will be greatly missed after 61 years of marriage by his beloved wife Marjorie McEVENUE (née CHERRY) and his nine living children and their spouses: Paula and Denis ADAMICK, Sinc and Kelly McEVENUE, Sean and Ann McEVENUE, Maria and Brad MADDEAUX, Michael and Delia McEVENUE, Anthony McEVENUE, Christopher McEVENUE and Elaine KENNEDY, Monique and David SIMANDL, and Francis and Linda McEVENUE. In death, Sinc joins his daughter Celeste who passed away in October 1980. Also surviving him are 23 grandchildren (Jason, David, Shannon, Jennifer, Colleen, Ciabh, Allison, Jessica, Toby, Gian, Johanna, Michael, Edward, Audrey, Dana, Cameron, Danielle, Alec, Marlee, Jean Paul, Andre, Samuel, Lily) and five great-grandchildren (Anthony, Katharine Grace, Iago, Olive and Isaiah) who will sadly miss the love and company of their adored "granddad". Born in Toronto on June 1, 1924, Sinc was the second of the six children of St. Clair and Kathleen (née LANG) McEVENUE. Predeceased by brother George and sister Mary, he is survived by sister Kathleen and brothers Sean and Kevin. After early schooling at Grey Gables in Welland, Ontario with brother George, Sinc graduated from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy and marrying Marjorie in 1944. He then served as first lieutenant and then captain of a minesweeper during World War 2 out of Halifax. After taking up chartered accountancy at the end of the war, Sinc embarked on a long and successful management career, working in senior executive positions in companies in Montreal, Kitchener and Toronto, before retiring in the early 1980s. It was then he took up a second vocation as an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toronto, based out of St. Clement's Parish in Etobicoke where he devoted countless hours in service to the church, visiting the sick, working with prayer groups and writing two books on Catholic spirituality. His was a full life, well lived and his engaging presence will be deeply missed by his family, his parish and his community which he so dearly loved. Our sincere thanks to Dr. MILOSEVIC and for the professionalism and kindness of his team in Intensive Care Unit at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2006. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 409 Markland Dr., on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association or St. Clement's Parish, 409 Markland Drive, Etobicoke.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-11 published
CHERRY, David
In Montreal, in his 90th year on Sunday, March 5, 2006. Beloved husband of Daisy URIVITCH for 50 years. Loving and cherished father of Alma of Toronto and Robin of Montreal. Predeceased by his sister and her husband Rose and William ABRAMS and by his brother Harry CHERRY. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Bernice and Harold BRENDER, Anita and Nat BERCOVITCH, Dolly and the late Sam WAGON. Brother-in-law of the late Betty and the late Benjamin PACKER, the late Gertrude URIVITCH. Funeral service took place from Paperman and Sons, Montreal, 3888 Jean Talon W. on Wednesday, March 8. Contributions in his memory may be made to Maimonides Geriatric Centre Foundation, (514) 483-2121 ext. 2207. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-20 published
ULIAS, Norman Adam
Passed away peacefully, on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at Freeport Hospital, Kitchener. Norman ULIAS, in his 75th year, was the beloved husband of Lily (née CHERRY) ULIAS for 56 years. He was the dear father of Rick and his wife Heather and Gary and his wife Maureen. Norman was the loving grandpa of Michael, Ryan, Robbie, Adam and Shannon. He was the dear brother of Will NEZNIK and his wife Sylvia. Predeceased by his son Larry (1954). A private family Celebration of Norman's Life has taken place. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the Gilbert MacIntyre and son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph 519-821-5077) or condolences may be made at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-06-25 published
Trucker likely killed for cargo
Police trace last hours of slain man
Tractor-trailer thefts called problem
By Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporter
Durham police are trying to trace the last hours of a 35-year-old trucker from Athens, Ontario, who was discovered in a Pickering parking lot, shot to death -- possibly for the load of meat he was hauling.
