LEA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-02 published
GREER/GRIER, Clara Louise
Of Caressant Care Nursing Home, Saint Thomas and formerly of Sparta on Sunday, January 1, 2006, at her late residence, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late S. Clare GREER/GRIER (1995) and dearly loved mother of Ronald and his wife Jane GREER/GRIER of Aylmer, Jerrold and his wife Eileen GREER/GRIER of London, Ross and his wife Joyce GREER/GRIER of Aylmer, Jim GREER/GRIER and friend Maggie RICHARDSON of St. Thomas and Randy and his wife Maureen GREER/GRIER of Saint Thomas. Dear aunt of Ronda KNIGHT of Merritt, British Columbia. Dear sister of the late Irene KNIGHT. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Clara was born in Saint Thomas on October 31, 1915, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mabel LEA. Clara worked for the Red Cross and was a member of the Sparta Baptist Church, the Sparta Women's Institute and Verdun #36 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Aylmer. The family will receive Friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A quiet family service will be held on Wednesday morning. Interment in Elmdale Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the C.N.I.B., the Salvation Army, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice.

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LEA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
DRAPER, James Frederick
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, Westminster Campus on Monday, October 9, 2006, James Frederick DRAPER of Strathroy in his 75th year. Beloved husband for 53 years of Allegra (LEA) DRAPER of Strathroy. Dear son of the late Adelaide Emily DRAPER. Loving father of Lana Jane, Thomas Maynard, Wendy Lea and Joel Robert. Proud grandfather of Lisa, Christopher, Nicholas, Jazmine and Jonathan and 5 great-grandchildren. Survived by his sisters June SMITH and Ruth BRADLEY and his brothers David and Gordon. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Predeceased by his sister Barbara and brothers Thomas and Edward (Ted). Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, (2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth 519-652-2020) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 13, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Archie MURRAY officiating and Pastor Roger GAST assisting. Cremation with interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations to the Strathroy-Middlesex District Hospital or the London Health Sciences Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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LEA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-26 published
WESSON, Maureen Marie
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maureen WESSON at North Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday, December 21, 2006, at the age of 66. Maureen died of complications arising from the progression of her pulmonary fibrosis. Maureen is survived by Ernie, her loving husband of 48 years, her sister Adele YORKE and her brother John ARDIS. She will be remembered and deeply missed by her daughters Karen HANLON (James,) Lori MURPHY (Bill) and Lynn BRADSHAW, her son Chris WESSON (Leachelle,) and family member Ron LEA, as well as her grandchildren Greg and Tony MURPHY, Kristina and Heather BRADSHAW, Chelanna and Cherie WESSON, and Katie, Jamie, John and Joseph HANLON. Maureen was a warm and friendly lady who gave much happiness to everyone she came in contact with. She was completely devoted to her family, and was a loyal and supporting partner throughout her husband's military career and subsequent involvement with several service associations. She also enjoyed a long and productive career as a Legal Secretary. Best friend, loving wife, mother and grandmother, with a true giving and nurturing spirit, Maureen will be remembered and cherished by everyone who knew her. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2: 00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28th at St. Stephen's parish (24th and Mountain Hwy, North Vancouver). A Prayer service will also be held in the church at 7: 00 p.m. on the evening before the funeral. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Canadian Lung Association.

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LEA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
WARRINGTON, Isabelle (née YOUNG)
Peacefully at North York General Hospital, on Monday, January 16, 2006 in her 80th year. Isabelle WARRINGTON, beloved wife of Harold WARRINGTON. Much loved mother to David WARRINGTON (Marie) of Thornhill, Sharon EMMERSON (Gary) of Toronto, and Ken WARRINGTON (Shelley) of Cobourg. Loving grandmother to Lesley ROCK of Ireland, Carolyn LEA (Barry) of Louisiana, Shea HAYES (Wally), Dan WARRINGTON (Julie,) Amy EMMERSON (Mark,) and Brittany and Jennifer WARRINGTON of Cobourg. Dear great-grandmother to Alex ROCK; Justin, Cole and Ethan LEA; Oliver, Matilda and Jessie HAYES. Isabelle is lovingly remembered by her extended family and many dear Friends. Our sincere thanks to Catherine and the nursing staff of 6W for their gentle care. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2006 from 1-5 p.m., at the Estates of Sunnybrook, Vaughan Estate, 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association are appreciated.

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LE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-22 published
TRAN, Quay Van
At his residence on Sunday May 21, 2006, Quay VAN TRAN of London in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the late Phan Thi Huynh, dear father of Le TRAN of London, Tien TRAN and her husband Luat Nguyen of Cambridge, Cuc TRAN of London, Yen TRAN and her husband Hien DANG of London and VAN TRAN and her husband Nghia LE of Cambridge. Loved by 7 grandchildren, Janet, Jenny, Lisa, Judy, Lina, Nick and Lucy. No funeral home visitation. Cremation. Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street in charge of arrangements. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. Tran.
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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-19 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Donald Clarence
In loving memory of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who left us December 19th, 2005.
We who love you, sadly miss you
As it dawns another year
In our silent hours of thinking
Thoughts of you are ever near
Always remembered forever loved.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2006-05-31 published
Johanna Wilhelmina Carolina RUSH (LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH)
In loving memory of Johanna Wilhelmina Carolina RUSH (LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH) who died peacefully surrounded by her family at the Manitoulin Centennial Manor on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at the age of 94.
