MICHELS o@ca.on.peterborough.north_monaghan.peterborough.the_peterborough_examiner 2006-04-01 published
GUYATT, Melville Nelson
(Retired Alfa Laval Employee)
Peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Palliative Care on Friday, March 31, 2006 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Geraldine Mary LYNCH. Loving father of Donald GUYATT and wife Monica, Paul GUYATT and wife Bernadette, and Michelle McLEAN of Peterborough, and Edward GUYATT of Bewdley. Dear grandfather of Frank, Nelson, Kelly, Shannon, Shawn, Michael and Matthew. Dear great grandfather of Catherine, Thomas, Zachery and Liam. Dear brother-in-law of Mildred GUYATT and Vera MOHER. Pre-deceased by his parents Nelson GUYATT and Ella Mae MICHELS, brother Walter GUYATT, sister Myrtle GALIPEAU, brother-in-law Fergus MOHER, and sister-in-law Leona LEAHY and husband Bernard. Visitation at Duffus Funeral Home, 431 George Street South from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. (Parish Prayers 4 p.m. Sunday). Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church on Monday, April 3, 2006 at 11 a.m. Reverend Marek IGNASZEWSKI officiating. Interment Saint Peter's Cemetery. Donations to the Immaculate Conception Church Renovation Fund or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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MICHENER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-13 published
MICHENER, Mabel (née UNDERWOOD)
Of Saint Thomas, formerly of Sarnia and Windsor, passed away at her residence, Caressant Care on Mary Bucke on Saturday, November 11, 2006, in her 97th year. Wife of the late Charles A. MICHENER (1981.) Mother of Leta POISSON and her husband Joe of St. Joachim, Mervin MICHENER and his wife Marenah of Cape Coral, Florida, Phyllis MacDONALD- LEOPOLD and her husband Jack of Windsor, Lillian HARTFORD and her husband Wayne of Union, David MICHENER and his wife Elaine of R.R.#5, Forest and the late Joyce LITFIN (her husband Ralph of Clearwater, Florida.) Sister of Winnifred DOBBS of Texas, Florence PARKS of Wyoming, Ontario, and Violet SHAND of Sarnia. Also survived by 19 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and daughter, she was predeceased by son-in-law, Rod MacDONALD, two sisters, Evelyn UNDERWOOD and Ellen VANDENBURGH, and three brothers, John, Henry C. and James UNDERWOOD. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, December 22, 1909, the daughter of the late William C. and Emma (CORNISH) UNDERWOOD. Mrs. MICHENER was a former member of Broderick Memorial Baptist Church, Saint Thomas and the Ladies Aid of the church. In later years she attended First Yarmouth (Plains) Baptist Church. She was a member of Flower City Chapter #91, O.E.S., Saint Thomas. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at First Yarmouth (Plains) Baptist Church (6071 Fairview Rd. at Sparta Line) on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to Shrine Hospitals for Children or the charity of one's choice gratefully acknowledged.

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MICHENER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-02-17 published
MICHENER, Marilyn (1955-2006)
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Marilyn passed in peace at Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday, February 13, 2006, surrounded by the love and support of family and Friends. Marilyn is the cherished daughter of Ruth and Ralph, and the much loved sister of Lee and Greg and his wife Sue. She is the adored aunt of Emma and Max, who will never forget the magic and memories she created with them. She will be missed terribly by her family, by Miriam and by all of her extended family of Friends. She brought bright light and great joy to us all and she is forever in our hearts. Marilyn was an award-winning leader in the field of sponsorship and the arts, the co-founder of the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada and a Board Member of both the Soulpepper Theatre and the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. In her honour, Jazz Festivals Canada has created the annual Marilyn Michener award (a $1000 award for graduating piano students at Humber College) and the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada has created the annual "Marilyn Michener Best in Show" award. A memorial in Marilyn's honour will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home, 467 Sherbourne Street, Toronto from 2: 00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. followed by a short reception in the Sky Room at The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor (at Yonge and College) from 3: 30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Marilyn was dedicated and passionate about the people she loved and the work she did. She was an amazing person to be with and know. She touched the lives of many people, and we were lucky to have her with us. Marilyn, we live to love you more each day.

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MICHENER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-04 published
KWICINSKI, Larry
On Saturday, February 18th, 2006, Larry KWICINSKI lost his 9 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Larry passed away peacefully at his home in Woodside, California. Larry was born in Welland, Canada on August 5th, 1948. Larry moved to Toronto when he was 18 years old and lived there for more than 25 years. Larry moved from Toronto to California in 1998 with his wife, Nanci CALDWELL and his daughter, Adriana. Larry retired from the software industry 3 years ago where he was the Chief Executive Officer of a company he founded - Sales Gorilla. Larry also had a distinguished career at General Electric and Hewlett Packard for 10 and 8 years respectively. Larry was a man who lived every aspect of his life to the fullest. Larry could light up a room just with his presence; he didn't need words - tall and very handsome, his face warm and welcoming, his smile wide and eyes sparkling. And as his daughter, Adriana says, his wink could light a whole town of people's hearts. Larry loved to laugh and had a great sense of humour. Larry was known for his love of playing - Adriana's Friends saw Larry as their friend. He not only joined the kids in play but he was the impetus for so much of their fun. Nothing made Larry happier than spending a day playing with Adriana and her Friends. Larry was a well educated man, a wise man, a life long learner. Larry's first degree was a degree in Electronics from Ryerson; while he was at Hewlett Packard he went back to York University and did his M.B.A.; and when Adriana was a baby, he went back to school part time to University of Waterloo and received his Masters in Environmental Studies. Larry loved to read and to learn and although he would share his wisdom he did not have a need to prove his wisdom. Larry loved nature and the outdoors - it was a passion that Larry shared with Adriana. Larry had travelled to the Canadian Arctic many times throughout his life and began sharing the Arctic with Adriana when she was in 5th grade. Larry and Adriana had 4 wonderful trips to the Arctic together - 3 in winter and 1 in summer. Larry also loved kayaking, snowshoeing, canoeing and in recent years went back to his Canadian roots by taking up ice hockey. Perhaps more than anything, what defined Larry were his values. Larry was an honest man. True to himself and true to others. He was a man of the highest integrity. Larry was a man that defined himself by who he was not by what he had. Larry touched so many lives in such a positive way and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his loving wife Nanci, and his adoring daughter Adriana. He is also survived by his parents Betty and Chester KWICINSKI (Welland, Ontario;) and his brothers and sisters (all of Canada:) Betty Lou DIMATTIO; Barry KWICINSKI; Brenda MICHENER Randy KWICINSKI; Cindy BLANCHARD; Jerry KWICINSKI; his wife's parents: Bill and Fran CALDWELL (Brockville, Ontario;) brothers-and sisters-in-law (all of Canada:) Mike DIMATTIO; JoAnne KWICINSKI Art BLANCHARD; Carol CALDWELL; Michael and Judy CALDWELL; Susan CALDWELL and Mark EGIT; Terri and Paul JENKINSON; Patti CALDWELL. He is survived by many nieces and nephews that loved their uncle dearly: Beth, Michael, Alison, Jessica, Justin, Alexandria, Curtis, Evan, Jessica, Jacob, Jennifer, Patrick, Shaindel, Ruby, Megan, Jill, Sam, Lee and Sophie. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Larry's name to PanCan (www.pancan.org) or the Canadian Wildlife Federation (1-800-563-9453 Ext. 211).

