FILANOWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
FILANOWSKI, Julian, C.M.A.
(Owner Cantina Mexicana, Streetsville and Musician, Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble)
Peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 17, 2006. Beloved husband of Maria. Loving mother of Cathy (Mike) Erdle, Paul (Donna), David (Ruth) and Juliette. Devoted grandpa of Christopher, Danielle, Lisa, Stephanie, Nicole, John Paul and Anna. Julian will be deeply missed by his family, Friends, and fellow musicians. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. A Celebration of Julian's Life will be held in the Ward Chapel on Friday at 1 p.m. Interment Parklawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Life Member Benevolent Fund Toronto Musicians' Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to julian.filanowski@wardfh.com

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FILANOWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-19 published
FILANOWSKI, Julian, C.M.A.
(Owner Cantina Mexicana, Streetsville and Musician, Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble)
Peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 17, 2006. Beloved wife of Maria. Loving mother of Cathy (Mike) Erdle, Paul (Donna), David (Ruth) and Juliette. Devoted grandpa of Christopher, Danielle, Lisa, Stephanie, Nicole, John Paul and Anna. Julian will be deeply missed by his family, Friends, and fellow musicians. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. A Celebration of Julian's Life will be held in the Ward Chapel on Friday at 1 p.m. Interment Parklawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Life Member Benevolent Fund Toronto Musicians' Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to julian.filanowski@wardfh.com

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FILBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-17 published
CUSHLEY, William
Elaine and Errol CUSHLEY wish to thank all the people who gave of their time and help in helping us cope with the death of our son William who was killed in action in the fierce fighting with the Taliban insurgents in the Panswaii district of Kandahar Afghanistan on the 3rd of September, 2006. We want to thank all the many people from across Canada, England and the U.S.A. who sent cards of condolence and/or flowers and made donations to the Canadian Legion Branch 18. We are sending cards of thanks to all who included their address. For all others, please accept our heartfelt thanks. Your cards and flowers were a great comfort to us. We would also like to recognize some Friends who gave support above and beyond and who are continuing to do so: Sheldon PLANETTA, Janice LEYSTRA, Tom and Ellen ATKINS, Dave and Bunny ATKINS, Doug and Wille MANNING, Chris FILBY, Lynne McKERRACHER, Padre Dan, Father Grey, Father Gillespie, Father Philip and Pastor Bob. Also, the Mayor-Council and staff of St. Clair Township for voting the funds for the new flagpole and for the community of Port Lambton as a whole, we thank you for your sympathy and caring. To Scott BURRITT, who could not have been more comforting and caring toward us not only in a professional manner but also in a personal manner. He was and still is the most professional of any funeral director I have had contact with. To all of the staff of the Nicholls Funeral Home thank you for your assistance with all of our needs. To the eleven of William's Friends, who honoured him with his name and rank tattooed on their arms and who marched with the army honour guard accompanying William on his final march to the cemetery. To the young lady Friends of his who had Support Our Troops Ribbons tattooed on their ankles. A special thank you to Amanda HAY for organizing and presenting a slide show during the visitation. To the ex Royal Canadian Regiment senior warrant officer who traveled from Paris, Ontario to Petawawa to present his own regimental ring to me to wear in honour of William. For the military who have been with us every step of the way. The Commander in chief, Governor General Michells Jean-Generals Hillier and Leslie and all Officers, non-commissioned officer's, and Ranks. For Colonel TROLLOPE for his words of comfort at the red ribbon rally in Toronto. To the R.C.R. Regiment that William so loved and was so proud to serve in that he had the words Royal Canadian Regiment in 2 inch high letters tattooed on his back from shoulder to shoulder. Also for the way that the Regiment honoured him at his funeral. To Major Scott, the Commanding Officer of the rear party, for his words of comfort and kindness to both of us at both the base in Petawawa and William's funeral. We thank you Sir. And lastly to Captain Philip GAUGHAN, our Assisting Officer, who was and still is our rock and anchor. For guiding us through our sea of despair, for being the light at the end of the tunnel when all around us was darkness and for his compassion and kindness even at the expense of those nearest and dearest to his own heart. We thank you Philip for your comfort and caring and above all being our friend. Errol and Elaine CUSHLEY.

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FILBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-20 published
WOLLIN, Mildred Syer
Entered peacefully into rest at the Kingston General Hospital Kingston, Ontario on Tuesday, December 19, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Delbert WOLLIN. Loving mother of David (Jennifer,) Ken (Judy), Peter (Heather) and Andrew (Karen). Proud grandmother of Stephanie, Reagan, Leslie, Michael and Timothy. Dear sister of Jean FILBY of Thamesville and predeceased by her brothers Thomas SHERMAN and Edward SHERMAN. Resting at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Boulevard) Kingston, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Friday, December 22, 2006 to Kingscourt United Church (255 Kingscourt Avenue) at 1 p.m. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to Kingscourt United Church or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. (Donations by cheque only please). James Reid Cataraqui Chapel, Kingston, (613) 544-3411 www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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FILBY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-21 published
WOLLIN, Mildred Syer
Entered peacefully into rest at the Kingston General Hospital Kingston, Ontario on Tuesday, December 19, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Delbert WOLLIN. Loving mother of David (Jennifer,) Ken (Judy), Peter (Heather) and Andrew (Karen). Proud grandmother of Stephanie, Reagan, Leslie, Michael, Kate, Scott, Thomas and Timothy. Dear sister of Jean FILBY of Thamesville and predeceased by her brothers Thomas SHERMAN and Edward SHERMAN. Resting at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Boulevard) Kingston, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Friday, December 22, 2006 to Kingscourt United Church (255 Kingscourt Avenue) at 1 p.m. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to Kingscourt United Church or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. (Donations by cheque only please). James Reid Cataraqui Chapel, Kingston, (613) 544-3411 www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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FILBY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-20 published
WOLLIN, Mildred Syer
Entered peacefully into rest at the Kingston General Hospital Kingston, Ontario, on Tuesday, December 19, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Delbert WOLLIN. Loving mother of David (Jennifer,) Ken (Judy), Peter (Heather) and Andrew (Karen). Proud grandmother of Stephanie, Reagan, Leslie, Michael and Timothy. Dear sister of Jean FILBY of Thamesville and predeceased by her brothers Thomas SHERMAN and Edward SHERMAN. Resting at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Boulevard), Kingston, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Friday, December 22, 2006 to Kingscourt United Church (255 Kingscourt Avenue) at 1 p.m. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to Kingscourt United Church or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. (Donations by cheque only please.) James Reid Cataraqui Chapel Kingston (613) 544-3411 www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com

