DEMEO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-03 published
NEYEDLY, Libby Christine " Lee"
Known to family and Friends as Nanny, passed away peacefully, at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, in her 88th year. Loving wife to Bill for 69 years. Loving mother of Joyce DEMEO and husband Rod, and Rodney NEYEDLY and wife Marilyn. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Chris, Kelly, Brad, Karrey, and Corey, and great-grandchildren Michael, Brooke, Ashley, Brandon, Amanda, Mitchell, and Samantha. Friends and family will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home - North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge Street (2 lights south of Steeles), today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Lee's life will be held in the funeral home Chapel on Saturday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Donations to the Arthritis Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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DEMERCADO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-09 published
MENZIES, Viola " Vie"
Of Guys Hill, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at the age of 93, at the York Central Hospital. Loving mother to Jack MENZIES, Dolores (Tots) McINTOSH, Norma Chin YEE, Elsie McINTOSH, Dionne ROBERTSON, Patrick MENZIES, Everald MENZIES, Veronica ANDRADE, Marjorie VALERE, Alice DEMERCADO and Marion MENZIES. Also missed by brothers-in-law Rudy McINTOSH, Winston ROBERTSON, Earle McINTOSH, John ANDRADE, Steve VALERE and Maurice FORD, daughters-in-law Ruth MENZIES, Cathy MENZIES and Norma MENZIES, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. at Saint Mary's Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (Yonge and Major Mackenzie). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the York Central Hospital Foundation, in memory of Viola MENZIES.

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DEMERS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-27 published
YOUNG, Gertrude " Gertie" Drucilla (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Durham on Saturday, November 25, 2006. The former Gertrude Drucilla THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, of Durham, in her 81st year. Loving mother of Pearl and her husband Jack BUSCH of British Columbia, George YOUNG and his wife Marlene of Durham, Merle YOUNG and his wife Linda of Durham, and Shirley and her husband Jean RACINE of Ottawa. Fondly remembered by her 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Herb and Myrtle THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Bob and Reta THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Ken and Devona THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Predeceased by her husband Stan YOUNG, and her siblings Francis THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, William THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Mary DEMERS, Margaret DAVIS and Jean THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Friends may call at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Gertie's Life will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment at Markdale Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Arthritis Society or the Durham and Community Health Care Foundation -- Durham Medical Clinic would be appreciated by the family.

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DEMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-17 published
WILLS, Betty E. (née GROVER)
A resident of R.R.#2 Kent Bridge, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Monday, January 16, 2006 at the age of 68. Born in Glencoe, daughter of the late Major and Harriet GROVER. Beloved wife of W.L. "Pete" WILLS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Patty and Gary DEMERS of Brampton, Kim and Allan LUXTON of Chatham, Peter and Vicky WILLS of R.R.#2 Kent Bridge, Charles WILLS of Chatham. Loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Dear sister of Areata MacEACHRAN of London. Predeceased by 4 sisters and 2 brothers. The WILLS family will receive Friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria Street, Thamesville (519-692-4222) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society. "A tree will be planted in Memory of "Betty WILLS" in the Badder & Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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DEMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-19 published
HAGGERTY, Valentine (née LUCIER)
Of Wallaceburg, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at the age of 87 years. She was a daughter of the late Omer and Ursula (EMERY) LUCIER. Beloved wife of the late Earl HAGGERTY. Loving mother of Robert and Betty HAGGERTY (Wallaceburg,) the late Linda (1989) and Allan WADSWORTH (Port Lambton), Earl and Carol HAGGARTY (Wallaceburg,) Carol and Jim COVENY (Saint Thomas,) Jim and Judy HAGGERTY (London,) the late Valerie (2005) and Gord DEMERS (Wallaceburg,) Paul HAGGERTY and Kathy (Wallaceburg,) and daughters-in-law Judy and Darl-Ann. Sadly missed by 25 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Kind sister of Mary Jeanne MacTAGGART (Sarnia) and sister-in-law of Betty LUCIER (Wallaceburg.) Predeceased by 2 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, her brothers Romain, Leonard and Gerald and a sister Antoinette. Visitation will be held from the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg, on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated from Holy Family Church on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Parish Prayers Tuesday at 8 p.m. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society may be left at the funeral home.

