PARTANEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-16 published
PARTANEN, Reino
Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on January 12, 2006. Reino loving husband of Maire; adoring father of Anne (and her husband Carlos GARDEAZABAL) and John (and his wife Olga;) caring grandfather of Cristina and Nicolas GARDEAZABAL and Kyle, Dustin and Kristin PARTANEN; brother of Kirsti (and her husband Marion) and Irja (and her husband Harri); missed by his nieces and nephew. Reino was the founder and owner of Reka Machine and Tool Co. Ltd. for over 30 years and more recently Canadian Mitres Inc. Family and Friends are invited for a time of visitation, Tuesday January 17th from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the York Cemetery Visitation Chapel And Reception Centre, 160 Beecroft Road 416-221-3404. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday January 18th, 11: 00 a.m. at the Agricola Finnish Lutheran Church, 25 Old York Mills Road, Toronto. Donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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PARTENO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-06-07 published
PARTENO, Roy Joseph (February 22, 1914 to June 2, 2006)
World War 2 veteran, passed away peacefully at home in his 93rd year. Born in Toronto February 22, 1914. Predeceased by his loving wife Rose (1979.) Cherished father of daughter Sharon GALIFFI and husband Patrick, son Brian PARTENO and wife Sandra, son Roy PARTENO and wife Aggie. Sadly missed by grandchildren David and Bryan GALIFFI and Jessica, Michael and Molly PARTENO. Friends and family will be received at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Kipling and Islington Aves.) on Saturday, June 10th, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A private interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Covenant House, and Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated.

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PARTHENAIS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-07-12 published
MILLER, Lucille Marie (PARTHENAIS)
Passed away suddenly on July 9th, 2006 at the age of 59 years, the former Lucille Marie PARTHENAIS of Paisley. Born in Cornwall on June 23rd, 1947, to Jean-Nel and Aline PARTHENAIS of Cornwall. Dear sister of Odette PRINCE of Cornwall and Leo PARTHENAIS of Lacdubonnet, Massachusetts. Loving wife of Larry MILLER. Mother of Alain and his girlfriend Alison TATUM and Julie LIFE. Stepmom of Donna OUWENDYK, Rob and his girlfriend Krista BEGGS, Christie and her husband Kevin THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON and Jason and his girlfriend Cora-Lee CROUSE. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Tanner, Dakota, Sierra, Cassidy and Bailey. She is also survived by her nephew Tony PRINCE. Friends may call at the W. Kent Milroy Paisley Chapel, 216 Queen St. S., Paisley from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th. Funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.milroyfuneralhomes.com
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PARTINGTON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-04 published
TOWNSHEND, Ruth Miriam (FRY)
Died suddenly at University Hospital on Thursday, November 2nd, 2006. Beloved and loving wife of John Elliott TOWNSHEND for 60 years. Dear daughter of the late George and Miriam Fry. Loving mother of John and Rosemary TOWNSHEND, Paul and Marta TOWNSHEND, Peter and Jane TOWNSHEND, and Jennifer and Robin LYONS. One-of-a-kind and fun-loving grandmother of: Katie and Brandon LAWRENCE, Matthew and Kayte TOWNSHEND, and Jordan TOWNSHEND; Larissa, Alexander and Michael TOWNSHEND; Anna, Christopher, Andrew and David TOWNSHEND Jonathan, Gregory, and Timothy LYONS. Great-grandmother of Miles TOWNSHEND. Niece of Majorie ROBINSON and cousin of Donald PARTINGTON, Margaret and Ruth McCANDLISH. She loved and was loved by her many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Ruth will be greatly missed by all those who had the great pleasure of having her touch their lives. Friends and family will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service of thanksgiving in celebration of Ruth's life will be held at Saint_John The Divine, Arva, on Tuesday, November 7th at 11: 00 a.m. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Ruth TOWNSHEND

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PARTINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-07 published
PARTINGTON, Kevin Philip (1948-2006)
