DEMPSTER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-10-04 published
DEMPSTER, Keith
Thank You
The family of the late Keith DEMPSTER, wish to express their heartfelt thanks to relatives and Friends for their loving support in the loss of a dear father and husband. Their expression of sympathy through visitation, floral tributes, and charitable donations was most appreciated. Special thanks to Reverend Terry WHITLAM, organist Peter COATES, the staff of the Steven Bridge Funeral Home and to the Angus United Church Women for serving a delicious luncheon. Sincere thanks also to the Intensive Care Unit staff at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and the nursing staff on 4NC at Royal Victoria Hospital.
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DEMSHAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-18 published
DEMSHAR, Pauline Anne
Passed away suddenly at home surrounded by her loving daughters Dr. Helen and Sylvia DEMSHAR on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Predeceased by her beloved husband Stanley (July 1983). Survived by her sisters Julia STACEY and Olga WILGOSH and her brothers Bill and Nick STECY, and many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint Margaret of Scotland Church with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, remembrances in Pauline's name may be made to the charity of your choice. The family wish to thank Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Care Centre for their wonderful care given during Pauline's life. Arrangements in the care of the Trull Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 416-488-1101.

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DEMSKIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-16 published
TEDDER, Mary Gwendolyn (née THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON)
Passed away peacefully with family at Trillium Mississauga Hospital on January 14, 2006 in her 85th year. Born in Camden East and raised in Brooklin, Ontario; later lived in Toronto, Sparrow Lake and Mississauga. Survived by brothers Clarence (Elsie) and John (Lois) THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON; nieces and nephews Lynn, Doug, Jamie (Avon) and Criss THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON; Margaret Anne DEMSKIE (Rick) and Claire GOLDA (Terry) and families. Predeceased by husband Tommy TEDDER, daughter of Clare and Pearl THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Longtime member of Cooksville United Church. Memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2006 at Cooksville United Church, 2500 Mimosa Row, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 1B7. Reception to follow. Committal of ashes to be held in the spring in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cooksville United Church or other charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements by J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, Georgetown, 905-877-3631. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com

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DEMUNCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-01 published
MIGGENS, Hilda M. (née DEMUNCK)
Surrounded by the love of her family and Friends, Hilda M. MIGGENS passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2006 in her 84th year. Beloved wife and best friend to her husband of 62 years, Remie MIGGENS. Wonderful and loving mother to Brenda LEWIS and her husband Fred, Rick MIGGENS and his wife Kim, all of Tillsonburg. Cherished by her step-grandchildren and great-grandchild, Wendy LEWIS of London, Mike LEWIS and his wife Jennifer and baby Ian of Richmond Hill. Hilda was much loved and will be greatly missed by her sisters Blanche MABEE, Laura RAYNOR and her brother Gabe DEMUNCK and his wife Leah, as well as her sister-in-law Emma BAERT. A special "Aunt Hilda" to her many nieces and nephews, she is survived by many relatives in Belgium. Predeceased by her parents Henri and Magdelena DEMUNCK, infant brother Cyril, brothers-in-law Jim MABEE, Eugene BAERT and her niece Janice MABEE. Friends will be received at the Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Sunday, November 5, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. C.W.L. Prayers will commence at 4: 00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 6, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. from Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg. Rev. Fr. Matthew GEORGE officiating. Interment at Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital or Tillsonburg Dialysis Unit would be greatly appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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DEMUNNIK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-21 published
Bruce DUNCAN, Conservationist (1946-2006)
General manager of the Hamilton Conservation Authority haunted Ontario's Niagara escarpment and was a prolific contributor to books and articles on hawks and eagles
By Ron CSILLAG,
Special to the Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- Not even his own wedding could interfere with Bruce Duncan's love of birds and nature. His 1992 marriage to fellow hawk bander Janet SNAITH took place at Hawk Cliff, a prime hawk-watching bluff overlooking Lake Erie, near Port Stanley, Ontario As Peter WHELAN, the Globe's late birder columnist duly noted at the time, the bride and groom wore binoculars. So did the guests and minister, who had been forewarned the ceremony might be interrupted to observe any interesting birds of prey.