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DEMERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-12 published
MYERS, Ernest Joseph
Formerly of Wardsville, passed away at the Beattie Haven Retirement Home, Wardsville on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at the age of 84. Born in Chatham, son of the late Clement and Caroline LEWIS) MYERS. Beloved husband of the late Evangeline MYERS (1997.) Loving father of Gloria and Neil Lockyer of R.R.#4 Blenheim, Shirley MYERS of Chatham, Larry and Sandy MYERS of Thamesville, Roger MYERS of R.R.#5 Thamesville. Sadly missed by a very special friend Dorie PRICE of Clachan. Loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Ursula DEMERS of Chatham, Irene and Erwin HOLMES of R.R.#6 Dresden, Doreen WESTON of Dresden, Jim and Lois MYERS of R.R.#6 Thamesville, Warren and Gloria MYERS of Thamesville, Irwin MYERS of Thamesville. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Rita DEMERS, Phyllis RANCHUK, and brothers Jerry and Elmer MYERS, brothers-in-law Arsene DEMERS, John WESTON and Leonard DEMERS and a sister-in-law Elda MYERS. The MYERS family will receive Friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria Street, Thamesville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday December 13, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. with Fr. Andy DWYER officiating. Interment Saint Paul's Cemetery, Thamesville. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Beattie Haven, Wardsville or the charity of one choice. Online-condolences and donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com. "A tree will be planted in memory of Ernest MYERS in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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DEMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-12 published
VANDERVELDE, René Martinus (1935-2006)
René Martinus VANDERVELDE passed away at the age of 70 on Friday, April 7, 2006 after a long, courageous, and determined battle with prostate cancer. His great love of life, expansive spirit and sense of humour touched everyone who knew him. René was born May 12, 1935 in Leeuwarden, in the Dutch province of Frysland. He spent much of the German occupation of Holland on the Harmsma farm in Joure, Holland. René's secondary education began with a degree in Hotel Management in Holland. Continuing his studies in Canada, he earned his M.B.A. from the University of Windsor in Ontario. René married Claudette DEMERS and had two daughters, Gabrielle and Nadine. The family later moved to Alberta where he worked as District Manager of Versafood Services. René's life took an unexpected turn in the mid-seventies, while looking for fossils. After coming across the little known fossilized gemstone Ammolite, René traded his chef's cap for a white cotton slouch hat and took to fossilhunting full time. René developed and owned the Natural History Museum in Banff until 1981. Korite was purchased in 1979 with partners James Rae and Bill Jarvis. Pierre Paré and Wilson Yip joined the partnership and together they built Korite Minerals. They started Canada Fossils in 1985. Rene was instrumental in having Ammolite recognized as a gemstone, marketing it worldwide. For his accomplishments he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005. René married Shelley VOLLANS in Banff in 1986. They loved scuba diving. Together they traveled the world, diving in such remote spots as Tonga and Malaysia. Shelley was a strong and loving supporter of René throughout his long illness. Shelley retired from her career as a Speech Pathologist to spend more time with René in his remaining years. René enjoyed cooking. He was a lover of fine food and wines, and an active member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs. An avid outdoorsman and fitness fanatic, René loved to swim, scuba dive, sail, cross country ski, hike, jog and bicycle. He had a great love for the arts and was passionate about classical music. He was a spirited bridge player and keen collector of antique silver. René is survived by his loving wife, Shelley VANDERVELDE; his daughters Gabrielle and her spouse Jill WIGLE; and Nadine and son-in-law Scott KRAFT granddaughters, Gabrielle and Béatrice; sister Betty PORTEOUS, their extended families, and a very large circle of Friends and business associates. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis and Holloway'S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, Alberta) on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Because René was a lifelong supporter of the Red Cross, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes be made directly to the Canadian Red Cross, 1305 - 11 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T3C 3P6 Telephone: 403-541-6100, www.redcross.ca. In living memory of Rene VANDERVELDE, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2X 3J3 Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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DEMERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-12 published
PAGE, Richard
With great sadness, after a year of battling cancer, Richard passed away peacefully and painlessly at home in Unionville, with his wife at his side on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, in his 43rd year. Predeceased by his mother Louise. Beloved son of Fernand of Quebec. Dear friend, soul mate and loving husband of Brenda HOLLIS- PAGE. Richard profoundly loved and was deeply involved in the lives of his sons Alexandre and Tristan, as a coach, mentor and Papa. Will be missed by brother Jean (Marie DEMERS) and sister Veronique (Martin ROUSSEAU,) his extended family, Brenda's family, and his many dear Friends. Visitation will be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue (4 lights north of Hwy.7), Markham, 905-305-8508 on Friday, January 13th from 9: 30-11:30 a.m. and Saturday, January 14th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 11 a.m. at St. Justin Martyr Church, 3898 Hwy. 7 (east of Warden Ave.). Private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Richard's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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DEMERSE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-08 published
COUTU, John Noel
Peacefully at his residence with his wife by his side in London on Tuesday, March 7th, 2006, John Noël COUTU of London in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Janet Sylvia (DEAN) COUTU for 45 years. Survived by his children and by his grandchildren Simon, Aaron and Lisa as well as many brothers and sisters in Quebec. Also sadly missed by his special niece Florette DEMERSE in Quebec. The funeral service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, March 10th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service with Major Rick SHEASBY of the Salvation Army Westminster Park Corps. officiating. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a donations in memory of John are asked to consider the Salvation Army Westminster Corps. Building Fund.

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DEMETRIOS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-27 published
BOUNTIS, Mary (née THEOFILOPOULOS)
It is with great sadness that the beloved family of George and Mary BOUNTIS announce Mary's peaceful passing on Friday, May 26, 2006 after a brave and courageous battle with ailing health. Mary loved her family and Friends unselfishly and brought an enormous amount of joy into their lives. She will be remembered for her strength, generosity and love for life. Mary was the beloved wife of the late George BOUNTIS. Dear mother of Panagiota (Pana) and Elias (Louie) BOUNTIS. Cherished daughter of Stavros and the late Vasiliki THEOFILOPOULOS. Will be deeply missed by sister Patra DEMETRIOS, brother Stelios THEOFILOPOULOS and sister Eva PISPIDIKIS. She will be forever loved and missed by her many Friends and family. Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.) on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 131 Southdale Road W. on Monday, May 29, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Father Elias DROSSOS, Father Demetrios TZANETEAS, Father Demetrios CHELONIS and Father Efstathios KONTORAVDIS officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Prayers will be held in the chapel on Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre or towards the iconostasis of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. On line condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mrs. BOUNTIS.

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DEMEULENAERE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-05 published
BAKER " Randy" Randolph
It is with great sadness that the family of Randy BAKER announces his passing on Friday, June 30th, 2006 at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe in his 64th year, after a brief battle with cancer. He is the beloved husband of 33 years of Alice (O'NEIL) BAKER; loving and proud father of Tara BINT (Troy,) Kitchener, and Tiffanie, Exeter. Dear Opa to Zachary, Ryan and Marissa BINT. He will also be sadly missed by brothers Henry (Nelly), Bayfield, Simon, Drayton, and sister-in-law Sandra GRACEY (George,) Listowel. Predeceased by parents Jacob and Jane (BRAAD) BAKER (1998 and 1994) Saint Mary, brother John (1989), Embro, sisters-in-law Ena (2001), Embro and Janet (2005), Stratford, and father and mother-in-law Lyle and Glorena (BURDON) O'NEIL (1998) Guelph. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. Also, greatly missing "the Acting Mayor of Lutesville" are his close Friends Gary and Sharlene ARMSTRONG, Bill and Theresa DUNKLEY and Gray and Barb STEWARDSON, all fellow members for many years of the "Waterford Breakfast Club", and travel companions, Archie and Maria DEMEULENAERE. Randy was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1948, eventually settling in the Stratford area. After graduating from the University of Guelph, Randy worked in Horticultural Research in Guelph and Simcoe for almost 30 years, retiring in 1997. As well, he owned and operated Baker Greenhouses for 26 years. Over the years, Randy has been associated with many groups and organizations but since his retirement he has concentrated his time and energy to the Long Point Branch of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists and to the Waterford Lions Club where he is the Past President. Cremation has taken place but family and Friends are invited to a visitation at the Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford on Friday, July 7th, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. Lions Service to take place at 6: 30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 8th, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Waterford United Church, Main St. S. Waterford. The Rev. Jeff SMITH officiating. Inurnment at Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in Randy's memory may be made to Waterford Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake or Waterford United Church. www.thompsonmottfuneralhome.com