Investigators said yesterday the body of Donald James WOODS was found in his empty tractor-trailer Friday morning after a passerby spotted the huge vehicle in the Wal-Mart Plaza on Brock Rd. in Pickering.
WOODS was seen at a Brockville A and P parking lot Wednesday night as he set out to deliver the trailer full of meat to a grocery store north of Toronto.
Deanna BARRETT, a supervisor at the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop in Bowmanville, said police came to the restaurant asking whether WOODS, a regular there, had stopped on Wednesday before continuing to Toronto.
"Anybody coming from Brockville usually would stop here before they go into Toronto," she said.
It would be strange for WOODS to stop in Bowmanville and then again in Pickering, about 20 minutes away, before heading to Toronto, BARRETT said.
"These guys are on a time limit. He would not stop in (Pickering), believe me," if he had stopped at the truck stop, she said, adding police would be looking at security tapes.
Peter TURNER, founder of The Truckers' Voice advocate group, suspects WOODS' murder is linked to his missing cargo.
Tractor-trailer theft is a problem faced by Canadian truckers every day, he said, although he can only recall "a handful" of instances where a trucker has been murdered on the job.
"Normally, they just steal the trailer. They just wait. They wait until you're gone or you've gone in for a shower. You leave your truck out there and there's nobody watching," TURNER said.
"When a trailer is stolen, it's a professional job. They know the trailer's there, they know they have a place to take it to."
Truckers are running "high-value freight" through the country every day and must deliver the goods by a certain date.
Until that date, they are responsible for holding the product, said TURNER.
"Maybe their plan went wrong, who knows? Maybe they were spotted, he saw them, and they figured they had to kill him."
When transporting meat, "you're picking up 65,000 pounds of beef," said TURNER, estimating the value at $5 per pound, for a total of $325,000. "They could sell that in a heartbeat.
Cargo thieves usually have a buyer in place and will often return the trailer after transporting the goods, TURNER said, so "they can't be tracked and to throw suspicion on the driver."
That's if they take the trailer at all. They could have backed another trailer in and removed the beef, he said.
Durham Region police are asking for the public's assistance in determining the events that occurred between the Brockville A and P parking lot Wednesday night and the Pickering Wal-Mart parking lot where WOODS' body was found Friday morning.
His vehicle was a 2006 white Volvo Tractor that was hauling a Silver tri-axle transport trailer with the company logo Alaska Brothers Transport. The vehicle bore Quebec plates.
Anyone with information can call the Durham Homicide Unit at (905) 579-1520 ext. 7810 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-01 published
Woman, 81, dies in car crash
By Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporter, Page B2
An 81-year-old Whitby woman is dead after a two-vehicle collision in Pickering, Durham Region Police said.
An 82-year-old man was driving eastbound with the woman on Kingston Rd. at Bainbridge Doctor near Brock Rd. at about 10: 20 p.m. on Thursday when he collided with an oncoming vehicle turning south onto Bainbridge, police said. As a result, he veered right and collided head-on with a traffic standard, police said.
The driver and passenger, as well as the 53-year-old woman driving the other vehicle, were transported to Lakeridge Health-Ajax. While in hospital, the condition of 81-year-old Anne COLLINS worsened and she died from her injuries.
The intersection was closed for several hours as accident investigators combed the scene. Road and weather conditions were good at the time of the collision, they found.
Anyone with information about this collision or the activities of either involved parties prior to the collision is asked to call Det. Const. Dave ASHFIELD at 905-579-1520 ext. 5226 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-11 published
Boy drowns in swollen creek
2 cousins rescued by passersby
Search on for body in another incident
By Robyn DOOLITTLE and Henry STANCU, Staff Reporters with files from Tamara CHERRY
An 8-year-old boy drowned yesterday after he and his two cousins were swept off the banks of Etobicoke Creek, despite the heroic efforts of two men who dove in to rescue the trio.
Two heavy rainstorms swelled the normally calm creek by more than half a metre and the strong currents hampered rescue efforts.
After a five-hour search-and-rescue mission, emergency crews recovered Simbarashe JOWA's body.