With sadness and regret the Partington family reports that on Friday, March 3 Kevin died suddenly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. An avid traveller, he was about to take a cruise to Costa Rica and Panama. A longtime social worker with the former North York Board of Education until 1999, when he took early retirement, during the last few years he had turned to background performing, appearing most recently in the movie Cinderella Man. Kevin was a unique individual who touched many people's lives with his no-nonsense approach to work, his zest for living, and his boisterous sense of humour. Predeceased by his mother Norah, he will be greatly missed by his twin brother Richard, sister Linda and mate Robert, brother Stephen and spouse Laura, and half-brother Dominic; step-siblings Simon TUNLEY and spouse Lawrie, Philip TUNLEY and spouse Mary Anne, Athen MacDONALD and spouse Colin his father Michael PARTINGTON and spouse Gillian; nieces Chloe BISAILLON and Maia PARTINGTON; stepfather John KEATS; dear Friends John LYNCH, Mary HUTCHINGS and Sharron RICHARDS, and travelling companion Mark STEFFEN. Donations may be made in Kevin's name to David Kelley Lesbian and Gay Community Counselling Services, 355 Church Street, Toronto M5B 1Z8, an agency he helped to found

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PARTINGTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-07 published
PARTINGTON, Kevin Philip (1948-2006)
With sadness and regret the Partington family reports that on Friday, March 3, Kevin died suddenly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. An avid traveller, he was about to take a cruise to Costa Rica and Panama. A longtime social worker with the former North York Board of Education until 1999, when he took early retirement, during the last few years he had turned to background performing, appearing most recently in the movie Cinderella Man. Kevin was a unique individual who touched many people's lives with his no-nonsense approach to work, his zest for living, and his boisterous sense of humour. Predeceased by his mother Norah, he will be greatly missed by his twin brother Richard, sister Linda and mate Robert, brother Stephen and spouse Laura, and half-brother Dominic; step-siblings Simon TUNLEY and spouse Lawrie, Philip TUNLEY and spouse Mary Anne, Athen MacDONALD and spouse Colin his father Michael PARTINGTON and spouse Gillian; nieces Chloë BISAILLON and Maia PARTINGTON; step-father John KEATS; dear Friends John LYNCH, Mary HUTCHINGS and Sharron RICHARDS, and travelling companion Mark STEFFEN. Donations may be made in Kevin's name to David Kelley Lesbian and Gay Community Counselling Services, 355 Church Street, Toronto M5B 1Z8, an agency he helped to found.

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PARTON o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2006-10-18 published
PARTON, Bruce
In memory of Bruce PARTON 1998
Gone are the days we used to share,
But in our hearts you are always there.
The gates of memory will never close,
We miss you more then anyone knows.
With tender love and deep regret,
We who love you will never forget.
Shirley, Jeff, Craig, Ken, Doug and families.
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PARTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-31 published
PARTON, Doris Selena (née HILL)
Age 95, of Greenwood Court, Stratford and formerly of Toronto passed away at her residence on Tuesday, May 30, 2006. Born in Goderich, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Selena BEAN) HILL. Doris was an active member of The Church of St. Leonard in Toronto. She was an active golfer and curler at the Lambton Golf and Curling Club and was a former President of the Canadian Women's Golf Association. Beloved wife of Clare PARTON who predeceased her on June 19, 1983. Dear sister of Norma HAZLITT of Bluewater Nursing Home, Zurich. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and Friends. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by sisters Hazel FEAGAN, Olive BEACHLER, Irene DUCKWORTH all of the Goderich area. Relatives and Friends may call at Greenwood Court Chapel, 90 Greenwood Drive, Stratford on Friday, June 2, 2006 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. John PATTERSON, Pastoral Care Coordinator of Greenwood Court will officiate. Interment will be in Colborne Cemetery, Goderich. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to The Church of St. Leonard, 25 Wanless Avenue, Toronto M4N 1V5, Greenwood Court or a charity of one's choice through the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert Street, Stratford at 1-519-271-5062.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-22 published
ASALS, Sheila
The family of the late Sheila ASALS wish to express sincere thanks to Friends, neighbours and relatives for their support during the loss of our sister, sister-in law, aunt and great-aunt. The many acts of kindness including floral tributes, cards, phone calls, charitable donations, food and visits to the funeral and Funeral Home were greatly appreciated. Thank you Reverend Wendy MURRAY for the comforting service. Thank you to Memorial Funeral Home, especially Shannon BURBERRY and Jennifer BUSH for their personal attention and care. Special thanks to P.C. Jenn PARTRIDGE, Deborah ROME, Doctor Dieter BRUCKSCHWAIGER, Sergeant Robert MERRIMEN. Thank you to the Staff of the Memorial Funeral Home for the luncheon served after the funeral. Special thanks to the Pall Bearers who carefully carried Sheila to her final resting place, the expressions of love, kindness and thoughtfulness of everyone was very comforting and much appreciated and will not be forgotten. Sincerely Gail WEIR, Betty WELLS and families.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-25 published