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FILE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-22 published
FILE, Harold Aubrey
(Co-founder and president of Dominion Contact Lens Laboratories)
Passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2006, in his 94th year. Resident of Alderwood for 60 years. Predeceased by his beloved Margy. Survived by his dear brother Jim FILE. Predeceased by his sister Jean FILE. Dad will be remembered with love and respect by his children Denis FILE and Betty Jean and John FARRAN. Grampa is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Beth and Jim, Casey and Lisa, Laura and Rob and Jessie. Great-Grampa of Cierra, Paige and Lachlan. Thank you Eunice for your compassionate care and thank you Jackie for your devotion and caring above and beyond the call of duty. Harold FILE was a gentleman who always maintained his dignity, grassroots humour and friendliness to all. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 from 12 noon until time of Memorial Service at 2 p.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com

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FILER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-16 published
RIEHL, Borden George
(World War 2 Veteran)
Of Lucknow passed away at Pinecrest Manor, Lucknow, Sunday May 14th, 2006 age 94. Beloved husband of the late Evelyn RIEHL (1999.) Survived by 5 children, Donna Lee (Richard) KUNTZ of Vancouver, British Columbia, Douglas RIEHL of London, Marion (Rick) GAGNE of Blenheim, Richard (Elizabeth) RIEHL of Clinton, Linda FILER of Florida, 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother Melvin (Tillie) RIEHL of Tobermory. Predeceased by son Garry and siblings Pearl, Clayton, and Bruce. Visitation at MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Lucknow, (519-528-3432) Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9, Legion Br. 309 Service 6: 45 p.m. Funeral Service from the chapel Wednesday May 17th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Maitland Cemetery, Goderich. As expressions of sympathy donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation appreciated.

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FILES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-07 published
McNAIR, Shirley Margaret (née HARDY)
At University Hospital on Friday, May 5, 2006, Shirley Margaret (HARDY) McNAIR, beloved wife of the late Kenneth T. McNAIR (1974.) Loving and devoted mother of John H. McNAIR and his wife Deborah of Thorndale and Doctor Susan McNAIR and her husband Doctor Edward MacNEIL of London. Shirley regretfully leaves four grandchildren, Kenneth and William McNAIR and Margaret and Clara MacNEIL. Also loved by her sister Doctor Madeline HARDY and husband Doctor J.G. McMURRAY of London. Predeceased by her parents, Homer J. (1971) and Bella HARDY (1992.) Shirley was active on the Board of the Women's Christian Association and on the Building Committee of the new Parkwood Hospital. She was a Past President of the McCormick Home Auxiliary. Her commitment to her church was central in her life. She presided as Clerk of Session at New Saint_James Presbyterian Church from 1987 to present. In her varied life roles, most notably that of mother, she was greatly loved for her faith, wisdom, compassion, insight and keen sense of humour. She blessed all lives that she entered and will be missed by so many. Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 Saint_James St. at Richmond. A memorial service will be conducted at New Saint_James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. at Wellington, on Monday, May 8 at 11 a.m. by Rev. Keith McKEE, Rev. Dr. Leslie R. FILES and Rev. Dr. Bob ROBINSON. Private family interment will take place at Medway Cemetery prior to the memorial service. Memorial contributions to New Saint_James Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund would be gratefully acknowledged.

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FILEVICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-24 published
FILEVICH, Bishop Basil " Wasyl"
Bishop Emeritus of Saskatoon
Born January 13, 1918, in Stryj, Alberta. Ordained a priest April 17, 1942. Ordained Bishop of Saskatoon February 27, 1984. Retired at age 77 on November 6, 1995. Bishop FILEVICH was a Priest for 64 years and a Bishop for 22 years. Fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, April 20th, 2006 in Saskatoon. Funeral service for Bishop Basil FILEVICH will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. The service will be held at St. George's Cathedral, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A Divine Liturgy and Parastas for the repose of his soul will be held at the Church of St. Demetrius, 135 La Rose Ave., Toronto, on Wednesday, April 26 at 7: 00 p.m. May God grant his soul eternal memory in the place where all the souls of the saints abide! (Courtesy of The Newediuk Funeral Home 416-745-7555)

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FILEWYCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-27 published
LENNOX, Charlotte Ann Hall
August 13, 1933 (Baddeck, Nova Scotia) - October 19, 2006 (Kentville, Nova Scotia)
Daughter of the late Harold and Francis HALL of Wolfville. She is survived by her husband Charles LENNOX, daughter Sheena LENNOX, and son-in-law Gordon FILEWYCH. A Private interment was held at Hilldale Cemetery near Canning, Nova Scotia on October 24th, 2006. Memorial services are planned for Toronto and Saint Ann's Bay in the New Year. Charlotte spent most of her adult life in Toronto beginning with training as an X-ray Technician which took her to London, United Kingdom. She was a gourmet cook, accomplished hostess, dog and cat lover, and student and defender of birds and other wildlife. She enjoyed the company of a close and exceptional group of Friends and family. The last few years were spent on the east coast of Canada, on Cape Breton Island and in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. We have been and continue to be profoundly grateful for the support and comfort from our many dear relatives and Friends far and wide these past few months. Donations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, local Humane Societies, or the organization of your choice would be appreciated.

