HERASIMUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-09 published
KOLODINSKY, Anne (née HERASIMUK)
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, Anne KOLODINSKY (née HERASIMUK) beloved wife of 64 years to the late George (2001.) Loving mother to Phyllis (Steve) JONES, Elizabeth (Bob) MADRICK, Andy (Diane) KOLODINSKY, Darlene (Jim) BECKSTED. Cherished gramma to Greg, Daniel, Kathryn, Kristyn, Nicholas, Alexander, Jamison and Jessica. The family will receive Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street South (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Friday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in Caven Presbyterian Church, 110 King Street West, Bolton on Saturday morning, March 11 at 11 o'clock. Interment York Cemetery, Toronto. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.eganfuneralhome.com

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HERBERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-07 published
SONE, Allan
After a courageous battle with Amyloidosis, on Monday, February 6, 2006. Allan SONE, beloved husband and best friend of Elaine. Cherished father and father-in-law of Cheryl and Les, Jodi and Don, Haley and Richard, and Barry HERBERMAN. Adored grandfather of Justin, Cory, Nicole, Shani, Jesse, Jared, Dylan, and Ryan. Dear brother of Rose SCHACHT. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, February 7th at 3: 00 p.m. Interment Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 333 Clark Avenue W., Suite 211. If desired, donations may be made to the Allan Sone Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-25 published
Road's collapse blamed in deadly crane rollover
By John HERBERT, Free Press Reporter, Wed., January 25, 2006
A county road near Port Burwell collapsed under a heavy crane, causing it to roll into a ditch, killing its operator, Ontario's Labour Ministry has confirmed.
Michael HIPSON, 42, died in the mishap Monday on Glen Erie Line.
The Ajax man, married with two children, had worked for Cooper's Crane Rental for about three years.
The Toronto-based crane company is involved in the Erie Shores Wind Farm project in Port Burwell.
Glen Erie Line is heavily travelled by vehicles involved in the project, which began last summer.
Ontario Provincial Police said the 81-tonne crane was left partially submerged in water in the incident, which took place between Teal Neville and Stafford roads.
HIPSON was removed when the machine was pulled up a steep embankment about two hours later.
Ontario Provincial Police Const. Michelle SCOTT said police don't know if HIPSON died from injuries from the crash or if he drowned when the cab filled with water.
Allison CROSETT, duty manager with Elgin Emergency Medical Service, said it took about two hours to pull HIPSON from the wreckage because the first crane to arrive on the scene became bogged down when another portion of Glen Erie Line collapsed.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-07 published
Area woman dies after sport utility vehicle rolls on top of her
By John HERBERT, Free Press Reporter, Tues., February 7, 2006
A 35-year-old Nairn woman on her way home from work in London Monday was killed after her vehicle hit a patch of ice and rolled over into a ditch on Vanneck Road near Nine Mile Road in Middlesex Centre.
Ontario Provincial Police said Michelle HYMERS died when her sport utility vehicle rolled on top of her in the ditch.
Ontario Provincial Police said HYMERS was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle when it went out of control at about 5: 30 p.m.
"I'm sure she would have survived that collision had she worn a seat belt," Const. Doug GRAHAM said. "She was thrown out and her Cherokee rolled over. If she had been belted, I doubt there would have been anything more than minor injuries."
HYMERS is the fourth London and area motorist killed since Sunday in crashes blamed on poor weather conditions.
Sixteen-year-old Joanna PILARINOS and her mother, Christine FOSTER, 45, died Sunday afternoon whern their van was struck by a VIA train at a gated crossing in Thames Centre. The teenager was driving the vehicle. Iklas SARDOUM of Windsor died Saturday in a three-car crash on Bloomfield Road south of Chatham during high winds and snow.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-15 published
Teen dies after hit-run crash
By John HERBERT, Free Press Crime Reporter, Wed., February 15, A London teenager has died after being struck by a car in an early-morning hit-and-run crash.
Matthew BELL, 19, was crossing Adelaide Street north of Grenfell Drive yesterday at about 1 a.m. when he was hit.
BELL was taken to hospital, but died last night from injuries suffered in the crash.
Sgt. Tom O'BRIEN of the London police traffic management unit said the motorist involved failed to remain at the scene but contacted police a short time later.
The driver, who has been identified and interviewed by police, has not been charged, police said.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal crash.
O'BRIEN said collisions involving pedestrians are becoming so common, they happen almost every day in the city.
BELL was the 28th victim this year, and the second pedestrian to die from injuries suffered in a car-pedestrian collision.
Last year, 225 pedestrians -- more than one every other day -- were hit on London streets.
Two pedestrians died after being hit by cars in 2005 and 14 people died in car crashes in London.