Predeceased by husband George RUSH (1989) and James Everett LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (1968).
Loved by her children Eva and husband
Raymond Logan of Ottawa, Lloyd (predeceased) wife Eva Leach of Kagawong,
Joan Streich (husband Colin predeceased) of Sudbury, Norma and husband
Mervin Sinoski (both predeceased), William John and wife Elaine Leach of
Bidwell, David and wife Esther Leach of White's Point, Sandra and husband
Bill Keatley of Sheguiandah, George and wife Sharon Leach of Elliot Lake,
step mother of Robert and wife Barbara Rush, Arden and Pat Rush, Audrey and
husband Ivan Furlong. Cherished grandmother and great grandmother of
several. Survived by sister Irene Lario. Predeceased by Anna, Bill, Rudy and
Hilda. All of Johanna's siblings resided in Saskatchewan. Visitation was 2 -
4 and 7 - 9 Monday. Funeral Service was 11 am Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at
Island Funeral Home. Reverend Faye Stevens officiating. Burial at Hilly Grove
Cemetery. Donations to Manitoulin Health Center Aux. or Centennial Manor would be greatly appreciated.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-11 published
TELFER, Audrey (née WILLSON)
At Beattie Haven Retirement Community, Wardsville, on Thursday, February 9, 2006, Audrey TELFER (née WILLSON) formerly of Glencoe in her 90th year. Daughter of the late Mordecia and Marietta (NETHERCOTT) WILLSON. Beloved wife of the late John Charlton TELFER (1968.) Dear mother of Donna and her husband Kenneth WILSON of Glencoe and Keith and his wife Debi TELFER of Brighton. Loving grandmother of Ralph Bruce LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (Linda) of Mt. Brydges, Roger Allen LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (June) of Stratford and John Dane William TELFER of Brighton and special great-grandmother of Justin, Jordan, Carter and Mitchell LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Also survived by one brother Eugene WILSON of Wardsville. Predeceased by son-in-law, Mungo Bruce LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (1988,) brothers, Lloyd Bert WILSON (infant 1916,) Harold WILSON (1989,) Donald WILSON (1993) and sisters-in-law, Bertha WILSON (1991,) Bernice WILSON (2005) and Jean WILSON (2006.) Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, February 17 at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Beattie Haven Retirement Community (Water Fund) or charity of your choice.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-18 published
HARRISON, Margaret (DOBBS)
The family of the late Margaret HARRISON would like to express our sincere appreciation to family, Friends and neighbours who contributed so graciously with beautiful floral tributes, memorial donations, visits, food and cards of sympathy during our loss. Many thanks to Pat and Bruce FRASER of T. Stephenson and son Funeral Home for their kind assistance and caring guidance. Special thanks to Rev. Elizabeth CHAPMAN and Rev. Douglas CHAPMAN for their comforting words, prayers and glorious personalized service Mom deserved. Deep gratitude to the ladies of Carlisle United Church who prepared the wonderful luncheon after the funeral. Everyone's kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered.
Sincerely Dean, Betty LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and families.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-14 published
DICKSON/DIXON- DUPONT, Mildred (MOORE)
At Braemar Retirement Centre, on Thursday, April 13, 2006, Mrs. Mildred DICKSON/DIXON- DUPONT of Wingham, formerly of Belmore age 81 years. The former Mildred MOORE beloved wife of the late Kenneth DICKSON/DIXON (1991.) Dear mother of Allan and Connie DICKSON/DIXON and Karen and Paul MOFFATT of Wingham, Twyla and Ken GILBERT of Elmira, Mary and Doug LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of London and Joan and Kerry REIBELING of Drayton. Also survived by Dan DUPONT, eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Predeceased by her sisters Margaret, Annie and Ruth and by brothers Edward, Russell, Garnet, Stan and Charlie. Visitation at McBurney Funeral Home, Wingham, Ontario on Sunday, 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral chapel on Monday at 1: 30 p.m. Reverend Karen MacRAE officiating. Interment in McIntosh Cemetery, Carrick Township. Memorial donations to Belmore Presbyterian Church, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or your charity of choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-16 published
ANDERSON, Robert Leslie
Peacefully at his home "Robanholm Farm" with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, May 15, 2006. Robert Leslie ANDERSON in his 66th year. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Janice (LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH) ANDERSON. Loving father of Rob and Deb ANDERSON, Thorndale, Sharon and Reverend Andrew WRIGHT, Pasadena, Newfoundland and Dan ANDERSON, London. Awesome grandpa to Josh, Mike and Colin ANDERSON and Emily and Jenny WRIGHT. Loving brother and brother-in-law of Jim and June ANDERSON, Cambridge, Allan LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and friend Laura Jean, Thorndale; Lynda and Tony REDIX, Thamesford and Nancy MILCZ, Chatham. Dear son-in-law of Cecil LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, London. Sadly missed by nieces, nephews, cousins, Friends and neighbours. Greatly missed by Gerry KWIATKOWSKI, Lynn WALLER, Dorothy BAKER and his four legged companion, "Bud." Predeceased by his father Roy ANDERSON (1985,) mother Hazel (Smith) ANDERSON (1973,) mother-in-law Margaret (BAILEY) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (1977,) brother-in-law John MILCZ (2004) and nephew Abel ANDERSON (1991.) Robert farmed all his life on Nissouri Road near Thorndale, was proud of his dairy herd and always had time for anyone who stopped by. Friends may call at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11 a.m. Reverends Art CHOLMONDELEY and Andrew WRIGHT officiating. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Centre or Crumlin United Church Memorial Fund.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-01 published
HIGGINS, Edwin H.