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FILEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-12 published
FILEY, Karen Susan (née SANTARELLI)
Passed away peacefully February 10, 2006, with her family at her bedside at Henderson General, Hamilton, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Survived by her beloved husband Bob, son Jason, daughter Laura-Lea (Leanne), dear sister-in-law of Mike and Yarmila FILEY, and nieces and nephews Ellen REPASKY, Katharine, Jeff and Greg GOMARD and Erin and Megan FILEY. Missed by her beloved pets Tosh, Maggie and Murphy. A celebration of Karen's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Breast Cancer Research, www.jccfoundation.on.ca/donations

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FILIATRAULT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-28 published
FILIATRAULT, Lisa Anne (née WALLACE) (1963-2006)
Passed away in her home in Waterloo surrounded by love after a courageous 14-month battle with brain cancer on Friday, November 24, 2006. Lisa will be sadly missed by her husband Robert and sons Graydon, Wade and Chase. She is survived by her parents, Bill (Stoney) and Rosemary WALLACE of London, sister Julie IVANCHENKO and her husband Mike of Oakville and brother Bill WALLACE and his wife Kasey of London. Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her extended family, Paul and Shirley FILIATRAULT, John and Sue FILIATRAULT, and Paul and Anne FILIATRAULT. She was a wonderful and special aunt to Lara, Tasha, Nicholas, William, Dylan, Lindsay, Shelby, Elizabeth and James. Lisa graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1985 followed by a Bachelor of Education also at Western in 1987. She began her 19-year teaching career that same year at Bluevale Collegiate Institute specializing in Languages and Art. Continuing her love for knowledge, she completed her Librarianship qualifications in 2001 and became a Teacher-Librarian subsequently transforming the library at Bluevale into an energetic center of learning - "a happenin' place." Lisa was an avid cottager enjoying every summer on her island at Oliphant on Lake Huron. Lisa reveled in the beauty and simplicity of her time there. She spent each Christmas with her family on Marco Island, Florida where she loved to walk the beach each morning, collecting shells and revitalizing herself through nature. Lisa lived her life with passion always looking to find the best in people. Her smile lit up every room she entered. She approached every situation, even the difficult ones, with a positive attitude believing that one could alter their lives by altering their attitude. Lisa was loved by all and will be missed by many. Special thanks to all of our Friends, family, neighbours, hockey families, and the Staff of Bluevale Collegiate for all of their help over the past year. We are truly overwhelmed by your love and support. We also wish to thank the numerous doctors, nurses, and alternative practitioners who cared for our beloved Lisa. Your tender care was greatly appreciated through this journey. Relatives and Friends are invited to share their memories of Lisa with her family during visitation at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Wednesday, November 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Lisa's life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo, on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. A reception at the Westmount Golf and Country Club will immediately follow the service. Condolences for the family and memorial donations to the Juravinski Cancer Clinic, 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2 may be made by contacting the funeral home at 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com In living memory of Lisa, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.

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FILIATRAULT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-29 published
FILIATRAULT, Lisa Anne (née WALLACE) (1963-2006)
Passed away in her home in Waterloo surrounded by love after a courageous 14-month battle with brain cancer on Friday, November 24, 2006. Lisa will be sadly missed by her husband Robert and sons Graydon, Wade and Chase. She is survived by her parents, Bill (Stoney) and Rosemary WALLACE of London, sister Julie IVANCHENKO and her husband Mike of Oakville and brother Bill WALLACE and his wife Kasey of London. Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her extended family, Paul and Shirley FILIATRAULT, John and Sue FILIATRAULT, and Paul and Anne FILIATRAULT. She was a wonderful and special aunt to Lara, Tasha, Nicholas, William, Dylan, Lindsay, Shelby, Elizabeth and James. Lisa graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1985 followed by a Bachelor of Education also at Western in 1987. She began her 19-year teaching career that same year at Bluevale Collegiate Institute specializing in Languages and Art. Continuing her love for knowledge, she completed her Librarianship qualifications in 2001 and became a Teacher-Librarian subsequently transforming the library at Bluevale into an energetic center of learning - "a happenin' place." Lisa was an avid cottager enjoying every summer on her island at Oliphant on Lake Huron. Lisa reveled in the beauty and simplicity of her time there. She spent each Christmas with her family on Marco Island, Florida where she loved to walk the beach each morning, collecting shells and revitalizing herself through nature. Lisa lived her life with passion always looking to find the best in people. Her smile lit up every room she entered. She approached every situation, even the difficult ones, with a positive attitude believing that one could alter their lives by altering their attitude. Lisa was loved by all and will be missed by many. Special thanks to all of our Friends, family, neighbours, hockey families, and the Staff of Bluevale Collegiate for all of their help over the past year. We are truly overwhelmed by your love and support. We also wish to thank the numerous doctors, nurses, and alternative practitioners who cared for our beloved Lisa. Your tender care was greatly appreciated through this journey. Relatives and Friends are invited to share their memories of Lisa with her family during visitation at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Wednesday, November 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Lisa's life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo, on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. A reception at the Westmount Golf and Country Club will immediately follow the service. Condolences for the family and memorial donations to the Juravinski Cancer Clinic, 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2 may be made by contacting the funeral home at 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com In living memory of Lisa, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.