"It's not a problem London faces. It's occurring everywhere," O'BRIEN said. "Toronto will have 50 pedestrians struck and killed in a year. It's about people sharing the use of our transportation system walking on roads or driving cars.
"Motorists have to be concerned about pedestrians. Cyclists have to worry about pedestrians. Pedestrians have to worry about cyclists. None of the highway users can do so in a vacuum.
"Any time a pedestrian ventures onto the road it's not the safest place to be. We have to look out for each other."
O'BRIEN said some pedestrian-car collisions are also difficult to avoid.
"We've learned all our lives children dart out -- that's why a lot of children are hit," he said. "We know the elderly may not take as much care stepping off the curb and that could be related to hearing and eyesight."
A second hit-and-run crash during rush hour yesterday -- this one involving two vehicles -- sent a 25-year-old woman to hospital
A van driving west on Dundas Street struck a vehicle heading south on Highbury Avenue just before 5 p.m., police said.
The van, which left the scene, was chased by witnesses: who called Officers stopped the van a short time later on Dundas Street and a 47-year-old man was arrested for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and impaired driving.
The 25-year-old woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-15 published
London funeral today for two killed in crash
By John HERBERT, Free Press Crime Reporter, Wed., February 15, A retired Port Franks couple prepared yesterday to say a final goodbye at a double funeral in London today for their daughter and grand_son, killed together in a car crash.
"It's been horrible," said Bob RUTLEDGE, still dealing with the grief after last Thursday's two-car crash near Brantford. "They (were) two of the most outstanding people you'd ever meet in your life and I'm not saying that because I'm her dad and his grandfather."
Killed in the crash were James RUTLEDGE, 15, who lived with his grandparents, Bob and Eva RUTLEDGE, in Port Franks, and his aunt, Tracy RUTLEDGE, 45, the RUTLEDGE's daughter, who lived in Brantford.
"He (James RUTLEDGE) was my fishing buddy," Bob RUTLEDGE said. "He'd come from school and say 'Grandpa, there's still an hour of daylight... can we go fishing?' We'd always go to the river, Bayfield or Grand Bend. He'd go fishing four days a week and sometimes six. He didn't care if he caught a fish. He just loved trying out a new lure, being outside hiking, fishing or riding his bike."
The teen, a Grade 10 student in Sarnia, also was involved with the Port Franks Optimist Club. At one point he lived in London with his father and from time to time visited his mother, but in the last year he lived with his grandparents in Port Franks.
At the time of the fatal car crash, he was staying at his aunt Tracy's in Brantford for two weeks while his grandparents visited England.
Tracy RUTLEDGE was driving her father's car north on Highway 24 when it hit a patch of ice, went out of control and was hit broadside by another car.
Two Brantford-area people in the other car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Bob and Eva RUTLEDGE returned home from England the next day after receiving an overseas phone call from a family member about the crash.
Tracy RUTLEDGE drove a transport trailer for a living, sometimes travelling coast-to-coast.
Her sister, Londoner Laureen WINGERT, said they were close.
"She was one of those people you couldn't help but like… She had a huge impact on everyone she met, and especially kids. She was an incredible person with kids."
WINGERT said her sister's favourite time of the year was Halloween her birthday -- when she looked forward to decorating her house in Brantford.
Tracy RUTLEDGE collected beanie babies and bought, sold and traded them on the Internet to people around the world.
"It's been tough and it's tragic, but we're survivors," WINGERT said.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-16 published
Night out with Friends has a tragic ending
By John HERBERT, Free Press Crime Reporter, Thurs., February Matt BELL was a regular kid with a part-time job, potential as a graphic artist, a good sense of humour and lots of good Friends.
The 19-year-old Fanshawe College student was coming home after a night out with those Friends when he was struck and killed by a car early Tuesday on Adelaide Street near his Hastings Drive home.
Police said the driver left the scene, but contacted police a short time later. No charges had been laid yesterday.
"He was a typical 19-year-old," said his mother, Irene. "He had a girlfriend. He loved to go out. He loved people and everybody loved Matt. He's going to be missed by so many people."
"He was better than most teenagers," said his grandmother, Julie DEVRIES. "He was just a lovable kid who would hug his grandmother. He was so proud of what he was doing at school. He was so good at it."
BELL was was trying to cross Adelaide at about 1 a.m. -- he had just hopped out of a taxi after clubbing with Friends downtown when he was hit.
A graduate of Clarke Road secondary school, BELL was in his second year at Fanshawe College. He also worked at Staples Business Depot on Richmond Street.
Irene BELL said her son's loss comes at a difficult time for the family. Her husband, Thomas, died seven months ago.
Matt is survived by sister Nicole, 20, and brother Greg, 15.
"I'm in a fog," Irene BELL said. "It comes in waves. It's busy now with a lot of people around, but later it's going to be extremely tough.