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DEMEYERE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-04 published
LAUR, Clifton Russell " Kip"
"Our loving dad, husband and friend" Clifton Russell (Kip) LAUR, lifelong resident of the Tillsonburg area, passed away, peacefully at the London Health Sciences Centre, on July 2nd, 2006 in his 83rd year. He leaves behind his dear wife, best friend of 60 years Lydia (née STANAT) and his children: Sharon DEMEYERE and her partner Jim THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Catherine BENNETT and David LAUR, all of Tillsonburg. He will be fondly remembered by his loving grandchildren: Carrie SHOLDICE and husband Craig, Paul DEMEYERE and his partner Kerri HUDSON, Alison BENNETT, Brett BENNETT and his partner Christina MEEATS, Michael and Karly LAUR. Kip was also the adoring great-grandfather of: Dustin and Clint WALKER and Callie SHOLDICE. He will also be missed by his sister Doris HOOKER and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Murray and Josephine LAUR and by his sister Irene SYKES and by his brother Sheldon LAUR. Following his retirement after 26 dedicated years at Gilvesy Construction, Tillsonburg, in 1982, Kip enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Long Point where he loved to fish and golf. The family will receive Friends at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg 519-842-4238 Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Clifton Russell (Kip) LAUR Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m by Rev. W.D. JARVIS in the Verhoeve Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations (by cheque) payable to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated by the LAUR family.

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DEMIANCHUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-29 published
DEMIANCHUK, Alexandra Maria
By Olenka DEMIANCHUK, Page A16
Wife, mother, gardener. Born July 29, 1922, in Kudynivtsi, Ukraine. Died January 31, of pulmonary disease in Toronto, aged 83.
In the Etobicoke garden of Lesia (Alexandra), you could find a world of flowers, herbs, trees and vegetables. She loved nothing more than to press upon admiring visitors some roses or sprigs of dill or garlic or sorrel to take home. The only thing you would never find in her garden was turnip.
She was born to Olena and Josyf, the village priest. Her older brother Vlodzio was, in Lesia's words, a handsome intellectual her sister Siania, a vivacious blonde. Lesia, the quiet, dark-haired middle child, described her own life as neither interesting nor unusual. But her life unfolded amid momentous world events -- most notably the Second World War; most devastatingly following the German occupation of Ukraine. One dreadful night, the Gestapo came knocking and took away Siania. The next morning, after curfew lifted, Lesia found her sister's body on the street, shot to death.
Many dark hours followed. In 1944, her employer moved west to escape the bombing in Lviv. Lesia expected she could return within a few months but the war's front line kept moving and she was forced to flee time after time. Eventually she was taken to a farm outside Vienna where she tended cows and shovelled manure. She felt alone and inconsolable. Roommates balked at sharing quarters with her because she cried so much and so loudly.
As the front moved again, the family she worked for planned an escape over the Alps. The farmer's wife had no intention of taking Lesia along but the children loved Lesia and refused to leave without her. They likely saved her life.
After three weeks by cart, they reached a mountain town. Lesia laboured morning to night for a farmer who provided starvation rations: rotting turnips.
Salvation came with the American troops and war's end. She got work at a camp for orphans. It gave her comfort to give comfort she herself felt orphaned. She never ate turnips again.
In 1948, she landed in Montreal, finding work with a Francophone family for $35 a month. She moved to Toronto in 1950 and soon met and married Tadzio. Both longed for companionship and stability after years of trauma and dislocation. Both wanted a home and a family of their own. In 1952, she gave birth to a daughter Olenka. One dream fulfilled.
Lesia had named her daughter in honour of her own mother but she had lost contact with her parents and her brother. The Iron Curtain was tightly drawn, so it was only after Stalin's death that the devastating news got through: She was indeed an orphan her family were all dead.
Yet tiny Lesia was a fighter. She and Tadzio were "naked and shoeless" but like most refugees hardened by life experience, determined to work very hard. And then by great luck, Lesia landed a job with an insurance company. That meant daytime hours and decent working conditions. But her comfort was sharply interrupted: Tadzio's death from cancer in 1977 was a great sadness. Then, in widower Andrij CHARAK, Lesia found another who shared her need for companionship. They lived together for many years until he too was taken from her by Alzheimer's.
During her years with Andrij, she turned her energies to cultivating a garden; there she found the grounding she had long sought, a place where she expressed her creative and nurturing talents. She spent hours in that garden: "Here smell this beautiful rose," she would say. Then there were her raspberry and gooseberry bushes, her apple and pear trees, the little woods at the back and, of course, her vast, turnip-less, vegetable garden. She made a mean sorrel soup. It was in that garden that she finally found peace.
Olenka is Lesia's daughter.

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DEMIANCHUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-02 published
DEMIANCHUK, Alexandra
On January 31, 2006 in her 84th year. Loving mother of Olenka and son-in-law Andrew. Alexandra will be dearly missed by Victoria, Wasyl and many Friends in Canada, United States and Ukraine. Friends may call at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St. (near Dundas) on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Panachida 7: 30 p.m. Funeral Mass on Friday morning at 10: 00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Interment at Park Lawn Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund would be appreciated.

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-15 published
ROBINSON, Mildred E.
At Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia, on Thursday, April 13, 2006, Mildred E. ROBINSON, formerly of R.R.#1 Inwood, on her 93rd birthday. Predeceased by her husband Gardiner ROBINSON (1981.) Beloved mother of Walter and his wife Donna, Ray and his wife Eileen. Dear grandmother of Janice, Ron and Mary, and Ross ROBINSON, Heather and Drew CRESWICKE, Holly and Brett BOGAUGER and great grandmother of Adam, Alyssa, Farleigh, Charlotte, Brody and Georgia. Also survived by one sister, Marjorie SITZES. Predeceased by 2 sisters, Flossie and Lila and 4 brothers, Howard, Lloyd, Murray and Reg. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Visitation Centre, 3232 River Street, Alvinston on Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, April 17 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF officiating. Interment Alvinston Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or Saint_John's Church, Aughrim. Arrangements by Van Heck Funeral Home, 287-2831.