Fifteen minutes before the nuptials, a peregrine falcon portentously circled overhead, but no hawk of note interrupted the "I do's." The next morning, Mr. DUNCAN's new wife helped him capture the first peregrine falcon in his 16 years of banding.
Among Canada's leading naturalists and experts on raptors, or birds of prey, Mr. DUNCAN was a passionate conservationist and outdoorsman who loved to teach schoolchildren in and around Hamilton about the plant and animal life in their surroundings. He was a prolific contributor to books and scholarly articles on eagles, hawks and natural history in Ontario.
Mr. DUNCAN was general manager and chief administrative officer of the Hamilton Conservation Authority. "Bruce was in charge of a $15-million organization and would not carry a cell phone," noted Chris FIRTH- EAGLAND, chairman of the authority. "He so trusted and respected his staff that he wanted them to deal with the issues. He was very hardworking and dedicated and was always pursuing better environmental approaches to doing business, remediating properties and acquiring new lands to protect them."
Normally a quiet, self-effacing man, Mr. DUNCAN had recently been flying high. On October 23, Ontario gifted to the conservation authority a 180-acre parcel of land in upper Stoney Creek, west of Hamilton, called the Eramosa Karst (a geological formation where surface water erodes soft limestone and creates underground streams and caverns). It is considered an environmentally significant property; the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources designated the lands an area of natural and scientific interest in 2003.
Two weeks later, a beaming Mr. DUNCAN emceed the ceremony at which Heritage Green Community Trust announced a $1.5-million donation, which he had negotiated, to the Hamilton Conservation Foundation for the development of the karst lands as the city's newest conservation area.
"Elation couldn't describe how he had been feeling in the last couple of weeks for bringing those two things together," Mr. FIRTH- EAGLAND said. "There's no higher end for us than to acquire new land and open it up for recreation, education and different functions."
Mr. DUNCAN joined the authority in 1988 to run its outdoor education program. He would take schoolchildren on nature hikes through the Dundas Valley. In 1992, he became the Hamilton Conservation Authority's staff ecologist, and a decade later, was named director of watershed planning and engineering, a post in which he was responsible for the flood warning and response system. He became the authority's general manager in January of 2004, and embarked on an ambitious five-year strategic plan.
The authority will mark its 50th anniversary in 2008, and the karst acquisition and donation were fine advance centrepieces. "You can image the satisfaction that our organization felt -- that he felt -- [at] already having this 50th anniversary birthday present all wrapped up, all secured, all ready," Mr. FIRTH- EAGLAND said.
Born in post-war England to a British mother and Scottish-born member of the Canadian army's medical corps, Mr. DUNCAN grew up in Orillia, Ontario He graduated with a psychology degree from Wilfred Laurier University and spent the next three years as a guide at the Quetico Provincial Park west of Thunder Bay, providing instruction in canoeing, trekking and wilderness lore.
The experience was life-changing. He returned to the University of Waterloo to study biology and then worked for 11 years for the Grand River Conservation Authority as a resource interpreter at the Taquanyah Nature Centre near Cayuga, where he established himself as a raptor expert. He supervised the introduction of bald eagles to southern Ontario, and helped introduce peregrine falcons in the Hamilton area.
But it was on hawks Mr. DUNCAN was considered an expert. "He was a self-confessed hawk nut," said Debbie DUNCAN, his sister-in-law. "He had a life-long passion for sharing knowledge and enthusiasm for nature. He was always leading hikes and workshops."
Mr. DUNCAN served as president of both the 500-member Hamilton Naturalist Club and the Ontario Bird Banding Association. He personally banded the legs of thousands of predatory birds to track their migration habits, enduring little more than the usual talon stabs and scratches. He named one of "his" bald eagles Gustav Mahler, for his favourite composer. His friend and co-birder of 30 years, Bob CURRY, recalls that Mr. DUNCAN came close to tears when he discovered that Gustav had been shot and killed over Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
"He was a gentleman and a gentle man," Mr. CURRY recalled. "He never raised his voice, but managed to influence people."
In 1991, Mr. DUNCAN founded the Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch program, which monitors the migration of hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures over the Niagara Escarpment.