"It's still unbelievable. It's not real. He's not gone long enough to know he's gone. It hasn't sunk it.
"How do you go on?"
Irene BELL said her son was "easy to love," which explains why he had so many Friends.
One was his girlfriend, Jamie DURSTON.
"He had lots and lots of Friends," she said. "He loved life."
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas St. E. Visitation is tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-03 published
HERBERT, Theresa Louise (née MOORE)
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London, on Thursday, March 2, 2006. Theresa Louise (MOORE) HERBERT of London in her 76th year. Beloved wife of John HERBERT. Loving mother of Rhonda HEWITT and her husband Richard, Serena PARSONS and her husband Bruce FLEMING/FLEMMING, Andrea GEORGE and her husband Michael all of London. Cherished grandmother of Joshua and Chelsey HEWITT, Jennifer DOREY, Jeffrey PARSONS, Jazmine and Emerson GEORGE. Great-grandmother of Bailey and Maddison PARSONS. Daughter of the late Tom and Emily (CADOTTE) MOORE. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will follow at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario, N6A 9Z9. A Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 60 Ridout Street South, London, Ontario, N6C 3X1 (519) 433-5184.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-17 published
HERBERT, Theresa Louise (née MOORE)
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, on Thursday, March 2, 2006, Theresa Louise (MOORE) HERBERT of London in her 76th year. Beloved wife of John HERBERT. Loving mother of Rhonda HEWITT and her husband Richard, Serena PARSONS and her husband Bruce FLEMING/FLEMMING, Andrea GEORGE and her husband Michael all of London. Cherished grandmother of Joshua and Chelsey HEWITT, Jennifer DOREY, Jeffrey PARSONS, Jazmine and Emerson GEORGE. Great-grandmother of Bailey and Maddison PARSONS. Daughter of the late Tom and Emily (CADOTTE) MOORE. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, March 18th, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, Ontario N6A 9Z9

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-21 published
MILTON, Dorothy V. (née HALES)
Peacefully, at Restview Retirement Home, Lucan on Monday, March 20, 2006 Dorothy V. MILTON of Lucan in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Wm. Floyd MILTON. Dear mother of Ann and Andy HARDY of Lucan. Dear grandmother of Amy HARDY of Lucan. Predeceased by her sister Ruth HERBERT, brother Robert HALES and her parents Robert and Maude HALES. A private family graveside service will be held at Saint_James Cemetery, Clandeboye. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-11 published
WILSON, Lloyd F.
Peacefully at Saint Marys Memorial Hospital, with his family at his side, on Monday, April 10, 2006, Lloyd F. WILSON age 78 years. Loving husband of Elizabeth J. (Ritchie) WILSON of Saint Marys. Dear father of Bonnie HERBERT and husband Art of Petrolia and proud grandfather of Daniel and Tyler. Dear brother of Grace DUNDAS of California. Helen NICKELS of Bracebridge. Dear brother-in-law of Gladys and Allan ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and James RITCHIE all of Saint Marys. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Frederick Charles WILSON and the former Jenny DOBSON, brother and sisters Laura WEBB, Bertha WEBB, Hazel FOX, Elsie WEBB, Gladys KNIGHT, Russell WILSON. Cremation has taken place There will be a visitation at the L.A. Ball Funeral Chapel, 7 Water St. N., Saint Marys on Tuesday April 11, 2006 from 10: 30 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Richard BOTT officiating. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-05 published
HERBERT, Jack
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London, on Sunday, June 4th, 2006, Jack HERBERT of London and formerly of Niagara Falls, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Jean (TOMLINSON) HERBERT. Dear father of Bill HERBERT of London, England and Barry HERBERT and his wife Barbara of London, Ontario. Dear grandfather of John HERBERT and his wife Lesley of Mississauga, Ontario. Also missed by his niece Lyndia FRENCH of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Predeceased by his grand-daughter Julia HERBERT. Cremation. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, Ontario. A Memorial Service will be conducted in the Chapel on Thursday, June 8th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment of cremated remains in Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, London Chapter, P.O. Box 1131, Station "B", London, Ontario N6A 5K2 or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-24 published
HARRIS, David W.