At London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital on Friday, June 30th, 2006 Edwin H. HIGGINS of London in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Flora (CHISHOLM) HIGGINS. Dear father of Peter HIGGINS and his wife Carol of Cambridge; Nina LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and her husband Ted of London; Margaret MOORE and her husband Ted of Dorchester; Andrew HIGGINS of British Columbia; Roger HIGGINS of London; James HIGGINS and his wife Fran of Dryden Laurene FLEMING/FLEMMING and her husband John of Calgary; Jennifer SHEVCHENKO and her husband Terry of London; Jeffrey HIGGINS and his wife Sherry Lynn of London and Sally JIBB and her husband Philip of New Sarum. Predeceased by his twin brother Gordon. Also loved by his 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Ed was an employee of London Life Insurance Company for 44 years. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Mount Hope and Natasha for their wonderful care of Ed. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Monday, July 3rd, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Doctor Douglas H. ROSS of Wesley-Knox United Church officiating. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 George Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3A1 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 617 Wellington Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3R6. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorge.on.ca

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-21 published
MUNDAY, Graydon Stephen
Age 81, of R.R.#1 Courtright, passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday September 19, 2006. Beloved husband of Jean (ABBOTT) MUNDAY for 57 years. Loving father of Larry MUNDAY. Cherished grandfather of Stephen and Janet MUNDAY. Dear father-in-law of Susan MUNDAY of Saint Thomas. Survived by his sister Freda and her husband Doug FREEMAN, brother-in-law Hal MacBAIN all of Toronto. Predeceased by his parents Stephen and Viola (CHOWEN) MUNDAY, son Wayne (2005), daughters Deborah Lynn (1978) and Wendy Ann (infant) (1959;) sisters Betty LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (2003,) Verena BLAKE (1992,) Ila and Ilene MUNDAY (1924,) Vella MATTHEWS (2002,) Mamie MacBAIN (1999;) brothers Cecil MUNDAY (1971,) Lorne MUNDAY (1985,) Bill MUNDAY (1921) and Robert MUNDAY (1924.) Graydon was a well known and respected Farmer and Builder in the area for many years. He will be sadly missed in the community. Friends will be received at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home, Bridgen on Friday September 22, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday September 23rd at 1: 00 p.m. with Rev. Jacquie BURNIE officiating. Interment Moore Union Cemetery, Mooretown. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family through sbrothersfuneral@hotmail.com Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-09 published
GONCZ, Mary Kathryn (née HEATH)
Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Saturday October 7, 2006, Mary Kathryn GONCZ (née HEATH) M.L.T. of Tillsonburg age 56 years. Beloved wife of Stephen GONCZ for 19½ years. Dear sister of Robert (Dana) HEATH of Sarnia; Richard (Mary) HEATH of Tecumseh; sister-in-law to Joe MARTYNIUK of Sarnia. Beloved daughter-in-law of Mary T. GONCZ of Tillsonburg. Dear sister-in-law to Bob (Carol) GONCZ of Collingwood; Frank Jr. (Wendy) GONCZ of London; Maryanne (Brian) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of Norwich; Christine GONCZ of Mississauga; Joe (Julie) GONCZ of Woodstock, and Lucrése GONCZ of Paris. Also, survived by her many nieces and nephews. Mary Kathryn was predeceased by her parents Norman (2000,) and Beatrice (2001) HEATH; her sister Ruth Ann MARTYNIUK (2005;) her father-in-law Frank GONCZ (2003;) and brother-in-law William GONCZ (2003.) The family will receive Friends and family at Ostrander's Funeral Home 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Tuesday evening October 10, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church Tillsonburg on Wednesday October 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. Rev. Father Matthew GEORGE officiating. Cremation to follow. Inurnment later in Tillsonburg Cemetery. Parish Prayers will be celebrated in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday October 10, 2006 at 6: 30 p.m. Mary Kathryn, M.L.T. was a medical technologist at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. At the family's request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Canadian Cancer Research Foundation or to Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-11 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Lorna E. (née CAYLEY)
At the Delhi Nursing Home on Monday October 9, 2006 Lorna E. LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH formerly of Norwich in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Ivan LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (1992.) Dear mother of Elinore and husband Bob VANPARYS of Otterville, Janet and husband Roy BANNON of Newmarket, John and wife Donna of Norwich, Scott and wife Margaret of Mt. Albert. She will be missed by her 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Thomas M. CAYLEY and Elinore (CARROLL) and brothers Harry CAYLEY, Thomas (Ghent) CAYLEY. Lorna was a member of the Otterville W.I., active with the Otterville U.C., U.C.W.. she was an Empire Loyalist, and member of the Sunshine Club. Friends will be received at THE Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, , 45 Main St. W. Norwich on Wednesday October 11 from 12-1: 00 p.m. Funeral service to follow at 1: 00 p.m. Interment at the Norwich Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind On-line condolences at www.arn-lockiefuneralhome.com. Arn-Lockie (519) 863-3020.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-01 published
ROBINSON, Jean Elizabeth (CHAPMAN)
Peacefully at University Hospital London, Ontario, on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 Jean Elizabeth (CHAPMAN) ROBINSON of R.R.#2, Ailsa Craig, Ontario in her 71st year. Beloved wife of Donald D. ROBINSON. Dear mother of Catherine and Jack BARRETT of Fingal, Norma LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and Daniel DESLIPPE of London and John and Darlene ROBINSON of R.R.#2, Crediton. Dearly loved grandmother of Adam, Stephanie, Alicia, David, Jodi, Melissa, Tim, Bradley, Katrina, Tyler and Ashley. Dear great-grandmother of Jordon. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Alma and Don ALLEN of Ballymote, Beatrice and Gerald ZWICKER of British Columbia and Robert and Dallas ROBINSON of London. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Resting at the T. Stephenson and son Funeral Home, Ailsa Craig, where Friends and relatives may call on Thursday, November 2nd, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 3, at 2: 30 p.m. at the Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre, with Rev. Ken TAILOR/TAYLOR officiating. Interment Nairn Cemetery. A service under the auspices of the Ailsa Craig and District Lions and Lioness Club of Ailsa Craig and Grand Bend will be held on Thursday evening at 6: 30 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of choice would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Mrs. Jean ROBINSON.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-06 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Raymond (November 6th, 1928-November 5th, 2004)
So often do we reminisce
And share a laugh or two,
Fondly telling stories of the things
You'd say and do.