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

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MICHIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-04-22 published
MICHIE, Maria
Passed away quietly at Scarborough General Hospital in the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2006. Mrs. MICHIE, who was born on March 25, 1913, leaves her daughter Ursula, son Charlie and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. The family wishes to give special thanks to the nursing staff at Leisure World retirement home and especially to her outstanding caregiver Fely. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at the Pine Hills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre (625 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, north of St. Clair, 416-267-8229).

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

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

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MICHIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-27 published
ROBB, William " Bill"
Veteran World War 2, R.A.F.; Recipient of the Burma Star.
Peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at Wyndham Manor, Oakville in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Catherine. Loving father of Carol and her husband Grant, and Gordon and his wife Rae. Dear grandfather of Cameron William. Survived by his sister Margaret MICHIE of Burnt Island. Predeceased by his three brothers and his two sisters. The family would like to extend special appreciation to the nurses and staff at Wyndham Manor. A Funeral Service will be held at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, 905-844-3221, on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 2: 30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Walton Memorial United Church or the Alzheimer Society.

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MICHIELSE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-17 published
TILLOTSON, Raymond Lewis
At his residence on Thursday, November 16, 2006, Raymond Lewis TILLOTSON of Chateau Gardens, Aylmer in his 88th year. Husband of the late Madeliene TILLOTSON (1982.) Special friend of the late Leona TRIBE (2000.) Dear father of Ruth Ann SPRINGER (Stewart LYON) of London, Bob TILLOTSON of Aylmer, Sandra GENOVY (Jim) of Winnipeg, Linda ROBINSON (Patrick MARKLE) of Aylmer and Patricia MICHIELSE (John) of Dorchester. Grandfather of Leslee, Sam, Wayne, Raymond, Shawn, Sam, Jennifer, Tanya, Kelly and Sherri-Lynn. Brother of Roy TILLOTSON, Lois TILLOTSON and Dolly WILSON. Also survived by a number of great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by Laura JONES, LouAnn STOCK, Tony TRIBE and families. Predeceased by brothers Frank and Bill TILLOTSON, sisters Helen TILLOTSON, Sarah VAN ACKER, Joanie TILLOTSON. Born in North Carolina on August 25, 1919 son of the late William and Mabel (STEINBACH) TILLOTSON. Raymond was a tobacco farmer at Putnum until 1974. He worked at the Tobacco Marketing Board and was bartender at Col. Talbot Branch #81 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. Norman JONES, officiating. Donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated. Condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com

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MICHIELSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-07 published
MICHIELSEN, John
Died peacefully at home in Montreal on September 29, 2006. son of Peter and Christina; husband of Trudy; father of Dean, Danny, Dennis and Emma; brother to Peter, Adrian, Bill and Elizabeth. At his request, a celebration of John's life will be held in June 2007 in Gananoque, Ontario with family and Friends. In lieu of flowers and, if desired, donations can be sent to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "En toen Janneman Robinson het weer vastgespijkerd had op de plaats waar het hoorde, huppelde Iejoor vroljik door't Woud, zijn start aldoor lustig zwaaiend, en Winnie-de-Poeh kreeg zo'n lachbui toen hij dit zag, dat hij hard naar huis moest lopen en een hapje van het een of ander nemen, eer hij weer tot bedaren kwam." -A.A. Milne, Winnie-de-Poeh

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MICHIENZI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-06 published
MICHIENZI, Frank
Peacefully surrounded by his family at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 Frank MICHIENZI in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Mary (CALVIERI) MICHIENZI. Dearly loved father of Victor of Windsor, Larry and his wife Kelly of Oman and Franco of Vancouver. Dear grandfather of Karmen, Nicole and Emily. Great grandfather of Jaden, Anna and Victoria. Brother of Peter and the late Margaret, Connie PANZARELLA (Fred), Joanne SORRENTI (John) and Mary ORNATO. Brother-in-law of Battista CALVIERI (Giovanna) and Domenico CALVIERI (Anna) of Italy. He will be sadly missed by Antonietta and the late Carlo SORRENTI and family. Remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and cousins, both in Canada, Italy, Argentina and Australia. He will also be greatly missed by his many lifelong Friends. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Mary's Church, 345 Lyle Street, on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum, St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock. Donations to London Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated.

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MICHIENZI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-09 published
MICHIENZI, Frank
Peacefully surrounded by his family at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 Frank MICHIENZI in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Mary (CALVIERI) MICHIENZI. Dearly loved father of Victor of Windsor, Larry and his wife Kelly of Oman and Franco of Vancouver. Dear grandfather of Karmen, Nicole and Emily. Great grandfather of Jaden, Anna and Victoria. Brother of Peter and the late Margaret, Connie PANZARELLA (Fred), Joanne SORRENTI (John) and Mary ORNATO. Brother-in-law of Battista CALVIERI (Giovanna) and Domenico CALVIERI (Anna) of Italy. He will be sadly missed by Antonietta and the late Carlo SORRENTI and family. Remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and cousins, both in Canada, Italy, Argentina and Australia. He will also be greatly missed by his many lifelong Friends. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Mary's Church, 345 Lyle Street, on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Entombment in Holy Family Mausoleum, St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock. Donations to London Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated.