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, on Thursday, June 22, 2006 David W. HARRIS of Dorchester in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Kay (née JENKEN.) Loving father of Betty HERBERT (husband Harry) of London, Sharon NICHOLSON (husband Paul,) Leslie HARRIS and Randy HARRIS all of Dorchester. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Lesley Ann NICHOLSON (fiancé Matthew GRIFFIN) of Dundas and Christie HARRIS of Ottawa. Dear brother of Arnold (wife Marg) of Ilderton and predeceased by brothers George and Harvey. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will held at Saint Peter's Anglican Church on Monday, June 26, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Andrea McINTYRE officiating. Interment at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial Donations to Saint Peter's Anglican Church gratefully acknowledged.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-20 published
ROSSITER, Constable Scott
So tragically taken from us in the line of duty. Fifteen years have passed and so much has happened, but life will never be the same. You have two beautiful children that you would be proud of. You are their guardian angel. We know Scott that you are looking down on us from above with a smile, and a tear in your eye because you are unable to be with us. Our memories of you are everlasting in our hearts and minds. Love you Mum, sisters Cindy (Dan) HERBERT, Debbie (Don) KENNA, brother Robert (Wendy) ROSSITER, nieces, nephews, Jordan, Godchild Abby, Austin, Brie-Anna, special hug and kiss from your son Josh, daughter Erin.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-20 published
Woman's struggle touched pro golfer
Cancer kills Londoner Barb EAGLESON, 40.
By John HERBERT, Free Press Golf Reporter, Wed., September 20, The London woman whose battle against breast cancer touched Ladies Professional Golf Association star Cristie Kerr has died.
Barb EAGLESON, 40, died Saturday in a London hospital.
"She had a smile that would light up a room," her husband, Allen EAGLESON, said. "The first thing you would notice about Barb is she was always smiling and she was a warm and giving person."
The EAGLESONs had been together since the 1980s and were married in 1994.
Allen EAGLESON caught the attention of Kerr at the C.N. Canadian Women's Open at the London Hunt and Country Club in August.
Inspired by the story of Kerr's mother's fight against breast cancer, EAGLESON handed her a lucky quarter -- issued by the Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as she walked to the first tee for the final round.
Kerr carried the quarter in her pocket and shot a final round 65 to win the tournament.
She promised to carry the quarter the rest of the season.
Kerr had the quarter in her pocket a few weeks later when she won a tournament in Oklahoma. She also finished second in another tournament.
A few days after the tournament, Allen EAGLESON sent an e-mail to the Ladies Professional Golf Association that was forwarded to Kerr at a tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
Touched by Barb EAGLESON's battle, Kerr's fiance called the EAGLESONs and promised to donate $5,000 to the London Regional Cancer Program.
EAGLESON said his wife had been experiencing "laboured breathing" since late August and had been in hospital since September 1.
There was considerable fluid buildup around her lungs, he said.
She was first diagnosed with cancer January 1, 2005.
EAGLESON said his wife was unable to attend the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament because she was receiving oxygen 24 hours a day.
"That's why I wore the brightest shirt I could, so she could see me."

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-23 published
'Horrific scene'
Officers say a collision that killed three people on the 401 was one of the worst they'd ever seen.
By John HERBERT, Free Press Reporter, Sat., September 23, 2006
Two veteran police officers say a crash on Highway 401 east of Woodstock that killed three people on Thursday night was one of the worst they have ever seen.
"It certainly was a horrific scene," said Const. Dennis HARWOOD, a 32-year member of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Sgt. Dave REKTOR said the collision involving three transport trucks, a sport utility vehicle and a car ranks as one of the worst he's seen because of the three deaths and the severity of damage to the vehicles.
"Whenever you see vehicles torn apart like last night, it causes you to take a step back and ponder about the severity of these types of crashes," he said yesterday.
The crash at about 10 p.m. in the eastbound lanes four kilometres east of the Drumbo exit reduced the sport utility vehicle to a "crumpled ball of metal," REKTOR said.
Ontario Provincial Police identified the dead as:
• Lawrence Richard BYRNE, 28, of R.R.#2, Belle River, the sport utility vehicle driver.
• Nachtar Singh CHOHAN, 42, of Quebec, one of the truck drivers.
• Bruno MAMBELLA, 45, of Kitchener, the car driver.
sport utility vehicle passenger Laura Marie CAMPBELL, 25, of Chatham, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Truck drivers Gary BERENOSE, 63, of Dundas, and Marc BERNIER, 42, of Quebec, were involved in the pileup, but unhurt, police said.
Police closed the stretch of Highway 401 until about 10 a.m. yesterday.
The carnage HARWOOD and other police and emergency personal witnessed was difficult to stomach, he said. "There was a very, very sombre mood among police and emergency people."
HARWOOD would not speculate on whether there would be charges or on the cause of the crash, adding that would be determined by the Ontario Provincial Police highway enforcement action team.
Investigators were continuing to evaluate the evidence gathered from the crash scene and had not determined a cause, he said.
The crash occurred in a construction zone, HARWOOD said.
Will ROE and Sirous HOUSHMAND were among the first people to arrive on the scene.
"We went up to help, but there wasn't much we could do," said ROE, who was heading to Guelph.
He said the passenger in the sport utility vehicle was waving her hand for help.