Your memory is so special,
Your presence missed so much,
You're always in our thoughts
And loved by all of us.
Remembered with love on your birthday Nancy and family.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-11 published
HENDERSON, " Bill" David William
Surrounded by love at London Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, November 9, 2006, "Bill" David William HENDERSON in his 60th year. Loving husband of Vicky HENDERSON. Caring father of Willy, Cory (Amy,) Robbie (Becky,) David (Samantha,) Shelly STEVENS (Ed,) Jason STEVENS (Nicole) and Stacey STEVENS (Jason.) Dedicated grandfather of Devon, Amanda, Kylee, Curtis, Abbie, Allie, Jacob, Gloria, Aerial, Grace and Beau. Dear son-in-law of George PICKETT. Dear brother of Connie BAKER (Dale,) Judy BEECH (Paul) and Marcie LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (Dave.) Predeceased by his parents David (1999) and Marion HENDERSON (1963.) The family will receive Friends and relatives at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London for visitation on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. A service of remembrance will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at 2 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to service. In remembrance, donations to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. "Words cannot express the loss"

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-15 published
HURLEY, Wilfred B.
At Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Monday, November 13, 2006, Wilfred B. HURLEY of Glencoe in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Beatrice (COPELAND) for 68 years. Dear father of Joan and John PUSPOKY, Eileen and Don BRIGGS, Janet and Jack McCOUBREY and Ron and Barb HURLEY. Loving grandfather of Rick and Kim PUSPOKY, Randy and Robin PUSPOKY, Brad and Claudia CUNDY, Darryl CUNDY, Barbara JANSSENS, Molly McCOUBREY, Jennifer and John Ryan and Ryan and Julie HURLEY. Also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law Elizabeth GOULD. Predeceased by 2 sisters, Wanita COPELAND and Bernice LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Relatives and Friends wil be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Deb DOLBEAR- VAN BILSEN officiating. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Babcock Community Care Centre Residents Council.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-27 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Cameron Kerr
Surrounded by his family at the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday November 24, 2006. Cameron Kerr LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of R.R.#1 Dutton in his 73rd year. Beloved husband of Jacqueline (McWILLIAM) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Loving father of Carrie and Jeff WOODS of Dutton, Cathy and Ken McARTHUR of Comber, John of R.R.#1 Dutton. Beloved grandfather of Matthew, Jackson, Carter, McKenna. Dear brother-in-law of Helen and the late Cameron McWILLIAM of Clachan, Shirley and Bob WALKER of West Lorne, Joan and Richard VEENSTRA of Strathroy. Beloved uncle of several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents John and Jennie (KERR) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and an infant brother. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Arn Funeral Home, 193 Shackleton Street, Dutton on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday November 28 at 11 a.m. Interment in Cowal-McBride Cemetery. Donations to the Daffodil Auxiliary-Cancer or Duff Church Largie would be appreciated.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-11 published
RUSTON, Terry
At London Health Sciences Center -- Victoria Campus, on Saturday December 9, 2006. Terry RUSTON of Colborne Twp., in his 69th year. Beloved husband of the late Anne Marie (SCHMIDT) RUSTON dear father of Doug (Jodie) RUSTON of R.R.#1 Dungannon and Karen (Mark) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of R.R.#2 Goderich; loving grandfather of Kelsey, Dakota, Chris, Matthew and Adam; brother of Keith (Bernice) RUSTON of Crossfield, Alberta. Predeceased by one brother in infancy. Friends will be received at McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East Street, Goderich on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday December 13, 2006 at 1 p.m. Interment Dungannon Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke foundation gratefully acknowledged. Friends may sign the book of condolence at www.mccallumpalla.ca

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-13 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Gerald Cecil
Peacefully at Kensington Village, London on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, Gerald Cecil LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of R.R.#2 Thorndale in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the Late Margaret (BAILEY) (1977) and dear father of Janice and the Late Robert ANDERSON (May 2006,) Allan LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of R.R.#2 Thorndale and friend Laura Jean McCANN of Aylmer, Lynda and Tony REDIX of Thamesford and Nancy MILCZ of Chatham and her late husband John (2004). Dear brother of Fred and June LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of Hamilton. Also loved by 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Thursday December 14, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment Robin's Hill Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the Crumlin United Church Memorial Fund or the Thorndale Lions Medical Centre.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-03 published
ROBERTS, Linda Katharine (née WARNER)