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MICHIENZI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-15 published
MICHIENZI, Jacob Giuseppe
In loving memory of our baby angel, Jacob Giuseppe, taken away suddenly, June 15, 1998.
You never had a chance to cry a tear
To laugh or smile or be held near.
But the brief moment you were here, before we had to part,
You touched us with a love that is forever in our hearts.
Sadly missed, never forgotten.
Love Joe, Sandra and brothers Adam and Dustin.

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MICHISOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-04 published
JEFFERY, Todd
Suddenly passed away at home on Sunday, January 1, 2006 at the age of 44. Beloved husband of Anna (née MICHISOR.) Loving father of Daniel and Lisa. Todd will be forever remembered by Roy and Liz, Cindy, Peter and Josh, Janet, Mike and Branden and Jean. He will also be deeply missed by the Michisor family. A Celebration of Todd's Life will be held at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel & Reception Centre, 3164 Ninth Line (403/Dundas) in Oakville on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 12 noon. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to the service from 11-12. Reception to follow. Private family interment. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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MICHLER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-12-29 published
JANITZ, Ute-Gesine
Suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services - Owen Sound on Wednesday December 27, 2006. Ute-Gesine JANITZ (MICHLER) of R.R.#1 Markdale in her 66th year. Beloved wife of Herbert JANITZ. Loving mother of Olaf of London and Norman of Hamilton. Dear Oma of Erika and Gretta. A memorial service will be held at the May Funeral Home, Markdale on Saturday December 30th at 1: 00 p.m. If desired, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
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MICHNEVITZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-28 published
BEATTIE, Dorthea Margarete (May 20, 1921-February 26, 2006)
Peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on February 26th. Beloved wife of the late Victor (2004). Loving and exceptionally strong mother of Vicki and Fred MARENTETTE, Susan and Kim MICHNEVITZ, and Elaine and Stephen COLLIER. Dear Oma of Andrea CULLEN and Chris CULLEN. Special great-grandmother of Matthew and Michael CULLEN. Dorthea never stopped giving of her time and talents. She sang, she danced, she organized. She loved to volunteer whether as a parole officer, entertaining in retirement homes or with the hospital. We will miss her so. Memorial service on Friday, March 3, 2006, 2 p.m., at St. George's Anglican Church, 9 Granville Street, Barrie (Essa Rd., at Burton Ave.). Private Eastern Star Service. Many thanks to the nurses in the Critical Care Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital for their care and compassion. Thanks also to her Friends at the Waterford Retirement Community for making her last months so special. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, attention: Regional Cancer Centre, 201 Georgian Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4M 6M2. Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition. What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Come to the Cabaret.

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MICHNIEWICZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-02 published
OCHENDOSKI, Stan
(Long time employee of Toronto Hydro for 28 years)
Surrounded by his family on March 1, 2006 at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Beloved husband of Dawna. Loving father of Barbara and Margaret and her husband Dave. Proud papa of Erica Jean, Rebecca Anne and Katlyn Bernice. Brother of Stella MICHNIEWICZ. Family and Friends will be received at the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. West (one block east of Runnymede) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 3: 00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Cremation. Donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation or The Hospital for Sick Children.

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MICHOKO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-19 published
MASUDA, Lucy
At Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Saturday, April 15th, 2006, Mrs. Lucy MASUDA of Chatham, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Yasuo MASUDA (2002.) Dear sister of May IWASA of Toronto, the late Marge MICHOKO and the late Molly YOSHYKO. Loving sister-in-law of Joe MASUDA, Tosh OBARA and her husband Casey, Miyo HAMASAKI and her husband Mas, Betty NISHIYAMA and her late husband Ken, Nancy MORINO and her husband Herb, and Christina KIKUTA and her husband Herb. Devoted Auntie to many nieces and nephews. Mrs. MASUDA was a member of Christ Church, Chatham. Family and Friends are invited to the Alexander Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, 519-352-2710 on Thursday from 3-9 p.m. The funeral service for Mrs. MASUDA will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, April 21st, 2006 with Rev. Paul MILLWARD of Christ Church officiating. Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider the Diabetes Association. Family and Friends may send on-line condolences at www.alexanderfuneralhome.ca.

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-02-18 published
LANGFORD, Mary -- Dispatch:
By Hayley MICK, Page M4
She was caring and meticulous, yet Mary LANGFORD could never remember the first time she met her future husband, when they were both university students spending the summer at home in Chatham, Ontario
"I didn't make much of an impression," said Ken LANGFORD, 88, laughing.
They married in 1943, and soon afterward Mr. LANGFORD was shipped overseas to fight in the Second World War. Mrs. LANGFORD returned to Chatham to teach mathematics.
But after mortar fire paralyzed her husband, she became his primary caregiver. "She had to get up every hour, on the hour, to turn him over," recalled their only child, Ken (Jr.).
The LANGFORDs played a key role in the growth of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, which was founded in 1945 by paralyzed veterans.
When the association met in Toronto, Mrs. LANGFORD hosted dinner parties at their split-level bungalow in East York.
Getting 25 people in wheelchairs under one roof wasn't easy, but Mrs. LANGFORD "had it down to a science after about the fifth year," her son said.
While on vacation in Trinidad and Tobago in the mid-1950s, the couple fell in love with the country and returned to the same hotel each year for the next 30 years.
Those trips led to another outlet for Mary. For more than a decade, she put on a Christmas dinner for 10 to 15 students from Trinidad and Tobago who were attending university in Toronto.
"She was very, very kind," her husband said.
She died on January 29 at the age of 87.