"The lady was alive and talking," he said.
The two men approached the car involved in the crash and found the driver unconscious. He was travelling alone, police said.
"We tried talking to him," said HOUSHMAND.
Plattsville, Drumbo and Princeton fire departments responded to the crash along with Ontario Provincial Police from Brant, Oxford and Cambridge detachments.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-24 published
Surgeon excelled at four sports
By John HERBERT, Free Press Golf Reporter, Sun., September 24, One of Western's all-time sports greats, Reg ORT was also one of the university's most outstanding citizens.
The 78-year-old ORT died recently in Tillsonburg Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
A funeral service was held Friday in Tillsonburg where he practised general surgery for 33 years.
A member of Western's W Club sports hall of fame since 1984, ORT was recruited by long-time friend Jack FAIRS to come to Western from his hometown of Welland to play football for coach Johnny METRAS.
Before graduating with an honours degree in physical education in 1953, ORT starred in football, swimming, hockey and wrestling.
He was a member of the 1953 Western football team that won the Yates Cup Ontario senior intercollegiate championship for the eighth time.
After teaching for a few years, ORT returned to Western to study medicine and graduated in 1957.
He also earned his fellowship in general surgery in 1962 and a fellowship in the American College of Surgeons in 1966.
While at Western, ORT also won two of Western's most prestigious awards for achievement in athletics, academics and university life -- the Doctor Claude Brown Memorial Award and the Hon. G. Howard Ferguson Award.
FAIRS first met ORT in Welland in the late 1940s when they played on the same baseball team. At the time, FAIRS was also recruiting talent for the Western football team and became aware ORT was an outstanding high school prospect.
"He was a big lineman and Johnny METRAS obviously liked him," said FAIRS, also an assistant coach with the Mustangs. "In those days, linemen weren't as big as today and he was bigger than most when he came to Western. He was an outstanding player who played with some of the best teams Western had at the time."
"He was a four-star athlete," said another long-time friend Bob GAGE, a former London Free Press sports writer who covered Western sports for decades. "He played four sports and that's not done today. He was one of the best and one of the last to play four sports. He was one of the last to graduate in physical education and then become a doctor.
"What impressed me was his athletic ability," GAGE said. "He was certainly a likeable guy. Everybody liked him."
ORT is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan (CRANSTON) ORT, and their children Chris ORT, Lisa RAHN of Vancouver and Robert ORT of Guelph.
Joan ORT was a teacher at Central secondary school.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-26 published
HERBERT, Rosina (née SHARPE)
Of Saint Thomas on Sunday, September 24, 2006 at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in her 80th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Bill HERBERT and loved mother of Mark and his wife Diane HERBERT and Mike HERBERT all of Saint Thomas. Beloved grandmother of Jennifer and her husband Sean McMAHON of Kitchener, Jason HERBERT of Guelph, Michelle BROWN and April HERBERT both of Saint Thomas. Also lovingly remembered by a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Rosina was born December 12, 1926 in Ingersoll the daughter of the late Tom and Florence (GIBBS) SHARPE and had worked at Metal Signs and Brasscraft. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kidney Foundation or charity of choice.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-05 published
A killing field
Tired of the long hours, Mike THIESSEN, 22, had planned to quit his farming job today, but fate intervened.
By John HERBERT, Thurs., October 5, 2006
Death, injuries intensify focus on farm safety
Tragedy Strikes: The area behind the school bus is where Mike THIESSEN, 22, was struck down by a single lightning bolt that killed him and left a group of Mexican exchange workers with burns. (Susan BRADNAM, The London Free Press)
Mount Salem -- Farm worker Mike THIESSEN planned to quit his job today because he didn't like the long hours.
Instead, his family is planning his funeral.
The 22-year-old was hit by lightning and killed just before 9 a.m. yesterday while grading peppers with a crew of five migrant workers from Mexico on a farm on Calton Line, southeast of Aylmer, near his home.
The five Mexicans, who had been standing near THIESSEN in the partially flooded field -- drenched by heavy thunderstorms overnight and into yesterday morning -- were knocked to the ground and suffered burns. They were taken to hospital in Saint Thomas for non life-threatening injuries.
According to the Farm Safety Association, THIESSEN's death was the first lightning-related farm death in 15 years.
THIESSEN had worked the past two years on the farm.
"He was the best worker they had -- he wanted to quit on Thursday," said his sister, Mary Anne WIEBE.
"They didn't even know he was going to quit," said WIEBE, as Friends and family grieved at the THIESSEN home, also on Calton Line in Mount Salem. "He was so sick of it."
THIESSEN and the workers from Mexico worked on a farm owned by Richard DELEEBEECK. The Mexicans were on a worker exchange program.