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FILIATRAULT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-28 published
FILIATRAULT, Lisa Anne (née WALLACE) (1963-2006)
Passed away in her home in Waterloo surrounded by love after a courageous 14-month battle with brain cancer on Friday, November 24, 2006. Lisa will be sadly missed by her husband Robert and sons Graydon, Wade and Chase. She is survived by her parents, Bill (Stoney) and Rosemary WALLACE of London, sister Julie IVANCHENKO and her husband Mike of Oakville and brother Bill WALLACE and his wife Kasey of London. Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her extended family, Paul and Shirley FILIATRAULT, John and Sue FILIATRAULT, and Paul and Anne FILIATRAULT. She was a wonderful and special aunt to Lara, Tasha, Nicholas, William, Dylan, Lindsay, Shelby, Elizabeth and James. Lisa graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1985 followed by a Bachelor of Education also at Western in 1987. She began her 19-year teaching career that same year at Bluevale Collegiate Institute specializing in Languages and Art. Continuing her love for knowledge, she completed her Librarianship qualifications in 2001 and became a Teacher-Librarian subsequently transforming the library at Bluevale into an energetic center of learning 'a happenin' place.' Lisa was an avid cottager enjoying every summer on her island at Oliphant on Lake Huron. Lisa revelled in the beauty and simplicity of her time there. She spent each Christmas with her family on Marco Island, Florida where she loved to walk the beach each morning, collecting shells and revitalizing herself through nature. Lisa lived her life with passion always looking to find the best in people. Her smile lit up every room she entered. She approached every situation, even the difficult ones, with a positive attitude believing that one could alter their lives by altering their attitude. Lisa was loved by all and will be missed by many. Special thanks to all of our Friends, family, neighbours, hockey families, and the Staff of Bluevale Collegiate for all of their help over the past year. We are truly overwhelmed by your love and support. We also wish to thank the numerous doctors, nurses, and alternative practitioners who cared for our beloved Lisa. Your tender care was greatly appreciated through this journey. Relatives and Friends are invited to share their memories of Lisa with her family during visitation at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Wednesday, November 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Lisa's life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo, on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. A reception at the Westmount Golf and Country Club will immediately follow the service. Condolences for the family and memorial donations to the Juravinski Cancer Clinic, 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2 may be made by contacting the funeral home at 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com In living memory of Lisa, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.

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FILIATUAULT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-27 published
FILIATUAULT, Lisa Anne (née WALLACE) (1963-2006)
Passed away in her home in Waterloo surrounded by love after a courageous 14-month battle with brain cancer on Friday, November 24, 2006. Lisa will be sadly missed by her husband Robert and sons Graydon, Wade and Chase. She is survived by her parents, Bill (Stoney) and Rosemary WALLACE of London, sister Julie IVANCHENKO and her husband Mike of Oakville and brother Bill WALLACE and his wife Kasey of London. Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her extended family, Paul and Shirley FILIATUAULT, John and Sue FILIATUAULT, and Paul and Anne FILIATUAULT. She was a wonderful and special aunt to Lara, Tasha, Nicholas, William, Dylan, Lindsay, Shelby, Elizabeth and James. Lisa graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1985 followed by a Bachelor of Education also at Western in 1987. She began her 19-year teaching career that same year at Bluevale Collegiate Institute specializing in Languages and Art. Continuing her love for knowledge, she completed her Librarianship qualifications in 2001 and became a Teacher-Librarian subsequently transforming the library at Bluevale into an energetic center of learning - "a happenin' place." Lisa was an avid cottager enjoying every summer on her island at Oliphant on Lake Huron. Lisa revelled in the beauty and simplicity of her time there. She spent each Christmas with her family on Marco Island, Florida where she loved to walk the beach each morning, collecting shells and revitalizing herself through nature. Lisa lived her life with passion always looking to find the best in people. Her smile lit up every room she entered. She approached every situation, even the difficult ones, with a positive attitude believing that one could alter their lives by altering their attitude. Lisa was loved by all and will be missed by many. Special thanks to all of our Friends, family, neighbours, hockey families, and the Staff of Bluevale Collegiate for all of their help over the past year. We are truly overwhelmed by your love and support. We also wish to thank the numerous doctors, nurses, and alternative practitioners who cared for our beloved Lisa. Your tender care was greatly appreciated through this journey. Relatives and Friends are invited to share their memories of Lisa with her family during visitation at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Wednesday, November 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Lisa's life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo, on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. A reception at the Westmount Golf and Country Club will immediately follow the service. Condolences for the family and memorial donations to the Juravinski Cancer Clinic, 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2 may be made by contacting the funeral home at 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com In living memory of Lisa, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.

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FILICE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-10 published
FRANCIOSA, Luigi " Lou"
After a courageous battle with cancer at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at the age of 59. Beloved husband of Christine. Loving father of Frank and Paul. Dear son of Bambina and the late Ernesto. Loving brother of Anna LEDONNE (Antonio,) Mary DIVITTORIO (Mario) and Ofelia FILICE (Santo.) Son-in-law of Helena and the late Walter BIERNACKI. He will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and close Friends. Family will receive Friends at the Stoney Creek Funeral Home, (905) 664-4222, 454 Hwy#8 (east of Millen Rd.) on Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. with vigil prayers at 6 p.m. Celebration of Mass will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 304 Hwy #8. Entombment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Villa Italia would be greatly appreciated by his family.

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FILICE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-13 published
FILICE, Carmine
Peacefully, at home with his family, after a lengthy battle with cancer on April 11, 2006. Will be sadly missed and joyfully remembered by Ida, his beloved wife of 40 years and his children Tony, Frank and Lori. Will always be remembered by his family and Friends as a gentle and kind man. A special thank you to St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Barrie. Visitation at Scott Funeral Home - Georgian Chapel, 264 Burton Ave., Barrie on Monday, April 17 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Saint_John Vianney Church, 13 Baldwin Lane, Barrie on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Entombment at Glendale Memorial Gardens. Donations to a charity of your choice.