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-07 published
DEACON, George
A resident of Dresden, passed away suddenly at the C.K.H.A. Public General Campus, Chatham on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at the age of 82. Born in Camden Twp., son of the late John and Virtue PRAY) DEACON. Beloved husband of Marion (SIMMONS) DEACON. Loving father of David and Rhonda DEACON of R.R.#3 Dresden. Loving Papa of Derek DEACON and Stacey GAUVIN, Darren DEACON, and Darcy DEACON. Loving Great Papa of Connor. Dear brother of Winnifred UNSWORTH of R.R.#4 Dresden. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. The DEACON family will receive Friends at the Badder Visitation and Reception Centre, 679 North Street, Dresden on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF of Christ Church Anglican, Dresden officiating. Interment Dresden Cemetery. Donations may be made at the visitation centre by cheque to the Diabetes Association, Dresden Legion Br. #113 Building Fund, or Christ Church Anglican, Dresden. Online condolences and donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com. Arrangement entrusted to Badder Funeral Homes, Thamesville "A Tree will be planted in memory of George DEACON in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-16 published
COLL, Fredrick Darrell Sr.
A resident of Ridgetown, Fred COLL Sr. passed away suddenly at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at the age of 63. Born in Morpeth, son of the late Darrell and Annie (D'HOOP) COLL. Beloved husband of Emily (MARIANCHUK) COLL for 38 years. Dear father of Kathy JUBENVILLE and her husband Randy of Blenheim, Ken COLL and his wife Mandy of Lambeth, Fred COLL Jr. and his wife Leah of Ridgetown, and Candace BROOKER and her husband Todd of Ridgetown. Grandfather of Tanya and Randell JUBENVILLE, Alicia and Sean COLL, Skyelynn, Chantel, and Colton BROOKER, Dylan, Darrell (Cobbie), Laci COLL and predeceased by infant granddaughters Amelia and Christina COLL. Brother of Luella LASALLE of Toronto, the late Alphonse BEUCKELARE and his wife Mary of Ridgetown, Mary ROBINSON and George MINNIE of Chatham, George and Anne COLL of London, Bernice ROBINSON of Port Glasgow and her late husband Carm, Edward and Heather COLL of Chatham, and Irma COLL of Port Glasgow. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Fred worked for Huron Construction, and was an avid hunter. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Monday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 2: 00-4:30 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with The Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF of Church of the Advent (Anglican) officiating. Interment in Morpeth Cemetery. Donations by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-16 published
JOHNSTON, Leo " Lee"
A resident of R.R.#5 Bothwell, passed away at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus on Saturday October 14, 2006 at the age of 73. Born in Sarnia, son of the late Charles and Louella CROUCH) JOHNSTON. Best friend and husband of Marjory (HARPER) JOHNSTON. Proud father of Charles and Michelle JOHNSTON of R.R.#1 Inwood, Michael and Dana JOHNSTON of Corunna. Loving grandfather of Mackenzie and Emily JOHNSTON. Dear brother of Mary SAYLOR of Bothwell. The JOHNSTON family will receive Friends at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 211 Elm Street, Bothwell on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF of Saint_John's Anglican Church, Aughrim officiating. Interment Bothwell Cemetery. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Diabetes Association, Saint_John's Anglican Church, Aughrim or the charity of ones choice. Online condolences and donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com "A tree will be planted in memory of Lee JOHNSTON in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-20 published
HAWKE, Cecil Morgan
A resident of Blenheim, passed away peacefully after fighting a lengthy, courageous battle with his illness at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance, Chatham, on Wednesday October 18, 2006 at the age of 80 years. son of the late Dinah and Wesley Morgan HAWKE. Beloved husband of Patricia (MacONACHIE) for 56 years. Loving father of Phyllis and Kingsley DAVIDSON of Merlin and Bruce and Mary Lou HAWKE of Kamloops British Columbia. Devoted Grandfather of Amy and Ryan FRAMPTON, Tim and Lyndsay DAVIDSON and Sarah HAWKE and Great-Grandfather of Meghan FRAMPTON and Brett DAVIDSON. Brother of Grace and Frank WEAVER of Niagara Falls, Bessie and Clarence RAYMOND of Orillia and Bill and Lorna HAWKE of Orillia. Brother-in-law of Bob and Sylvia MacONACHIE and George and Roline MacONACHIE all of Orillia and the late Marjorie and Norris WALKER. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Cec was a retired Ontario Provincial Police officer, an Honourary member of the Merlin Legion and a member of the Church of the Advent (Anglican), Ridgetown. He greatly cherished his family and was an inspiration to all who knew him. The family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St Clair Street, Chatham on Saturday from noon to 1: 30 p.m. Funeral Service to immediately follow at the Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF officiating. Interment Pardoville Union Cemetery. Donations made by cheque to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society greatly appreciated Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-13 published
BOOS, Donald F. " Don"
A resident of Port Glasgow, Donald BOOS passed away at Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at the age of 78. Born in Sandwich South Township, son of the late Joseph and Minnie (RIDSDALE) BOOS. Beloved husband of Ruth (ANDERSON) BOOS for 52 years. Dear father of Lynda PANDUR and her husband Craig of London, and Donna McLAREN and her husband Jack of LaSalle. Grandfather of Aaron PANDUR and Erik McLAREN. Brother of Pearl SWEET of Essex, Ona and Ivan REEB of Essex, and the late Joseph BOOS, Bernard BOOS, Violet BOOS, Mary TONG, and Rosemarie BILLING. Son-in-law of Mrs. Helen ANDERSON of Port Glasgow and her late husband William. Brother-in-law of Carson and Glenny ANDERSON of R.R.#1 Muirkirk, Allan and Barbara ANDERSON of R.R.#2 Muirkirk, and Jean BOOS of Essex. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Donald retired after 30 years of service as a Police Officer with the London Police Services. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with The Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF officiating. Interment in Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Howard Township. Donations by cheque to the Church of the Redeemer (Anglican), Four Counties Health Services Foundation, or the Canadian Diabetes Association (London Branch) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-18 published