MAUER, Patricia (née PARTRIDGE)
A resident of Saint Thomas since 1953, passed away at her home on Monday, April 24, 2006, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Emil MAUER (1991.) Dearly loved mother of Geoffrey MAUER and his wife Susanne of R.R.#2, Wallacetown, Halina GLINSKI and her husband Chester of R.R.#6, Aylmer, Wendy Jean INCH and her husband Tim of R.R.#1, Saint Thomas, and Philip MAUER and his wife Leigh of Belmont. Cherished grandmother of Justin GLINSKI, Bethany, Colby, Victoria and Madeleine MAUER. Dear sister of Captain Tony E. "Tom" PARTRIDGE and his wife Helen, and dear aunt of Lesley MOON and her husband Shane, and Craig PARTRIDGE and his wife Leigh, all in New Zealand. Also survived by several great nieces, great nephews and cousins in New Zealand and England. A sister-in-law, Irene MAUER died in 2004. Born in Felixstowe, County Suffolk, England, December 25, 1923, the daughter of the late Clarence E. and Alice (PARNELL) PARTRIDGE. Pat was an active member of St. Hilda's-St. Luke's Anglican Church, Saint Thomas, being a member of the Altar Guild of the church. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Central Star Chapter #57, O.E.S. and a Past District Deputy Grand Matron of District #4, O.E.S. During the Second World War, she was a member of England's National Fire Service, working in Essex and London. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Hilda's-St. Luke's Anglican Church, 185 Elm Street, Saint Thomas on Friday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to The Lung Association or St. Hilda's-St. Luke's Anglican Church gratefully acknowledged. A memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday at 6: 30 p.m. under the auspices of Central Star Chapter #57, O.E.S.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-04 published
McFARLAND, Genevieve " Gen"
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 Genevieve (Gen) McFARLAND of Lucan and formerly of Arva in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack McFARLAND (1999.) Dear mother of Bill McFARLAND of Stoney Creek, Bob McFARLAND of London, Jane and Bob SCOTT of Ilderton and Keith and Kathy McFARLAND of Lucan. Dear grandmother of Regan McFARLAND; Shallon McFARLAND and Willie PARTRIDGE, and Aaron McFARLAND; Joel, Timothy and Steve SCOTT; and great-grandmother of Jakob and Sydnee PARTRIDGE. Gen will be sadly missed by her many Friends at Restview Retirement Home. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at Saint_John's Cemetery, Arva. Donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses would be appreciated by the family. C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, Lucan 227-4211 entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-09 published
MATTHEWS, Joyce
Peacefully at University Hospital on Friday, October 6th, 2006, Mrs. Joyce MATTHEWS, of London, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold MATTHEWS (1986.) Loving mother of Betty (Brad) VENNER, Ruth HALL and Marge (Mark) CURTIS. Dear grandmother of Mike (Angela) and Greg (Kelly) VENNER; Debbie, David, Danny and Darryl (Kelly) HALL; Trish (Richard PARTRIDGE) and Cathy CREE and 17 great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sisters Shirley (Art) SILL, Margaret (Ron) STOKES and her brother Don (Arlene) HUDSON; her sister-in-law Marie (Jim) RIDDELL. Predeceased by her brother William HUDSON. Friends may call at the Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London (519-434-9141) on Tuesday, October 10th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services from the chapel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at www.mem.com

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-06 published
SNELL, Aileen
Passed away peacefully with her family at her side the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, 2006 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Major Wilfred SNELL. Loving mother of Jennifer PARTRIDGE of Rosseau; Anne and her husband Jacob HOEKEMA of Victoria, British Columbia; Peter and his wife Tracy SNELL of Whitehorse, Yukon; Ian and his wife Pauline SNELL of Dorchester. Loving grandmother of Daniel, Patrick, James Edward and Gregory; Amy and Joshua; Jennifer, Heather and Julie Kerri and Tracy. Survived by sister Louise and brothers Ian and Starey. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear Friends. Service of Remembrance to celebrate Aileen's life to be held in the Logan Memorial Chapel, 81 James Street, Parry Sound (1-800-265-2218) on Thursday, December 7th at 1: 00 p.m. The family welcomes visitors prior to the Service from 12: 00 noon. Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy donations to a local food bank or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences can be sent to www.logansfuneralhome.com

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-12 published
NIELSEN, Alberta May (PARTRIDGE)