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FILION o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-14 published
BOISJOLY, Fernand (1927-2006)
On September 12, 2006 at the age of 78 years, passed away peacefully. Mr. Fernand BOISJOLY, President of Hydro-Mac Inc., and former President of Fluid Power Society. He leaves to mourn his wife Suzanne CROISETIÈRE and his four children Louise (André CHÉNARD,) André (Marie-Josée FILION,) Christiane and Luc (Jean-Louise HEPWORTH,) as well as 8 grandchildren who cherished him: Guillaume, François, Laurent, Simon, Caroline, Geneviève, Anne and Isabelle. He also leaves to mourn his sister-in-law Marthe CROISETIÈRE (René PAQUIN,) his nephew Pierre PAQUIN (Marie GÉLINAS) and niece Elyse PAQUIN (Robert CANTIN) and numerous other relatives and good Friends. The family will receive relatives and Friends at Complexe Funéraire Magnus Poirier Inc., 10526 Blvd. St. Laurent, Montréal, corner Prieur Tel: 514-727-2847, on Thursday, September 14 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m., as well as Friday as of 9 a.m. A religious service will be celebrated in Saint-André Apôtre Church on Prieur St. on Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Foundation Cité de la Santé, Tel: 450-975-5347, would be greatly appreciated.

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FILION o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-07 published
Educator challenged status quo
Veteran trustee Mae WAESE rose to head 2 boards
Fought for breakfast clubs, English as a Second Language classes in '60s
By Amy BROWN- BOWERS, Staff Reporter, Page B2
She was Mae the mensch -- tireless, inspired and good. She got under your skin and stayed there. She made you mad, then won you over.
"She pissed people off, but more than likely she made them her Friends. She was an amazing woman," said Maria RIZZO, school trustee in the Toronto Catholic District School Board who first met Mae WAESE in 1982.
WAESE, an educational Don Quixote who fought for creative and inclusive educational reform starting in the 1960s, died of a brain tumour Wednesday. Friends and family gathered yesterday to remember and celebrate her life.
Friends don't know how old she was and her family won't say, but WAESE was known to enjoy the annual celebration of her 39th birthday.
"Mae was an advocate for making sure that all kids were served well by the system," said Councillor Howard MOSCOE (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) who met WAESE in the early 1960s.
"She said there are kids who can't learn by traditional methods and we need alternatives.... It was her dogged determination that changed education in North York in the '60s."
WAESE was a stay-at-home mom with three young children volunteering for the Home and School Association in the early 1970s when she decided to go back to school herself.
Her youngest child, James WAESE, remembers getting a letter from his mom at summer camp with her report card from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education tucked inside.
After earning a degree in adult education, she became a trustee in the North York Board of Education in 1978 and served as chairman of the North York board from 1983 to 1986.
At the same time, she was a member of the Toronto Metropolitan School Board and went on to become its chair from 1988 to 1992. She stayed as a trustee until the amalgamation of the school boards in 1998.
"She always challenged the status quo," said Jon FILION, former chair of the North York Board of Education, and councillor for Toronto's Ward 23 (Willowdale). "She was always pushing, pushing, pushing for improvement and change and to make things better for students."
FILION met WAESE when he was an education reporter for the Toronto Star in the 1980s and remembers watching her at board meetings speaking her mind even while other trustees tried to shut her down.
"They would just flatten Mae. They'd knock her down and she'd get back up," he said.
She fought for alternative schools when money was tight and she fought to keep schools open when others wanted to close them. She fought for the rights of English as a Second Language students and for the breakfast club that provides meals for hungry kids.
"We have a moral responsibility to support our children when they are in need of financial help," she said in a 1992 Star article. "You just can't teach hungry kids."
WAESE talked about diversity long before it was buzzword -- she was a founding member of the North York Race Relations Committee. Her political instincts and people skills meant that her ideas were heard and often implemented.
She was known as a skilled mediator and negotiator who kept the gears turning in the deeply divided North York board.
"The very first words that she said to me were, 'Do you want to win the battle or do you want to win the war'?" RIZZO said.
"Her skills with other people were really amazing. Her ability to understand other people and to work with them was really extraordinary," FILION added.
Besides work, WAESE was deeply involved in the Jewish community, had a full social life and was the centre of her family.
"She had the energy of five people and the enthusiasm of 10," FILION said.
"The serious truth -- she never seemed to sleep," James said. He remembers seeing her up late at night reading briefs so that she was prepared for the next day's meetings.

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FILIP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-13 published
BRADLEY, Doctor John Walter, B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Of Toronto and formerly of Amberley, suddenly at his residence Monday March 6, 2006 at the age of 56. Beloved son of Eldon and Allene BRADLEY of Stratford and formerly of Lucknow. Dear brother of Phyllis and David TODD also of Stratford. Survived by 2 nieces Kate TODD of Guelph and Emma TODD of Stratford. Also left to mourn are his Aunt Evelyn BRADLEY and her 6 daughters (Maureen and David THOMAS, Mary and Bruce SCOTT, Maxine and Greg ALTON, Movita BRADLEY, Michele and Johannes PREHN and Madonna and Bruce TERPSTRA,) Uncle George Michie and MacLennan cousins (Sandra and Gil TOURIGNY, Brenda and Don WHITFIELD and Norman and Cathy MacLENNAN) and dear friend Joan FILIP and family. Predeceased by his grandparents, Uncle Jim BRADLEY and Aunt Doris MICHIE. Doctor BRADLEY was an Associate Professor at University of Toronto where he had taught many medical students. He also developed the curriculum for and was the Course Director of Art and Science of Clinical Medicine. He was Director of Wightman-Berris Academy Undergraduate Medical School at the Toronto General Hospital and had received the Clinical Teacher Award 2004 from the Canadian Anaesthesiologists' Society. He was currently working as an anaesthesiologist at Toronto General Hospital and was studying towards a degree in Masters of Health Administration. On many of his holidays he worked locally as a General Practitioner at Wingham and District Hospital for the past 22 years. A memorial service was held Saturday March 11, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Lucknow Community Centre with spring interment at Greenhill Cemetery, Lucknow. Donations to the Wingham Hospital, Lucknow United Church or Charity of Choice were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home Lucknow, entrusted with arrangements.