Peacefully, at home on Saturday, July 1st, 2006, Canada Day surrounded by her family and Friends following a courageous battle with cancer. Linda was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years, the Honorable Mr. Justice Frank Kelso ROBERTS. Beloved mom to Kathy (Terry ROUT,) Bruce (Shahnaz KHAN) and Michael. Loving Grammy to Bianca and Alicia ROUT. Devoted daughter to Katharine. Dear sister to brothers Bruce (Jacqueline) and Donald (Carolyn) WARNER and sister-in-law to Alex (Cynthia) ROBERTS, Greer (Ingrid) ROBERTS. Much loved aunt of Kelso and Zander ROBERTS, Tanya and Natasha ROBERTS, Veronica WARNER and David WARNER. Cousin and friend to Leslie DAVIS (Richard LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH.) The family would like to especially thank dear Friends Mary Claire HEINTZMAN and Libby BURTON for their unwavering support and love. Heartfelt thanks, as well, to the multitude of Friends and well wishers who gave so much in time, phone-calls, food and flowers. An avid bridge player, mom cherished the company and friendly competitiveness of her many duplicate bridge companions. She loved and will miss you all. The family would like to thank Doctor Scott BERRY, Mary, Hyla, Pat and all the other wonderful staff in the Oncology department at Sunnybrook Hospital. Thanks to Sophia and Joyce from Integracare and Mary and Hauwa from Nightingale for their caring support and to Doctors Russell GOLDMAN and Julie McINTRYE for their compassionate care. A service in celebration of Linda's life will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive (at Glen Road). Family and Friends may wish to make a donation to Camp Oochigeas, Summer Camp for Children with Cancer, 60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5 or on-line at www.ooch.org.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-05 published
ROBERTS, Linda Katharine (née WARNER)
Peacefully, at home on Saturday, July 1st, 2006, Canada Day surrounded by her family and Friends following a courageous battle with cancer. Linda was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years, the Honorable Mr. Justice Frank Kelso ROBERTS. Beloved mom to Kathy (Terry ROUT,) Bruce (Shahnaz KHAN) and Michael. Loving Grammy to Bianca and Alicia ROUT. Devoted daughter to Katharine. Dear sister to brothers Bruce (Jacqueline) and Donald (Carolyn) WARNER and sister-in-law to Alex (Cynthia) ROBERTS, Greer (Ingrid) ROBERTS. Much loved aunt of Kelso and Zander ROBERTS, Tanya and Natasha ROBERTS, Veronica WARNER and David WARNER. Cousin and friend to Leslie DAVIS (Richard LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH.) The family would like to especially thank dear Friends Mary Claire HEINTZMAN and Libby BURTON for their unwavering support and love. Heartfelt thanks, as well, to the multitude of Friends and well wishers who gave so much in time, phone-calls, food and flowers. An avid bridge player, mom cherished the company and friendly competitiveness of her many duplicate bridge companions. She loved and will miss you all. The family would like to thank Doctor Scott BERRY, Mary, Hyla, Pat and all the other wonderful staff in the Oncology department at Sunnybrook Hospital. Thanks to Sophia and Joyce from Integracare and Mary and Hauwa from Nightingale for their caring support and to Doctors Russell GOLDMAN and Julie McINTRYE for their compassionate care. A service in celebration of Linda's life will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive (at Glen Road). Family and Friends may wish to make a donation to Camp Oochigeas, Summer Camp for Children with Cancer, 60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5 or on line at www.ooch.org.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-23 published
HEASMAN, William George
Retired employee of University of Toronto Press and a long time member of The Salvation Army. Peacefully at Sheppard Lodge Nursing Home on Thursday, September 21, 2006 in his 78th year. William, beloved husband of Catherine (LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH.) Loving father of Elaine (Ross), Will (Annie) and David (Donna). Cherished poppa of Justin (Sherri), Sara (James) and Laura. Dear brother of Jim Jr. (Barbara), Doris (Gord) and Lois. Brother-in-law of Ken (Ann) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Bill was predeceased by his parents Gert and Jim. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street (two lights south of Steeles Avenue), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2006. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from The Salvation Army Agincourt Community Church (3080 Birchmount Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario M1W 3K3), followed by interment at Highland Memory Gardens. As an expression of sympathy, donations to either The Salvation Army Agincourt Community Church or the Alzheimer Society, 20 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 1200, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1K8 would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-17 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Ronald Percival
Passed away on Thursday November 16, 2006 at the age of 86, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Pauline, for over 61 years. Loving father of Dianne (Don STEVENS,) Pat (John DALE,) Gwynne (Craig MARCHANT,) Doug (Kim) and Tim (Gail). Grandpa to Dan (Athena), Aleisha, Scott, Catherine, Shannon (Troy), Andrew, Michael (Ashley), Keith, Victoria, Alexandra, Brian, Nicole and Kristen, and great-grandpa to Nicole, Zoe and Ryan. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will be held on Monday November 20, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (140 Brooke Street, Thornhill, Ontario). Cremation. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Invitation to Live Ministries. Condolences www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-18 published
Helen ALLEN, Journalist (1907-2006)
She laboured for decades to improve the lot of unwanted children, many of whom were better off because of her efforts, writes Sandra MARTIN. At the end of the Vietnam War she also helped rescue orphans in Saigon
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
The concept may seem bizarre today, but in its era, the Toronto newspaper column Today's Child was an innovative force intended to improve the lives of thousands of emotionally needy and often physically damaged children. In the early 1960s, back in the days when having a child "out of wedlock" was socially unacceptable and before reliable contraception or abortions were generally available, many young women gave their unplanned babies up for adoption. The ranks of healthy infants were swelled by older children who had been abandoned by parents unable or unwilling to raise their own offspring or who had been removed from dangerous situations. Many of these "hard-to-place" children trundled from one foster home to another or marked birthday after birthday in orphanages and other residential institutions.