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-08 published
Driver faces charges in death of teen
By Hayley MICK, Page A10
With his capable hands and eagerness to please, Ravi MAHDAI could always be counted on to fix things.
On Monday afternoon, the 17-year-old headed to a friend's house in Mississauga to help her change the oil in her Ford Explorer.
Police say he was in the rear passenger seat of that sport utility vehicle later that night when he became Toronto's latest traffic fatality.
Mr. MAHDAI's six siblings and his parents, who are both unemployed because of poor health, struggled yesterday to come to terms with his death.
"[Our mother] is still thinking that he's going to walk through the door," a tearful Trisha MADHAI, 19, said yesterday in front of their modest red-brick home in Mississauga.
Dawn Marie COX, 37, is charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
She was released on bail yesterday. Her family members did not speak to the media.
According to his family, Mr. MAHDAI had gone into Toronto with Ms. COX and her boyfriend, David LATCHANA, 21, to shoot some pool on Monday evening.
They were driving home along the Gardiner Expressway at 10: 32 p.m. when, police say, Ms. COX lost control of the vehicle just east of Parklawn Road.
Police say she tried to pass another vehicle, then lost control and struck another westbound car, which sent her Explorer into a spin.
The sport utility vehicle spun across four lanes, bounced off the left side barrier and spun back, slamming into the right-side barrier, police said.
Mr. MAHDAI died instantly from massive head injuries when the back of the Explorer was crushed. Ms. COX and her boyfriend, who was in the front passenger seat, were not seriously injured.
Yesterday, Toronto police launched a new traffic safety program called Operation Safe Journey, which they hope will prevent similar tragedies.
The program involves an education campaign and heavier law enforcement. And when police explain why such a program is needed, they point to statistics like these:
Last year, 19 per cent of Toronto's traffic-related fatalities involved alcohol, and 31 per cent involved excessive speed. On average, three people die in Canada every day from drinking-and-driving-related traffic accidents.
"If we start to say this is a fact of life, we're in big trouble," said Detective Paul LOBSINGER of traffic services. "This is unacceptable."
Several grief counsellors spoke with students at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School in Mississauga yesterday, where Mr. MAHDAI formerly attended classes.
A memorial with his picture was set up outside the principal's office.
Academics were never Mr. MAHDAI's strong suit and he dropped out midway through Grade 12 in January. But he loved auto body class and dreamed of driving big-rig trucks across North America, said his uncle, Surindranath MAHARAJ.
His father's heart complications and mother's diabetes have kept the pair, immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, out of work. Ravi often spent weekends unloading cake and bread from delivery trucks with his uncle to earn a bit of cash.
His siblings include a brother and five sisters ranging in age from 9 to 26. When one of them needed help, "everybody thought of Ravi," said his sister, Reshma, 22. "Ravi could fix it."

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-08 published
Slain officer remembered as 'true-blue cop's cop'
Veteran plain clothes detective may have broken up drug deal before being shot
By Hayley MICK with a report from Canadian Press, Page A6
Toronto -- His colleagues say Constable John ATKINSON was a "true-blue cop's cop" who was on the job "24 hours a day."
That dedication helped him infiltrate organized crime, charm hardened criminals and propel him to a spot on Ontario's elite anti-terrorism squad.
Now, as the Windsor police force mourns the loss of this 14-year veteran, the question is whether Constable ATKINSON's willingness to go the extra mile may have played a role in his death.
Police say Constable ATKINSON, 37, was on duty Friday afternoon when he was fatally shot after confronting two people outside a convenience store. The father of two died in the parking lot, only blocks from his east-end Windsor home. Two 18-year-olds have been charged with first-degree murder.
Police say Constable ATKINSON suspected a drug deal was going on, and Windsor Police Chief Glenn STANNARD said yesterday that the officer would have been "duty bound" to investigate.
Breaking up petty drug deals was not a part of the job description for an officer who worked in street clothes and sometimes undercover. He had been working for the past two years to unearth terrorists with a provincial joint task force.
Yesterday, the force's honour guard joined thousands of Ontario police in Toronto for a service honouring fallen officers.
As they ate lunch after the service at Queen's Park, his colleagues described Constable ATKINSON as a "true brother" who lived for his family and his profession.
"He was a policeman 24 hours a day," said one constable who did not want to be named.
"You say 'police,' you say 'John,' " added another.
Constable ATKINSON grew up in Windsor and married his high-school sweetheart, Shelly. They bought the house next door to his parents and had two children: Mitchell, now 9, and Nicole, who turned 7 on Saturday.
He joined his hometown police force as a cadet in 1991, and earned a reputation as a hard-working cop who was especially adept at recovering stolen vehicles.
"There's people who go 120 miles an hour and there's people who go 40 miles an hour," said Chief STANNARD. "He worked all the time."
About six years ago, Constable ATKINSON became an undercover officer. His easy-going manner had proven valuable in getting criminals to talk.
"He was really good at cultivating that information," said Sergeant Mike LAPORT, president of the Windsor Police Association. "He could pretty well talk to anybody."
He was also "strong like an ox," said another officer, who said he often worked out with Constable ATKINSON, who was about six feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. "He was a true-blue cop's cop," he added. "If you're in [trouble], you want him there."
About two years ago, Constable ATKINSON was assigned to the province's anti-terrorism section, a unit that includes municipal, provincial and federal officers. The job meant he often worked alone.
He showed up to work most days wearing jeans.
On Friday afternoon, just after 2 p.m., police say Constable ATKINSON pulled up to a gas station and convenience store. He was in plainclothes and filling up his unmarked vehicle with gas.
Police say he noticed two men involved in what appeared to be a drug deal.
"He came across something that was potentially a criminal offence and was duty bound to take some action, and he did," Chief STANNARD said.
Constable ATKINSON flashed his police badge, police say, and shortly after he was struck by a bullet. He was able to return fire before falling to the pavement.
Chief STANNARD said he did not know whether Constable ATKINSON knew the two teens charged in his death.
"I'm not going to question or second-guess whether he should have done this, or should have done that," Chief STANNARD said.
"He took some action -- whatever that may be. We'll sort through the rest of that in the investigation."
He said the officer was comfortable working alone, as he often did.
Constable ATKINSON, the first Windsor police officer ever killed on duty, will be buried with full police honours on Thursday. A public memorial service will be held Tuesday.
Charged with first-degree murder are Nikkolas BRENNAN and Coty DEFAUSSES, both 18. Mr. BRENNAN was also charged with possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking. He also faces a weapons charge.