"A lot of them are fathers and clearly this has impacted them," said Gary JARRETT, assistant divisional chief of fire prevention.
"Please parents, watch your kids, especially during storms."
Two men walking near Avondale Shopping Centre, near Bramalea Rd. and Steeles Ave. E., noticed the three young children in the water at about 2: 45 p.m.
The first passerby dove into the violently flowing river, which had grown to nearly two metres wide, to save the trio -- Simba and his two cousins, Anna, 9, and Joseph, 12.
A second man came along a few moments later and screamed to a passing taxi to call 911, before diving into the fast-moving water during the storm.
The first passerby was able to grab the brother and sister. Despite the valiant efforts of the second man, Simba, who weighed 60 pounds, was swept away.
"I tried to save the little boy. I was just so tired. It was so strong. He slipped through my arms," the man said, turning away in tears, too upset to speak anymore when reached later in the night.
The man did not want his name used.
His wife said he had been walking to a store in the plaza when he saw the children. "He's devastated. I keep telling him, 'You did all you could do,'" she said.
Friends and family gathered at the family's Addington Cres. home, just steps from the creek where the youngster drowned. Simba attended nearby Aloma Public School where he had just finished Grade 2.
"It's just like a dream and I'm hoping to wake up so this won't happen," cried the boy's aunt Stacy PADMORE. The aunt said the brother and sister were visiting from Brantford.
"The kids were in the backyard playing and they never go anywhere alone. I should've been with them," the aunt said. "I can only imagine what my sister is going through," she added.
The family realized something was wrong when Anna saw her brother waving from the creek.
"He was saying, 'Simba was drowning,'" Anna said. "They were waiting for the water to slow down so they could jump over to the other side but Simba slipped."
The girl said she ran to the park where she tried to help. That's when the brother and sister both ended up in the water before they were rescued.
Emergency crews later set up a command post at a nearby bridge. At 7: 20 p.m., about 200 metres south of the bridge, rescue personnel discovered the boy among tall reeds on the east side of the bank where the creek bends. Crews began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and he was taken to Peel Memorial Hospital.
Simba's mother, Nyaradzo JOWA, 31, broke down in tears when she heard the body had been found and taken to hospital. Along with husband, Edmore, they went to identify him.
Later last night, emergency crews were called to Queens Quay W., just east of Bay Street, where two men had tried to save a man who had been screaming for help.
Kelly SAJONIA and her husband, both visiting from Maryland, were returning to the nearby Westin hotel with their two young daughters about 10 p.m. when they heard people yelling that someone was in the water. SAJONIA's husband, who asked not to be named, and another man jumped in to search.
"My husband was diving for bubbles," said SAJONIA, as her husband, a former U.S. Navy diver, gave a statement to police.
The man is believed to have drowned and police continued their search last night.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-20 published
Crash shatters 2 families
Newmarket, Huntsville couples killed
One family was moving west, the other returning
By Bob MITCHELL and Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporters
Two Ontario couples en route to fresh starts in their lives -- one moving out west, the other returning -- met tragedy instead when their vehicles collided on a northern highway. Five people were killed.
Shawna BAKOS- BIANCHI, 32, and her husband, David BIANCHI, 34, were moving back from Winnipeg to Newmarket to await the arrival in three weeks of their second child.
Huntsville residents Blair PALADICHUK, 41, and Sandy FELLER- PALADICHUK, 46, were heading to hotel jobs in the northern Saskatchewan town of La Ronge.
They were killed on Highway 17 near White River last Sunday when their pickup collided with an sport utility vehicle driven by BAKOS- BIANCHI, who died in the accident along with her 1½-year-old daughter, Victoria, and her mother, Joan BAKOS, 64.
David BIANCHI, 34, who was driving ahead of his family in a U-Haul filled with their belongings, discovered the terrible scene moments after seeing dust and dirt flying into the dusk sky in the rear-view mirror of his rented vehicle.