Helen ALLEN, a journalist who became a crusader for adoption, believed that all children deserved parents and a home to call their own. For nearly 20 years, she devoted her energies to the task through her column Today's Child in The Telegram in Toronto and the long-running television program Family Finder. Although, nobody knows for certain how many of these adoptions were successful, there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that many, many children were happier and healthier because of Ms. ALLEN's actions.
"Some social workers were very reluctant at the thought of exposing children to the public in this way, because it was an invasion of privacy, but I was all for it," recalled Victoria LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, a former social worker and adoption supervisor who knew first-hand the dire circumstances of these children's lives. She and Ms. ALLEN became colleagues and good Friends, sharing the same dedication and sense of humour.
The late media mogul John BASSETT, who was the last publisher of The Telegram, considered Ms. ALLEN's long-running adoption column "her real life's work." Ms. ALLEN "has helped this country enormously by giving new hope and new opportunities to the nation's richest resource, our children," he wrote in a tribute to her in 1982, and "nothing has given me greater pride than being associated with her in this task."
Helen Kathleen ALLEN was born near Saskatoon, the only child of a Presbyterian minister and a school teacher. The family eventually settled in Aurora, north of Toronto, as her father moved from one congregation to another. He died of meningitis when Helen was five and her mother worked as a supply teacher to support them both. Ms. ALLEN later described her childhood as happy, although she regretted that there was never enough money to buy her a bicycle. It was only much later that she looked back as an adult and realized that "it's too bad to be an only child, too bad not to have a Dad."
After graduating from high school in 1925, Ms. ALLEN moved to Toronto to do a four-year degree in modern languages (French and German) at University College at the University of Toronto. By then, her widowed mother had married a man named PALMER, so Ms. ALLEN boarded with a family named GRIFFITHS while she attended university, financed with $2000 from her mother's savings. That's how she met the GRIFFITHS' daughter, Phyllis, who became a classmate, then a journalism colleague and a dear friend and housemate until she died more than 50 years later in 1978.
At U of T, Ms. ALLEN joined the German club, which turned out to be a lively collection of people, including professors Geoffrey HOLT and Barker FAIRLEY, who got together on a weekly basis to sing German songs. An older cousin, who worked on the student newspaper, The Varsity, introduced Ms. ALLEN to the editor, a young man named Charles STACEY. (A year older, he was destined for a stellar career as a military historian and became very well known as a biographer of Prime Minister Mackenzie King.) "Somehow I found myself accepting an assignment to cover a freshie tea that first week. It showed up on the front page, without a word changed, and I was hooked," she presciently told Judith ADAM/ADAMS, the author of the 1982 Ontario government publication, Today's Child and Helen ALLEN.
After graduating in 1929, Ms. ALLEN went to work as a reporter for The Telegram, a newspaper founded in 1876 by John Ross ROBERTSON as a vehicle to promote British and Imperial sentiments. For the next three decades, Ms. ALLEN did general assignment reporting, reviewed movies, covered political events and criminal trials, and edited the women's pages. In covering the 1939 Royal Tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth she wrote: "Everyone who has seen her is talking about the Queen. The Queen's smile. The Queen's charm. The Queen's beauty. The Queen's lovely gowns."
What made her name, however, was an assignment that she took on reluctantly in 1964 to write an adoption column for the paper. Instead of being the brainchild of one person, the idea came about as a confluence of incidents, experience and inspiration dating back to the early 1960s when The Telegram ran a front-page story about a young boy being publicly beaten by his father on a downtown street corner. Publisher John BASSETT assigned reporter Andrew MacFARLANE to investigate and write an article on child abuse.
Mr. MacFARLANE contacted the office of Doctor James BAND, the deputy minister of welfare in Ontario, who supplied huge amounts of information on child protection services and took Mr. MacFARLANE to visit an orphanage which housed dozens of children three years of age and under. Mr. MacFARLANE quickly realized that many of these children had short attention spans, played aggressively, and, despite being "cuddled" by volunteers, appeared lacking in warmth and curiosity. Both men believed these children needed families and permanent homes, if they were to have any chance of growing up emotionally healthy.