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-17 published
Slain 20-year-old had promising future
By Hayley MICK, Page A10
Natalie NOVAK left her small Ontario town and found Friends, excitement and love in Toronto. But in the wee hours of Monday, after a night out with her roommates, the 20-year-old Ryerson University student was stabbed to death in her bedroom. Her former boyfriend is accused of second-degree murder.
Police say the Toronto man was under a court order to stay away from Ms. NOVAK. But the young woman, who earned straight A's and was looking forward to an exciting summer in the city, let him back into her life. Now, as police investigate the city's 22nd murder and Ms. NOVAK's parents grieve the loss of their daughter, known to Friends as Nat, the question remains: How could this have happened?
Ms. NOVAK arrived in Toronto three years ago and enrolled in the hotel management program at Ryerson. About a year later, police said, she began a relationship with a recently landed immigrant from Ethiopia whom she met at a store.
In September, after an assault that did not cause Ms. NOVAK serious harm, a court ordered the man to sever contact with her, police said. But the couple continued seeing each other "on and off," Detective Sergeant Gary GIROUX said yesterday.
On May 1, after completing her third year of studies and securing a summer job as a waitress, Ms. NOVAK moved to an old, split-level home at 28 Grange Ave., near the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, with three other students.
Her parents travelled to Toronto and helped her move into the bedroom with a window overlooking the tree-lined street. She cluttered her closet with more that a dozen pairs of shoes and hung a painting depicting a scene from her youth: Northern Ontario's lakes and trees, painted by a relative.
Sean KIRBY, a University of Toronto student who lived in the downstairs suite, said he spoke to Ms. NOVAK a few times and she "seemed like a nice, normal young girl." She and her roommates, two men and a woman, would often hang out on the rooftop patio outside her room.
According to police, on Sunday night Ms. NOVAK and her roommates went out for drinks. Her ex-boyfriend joined them and accompanied Ms. NOVAK back to her home at the end of the evening, police said
Just after 3 a.m., police said, an argument erupted in Ms. NOVAK's room. The shouting turned into screams, they said.
By the time her roommates forced open her door, Ms. NOVAK had suffered fatal stab wounds. Police say her killer crawled out her bedroom window, leaped eight metres from the balcony, and escaped. Police arrested a man 45 minutes later.
Arssei HINDESSA, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder. Police say he is unemployed and not a student. His next court appearance is set for May 23.
Behind the yellow police tape surrounding the home where Ms. NOVAK lived, a dozen white roses have been left along with a picture of a pretty, smiling brunette in a black dress and strappy shoes. A card from Ms. NOVAK's cousin, Alexandrea, reads: "Natalie, we miss you, remember you always."

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-27 published
Man arrested after woman falls 10 storeys to her death
Tenant who said he'd killed his wife asked to use the phone, apartment manager says
By Hayley MICK, Page A13
Apartment manager Myrna BAZSAY says she was in her office yesterday morning when a tenant barged in, saying he needed to call the police.
"Why?" she recalled asking as he grabbed her cellphone.
She said he replied: "I just killed my wife."
Sure that the friendly, easygoing young man she knew must be kidding, Ms. BAZSAY said: "What?"
Repeating he had killed his wife and appearing in shock, the tall, slender youth peeked through the glass front doors of the apartment at 111 Raglan Ave. near Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West, and noticed a police cruiser, Ms. BAZSAY said.
She said he headed outside with his hands behind his back and surrendered to police, who had rushed to the scene after several 911 callers reported screams and a woman falling from the balcony of an apartment.
Police say a woman fell 10 storeys to her death shortly before 9: 20 a.m. She was identified by police as 19-year-old Seema BADHAN.
Homicide detectives said that her estranged husband had been arrested at the scene. Zohaib SHAUKAT, 18, was charged last night with first-degree murder and was to appear in court today.
Ms. BAZSAY said that Ms. BADHAN was a college student who had moved into the building about a year ago, sharing space with Mr. SHAUKAT, his mother and his 10-year-old sister. Ms. BAZSAY believed the couple had split up about two months ago, with Ms. BADHAN moving elsewhere.
A video camera showed the pretty young woman, who stood just over five feet tall and appeared to weigh about 100 pounds, entering the apartment lobby yesterday morning, Ms. BAZSAY said. She said she saw the body and it was the same woman.
Ms. BAZSAY said that Ms. BADHAN was quiet and friendly, and Mr. SHAUKAT is a "sweet young guy." He would often drop into her office with bagels from the Forest Hill café where he worked, or tease her about her smoking habit. His car had just been damaged to the tune of $10,000 in an accident and he was looking into leasing a new one, she said.
Tzvi SNIR, who owns What A Bagel at Spadina and Lonsdale Roads, said Mr. SHAUKAT was a hard worker. For the past two years, he worked six or seven days a week, starting at 6 a.m., he said.
He often chatted with customers or sang Pakistani songs as he swept the floors. But he was prone to angry outbursts.
"Once or twice he got really get angry on the phone," Mr. SNIR said, recalling how he would shout into his cellphone on the sidewalk outside the shop.
Mr. SHAUKAT complained periodically about his wife of two years, a student at Seneca College, Mr. SNIR said, adding: "I knew they had some problems but nothing major."
Mr. SHAUKAT told him about a split in April, but said that his wife moved back in last week, he said.
Yesterday at about 8: 30 a.m., Mr. SHAUKAT called his boss and said he was sick and would not be going to work. The incident at his apartment building occurred less than an hour later.
Violet BOTOS, 32, who lives directly below the couple's apartment, was watching television when she "heard the crying and then the scream," she said.
After running out to the balcony and peering over the ledge, she saw a body on a parking lot, just east of Bathurst Street. It remained there hours later, covered by an orange plastic sheet.
Homicide Detective Joel KULMATYCKI said police received a 911 call from the suspect where "some admissions were made."

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-17 published
BRUSHEY, Margaret "Peggy" Elizabeth (née McGIBBON)
Peggy died peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Powassan on July 16, 2006, at the age of 88 years. Peggy was the beloved wife for 65 years of Joseph and loving mother of John (Julie) of Huntsville, Peter (Sheri) of Powassan, Rev. Jane (Geoffrey MARTIN) of Mississauga, Marilyn (David STONE) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jim (Susan) of Mississauga, and Stephen (Peggy) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dearly loved by 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Lois CARTWRIGHT of Richmond, British Columbia, Catherine MICK (Paul, d.) of Victoria, British Columbia, Joan SPINDLER (Henry) of Calgary, and Carol Anne EDWARDS (MAC) of Williamstown. Predeceased by her parents Stella (McADAM) and John McGIBBON, and her brother Robert. The family will receive visitors at Paul Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with an Eastern Star service at 7: 00 p.m. and a United Church Women Tribute at 8:45 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the Powassan United Church on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Powassan Union Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Powassan United Church or the charity of your choice. For more information, to make a donation, or request a Memory Card, please call the Paul Funeral Home, Powassan, 705-724-2024.