"David stopped the vehicle and ran back and found them. I don't think there are any words that can describe what he saw or felt," BIANCHI's uncle, Ciro LUPO, said yesterday.
"This is something that's going to take a long time for everybody to get over. Oh God. It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. A lot worse."
Originally from Scarborough, the couple married in May 2003 and moved to Winnipeg soon after when BAKOS- BIANCHI was transferred there by General Motors, LUPO said, adding her husband is a self-employed painter.
"She had taken maternity leave and they decided to move back to Ontario so they could be close to their family and even bought a home right next door to (her parents) Joan and Vic," LUPO said.
"Vic is an only child so he has nobody now. He's lost his wife, his daughter and his granddaughter."
The Paladichuks were a close couple as well, relatives say.
"Blair was a chef. Sandy ran hotels and resorts," PALADICHUK's sister, Kristin INGRAHAM, said from her parents' home in St. Catharines.
"They worked together; they did absolutely everything together."
They were regarded as "very much free spirits," INGRAHAM said, passing on words from her parents. "They were not big-city Toronto people at all. They were just a couple who were truly in love."
INGRAHAM said her family has been under a lot of stress since the tragedy. Her parents are devastated.
"My parents loved her as much as they loved him."
The couple married about 12 years ago, each bringing two children from previous relationships. They spent a few years living in the Yukon before moving to a home just outside Algonquin Park.
The decision to move out west didn't come easily, as it meant PALADICHUK would have to leave INGRAHAM, his only sibling, as she battled cancer.
"He was just kind of torn because I have cancer and he was really against it (the move,)" INGRAHAM said. "I'm really quite sick and he really didn't want to leave because I'm right between my treatments. He was very involved in my kids' lives."
However, with his wife's family in Edmonton, the couple decided to move to be closer to them.
"They kind of went back and forth to decide whether or not to fly," INGRAHAM said. "They decided to drive because they thought that it would be more of an adventure."
But not without stopping in St. Catharines to spend a week with PALADICHUK's family.
"It was just a nice week. The whole family was together and we went out for dinners, we had barbecues," INGRAHAM said, adding the family celebrated FELLER- PALADICHUK's 46th birthday during their visit.
"They had left here at 8 o'clock Sunday morning and I guess the accident happened exactly 12 hours later. We were waiting for them to call (that night) and we never got the call."
It wasn't until the following afternoon that they got word on the couple's fate.
FELLER- PALADICHUK was pronounced dead at the scene, they were told, while PALADICHUK held on for a while longer before being pronounced dead in hospital.
Staff Sgt. Dan DAWSON of the Ontario Provincial Police's Superior East detachment in Wawa said their investigation indicates that BAKOS- BIANCHI was driving when she suddenly slid onto the gravel shoulder.
"They were heading south on Highway 17 and she only was on the shoulder momentarily but then shot across into the path of the northbound pickup," DAWSON said.
"We have no idea what caused it. We don't know whether something distracted her. There was nothing mechanically wrong with either vehicle.
"No witnesses: survived the crash so we'll probably never know what happened."
Police said everybody involved was wearing seat belts and the child was strapped in a car seat.
"But it wouldn't have mattered considering the severity of the collision because nobody could have survived," DAWSON said. "Both vehicles were travelling at about the posted highway speed of 90 km/h and visibility was clear.
"Other than the husband's vehicle, they were the only vehicles on the road at that time."
Family members said they've learned their loved ones had initially stopped in White River to get some gas, but it was too busy so they decided to drive another 90 kilometres to Wawa where they were going to spend the night.
"Shawna's last day of work was Friday and they left on Saturday afternoon," LUPO said.
"After stopping at White River, they had only been on the road for about five or six kilometres when the crash happened.
"If you've ever driven up north, it doesn't take a lot to go onto the gravel. It's so easy to over-correct. I suspect that's what happened."
Once they got the call, LUPO and two other uncles immediately drove to Wawa to be with BIANCHI.