THIESSEN, hoping to lead a more normal life, wanted to return to a job with Simcoe Leaf.
WIEBE said THIESSEN, who recently became an uncle, loved playing with her three-month-old boy, Aiden, and fixing up Chevy cars. He dreamed of becoming a mechanic.
He was at the Dwight Yoakam concert at the John Labatt Centre in London on Tuesday night and arrived home late, but he was ready to work in the pepper field by 7 a.m. yesterday.
"He did everything for them sometimes, working until 3 in the morning. He had no life," said his 16-year-old brother, Bobby.
THIESSEN's parents, Peter and Justina THIESSEN, who drive a transport-trailer truck, were expected to fly home last night from California.
Neighbours and Friends in the area said there was no lightning or thunder before the storm hit -- and that a single bolt appeared to have hit THIESSEN without warning. There were metal poles, used to hold up a cover shading the ginseng crop, just a few metres from the work crew.
"There was just one bolt," said neighbour Raymond DELEEBEECK, who farms near where the lightning hit. "I heard it but I was in the barn and it was raining hard."
Richard DELEEBEECK, Raymond's brother, wasn't available for comment but his adult son, Nick, said his father had been concerned about the dangerous weather approaching.
Nick DELEEBEECK said about 30 Mexicans work on the farm.
"The Spanish guys said there was one crack… what the heck can you do,?" Nick DELEEBEECK said. "It was just raining and dad told Mike if it starts to lightning, get the hell out of there. At seven (a.m.), he held off sending them out because of storms. They started grading about eight. Dad specifically said to Mike to get on the bus (parked in the field) and leave if there was lightning.
"About 15 minutes later, dad got a call that a worker had been hit."
Nick DELEEBEECK said his father immediately went to the scene, arriving before the fire department, and saw three of THIESSEN's co-workers sitting on the ground "in shock."
"Whether they got jolted… I don't know," he said. "What I was told is three got knocked over."
A few minutes after the lightning strike, the THIESSEN family was told Mike THIESSEN had been in an accident.
"They think he died instantly," Mary Anne WIEBE said.
The Labour Ministry is investigating.
About Lightning
How close is it?
Count the seconds between the flash and the thunder clap. Each second represents about 300 metres. If you count less than 30 seconds, take shelter immediately. Stay there for at least 30 minutes after last thunder.
If caught outdoors
- Keep a safe distance from tall objects, such as trees, hilltops, and utility poles. - Avoid being the highest point in an open area, or carrying anything that makes you the highest point. Seek shelter in low-lying areas but beware of flooding. - If caught in a level field far from shelter and you feel your hair stand on end, lightning may be about to hit you. Kneel with feet together and hands on your knees and bend forward. Don't lie flat. - If in a group, spread people several metres apart. - Stay away from water. - Avoid objects that conduct electricity. Take off shoes with metal cleats. - You are safe inside a car during lightning, but don't park near trees or tall objects and beware downed power lines.
If someone is hit by lightning
They do not carry an electrical charge and can be safely handled. Victims should receive immediate first aid, include rescue breathing and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation if necessary. Call 911.
source: Environment Canada

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-08 published
ZHONG was one of medicine's best and brightest
By John MINER, Free Press Health Reporter, Sun., October 8, 2006
Not having Doctor Robert ZHONG to work with makes every day different for William WALL, director of the multi-organ transplant program at London Health Sciences Centre.
"It is a huge, gaping loss for us," WALL said.
Regarded as one of the University of Western Ontario's brightest researchers and professors, Zhen (Robert) ZHONG died September 6 from cancer. He was 60.
ZHONG was a leader in organ transplant research and a Canada Research Chair in transplantation and experimental surgery.
He was also a scientist at the Robarts Research Institute in London, director of the microsurgery lab at London Health Sciences Centre and a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute.
Colleagues remember him as a man of great humility.
"Everyone held him in the highest regard. He was always quick to acknowledge the contributions of others, often downplaying his own outstanding accomplishments," said WALL.
Pioneering microsurgery, ZHONG attracted a steady stream of surgeons from around the world to London to study his techniques, WALL said.
"No single individual meant more to the (University of Western Ontario) faculty of medicine, the hospital, the Robarts Research Institute and the Lawson Research Institute combined than Doctor ZHONG. His work and sphere of influence permeated each of those institutions," he said.
Carol HERBERT, dean of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at University of Western Ontario, remembered ZHONG as "a real gentleman."
"He provided superb leadership to his research colleagues, fellows and graduate students," HERBERT said.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-31 published
Bricklayer dead after shootout
Ontario's police watchdog is investigating the death of Andrew SCHUSTER of London.