Nicknamed "the Fox" for his red hair, Mr. DUNCAN was a First World War buff who read avidly. "He consumed everything," said his wife, Janet. "If something caught his interest, he wasn't satisfied until he'd read a dozen books on the subject."
He indulged his Scottish heritage once a year when the family hosted a Robbie Burns night at their house (once the home of Alexander Graham Bell.) Mr. DUNCAN would don a kilt and dress a mean haggis. In the warm weather, when not out trekking and communing, he would sit in a lawn chair, imported beer in one hand and requisite binoculars in the other. In the winter, he delighted neighbours by building snowmen and snowdogs.
There were frequent family outings with Janet and two young children. "We were always going somewhere," Janet said, "somewhere different, and experiencing new things."
Mr. DUNCAN received many honours for his work, including Hamilton's Environmentalist of the Year Award in 1992, the Canada 125 Award for Environmental Service to the Community, and a 1997 accolade from the Hawk Migration Association of North America.
As for the stereotypical image of Hamilton as a gritty steel town with little regard for conservation or the environment, Mr. DUNCAN extolled the region as having more waterfalls than any community in North America, and more escarpment lands and green space per capita than any other Canadian city -- and he wanted to keep it that way, said Mr. FIRTH- EAGLAND. " Bruce had a different feeling about Hamilton. He felt that Hamilton was blessed."
And as the Hamilton Spectator noted last week, the community has lost not only a friend, but a teacher whose name is "memorialized in millions of tonnes of uncarved stone -- and grass, woods, streams and caves."
Bruce William DUNCAN was born on January 13, 1946, in Woking, Surrey, England. He died in hospital in Brantford on November 11, 2006, after suffering injuries in a car accident near his home in Paris, Ontario The vehicle he was driving had been struck head-on by a car that had crossed the centre line. The other diver was declared dead at the scene. He was 60. He leaves his wife, Janet; two children, Katie, 10 and James, 13; one brother, Jim, and a sister, Margaret DEMUNNIK. A public celebration of his life will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral and Memorial Centre, 1010 Botanical Dr., Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, November 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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DEMUY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-14 published
FITZMAURICE, Colleen Marie
Peacefully at University Hospital, London, Ontario on Saturday June 10, Colleen Marie FITZMAURICE in her 51st year. Dear daughter of the late John L. FITZMAURICE (1959) and Marie FITZMAURICE (CLARKE, 1989.) Beloved Sister of Bernice (Darcy) GEGEAR of Delaware, Mary Lou FITZMAURICE of London and Marnie (Bruce) DEMUY of London. Dear Aunt of Rob GEGEAR of Toronto, Dave and Lucy GEGEAR of London, Brian and Marilyn DEMUY of Vancouver, Alison and Andrew THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Waterloo. Beloved Great aunt of Shea, Spencer and Ainsley GEGEAR, Benjamin DEMUY and Elise THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. At Colleen's request a private family service was held Tuesday, June 13 at The John T. Donohue Funeral Home, conducted by Father Joe SEMINATI followed by interment at Saint Peter's Cemetery. Donations in Colleen's memory to The London and Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be expressed at donohue@donohuefuneralhome.ca

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DEMUYNCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-10 published
DEMUYNCK, Frank
At the Bobier Villa, Dutton on Sunday, October 8, 2006. Frank DEMUYNCK of R.R.#1 Wallacetown in his 49th year. Beloved husband of Doris (Romik) DEMUYNCK. Loved father of Eric at home. Dear son of Daniel and Nicole DEMUYNCK of R.R.#3 West Lorne and son-in-law of Gundi ROMIK of West Lorne. Dear brother and uncle of Nancy and John GANHADEIRO, Nikolas and Melanie of R.R.#3 Dutton. Frank is also survived by his aunt Angela and the late Roger DEMUYNCK of West Lorne, and cousins Derek and Janice of Wardsville and his many aunts, uncles and cousins in Europe and Canada. Frank's request was there will be no funeral home visitation or funeral service, relatives and Friends are welcome to visit at the family residence, 8807 Coyne Road, R.R.#1 Wallacetown. Arn Funeral Home, 193 Shackleton Street, Dutton entrusted with arrangements.

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