"He was all alone and we didn't want him to have to deal with the horrific events all on his own," LUPO said.
"I can't say enough about the people and the community of Wawa.
"Father Trevor (SCARFONE) stayed with David in a local church to comfort him until we got there. Everybody we dealt with was amazing, from Ontario Provincial Police officer Adam GOODLETT to the people who run the Wawa Motor Inn, who didn't charge us for the room."
Friends and family can attend visitation tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Chapel Ridge Funeral Home on Woodbine Ave. in Markham.
Funeral mass is at 11: 30 a.m. Saturday at Saint_John Chrysostom Catholic Church on Ontario St. in Newmarket with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-11-06 published
Tribute to slaying victim on Web
'I wanted people to see this guy'
Newlywed, peacemaker, friend
By Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporter
How do you capture a young man's life in a short death notice? For Dave PERSAUD, you don't.
When Nicholas Thompson heard his friend was gunned down in an Edmonton nightclub while trying to break up a fight eight days ago, he knew he had to show the world what kind of person he was.
"I wanted to do something different from what the news people were doing," Thompson said. "I wanted people to see this guy and see how much he meant to us."
A death notice hadn't even been published in the paper when Thompson first posted a 3½-minute tribute video, "Never Gonna Be The Same," on the popular video-sharing website YouTube Saturday.
The tribute opens with police tape, flashing emergency strobes and PERSAUD being lifted into an ambulance. The 21-year-old Torontonian and two Edmonton residents -- Jacey Pinnock, 27, and Thomas Orak, 19 -- were killed and four others injured when gunfire broke out on the dance floor in the early hours of October 29. Dwayne Anthony Nelson, 22, faces three counts of second-degree murder and three assault charges.
It was September 22 -- five years after moving to Toronto from Guyana, and just three days after marrying his high school sweetheart that the 21-year-old construction worker made the move out west. He'd heard about wealth on the oilrigs and wanted to make money to bring home to his family, Thompson said.
PERSAUD hadn't been much of a partier that first month in Edmonton. But when he heard a D.J. from Toronto would be mixing at the Red Light Lounge that night, he went to see him. Then the fight broke out.
"If he didn't part the fight, he most likely wouldn't have got shot," Thompson said. "He went in as a peacemaker."
As more than 100 people fled the club, a bleeding PERSAUD, shot in the chest, lay in the arms of two Friends. He died in hospital a short time later.
The triple murder made headlines across the country and when PERSAUD was named a victim mid-week, local news media scrambled to find his family and tell his story.
"We thought it was good that people would get to know Dave and a face that goes with (his name) -- it's important," said Deodat PERSAUD, who was initially hesitant to let cameras into the family's tiny east-end home following his son's death.
"We highlighted his personality, his inner qualities… (but) nobody said anything about my son."
He wanted to show the world Dave PERSAUD, the good friend, loving husband, concerned brother and supportive son. Instead, he watched and read stories about his grieving family.
"He was so full of music and love and energy," the weeping father said. "My life is broken, my heart is broken."
But when it comes to telling PERSAUD's story, "Why does it always have to be sad?" Thompson asked.
After a clip pulled from news coverage of crying widow Feben PERSAUD looking at her husband's picture, Thompson's video fades into a clip of the smiling couple walking down the steps of a house, dressed to the nines.
A Sean Paul song plays in the background. "Take another step on towards my destiny, but the memories still remain," the lyrics ring out. "Still cannot believe they took your life away, but those who pull the trigger cannot take away."
Sprinkled throughout are pictures and clips of PERSAUD during the happier times -- with his beloved souped-up car, hanging out with Friends at Bluffers Park, his recent engagement, wedding and going-away party. In one of the last clips, the newlywed looks to the camera and says, "I love you."
"I tried to show a video that wouldn't bring sad memories and would make (Feben) happy… It was achieved," said Thompson, who surprised the family with the video at Saturday's funeral.
"In the part he says, 'I love you,' when they were getting married, it just made her smile to actually hear it again."