By John HERBERT, Free Press Reporter, Tues., October 31, 2006
Andrew SCHUSTER, a bricklayer described as "polite and always smiling," was found shot dead Sunday -- the day he would have celebrated his 44th birthday -- after a shootout with London police.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, probing the deadly standoff which began Saturday night and ended Sunday, yesterday wouldn't confirm SCHUSTER was the dead man who exchanged gunfire with police for about half an hour.
But several sources said SCHUSTER lived at 613 Cheapside Street, and that he was the man found dead. His name was listed on the mailbox.
The man's identity may be confirmed after an autopsy is completed today or tomorrow, said Special Investigations Unit representative Rose BLISS.
Neither police nor the Special Investigations Unit have commented on what began as a domestic-dispute call to police Saturday at 6: 30 p.m.
At 5: 30 a.m. Sunday, police found SCHUSTER dead inside the home.
The Special Investigations Unit hasn't determined whether he died from police bullets or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
There was little doubt in the neighbourhood who was the victim in the deadly shootout.
"He lived there and every day Andrew was in my store buying Players Light cigarettes," said Elvira BERKOVSKI, who operates a kiosk at a nearby service station.
"He helped my son get some summer work. I think he was in construction work. Sometimes you see people happy, then unhappy the next day. Not him. He was always smiling and polite.
Special Investigations Unit investigator Reg McKEEN said four forensic officers were trying to determine the bullet that killed SCHUSTER.
"That's what my people are trying to establish, if it was a police bullet or not," McKEEN said. "We'll be present (in London) to establish a cause and manner of death."
McKEEN wouldn't say if a weapon had been recovered.
London police couldn't comment since the investigation is now in the Special Investigations Unit's hands.
It's the 11th time this year that the Special Investigations Unit has taken over a London police investigation.
During the standoff, police drove a light armoured vehicle onto the front lawn of the home in which the man was barricaded.
Neighbours said police used it as a shield when gunfire erupted.
It was the first time the force had used the vehicle, given to it a year ago by defence contractor General Dynamics, said London police Const. Amanda Pfeffer.
Chronology Of The Death Of Andrew SCHUSTER
Saturday
6: 30 p.m.: Police respond to a domestic dispute at 613 Cheapside Street, just east of Adelaide Street, and find a man barricaded alone in the home.
7-10: 20 p.m.: Police negotiate with a man inside.
10: 20 p.m.: Police and the man inside exchange gunfire for about a half hour.
10: 50 p.m.: Negotiations resume.
Sunday
5: 30 a.m.: Police find a man inside the house dead from a gunshot wound.
6: 05 a.m.: Ontario's police watchdog agency, the Special Investigations Unit, is called in by London police. The Special Investigations Unit reviews police handling of cases involving death or serious injury.
Yesterday
With police guarding the crime scene, four Special Investigations Unit forensic investigators search for evidence at the home to help determine whether the man died from a police bullet or a self-inflicted gunshot.
Today
Special Investigations Unit will attend the man's autopsy in London.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-29 published
SCOTT, Vera M. (HERBERT)
At Victoria Hospital, London on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, Vera M. (HERBERT) SCOTT of London in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Morley SCOTT. Dear mother of Lauren SHUTE and her husband Fred and John SCOTT and his wife Beth all of London. Dear sister of George CHEESEMAN, John CHEESEMAN and the late James CHEESEMAN all in England. Also loved by her grandchildren, Karrie and Andrew SCOTT and Alex and Zachary SHUTE. Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Saturday, December 30th with Reverend Charles J. SCOTT officiating. Friends will be received by the family on Saturday at 167 Windsor Avenue, from 12 noon to 2: 00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, N6A 3A1 or the charity of your choice. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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HERBERT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-30 published
COPLEY, Marion (JOHNSTON)
At Dearness Home on Friday, December 29, 2006, Marion (JOHNSTON) COPLEY in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of George. Dear mother of Anne McLACHLIN and her husband Ian of Saint Thomas, Don COPLEY and his wife Kathy of London, Brent HERBERT- COPLEY and his wife Mary of Ottawa. Dear sister of Isabel JOHNSTON of London. Also loved by her grandchildren Stewart and Meghann McLACHLIN of Saint Thomas, Sarah and Allison COPLEY of London, Drew and Taylor Herbert- COPLEY of Ottawa. The family will receive Friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, January 1, 2007 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street, South, London. Funeral service will be conducted at the Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church, 111 Elmwood Avenue, London, Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 2 p.m. Reverend Kevin STEEPER officiating. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church, 111 Elmwood Avenue, London, Ontario N6C 1J4 or a Charity of Choice.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-23 published
KING, Malcolm Graeme (June 30, 1926-June 19, 2006)
Malcolm died peacefully at Surrey Memorial Hospital after suffering a stroke. son of George Graeme Carter KING and Margaret Eileen McCABE, Malcolm was born and raised in Vancouver, attended St. George's School and graduated from University of British Columbia Law School in 1949. He practiced law in Vancouver for over 50 years, first with Boyd King and Toy, then Douglas Symes and Brissenden. He was a founding member of Garibaldi Lifts Ltd., the original developers of Whistler Mountain, and an early long-time board member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Predeceased by his first wife Mikki (née McLENNAN) of 24 years. Survived by his wife Herbie (née Betty Ann HERBERT) of 20 years, daughters Brenna, Lael, Margaret, and Alison KING, sons-in law Charles PITTS and Robert HALIBURTON, grand_sons Gregory and Alastair PITTS, siblings Michael KING, Terry WILKINSON, and Judy WILSON, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Malcolm was a respected solicitor, devoted husband and father, avid reader, lover of classical music, history, travel, food and, last but not least, fine wines. He was a gentle, courteous soul who will be missed by all who shared 'privileged moments' of memory with him. Requiescat in pace. Service to be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 at Saint Mary's Church, Kerrisdale. Reception to follow. Many thanks to the wonderful nurses and doctors at Surrey Memorial. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Amnesty International, West Side Group No. 52, Box 62046, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J-1Z1.