ANDERSON, Helen Mary (née INGRAM)
A resident of Port Glasgow, Helen Mary ANDERSON passed away at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Friday, November 17, 2006 at the age of 92. Daughter of the late John and Minnie INGRAM. Beloved wife of the late William ANDERSON (1988.) Loving mother of Ruth BOOS of Port Glasgow, Carson and Glenny ANDERSON of R.R.#1 Muirkirk and Allan and Barbara ANDERSON of R.R.#2 Muirkirk. Grandmother of Doctor William and Patricia ANDERSON, John ANDERSON and friend Urs, Jamie and Denise ANDERSON, Lynda and Craig PANDUR, Beverley ANDERSON and friend Bernie and Donna and Jack McLAREN. Survived by several great-grandchildren. Dear aunt of John and Eva INGRAM, Dick and Ann INGRAM, Bob and Janice INGRAM, Ruth Ann and Bill KEENAN and Janice and Brian VOWELS. Survived by several great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son William ANDERSON (1993) and her brother John (Jack) INGRAM (1988.) The ANDERSON family will receive family and Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main St. E. Ridgetown on Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 2: 00-4:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 20, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m. with The Rev. Stephen DEMITROFF officiating. Interment in Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Howard Township. Donations by cheque to the Church of the Redeemer (Anglican), Four Counties Health Services Foundation, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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DEMITROFF o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-11 published
BAHRO, Stephen " Steve"
Formerly of R.R.#4 Alvinston passed away peacefully at the Watford Quality Care Centre, on Saturday December 9, 2006 at the age of 84. Sadly missed by his wife Mary (JANSSENS) and sons Roger (Judy) BAHRO of Inwood, Dennis (Pam) BAHRO of Tampa, Florida, Brian BAHRO of Wyoming and Gregory (Tracy) BAHRO of Dashwood. Loving grandfather of Roger Jr. (Michelle), Rob, Stephen, Kevin, Justin, Amanda, Matthew, Andrew, and one great-granddaughter Sara Gabriel. Dear brother of Mary (Warren) WADGE of Burlington, Joseph (Jean) BAHRO of Ottawa and George (Sylvia) BAHRO of Jordon Station. Kind brother-in-law of Ruth BAHRO and Margaret VARGA. Predeceased by sisters Susan BABINSKY and Ann SEKARK, brothers Tony and John BAHRO. The BAHRO family will receive Friends at the Badder and Robinson Funeral Home and Reception Centre 211 Elm Street Bothwell on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday December 12, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Stephen DEMITROFF of Saint_John's Anglican Church, Aughrim officiating. Interment Aughrim Cemetery. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to Saint_John's Anglican Church, Aughrim. A tree will be planted in memory of Steve BAHRO in the Badder and Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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DEMKEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-30 published
HEPBURN, Lyle " Bud" William
Of Saint Thomas, on Wednesday, November 28, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Gwendolyn (WALLIS) HEPBURN and dearly loved father of Brian and his wife Sue of Saint Thomas, Brenda and her husband Rob DAVIS of London and Betty Jane and her husband Ray DEMKEY of Saint Thomas. Dear brother of Geraldine ANTCLIFFE of Saint Thomas, Freda and her husband Alex McGREGOR of Saint Thomas, Norma and her husband Bert McCALLUM of Aylmer and John HEPBURN of R.R.#2 Saint Thomas. Loved grandfather of Beckey and her husband Steve WRIGHT and Kaitlyn and Emily DAVIS and the late Shaun HEPBURN. Loved great-grandfather of Shelby and Shaun WRIGHT. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 2 brothers Neil and Ervin HEPBURN (his wife Anne HEPBURN of Saint Thomas) and by 2 sisters Nettie CAMPBELL and Amy COX. Lyle was born in New Sarum on November 19, 1926, the son of the late John and Alma (SMITH) HEPBURN. He was a independent gravel truck driver and worked a number of years for Springer Gravel. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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DEMKIW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
SAWCHUK, Taras Michael
With love and sadness, his family records his passing, in the very early morning of Thursday, February 9, 2006, at Sudbury Regional Hospital, Laurentian Site, Sudbury, Ontario, from complications due to Parkinson's disease. Taras was born in Britannia Beach, British Columbia, July 18, 1926, to Ukrainian immigrant parents, Mitchal and Sophie (née DEMKIW.) The young family moved to Sudbury in the early 1930s. He attended Sudbury High School and continued his education in architectural design at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto. In Toronto he also met his wife, Sonia (nee NICOLOFF,) and they returned to raise their three children in Sudbury where he initially pursued a career in architecture. In the 1960s he designed Chelmsford Valley District Composite School and went on to become a dedicated and much-loved teacher in the same school in the 1960s through to his retirement late 1980s. He returned to British Columbia in the 1990s, for love. He was an enthusiastic Vancouver folk orchestra member. He created regular opportunities for travel with family members and close Friends, to share his love of music, theatre and visual arts. He was a watercolour artist. He loved the Canadian outdoors and was an avid cross-country skier and tennis player. He moved once more to Sudbury in 2001 where, in spite of failing health, he is remembered by those who assisted him as a gentle, considerate man, who retained his exceptional social graces (and love of dancing) to the end. If desired, a donation to a humanitarian cause of your choice is an appropriate remembrance of his strong convictions and activism in that regard. Taras was also a life-long member of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians and a founding member of the Sudbury Jubilee Folk Ensemble. He is survived by his loving partner, Margot THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON; his son, Jim; two daughters, Sonia and Taressa; three grandchildren, Justin, Mikaila and Wave his brother, Oryst; and nephew, Sergei. Shortly before his death, Taras learned he would be a great-grandfather. Alexander Tarino SAWCHUK is expected in March. Friends and family will be received at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home (233 Larch Street, Sudbury, Ontario, P3B 1M2, 1-800-461-0159), on Sunday, February 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life is planned for the spring in Sudbury. Ash interment is also planned for the spring.