Now anyone can see these parts of PERSAUD's life online -- and as of yesterday afternoon, nearly 700 people had.
"It's wonderful because that's what we wanted," Deodat PERSAUD said. "I'm happy that it's on the Internet and that people back home in Guyana, even Friends and family that couldn't come, that they can have a look at that."
Thompson is working on a longer documentary of PERSAUD's life to present November 29, the one-month anniversary of his death. He hopes to broadcast part of it on YouTube.
PERSAUD also leaves his mother Jasmatti and two brothers, Dale and Dwayne.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-01 published
A plea for caution as a friend is lost
Man hit by van, then crushed by bus during a bad day on Toronto streets
By Isabel TEOTONIO and Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporters
When Mark stepped outside for an early morning smoke break yesterday, he was just moments away from watching an acquaintance die in the middle of the street.
"I shook him to see if he was aware, awake and alive," recalled Mark, an employee at a Wilson Ave. coffee shop who ran to the scene where the victim had been struck by a van, then crushed beneath a Toronto Transit Commission bus. Mark asked that his last name not be used.
"His face was gushing blood, his head was cracked and his hands were clear, lifeless," said Mark, who immediately recognized the victim as the mentally challenged man with a limp who often stood outside the shop asking employees for coffee and customers for change. "I'm really shaken up. To watch a guy die in front of you is really hard."
The "guy" was 65-year-old Allan FELDMAN -- one of several pedestrians struck in a spate of traffic accidents yesterday morning that occurred throughout the city. Feldman was the only fatality.
At about 7: 20 a.m. the Toronto man stepped in front of a westbound bus that was stopped on Wilson Ave., near Bathurst St. Passengers were getting on and off as FELDMAN crossed in front, said police. As he passed, he was struck by a minivan that knocked him under the bus. Unaware he was on the ground, the bus driver accelerated and the man was killed almost instantly. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"This is a tragic accident and we encourage pedestrians and drivers to be as careful as they can," said Sgt. Jim CASSELLS of Traffic Services. "It appears it was the rear (bus) wheels that ran over him."
In the hours following the incident, police and Toronto Transit Commission staff worked to pinpoint exactly which bus had hit the man so they could interview the driver. The driver of both the van and the bus have been interviewed, but police say it is too early in their investigation to determine whether charges will be laid.
A Toronto Transit Commission spokesperson refused to comment because of the ongoing police investigation.
"People are feeling the loss of a friend," said Sandy KESHEN, executive director of Reena, an organization that services people with developmental disabilities and runs a support home where FELDMAN lived. "Allan was a fiercely independent man and he had a wicked sense of humour."
Eric WOLFMAN, manager of Bagel World, where FELDMAN often started his day with a free coffee and twister, recalled him as a "happy go-lucky guy."
"He always sat in the same seat -- in the corner -- and loved to talk about sports," said WOLFMAN. " Sometimes his thoughts were all over the place… but he was well-informed."
Although FELDMAN could at times be a "nuisance" when asking customers for spare change or cigarettes, he was never aggressive and "didn't have a hurtful bone in his body," said the manager.
Less than an hour earlier, around 6: 40 a.m. in the city's northwest, a 21-year-old man escaped major injury, again in a hit-and-run incident.
About 40 minutes later, a vehicle struck a woman on Bathurst St. near Fairlawn Ave. The woman, believed to be about 80, was found conscious and breathing before being taken to hospital in serious, but stable condition.
And at about 8 a.m. an 11-year-old child was hurt in a hit-and-run incident in the Bloor West Village area, near Dundas St. W. and Keele St. The child was found "conscious and breathing and crying, so that's a good sign," said Staff Sgt. Noël LEE. Police are seeking a white van that left the scene.
Yesterday's events came on the heels of a tragic incident Wednesday night in Richmond Hill when a car killed a 37-year-old mother of four who was out jogging.