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HERBERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-04 published
HERBERT, Maurice William Ellwood
Suddenly on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 at the Georgetown Hospital. Maurice HERBERT, in his 77th year, beloved husband of the late Mildred HERBERT and loving father of Diane and her husband Frank SZALONTAI of Mississauga and Karen and her husband Philip CHANG of Toronto. Dear grandfather to David, Kevin and Nicholas Szalontai and Maegan, Danny and Steven CHANG. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Rd., north of Maple Ave., Georgetown, (905) 877-3631 on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Monday, February 6th at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Georgetown. In memory contributions to the Georgetown Hospital would be appreciated. To send expressions of sympathy visit www.jsjonesandsonfuneralhome.com

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HERBERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-23 published
CARUANA, Joseph Mario
Peacefully at the Etobicoke General Hospital, on Friday, April 21, 2006. Joe CARUANA, dearly beloved husband of Theresa. Dear father of Christine and her husband Victor HERBERT, Emmanuel, Patricia and her husband Ivan KRAMAR, Richard and his wife Theresa, David and his wife Maryanne and the late John. Loving grandfather of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Joe will be lovingly remembered by all of his many family and Friends. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Sunday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Monday, leaving the funeral home 10: 45 a.m. to Our Lady Of The Airways Church, 7407 Darcel Ave., Malton for Funeral Mass at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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HERBST o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-04 published
PACANOWSKA, Stefania
At University Hospital, after a short illness, on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Stefania PACANOWSKA in her 81st year. Beloved wife of Zbigniew PACANOWSKI. Cherished mother of Richard and Helen, son-in-law Rudy, daughter-in-law Shirley; beloved grandchildren Gerrit and Calvin, sister-in-law Helen HERBST and brother-in-law Ted HERBST. Stefania worked hard for over 30 years as a machine operator for Wonder Bakeries. In her retirement years she enjoyed cooking, flowers and gardening, but most of all she loved the time she spent with her son, daughter-in-law, daughter, "the best son-in-law in the whole wide world" and her grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered for her bright, friendly personality and generous heart. She was a "buddy" to many who met her. Visitors will be received at the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street, London, Ontario, on Monday from 1: 00 p.m. until time of the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Casual, bright attire is quite acceptable. Interment Saint Peter's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a Charity of choice.

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HERCEG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-11 published
DIONNE, Laurette
Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, March 9th, 2006 at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga, at the age of 84. Predeceased by her husband John. Cherished mother of Suzanne HERCEG and her husband Mike, Ron and his wife Liz and Paulette ROY and her husband Claude. Adored grandmama of Laura, Danielle, Katelyn, Jeffrey, Rochelle and Nicole. Laurette will be fondly remembered by her many brothers, sisters, family and Friends. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, North of Queen Elizabeth Way) on Saturday, March 11, 2006 from 8: 30-9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass to follow at St. Christopher's Church, 1171 Clarkson Rd. N. at 10 o'clock. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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HERCIA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-20 published
GRAHAM, L. Audrey (née PETERS)
On October 8th, 2006 at Erin Mills Lodge in Mississauga after a very long stuggle with Alzheimers Disease. Loving wife of the late Jack GRAHAM, and mother of Brenda (Robert HERCIA) and Christine (John CORLESS) GaGa will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Jason CORLESS, Robin HERCIA, and Christopher CORLESS. Predeceased by grandaughters Kim and Holly HERCIA. GaGa will be fondly remembered by Gillian, Matthew and Andrew CORLESS. A special thanks to the caring staff at Erin Mills Lodge. A private family service will be held.

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