Peacefully at Country Terrace Nursing Home on Sunday, December 10th, 2006, Alberta May (PARTRIDGE) NIELSEN in her 89th year. Alberta is survived by her loving husband Harry of 65 years. She will be missed by her daughter Janet (Barry) EDWARDS of London, son Brian of Kingston and son Mark (Sandy) of London. She will also be missed by grandchildren Adrian, Natalie, Matthew, Colleen, Tara, Brett and Becky as well as great-grandchildren Kyla, Troy and Joel. Alberta is also missed by her sisters Marjorie and Gladys and brother-in-law Bert. At her request there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Alberta are asked to consider the Arthritis Society or the Alzheimer's Society. Westview Funeral Chapel (519-641-1793) entrusted with arrangements.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-26 published
STOVEL, Dorothy Elizabeth (October 4, 1922-December 24, 2006)
Dorothy Elizabeth STOVEL. Peacefully, at home, and surrounded by family, Dorothy STOVEL passed away on December 24, 2006 in her 85th year. Loving wife of Robert STOVEL, sister Mae CHESTERFIELD, mother of Maxinne BALL, John PARTRIDGE, Rob STOVEL and Shirley STOVEL- BORGES. Dorothy will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Dorothy lived life to the fullest. She loved the outdoors and would often be seen on the tennis courts in the early morning hours or on the golf course playing a round or two. Her favourite sport was downhill skiing and she loved to ski with Friends and family. Dorothy was truly devoted to her grandchildren spending many hours in arenas and swimming pools. She will be sadly missed. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Central United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford. Dorothy's family invites relatives and Friends to share their memories at a light luncheon following the service at the church. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be directed to the Victorian Order of Nurses Perth-Huron and Town and Country Support Services and can be arranged through the funeral home. W.G. Young Funeral Home 430 Huron Street Stratford 519-271-7411

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-12 published
TABOBONDUNG, Florence A. (PARTRIDGE)
Elder and Former Chief of Wasauksing, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at Belvedere Heights, Parry Sound, Ontario on Sunday, September 10th, 2006 in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Leslie (1958). Loving daughter of the late Joseph PARTRIDGE and Jane SALT. Loving mother of Les, Joyce, Dora and the late Richard. Loving grandmother of Frances, Lisa, Carrie, and the late Barry (Hawk); Leslie, Pamela, Cameron, Warren, Dawn and the late Gord; Shane, Gord and Sarah; Sherisse and Richard. Lovingly remembered by her many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Dear sister of the late Gordon, Roy, Ernest and Hiram. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family and Friends. Resting at the Logan Memorial Chapel, 81 James Street, Parry Sound (1-800-265-2218) on Tuesday from 7: 00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Service at Wasauksing on Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Wasauksing Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Belvedere Heights, The Friends, Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. On-line condolences can be sent to www.logansfuneralhome.com

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-14 published
VAUGHAN, Kathleen Margaret
Passed away peacefully on September 12, 2006 in Oakville at the age of 85. Predeceased by her husband Doctor Peter VAUGHAN. Loving mother of Kathleen VAUGHAN, and David VAUGHAN and his wife Janayre. Grandmother of James. Survived by her brothers Kenneth Fricker PARTRIDGE and David FRICKER. Kathleen was a longtime instructor at McGill University, Montreal. She later taught at Bronte College, Oakville and was also active in Oakville at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, and the Canadian Federation of University Women. A Memorial Service will be held at Saint_Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville on Monday, September 18, 2006 at 1 p.m. A reception to follow. If desired donations may be made to McGill University, c/o the Donations Department, 1430 Peel, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3T3. Online condolences may be sent to kathleen.vaughan@wardfh.com

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-03 published
CROWE, Jean Margaret (formerly PATERSON, née PARTRIDGE)