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-19 published
Club shooting victim was target, police say
By Hayley MICK, Page A9
A Toronto man was the intended victim of a fatal shooting at a packed downtown nightclub early Monday, police said yesterday.
Kirk GILES, 30, died after a shooter sprayed bullets into the patio of Volume nightclub, triggering a stampede by hundreds of terrified patrons out onto Richmond Street West.
Police did not speculate as to why the shooter may have wanted to harm Mr. GILES, a native of Guyana and 15-year Toronto resident who was known to police.
Ricocheting bullets also hit the foot of a 28-year-old man and the leg of 20-year-old California woman, who was in Toronto for a wedding. None of the victims knew each other, police said.

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-30 published
This Was Johnathon
In November 2003, Johnathon was beaten, thrown down the basement stairs in his Toronto home and stabbed 71 times -- his throat slashed. Yesterday, his mother sobbed as her only remaining child was handed a life sentence for the murder. Another teen, nicknamed Vampire Boy, was also sentenced as an adult for manslaughter
By Timothy APPLEBY, Armina LIGAYA and Hayley MICK, Page A12
Toronto -- For close to three years he was the 12-year-old Toronto boy with no face and only one name, cut and stabbed so ferociously that he drowned in his own blood.
He was simply "Johnathan," his identity shielded because one of the three teenagers accused of slaughtering him was his older brother, 16 at the time. Identifying the brother would have contravened provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and so "Johnathan," much to the chagrin of his mother, was robbed not just of his life, but also of his identity.
But as sentence was passed yesterday on two of the three accused (the third was acquitted of all charges in February), a Superior Court judge ruled that the horrendous circumstances demanded the killers be dealt with as adults. And so, finally, the veil was lifted and Johnathon Robert MADDEN of Dawes Road, in Toronto's east Danforth area, can be named and seen, as his mother had asked the court.
Likewise unveiled are the two killers, Kevin MADDEN, a hulking, stone-faced figure, now almost 20, and his friend, Timothy FERRIMAN, nicknamed Vampire Boy for his professed fondness for sipping blood.
"The facts are horrific," Mr. Justice David McCOMBS concluded, outlining what he described as "a hideous, senseless crime."
Mr. MADDEN was found guilty of first-degree murder in February and yesterday was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his little brother in the family home, cutting and slicing his face and neck 71 times with a butcher knife, severing both his voice box and his carotid artery.
Mr. MADDEN was also convicted of trying to murder his stepfather, Ralston CHAMPAGNIE, who was attacked with a knife and a baseball bat when he returned home that same afternoon in November of 2003. For that, he received a concurrent 10-year prison term, less three years spent in pretrial custody.
Two years of his life sentence will be served in a youth facility and the balance in a federal penitentiary, Judge McCOMBS ruled. Behind bars since the day after Johnathon was slain, he will be eligible to apply for parole in just over seven years.
Like all lifers, Mr. MADDEN will be under supervision for the rest of his days, if, or when, he goes free. He is not necessarily beyond all hope, the judge said.
In keeping with his icy demeanour throughout the trial, Mr. MADDEN showed not a shred of emotion yesterday. Mr. FERRIMAN, now 18 and convicted of manslaughter for his role in Johnathon's death, was slightly more animated, glancing around at the packed courtroom where his father, Timothy, sat.
Unlike Mr. MADDEN, Mr. FERRIMAN addressed the court during the sentencing hearing, apologizing for what he had done. The judge said yesterday he found the remorse of the "deeply disturbed" young man to be credible.
Mr. FERRIMAN did not stab the boy but he handed Mr. MADDEN the murder weapon and he helped move Johnathon's body.
On top of time served, Mr. FERRIMAN must spend two years less a day in the youth prison system -- in which he is said to have made significant rehabilitative progress -- followed by three years probation.
The judge's comments during the trial were laced with sympathy for the MADDEN family's ordeal of having one son murder another.
But for both prosecution and defence, the case was unusually taxing.
The first trial was aborted midway through jury deliberations after postings on a vampire-related Internet site -- the same one patronized by Montreal's Dawson College killer -- cast doubt on the veracity of a teenaged girl who was the Crown's key witness.
Fourteen years old at the time, the girl had tape-recorded a telephone call in which the two killers had bragged of plans to wipe out Mr. MADDEN's family, beginning with Johnathon. Less than an hour later, with the house vandalized and smashed up, Johnathon's 45-kilogram (100-pound) body was stuffed in a basement crawl space as the three accused awaited Mr. CHAMPAGNIE's return.
All were arrested within 24 hours.
Mr. MADDEN never disputed killing his brother, who "adored" him, their mother, Joanne CHAMPAGNIE, said in a heart-wrenching victim-impact statement.
Missing throughout the trial, however, was any persuasive insight into how Mr. MADDEN's rage boiled to such a peak that he wanted to annihilate his family.
After the verdicts, emotions were mixed.
Lead prosecutor Hank GOODY, who argued strenuously for adult sentences, declined comment.
But Mr. MADDEN's lawyer, Robert NUTTALL, who sought to have his client sentenced as a youth, said he would appeal the ruling.
"I'm disappointed for Kevin, everybody agrees that Kevin is a very troubled fellow," he said. "Kevin desperately needs treatment. And unfortunately, he's not going to get it."
He described Mr. MADDEN as a "deeply disturbed young man" -- not the psychopath perceived by Doctor Ian SWAYZE, a psychiatrist who examined him at length -- who would benefit from treatment within the youth justice system. "If he doesn't get treatment, he will remain a high risk to reoffend. The issue is, where's he going to get the treatment? It sounds like the [penitentiary] is not the place to get it."
John DENNIS, Mr. FERRIMAN's lawyer, called the past three years "a roller coaster ride" and said he, too, would appeal the decision to sentence the young men as adults.
Ms. CHAMPAGNIE said nothing.
Dressed in a ribbed beige sweater and dark pants and flanked by supporters, she started dabbing at her eyes as she took her seat in the first row, the same place she occupied for each day of the sentencing hearing, listening attentively to Judge McCOMBS.
Each time he alluded to the brutal murder, tears flowed, and when he described how Mr. FERRIMAN helped move the younger boy's body, she held her eyes tightly shut.
Talk of Mr. MADDEN's thoughts elicited a different reaction.
"[Kevin] has repeatedly stated that he has never loved anyone, and has never felt love from anyone," the judge said.
Ms. CHAMPAGNIE looked down and shook her head.
And when the judge told the court that Mr. MADDEN blames his mother for not protecting him, she again shook her head.
She didn't react when Mr. MADDEN's sentence was announced.
But she burst into tears when Judge McCOMBS offered his condolences to her family.
She wanted Johnathon's identity revealed, she told the trial earlier, because she wanted him to be remembered -- to have a face.
When she realized yesterday the publication ban could be lifted, she exhaled a sigh of relief.
Homicide squad Detective Sergeant Terry WARK, who became close to the family throughout their ordeal, said later that Ms. CHAMPAGNIE was content with the outcome and still wants to be in Mr. MADDEN's life.
"But she realizes he needs help," Det. Sgt. WARK said. "She's happy that he'll be in a youth facility for the next two years, because he has been getting a lot of help in there."
The judge's ruling was fair, he said. "He was very compassionate to the family, but I think his sentence today was very helpful to the two boys, and it also gets across the message of deterrence."
Dr. SWAYZE also voiced approval.
Mr. MADDEN, he said, is "salvageable to the extent that he's relatively young, and he hasn't had a lifetime of entrenched antisocial attitudes."
Johnathon and Kevin's biological father, also named Kevin MADDEN and estranged from Ms. CHAMPAGNIE since 1993, had no comment on the ruling.
After the sentencing, the brothers' aunt, Wendy EBERHARDT, read a statement on behalf of her family.
"We are relieved to see an end to the trial," she said. "We are pleased that Kevin and Tim are going to get help with their problems. We're relieved to have Johnathon's full name released, so that we can now properly memorialize him."
'BF's 4-ever'
He'd grown up building forts, hurling mud pies with his Friends and playing Little League.
Now he was 12, and larger horizons beckoned.
His voice was beginning to break, he'd started junior high and girls were on his mind.
His best friend's grandmother recalled the fair, blue-eyed boy plunking down at her kitchen table on a November day, three years ago, and musing about a crush. Where should he take her for dinner? he wondered.
None of it would come to pass.
A few weeks later, Johnathon MADDEN was ambushed and stabbed to death by his older brother Kevin, becoming Toronto's 59th homicide victim of 2003.
Until yesterday, he could not be identified, because his name would reveal those of his accused killers.
"He just had a sweetness about him," said the grandmother of his best friend, Nathan. "We miss him."
Johnathon Robert MADDEN was born in Toronto on May 11, 1991, the second son of Joanne and Kevin MADDEN.
The pair separated when Kevin was 7 and Johnathon 3. Their mother remarried soon after the divorce.
The court heard that while a teenaged Kevin had problems in class, at home and with the law, Johnathon led a happy childhood.
"Johnathon was a compassionate boy. He was worried about what was going on in his family. And loved his brother," said the woman, who did not want to be identified.
Johnathon and Nathan lived blocks apart in North York and, for six years, they were inseparable. They built forts, attended Raptors games with Johnathon's family and revelled in nicki-nicki-nine-door "missions."
One weekend, they dotted Nathan's grandmother's yard with holes and had mud fights.
The summer they were 9, they had a marathon number of sleepovers that lasted three weeks.
On the last day of his life, Johnathon walked Nathan home after a snowball fight.
Hours later, the boy was slashed to death by his brother in the basement of his family home.
Nathan, 10 at the time of the killing, testified at two trials held for his friend's accused killers. The first ended in a mistrial.
Johnathon's mother, now Ms. CHAMPAGNIE, wants her son to be remembered, and created a memorial website (http://www.johnathon-madden.memory-of.com). In it, Johnathon is remembered as the boy with the big smile who loved tacos, saltfish and making people laugh.
His aunt, Margo ANDERSON, wrote: "To my nephew, may you enjoy skateboarding with the angels."
A classmate wrote: "You always were the funny one in the class."
And Nathan STEVENSON, Johnathon's co-conspirator, mud-fight rival and sleepover buddy, wrote that he misses his best friend, signing it "BF's 4-ever."
Hayley Mick
'You just don't understand'
During the three years that homicide investigator Detective Sergeant Terry WARK helped shape the prosecution case against Kevin MADDEN, the accused responded to his many questions just once.
"I said to him, 'Kevin, this was your brother. How could you do this?' " the policeman recalled.
"And he said, 'You don't understand. It built up. You just don't understand.' That's the only thing he ever said to me, he never said another word."
Blond, tall and broad shouldered -- he weighed about 230 pounds when he killed his young brother -- Mr. MADDEN appeared to listen carefully during his two murder trials, occasionally peering around the room with his cold, flat eyes.
But he never testified and only once did he display any emotion.
That was when his mother, Joanne CHAMPAGNIE, described her pain and her love for both of her sons.
Her words left Mr. MADDEN sobbing quietly, rocking in his chair in the prisoners' box.
To the end, the teenaged killer was an enigma.
Mr. MADDEN's history -- moving from house to house after his parents' marriage failed, habitual truancy at 10 different schools, alcohol abuse that started at the age of 12, sharing his home with a stepfather he hated -- offered some grim early warning signs.
When he killed his 12-year-old brother, he was already on probation over threats he had made to schoolmates
He also threatened to blow up one school. He was suspended at least six times from the last high school he attended.
Some observers -- including the judge who sentenced him to life imprisonment yesterday -- nonetheless see a glimmer of hope, because of his youth.
So does his biological father.
"He's got ambition now," Kevin MADDEN Sr. told the court after visiting his son in custody. "He wants to get good grades, wants to be productive, he seems like a totally different person."
Prosecutor Hank GOODY saw things entirely differently.
"Mr. MADDEN is now the same person psychologically as he was November 23, 2003," he told the court. "And is likely to remain the same psychologically for the foreseeable future."
And forensic psychiatrist Doctor Ian SWAYZE painted a picture that was alarming.
"He really is sort of a smouldering volcano, with steam coming out of the vents," he testified.
"These explosions of anger are not out of character, not aberrant. There's a cascade towards a terrible event… a path towards disaster."
Timothy APPLEBY and Armina LIGAYA