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DEMMERY o@ca.on.brant.brantford.the_expositor 2006-03-22 published
DEMMERY, Winnifred " Wynne" Evaleen (née KENNEDY)
Peacefully at Leisure World Nursing Home, on Monday March 20th, 2006 in her 88th year. Wynne DEMMERY, dearly loved mother of Keith DEMMERY and his wife Louise of London and Earl DEMMERY of Brantford. She will be missed by her grandchildren Steven (Guerdah), Jason, Nadine, Nicole (Derek), Gregory and Kyle. Great grandmother to Samuelle, Wynne is predeceased by her husband Joseph (December 31st, 1989) and her parents Clinton and Laura KENNEDY (née DAVIS.) Dearly loved sister of Bessie CAIRNS of Georgetown, Wilfred (Jan) of Lindsay and Frank (Eleanor) of Peterborough. Many thanks to the staff at Leisure World and Doctor WILSON for their kindness and compassionate care. The DEMMERY Family will receive Friends at McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Rd. N, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 2: 00 p.m. with interment to take place at Glendale Memorial Gardens, 1810 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, Saturday at 10: 00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the Canadian Diabetes Association greatly appreciated. McCleister 758-1553, mccleisterfuneralhome@rogers.com

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DEMOE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-26 published
OSBORNE, Helen (née REILLY)
Peacefully at Humber Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 25, 2006. Beloved wife of John MILLER. Loving mother of Jacqueline DEMOE, Patricia WERCHEHORA and Diane RUTHFORD. Will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Deborah, John and William. Great-grandmother of Kailee, Vanessa, Brigid and Curtis. Friends may call at Giffen-Mack "Danforth" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. Subway), 416-698-3121, on Friday, January 27 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Funeral service will commence at 12: 00 o'clock. Interment to follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by her family.

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DEMOLOUPOS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-12 published
DEMOLOUPOS, Lewis (May 13, 1956 to July 12, 2005)
Well here we are without you None of us thought we would see the day Where your bright shining smile faded away We saw the pain and struggle And still didn't quite understand How that beautiful smile kept shining on You would think the first day without it Would be so dull and gray, But the sun was shining giving us hope That everything would be ok Well here we are without you The first year has gone by Yet you still comfort us With your bright shining smile, Embedded in our minds eye.
Love Kathy, Helena and George.
My dearest husband, A million times I've needed you A million times I've cried If love could have saved you You never would have died. Things we feel most deeply Are the hardest things to say, My dearest one, I loved you, In a very special way. If I could have one lifetime wish One dream that could come true, I'd pray to God with all my heart For yesterday and you.

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DEMOPOULOS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-12 published
DEMOPOULOS, Lewis
In loving memory of our beloved son, Lewis, who passed away one year ago today, July 12, 2005.
A part of us has died with you,
We miss you and will never forget you.
You are forever loved and remembered. Mom and Dad.

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DEMOPOULOS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-12 published
DEMOPOULOS, Lewis
In loving memory of our most special brother and uncle, Lewis, who passed away one year ago today.
Lewis, you are cherished in our hearts everyday.
Our love for you can never die.
Remembered today and always, Jim, Brenda, Laura, Ryan and Sarah.

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DEMOPOULOS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-12 published
DEMOPOULOS, Lewis
To A Wonderful Friend, Your radiant smile and laughter will remain in our hearts forever, We will treasure the great times and always honour your Friendship.
Always remembered, Janet and Bob, Maria and Chris, Lois and Ray, Annette and Joe.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-02 published
EVOY, " Bud"
After a valiant fight, an old soldier lost his final battle with cancer. Victorious in life, "Bud" succumbed to this relentless enemy on Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 in the Palliative Care Unit of Parkwood Hospital, in his 84th year. He has left a lifetime of cherished memories in the minds of his best friend and chosen partner Jan, his daughter Carol and her companion Matt. He will be missed by his other children Diane and Jim, grandchildren Gordon, Stephanie, David, Brandon, Jennifer, Amanda, Jason, Christine and George Jr. Bud was the proud great-grandfather of Elizabeth. Predeceased by his first wife Frances and son George. Bud will go to his final resting place in the mausoleum of St. Peter's Cemetery following the service celebrating Bud's life at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, (520 Dundas Street, London), on Friday, February 3rd at 1 p.m. Friends may share their sadness at Bud's passing with his family during visitation on Thursday, February 2nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The family will always be grateful to Dr. BOLDT and the dedicated nurses at Parkwood Palliative Care Unit for doing their best to make Bud comfortable during his final days. A special thank you goes to Carolyn LANNIN of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Dr. DEMPSEY for their valiant efforts to help Jan keep Bud in his home for as long as possible. The Canadian Cancer Society would be grateful for any donations made in Bud's memory to help continue their efforts to achieve victory in the war against cancer. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-15 published
McDONALD, Kenneth Blake
In his 70th year, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2006 at Bluewater Health, Norman St, with his family near. Born and raised in Highgate, Ontario, Ken was the son of the late Kathleen CLANAHAN (1940) and Clarence McDONALD (1965.) Also predeceased by his grandparents Ezra McDONALD (1952) and Annie BLOOM (1963.) During his lifetime, Ken served many communities in Southwestern Ontario as a funeral director. He is survived by his children Kaye (Bill) DEMPSEY of London, Karen (Tim) BROWN of Sarnia, Kristine SPARHAM of Sarnia and John (Lisa) McDONALD of Petrolia and by their mother Maxine McDONALD. Remembered by his grandchildren, Matthew Legault, Cory, Cameron and Christopher Brown, Allison and Emily Sparham and Bruce and Adam McDONALD. A memorial visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Sarnia Lambton or the Charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be emailed smithfuneralhome@cogeco.net