Died peacefully on October 30, 2006, at the nursing home, Kensington Gardens in Toronto, surrounded by those who loved her. Born 11 April 1918 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to Nell (COPPIN) and Franklin Stratton PARTRIDGE. Predeceased by her first husband, William PATERSON (1917-1944;) by her second husband, Harry Sherman CROWE (1921-1981) and by her only brother, Henry (Harry) Albert PARTRIDGE (1920-1943.) Survived by daughter, Moira BENDAHAN, husband Mark and their two sons, Joshua and Zachary of Richmond Hill, Ontario; by daughter, Tanis CROWE of Picton, Ontario; by son Michael CROWE, his wife Susan and their three children, Silas, Finn and Faron on Hornby Island, British Columbia; and by her partner of 23 years, Albert TUCKER of Toronto. She was a loving mother, grandmother, partner and friend. By vocation a public-health nurse who retired from Doctors' Hospital in Toronto in 1983, Jean's interests lay most vitally in writing and publishing essays about the First and Second World Wars; in her lifelong commitment first to the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation and then to the New Democratic Party and in sustaining her many Friendships in politics, journalism and academe. Those who wish to remember her in an informal gathering are invited to a remembrance service that will be held in the Senior Common Room at Glendon College, 2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto on Sunday afternoon, November 12th, from 3: 30 to 6 p.m. Donations in her name may be sent to the nursing home, Kensington Gardens at 25 Brunswick Ave. in Toronto.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-13 published
PARTRIDGE, David Gerry (O.C., C.M., B.A., D.S. Litt. Hon., Royal Canadian Air Force)
Peacefully after a courageous battle on Monday, December 11, 2006 in Toronto in his 88th year. Loving husband of "Tibs" (Rosemary) for 63 years. Loving father of Kate (Burkhard) and John (Brenda). Endlessly inventive painter, sculptor and print-maker, creator of nail configurations ("Naillies") whose works are in many major collections and galleries around the world. Ultra-light pilot, carpenter, coach horn enthusiast, worrywart, and teller of shaggy dog stories. Voracious reader, movie addict and committed crossword puzzler. Twinkly-eyed charmer and exuberant gentleman songster. His unquenchable creativity remains an inspiration. There will be a private family service. A public graveside service will be held at Saint_James-the-Less Cemetery, 635 Parliament Street (at Bloor Street East), on Saturday, December 16 at 10 a.m. Friends may meet at the cemetery office at 9: 30 a.m. Following the interment, there will be a gathering at the family home. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-16 published
David PARTRIDGE, Painter And Sculptor (1919-2006)
With a 'virtuosity of hammering,' his hard-edged, tactile and sculptural Naillies transformed nails and wood into art forms that are both evocative and spiritual, writes Sandra MARTIN
By Sandra MARTIN, Page S11
What came first, the nail or the hammer? That is the question people ponder about artist David PARTRIDGE. Although he began his artistic career as a painter and a printmaker, he is best known for his Naillies. To create them, he would begin with a piece of plywood, although he was known to use doors, beams and other surfaces, which he sometimes covered in buffed or abraded aluminum. Then he would hammer in nails of all sorts (aluminum, copper and steel) and lengths, beginning with the shortest to create a "relief sculpture." According to his fancy, he polished or trimmed the hammered nail heads, wrapped the Naillie in duct tape to give the surface more texture and lacquered or painted portions of the finished work.
The Naillies were quite spectacular, said artist Tony URQUHART, who was mentored by Mr. PARTRIDGE in the 1950s. Although a very different type of artist, Mr. URQUHART also creates sculptural collages or "boxes" out of wood, nails and many other things. "They were things that had never been done before and they were made at a very high level." And they also reflected many of the artistic and social concerns of the time.
Besides the visual, tactile and auditory sensations of the works, Mr. URQUHART was really impressed by "the virtuosity of his hammering." By that, he meant Mr. PARTRIDGE's workmanship in getting the nails in straight and figuring out how deep to hammer them. "I couldn't do that," he said. "If you X-rayed one of my boxes. I would be embarrassed because the nails go in at different angles and now I pre-drill them. But with the Naillies, one nail out of line and …"
Mr. PARTRIDGE was an intensely creative person who seemed to make art instinctively and organically rather than consciously and deliberately. His daughter, Kate, says his life was a series of creative cycles interspersed with down or resting phases until something dramatic happened in his life or his environment, and that would spark another creative synergy.
He is curiously not well known, said artist Ron BLOORE, who had known Mr. PARTRIDGE as an artist and a friend since the late 1950s. "That guy had a real collection of weird wild nails." The works, especially the later ones, sometimes got to be quasi-religious or spiritual, he said, because they explored "a visionary experience."
David Gerry PARTRIDGE was the youngest child of Albert Gerry and Edith (née HARPHAM) PARTRIDGE. His favourite toy as a child was a hammer, which he used to drag around with him and hit things although not always from a creative impulse. One of his grandfathers was a roofer, and the other was an undertaker, so that's where he may have inherited his affinity for hammering nails, his wife suggested this week. His other great love was flying, a passion that can be dated to seeing his first airplane in the 1920s on a family visit to Florida.