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-05 published
Details emerge about 401 deaths
By Hayley MICK and Omar EL AKKAD, Page A16
The family of a woman who clutched her toddler and leaped from an overpass onto Highway 401 was rocked yesterday by the news of their deaths, homicide investigators say.
Almost 24 hours after Andrea JOHNSON and her son, Sulla GENUA, died just west of the Toronto Zoo, family members were still hearing the terrible news from Toronto police investigators.
Sulla's father was among those investigators spoke with yesterday.
"He's obviously upset," said Detective Mike BARSKY of the Toronto police homicide squad. "This is a tragedy."
The detective refused to comment on the nature of the relationship between Ms. JOHNSON and the boy's father, who was not identified.
For most of yesterday, the identities of Ms. JOHNSON, 30, and Sulla, 2, had remained a mystery to police: the woman had not been carrying identification when she jumped just after 7 p.m. Sunday, and no Friends or relatives had reported the pair missing.
Police also revealed more details about what happened Sunday evening on the Morningside Avenue overpass, where bloodied concrete and a small a bouquet of red flowers -- tied to a railing by an anonymous person -- were the only signs early yesterday that a tragedy had occurred there hours earlier.
Toronto Transit Commission bus drivers helped police piece together the final part of the woman's trip to the bridge over the highway. She and the toddler boarded the bus -- Route 116 on Morningside Avenue -- at Sheppard Avenue after transferring from another bus, police said.
Just before 7, she and the boy disembarked at the corner of Morningside and Midland Avenues. After big-box stores gave way to a grassy buffer littered with Slurpee straws and pop cans, she reached a bridge spanning 16 lanes of Highway 401.
According to police, Ms. JOHNSON climbed over a railing and stood for a moment on a small, half-moon-shaped ledge, which juts over traffic pouring west at more than 100 kilometres an hour.
witnesses: said she was holding the boy, said Detective Sergeant Chris BUCK of the Toronto police homicide squad.
At about 7: 10, several motorists on the overpass noticed the unfolding scene and dialled 911, he said. A few parked their vehicles, leaped out and moved quickly toward the woman, he said. One man spoke to her. "It was a short conversation," Det. Sgt. BUCK said. She appeared calm, he said.
Before anyone could reach her, the woman leaped, he said.
Police said both were hit by more than one vehicle. Bloody marks stretched some 30 metres along the pavement, suggesting one or more people had been dragged. Police said Ms. JOHNSON died on the highway; Sulla was pronounced dead at Sunnybrook Hospital.
An autopsy yesterday found Ms. JOHNSON died of multiple trauma Sulla, who stood three feet tall, died of blunt-impact head trauma.