In 1964, Doctor BAND sought out Mr. MacFARLANE, who by then was The Telegram's managing editor, and suggested he run an "advertising" feature to make the public aware of the plight of these forgotten children. Both Mr. MacFARLANE and Mr. BASSETT took up the idea enthusiastically and assigned the column to Ms. ALLEN, telling her to contact the more than 50 regional Children's Aid Societies that operated in Ontario under the Child Welfare Act, find some children who were waiting for families, and run their pictures and write about them in the paper. The plan was to run Today's Child for a few weeks and check the response.
Children's Aid Societies, which are protective by definition, were largely horrified at the idea of parading children, along with their physical and emotional problems, in a public newspaper. To them, the column reeked of "freak shows" at carnivals. Only three were willing to participate -- Hamilton, Kenora and Toronto. Although disappointing, the response was strong enough to give Ms. ALLEN enough children to produce a daily column for three weeks.
The first child was a 15-month-old girl of mixed race named Hope, a difficult placement in those homogeneous days before the immigration rules relaxed and Canada had an official multiculturalism policy. Nevertheless, 40 prospective adoptive parents wrote in response to the story about Hope. Their letters were passed along to the Children's Aid Society for screening, assessing and processing. "I wrote abut 23 children in those first Today's Child columns that summer," Ms. ALLEN recalled years later, "and when the results were finally assessed, 18 of those youngsters found homes."
After three years of daily columns, Today's Child expanded to other daily and weekly papers throughout Ontario. The following year, Ms. ALLEN proposed doing a television version of the column based on the daily Ben Hunter Program in California, which delivered commercials for a variety of products, saving one day a week for children wanting to be adopted. Armed with a tape of the American show, Ms. ALLEN and Victoria LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, then Ontario Adoption Co-ordinator, approached CFTO, the Toronto television station that was part-owned by Mr. BASSETT. "It took them all of 15 minutes to make up their minds," Ms. ALLEN reported later. Family Finder, which ran commercial-free, debuted in the fall of 1968 and for years was the longest-running program on the channel.
When The Telegram folded in 1971, the Ontario government hired Ms. ALLEN as an information officer in the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She continued to write the column three times a week (which was syndicated by the government to more than 20 daily newspapers including The Toronto Star), do the television program and speak about adoption to community and service groups.
In the early 1970s, television and newspaper reporting from Vietnam publicized the plight of many of the children who had become victims of the continuing conflict. The orphanages in Saigon were overflowing with abandoned or parentless children. Social changes, including a declining birth rate, had put an end to the baby surplus of a decade before. That fact, plus the human desire to help needy children, had lots of North Americans flying to Vietnam and trying to pick up babies in exchange for cash or services.
The local adoption agencies were floundering, so the Ontario Ministry of Social and Community Services sent Victoria LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and Ms. ALLEN to Saigon to work with the Vietnamese. As the Viet Cong advanced and the Americans pulled out, the two women rescued close to 60 children, brought them to Canada and found homes for them. "The deputy minister told me, 'if we are going to do this, we will give it the same service we give our own children,' Ms. LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH said.
Ms. ALLEN received many honours, including being named to the Order of Canada and an honorary doctorate from York University and the Award of Merit from the City of Toronto. In the late 1970s, she was at an Order of Canada reception when she encountered fellow laureate and University of Toronto military historian Charles STACEY. " When I was at college, I dated Charles, who was then editor of the Varsity. He was in fourth year and I was in second," she told Ms. ADAM/ADAMS. "He went off to Oxford and then Princeton; I went on to the Tely as a reporter."
Ms. ALLEN and Colonel STACEY, a widower, renewed their Friendship and their affection for each other and were married in a small wedding at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Toronto on October 3, 1980. The bride was 73, and the groom 74. A little more than a year later, she officially retired from Today's Child (Judith ADAM/ADAMS took over the column for another seven years) and Family Finder, but continued to spend two days a week answering mail and writing Adoption Bulletins while her husband wrote his books.
The STACEYs were a very companionable couple. They loved to entertain at small dinner parties at Massey College, to read Jane Austen novels aloud to each other and to travel. Col. STACEY died suddenly of a heart attack in November of 1989, after nearly a decade of marriage. She continued to live in their Rosedale apartment until she suffered a heart attack and a fall late in 2002, and moved into the Leaside Retirement Residence.