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-29 published
BERRY, Ruth Evelyn Georgina (née HARVEY)
Was taken home to Jesus on Thursday, September 28, 2006 at Huronview Home in Clinton, Ontario. Beloved wife for 54 years (as of September 27, 2006) to Joseph BERRY. Dear mother of Gwendoline and her husband Dennis RODGERS of Ingersoll, Joan and her husband Gary TAILOR/TAYLOR of Port Albert, David BERRY and his companion Sharon MONTGOMERY of Wingham and Esther BERRY (Ron) of Goderich. Lovingly remembered by her two grand_sons, Justin Curtis DEMPSEY and William John Joseph BERRY. Sister of Ruby LYNCH of Hamilton, Alfred HARVEY and his wife Madeline, Ron HARVEY and his wife Lynn all of Huron Park and Arthur HARVEY and his wife Maria of Calgary Alberta. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a daughter Beverley BERRY and two brothers William and Harold HARVEY. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd., - "Bluewater Chapel", 201 Suncoast Drive, East, Goderich, Ontario N7A 4H8 (519-524-1221) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, October 2, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Shane FITCH officiating. Interment Dungannon Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Elevator Fund at Bethel Pentecostal Assembly.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2006-03-08 published
BRANIFF, Gordon Alexander
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a long time resident of the Town of Collingwood. Gordon BRANIFF, one of Collingwood's former mayors (Canada's youngest mayor at the age of 29) has passed away peacefully at Sunset Manor on March 2nd 2006. His wife Ruby, his daughters, and family Friends were at his side. Gordon was well known for his contributions to both the Town of Collingwood and the Village of Wasaga Beach. Gordon was the Personnel and Safety Manager of Collingwood Shipyards and Employee Relations Manager of Harding Carpets Limited. Gordon leaves a long legacy of contributions to both the Town of Collingwood and the Village of Wasaga Beach. He served many years as an Elder and Clerk of the Session at First Presbyterian Church in Collingwood. Gordon was also an active member of the Masonic Lodge and Branch 63 of the Collingwood Legion. Gordon was the son of the late Daniel and Myrtle BRANIFF and son-in-law of the late Myrtle CALDWELL. Gordon leaves behind his wife Ruby of 60 years, his daughter Brenda GERYNOWICZ (son-in-law the late Paul GERYNOWICZ,) granddaughter Shelley DEMPSEY (Mike DEMPSEY,) grand_son Sean GERYNOWICZ, great grand_son Cody DEMPSEY and great granddaughter Caitlin DEMPSEY. His daughter Donna LITTLE and his son-in-law Glen LITTLE, granddaughter Angela MARTINEZ and her husband Tomas, grand_sons Justin and Billy HAMILTON, extended grand_sons Neil and Jeffery LITTLE, Tracy and Mark HAMILTON and their families. His sister Hazel HURLBUT and her late husband Frank, and their children Cathy and Paul and their families. Sister-in-law Marguerite PILKINGTON and her late husband Arthur, and their children. The family wishes to thank all of Gord and Ruby's dearest Friends who have been with them at this time. In lieu of flowers please give donations in Gordon's memory to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated. A service to celebrate Gordon's life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 200 Maple Street, Collingwood, Ontario. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the lower hall. Interment to take place at First Presbyterian Cemetery, Collingwood in Spring 2006. To leave comments for the family please visit www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-10 published
DEMPSEY, Violet Elizabeth (née WALSH)
Peacefully at Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga after a courageous battle with leukemia, on Thursday, February 9, 2006, in her 79th year. Violet (née WALSH,) loving and devoted wife of the late Howard James DEMPSEY of Newcastle. Dear mother of Brian and his wife Vivian of Calgary, Keith of Newcastle, Leila (Lee) and her husband Bruno TUCCI of Mississauga, and Barry of Toronto. Sadly missed by grandchildren Lisa, Nicole, and Steven. Sister of Evelyn and her late husband John COWIE of Calgary and Barbara and her husband Andrew MacKENZIE of Montreal. Missed by many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and Friends. 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 Sunday, February 12, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 214 King Avenue East, Newcastle, on Monday, February 13, at 11: 00 a.m., followed by cremation. If so desired, donations to the St. Francis of Assisi Building Fund in Violet's memory would be appreciated by her family. (Expressions of sympathy may be made on-line through www.newcastlefuneralhome.com.)

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
LAPOINTE, Lylla (DEMPSEY)
Suddenly at the Etobicoke General Hospital on Sunday, February 26, 2006 at the age of 84 years. Beloved wife of the late Martin LAPOINTE. Loving mother of Gus (Inez,) Ray, Chester (Marilyn,) Gloria, George, Gabe (Diane), Vickie, Mary, Percy, Elias and the late Claude and Hilda. Dearly loved by 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, other relatives and Friends. The family will receive visitors at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. For service information, please call 416-241-4618. Cremation. with interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-03 published
BRANIFF, Gordon Alexander
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a long time resident of the Town of Collingwood. Gordon BRANIFF, one of Collingwood's former mayors (Canada's youngest mayor at the age of 29) has passed away peacefully at Sunset Manor on March 2nd, 2006. His wife Ruby, his daughters, and family Friends were at his side. Gordon was well known for his contributions to both the Town of Collingwood and the Village of Wasaga Beach. Gordon was the Personnel and Safety Manager of Collingwood Shipyards and Employee Relations Manager of Harding Carpets Limited. Gordon leaves a long legacy of contributions to both the Town of Collingwood and the Village of Wasaga Beach. He served many years as an Elder and Clerk of the Session at First Presbyterian Church in Collingwood. Gordon was also an active member of the Masonic Lodge and Branch 63 of the Collingwood Legion. Gordon was the son of the late Daniel and Myrtle BRANIFF and son-in-law of the late Myrtle CALDWELL. Gordon leaves behind his wife Ruby of 60 years, his daughter Brenda GERYNOWICZ (son-in-law the late Paul GERYNOWICZ,) granddaughter Shelley DEMPSEY (Mike DEMPSEY,) grand_son Sean GERYNOWICZ, great-grand_son Cody DEMPSEY and great-granddaughter Caitlin DEMPSEY; his daughter Donna LITTLE and his son-in-law Glen LITTLE, granddaughter Angela MARTINEZ and her husband Tomas, grand_sons Justin and Billy HAMILTON, extended grand_sons Neil and Jeffery LITTLE, Tracy and Mark HAMILTON and their families; his sister Hazel HURLBUT and her late husband Frank, and their children Cathy and Paul and their families sister-in-law Marguerite PILKINGTON and her late husband Arthur, and their children. The family wishes to thank all of Gord and Ruby's dearest Friends who have been with them at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gordon's memory to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated. A service to celebrate Gordon's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at First Presbyterian Church, 200 Maple Street, Collingwood, Ontario. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the lower hall. Interment to take place at First Presbyterian Cemetery, Collingwood in Spring 2006. To leave comments for the family please visit www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-17 published
LIOTTA, John Anthony "J.L." (1938-2006)
At University Hospital, London, peacefully after a short illness, surrounded by family, on Good Friday, April 14, hours prior to his 43rd wedding anniversary. Loving husband of Nancy (née CARMICHAEL) of Collingwood, Ontario. Beloved father of Joanne BROWN (Rod) of Collingwood, John LIOTTA (Rebecca) of Stratford, Christy McDONALD (John) of Shanty Bay, James LIOTTA of Collingwood and Michael LIOTTA of Collingwood. Grandfather of Jordan, Connor, and Hannah BROWN, Kelsea and John LIOTTA, Carter, Lucas and Samuel McDONALD. Son-in-law of W.J. (Scotty) CARMICHAEL of Collingwood. He will be missed by sisters, Ignatia ARRIGO and Virginia STEVENS, and brother Salvatore LIOTTA. Predeceased by parents, Diego and Josephine LIOTTA and sisters, Mary GRIESI and Josephine LIOTTA. Born on October 8, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario. Attended Saint Peter's Choir School, Saint Michael's College H.S., University of Toronto. Graduated from Assumption University of Windsor and later received his Masters of Education from O.I.S.E. Teaching career included: Michael Power H.S., New Toronto H.S., Stayner C.I., Collingwood C.I. until his retirement in 1993. Teacher, coach, mentor, community leader, J.L. generously shared his passion for people. John's family will receive visitors on Tuesday, April 18 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Home, 82 Pine Street, Collingwood. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 63 Elgin Street, Collingwood. Interment at Saint Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Foster Parents Plan, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital are suggested. Thanks to the specialized talents of all the medical staff, including Doctors DISTEFANO and McFARLAND and the Nursing Staff of General and Marine Hospital, Doctors KIAII, and McKENZIE and the Intensive Care Unit nurses at University Hospital in London. Heartfelt thanks to Michelle DEMPSEY for her love and support. Friends may leave comments for the family by visiting www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com