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FILIP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-08 published
BRADLEY, Dr. John W.
Of Toronto and formerly of Amberly, suddenly at his residence Monday, March 6, 2006 at the age of 56. Beloved son of Eldon and Allene BRADLEY of Stratford and formerly of Lucknow. Dear brother of Phyllis and David TODD also of Stratford. Survived by 2 nieces: Kate TODD of Guelph and Emma TODD of Stratford. Also left to mourn are his Aunt Evelyn BRADLEY and 6 daughters Uncle George MICHIE and MacLennan cousins and dear friend Joan FILIP and family. Predeceased by grandparents, Uncle Jim BRADLEY and Aunt Doris MICHIE. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Lucknow Commmunity Centre with spring interment at Greenhill Cemetery, Lucknow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wingham Hospital, Lucknow United Church or charity of choice appreciated as expressions of sympathy. MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home (519-528-3432), Lucknow, entrusted with arrangements.

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FILIP o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-13 published
BRADLEY, Doctor John Walter, B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Of Toronto and formerly of Amberley, suddenly at his residence Monday March 6, 2006 at the age of 56. Beloved son of Eldon and Allene BRADLEY of Stratford and formerly of Lucknow. Dear brother of Phyllis and David TODD also of Stratford. Survived by 2 nieces: Kate TODD of Guelph and Emma TODD of Stratford. Also left to mourn are his Aunt Evelyn BRADLEY and her 6 daughters (Maureen and David THOMAS, Mary and Bruce SCOTT, Maxine and Greg ALTON, Movita BRADLEY, Michele and Johannes PREHN and Madonna and Bruce TERPSTRA,) Uncle George MICHIE and MacLennan cousins (Sandra and Gil TOURIGNY, Brenda and Don WHITFIELD and Norman and Cathy MacLENNAN) and dear friend Joan FILIP and family. Predeceased by his grandparents, Uncle Jim BRADLEY and Aunt Doris MICHIE. Dr. BRADLEY was an Associate Professor at University of Toronto where he had taught many medical students. He also developed the curriculum for and was the Course Director of Art and Science of Clinical Medicine. He was Director of Wightman-Berris Academy Undergraduate Medical School at the Toronto General Hospital and had received the Clinical Teacher Award 2004 from the Canadian Anaesthesiologists' Society. He was currently working as an anaesthesiologist at Toronto General Hospital and was studying towards a degree in Masters of Health Administration. On many of his holidays he worked locally as a General Practitioner at Wingham and District Hospital for the past 22 years. A memorial service was held Saturday March 11, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Lucknow Community Centre with spring interment at Greenhill Cemetery, Lucknow. Donations to the Wingham Hospital, Lucknow United Church or Charity of Choice are appreciated as expressions of sympathy. MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home Lucknow, entrusted with arrangements.

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FILIPOVIC o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-20 published
KOPIC, Ljuba (FILIPOVIC)
Formerly of Saint Thomas, after a courageous battle with breast cancer, on Saturday, November 18th, 2006, at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 55. Dearly loved wife of Mato and beloved mother of Lucy and Lily and her fiancé Peter WILDBORE. Much loved sister of Joe (Gianna) FILIPOVIC of Saint Thomas, Iljo (Luca) FILIPOVIC of Cambridge, Mara (Rade) SUTALO of Croatia, and Janja (Mato) ZUPARIC, Nada (Joso) KRIZIC, Luja (Pero) VINCETIC, Nikola (Jela) FILIPOVIC, Ivica (Kisa) FILIPOVIC all of Bosnia. Dearest cousin of Mira (Mato) BIKICH of Burlington. Dear aunt of several nieces and nephews. Ljuba was predeceased by her parents Pero and Ana FILIPOVIC of Bosnia. Friends will be received at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 Ninth Line (Dundas/403) Oakville, 905-257-8822 on Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul The Apostle Church, 2265 Headon Rd. (Burlington) on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 at 10: 30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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FILIPPI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-17 published
FILIPPI, Bill
In loving memory of Bill, who passed away October 17, 2003.
To some you are forgotten,
Others part of the past.
For I who loved and lost you,
The memory will always last.
Love, Pat.

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FILIPPIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-26 published
ANDREYCHUCK, Patricia
Beloved wife of John Hopper. Passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer, her family by her side at Mississauga Trillium Health Centre on Friday, February 24, 2006. Loving mother of Laurie LETOURNEAU and mother-in-law of Frank DE FILIPPIS of Oakville. Cherished grandma to Kieran and Carter. Loved by sisters Sheila, Daphne, and Jackie and their families. Sadly missed by mother Louise BUCKLEY of St. Catharines. Longtime dear friend to Nancy and Bill PIERCE and Doug and Mary WOOLLEY. The devotion shown by many Friends and the respect of dedicated caregivers kept Patricia's spirits soaring even in difficult times. Special thank you to the wonderful and caring nurses at St. Elizabeth and in the Oncology Clinic and unit 4B at Trillium Health Centre, as well as to Dr. Michael KING and Dr. Don COLLINS- WILLIAMS. The family will receive Friends at the Glen Oaks Visitation Centre, 3164 9th Line (at Dundas), Oakville (905) 257-8822 for visitation on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service of Remembrance will take place in the chapel on Tuesday at 10: 00 a.m. Burial to take place at Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Oncology Clinic at Trillium Health Centre.

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FILISZEWSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-25 published
Woman found in motel was murdered, police say
By Canadian Press, Sat., November 25, 2006
Chatham -- Two months after a woman's body was found in a Chatham motel room, police are saying she was murdered.
Donna FILISZEWSKI died September 12 in the motel room where she lived.
Police are not releasing any details about the 52-year-old's death, other than to say that foul play is suspected and they are conducting extensive DNA testing.
This is the third murder investigation in the last few months for Chatham police.
Last month, a local man was arrested in a late-night stabbing death.
In September, another man was charged with the murder of his girlfriend.