His father was a senior executive with Goodyear Tire, and so David, his mother and his older sisters, Elspeth and Emily, moved across the Atlantic in 1928 when Mr. PARTRIDGE was transferred to England. During the seven years that his father served as president of the British firm, David went to Mostyn House School in Cheshire, then Radley College in Oxfordshire. When they moved to Canada in 1935 so that Albert PARTRIDGE could head the Canadian operations of Goodyear, David was sent to Trinity College School in Port Hope.
That's where he met Edward CAYLEY, who always called him Birdy and considered him his closest friend for the next 76 years. "We were opposites. He was stubborn and impatient, but for some reason we got on," said Mr. CAYLEY, noting that his friend had a great sense of humour. "He was always restless, and that's where the creativity came in."
After Trinity College School, Mr. PARTRIDGE went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto, concentrating on English, history and geology, and graduated in 1941. He immediately enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he scored so highly on his training courses that he was made a flight instructor and spent the war, much to his chagrin, on this side of the Atlantic.
On June 14, 1943, he married Helen Rosemary ANNESLEY (always known as Tibs), who was serving as a Women's Royal Naval Service. The couple had known each other slightly at university until their final year, when his mother spotted Ms. ANNESLEY at a reception for visiting parents and told her son that he should "marry that girl."
The year after they had both graduated, they began seeing each other socially, and became even closer when both of them were posted to Ottawa, she with the Royal Canadian Navy and he with the air force. By then, his mother was dead and it was her mother who was issuing the directives that Mr. PARTRIDGE should "marry that girl."
After the war, the PARTRIDGEs moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, where he taught art first at Appleby College and then at Ridley College. Their two children -- Katharine (always called Kate), a psychologist, and John, a reporter at The Globe and Mail -- were born there in 1945 and 1947. This was the period in which he was finding himself as a water colourist and a printmaker.
He won a British Council scholarship to study at the Slade School at the University of London, so the whole family lived in Hampstead for the academic year 1950-51. Afterward, Mr. PARTRIDGE enthused about working with artists Tom Monnington and Edward Ardizzone, the "wonderful introduction into etching and engraving" he received from John Buckland-Wright, and the stimulation of being in contact with Graham Sutherland and John Piper, among other Slade professors.
After returning to Canada, he taught high school art at St. Catharines Collegiate and Vocational Institute, co-founded the St. Catharines Art Association and the St. Catharines Public Library Art Gallery (and was its first curator) and taught summer school at Queen's, the same place he had himself studied a decade earlier.
The PARTRIDGEs, who were both anglophiles, lived in Sussex with their children from 1956 to 1958 and for a longer stint beginning in 1960. All the while, he was showing in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad. In February and March of 1958, he was studying etching and engraving with William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris when he had a creative breakthrough.
"I was fascinated by the irregular surfaces of deep-etched copper and zinc plates, irrespective of their purpose in printing. They became low-relief sculptures, which seemed to my ex-pilot's eyes like aerial views of topography," is the way he described the process later. One Saturday, he was gallery-hopping and came across an exhibition by Hungarian sculptor Zoltan Kemeny that he described as "bas-reliefs using all manner of metal bits and pieces, welded into an even more exciting aerial vision than the etched plates had provided."
The eureka moment came in Ottawa (where the family was then living) the following winter when he came across a piece of plywood left over from a renovation. "Nails were at hand and a hammer! I descended to the basement and made my first nail sculpture." The Naillies, as Mr. PARTRIDGE called them, were born. Wood, the most basic building material, became a platform for work that undulated with rhythm, light and texture. Hard-edged, tactile and sculptural, Naillies transcended their utilitarian origins and transformed nails and wood into something evocative and spiritual. Naillies seemed too skinny a word for a new art form, so at a dinner party with Alan Jarvis of the National Gallery and his wife, Mrs. PARTRIDGE came up with the term "configurations."
He had his first solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and configurations at the Robertson Galleries in Ottawa in October of 1960, the same year he gave up full-time teaching and moved his family back to England. They stayed until 1974. Since then, Naillies have been acquired by the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Tate Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Gallery of New South Wales and many other institutions. He also won commissions, such as Metropolis, a huge mural for the new city hall in Toronto and the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial in Westminster Cathedral in London.