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MICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-06 published
A devoted mother's tragic decision
By Omar EL AKKAD and Hayley MICK, Page A1
Toronto -- By all accounts, Andrea JOHNSON was the perfect mother right up to the moment she killed herself and her two-year-old son.
Family and Friends described 30-year-old Ms. JOHNSON as an incredibly dedicated mother yesterday, two days after she wrapped her arms around her child, Sulla GENUA, and leaped off an overpass onto the 401.
Daniel JOHNSON described his daughter as "the greatest" mother, totally devoted to Sulla.
"There was a bond between them," Mr. JOHNSON said from his home in Brampton. "You'd never see one without the other."
But those who knew her also spoke of a woman under enormous pressure, and who often suffered bouts of depression. "She'd been very depressed for a while, on and off," Linette BATTICKS, Ms. JOHNSON's mother, said yesterday.
Weeping, she taped a photo of Ms. JOHNSON to the railing on Morningside Avenue bridge where the lives of her daughter and Sulla came to an end. Since Sunday night, a small shrine has grown at the spot.
Amid flower bouquets and a dozen stuffed animals, a child had penned a note attached to a teddy bear that read: "This lady must have believed that there was no future for her and her son. I wish she would have asked for help."
Ms. JOHNSON moved out of a women's shelter in the east end of the city about seven months ago. Against all odds, she succeeded in securing a $700-a-month, one-bedroom apartment on Eglinton Avenue West above a clothing boutique. At the time, K.D. SINGH, the landlord and owner of the boutique, had five potential tenants. Ms. JOHNSON was the only one without a job -- her references were three relatives and a social worker from the women's shelter.
Figuring Ms. JOHNSON needed the apartment more than any of the other applicants, Mr. SINGH picked her. For the next six months, he says, she always paid her rent on the first or second day of the month.
"She was very proud, very self-respecting. She lived within her means," he said. "I see some people, they come [to the clothing store] and they say, 'I want this and I want this.' Not her."
Her neighbours also came to know how proud she was. Whenever any of them offered to help carry Sulla's stroller up the stairs, she politely declined. Mr. SINGH said that every once in a while, "a white man," possibly the boy's father, would come by to pick up Sulla.
Ms. JOHNSON's life revolved around her toddler. Most days, she took him to a nearby park, then a library.
She had a degree in political science from the University of Ottawa, according to an uncle identified only as Harold. But she didn't have a job. Indeed, Mr. SINGH says, she didn't seem like she wanted one. He says he offered once to help her find work, but she said her entire day was spent taking care of Sulla. Besides, she added, if she did get a job, daycare costs would eat up everything she made.
The attention seemed to have paid off -- relatives described Sulla as a very intelligent child, fluent in English and French, like his mother.
"She really took care of that kid," Mr. SINGH said. "Everything was around that kid."
Her father agreed, adding: "Andrea was the greatest. I love her dearly." But asked why she might have committed suicide, Mr. JOHNSON said he had no answers. He said he spoke to his daughter recently she said she felt "okay."
"I'm not sure we'll know why she did what she did. We're just searching for answers right now," he said.
Homicide detectives continue to investigate what they have classified as a murder-suicide. Detective Sergeant Chris BUCK refused to comment on any details. "It's a tragic situation and I'm not going to embellish on the personal lives of anyone involved in it," he said.
Sulla's father and his relatives have kept their feelings private. "We're not going to say anything right now," a male relative said yesterday.
It appears no one foresaw what Ms. JOHNSON planned to do Sunday. Police pleaded with the public for almost a day before any relatives came forward. Ms. JOHNSON was not carrying any identification when she jumped off the Morningside overpass, making it that much more difficult to find relatives.
Mr. SINGH last saw Ms. JOHNSON on Saturday. She had come to tell him she would be a bit late with the rent this month. Maybe next Saturday or Sunday, she told him. He says he didn't mind.
As was the case almost every time he met her, Ms. JOHNSON seemed fine, Mr. SINGH said. She was her usual self, full of confidence. Had he seen any signs she was planning to do what she did the next day, he would have called police, he said.
But having watched her struggle to take care of her son over the past seven months, Mr. SINGH says he knew Ms. JOHNSON's life was by no means easy.
"She had the whole pressure of the world on her, and she never showed it," he said. "She never complained."

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