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FILKA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-12 published
DAMBENIEKS, Mirdza (FILKA)
At her home in London on Friday, February 10th, 2006, Mirdza (FILKA) DAMBENIEKS in her 87th year, born in Latvia. Beloved wife of the late Rudolfs DAMBENIEKS (1979.) Dear mother of Andrejs and his wife Laila of Ottawa, Ivan of London, Anita and her husband Randy GAEBEL of Kelowna, British Columbia. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren; Andrew, Krista, Peter, Diana, Michael and Brian. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 p.m. Monday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (433-5184), where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, February 14th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Aina AVOTINS officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Latvian Lutheran Congregation c/o Mr. A. SKUJINS, 587 Jamaica Court, London N6K 1N2. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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FILLETTI o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2006-10-25 published
MacCANNELL, Bessie Henrietta (née MacDONALD)
At Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Saturday October 21, 2006. Bessie Henrietta MacCANNELL (née MacDONALD) of Berkeley in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Mervyn Roy MacCANNELL. Dear sister of Jessie HOLLEY of Holland Centre. Loving mother of Douglas MacCANNELL (Maureen) of Peterborough and Jewel FILLETTI of Berkeley. Sadly missed by niece Heather (Ron) JACKSON of Holland Centre. Grandma to Ryan (Jennifer) FILLETTI, Kelly MacCANNELL and Gail (Bill) WASSON. Great-grandmother to Dylan and Connor SWAN and Lauren and Keira FILLETTI. A funeral service was held at the May Funeral Home Markdale on Monday October 23 at 2 p.m. Visitation was one hour prior to service. Interment is in Utica Cemetery, Utica, Ontario on Tuesday October 24, 2006 at 1 p.m. If desired donations to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be appreciated.
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FILLIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-26 published
Keith YATES, 78; University of Toronto prof
By Nick KYONKA, Staff Reporter
After a successful career as a chemistry professor at the University of Toronto, few would argue that Keith YATES wasn't an expert on molecules.
But to those who knew him best, YATES was a man of many passions including sports, politics, sociology and even naval warfare, a subject he wrote two books about after his retirement.
"He knew everything about everything," says daughter Nicola FILLIER, of her father who died December 2 after a heart attack. "He was like a walking encyclopedia."
Sports, politics, warfare and -- of course -- science, were some of his interests, she says, but when it came to reading, just about anything would do.
"He forever read books. There was nothing he didn't like," she says.
As she was growing up, FILLIER says, her father's deep knowledge of the world helped to push her to learn more herself.
"He was funny. He was intelligent. He was great with my kids," she says.
Born in the north of England on October 22, 1928, YATES was raised in Blackpool. In 1946, he began a two-year conscription in Britain's Royal Navy.
In 1948, as he approached the end of his naval requirements, he received a letter from his parents informing him they had moved to British Columbia, and that he was welcome to join them. He did.
For the next few years, YATES worked blue-collar jobs for Coca-Cola and a local electrical company, but didn't pursue an academic career. It wasn't until 1953 that he started to move down that road, with help from his new wife, June CHARTER.
"My mom met him when he was nothing," FILLIER notes, saying they met on a blind date set up by Friends. "She chose him because she saw something ambitious or something in his character that she knew would get him somewhere in life."
In the following years, CHARTER would bring home the couple's only source of income as a teacher while YATES worked toward a bachelor's degree and a medical science degree at the University of British Columbia, and then a PhD at Oxford University in England.
In 1968, YATES began his career in physical organic chemistry as a professor at UofT. A short six years later, he was chairman of the the department.
Bob McCLELLAND, one of YATES' students and then a fellow faculty member, said: "He was sort of my model as a supervisor. He let students get on with their thing and he didn't bother you too much, but he was always there to help you."
As a physical organic chemist, YATES studied the reasons molecules responded to each other in the way that they did. Considered an authority in the field, YATES wrote more than 150 articles and other published works. Perhaps his best known, a 1978 book entitled Huckel Molecular Orbital Theory, discussed an alternative theory to predict where an electron could be found in certain molecules. Acclaimed by his peers, McCLELLAND says the book is still used as a textbook in some universities.
YATES was given a prestigious award by the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1991. After retiring that same year, YATES moved back to British Columbia with his wife, devoting his time to writing a pair of books on naval history and running the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
"He went to every Legion function and he sat in a little trailer and he would flip hamburgers and joke with everybody as they came by," FILLIER says. "He would say to them, 'Do you want your buns toasted?' and as soon as they'd say yes, he'd say 'Yeah? Come on and get up here on the grill.'"
YATES leaves his wife of 53 years, as well as three daughters and four grandchildren. A funeral was held December 10 in B.C.