FELDMAN's funeral will be held Sunday at 11: 30 a.m. at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel on Steeles Ave. W. Interment will follow in the Pride of Israel Synagogue section of Mount Sinai Memorial Park.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-04 published
Smiles after month of tears for slain man
Loved ones gather to remember life of newly married shooting victim
By Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporter
Just over a month after two bullets to the chest took the life of 21-year-old Dave PERSAUD, his loved ones gathered in an east-end Toronto church, no longer a group shaking their heads in disbelief, but a group coping with the fact that the unthinkable can -- and most certainly did -- happen.
Jasmatti PERSAUD paced the room before the program started at the East Scarborough Church of God, rubbing her hands together, smiling at anyone whose eyes met her own. She told stories of her son with spurts of laughter as her husband, Deodat, sat against the wall, making small talk with all who greeted him.
Their son's Friends put this evening together Saturday night as a way to celebrate the life of Dave, who was killed when he tried to break up a fight on an Edmonton dance floor October 29. Two Edmonton residents were also killed and four others injured when the gunfire broke out.
PERSAUD's parents were called up to speak as the program began.
"My feelings, my emotions, it's not something I can explain," Deodat PERSAUD says with his wife's hand on his shoulder. "We don't know everyday when we wake up how we will be able to face the challenge of that day."
The man whose words were virtually lost in tears during an interview last month speaks loudly and with distinction now.
"(It) is not something that we ever thought would happen. We see it on the news and we read of it and we say, 'Well, we are insulated and it can't happen to us.' But because of this, I can say to any one of us, well, it can happen."
Laughter filled the room when Dale PERSAUD took the microphone with a rap about his older brother. Even his dad, who last month said, "I can't be happy, I can't laugh," smiled.
And more laughter yet when Ajith DURAIRAJ told the story of going with PERSAUD as support to his now widow's home this summer to ask her parents for permission to marry their daughter.
A few months later, DURAIRAJ made the long drive to Edmonton with his good friend. PERSAUD had heard about the wealth on the oil rigs and wanted to make money to bring home to his new bride. The two would spend 24 hours a day together for their five weeks in Alberta's capital, right up until the shooting.
"Today we're here to celebrate his life, but it's kind of hard to celebrate with so much tragedy," DURAIRAJ said, before relapsing to the moments after PERSAUD was shot.
"Dave was lying on the floor and I'm holding him and giving him water, and he was just looking up at me," said DURAIRAJ, who was standing between two people, including PERSAUD, just before they were shot dead. "If it wasn't for Dave on that day, I wouldn't be alive either."
"I remember Dave just nudging me and when he did that, I fell back. Everyone was shot once and Dave had two bullets. If he didn't do that, I wouldn't be here today."
Feben PERSAUD took the microphone, clad in a colourful dress with her hair done up. A month after her husband was killed, she's smiling again.
"The last month has been very difficult," she said. "I couldn't see my life continuing without Dave by my side."
But, she continued, "Even though Dave's death was a great loss, it has brought each and every one of us closer together."
The young woman spoke of love as she read a poem PERSAUD wrote for her: "Finding out what the end is going to be is realizing it has an end," she read, her tears keeping her from continuing.
On November 2, the same day police announced an arrest in the triple slaying, Feben PERSAUD told an Edmonton newspaper she forgave whoever shot the man she'd married just six weeks prior. That statement was praised by the father of Dwayne Anthony NELSON, who stands accused of the murders, through a taped phone message played at Saturday's gathering.
"It brought tears to my eyes," Oswald NELSON -- whose son is charged with three counts of second-degree murder -- said of her public statement.
"We are feeling your pain and we are experiencing a whole lot of pain also," he said. "I will remember Dave and you (Feben) and his Friends and family and hellip; may God bless you all."
Said the father: "I'm very proud of these 21 years, eight months and 25 days Dave has been my son. He will live on in my heart and in my memory forever."

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-18 published
David PARTRIDGE, 87: Painted with nails
By Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporter
To the art world, he was the "naillie" pioneer. To those who knew him best, he was the committed crossword puzzler, teller of ghost stories and frustrated musician.