Helen Kathleen ALLEN was born in Dundurn, Saskatchewan., on August 16, 1907. She died in Toronto of congestive heart failure on November 9. She was 99. Predeceased by her husband Charles STACEY and by her dear friend Phyllis GRIFFITHS, she is survived by her god-daughter Nadine BELL and her family.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-12 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Joseph Richard
Died, Saturday, January 7, 2006, quietly in his sleep. He will be sadly missed by his mother Mary, his daughter Stacy, sons Kevin and Patrick, his siblings Michael, Barbara and Robert, his colleagues at work and his many Friends. He was loved by many. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 13th, 2: 00 p.m. in The Chapel of St. James' Cemetery, 635 Parliament Street, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a trust fund for his children would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 416-441-1580.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-31 published
HILL, Percy William
Peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, January 29, 2006 in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Carol. Loving father of Stephen (Donna) BLACKWELL, Leslie (Janet) BLACKWELL, Sharon BLACKWELL, Linda (Ian) CLARKE and Alan HILL. Devoted Papa of Amy, Chris, Kelly, Michael, Brian and great-grandchildren Ally and Drew. Dear brother of Lorne HILL, Irene (Fred) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Elizabeth SANDERSON, Elsie DICKSON/DIXON and the late Roy HILL and Pearl STOCCO. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy. 10), Brampton, from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. A service will be held in the Ward Chapel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Brampton Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-07 published
GRAHAM, Jean Germaine (née THIBAULT)
Peacefully at Milton District Hospital on Monday, February 6, 2006 at the age of 82 years. Jean GRAHAM (née THIBAULT) of Sutton, beloved wife of the late Tom GRAHAM. Dear mother of Yvonne PIPER and her husband Charles of Mississauga, John GRAHAM and his wife Marie of Sutton and Leonard GRAHAM of Sutton. Predeceased by her son Larry GRAHAM. Loving grandmother of Deborah (Richard,) Diana (Roman), Greg (Linda), Kelly, Bruce (Roni), Susan (Shawn), Tom and Tyler, and great-grandmother of ten. Dear sister of Alexina LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and Paul THIBAULT. Resting at the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Service in the chapel, Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment, Briar Hill Cemetery, Sutton.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-17 published
LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, Carol Patricia (née BAILEY)
Peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at the age of 68. Beloved wife of Malcolm L. LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Loving mother of Carol A. LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (Derrick ATKINSON), Malcolm O. (Tanis) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, and Adrian L. LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH. Predeceased by her son Leon LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH and her parents Flora and John BAILEY. Cherished grandmother of Jahrell, Rahshida, Vivian, and Josiah. Dear sister of Michael BAILEY, June THORNHILL, Nigel BAILEY, and Eleanor PIERRE. Predeceased by sisters Colleen BAILEY, and Pam BAILEY. Pat will be fondly remembered by her aunts Nellie BAILEY of England, Masie RUSSELL, Mabel GREAVES, Katherine BAILEY, Winnifred WEEKES, and Undine GIUSEPPI and their families of Barbados and Trinidad. Friends and family may visit at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Saturday and Sunday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Service Monday at St. Paul's L'Amoreaux at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. In memoriam donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by her family.

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LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-11-17 published
Helen ALLEN, 99: Wrote Today's Child
Children found homes thanks to her columns, television show
Journalist helped 'hard to place' kids find a family
By Thulasi SRIKANTHAN, Staff Reporter with files from the Star's Archives and Wire Services
Once referred to as the "fairy godmother of adoption," journalist Helen ALLEN tirelessly worked for 18 years to find homes for 11,000 children who had no parents or relatives to take care of them.
In her column, Today's Child -- which began in the now-defunct Toronto Telegram but later continued in the Star -- ALLEN often wrote about children who were deemed "hard to place" by children's aid societies. This included a youngster born with no arms or legs and another battling Down's syndrome. Even sets of up to seven siblings, who often faced separation, found families due to ALLEN.
"She had a place in her heart for every child who needed a home," said one of her close Friends, Victoria LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH, who worked with ALLEN over the years on adoption cases.
ALLEN's columns and later her television show, Family Finder, drew thousands of readers over the years and became an invaluable resource for children's aid societies across Ontario.
Last week, the 99-year-old, who was an Order of Canada recipient, died at Leaside Retirement Residence.
ALLEN was born on August 16, 1907 to Rev. and H.H. ALLEN in Dundurn, Saskatchewan, their only child. The family moved to Aurora when she was young.
She later attended the University of Toronto, and had plans to become a teacher, until she met the managing editor of student newspaper The Varsity who assigned her to cover the freshman tea.
ALLEN would recount later in the Star that she was so fresh to journalism that she had to ask what the word "cover" meant.
She later told the Star: "From my first day on The Varsity, I could think of no other career but journalism."
When she finished her modern languages degrees in 1929, she went to the Telegram seeking a job and was immediately hired.
She was supposed to host a tea party for her former staff at The Varsity that afternoon, but her plans were interrupted when the Telegram city editor in their morning meeting unexpectedly told her to start later that day.
"Instead of pouring tea, I was in a boat in Toronto Harbour with delegates to the convention of American Prison Association, asking what they thought of Ontario jails," she later told the Star.
She quickly rose through the ranks, working as women's editor and covering a variety of beats for the Telegram.
In the mid-1960s, ALLEN's fortunes would rise even further when an Ontario member of provincial parliament approached the Telegram about starting a program to help children who were hard to place.
As one of the best reporters at the paper, ALLEN was a natural choice for the editors. When she first broached the idea with more than 50 children's aid societies in Ontario, all but three turned her down.
Pictures and biographies were soon given in her columns and the results were tremendous: 18 out of 23 children were adopted immediately. When the other agencies saw the response, they joined on.
The project, which began as an experiment, was here to stay.
"She was the catalyst that brought together families and children," said LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH.
When the Telegram folded in the 1970s, she moved to the Star, where she would remain for about a decade.
Throughout, she took great pains to be honest in her columns about both the good and challenging qualities of the children she profiled.
"I feel it is better to tell what a child is like at the beginning then prospective parents are much more likely to follow through," she later told the Star.
As for the love of her life, it ended up being an old friend from her University of Toronto days, Col. Charles P. STACEY.
He was a Canadian military historian and also a member of the Order of Canada.
Though they went out a few times in their university days, he ended up marrying another woman.
When they met at a reunion more than four decades later, they ended up getting married. They married in 1980 when she was 73.

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