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FILLION o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-21 published
Suzanne ROCHON- BURNETT, Broadcaster: (1935-2006)
Articulate, bilingual and passionate, she became the owner of a commercial radio station -- the first aboriginal to do so in Canada, writes Sandra MARTIN. It turned out to be a powerhouse enterprise
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S9
Suzanne ROCHON- BURNETT had more "firsts" in her life than most people have fingers. The first aboriginal woman to own and operate a commercial radio station and the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame, she had many other achievements, including membership in the Orders of Ontario and Canada and an honorary doctorate from Brock University.
Articulate, bilingual and female, she was an obvious candidate for community and cultural boards in the postfeminist, multicultural, postconstitutional Canada of the 1980s and 1990s. What mattered, though, was what she brought to these privileged positions: passion, experience, advocacy, business acumen and commercial success as a broadcaster and the Chief Executive Officer of her own business.
Cultural advocate Nalini Stewart, who met her after both women were appointed to the Canada Council in 1998, remembers Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT quoting Métis leader Louis Riel at her first board meeting: "My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who will fuel their spirits."
This statement, which Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT repeated frequently, was like a mantra. "She was a very passionate advocate, but she was not strident," said Ms. Stewart, who credits Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT with pressing the council to hire more aboriginal arts officers. "She was always educating us… and I felt very enriched by all the things I learned from her."
"Suzanne was a grand lady who brought enormous pride to her people," said Tony BELCOURT, president of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Having known her since 1972, he said she was like a sister to him. "She met every challenge head-on, persevered and was successful in everything she touched -- in business, in the arts, in communications, public service and in life. She gave 110 per cent."
Suzanne ROCHON- BURNETT was born in the Laurentians, north of Montreal in the middle of the Depression, the only daughter and middle child of Achille Joseph and Jeanne Marie BURNETT (née FILLION.) She was proud of her Métis heritage, which she could trace back through both sides of her family. She loved to tell stories about how her grandmother made and sold hats to supplement her income after she was widowed in her 40s, with 12 children to raise and a farm to run. Her mother carried on the artisan tradition by designing sweaters, hiring local women to knit them and then selling the finished product to tourists. At 7, Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT was hard at work as a courier, delivering wool to knitters and picking up the finished pieces to take back to her mother to assemble into sweaters.
Her parents sent her to boarding school at Pensionnat des Saint-Anges, a convent in Saint_Jérome, Quebec, where the nuns rapped her knuckles if she didn't attend to lessons or speak clearly in class. Decades later, she told an interviewer that her parents had warned her before she left home to keep her Indian blood a secret because "it doesn't show." She believed her parents were trying to protect her, but it left her "wondering what was wrong with it."
After the convent, she went to Proulx Business College to learn typing and shorthand. The job choices in her community in the 1950s were few: "The bank, the Bell, or the mill." She wasn't interested in the first two, so she applied for a job as a secretary, but the mill owner rejected her, saying she was too talented. According to Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT, he called her father and said, "don't let her work in this small town. It will bury her." Instead, the mill owner introduced Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT to the manager of CKJL-AM (now CJER-AM,) a radio station that had opened in Saint_Jerome in 1952. The manager was so impressed with her diction and pronunciation that he gave her a job.
Later, Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT credited her knuckle-rapping nuns for getting her a start as a broadcaster. But it was her own drive, journalistic talents and easy charm that won her a job as host, producer and public relations director of the station when she was 19, a position she held for six years. During this time, she also repackaged some of her programs for other stations around the province, took night classes in public relations and marketing at McGill University, and began working as a freelance journalist in print as well as broadcast.
With her striking colouring -- pale skin and chestnut hair and dark eyes -- she also found work as a model, becoming "the face" of the Montreal Royals baseball team and appearing in commercials on television. She made the most of the hedonism of the 1960s travelling around Europe working as a freelance print and broadcast journalist, living for a time in Paris, where she was said to have stayed in Edith Piaf's apartment and made Friends with Jacques Brel, hooking up with Gypsies in Spain and acting in commercials for NBC in New York.
Back in Canada, she converted a Laurentian lodge into a successful art gallery. She sold the business after she met and married Gordon BURNETT, owner of CHOW-AM in Welland, Ontario, in 1967. They soon had a baby daughter, Michèle-Elise BURNETT. The family moved to St. Catharines, where Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT was a full-time mother and volunteer for several years. One day, after dropping her daughter at school, she was struck by the empty hours in her days. "I'm 40 years old. I'm going to be 60 one day and I'm going to turn around and say 'what have I done with my life,' " she told Niagara magazine in May, 2005.
She came up with Chansons à la Française, a program idea that she turned into a one-hour show on CHOW that quickly expanded into two, and then four hours. The Ontario Ministry of Culture sponsored its distribution to more than 20 AM and FM radio stations in the province. That led to frequent invitations to appear as a commentator on francophone and Québécois talent on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio's Morningside, first when Harry Brown was a host and then with Don Harron.
In the recession of the early 1990s, her husband's AM radio station was gasping for survival. In 1995, she formed a company, R.B. Communications, and bought her husband's firm Wellport Broadcasting Ltd., and became the owner of a commercial radio station -- the first aboriginal to do so in this country. She was 60 years old and her husband was 75. Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT knew that having an FM frequency was essential for the station's success and she also knew that there was a licence for an FM frequency -- 97.1 -- available from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
"I looked at my mom and she looked at me and we said: 'Okay, let's go for it,'" said her daughter Michèle-Elise BURNETT, who was then 28 and in the business, having studied radio and television arts at Ryerson in Toronto. They won the licence in 1997, and launched a new format country music station they called Spirit 91.7 F.M. "It was a powerhouse," said Ms. BURNETT. "We became the second-most powerful station in the market, and very competitive."
Beginning in the 1980s, Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT had begun sitting on the boards of community native and arts and culture organizations, including the Canadian Native foundation for the Arts, TVOntario, the Métis Nation of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts and Brock University. At one time, she was working on six major boards simultaneously.
About three years ago, Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT was having trouble breathing. She was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive scarring of the lungs that makes it increasingly difficult for them to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. There is no cure and treatment options are negligible. Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT applied for a lung transplant, but she was an unsuitable candidate. She sold the station in 2004, but continued her advocacy work. About a year ago, she and her husband, who had led separate lives for some time, separated. Their daughter said that the radio station was the last thing her parents had in common. After it was sold, they divorced.
Ms. ROCHON- BURNETT made her last public appearance in February when she was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame. Still beautiful, her shoulder-length black hair still shiny, she made a joke about her "leash." It was a reference to the portable oxygen tank held by her 12-year-old grand_son, who had designed a backpack to make it easier for her to carry it around. Always intuitive, she spoke as though she were making a farewell speech, rather than accepting an award. "When you start reliving your life, you realize you don't really have any worries about dying because it is part of life," she said. "I am here to let you know that my life was good. It was full of challenges, but it was a great life." Referring to the many boards on which she served, she was grateful that "her dreams had become a reality" and that she had had the opportunity to work with people who had "the same belief in aboriginal capacity and power."
Suzanne ROCHON- BURNETT was born on March 10, 1935, in Mont Rolland, Quebec She died in Welland, Ontario, of a brain hemorrhage on April 2, 2006. She was 71.
She is survived by her daughter Michéle-Elise BURNETT and her husband Bill REICH and two grand_sons. She also leaves her former husband, Gordon BURNETT. There will be a traditional ceremony and celebration of her life on May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Pond Inlet at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

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