"I've never thought of myself as a sculptor," David PARTRIDGE said in a 2003 interview with the Star. "I'm a painter who paints with nails."
At that time, PARTRIDGE also rejected the idea that his most recent show, "Phenomena," might be his last. But it was.
PARTRIDGE hammered his way through an award-winning career with hundreds of thousands of nails, inviting recognition from the artistic and political communities alike.
In recent years, however, he was slowed by a stroke, bowel infection and heart attack. He died December 11 at age 87.
"There was so much to celebrate about his life," Kate PARTRIDGE said of her father whose career spanned England and much of Ontario before he settled in Toronto in the 1970s.
"He had a creative urge that just was unlike anything I've ever seen in anybody else," his son John PARTRIDGE said.
That creativity burst into the art scene with his first self-titled "naillie" in 1958. PARTRIDGE the painter had chanced upon an exhibition by Zoltan Kemeny made up of metal bits and pieces in Paris that March.
Back in Ottawa, that creativity -- combined with a 2-by-3-ft piece of plywood, nails and hammer -- led to his first nail sculpture.
Later, living in England in the early 1960s, he created about 400 naillies. "Back then I was forever lifting 60-pound boxes of nails up and down stairs to my studio," he told the Star in PARTRIDGE's work -- commissioned by places from the Townhouse Motel in Ottawa to Westminster Cathedral in London, England -- is likely most recognized locally by the naillie found in the entrance to Toronto City Hall. Called Metropolis, PARTRIDGE couldn't recall how many nails it took to complete the sweeping relief in 1975. Most guidebooks put it at 100,000.
"Even though the medium, the nails, is so cold and hard on the surface of things, he was somehow able to make this incredibly soft, flowing pleasing beauty out of it," his daughter said.
It was a beauty that spoke broadly, making naillies popular with the public, said Dennis REID, director of collections and research at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a long-time friend.
"People discover things in them. You see people approaching them with a sense of wonder."
And it was a beauty taken from above. While his wife was overseas in the Navy during World War 2, PARTRIDGE was in Ontario teaching flying lessons. His view from the sky translated on to planks of wood, his son said.
In the 1970s, PARTRIDGE bought an ultralight airplane kit, put it together in a studio and flew it on Stony Lake, near Peterborough.
PARTRIDGE will be remembered "as somebody who just made this very strong personal statement as a sculptor," REID said. "You don't think of him in terms of schools. He was attuned to his own visions in his own intense fashion."
"(He) had a love for kids and shaggy dog stories for adults -- great long stories with ridiculous endings," sister Kate said. "There was a very delightful child-like energy to him… with a lot of charisma in the twinkling of his eyes."
His father could burst into song at the drop of a hat, played a trumpet too, and delighted in telling Stephen Leacock ghost stories at his Stony Lake cottage, said John. He was a lover of "long, involved corny jokes."
A stroke paralyzed his right side in September 2003, ending his work with nails. But the right-hander taught himself to paint with his left hand, his son recalled.
"It was just remarkable. He just kept doing it… It was as if he couldn't stop being creative."
When he couldn't make it to Ottawa to be inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada, then-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson came to his home to hand over the honour personally the following year.
PARTRIDGE leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Rosemary or "Tibs," and their two children.

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CHERRY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-19 published
Driver killed by flying deer identified
By Tamara CHERRY, Staff reporter
The man killed when a deer struck by another vehicle was thrown into his Jeep on a highway northwest of the city yesterday has been identified as a 62-year-old Brampton resident.
William CONNOR was driving northbound on Highway 10, just north of 20th Sideroad in Mono, when a southbound vehicle struck a deer that ran onto the road just before 7 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police said.
The impact sent the deer flying into oncoming traffic where it went through CONNOR's windshield, police said.
He was taken to hospital in nearby Orangeville where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the first vehicle was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
This was the 128th car-versus-deer collision to be investigated by the Dufferin Ontario Provincial Police detachment this year.

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