After returning from England, they settled in Toronto, spending summers at a cottage near Stony Lake, Ontario, that they bought from Mrs. PARTRIDGE's family. By 1980, Mr. PARTRIDGE, who had some spare cash after having sold a big Naillie, indulged his unquenchable love of flying by buying himself a do-it-yourself kit for an ultra-light plane. He partially constructed it at his studio on Queen Street and then hauled it up to the cottage, where he attached floats and set off across the lake, never having flown that kind of plane before.
He took some great photographs, said Mrs. PARTRIDGE, by tying a string around his big toe and attaching it to a camera "so he could fly with both hands, which he needed to do, and his big toe would pull on the thread and snap a photograph." Once again, he was interested in aerial views of the landscape, the same topographical impressions that he created in his Naillies.
About this time, Mr. PARTRIDGE reconnected with his old friend Ed CAYLEY, who had also been living abroad, by phoning to ask: "Do you still like movies?" The two men resumed a ritual weekly trip to the movies that had begun in their undergraduate days at the University of Toronto. After Mr. PARTRIDGE had a stroke a little more than three years ago that seriously hampered his mobility, Mr. CAYLEY brought lunch and a DVD to watch with his old friend at home.
David Gerry PARTRIDGE was born on October 5, 1919, in Akron, Ohio. He died of heart disease on December 11, 2006, after a stroke and a heart attack. He was 87. He is survived by his wife, Tibs, his daughter Kate, his son John and their spouses. There will be a public graveside service today at 10 a.m. at Saint_James-the-Less Cemetery in Toronto.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-07 published
HILDRETH, Robert " Bob"
Passed away at Oakville - Trafalgar Hospital on December 30, 2005 at the age of 93. Survived by daughter Nancy (husband John BALCARRAS,) step-son Ron PARTRIDGE (wife Kim,) and nephew Bruce ASHDOWN (wife Carol.) Predeceased by wives Louise, Ethyl, and Marilynn. Friends and family are invited to Giffen-Mack "Scarborough" Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Avenue East (just west of Kingston Road), 416-281-6800, for a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 14th at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Toronto Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-24 published
NICHOLSON, Shirley Margaret (née SEGGIE)
Peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, at the age of 69. Shirley, beloved wife for 44 years of John NICHOLSON. Loving mother of David NICHOLSON, and Laura NICHOLSON. Loved Grandma of Spencer PARTRIDGE. Dear sister of Stanley SEGGIE (JoAnne), Linda STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (John), Gordon SEGGIE (Jacquelin BOWCOTT), and Janice RUZNISKY (John.) Dear daughter-in-law of Wyonda NICHOLSON. Dear sister-in-law of Richard NICHOLSON (Clarice,) Mary WILLARD (Geoff,) James NICHOLSON (Leanne,) and Bette BOURGEOIS (Ray.) Lovingly remembered my many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa, on Thursday, January 26th from 12 noon. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-16 published
BROWN, Arthur J.A. "Bud"
Arthur J.A. "Bud" BROWN, 62, of Sun City, Huntley, Illinois, passed away suddenly, Sunday, February 12, 2006. He was born July 8, 1943, in Toronto, Ontario, the son of John A. and Kathleen (PARTRIDGE) BROWN. Throughout his life, Bud travelled the world extensively, calling many of the places home. He worked for S.C. Johnson Wax Co. in Racine, Wisconsin, for over 20 years in marketing and management. After his retirement he settled in Sun City, Huntley, Illinois, in 2001. He loved painting, fishing, photography and cooking, but his greatest love was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Survivors include 5 children, Douglas (Jeanne) BROWN of Hong Kong, Jeff (Dianne) BROWN of Toronto, Lesley (Kevin) GROTH of Racine, Wisconsin, Heather (Chad) KLAMER of Aurora and Lilia BROWN of Madison, Wisconsin, 7 grandchildren, Harrison, Turner, and Mackenzie BROWN, Matthew EVANS, and Riley, Lola and David GROTH, 2 sisters Margaret (Robert) ARMSTRONG of Victoria, British Columbia and Elizabeth BROWN of Toronto. He was preceded in death by his parents. A gathering of Friends will be held Friday, February 17, 2006 from 2-4 p.m. at Drendell Ball Room, 12860 Del Web Blvd., Huntley. Interment will be private. For information, please call James A. O'Connor Funeral Home, 847-669-5111 in Huntley, Illinois.

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PARTRIDGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-12-18 published
David PARTRIDGE, 87: Painted with nails
By Tamara CHERRY, Staff Reporter
To the art world, he was the "naillie" pioneer. To those who knew him best, he was the committed crossword puzzler, teller of ghost stories and frustrated musician.