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DEMPSEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-23 published
Anna RUSSELL, 94: Opera parodist
Singer Anna RUSSELL got start in T.O.
Took cheeky shows around the globe
By Olivia WARD, Staff Reporter with files from Associated Press
The fat lady has sung.
After a dazzling, often zany career spanning six decades, singer and comedian Anna RUSSELL died Wednesday at 94 in the Australian seaside town of Bateman's Bay -- half a world away from her former home in Unionville, Ontario
"She went very peacefully," her adopted daughter, Dierdre PRUSSAK told reporters in Australia, where her mother had joined her for the last months of her life.
But peaceful is the last word to describe Canadian-born RUSSELL's lively career, which included sold-out performances in New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and with the Canadian Opera Company -- as well as global tours featuring her own saucy satirical songs and poetry.
"She was somebody who believed that serious music doesn't have to wear a frown," says Toronto Star critic William LITTLER.
A naturalized Canadian, RUSSELL gave farewell performances in her 70s while living in the Unionville retirement community of Heritage Village, adjacent to a street named for her, Anna Russell Way. Married and divorced twice, her second husband was the late Canadian artist Charles GOLDHAMMER.
"I fly a lot… and the airport is closer than it would be if I lived in Toronto," she once told the Star's columnist Lotta DEMPSEY, as she continued a head-spinning schedule of European and American engagements in her golden years.
Born in London, Ontario, of a Canadian mother and a British military officer father, RUSSELL grew up in England lamenting her less-than-perfect looks and voice -- the result of a smashed nose in a field hockey accident while at boarding school.
"Certain notes came out a yodel," she explained, telling of a career that veered from classical to comedic after the voice-altering event. But she went on to study at the elite Royal College of Music, and even snaffled a short and disastrous role in the Pietro Mascagni opera Cavalleria Rusticana.
Her one performance ended when she slipped onstage and crashed against the set, which collapsed. As the orchestra exploded with laughter, RUSSELL was packed off in disgrace. She then debuted as a folk singer on British Broadcasting Corporation radio, and later appeared on Canadian radio in a variety of shows.
She described some of her misadventures in her autobiographical books, The Power of Being a Positive Stinker, and I'm Not Making This Up, You Know.
The latter title was scooped from one of her most famous lines, taken from a breathless half-hour tour de force condensation of Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs, still used by serious students as a guide to the German composer's masterwork.
But it was in Toronto that RUSSELL got her start, when she returned to Canada with her mother after her father's death at the onset of World War 2.
"She was taken on by Sir Ernest MacMillan for his popular Christmas Box concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra," says LITTLER. "He had a great sense of humour, and he saw her talent right away. She was a big hit."
Like vocal satirist Victor Borge, RUSSELL became a sought-after performer worldwide. Her recordings as well as performances were hailed as gems, and later as classics. In one, RUSSELL accompanied herself on the piano, offering lessons in "how to write your own Gilbert and Sullivan opera." But she also brought down the house during the Cold War with a mock-tragic Russian folk song featuring a chorus of "da, nyet, da, nyet."
In one of her best-known riffs, she explains Wagner's Das Rheingold, in which Erda tells the god Wotan, weiche, weiche -- "be careful. She then bears him eight daughters."
No musical nationality escaped what critics called "her laser-beam sense of humour."
RUSSELL's defiant floor-kicking flamenco dancer and her ultra-virginal British choral soprano delighted European audiences as much as those in Canada. A parody of Bizet's Carmen, with the feisty heroine groping for her deck of fortune-telling cards in her voluminous low-cut bodice, won her standing ovations.
Even RUSSELL's Ring Cycle performance won admiration from the notoriously combative Wagner family, which invited her to perform it at their musical shrine of Bayreuth, and included it in a video of the opera.
Best known for her vocal performances, RUSSELL jokingly described herself as "the Rip Van Winkle of Toronto -- a bit decrepit but not yet passed away."
"I still have one of the great voices of the decayed -- a roar rather than screech, in a comfy basso nonprofundo," she told the Star in 1977.
Her comic opera roles include the Duchess of Crackenthorp in the 1977 Canadian Opera Company production of Daughter of the Regiment, and the witch in Hansel and Gretel at the New York and San Francisco operas.
But RUSSELL also played a variety of instruments, including the piano and ukelele. "She once came on stage with a bagpipe, and took it apart as a lesson on how to play it," recalls LITTLER.
RUSSELL took to the stage, founding Grow Productions, which presented Victorian drama Lady Audley's Secret at the New York World's Fair in 1964, and played a leading role in Noël Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit. Catching a wave of popularity, she composed, wrote and performed her own comedy material for Columbia Records.
RUSSELL's cheeky style won over audiences when she was well into her 70s. Giving advice on how to be a successful singer, she quipped that although a glorious voice was important, "it helps to be an independently wealthy, politically motivated, back-stabbing bitch."

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