"I've never thought of myself as a sculptor," David PARTRIDGE said in a 2003 interview with the Star. "I'm a painter who paints with nails."
At that time, PARTRIDGE also rejected the idea that his most recent show, "Phenomena," might be his last. But it was.
PARTRIDGE hammered his way through an award-winning career with hundreds of thousands of nails, inviting recognition from the artistic and political communities alike.
In recent years, however, he was slowed by a stroke, bowel infection and heart attack. He died December 11 at age 87.
"There was so much to celebrate about his life," Kate PARTRIDGE said of her father whose career spanned England and much of Ontario before he settled in Toronto in the 1970s.
"He had a creative urge that just was unlike anything I've ever seen in anybody else," his son John PARTRIDGE said.
That creativity burst into the art scene with his first self-titled "naillie" in 1958. PARTRIDGE the painter had chanced upon an exhibition by Zoltan Kemeny made up of metal bits and pieces in Paris that March.
Back in Ottawa, that creativity -- combined with a 2-by-3-ft piece of plywood, nails and hammer -- led to his first nail sculpture.
Later, living in England in the early 1960s, he created about 400 naillies. "Back then I was forever lifting 60-pound boxes of nails up and down stairs to my studio," he told the Star in PARTRIDGE's work -- commissioned by places from the Townhouse Motel in Ottawa to Westminster Cathedral in London, England -- is likely most recognized locally by the naillie found in the entrance to Toronto City Hall. Called Metropolis, PARTRIDGE couldn't recall how many nails it took to complete the sweeping relief in 1975. Most guidebooks put it at 100,000.
"Even though the medium, the nails, is so cold and hard on the surface of things, he was somehow able to make this incredibly soft, flowing pleasing beauty out of it," his daughter said.
It was a beauty that spoke broadly, making naillies popular with the public, said Dennis REID, director of collections and research at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a long-time friend.
"People discover things in them. You see people approaching them with a sense of wonder."
And it was a beauty taken from above. While his wife was overseas in the Navy during World War 2, PARTRIDGE was in Ontario teaching flying lessons. His view from the sky translated on to planks of wood, his son said.
In the 1970s, PARTRIDGE bought an ultralight airplane kit, put it together in a studio and flew it on Stony Lake, near Peterborough.
PARTRIDGE will be remembered "as somebody who just made this very strong personal statement as a sculptor," REID said. "You don't think of him in terms of schools. He was attuned to his own visions in his own intense fashion."
"(He) had a love for kids and shaggy dog stories for adults -- great long stories with ridiculous endings," sister Kate said. "There was a very delightful child-like energy to him… with a lot of charisma in the twinkling of his eyes."
His father could burst into song at the drop of a hat, played a trumpet too, and delighted in telling Stephen Leacock ghost stories at his Stony Lake cottage, said John. He was a lover of "long, involved corny jokes."
A stroke paralyzed his right side in September 2003, ending his work with nails. But the right-hander taught himself to paint with his left hand, his son recalled.
"It was just remarkable. He just kept doing it… It was as if he couldn't stop being creative."
When he couldn't make it to Ottawa to be inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada, then-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson came to his home to hand over the honour personally the following year.
PARTRIDGE leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Rosemary or "Tibs," and their two children.

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PARYS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-23 published
McMURCHY, Jean (formerly VAN PARYS)
At the Delhi Nursing Home on Thursday September 21, 2006, Jean McMurchy (VAN PARYS) formerly of Otterville in her 98th year. Beloved wife of Duncan McMURCHY and the late Herman VAN PARYS (1964). Dear mother of Bob and wife Elinore of Otterville, Chuck and wife Joan of La Salette, and daughter-in-law Connie VAN PARYS of Unionville. Step-mother to Ken McMURCHY of Tillsonburg, Marie O'DWYER of London, Jack McMURCHY and wife Vera of Norwich, Jim McMURCHY and wife Roberta of Otterville, Jane VAN VELZER and husband Wayne of Norwich, Karen McMURCHY of Fisherville. She will be missed by her six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Predeceased by son Fred VAN PARYS and brother Glen CRACKNELL. Friends will be received at The Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, 45 Main St. W., Norwich on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Funeral service to follow at 2: 00 p.m. Interment Otterville Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Cancer Society or Tillsonburg Hospital Foundation. On-line condolences at www.arn-lockiefuneralhome.com. Arn-Lockie (519) 863-3020.

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